Going Bananas

USINING BANANA SKIN FOR SKINCARE

Banana Peels for Managing Psoriasis
Dry and itchy skin that eventually turns scaly is a condition known as psoriasis; it is a genetic disease that affects both the skin and the joints, and the severity of the condition varies from person to person. People who suffer from psoriasis of the skin experience inflamed lesions that cannot be treated with standard moisturizers, oils, or other topical treatments.

The skin condition can be treated with prescription-strength creams and moisturizers, but each person reacts to the products in a different way. The inside of the banana peel has been used to treat psoriasis for many years, and most people will see results within a few days and weeks. The skin is replenished with natural moisture, nutrients and compounds that reduce itchiness and help make scales disappear. Rubbing the inside of the peel on the affected area or areas once or twice per day may help relieve or eliminate the symptoms of psoriasis and restore the skin back to a healthy state.

In addition to psoriasis, banana peel can help to alleviate several skin conditions including:

Irritation from mosquito bites – banana peel helps soothe the skin after a bug or mosquito bite

Treating poison ivy rashes – banana peel soothes and cools the skin after an allergic response and can help reduce the outbreak of rashes.

Reducing bruises – banana peel can speed up the natural healing and recovery process so that the skin cells can regenerate and restore themselves.

Getting rid of warts – banana peels can be used to cover up a wart and provide relief from skin irritation. The peel helps to heal the wart and surrounding skin so that the skin cells can regenerate naturally. The banana peel can be cut down to size and taped over the wart to secure it in place. It can take approximately 5 – 7 days for the wart to heal completely, but the compounds in the peel can help speed up the healing and skin regeneration process.

Getting rid of plantar warts – in addition to getting rid of regular warts that form on top of the skin, banana peels may help reduce the pain and irritation of plantar warts located on the soles of the feet. The peel can be placed directly on the wart to help reduce inflammation and pain and restore the skin.

Treating acne – since acne is involves skin inflammation and irritation, the inside of the banana peel can be used to soothe the skin and reduce acne outbreaks.

Banana Peels for Managing Wrinkles
Banana peels contain many nutrients and minerals that can help restore the skin. When applied across the forehead, they may also be a valuable headache treatment. Regularly pressing the inside of the peel on large areas of the skin such as the forehead or sides of the cheeks may help tighten up the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Results will not be instant, but the skin will look fresher, more toned and healthier.

USING BANANAS

Nutritious masks
Banana nutritious masks can help to fill the skin with vitamins, to improve the complexion and smooth the small wrinkles.

– Mash 1 ripe banana with a fork and mix it with 1 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of sour cream. Apply on your face for 15 minutes and then wash off with warm water.

– Grind a banana properly with a fork, add 2 tablespoons of cream, 1 tablespoon of liquid honey and stir it in blender. Apply the mixture on your face skin, neck and chest area and leave it for 20-30 minutes. Remove the mask with soft cosmetic napkin.

– Take half a banana and mash it with the fork. Add 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of flour and starch, 2 teaspoons of olive or peach oil. Put the mixture on your face for 10-15 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water. It is suitable for dry skin.

Skin care masks
Banana masks can help you to remove greasy luster and reduce the size of your pores.

– Mash one small ripe banana with a fork and mix with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply the mixture at your face for 15-20 minutes. Then wash it off with cool water.

– Mash a half a banana with a fork, add 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and pour the oil from one capsule of vitamin A. Apply on your face for 20 minutes. Then wash the mask off with warm water.

– Whip 1 egg white with a fork. Mash 1 banana and mix it . Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and some drops of walnut or peach oil. Apply on your face for 20 minutes. Then wash the mask off with warm water.

– For Acne – Mash 2 bananas with a tablespoon of milk, a pinch of nutmeg, a tablespoon of oatmeal and apply it on a clean face. Wash it after dry.

Banana Bath

Make a banana mash of 1-2 kg of ripe bananas. Add 3-4 tablespoons of almond oil into derived pulp. Add a few drops of any essential oil of your choice. Massage the above mixture on your skin & leave for 30 minutes , gently rub the skin & wash off the mixture. After such nourishment your skin becomes soft and smooth.

Banana for hands and legs

– Mash a banana, add 2 tablespoons of milk; mix the pulp and put it on your hands/legs, wrap them in plastic layer or put on rubber gloves and extra woolen mittens above rubber gloves. Wash it off with cool water in an hour.

– -Mash 1 small banana with a fork; add 4 tablespoons of cream or yogurt, 1 tablespoon of natural honey and 1 tablespoon of oatmeal. Mix all properly. Spread it on your hands and legs, wrap them in plastic layer, if possible take heat treatment. Wash it off with cool water in an hour.

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Baking Soda

 TEETH

1> Tooth Paste: Mix 3 parts Baking Soda with 1 part salt. Add 3 teaspoons of glycerin to form paste. Just before using add little water & use like normal paste.

 2> Tooth Whitener: Once a week, mash a ripe strawberry and add a tsp of baking soda to it. Apply the paste on your teeth and brush after 15 minutes. This will keep your teeth naturally white. Baking soda will remove all stains from tea, coffee and tobacco.

3> Mouth Wash: Add 2 teaspoons Baking Soda to 250 ml of water. Gargle in mouth swirling through teeth. Spit don’t swallow.

4> Toothbrush: Soak tooth brush in a mixture of water and baking soda, overnight for a hygienic, teeth friendly toothbrush.

HAIR

1> Clarifying Shampoo: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to shampoo bottle to remove buildup and to improve manageability

2> Clean brushes and combs: To remove natural build up of oil and hair product residue, soak combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small tub or basin of warm water. Rinse thoroughly and allow them to dry before use

3> Dry shampoo: Mix 1 part baking soda, 1 part baby powder. Apply the mixture to the roots of your hair and comb through. This mixture will absorb excess oils and freshen up your hair. (For a fragrant touch add 3 drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix)

4> Chlorine-damage: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 50ml warm water. Apply to hair & rinse off.

FACE

1>Exfoliate1: Scrub your way to a brighter skin by scrubbing the face gently using a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Wash with cold water.

2> Exfoliate2: Mix baking soda with oatmeal in your blender, add water to make paste, scrub face gently & rinse with cold water.

3>Exfoliate3: Mix some baking soda with facial cleanser. Use circular motions to apply gently then rinse as usual for visibly soft skin.

4> Aftershave Rinse: Make a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup water for a soothing aftershave rinse.

5> Acne Mask: Combine baking Soda with just enough purified water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste on acne prone areas for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Moisturize with oil free moisturizer. Repeat daily for 1 week, then on every 3rd day.

OTHER USES

1> Soothing Bath: Add ½ cup of baking soda to your bath water for smooth, refreshed skin.

2> Smooth Feet: Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water. Soak your feet for desired amount of time. Then, create a paste of baking soda and water and gently scrub your feet with it.

3> Bath Oil: To create bath oil, you will need 4 tablespoons of baking soda, ½ cup of honey, ½ cup milk, 16 tablespoons of sea or cooking salt, and ½ cup of baby oil. In a large bowl, mix the baking soda, honey, milk, and salt; stir well. Massage with mixture and bathe as usual.

4> Soft knees & elbows: To smooth rough skin elbows & knees make a paste of baking soda and water and rub on skin. Rinse away with warm water.

5> Soften cuticles: Apply a paste baking soda to your cuticles, leave for 5 minutes

6> Odor remover: Remove fish, onion, or garlic odor from hands with a solution of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water or liquid soap. Rub mixture in your hands, and rinse off

7> Antacid: Take 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.

8> Deodorant: Apply some baking soda like the talcum powder, after bath to avoid smelly armpits, without clogging the pores.

Hope this series has been of use , check again for summer skin care routine, tips, recipes and remedies.