by Marion O’Leary
What is Nourishing Face Treatment?
We have chosen the most nutrient-dense superfoods and blended them with powerful medicinal herbs, bringing an broad range of beneficial phytonutrients in their natural form. We wanted to create a special product – something fresh and raw, intensely nourishing, without contaminating synthetic ingredients.
Designed as a nutritional boost for the skin, Nourishing Face Treatment may be used weekly, or whenever the skin is in need of a revitalising treatment. Because this treatment is in powder form, the precious innate nutrients are more stable than in a water-based medium. Addition of water to the powder immediately before use activates the nutrients so that they ‘come to life’ on your skin.
Why is it so good for the skin?
This treatment brings a broad range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and other nutrients to the skin. The addition of water just before use is as close as it gets to applying the fresh fruit or leaf to your skin. Because the ingredients are unrefined and raw, Nourishing Face Treatment contains many still unidentified phytochemicals which act synergistically to both protect and promote the activity of the active components. As such, this product is a complex, whole food in a natural, bio-available form that cannot be replicated synthetically.
How to use it
The powder is mixed with water or Pure Hydrosol Toner to form a paste, and then applied to the skin of the face and neck. Approximately 1 heaped teaspoon of powder is sufficient – place in a small bowl and trickle water slowly into the powder so that it does not become too runny, then apply to the skin and neck, avoiding the eye area. The paste can be left on the skin for 15-20 minutes. We suggest spraying the face with water or our Pure Hydrosol Toner mist to keep the mask hydrated, and the nutrients active. To remove, rinse briefly with lukewarm water and remove using a moist cotton flannel. Follow with a light moisturiser.
How will my skin feel?
Fresh, invigorated, stimulated, incredibly soft and smooth. Once you have tried this you will want to use it regularly for the uplifting benefits.
Sometimes we look at what goes into this product and think how privileged we are to work with such precious ingredients. We love the fact this product is presented in a form that preserves the integrity of the ingredients. They reach you in their whole, natural state – we have not contaminated or diluted them by mixing with water or synthetic chemicals. In the same way a healthy diet is based on raw, natural foods made from scratch, your skin care should be undiluted, fresh and active. We believe it is our responsibility to take care of what comes through our hands, and ensure the ingredients achieve their maximum benefit where it counts – on your skin!
About the ingredients
Nourishing Face Powder contains Kakadu plum powder, rosehip powder, acai berry powder, aloe vera powder, gotu kola powder, olive leaf powder and wheatgrass powder. It is certified organic with NASAA with 100% certified organic ingredients.
Kakadu plum powder
The Kakadu plum grows in abundance across northern Australia. It has a short fruiting season, and a license is required to harvest the wild fruit. To date, it has not been successfully cultivated. Following harvest the fruit is freeze-dried using technology that retains their outstanding nutrient profile. Kakadu plum has the highest known content of vitamin C – up to 5%, compared to around 0.05% for an orange. It has extremely high antioxidant activity, attributable to both vitamin C, as well as polyphenol antioxidants. It has also been shown to have anti-bacterial activity, although the compound responsible for this has not been definitively identified, although its high content of ellagic and gallic acids which have known anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activity, may be responsible. These same substances are also known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects. Kakadu plum is also a good source of a wide range of minerals. The fruit has been used for centuries by indigenous Australians, predominantly as a medicine.
Rosehips are the fruit of the rose, best known for their naturally high content of vitamin C, an antioxidant. The powder is formed from the dried rosehip, and retains the majority of the nutrients of the fresh fruit. In addition to their high vitamin C content (up to 2%), rosehips are rich in vitamins A and B, and polyphenol antioxidants. They also display anti-inflammatory activity, thought to be derived from their galactolipid content, which also has anti-tumour properties. Recently there has been interest shown by the medical community in its use as an orally administered anti-inflammatory treatment in cases of osteoarthritis, as well as for treatment of type II diabetes and obesity.
Acai berry powder
Acai berries are the fruit of a palm from South America, with good levels of polyphenol antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamin A.
Aloe vera powder
Aloe vera powder is made from the freeze-dried pulp of the aloe vera plant, a succulent that probably originated in Africa. The characteristic mucinous gel consistency of the sap of this plant is due to its high polysaccharide content. To date, over 75 potentially active compounds have been identified in the plant, and it may be that its beneficial effects are due to a synergistic activity of a range of compounds. It contains B vitamins, vitamins C and E, and a broad range of minerals and anti-oxidant compounds. Its best known effects are topical pain relief from itching and burning, presumably due to anti-inflammatory effects. It has also been shown to reduce healing time of skin wounds. It is also considered to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory functions.
Gotu Kola Powder
Gotu kola is a low growing leafy plant widely distributed throughout the tropics, and is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. It is probably most well known for its use in improving memory and cognitive function, as well as reducing anxiety and helping to promote a meditative state. Its active constituents are considered to be compounds known as triterpenoids, which are considered responsible for its effects on the mind, as well as effects including improved circulation, increased levels of anti-oxidants in wounds, anti-inflammatory effects in chronic skin conditions, reducing scarring and preventing or reducing stretch marks in the skin. The triterpenoids are thought to have antioxidant effects, and also stimulate collagen and glycosaminoglycan production, both of importance for regeneration of connective tissue. Gotu kola also contains vitamins B, C and K, minerals, and flavonoids.
Olive leaf powder
The olive leaf has been used medicinally since ancient times, is advocated as a medicine in the bible, and was used by the ancient Greeks to treat fever. In the 1840’s it was reportedly used with success to treat malaria and various fevers. Olive leaf is known to possess extremely high antioxidant activity, is anti-inflammatory, and has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Its anti-oxidant activity is amongst the highest yet tested. Its primary active constituent is oleuropin, a compound which is present in higher concentrations in the leaf than in the fruit or other parts of the tree, and is considered responsible for most of the therapeutic properties of olive leaf.