You know those annoying people that when you discover something cool say 'oh yeah, I was into that years ago'? Yeah, those people...that's us!
Mountain pepper berry is becoming more and more popular in skincare and we were so ahead of the trend that Clean Collagen was one of the first, wait, let's just put it out there, the first serum to be using high amounts of it. Why? Because it's just incredible for your skin. You're about to find out why.
We were so excited to find this little superfood when formulating Clean Collagen a few years ago. It was just the perfect partner to our other Australian super actives, kakadu plum and finger lime.
Mountain pepper berry grows wild right, right down the bottom of Australia in Tasmania, we’ve seen it for ourselves when we were last there and got a little excited. We have a close affinity with our ingredients. It can also grow on the southeast Australian mainland, but that doesn't sound as exotic.
These little purple berries are sweet and spicy and becoming popular in Western cooking. Indigenous communities, of course, have been using them for thousands of years. Not just in cooking but for medicinal purposes because of their antiseptic properties and powerful antioxidants, four times as many antioxidants as blueberries. Poor blueberries.
Mountain pepper berries have been used as treatments for diverse and far-reaching conditions such as stomach aches and tooth aches, to colic, skin disorders, and venereal diseases. I think we're also the first skincare company to have 'skin disorders and venereal disease' in the same sentence.
That's great but what about my skin???
Well, they're rich in phytonutrients, with chlorogenic acid, rutin, flavone glycosides and anthocyanin (feel free to look those up). In a nutshell this all means nourishing, healing protection for your skin cells.
Let’s keep going with the powerful benefits of Mountain Pepper Berry for your face.
They reduce the visible signs of ageing
Like grumpiness, ok, they don't help with that, but the flavonoids in them naturally prevent the breakdown of collagen. Healthy collagen holds off all the things for longer - fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
Just as eating a healthy whole-food nutrient-dense diet keeps your body young and healthy, the same applies to nutrient-dense skincare for your skin.
The potent antioxidant qualities of Mountain Pepper Berries protect against free radical damage. Free radical damage is something we want to pay to avoid because it leads to dehydration, inflammation, and unnecessary ageing.
Antioxidants also help to balance your complexion and supply an all-over radiance. Like that pregnancy glow, you might even have people ask you if you’re pregnant, wait, are you pregnant? Disclaimer: Clean Collagen won’t make you pregnant.
Minimises dark circles
Dark circles often come with age. As you get older, your skin becomes thinner, and you loose fat and collagen needed to maintain skin elasticity.
With this process, the dark blood vessels beneath your skin become more visible, causing the area below your eyes to darken.
There is also a genetic component, and often dark circles can be a result of dehydration. So please drink water. Stop reading right now and go and have a glass of filtered water… we'll wait for you.
Mountain pepper berries contain rutin, a flavonoid that helps regenerate cells to strengthen the outer layer of skin. This reduces the visibility of dark circles. But don't take our word for it, hear from one of our customers.
"I am blown away by my under eye results from the clean collagen after you mentioned it could be used in that area a few weeks ago. I'm actually shocked in the reduction in the dark circles.
I have never seen my eyes look like that! I studied beauty therapy and had a huge interest in advanced skin care/cosmeceuticals and products that actually deliver results and I am so thrilled to have found clean collagen!"
Due to its antiseptic qualities and high natural vitamin C, Mountain pepper berry can reduce inflammation, redness, calm aggravated skin and revive a dull complexion.
You think you'd have a hard time standing out when sitting alongside skincare celebrities like kakadu plum, finger lime, and bakuchiol, but mountain pepper berry should be as famous.
This is why we believe Clean Collagen is the ultimate collagen skincare treatment and another reason why it won the gold medal at the Organic Beauty Awards for the 'Best Natural Retinol Treatment’ 2021.
Find out for yourself.