The Australian superfoods you've never heard of that'll make you glow from the inside out
Indigenous communities have been using these native ingredients as food sources and traditional medicinal treatments for centuries, and, now, clever skincare companies are adding these bush foods to their potions and lotions for their supposed anti-ageing and skin rejuvenating powers.
Rick Hay, nutritional director at Healthista, tells the Standard: "Aussie bush foods are en vogue right now as they are protective at a cellular level and can help with skin health and glow.
"They're natural immune boosters and tend to be high in collagen boosting vitamin C," he added.
From kakadu plum to quandong, you probably haven't heard of too many of these, but fortunately, thanks to the rise of A-Beauty in the UK, Aussie brands have begun bringing their superfood-packed products closer to home.
Kakadu plum, arguably Australia's hero superfood, is recognised as the fruit which contains the highest recorded levels of natural Vitamin C in the world – 100 times that of an orange – according to the Australian Native Food and Botanicals (ANFAB).
It has a powerful antioxidant value, approximately five times that of a blueberry, as well as vitamin E, folate (vitamin B12), zinc, magnesium, calcium.
"It also contains the phytonutrients gallic and ellagic acids to help protect the skin and help with elasticity," says Hay.
Kakadu plum grows wild in Australia's Top End and is harvested by Indigenous communities who have eaten it and used it for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years.
Lilly pilly, also known as "riberry," has a distinctive spicy taste and Australians often use it to make jams, chutneys and sauces.
"It's high in vitamin C which helps with skin firmness and has high levels of protective and immune boosting anthocyanins, which may also help to repair damaged skin," says Hay.
The berries contain high levels Vitamin B-12 too, and are found in sub-tropical areas of Queensland and New South Wales.
Often referred to as "wild peach" or "desert peach", quandong is a bush food which grows in the harsh deserts and semi-arid areas of South Australia.
"It contains iron to help with blood flow, zinc and vitamin C which may help with wound repair, as well as rutin to strengthen capillaries and protect skin," says Rick. "It also has anti-microbial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties," he adds.
Indigenous communities were historically known to harvest the fruit then dry it out for years before consuming it.
Noni berry is a member of the coffee plant family which is native to Southeast Asia and Australasia. It has a bitter taste so is often blended with other fruits to make health juices and tonics in Australia.
"It's high in vitamin C and contains some vitamin E and beta carotene to help with skin health," says Hay. "It's also a potent antioxidant to help protect it from free radical damage."
Desert lime grows wild across western and central Queensland. The fruit was traditionally used by the Aboriginal people to make thirst-quenching citrusy drinks.
They contain vitamin C, E, folate and lutein, and are said to help with skin brightening and rejuvenation.
Look out for these powerhouse ingredients, we predict you'll be seeing more of them, at least on the back of your skincare products.