New Zealand Flax: Everything You Need to Know

New Zealand Flax: Everything You Need to Know

Harakeke seed oil is just one of the nutrient-packed ingredients you’ll find across our skin care collection. The Harakeke seed extract we use is harvested from our Snowberry Gardens in our native New Zealand, and we pride ourselves on its sustainability.

Harakeke seed oil has anti-aging properties, as it contains heaps of rejuvenating nutrients, which we take special care to keep as pure as possible.

Discover everything you need to know about Harakeke seed oil and how it can benefit your skin:

What is Harakeke seed oil?

Harakeke is a Maori word. The plant is also known as New Zealand flax and its leaves were traditionally used in Maori weaving. It has long been used in medicines as well, thanks to its antiseptic properties.

We produce Harakeke seed oil by harvesting the seeds from our Harakeke plants by hand, before they are carefully cold-pressed. This helps to make sure they keep as many of their natural benefits as possible.

What are the benefits of Harakeke seed oil?

Strengthens the skin barrier

Harakeke seed oil is rich in omega acids, which are important in strengthening your skin barrier. They help to seal in natural moisture and provide skin with extra hydration, transforming the way it looks and feels.

Fights free radicals

Free radicals are atoms that are missing their electrons. They’re present in pollution, dust, cigarette smoke, and the sun’s rays – exposure to each of these can contribute to premature aging.

Free radicals can latch onto the skin in place of their missing electrons, breaking down collagen and causing wrinkles, fine lines, and brown spots.

Protect your skin barrier with anti-oxidants to prevent this; anti-oxidants can donate electrons to free radicals that are missing their own, preventing them from damaging your skin.

Vitamins C and E are anti-oxidants that can help with this – you’ll find both of these alongside Harakeke seed oil in our Youth Renewing Face Serum to support your skin barrier.

Harakeke seed oil sourced from the New Zealand flax plant can be found across Snowberry skin care.

Who should use Harakeke-based serums?

Serums with Harakeke seed oil will be especially beneficial if you:

  • Live or work in a busy city where the risk of pollution-related free radical exposure is high
  • Spend a lot of time in the sun or already have sun-damaged skin
  • Suffer with itchy or irritated skin
  • Care about using sustainably sourced skin care products that will noticeably rejuvenate your skin
  • Want to enhance your natural beauty

Where can I find Harakeke oil?

The following Snowberry products contain Harakeke seed oil extract to renew, regenerate, and rejuvenate your skin:

1. Youth Renewing Face Serum

Reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and an uneven skin tone with a face serum that’s rich in Harakeke seed oil, plus vitamins B, C and E.

2. Nourishing Lite Cream

Nourish, smooth, and revitalize combination to normal skin types with this lightweight moisturizer, which also contains lingonberry oil, and an omega‐6 ceramide boost to form a protective layer to help prevent moisture loss.

3. Nourishing Rich Cream

Smooth and rejuvenate dry skin with our Nourishing Rich Cream, featuring Harakeke seed oil alongside cloudberry and meadowfoam oils, as well as Kanuka honey extract.

4. Rejuvenating Night Cream

Hydrate, replenish, and condition your skin overnight with this gorgeous night cream, also featuring Kanuka honey and wolfberry extract.

5. Instant Deep Cleansing Oil

Remove make-up while restoring your skin’s moisture levels with our Harakeke, lingonberry, and macadamia oil-packed formula.

Shop the full Snowberry skin care collection here.

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