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DIY: revitalising papaya face mask

Georgia East



Fresh papaya face mask

A summery face mask that makes use of seasonal fruit, zinc oxide, honey and chamomile tea to brighten your complexion and revive the skin.

What you’ll need

  • 1/4 of a medium-sized papaya
  • 1t honey
  • 1T camomile tea
  • 1/2t zinc oxide
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil
  • A bowl, mask brush, measuring spoons and a blender

Mash up the papaya with a fork or use a blender to puree it before adding the honey and camomile tea. Lightly stir in the zinc oxide until a smooth, creamy paste forms. Now add just one drop of peppermint essential oil.

The application

With a mask brush, smear the mixture onto your face and neck. As it dries, apply the remaining mask and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and wipe your face with a cotton face towel.

The benefits

Papaya contains rejuvenating enzymes that exfoliate your skin, giving you a glowing complexion. It's loaded with papain – an enzyme that functions as an exfoliator, skin-softener and moisturiser and helps fight acne – as well as vitamin A. Zinc is great for combating blemishes and acne, too. Honey is antimicrobial and helps to clean the skin, while camomile tea and peppermint essential oil is anti-inflammatory and calms the skin, reducing redness and irritation.

What you’re left with is clean, supple skin and a glowing complexion. Make this mask fresh before each use and apply it once a week.

This vegan recipe is by Ashleigh-Jane Denton of Deity Skin. Read our Q&A with her, here.

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