The amazing skin benefits of papaya

Papaya is a very healthy fruit and has a whole range of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and flavonoids to add to its health benefits. Its antioxidant properties are important for a healthy body while it has numerous benefits for maintaining a healthy skin and treating several skin disorders.

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What makes it work?
Carica papaya or custard apple is a plant with many uses. The leaves, fruits, seeds or latex of the plant is used for a wide range of medicinal and skin care benefits. The chemicals present in the papaya are which proteolytic enzymes such as papain or chymopapain, alkaloids such as carpaine and carpasemine present in the seeds. Papaya is also endowed with immense nutritional benefits including sugars, carbohydrates, dietary fibers, fats, proteins, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.

Papain is the enzyme present in unripe papaya fruit, the peel of the ripe fruit and leaf. The enzyme functions similar to pepsin and most of the health benefits of the papaya are due to this enzyme. One good thing about papaya is that it is available all-round the year. The papaya is also an extremely good source of antioxidants and nutrients including Vitamin C, Vitamin B, carotenes, flavonoids, fibers and minerals such as magnesium and potassium.

Skin care benefits of papaya
The unripe fruit has been used in facial masks for its beneficial effects on the skin. it helps in treating the inflammation and pain. While considering the use of papaya for skin, it is important to note that along with the fruit other parts of it are also good for skin, hair and general health. The chemicals and nutrients present in papaya are good for skin and give the skin a radiant and healthy glow.

The papain and Vitamin A present in the papaya are good for removing the dead cells on the skin by breaking the dead inactive protein on the skin. It is an excellent moisturizer for skin and helps in retaining the moisture of skin. It is also effective in reducing acne, pimples and blemishes. It helps in opening the clogged pores and helps in getting rid of the acne problem. By retaining the moisture on the skin it gives a soft and supple texture to the skin. It is also used tooth and gum cleanser. It is an excellent skin exfoliator. Regular use of papaya also helps the skin in discoloration. Papaya peels help in enhancing the complexion of the skin. As part of skin care regimes it is good for reducing the signs of aging. Its antioxidant properties make it a good option for delaying the signs of aging.

Papaya is also good in curing dandruff. Papaya has antibacterial and anti-fungal activity. Papaya is also used in the treatment of infections such as ringworms. The seeds of papaya are used against a number of bacterial infections on skin. The flavonoids present in papaya are also removing free radicals and have a high potential in exhibiting anti-aging effects through anti-oxidant properties. It is an important ingredient of the various skin care and hair care cosmeceuticals. Vitamin C present in papaya is helpful in reducing skin damage, and wrinkles, essential component for the synthesis of collagen, effective de pigmenting agent, inhibits the synthesis of melanin and also reduces erythema. It is good in reducing past damage and preventing future damage to the skin.

Some home remedies using papaya

  1. Clean and blend ripe papayas to make a smooth paste. Apply it on face and leave for 20 minutes and wash it off with cold water. This is an excellent remedy for moisturizing the skin.
  2. A face mask made from mashed papaya, honey and rice flour is applied on face and left for 15 to 20 minutes after which it is washed off with water. When used thrice a week, this is an excellent cure for aging skin in preventing and reducing the signs of aging.
  3. Mashed papaya mixed with salt, honey and olive oil is applied on body and used as a body scrub. Raw papaya is used for massage in skin with open pores.
  4. Mashed papaya mixed with oatmeal and sugar to make a paste. It is applied on the face. Then massage in circular motions using milk and lukewarm water. This is a facial scrub made from papaya which is extremely useful for oily skin though it can be used for other skin types as well. While using it for oily skin, do not use milk for massage.
  5. A paste made out of papaya pulp and aloe vera gel is applied on the face and left for some time. Leave it on the face for 15 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
  6. A paste is made from papaya pulp, yogurt, lemon juice, honey and egg white. This paste which is thick in consistency, apply this on cleaned face and leave for 15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. This is an excellent remedy for enhancing the skin complexion and curing the tan of the face.
  7. The peel of papaya is also useful in treating and reducing the signs of aging. The peel of papaya is rubbed on the face for 5 minutes and then washes it off with cold water. The alpha hydroxy acid which is a popular ingredient in skin care cosmetics is abundantly present in papaya.

References

  1. Milind, P., & Guruditta. (2011). Basketful benefits of papaya. International journal of research of pharmacy, 2(17), 6-12.
  2. Preetha, p. J., & Karthika, K. (2009, October-December). Comeceuticals-An evolution. International journal of chemtech research, 1(4), 1217-1223.
  3. Saini, R., Badole, S., & Zanwar, A. A. (2013). Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid): an antioxidant involved in skin care. In R. R. Watson, & S. Zibadi, Bioactive dietary factors and plant extracts in dermatology (pp. 61-66). New York: Humana press.

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