Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Green-Papaya Brightening Mask

With summer coming our way, we couldn’t help but work on our glow a few months before the season hits. This brightening mask exfoliates and stimulates circulation to the face, resulting in a warm, rosy glow. Sounds good to us!

Here’s why it works: Unripe papaya contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells. Yogurt adds lactic acid (another alpha-hydroxy) and gives the mask a creamy texture, and honey helps skin retain moisture. When left on, the mask should tingle slightly; if you have sensitive skin or prefer a gentler exfoliation, use ripe papaya, which has less papain in it.

papaya skin brightening mask

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup unripe papaya, diced
1 teaspoon plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey

 

Instructions:

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Apply to clean skin using fingers; leave on for 8 to 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer.

 

Source: Martha Stewart

 

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