Guest Author - Winsome Tapper
The chief ingredient in this mask are fresh pineapple and papaya which both contain protein dissolving enzymes that soften and removes dead skin and over time will improve the texture and appearance of skin.
Besides having skin improving qualities, fruit enzymes play a major part in skin and digestive health. Bromelain found in pineapple is an enzyme that digests proteins, has anti inflammatory properties and speeds wound healing. It also aids digestion by enhancing the action of the digestive enzymes trypsin and pepsin. Research suggests that bromelain is a natural anticoagulant and has antiflammatory properties that makes it especially important for use in inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, ulcerative colitis and sports injuries.
Papain is found in papaya and has been used for thousands of years in South America to tenderize meat. Besides the more commonly use of papain as the meat tenderizer found in spice blends and marinade products, papain is found in many other applications such as contact lens cleaners, as a digestive aid, and in topical wound enzymatic debriding medication. More commonly though, papain from the crushed and fermented fruit enjoys popularity among folks from regions of the world where it is grown and used as a topical dressing for wounds, stings and rashes.
Other fruit with similar protein dissolving enzymes that can be used as substitutes for either fresh pineapple or papaya are - fresh ginger root, guava and figs.
It is very important that fresh fruit be used and not canned fruit as processing and high heat destroys the active enzymes needed. In addition, it is best to use the stalk area of the pineapple if available as this area has the most concentration of bromelain.
1/4 cup pureed fresh pineapple + 1/4 cup pureed fresh papaya
Any of the other fruits (use fruits in season)
Apply to face area and leave on for 15-20 minutes. (Rinse immediately if one experiences and burning or discomfort)
Rinse and follow up with an unscented moisturizer.
Repeat this once per week.