Davidson plum, bursting with antioxidants, vitamin E and natural AHA's has been gaining a lot of attention lately due to it's incredible effects on the skin. This nutritionally powerful native fruit, grown in northern NSW and Queensland, was traditionally eaten raw as “bush tucker” food for the rainforest Aborigines and used for medicinal purposes. The ‘Davo’ is called the “Queen of the rainforest plums”, the local aboriginal people call her “Ooray”, a much more fitting name a Queen!
Superfood for the skin
Davidson Plum is packed with naturally derived phyto-active compounds that work in synergy with the skin, providing significant anti-aging, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Some of these ingredients include:
- Tartaric Acid: This natural fruit acid is a rich source of antioxidants, protecting the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals. It reduces the visible signs of aging by stimulating cell turnover and promoting skin elasticity through enhanced collagen production and assists to regulate the pH of the skin. Tartaric acid also belongs to the alpha hydroxy acid family, behaving as a natural exfoliator, gently removing dead skin cells from the uppermost layers of the skin, enhancing your skin's natural glow.
- Anthocyanin: This flavanoid is a potent antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Stress, disrupted sleep, excessive sun exposure, poor diet and pollution are some of the culprits contributing to inflamed skin, which in turn accelerates skin aging. Anthocyanin, a flavanoid found in the Davidson plum, reduces inflammation, thereby having a powerful restorative and anti-aging effect on the skin.
- Quercetin: Another powerful antioxidant which can help reduce the harmful effects of UV radiation on the skin. This flavonoid is also known for calming inflammation, redness and itching.
- Gallic acid: A naturally occurring AHA working as a gentle exfoliator to slough away dead skin cells. Gallic acid also contains potent anti-aging actives, reduces colour pigmentation, calms inflammation and promotes even skin tone by reducing the visibility of sunspots.
For all of these reasons we love Davidson Plum and you'll find this hero ingredient in our facial exfoliant, Purify. We've sourced it from a sustainable orchard in tropical north Queensland on the Atherton tablelands, Rainforest Heart, who specialise in growing ancient Australian native rainforest fruit species. By planting these trees, this orchard offers increased habitats for native wildlife including the endangered cassowary.