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Showing posts with label Papaya Brightening Mask. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Papaya Brightening Mask. Show all posts

Dec 15, 2012

Papaya (pawpaw) Brightening Mask

This brightening mask exfoliates and stimulates circulation in the face, resulting in a warm, rosy glow. 

Here's why it works: Unripe papaya (pawpaw; if you are a Nigerian like me) contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells. Yogurt adds lactic acid (another alpha-hydroxy) and gives the mask a creamy texture, and honey helps skin retain moisture. 

When left on, the mask should tingle slightly; if you have sensitive skin or prefer a gentler exfoliation, use ripe papaya (pawpaw), which has less papain. 

Green-Papaya Brightening Mask 
  • 1/2 cup unripe papaya (diced) 
  • 1 teaspoon plain yogurt (no sugar, no flavour)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
Blend ingredients in a blender/food processor until smooth. Apply to clean skin using fingers or a fan brush (if you have one); leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. If you have really dull and ashy skin you can add some brown scrub into the mask for added dermabrasion benefits. Rinse of with cool water and finish by applying a deep moisturizer. 

If you're short on time or papaya is not in season, try a ready-made mask that uses the same active ingredient; papain. 

Do try this mask out and let me know how it works for you.

Until next post...remain beautiful.


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