Papaya is a nutrient powerhouse, not only that it is beneficial to hair and skin in both its ripe and green state. Papaya is rich in proteins, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Iron, Magnesium, Beta Carotene, enzymes like papain, which breaks down tough meat fibers and so many more ingredients for healthy hair growth. Papaya also helps to maintain the hair’s natural sheen, softens the hair, helps to restrict dandruff and stimulates hair growth.
How to use papaya for hair?
For hair the riper the papaya, the more useful it will be for conditioning the hair, if your hair is very hard and unmanageable an unripe papaya can do wonders with relaxing your hair fibers. The skin and seeds need to be removed and the papaya properly pureed and strained before it should be applied. Tropical Rhythm Deep Conditioner Recipe is a good example of ripe papaya used with other fruits as a deep conditioner. To use the greener papaya to get super soft hair use half a cup of half-ripe papaya with half cup of your regular penetrative deep conditioner and leave it on for an hour or more. Make sure that the papaya is finely blended with your conditioner or little white residues will be left on your hair strands.
How to use papaya for skin?
When papaya is use on the skin it makes the skin glow, the enzyme papain is known to break down protein and when used on the skin it dissolves dead skin, the greener the papaya the more of the enzyme papain it contains, so if you are trying to lighten dark spots, the green papaya will be best suited to your situation. A face mask of papaya helps to: heal acne, reduce freckles, reduce brown spots, smoothes the skin, even helps with severe burns.
Papaya Face Mask
- 1 cup unripe papaya, diced
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 1-teaspoon plain yogurt
- 1-teaspoon honey
Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add the mixture to damp face massaging in gently and leave on for 15- 20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water; make sure the final rinse is with cool water.
The mask will tingle slightly; if you use ripe papaya instead of green papaya it will not tingle. However, green papaya has more of the papain action that you want to even out the skin tone and lighten dark spots.
Don’t have access to papaya fruit at home? There are several hair and skin products that utilizes the papayas nutritious ingredients: