This sweet tropical fruit is yummy to eat and even snags the #14 spot on the Superfoods* list. But, did you know that it’s also great for smoothing and softening your skin?
Papain, the enzyme found in papaya, is wonderful for gently exfoliating the skin on a regular basis, and papaya enzyme masks can be used up to 2 or 3 times a week at home to keep skin in great shape.
The average turn around for healthy skin cells is about 28 days: A skin cell starts its life deep in the dermis plump and full of moisture and nutrients. As the cell “ages” it slowly migrates to the surface. As the cell nears the surface, it starts to dump its contents overboard, thus losing moisture and flattening. After a brief stint on the surface, the cell naturally falls off. While it is a part of the outer layer it helps form a protective moisture barrier for the younger cells underneath. As we age, this 28 day process slows and skin can become sluggish, building a thicker “protective” layer on the surface. This is where both manual and chemical exfoliation play an important role in skincare.
Papain is quite possibly the gentlest form of chemical exfoliation. It dissolves the intercellular glue that holds the flattened cells to the very surface of the skin without scratching or irritating in the process. For this reason, any skin type can benefit from regular use of a papaya enzyme mask without down-time or negative side effects.
For even more exfoliation, a papain mask can be removed with a gentle facial scrub. This combines the benefits of chemical exfoliation with those of a mechanical scrub, providing a deeper, more complete sloughing of the skin. This dual-action exfoliation is ideal for thick, dry, mature or hyper-pigmented skin.
Find papain in Sanitas Papaya Pineapple Mask. This great mask includes pineapple (or bromelain) to increase the efficacy of the papain and provide anti-inflammatory properties!
*Superfood is a term used to describe food with high phytonutrient content and other power-packed nutrient values that are massively abundant and bio-available to the human organism.