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Bananas for Healthy Skin & Hair

Posted by HenJa' on May 3, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Bananas are commonly available throughout the world and widely eaten. They are a source of ready energy and help sustain blood sugar levels. Thus, they are the ideal food to be eaten before rigorous exercise. They can lower blood pressure and protect against heart attacks and strokes due their high potassium and low salt composition. They help treat depression since they contain tryptophan, which is converted into the neurotransmitter serotonin in the body. Serotonin plays a role in elevating mood. For this reason, bananas can also help relieve symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome. They also treat insomnia by promoting the production of melatonin, which is the hormone that induces sleep.



Bananas also prevent muscle cramps. They can replenish the body’s supply of calcium that is lost in urine and can help build strong bones. Due to their iron content, they can treat anemia and boost the production of red blood cells.



Bananas are a good source of vitamin B6. Due to this, they promote the production of white blood cells, fortify the nervous system, and help you lose weight, prevent the development of type II diabetes, and reduce swelling of limbs.



Even the banana peel, which is usually considered a waste product, has many uses. Banana peels contain proteins, essential amino acid, polyunsaturated fatty acids, potassium, and fiber. They also contain polyphenols and carotenoids. This miracle fruit has several benefits for skin and hair as well.



Cures acne


Rubbing a banana peel on acne-affected skin before bed time will help reduce the condition. Wash your face in the morning. You should be able to see results after a week of regular application.



Treats hair loss and dandruff


Applying a mixture of mashed banana and yoghurt to hair for a month will reduce hair loss and treat dandruff. You should leave the mixture on for an hour before washing off. This remedy also makes hair very shiny.



Softens skin


Banana pulp is ideal for softening skin due to its vitamin A and potassium content. A scrub made of mashed bananas and granulated sugar will soften the face and hands. The sugar granules will remove dead skin cells while the banana will pamper the skin.



Alternatively, another scrub made of banana, oatmeal, and coconut milk can also be used once a week to maintain soft and healthy skin. Oatmeal is less abrasive than sugar and coconut milk nourishes skin, bringing a glow.



Crushed strawberries, mashed bananas, and sugar make an excellent body scrub.



A paste of bananas, uncooked rice, and coconut milk is another good mixture for the face.



Conditions hair


Say goodbye to frizzy hair with a banana mask. A mixture of mashed bananas and honey will condition hair and reduce frizz. Ensure that hair is damp before application of the mask. The mixture can be applied to the hair as well as the scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and allow the absorption of the mixture into the scalp.



Another pack that can be used is a mixture of banana, olive oil, and egg white. This mask makes hair shiny and healthy.



For damaged hair, a mixture of ripe banana, coconut milk, and cocoa powder can be applied. This pack repairs damaged hair and makes it soft.



Yet another mixture for dry and damaged hair is mashed bananas and almond oil. Vitamins A, C, and E present in the ingredients nourish hair and make it soft, shiny, and healthy. Leave this pack on for 10-15 minutes before washing off with a good quality shampoo.



Hydrates skin


This tip is useful for people with dry and dull skin. Mashed banana applied to the face for 15-20 minutes can put the moisture back into your skin. You should wash off the banana with tepid water and then finish with a splash of cold water to close pores.



A mixture of banana and honey can also reduce pigmentation of skin, in addition to moisturizing it.



Treats oily skin


Banana can even reduce the oiliness of skin. A mixture of ripe bananas and lemon juice can remove excess oil from your face. The vitamin C content of banana discourages further oil production.



Another mask that can be used is made of mashed ripe bananas, sandalwood powder, and honey. This mask should be left on for around 25 minutes. Sandalwood powder removes excess oil from the face.



Treats itchy scalp


A mixture of bananas, avocado, and yoghurt can treat itchy scalp. You should leave it on for 20 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water. The potassium present in banana is the ingredient that reduces itchiness.



Prevents aging of skin


Move over anti-aging creams, you have the humble banana on the kitchen counter at your service! Avocados contain vitamin E, which is known to prevent wrinkles and fine lines from appearing on your face. Bananas have an antioxidant effect, wherein they capture free radicals formed in the skin due to the effect of environmental pollutants or the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and prevent them from damaging the cell membranes. A mixture of banana and avocado is a potent anti-aging combination.



Rose water mixed with mashed bananas is another anti-aging formula. The pack should be applied to the face and neck. Leave on for half an hour and the wash off with tepid water.



Reduces puffiness of eyes


The potassium in banana helps reduce puffy eyes. Rub banana pulp beneath eyes and see the difference! Alternatively, eating bananas regularly will also keep puffy eyes at bay as the potassium regulates the electrolyte balance in the body and prevents water retention.



Treats cracked heels


Cracked heels can be naturally treated by applying the pulp of bananas and leaving it on for 10 minutes. You will not stop admiring your soft and pink heels.



Removes warts


Regular application of the inside of banana peels can reduce the appearance of warts and can treat psoriasis.



Soothes mosquito bites


Mosquito bites and bug bites can be soothed by rubbing the inside of banana peels on the lesions. They also promote quick healing of skin.

8 Foods that Give You Gorgeous Skin

Posted by HenJa' on August 12, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Give your typical creams some backup, and care for your face naturally, as well. Nutritionist Dana James shared her favorite things to eat for a flawless complexion.


1. Papaya

You've probably used papaya in a facial scrub, but are you eating it, too? The fruit is a vitamin C serum and exfoliant all-in-one. It contains two days' worth of vitamin C, which helps to brighten and tighten skin. It's packed with vitamin A compounds, which regulate cell turnover in much the same way that a topical retinol-A does, albeit gentler. Papaya also contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which helps decrease redness in the skin by combating inflammation.

The Easy Recipes: A golden smoothie made with papaya, almond milk, and raw honey is a skin elixir. Or try fish topped with a papaya, carrot, and cilantro salsa.

2. Coconut Kefir

You've heard of coconut water. Now it's time to get acquainted with its even richer counterpart, coconut kefir, which is made by fermenting coconut water with beneficial bacteria. A shot of coconut kefir contains 15 billion CFU of probiotics, which is three times more than most commercial yogurt. These beneficial bacteria keep skin clear by crowding out pathogenic microbes, which can cause acne and hormonal imbalances. Coconut kefir is naturally sweet, which means it can also help to appease cravings for our skin's biggest foe, sugar.

The Easy Recipe: Drink coconut kefir first thing in the morning on an empty stomach; this will keep more of the probiotics alive.


3. Black Sesame Seeds

If late nights, alcohol, and indulgent food have taken a toll (no judging!), black sesame seeds help restore your skin's radiance and elasticity. Packed with essential fats, oleic acid, amino acids, potassium, and fiber, these seeds are so abundant in skin-beautifying nutrients that they deserve to be added to every meal-and probably could be!

The Easy Recipes: Sprinkle black sesame seeds over an organic green salad, add them to avocado on toast, or toss them through a quinoa salad.

4. Beets

Beets reverse dull skin by stimulating the lymphatic system and removing waste from our cells. Beets can also increase the oxygen-carrying ability in the blood by 400 percent, bringing brightness and vitality to the skin. They may even help reduce the appearance of cellulite by strengthening the dermal skin layer.

The Easy Recipes: 16 ounces of beet juice will have skin looking peachy and pretty for up to 12 hours. If juice isn't your thing, try a roasted beet salad or grate raw beets into a spinach salad.

 5. Lemons

Lemon juice helps remove fat-soluble toxins and old hormones, which may trigger breakouts and worsen oily skin. Lemon juice also emulsifies fats, which helps keep skin hydrated. Not to be left out, the lemon rind contains the flavonoid limonoid, which kills bacteria in the mouth and intestines, preventing bacterial-driven acne flare-ups.

The Easy Recipes: Starting your day with hot water and lemon is no secret in the beauty world, but to get the detoxifying benefits, you'll want to use the juice of at least half a lemon. Also add more lemon into your diet by using a lemon and olive oil dressing (versus a balsamic vinaigrette) and by topping sautéed vegetables with organic lemon zest.

6. Red cabbage

Red cabbage contains anthocyanins, the same purple pigment found in blueberries. These phytonutrients help decrease the formation of wrinkles and inhibit hyperpigmentation. Red cabbage has six times more vitamin C than green cabbage. It also contains the detoxifying nutrient sulforaphane, which helps clear toxins from the body that can lead to fine lines.

The Easy Recipes: Red cabbage looks pretty added to a kale salad and makes a refreshing summer slaw when paired with grated carrots and drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice.

7. Pumpkin seeds

If you're only eating pumpkin seeds in October, you're missing out. Loaded with zinc, vitamin E, sulfur, and omega-3 fats, the seeds heal, nourish, restore, and hydrate the skin. They can also repair blemish marks when you've had a breakout.

The Easy Recipes: Eat them raw because their delicate fats are destroyed when exposed to too much heat. Snack on them, toss them into an arugula salad, or add a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds to a smoothie.

8. Tomato juice

Heading to the beach or poolside? Start your day with a fresh tomato juice. The lycopene in tomatoes helps prevent UVA and UVB damage. An eight-ounce glass gives you a sun protection factor (SPF) of 5, so don't forget to add some sunscreen! Tomato juice also brings back life to dull skin-that's why a Virgin Mary is served at brunch (okay, perhaps not, but that's why you'll drink them)!

The Easy Recipes: To avoid pesticides, drink organic tomato juice. Alternatively, enjoy a tomato and watermelon gazpacho; watermelon has similar sun-protecting properties as tomatoes.


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