Papaya contains the papain enzyme, a natural, nonabarasive botanical that dissolves dead skin cells, which makes it a great ingredient for face masks and exfoliators. It deep cleanses without stripping, leaving dull skin smoother and more refined.
Remember that for cleansing, moisturizing and facial skincare purposes, your face is the area between your hairline and your collarbone – don’t neglect that neck skin. Not only is the skin soft and delicate, it is also very close to underlying structures like the thyroid and voice box. Gentle is best.
For a quick, deep cleanse, pour boiling water into a bowl with lemon juice and rose petals and hold your face over the bowl, covering your head with a towel. The steam will invigorate you, aid in respiration, and help loosen blackheads. Cleanse afterwards and follow with a cool-water rinse to close pores.
Moisturizer seals in more than moisture – it stops oil escaping from the skin and can cause spots in those prone to breakoouts. Occasionally give yourself a break from night-time creams to allow your skin to breathe and regulate itself normally.