Au Natural Skinfood feeds your skin from within with the best skincare natural ingredients New Zealand has to offer. Like superfoods, our natural 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.
New Zealand Active 16+ Manuka Honey
(Leptospermum Scoparium – Manuka Tree - Native to New Zealand )
Honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. In ancient Greece, honey was used not only for its nutritional value but even for medical purposes. Today New Zealand Active 16+ Manuka Honey is renowned for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing and healing qualities.
Manuka Honey is produced by bees that pollinate the native Manuka bush that grow almost exclusively in the East Cape region of New Zealand, which gives it rarity in value. Manuka Honey is rich in carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, vitamins B & C, minerals and antioxidants. It is distinct from other kinds of honey as it contains additional bioactive components.
The term ‘Active Manuka Honey’ was devised by the New Zealand Honey Research Institute to distinguish the full range of biological activity, from non-active Manuka varieties. Honey with a bioactive factor rating greater than 12 is clinically active. The Manuka Honey in Au Natural Skinfood’s Active 16+ Manuka Skincare is highly bio-active and has been certified with a 16+ Bio-Active Factor
Active 16+ Manuka Honey contains an enzyme that enhances skin cell renewal, promoting collagen production. High levels of essential fatty acids along with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and sugars provide nutrition for renewing and repair skin cells. Our independent scientific research has shown that Active 16+ Manuka Honey enhances skin cell renewal by more than 80% compared to other natural skincare products, making it a very powerful anti-ageing ingredient.
Active 16+ Manuka Honey is a humectant, attracting water within the skin, which improves moisture and hydration levels, helping to improve skin texture. Active 16+ Manuka Honey is also known to heal scar tissue by drawing healing fluids and nutrition to damaged tissue. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help to treat acne, blemishes, eczema and psoriasis.
Active 16+ Manuka Honey contains high levels of antioxidants, which slow the skins oxidation process and protect the skin’s natural barrier, from damage caused by free radicals and UV rays.
New Zealand Manuka Oil
(Leptospermum Scoparium – Manuka Tree - Native to New Zealand)
For centuries, New Zealand Maori have used Manuka Oil from the native tea tree, Manuka. Leaves are cut from the bush (without causing damage to the plant), compacted, then through steaming the leaves, oil is extracted. Manuka Oil has a therapeutic scent used in aromatherapy, for relieving stress and psychological strains. New Zealand Manuka Oil is renowned for its potent antimicrobial and anti-acne properties. New Zealand Manuka Oil is a key ingredient used in Au Natural Skinfood’s skincare products, this is because of its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, this extraordinary ingredient is instrumental in calming irritated skins, reducing infections including acne, and helping to strengthen the skins natural defence and barrier system.
New Zealand Pure Bee Venom
New Zealand Pure Bee Venom is a fine powder and consists of a complex mixture of proteins, peptides and molecular components. The main active component of Bee Venom is the peptide, Melittin which is known to have many positive effects including increasing blood circulation as well as anti-inflammatory and antibacterial actions.
Our skin reacts to New Zealand Pure Bee Venom as an irritation, as if it has been lightly stung with Melittin. This results in increased blood circulation to the deep layers of the skin, stimulating cell regeneration and the production of elastin and collagen to lift, plump and tighten the skin.
With its lifting, plumping and tightening action, New Zealand Pure Bee Venom provides a natural alternative to invasive clinical treatments. As we age the skin's cell renewal process becomes less efficient. Tissue repair and cell regeneration slow down. Our independent scientific research has shown that New Zealand Pure Bee Venom used in Au Natural Skinfood’s, enhances skin cell renewal by more than 80% compared to other natural products, making New Zealand Pure Bee Venom a very powerful and effective anti-aging ingredient.
New Zealand Pure Bee Venom is also known to dissolve the cell membranes and increase skin permeability. This enables improved penetration of the skin cells and skin tissue of other bio active ingredients resulting in increased effectiveness of our skincare products.
Our New Zealand Pure Bee Venom is derived from 100% Manuka Honey Bees in the South Island and is naturally harvested without injury to bees. The quality of New Zealand Pure Bee Venom is unsurpassed, making it an extremely valuable and powerful ingredient.
New Zealand Grape Seed Extract
Grape Seeds were traditionally a difficult and costly waste product to dispose of. Au Natural Skinfood uses Grape Seeds from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. The extraction method involves crushing the seeds and using steam to remove the pure compounds this is environmentally friendly and can extract a high-quality extract from the seeds.
The presence of numerous antioxidants and flavonoid compounds in New Zealand Grape Seed Extract have been linked to improved skin appearance. These compounds are able to seek out and neutralize the free radicals in the skin that threaten the elasticity and durability of the skin. By eliminating oxidative stress and improving elasticity, this extract can help to reduce the presence of wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes, while also promoting the growth of new, healthy cells that keep you looking young.
Resveratrol found in New Zealand Grape Seed Extract is known for its antioxidant activity and its antimutagenic activity. Resveratrol stimulates the immune system and may be effective against herpes simplex virus 1 and 2.
New Zealand Kiwifruit Extract
The source of Kiwifruit that Au Natural Skinfood uses, grows their Kiwifruit organically and sustainably, in the Bay of Plenty of New Zealand.
New Zealand Kiwifruit extract is high in essential fatty acids and hardworking anti-oxidants, making it a wonderful anti-ageing extract. Due to its high levels of Vitamin C, New Zealand Kiwifruit extract has been scientifically proven to inhibit melanin production and deliver brightness with its unique lightening and whitening action. It helps to restore clarity and reduces redness, dark spots and skin pigmentation caused by the ageing process.
The enzyme in New Zealand Kiwifruit extract is Actinidin, this speeds up the process of desquamation (management of dead skin cells) allowing new skin to come to the surface. New Zealand Kiwifruit extract is a fruit acid which works to help balance the skins natural pH balance and restore a healthy barrier function. Also rich in Vitamin E this extract allows existing collagen and elastin cells to be supported and with regular use will allow the skin to appear thicker and healthier.
New Zealand Avocado Oil
Au Natural Skinfood sources its Avocado Oil from the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand (Named by James Cook in 1769) this is one of the world’s finest avocado growing regions. The nutrient rich volcanic soil and high sunshine hours play an important role in producing the finest avocado fruit.
The vitamins and minerals in avocado oil are not only nourishing for the inside of your body, they can also feed you from the outside in, boosting your skin’s ability to generate more and stronger cells by moisturising with avocado oil. Rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins A,D & E, potassium, and lecithin which are the primary skin-feeding nutrients, all of which are easily absorbed through the epidermis – the outermost layer of the skin – and into the dermis where they provide energy for the growth and health of new skin as well as fortification of existing cells. This oil will keep skin soft, protected and will promote increased skin elasticity. Avocado oil completes Au Natural Skinfood’s philosophy that skin strength and a strong barrier defence system, is what is needed to help fight environmental damage.
New Zealand Plant Extract & Botanicals
Au Natural Skinfood’s, New Zealand natural botanicals include super fruit (including a highly bioactive blend of black currants, boysenberries, grapes and kiwifruit) extracts, plant extracts and botanical oils known for their anti-ageing properties and high levels of antioxidant activity. This specialised formulation contains very potent antioxidants that help to diminish the sun's damaging effects and reduce free-radical damage this will help to improve skin elasticity and moisture retention.
Retinyl palmitate is the ester of retinol (vitamin A) combined with palmitic acid, a saturated fatty acid and a major component of palm oil. It is not considered to be the same ingredient as retinol, although it is converted to retinol, and then to the active component of retinoic acid once it is absorbed by the skin after being topically applied. It belongs to the family of chemical compounds known as retinoids and is one of the most important vitamins for the appearance of the skin because of its small molecular structures. These tiny molecules could penetrate the outer layers of the skin and work to repair the lower layers where collagen and elastin reside (source).
New Zealand Ponga Fern
Ponga fern is a species of fern that grows freely in New Zealand. For centuries Maori people have used the pulp from young fronds of the Ponga tree ferns for their wound -healing properties.
It was recently realized that a polysaccharide composition which can be derived from this fern can form a molecular network to give an instant lift. Thanks to a unique composition of polysaccharides this extract can form an elastic, resistant, and continuous film which tightens the skin immediately. The molecular network formed on the surface of the skin improves the cutaneous micro-relief and prolongs the youthful appearance by fighting skin slackening. Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced with immediately visible results!