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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.
-Guatamalan 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.
-Your hands 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.