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.