the wonders of papaya

Not only is papaya a delicious and nutritious tropical fruit, it is also a rich source of enzymes and nutrients that can be used topically to improve skin health.

Papaya fruit courtesy of organiclifestylemagazine.com.

Papain is an important enzyme in papaya that works to exfoliate the skin through proteolytic action. It functions by digesting the excess skin cells that cause impaction on the surface of the skin. Proteolytic enzymes function differently from chemical peeling agents and can be a great alternative between peels. Enzyme treatments are also good introductory options for those who may not be candidates for chemical solutions, or who may be apprehensive and in need of an introduction to professional treatments.

In addition to papain, the papaya fruit is rich in vitamins A and C. These important antioxidants help to fight damaging free radicals and nourish the skin. This powerhouse fruit extract can be found in Revitalize: Therapeutic Papaya Mask by PCA SKIN. This professional-use only mask provides a healthy-dose of papaya fruit extract, along with orange and apple extracts to brighten dull complexions and effectively reduce hyperkeratinized cells, leaving the skin with a healthy glow. Green tea, vitamin E and honey reverse oxidative damage while drawing moisture to the surface, keeping the skin soft and hydrated. This results-oriented therapeutic mask is appropriate for all skin types and conditions.

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