We love to celebrate natural skincare and the people behind it, particularly when it is made in New Zealand. This month we take a closer look at the organic range Nahaia Active Organics, the creation of Auckland-based naturopath Nahaia Russ.
It would be fair to say that English-born Kiwi Nahaia Russ has something of a Midas touch. Not only is she is a creative innovator, but she leaves a touch of gold trailing in her wake – quite literally.
As founder and developer of the Nahaia Active Organics skincare range, one of the most luxurious ‘hero ingredients’ of her range of professional facial treatments is gold. Actual gold.
“Since 1929 gold’s properties have been well documented in skin inflammation treatments and its ability to defend against damaging free radicals,” says Nahaia.
And while it sounds very ‘Hollywood’, gold as an ingredient is nothing new, having featured in everything from fashion and food to skincare and homewares.
“The 24kt gold facial is the first of its kind in New Zealand,” says Nahaia, “and key benefits are the anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties.
“Gold’s anti-inflammatory properties also decrease skin inflammation, thereby slowing down melanin secretion and reducing age spots,” she says, “and it fights off damaging free radicals to help prevent premature ageing of the skin.”
About Nahaia Russ
A former personal trainer and aerobics instructor, Nahaia’s lifelong love of nature and interest in natural health saw her train as a naturopath, with a major in herbal medicine.
Her first foray into the world of natural skincare was the development of a natural sunscreen (which she also completed her thesis on) using a combination of New Zealand native plant extracts and marketed under the name Native Spirit.
Her outgoing personality became synonymous with her products and Nahaia soon became known as Natural Nahaia, a talk show co-host with Mikey Havoc in the late 1990s.
As an extension of her work as a naturopath, she began researching and developing other products and ingredients, to create her own product range, Nahaia Active Organics.
“I had many problems with my own skin over the years; from acne scarring in my early twenties, to severe skin problems after the birth of my first child.
“I wanted to transform my skin and create a care range that was powerful, pure and led to fantastic results.
“Everything that goes in to each product has a purpose related to creating healthy, vibrant skin. I spent three years in the laboratory perfecting the natural preservative blend, so that even the preserving is actively transforming skin.”
The range has since won natural beauty awards and gathered a following of grateful users.
The New Zealand-made anti-ageing and organic skincare range, includes anti-ageing cleaners, exfoliants and masks, as well as spritzer and tightening serum.
It is also vegan and animal free (using no animal products or derivatives, including honey and beeswax).
“I like to think that we have merged nutritional science, alchemy and cosmetic chemistry,” she says.
“We call it nutritional chemistry with consciousness, using only certified organic food-derived ingredients and substances the body recognises as nutrients.”
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