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Combat uneven skin with this three step cocktail, sworn to leave you with flawless skin!

10952647_sAn uneven skin tone is enough to  kill your  vibe on any day.  Sometimes,  dark patches seem to appear out of no where, even when you think you’ve done everything right!.  Normally,  when get dark spots, it’s because I popped a pimple and it left a mark,  but you can also get dark spots from scars  that aren’t healing properly, and even from the sun     (normally dark spots from the sun tend to look like freckles).  You’ve probably read many different articles, and tried a few products to make your  dark spots go away;  many of which probably haven’t helped you.  If you’re still up for the challenge, then keep reading,  because I have a triple threat, skincare cocktail that will finally give you the results you want!

pap_enzyDark spots are caused by  an accumulation of dead skin cells caused by damage; it could be from a scar,  the sun, etc.  In order to jump start the fading process,  you need an exfoliant that is safe enough to use everyday without irritation, and one that effectively rids your skin of dead skin cells.  My favorite exfoliator is the Papaya Enzymatic Exfoliator.  If you want to learn why I love this one, click here to read all about it!

Next,  in order to fade dark spots and even your skin tone,  you’ll need a skin toner.  Thereren_even_tone are many different toners to choose from,   but for people with dark skin,  you’ll need a toner that slows the reproduction of melanocytes in your skin.   This is because, after we exfoliate, new skin cells are going to come to the skin’s surface, and since we’re trying to fade dark spots and even the skin tone,   it helps to slow melanocytes down,  at least until the dark spots disappear.  My favorite toner is the Even Tone Day Serum. To learn more about this product, click here.

 

ren_repl_night_creamFinally,  after all that toning and exfoliating,  a good moisturizer will make sure your skin stays supple and radiant until you’ve achieved the results you’ve been looking for.  My favorite moisturizer is the The replenishing night cream.  In addition to shea butter,  it’s enriched with  African botanicals and vitamins that your skin needs to stay healthy.

Try my even skin tone cocktail and let me know how it goes! If it goes really well, don’t forget to drop a selfie!

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Papaya: one of skin care’s best exfoliants

papayaPapaya is probably one of the best tasting fruits on the planet;  when every I get a fruit cup,  i always eat the papaya first!  Besides tasting incredible,  papaya is extremely healthy, especially when it comes to skin.  Keep reading,   and I’ll tell you why.

Papaya is full of enzymes.  The enzyme Papain  extremely useful in skin care, because it has proven to be a very powerful exfoliant.  Papain is said to  be most potent in green papayas,  in the fruit closest to the skin.pap_enzyPapain is a chemical, or non-mechanical exfoliant.  This means that is can slough away dead skin cells without the help of exfoliating beads.  This is extremely good news for people with thin skin, or highly irritable skin because you can get optimal results, without irritating your skin with exfoliating beads.  On the other hand, if you are obsessed with exfoliating beads and you need to have them,  you can make an at-home papaya exfoliator by blending together the  fruit closest to the skin, and some of the seeds in the middle.  Even though this might only last for one day.  it’s still a fun and inexpensive way to exfoliate.

My favorite papaya  product is the Papaya Exfoliator.  I like this one because it’s safe enough to use everyday without irritation,  and strong enough to  give me  fast results!

Papaya: the superfruit in fighting acne and breakouts

PapayaPapaya is a superfruit that is just as good for your skin, as it is to eat. Papaya is extremely healthy, and provides our bodies with much needed nutrients. When topically applied,  your skin reaps benefits from the enzymes and minerals in papaya that would normally be absorbed by other organs in the body.

 

Peptin

Peptin is an enzyme found in papaya that when eaten, helps with digestion. When topically applied, peptin makes skin have a more smooth and radiant feel.  It also aids in skin elasticity and improves the skin’s overall appearance.

Papain and chymopapain

These are two enzymes that have antiviral and anti bacterial properties.  Papain has protein degradation properties as well.  These two enzymes improve skin and reduce acne in two ways:

  1. Anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties help rid the skin of bacteria  that irritates the skin and causes acne to form.
  2. Protein degrading enzymes help eliminate the damaged keratinocyte cells that help trap dead skin, bacteria and oil inside pores,  which give pimples a raised appearance and hard feel.

Papaya also contains high levels of vitamin A, C,and E,  which assist in the rejuvenation of healthy skin cells, and help reduce the redness and inflammation caused by irritated skin. Click here to learn more about skincare products that contain papaya.