Originally from Australia and traditionally used by First Nations groups, the kakadu plum is a small fruit which is incredibly high in vitamin C. Along with its recent research for use in Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and immune system support, this small fruit has received a lot of attention in the dermatology community.
This is because of its incredibly promising use compared to other natural ingredients and its sustainability as a tree (Terminalia ferdinandiana) that grows well in the wild. Kakadu plum contains 5000 mg of vitamin C per 100 g of fruit. To put that into perspective, 100 g of oranges have about 50 mg of vitamin C, so that is 100 times more! For this reason, we have formulated a Kakadu Plum Vitamin C Serum as an alternative to chemically-produced vitamin C serums that often do not have enough vitamin C in them, or are not in a form absorbable by the skin.
Vitamin C has been used in skin care products to effectively brighten the skin, decrease hyperpigmentation and prevent free radical damage from environmental exposure (eg. pollution) and UV damage . Also, vitamin C is an important cofactor in collagen production- this is what gives our skin its elasticity and lessens the appearance of fine lines . We love these benefits so much that we also decided to formulate a Kakadu Plum Day Cream to provide protection from any skin damage we may incur from general day to day activities!
On top of its concentrated source of vitamin C, kakadu plum contains two antimicrobial acids (gallic and ellagic acids) which can be useful for those with acne-prone skin or inflammatory skin conditions [2, 3]. The skin’s pH is actually more acidic, so it may be beneficial to use some skin care products that tend towards the side of acidic (ph < 7) than basic (ph > 7) to promote the health of the skin’s natural bacteria and protect its naturally acidic pH.
What is this an alternative to?
Vitamin C serum or lotion