DIY Skincare: Papaya Enzyme Mask

Gelatin offers many health and beauty benefits

In this series of posts titled DIY skincare, I’m going to let you in on some skincare secrets and give great anti-aging and acne-clearing skin care tips that are not widely known.

This series of posts will debunk skincare myths and also save you money on cosmetic and beauty treatments.


In this article you will learn how to make your an anti-aging AHA Facial in your kitchen, and save 100’s if not 1000’s of dollars a year in facial and skin treatments. Some of my home beauty and skin care treatments cost just 2c to make.

I’m fortunate enough to have worked with leading dermatologists, aestheticians, cosmetic nurses and plastic surgeons. After University I worked as a publicist, securing media coverage for, and training leading medical/skin care professionals for media appearances.

Through my career as a Publicist, I developed a serious passion for the anti-aging and cosmeceutical industry. This led me to develop my own product which has sold more than 50,000 units worldwide.

As I write this article I’m working on my own skin care line which launches in the USA June this year- I’ll keep you updated on that in other posts.

AHAs promote a high skin cell turnover rate. This means your skin cells are renewed more quickly, resulting in:                                                                                                                                            -fewer fine lines and wrinkles
-more even skin tone
-smoother skin texture
-decreased blemishes


For those wanting a quick fix, no fuss DIY AHA facial that can be done at home follow these few steps and your skin will be glowing in no time:

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 Skin Brightening and Refining Papaya Enzyme Mask (AHA)
Enzymes work by digesting the protein in skin (keratin is the protein that holds the dead skin cells together).

Enzymes are more gentle than AHA’s because they affect only the outermost layer of skin (the Stratum Corneum). AHA’s can exfoliate deeper into the skin, and therefore can be more irritating for those with sensitive skin. This is why I like to use enzyme exfoliants when my skin is in a delicate state or I’ve been exposed to the harsh Australian climate.

Papaya is full of alpha hydroxy acids and enzymes like papain that break down dead skin cells when used topically. Regular use of fresh papaya fruit on the face

Popular enzymes in skincare are:

PAPAIN – from papaya
BROMELAIN – from pineapple (I will  show you how to make an exfoliating pineapple scrub that can be used on your body and face in a later post).

At-home AHA Facial Method:

  1. Clean your face well and lay a towel on a couch/ or bed to protect it (this is a deliciously, messy treatment).
  2. Mash or Puree half a papaya. I prefer to put mine in a bullet or blender for a smoother consistency. Put the mashed papaya in a bowl and lay down on your towel with your head slightly elevated.
  3. Apply the papaya to clean skin and leave for 10 minutes. If you feel uncomfortable or it stings then wash it off immediately.

You skin will be immediately glowing, after long-term use you will notice less blackheads, reduced acne and a more even skin tone with less dark patches/spots.

Mash Papaya or use a 'bullet' to extract the papain


As mentioned it is a messy treatment, but with long-term use and even after the very first AHA facial you will see improvement in skin tone and texture.

This AHA facial is made from papaya, which also contains Vitamin C , great for collagen production. This Papaya AHA facial also contains natural Vitamin A which helps with acne, fine lines and scarring.

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If you are concerned about acne and aging read my post on how to make an acne-clearing make with apples

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