The Beauty of Bananas
I never really gave bananas a great deal of thought until I went to
Martinique earlier this year and actually saw a banana tree. To my
amazement, they are HUGE and the bananas are protected by blue plastic
bags that expand as the banana bunches grow. Our guide also told us
that a banana tree has the life expectancy of one year. The crop is
then picked and the tree cut down. A new tree will grow in its place
and in a year, a new bunch of bananas.
This week, I thought that we would take a closer look at bananas and
what kind of impact they have on the beauty industry and how they can
play a part in our beauty regimen.
-Apparently, The Body Shop used 250,000 bananas each year for their banana products.
ladies often used mashed bananas to help relieve dry skin. If you can
talk yourself into a nice leisurely rest for 20 minutes or so, slice a
banana and then simply lay the slices on your face to allow the oils
and vitamins to permeate the layers.
-For damaged hair, combine a
ripe banana with a few drops of almond oil. Massage into your hair and
then allow to work it's wonders for about 15 minutes. Rinse with soda
water and then shampoo and condition as usual.
-In 1999, at the
largest Tudor archeological site in the world, something incredible was
unearthed. It was a lowly banana... a very well preserved 500 year old
banana. See link below.
-Bananas were officially introduced to
America at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Each banana was
wrapped in foil and sold for a dime.
-If you are looking for an
exfoliating mask, blend a mashed banana with white cosmetic clay and
apply. This mask is both moisturizing and nourishing.
can benefit from bananas as well. Mash a banana with a little butter
and then rub the mixture into your hands. That is all there is to it.