Let’s play a quick little game of word association. When we say “banana” what comes to mind? Well, there’s that catchy Gwen Stefani song from the 2000s. And there’s banana bread—ooh—and bananas Foster. It’s also a classic cereal and oatmeal topping, as well as the perfect companion to a spoonful (or, um,, half a jar) of almond butter. And now you can add banana face masks to that list.
Yup, that’s right. When applied topically, the pantry item has surprising benefits. In fact, do a quick search of “banana face masks” and you’ll come across hundreds of vlogs and blogs touting the magical, skin-brightening and softening powers of the humble fruit. It’s no coincidence that it’s become one of the top trending ingredients in recent years. (More on that later.)