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7.17.2011

DIY Facial Treatments -- The Power of Papaya

I like natural products for facial treatments. And I've heard uh-maz-ing things about fresh papaya face masks. So I asked the experts at mySkin for a little assistance. Here's what they said:

Papaya contains papain -- an enzyme known for it's gentle exfoliating benefits. Papaya also promotes cell turnover, acts as a brightener and prevents premature aging. It is less irritating than standard glycolic acid treatments and use results in glowing skin -- a must for summer! Did I mention it may reduce acne flair ups? Eating this tropical fruit works wonders too. Rich in beta carotene, Vitamins A, C and E, it promotes healthy skin from the inside out.

I'm excited to try this:


* Peel papaya and remove seeds.
* Combine 1/4 cup of mashed papaya with 2 tablespoons of honey and a handful of almonds.
* Blend until smooth.
* Apply to face and neck (avoiding eyes) for ten minutes.
* Rinse with cool water and moisturize as needed.


An unripe papaya has more papain so you may feel a slight tingle upon application. If you have sensitive skin, opt for a ripe one instead. Either way, always do a patch test first!


(NOTE: The honey clears blemishes and helps skin retain moisture. The almonds act as a grainy exfoliant.)

For at home papaya treatments for acne, combating age spots, and tightening pores, read more at mySkin.com. Do you have a papaya powered skin regimen? Please share in the comments section.


Cheers to clear skin beauties!


(photo from www.papayalovers.com)

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