Papaya, the tropical fruit that tastes sweet and does not require much effort by the "muscles of mastication". Not just a healthy and nutritious fruit to eat, papaya also has certain properties that will help bring back the lost glow of your skin. If you have been troubled by a dull, lifeless skin lately, then you should probably try making papaya masks at home. Papaya is known for its ability to decompose the free radicals and ability to reduce age spots. It naturally rejuvenates the skin and gives you a refreshed look. The papaya enzymes are known to heal a sunburned and irritated skin. Thus, if you regularly apply homemade papaya facial masks, you will soon find your skin healthy, glowing and free from signs of aging. Let us go through some of my favorite papaya face mask recipes in this BeautiSecrets article. You will really find these facial mask recipes give your skin better results than most of the expensive facials given in beauty salons.
How to Make Papaya Mask at Home
Papayas are enriched with vitamin C, vitamin E and an enzyme that helps in natural exfoliation of skin. I shall cover some of the easy homemade papaya facial mask recipes that will make your skin baby soft and smooth.
Oatmeal and Papaya Facial Mask
This homemade mask can be made by peeling, seeding and dicing two papaya slices. Then mash the papaya and add 5 tablespoons of oatmeal to the mashed papaya. Mix thoroughly and then add 2 egg whites and a juice of 1 fresh lime to this mixture. After thoroughly mixing the ingredients, apply it to your face and neck. After about 15 minutes, wash your face with warm water.
Pineapple and Papaya Peel Facial Mask
You need a cup of fresh pineapple purée and fresh papaya purée to make this homemade face mask. Mix the fruit purée together and add one tablespoon of honey to it. Mix well and apply the mask to your face. Do not apply on your eyes and lips. After about 15 to 20 minutes, wash your face clean with warm water. You will find this mask moisturizes as well as rejuvenates your skin.
Egg White and Papaya Facial Mask
Papaya is known as a strong exfoliating agent. Egg white helps in toning the skin and honey helps in moisturizing the skin. To make this refreshing mask, you need a half of ripe papaya, skinned and seeded. Mix all the ingredient together thoroughly and apply it to your face (avoid application on eyes and lips). Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with warm water. You will find a major difference in your skin tone and texture after application.
Clay and Papaya Facial Mask
Detoxification of skin as well as unclogging the blocked skin pores can be done by application cosmetic clay. Lost skin moisture can be replenished by aloe vera gel. To make this moisturizing mask you need half a cup of papaya, 1½ teaspoons of aloe vera gel and 4 teaspoons of cosmetic clay. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and make a fine paste. Apply this paste on your face and neck. Avoid your eyes and lips. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with warm water.
Yogurt and Papaya Facial Mask
Yogurt contains lactic acid and enzymes that help nourish, hydrate and soften the skin. It is also known to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Thus, proves to be a good, gentle face cleansing agent. Honey helps in rejuvenation and removal of impurities from the skin pores. Egg white is known to tone the skin and tightening the pores. When you mix ½ cup papaya with 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 egg white, you get a rejuvenating, rehydrating, cleansing and toning mask. Mix these ingredients well in a food processor and make an even consistency pulp. The pulp should be fluffy, but not runny. Apply it to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and find your skin feel different and better than before.
However, papaya contains chitinase, that can cause allergies in some people. Thus, those who have a latex allergy, should avoid application of papaya face mask. If you are not sure if you are allergic to papaya, apply a little mash papaya on a small area of your face. If there is no redness or swelling after 24 hours, you can safely use these masks. Do try these papaya face mask recipes and find your face fresh and glowing.