We all know that a plum is a juicy and delicious fruit, but have you ever heard of a kakadu plum? This small fruit packs a powerful punch when it comes to health due to it’s incredible array of vitamins, nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. Did you know, though, that this fruit provides some excellent benefits for the skin too?
Read on to find out how you can incorporate this fruit into your skincare regime for a gorgeous and glowing complexion.
What is a Kakadu Plum?
Native to Northern Australia, the kakadu plum is a small green fruit, just 1-2 cm in size. It may be called a plum, but it is actually more closely related to the almond.
This plum was used for thousands of years by Australian Aborigines as a natural medicine to treat a variety of skin conditions as well as for it’s incredible health benefits.
What’s making people take notice of this special fruit in skin care is it’s unbelievably high vitamin C content. When we think of fruits that contain vitamin C, we automatically think of citrus fruits like oranges or lemons. One kakadu plum contains 20 times the vitamin C of an orange!
Why is Vitamin C so Important for the Skin?
There are 2 structural proteins that help to keep our skin plump and prevent sagging. These are known as collagen and elastin. As we age, our collagen and elastin levels naturally decrease, which can then lead to the first signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Vitamin C helps to promote the formation of these 2 proteins, therefore helping to keep your skin plump and youthful. The skin benefits best from topically applied vitamin C, rather than by ingesting it, which is primarily for health benefits.
Vitamin C is also a very powerful antioxidant that protects the skin against free radicals, which are the enemy when it comes to aging the skin. Free radicals may come in the form of environmental pollution, cigarette smoke and even the food we eat. Another powerful group of antioxidants called phenols work together with vitamin C to provide extra antioxidant protection!
More Reasons to Love the Kakadu Plum
Apart from the powerful antioxidant activity vitamin C provides, the kakadu plum is also a rich source of:
Vitamin E is another antioxidant vitamin that helps to repair and heal the skin. Because it is an antioxidant it also helps to protect against free radicals.
Kakadu plums contain a phytochemical called gallic acid that fights against inflammation. Inflammation is responsible for skin conditions such as acne and it even accelerates the signs of aging over time.
We often overlook the importance of minerals for a healthy complexion. Kakadu plums contain the minerals zinc, iron, lutein and folate, all of which are essential for a healthy, clear complexion.
Most of our products, here at Stem Organics, contain this powerful ingredient along with pomegranate and soothing aloe. For a real skin treat, try our Exquisite Face Fluid to keep your skin soft, hydrated and plump.
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