7 benefits of papaya for skin- know from dermatologist (Dermatocare’s natural beauty tips)
Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin
According to this study, Papaya is a rich source of powerful antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E; the minerals, magnesium and potassium; the B vitamin pantothenic acid and folate and enzyme called papain. All of these contribute to following 7 benefits of papaya for skin:
Benefit 1: Lightens the dark and tanned skin
Papaya has a potent skin lightening action and is part of many skin lightening cream available in the market. For further details, read this article, How To Use Papaya For Skin Whitening-Know From Dermatologist
Benefit 2: Irons the wrinkled skin
Papaya reverses the skin ageing owing to its skin repairing, exfoliating and hydrating action. Few hypothesis supports it has direct anti-aging action as well; papain enzyme reduces wrinkles by modulating the collagen and elastic fibres in the dermis. But, how can you avail this anti-aging benefits of papaya? You can use the same recipes as for skin whitening, detailed in the article, How To Use Papaya For Skin Whitening-Know From Dermatologist. This face pack combined with these anti-aging creams every night will help to reverse the ageing clock of your skin.
Benefit 3: Reduces unwanted hair
Experiments show that papain enzyme from peel of papaya can inhibit hair growth (Source). Read this article, How To Get Rid Of Facial Hair Naturally- Easy DIY By Dermatologist to know how to use papaya for reducing facial hair.
Benefit 4: Exfoliates the dead skin cells
Did you know many high-end scrubs available in the market, use papain as an exfoliating agent? Papain enzyme magically restores the even-toned look of your skin by accelerating the shedding of dead skin cells. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant contains papain as one of the many exfoliating agents.
Benefit 5: Repair the damaged skin
The visible signs of skin damage due to undue sun exposure, smoke, pollution, chemicals, unhealthy lifestyle, etc. appear over the years in the form of uneven and wrinkled skin. Papaya not only repairs damaged skin but your body as a whole with the help of anti-oxidants like Flavanoids, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, etc. This is the reason why we doctors keep on stressing on the daily intake of fruits.
Benefit 6: Moisturises the dry skin
The pulp of ripe papaya fruit providing hydration and nutrition to the skin owing to its water, carbohydrate, and fat content.
Benefit 7: Heals the cuts and burns
Did you know that papaya has been studied extensively for its wound healing benefits? The papain enzyme not only helps in healing of the wound but also keeps the bacteria away and prevents the scar from getting bigger. You can simply put the flesh of papaya fruit on fresh cuts, wounds, and even burns to promote a speedy recovery.
Can sensitive skin use papaya?
Yes, they can but with little modification. Ideally, the flesh of the green unripe fruit should be used for skin care because it has the highest concentration of papain enzyme. However, people with sensitive and dry skin should use the pulp part of the ripe papaya because the green papaya also has a higher concentration of latex in addition to papain that might increase the chances of getting either allergy or irritation. A patch test is highly recommended before first use of papaya in the case of sensitive skin.
Are you still thinking how to use papaya on your skin?
Begin with basic recipe of rubbing papaya peel on your face as detailed in this article, How To Use Papaya For Skin Whitening-Know From Dermatologist.