Papaya in my household is often a common ingredient in our daily smoothies or eaten directly in the morning before a full breakfast. To me, it’s not the tastiest fruit out there but that’s a simple tradeoff for all the good it does. What’s great about it is that it’s in season all throughout the year so you don’t worry too much missing in on any good fruit.
Papaya is such a versatile fruit. You can use it for a plethora of things like cooking or as a side dish or dessert. It’s a great companion to have if you’re on a diet because it can help control weight. It aids in bowel movement due to the high fiber content. And It can improve eyesight, rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, and has even been proven to boost your immunity.
I can go on forever listing down what papaya leaf extract is good for. You’d go crazy for it too once you read about all the amazing things it can do for you.
What’s The Deal With Papaya Anyway?
The papaya is a tropical fruit believed to have originated from Mexico and Latin America and has clearly made its way to the rest of the world in one form or another. Carica Papaya was initially introduced to the Europeans by Oviedo, who had been the Director of Mines in Hispaniola from 1513 to 1525. The papaya was said to have been called “Fruit of the Angels” by Christopher Columbus himself.
We all generally know papaya is good for you but to what extent? The Carica Papaya has been credited to have many medicinal uses as well as healing properties. The health benefits include: prevents macular degeneration, heals wounds, has anticancer effects, prevents arthritis, reduces inflammation in the lungs, treats throat disorders, helps ease menstrual pain, keeps blood pressure under control, and so much more. How amazing is that?
What Is Papain Exactly?
Papain is a proteolytic enzyme found in papaya fruit. These enzymes aid in breaking down proteins into smaller forms namely peptides and amino acids, which is why it is commonly used as a meat tenderizer. You can obtain papain directly just by eating the raw papaya but it is available in other concentrated forms such as chewable, topical or capsule forms.
How Is The Papaya Leaf Extract Collected?
As I mentioned earlier, you can get papain from the raw fruit of the papaya. How it is extracted for cosmetic use is a different story. Papain is obtained by cutting the skin of the unripe – but almost mature – papaya before collecting and drying the latex which flows from the cuts. The fruit should be tapped sometime during the morning (a period of high humidity). The lower the humidity levels, the lower the flow of latex.
After about 4 to 6 minutes the flow of latex ceases. A dish is used to collect the liquid; it is then scraped into a polythene-lined box with a close-fitting lid. The box should then be stored in the shade. Using a close-fitting lid and keeping the box in the shade reduces the reactions which cause loss of enzyme activity.
What Are The Benefits Specifically For The Skin?
If you’re looking for a natural alternative to better skin and dread spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on elaborate skin facials and treatments, the next best thing you can do is switch to products that include papaya extract. Let’s face it, no matter who you are, you’ve probably experienced some form of skin damage in your life. And just so you know, skin treatment costs can get steeper as you go along.
With papaya, you’ll just fall in love with this magical fruit. Let’s focus on what it does to the skin.
If you suffer from dry and flaky skin, then products with papaya extract are just the thing for you. The antioxidants help in retaining the skin moisture and treat flakiness.
The papain in the fruit is an enzyme that breaks down proteins. It works really well as a natural exfoliant to remove the layer of dead skin cells. It’s perfect if you want glowing soft skin.
Your skin impurities could include an uneven skin tone. Papaya extract has the ability to even out your complexion, balance and whitens the skin.
Keep your skin happy and youthful with papaya. You can reduce the presence of wrinkles and crow’s feet, soften lines and minimize the darkness under your eyes.
The tried-and-tested papaya extract can improve your skin and helps control the breakout of acne due to the presence of papain. It has even been proven to heal acne scars.
Where can I get it?
The papaya is an exceptional fruit known for its ability to affect the human body in the best ways. Not only is it really easy to slip into your skincare routine, but it is also available in many forms worldwide. It’s readily accessible in face, body or skincare shops. If going to the store is too much of a hassle for you, then that’s okay! You can find these products in many online stores. Papaya extract can be bought as soaps, lotions, creams, and serums. If you can get your hands on the fruit, you can even apply the papaya pulp directly on to your face.
In a Nutshell
Using papaya as a skincare aid is a timeless not-so-secret secret. The use of papaya leaf extract in cosmetics has been greatly popularized in the last couple of decades, what with so many cosmetic and skincare companies coming up with their own formulas and treatment using it. Scientists have conducted studies on their beneficial nutrients and currently looking into using it for cancer research.
There are no limits to what papaya extract can do. It can flush out your toxins while still making you look your best in the process. Papaya is definitely your asset in defying the effects of aging and maintaining healthy skin.