Few people realize what a wholesome and nutritive fruit the papaya is. It has more carotene when compared to other fruits such as apples and guava, custard apple, plantains. The ripe papaya fruit contains large quantities of carotene. Papayas are high in ascorbic acid content (vitamin C) and the flesh is very high in vitamin A. There are also small amounts of calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin present in papaya.
SO IS EATING PAPAYA REALLY GOOD FOR THE SKIN?
Papaya is the best bet when it comes to skin care. It is a good source of Vitamin A and papain. Vitamin A acts as an anti-oxidant, while the papain breaks down inactive proteins and removes dead skin cells. The best feature of the fruit is its low sodium quality.Since the salt content is less, the water retention is also little. The result is an overall hydrated skin.
Here are some of the benefits papaya has on the skin:
- Papaya is abundant in anti-oxidants due to the huge concentration of Vitamin A
- ‘Papain’ in Papaya is helpful in removing the dead skin cells so applying papaya on the skin will exfoliate your skin in the most gentle and natural way
- Use mashed papaya for cracked and sore heels
- Rub the Papaya peel on your face after eating the papaya. Let it stay for no more than 5 minutes and wash off with cold water. The AHA’s (alpha-hydroxy acids), which are the most coveted ingredients of today for their anti-aging properties, are in abundance in Papaya which makes it an acidic fruit. If you apply Papaya for more time, it would cause dryness and might even irritate sensitive skins.
- Papaya is a great skin-firming and anti-aging mask. Mash the uneaten Papaya with or without milk and apply on your face. It helps in removing blemishes, dark spots, evens out your skin tone and brings a glow to your face.
- Papaya is, again, a natural exfoliator.
- Mix mashed Papaya with honey for a hydrating skin mask.
Whether you have healthy skin that you’d like to see develop an even more radiant glow, or problem skin due to acne or other disorders, you can’t count on eating papaya to help you out, generally speaking. This is because skin physiology is complex, and skin disorders have a variety of causes. The most common skin condition, acne, is due to a combination of bacteria, oil production and hormones–papaya can’t do anything about any of these. Read more
Some beauty products claim that their power comes from papaya–and more specifically, from papaya enzyme–and that by using them, you can get the skin to “glow” much in the way a pregnant woman’s skin does. “Glowing” skin, however, looks the way it does due to high levels of hormones, which increase blood flow to the skin and improve its color, quality and texture, explain Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel in their book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” You can’t duplicate the effect with fruit. Read more
OR Make a shake or smoothie with papaya in it to add some rich flavor, or eat it fresh to get the full benefits of this yummy little fruit!