Interestingly, actual banana skin does have one good benefit. According to Dr Karan Raj, a TikTok influencer and doctor working in the NHS, it’s great for treating itchy insect bites. “If you’ve got a bug bite, try the humble banana,” he says in a video. “Press the inside, fleshy bit of a banana peel against the itchy area. This relieves itching because banana peel contains salicylic acid: a compound which reduces inflammation; the same compound is found in aspirin.” He adds: “It also contains natural oils and antioxidants like vitamin E, which help to reduce histamine release.” Vitamin E is also a great moisturising ingredient often found in rich face creams and body lotions.