Papaya is full of alpha hydroxy acids and enzymes like papain that break down dead skin cells when used topically. Regular use of fresh papaya fruit on the face & skin often leads to an improvement in the tone, texture and appearance of our skin and even a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
papaya facial treatments are also useful for treating acne, minor scarring, sunburn and age spots and the papaya mask recipes ahead may be useful for these conditions as well.
Regular use of fresh papaya fruit on the face often leads to an improvement in the tone, texture and appearance of our skin and even a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
Be aware that there might be a very mild skin lightening effect as well over time, once again due to the alpha hydroxy acids. This is something to be aware of if you’re working on your tan, but is generally seen as a good thing, with many people describing their skin as ‘glowing’.
Papaya peel actually contains even more of the beneficial papain enzymes than the fruit so the facial treatments ahead utilize this. If you have very sensitive skin it may be best to first try them without the papaya peel and then add a quarter or half of peel suggested in future to see how it affects your face.
Papaya is one unique fruit that has an enzyme called papain that is responsible for following benefits:
- Skin whitening
- Reducing unwanted hair
- Exfoliating dead skin
- Repairing ageing skin
- Moisturising dry skin
- Healing cuts and burns
Papain enzyme is present in maximum concentration just under the peel of unripe papaya. Therefore, always prefer peel not the pulp of papaya for use on skin, except in sensitive skin. Besides papain, papaya is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, folate, magnesium and potassium. In this article, I have discussed in details the 7 benefits of papaya for skin along with the recipes. So, read on!
Papaya has a potent skin lightening action owing to its exfoliating action and direct skin lightening effect of enzyme papain.
Reducing unwanted hair
Studies show that papain enzyme from the peel of papaya can inhibit hair growth
Exfoliating dead skin
Many high-end scrubs available in the market, use papain as an exfoliating agent. Papain enzyme magically restores the even-toned look of your skin by accelerating the shedding of dead skin cells.
Repairing ageing skin
Papaya reverses the skin ageing owing to its skin repairing, exfoliating and hydrating action. Few hypothesis supports it has direct anti-aging action as well; papain enzyme reduces wrinkles by modulating the collagen and elastic fibres in the dermis.
Moisturising dry skin
The pulp of ripe papaya fruit providing hydration and nutrition to the skin owing to its water, carbohydrate, and fat content.
Healing cuts and burns
Did you know that papaya has been studied extensively for its wound healing benefits? The papain enzyme not only helps in healing of the wound but also keeps the bacteria away and prevents the scar from getting bigger. You can simply put the flesh of papaya fruit on fresh cuts, wounds, and even burns to promote a speedy recovery.
You can try all the above recipes for sensitive skin but with slight modification. Ideally, the flesh of the green unripe fruit should be used for skin care because it has the highest concentration of papain enzyme. However, people with sensitive and dry skin should use the pulp part of the ripe papaya because the green papaya also has a higher concentration of latex in addition to papain that might increase the chances of getting either allergy or irritation. A patch test is highly recommended before first use of papaya in the case of sensitive skin.