Can papaya help you take care of acne and wrinkles?

Several cosmetics brands have made papaya an integral part of their makeup and skincare lines, including Fenty Skin, Herbivore and Glow Recipe.

This fruit is full of antioxidants, vitamins and an enzyme called papain that can reduce blemishes, dull complexions and premature aging of the skin. Incorporating this natural ingredient to your beauty routine is a vital. Papaya’s countless health benefits begin after it conquers our taste buds [1].

Skin exfoliation

It is harvested when the papaya fruit is still green in order to extract papain, an enzyme famous for its skin and health benefits. Anti-inflammatory properties enable it to soothe pain and certain wounds. 

Through enzyme-based exfoliators that have recently become popular in the cosmetics industry, papain safely eliminates dead skin cells from the skin’s surfacce while protecting healthy cells. Thus, the cell renewal process is optimized and the skin is radiant and glowing.

An antioxidant burst

Papaya is packed full of vitamins, trace elements and antioxidants, molecules that fight free radicals. Moreover, they prevent premature skin aging by neutralizing certain kinds of inflammation and disease.

Besides healing the skin, papaya also fights the signs of aging. Flavonoids, which stimulate collagen production to make skin firm and plump, support this action as well.

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Papaya’s purifying properties can also contribute to the efficacy of facial cleansers and anti-blemish products. These benefits make it the perfect ally for oily or acne-prone skin.

Wrinkles, be gone

A 2014 study found that older women who consumed a mixture of antioxidants including vitamin C and lycopene had measurable reductions in wrinkle depth [2].

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According to a 2015 study, free radicals are involved in much of the skin damage and wrinkling associated with aging [3]. In a later study, antioxidants were found to protect skin from free radical damage [4].

Consult a doctor or dermatologist before using papaya on your skin. Prior to undertaking any new skin or hair treatment, it is a good idea to do this, as your physician can recommend products and treatments that are right for you.


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