There are plenty of things to love about Australia. From the country’s beautiful beaches and sunny climate to the diverse flora and fauna across its vast terrain, it’s not hard to see why it’s called the Lucky Country. Lately, one Australian plant in particular has been making waves in the beauty world as a powerful skincare ingredient: Kangaroo Paw flower.
Read on to get the full lowdown on this potent botanical ingredient and learn how to incorporate it into your daily makeup routine for your glowiest, most hydrated skin yet.
What is the Kangaroo Paw flower?
As its name suggests, the Kangaroo Paw flower - botanical name Anigozanthos - has a distinctive claw-like flower that closely resembles a Kangaroo Paw. Native to Western Australia, this velvety flower blooms in bright shades of red, green and yellow that are as striking as they are unique.
For centuries, Indigenous Australians have harnessed the Kangaroo Paw plant as a powerful, healing ingredient in plenty of traditional recipes. In the skincare world, its unique healing and soothing properties make it one of the best natural ingredients for normal skin and other skin types.
The 4 skincare benefits of Kangaroo Paw flower
Proof that there’s no need to rely on harsh chemicals to nourish and hydrate your skin, this native all-natural ingredient has a range of restorative and anti-ageing properties.
Here are four major reasons to add Kangaroo Paw flower to your skincare routine.
1. It speeds up the skin’s renewal process
Our skin constantly and naturally repairs and rejuvenates itself - but that process slows down as we age. Enter: Kangaroo Paw. Botanical extracts from this plant powerhouse work to strengthen the skin’s barrier and repair the links between your skin cells.
By protecting your skin from external aggressors (like pollution), it helps your skin to regenerate much more quickly and effectively. And that’s not all: It also boosts collagen production and elastin synthesis. The result? Plumper, healthier-looking skin and a glowing makeup base.
2. It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles
Thanks to its regenerative power, Kangaroo Paw combats fine lines and wrinkles to leave your skin looking smoother and firmer. It targets the areas that tend to show the signs of ageing first, like the neck and area around your eyes.
Infused with Kangaroo Paw extract, our Certified Organic Pure Perfection Primer takes all these qualities and combines them in a single powerful product. It’s clinically proven to reduce wrinkles around the eyes and on the neck in just one hour, making it the best skin-tightening primer. To use it, simply smooth it into your skin using clean fingertips or a beauty blender.
3. It firms the skin
Over time, our skin loses elasticity and can start to sag - and that’s where Kangaroo Paw flower comes into play. The extract activates fibroblasts in the deeper layers of your skin, which is a fancy way of saying it revs up your skin’s metabolism and firms it up.
Our primer is clinically proven to restore skin firmness in one day, and to visibly reduce sagging skin in the neck area by 5mm in 28 days. In less than a month, it has also been shown to reduce the length of neck wrinkles by 61%, and the depth by 15%.
4. It hydrates and brightens the skin
Its anti-ageing skincare benefits aside, Kangaroo Paw flower is packed with essential fatty acids to give your skin a radiant glow. It’s rich in linoleic acid, which deeply nourishes the skin and seals in the moisture our complexions crave. Fun fact: Our skin can’t naturally make this acid, so we need to get it from our skincare products!
Kangaroo Paw is also full of ferulic acid, a potent antioxidant that brightens the skin and can reduce dark spots on your face. If you’ve spent a little too much time in the sun, reach for this native flower - just like aloe vera, it has a deliciously cooling effect on the skin.
How to use Kangaroo Paw flower
Experience the many benefits of Kangaroo Paw or yourself with our Certified Organic Pure Perfection Primer. In addition to Kangaroo Paw extract, it’s enriched with hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil, both of which prep your skin for nourishing makeup.
To get the best results from this primer for glowing skin, follow these steps:
Cleanse your skin and apply your regular serum, moisturiser, and sunscreen.
Smooth the primer over your skin to make your face glow naturally.
Wait a few minutes for the primer to absorb before applying any makeup products.
For extra protection from the sun, dust on a light layer of our Loose Mineral Foundation SPF25.
Wear natural makeup that’s good for your skin
At INIKA, we’re big believers in all-natural, nourishing makeup that improves your skin and helps you achieve your desired makeup look. Our new Certified Organic Pure Perfection Primer ticks both boxes, and is a great way to incorporate Kangaroo Paw, a powerhouse native botanical ingredient, into your daily skincare routine.
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