In a world where there’s always the constant pressure to be and look perfect, it’s hard to find true confidence. Unfortunately, the presence of social media doesn’t help either. That’s why being confident and comfortable in your own skin, literally and figuratively, starts within yourself before you can radiate it outwards and inspire other people.
One way to help you feel good about yourself is to make sure that you’re taking care of your body and that includes skincare. Studies have proven that skin problems cause a huge, negative impact on our self-esteem and mental health, so you want to steer clear of those by keeping your skin healthy. Here are two skincare and cosmetic ingredients that are great in improving skin.
For soft, bright skin: Papain
Papain, the enzyme found in papaya, has long been known as a powerful skin-brightener and widely used as the main ingredient of several bath essentials and skincare products. But what exactly does papain do on skin? For one thing, it works as an anti-inflammatory. Papain is the type of enzyme that’s triggered by swelling and responds by providing protection to the inflamed areas. It can also soften and smoothen skin, as it removes damaged keratin that tends to build up on skin and form small bumps. If that’s not powerful enough, papain also promotes the production of collagen in your skin. It’s the protein responsible for strengthening your skin’s moisture barrier and helping improve elasticity.