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March 05, 2021 4 min read

Kakadu Plum (Terminalia ferdinandia)

Does your complexion need a pick-me-up? Has your skin been looking dull or tired? Meet one of our hero materials - skincare’s bright new king of natural vitamin C Kakadu plum. A hero ingredient in our Strawberry-C and Strawberry-milk line of products. Kakadu plum is packed with benefits for every complexion and skin type. It’s the secret weapon you need.  Youthful glow and inner radiance has never been easier to achieve!

What Is the Kakadu Plum?

The Kakadu plum is a flowering plant that’s more related to the almond than the plum. Unlike most fruits, the Kakadu plum stays on the plant after ripening.

The tree from which this plum is grown, scientifically named Terminalia ferdinandia, grows in North-western Australia. In addition to Kakadu plum, common names include billy goat plum, green plum, wild plum, murunga, and marnybi.

Kakadu plum is very unlike the violet-red plums we know. It is more golden green and looks more like a cherry in size and is shaped more like an olive.

The aborigine tribes have known about this for centuries and have used this in their medicines and diet. The taste is a little on the tart side, almost bitter sometimes. Kakadu plums were little known outside of Australia, only in recent years gaining an international reputation for their profound health benefits and is now considered a superfruit.

 An interesting fact about the plant – Kakadu plum – is how it has survived Australia’s harsh outback. Any living thing would need impressive survival skills. It survives by paralysing the roots of nearby neighbour plants to protect itself.  Impressive indeed. Kakadu plums are valuable for their incredible concentration of nutrients and vitamins, also rich in antioxidants, potassium and dietary fibre. Best of all, the fruit contains highly insane amounts of vitamin C.

 

So how does Kakadu Plum benefit your skin?

 

The Kakadu plum has garnered attention for its health and beauty benefits in the skin care industry. It is making its mark as a miracle and superfood ingredient known to protect and restore the skin’s natural barrier and protect skin’s elasticity.  In fact, you will be sorely at loss to find a reason why it could not help with your skin concern.

 

  • It’s mainly a wild harvest fruit, Kakadu plum can be eaten fresh off the tree.

 

  • Helps with anti-ageing – Kakadu plum helps to reduce your wrinkles and fine lines, age spots and plumps up with a collagen boost. Due to its high vitamin C and other antioxidant make up, it can reduce hyperpigmentation and fights photoaging by neutralising free radicals which destabilize your skin cells. This improves skin texture and skin tone to help maintain your youthful glow. In addition to the high levels of vitamin C, this plum contains trace minerals and antioxidants that nourish and invigorate the skin, including vitamin E, zinc, iron, folate and lutein, all of which can help prevent premature aging.

 

  • Is anti-inflammatory and due to high antioxidant levels, Kakadu plums can help with redness and  This makes Kakadu useful for sensitive skin types, especially those with inflammatory conditions like acne or eczema.

 

  • Kakadu plum is immune-boosting. With high levels of natural vitamin C and antioxidants, bolstering your immune system helps your skin immunity fight back damage from environmental factors like UV rays or acne causing bacteria.

 

  • Fades dark marks due to vitamin C impeding production of melanin – this is what produces the skin pigment and hyperpigmentation concerns. This also leads to smooth and balancing out uneven skin tone and brightening your overall dull looking skin.

 

  • Wound healing speeds up so helps with blemishes and scarring due to healthier skin and faster skin recovery and prevention of further infection.  

 

 

The Science

Kakadu plums are an excellent source of antioxidants... They contain 6 times the amount of polyphenols and 13.3 times more antioxidant activity than blueberries.

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants help neutralize unstable molecules called free radicals. Excess numbers of these molecules can harm your body and cause oxidative stress.

Additionally, free radicals develop naturally. Environmental toxins like air pollution and cigarette smoke, can increase their numbers Antioxidants can bind to excess free radicals, protecting your cells against their toxic

Aside from vitamin C and ellagic acid, plums contain many other antioxidants, including

  • Flavonols. The main types in Kakadu plums are kaempferol and quercetin
  • Aromatic acids. In Kakadu plums, the main types are ellagic and gallic acid.
  • Anthocyanins. They are the coloured pigments in fruit and associated with healthy ageing, and improved memory and eye health
  • Lutein. This antioxidant is a carotenoid that is linked to eye health and may protect against macular degeneration and heart disease

These can protect against damage and chronic diseases caused by free radicals.

Additionally, Kakadu plum is an excellent source of copper. Kakadu plums are also rich in iron. In addition, they’re a good source of dietary fibre, and provides smaller amounts of thiamine, riboflavin, magnesium, zinc, and calcium, all of which are essential micronutrients for good skin health

Sourcing the Best Kakadu Plum Extracts

We source from only the best suppliers to ensure this is good enough for your precious skin. We have chosen Kakadu plum to serve as an ally for all your skin concerns and we want you to be able to soak up every benefit from this natural form.

We source our Kakadu plum extract directly from Australian suppliers, who draw it out using the innovative “cellular extraction” method. This method preserves the plums’ active compounds without stressing the plant cells or compromising quality.

 The resulting extracts hold the highest level of purity and potency. 

Adding Kakadu Plum to Your Skincare Routine

We help you by putting Kakadu plums at centre stage of our strawberry-C, strawberry-milk and strawberry-carbon products so you can safely know you getting the best. We have truly investigated the supporting materials to ensure you get the best even from the very first use, to help brighten, rejuvenate, and even out your skin tone to reveal the glowing complexion hiding within..


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