Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Amazing Skin Benefits of Kakadu Plum

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It seems like every time we turn around, there’s a hot new skincare ingredient promising to take the skincare world by store. Kakadu plum, a small, sour fruit native to Australia, is the latest natural ingredient to find itself in the beauty spotlight, and we’re genuinely excited. Currently in everything from masks to serums, this Aussie superfood will give you the most gorgeous skin of your life. Here’s why Kakadu plum is our skincare MVP—and why you need this ingredient in your beauty life, too.
It’s an amazing source of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is essential for glowing skin; it firms skin, helps fade dark spots, can help fade acne scarring, and improves the way skin responds to UV light—all crucial things on our minds as we leave the beachy days of summer. So we consider Vitamin C a skincare essential, and Kakadu Plums contain a whole lot of it. In fact, it’s estimated that a single Kakadu plum contains more Vitamin C than an orange—55 times more, to be exact. That’s pretty amazing.
Vitamin C also stimulates hair growth, making it an amazing ingredient for those of us trying to grow out the long bobs of summer. Sign us up!
A natural acne-fighter.
Kakadu plums are used by local tribes as medicine—and it’s especially known as a traditional antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. This means that, when applied to skin, it can reduce swelling, redness and even help get rid of bacterially-induced acne.
We know, it sounds like a bit of an overblown buzzy term, but antioxidants—which help protect your skin from environmental damage, like UV damage and pollution—are crucial to your complexion’s good health when applied topically. They don’t just contain Vitamin C, but additional lesser-known antioxidants like Gallic acid (good for restoring the skin’s natural barrier) and Ellagic acid (helps restore elasticity to skin). In fact, Kakadu plum contains such powerful antioxidants that it’s being studied in Alzheimer’s trials.
It’s sustainable.
So this plant is amazing for your skin—and that’s fantastic. But perhaps the best thing about it is that it’s also good for the planet; Kakadu plum is the epitome of a socially responsible, sustainable crop. Isolated indigenous communities, who already have access to this wild-growing plant, are able to cultivate and harvest the fruit, which creates jobs and helps establish horticulture as a sustainable industry in the area. Now how’s that for beautiful?
It comes in many forms.
No matter how you like your skincare, there’s a Kakadu pear-containing product for you. If you love a good serum, try DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Serum ($95, Sephora) and get the maximum absorbable amount of Vitamin C in a wonderfully smooth, skin-perfecting formula. If masks are more your speed, we recommend Coast to Coat Skin Brightening Red Clay Mask ($24.95, Coast to Coast) for soothing, radiance-boosting results you can see immediately. If you like your skincare super simple, we can’t get enough of this Calendula and Kakadu Plum Day Cream ($24, Etsy). It’s handmade in small batches with all organic ingredients, and applies like a dream to our skin. We’re truly obsessed.
So what are you waiting for? Get into Kakadu plum today, and your skin will thank us tomorrow.
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