Quandong, Santalum acuminatum

QuandongThe desert Quandong is a unique Australian fruit found widely throughout the deserts, & arid/semi-arid areas of Southern Australia. From the Sandalwood family, Santalaceae, it has striking, shiny red fruit approximately 15-25mm wide. The Quandong is often referred to as it’s Aboriginal name – “Goorti” (Nurungga), or “Native Peach” & has been used by indigenous communities for centuries. Now it is being recognized by the cosmetic industry for its powerful bio-actives & benefits.

PHENOLIC ACIDS
Antimicrobial, antioxidant, & anti-inflammatory properties
Antioxidant activity considered stronger than that of Vitamin E
Anti-inflammatory action reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
Behaves like an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)

FLAVONOID GLYCOSIDES – RUTIN
Rutin is a strong anioxidant that can reduce the creation of free radicals. Free radicals cause damage to skin by stealing the charge from healthy cells and making them unstable.
Skincare products need antioxidants to protect the skin from breaking down & ageing
Rutin works synergistically with Vitamin C, inhibiting Vitamin C to oxidize and become a free radical and intensifying the antioxidant activity of Vitamin C
Rutin strengthens capillaries, reducing blood pooling in the delicate skin under the eye area, hence reducing dark circles and puffiness
Rutin has anti-inflammatory effects which is a major factor in skincare issues like the breakdown of collagen & elastin, increase in oil production (leading to acne & blemishes), as well as skin discolouration

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS
Vitamin C can benefit skin as it dramatically increases the synthesis of collagen
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps reduce skin damage caused by free radicals
Vitamin C delivered into skin cells is thought to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture

*Information extracted from Native Extracts Website, 2014.