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DIY Skin-Brightening Mask




Here's why it works: Unripe papaya contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells. Yogurt adds lactic acid (another alpha-hydroxy) and gives the mask a creamy texture, and honey helps skin retain moisture. When left on, the mask should tingle slightly; if you have sensitive skin or prefer a gentler exfoliation, use ripe papaya, which has less papain.

Green-Papaya Brightening Mask:


  • 1/2 cup unripe papaya, diced
  • 1 teaspoon plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. Step 1

    Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

  2. Step 2

    Apply to clean skin using fingers; leave on for 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Rinse off using cool water and pat dry.

  4. Step 4

    Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer.

Body+Soul, April/May 2005



Reviews (4)

  • PeakMom 22 Jun, 2011

    The fresh ingredients make this extremely perishable and subject to bacteria. It will not freeze well. Make a book of homemade beauty recipes (include pics) instead so the recipient can make their own fresh beauty treatments. Tuck the book into a basket with a few empty plastic jars (you can make your own labels too) covered with pretty lids and an exfoliating sponge or mitt.

  • mariekoran 8 Feb, 2010

    maybe to give away as a gift, you could freeze it ? Or make it the day it's to be given, refdidge it, and then let the receiver choose to freeze or not.

  • AnnaGer 5 Dec, 2009

    I want to ive it away as a christmas present so how long is it durable?

  • nanacakes 2 Feb, 2009

    I have used a plain yogurt or yogurt and honey mask for years. It really makes my skin soft and glowing. I'll try it with papaya the next time. This sounds interesting.