Papaya has long been used to make homemade face masks because of its many beneficial properties. High in healing enzymes, papaya can be used to treat sunburned or irritated skin. You can also apply it on a regular basis if you spend a lot of time outdoors, as the enzymes will help fight free radicals that will age your skin, especially if you have constant exposure to the sun.
Peel a ripe, firm papaya. Remove the seeds and chop into small pieces.
Place the papaya into a blender, and run it until a soft smooth paste is formed. Don’t add water or any other element at this point. If you can still feel parts and pieces of the fruit, return the mixture to the blender.
Use plain papaya as a soothing and refreshing mask. Apply right out of the blender, making sure you avoid the eye area. Papaya is watery and may drip, so it’s better if you lie down while the paste is on.
Add honey to the mix if you want a mask that will help you smooth out and soften the skin. Honey can also help clear your skin of blemishes. You can add some lime juice to the mix to help you revitalize a dull complexion. This mask is also good for the skin of the neck and shoulders.
Apply mask evenly over the face, massaging with your fingers to increase circulation and allow the enzymes to penetrate the skin.
Leave any of the masks on for 15 to 20 minutes. In the case of plain papaya, wait until the mask dries on the skin (about 10 minutes). Rinse off with warm water. Pat dry with a soft towel. Do not rub the skin too hard, and don’t apply makeup or creams immediately after.
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Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.
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