PAPAYA AND RICE FLOUR
Sweet, juicy, and succulent, the papaya is regarded as one of the most nutritious and wholesome tropical fruits. Apart from providing essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and potassium, it is easy to digest and aids in the digestion of other foods, too. And when gently mashed and applied on the skin, it works magic! “Application of papaya on the skin helps to reduce pimples and blemishes, making the skin soft and supple. It evens out skin tone and exfoliates the skin. When applied on a regular basis, it helps reduce skin discolouration, and signs of ageing. Papaya contains AHA or Alpha-Hydroxy Acid in abundance, which has great anti-aging properties,” says Dr Peethambar. Add a bit of rice flour to mashed papaya and you have a wonderful face pack that nourishes as well as gently exfoliates the skin. Rice powder has long been used for facial skincare in Asian countries. “A face pack of papaya and rice powder is particularly helpful in reducing pigmentation, tan, dark spots, acne scars, and cleaning clogged pores. The pack is most suitable for combination skin. It can be used for both young and mature skin, and should be applied for about 15 minutes. The face should be washed thoroughly with a suitable cleanser before application for the best results,” says Dr Peethambar. To enhance the benefits of the blend, she suggests adding some honey, yoghurt, egg white and lemon juice. Glow away beauties!