The top native Australian skincare ingredients to know
We introduce you to some of Australia's native skincare ingredients: Kakadu plum, desert lime, Quandong, Tasman pepper leaf and wattleseed.
When dipping into A-beauty products, it’s a given that the listed ingredients will be brimming with native Australian plants and botanicals. These ingredients are potent and efficacious, being that they’re unique to the Australian continent, where only the sturdiest flora can survive its harsh climate.
That Australian-made products harness these natural resources and plants, which not only grow in Australia’s tough environment but adapt and thrive, gives A-beauty (and your skin) its edge. Here, The Day Ahead explores the ingredients you need to know now for skincare success.
It’s no exaggeration to label Kakadu plum a superfood. This unassuming fruit, which has been used by the Aboriginal community for medicinal purposes thanks to its natural antibacterial properties for generations, is also one of the richest sources of vitamin C in the world. That it’s also brimming with ellagic acid (known to fight collagen breakdown, wrinkles and inflammation) and antioxidants is just a bonus. Your skin will benefit from its free-radical fighting and antibacterial powers.
Native to Queensland, New South Wales, and South Australia, desert lime is worth investing in for both your diet and skin. Not only does the fruit contain high levels of vitamin C but it’s also packed with calcium and folate. In particular, it’s the vitamin C and antioxidants your skin will drink up.
Another native fruit bursting with skin-loving minerals and vitamins (including vitamins E and C as well as folate and magnesium) is the Quandong. The ultimate skincare multitasker, this fruit hydrates thanks to alpha-amino acids and protects against free radical and UV damage via ferulic acid. It’s also said to contain phenolic acid, which is thought to act like alpha hydroxy acids and gently exfoliate the skin.
Tasman pepper leaf
Sometimes referred to as mountain pepper, the leaves of this plant have long been used in the beauty space as they’re an abundant source of two flavone glycosides, or antioxidants, called isovitexin and rutin. Both assist in slowing down skin ageing, but rutin in particular has shown to have positive effects on minimising wrinkles.
To list the hydrating, nutrient-rich, protective and nurturing benefits of wattleseed is no easy feat. With so much skincare potential, the plant is quickly becoming a staple for A-beauty brands thanks to its non-comedogenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. Wattleseed is also a source of gallic acid, a type of
phenolic acid, profuse with antioxidants that protect the skin against oxidative stress.