Technically, I started the cleanse (that’s what it is now, that’s what I’m going to call it) last night, after I had brushed my teeth and taken a good look at my face in the mirror. My skin was dry, dull, and possibly dehydrated (I’m still not sure how to tell this for sure). For the past couple of weeks, I haven’t been eating very well, haven’t been following a consistent routine beyond dabbling in oil cleansing and applying whichever serums as I feel needed, and the night before this one I’d gone to sleep rather late – and all this showed on my face. There was a darkness under my eyes, my cheeks were deflated, and my forehead was textured, even after enlisting the help of The Ordinary’s blood red peel treatment in the previous day or two.
I splashed a burst of lukewarm water onto my face and opened up a small container in which a now defrosted, small portion of papaya was resting. I picked up a small piece, mashed it up in my hands as per the instructions and spread it across my face, gently rubbing the soft matter in circles towards my ears and passing my palms across my neck. The papaya was still cold from being in the fridge for the past hour or so and I prayed that this temperature would have some kind of cryogenic effect. I then let it sit for about 30 seconds before rinsing it off with the aid of a gingerly held face towel, after which, my skin did feel noticeably softer, but I wasn’t going to allow myself to get my hopes up. I followed up with a rather small amount of shea butter and decided I was going straight to bed.
Tonight, I followed the exact same method, except for leaving the papaya to sit for about two minutes before rinsing it off and taking a few photos, so that I’ll have something to compare to Day 18. I really hope this experiment works and I see some undeniable improvements in my skin by the end of the month.
I’ve done some more reading about papaya and its properties and according to Franziska Spritzler (fantastic name), a dietitian, one small papaya contains 157% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. I wonder how much of that can be absorbed into the body via your pores? It can also counteract free radical activity which can be a major culprit in the decrease of our skin’s elasticity over time and other signs of skin damage and aging.
Hm, it’s probably not a bad idea to start eating it, too.