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DIY Skin-Brightening Mask

Photography: David Meredith

Source: Body+Soul, April/May 2005


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. Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

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

  3. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry.

  4. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer.

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