A Tube of This $10 Celeb-Loved Skin-Care Balm Sells Every Minute
Alison Brie and other stars swear by Lucas Papaw ointment, a multipurpose Australian skin-care favorite.
Ever wonder how Alison Brie maintains her ~glow~? (Sorry, had to.) You're in luck-the actress spilled the beans on some of the essential skin-care products in her routine. On the Today show, Brie confessed that one of her mainstays is Lucas' Papaw ointment, an Australian product that costs just $10. (Another cheap rec: Kerry Washington swears by this $7 product for healthier eyelashes.)
Lucas' Papaw ointment is a petroleum jelly–based product with fermented papaya, aka papaw (not to be confused with American pawpaw, which is a completely different fruit). According to the company, it's been selling the same formula for more than 100 years. The formula was developed when Dr. Thomas Lucas (an Australian surgeon) determined that papaya has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Indeed, one study performed on rats attributed potential wound-healing properties to an enzyme found in papaya. Besides papaya, the product contains potassium sorbate (a preservative), petroleum jelly, and wax, and gum balsam peru for fragrance. Since the formula is only 4 percent papaya, it's been likened to a glorified version of Vaseline.
Lucas advertises the product as a treatment that can soothe minor burns, rashes, wounds, and insect bites, and can temporarily relieve the symptoms of dermatitis and eczema. It may sound simple, but it's earned cult-product status—one tube is purchased every minute. Similar to other popular multitasking balms, it can be used for cuticle care and foot care, or as a stand-in for brow gel. Brie told Today that she uses the ointment to remove makeup, for flaky lips, or for dry skin. Chloe Grace Moretz, Cara Delevigne, and Alexa Chung have also revealed they consider it a staple. (Related: Victoria Beckham Is Obsessed with This Hydrating Algae Body Oil)
Brie might love a multitasker, but that doesn't mean she's following a minimal routine. Last year she spelled out her entire skin-care routine for The New Potato.
In the a.m., she applies Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Image Skincare The Max Cleanser, and Visual Changes Ultra Protect Lotion SPF 30, she told the publication. Then at night, she'll double cleanse with The Max Cleanser and Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water, and apply a retinol by Esthetic Underground, Visual Changes Retexture Crème, and Osmotics Renovage eye cream.
The products she mentioned add up to $350-not bad, considering celeb skin-care routines can add up to thousands of dollars' worth of products. (Cough, Kim.) But trying this current favorite will only set you back a modest 10 bucks.