The uniqueness of Australian native plants
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Australian native plants have been used by Aboriginal people for generations. When Aboriginal people did fall sick, they used plants in a variety of ways to quell their ills. Professor Joanne Jamie, a medicinal chemist from Macquarie University, in Sydney has compiled a database on Aboriginal plants. Many of those plants, she found, contained anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds that are known to western medicine.
Unique cellular extraction - the new evolution of natural ingredients
Extraction methods used in the past have been destructive to the plant's delicate molecular balance, rendering them degraded and inactive, requiring synthetic substitution to mimic natural profiles to mask their shortcomings. The unique cellular extraction method maintains the integrity of a species' natural molecules, in their synergistic relationships as they exist in nature - suspending them in a liquid matrix - active and multifunctional. This method delivers the full plant profile of phyto-active compounds (and their derivatives) found in any fruit, leaf, wood or flower in a botanical extract which has more efficacy than other extracts.
Special blend of Australian native plant extracts to protect our skin
UVA & UVB damage
Both UVA and UVB rays penetrate the atmosphere and play an important role in conditions such as premature skin aging, eye damage (including cataracts), and skin cancers. They also suppress the immune system, reducing your ability to fight off these and other maladies.
By damaging the skin's cellular DNA, excessive UV radiation produces genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancer. Both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization have identified UV as a proven human carcinogen.
UVA penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB and has long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging). Studies over the past two decades, however, show that UVA damages skin cells called keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur. (Basal and squamous cells are types of keratinocytes.) UVA contributes to and may even initiate the development of skin cancers.
UVB causes skin reddening and sunburn and tends to damage the skin's more superficial epidermal layers. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer and a contributory role in tanning and photoaging.
Phyto-active compounds that protect against UVA, UVB damage:
Natural vitamin C - cutaneous benefits including photo-protection from UVA and UVB damaging light. (Kakadu Plum, Finger Lime Caviar, Mountain Pepper Leaf and Quandong)
Phenolic Acid (Chlorogenic Acid) - provides protection against UVA radiation for long duration and protects skin from UV induced oxidative damage.(Mountain Pepper Leaf)
Lignan - cutaneous benefits including photo-protection from UVA and UVB damaging light. (Quandong)
Ellagic Acid - is a potent active for treatment strategies interrupting skin wrinkling and inflammation associated with chronic UV exposure leading to photoageing. (Kakadu Plum)
Kakadu Plum - the world’s highest source of Vitamin C
Kakadu Plum is a native tree from Australia, found mainly in the Kimberleys, the Northern Territory and Arnhem Land.
Indigenous Australians have used this fruit extensively for food, its healing properties and as traditional medicine. It is rich in vitamin C, callic acid and flavone glycosides.
Kakadu plum is annually exposed to an extremely high sun index (up to 12) with harmful rays. The fruits have consequently developed a highly efficient self-defense system of a cocktail of various powerful antioxidant molecules to protect against violent sun-induced free radical attack.
Kakadu plum has been identified as the fruit with the world's highest vitamin C content, up to about 100 times more than an orange and it also contains a large amount of polyphenols (mainly gallic and ellagic acids). This is due to its extraordinary antioxidant composition.
Due to the high content of vitamin C and polyphenols, kakadu plum extract has strong antioxidant activity. It helps boost cell defence against free radicals and reduces oxidative stress. Because free radical attacks are limited by powerful antioxidants, degradation of dermis components is strongly reduced. It also induces the synthesis of pro-collagen and hyaluronic acid to compensate from free radical damages.
Finger Lime Caviar
The fruit is harvested from a delicate rainforest tree native to the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales and Southeast Queensland. It produces magnificent green to deep purple black cylindrical-shaped fruits, also known as finger lime. Elongated, they are about 30-120 mm long and 10-15 mm wide and contain beautiful small caviar size capsules. This inner caviar has been eaten as a traditional bushfood source by the Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Nowadays, it is still used by chefs and as an ingredient for drinks, marmalades, pickles, etc.
The tiny juice pearls from the Finger Lime Caviar extract release a range of potent phyto-active compounds including natural vitamin C. It also contains tryptophan, ferulic acid, coumarin derivative flavone glycoside, vitamins minerals and amino acids. Potent properties include protection from damaging free radicals, significant effect on improving skin hydration, wound healing, anti-inflammatory effects and photo-protection from damaging UVA and UVB light.
The uniqueness of finger lime caviar is that it can gently improve skin exfoliation with an innovative process through TRPV3 which is an innovative target of exfoliation. TRPV3 (Transcient Receptor Potential Vanilloid-3) has been described recently to significantly contribute to the exfoliation process. As a channel located in keratinocyte membranes, TRPV3 permits the passage of cations such as Ca2+ into cells. In normal conditions, an ionic equilibrium exists between the inside and the outside of cells to maintain optimal functioning. If a disequilibrium occurs, an intracellular calcium ion excess leads to a cell dysfunction and induces the starting of the desquamation process.
The activation of TRPV3 is a new biological mechanism to improve ionic exchanges and increase Ca2+ concentration into keratinocytes in order to stimulate the exfoliation process.
Dead cells (corneocytes) accumulated at the surface of the skin make skin look dull and lifeless. Exfoliation is the best way to remove them and reveal a fresher and newer skin beneath. Performed frequently, it helps keep a radiant look with soft skin. AHAs (A-hydroxy acids) or fruit acids are known to be active exfoliators due to their low pH and are widely used in chemical peels. However, their exact biological mechanism of action has been discovered only recently with the involvement of TRPV3, a keratinocyte transmembrane channel.
Finger lime caviar also stimulates TRPV3 synthesis improving the exchange capacity of Ca2+. More calcium ions are able to penetrate into cell and create an ion overload that accelerates the skin desquamation process.
Mountain Pepper Leaf
It is native to the cool temperate rainforests of Tasmania. Tasmanian Pepper leaves were historically used as a flavoring ingredient and now as a spice blending and baking product by the food industry. Mountain Pepper Leaf is rich in phenolic acid, flavone glycoside (rutin), flavone glycoside, flavone glycoside (isovitexin) and polygodial. These phyto-actives provide long-term protection against UVA radiation, prevent skin irritation from surfactants and provide a scavenging action against free radicals.
Mountain Pepper Leaf is a good source of antioxidant compounds, lutein, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A. It contains minerals like zinc, magnesium and calcium that are required for synthesis and self-repair of DNA.
Mountain Pepper leaf also contains an active molecule called Polygodial which is associated with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities. It protects, soothes and rejuvenates the skin
The desert Quandong is a unique Australian fruit found widely throughout the deserts and semiarid areas of Southern Australia and has many powerful bio-actives. It has striking, shiny red fruit approximately 15-25mm wide. Often referred to by its Aboriginal name - ‘Goorti’ (Nurungga), or ‘Native Peach’ and has been used by Indigenous communities for centuries.
It is rich in organic acid, tryptophan and phenolic acid (caffeoul quinic), lignan and flavone glycosides. These bio-actives help stimulate human keratinocyte proliferation which results in the formation of a barrier against environmental damage, modulates the stratum corneum barrier function and helps to prevent skin irritation.
Organic acid is a potent anti-aging active, it help stimulate human keratinocyte proliferation. Keratinocytes are the formation of a barrier against environmental damage. It also is a wonderful source of Vitamin E, folate, magnesium and calcium. Furthermore, it has a potent skin-whitening action demonstrated through clinical assessment indicating antimelanogenic activity coupled with antioxidant properties, provides skin-whitening and skin health benefits.
Carrot root is a powerful tonic - it contains concentrated levels of naturally occurring Vitamin A. This vitamin is proven to be beneficial to the skin, providing nurturing attributes for cellular repair, in a natural way. Carrot also acts as a cleansing antiseptic which is a vital attribute to consider when balancing sebum production within the skin layers. Its skin disinfecting properties can naturally help support and treat troublesome skin conditions, such as acne, and even eczema. Nappy rash benefits from the healing support of infused carrot oil.
Unique oat oil is a rich, natural oil with a unique lipid profile. It is readily absorbed into the skin leaving a non-greasy feel, minimising lipid loss. It contains 1 - 2% of moisture regulating natural ceramides and also contains lipids found in the outer bilayer of the skin. It locks in moisture levels by forming a physical barrier to epidermal water loss, preventing further drying. Rich in vitamin E and linoleic acid, it can help maintain the skin’s natural balance by replacing lipids lost in everyday activities. It is ceramide rich, and can act as an occlusive and a humectant, absorbing and retaining moisture in the skin.
Calendula oil has great anti-inflammatory properties, it is helpful with stubborn wounds, acne, rashes, eczema and related conditions. It helps soothe sore, inflamed and itchy skin conditions. Calendula oil is a great moisturiser for dry skin and severely chapped or split skin. It also helps soothe eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin problems