Life is a balancing act

BALANCE another one of those modern buzz words ! What does it actually mean and how do we make “balance” a word that we can actually apply to our lives?
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Prebiotics and Probiotics: what you need to know

Probiotics, particularly those found in food are often at the forefront of health and wellness conversations. You may be aware that they are great for aiding healthy digestion and can be found in your favourite kombucha or yoghurt. However, many studies now show that probiotics and prebiotics when used in conjunction with each other, provide skin health benefits when consumed orally and also ...
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Why marine collagen?

During my many years working closely with problem skins in our clinics, I learnt early on that nutrition was one of the key contributors to skin presenting with problems, our skin is often a mirror of our inner health. When we started developing Au Natural Skinfood we were not only on a mission to create chemical free skincare and zero waste skincare but also to put research and development ...
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Treating acne with Au Natural

Using honey for medicinal and healing purposes dates from as far back as the 19th century. It was during this time that it was discovered that honey is anti-bacterial and can help heal wounds. As well as having an anti-bacterial action, honey is known to stimulate the production of special cells that help to repair skin tissue that has been damaged by infection. Honey also contains ...
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What's my skin age and does it matter?

Do you feel healthy and confident in your own skin? Here at Au Natural Skinfood we know how hard it can be when hormones, ageing and lifestyle start taking their toll and “Oh no”, wrinkles start appearing!We are all about celebrating our individuality and about cherishing those little imperfections that make us unique – as long as the health of our skin, body and mind are not compromised.
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Problem Skin? Au Natural Skinfood – To The Rescue!

Newly Launched – On The Spot natural skincare range for problematic skin !“Scientifically shown to inhibit the bacteria associated with conditions such as acne.”
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Manuka Honey – Skin Saviour

Manuka honey can be applied topically to the surface of the skin or be taken orally either in its natural form or as a supplement, maximizing its range of benefits to the body.
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What ingredients are there in your natural skincare?

Au Natural Skinfood feeds your skin from within with the best skincare natural ingredients New Zealand has to offer. Like superfoods, our natural skincare ingredients heal and restore your skin while deeply nourishing it. Your skin will be stronger and capable of using its own natural barrier function to protect you from damage caused by stress and environmental damage.
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Why you should join the Slow Beauty Movement

The Slow Beauty movement describes a fast-growing subculture of people who have lost faith in the ‘quick-fix’ often invasive products and procedures that are in abundance within the beauty industry.  Their focus has now shifted towards a natural, holistic approach to natural skincare with a focus on dermo-nutrition, wellness and genuine skin health from the inside out. The Slow Beauty movement ...
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What’s your age again? Keep them guessing

It’s easy to achieve glowing skin with Au Natural Skinfood’s PM Natural Night Cream, that targets fine lines and wrinkles, the non-toxic way.  We bring you the best of clean beauty, skinfood that will strengthen and improve your skin, so that your age is not given away, all whilst you sleep at night.
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Is Titanium Dioxide in sunscreen safe for your skin?

As consumers sort out the different environmental factors that claim to have a devastating impact on skin health, sunscreen and UV protection still remain the number one focus for many. As our understanding of how detrimental sun exposure can be to our skin grows, so does the interest for efficient, safe and reliable sunscreens formulations.
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What is eco-friendly skincare? Is it just a load of “greenwashing”?

Many companies claim to have bought into ethical thinking, but often leave consumers wondering if claiming green is more about sales generation that saving the planet. 
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What you need to know about blackheads 

Are you battling with blackheads?  Those small blemishes that appear on your T-zone, defying even the most thorough skincare regime, are incredibly annoying.  Many of us are long term sufferers of blackheads, those annoying little black dots that just seem to come back time and time again.  The team at Au Natural Skinfood have researched this common problem and have put together a “go-to” ...
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Face Moisturiser vs. Face Serum

Confusing isn’t it!  As if there are not enough decisions to make in life.  After years and years of formulating and selling cosmetics, even I find it tricky at times identifying what is a face serum and what is a face moisturiser.  At different times of our life and indeed seasonally we sometimes need a moisturiser focused on what our skin actually needs.  Identifying the problem and then ...
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News: Au Natural launches Dr Au Concentrates – Superfruit Eye Serum

Au Natural is proud to release Dr. Au Superfruit Eye Serum to its now burgeoning range of skinfood products. Au’s eye serum is clinically blended with radical superfruit antioxidants. It’s lightweight, comfortable to wear and fast-absorbing, treating all manner of eye concerns including fine lines, puffiness and dark circles, leaving the skin around the eyes looking healthy and replenished. ...
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How much facial cleanser should you use?

How much natural facial cleanser is enough? Do you ask yourself, “am I using too much and wasting product or am I not using enough and compromising my skin?” Like everything in life, there is not a one glove fits all solution, staying on the conservative side is a great approach, as using too much product can leave your skin feeling dry, tight and uncomfortable.
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How much face toner should you use?

Photo by Ethically Kate  @ethicallykate
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How much moisturiser is enough?

While liberally applying moisturiser may feel like the best way to treat your skin, your skin may not thank you!
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Why we’re saying no to nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is one of the scientific world’s newest breakthroughs and is currently being widely lauded for the advancements, it’s allowing scientists to make a wide range of fields. While the scientific jargon can be baffling, there are a few important things you need to know about this emerging form of technology, to help you understand why, at Au Natural Skinfood, we’re not incorporating ...
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How much Day Serum should you use?

While most of us know that day serums and serums, in general, are highly beneficial for the skin, what many people overlook is, a little goes a long way. Serums have a reputation for working wonders on the skin, boosting collagen production and stimulating cell rejuvenation, this is thanks to the deeply moisturising properties combined with anti-oxidant and vitamin-rich formulas.
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Wedding Ready Skin with Au Natural Skinfood

Photo by Natalie Kay @sustainablychic  sustainablychic.com
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As seen in the press: Au Natural Anti-Ageing Face Oil Product Release

Au Natural are proud to release Anti-Ageing Face Oil to its now burgeoning range of skinfood products. The Oil, sourced from Harakeke seeds, and lightly fragranced with vanilla oil, means your skin is in for the most natural of treats. And as with all Au Natural products, there’s no compromising on the environment. AntiAgeing Face Oil is also certified vegan.
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Au Natural and Skin Microbiome

Microbiome is currently very topical, we hear so much about gut microbiome which is basically the entire collection of microorganisms in our gut, the skin microbiome is simply all of the organisms present on our skin.  The term “microbiota” describes these organisms in both our gut and our skin.
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The difference between Clay Masks and Mud Mask explained

If you love pampering your skin with a good mask but, like many of us, are a bit confused about the benefits and differences of what's on the market, you are in the right place! Mud masks and clay masks have grown in popularity in the past few years, and the options available in shops and online are countless. Before you commit to a specific product, it is important to know your skin type and ...
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Ingredients under the microscope: Grapeseed extract

Grapeseed extract has a long history of use for health purposes, dating right back to ancient Greece. In those times, it was used to treat various ailments including infections, inflammations, and digestive issues. The reason these ancient civilisations found the extract so effective is largely due to its high natural concentration of resveratrol, a compound which is known to boost the immune ...
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Top ingredients to avoid when stocking up on beauty products

Photo by Tegan Seymour from Permanent Procrastinantion @teegly
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Treating rosacea with Au

Photo by @madamezehn madamezehn.com
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Understanding the sunscreen language

As summer approaches (in the Southern hemisphere at least!), most of us start to think about that little extra protection that a tinted sunscreen or even a normal sun block under our make up can provide our skin. How many times did you find yourself wondering if your sunscreen actually works and if the ingredients that it contains are good for you? Well, we’ve been asking ourselves that a lot! ...
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What exactly is the skin's pH?

When professionals talk about the pH of your skin, do you know what they actually mean?  We hear the words pH Neutral or Balanced a lot, but often the meaning is not clear to most of us.
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Thick, thin and ageing skin

Thinner skin, fine lines, sagging and wrinkles can be the first visible signs of ageing and illness. These changes can also be attributed to environmental factors, genetics, harsh skincare or make up, unbalanced nutrition, smoking, sun exposure and more. Unfortunately, light-skinned and blue-eyed people seem to show more visible signs of ageing earlier that dark-skinned and dark-eyed people.
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Ingredients under the microscope: Avocado Oil

At Au Natural Skinfood, we’re passionate about using sustainably sourced, natural ingredients in our products instead of harsh synthetic alternatives. We’re going to put Avocado Oil, one of our key ingredients, under the microscope so that you find out what it is, why we use it, and just what makes it so beneficial for your skin.
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Au talks about skin's barrier function

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and plays a very important role in keeping us living and well. It helps to protect us from outside threats such as viruses and bacteria. Our skin's barrier also controls a vital job which is keeping moisture inside our bodies, water is vital in keeping our organs working as they should.
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Why we love New Zealand Pure Bee Venom

At Au Natural Skinfood we look at how clever nature is in order to design and deliver the best skincare possible. New Zealand Pure Bee Venom is one of our favourite ingredients for its efficacy and gentleness on the skin. It is also a popular ingredient among those wanting visible results for their skin, but not wanting to resort to using chemicals and invasive treatments.
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What's so special about Manuka Honey?

Recent studies show that more than 1,300 ingredients have been banned for use in cosmetics and skin-care products in Europe, yet in the US, the list comprises fewer than a dozen. Do you know what’s in your skincare?
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Ever thought of Vegetarian Skincare?

Whether you eat animal-derived products or not, applying non-vegetarian products on your skin is often not a good idea.  Our skin absorbs up to 60% of the products we apply onto it, this is a scary thought if those products are derived from animal fats, are synthetic, processed or full of preservatives, chemicals and toxins. You wouldn't put harmful ingredients in your body, so avoid putting ...
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Yes or No to GMO in skincare?

At Au Natural Skinfood, we’re vocal and proud about the fact that our products are completely GMO free, but we often find that information about GMO is sorely lacking. Here’s a quick rundown on all things GMO: What it is, what it means for you and the planet, and why we’re going without it.
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How skin changes during pregnancy

Pregnancy causes a number of changes to the body, with one of the most well-known being the addition of stretch marks around the stomach, hips and thighs. As well as this, however, there are also lesser talked-about changes to the skin, particularly with regards to sensitivity and the overall condition of the delicate facial area.
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What you need to know on skincare and pregnancy

While it’s always important to be mindful of the ingredients that make up the skincare products we use on a daily basis, this is never truer during pregnancy and while nursing. During these special moments, the choices you make for your own body take on extra significance, as they can have flow-on effects for the wellbeing of your little one.
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What is Clean Skincare?

A few years ago, could you imagine that you would be whipping up kale and chia seeds for dinner, and that you would be actively choosing and paying more for organic bamboo clothing for your family to wear? I couldn't! During this time hundreds of skincare brands have discovered the natural movement, a movement that has organically swept across the globe.  Suddenly we all became more aware of ...
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Are you taking the right steps in your natural skincare routine?

Matching a good natural skincare regimen with a healthy lifestyle is the best way to keep your skin strong and healthy.  Like most things in life, routine and persistence are often the answer to delivering results, and reactive decisions to skin imperfections often don’t work. Quick ‘miracle treatments’ might fix the imperfection in the short term but, unless you address the cause of the ...
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