DIY Papaya Mask and Smoothie: How To Get Skin So Poreless You’ll Stop Traffic

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Do you want to mix up your skincare routine and add a little fun? Then, whip up these DIY papaya mask and smoothie recipes to exfoliate your skin and get glowing. Papaya is packed with nutrients that slough off dead skin and reduce the appearance of pores, leaving skin radiant and fresh. So make the papaya mask first if you’d like, and then make the smoothie while the mask works its magic.

Now, read below to learn about papayas’ health and beauty benefits, or skip to the DIY papaya mask and smoothie recipes.

Papaya: Nutrients and Skin Benefits

Papayas are packed with minerals and nutrients that boost collagen and nourish your skin. These fiery orange superfruits contain papain, beta hydroxy acid, potassium, vitamins A and C, and other enzymes to make your skin glow, says Healthline. Learn more about these nutrients below.

Beta Hydroxy Acid

Papayas contain beta hydroxy acid, a natural exfoliant, to speed skin cell turnover and reveal your freshest skin. Beta hydroxy works gently on skin while removing oils, dead skin cells, and impurities. With regular use, beta hydroxy acid fades dark spots, evens skin tone, and reduces the appearance of pores.

Papain

In addition to beta hydroxy, papayas contain papain, an enzyme unique to papayas that leaves skin fresh and glowing. Also a natural exfoliant, papain enhances the power of beta hydroxy acid to detox your skin and remove dirt and other pore-cloggers, says dermatologist Dr. Surbhi.

Papaya by Patel / Unsplash

Vitamins A and C

In addition to natural exfoliants, papayas contain vitamins A and C to strengthen skin, fight wrinkles, and prevent free radical damage, says Healthline. So, eat papayas to look and feel healthier and younger.

Potassium

Papayas also contain potassium, which helps your body make the best use of the minerals and vitamins it digests. By consuming potassium-rich foods, such as papayas, carrots, and spinach, you’ll help your body put those nutrients to good use.

DIY Papaya Mask for Glowing Skin

So now that you know all about papayas’ health and beauty benefits, it’s time to whip up that DIY papaya mask. Just gather the items below to begin.

Papaya Mask: Items

  • measuring cups and spoons
  • blender
  • ice
  • mixing bowl
  • washcloth
  • 1 whole papaya, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 cup plain, full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
Papaya mask
DIY papaya mask by Social Cut / Unsplash

Papaya Mask: Directions

  • Slice the papaya in half and place it in a blender.
  • Puree until smooth.
  • Transfer mixture into a bowl.
  • Add the yogurt, milk, and honey, and mix.
  • Before you apply the mask, wash face with warm water or apply a warm washcloth over your skin to open pores and improve absorption.
  • Now, apply the papaya mixture to your face and neck.
  • Wait 15 to 20 minutes.

Now whip up this delicious papaya smoothie while the mask works its magic.

Papaya Smoothie for Glowing Skin

Treat yourself to this papaya smoothie to boost your health and double your glow. Just gather the items below to begin.

papayas for a papaya smoothie
Papaya smoothie by Tbralnina / iStockPhoto

Papaya Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium papaya, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla (or plain) almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and serve.

Also, feel free to adapt the ingredients to your liking. For instance, add agave or honey, or use vanilla almond milk if you prefer your papaya smoothie sweet. Or skip the sweet stuff and go the plain route.

Now, listen for that timer. After 15 to 20 minutes, you’ll want to rinse off your papaya mask. So, grab a washcloth and rinse your face with warm water. Then, pat your face dry, and follow with serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Another beauty tip? Follow with a vitamin C-rich pineapple serum to enhance your glow.

Final Thoughts

So whip up this DIY papaya mask and smoothie to boost your health, fight aging, and restore your glow. Make the papaya smoothie as often as you’d like, and use the DIY papaya mask at least once per week for best results. You’ll see smoother, brighter skin with regular use.

Now, enjoy your new skin, and check back for more beauty recipes and skincare tips.

This post first appeared on Beauty and Travel Reviews.

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