2. Hydrates Skin
Dry skin, medically known as xerosis, occurs for many reasons like age, stress, air pollution, poor diet, alcohol, smoking, exposure to the sun, air-conditioning and even showering. When skin is healthy and normal, it’s covered in a thin layer of lipids (naturally occurring molecules like fat, oil and wax) which provided insulation and repel water, keeping moisture locked in and helping the skin stay soft and smooth. Environmental factors can strip these lipids from the surface of the skin, allowing moisture to escape more easily and leaving the skin unprotected.
If dry skin persists, it can lead to dermatitis, inflammation, swelling, pain and infection. Dry skin also leaves you more susceptible to issues such as eczema and psoriasis. There are many different ways to treat dry skin once you know the cause of the problem, and papaya is one of the best natural treatments. By eating papaya or using it in face masks, your skin will reap the benefits of this nutritious fruit.
Papaya is full of vitamins and minerals that can benefit the skin greatly. One serving of papaya provides more than twice the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, an essential antioxidant for healthy skin, as well as carotenoids, which are powerful phytonutrients with antioxidant properties that supports skin elasticity. Papaya also contains a high amount of water, which can help keep the skin supple and glowing.
Include papaya in your diet, or use it in a weekly face mask. Simply take half a cup of ripe papaya, blend into a fine paste and apply to your skin. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes before washing off. You can also include a tablespoon of honey in the mixture for additional moisture and benefits.