We all can agree that there isn't always 30 minutes or an hour to take out of your day to go to a spa and get a relaxing facial. Sometimes making the time is more stressful, than not going. Yet, don't you still want to treat yourself for even just a few relaxing minutes?
I spoke with Melissa Shea, a brilliant facialist at a spa in NYC, and got her to spill her at home spa facial treatment. She explained to me why this papaya based facial will awaken your skin and keep it healthy from the outside in. In addition to being quite tasty, this facial is super easy (less than 30 minutes) and all-natural!
Enzyme Brightening Treatment**:
1 Papaya, (very ripe)
1 oz Pineapple juice
1 Steamy hot hand towel, (damp, but not soaking wet..)
1. Slice papaya in half; remove pit. Mash entire papaya into a bowl, add pineapple juice.
2. After mixing thoroughly, apply on entire face avoiding eye area, (but,it is safe to apply over lips,and quite yummy!) You can also feel free to apply this goodness using your hands.
3. Ensure that entire face is evenly covered with mask
4. While lying down, apply steamy towel over entire face, (this will keep the enzymes in the papaya moist and active), and relax for about 15 minutes.
5. Remove mask with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser.
6. Apply a gentle, yet effective moisturizer.
7. Always wear SPF before walking out the door, especially after an exfoliating treatment like this, try something ranging from SPF 30 to SPF 70.
(image by love♡janine on flickr)
Melissa also explained why it works:
The active enzymes that naturally occur in papaya have been know for centuries to clear out digestive congestion when ingested. The same concept applies when using papaya in a treatment mask; the enzymes work like little "pac-men", and literally digest away accumulated dead skin and cellular congestion. The pineapple juice creates a more acidic treatment.
Do you have at home treatments that you regularly do? Share your recipes! Also, let me know what you think of this one. I did it last weekend and loved it.
**Note: Always check with your dermatologist before trying home skin care remedies such as this, and ask your doctor to perform an allergy patch test if you are trying something new on your skin. Do not perform this or any other at home treatment if you are currently under a doctor's care and taking medications prescribed for dermatological conditions.