Papaya for Skin: Here’s why you should use it

Many exfoliants contain abrasive ingredients that scratch your skin, which may damage the skin and speed up signs of aging. This is why it’s better to use an enzymatic exfoliants like Papaya and Pineapple for skin care.

Papaya contains the natural enzyme papain, and pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which helps naturally exfoliate the skin to leave it smooth and soft. Unripe papayas have higher amounts of papain, so opt for these to get the best benefit. If you have sensitive skin, use ripe papayas as they are less likely to trigger an inflammatory reaction.

To use it, Scoop out a 1/4 cup raw papaya flesh and mash or blend with 1 Tablespoon fresh pineapple until smooth. Apply to dry skin and leave on for 5 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with cool water. If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test on your arm before applying to face.

The alpha hydroxy acids and the enzymes in this recipe dissolve dry, dead skin. You only need to do this once or twice per week.

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