Skincare Sunday with Janu & Nicole: DIY Brightening Papaya Mask

DIY brightening mask
Image by Nicole Simmons.

Whereas the content produced by the beauty industry was once filled with everybody and their grandmother doing the most, there is now a heavy focus on producing a natural glow by way of a healing skincare ritual. And though there has been a lot of buzz around using acids and enzymes to heal discolouration, act as brightening agents, and promote the healing of skin, we wanted to hit y’all with a natural method of achieving these results. Papaya is the name, glow factor is the game.

DIY brightening mask
Image by Nicole Simmons.

The naturally occurring antioxidants, beta-carotene, enzymes (more notably, papain), phytochemicals, and alpha-hydroxy acids present in papaya are a gold mine for topical skin treatment recipes. These components contribute to dissolving inactive proteins and dead skin cells to promote a brighter, softer, and more even surface. Goodbye dark undereye circles, hyperpigmentation and flaky bits. Hello, glow! Papaya is an incredibly potent ingredient which will yield great results. This being said, please keep in mind that there is a difference between brightening and lightening, so we would highly advise using this raw ingredient in moderation.

DIY brightening mask
Image by Nicole Simmons.

Incorporating binding ingredients such as honey and whipped egg whites will enable papaya’s powerhouse components to get to work without overworking the surface of your skin. Honey acts as a healing, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial agent all while acting as a humectant- that is, it preserves moisture levels. Whipped egg whites will keep this mask together on the skin, in addition to acting as an extracting membrane. As they dry, egg whites will quite literally pull out excess sebum from your pores, resulting in minimized pores, and decreased amounts of blackheads and breakouts. 

What we’re trying to say is that this mask will fix everything except your credit.

DIY brightening mask
Infographic by Janu Ys.

Recommended use: mash papaya and mix well with honey, fold in whipped egg white. Use bi-weekly. To act as ~intense~ brightening agent for areas of the body such as underarms, back of thighs, and in preparation for beach bums, add some lemon juice and use bi-weekly!

Wishing y’all a love filled week ahead, and a glowing inside and outside! And remember, we’re not doctors…so don’t try to come for us.

Ble$$ up,

Janu & Nicole

DIY brightening mask
Image by Nicole Simmons.