If you are looking to naturally lighten skin tone, freckles and get rid of age spots that appeared on your body as a result of unprotected sun exposure over the years, then this homemade papaya scrub will come in perfect.
This is because Vitamin C, which is commonly used in a wide range of skin lightening products accelerates cell renewal to heal damaged skin while helping mature skin recover the lost luster that it once had.
And, papaya is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C, even surpassing orange, grapefruit, and strawberry in this regard. Moreover, the milk called for in this at-home beauty treatment provides an extra the skin whitening boost.
Benefits of Papaya
Also known as paw paw in some parts of the world (Australia and New Zealand, for example), the papaya fruit contains proteolytic enzymes (papain) that are chock full of exfoliating goodness, along with excellent moisturizing and skin lightening benefits.
Papain gently sloughs away the dull and lackluster skin on the surface, making way for healthy new ones trapped underneath. So skin feels satiny smooth, appears bright and younger-looking, and more glowing than you ever imagined…
In addition to the skin-smoothing papain enzymes, this luscious fruit also has a lot to offer in terms of skin care.
Its incredibly powerful cocktail of antioxidants – Vitamins A, C, and E – which are not only beneficial for healthy skin growth but will also help neutralize free radicals that cause the skin to age and degenerate, leading to a host of annoying skin problems such as wrinkles and fine lines, saggy and loose skin.
This super low-cost DIY papaya body polish will also improve cellulite on the stomach, arms and legs in a huge way as scrubbing your body help increase blood circulation and enhances lymphatic drainage of the skin.
Also, it’s phenomenal for nourishing and restoring moisture as well as softness to dry flaky skin.
- 2/3 cup fresh papaya
- 4 to 6 tablespoons cornmeal (or ½ cup white or brown sugar or sea salt)
- 3 tablespoons milk (or coconut milk or olive oil)
1. Cut papaya in half, and remove the seeds. Scoop out the papaya pulp and transfer to a medium bowl. Mash the fruit well with a fork until there are no lumps.
2. Add cornmeal and milk. Mix all ingredients together to form a paste.
3. While in the shower, scrub mixture over entire body in a gentle circular motion for 2-3 minutes.
4. Leave it on for about 10-20 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.
5. Dry your skin dry gently with a soft towel. Moisturize with your favorite body lotion.