We love ourselves some yummy DIY face masks! They are easy to prepare, all the ingredients are already available in your kitchen and are a no-nasties TLC option for your skin. We especially love fruit face masks. Rich in antioxidants and minerals, they are as good for your skin from the outside as they are from within. Fruity face masks that are vibrant to look at are an added plus and what better way to make one for your Insta feed than with a delightfully tropical papaya face mask!

 But, before you jump on the papaya face mask bandwagon, make sure to pick one that suits your particular skin type. Here’s everything you need to know about the topical use of papaya and the best recipes to suit the four major skin types - dry, oily, acne-prone and normal. Check them out!

 

Benefits of papaya for skin

Benefits of papaya for skin

Papaya is not just a delicious fruit, but great for your skin when used topically as well. Here are some of its major benefits:

  • Papaya Moisturises skin - The nourishing enzymes present in papaya do wonders for moisturizing your skin. It is rich in potassium, a compound which is known for hydrating skin from within. 
  • Papaya Fades pigmentation - The enzyme papain present in papaya works as an exfoliator and helps slough off dead skin cells gently. Enriched with beta-carotene, enzymes and phytochemicals, it further helps lighten pigmentation marks like acne scars and age spots. 
  • Papaya Reduces dark circles - Papayas have been used as a natural bleaching agent in beauty routines for ages. As such, they are a good way to treat dark circles and help reduce discolouration and pigmentation. 
  • Papaya Controls acne breakouts - The fruit and leaves of the papaya plant contain proteolytic enzymes in them, which can control acne and breakouts. They also soothe and calm redness and inflammation that comes along with pimples to make them less painful. 
  • Papaya can help soothe eczema and psoriasis symptoms - It is generally not recommended to use DIY treatments for advanced skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. But given that papaya is gentle and cooling, it can be used to ease symptoms like itching and redness caused by these issues.
 

Papaya face mask for oily skin

Papaya face mask for oily skin

When whipping up a mask for oily skin, it is important to strike a balance between moisturising and mattifying agents. If you just aim for oil control, it can overdry your face and that in turn can increase sebum production to compensate. This is why a papaya face mask for oily skin should be mixed with citrusy items - like lemons, oranges or tangerines - in order to give the desired results. The vitamins A and C present in citrus fruits work as a natural astringent, giving you a clear and glowing complexion. 

BB pro tip: To prepare this mask, mix mashed ripe papaya extract with lemon/orange juice to keep a thick consistency. Apply on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes, post which you can wash it off with cold water.

 

Papaya face mask for dry skin

Papaya face mask for dry skin

Papaya is already a moisturising ingredient in itself. Add honey to the mix and you can treat dry skin issues like flaking and irritation in a gentle way. It also helps unclog your pores and thoroughly detoxify your skin for a smooth finish. You can also use yoghurt to achieve a creamier consistency of the mask. 

BB pro tip: To prepare this mask, use equal parts of ripe papaya pulp and honey and mix it to get an even consistency. Apply it on your face for 10 minutes and wash with cold water. Dab your face dry.

 

Papaya face mask for acne-prone skin

Papaya face mask for acne-prone skin

If your skin is prone to breakouts and pimples, this DIY mask will come in handy. Egg whites are an excellent ingredient to tighten pores, balance greasiness to avoid cysts and improve your skin’s barrier health. Mixed with the goodness of papaya, the amino acids and vitamins will make sure that your acne-prone skin gets a fresh do-over!

BB pro tip: To prepare this mask, separate the yolk from the egg white with the help of a clean spatula. Mix the egg whites and mashed papaya and apply all over your face, focusing on the problem areas. Keep it on for 10 minutes and wash with a gentle cleanser to get rid of the eggy smell. 

 

Papaya face mask for normal skin

Papaya face mask for normal skin

If you are blessed with normal skin with very few issues, you could use a papaya face mask as a hydrating and soothing at-home treatment. With ingredients like bananas (you can use cucumbers as well) mixed with papayas, you can refresh your tired and dull complexion. This works equally well on sensitive skin that needs a light formula that won’t cause any irritation on application. 

BB pro tip: To prepare this mask, blend the ingredients together to get a thick consistency. Apply all over your face and neck area, keep it on for about 15 minutes and wash with lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry and follow up with a moisturiser.

 

Did you know?

Did you know?

There are more ways to include papaya in your beauty routine than just with face masks. The insides of the peel can be rubbed on the legs in order to exfoliate and remove any tan. Papaya juice mixed with a couple of drops of lemon can be used as a hair rinse. Papaya extracts are also used in beauty products that claim to have a brightening effect. So, make sure you add this fruit into your beauty routine in whatever form you prefer!

 

FAQs about a papaya face mask

FAQs about a papaya face mask

1) Can you use a papaya face pack every day?

A. Natural and homemade face masks should not be used daily as they can be rendered useless. There is only so much your skin can absorb from natural ingredients. You can do a papaya face pack around three times a week. 

2) Can you use raw papaya to make face packs?

A. Yes, raw papayas can be used to make face masks as well. But make sure to add some water in the blender in order to give it an even consistency.

3) Do papaya face masks have any side effects?

A. The side effects of at-home DIY masks on the skin can differ from person to person. While papayas are harmless, you should always do a patch test before applying it all over your face.