Beauty hack: Can a banana peel eye mask get rid of dark circles?

Social media users say stringy banana fibres can work wonders. Is there any truth in it?
Beauty hack: Can a banana peel eye mask get rid of dark circles?

A mixture of banana peel and aloe vera gel is a cure for dark under-eye circles some people swear by

The hack 

Using banana peel to relieve that most persistent beauty bugbear: dark circles (or periorbital dark circles, if we’re being fancy) under the eyes.

The promise 

An old trick revivied on TikTok makes an under-eye mask from banana peel.

The test 

The causes of dark circles vary – genetics, age, lifestyle and skin type can all play a part. Using a retinol-based product to stimulate plumping collagen can help a little, but I get the allure of the banana skin hack, because it is known to be nutrient-rich – and some retinols can irritate the skin. 

I take the skin, and scoop out the white fibres inside with a spoon – some users then suggest mixing this with aloe vera gel – before applying it under my eyes for 10 minutes. 

While I understand that the mildly exfoliating salicylic acid in the banana skin could lighten my dark circles, after a week, and three tries, I can see no difference at all. I try using just the peel itself, cut into strips and placed directly under my eyes. 

Instead, I end up with a “phloem bundle” (a banana string) stuck in my eyelashes.

The verdict 

If you have a banana skin handy, why not? But realistically, using a retinol-based eye cream and a concealer – and seeing a specialist if you’re concerned – is the way to go.

The Guardian

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