Ex­pert opin­ion

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A bit of olive oil and honey is good for the skin it seems. MANY al­ter­na­tive uses for food that you find on the In­ter­net (be­sides eat­ing it) claim to ben­e­fit the skin.

Since we couldn’t try them all, we en­listed the help of der­ma­tol­o­gist David Kaplan from Over­land Park, Kansas, to help clear things up. For me, shav­ing with peanut but­ter was a dis­as­ter. But sev­eral sites in­sist that putting peanut but­ter on your skin, or olive oil in your bath, is ben­e­fi­cial. Says one site: “With its an­tiox­i­dants and fatty acids it’s sure to leave skin soft and sup­ple, while help­ing it fight the signs of age­ing and the ef­fects of the sun.” What do you think?

They both have merit. The peanut but­ter thing is in­ter­est­ing. I’d rather have them use peanut oil. As far as be­ing a mois­turiser, I’m sure it does a good job, but aes­thet­i­cally it wouldn’t be my first choice. And it might make things in­ter­est­ing with your part­ner. Now we move to egg whites. One site says: “Ap­ply a lit­tle egg white un­der your eyes to help re­duce puffi­ness, and the ever-dreaded eye bags. Let the liq­uid dry, then rinse it off.” Any­thing to this?

It would give you a nice tem­po­rary fix be­cause as the egg whites dry, they stiffen. It would be a lit­tle like ap­ply­ing some ad­he­sive tape to give it some ex­ter­nal sup­port. But as soon as you wipe it off, you’d be right back where you started. In this case, it would be sort of em­bar­rass­ing to be caught with­out the egg on your face. OK, try this one: “Use egg whites mixed with a touch of le­mon and honey as a fa­cial mask that leaves oily skin re­freshed and dry. If your skin is nat­u­rally dry just use the yolk, or if it’s mixed, use a lit­tle of both.”

I sort of like this one. Honey, be­cause of the high sugar con­tent, ac­tu­ally acts not only to clean out the pores, it also has anti-bac­te­rial prop­er­ties. Mov­ing on to ba­nanas, can you re­ally soften the skin, re­duce wrin­kles, warts and acne out­breaks, help bruises heal faster, re­duce the swelling and in­flam­ma­tion of bug bites and poi­son ivy, help re­move splin­ters, treat pso­ri­a­sis and im­prove the over­all tex­ture and tone of your skin just by rub­bing the in­side of a ba­nana peel on your­self?

Un­be­liev­able. I’m go­ing to be out of busi­ness soon. You know, if it sounds too good to be true, it prob­a­bly is. But if you cover up pso­ri­a­sis, whether it’s with a ba­nana peel or duct tape, and leave it there for sev­eral hours, you can im­prove it. And as far as warts go, stud­ies show that warts can be treated suc­cess­fully up to 70% of the time by psy­cho­log­i­cal sug­ges­tion. If peo­ple buy into it, you can make it go away. The ba­nana peel just re­in­forces this the­ory. But, no, it won’t do any­thing for bruis­ing. How about soft­en­ing rough skin? Will ba­nana peels do that?

Yeah, it will soften your skin. For in­stance, you could wrap a ba­nana around dry heels, and it can help. Just don’t walk on it. Ba­nana peels. Slip­pery. Not good. But se­ri­ously, there’s just a ton of claims about ba­nana peels out there. One site says: “The ba­nana peel con­tains a num­ber of an­tiox­i­dants and min­er­als that can help the skin re­store it­self nat­u­rally. ... The key com­pounds in the peel in­clude potas­sium and other an­tiox­i­dants that help to keep the skin look­ing soft, sup­ple and healthy.” Thoughts?

It does con­tain an­tiox­i­dants. The prob­lem is it does not pen­e­trate. How about treat­ing acne with the in­side of a ba­nana peel?

The jury is still out on that one. But I think there are lots of other ef­fec­tive treat­ment op­tions that would be more de­sir­able than a ba­nana. Re­duc­ing wrin­kles with ba­nana peels?

I think peo­ple who try that would just be mon­key­ing around. – Peo­ple who make claims of won­der uses with ba­nana peels are just mon­key­ing around.

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