Reducing the blood pressure, improving the digestive process, promoting regular bowel movement, energizing the body — we all know that bananas are capable of these things and more. It’s for this reason why so many health-conscious individuals are stocking up on bananas to have quick access to them at any given time.
If you are one of those people, chances are you often have overripe bananas sitting on your countertop. Don’t throw them away as there are so many recipes online for turning those brownish and mushy bananas into delectable treats!
And are you aware that you may also employ overripe bananas as beauty products? So if you are a beauty, health, and budget conscious person, there is no need to feel frustrated or guilty if there are bananas around that are past their prime because they can be used for dealing with a wide variety of cosmetic problems faced by many.
Here are some of the most impressive beauty uses for overripe bananas:
For Controlling Acne
Iron, manganese, zinc, potassium — all of these nutrients are beneficial for individuals suffering from acne, and they can be obtained from overripe bananas. If you are an acne sufferer, simply mash an overripe banana with a fork and apply on your newly-washed face. Thoroughly rinse off with water after 15 to 20 minutes.
For Removing Blackheads
Frustrated by blackheads? It’s important to keep your pores clean all the time to keep them at bay. An effective way to do so is by mashing an overripe banana and combining it with brown sugar. Gently massage on the nose and cheeks, and then wash off with cold water. Do this no more than twice a week to prevent skin irritation.
For Revitalizing the Complexion
Excessive dead skin cells can make your complexion look lifeless. You can allow a fresher and younger layer of skin to be exposed by using a face mask out of lemon juice and an overripe banana. Leave the resulting paste on your skin for about 10 minutes, and then rinse off with water very well. Perform this two times a week.
For Delaying Skin Aging
Wrinkles can appear prematurely because of stress, exposure to toxins and too much sun. If you have overripe bananas on your kitchen counter, then you have the cheapest anti-aging solution on the planet. Simply combine a mashed overripe banana with a little yogurt and apply on problem areas. Allow 20 to 30 minutes to pass before washing it off.
For Eliminating Roughness
The knees, elbows and ankles are prone to ending up dry and rough. Instead of investing in an expensive lotion that guarantees to eliminate dryness and roughness, try a paste out of olive out and a mashed banana. Leave on trouble areas for up to half an hour before hitting the shower.
For Softening the Soles of the Feet
Terrified of going barefoot because the soles of your feet look horrible? Then count on a mashed overripe banana and honey — the combination of the two helps prevents sole dryness and cracking. Apply the paste on problem areas and cover your feet with cling wrap. After 10 minutes, unwrap and wash your feet.
For Strengthening the Hair
If you’re experiencing split ends or hair breakage, you can rely on an overripe banana to have your mane strengthened. All you have to do is mix it with a little coconut oil, and then leave the resulting paste on your hair and scalp. Allow 15 to 20 minutes to pass before you shampoo your hair, of course with the mildest one that you can find.
After trying out some or all of the above beauty uses for mashed bananas, come back to this page and share in the comments section below your experiences with them!