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Trash? Or the secret to clear skin…

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We love to tinker around in the kitchen. It’s become a sort of hobby– creating elixirs, tonics and broths (oh my!) to beautify our outsides from within– thanks to coveted superfoods we’ve fallen hard for.

But what about the magic in the more humble, everyday foods we know from childhood? An apple, for instance, is blessed with high fiber content and vitamin C to make for an enviable glow.

Say hello to another superstar fruit.  Here lies the banana perched atop your fruit bowl.

And the peel?  One person’s trash is another, more radiant person’s beautyfood treasure! Passed on by the experts at Botnia (science-based, botanical skincare, sold inside SHOP GOOD), we’ve stopped tossing the peels a while ago and actually use it to transform our skin for incredible results.

Wait… the banana peel?!?
Yep. Banana peels are actually packed with vitamin C, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium! (YUM.)  In fact, many cultures around the world eat the banana peel rather than discard it due its potent nutritional benefits.

But what makes this our favorite beautyfood is the high levels of Vitamin A; a fat-soluble vitamin that works as a strong antioxidant.  It’s known to be a skin healer, and works to smooth out aging skin, heal dry spots, reduce puffiness and fade scars, brown spots and acne!

Bonus Points: The peel also is home to the antioxidant lutein, which is known to protect the skin against sun damage, and can even treat other skin concerns like psoriasis, rashes and bug bites!

Here’s our recipe for a BANANA PEEL FACE MASK 

Use the inside of the peel directly on the skin and gently move it around your face in circular motions for a few minutes.  You’ll be left with a thin coat; let this oxidize on your skin until it turns a pretty brown color. As this dries, your skin will absorb the nutrients and vitamins of the peel. Then, rinse!

You can do this as often as you wish to achieve glowy, smooth skin.  To combat a breakout or problem area, simply repeat this 3x per day over the affected area. You should see healing begin to immediately occur!

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