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?
You’ve heard of chemical peels for your skin, but what about banana peels?
Dr. Mamina Turegano, a dermatologist known on TikTok firstname.lastname@example.org, has 862,500followersin part thanks to her motherMichiko’sskincare regimen, which includesbanana peels.
In a video that’s had over 758,000 views,the motheris 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.”
In the video, Turegano says bananasalso containother things that are popular in at-home facial masks, such as potassium, vitamins, zinc and amino acids.
Dr. Caroline Robinson, dermatologist and founder ofTone Dermatology, says she was struck by the viral account’sblend oftraditional 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’sskincare 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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