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Bananas for youthful skin! Woman, 72, reveals very quirky beauty tip

She says onion peel tea helps too

Skincare products usually come in a fancy bottle with a captivating logo and tagline to draw you in, before you hand over your hard-earned cash.

Not this time!

Today’s beauty secret costs the grand total of 20p and can be plucked from the fruit and veg aisle in your local supermarket.

We are, of course, talking about the humble banana.

And one fresh-faced woman, 72, swears by them as the fountain of youth.

[Credit: Mamina Turegano]

Her daughter Mamina Turegano, a renowned dermatologist in the United States, caught her mum on camera carrying out her daily routine to prove just how powerful the yellow fruit is.

Mamina’s mother Michiko can be seen rubbing the skins over her face and arms to prevent unwanted ageing, as well as practicing other wellbeing rituals that she swears by.

As the charismatic Michiko invites viewers into her quirky regime, Mamina narrates the footage, saying she also gets her love for healthy skin from her Japanese mother.

In the video, Mamina says: “Bananas actually have a lot of properties that are beneficial to the skin, which is why they’re so popular in at-home DIY facial masks.

“Bananas are jam-packed with nutrients, including potassium, vitamin A, C and E, and zinc.”

[Credit: Mamina Turegano]

She adds: “Skin benefits include great hydration, exfoliation, and fighting wrinkles.”

If you’re willing to go a little more hardcore, then you might want to consider onions too. Onion peel tea, to be precise!

It seems Michiko also has a penchant for sipping it, which provides a supplementary boost to her banana power.

While it may seem a little wacky, studies support claims that it improves health as the quercetin – a flavonoid which is a type of antioxidant – has multiple benefits, including anti-ageing.

All you need to do is peel the onion, wash the skin thoroughly, place a handful into a pot of water, bring it to a boil and let the skin simmer for up to 30 minutes, then chug it back.  

Mamina also revealed her mum does yoga, hits parts of her body to “get circulation moving and energy flowing”, massages her face daily with a roller, and grows her own veg.

In addition to these wellness practices, Michiko uses a device known as ‘the chi machine’, that involves lying down and resting her legs on an oscillating footrest said to induce relaxation and enhance lymphatic drainage – which helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues.

Praising her mum’s zest for life, Mamina said: “Most importantly, she knows how to be goofy. She has the most hilarious sense of humour, loves to make us laugh and she laughs a lot too.”

Just off to buy some bananas…

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