Papaya contains a natural enzyme called papain that has several benefits for the skin. When used on the skin, papain works to gently exfoliate and dissolve dead skin cells to bring new skin cells to the surface and reveal a healthy complexion. Because of these skin renewal properties, papaya can fade dark marks, even skin tone and is a natural ingredient that is often found in skin lightening products. You can also look for papaya skin lightening soap online.
Papaya is originally from Central and South America but can now be found in the tropical climates of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. When ripe, papaya is orange in color but the green flesh of the unripe fruit contains a lot more of the papain enzyme.
Breaking down dead skin cells is essential to skin whitening. As papaya helps to speed up the skin cell renewal process, it can help to lighten the complexion. However, papaya does not have any melanin inhibiting properties so will not cause drastic skin lightening. It is ideal for fading dark marks and skin brightening in general.
To benefit from the lightening effects of papaya, you can use papaya soap twice a day and will see an effect after a few months of consistent use. Using the flesh of the fruit as a face mask 2-3 times a week will also remove dead skin and lighten the complexion.
Both the fruit itself and the soap are easily available and inexpensive. When looking for natural skin lightening agents, papaya based products are popular because they are so mild on the skin but effective.