Native to Mexico and Central America, papaya is also cultivated in the Caribbean, the Philippines, some parts of Africa, Australia, and other countries. In Pakistan, the area of Sindh and Punjab is rich in lavish green plantations of papaya. Papaya developed in Thatta and Malir Districts of Sindh is known for its sweetness and size. Its scientific name is Carica papaya.
Papaya seed is rich in various vitamins, particularly vitamins A, B, and C. It has incredible antioxidant levels, as well as other properties. Some of these constituents include Vitamin A, B, C, vitamin E, papain, quimiopapain, alkaloids, benzyl isothiocyanate, flavonoids, oleic acid, stearic acid, sterols, tocopherols, and the unique. Along with vitamins, papaya seed oil has another unique compound: papain which anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties help eliminate acne, pimples, and blackheads on the skin.
A non-greasy and non-oily texture, the papaya seed oil is light yellow and has no scent. It is light and easily absorbed. The papaya seed oil has many benefits. Let’s discuss some of them pertaining to skin only.
- Amazing skin cleanser
- Natural exfoliant
- Reduces hyperpigmentation
- Brightens skin
- Combats acne
- Reduces & removes scars
- Delays wrinkles
Amazing skin cleanser
Skin washed with papaya seed oil feels cool and smooth. Being light papaya seed oil is perfect to be mixed with castor oil. It makes an amazing and excellent oil cleansing combination. How to do it? Simply, mix equal parts of papaya seed oil and castor oil. Use this to oil cleanse your face. “To wash your face with this oil mixture, massage it onto your face using the tips of your fingers. Now run a small soft microfiber cloth under hot-warm water and squeeze. Place the microfiber cloth over your face and allow the heat to open up your pores. Now wipe off the oil and repeat the process 2–3 times until your skin feels squeaky clean!”
Natural skin purifier
Papaya seed is a perfect and gentle natural exfoliant for the face. It is all because of the unique enzymes found in it. Components like papain break down dead cells. This reveals fresh, youthful, and soft skin underneath, making your face look smooth, supple, and beautiful.
Some people suffer from hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone. On the face, hyperpigmentation manifests as a dark forehead, dark cheeks, or dark areas around the mouth. On the body, hyperpigmentation can be seen as dark knees, dark elbows, and dark knuckles. Papaya seed oil is effective in reducing hyperpigmentation in all areas of the body. “Use 1–2 times on your skin directly, or by mixing with essential oils such as carrot seed oil, which also help fight hyperpigmentation.”
If you have dull, gray, and lifeless skin, perk it up with papaya seed oil! It helps brighten the skin tone. This way Papaya seed oil proves also a powerful aid for lightening the skin. Moreover, tans can easily be reduced with papaya seed oil.
Anti-inflammatory, scar-reducing, and skin brightening properties of papaya seed oil make it capable enough to combat acne. It might be used to get rid of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and other infections of the pores. “In a 4 oz amber glass dropper bottle, mix ½ cup of papaya seed oil with 10 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of roman chamomile oil, and 5 drops of geranium oil. Apply this oil as a spot treatment for acne or zits every few hours.”
Reduces & removes scars
Further, papaya seed oil might also remove or reduce scars including burn marks, acne/pimple scars, and wound scars. This is because of its large quantities of vitamins A, C, and E, which help remove the above-mentioned scars. “Apply 1 teaspoon papaya seed oil mixed with 5 drops of lemongrass essential oil to scar areas, as well as stretch mark areas. This will stimulate circulation to the skin and promote the faster healing of damaged skin.”
The anti-inflammatory properties of papaya seed oil are important for skincare. Papaya oil can reduce redness, swelling, and pain in the skin caused by stretching skin. Apply papaya seed oil on giant pimples to quickly reduce their size and redness. Use it at night because it is the best time and our skin undergoes repair and restoration as our body rests.
By regenerating the skin cells from UV damage and promoting the healing of other scars and damage done to the face, the papaya seed oil is able to help in delaying and combating fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Thus, it keeps your skin fresh and young for a long time.
No doubt, Papaya Oil has a number of health benefits, yet it has a few side effects too.
Note: This is to add to your fund of knowledge, anyone considering using, Papaya Oil is advised to discuss it with a nutritionist or a doctor first.