Search “Fruit of the Angels” and Papaya will be your result. Dubbed this by Christopher Columbus because of its sweet flavor and soft butter-like consistency, this once rare exotic fruit has become mainstream and can even be found in your skin, hair and beauty products. But what makes papaya such an impressive ingredient?
This tropical fruit is rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, and has antioxidant properties. It also contains magnesium, potassium, niacin, carotene, protein, fiber and an enzyme called papain that provides many health benefits (1). One of the most effective uses is for brightening skin complexion and lightening dark spots. The enzyme papain promotes skin renewal and cellular turnover. Papain along with with the alpha-hydroxy acids in papaya also help exfoliate and soften skin, reducing acne, making papaya a great ingredient for face masks, while leaving your skin hydrated. Vitamin C in papaya also helps fight off damaging free radicals, helping to protect your collagen and elastin, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay (2).
These are just a few of the many benefits of papaya and why you should grab one the next time you’re at the grocery store. For more health and wellness uses, and recipes to try on your own, check this out, here.
- Use freshly squeezed lemon juice to make this face mask.
- Do facial steaming before hand to open up your pores. This will allow the face mask to penetrate deep and nourish your skin cells.
- Use raw honey for best results. Processed products will contain additives that can irritate sensitive skin.
- Blend or mash up the soft ripe papaya into a lump-free puree.
- Add the honey and lemon juice and mix well.
- Apply the face mask onto your clean face and let it dry for 15 minutes.
- When the time is up, gently use warm water to loosen the face mask.
- Do a final rinse off with cold water. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.