Have you been put off the idea of putting oil on your face because you think you’re going to have a massive breakout? Think again! This ancient beauty secret dates back to over 5,000 years ago when the Egyptians used oils on their face and body to fight wrinkles and preserve their youth (including the Queen of Beauty, Cleopatra!). Beauty oils have had a major resurgence back into the beauty market over the last five years, and it’s easy to see why! Packed full of nourishing nutrients, oils help us to cleanse, moisturise and deeply hydrate our skin – and they’re so easy to incorporate into your skincare routine.
Before you leap straight in, it’s important to note that not all oils are created equal. The cosmetic industry have been using mineral oil in creams, lotions and potions for years, but we now know that this refined petroleum by-product is an ingredient that we most definitely want to avoid. Why? Mineral oil coats the skin like plastic wrap, disrupting the skin’s natural immune barrier and inhibiting its ability to breathe and absorb moisture and also prevents moisture (and toxins) getting out. Your skin’s ability to produce sebum (its own protective oil barrier) can be affected, leaving your skin dry, with signs of premature aging more emphasised.
Plant oils on the other hand are packed full of essential vitamins, fatty acids and minerals, providing your skin with skin enhancing nutrients. Pure plant oils are highly compatible with the skin, absorbing easily and quickly, while nourishing and hydrating deep within. They also provide a protective barrier which helps prevent moisture loss and guards against the drying effects of the environment. Some plant oils have anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm down irritated skin, such as Rosehip Oil, Rose Oil, Avocado Oil, to name a few. Rosehip Oil has been hailed as one of mother-nature’s best kept secrets, and we know why! In addition to amazing anti-inflammatory qualities, it also boasts anti-aging and antioxidant qualities that help fight signs of aging.
There are many excellent plant oils to choose from, so make sure that you choose a high quality oil, preferably certified natural or certified organic.
So what’s the best way to apply them? The way you apply facial oils and the amount you use is almost as important as the formula itself. If you’re new to using oils, start slowly with just a drop or two. Pure plant oils are so concentrated, you really only need a small amount. If you can still feel a residue on your skin 10 minutes after you’ve applied, you may have put on too much!
It’s best to apply your plant oil after the skin has been freshly cleansed. Oil will hold that extra water on the skin and help the skin to rebalance itself faster. Heavier oils such as Avocado Oil are great to use at night, while lighter and more absorbent oils such as Jojoba Oil, during the day. If your skin is oily, you may want to skip using oils during the day altogether and save this special treat for your night-time routine!
Warm the oil in your hands and smooth over your face and neck, especially over any areas of concern. Want to make your oil go further? Add a few drops to your night cream for that extra coverage and extra nutrient boost.
Keen to give one a try? At Living Nature we have blended some of the best anti-aging organic oils into one harmonious combination - Radiance Night Oil. Packed with organic healing oils such as Calendula, Jojoba, Rosehip, Rose and Frankincense, our 96% organic Radiance Night Oil will leave you with rejuvenated, firmer and younger looking skin.
An estimated 50% of women and 30% of men suffer from sensitive skin, and it’s on the increase. The use of synthetic ingredients and fragrances used in many popular skincare and makeup brands has often been the cause of many of these sensitive skin issues.
While switching to gentle, natural skincare products to care for your sensitive skin is very important, so too is adopting some lifestyle habits that are guaranteed to benefit your skin.
We recommend keeping your skin care regime simple in both process and ingredients. Our Sensitive Range is free of fragrance and allergens and contains only the purest, gentlest certified natural ingredients, including Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Harakeke Flax Extract and Avocado Oil. Simple, yet effective.
See our full Sensitive Skin range here : http://www.livingnature.com/collections/sensitive-skin
Throughout August, when you purchase a Sensitive Night Moisture ($38), you will get a Sensitive Day Moisture for FREE!! Saving $38!
We are delighted to announce that our Jet Black Thickening Mascara was awarded Gold for ‘Best Mascara’ in The Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards for 2016!
The Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards honour the very best natural and organic beauty brands in the UK. An independent review panel of eco beauty experts test thousands of products, from over 100 natural and organic brands, to find the best, most effective beauty products and treatments on the market. http://thegreenparent.co.uk/
To celebrate, we are giving away a Jet Black Mascara when you spend $49 or more at www.livingnature this month! Valued at $41, our unique fragrance free mascara thickens the lashes for beautifully healthy and not-to-miss eyes.
*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion.
The oil in your skin is one of your most valuable assets. Provided it is well looked after, it can be a blessing as often it will age better and can look younger for longer. When the oil glands of the skin are out of balance, which could be due to hormonal fluctuations, lifestyle, diet etc, skin can be prone to congestions, blackheads and breakouts. We all know that feeling when we look in the mirror and we’re confronted by a recent breakout.
So how can you manage and balance the oil in your skin and help reduce further outbreaks?
For 29 years, Living Nature has produced 100% natural, safe and effective products to both the New Zealand and overseas markets and has evolved to become a leader in natural beauty innovation and safety.
Based in Kerikeri, in the beautiful Bay of Islands, we are New Zealand’s original natural skincare company and we continue to stand by our company mission which has remained unchanged since 1987:
"To create a sustainable, profitable, ecological, educational and inspirational business that impacts on the individual by promoting healthy vibrant skin; on the community by creating employment; on the country by featuring the uniqueness of our plant resources and earning export income; on the world by being a model of ethical, honourable business and solving inherent 21st century problems in a way that inspires the human spirit."
Our newly updated brand video will tell the rest of the story.
Is toning a necessary step in your skincare routine? We think so!
Toners haven’t always had a great reputation over the years, with many traditional products containing alcohol, known for stripping the skin of its natural oils and drying out the skin, leading to skin irritations, flare-ups and premature ageing.
Combine this with the fact that many of us spend our days in artificially heated or cooled environments, possibly not drinking enough water and consuming caffeine and alcohol, and we are dealing with seriously dehydrated and lacklustre skin!
Enter - a high quality, alcohol-free Toner. Putting the much-needed moisture back into the skin is one of the key qualities of a good toner. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Hydrating the skin is an important component of your skincare regime and can result in improved skin elasticity, smoother texture, less fine lines and wrinkles and an even tone.
Living Nature’s Certified Natural, alcohol-free Toning Gels boast ingredients such as New Zealand’s Harakeke Flax Gel, Active Manuka Honey and Larch tea extract to repair dehydration by drawing moisture into the skin. Known as nature’s super skin hydrator, Harakeke contains a high quantity of natural skin nutrients and polysaccharides - naturally soothing, hydrating and cooling the skin. Independent in vitro tests show Harakeke Gel to be more hydrating, moisturising and healing than aloe vera, which is why we use it extensively in our range as an alternative to petrochemically derived synthetic gels.
A good, quality Toner can also restore the skin’s pH level. pH levels are an indication of the acidity level of your skin and are measured on a scale of 0 to 14, with 7 being considered a neutral reading for your skin’s pH level. Toners are effective at balancing the skin’s pH level, which can help your skin to be less prone to oiliness and infection, and creating a more vibrant and smoother appearance.
Toning helps to calm and balance the skin and prepare it for your next important step – applying a night cream or moisturiser. Applying a cream after toning helps to ‘lock’ in all the goodness and hydration of your Toner. Cleanse / Tone / Moisturise. Your skin will love you for it.
During April, purchase any of our Hydrating Toning Gels and you will receive a FREE Cleanser (valued at $40)!! This promotion excludes our Sensitive & Natural Being Ranges. Visit http://www.livingnature.com/collections/hydrating-toning-gels
After years of innovation and research, we are now delighted to launch the first, New Zealand made, Certified Organic and 100% Natural red lipsticks, to complement our existing range of nine ever-popular shades.
With research showing that we can ingest up to 1.7kgs of lipstick over a lifetime, it is important that your lipstick contains only safe, natural ingredients.
Available in two on-trend shades of red, our smooth, semi-matte lipsticks are 100% natural, organic and fortified with moisturising organic Coconut Oil, organic Beeswax and organic Carnauba Wax, designed to nourish and rejuvenate the lips, whilst providing long-lasting colour that suits most skin tones.
Wild Fire : Unleash your free spirit with a dash of Wild Fire and tackle your day with a wicked confidence. A warm, classic red, with an orange undertone, this semi-matte lipstick can be worn day or night, anywhere and everywhere.
Pure Passion : Conjure up a feeling of sophistication and mystery and let the romance begin. A rich, deep semi-matte red with a subtle crimson undertone,
Pure Passion is a ‘must have’ for every woman’s makeup bag.
Our lipsticks are hand crafted and individually flamed to a perfect finish by our experienced team in Kerikeri, and packaged in a black, soft touch case. The new lippies are also gluten free, cruelty free, 100% natural and certified COSMOS Organic.
At our recently reduced price of NZ$33, our new lipsticks can add that bit of glamour and indulgence to your day, while also looking after your health.