New Zealand’s black ferns have unique soothing qualities. It is also known to have a role in the skin’s moisture balance, giving your skin a rejuvenated look and feel.
Harakeke is a plant with many uses. It was traditionally the most important plant fiber and New Zealand’s biggest export. It had many traditional medicinal uses and was also renowned for its soothing properties. Harakeke extract is considered a super hydrant with strong soothing qualities.
Manuka honey, produced from the flowers of the Manuka tree, contributes to increased and long-lasting moisturization of the skin. These effects are important in your skin’s ability to combat the signs of aging.
Choose natural ingredients that stimulates your skin’s ability to help itself. The result is stronger and healthier skin. You can feel the difference.
The actives from Kowhai, a New Zealand plant, contributes to your skin’s exfoliation processes. It also has properties that support the skin barrier function while retaining moisture in the skin. Important functions to have a younger-looking and healthy skin.
The Maori discovered the unique properties of this New Zealand-native fern and called it the “pharmacy of the forest” due to its multi-purpose effects. In B Natural we take advantage of its soothing and moisturizing effects originating from the leaves of this fern. These properties have been shown to combat the signs of aging and enhance the skin’s natural glow texture.
A clinical study shows that B Natural has a unique ability to moisturize the skin. During the study, a combination of Mask, Serum and Day Cream Dry Skin was used twice a day for 14 days. Already after the first application, an improvement in the moisture level could be seen. And even more impressive: After the last application, a lasting effect on the moisture level was observed for up to 60 hours – an effect that is 8-10 times greater than for traditional skin care products.
B Natural’s red algae extract, Glycoplus®, is a revolution in skin care. Our own unique ingredient plays a key role in most of our products. It allows us to replace synthetic emulsifiers and viscosity modifiers found in traditional skincare with this natural ingredient. The marine polyglucans in Glycoplus® are known for their high absorption capacity. Extensive research shows that nutrients in Glycoplus® can penetrate deep into the skin. Red seaweed contains superoxide dismutase enzymes, molecules that support the skin’s defenses against the free radicals. It improves the quality of the skin barrier by increasing the skin’s nutrient reservoirs and promoting a great result on the skin.
It’s time to shed your skin
Remove dead skin cells
Dead and dry skin cells do not fully shed from your skin by itself. They linger on, blocking skin pores and leading to acne or other skin issues including dry patches, flaky skins and early signs of ageing. Therefore, it is necessary to exfoliate your skin regularly and acids can be super effective. When you remove dead skin cells you allow the moisture levels of your skin to increase as waterfilled living cells are brought closer to the surface. It also removes pigmentation and blemishes vanish, helping you to prevent acne.
How it works
When we look at the surface of our skin, we see a layer of dead skin cells, and below that, a layer of living skin cells. As we get older, the layer of dead skin cells becomes thicker and the layer with living cells gets thinner because the dead skin cells do not naturally detach from our skin as fast as they once did when we were younger. To help remove the excess dead skin cells, we need the right products to peel them off. You can either choose products with grains (Mechanical peeling) or products with acids (chemical peeling). The mechanical peeling can be quite harsh for the skin on the face, while the chemical peeling is gentler. (We are talking about home products, not chemical peels at a doctor).
So, how do you do it?
When we apply, for example, a cleanser or a mask with AHA acid onto the skin, the lipid layer that holds the cells together is loosened. Leave it on for a few moments and then simply wash it off with a damp pad or wipe. When the layer of dead cells is regularly peeled off with AHA, the layer with living cells gets thicker, giving the skin a fresher look and feel.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
AHAs are water-soluble chemical exfoliants—put simply, they loosen the bonds between the cells on the surface of your skin, making the process of purging dead skin cells faster. AHA is ideal for targeting wrinkles and/or hyperpigmentation, and achieves a brighter, smoother, and more even complexion. They also contain humectant properties, meaning they’re ideal for dry skin.
The most common AHAs are glycolic acid and lactic acid, usually derived from fruit sugar and milk. Glycolic acid’s small molecular structure allows it to work more effectively on the cells, but this also makes it more likely to irritate your skin. If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to use the gentler lactic acid.
Other common AHAs are mandelic acid (derived from almond extracts), tartaric acid (derived from grape extracts), and citric acid (derived from citric fruit extracts). AHAs increase photosensitivity, so when including them in your routine, it’s extra important to use sunscreen.
Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)
BHAs are also chemical exfoliants but unlike AHAs, which work on the surface of your skin, oil soluble BHAs penetrate deeper into your skin, dissolving oil and clearing out your pores. They’re especially recommended for those with oily, acne-prone skin types who are looking for clearer, calmer skin.
Salicylic acid is the most common BHA and is known as an anti-acne treatment — it’s anti-inflammatory qualities dissolve skin-clogging sebum. It can be quite harsh though, so if you’re looking for something gentler, betaine salicylate is alternative BHA option .
BHAs can also be drying, since they don’t have humectant properties like AHAs, so make sure not to skip the hydrating steps of your skincare routine.
Retinol is a skincare superhero — it’s a Vitamin A derivative that boosts skin cell turnover for younger-looking skin. It increases collagen production, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, and clears out your pores.
While you can get retinoids over the counter (most commonly in the form of retinol), stronger concentration retinoids like tretinoin require prescriptions. Note that when you first start using them, your skin may go through an adjustment period with dryness and flakiness, so proceed with caution — load up on moisturizer and sunscreen.
It’s recommended to avoid using retinoids and AHAs/BHAs at the same time. Too many chemical exfoliants can damage your skin’s moisture barrier, plus they have different pH levels. If you must use both, use one in the morning and one in the evening as we suggested above, or on alternate nights.
“Fearless women inspire us. They possess the courage to be different, to go against the stream, and to stand up for what we believe in. We want your fierce confidence to shine through in your skin, giving you the power to walk your own path.”— Susanne Arnesen Aqua Bio Technology
Good Cleansing Routines to Prevent “Bad Skin Days”
Begin the day with ideal cleansing products for your skin type. Then wash off with a soft cloth. If you have a 2 or 3-in-one product (such as a cleansing, tonic and peeling-in-one), you can quickly skip to the next step.
You may be wondering why it’s necessary to clean your face in the morning after you cleaned away your make-up the night before. Well, it’s at night that the skin recovers, which means in the morning you have more dead skin cells to remove, and more excess sebum to emulsify. These can’t be rinsed away with water, and you need to remove them before applying your other products for your makeup to look beautiful and faultlessly even. (Did you know: At night, the skin has an intense repair and regenerations mode. Up to three times faster than during the day.)
Apply a suitable serum for your skin type or specific skin condition. You can use more than one in order to treat and protect your skin throughout the day with, for example, Birch leaf extract or Retinol (firming), Cloudberry (moisturizer Vit E), Beta Glycane (Soothes irritated skin) or Hyalaronic acid (hydration).
After applying serum, it`s time to protect your skin against everything that the day may throw at it. Sunlight, stress and pollution will all slowly break down collagen and cause loose skin, pigmentation and wrinkles.
An eye cream is essential. Use one that targets your specific needs, such as puffiness, dark circles, fine lines & wrinkles.
A good day cream for your skin type is next in line. For example: Zink (unwanted excess sebum) Hyalaronic acid (hydration) or Alaria esculenta extract (anti age).
It´s a smart move to use a day cream with SPF. But if your day cream doesn´t contain it, then please remember to use SPF in addition.
In the evening, it´s important to cleanse the day away. Start with a gentle Make-up remover and follow with a cleanser for a deep clean. Then apply a night serum and oil, moisturizer, and finally, an eye cream with, for example, peptide (Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles). All suited for your needs.
Once a week during your routine, give your skin some extra care by exfoliating with, for example, Walnut shell or Glycolic acid.
Good routines and quality products are an investment in your future self. We strive to empower women with knowledge, not only to give you beautiful healthy skin, but to help boost your self-confidence and inner strength to go out there, change the world and create a brighter and more sustainable future! Better skin for a better you.