The Kakadu plum is a small native tree that grows across coastal monsoon areas across the top end of Northern Australia.
It produces small edible green fruit which has a sour taste. Historically, indigenous Australians are known to use native plants, not just for food but also for medicinal purposes. For example, the inner bark of the Kakadu Plum Tree was used to treat skin disorders and infections.
The fruit is rich in antioxidants and is bioactive and therefore has been used for therapeutic purposes. More recently Australian skincare formulators have been using the Kakadu Plum in cosmetic formulations. New research has confirmed that this fruit contains the world’s highest form of Vitamin C.
Facts about the Kakadu Plum
The Kakadu Plum’s medicinal properties are exceptional. It contains phytochemicals such as gallic acids and ellagic acids.
It is antibacterial, anti-viral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory due to gallic acid.
Ellagic acid provides anti-carcinogenic effects against a wide range of carcinogens in many human tissues.
One of the richest sources of Vitamin C- containing a 3000mg per 100g of Vitamin C. This is an essential nutrient to assist in slowing down the ageing process.
Benefits in Skincare
The Kakadu Plum has huge benefits to skincare:
Protects the skin against environmental ageing and UV damage.
Vitamin C is essential for proline which is an amino acid required to make collagen, therefore providing collagen support.
It will plump and restore cells, therfore providing great anti-ageing benefits, as well as strengthening the skin's barrier.
Is an acne fighter. Being anti-inflammatory it will help reduce swelling and redness of pimples.
Can help lighten unwanted dark/ages spots and provide a general radiance boost. This is due to the high Vitamin C content which can act as a skin brightener. It can also improve the clarity and luminosity of the skin.
Products containing Kakadu Plum
Now we are aware how beneficial the Kakadu Plum is, we can understand why formulators use it in cleansers, skin mists, exfoliators and serums to combat problematic and ageing skin.
The following products contain the legendary Kakadu Plum
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