The papaya fruit enzyme (or as we like to call it in the skincare industry “papain”) is one of the most popular exfoliating agents used in enzyme peeling masks. They are often combined with bromelain (or pineapple enzymes), but these play merely a supporting role to the orange tropical fruit. I love using papain enzyme masks in my facials for clients who want a gentler exfoliation or who aren’t good candidates for acid-based peels. I find that during the summer months, clients tend to be more dehydrated from sun activities and benefit greatly from enzymes, which do not make skin sun-sensitive like AHAs. Keeping skin exfoliated is important in prolonging that summertime glow and preventing build-up that makes skin look dull and tired. Here is my personal recipe for an “at home” summer enzyme mask.
Papaya Enzyme Exfoliating Mask:
1-2* Fresh Papayas (preferably organic!) *depending on how large they are you may need 2
1/2 tablespoon Honey (preferably organic or raw)
1/2 Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Food Processor or Blender
Peel and de-seed Papaya (s) and place fruit into processor or blender
Add in lemon juice and honey
Blend together until consistency is almost smooth
Apply this mask to clean, damp skin on the face, neck and chest (decollete), avoiding eye area. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse completely and apply moisturizer of choice.