Harnessing the Power of Mother Nature
New Zealand might be world-famous for the haka, kiwis, pavlova and Lorde, but it’s also world-renowned for producing some of the best natural skincare products in the world. We understand it’s not always easy figuring out which skincare brands and products are better than the rest, though, so here are our top picks.
1. Sans(ceuticals) Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil
Created by Lucy Marr, Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil by one of New Zealand’s top Kiwi skincare brands Sans(ceuticals) is a magical multi-functional oil that’s designed to smooth and nourish just about every part of your body. Swimming in vitamin A, vitamin E and baobab oil which is high in omega 3, 6 and 9, Activator 7 is said to stimulate cell repair, increase collagen production and boost skin thickness and elasticity to fight the signs of aging. Activator 7 is multi-functional which means you can use it on just about every part of your body. Minimise the appearance of stretch marks, lumps and bumps by massaging it into your body, add a few drops to your night-time moisturiser, then transform your average shampooing routine into a treat by using it as a soothing hair serum.
2. Antipodes Jubilation Hand & Body Cream
It’s right there in their tagline: Antipodes are the queens in producing scientific organic beauty products. The world-famous brand has recently released their latest skincare product, Jubilation Hand and Body Cream, which is a deeply nourishing treat that replenishes your skin with the power of nature. All the good things are in this: vitamins A, C and E plus omegas 3, 6 and 9. Natural superfruit kiwi seed oil, avocado oil and Meadowfoam seed oil nourish even the most stubborn of dry skins. If that doesn’t win you over, exotic feijoa and wild blackcurrant create an unbelievable aroma that will follow you all day. Add this to your daily beauty routine to sooth overall dryness.
3. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
Trilogy products regularly feature in top organic skincare product lists, but we especially love their Certified Organic Rosehip Oil for its healing properties. The potent natural power of rosehip oil along with omega 3, 6 and 9 minimise the appearance of scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles. Don’t just take our word for it though; Trilogy’s Certified Organic Rosehip Oil has just taken out ‘Best Face Oil’ at the NZ Best in Beauty Awards 2015 for the second time in a row, not to mention ‘Best Natural Face Oil.’ Gently massage a few drops into your face and body morning and night, either alone or in conjunction with your regular moisturising products.
4. Geoskincare Anti-Aging Revival Masque
Geoskincare’s Anti-Aging Revival Masque uses nature’s best age-bashing ingredients to tighten and smooth the skin, minimise the appearance of fine lines, and reduce the signs of aging. Bee venom, lemon balm and shea butter are just some of Mother Nature’s ingredients, along with other essential oils, natural minerals and pure extracts. To use, apply the masque evenly over the face and neck, avoiding the eye and mouth area, leave for 20 minutes then rinse with water.
5. Savar Luxury Face Wash
Who said guys and girls need their own beauty products? Savar Luxury Face Wash is perfect for both men and women who love natural soap-free cleansers that don’t dry out the skin. Enriched with New Zealand lace bark, organic cucumber and lemon, Savar Luxury Face Wash soothes, calms, hydrates and brightens skin while helping with acne and breakouts. Guys can even use it as a soothing shaving gel.
6. Simu Olive Tébé Night Cream
The Simunovich Olive Estate which is south of Auckland is more than just an olive grove; they’re producers of some of New Zealand’s best beauty products too. Infused with natural plant oils, extracts and extra virgin New Zealand-grown olive oil, Simu Olive’s Tébé Night Cream nourishes and hydrates your skin while you’re sleeping. Add this to your daily skincare routine to keep skin supple and smooth.
7. Simu Olive 100% Natural Skincare Oil
Simu Olive’s beauty expertise doesn’t stop there. Their Olive 100% Natural Skin Care Oil uses pure New Zealand-produced olive oil to hark back to the beauty treatments the Simunovich’s Mediterranean ancestors have sworn by for centuries. Olive leaf extract, rosehip oil, sea buckthorn, calendula, kiwi seed extract and ginger extract combine to repair, restore, regenerate and revitalise your skin. Use Olive 100% Natural Skin Care Oil to minimise the appearance of scars, stretch marks, fine lines, aging skin and uneven skin tone. Massage it into the affected area at least twice a day, and for best results use for at least three months.
8. Tooth Spa
Daily beauty routines don’t just focus on the face; your mouth needs just as much attention. Tooth Spa is a 100% natural toothpaste that uses natural ingredients to reduce bad breath and improve gum condition. Invented by a very experienced practising dental hygienist, Tooth Spa uses Himalayan salt to control tarter and sterilise the mouth. There’s no fluoride or artificial colours and flavours, it’s non-foaming, and the natural sweetener Xylitol reduces tooth decay. Beware: the slightly salty taste might be strange after so many years of using commercial toothpaste, however it leaves your mouth fresh – for longer.
9. Plantae Certified Organic Avocado Pear Eye Cream
Plantae is famous for producing some of the best natural certified organic skincare products in New Zealand, and their Avocado Pear Eye Cream is no exception. A light, nutrient-filled cream-gel that is designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this eye cream contains a blend of cold-pressed New Zealand-grown avocado pear and borage seed oils, organic pomegranate fruit extract, blackcurrant leaf and pine bark complex which combine to condition and protect sensitive skin. Add this to your daily skincare routine to firm the delicate skin around your eye.
10. Vede & Crede Soothing Facial Serum
This Soothing Facial Serum is enriched with Bulgarian rose essential oil to soothe and moisturise sensitive and aging skin. It can even reduce the visibility of scarring on the skin, including the hands and body. Vede & Crede also produce a number of other facial serums to suit specific beauty needs.