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Six Australian botanicals we love in our skincare

Category: fashion and beauty

Find out how you can improve your winter skincare regimen in the latest issue of Winter of Food magazine. Available to pick up FREE in your local Stockland centre now. 

Used to soothe skin and improve hair quality and general wellness for centuries – these Australian botanicals are not only locally grown, but they deliver incredible results when included in skincare.

Davidson’s plum

Traditionally considered ‘bush tucker’ for Indigenous Australians, this striking dark purple fruit is jam-packed with antioxidants! Found throughout the rainforests of northern New South Wales and Queensland, the skincare benefits of this highly acidic native plum include evening skin tone, promoting cell turnover, hydration and an overall healthy-looking complexion.

Did you know: Davidson’s plums are packed with vitamin C!

Pink Australian clay

For those with an oily complexion, you cannot go past pink Australian clay for a natural pore-refining mask. Enriched in minerals and silica, it can help to soothe, restore and brighten the skin by drawing out impurities while lightly exfoliating, and locking in moisture to-boot! Use this beautiful Australian ingredient on your T-zone to soak up excess oil.

Finger lime

Found in a variety of shades, shapes and sizes, the humble finger lime is a native fruit of Australia with active extracts that have been found to improve dehydration, irritation, and barrier function in compromised or sensitive skin. Find your skin tends to be a little dry and flaky during the winter months? This clever fruit can help when applied topically!

Did you know: finger limes are nicknamed ‘caviar limes’ for their pearls bursting with antioxidants. 

Quandong 

Second only to the Kakadu plum in terms of its high vitamin C concentration, the quandong –which grows as a shrub – has been found to stimulate collagen production to plump up the skin, reduce dark circles, and even soften fine lines. Talk about a skincare powerhouse! Sometimes referred to as the ‘Native or Desert Peach’, it has acclimatised to protect itself against harsh environmental conditions – similar to how it protects our skin against free-radicals in skincare!

Kakadu plum

This superfood-skincare hybrid is perhaps the most popular native ingredient – and for good reason! The Kakadu plum predominantly grows in the Northern Territory and has been used by Indigenous Australians for its antiseptic and healing properties for thousands of years. Due to its high levels of vitamin C and skin-soothing anti-fungal properties, its job in skincare is to flush out toxins.

Did you know: Kakadu plum has 100 times the vitamin C of oranges!

Lilly pilly 

If tired, dry skin and dullness is a challenge for you, especially during the cooler months, then lilly pilly – sometimes referred to as the medicine berry – is a brilliant way to reveal a radiant complexion. When infused in skincare, it also has the properties to reduce puffiness in the face and around the eyes, promote smoother skin, and is a gentle source of AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids). 

Did you know: lilly pilly has a clove-like fragrance. 

There’s plenty of beauty, food, and lifestyle inspiration in the latest issue of Winter of Food, available to pick up for FREE at your local Stockland centre. And if you love native Australian botanicals as much as we do, be sure to tag us @stocklandshopping with your product recommendations!

Botanical Beauty treatment being applied to a woman's face.

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Sources: MacTavish-West, H. (2016). Native Australian Plant Extracts: Cosmetic Applications. In Australian Native Plants: Cultivation and Uses in the Health and Food Industries. CRC Press Boca Raton, FL. Page 283. and biologi.com.au 

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