Do you remember the moment you discovered the mind-blowing benefits of adding {hero ingredients} - we're taking niacinamide, micellar water, hyaluronic acid and {CDB oil} - to your skin care routine? Well, {A-Beauty} is here to introduce you to a host of all-new favourite heavy hitters that are celebrated across Australasia for their skin-transformative effects. 

In the Land Down Under, a minimalist, clean-beauty roo-tine reigns supreme! Ditching toxic chemicals and fillers, A-Beauty skin care enthusiasts are obsessing over natural and paired-back products brimming with indigenous ingredients that boast multiple benefits for the skin and body. Read on for our edit of the ones to watch for this year:

{Australian Kaolin Clays}

One of the most well-known ingredients hailing from Straya, Australian kaolin clays are already readily available and infused within some of our favourite beauty products, but do you know why? Or, for all the skintellectuals out there, do you know which one's right for your skin type? Renowned for its detoxifying and deep cleansing properties, as well as being rich in silica - a proven contributor to improved elasticity and increased cell renewal - it's probable you're already the owner of a face mask laced with this HG ingredient.

White clay is generally regarded as being best for those with normal or mature skin types due to its ability to gently draw out dirt and build up, absorb excess oil and gently exfoliate skin to refine and smooth skin texture - all without irritating(!) for a beautiful, even and youthful glow.

Green kaolin clay is a godsend for those with oily, combination or acne-prone skin due to its balancing properties. Incredible at deep cleansing, soaking up excess oils and helping to balance skin's natural pH levels, this miracle worker is perfect for clogged pores and congested skin. But that's not all, green clays are also known to stimulate cell regeneration for an added glow that you'll adore.

Pink is arguably the most-loved of the three (and not just because of its colour). Delicate and soothing, this one effectively reduces redness, irritation and inflammation while also working to smooth, balance and gently exfoliate for added glow - perfect for those with dry, sensitive or dehydrated skin!

WHY NOT TRY: Sand&Sky's iconic {Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask} or Dr Roebuck's {Byron 2-in-1 Mask + Scrub}.

Kakadu Plum Extract

Native to Australia, this small, sour fruit is an Aussie superfood that has been used as a tribal medicine and a traditional form of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory for hundred of years. Jam-packed with potent levels of vitamin C, this fruit has the highest records levels of vitamin C in the entire world and is 55 times richer than an orange. But that's not all... this 'Holy Grail' antioxidant protects against environmental damage, effectively reduces redness, calms reactivity and combats bacterial acne, while also being rich in gallic acid (which supplements skin's moisture barrier) and ellagic acid (which bolsters elasticity and shields against the everyday environmental onslaught).

When formulated in skin care, this powerhouse ingredient helps to improve skin's health and overall appearance, effectively firming, fading dark spots, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation while also improving skin's response to UV light and working to refine its texture. When used in hair care this miracle worker stimulates collagen production and elastin - perfect for strengthening and improving hair health and appearance for gorgeous shiny locks.

WHY NOT TRY: Kevin Murphy's {Hydrate.Me} range or Dr Roebuck's {Bondi Hydrating Mist}.

Australian Macadamia Oil

Derived from Macadamia Ternifolia nuts, this is yet another well known Aussie ingredient that has become a beauty junkie favourite due to being near-identical to sebum making it a great moisturiser! Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic (ie. it won't clog your pores!) and a natural emollient, this good-to-skin ingredient is adored for its ability to soothe and normalise to grant a gorgeous, healthy glow.

Also rich in palmitoleic acid, an age-defying antioxidant that is found in young skin but diminishes as the body ages. Studies show that this potent acid assists cell rejuvenation and can help to heal skin and reduce conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. It's also packed with omega 7 fatty acids (which improves the skin's natural barrier function), vitamins B1, B3 (also known as niacinamide) and E as well as squalene too - making it one of natural world's loveliest skin care saviours. Add this to your routine to help reduce inflammation and protect skin against oxidative stress as well as diminishing scars, irritation and sun damage.

WHY NOT TRY: Aesop's {Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil} or frank body's {Cacao Coffee Scrub}.

Caviar Lime Extract

We don't call them Wizards from Aus for nothing, yet another Australian native, this fruit is found in the countries subtropical rainforests and is also known as "finger lime". Renowned for its instant brightening effects, this powerhouse plant is a natural AHA, boasting potent levels of citric acid and a high concentration of vitamin C. As well as being an anti-microbial and antioxidant, you can trust this heavy hitter to instantly smooth uneven and textured skin while also encouraging cell turnover, banishing pore-clogging debris and revealing an I-just-got-a-facial-glow (with zero irritation) that you will adore.

WHY NOT TRY: Dr Roebuck's {Daintree AHA Brightening Mask} or Alpha-H's {Liquid Gold Firming Eye Cream}

Burmese Mayanmar Thanaka

One of the New Zealand-based brand Girl Undiscovered's heroine ingredients, Thanaka is ground down to a paste from tree bark and is hailed for its sun damage-shielding abilities in Myanmar. A Burmese natural alternative to SPF, this miracle worker has been used as a beautifying ingredient for over 200 years in the area and is topically applied in beautiful designs across the cheeks, forehead, nose and arms.

A known antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredient, this yellow/brown paste has been used to help control sebum production as well as diminish acne breakouts by the locals. Also rich in vitamin E (which protects skin from free radicals such as pollution and UV rays) as well as inhibiting tyrosinase - the agent responsible for melanin synthesis and discolouration) which helps to brighten and balance the complexion.

WHY NOT TRY: Girl Undiscovered's {Stint In The Wilderness Body Scrub & Mask}

New Zealand Kanuka Honey

Finally, let us introduce you to New Zealand's answer to Manuka honey, it's close relative, Kanuka honey which is produced from the Aotea Kanuka (Kunzea sinclairli) tree. Like Manuka, Kanuka has powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties however, this variant is 100 times more powerful than medical grade Manuka Honey and studies show this superfood can help alleviate a myriad of skin conditions and inflammations such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and rosacea, as well as helping clear acne, cold sores, burns and wounds! Manuka honey who?

WHY NOT TRY: Girl Undiscovered's {Stumbled Across Paradise Face Mask}

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