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Ingredients


Like the incomparable natural beauty of Tasmania’s Bay of Fires, Akuka Skincare is purely and simply all good. We look to the whole earth – ocean and land – to source and create the most complete and balanced natural skincare products possible.

Our meticulously formulated products use all-natural ingredients, sustainably harvested and made in Australia.

Take a dive into the benefits of each of our ingredients below.

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Acacia Senegal Gum / Xanthan Gum: The powerful plant and vitamin-derived antioxidants found in this gum help strengthen and repair the skin's natural barrier, defending it against ageing environmental aggressors.

Allantoin: With exceptional moisturising and anti-ageing properties, Allantoin’s gentle, non-irritating qualities make it perfect for those with sensitive skin. It also supports cell regeneration and leaves your skin smooth and supple.

Almond Oil: Used for centuries to soothe and treat the skin, this highly emollient oil helps retain an ideal moisture balance. Its antibacterial properties and high concentrations of fatty acids, vitamin A and E help treat acne, heal sun damage and reduce fine lines.

Aloe Vera Leaf Juice: Famed for its multitude of health benefits, this elixir contains a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins which are effective in moisturising and healing skin. The organic juice in our products can help with the treatment of acne and dermatitis.

Argan Oil: 
Argan oil has been long used by Moroccan women to protect their skin from sun damage. Rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, it is the perfect antidote for troublesome, acne-prone and ageing skin.

Australian Beeswax: Beeswax is a natural hydrator enriched with non-allergenic, anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that soothe, protect and rejuvenate the skin.

Australian Black Clay: Black Clay is renowned for its natural detoxifying attributes, helping absorb toxins and excess oil. Rich in iron and oxygen, it also stimulates blood circulation to energise and nourish skin.

Australian Green Clay: Considered the ‘strongest’ of all clays, mineral rich Green Clay is perfect for rebalancing, strengthening and detoxifying all skin types, particularly acne prone and oily skin.

Australian Kaolin (White Clay): As with other clays, Kaolin is an excellent ingredient for cleansing and detoxifying the skin, helping wash away impurities and excess oil to leave skin soothed, radiant and youthful.

Avocado Oil: The beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E found in avocado oil moisturises and heals dry, sensitive skin, protects it from UV radiation and increases collagen metabolism.

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Brown Sugar Cane: The anti-bacterial and moisturising properties in Brown Sugar make it the perfect exfoliant for gently washing away dry, dead skin and unclogging pores, leaving you with smooth, healthy and radiant skin.

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Camellia Oil: Derived from the seeds of tea tree plants, this oil penetrates the deepest layers of skin to protect it from drying out while replenishing it with vital nutrients.

Cetearyl Alcohol: This common emulsifier is used to thicken and stabilise cosmetic products. Unlike other alcohols, this ‘fatty’ alcohol isn’t harmful for your skin; in fact it softens, soothes and heals even the driest skin.

Citric Acid: A wonderful, natural product used to treat skin problems like acne, pigmentation, clogged pores, sun tanning, wrinkles, and dark spots.

Clary Sage Essential Oil: Suited to both oily and dry skin types, this essential oil cools and soothes inflamed skin and helps calm rashes. Its balancing property stabilises the production of natural oil and sebum to prevent breakouts.

Cocoa Butter: Rich in natural plant compounds called phytochemicals, Cocoa Butter helps improve blood flow to the skin and slow the signs of ageing by protecting against UV damage. It can also smooth scars, wrinkles, and other marks on the skin.

Coco Glucoside: A 100% plant-based surfactant that increases the foaming capacity of our liquid cleanser.

Coconut Desiccated Fine: The cushioning and smoothing properties found in Desiccated Coconut make it the perfect exfoliant for gently buffing away impurities and dry skin.

Coconut Meal: This natural and gentle exfoliant lightly buffs skin and helps absorb excess oil, making it ideal for acne-prone skin.

Coconut Oil: The fatty acids found in this highly moisturising oil possess anti-microbial properties that can help reduce inflammation and protect the skin from harmful bacteria, making it an ideal ingredient for acne sufferers.

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Davidson Plum Extract: The nutrients, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants found in this native Australian fruit deliver amazing results for the skin, improving collagen production and skin conditions, and reducing fine lines and redness.

Dead Sea Mineral Mud: This wonderfully hydrating ingredient soothes and improves common skin ailments like acne, eczema and psoriasis. It also improves skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

Decyl Glucoside: A gentle, plant-derived agent which assists in preventing skin inflammation and itchiness in sensitive skin.

Desert Lime Extract: The high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C found in this native Australian citrus help support collagen production, protect against UV radiation and improve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

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Evening Primrose Oil: With high concentrations of essential fatty acids, this nourishing oil is well-known for its ability to rejuvenate the complexion, promote healing, reduce inflammation and soothe dry, irritated skin.

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Finger Lime Caviar Extract: This extract harnesses the high concentrations of vitamin C and strong antioxidant and antimicrobial properties found within the cells of this delicate plant to help increase collagen production and improve common skin conditions.

Frankincense Essential Oil: This luxurious oil has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. It helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin imperfections, such as discoloration, and stimulates the growth of new cells.

Fucus Vesiculosus Extract: Rich in minerals, this seaweed extract enhances the skin’s natural glow, reduces hyperpigmentation and inflammation, and protects against free radicals, leaving skin feeling nourished and youthful.

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Glycerin: This anti-inflammatory ingredient draws water from the air to lock in moisturise, keeping oily and acne-prone skin hydrated without making it greasy.

Glycerin Vegetable: A vegetable-based liquid with numerous health benefits recognised across the cosmetic and food industries. The organic version found in our products helps to lock in moisture, soften skin and smooth the complexion.

Glyceryl Caprylate/ Glyceryl Undecylenate: This co-emulsifier, produced from vegetable oils, stabilises oil-in-water emulsions. It helps balance moisture and acts as a humidifier to the skin.

Glyceryl Stearate Citrate: This ingredient acts as a lubricant on the skin's surface, which helps retain moisture and gives skin a soft and smooth appearance. It also protects skin from free-radical damage.

Grapeseed Oil: The non-comedogenic properties of this oil makes it ideal for all skin types, including oily skin in need of moisturisation. The combination of fatty acids and vitamin E help heal acne, lighten skin, tighten pores and reduce the signs of ageing.

Green Tea Extract: A natural antioxidant which protects the skin from pollutants, Green Tea Extract also preserves collagen levels to keep the skin looking young and supple.

Guar Gum: A 100% natural and biodegradable agent used to improve the viscosity of skin care products.

Guar Hyroxypropyltrimonium Chloride: This common skin care ingredient functions as a conditioning agent and helps deposit active ingredients on skin.

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Hyaluronic Acid: This water-binding, anti-ageing substance helps improve skin hydration, promotes collagen production, fights free radicals, maintains skin elasticity, and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Jojoba Australian Oil: With potent anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin E and B-complex vitamins, this oil soothes and repairs sensitive and dry skin, reducing the effects of eczema and rosacea.

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Kakadu Plum Extract: The high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants found in this native Australian fruit help improve skin quality and reduce the signs of ageing. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties also soothe irritations, reduce redness and balance acne-prone skin.

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Lactic Acid: Derived from dairy products, Lactic Acid stimulates collagen renewal, exfoliates the skin, lightens dark spots and keeps the skin hydrated.

Lavender Essential Oil: A superior skin cell regenerator, this essential oil has an anti-inflammatory effect to soothe and heal redness, acne scarring, sunburnt skin and mild bites.

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil: This calming and refreshing emollient improves the hydration and health of skin, while its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness.

Lilly Pilly Extract: Contains vitamin C and fruit acids making it an excellent promoter of the production of collagen and elastin in the skin to help improve the firmness of the skin

Lime Essential Oil: A rejuvenating ingredient used to prevent signs of ageing, treat blemishes, including acne, and to tighten the skin.

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May Chang Essential Oil: Commonly used in natural medicine to treat skin disorders, stress and fatigue, May Chang can reduce the appearance of blemishes, including acne. It also has a tightening and firming effect on the skin.

Mountain Pepper Berry Extract: The powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-acne properties found in this native Australian berry help improve the overall health of skin and stimulate the production of collagen.

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Oryza Sativa Powder: Sourced from refined rice starch, this emollient rich ingredient has been used for centuries to treat and soothe inflamed and irritated skin.

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Pacific Sea Salt: Sea salt is a natural detoxifier, absorbing toxins and gently scrubbing away impurities and dry skin. Rich in minerals and anti-inflammatories, it helps reduce swelling, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

P-Anisic Acid: P-Anici Acid is found naturally in aniseed. It soothes inflamed and irritated skin, and helps to maintain the skin's acid balance, which increases protection against microbial infection.

Pomegranate Extract: Packed with vitamin C and other antioxidants, this extract helps delay the signs of ageing, fights skin inflammation, treats acne breakouts, and minimises dark spots by naturally brightening the skin.

Prickly Pear Oil: Full of antioxidants and fatty acids, and boasting the highest vitamin E content of all beauty oils, this highly-regarded ingredient moisturises and softens wrinkles, stimulates new cell growth, calms inflammation, helps restore elasticity and brightens skin.

Pumpkin Seed Oil: Rich in zinc, vitamin E and C, and fatty acids, this oil is often referred to as the ‘superhero ingredient’ in skincare. It hydrates the skin without leaving an oily residue, and improves firmness, acne and redness.

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Quandong Extract: High in vitamin E, this extract protects your skin by fighting free radicals, reduces inflammation and provides excellent hydration. Also contains anti-microbial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Reservatrol Extract: The exceptional anti-ageing and antioxidant properties found in this ingredient help neutralise free radical damage and stimulate collagen production to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of skin.

Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A): When applied topically, Retinyl Palmitate is an effective ingredient for repairing and soothing sun damaged and acne prone skin.

Rosehip Oil: This luxurious oil is rich in vitamin A, C and E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which aid the production of collagen, improve skin elasticity and reduce inflammation, leaving you with supple and vibrant skin.

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Sea Buckthorn Oil: Known as the ‘holy fruit’ of the Himalayas, Sea Buckthorn Oil has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy. It hydrates the skin and promotes the formation of collagen, helping to help fight the signs of ageing.

Seaweed Extract: Our Seaweed Extract has been sustainably harvested from the pristine water in Tasmania. Packed with vitamins and minerals, this extract protects and maintains your skin’s natural balance and reduces sensitivity.

Shea Butter: High concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins make Shea Butter an ideal ingredient for softening skin. It has anti-inflammatory and healing properties, and can condition, tone, and soothe your skin.

Spearmint Essential Oil: A soothing and cooling ingredient with antibacterial properties, spearmint can help relieve dryness and itchiness.

Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate: Derived from coconut, this mild yet effective surfactant gently cleanses and washes away oil and impurities from the skin.

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate: This is a gentle cleanser and foam booster derived from coconut oil that helps improve the effectiveness and feel of skin care products.

Sodium Levulinate/Sodium Anisate: A 100% natural and biodegradable preserving agent which helps to soften and condition skin.

Stearic Acid: Functioning as a surfactant to help wash away excess oil and dirt from the skin, this natural fatty acid also protects the skin against water loss.

Sunflower Oil: This highly emollient oil is rich in vitamin E, nutrients and antioxidants to help soothe irritated skin and treat issues like acne, inflammation and general redness.

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Undaria Pinnatifida Extract: Derived from seaweed, this extract is rich in antioxidants, trace elements and minerals. It is renowned for its regenerating, soothing and detoxifying properties and is perfect for nurturing sensitive and mature skin.

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Vitamin B5: This deeply hydrating ingredient draws moisture from the air, keeping skin soft, smooth and healthy. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can stimulate your skin's healing processes and improve common skin conditions.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is well-known for its benefits on skin health and appearance. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation and fight the signs of ageing.

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Witch Hazel Extract: With antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, this ingredient can fix a multitude of skin ailments from acne to sunburn.