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Monday, December 15, 2014


Papaya has rightly been named as the “angel fruit” due to its versatile utilities and properties. It is a wholesome and nutritive fruit which is a rich source of vitamin A and vitamin C. It contains a special enzyme called “papain” that removes dead cells and cures skin impurities. High in healing enzymes, papaya can be also used to treat sunburns or irritated skin.
Papaya contains many healthy components that are good for skin and makes your skin glowing and healthy. It is an inexpensive fruit that is available to common man and is useful in many ways.

SOFTEN THE FACE: Ripe papaya contains BHA or beta hydroxyl acid which act as a mild exfoliator. This gently removes the top dead cells of the face and gives a radiant and younger looking skin. It also clears the dirt and oil that can lead to acne and break outs on the face.

EVEN THE SKIN TONE: Papaya is also used to even the skin tone by reducing the dark spots and blemishes on the skin.

ANTI AGING TREATMENT: Papaya contains high level of vitamins A and C. Vitamin C is an anti oxidant that reduces the formation of free radicals which are responsible for aging. The flavanoids in papaya help in increase the collagen production in the skin which keeps the skin soft, firm and supple.

PAPAYA HONEY LEMON FACE MASK: Want to get rid of pimples or fade acne scars? This papaya honey lemon face mask is the right one for you. Containing antibacterial properties, papaya, honey and lemon will kill off acne causing bacteria and germs from the skin. Papaya also has a deep cleansing action which will push out the entire gunk from clogged up pores.

1/4 ripe papaya
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Blend or mash up 1/4 section of a ripe soft papaya into a lump free puree. Add 1 tablespoon honey and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice into the bowl containing the papaya puree. Mix well. Apply the face mask mixture onto your clean face. Wait for 15 minutes. When the time is up, gently use warm water to loosen the face mask. Rinse off with cold water. Pat dry with a clean towel.

PAPAYA CUCUMBER BANANA FACE MASK: For a soothing and refreshed feel and look of your skin, use this papaya cucumber banana face mask. Papaya is good for reducing pigmentation, cucumber will soothe sunburned and inflamed skin and banana will hydrate and soften rough skin.

1/4 ripe papaya
1/4 cucumber
1/2 a banana

Peel and blend the papaya, cucumber and banana in a blender until you get a smooth puree. Slather the mixture onto your face, avoiding the area around the eye and mouth area. Let it sink in for about 15 minutes. When the time is up, first use warm water to loosen the face mask. Finally rinse off with cold water. Pat dry with a clean towel.

PAPAYA AND EGG WHITE FACE MASK: Papaya and egg white both help tighten and shrink large pores. They both have oil control action which helps draw out excess sebum deep within skin pores.

1/4 ripe papaya
1 egg white

Peel and blend 1/4 ripe papaya into a smooth puree. In a small mixing bowl, whisk an egg white until it turns frothy. Mix well the papaya puree and egg white. Apply the mixture onto your face. Sit for 15 minutes. To loosen the face mask, use warm water and gentle scrub. Rinse with cold water to close pores.

(Bola Akinboade-Bello is a lifestyle blogger, fashion designer and beauty therapist/cosmetologist. She started her journey into the fashion and beauty industry as a model in 1999 and modelled for top fashion and beauty brands. In March 2006, she joined City People Media Group as a style writer, and rose with a short period to become the Fashion Editor. Her clothing line, Betyl BAT Clothing and Accessories and natural skincare range, Chanterelle Skincare, are doing great in the market)

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