Wednesday, 24 May 2017 12:17

Paw Paw - Worth the Hype?

We’re clearly big fans of Paw Paw here at Natralus, as the ingredient appears across a range of our skin and lip care products. We understand, however, that it’s wise to exercise some caution about ingredients that are praised widely and dubbed as ‘miracle’ cures within the beauty industry. With such an extensive range of products on the market which claim to harness the power of Paw Paw, it’s often tricky to know what to look out for.

First thing’s first - does paw paw live up to its hype as a star ingredient in beauty products? What makes it such an esteemed ingredient across the industry? Read on as we take a closer look.

Also referred to as Papaya, the Paw Paw fruit is well known for its soothing and moisturising properties, keeping skin supple and hydrated all year round. But what’s really so special about this strange looking fruit? What makes it such an amazing and sought after skincare ingredient? The answer lies in the rich assortment of nutrients and antioxidants found in Paw Paw, which lends to its reputation as nature’s miracle fruit.

Using products rich in Paw Paw is a great way to supply the skin with a range of vitamins, minerals and enzymes which hydrate and protect - but even eating the fruit itself is wonderful for your external appearance. If you’re after a Vitamin C dose, you’ll get more from paw paw than you would from oranges. If it’s Vitamin A you’re after, Paw Paw is even more beneficial than carrots. The fruit also contains a decent amount of Vitamin B and Vitamin E, which all act to boost your skin’s ability to protect itself from harmful free radicals, believed to be the main culprit in wrinkles and age spots!

Getting back to the benefits of the topical use of Paw Paw, we’d be mad not to mention its most vital function - moisturising! Paw Paw is naturally high in sugar, which means that it easily attracts, absorbs and retains moisture - making it perfect for maintaining the skin’s optimum hydration level. The reason products rich in Paw Paw feel so good has a lot to do with the aforementioned moisture renewal, but a little enzyme called Papain deserves a lot of credit here too.

Papain is an enzyme found in Paw Paw which creates a gentle exfoliating action in the skin, helping to buff away layers of skin that bind dry, dead skin cells together. What this means for you, is that while your skin is being hydrated and pumped with vitamins, a regenerative process is also taking place, leaving your skin bright and fresh!

If you’re reading this and thinking there are countless ingredients that provide moisture and nutrients in the skin, you should know that the properties of Paw Paw don’t end there.

One of the many reasons that paw paw is seen as a cut above the rest when it comes to skincare ingredients is that it contains a host of anti-inflammatory properties, making it a soothing solution to irritable skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

There are extensive studies regarding the benefits of Paw Paw, and we certainly view it as more than simply an exotic fruit. We love to incorporate Paw Paw as an active ingredient in many of our products across lip, skin and baby care so you can harness the benefits of this incredible fruit too!  

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