Bananas are one of the most popular and widespread tropical fruits. Some people like them well ripped, and others, like me: greenish. But no matter the level of ripeness- they taste great and offer us plenty of health advantages, as well as skin and hair benefits.
Let’s see them!
Skin benefits of bananas
Bananas have a high content of vitamin C and B9 (also known as folic acid), which help the skin cells to get rid of unnecessary harmful substances. They act as antioxidants to cleanse the skin from free radical damage, including pollution, stress, malnutrition, smoking, and other external adverse factors. Besides, they increase cell-reproduction and turnover to replace the dead or damaged cells with new, healthy ones. This makes the skin rejuvenated and toned.
On the other hand, bananas are rich in vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), which is a humectant. In other words, it helps the skin to absorb moisture and retain it. As a result, the skin becomes more hydrated, glowing, vibrant, and healthy-looking.
Soothes peeling and cracked skin
Magnesium in bananas helps the skin cells to efficiently absorb healthy fats such as Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. This way, they regulate the sebum production and moisturize the skin from inside, soothing flaky, peeling, cracked, or tight skin. What is more, vitamin B5 keeps the moisture inside the skin and ensures long-term hydration.
Slow down the aging process
Bananas are very rich in vitamin B2, also called riboflavin. This vitamin stimulates the production of elastin and collagen in the skin, which are protein compounds responsible for the elasticity and suppleness of the skin. As a result, the high content of B2 diminishes wrinkles, fine lines, and any other signs of aging related to skin elasticity damage. Together with vitamin B5, they make the skin look younger, suppler, firmer, and toned.
The mix of vitamin C, B2, and B5 acts from inside to fade scars, including stretch marks, and the collagen and elastin prevent new scars from appearing. Those nutrients detox the cells, make the skin more flexible, and introduce moisture to it. Besides, they stimulate the reproduction of new healthy cells, which substitute the damaged ones. This “natural exfoliation” process is extremely beneficial to the skin, as it strengthens the natural barrier of the cells, and the skin becomes more resistant to irritators.
A big percentage of people claim that applying raw mashed banana or peel on their skin fades dark spots and skin pigmentation. However, until now, there are no such research-based findings.
Hair benefits of bananas
Vitamin B3 (Niacin), found in bananas, balances the sebum production on the scalp, making it well hydrated. At the same time, it calms scalp conditions related to inflammation, itchiness, redness, etc. As a result, the scalp becomes healthier, more resistant to external damage, less reactive to irritators, and the “new” hair is stronger, thicker, and less brittle. Besides, it diminishes hair loss.
Soothes frizzy and sassy hair
Bananas detoxify the hair, enhance its protective barrier, and make it stronger. The high content of Omega 3 fatty acids conditions the hair from inside and makes it softer, as the folic acid enhances its shine and vitality.