It may not be everyone's favourite fruit, but papaya is a powerhouse of essential nutrients. It's not just great for your health and well-being, but can also be used as a home remedy to nourish your skin and bring back its natural glow. This is mostly because of an active enzyme that is naturally found in papaya (particularly under the peel of unripe papaya), which is called papain. Papain is said to work effectively in exfoliating dead skin, hydrating the skin cells and improving skin tone.
What's more? It's a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, pantothenic acid, folate, magnesium and potassium, and can be easily found in the market without being heavy on your wallet. So if you are looking for easy home remedies to take care of your skin and keep it looking young, you should make use of papaya and reap its amazing benefits.
Here are three ways how you can include papaya in your beauty regime:
Papaya + Honey
Mash one cup of chopped papaya and mix it with two tablespoons of honey to make a smooth paste. Apply it evenly on your face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water. This will help in moisturising your skin as well as bring an instant glow.
Raw papaya + Cucumber
Getting dark circles and don't know how to get rid of it? Papaya can help. Take half a cup of mashed raw papayas along with half a cup of grated cucumber and apply the paste on your dark circles. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes and then rub your skin gently with your fingertips. Wipe the paste off with a clean cloth and wash with lukewarm water. Repeat daily.
Papaya + Curd + Turmeric
Papaya works like a charm when it comes to dealing with skin tan. Add half a cup of mashed papaya with quarter cup yoghurt, one teaspoon rose water and a pinch of turmeric. Apply it generously on your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash with cold water and pat dry.
While using papaya, don't throw away the peel!. Use them too to cleanse your skin by simply rubbing them on it. They are packed with antioxidants. Try these remedies and watch your skin get back its natural glow.