Delicious in smoothies, salads or just eaten by itself, papaya is full of vitamins and antioxidants that can benefit your skin. This tree-grown fruit is packed with vitamin A, which helps with the formation of new skin cells, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps soften skin. In addition, papaya contains papain, an enzyme that provides exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and clear. With all these beneficial elements, no wonder the fruit is used in many anti-aging and anti-acne products. Here are some of our favorite exfoliating treatments and lotions.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($65): The Kate Somerville ExfoliKate is an intensive exfoliating treatment made with a complex of natural ingredients like papaya and pumpkin enzymes that digest dead skin cells while gentle beads buff them away. Glycolic and lactic acids polish and refine the skin and rich emollients leave your skin feeling supremely supple. In addition, this multi-action exfoliator contains caffeine to stimulate, tighten, and firm the skin. Gently apply in the shower where the steam will activate the enzymes, and let the bergamot and lavender oils of the treatment relax you after a long day.
Ole Henriksen Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask ($32): An aromatic gel mask, this combination of blueberries, blackberries, and papaya enzyme gently exfoliates facial skin, leaving your face feeling smooth and refreshed. It’s even great for sensitive skin as it’s scented with lavender oil, a wonderfully relaxing anti-inflammatory agent. Use the mask two to three times a week and leave it on for 20 minutes – simply slather a thick layer onto your face, neck, and under your eyes.
AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel ($60):This botanical-based brightening exfoliator works to even skin tone naturally – it contains no chemical abrasives. Natural papaya enzymes work to eliminate dry and dull surface cells and outside toxins to brighten your complexion. The enzyme peel also exfoliates and removes dead skin surface cells, making it easy for other treatment products to work more efficiently. We recommend you use this peel after cleansing and massage it gently over the face for 30 to 60 seconds.
Philosophy Papaya Passion Punch Body Lotion ($24): This body lotion’s papaya punch scent will whisk you away to the tropics immediately. Better yet, shea butter, olive oil and macadamia nut oil will soften your skin while they retain moisture, prepping your skin for summer’s body revealing fashions. Antioxidants help soothe and protect against free radicals from the environment. We like that the formula because it is non-greasy and paraben- and phthalates-free.
Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub ($38): Massage this retexturizing scrub onto wet skin for 2 to 7 minutes to resurface, renew, and moisturize aging, dulling, and sun-exposed facial skin. This formula is made with papaya enzyme for exfoliation, jojoba beads for gentle scrubbing, glycolic acid for a natural peel, and sweet almond, apricot, and mango oils for moisturization. You can use this scrub anytime for improved skin texture, minimizing pores, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, and evening out skin tone.