Foody Beauty: Papaya Body Mask

I can think of few things more indulgent than a body mask, but I can think of a whole lot of things that I should be saving or spending money on rather than a trip to the spa. Times may be rough, but you can still enjoy super-soft skin with this recipe for a homemade body mask.

Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that helps to soften skin and aid digestion. It is also a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids, which help exfoliate skin leaving you supple and smooth.

1 Ripe Papayas
1 Lime
1 tablespoon Honey
2 drops Mandarin Essential Oil (optional, available at most health food stores)
2 drops Petigrain Essential Oil (optional)

1. Cut papaya and remove seeds.
2. Blend the papaya, honey and lime juice until smooth.
3. Remove from the blender and mix in essential oils, if using.
4. Apply to face and body and, if desired, boost the mask’s penetration by doing a body wrap*
5. Relax for 20 minutes while the Papaya works its skin-softening magic.

*For the ultimate indulgence, I suggest making this mask in the evening (after your little ones have gone to bed), then wrap up in an extra sheet cocoon-style and enjoy a little quiet time.

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Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares what she's dreamed up for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and simple ideas for holidays. She is a single mom of three girls and one boy. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local television. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. During quieter moments, she enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Bettijo lives with her four kiddos in Phoenix, Arizona.

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