Over the past couple of years, the biggest buzz in skincare has been Australian native botanicals. It’s with good reason that so many beauty companies are developing products around ingredients that sound better suited to an upscale restaurant menu. Australian native botanical extracts contain extraordinarily high levels of potent ingredients, are full of antioxidants and pack an incredibly powerful punch.
Skincare companies are using really advanced cellular extraction methods to capture the very essence of the botanicals and deliver them in the purest form to your skin. Research suggests this can improve hydration and skin texture, help brighten the skin and could reduce inflammation, the latter of which may calm acne and other sensitive skin issues.
Four Australian native botanical extracts to look for
These four plants grow in one of the harshest places on earth (Australia), so it’s not surprising they are having their moment in the sun!
1 Kakadu Plum
With the highest vitamin C content of any fruit in the world, Kakadu Plum is celebrated for its healing and restorative properties. It has over 100 times the concentration found in oranges and five times the antioxidant content of blueberries. Kakadu Plum triggers collagen production, assists with skin repair and strengthens its immunity.
2 Finger Lime
Rich in citric acid, Finger Lime is a natural exfoliator that can gently slough accumulated dead cells, pollution and debris from the skin. Potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties protect against environmental aggressors and soothing skin stress. Abundant in vitamins, minerals and amino acids, with three times the vitamin C of a mandarin and exceptionally high quantities of vitamin E, Finger Lime is renowned for its hydrating abilities. It is said to trigger collagen production and help reduce dark circles and puffiness in the eye area.
3 Quandong (Desert Peach)
Brightening, lightening and protective, this superfruit is brimming with antioxidants to ward off damaging free radicals. It has a mild exfoliating action and also doses skin with nourishing vitamin E. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it perfect for winter-stressed skin.
4 Mountain Pepper
With powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Mountain Pepper leaf is around 5.5 times more effective than Vitamin E and around 15 times more than Olive Leaf Extracts. It can improve the appearance of dark circles and puffiness and promote good skin conditioning.
Our pick of brands using Australian native botanicals
Keen to see what all the fuss about? Here are three brands that are incorporating Australian native botanicals into their product ranges:
Olivia Newton-John and her partners at Gaia Retreat & Spa in the Byron Bay Hinterland, worked with some of the world’s leading skincare experts when formulating award winning Retreatment Botanics, an all-natural, certified cruelty-free and vegan, certified palm-oil free skincare collection. Each formula in the range features ethically-sourced, sustainably produced Australian native botanicals to deliver skin solutions from the very first application.
Developed by naturopath and nutritionist Anna Mitsios, Edible Beauty Australia offers luxurious “edible” skincare products, “beauty” teas and wellness supplements containing therapeutic botanicals and wildcrafted Australian ingredients designed to have you glowing both inside and out. Anna is passionate about using nutrition through food and herbs to achieve radiance, vitality and bountiful youth.
Mukti Organics was one of Australia’s first certified organic skin care brands and set out to “encapsulate the finest quality skincare ingredients, inspired by nature”. Mukti prides itself on remaining a boutique brand that develops fresh, organic skin care that works. Using native ingredients each product is researched and tested (not on animals!) meticulously to ensure the product is perfect.
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