Petroleum vs. Paw Paw? What to put on your lips.


Your lips frame your smile, they kiss your loved ones, they enable the words to leave your mouth – actually they work pretty hard!  A dash of colour on them and we can feel transformed.  Which explains why lip balms and ointments are a beauty must-have, to condition and moisturise lips throughout the day and the changing seasons.

Must-Have Ingredient (hint…it’s not the petroleum)

Paw paw (or papaya) has become a star ingredient in lip care as when applied topically, it has been found to promote smooth skin and wound healing. Researchers believe the proteolytic enzymes chymopapain and papain in papaya are responsible for these beneficial effects. Rich in vitamins A and C, these nutrients are naturally nourishing, with an ability to moisturise and build collagen.

Whilst the paw paw fruit is lovely, what it is often paired with may not be and the debate has intensified recently over the use of petroleum as a carrier ingredient.  When applying products on your lips, just as with lipstick, ingestion does occur and this leads many to seek out naturally derived formula’s that will also deliver results.

Skin Care Saviour

Organic and Natural beauty expert Janey Lee Grace is uncovering the best of these formula’s and has recently named Qsilica Paw Paw RESCUE Ointment a Skin Saviour award winner in the annual Janey Loves Platinum Awards.  It is the second award bestowed on the product in as many years as it was named winner of Best Lip Balm in the UK’s Beauty Shortlist Awards in 2014.

Australian-made and vegetarian-friendly, the multipurpose ointment is free of petrochemicals, parabens, artificial colours and fragrances.  One of the standout ticks is that Qsilica Paw Paw RESCUE Ointment does not contain petroleum jelly.  It instead uses sweet almond oil as a carrier—an emollient known to soften and re-condition the skin, with its 50mg/g of fresh fermented paw paw. “Manufactured from the dried kernels of the almond tree, almond oil is a good source of antioxidants, Omega3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, magnesium and calcium,” says naturopath Shelley Atkin.  “Qsilica Paw Paw RESCUE ointment is the naturally derived, nourishing formula that loves your lips.”

The secret of Silica

Derived from quartz crystal, silica is one of the body’s essential nutrients for strong and vibrant connective tissue—the foundation of healthy skin, hair and nails. However, silica naturally depletes as we age, therefore, applying it to the skin and topping up the body’s reserves internally with a silica supplement is a top beauty secret!  Look for colloidal silica in your lip ointment to boost your levels of this natural anti-ageing mineral.

“More of us are demanding that skincare effectiveness goes hand-in-hand with the best natural ingredients,” Shelley explains.   “By choosing nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, beeswax, macadamia oil and calendula extract to compliment the Paw Paw, your lip balm will protect and naturally seal in moisture, while still allowing the skin to breathe to give beautiful results for your lips.”


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