【Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum卡卡杜李) Extract】
Benefits: Anti-Aging, Evens Skin Tone, Soothing
Categories: Antioxidant, Plant Extracts
Terminalia ferdinandiana (kakadu plum) fruit extract comes from a plant native to Australia that is rich in antioxidants that provide anti-aging/skin-soothing benefits. Some of this extract’s notable compounds include gallic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), α-tocopherol (vitamin E), and lutein. Of these, kakadu plum’s vitamin C is often highlighted for its potency and potential skin-brightening effects.
Researchers point out the oxygen radical-=TDF absorbance capacity (ORAC) rating for kakadu plum is extremely high, indicating it provides strong defense for skin against environmental stressors.
A 2021 study (conducted on mice) suggested Terminalia ferdinandiana may also play a role in preserving skin’s collagen levels.
In a completely different capacity, Terminalia ferdinandiana extract has been studied for its ability to minimize body odor due to its inhibitory effect on certain microorganisms.
Suppliers of Terminalia ferdinandiana (kakadu plum) extract recommend usage levels between 1-3%. As with other antioxidants, formula’s containing this ingredient should be packaged to in way that restricts air and light exposure as much as possible to maintain stability and efficacy. (Opaque pump bottles are a good example of suitable packaging; clear jars are not.)
Fun fact: In addition to this extract’s common name of kakadu plum, it also goes by billy goat plum, gubinge, or salty plum. The fruit of Terminalia ferdinandiana is smooth-skinned, yellowish green in color, and roughly 1.5–2 cm long.