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Papaya & Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask Recipe
Tropical Paradise ~
Both papaya and pumpkin are two tropical fruits that are oozing benefits not only to our health but to our skin.
An exfoliating mask is a perfect homemade recipe to make that combines these two tropical delights.
Tropical fruit such as pineapple, mango, coconut and passion fruit are only some of the widely available selection on offer to us these days and make terrific homemade beauty products.
For an additional homemade tropical recipe, try a mango face pack which is a refreshing facial mask that leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and revitalized and will transport you to that tropical island of peace and tranquility.
If you have never thought of making your own skin care or beauty products, now is a good time to start!
Tropical Papaya Fruit
Nature's Best ~
Natural ingredients are super nutritious for the skin without all the chemicals and toxins frequently found in commercial brands.
In my quest to delve into this DIY beauty world, I have discovered there is an abundance of ingredients in our own cupboards, fridges and gardens that are just shouting out to be used on the skin and hair in a variety of beauty treatments.
Looking at the incredible benefits to the skin, the easy recipes and the tremendous savings to our pocket, it begs the question Why would you NOT use them? as opposed to Why WOULD you use them?
Let’s look at what makes papaya & pumpkin so good for the skin and a must try beauty combination.
Papaya, Pawpaw or Papaw
Skin Benefits of Papaya ~
- Contains Vitamin A, C
- Rich in Carotene
- Rich in Enzymes
- Rich Source of Papain
- Premature Ageing
- Smoothing Properties
- Natural Exfoliator
- Severe Burns
- Reduce Freckles
- Diminish Age Spots
- Essential Minerals
- Skin Lightener
- Hair Treatment
Delicious Treats With Pumpkin from teaches12345 ~
- Ushering In The Fall Season With Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Great recipe for making delicious pumpkin whoopie pies this fall season. Have them with a cup of coffee for further enjoyment.
Skin Benefits of Pumpkin ~
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Rich in Vitamin A, D
- Skin Softener
- Soothes Sunburn
- Natural Skin Exfoliant
- Great for Feet &Hands
- Reduces Large Pores
- Prevents Oil Build Up
Benefits of Exfoliating the Skin
- Removes Dead Skin Cells
- Stimulates Circulation
- Increases Blood Flow
- Removes Bacteria
- Unblocks Pores
- Fights Blackheads and Whiteheads
- Suitable For Everyone
- Reveals Fresh Skin
- Improves Skin Texture
- Anti-Ageing Benefits
Homemade Pumpkin Mask
Papaya & Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask ~
¼ cup chopped pumpkin
¼ cup ripe or green papaya
½ tsp honey
½ tsp natural yogurt
1 egg white (oily or acne prone skin)
1 egg yolk (dry skin)
1 small carrot finely chopped (optional)
You Will Need:
blender or food processor
pot of boiling water for carrots (if using)
- Add the carrots to the pot of boiling water and cook until soft.
- Peel and dice the papaya, removing all the seeds.
- Add all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend to a smooth consistency. If you prefer to mix by hand (I do) that is perfectly fine. It is easier to control the texture and prevent the mask being too runny.
- Apply with clean fingertips to a cleansed face free of makeup with hair out of the way.
- Avoid the delicate eye area. If you have some cucumber in the fridge, cut two slices to pop on the eyelids which are great for hydration, puffiness and rejuvenating the skin.
- Chill, relax and take time out for 10-15 minutes to let the yummy ingredients work their magic.
- Remove with tepid water and finish with a splash of cold water.
- Pat dry and apply your regular moisturizer or why not try a drop of olive oil as a natural skin moisturizer .
have you used either papaya or pumpkin in skincare before?
Word of Caution ~
If you have any allergies or suspected allergies, please do not try this without consulting a doctor or medical practitioner first.
All skin types, particularly sensitive skin, should do a small patch test first to make sure no irritation is caused.
Papain is a strong enzyme, which removes the dead skin cells. It is particularly high in unripe papaya so sensitive skin should only use ripe papaya. Anyone allergic to Latex should not use papaya due to the papain content.
The Beautiful Flower of The Papaya Tree
Take Your Pick
Giant Pumpkin or Smart Car?
Papaya & Pumpkin Interesting Facts ~
- Papaya trees have both male and female flowers.
- Papaya is also known as Pawpaw and Papaw in different countries.
- Stems and bark of the Papaya are used to make rope.
- Harrison Ford was injected with Papain on the set of Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom for a ruptured disc in his back.
- Pawpaw appears in the lyrics of “The Bare Necessities” sung by Baloo in Disney’s classic film The Jungle Book.
- Papaya leaves are used in some countries to make a tea that aids Malaria.
- Top producers of the Papaya fruit are Brazil, Nigeria, India and Mexico but are readily available and grown in Peru, Venezuela, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Congo and China.
- Papaya is grown in 54 countries throughout the world
- Pumpkins are 90% water.
- The largest fruit in the world is Pumpkin.
- Pumpkin flowers are edible.
- Pumpkins are not just available in orange but may be yellow, red, green, tan, white and even blue!
- 80% of pumpkins produced in United States are sold in October – Halloween and Thanksgiving time.
- The biggest World producers of Pumpkin are United States of America, Canada, Mexico, India and China.
- Antarctica is the only continent that does not grow Pumpkin.
- Pumpkins generally weigh 9-10 lbs, they can reach up to 75 lbs and the giant pumpkin world record weight is a staggering 1,810 lbs or in other words - the weight of a Smart Car!
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