The health benefits of the Fanta colour fruit are incredible. Its high medicinal value is well known and appreciated around the world.
Studies have shown that pawpaw is rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, and has antioxidant properties as well.
It also contains magnesium; potassium, niacin, carotene, protein, fiber and an enzyme called papain, which helps treat a sore throat, aids digestion, and reduce inflammation and pain.
As a matter of fact, further studies have shown that even the seeds of pawpaw help in regenerating the old and dead skin cells; and by so doing, they help to maintain the beauty of the skin.
And talking about skin beautification, the usefulness of pawpaw cannot be overemphasized
Here are 5 amazing beauty benefits of pawpaw and how to use it
1. It brightens complexion
It is a well-known fact, especially to beauticians, that pawpaw contains natural cleansing properties that help clear the skin off impurities. And the rich content of vitamin C which is contained in it helps to protect the skin against sun damage.
How to use
Slice the fleshy part of ripe pawpaw and rub on your face, neck, hands, and legs. Allow it to dry, and then wash it off with cold water. You can do this for three to four times a week.
You can also blend one cup of pawpaw and add one teaspoon of vitamin E oil, honey, and plain yogurt into a paste. Gently massage your skin with the paste and leave for 10 to 15 minutes, before rinsing with cold water.
It is important to note that pawpaw has some natural bleaching properties, so it is advisable to use this remedy mildly to avoid over colouring.
2. It helps to keep aging signs at bay
Pawpaw does not only help to regenerate old and dead skin, it also helps keep the skin soft and supple. And this is as a result of the vitamin A contained in it.
The alpha hydroxy acids in it help to prevent visible sign of aging, like wrinkles and fine lines, by dissolving dead skin cells. The vitamin C and E content in it also help to rejuvenate the skin; thus making it looks younger.
How to use
Mash ½ cup of overripe pawpaw thoroughly and mix a few drops of raw honey and one tablespoon of milk.
Gently massage your face and neck with it and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Do it once a week
3. It fights against pimples and acne
Studies have shown that the papain enzyme contained in pawpaw have some amazing skin-cleansing properties that help in getting rid of clogged pores.
And when dead skin cells are removed by the alpha hydroxy acids in it, pores are unclogged in the process; thereby preventing pimples and acne.
How to use
Use juice extraction or blender to extract the juice from sliced pieces of pawpaw and use a cotton ball to apply the juice on the affected area of the skin.
Leave it for 10 minutes before washing it off with water. It is advisable to use this remedy once daily to get rid of pimples and acne.
However, you can prevent pimples, acne, and blemishes by including pawpaw in your everyday diet.
4. It helps to skin hydrated
Here, it is the seed of pawpaw that does the magic. And the interesting thing is pawpaw seeds can be used on both sensitive and irritating skin.
Highly rich in vitamins and minerals which help to maintain the water content on the face, pawpaw seeds help to maintain the hydration on the skin which does not only makes them soft, but supple as well.
How to use
It is simple. Simply rub your face and body with a handful of pawpaw seeds regularly to help hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.
5. It helps to tackle crow’s feet and wrinkles
Studies have shown that pawpaw is enriched with antioxidant properties that help tackle both the appearance of crow’s feet around the outer corners of the eyes as well as wrinkles on the forehead.
And as earlier stated, the vitamin C in pawpaw has antioxidant agents that fight off free radicals that capable of damaging the skin cell.
How to use
To get rid of crow’s feet, gently apply a small piece of pawpaw around the eye area for 5 minutes once a day and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing with cold water.
You can also mix one tablespoon of ripe pawpaw pulp with a little bit of olive oil and apply it on the wrinkled area of the skin. Let it sit for 20 minutes before washing off with water.