Based on the juice of the carica papaya plant, (also known as 'pawpaw') this vegan, cruelty-free product – used for everything from soothing sore skin to boosting your skin's glow – is a true favourite of make-up artists and beauty editors.
So, beyond the obvious, precisely what can you do with your Dr PAWPAW? Read on to find out the brilliant uses for this brilliant balm… right after we answer some Dr PAWPAW FAQs.
Is Dr PAWPAW cruelty-free?
Dr Paw Paw is 100% natural, cruelty-free, vegan, made with ethically sourced ingredients and made from plastic that is both recyclable and biodegradable. That's a big tick from us.
What is in Dr PAWPAW Original Balm?
So we know that Dr Paw Paw is cruelty-free and vegan, but what's actually in it? The high content of moisturising ingredients in Dr Paw Paw include:
PawPaw, the fruit of the Carica Papaya plant
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil
Medical-grade Petrolatum Sorbate
What is Dr PAWPAW used for?
1. As an intensive moisturiser
While many people are first introduced Dr.PAWPAW as a lip balm, the combination of natural ingredients make it a particularly good moisturiser for all areas of the skin, including the face and dry areas such as elbows and cracked heels.
'Pawpaw is a highly-moisturising ingredient for the skin, while aloe vera is known for its hydrating properties and a gel-like consistency that helps the skin retain moisture,' explains Dermatological and Aesthetic Nurse, Emma Coleman.
2. To treat acne and pigmentation
Search online and many people have credited Dr. PAWPAW Original Balm with helping soothe acne-prone skin and fading pigmentation and scars. But is there any truth in the claim?
Yes says Emma – and again it’s down to the key ingredients.
'Pawpaw helps to fade the appearance of acne scars, and contains antioxidants vitamin A, C and E, magnesium, potassium and iron, which can act as anti-inflammatories,' she explains. No wonder then that many acne sufferers are fans.
According to Emma, Dr Paw Paw can also fade pigmentation on darker skin tones, while aloe vera helps clear up scarring and scabbing.
3. To soothe irritation
Psoriasis and eczema are conditions that can cause red, itchy skin anywhere on the body, particularly the hands, elbows and knees. While it is important to see a GP if you have the symptoms of either, some find that Dr.PAWPAW Original Balm is helpful in soothing the conditions.
This is thanks to the high content of moisturising ingredients, as well as the anti-inflammatory properties of the balm. As such, the product can also be used to soothe temporary skin complaints such as stings, rashes or sunburn.
'It has a petroleum base, creating a thick protective barrier between your skin and the air, which makes for quicker healing time and less inflamed skin,' reveals Emma.
4. For breastfeeding mums
Sore, cracked nipples are common among breastfeeding mothers. The NHS advises seeking help if you experience this, as it could be a sign your baby isn’t latching on effectively.
In the meantime, the gentleness of Dr.PAWPAW means it is suitable to calm irritation and dryness of the nipples
5. For newborns
Dr Paw Paw can also be used to treat nappy rash in little ones, so you can’t go wrong with gifting this to your new mum friend alongside a box of chocolates!
6. To reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
People often get confused between dry skin (which lacks oil) and dehydrated skin (which lacks water). While dry skin is something you’re naturally born with, dehydrated skin can be down to a whole host of environmental factors, including diet, weather and use of the incorrect products.
Dehydration can often lead to the appearance of fine lines (as opposed to deep wrinkles), but the good thing is, if you rehydrate this skin this will soften their appearance dramatically. 'The high content of minerals and Vitamins A, C and E in pawpaw juice makes it particularly hydrating, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scars,' says Emma.
7. To boost your everyday makeup routine
This balm isn’t just great for moisturising skin; it’s also a favourite in many makeup artists’ kit bags.
Makeup artist Joyce Connor says 'I use Dr.PAWPAW for glossy eyelids, lips, and adding a natural glow to the cheeks. It’s also really good as a makeup primer for drier skins. Use a thin layer under foundation.'
Others rate the balm for taming unruly eyebrows and priming the eyelids so shadow lasts longer.
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