A few years ago a friend of the family had planted several papaya trees and they all began to ripen last year. He gave us dozens of papaya and we had a papaya feast. Fearing that the papaya would spoil, we blended some of it, put in the freezer and we had papaya for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We were really inundated with the fruit. Then the thought came to me, can papayas be used in hair? Once the thought stuck, I couldn’t shake it. So without any research about it at all, I pureed some overripe papaya and added my coconut oil and 5 drops of Vitamin E oil to it. I plastered some on my face and put the rest in my hair.
Ladies and gents, the result was really astounding. My hair felt soft and silky after rinsing with a very weak conditioner. That’s when I actually researched what papaya was all about and since then, an overripe papaya in my house spells spa day.
Papaya contains carotene, potassium vitamin A, vitamin C, essential minerals, enzymes like papain (digestion), arginine (male fertility) and carpain (heart). Papaya is used in many skin-lightening creams, especially the green papaya as it contains higher papain levels. Papaya helps prevent constipation, premature aging, has anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-cancerous properties. The list of good things that papaya can do is pretty long. When it comes to skin and hair, papaya can pack a big wallop.
When papaya is used on the skin it makes the skin glow. The enzyme papain is known to break down protein and when used on the skin it dissolves dead skin. Using a facemask of papaya on skin helps to heal acne. Papaya juice helps to reduce freckles or brown spots due to exposure to sunlight. It works for smoothing the skin and creating a healthier looking skin. It has even been known to help patients with severe burn wounds.
Papaya Face Mask
Skin Lightening Papaya Mask
1 cup unripe papaya, diced
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
1-teaspoon plain yogurt
Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add the mixture to damp face massaging in gently and leave on for 15- 20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water; make sure the final rinse is with cool water.
The mask will tingle slightly; if you use ripe papaya instead of green papaya it will not tingle. However, green papaya has more of the papain action that you want to lighten the skin.
Papaya Hair Mask
Super Moist Papaya Conditioner
1 cup ripe papaya, diced
1 cup ripe banana, diced
1-tablespoon coconut oil
Blend ingredients together thoroughly, there should be no chunks whatsoever, especially from your banana. Apply to damp hair. Cover with a plastic cap. Allow to stay in hair for an hour or more, wrap a towel around the plastic cap to generate heat. Wash out from hair and style as usual.
A variation of this recipe that also works is to add a cup of your favorite deep conditioner in the recipe and you will get super softness.