I'm a huge fruit lover and enjoy all fruits, but I'm particularly fond of tropical fruits because they remind me of exotic, tropical destinations (although I can live without the humidity)! One tropical fruit that is not only delicious but also offers a variety of health benefits is papaya. Papaya fruit flourishes in tropical weather and is well known for its ability to improve digestive health. The super enzyme papain found in papaya helps to break down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, which enables proper digestion and helps to clear out the digestive tract. This remarkable enzyme is also responsible for the exfoliating and brightening effects of papaya on skin.
Papain enzyme combined with water naturally stimulates exfoliation by breaking down the layer of dead skin cells sitting atop the surface of the skin. Imagine this top layer as a completed puzzle of dead skin (a little gross, I know) and that each puzzle piece is a dead skin cell. Papain detaches the puzzle pieces from one another, causing this layer of dead skin to shed thereby exposing soft, healthy skin below.
This process of exfoliation also helps to minimize discoloration and promote even-toned skin by actively removing the dead cells on the surface of the skin. As dull, rough skin is removed it is replaced with fresher, brighter-looking skin. Papaya also contains a high concentration of antioxidants vitamin A and C, which help boost natural skin lightening and help fade dark spots. Moreover, papain has been shown to reduce inflammation and promote wound healing, making it an effective treatment for burns and wounds.
Papaya’s exfoliating and brightening abilities combined with its skin healing properties, makes it an incredibly powerful and effective natural ingredient to have in your skincare arsenal. You can find it in our new Bright & Balanced Facial Cleanser along with several other ingredients that work together to leave your skin fresh and luminous.