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
Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
Apply to clean skin using fingers; leave on for 8 to 10 minutes.
Rinse off using cool water and pat dry.
Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer.