We all know how healthy fruit is for our bodies. But did you know that fruit can also work wonders for our skin?
Papaya, along with many other kinds of fruit, plays a really important part in skin care. What exactly makes papaya so astounding for the skin? Let’s find out.
The naturally high vitamin A and papain content found in papaya helps break down the proteins and gives your skin elasticity and increases your collagen levels. On top of that, it’s rich with natural alpha-hydroxy acids(AHAs) that brighten the complexion and make your skin softer.
Did you know that papaya can help reduce the signs of aging? The antioxidants also give papaya incredible anti-aging benefits that will keep your skin youthful and plump for a long time.
Include papaya regularly in your diet and you too will start noticing these benefits in no time! It’s a wonderful detox fruit that results in so many benefits other than smooth and glowy skin. You can add it in your favorite smoothie recipe, have it as a healthy snack or add it in a refreshing fruit salad. Remember, skin health comes from within!
The vitamin A content rejuvenates the skin from the outside, while the enzyme papain can treat acne breakouts. Since it’s rich in potassium, it hydrates the skin and prevents it from being dull-looking. Due to the enzyme called papain, it works as a natural and effective exfoliator, brightens the skin and removes dead skin cells which help the skin repair itself. It removes flaky patches and the inactive protein that’s sitting on the top layer of your skin.
Papaya has a high number of healing enzymes that can also protect the skin against sun damage or treat existing sunburns. While we’re on the topic of healing properties, did you know that it can papain also heals wounds, cuts and prevents the scars and marks from getting bigger? You can apply papaya slices directly on your scars in order to help speed up your recovery time.
The chymopapain and papain it contains have antibacterial and antifungal properties that help the skin exfoliate itself without being too harsh on it.
If you’ve ever had a nasty breakout, then you probably already know that the mark it leaves is a lot harder to get rid of than the zit itself. Hyperpigmentation can be tricky to deal with, but not impossible.
Papaya can help with this annoying side-effect of acne due to the skin lightening properties it contains. These, along with the enzymes, phytochemicals and high beta-carotene content help brighten the skin and heal the complexion.
Papain acts as a natural exfoliator and helps the skin repair itself and get rid of dead skin cells, which will prevent your skin from breaking out in the future. This results in a dewy and incredibly soft skin.
If you’re inspired to incorporate this superfood in your skincare routine and are looking for ideas on how to do it, we’re here to help! These masks will not only keep your skin healthy in the long run and prevent future breakouts from happening, but they will also treat any existing skin issues you might be suffering with. In order to optimize its benefits, it’s best to combine it with other ingredients that are known to heal the skin.
Turmeric, the spice that’s become well-known in the beauty community, is truly a wonder when it comes to skin health! With its anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties, it’s a match made in heaven when you combine it with papaya.
For this mask, you’ll need half a cup of mashed papaya, a tablespoon of turmeric and a few drops of vitamin E oil. Combine the ingredients together, apply the paste on your face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off.
This ultra-hydrating face mask is ideal for those who have dry skin. Honey moisturizes your skin and has antibacterial properties. Just make sure you use organic and pure honey.
Simply mix together half a cup of papaya with one tablespoon of honey and apply it on your face. If you have rosehip oil at home, you can also add it in the paste. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then thoroughly wash it off.
If you suffer from acne and hyperpigmentation, then this mask would be perfect for you! Lemon juice can brighten the skin and even out the skin tone due to the amount of vitamin C it contains. And when you add papaya to the mix, you get an antioxidant powerhouse.
For this mask, combine mashed papaya with a few drops of lemon juice and apply it on your face. After it sits for 15 to 20 minutes wash it off with lukewarm water.
If you’re ever in need of easy DIY spot treatment for acne or pigmentation, we’ve got you covered! Papaya’s skin brightening properties, along with all the vitamins and enzymes it contains can work wonders as an overnight treatment.
The only thing you’ll need for this is a tablespoon of papaya juice and a cotton ball. After you’re done juicing the papaya, dip one cotton ball in it and apply it on the affected areas. You can leave it on for 15 minutes or overnight, the choice is up to you. When you get up, wash your face as you would normally.
For a quick and effective anti-aging treatment, try out this method. Rub one banana peel all over your face for gentle exfoliation and in order to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. After you’re done with the gentle massage, wash your face and apply moisturizer. Did you know that papaya peels contain as many antioxidants as the meat itself?
In addition to its natural exfoliating properties, papaya can also be mixed with other ingredients in order to create the perfect exfoliator that can get rid of dead skin cells and regenerate the skin regularly.
Mix one tablespoon of pure papaya with one or two tablespoons of brown sugar and one teaspoon of coconut oil. Rub this mixture all over your face and body with gentle motions for a couple of minutes and then wash it off in the shower. Your skin will thank you later! You can also add grounded coffee beans if you want an easy and natural anti-cellulite treatment.
On top of all these amazing benefits for the skin, this famous superfood can help with many other conditions.
Papaya is amazing for the hair. It promotes hair growth, helps with dandruff and prevents premature graying and thinning due to the high amount of beta carotene and antioxidants.
Some people claim that it can also help with irregular periods and menstrual cramps.
It can also brighten the under-eye area and help with dark circles. Moreover, the beta carotene boosts eye health. What’s not to love?
When it comes to the side-effects of papaya, they mostly happen when you consume too much of it or if your body has some intolerance to it.
As far as topical use of papaya is concerned, there’s nothing to worry about unless you’re allergic to it. Of course, if any irritation or itching appears after you use it, then stop immediately and contact your doctor.
If consumed in overly large doses, the papain enzyme can damage the esophagus and cause irritation. Large doses are also not appropriate for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, for people who suffer from diabetes and hypothyroidism.
If you’ve never been a fan of papayas due to their texture or taste, it’s best to incorporate them in your diet slowly. You shouldn’t have any problems taste-wise if you mask the taste by adding them in smoothies or big fruit salads. Papayas are truly a gift from nature. They have splendid benefits both when they’re consumed and when they’re applied directly on your skin.
When it comes to the topical application, it’s best to use a patch test on the inner elbow fold and see how your skin reacts to it on a smaller area on the skin first.
Make sure not to consume too much papaya though, so that you can enjoy its benefits fully.