Alpha hydroxy acids are commonly recommended as powerful exfoliators for silky smooth skin. They, however, come with the unavoidable disadvantage of not being well-suited to sensitive skin.

Thus, many skincare manufacturers turn to Quandongs, a fruit native to Australia, known for gently exfoliating and rejuvenating the skin. Although this edible red peach may sound strange to many, it has actually been in use for centuries by various Indigenous Australian tribes.

Quandongs are quickly getting attention for their nutritional value and medicinal properties. Here are 5 reasons they are especially highly praised in skincare:

1. They contain antioxidants

Quandongs are the second highest antioxidant fruit ever measured. Antioxidants are an essential in skincare as they help to prevent and remedy damage from free radicals.

2. They have a high rutin content

Quandongs also contain rutin, a strong antioxidant, which becomes a stronger antioxidant when combined with Vitamin C. Rutin is perfect for sensitive skin and can also help tackle inflammation, strengthen skin capillaries and reduce dark circles.

3. They are great for skin hydration

Quandongs contain vitamin E, folate, magnesium and calcium. Vitamin E is a powerful nutrient, which protects your skin by fighting free radicals, helping shield against the elements, reduces inflammation and provides excellent skin hydration.

4. They contain twice the amount of vitamin C in oranges

An amazing fact about quandongs is that they contain double the quantity of Vitamin C in oranges. Vitamin C is important for the growth of healthy skin, and has been proven to help heal many skin conditions and protect skin from damage.

5. They are good for exfoliation

Quandong extract contains phenolic acids which give the skin anti-microbial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These phenolic acids also work to rid the skin of dead cells like alpha-hydroxy acid.

Next time, you're out shopping organic skincare, make sure to keep an eye out for Quandongs on the ingredient list!