The hum­ble plum

Is the Kakadu plum is the next big thing in beauty?

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Want to turn back the clock with a lit­tle help from na­ture? If you haven’t heard of the Kakadu plum (also known as bil­ly­goat plum or gub­inge) it’s time to get ac­quainted with this age-de­fy­ing Aus­tralian na­tive

As vi­ta­min C is one of the most im­por­tant an­tiox­i­dants for help­ing to pre­vent the break­down of col­la­gen, it’s not sur­pris­ing that the Kakadu plum has found it­self in the beauty in­dus­try’s spot­light.

Along with hold­ing the world record for the high­est vi­ta­min C value, with a crazy 2907mg per 100g, com­pared to the 53mg found in an or­ange, it also boasts an­tibac­te­rial and po­ten­tially can­cer­fight­ing prop­er­ties. Fan­tas­tic for bright­en­ing, re­fin­ing and firm­ing skin, you’ll find it pop­ping up in ev­ery­thing from masks to makeup.


One com­pany cham­pi­oning the Kakadu plum is Byron Bay’s Biologi, which pro­duces pure plant, sin­gle-in­gre­di­ent skin­care serums from “100 per­cent phy­toac­tives”, which means no wa­ter or syn­thet­ics. De­vel­oper Ross Mac­dougald says their Re­ju­ve­na­tion Eye Serum is a stand­out prod­uct from the brand’s range. “I use this on my en­tire face,” he says. “I have seen a dra­matic change in my skin tone to a point where I have no vis­i­ble sun spots on my face and my skin is even and hy­drated. The hy­dra­tion lasts all day from just one ap­pli­ca­tion.”


“As Biologi prod­ucts are 100 per­cent ac­tive, they work quickly, re­sult­ing in lu­mi­nos­ity and re­ju­ve­na­tion of the skin within a few days, not weeks,” Ross adds. “Most im­por­tantly they are de­rived di­rectly from a plant rather than a fac­tory.”

Dermalogica Head of Ed­u­ca­tion Caro­line Parker is also a fan of the Kakadu plum. “One of our gel-creams, Sound Sleep Co­coon, helps fight skin fa­tigue, aids a rest­ful sleep and uses Kakadu plum extract,” she says. “It’s a rich source of po­tent vi­ta­min C, which is a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant and es­sen­tial for healthy col­la­gen pro­duc­tion. Vi­ta­min C will give skin a nat­u­ral glow and a more lu­mi­nous tone.”


Kakadu plums have been used by Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ples as medicine for gen­er­a­tions, es­pe­cially as an an­tibi­otic and anti-in­flam­ma­tory. When ap­plied to skin, it can re­duce swelling, red­ness and even help get rid of bac­te­rial acne.

As well as pow­er­ful quan­ti­ties of vi­ta­min C, the Kakadu plum con­tains an­tiox­i­dants such as gal­lic acid (good for restor­ing the skin’s nat­u­ral bar­rier) and el­lagic acid (helps re­store elas­tic­ity to skin). In fact, the plum con­tains such pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dants that it’s be­ing stud­ied in Alzheimer’s tri­als.

On top of these ben­e­fits, the Kakadu plum con­tains trace min­er­als that nour­ish and in­vig­o­rate the skin, in­clud­ing vi­ta­min E, zinc, iron, fo­late and lutein, all of which can help pre­vent the signs of pre­ma­ture age­ing. Cal­cium and mag­ne­sium can even help with post-gym achy limbs. Is there any­thing this su­per plum can’t do? Caro­line says it’s the unique com­bi­na­tion of both wa­ter-lov­ing and oil-lov­ing an­tiox­i­dants in this an­cient fruit that pro­vides such ef­fec­tive free-rad­i­cal pro­tec­tion.

So make room on your van­ity – this prod­uct is about to take plum po­si­tion.

Re­ju­ve­na­tionEye Serum, AU$79.99, from Biologi. Sound Sleep Co­coon, $143, from Dermalogica.

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