Banana peels for your skin? Experts weigh in on latest TikTok skincare regimen advice

Can that part of the banana you usually throw away potentially provide hydration, gentle exfoliation, antioxidant effects and wrinkle reduction?

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Despite what you may see on social media, one skin expert says there is no singular “magic” skincare ingredient for anti-aging — even bananas. 

Despite what you may see on social media, one skin expert says there is no singular “magic” skincare ingredient for anti-aging — even bananas.

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You’ve heard of chemical peels for your skin, but what about banana peels?

Dr. Mamina Turegano, a dermatologist known on TikTok as @dr.mamina, has 862,500 followers in part thanks to her mother Michiko’s skincare regimen, which includes banana peels.

In a video that’s had over 758,000 views, the mother is seen rubbing a banana peel on her face, neck, arms and hands.

Can that be a beneficial part of your skincare routine?

Not so fast, says Dr. Samer Jaber, a dermatologist in New York.

“There is no science that rubbing banana peels on your skin can benefit your skin,” Jaber says. “That being said, bananas contain antioxidants, and rubbing bananas are unlikely to cause any harm to your skin.”

Banana peels are the next big thing in skin care, according to TikTok videos.

Banana peels are the next big thing in skin care, according to TikTok videos. |

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In the video, Turegano says bananas also contain other things that are popular in at-home facial masks, such as potassium, vitamins, zinc and amino acids.

Dr. Caroline Robinson, dermatologist and founder of Tone Dermatology, says she was struck by the viral account’s blend of traditional skincare practices with modern skincare from the dermatologist-daughter.

“It’s important to remember that many of our current skincare practices were born out of traditions that were ultimately tested under the scientific method,” Robinson says. “What we, as dermatologist, educate our patients about are the ingredients and techniques that have withstood that rigorous test. But that does not mean that there is not a place in each person’s individual skincare routine for traditions.”

In the video, Turegano says she gets her “love for healthy skin” from her Japanese mother, who is ”72 years young.”

In other videos, Turegano says more than bananas go into her mom’s skincare routine, which also includes sunscreen, retinol and moisturizer.

Jaber says there is no “magic” skincare ingredient for anti-aging.

“I think her mom is a wonderful example of how having a healthy lifestyle can positively impact your skin,” he says, including “protecting yourself from the sun, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, getting yourself moving every day and keeping a positive attitude.”

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