The Quick In & Out: Natural Exfoliation and Hydration with Papaya

Introducing a new ILLUUM series: The Quick In & Out. It’s a snapshot of a superfood that can nourish us inside and out, complete with easy DIY recipes to reap the benefits both ways. 


The Quick In & Out: Papaya

What It Is:

A tropical fruit native to southern Mexico and Central America

Why It’s Good For You:

  • Full of Vitamin A, which has anti-acne and anti-aging properties

  • Has seeds that can improve digestion better than an entire bottle of digestive enzymes

  • Contains the enzyme papain, which exfoliates the skin by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells sitting on the surface of the skin and healthy skin cells below (when applied topically)

  • Papain is also a digestive enzyme that aids in digestion, flushes out toxins, and decreases inflammation in the body (when taken internally)

  • Full of fatty acids that rebuild skin cells and hydrate skin from the inside out

  • High in Vitamin C and Vitamin E, antioxidants that prevent damage from free radicals, both in the body and on the skin

  • Inhibits facial hair growth (when applied topically)

  • Helps regulate menstrual cycles and promote weight loss

  • Reduces acne scars and hyperpigmentation when applied directly to the skin (thanks to Vitamin C levels)


How To Use (In):

Anti-Inflammatory Hydrating Juice

  • 1 papaya

  • 4 celery stalks

  • Handful of cilantro

  • 1 cucumber

Run all ingredients through a juicer. Add a few ice cubes and enjoy!

How to Use (Out):

Liquid Brightening Elixir

  • 1 tablespoon of papaya juice

Soak a cotton ball in papaya juice and dab all over affected areas. Let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse off with cool water. NOTE: If your skin is sensitive, work your way up with a five-minute session.

Exfoliating Facial Mask

  • 1 tablespoon of papaya pulp

  • 1 teaspoon of raw, organic honey (like Manuka honey)

Scoop the papaya pulp out from the fruit, making sure to get as close as possible to the skin–that’s where all the enzymes live! Mix ingredients together, slather on your face, and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water. NOTE: If your skin is sensitive, work your way up with a 10-minute mask.