Papaya, universally known as ‘the fruit of the angels’, is a pear-shaped luscious, sweet and pulpy wonder known for its delicious taste, texture and oodles of health benefits it tags along. Packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B, Antioxidants and Flavonoids, it acts as a core health wonder for skin from outside as well as from the inside. It’s not just for eating, the application of the super-fruit proffers glowing complexion as it contains rejuvenating enzymes that exfoliate the skin. One of the best features of the fruit is its low sodium content.

Here are some of the best Ayurveda tips to use papaya for glowing skin:

1. Pimple Expeller

Topically applying finely grounded raw papaya paste on the face for about 25 minutes will help reduce pimples and blemishes. Cut fresh papaya fruit into small pieces and blender it until it becomes smooth. Apply this on acne scars. Perform this routine continues to get a pimple-free skin.

2. Anti-inflammatory

‘Fruit of the angels’, papaya contains papain, a protein-digesting enzyme. This coupled with the other nutrients such as vitamin C and E, papain helps in reducing inflammation. The use of raw papaya helps you treating the ringworms as well. All you have to do is to rub some slices of raw papaya on ringworm patches and see reduced inflammation.

3. Anti-aging

The benefits of papaya on skin has been talked a lot since the time of our ancestors. To cure anti-aging, make a papaya face mask with mashed papaya, honey, and rice flour. Apply this mask and wash it off after 15-20 minutes. Use this thrice a week to get a firm & young skin.

4. Hydrates Skin

Take ripe papaya, clean and blend it until smooth. Apply the paste and keep it for 20 minutes and wash it with cold water. It is a simple method to moisturize the skin. Low sodium quality of papaya helps in retaining moisture and always keeps your skin hydrated.

5. As Facial Scrub

The enzyme ‘Papain’ and Vitamin A found in the fruit exfoliates the skin by dissolving and breaking down its proteins. A facial scrub of papaya can be made by mashing the fruit, mixing it with salt, honey, and olive oil.

6. Heals Sore and Cracked Heels

Take a ripe papaya and mash it. Apply this to the cracks of your heel. Leave it for about 10-15 minutes and then wash it off. This instantly softens the dry feet. This is the simplest remedy for dry cracked heel and can be done on a daily basis. If you have serious cracks in feet, you can take half an avocado or half a coconut (its flesh) and mix it with papaya.

7. Reduces Tanning

Take the ripe papaya cubes in a bowl, mash well and mix 1 tablespoon of Ambi Haldi (Kasturi turmeric) to it. Add 1 tablespoon of honey to the mixture to make it a thick paste. Apply this on your face and keep it for 20 minutes and rinse to reveal glowing skin.