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Papaya & Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask Recipe

Papaya & Pumpkin exfoliating mask is an easy skin care recipe to make at home.

Papaya & Pumpkin exfoliating mask is an easy skin care recipe to make at home.


Tropical Paradise ~

Both papaya and pumpkin are two tropical fruits that are oozing benefits not only to our health but to our skin.

An exfoliating mask is a perfect homemade recipe to make that combines these two tropical delights.

Tropical fruit such as pineapple, mango, coconut and passion fruit are only some of the widely available selection on offer to us these days and make terrific homemade beauty products.

For an additional homemade tropical recipe, try a mango face pack which is a refreshing facial mask that leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and revitalized and will transport you to that tropical island of peace and tranquility.

If you have never thought of making your own skin care or beauty products, now is a good time to start!


Tropical Papaya Fruit

making your own papaya & pumpkin facial products is easily achievable.

making your own papaya & pumpkin facial products is easily achievable.

Nature's Best ~

Natural ingredients are super nutritious for the skin without all the chemicals and toxins frequently found in commercial brands.

In my quest to delve into this DIY beauty world, I have discovered there is an abundance of ingredients in our own cupboards, fridges and gardens that are just shouting out to be used on the skin and hair in a variety of beauty treatments.

Looking at the incredible benefits to the skin, the easy recipes and the tremendous savings to our pocket, it begs the question Why would you NOT use them? as opposed to Why WOULD you use them?

Let’s look at what makes papaya & pumpkin so good for the skin and a must try beauty combination.


Papaya, Pawpaw or Papaw

In the genus Carica, papaya fruit is commonly known as pawpaw or even papaw in different countries.

In the genus Carica, papaya fruit is commonly known as pawpaw or even papaw in different countries.

Skin Benefits of Papaya ~

  • Contains Vitamin A, C
  • Rich in Carotene
  • Rich in Enzymes
  • Rich Source of Papain
  • Premature Ageing
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Smoothing Properties
  • Natural Exfoliator
  • Severe Burns
  • Acne
  • Reduce Freckles
  • Diminish Age Spots
  • Essential Minerals
  • Skin Lightener
  • Hair Treatment

Pumpkin Power

looks may be deceiving as pumpkins are full of skin beneficial vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants.

looks may be deceiving as pumpkins are full of skin beneficial vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants.

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Delicious Treats With Pumpkin from teaches12345 ~

Skin Benefits of Pumpkin ~

  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Rich in Vitamin A, D
  • Enzymes
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Skin Softener
  • Soothes Sunburn
  • Natural Skin Exfoliant
  • Nourishing
  • Great for Feet &Hands
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Reduces Large Pores
  • Acne
  • Prevents Oil Build Up

Chopped Papaya

ripe papaya fruit is best to use for sensitive skin due to it's lower levels of papain.

ripe papaya fruit is best to use for sensitive skin due to it's lower levels of papain.

Benefits of Exfoliating the Skin

  • Removes Dead Skin Cells
  • Stimulates Circulation
  • Increases Blood Flow
  • Removes Bacteria
  • Unblocks Pores
  • Fights Blackheads and Whiteheads
  • Suitable For Everyone
  • Reveals Fresh Skin
  • Improves Skin Texture
  • Anti-Ageing Benefits

Homemade Pumpkin Mask

Papaya & Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask ~


¼ cup chopped pumpkin

¼ cup ripe or green papaya

½ tsp honey

½ tsp natural yogurt

1 egg white (oily or acne prone skin)


1 egg yolk (dry skin)

1 small carrot finely chopped (optional)

You Will Need:

blender or food processor

pot of boiling water for carrots (if using)




  • Add the carrots to the pot of boiling water and cook until soft.
  • Peel and dice the papaya, removing all the seeds.
  • Add all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend to a smooth consistency. If you prefer to mix by hand (I do) that is perfectly fine. It is easier to control the texture and prevent the mask being too runny.
  • Apply with clean fingertips to a cleansed face free of makeup with hair out of the way.
  • Avoid the delicate eye area. If you have some cucumber in the fridge, cut two slices to pop on the eyelids which are great for hydration, puffiness and rejuvenating the skin.
  • Chill, relax and take time out for 10-15 minutes to let the yummy ingredients work their magic.
  • Remove with tepid water and finish with a splash of cold water.
  • Pat dry and apply your regular moisturizer or why not try a drop of olive oil as a natural skin moisturizer .

Word of Caution ~

If you have any allergies or suspected allergies, please do not try this without consulting a doctor or medical practitioner first.

All skin types, particularly sensitive skin, should do a small patch test first to make sure no irritation is caused.

Papain is a strong enzyme, which removes the dead skin cells. It is particularly high in unripe papaya so sensitive skin should only use ripe papaya. Anyone allergic to Latex should not use papaya due to the papain content.


The Beautiful Flower of The Papaya Tree

the male flower of Carica Papaya

the male flower of Carica Papaya

Take Your Pick

pumpkins come in a rainbow of different colors.

pumpkins come in a rainbow of different colors.

Giant Pumpkin or Smart Car?

imagine the world's largest pumpkin weighs the same as this smart car!

imagine the world's largest pumpkin weighs the same as this smart car!

Papaya & Pumpkin Interesting Facts ~

  1. Papaya trees have both male and female flowers.
  2. Papaya is also known as Pawpaw and Papaw in different countries.
  3. Stems and bark of the Papaya are used to make rope.
  4. Harrison Ford was injected with Papain on the set of Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom for a ruptured disc in his back.
  5. Pawpaw appears in the lyrics of “The Bare Necessities” sung by Baloo in Disney’s classic film The Jungle Book.
  6. Papaya leaves are used in some countries to make a tea that aids Malaria.
  7. Top producers of the Papaya fruit are Brazil, Nigeria, India and Mexico but are readily available and grown in Peru, Venezuela, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Congo and China.
  8. Papaya is grown in 54 countries throughout the world
  9. Pumpkins are 90% water.
  10. The largest fruit in the world is Pumpkin.
  11. Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  12. Pumpkins are not just available in orange but may be yellow, red, green, tan, white and even blue!
  13. 80% of pumpkins produced in United States are sold in October – Halloween and Thanksgiving time.
  14. The biggest World producers of Pumpkin are United States of America, Canada, Mexico, India and China.
  15. Antarctica is the only continent that does not grow Pumpkin.
  16. Pumpkins generally weigh 9-10 lbs, they can reach up to 75 lbs and the giant pumpkin world record weight is a staggering 1,810 lbs or in other words - the weight of a Smart Car!

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs


Papaya & Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask Recipe Comments

Danielle Nash from North America on October 08, 2016:

This is super informative and very well written! I've used papaya and mango a number of times in my skin care but, I've never thought of using pumpkin. Love the article and can't wait to get in the kitchen and whip up some pumpkin facial masks. Thank you!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 17, 2013:

Hi younghopes,

You are too kind, thank you so much for your lovely comment. Pumpkin and Papaya are both two ingredients I love but do not have fresh too often unfortunately as they are expensive and pumpkin certainly is not readily available. I first ate pumpkin living in New Zealand and fell in live with the flavor and texture, particularly roasted pumpkin I remember being a favorite of mine there.

Thanks again for visit, votes and pinned!

Shadaan Alam from India on June 17, 2013:

wow beautiful hub, voted up and pinned too. This is altogether a new facial masks recipe to learn. As always Suzie, your hubs are too good to read. i never knew before that pumpkin is so good for the skin, though papaya has always been my favorite fruit

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 08, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

So love your visits! A ladies night would be great for you to use your fruit with! If you have some cucumber and lemon make up some refreshing spa water for the ladies to drink to go with the experience! Make it in advance and chill in the fridge. It's tasty and looks good. Love to hear how it goes, enjoy your night! Appreciate you voting and pinning!!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 07, 2013:

This is another awesome hub, Suzie. This comes very handy to me as I have half of pumpkin in my ref and papaya in my garden. I think I´ll organize ladies facial night for this weekend and apply your beauty recipe treatment. Voted up and pinned. Thanks for sharing;-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 12, 2013:

Hi DIYmommy,

Lovely to see you, delighted you enjoyed this on the tropical fruit!! Hope you have fun making and applying it soon. Appreciate your input and comments!

Julie on February 11, 2013:

Well, you made a formidable case for the benefits of papaya pumpkin exfoliating masks throughout this hub. Looks like I'll be trying this out soon! :) Thanks for the great, and visually appealing, hub!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 05, 2013:

Hi teaches,

Glad you enjoyed and hopefully saw the link to your gorgeous Whoopie Pie!! Amazing that pumpkins are so hydrating and cucumber is another one mostly consisting of aqua. Hope you get to give it a try when you have a stock of pumpkin for your desert. Thanks so much for checking this out!!

Dianna Mendez on February 04, 2013:

Another great hub full of wonderful information. I didn't realize the pumpkin was mostly water, seems hard to believe because it is so huge. I love your natural product series and I am learning so much. Thank you.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 02, 2013:

Hi Sam,

Hopefully you will try Papaya again but I know it is hard when you don't really like an ingredient for eating or cooking with. I think it must be so interesting working for Edelweiss and delighted you have become interested in natural products. They really are so beneficial to us all I cannot praise them enough!! You might have noticed!! LOL

Appreciate your votes, share and pin!!!

Samantha Harris from New York on February 02, 2013:

I've always sort of disliked Papaya because the fruit leaves a bad taste in my mouth. After reading this though, I'm willing to give it another chance--at least on my skin, haha.

Since I started working at Edelweiss Soap Company, I've really taken an interest in natural beauty products. I have especially sensitive skin too, and have found that using home treatments such as this, and all natural products are really the only things that don't irritate me.

Thanks again for sharing! I'll be pinning this.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 02, 2013:

Hi Bill,

Greetings my friend and great to see you visit! Appreciate your lovely comments re pis and layout, always lovely to hear. many thanks for votes, shares and general thumbs up on this Bill!! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 02, 2013:

Hi Eddy,

Great to hear you enjoyed a bit of the tropics here and will pass on to your daughter! Appreciate your visit, votes and shares!

Just watched the rugby - Ire v Wales, always a great occasion and great result for the boys in green!!

Thanks Eddy, have a good one!!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on February 02, 2013:

Hi Suzie. Pumpkin and Papaya! Sounds good, but probably not going to make it to my face. Great job with this hub. Very well organized and love the colors and photos. VU, sharing, etc....

Eiddwen from Wales on February 02, 2013:

Useful and so very interesting.I am handing this one onto my daughter who loves her face packs etc.

I also vote up,across and share.

Have a great weekend.


Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 01, 2013:

Hi Bill,

LOL . .. was inspired by imagining you smothered in orange pulp and now " so not happening" is the result :-(

Ah well I am determined to find one that DOES appeal to the extent of you trying it out and including it in your repetoire of Living Simply !!!! Many thanks my friend for everything , have a good one!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 01, 2013:

This is so not happening to this boy! :) Have a great weekend, Irish! Smile often and brighten the world in the process.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 01, 2013:

Hi theresa,

Lovely to receive your passionate interest in homemade products. Coconut oil is a terrific skin moisturizer for sure! One of the best from the kitchen along with olive oil, sesame and jojoba to name a few. Branded products i have worked with in all areas from wholesale to retail fro many well known giants of the cosmetic world so yes, you are right about many not making it to the retailer quickly and the shelf life is impossible to determine as a result. Many thanks for your interest here and hope you enjoy this and others in my homemade series!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 01, 2013:

Hi vespa,

I figured you would have an abundance of these gorgeous fruits growing there, you are so lucky with all the varieties of thing you have in Peru from the pink salt to tropical fruit. How interesting that your varieties seem predominantly white too! Thanks as always for following with your usual enthusiasm and thumbs up for natural products, enjoy giving this a try! By the way I am working on a new one and will include the deodorant you mentioned to me earlier. Cheers for your lovely comments my friend!:-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 01, 2013:

Hi organized living,

So great you jumped on board the P & P recipe train with me! Maybe not the wisest thing for beards but you never know it could improve facial hair texture! By all means if your wife wants to give it a go, it is best like so many other homemade beauty products, when used as you make and not stored. Your spot on as it does not contain preservatives in commercial brands that prolong creams etc. .. Appreciate your commenting and interest!!

theresa davis from Livingston, LA. on February 01, 2013:

Love home made skin care!!! I have never been able to find a "store bought" skin care that didn't cause more problems than it solved. My skin was aging at a rapid rate, and nothing I tried did anything but make it worse. So I began looking into skincare I could make myself from the things in my kitchen . Eureka!!! I no longer look ancient and the texture of my skin is as smooth as a baby's bottom. (ok I exaggerated about the baby's bottom, but not very much) I will try this mask with pleasure. I love the fact that any leftovers can be eaten. The best part is that not only can I eat the leftovers but I don't have to spend a fortune for clear healthy skin. Have you tried coconut oil as a moisturizer? I find it to be one of the best. Did you know that expensive brand name beauty products sit on shelves in factories for so long before they ever make it to the retail outlets that any beneficial qualities are degraded beyond belief? It is no wonder they don't work and often cause more damage to the skin.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 01, 2013:

This is a heap of information about pumpkin and papaya! I love your tropical fruit recipes since tropical fruits are readily available in Peru. I used to make a face mask of papaya seeds and it made my skin smooth and tight. I look forward to trying this one! In Peru, pumpkins are almost always white. Thanks for teaching us so much about skin care!

Adrian Walker from Magnolia, AR on February 01, 2013:

It's safe to say I now know more about Pumpkins and Papayas than I did before reading this article.The recipe sounds very healthy. i don't expect I will be trying it myself as it would just be a hot mess in my beard. Perhaps my wife would like some. Does it keep well? I expect it needs refrigerating being all natural.

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