I bet you didn't know that today is Fruity Friday?
Fruity Friday is a bit of fun with a serious message; it’s part of Cancer Prevention Week, an awareness and fundraising week that promotes everything to do with healthy lifestyle which includes eating well and keeping fit.
WCRF UK is dedicated to preventing cancer, and promoting the fact that according to scientific research about a third of the most common cancers could be prevented by eating a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight.
It’s all serious stuff, but WCRF are asking everyone to ‘Go Bananas’ today, wear yellow and donate £2 in support of the campaign. In recognition of the campaign, we thought we would also bring you some delicious banana-based recipes.
Bananas have natural moisturising properties and are packed with minerals and vitamins (Vitamin E, C, B and A) – all perfect for healthy skin and hair. Because bananas are also full of potassium, they are also a really effective emollient, and the tryptophan in bananas makes them great for home based beauty treatments.
Honey & Banana Face Mask
This delicious face mask is good enough to eat, with nourishing banana and honey to hydrate. There’s even a squeeze of zesty lemon to help reduce acne or any scarring. And it’s super-cheap!
• One ripe, soft banana
• One tablespoon of honey
• Ten drops of lemon juice
Method: Cut the banana into chunks and mash into a small mixing bowl. Add the honey and lemon and mix together well.
Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Take it off with a warm, damp cloth.
Banana and Wheat germ deep conditioning treatment
Take a ripe banana and purée it until smooth in a blender. Add a few drops of wheat germ oil (available from health food shops). Apply the conditioner to your hair and leave it on for a few minutes. Wash your hair as you would normally.