Papaya is dubbed as  “The Fruit of the Angels” for its luscious taste, soft butter-like consistency and rich texture.

This fruit is rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, and has antioxidant properties. It also contains magnesium, potassium, niacin, carotene, protein, fiber and an enzyme called papain that provides many health benefits.

Not just health, but Papaya has several components that are great for your skin and hair. This is the vital reason why this fruit is a major ingredient found in many cosmetic, beauty and hair care products.

Below are 5 major beauty benefits of Papaya:

Brightens Skin

Papaya has natural bleaching properties that lightens and brightens the skin. It also has cleansing properties that help clear the skin of impurities. The vitamin C in it helps protect skin cells against sun damage. Mix ½ cup of mashed ripe papaya and the juice of 1 lemon. Massage the mixture all over your face and neck. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. Do this at least once a week.

Hydrates Skin

The water content in this tropical fruit hydrates the skin and keeps it looking fresh and moisturized! Include papaya in your diet or you can also use it as a face mask. Blend ½ cup of ripe papaya into a fine paste, add a little raw honey and apply the paste all over your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off carefully with cool water and pat dry your skin.

Clean and Clear Skin

Papaya has skin-cleansing properties that help get rid of clogged pores and helps prevent acne and pimples. In addition, the exfoliating effect of papaya removes dead skin cells to help unclog pores. You can also simply rub a piece of raw papaya gently on the affected skin for 10 minutes. Then, wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this once daily.

Controls Dandruff

Papaya helps prevent the buildup of oil and impurities on the scalp, which is one of the causes of dandruff. Blend 1 raw papaya thoroughly, add ½ cup of yogurt and mix well.Apply this mixture on your scalp as well as hair for a healthy shine.

Lightens Unwanted Hair

Use papaya to lighten unwanted facial hair. When used regularly, the papain enzyme in raw papaya can weaken the hair follicles on your face to prevent regrowth. Mix ½ cup of raw papaya paste and ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder.Apply this paste on the affected area and allow it to dry on its own. Scrub off the paste, then rinse your face with warm water.