Davidson’s Plum – Skin Benefits of This Australian Superfood

Australia produces some truly incredible botanical skincare ingredients and Davidson’s Plum is one of our greatest homegrown skin heroes. In liquid extract form, this potent ingredient provides significant anti-ageing, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

A dark purple fruit with red flesh, the Davidson’s Plum is a rainforest species found in Queensland and Northern NSW. It’s long been a food source for Indigenous Australians and is often used in jams and sauces. In recent years, studies of this botanical skincare ingredient have revealed the benefits of Davidson’s Plum for topical skincare.

Contains phenolic acids

Phenolic acids (gallic acid and ellagic acid) are naturally occurring acids that act in a similar way to alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA).

They deliver serious skin benefits including an even, brighter skin tone, minimise redness and inflammation and reduce the visibility of sunspots. These acids also help protect skin from potential photoaging; skin damage caused by prolonged exposure to UVA and UVB light.

Packed with anti-ageing antioxidants

Davidson’s Plum is a potent source of antioxidants that combat one of the main culprits of prematurely ageing skin; free radicals.

Free radicals are the harmful particles from smoke, pollution and ultraviolet light that attach themselves to skin cells and weaken the structure of collagen. This means wrinkles and fine lines.

Antioxidants protect skin by neutralising free radicals before they begin to oxidize, the process that leads to wrinkles and lines, to prevent damage.

That’s not all. The antioxidants found in Davidson’s Plum won’t just help prevent damage, they’ll stimulate the skin’s natural healing mechanisms to repair damage already done by free radicals.

Has anti-inflammatory properties

This Aussie botanical contains flavonoid anthocyanin, a known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound.

Inflammation is one of your complexions biggest enemies. It’s the root of many issues that show up on your face and can accelerate skin ageing. There’s no one single culprit to point to for inflammation. Stress, lack of sleep, pollution, smoke, unhealthy diet and too much sun exposure can all lead to skin inflammation.

Davidson’s Plum helps combat the effects of inflammation leading to healthier looking skin and slowing signs of ageing.

Promotes skin elasticity

Collagen and elastin are the two proteins that work together to give your skin its structure (collagen) and allows it to stretch (elastin).

Youthful skin has a plentiful supply of collagen and elastin but as you age, your body produces less of each protein. The result is a gradual loss of bounce and elasticity in your skin.

The active compounds in the Davidson’s Plum stimulate the production of both collagen and elastin.

Strengthens capillaries

A broken capillary looks like a tiny tree branch cluster of red lines close to the skin’s surface, they’ll commonly appear in the under-eye and nose area. Although genetics plays a role,  broken capillaries can be caused by repeated skin trauma like popping pimples, rough scrubbing and exfoliating, windburn and extreme temperatures.

Vitamin C helps repair broken capillaries, minimise redness, and strengthens the capillary walls to prevent future redness. The Davidson Plum contains a high concentration of Vitamin C, in fact, the fruit has 100 times the vitamin C found in oranges.  

For all these reasons, we love Davidson’s Plum extract and include it in our award-winning Tinted Facial Moisturiser SPF 15+.

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