How to Make Your Own Alpha Hydroxy Acids Mask

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Drug store anti-aging creams and lotions that contain alpha hydroxy acids are used to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Even though alpha hydroxy acid chemicals are inexpensive, over-the-counter products containing alpha hydroxy acids are often quite expensive. However, there is no need to spend money on expensive facial treatments, creams and lotions. You can experience the benefits of alpha hydroxy acids right from home by making a facial mask with papaya, which contains natural alpha hydroxy acids.

Dice the equivalent of a 1/2 cup of papaya into small cubes. Use a ripe papaya if you have sensitive skin and an unripe papaya if you don't. According to ripe papayas have less papain than unripe ones. Papain is an enzyme that aids in the removal of dead skin cells.

Mix 1 tsp. plain yogurt into the papaya cubes. In addition to making your mask creamy, yogurt contains lactic acid, which is also an alpha hydroxy acid.

Add 1 tsp. honey to your mixture. Honey will help your skin retain its moisture. Place the mixture into a food processor and blend the ingredients until they form a smooth, creamy mixture .

Apply the mask to your clean face with your fingers. Avoid your mouth and eye areas. Leave the mask on for 8 to 10 minutes while you relax.

Rinse off the mask with cool water and pad your face dry with a clean towel.