Many of us spend our days working so hard that we end up worried and stressed. It’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves, and with all the demands we have in life, sometimes it’s difficult to stay calm.
Maybe you take the time to work out and spend some time with your girlfriends, but you still deal with a hectic schedule, which may leave you stressed, dehydrated, and sleep-deprived.
I like to take a bit of time to pamper myself, calming my mind, defogging my brain, and improving my skin. While I love taking a long, hot bath, I also love to treat myself to a DIY facial. One of my favorite DIY masks is this papaya seed facial mask.
After you eat papayas, don’t throw away those papaya seeds. You can use them to pamper your skin. These seeds can be used for recipes, skincare products and more.
If you want to cook with them, they have a peppery flavor, which means they can be used a lot like you’d use peppercorns. You can also use them to make an easy, DIY face mask.
Papaya Skin Benefits
Papaya seeds and papaya fruit offer many great skincare benefits.
Papaya contains papain, which are special enzymes that can help exfoliate skin by breaking down the skin cells’ surface.
These enzymes also help to prevent wrinkles, reduce pore size, and moisturize skin.
Papaya also includes natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which contribute to smooth, plump, and brighten skin. Since papaya has a moderate amount of sodium, it’s perfect for hydrating your skin, and it will also help to improve suppleness and skin elasticity.
Keep in mind, when you make this mask, the alpha hydroxy acids and enzymes may make the mask burn just a bit. This is normal, but if the burning is unbearable, make sure you wash the mask off immediately.
- 1 tbsp ripe papaya
- 1-2 tbsp Papaya seeds
- ½-1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp raw honey (optional)
- 2 vitamin C capsules (powdered) (optional)
- Blend the ingredients in the blender or food processor until broken down into a consistency of a rough sand (except for the coconut oil).
- Apply the mask to your face, neck and/or chest, and allow it to sit for 1- 10 minutes. The time will vary depending on how long you can stand the burning sensation.
- Rinse your skin with warm water and pat dry.
- Apply a cooling layer of coconut oil onto your face.