HARAKEKE: NATIVE NEW ZEALAND FLAX, A NATURAL TREASURE INGREDIENT
Updated: May 24
Have you heard of New Zealand Native Harakeke before? As sensational superstar ingredient it is, I'm surprise that it's just so underrated around the world and even in its country of origin.
In this blog
1. What is Harakeke native New Zealand Flax?
2. Benefits of Harakeke for skin?
3. Why we use Harakeke in our hand lotion?
Common Name: New Zealand Flax Type of ingredient: Skin soother and hydrator/humectant Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, antioxidant, skin-softening, soothing, healing and antimicrobial Who should use it: Safe for all skin types, ideal for sensitive skin Works well with: Other hydrating and anti-inflammatory ingredients How often can you use it: Can apply 2- 3 times a day or as required Medicinal use: Great for healing wounds, burns, eczema, itchiness and skin irritation/ infections, etc.
WHAT IS HARAKEKE NATIVE NEW ZEALAND FLAX?
Harakeke is one of New Zealand most ancient native plant, also known as New Zealand Flax or Phormium tenax. This amazing ingredient is packed with linoleic acid and polysaccarides, able to lock in our skin's natural moisture, promotes skin cells turnover rate and has an awesome soothing benefit on the skin.
The cherry on top? Harakeke provides superb hydration to the skin, also thanks to its calming, anti-inflammation and antibacterial properties, was used in traditional Maori medicine to heal cuts, wounds, burns, eczema and skin infections. How awesome!!
Good news to those with acne-prone skin, it helps target a number of acne-causing bacteria while regulates sebum production to promote skin clarity and healthy complexion.
BENEFITS OF HARAKEKE FOR SKIN
Soothes the skin - Harakeke is best used for soothing itchiness and skin irritation
Calming and hydrating - With natural polyaccharides, Harakeke is super hydrating with anti-inflammatory benefits. For burns, it creates a protective layer on top of the skin to cool and hydrate the wounds.
Prevent TEWL (transepidermal water loss) - This occurs when the skin gets dehydrated, results in dryness and inflammation. Harakeke seals our skin natural's moisture and boost the skin protective barrier.
Moisturizes - the main benefit of Harakeke is that it can give a sensational moisturizing effect to the skin, it does help calm the occasional eczema flare up too
WHY WE USE HARAKEKE IN OUR HAND LOTION?
With the list of numerous amazing skin benefits, it's hard to pass such an ultimate natural ingredient. Therefore, we choose to use Harakeke in our Signature Hand Lotion, along with Aloe Vera, Jojoba oil and Squalane to make them insanely hydrating, soothing and healing.
With a gentle touch of anti-microbial action, and its unique antioxidants, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory properties, Harakeke promises to provide essential hydration that keep the skin's barrier healthy while healing existing skin damages, in turn protect your hands. Such an all-rounder, aye!
References: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6630198/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11397431/