Papaya For Glowing Skin
Papayas are delicious orange fruits which are native to the tropics. They contain a variety of phytochemicals, fatty acids, vitamins, and an enzyme called papain. This enzyme breaks down proteins and helps digestion.
On the skin, papain acts like an exfoliant and fades discolorations, brown spots, acne scars, and brightens skin overall. Regular exfoliation is important to maintain a radiant glow. Dead skin cells build up on the surface and cause your skin to look dull and uneven, sometimes dry, and clogs pores. Exfoliation also speeds up cell turnover, which is how it helps fade discoloration from aging, acne, or sun damage.
You can find papain in many enzyme masks and cleansers that promise skin lightening effects. We include papaya seed oil in our Bella #5 rejuvenating serum for sun damaged skin. This serum could even be used for general skin brightening on other skin types, however it should only be applied at night if you will be spending time in the sun. Papaya seed oil does not clog pores, absorbs quickly, and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties so it is fine to use on sensitive skin, and even helps soothe acne and other irritations.
A note on exfoliation: When exfoliating regularly it is important not to overdo it which can damage your skin and dry it out. Remember it is best to exfoliate at night because you should not go out into the sun after exfoliating, as that can cause further discoloration. If you are applying serums or other products with fruit acids on a daily basis, they should only be used for a few weeks at a time to not damage or irritate your skin. You can apply them for several weeks, then give your skin a break for a few weeks, and resume again.