Incorporating natural and native ingredients into your skincare routine has become a popular trend within the skincare community. Australia is full of native fruits, nuts and herbs that contain strong ingredients known to provide the body and skin with amazing benefits.
The Australian Indigenous community have been using these powerful ingredients for more than 50,000 years, for both medicinal and nutritional purposes. In recent years, consumers now recognise and have a better understanding of how these superfoods can benefit their health and wellbeing, with an even bigger revolution in improving skin health.
Among others, there are four special native ingredients that contain unique properties that make them an exceptional natural addition to any skincare routine. These native ingredients include the Kakadu Plum, Macadamia, Quandong and Finger Lime.
These native ingredients have remarkable effects on the skin that include constant hydration, youthful appearance, reduced acne and inflammation, as well as correcting uneven skin tone.
These ingredients can be found in a range of skincare products including the G&M Cosmetics Native Australian skincare range.
Below is a breakdown of these four native ingredients and the extraordinary effects they can have on your skin:
Kakadu Plum also known as Billygoat Plum
An Aboriginal bushfood, Kakadu Plum, has the world's highest level of natural Vitamin C. It has been used for thousands of years, acting as a traditional antiseptic agent and healing remedy.
Why is it good? Besides its medicinal and anti-aging properties, studies have revealed that this vitamin C rich plum, contains 7,000mg/100g of vitamin C which is 100 times more than oranges. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is fundamental for the formation of proline and amino acid, required to produce collagen. This makes it a perfect anti-aging agent, improving your skin's texture, whilst also protecting it against UV damage. Vitamin C also assists in the reduction of hyper-pigmentation, and thus helps even and lighten skin tone.
Where can you find it? This fruit can be found in the subtropical woodlands of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. You can incorporate this ingredient into your skincare routine today through skincare products such as Native Australian's Kakadu Plum Complex or by simply working a small amount of the pure extract into your skin. Any skin type can use it, although it is particularly beneficial for those with blemish prone or irritant skin, as this ingredient is rich in antioxidants.
Macadamia also known as a Marocchi Nut
Macadamia is a native Australian nut, that is used as a lightweight and non-greasy oil that contains fatty acids, including Omega 9.
Why is it good? Macadamia when extracted, contains rich antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids essential for your skin. It makes an amazing facial moisturiser, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and moisturised. Due to its fatty acid composition similar to sebum, Macadamia Oil is regenerative and deeply penetrates the skin. This Australian ingredient is perfect for dry skin types.
Where can you find it? Macadamias are native to North Eastern New South Wales and Central and South Eastern Queensland. The ingredient can be found in skincare products such as Native Australian's Certified Organic Macadamia Oil. Macadamias can be used in oil form on the hair or skin. With its moisturising properties, it is a great ingredient for dry skin by simply massaging it onto your face or body.
Quandong also known as a Wild/Native Peach
Quandong is a native Australian fruit with a distinct peach like flavour, that has been used throughout the ages within Aboriginal Communities. Its healing and nutritious properties provides effective prevention and cure for disease, as well as strengthening the body's immunity.
Why is it good? This ingredient is a good addition to your skincare routine as it acts as a potent antioxidant, provides intense hydration, repairs and prevents pigmentation, works as an enzyme exfoliant, reduces acne and redness, as well as providing your skin with a youthful appearance. Due to its rich Organic Acid content, Quandong assists in the formation of a barrier against environmental damage protecting the skin from sun's rays.
Where can you find it? Quandong can be found in semi-arid regions of all Australian mainland states, with the ingredient found in a range of skincare products such as in, Native Australian's Lanolin Skin Shield Lotion or as a concentrated serum. This particular ingredient with its moisturising properties, can be massaged into your hair and is perfect for normal to dry skin. It leaves you feeling moisturised and hydrated, without any irritation.
Finger Lime also known as a Caviar Lime
Finger lime is a fruit that comes from a rare rainforest tree and is known as a valuable food source and for its medicinal and antiseptic properties amongst Aboriginal culture for thousands of years. It was eaten to ward off disease, and for its delicious taste.
Why is it good? The active compounds of this fruit help improve skin hydration, collagen production, assist uneven skin tone, heal acne and prevent premature skin aging, whilst also providing a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It helps protect skin from damaging free radicals. Finger Lime is perfect for all skin types to include in their skin routine.
Where can you find it? Finger Lime can be found, in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. The ingredient can be found in a range of skincare products including Native Australian's Lanolin Restoration Lotion, or through a concentrated serum, working it into the skin, helping heal acne and protecting your skin against sun damage that causes premature aging.
The Native Australian range costs between RRP $29.99 - $44.99 and is available at selected pharmacies, online retailers, health stores and tourist shops.
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