One of the best traditional methods of whitening skin, particularly the face, is with papaya. This is because papain, an enzyme contained in the papaya, helps to lighten, soften and exfoliate the skin. If used regularly, papaya will also reduce the appearance of brown spots and freckles, resulting in a clearer complexion. There are many commercial beauty products that contain papaya. However, preparing your own is a simple process that does not require special materials. The product you create at home will be more economical than any you can purchase.