Eat the banana, but save the peel!
Do not just throw it away, because it is certainly not useless at all! That's right, similar to the banana itself, the skin has countless benefits that are worthwhile for your health. It is pack with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants! So next time you are going to dispose of the peel, think again and save it for one of these amazing uses.
Here are some of the ways banana peels can help your skin.
Relieves mosquito bites
Did a mosquito bite you? Grab a banana peel! While this is not scientifically proven, rubbing the inside of a banana peel is known to relieve itching and reduce swelling caused by a mosquito bite. The reason is believed to be the banana peel drawing fluid from the bite, easing the surface. But one thing to keep in mind though, if you are going to use a peel then do it inside as banana's might attract mosquitoes when outside.
Dr. Oz (from the Dr. Oz Show), says that banana peels can help remove splinters. Cover it with the inside of a banana peel, and secure using medical tape. Leave it on the splinter for a few hours (or overnight), and remove. Due to the enzymes in the peel that softens the skin, it makes the splinter come out.
Banana peels have potassium, which is believed to help whiten the teeth. Open the peel from the bottom end upward, and rub it against your teeth until it is completely coated in the 'banana paste.' Apply it on the teeth for at least two minutes and leave it on for ten minutes. Afterwards, brush with your regular toothpaste to remove the residue. This works best on ripe banana'as, as it is when the potassium levels are optimal.
It is not a permanent solution for wrinkles, but it is believed to reduce the appearance of it. This is due to the antioxidants and vitamin C in the bananas (and peel) that boosts collagen production and improving circulation. Rub the inside of the peel on wrinkles and lines to lessen it's appearance.
Rub the inside of a banana peel on your face or on the affected area for ten minutes or so. Keep the residue on your face for a while before washing it off, as it works on the skin even after applying the peel.
If you have got a bruise and are looking for a home-remedy, then grab a banana and take of peel. Apply the peel onto the affected area, either by running or taping it on overnight. But, for stubborn bruises it is best to use medication recommended by a doctor.
Cut a piece of a ripe banana peel, that is large enough to cover the area of the wart. Place the inside of the peel against your skin, and secure it using medical tape. Leave it overnight and remove the banana peel the next morning. A lot of people believe that this is a trick that can help heal warts and keep them from coming back. So make sure to do this until it is gone (however, it is best to see a doctor if you are too worried).