You may be familiarized with Lucas Papaw Ointment and you probably know that is being used on a large scale in Australia, as one of the most famous product of its range. It’s mostly used as a moisturizer, even though it’s not. Although, it does have healing properties, so it will take care of your lips in times of need.
The public’s perception regarding the product is more than positive, but a new side started being noticed and plenty of blogs began exposing the so called truth behind the product’s actual ingredients. Now, keep in mind that all of the ingredients are visible on the tube and these are papaw fruit, petroleum jelly, plus a small amount of Peru gum balsam, an addition for scent.
Despite that, Wanda Waller, a make-up artist for Melbourne, said that, considering the 4% worth of papaw fruit that the product contains, basically, everything else is just petroleum jelly and is bad for the user. However, she got an answer from the manufacturer and Karyn Lees, the company’s spokesperson, explained that the Papaw extract is being obtained through a fermentation process that concentrates the enzymes found within the papaw fruit. This makes a 4% quantity enough to make it safe, otherwise, the product’s effect may be the exact opposite, literally burning your skin.
Debating over moisture
The statements that petroleum jelly is toxic has also been disproved by the manufacturer, showing that the ingredient mentioned is strictly pharmaceutical, which ensures its quality and safety. The producer also said that the fear regarding petroleum jelly is completely unjustified and that several years ago the market was flooded with poorly qualitative products, comparative to how the same market looks nowadays. The petroleum jelly is filtered and constantly improved, in order to assure its safety and efficiency, which makes the product impurity free.
Another statement from Waller is that Lucas Papaw ointment acts like a cloth, blocking your pores and preventing toxin elimination from your system. That means that moisture, containing residual remains, will remain trapped within your body.
How should you use the product?
Lee saw the need to mention that the ointment was not designed as a moisturizer, despite the fact that it does retain moisture, which helps in healing the cracked lips. Further explanations are given, stating that Papaw Ointment is perfect for cracked and inflamed lips, or even damaged and broken skin. However, in the recent years a tendency started being noticed in using the ointment as a lip gloss, when that’s not the case. Of course, this type of usage won’t harm anyone, but, as the manufacturer stated, its initial destination was not of cosmetic nature, but more medical oriented. It aimed helping in a faster healing when dealing with damaged skin or lips and the company tries to separates itself from the public perception that uses the product as a lip gloss or as a moisturizer.
The papaw ointment extract was developed by Dr. Thomas Lucas, a botanist from Brisbane, Australia, in 1910, after years of research, as he was convinced that papaw fruit extract was the best medicine anyone ever discovered.
You need to keep in mind that Papaw Ointment, despite the fact that it can help your skin retaining more moisture, its purpose is not that and if you are looking to get a dedicated moisturizer, then you should buy one. All that Papaw Ointment does is to help your skin recovering from various problems such as dryness, cracks and so on. Papaw can never be as effective in moisturizing abilities as a dedicated one can.