Papaya or paw paw, as commonly called in Africa, is an amazing fruit for the skin. Papaya has rightly been named as the ‘angel fruit’ due to its versatility and amazing properties. It is a wholesome and nutritive fruit and a rich source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that keep the body’s systems in optimal health. It is not only an excellent aid for digestion, but it is also very beneficial for the skin when used topically in the form of face packs It is a great antioxidant due to the very high content of Vitamin A.
In addition, papaya fruit contains papain, which breaks down inactive proteins, and therefore helps to remove dead skin cells. This gives this bright orange fruit great exfoliating properties. If all that was not enough, papaya has also been said to have good anti-aging properties due to the high content of alpha-hydroxy acids (the AHAs). In addition, papaya can help with blemishes, uneven skin tone and will bring a lovely glow to the skin.
Papaya has amazing qualities and it’s really affordable to get.
How to use this fruit in a face pack for your skin
What you need:
– Half a papaya, pips scooped out
– 2 table spoons oats
– A dash of olive/coconut oil
– Juice of about 1/4 of a lemon
- Scoop out the seeds of the papaya and remove the skin. Cut the fruit into small pieces and mush it up either in a blender or with a fork.
- Grind the oats.
- Mix the papaya and the oats together.
- Add the oil and the lemon juice, and you’re set to go!
- Apply the mask onto the whole face and neck, avoiding the eye area, leave for 10 mins or so and wash off.
Using half a papaya can actually be enough for two applications. The oats in the mask helps to soothe the skin and add more exfoliation upon rinsing. The oats as part of the ingredients for the mask is only a suggestion, you can alter the recipe to suit your skin, for example you can add lemon or honey for sensitive skin, or maybe yogurt.
Written By Ugochi Obiajunwa