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Lilly Pilly is a summer flowering evergreen shrub, native to Australia. It has red berries with a clove-like fragrance and today is commonly used for hedges and shrubbery in gardens. It thrives in volcanic soils or deep sandy soils in subtropical or tropical rainforests. The plant grows abundantly around the Gaia Retreat & Spa grounds and is used as part of our healthy spa cuisine and skin care.
Indigenous people traditionally used Lilly Pilly for its great healing and antibacterial properties and ate the berries when in season for the vitamin C content. The Lilly Pilly has good astringent properties that improve firmness of the skin, while its high vitamin C and fruit acid content have great anti-ageing effects to keep skin looking radiant and youthful. Lilly Pilly is a natural source of gentle AHA.
Fruit Acids (a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid - or AHA) are used in skincare to enhance the skin's complexion. They remove superficial layers of dehydrated skin cells, which promote new cell regeneration. It helps with the appearance of acne scars and can assist with preventing future breakouts. AHA has also been shown to hydrate and promote skin firmness and thickness.
You can find this wonder berry in REFINING FACE POLISH – our brightening exfoliant. Face Polish exfoliates in 3 ways, it draws out impurities with Kaolin Clay, resurfaces with eco-friendly Jojoba beads & dissolves dead skin cells with Lilly Pilly extract. For best results, use once or twice a week, either as a quick scrub or leave on for 5-10 mins for a deeper exfoliation.
Lilly Pilly can also be used in a variety of foods, as a jam that has a unique flavour and also in sauces, purees, salads and desserts. Loaded with high levels of essential oils, it is recommended the fruit is consumed with other ingredients to bring out its culinary attributes.
The berries can also be added to smoothies for a boost of collagen enhancing Vitamin C. Here’s a recipe you can try:
Lilly Pilly Super Smoothie
2 organic Apples
1 organic Banana
1 cup of pitted Lilly Pillies
Blitz & Enjoy!