New Zealand is small, diverse and remote. New Zealand is a land of beautiful coastlines, luscious country side, green forests, rugged bush and snowy mountain ranges. Because of its isolation and varied climate, New Zealand offers unique Indigenous and precious native land and marine flora materials that are available to us for use in many different applications.
With so many new active, specialty and innovative ingredients always coming onto the market there is seemingly endless choices when it comes to skin conditioning agents.
Emulsifiers are used in skincare products to mix water with oils. Since water and oil do not mix but stay separated, an additional agent (emulsifier) is necessary to form a homogenous mixture keeping water and oil together and from separating in an emulsion.
Surfactants degrease and emulsify oils and fats and suspend soil, allowing them to be washed away. Surfactants are used in most forms of cleansers and many are considered gentle and effective for most skin types.
Exfoliants (or abrasives) are products that help remove dry, dead skin cells to improve the skin's appearance thereby leaving the skin appear smoother, fresher and less wrinkled. Exfoliation can even out patches of rough skin, improve circulation to the skin, clear blocked pores to discourage acne and improve the appearance and healing of scars.
Most waxes are complex mixtures of alcohols, fatty acids and esters. Generally, waxes have protecting, film-forming, emollient and thickening effects and are very resistant to moisture, oxidation and microbial degradation. They provide stability of cosmetic products and enhance their viscosity and consistency. Wax gives the finished products a smooth application and glossy finish. It also helps to keep the product pliable, yet solid, when used in balms.
Honey has a nourishing, bleaching, and astringent effect on the skin, as well as it is a good antiseptic. Honey is naturally antibacterial and full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging. It is extremely moisturising and soothing. It is also clarifying as it opens up pores making them easy to unclog. Honey has good anti-inflammatory properties.
There are different types of oils, for example: natural, refined, derived from nature, certified organic, natural identical. Oils are excellent emollients leaving the skin soft and smooth, while penetrating the skin. Many oils also have effective nourishing and revitalizing effects.
Essential Oils are volatile and liquid aroma compounds from natural sources, usually plants. They are not oils in a strict sense, but often share with oils a poor solubility in water. Essential oils often have an odour and are used as a natural fragrance and are also added for their therapeutic properties.