Do you eat ripe papaya? Wow, Congratulations! You have already included a wonderful ingredient to stay fit and radiant. Beauty experts around the globe consider papaya a wonder food.
This tropical fruit exudes benefits both in consumption and topical application. Papaya is rich in alphahydroxy acids (AHA), vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium and potassium to name a few. It has property to exfoliate the dead cells and it also carries anti-ageing benefits. This fruit is also known to enhance the skin’s tone and texture.
But if the mushy texture of ripe papaya pulp does not appeal to your tongue you can at least reap its benefits from applying it on your skin!
See, how it helps!
Slough away dead cells: Mash a slice of ripe papaya and apply over clean face. Let it stay for 15 minutes and wash with warm water. After this apply your daily moisturizer. Your face will feel soft as the enzymes present in the papaya gently exfoliate your dead cells.
Treat mature skin: Mix half a cup of mashed ripe papaya with 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 egg white. Apply this paste all over the face and let it rest till it dries. Wash with warm water to find a softer and fresher skin.
- A few drops of lemon to this mask will assist in skin whitening.
- You can add a spoon of fresh curd to this paste; it will help to de-tan.
- Add a few drops of olive or almond oil to treat super-dry skin.
Lighten dark spots: In order to cure dark spots and blemishes, mix a slice of ripe papaya with 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of milk. Let this paste stay over skin till it dries and then wash it off. This pack will also aid in reducing wrinkles and can be applied once or twice a week.
Exfoliating mask for body: Mix mashed papaya with fullers earth (or kaolin, if it suits you) and a spoon of aloe vera gel. Apply all over the body and after 15 minutes with circular massaging movements, wash with plain water. It will exfoliate dead cells leaving the skin fresh and tight. So Spa-ey! Apply weekly for a baby-soft, radiant skin.
- Add a spoon of olive or almond oil if you have dry skin.
Brighten skin: Blend a bowl of unripe papaya with a teaspoon each of yoghurt, honey and few drops of vitamin E oil. Apply over face and after 15 minutes rinse it off with water. A regular application will lighten the skin tone.
No more pores: Enlarged pores on the facial skin can be treated with papaya vinegar. Papaya vinegar can be prepared by cutting small cubes of an unripe papaya and filling it two third in a glass jar. Fill the jar with apple cider vinegar till the cubes of papaya are covered. Let the concoction mature for four to five weeks. Now strain out the vinegar and thus papaya vinegar is ready for application. Just pour some on a cotton balls and wipe face with it at night and in the morning.
- If you have a hypersensitive skin, try a patch test for two days before starting the regime.
Make a skin toner: Mix 2 tablespoons of papaya vinegar with 4 tablespoons of lavender water and half a cup of rose water. This mixture can be applied as often as required.
Any more tips? We are eager to hear!