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.
Beauty is ageless; it’s about health, happiness, a nurtured mind and body, respecting and welcoming the ageing process. As Mark Twain is renowned to have said, “Do not complain about growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.”
For Living Nature, anti-ageing is about embracing ageless beauty and working with nature, rather than fighting against it. Our anti-aging skincare products are specially formulated using the healing properties of NZ native plants, to support the ageing process and help maintain youthful-looking skin.
What we eat, drink, think and do, also play a vital part in the anti-aging process. Here are some healthy lifestyle habits that help keep those wrinkles at bay:
Eat Your Plant Foods: A healthy balanced diet packed full of antioxidant-rich foods helps fight against those nasty free radicals, caused by stress, pollution and other external substances. The more free radicals we have, the faster our skin ages and the faster we look older. The best antioxidants are found in coloured fruit and vegetables. The brighter and deeper the colour, the higher the antioxidants!
Sleep Well: We all know how much better we feel after a good night’s sleep. It’s during this precious time that our body gets to recharge and renew effectively. It’s also the time when the healing process takes place, including increased synthesis of Hyaluronic Acid, which helps improve cell hydration and skin repair. Prioritising your sleep, and aiming for eight hours a night is a vital step in slowing the ageing process.
Keep The Temperature Down: As skin ages it often becomes increasingly dry so avoid very hot showers or baths as they will strip skin further of its natural protective oils. When skin is dry or dehydrated, wrinkles and flaws look more exaggerated.
Essential Fatty Acids: If you think healthy skin and oil don’t mix, think again! The right oils, specifically EFAs (essential fatty acids) help to keep skin cells moist and strong by reducing the amount of water lost through the epidermis (top layer of the skin). They also help flush out toxins. As you age, your body’s natural ability to retain moisture within cells diminishes, so incorporating EFAs (such as salmon, sardines, nuts and dark leafy vegetables) into your diet will help add that all important hydration for your skin.
Exercise: Like a breath of fresh air, regular moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk, helps restore and revitalise the mind, body and spirit; it’s also a great way to de-stress and unwind. Exercising increases blood flow, which promotes healthy circulation, helping to carry away waste products such as free radicals. Think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside!
It’s not just your legs which should be working hard either. It’s also believed that exercising facial muscles can help tone our skin as we age. There are approximately 50 muscles in your face, and exercising them can help lift and tone, resulting in firmer, less ‘saggy’ skin.
What we put on our skin also makes the difference. We have an excellent collection of certified natural skincare products that have been specifically designed to support the ageing process. For more details, visit our Living Nature website: http://www.livingnature.com/collections/dry-mature-skin