New Zealand is known for its expansive natural beauty. That stunning landscape also gives way to a host of plants, animals and ingredients that are native to the island — many of which can be used as cosmetics! Take a look at these natural goodies to learn how to work them into your beauty routine.
Manuka honey is derived from the nectar of manuka trees, which grow exclusively in New Zealand and Australia. It’s thought to have healing properties and is a great addition to your skincare routine. //Manuka Secrets Skincare, $9.99-$49.99
Paua is the word used by the Maori (indigenous New Zealanders) for what many Americans refer to as abalone. The beautiful shell inspires jewelry and clothing all over the country (and world), so why not try to bring that beauty to life on your nails? Try this nail art tutorial on your own or create the look with these nifty nail wraps. //Nailing Hollywood, $16
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This compound received special attention when it was discovered in a New Zealand tree that resisted rotting. It’s since been discovered that totarol may have special antimicrobial and healing abilities, which makes it great for your skin! //Living Nature, $45 NZD (about $29 USD)
The Kawakawa tree is found only in New Zealand and has natural anti-bacterial qualities. Some of its many uses include as a way to soothe wounds, as a toothpaste, as a spice, or as a tool for rejuvenating skin. //Earth Energies New Zealand, $24.50
Kate Middleton was rumored to have undergone bee venom facials to get her bright, voluminous look, and you can do the same for yourself. Avoid this ingredient if you’re allergic to bee stings, as it acts by tricking the skin into believing it’s been stung, which stimulates collagen production. (Modern processes for extracting venom do not harm the bees!) //Wild Ferns, $29.80 NZD (about $19 USD)
Odd as it may sound as a beauty ingredient, lanolin is derived from the oil glands of sheep’s wool (the process does not harm the sheep). Track down some lanolin from New Zealand sheep for a great moisturizer! //Merino
8Rotorua Thermal Mud
Rotorua, New Zealand attracts tourists from far and wide to gaze at its geothermal mud pools, hot springs, and other gorgeous natural sites. It’s also the place where that very mud is sourced to be used as a rejuvenating skin product!
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