Rakul Preet Singh has two rules that help her look good, inside out—work out hard in the gym and think simple in the kitchen. “It’s very important to sweat for your skin to glow, and I’m addicted! You can see it on my face when I don’t work out for two days (which generally never happens). I work out every morning, even if it means waking up at 4am before a shoot,” she said in an interview with Vogue India.
“On alternate days, I use coconut oil on my face, under my eyes and to massage my neck. When I tan, I rub a tomato or a concoction of turmeric, gram flour and yoghurt on my face,” she shared, taking her favourite pantry ingredients into her skincare routine too. A DIY trick she’s been following since her childhood is applying fresh fruit on her face. "As a kid, my mum would have us apply the fruit we ate on our face—from papayas to bananas, my skin’s got them all,” said Singh.
Papayas make a refreshing addition to your beauty routine too. The fruit is rich in papain, an enzyme that can dissolve proteins. It can aid exfoliation while unclogging pores and preventing dullness or acne. It’s even beneficial for the scalp, as the enzymes can break down the dead cell build-up on the scalp to leave it a healthier environment for hair to grow.Here's how you can use papaya in your skincare and haircare DIY recipes like Rakul Preet Singh1) An anti-dandruff hair pack
To calm your irritated scalp, mix the desired amount of mashed papaya (based on your hair length) with apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. The papain enzymes work to prevent build-up on the scalp that can exacerbate dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Apple cider vinegar can help balance the pH balance of the scalp, while the lauric acid in the oil has super antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties2) A brightening face paste
Papaya is rich in phytochemicals, Vitamin C and A, and beta-carotene, all of which help with brightening the skin by targeting dark spots and pigmentation. Mix papaya with yoghurt to create a double-dose of exfoliation, so the natural enzymes and lactic acid can get to work on exfoliating and deep-cleansing.3) A skin-tone balancing scrub
Papaya is rich in Vitamin A and C which are essential for the skin to fight sun damage. To exfoliate dead skin and brighten your skin post a day in the sun, mix ground oats with papaya to create a physical and chemical scrub. Apply this on your body and gently massage away dead skin and an uneven tan. Papain works to break the glue between dead skin cells, while the oat pieces sweep them off the skin surface.4) A moisturising hair mask
Whip banana, papaya and olive oil into a thick paste, and apply all over the scalp and through the lengths. Banana's potassium content helps to fortify fine hair, while olive oil penetrates the hair and moisturises it from the inside-out. With papaya's scalp cleansing abilities, hair is rendered softer and more volumised.5) A healing skin ointment
Papain enzymes can clear dead cell build-up from the surface of the skin, which is the main issue behind clogged pores, which leads to acne. Mix mashed papaya with honey and apply to the skin. Honey is an anti-inflammatory that soothes irritated skin, but it can also help make acne look less red and inflamed.Also read:
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