Never heard of Australian Berries (superfoods)? You are not alone. Many new customers are bemused to learnthat these berries have more antioxidants and vitamins to the more popular blueberry or turmeric. Antioxidants are important for skincare because they fight free radicals. These are unstable chemical particles which cause skin damage.
Australian super-foods are loaded with anti oxidants, anthocyanins, Vitamin C and multitude of minerals and pack a punch. They exceed the recorded vitamin content of your popular super foods.
Aloe Vera Leaf Gel & Extracts
For decades, the soothing nature of Aloe Vera has been known and respected by the people who believe in naturopathy. It has 18 amino acids that work in association with other compounds of the human body to deliver numerous health benefits.
Excellent for all skin conditions and skin types and is used externally to re-balance dryness and calm delicate skin. It penetrates the skin four times faster than water assisting other anti-aging ingredients to work more effectively. It contains healthy plant compounds, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial, accelerates the healing of burns, may improve skin and help prevent signs of aging.
Kakadu Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana)
According to the Australian Government's Rural Industries Research and Development Corp., the Kakadu plum has the “highest recorded level of natural vitamin C, a free radical scavenger that protects the skin from environmental harm. There is no plant in the world that has the same level of vitamin C, anti-oxidants and bio actives all combined in one fruit. When applied topically it restores the skin's antioxidant defense system protecting the dermis from degradation and stimulates pro-collagen 1 and hyaluronic acid to help reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture and protect against UV related damage. The Kakadu plum contains even more antioxidants than the blueberry, making it one of the most remarkable high-antioxidant foods on Earth. Going to head-to-head with the blueberry, it packs quite a comparative punch, providing 4.7 times more phenolic compounds and 10 times more potassium. A study published in the February 2011 issue of the journal Pharmacognosy Journal reported that Kakadu plum extracts also have strong anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.
Vitamin C provides collagen support, can reduce hyper pigmentation and can prevent skin changes caused by photoaging. A study from the Beeson Aesthetic Surgery Institute in Indiana showed that with at least three months of use of a topical vitamin C application, significant results were visible in the reduction of wrinkles, along with skin texture and skin tone changes. Additionally, 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.
Edith Cowan University’s Foundation of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease explains that the Kakadu plum contains antioxidant properties possibly up to seven times greater than curcumin, which is what places tumeric so high on the list of super foods. The foundation states that the Kakadu plum has a protective ability that may make it even more powerful than turmeric.
The strikingly sumptuous, deep, dark purple fruit with blood red flesh, boasts a soft juicy pulp and is one of the most nutritionally powerful native Australian fruits. Davidson plum contains high levels antioxidants, as well as vitamin E, lutein, folate, zinc, magnesium and calcium. Nutrients required for glowing, youthful looking skin. It contains phenolic acids which have an antioxidant effect on skin that's stronger than vitamin E. According to the Australian Rural Industries R& D Davidson plum contains high levels of anthocyanins, natural pigments that are strong antioxidants. Its antioxidant capacity is higher than the blueberry, which is renowned worldwide as the ‘health-promoting fruit’. The synergism of these powerful compounds delivers exciting new possibilities for natural solutions to anti-aging, wrinkle prevention, reducing UV damage, whitening/brightening, anti-acne, collagen support, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant applications in skincare.
Lilly Pilly (Riberry)
For thousands of years, on the east coast and in the hinterland and rainforest regions, Aboriginal people relied upon Riberries as a core food source. The fruit was usually picked and gathered by women and children. Cellular Extracts are naturally multifunctional, and Lilli Pilli delivers a potent range of phyto-actives that make this cellular extract a major consideration for skin repair and condition, UV damage, whitening/dark spot reduction and anti-aging applications.
According to Australian Rural Industries Riberry ( Lilly Pilly) contains high levels of anthocyanins. They are also potent antioxidants, and superior antioxidant capacity when compared with blueberry, which is renowned worldwide as the ‘health-promoting fruit’. It also has a high concentration of vitamins A, E and C, providing a powerful immune system boost.
Lemon Myrtle leaves have also been used traditionally to flavor foods and as a healing oil. Recognized by the aromatherapy industry for its uplifting freshness, it's water-soluble actives are gaining recognition. It has a fresh aroma of citrus, with delicate menthol essence and a strong lemon flavor, which is sweet and refreshing. The most concentrated source of plant citral contains powerful antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, which are even superior to those of terpene hydrocarbons found in the renowned tea tree oil. The leaves of the lemon myrtle tree are also rich in lutein, folate, vitamins E and A and the essential minerals zinc, magnesium and calcium, providing significant health benefits.
Mountain Pepper Berry (Tasmannia lanceolate)
Mountain Pepper is a native species that has a high antioxidant capacity. Both the leaf and the berry contains vitamin E, lutein. The berry contains the compound polygodial, which can be used as an anti-inflammatory anti-acne and skin conditioning properties. It also supports Vitamin C and collagen production.
Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius)
Tiny flower native to subtropical eastern coastal regions of Australia. Commonly referred to as the “Kurrajong”. These tiny flowers are an amazing discovery, packed with potent bio-actives and antioxidants targeting hair and skin conditioning, ideal for new advanced natural anti-aging, skin brightening, hydration and hair treatments, a perfect partner to intensify Vitamin C.
Undaria Pinnatifida (wakame seaweed extract)
New research recently confirmed the soothing, protective and anti-ageing properties of two seaweed extracts developed for cosmetic and skincare applications. The extracts, developed by Australian biotechnology company Marinova Pty. Ltd., are derived from the Undaria pinnatifida and Fucus vesiculosus species of seaweed. Undaria pinnatifida was also shown to reduce wrinkle depth and improve overall skin appearance. Clinical trials further confirmed that this extract increases moisture retention following UV exposure. The Undaria extract was also shown to reduce redness after UV exposure, as well as activate key genes associated with wound healing. Additionally, in vitro tests confirmed that this compound inhibited glycation and reduced the activity of radical-producing enzymes, such as myeloperoxidase. Connective tissues are know to loose elasticity during the aging process. Collagen can help skin stay firm.
Quandong (Santalum acuminatum)
Also known as the desert peach, the quandong has a yellow to red, dry-textured fruit with tart, slightly sour and salty flavour. They are rich in antioxidants; contain high levels of folate, Vitamin & E and, zinc, and iron. Quandong extract contains phenolic acids which make it skin anti-microbial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Quandong offers an impressive range of phyto-compounds that target multiple cosmetic applications. Quandong is super high in antioxidants. In fact it’s the second- highest antioxidant fruit ever measured after the kakadu plum. It is high in rutin. Rutin intensifies the anti oxidant power of vitamin C. It’s a natural antihistamine, which helps reduce the itching causedskin conditions such as eczema.
Rosehip is extracted from the seeds of a native rose plant which grows wild in France. This surge in popularity is for a good reason, as it is believed to be one of the best oil available for anti-aging and skin rejuvenation. Rosehip contains Vitamin C, A and lycopene. High ani-oxidants assist with cell regeneration, and promote collagen and elastin levels to increase. Rosehip Butter is ideal to use directly on the skin for Stretch Marks and to promote the general elasticity of your skin.
Desert Lime (Citrus glauca)
Desert Lime is a native fruit, well-adapted to the dry desert conditions of Outback Australia. It is a very rich source of calcium and contains high levels of Vitamin C, folate (Vitamin B9), Vitamin E and lutein (a compound that plays an important role in eye health and wellbeing). Australian Desert Lime, is a multifunctional botanical extract with 9 phyto-active compounds, this extract will have a major impact in skin care for hydration, de-pigmentation, collagen synthesis, whitening and brightening, wrinkle reduction and anti-aging all in one source. Research conducted by Zhao and Agboola (2007) showed Vitamin E content measured 3.999 mg/100g DW) with 88.6% contributed to α –Tocopherol, a powerful lipophilic antioxidant. Lutein measured 1.50 mg/100g DW, which is more than the Australian “Hass” Avocado regarded as one of the primary sources of lutein. Desert limes are a rich source of Ca 384.2 mg/ 100 g DW, which is almost ten times the Calcium content of Blueberries
Eucalyptus is used for its strong antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory & cooling properties, which are especially good for healing wounds. It has a fresh scent that is both refreshing & invigorating.
Manuka oil contains β-triketones, natural compounds that kill or stop the growth of micro-organisms. These compounds can be broken down into anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents. They stimulate immune response in wounds, speeding up healing times. In the same Journal of Microbiology study, researchers found that manuka oil has potent fungicidal properties capable of inhibiting growth of fungi. Manuka oil was even found to be effective against some antibiotic resistant ‘super bugs’, including MRSA. Manuka oil is capable of significantly reducing inflammation without irritating the skin, making it a possible treatment for people with sensitive skin and those who suffer from eczema or psoriasis
Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention. Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging. It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow. The enzymes in raw honey clarify skin and keep pores clear and clean. Plus, the antibacterial properties of honey and jojoba or coconut oil also prevent bacterial build-up that can lead to skin imbalances and breakouts. Honey is a natural humectant, which preserves moisture in your skin and improves complexion.
Lemon Verbena Essential Oil
A Lemon Scented Verbena will grow virtually anywhere throughout Australia. A well-known skin cleanser that's able to aid with colds and digestive issues. Lemon Verbena has mild astringent qualities that help in cleaning the skin and getting rid of bacteria that cause acne and pimples. Its plant-derived oils help in giving the skin a nourished and clean feeling. It offers smoothness to skin and uplifts it after every wash.
Blue Cypress Essential Oil - Callitris intratropica
It is a little known ancient oil, manufactured from sustainable managed Northern Australian Cypress Pine plantations. The essential oil has a clean and energizing aroma, Its anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic which is great for skin related applications.
Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica)
Mango butter is extracted from the kernels of the Mango tree. Mango butter shares a lot of the same uses as Shea and Cocoa butter, however the fatty acid profile varies slightly with an enhanced level of anti-oxidants and vitamins. Mango butter is ultra-moisturizing. It hydrates skin, plumps it up and prevents dry itchy and tight skin. It’s perfect to be used as a hand cream, face cream or body moisturizer. It contains vitamin C which has been proven to boost collagen production.
Kukui Nut Oil Aleurites moluccanus.
The ancient Nut is a highly regarded treatment for healing and protecting skin. For centuries Kukui oil has been used to reduce the damaging effect of salt water and wind damage to the skin. British scientists are studying kukui oil popular in Hawaii that might cure wrinkles and awkward skin conditions. Kuku oil, which has fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E is said to help with skin moisturizing and improving complexion.
Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot Seed Essential Oil is known for revitalising your skin, giving your appearance a fresher and firmer look. Carrot seed oil contains an abundance of pro-vitamin A, carotene and carotenoids, as well as B1, B2, tocopherols (Vit E), F and minerals. It acts as a protectant for the external skin layers and prevents cornification of the skin. Carrot seed essential oil has been known to assist in removing toxins and water build-up in the skin, giving it a fresher and firmer appearance. A great oil for mature skin types and one of the strongest revitalising essential oils.
Macadamia Oil is rich in palmitoleic acid (Omega 7), an essential fatty acid that is found in the human skin’s sebum, but diminishes with ageing. This is one of the reasons why macadamia nut oil is a key ingredient in many anti-aging products. Also rich in linoleic acid, this is a fatty acid that greatly benefits the skin. It can prevent TEWL, or trans-epidermal water loss, from the delicate tissues of the skin. It is a highly emollient, light penetrating oil that is excellent for dry and mature skins that have a reduced production of natural sebum. Macadamia Oil is fantastic regenerative oil. It is high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, contains Palmitoleic acid (promotes young soft skin), as well as omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
Australian Jojoba Oil
Jojoba is a golden liquid wax (often called jojoba oil) that is made from the jojoba bean. Research has confirmed that the wax ester produced by the jojoba bean is similar to the protective wax produced by human skin that helps keep it smooth, supple and moisturized. Jojoba mimics the skin’s natural oils and can penetrate deep into the skin layers. Jojoba naturally contains a balance of vitamins A, D and E which are known as skin healing vitamins. Jojoba is naturally antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and hypoallergenic, so it is used to soothe a wide range of skin conditions.
A natural saturated fat pressed from the seeds of the fruit of the cacao bean, rich in oleic, stearic and palmitic fatty acids, it contains sterols, tannins and pigments.
CoEnzyme Q10 is referred to as a vitamin-like anti-oxidant and is naturally found in nearly every living cell in the human body - the exceptions being red blood cells and the lens of the eye. It is used by the mitchondria cell organelles to help produce internal energy for the body. however, as we age the natural production of CoQ10 reduces quite dramatically. This may be one of the reasons why children have so much energy (and such radiant skin!) compared to their older adult peers. Coenzyme Q10 helps to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Camelia Oil (Camellia sinensis)
Camellia oil, also known as tea seed oil and is extracted from the actual green tea oil. Camellia oil is high in oleic acid (oleic up to 80 % and linoleic acid 9 %) and rich in Vitamins A, B, and E, which provide antioxidant, disinfectant and germicidal properties. This oil is great for use in home-made topical application products. It is a nice moisturizer for the skin because of its exceptionally high oleic acid ( omega – 9 ) content. It is light and is quickly absorbed into the skin, much like olive oil.
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