Mix up your beauty routine and add a little fun with these DIY papaya beauty recipes. These DIY papaya face mask, lip scrub, and smoothie recipes make the perfect at-home-spa treats, and your skin will soak them up. That’s because papaya benefits your skin in many ways, helping to blast wrinkles and acne, soften your skin, and reduce the appearance of pores. So, what better reason to treat your skin to this amazing fruit?
Make the papaya face mask first if you’d like, and then whip up the lip scrub and smoothie while the mask works its magic. So, read below to learn more about how papayas benefit your skin or skip to the DIY papaya beauty recipes.
Papaya: Benefits for Skin
Papayas are bursting with nutrients that fight acne and aging, boost collagen, and brighten your skin. These fiery fruits contain papain, beta hydroxy acid, potassium, enzymes, and vitamins A and C to get your skin glowing.
According to Healthline, these nutrients benefit your skin in many ways.
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.
And beta hydroxy fades dark spots, evens skin tone, and reduces the appearance of pores.
In addition to beta hydroxy, papayas contain papain, an enzyme unique to papayas that leaves skin fresh and glowing.
Another natural exfoliant, papain enhances the power of beta hydroxy acid to detox your skin and remove pore-clogging grime, says dermatologist Dr. Surbhi.
Vitamins A and C
In addition, 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.
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.
However, potassium also benefits your skin, helping to improve skin tone and keep your skin hydrated.
DIY Papaya Beauty Recipes
So now that you know how papayas benefit your skin, treat yourself to these papaya beauty recipes. Make the DIY papaya face mask for dull, dry, oily, or acne-prone skin below.
Then, after applying your face mask, make the papaya lip scrub and smoothie.
Beauty Recipe #1: DIY Papaya Face Mask for Dull Skin (Brightening)
First, whip up this DIY papaya face mask to pump life back into dull skin. All you need is papaya, a half cup of Greek yogurt, two teaspoons of whole milk, a tablespoon of raw honey, a bowl, and a blender.
Papaya’s nutrients brighten skin and fight acne and fine lines, while honey softens skin and locks in moisture. Meanwhile, yogurt’s lactic acid gently exfoliates, revealing your freshest skin.
To begin, combine the ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. Then, cleanse and steam your face for one minute to open pores.
Apply the mask to your face and neck, and wait 20 minutes.
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After rinsing, apply a toner, serum, and moisturizer. Another beauty tip? Switch between this DIY papaya face mask and a brightening DIY tomato face mask to double the radiance.
Or treat your skin and hair to these DIY avocado beauty recipes afterward.
Beauty Recipe #2: DIY Papaya Face Mask for Acne (for Oily, Acne-Prone, and Combination Skin)
Another option? Whip up this blemish-busting DIY papaya face mask, and show those pimples the door. This anti-acne face mask blasts bacteria, helping heal and prevent breakouts. Although this mask won’t cure acne, it does fight inflammation to help your skin heal faster.
All you need is a cup of papaya, a half cup of Greek yogurt, and one tablespoon of Manuka (or raw) honey. Honey softens the skin and calms redness, while papaya protects and repairs your skin. Meanwhile, yogurt’s lactic acid softens and exfoliates, leaving your face fresh.
Just slice the papaya, remove the seeds, and mash the fruit with a fork. Then, add yogurt and honey, and mix. Next, cleanse and steam your face to open pores, apply the mask, wait 20 minutes, and rinse.
Another beauty tip: after rinsing, apply a blueberry toner to add antioxidant protection, and follow with a lightweight moisturizer.
Beauty Recipe #3: DIY Papaya Face Mask for Wrinkles and Dryness (for Dry, Mature, or Dull Skin)
Next, whip up this anti-aging DIY papaya face mask to blast wrinkles and dryness. All you need is papaya, argan oil, banana, and honey.
Honey softens skin and locks in moisture, while argan oil and banana hydrate and pump life back into your skin. Plus, papaya’s nutrients soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, revealing smoother skin.
First, mash the papaya and banana, add argan oil and honey, and mix. Then, cleanse and steam your face for one minute to open pores, apply the papaya mask to your face and neck, and rinse after 20 minutes.
Another beauty tip? Follow with a Kakadu plum and pineapple facial serum to double the anti-aging effects. Or switch between this papaya face mask and an omega-rich grapeseed oil face mask to add hydration and softness.
Beauty Recipe #4: DIY Papaya Lip Scrub
Next, treat yourself to this lemon and papaya lip scrub for a decadent, lip-smoothing treat. This DIY papaya lip scrub is the perfect way to soften parched summer lips. And you only need a few items from your kitchen.
Grab a papaya, two tablespoons of brown sugar, a teaspoon of coconut oil, and two drops of lemon juice or flavoring (optional). Then, slice the papaya, remove the seeds, and mash the fruit in a bowl. Add the brown sugar, coconut oil, and lemon juice, and mix well.
Then, massage the scrub into your lips for 15 seconds, rinse, and follow with a lip balm or lip butter.
Another option? Switch between this DIY papaya lip scrub and this homemade minty sugar lip scrub for a fun peppermint twist.
But don’t clean up yet because now it’s time to make your papaya smoothie.
Beauty Recipe #5: Papaya Smoothie for Glowing Skin
Next, double your glow with this skin-friendly papaya smoothie. All you need is papaya, banana, vanilla (or plain) almond milk, raw honey (optional), ice, and a blender.
However, feel free to adapt the ingredients to your liking. For instance, skip the honey and go the plain route, or add honey or agave if you like your papaya smoothie sweet.
Combine the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Then, pour the mixture into tall glasses, garnish with a papaya or banana wedge (optional), and serve.
Refrigerate the leftovers for up to 24 hours.
So whip up a DIY papaya face mask, lip scrub, and smoothie on your next at-home spa day or whenever your skin needs some love. Make the papaya smoothie as often as you’d like, and use the DIY papaya face masks once per week for the best results.
Then, you’ll see smoother, brighter skin (and fewer wrinkles) with regular use. So, enjoy your DIY papaya beauty recipes—and your new skin—and check back for more beauty recipes and skincare tips.
This post first appeared on Beauty and Travel Reviews./Featured photo credit: Ashleigh Shea/Unsplash
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