Why You Should Be Buying Beauty Products From New Zealand

Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
By Claire Hannum

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! While it's actually been a beauty capital for a while, the natural goodies in the slideshow ahead are new products that you'll want to work into your beauty routine, ASAP.
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Manuka Honey
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, making it the perfect addition to your routine.
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Kiwifruit
In addition to being delicious, kiwi is great for the skin, both when eaten and when applied directly to the skin. It's a great way to get a natural, youthful glow.
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Pāua
Pāua 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.
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Totarol
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, of course, makes it great for your skin.

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Kawakawa
The kawakawa tree is found only in New Zealand and has natural antibacterial qualities. It can soothe wounds and rejuvenate skin. Bonus: You can also use it as a toothpaste or a cooking spice.
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Bee Venom
Kate Middleton is rumored to have undergone bee venom facials to get her bright, voluminous look, and you can do the same for yourself at home.

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. P.S. Modern processes for extracting venom do not harm the bees.
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Lanolin
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), and makes for a great moisturizer.
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Rotorua 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 — which is often used as a rejuvenating skin product — is sourced.

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