Search YouTube for DIY beauty hacks and you'll find countless videos proclaiming the benefits of various items found in your kitchen cupboard. I'm always sceptical about such claims but perhaps I need to believe in the beauty bloggers a little more as it turns out that one ingredient — banana — is actually good for your skin. And much to my delight, it's the affordable brands that have some of the best banana beauty products around.
It's a well-known fact that bananas are a great addition to your diet. But an industry secret is that the advantages bananas have for your body can also apply to your skin.
"Bananas are high in vitamin E which makes them moisturising," cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson recently told Allure. As well as all that vitamin goodness, the fruit also contains antioxidants which work to prevent premature ageing, giving your skin a youthful glow.
Cosmopolitan even reckons that bananas can help soothe irritating skin problems like bites and rashes. And if that isn't enough, the peel of a banana is said to be a great exfoliator with the potential to reduce puffiness under the eyes.
While you can just go down the DIY route, it's sometimes a lot easier to buy a product that has already done all of the hard work for you. Here are a few to try out: