Bananas are a popular healthy addition to any diet and a great choice of post-workout fuel to replenish the body and give you a much needed energy boost. In fact, they’re my absolute most favourite fruit in every form- banana ice cream, banana pudding, muffins, pie- you name it. But who knew the humble banana could also offer so many beauty benefits. Rich in amino acids and antioxidants, everybody’s favourite yellow snack is also a great source of beauty boosting vitamins A, B and C and minerals such as potassium and zinc which can also help to keep skin in top form.
I’ve been an passionate wearer of sunscreen for over eight years now; around the same time that I left foggy old London for Dubai’s sunny climes. And not just your standard factor 15; I’m talking full on SPF 50+ come rain or shine. In fact, I don’t even need to be leaving the house to slather on the sun protection.
Despite all the scientific evidence proving that sunblocks actively prevent skin cancer and more importantly, wrinkles and saggy skin (ha!) it’s one of the most ignored products in women’s skincare routines.
When was the last time you exfoliated your back? Or took action on the dry, scaly skin on the backs of your legs? Yeah, me neither. When rough skin makes an appearance on our knees or elbows, most of us are quick to whip out the moisturiser and some of us are even pretty zealous about sloughing off the dead, scaly skin cells in the places we can see. But when it comes to these four less-than-visible areas of our bodies, it’s more a case of out of sight, out of mind.
We’ve all been there. You stumble home at the wrong side of 2am, crash down on your bed plastered in makeup which is now less sultry smoky and more blurry-eyed panda. But the prospect of standing hunched over your bathroom sink while you scramble your way through your usual cleansing routine is just unthinkable- despite that pesky little voice inside warning you of the impending zits and blackheads. Ssshhh!
Enter micellar water to save the day.