Move over Aloe Vera, there's a new star ingredient in town! I just have to introduce you to the amazing skin care benefits of Harakeke, so this next blog is a guide to this amazing ingredient as well as the best natural Harakeke skin care.
Have you heard of Harakeke? Chances are you haven't, but trust me, you need to know about this wonder ingredient. This powerful plant is native to New Zealand and makes an amazing ingredient in natural skin care.
What is Harakeke?
Harakeke is a native New Zealand flax, otherwise known as Phormium tenax, and is renowned for its natural properties that make it a hero ingredient in skin care. A cool, clear gel can be harvested from the leaves of the Harakeke plant. It was renowned in traditional Maori medicine for its use in treating burns, cuts and skin infections. This gel is naturally jam packed with natural skin nutrients, delivers superior hydration and, much like Aloe Vera, works to soothe skin while reducing redness.
According to ecostore, Harakeke gel is not only naturally hydrating but also contains beneficial plant sugars called polysaccharides, as well as having natural astringency. This makes it particularly beneficial for acne-prone skin, providing gentle antimicrobic action to aid in reducing spot-causing bacteria on the body, as well as excess oil. Ecostore utilises sustainably harvested Harakeke in its body wash and hand wash formulas to help soothe and hydrate skin without stripping it of its natural protective oils – naturally promoting recovery from environmental damage and skin irritation. It is also included as part of a pH balanced, plant-based formulation to ensure that it is gentle and nourishing for skin when it needs it most.
Best Harakeke products
ecostore Rose & Geranium Body Wash
The ecostore Body Wash in Rose & Geranium is formulated with plant-based ingredients including hydrating Harakeke to gently cleanse, condition and nourish your skin. With the luxurious scent of Damascus Rose and Geranium, it creates a rich lather that will leave your skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth.
ecostore Ultra Sensitive Hand and Body Wash
ecostore's Ultra Sensitive body care range is currently the only range approved by Sensitive Choice for Australians living with sensitivities, allergies and asthma. Enhanced with hydrating Harakeke, these fragrance and colourant-free washes are dermatologically tested for sensitive skin. An ideal range if you're looking for allergy and asthma-aware products with safer ingredients. Find out more in my Guide to Ecostore Unscented Body Care.
Ecostore Hand Wash - Coconut and Vanilla
The Ecostore Hand Wash - Coconut and Vanilla is formulated to nourish, condition and cleanse the skin with plant-based ingredients such as Harakeke. It is suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitivities, creating a deep lather that protects the skin's natural oils as it removes dirt to leave hands feeling fresh, soft and smooth. It also features a refreshing coconut scent that you will just love!