top Australian skincare native ingredients for your skincare routineAussie native ingredients that are so good, your skin won't know itself.
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What are Australian native Extracts?
Australian extracts come from plants that are native to Australia. Down under is a beautifully diverse landscape actually and has more biodiversity than the Amazon and Asia combined. Our native plants are fast becoming the key ingredients in skin care products because of their uniqueness and potency.
Some of the most popular Aussie ingredients used in skin care come from Kakadu Plum, Kangaroo Paw, Finger Lime, Davidson Plum and Waratah Flower because they are high in nutrients in making them ideal for potent actives in beauty products.
What makes native Australian ingredients so potent?
Native Australian ingredients are considered potent because of their efficacy and versatility. Native extracts have a variety of uses and have nutritional, medicinal and beauty benefits.
In skincare, natives often contain high amounts of ‘active’ nutrients which are beneficial for changing the cellular level of the skin. Depending on the native ingredients you use, your Australian native ingredient can help with all skin types like oily skin and sensitive skin as well as helping balance oil production and acne.
So without further ado, see our top 5 Australian native extracts we love to help get that glow!
1. Kakadu Plum: Vitamin C, elasticity, collagen, and pigmentation helper.
Botanical Name: Terminalia Ferdinandiana Seed
Fast Facts: Kakadu skin care
- helps reduce skin redness and inflammation
- brightens and evens skin tone
- reduces wrinkles and improves skins appearance
- helps prevent and fight UV-induced damage
- improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin
- strengthens skin’s barrier response
- inhibits hyperpigmentation
Fun Fact: this ingredient has the highest recorded source of Vitamin C in the world! Research shows that the concentration of vitamin C in Kakadu plum is about 3200-5000 mg/100g (compared with 50mg/100g for oranges). This makes the Aussie plum Plum an extremely powerful antioxidant and helps form proline, an amino acid that helps in producing collagen, reduce wrinkles and free radical damage, improves texture and protects skin against UV damage.
Kakadu Plum is a native Australian plant that grows wild in abundance across The Kimberly’s and Arnhem Land in The Northern Territory. Isolated and undisturbed by civilization in pristine tropical ecosystems for centuries, Kakadu Plum has the skills to store vast amounts of vital phyto-compounds needed to survive extreme conditions of heat, drought, UV exposure, high winds and flood. Kakadu Plum is one of the Australian native extracts used in traditional medicine by Australian Indigenous communities for its healing properties.
2. Kangaroo Paw Flower: Hydrate & regenerate
Anigozanthos Flavidus Flower Extract
Fast Facts: Kangaroo Paw skin benefits
- promotes the renewal of skin cells
- helps with pigmentation and skin brightening
- anti-ageing properties
- promotes hair growth
Grown in southwest Western Australia kangaroo flower is one of the native plants used in skincare as it passes through the skin’s natural, protective barrier, absorbing into the skin to restore moisture and skin hydration. Used by Indigenous Australians for generations because of its healing properties. Kangaroo paw flower boosts powerful regenerative properties.
Kangaroo Paw flower active ingredients are rich in essential fatty acids - the building blocks to healthy cell renewal. It's also packed with Linoleic acid which is your numero uno to help strengthen skins’ barrier and lock in moisture into skin and hair cells. Kangaroo paw can help nourish and restore skin and hair. We use the oil in our scalp treatment for its positive effect on hair follicles, strands and of course the scalp. It also contains a potent antioxidant, ferulic acid which has brightening and anti-aging abilities.
You can find Kangaroo Paw in our Roots'n'all hair + scalp oil.
3. Davidson Plum: Your Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory boost
Davidsonia Jerseyana Fruit Extract
Fast Facts : Davidson plum skin benefits
- evens and brightens skin tone
- helps reduce redness, dark circles and spots
- promotes collagen and elastin production
- fights free radicals and prevents premature ageing
- helps fight acne and reduces post-inflammatory spots
Found only in the native rainforests of northern New South Wales on the east coast of Australia, Davidson Plum Extract is extremely high in antioxidants (higher than those cutesy blueberries) and is beaming with phyto-active compounds including gallic acid, phenolic acids, ellagic acid, quercetin and amino acids. It also contains Anthocyanin a flavonoid that has anti-inflammatory properties and acts like an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) on the skin. Studies have shown helps assist in preventing wrinkles and eliminating free radicals. It can also reduce UV damage to the skin and promotes collagen and elastin production improving skin elasticity.
The phenolic acid in Davidson Plum contains antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that are stronger than Vitamin E. It also contains flavone glycosides, which work synergistically to intensify the antioxidant activity of vitamin C. It can strengthen capillaries and reduce dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.
You can find Davidson plum in our Lighten Up Brightening Serum.
4. Rosella Flower: Complexion balancing and hair rejuvenation
Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower
Fast Facts : Rosella Flower skin benefits
- high in antioxidants
- promotes cell renewal and turnover
- helps fight hyper-pigmentation.
- promotes hair conditioning and can promote hair growth
What is often referred to as the ‘natural botox’ of the beauty world, rosella flower oil hails from the rainforest and sand dune regions of the tropics in northern Australia and stems from the seeds of the Hibiscus flower which is then cold-pressed. Leaving a silky smooth feeling on the skin, this oil has a soft, aromatic scent and is extremely rich in vital antioxidants.
Rosella Oil helps increase cell turnover, soften and intensely hydrate the skin and protect from environmental damage. One of the native Australian ingredients that promote even complexion and fight hyper-pigmentation so your skin is left feeling fresh and healthier than ever. Rosella Flower can help make your hair look healthy and lustrous by conditioning against frizz, dryness, and breakage, adding volume, treating dandruff and can promote hair growth.
You can find Rosella Flower in our Roots'n'all hair + scalp oil.
5. Waratah Flower: Brightening and soothing
Telopea speciosissima Flower/Leaf Extract
Fast Facts: Waratah Flower skin benefits
- inhibits pigmentation
- anti-aging and skin conditioning properties
- skin soothing properties
- promotes collagen production
The Waratah is one of the most iconic Australian flowers, the seed of Waratah has been traditionally used by indigenous people as a great food source. Contains high levels of Phyto-compounds - amines, alkaloids, anthocyanin, tryptophan, chlorogenic acid, caffeoyl-quinic acid, terpenoids etc. It has strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help calm and soothe irritated skin, renew and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and reduce the appearance of fine lines and aging by producing collagen and scavenging free radicals.
6. Lilli Pilli: improves skin elasticity
Syzygium Luehmannii Fruit Extract
Fast Facts: Lilli Pilli skin benefits
-Maintains skin viability, collagen and elastin support
-Potent antioxidant properties
-Skin brightening properties
Also known as “Nollamara, Kurulbrang or Yonga Marra” in the Nyoongar language, and regularly eaten by Aboriginal people in Australia. The riberries (lilli-pilli’s) come from a medium-sized coastal rainforest tree native to Australia which was used as a bush medicine where the berries were mashed to a pulp and applied to sore ears.
Great anti-aging and astringent properties. Thanks to its content of amino acids, anthocyanins and phenolic compounds, it is an excellent promoter of collagen production and elastin in the skin, helping to improve skin firmness and assisting in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It is a potent antioxidant and helps with premature ageing and balancing skin tone.
You can find Lilli Pilli in our Hydrate Hero Thirsty Skin Serum
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