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Beauty from the inside, out


For the longest time, we’ve thought beauty was something we created externally. From lotions to potions, we would put it all on our skin in the hunt for that beautiful glow.

But local company QT is revolutionising the cosmetics industry; QT is about beauty from the inside, out. Welcome to the world of internal cosmetics, for both him and her.

Each of the innovative products has been developed with the perfect mix of world-class research, technological innovations, dedication, persistence, passion, family and commitment.

They utilise only the finest ingredients, that are 100 percent natural, ethically sourced and GMO Free – synergistically engineered for the most effective absorption into the body to deliver optimum results.

With QT, you can experience the magical transformation of a youthful, even skin tone. Restore elasticity, heal imperfections, and holistically support your metabolism and digestion, so you feel more energised with every scoop.

It’s youthful, flawless skin naturally.


 

Skin-sational!


They say love the skin you’re in, but let’s face it, sometimes we just need a little bit of help. We’ve pulled together some of the latest and greatest when it comes to caring for your skin. Time to get your glow on!

 

PUCKER UP!
Clarins’ young, fresh and vibrant autumn colour collection includes four new creamy INTENSE shades of lip perfectors. The creamy, non-sticky texture plumps up lips and gives a radiant dewy finish, so you get the perfect pout!

NATURALLY NICE
Designed by a Kiwi and an Australian, the RAWKANVAS range of products delivers high-quality natural, vegan and cruelty-free ingredients, brought to life with aromatic natural scents and beautiful natural colours. The result? Less makeup and more confidence.

MASKING THE TRUTH
Aesop’s first product launch of 2020, the Sublime Replenishing Night Masque, is the newest addition to the brand’s Skin Care+ range and we’re loving the magic of this mask!

MAGIC OF MILK
Launched in New Zealand and Australia last year, this is the world’s first skincare range to have tapped into the regenerative powers of 100 percent pure New Zealand deer milk. The clever creators have combined it with scientifically researched active ingredients to nourish your skin.Z


 

Nature knows best


For 25 years, Canterbury born and bred Linden Leaves has been transforming New Zealand’s natural plant-based goodness into goodness for our skin. We caught up with founder Brigit Blair about why we should nurture beautiful.

Brigit Blair with daughter Juliet Blair, photo by BeautyEQ

Can you tell us about how the Linden Leaves story came about?
It came from a mother desperate to help two of her children who had endless days and nights of being uncomfortable with allergies, rashes, eczema, asthma and extremely sensitive skin.

I thought a lot about the huge use of steroid creams and highly chemical prescriptive medicines they were using on a daily basis. It inspired me to think back to my granny, who was born and raised on the Chathams with no doctor and a healthy, natural lifestyle.

I thought how nature often knows best and how we have lost that deep connection to simplicity, a more gentle way of caring for ourselves and a healthier way of living.

I became interested in plant-based ingredients and the natural goodness when oils and extracts are taken from them carefully.

Plants also have a natural beauty and often a delightful fragrance – so different from the acrid smell of coal tar cream!

I wanted to develop the beneficial feeling that I find in beautiful nature and fragrance, and our freeze dried botanicals and bespoke fragrances add to the sensory experience of our products.

While not being a miracle cure, my children’s skin improved and the use of synthetic, chemical ingredients was drastically reduced, making me feel much more comfortable as a mother.

Over time the story has continued to evolve.

My daughter Juliet joined me in the business along the way and she has now taken the reins, driving the creative direction of the company and our beautiful new branding and new product ranges.

A passion for natural products, strong ethics, pride in New Zealand and a nurturing family-oriented approach have remained our guiding values.


You’re celebrating an incredible 25 years this year! Why do you think people have connected so strongly with Linden Leaves and your products?
I think many people believe in our quality ingredients and their benefits, in our integrity and honesty and in our story of caring not only for the skin, health and welfare of our customers and our team, but also for our planet.

We are staunchly Kiwi-made and have upheld our principles; we have not put profit before standing against animal testing, microbead use, mineral oils and plastic wrap.

We use recyclable containers and packaging and embrace a no waste and no excess philosophy.

I cherish the holistic approach of our company, creating a lifetime of value, care, respect and gratitude.


Your skin looks incredible! What does your beauty regime look like and what are your own favourite products?
Oh thank you! I think I am like all mothers and grandmothers – too busy and time poor! I think a beauty regime has to have simplicity and flexibility otherwise it will not work.

That’s the philosophy I had in mind when creating our natural skincare range – I wanted something simple to use that women could tailor to their age and skin type.

For my face and neck, I make a custom blend of essential facial moisture, miraculous facial oil and porcelain brightening serum, depending how dry, thirsty or nourished my skin is – every day can be different.

At night, I cleanse with the skin refining cream cleanser and use our beautiful marshmallow regenerating night cream.

As for my body, I have been using the same daily routine for 25 years – applying Linden Leaves natural body oil after my shower!

My skin has always stayed hydrated until the next morning.


What does 2020 have in store for Linden Leaves?
To celebrate 25 years we are rolling out a fresh new look for the brand with beautiful crisp navy, white and rose gold accents.

We have always used the best quality natural ingredients, but as the choices in this area explode, we are slowly but surely moving all our products to be 100 percent natural, which is why we had to say goodbye to our much loved Bathtime range.

Our Miraculous Facial Oil was the first New Zealand made NATRUE certified organic cosmetic last year and our skincare range is 100 percent certified NATRUE natural.

What’s more we launched two 100 percent natural home fragrance ranges this Christmas.

We want to provide women with a luxurious yet natural choice of lifestyle and skincare products.

I believe beauty comes from within, so it’s important we present a positive approach to beauty.

We have introduced the strapline ‘Nurture Beautiful’ representing caring for yourself, one another and the environment.


 

Science for Skin


 

Given the chance to rummage through the bathroom cabinets of international celebrities like Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger and Elle Macpherson , you’ll spot the green labels of Antipodes.

 

 

Despite the fact that this green beauty brand is now sold in more than 20 countries and continues to win multiple beauty and health industry awards for performance, the Antipodes story began right here in Canterbury where she grew up.

Armed with a University of Canterbury science degree she wasn’t sure what to do with, Elizabeth headed off to New York, before taking on a gig teaching Australasian surgeons how to use ground-breaking laparoscopic equipment. But it was the difficulty finding a natural product range that would work for her own dry and sensitive skin that resulted in the launch of Antipodes in Elizabeth’s kitchen.

Metropol catches up with Antipodes company director and founder Elizabeth Barbalich about the science of skincare.

What attracted you to the beauty products industry?
I saw a need in the market for a cool, avant garde, niche brand that elevated natural skincare to the next level. In my invitation to women to make a positive health choice by converting to natural skincare from their conventional brand, I wanted to offer them the familiarity of similar textures and levels of hydration.

I found the natural brands available at the time didn’t do enough to maximise hydration for my own dry skin. The natural brands that I’d experienced simply weren’t hydrating enough. So I invested a lot of time and care in replicating a velvety texture.

But I also wanted to offer them the courage of my convictions. I knew scientific proof of performance would be key in a market starting to fill with natural skincare. How could we stand out from the crowd with so much ‘greenwashed’ marketing?

I wanted consumers to be able to see past the hype to the black and white results of our independent, third-party scientific investigations – so they could rely on a scientist’s findings and really trust that Antipodes can work to improve your skin’s appearance.

The key to the brand’s success is our devotees around the world. Any number of people might try a brand after being attracted to something that may appeal like its packaging. But you will only buy a brand again and stay loyal to it if you find that it’s skincare that performs for you. The anecdotal support and testimonials we receive every day, as well as the huge results we get on our scientific and clinical testing, spurs us on.


How big is the company now?
We have just over 40 staff, but we are constantly expanding so that number will rise. Some staff are based in our key markets – Australia and the United Kingdom – and we’ll soon be bringing on board a business development specialist in Japan.


The company was the forerunner of the vegan beauty boom. Why was this such an important consideration for you?
I’m vegan, so this is a cause close to my heart. I looked at trends in natural healthcare and lifestyle and I saw that vegan skincare was going to be big, so I got to work to make sure we could give consumers what they wanted – certified vegan products.

Our vegan and vegetarian products are all certified by the Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom, the oldest and most respected vegetarian organisation in the world.

It’s great to see more people embrace the vegan lifestyle and more brands catering to them. This lifestyle is wonderful for health and wellbeing – my diet helps give me the energy to keep up with my demanding schedule.


How does your daily beauty regime look?
Always start with perfectly clean skin. Grapeseed Butter Cleanser followed by Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser gives a great double cleanse and doesn’t dry or irritate my sensitive skin. I follow that with Divine Face Oil Rosehip & Avocado Oil, then Kiwi Seed Gold Luminous Eye Cream and Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream. My look is finished with Skin-Brightening Mineral Foundation and Moisture-Boost Natural Lipstick in Dusky Sound Pink.


What should we be thinking about in terms of skincare as we head into summer?
Refresh your skin before summer begins. Reincarnation Pure Facial Polish & Exfoliator removes lifeless skin while replenishing vital nutrients. With a creamy, moisturising base of antioxidant-rich avocado and jojoba bean oils, combined with calendula and carrot seed extract, it reveals clear and revitalised facial skin.

Next, sun protection. Immortal SPF 15 Skin-Brightening Face and Body Moisturiser is a natural alternative to chemical sunscreens. It can allow you sun exposure of up to 15 times your normal burn time, utilising the natural sun care of raspberry seed oil.

Finally, pollution protection. As we’re travelling and going outside more when the weather is warmer, our exposure to harmful pollutants increases. Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum provides a daily natural barrier against pollution particles and is scientifically shown* to inhibit oxidative stress in-vitro by up to 52 percent.

Finally, restore your skin after exposure to the elements with Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream. Native New Zealand manuka honey draws moisture to your skin to help bring a truly ageless visage.

Revolutionary Vinanza Grape is a potent antioxidant extract from Marlborough sauvignon blanc grape seeds to help neutralise the effects of free radical damage that can lead to premature ageing.

It’s also scientifically shown to stimulate synthesis of collagen production in human cells by up to 92 percent**.


What do the next 12 months have in store for you?
We have some ambitious plans in place – new markets, new products and new projects. We’re working from a brand new premises in Ghuznee Street in Wellington, which means our team can gather and collaborate much more easily.

Our newly refurbished, heritage building gives us everything we need to put our big ideas into action – plenty of natural light, a skin lab for training and discovery, spaces for innovation, a living wall of plants for pure air, and a beautifully designed kitchen and bar in the basement, where the entire staff gathers to enjoy vegan lunches together.

 

*Trinity Bioactives: In-vitro Investigation into the Antioxidant Effects (Production of Superoxide) of Test Products at 0.10% by Activated Macrophage Cells After One-Hour Exposure. March 2018

** Trinity Bioactives: Independent Blind Study In-Vitro Scientific Investigation into the Effects of Antipodes Products on the Production of Type I Collagen in Human Skin Fibroblast Cells in Culture, Concentrations Between 0.02 and 0.200 mg/ml, 48 hours (2009)

 


 

Time to replenish


We love summer… I mean, what’s not to love, right?

 

 

While summer is the season to kick back, relax and enjoy the outdoors, it’s not time to slack on your skincare routine.

Even on the overcast Kiwi days, UV rays are harmful, but when you’re spending long days languishing on the beach or at the park, it’s particularly pertinent. Here’s our top tips.

 

  1. Pucker up: Skincare may be hot on your agenda, but lips also need some summer loving. Look for lipgloss that provides moisture with SPF.
  2. Slough it away: This is the time of year to step up your exfoliation routine; follow it up with a great moisturising routine and you’re away laughing.
  3. Don’t scrimp on the scalp: Hair may provide some protection, but sensitive scalps can still get burned. Use sunscreen along your hair line and where your hair parts.
  4. Rinse and repeat: Take a few extra showers, especially after sweating. The added benefit to hydration is that it will keep your skin clear.
  5. Get hatty: This is the best excuse to pull that wide rimmed hat out of the closet for full protection.
  6. Misty days: If you stash a bottle of face mist in your beach bag, you can soothe and hydrate your skin at the same time as getting a cool down.

 

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Summer Skincare


Just as we modify our wardrobe for lighter clothing in summer, the same applies for our skincare regime due to the heat and humidity. We caught up with Natural Zest Skincare’s Amanda Grindrod about her top five tips for looking after your skin this summer.

 

Amanda Grindrod

 

  1. A no-brainer: use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF30 or above and remember to reapply.
  2. Review your makeup collection; is it non-comedogenic? (A product which is made without ingredients which clog your pores.)
  3. Use more lightweight products – consider swapping heavy cream cleansers for a lighter foaming cleanser, like Natural Zest’s Bearberry Leaf Foaming Cleanser.
  4. Freshen skin with a toner – be sure to choose water-based toners, such as Natural Zest’s Sweet Orange & Neroli Facial Toner, rather than ones containing alcohol as these can dry the skin.
  5. Protect your skin from the harsh rays; stay in the shade, and wear a hat and sunglasses!

www.naturalzestskincare.co.nz

 

 


 

Natural luxury: Botanical Skincare


Luxury is anything that feels special. Luxury is attention to detail, originality and, above all, quality. A little luxury can be yours every day with the skin, beauty and bath range from Botanical Skincare in Nelson.

 

 

Botanical Skincare is created by Amy Burke, whose passion for the therapeutic and sensual properties of plants led her to develop her range made from the natural ingredients and botanical plant extracts that you will find in a classic country garden. “I grew up working with my grandmother, who had a traditional meadow, cottage and herb garden in the Orinoco Valley in Nelson,” Amy says.

“As children, we would help her with the gardens and with serving the Devonshire teas in the café. Surrounded by her medicinal plants and home remedies, she shared her knowledge of the properties of each plant. I guess it’s in my DNA.”

Beautiful form meets natural function, with scents such as rose, chamomile, orange blossom, geranium and mint all beautifully presented in in eco-friendly packaging. From hand creams to facial oils, lip balms to bath bombs, the emphasis is on naturally derived ingredients, free from parabens, sulphates, silicons, mineral or palm oil, and animal testing. The products feel like an indulgent treat, but are priced to be used every day.

“Our products work, they feel good and you feel great about using them too,” Amy says.

Uniquely packaged in Amy’s hand-sewn custom-printed paper and in beautiful craft papers, the bath bombs and foot soaks are popular for gifting and in hampers. See www.botanical.co.nz.

 


 

Stronger & healthier skin: H&B


H&B is now offering Medical Dermal Needling in salon today! Dermal needling serves two main functions; firstly, it stimulates epidermal growth to provide stronger and healthier skin, secondly, it stimulates the production of collagen, making skin tighter and firmer.

 

 

Dermal needling uses a specialised instrument that contains incredibly fine medical needles to create micro punctures on the skin’s surface layer. This triggers the skin’s natural collagen production and restorative processes. The treatment is minimally invasive, however it has been found safer than some other skin treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments, etc. If you have scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles or want to give your skin some firming, dermal needling could be for you!

Dermal needling can help to stimulate collagen, increase skin elasticity, soften fine lines and reduce the appearance of scarring, pigmentation and sun damage. It also allows treatment products to be better absorbed by the skin. As every client is different, H&B does require you to have a quick consultation with one of their amazing beauticians beforehand, as they can tailor a treatment plan to your skin needs.

Contact H&B on 03 381 8939, email info@hairart.co.nz or visit www.hairart.co.nz, or pop into the salon at 96 Cranford Street.

 


 

Crushing on Vitamin C


Vitamin C’s the hottest thing to hit skincare since sliced bread. We’ve got a big dose of everything you need to know about this antioxidant and why we’re crushing on it right now.

 

 

As the new ‘it’ ingredient in skincare, Vitamin C has been adding muscle to our beauty regime over recent years with its antioxidant super powers. We up the vitamin internally in the winter, so externally, it’s logical to utilise the superhero’s properties to help fight those unavoidable free radicals in the environment – these arch enemies of our skin.

Winter especially ravishes our faces with free radicals such as pollution, and the drying effects of cold winds and moisture-zapping home heating. We need plenty of collagen in our skin and neutralising antioxidants to be able to fight back – Vitamin C does both.

The vitamin’s role in collagen is essential. It is the structural protein our bodies need to create the connective tissues for our entire body. This building-block protein plumps skin with firm elasticity and luminosity. Collagen synthesis sadly decreases with age in our bodies, so the more help we can get from both inside and out to infuse the powerful C into the skin’s structural matrix, the better.  By incorporating the vitamin in a form that is readily bioavailable to our skin, quality beauty products can now help heal, nourish and protect from the outside.

And the science does stack up quite nicely. From serums to creams, the new age in skincare claims, in many cases, to help prevent and even reverse signs of aging such as wrinkles and age spots. Vitamin C as an antioxidant helps regulate skin tone. In a multitude of game-changing new products, it works in effective synergy with other antioxidant skin savers. Packaging and storage is also important to protect the vitamin’s effectiveness from light, heat and air.

Yet another little trick up its beauty sleeve, Vitamin C neutralises chlorine, which can dry the skin. So for a bath that doesn’t smell like a swimming pool, add around 1000mg of Vitamin C in powder or effervescent tablet form to counteract chlorine tap water.  It’s really a wonder that Vitamin C only comes third in the alphabet – but it comes first in our toiletry bags this winter.

 


 

Head-turning deals: V for Hair and Beauty Merivale


As the temperatures start their downward descent, it’s the ultimate opportunity to give your skin some love because, for all the upcoming seasonal highlights, the downside of the cooler temperatures is the drying effect they have on our skin.

 

 

A 60-minute Exfoliation and Hydration Facial with a Dilo Oil infusion with the experts at V for Hair and Beauty Merivale, can not only keep your skin in tip-top condition, but with a double cleanse, double steam exfoliation, prescribed face mask to infuse and plump the skin, Dilo infusion massage, it’s also just bliss!

The Exfoliation and Hydration Facial is just one of the ‘Hot Deals’ you’ll find at www.vforhair.co.nz, where the hottest hair, beauty and barber deals are regularly updated. Perhaps you’re ready to embrace winter with a ‘cool’ new colour palette or you’re yearning for some warmth – either way, this talented team can create a head-turning new look just for you. After all, they don’t just do hair, they do beautiful.

Visit www.vforhair.co.nz.