Banana skins are loaded with skin and hair boosting nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, and B9 (Folate), plus minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium and zinc. The fruit is best eaten raw and not too ripe.
Banana skins can be used externally to hydrate hair and skin and are surprisingly helpful for oil control. Regular banana skin hair masks can make hair shiny, frizz-free and assist in controlling dandruff. Due to their nutritional content and especially their high phytosterol content, a banana skin mask can repair dry damaged skin because phytosterols reduce fluid loss and act as a moisturiser.
Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which can help with acne breakouts. Tea tree essential oil can also fight viruses, moulds and fungi. It has shown benefit to those suffering acne, eczema, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.
It can also be used to treat skin wounds and helps to promote faster healing. It soothes insect bites, sunburn and sore skin and has potent effects against jock itch, athletes foot and fungal nails. In 2008 a case study tea tree oil was used to treat warts successfully. Tea Tree Oil has also been used effectively to treat strep throat and respiratory infections, so this is an all-rounder and definitely one for the natural medicine cupboard
A makeup detox can be highly beneficial if followed completely, and alongside an internal detox. Commonly, a makeup detox is avoiding use of makeup and going ‘all-natural’ while following a skin care regime. However, to gain full benefits, it should also include thorough cleaning or replacement of all makeup tools such as brushes, combs, sponges and other applicators and the makeup bag itself.
Going makeup free promotes skin cell turnover, but it is the internal detox which brings about healthy new skin cells. Manipulating the diet alongside a makeup free 5-10 days will nourish the deeper levels of skin which will soon come to the surface and that revelas the result of your efforts. It is also a good time for a makeup review! Ditch the fragrant products and opt for all natural, organic, non-toxic ones. Consider a makeup detox when you break out often, or the skin is itchy, flaky, patchy or dull.
Going to your doctor to seek skin advice may be necessary is some cases. A GP can refer to a Dermatologist where necessary, but in most cases a simple cleaning up of the diet, identifying food sensitivities and following a hypo-allergenic skin care regime could be the resolution to skin issues.
At Pulse Light Clinic there are many options for treating skin conditions with Intense Pulse Light, LED, Hydrafacial Therapy, and the Picosure laser. They also offer Food Intolerance Testing under the guidance of their in-house Nutritional Therapist. Going to the GP should be a last resort since their workload is often overwhelming with patients having far more serious health conditions.
By Lisa Borg, In House Nutritionist.