Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Failing to protect and maintain it can lead to a plethora of health issues. This is why it is so important to have a well-thought-out skin care routine. It is absolutely worth the time and energy to take care of your skin on a daily basis.
One of the keys to healthier, more vibrant skin is ensuring that you get all the nutrients your body needs. When it comes to skin care, there’s no ingredient more powerful than Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract.
Terminalia ferdinandiana (commonly known as Green Plum, Salty Plum or Kakadu Plum) is a native of Northern Australia. It is a small, green colored sour fruit, the extract of which is considered to be a nourishing skincare ingredient. This miracle fruit extract has therapeutic properties and is known for its beauty benefits. It is the best and richest source of Vitamin C. Its powerful antioxidant property revives, repairs and rejuvenates the damaged skin.
Kakadu Plum is a powerhouse of Vitamin C. It contains up to 5,000 mg of vitamin C per 100 gm as compared to 50mg per 100 gm for oranges. Vitamin C is also crucial for collagen production which improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps our skin slow down the ageing process.
Since it is found naturally in the fruit, it is used in a number of face care products such as face wash, face cream and face serum. However, in order to ensure that your skin gets the best results of Vitamin C, it’s best to use a serum as it has smaller molecules which deeply penetrate the skin and work from repairing and replenishing the skin from within. Kakadu Plum also works on improving skin elasticity which further helps to reduce the signs of aging.
If you are struggling with hyperpigmentation, blemishes or dark spots then you must use a face serum with Vitamin C in it. One of the properties of Vitamin C is that it inhibits the production of melanin which causes skin discoloration, blemishes and hyperpigmentation. Regular usage of Vitamin C serum is known to help with skin brightening.
Vitamin C in Kakadu Plum can help fight pimple-causing bacteria from the skin without harming the skin. Kakadu Plum is also anti-inflammatory which helps reduce inflammation and redness caused by acne and pimples.
Decrease in collagen production due to age and exposure to harsh rays of the sun can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin and loss of elasticity. Kakadu Plum has Vitamin C along with gallic acid, ellagic acid which fight free radicals, hydrate the skin and prevent the skin from damage. Vitamin C also helps promote collagen formation which reduces signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Thanks to their high antioxidant levels, Kakadu plums are the natural enemy of redness and inflammation. This makes Kakadu ideal for sensitive skin types, especially those with inflammatory conditions like acne or eczema.
“Kakadu plum brightens the complexion, reduces hyperpigmentation, and protects from harsh environmental aggressors, such as pollution,” says Andreas Abellana, the Creative Director for Australian skincare brand Generation Clay. It also makes for a firmer, plumper face by “helping to form proline, an amino acid that makes collagen.”
While that’s all par for the course for vitamin C skincare, Kakadu plums essentially take these properties to the next level. “They have superior antioxidant abilities with an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) value five times that of blueberries,” says Dr. Audrey Kunin, a board-certified dermatologist and the founder of DERMAdoctor.
“Kakadu plums contain both water and fat-soluble antioxidant compounds that together may provide more comprehensive protection against oxidative stress.” In layman’s terms, the ingredient is like a mega-forcefield that keeps pollution from harming your skin — while actively healing past environmental damage.
“Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant,” says Dr. Melissa Piliang, MD, dermatologist at Cleveland Clinic. “It can help our skin manage the oxidative stress that happens as part of daily living.”
She explains that oxidative stress is what rusts metal and turns bananas brown, and it also does damage that ages skin.This can be exacerbated by UV light and pollutants. By neutralizing free radicals, vitamin C helps to protect against that damage. “Vitamin C has been shown to help and prevent and treat UV light damage,” she says. “It makes skin appear brighter and fades dark spots and discoloration.”
Vitamin C also plays an important role in how our body makes collagen, which contributes to plump, firm skin, Piliang says. “As we age, the collagen and elastic fibers become stretched and less pliable. Think of an elastic waistband. Over time it stretches, and it doesn’t go back. As it wears out, our skin loses that tight appearance, and that’s where we get wrinkles.”
In short, by applying kakadu plum to your face, you dose your skin with collagen-producing, wrinkle-preventing vitamin C. To boot, kakadu plums contain two beneficial, skin-boosting acids, Piliang says. Gallic acid has anti-inflammatory properties that may alleviate skin redness, and ellagic acid helps improve skin elasticity.
The skincare wonder from Down Under has above-average antiseptic properties, too, which makes it “useful to clear pimple-causing bacteria,” Abellana says. “Kakadu also contains two other fantastic acids,” said Angela Kim, a natural K-beauty expert and the founder of Savor Beauty.
“Gallic acid that naturally kills bacteria, which is great news for acne-prone skin; and ellagic acid, which reduces inflammation.” This combination makes Kakadu plum a multitasking must-have, able to treat everything from post-winter dullness to pimple emergencies.
That’s why we use this amazing extract in the CHARLÍS Daily Facial Cleanser. Other superstar ingredients include:
ALOE VERA: Rich in safflower seed oil and vitamin E and linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid for moisture locking), these tiny oil droplets work both as natural emulsifiers as well as slow- time-released delivery systems, giving the skin long-lasting moisture to maintain the hydration of the skin.
OAT BETA GLUCAN: Oat Beta Glucan is an all-natural, effective, safe and incredibly moisturizing ingredient that boasts a long list of benefits, including healing and hydrating your skin. It can help create an active, glowing appearance.
ORGANIC CITRUS PARADISI PEEL OIL: Extracted from the peel of the grapefruit, this oil contains naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that help promote smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. It also contains astringent and tightening properties, and due to potent antibacterial and antimicrobial effects, it’s the perfect ingredient to treat and protect acne-prone skin.
ORGANIC CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS OIL: The essential oil from the rind of the orange, this oil has demonstrated antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, skin lightening, and anti-microbial properties and can be beneficial in skin care formulations. Hesperidin has also been shown to offer skin protection against UVA-induced damage of fibroblasts and collagen.