Sunday 29 November 2015

A Natural Approach to Problem Skin with Living Nature

Problem skin and acne isn’t fun. Since my teens I’ve had to deal with acne, hormonal break outs, a shiny t-zone and there are times when I’ve longed for so called “normal” skin. However, if I’m honest I don’t really believe normal skin exists.

Everyone’s skin has those times, those moments when it has a tantrum, whether that be dryness, redness, greasiness, spots, acne, even boils. So many factors can change the way our skin behaves; the weather, what we eat, hydration levels, our stress levels and emotions, in addition to what we put on it.

Everyone’s skin is unique and learning what makes it tick is key to choosing the right skincare products to keep it at its best.

Since I transitioned to natural and organic skincare, I have seen a significant change to my skin. It is clearer, my pores appear reduced and I no longer have clusters of blackheads in certain areas such as my nose. I still get break outs, oily areas and sadly the scarring on my jaw line is unlikely to ever completely disappear, however I can vouch for the results a much more natural approach to your skincare regime can produce.

I was recently asked if I’d like to try out Living Nature’s skincare range for problem / acne prone skin. I was happy to oblige particularly as many of the reviews I’ve read about Living Nature are very positive.

When it comes to problem skin, Living Nature draws on the curative properties and combined synergistic actions of some of New Zealand’s unique botanicals to provide a natural and effective approach for your skin. Using active Manuka Honey, Manuka Oil, Harakeke, a New Zealand Flax Plant and Halloysite Clay, Living Nature’s gentle yet effective skincare is nature at its best.

Founded in 1987 by Suzanne Hall and inspired by the healing properties of New Zealand’s native plants to remedy her own skin conditions, Living Nature now offer gentle skincare for all skin types in addition to natural cosmetics.

I was sent a 30ml sample set of their purifying cleanser, hydrating toner, balancing day lotion, manuka honey gel and deep cleansing mask.

As always I tested the products for about 4 weeks. I liked the fact that they are almost fragrance free, so no overbearing fragrances to contend with. I enjoyed using the purifying cleanser. I like a facial wash in the morning and this one was gentle yet effective. No stinging eyes and no dryness after using it.

The hydrating toning gel was a unique experience. With harakeke, active manuka honey and larch tree extract this toner is nourishing for the skin, however it took a while to get used to a gel rather than a liquid toner. I enjoy spritzing my face in the morning, so the gel didn’t quite give me that fresh, zingy feeling. However, popped into the fridge in the summer, I imagine it would be super cooling on the skin.

The balancing day lotion was light and non-greasy. You don’t need a lot so this 30ml bottle went a long way. Easily absorbed into the skin, it made a good base for make-up.

The Manuka Honey Gel is for those spots and break outs we all get from time to time. This smells strongly of tea tree, so if this essential oil is not your cup of tea, you’re likely to struggle with it. Sophia tried it on her spots but struggled with the aroma. I can deal with it and it is very effective in soothing red, sore skin.

The Deep Cleansing Mask is a clay mask using purifying Halloysite Clay. It is a drying clay mask so you do get that tightening effect when you use it beyond 10 minutes. It left my skin feeling clean and soft. I just had to avoid smiling whilst it was on !

Living Nature’s skincare range is not the cheapest of ranges with prices starting in the UK at about £11.50 for the 10ml Manuka Gel all the way up to £48.00 for their radiance oil.

I wouldn’t say this is for the teen market, however they do have their sister brand, Natural Being which is aimed at the younger market but still with manuka honey and manuka oil in their formulations. I’ve tried the Manuka Honey Day Cream for oily to normal skin and it is very effective.

If you are keen to know what ingredients are in all the products mentioned above then take a look at each ingredient lists below:

Purifying Cleanser: Aqua (water), Decyl glucoside, Sodium lauroyl glutamate, Glycerin (vegetable glycerin)**, Sclerotium gum, Galactoarabinan (larch tree gum), Glucose, Mel (manuka honey), Pomaderris kumerahou flower/leaf extract, Parfum fragrance)*, Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil.
*From natural essential oils: Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool.  **Certified organic.

Hydrating Toning Gel: Aqua (water), Glycerin (vegetable glycerin)**, Sclerotium gum, Glucose, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil**, Parfum (fragrance)*, Phormium tenax leaf juice (NZ flax gel), Bisabolol, Zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, Mel (manuka honey), Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil.
*From natural essential oils: Limonene, Linalool. **Certified organic.

Balancing Day Lotion: Aqua (water), Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Squalane (vegetable squalane), Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Parfum (fragrance)*, Glucose, Mel (manuka honey), Phormium tenax leaf juice (NZ flax gel), Triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, Sclerotium gum, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter**, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Totarol**, Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil**, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil. *From natural essential oils: Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. **Certified organic.

Manuka Honey Gel: Aqua (water), Mel (manuka honey), Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, Xanthan gum, Phormium tenax extract (NZ flax gel), Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E).

Deep Cleansing Mask:  Aqua (water), Kaolin (Halloysite clay), Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (almond) oil, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Mel (manuka honey), Cetearyl wheat straw glycosides, Cetearyl alcohol, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, Zinc oxide, Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Sclerotium gum, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil**, Triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, Citrus medica limonum (lemon) oil*, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, Backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle) oil*, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, Totarol**.
*From natural essential oils: Citral, Limonene. **Certified organic.

All in all, I enjoyed my first experience of Living Nature’s natural skincare.  I have one of their Gentle Make-up Removers and some of their make-up which was in the goody bag from the Gorgeously Green Gathering. I have yet to use them, but if they’re as good as what I’ve tried so far, I’m sure they’ll be a hit.

Have any of you tried Living Nature’s Natural Skincare? Do leave me a comment if you have.

Until next time x


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Disclaimer: I was kindly sent a sample set of Living Nature's Natural Skincare for problem and acne prone skin for review. All opinions and views are honest and my own.



  1. I tried the range for mature skin and really liked it. I think the beauty of natural products is they work with your skin to correct problems rather than using harsh chemicals to suppress issues ike acne or breakouts x

    1. I agree Annie. If we can take a natural approach both internally and externally, I believe we can target issues such as acne much more effectively xx


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