Skin Care That's B.A.N.A.N.A.S.

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Isn't it interesting how much healthier you feel and look when you treat food as medicine? Remember the old saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"? While what you put at the end of your fork is indeed a powerful medicine, the stuff at the end of your fork can also be applied elsewhere for even more medicinal purposes!

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Bananas are the best friend of women: They are full of nutrients (riboflavin, selenium, niacin, potassium, iron, manganese, vitamins A, B, C, E and B6), they alleviate cramps, and new studies show that eating foods rich in potassium helps lower the risk of stroke for menopausal women. But what if the banana went beyond consumption?

Vitamins B6, A, riboflavin, potassium and niacin all play roles in the health of your skin.

>> Read more about vitamin B6 and niacin.

The peels of bananas are potassium and antioxidant-rich, which make them the perfect addition to your skin care regimen. You can rub the soft inside of the peel on your skin to brighten it, and leaving it on for extended periods may reduce the look of wrinkles. Some people report seeing reduced acne when they rubbed the affected area multiple times a day with the inner peel. The antioxidants in the peel help maintain the elasticity of the skin and fight cancer-causing free radicals.

To maintain youthful, glowing skin, you need ample amounts of vitamin C, which bananas have. Mash up the flesh of a ripe banana with a couple squirts of lemon juice, apply to your skin and leave on for 30 minutes; the vitamin C will reduce blemishes and bring out your natural glow. Mash together the flesh of a banana and an avocado to create a vitamin E face mask that will ward off wrinkles.

banana lemon face mask
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To get rid of puffy eyes, leave a banana peel on for 20 minutes — this potassium-rich "mask" will reduce swelling immediately.

Moisturize like never before. The flesh of the banana is full of vitamin A, which could moisturize the skin. Mash up the fruit and apply to your skin, leaving on for 30 minutes. It will instantly soften your previously dry skin. You could also add an exfoliation element (brown sugar or coffee) to the banana mash, so that you're scrubbing away dead skin and moisturizing at the same time.

 You can even take care of those cracked heels with bananas! Apply a banana mash to the cracked parts of your feet, which will penetrate deep to fill in the cracks and soften the tough skin.

So next time you've let the bananas ripen for too long or have a peel you don't know what to do with (rush hour may suck but please don't "Mario Kart" your fellow drivers), rethink your bathroom routine! Bananas can be mashed up and applied all over, resulting in so many luscious benefits!

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