Papaya, the fruit of angels – 3 ways you can make good use of it

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Papaya, also known as the “fruit of angels”, with its butter-like consistency and its exotic aroma, rich in nutrients and antioxidants, is a great addition to both your diet and your beauty routine.

Vitaminizing face mask

Papaya, like most exotic fruit, is loaded with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which prevents premature aging and helps undo the negative effects of sun exposure, making it ideal during summer.

Try the honey and papaya mask, for a “2 in 1” moisturizing and invigorating effect. Mash up half a papaya in a bowl and add three tablespoons of honey. Mix well until you get a mushy paste. Apply it on the face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.

Goodbye, acne scars!

Papaya contains vitamin A too, another great antioxidant with anti-aging and skin-rejuvenating properties. Add that to the vitamin C, which also carries skin-illuminating properties due to its acidic pH, and you’ve got yourself the perfect natural helper in the struggle against acne scars.

Simply puree an entire papaya fruit, add a bit of lemon juice and a dash of baking soda, and apply it to your entire face with gentle movements. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off. Apply a light moisturizer when you’re done, and don’t forget to wear high SPF after you use this mask.

Natural conditioner

Rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes, papaya works great as a natural conditioner, making hair softer and smoother. Be careful though and only use thoroughly ripe fruits, as the unripe ones release a latex fluid which may cause irritation and allergic reactions.

For a homemade hair conditioner, mash up a papaya with two bananas. Add half a cup of yogurt and coconut oil and mix until you get a thick consistency. Apply the mask on damp hair and wrap it in a towel. Leave it on for about an hour, then rinse with lukewarm water.

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