You’ve heard of chemical peels for your skin, but what about banana peels?
TikTok user @dr.mamina, dermatologist Mamina Turegano, has gained a fan base of 862,500 followers thanks in part to her mother Michiko’s viral skincare regimen, which includes treating her skin with peels of banana.
In the video, which has garnered over 758,000 views, Michiko is seen rubbing a banana peel on her face, neck, arms and hands.
Can that part of the banana you usually throw away be a beneficial part of your skincare routine?
Not so fast, says Dr. Samer Jaber, a dermatologist at Washington Square Dermatology in New York.
“There’s no science that rubbing banana peels on your skin can benefit your skin,” Jaber says. “That being said, bananas contain antioxidants and rubbing bananas is unlikely to cause harm to your skin.”
In the video, Turegano says bananas also contain other properties that are popular in home face masks such as potassium, vitamins, zinc, and amino acids.
She says potential benefits include hydration, gentle exfoliation, antioxidant effects, and wrinkle reduction.
Dr. Caroline Robinson, dermatologist and founder of Tone Dermatology, said she was struck by the dermatologist’s daughter’s viral mix of traditional skincare practices and modern skincare. Robinson noted that there were probably no studies on the use of banana peels as a skin treatment.
“It’s important to remember that many of our current skincare practices grew out of traditions that were ultimately tested the scientific way. What we as dermatologists educate our patients on is the ingredients and techniques that have withstood this rigorous test, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place in every person’s skincare routine for tradition.”
As the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Robinson says there are wellness practices she incorporates into her own routine that are derived from her culture.
“There are skin care practices with hydration and fragrances that my mother taught me that I still practice today because they help me feel closer to her and to my culture” , she says.
In the video, Turegano says she got her “love for healthy skin” from her Japanese mother, who is “72 years old.”
In other videos, Turegano explains more about how bananas go into his mom’s skincare routine. Michiko’s daily routine also includes sunscreen, retinol, and moisturizer. She also does facial massages and keeps her body active with yoga, gardening and other exercises.
Despite what you may see on social media, Jaber sadly says that there is no singular “magic” skincare ingredient for anti-aging – even bananas.
“I think his mom is a wonderful example of how a healthy lifestyle can have a positive impact on your skin,” he says. “I’m a firm believer in keeping your skincare regimen simple. Protect yourself from the sun, eat healthy, get enough sleep, move every day, and keep a positive attitude.”
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