TikTokers are using banana skin to get rid of dark circles and more

“You did this for what?”

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / September 17 2021

TikTokers somehow always manage to find new ways to shock us with their unusual beauty rituals. The latest skin care craze taking the platform by storm? Slapping a few banana peels under your eyes and letting the fruit wrappers lay waste to your dark circles, acne and pigmentation.

And we know what you’re thinking – why? Why would someone do this? 

Well, apparently there’s legitimate science behind the fruit recycling hack. Or at least that’s what Claire Williams, skin specialist and founder of WOW Facial told Refinery29: “Bananas have many great vitamins and minerals such as potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C and iron, which are ingredients known to have benefits on the skin."

"There are also acids in bananas, which are beneficial to the skin, but the pH of these acids isn't low enough to create deep exfoliation," which is why Williams suggests more potent, clinically-proven alternatives such as mandelic and glycolic acid for faster results. 

We don’t know about you, but we’re happy to forgo plastering ourselves in decaying banana skins in lieu of Williams' professional opinion. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few skin care goodies packed full of exfoliating alternatives to banana peel (think: AHAs like mandelic and glycolic acid or gentle LHAs if you have sensitive skin).

We recommend:

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA ($44 at Paula’s Choice); L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Eye Cream ($26.99 at Chemist Warehouse); and NeoStrata Clarify Mandelic Mattifying Serum ($35.99 at Chemist Warehouse).

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Eye Cream

NeoStrata Clarify Mandelic Mattifying Serum

A lesser known exfoliator that should be on your radar? PHAs are the gentle hydroxy acid you need to know about.

Main image credit: @annalovesu

Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.