Achieving perfect banana ripeness is no mean feat, and maintaining it for more than a day? That’s near impossible! One minute they’re hard and green, the next, soggy and brown. Once they’re passed their best it’s tough to know what to do with them!

While they might not taste all that great as a snack – yellow mush? No thanks – there are plenty of things that overripe bananas can be used for. From tasty treats to health and beauty remedies, discover our interesting range of ways to use bananas, no matter how ripe they are.

1. Make a banana body scrub

Although overripe bananas may look ugly, their rich nutrients will make you look anything but. Bananas are high in vitamins A, B, E and also full of potassium, making them an ideal base for a body scrub.

This all-natural, three-ingredient banana body scrub from Imperial Sugaris so easy to make. It smells gorgeous and will make your skin feel softer than ever. Plus, there are even printable labels to pop on jars making this the perfect gift. It’s a great way to use up leftover bananas, that’s for sure.

2. Banana teeth whitener

Have you joined the teeth-whitening craze yet? Get brighter, whiter teeth at home with the help of a banana skin.

Remove the fruit (save this for later) and cut a square from the skin. Rub the square along your teeth for two minutes before brushing normally. Repeat every few days to see a noticeable change in the shade of your teeth.

3. Pamper yourself with a banana face mask

The high vitamin content of overripe bananas make them the ideal choice for a natural face mask. You don’t need many ingredients to knock up a seriously hydrating concoction that will do wonders for skin. Mix together:

  •  1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 overripe medium banana

Apply a thick layer to skin and sit back and relax for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

4. Banana foot softener

Let feet get too dry, and cracks may appear. These can be painful, so it’s best to treat dry feet fast.

A great way to use up overripe bananas is to make a foot mask. Take half an overripe banana, add a few drops of honey, and apply to feet. Wrap your feet up in clingfilm and sit back for 10 minutes.

Wash off to reveal supple and soft feet.

5. Acne treatment

Similarly to the fruit itself, banana skin is also high in nutrition. The vitamins, along with potassium, zinc, iron and manganese help to soothe skin and reduce acne.

Lie back and place squares of the skin onto affected areas to treat them.

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