In this post we look at Papaya soap, what it is used for and how it can benefit you.
Christopher Columbus called papaya the "fruit of the angels". It's now wonder considering how sweet, soft, buttery and delicious the fruit is. What used to be a rather exotic fruit is now readily available in markets and stores all around the world. For the most part papaya trees produce fruit all year round.
Papayas are either spherical or pear-shaped fruits that can grow up to 20 inches. The ones commonly found in markets average around 9 inches and weigh about 1.5 kilograms.
Their flesh is a dark orange color with either pink or yellow hues. Within the fruit are a cluster of dark, slimy coated seeds which are edible but have a rather peppery taste. The fruit and other parts of the papaya tree contain the enzyme papain which is known to breakdown proteins in the skin.
Papaya soap is made from papain. Papain promotes healthy digestion, acts as an anti-inflammatory and is also known to limit the production of melanin in the skin, thus acting as a skin lightener.
Papain contains a large amount of vitamin A. Vitamin A is known to aid in skin clarity and skin tone. As an antioxidant, vitamin A fights free radicals that cause hyperpigmentation. A well made papaya Soap can get rid of a wide variety of skin blemishes.
As you get older the collagen in your skin depletes. Because of this collagen reduction your skin sags and fine lines start to appear. Papaya helps combat this aging process. Papain also contains vitamin C. Vitamin C plays an essential role in the synthesis of collagen. It accelerates collagen production to maintain your skin’s elasticity.
The papain enzyme within papaya soap can exfoliate the skin and give it a healthier appearance. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the epidermis of your skin. While it remains true that the skin naturally regenerates itself, exfoliating with a papaya product on a regular basis can leave the skin lighter and smoother.
Papaya is also known for fighting and preventing acne. However, it must be stated that its effect does depend on the individual. It is certainly not a cure-all solution. In our experience papaya soap can help some people with their acne, but for others will have little positive effect.
If you have pigmentation patches or if you’re dealing with uneven skin tone, papaya soap can help smooth out your skin complexion.
Hyperpigmentation is the discoloration or darkening of the skin. As papaya soap aids in the removal of dead skin cells, the soap may slowly reduce the appearance of dark patches, leaving your skin lighter than before. It’s also believed that papaya soap helps stem melanin production in the skin.