Papaya is an active ingredient in many commercial beauty products that are designed to lighten the skin. Papain, an enzyme contained in the papaya, will help to soften and whiten the skin, reducing the appearance of freckles and age spots. It also has exfoliation properties, removing dead skin. It is quite simple to prepare the papaya yourself. No special materials are necessary and you can have all of the benefits of commercially prepared papaya products at a fraction of the price. You will also have complete control over the quality of the ingredients. The papaya product you make yourself will be free of chemical additives.

Things You'll Need

Choose a healthy papaya. It should be ripe, but not too soft. Try to find one without bruises. Peel the papaya and remove any seeds that might be present. Cut it into medium-sized pieces with a paring knife.

Place the papaya pieces in a blender. Blend it at medium until it forms a thick, smooth mash. This should take up to 30 seconds.

Wash your face and gently dry it. Do the same with any other area of your body that you wish to lighten. Apply the papaya paste directly to your face and other parts of your skin, avoiding the area close to your eyes. Leave it on for about 15 minutes.

Rinse the papaya mash off your face with warm water. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Then apply your usual face moisturizer.

Repeat this process three times per week. After about three weeks you should notice some positive results.