5 powerful Australian botanicals you may not have heard about
Kakadu Plum is a well-known Aussie superhero when it comes to beauty-boosting Australian natives – however, there are a myriad of unique Australian native botanicals with super-charged antioxidant profiles and beautifying benefits!
We are passionate about using an abundance of native Australian botanicals across our skincare and wellness products. Lemon Aspen, Snowflower Seed, Davidson Plum, Riberry and Mountain Pepper Berry are a few of the unique Aussie-grown botanicals we love to include in our formulas.
Read on to discover more about these incredible botanicals and their complexion boosting properties!
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What makes native Australian botanicals so special?
Found in remote and untouched territories of Australia, these botanicals are jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and skin-loving nutrients!
The harsh conditions and extreme temperatures that these plants grow in is thought to be responsible for the extremely potent amounts of active ingredients and levels of antioxidants found in native Australian botanicals.
Australian botanicals have been found to contain extremely high levels of key plumping, firming and brightening vitamins including pro-vitamin A, C and E. Snowflower Seed for example, boasts more than 50 to 100 times the antioxidant level of Vitamin C and E!
Many of the native extracts used in our products are wildcrafted from remote and untouched regions of Australia. This takes “organic” to a whole new level as the plants are truly chemical free, ethically and consciously sourced and environmentally friendly.
5 unique Australian botanicals you need in your beauty regime
Snowflower Seed can be found growing on the North Coast and Northern Tablelands of NSW and Southern Queensland.
The plant was traditionally used by Indigenous communities to treat colds, wounds and skin ailments due to its incredible antiseptic properties (Palombo, E.A., 2011).
Powerful age-defying ingredient – containing 100 times more antioxidants than Vitamin C and 25 times more than Vitamin E.
Reduces pigmentation – an abundance of Vitamin C, along with Kaempferol provides Snowflower Seed with depigmentation and anti-inflammatory properties.
Supports collagen production – An incredible antioxidant profile enhances collagen production, improves hydration and restore a brighter complexion.
Visibly brightens the skin – Vitamin C and Quercetin help to reduce skin redness and inflammation, along with visibly brightening the skins appearance. Quercetin may also aid in reducing skin sensitivity.
Protects against photo-ageing – Quercetin, Catechins and Kaempferol work to prevent free radical damage and help to inhibit photo-ageing caused by UV radiation.
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Finger Lime (also known as the ‘caviar of fruit’) can be found growing in Southeast Queensland and Northern NSW rainforests. The green fruits we traditionally used by Aboriginal peoples as a delicious (and nutritious) food source, as well as an antiseptic and to prevent disease.
Supports collagen production and skin-brightening – Finger limes contain three times the Vitamin C found in mandarins, and a higher antioxidant profile than goji berries.
Reduces oiliness and acne/breakouts – Finger Lime interrupts keratinisation (the barrier that holds dead skin cells together with a glue-like substance), which helps to reduce oiliness, prevent acne and breakouts.
Acts as a protective barrier for impaired skin – Finger Lime is a powerful anti-inflammatory and may help to improve the skin’s barrier function and improve symptoms of dry and irritated skin
Brightens and restores dull skin – With naturally occurring AHAs, Finger Limes aid in removing dead skin cells to reveal a revitalised, fresh and brighter complexion.
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Mountain Pepper Berry
Mountain Pepper Berries can be found growing in southern NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. Traditionally they were used to for their antiseptic properties to treat sore gums and toothaches!
Antioxidant powerhouse – with four times the antioxidant content of Blueberries, Mountain Pepper Berries have the ability to prevent the damage and premature signs of ageing caused by free radicals.
Supports healthy collagen production – Abundant in Vitamins and anthocyanins which work to stimulate collagen production for plump and healthy skin.
Helps to strengthen, repair and soothe – The bioflavanoid Rutin, found in Mountain Pepper Berries contain anti-inflammatory properties and help to soothe and restore sun-damaged skin.
Reduces dark circles – Rutin has also been shown to visibly reduce the appearance of dark circles, leaving the eye area bright and radiant.
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Davidson’s Plum is a beautiful fruit that can be found growing in northern Queensland and northern NSW.
Visibly enhances the under-eye area – Flavone glycosides found in Davidson’s Plum work to strengthen capillaries, reduce dark circles and puffiness for a fresher and brighter eye area.
Acts as a natural AHA – Phenolic acids found in Davidson’s Plum behave similarly to AHAs and work to remove dead skin cells and visibly brighten the complexion. Phenolic acids also have a stronger antioxidant effect than Vitamin E.
Protects against free radical damage – Davidson’s Plum is packed-full of antioxidants with work to protect the skin against damaging free radicals and prevent premature photo-ageing.
Promotes skin elasticity – The abundance of active compounds found in Davidson’s Plum support the production of both collagen and elastin, which keep skin plump, firm and smooth.
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Riberries (also known as Lilly Pilly) are found growing in the tropical areas of Queensland and NSW. The bright pink berries were traditionally used as a ‘medicine berry’ for their ability to fight off colds and boost the immune system!
Works to hydrate and brighten – Riberries act as a natural AHA and work to remove dead skin cells, promote cell regeneration and help to hydrate and visibly brighten the skin.
Prevent premature signs of ageing – Riberries are packed full of antioxidants including Vitamin C, which work to prevent premature signs of ageing caused by free radical damage.
Promotes elastin and collagen production – Abundant in Vitamin C, Riberries promote the production of collagen and elastin, which work to visibly firm and brighten the appearance of the skin.