Australian native extracts have become essential ingredients in organic skincare and for good reason. They pack a powerful, yet utterly natural punch. You may have skimmed past them on ingredient labels without paying them much mind. But, they are well worth a closer look.
What makes Australian native extracts so potent?
The hardy native plants that populate the Australian bush are well-equipped to deal with our harsh sun, as well as conditions from droughts and bushfires. The compounds that protect these bush beauties from oxidative stress caused by UV rays are the very things that can help protect and improve our skin too.
You see, antioxidants are not present in the same concentrations across all plants. In fact, this study found that several Australian native plants contain almost 2-4 times the amount of antioxidants than that of blueberries, which has previously been known as an antioxidant superfood. The 2007 study claims the Australian native fruits which were examined, including Kakadu Plum, “are shown to be a novel rich source of antioxidant compounds”. You can see why they are so special.
What Australian native extracts do we use?
As an excellent source of natural Vitamin C, this Northern Territory native combats free radicals and aids collagen production. That’s why it’s a favourite in many of our skin care products, from soaps to body washes.
Macadamia nut oil contains a rare antioxidant called squalene, which is excellent for protecting your skin from UV damage, as well as environmental toxins.
As well as being a source of antioxidants, the anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil mean it’s fantastic for fungal infections, and can even be used as a natural deodorant.
We just love the thought that our bodies are being cared for with extracts right out of the Australian bush. Don’t you?
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