Christopher Columbus called papaya “fruit of the angels”. This delicious, sweet fruit with spherical or pear shaped form hides interesting secrets.
Papaya is a rich source of vitamin C and beta carotene, two powerful natural antioxidants. These two substances besides “fighting” with free radicals and prevent their action, also are slowing the process of atherosclerosis and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Papaya is rich with the enzyme called papain or protease papain (cysteine protease), which acts to decompose proteins and peptides.
This enzyme helps in the process of digestion and encourages the “elimination of the waste products”. In some countries papaya is traditionally used in cooking with many types of meat. Today we know that actually this enzyme begins the process of decomposition of the meat and facilitates its digestion.
Papain also has anti inflammatory effect, i.e. relieves the inflammation in the body. If it’s properly used as a skin lotion(mask) dissolves the dead cells and acts as a mild exfoliation of the skin.
So here is a Papaya lotion recipe for exfoliation!
Lotion for exfoliation of papaya
- a large fresh papaya
- cloth (gauze)
- a cup of chamomile tea cooled
Peel papaya and remove the seeds. Then grind/mix the papaya in a blender or food processor. Drain the puree through a filter paper or a piece of muslin (gauze). In this juice add the chamomile tea, and make it 1:1, and stir well. With cotton balls apply the mixture on the face and neck, avoiding contact with eyes and skin area around them. Allow it for 10 minutes, and then rinse your face.
The mixture(lotion) can be stored in refrigerator up to 2 days.
Do not use this lotion if you are allergic to papaya, pineapple, kiwi or nutmeg. Also, be careful how you are applying the lotion. Try not to come in contact with eyes.