Here in Australia, using paw paw on lips, elbows, scratches and burns is by no means a new skincare discovery — in fact, we're practically famous for using it everywhere and on anything. But what you might not realise is some popular paw paw balms and ointments contain not just nasty petrochemicals, but have a low dose of the key healing ingredient — paw paw. This magical fruit contains a stack of vitamins including A, C, E, as well as BH complex, calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacine. Phew! Paw paw also has powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties but a lesser known fact about the fruit is that it contains a proteolytic enzyme called papain. Papain can assist our very own enzymes to extract the maximum nutritional value from foods when we eat them. We know, magical.
We've got Nature's Care Paw Paw Balm 30g ($3.79) on high rotation right now for a few reasons. While paw paw grows throughout Australia, South America, Africa and Mexico, Nature’s Care only uses Australian paw paw. It also harvests and dries the beautifully exotic scent (no artificial fragrances needed here!) to add to its product range — deliciously natural, right? The Nature's Care Paw Paw range wouldn't be complete without a lip balm, and its petrochemical-free formula is super hydrating thanks to the added papaya extract and oil, sunflower seed oil, castor seed oil, shea butter and beeswax. So it's time to think pink and pop one of these rescue balms in your handbag today. You'll soon wonder how you survived without it!