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The Naked Chemist is based in New Zealand and is manufactured in our Head Office in Auckland. We are dedicated to helping people maximise their skin’s health. Clean beauty is at the heart of what we do – with a proprietary line of natural, customised skincare products that target specific types and skin conditions.

Our products need to be the absolute best they can be. We spend thousands of hours testing and perfecting every product. It takes years of extensive research and trial and error to get our formulations right – and we never stop innovating. Follow the link to learn more about the Naked Chemist philosophy built around three pillars.

Because everyone’s skin is metabolically different, the idea behind the range is to provide a customised approach for our clients to target particular concerns. Making it easy for you, giving your skin exactly what it needs when it needs it.

HARMONY is a unique 2-in-1 cleanser with a blend of natural hydrosols and makeup-dissolving emollients to gently melt away makeup, removing impurities without stripping your skin. (Coming soon).

EQUILIBRIUM MOISTURISER – A potent regulator and normaliser, Salicylic Acid and antibacterial botanicals reduce oil production and inhibit acne-causing bacteria, reducing the appearance of breakouts’ appearance oily shine. Formulated within a hydrating cream/gel base, dehydration can exacerbate oily skin further.

B+ SKIN SHOTThe Multitasker. Solves imbalanced, blemished skin. Regenerates and reorganises the cellular functions responsible for skin health, making skin more even and resilient. Also, it helps to calm inflammation.

A+ SKIN SHOTThe Normaliser. Clears strengthens, and balances; it treats oily shine, blemishes and enlarged pores. An essential all-rounder to add to your skincare routine also helps to ward off premature ageing.

RESQ SKIN SHOTThe Spot Banisher. A fast-acting treatment for blemishes and acne. Reduces existing spots quickly by drying the breakout and targeting bacteria in the pore.

H2O SKIN SHOTMoisture Kick. Solves dehydrated and dry skin conditions. Hyaluronic Acid, Cucumber and Urea stimulate the natural hyaluronan synthesis, increasing the skin’s water-binding capacity.

HERO OIL –The Balancing Act. A luxurious organic facial oil for acne and blemishes mattifies the skin, giving it a more even and refined appearance. Salicylic acid and antibacterial botanicals kill P.acnes bacteria, refine pores, and balance sebum (oil) levels in the skin – which, left untreated, can lead to breakouts. (Coming soon).

Acne is multi-factorial, meaning that hormones, genetics, diet, bacteria, stress and astringent ingredients all play a role to varying degrees, which leads to an overproduction of oil (sebum). A build-up of skin cells can clog pores, creating the perfect environment for bacteria, which builds up in the pore over time, leading to infection and inflammation, resulting in pimples, papules and pustules and cystic acne, which we have written about extensively here. Using the following clinical-grade skincare can significantly reduce the opportunity for acne and blocked pores, helping to balance your skin naturally.

HARMONY is a unique 2-in-1 cleanser with a blend of natural hydrosols and makeup-dissolving emollients to gently melt away makeup, removing impurities without stripping your skin. (Coming soon).

EQUILIBRIUM MOISTURISER – A potent regulator and normaliser, Salicylic Acid and antibacterial botanicals reduce oil production and inhibit acne-causing bacteria, reducing the appearance of breakouts’ appearance oily shine. Formulated within a hydrating cream/gel base, dehydration can exacerbate oily skin further.

B+ SKIN SHOTThe Multitasker. Solves imbalanced, blemished skin. Regenerates and reorganises the cellular functions responsible for skin health, making skin more even and resilient. Also, it helps to calm inflammation.

A+ SKIN SHOTThe Normaliser. Clears strengthens, and balances; it treats oily shine, blemishes and enlarged pores. An essential all-rounder to add to your skincare routine also helps to ward off premature ageing.

RESQ SKIN SHOTThe Spot Banisher. A fast-acting treatment for blemishes and acne. Reduces existing spots quickly by drying the breakout and targeting bacteria in the pore.

H2O SKIN SHOTMoisture Kick. Solves dehydrated and dry skin conditions. Hyaluronic Acid, Cucumber and Urea stimulate the natural hyaluronan synthesis, increasing the skin’s water-binding capacity.

HERO OIL –The Balancing Act. A luxurious organic facial oil for acne and blemishes mattifies the skin, giving it a more even and refined appearance. Salicylic acid and antibacterial botanicals kill P.acnes bacteria, refine pores, and balance sebum (oil) levels in the skin – which, left untreated, can lead to breakouts. (Coming soon).

Dry skin is when the skin is lacking in oil. It’s usually characterised by flaking and can feel rough to touch, so oil and water-based emollients and water-based formulas are ideal. This skin type requires a unique approach with skin-identical ingredients that completely mimic the composition and structure of your skin, allowing them to integrate into the cells and the spaces between them to restore your protective barrier function. Ideally, bringing much-needed relief to your dry, fragile, inflamed skin.

MIRACLE CLEANSE – An oil-to-water, barrier-restoring cleanser containing a vast array of healing cold-pressed oils, Lipids, Vitamins, Omegas, and Herbs. It protects as it cleanses, leaving a protective film over the skin, easing dermatological conditions such as eczema and impaired barrier function.

FORTIFY MOISTURISER – A lipid-correcting day cream containing the exact ratio of Lipids and Cholesterol as the skin, helping restore the skin’s barrier function and boost natural ceramides; to support natural self-repair.

IMMORTELLE – Containing nine skin-identical ingredients that integrate with the skin’s barrier, such as Ceramides, Lipids, Squalene, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Magnesium, Squalane and Hyaluronic acid, replenishing what has been lost with age and trauma and creating a protective second skin.

QUENCH – A cooling gel that hydrates dry, depleted, overly-parched skin. A humectant cocktail of Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, Glycerine, and Sodium PCA balances moisture levels and replenishes the skin with soothing hydration.

CERAMIDE BALM – The unique pressed serum texture helps repair and protect compromised skin whilst minimising dryness and inflammation. A step up from a moisturiser combines the benefits of a targeted serum with replenishing, moisture-rich Butters and Ceramides for deep nourishment.

BIO LIPID SKIN SHOTBarrier Repairer: An antioxidant-rich supercharged oil full of skin-repairing Ceramides, Lipids, and Omegas. Skin-identical ingredients reboot the barrier function, rejuvenating and protecting against moisture loss.

H2O SKIN SHOTMoisture Kick. Solves dehydrated and dry skin conditions. Hyaluronic Acid, Cucumber and Urea stimulate the natural hyaluronan synthesis, increasing the skin’s water-binding capacity.

SAVIOR –The Moisture Booster. A powerful anti-inflammatory toner containing lipids and gentle hydrosols, layered in a blend of barrier-restoring natural Lipids, conditioning skin and tackling conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne inflammation. (Coming soon).

Dehydrated skin is complicated. It lacks water in the epidermis – your outer layer of skin – so focusing on skin structures responsible for water retention and balance is essential. Without the right hydration level, your skin’s barrier function will become compromised, leading to various skin conditions. The following two articles: here and here discuss dehydration further.

IMMORTELLE – Containing nine skin-identical ingredients that integrate with the skin’s barrier, such as Ceramides, Lipids, Squalene, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Magnesium, Squalane and Hyaluronic acid, replenishing what has been lost with age and trauma and creating a protective second skin.

QUENCH – A cooling gel that hydrates dry, depleted, overly-parched skin. A humectant cocktail of Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, Glycerine, and Sodium PCA balances moisture levels and replenishes the skin with soothing hydration.

CERAMIDE BALM – The unique pressed serum texture helps repair and protect compromised skin whilst minimising dryness and inflammation. A step up from a moisturiser combines the benefits of a targeted serum with replenishing, moisture-rich Butters and Ceramides for deep nourishment.

H2O SKIN SHOTMoisture Kick. Solves dehydrated and dry skin conditions. Hyaluronic Acid, Cucumber and Urea stimulate the natural hyaluronan synthesis, increasing the skin’s water-binding capacity.

If you have sensitive skin, you don’t need us to tell you that it is a tricky skin type to treat simply because there is so much going on. There are two significant triggers behind inflammation which are discussed here. This article on rosacea is also a worthwhile read.

MIRACLE CLEANSE – An oil-to-water, barrier-restoring cleanser containing a vast array of healing cold-pressed oils, Lipids, Vitamins, Omegas, and Herbs. It protects as it cleanses, leaving a protective film over the skin, easing dermatological conditions such as eczema and impaired barrier function.

FORTIFY – A lipid correcting day cream that contains the exact ratio of Lipids and Cholesterol as the skin, helping restore the skin’s barrier function and boost natural ceramides, supporting natural self-repair.

BIO SKIN SHOTBarrier Repairer. Solves sensitivity, dryness, and blemished skin. An oil-based serum is supercharged with skin-repairing Ceramides, Lipids, and Omegas. Skin-identical ingredients reboot the barrier function, rejuvenating and protecting against moisture loss.

CERAMIDE – The unique pressed serum texture helps repair and protect compromised skin whilst minimising dryness and inflammation. A step up from a moisturiser combines the benefits of a targeted serum with replenishing, moisture-rich Butters and Ceramides for deep nourishment.

SAVIOR –The Moisture Booster. A powerful anti-inflammatory toner contains lipids and gentle hydrosols, layered in a blend of barrier-restoring natural Lipids, conditioning skin and tackling conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne inflammation. (Coming soon).

As we age, skin becomes drier and essential ingredients such as Ceramides, Lipids, Hyaluronic Acid, and Cholesterol start to deplete. Hyaluronic acid, for instance, reduces by 50% by the time you reach 50, which is why it is so important to replenish it. Our philosophy is to treat ‘like with like’ her at the Naked Chemist and incorporate skin-identical ingredients into our formulas. It is also essential to recognise that inflammation is at the root of all premature ageing; therefore, we recommend rebuilding your skin’s barrier first if you feel it has been compromised. Once rebuilt, you can focus more on targeting ageing concerns such as expression lines with all-important cosmeceuticals containing actives like Vitamin A and Peptides.

MIRACLE CLEANSE – An oil-to-water, barrier-restoring cleanser containing a huge array of healing cold-pressed oils, Lipids, Vitamins, Omegas, and Herbs. It protects as it cleanses, leaving a protective film over the skin, easing dermatological conditions such as eczema and impaired barrier function.

IMMORTELLE – Containing nine skin-identical ingredients that integrate with the skin’s barrier, such as Ceramides, Lipids, Squalene, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Magnesium, Squalane and Hyaluronic acid, replenishing what has been lost with age and trauma and creating a protective second skin.

BETOX SKIN SHOT – The Uplift. Reshapes and redefines facial contours. The ingredients limit the facial micro-contractions that cause expression lines, giving skin a re-sculpted appearance.

GLO SKIN SHOT – Antioxidant Cocktail. Brightens and diminishes hyperpigmentation inhibiting the tyrosinase action – which causes dark patches of melanin on the skin’s surface. Potent antioxidants are also added to this formula that protects from oxidative damage, leading to premature ageing.

DNA SKIN SHOTSkin Strengthener. Important Copper Peptides, naturally found in the skin that diminishes with age, help re-densify thin, impaired, prematurely aged skin by restoring dermal thickness. Strengthening the thin walls of capillaries, reducing ‘spider veins’ and promoting the formation of healthy blood vessels.

A+ SKIN SHOTThe Normaliser: Clears, strengthens, and balances concerns associated with ageing. Ideal for oily/combination skin as it treats oily shine, blemishes, and enlarged pores. An essential all-rounder to add to your skincare routine

C+ SKIN SHOTThe Rejuvenator. Addresses many issues associated with premature ageing, including hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, fine lines, and loss of elasticity. Skin looks more youthful and glowing.

B+ SKIN SHOTThe Multitasker. Solves imbalanced, blemished skin. Regenerates and reorganises the cellular functions responsible for skin health, making skin more even and resilient.

H2O SKIN SHOTMoisture Kick. Solves dehydrated and dry skin conditions. Hyaluronic Acid, Cucumber and Urea stimulate the natural hyaluronan synthesis, increasing the skin’s water-binding capacity.

BIO SKIN SHOTBarrier Repairer. Solves sensitivity, dryness, and blemished skin. An oil-based serum is supercharged with skin-repairing Ceramides, Lipids, and Omegas. Skin-identical ingredients reboot the barrier function, rejuvenating and protecting against moisture loss.

YOUTH ORGANIC OILBeauty Sleep: A nourishing anti-ageing oil; containing advanced Retinol boosts collagen synthesis, lessening the visibility of lines and wrinkles. Cell metabolism increases during sleep, so skin is smooth, plump, and luminous upon waking. (Coming soon).

HALO ORGANIC OILGlow Getter. An illuminating oil for pigmented, ageing skin. It contains oil-soluble Vitamin C and Co-Enzyme Q10, which provide intensive protection against free radicals. Revitalises tired skin, visibly reduces the depths of lines, and imparts a rosy hue. (Coming Soon).

This article outlines the products you should use during and after micro-needling treatment. However, depending on your results, there are several recommendations – the following articles and comments, which you can read here and here, will give you more significant insights.

If you have hyperpigmentation in the form of dark spots, melasma, chloasma or uneven skin tone, you don’t need us to tell you it’s tricky to treat. It’s deep-rooted and situated deep in the dermis. Often, ingredients struggle to break the melanin down, and aggressive ingredients like hydroquinone can worsen it, although they initially work. Our formulas target your pigmentation naturally and safe:

GLO SKIN SHOTAntioxidant Cocktail. Brightens and diminishes hyperpigmentation inhibiting the tyrosinase action – which causes dark patches of melanin on the skin’s surface. Potent antioxidants are also added to this formula that protects from oxidative damage, which can lead to premature ageing.

C+ SKIN SHOT Rejuvenator. Addresses many issues associated with premature ageing, including hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, fine lines, and loss of elasticity. Skin looks more youthful and glowing. It has a clever combination of antioxidants and malic acid to prevent premature ageing and help remove stubborn pigment from your skin.

HALO ORGANIC OILGlow Getter. An illuminating oil for pigmented, ageing skin. It contains oil-soluble Vitamin C and Co-Enzyme Q10, which provide intensive protection against free radicals. Revitalises tired skin, visibly reduces the depths of lines, and imparts a rosy hue (Coming soon).

Fortify – Dry, combination, sensitive skin, redness and impaired barrier.

Equilibrium – Combination of skin, oily, large pores, breakouts, acne.

Immortelle – Severely dry, mature skin and signs of ageing.

Quench –  Dehydrated, dull, dry skin

Vitamin A

Retinoids are part of the Vitamin A family. They are considered the “gold standard” in anti-ageing ingredients and have the most scientific research to address numerous skin disorders – including acne, pigmentation, psoriasis, sun damage, regulation of oil glands, cellular turnover, and fine lines. The form of vitamin A we use has extensive research behind it and is quickly taken up by the skin, making it highly stable, effective, and non-irritating. Follow the link to find out more.

Vitamin B

A multitasking ingredient, Niacinamide, is essential for generating energy inside the cell. It can deal with an array of skin conditions and acts as a precursor to the production of skin compounds such as collagen, involucrin, filaggrin, and keratin – making it ideal for controlling excess oil, reducing inflammation and pigmentation, strengthening the barrier function, re-texturising the skin, and reversing some of the visible signs of ageing.

Vitamin C  

L-ascorbic acid is a powerful antioxidant that can protect the cells from internal damage and is the only form of Vitamin C recognised by skin cells. It is the perfect anti-ageing ingredient, targeting dullness, dryness, sun spots, uneven skin tone, and loss of elasticity.

We are all metabolically different; therefore, we recommend adjusting your routine depending on your skin type or concern. Below is a guide:

Oily/Combination Skin: Once/twice a week.

Dry/dehydrated, mature: Twice a week.

Sensitive Skin: Once a week or less if you have hyper-sensitive skin.

Acne-prone skin: Once a week or less if you have associated inflammation.

It is essential that once you have applied your product, you wait for it to absorb fully before adding another product; otherwise, you may experience pilling off – of your products across the skin. We recommend that any humectant-based product such as H2O ideally should have a moisturiser applied over it once it has sunk in. The reason for this is not only will it lock humectants against the skin, but it prevents them from being taken up by the air, which can be the case. Please wait until it fully sinks in, and then layer with your chosen moisturiser.

As long as they are stored in a cool, dark place, the shelf life is guaranteed for 18 months.

We highly recommend building SPF products into your routine as UV rays and pollution are the leading cause of ageing. We currently don’t have an SPF, but I recommend, if your skin is sensitive, look for one with an SPF of around 15 to 20 rather than going too high, and reapply regularly. Why? Because the higher the SPF, the more chemicals, the more it will irritate your skin more often; the lower the SPF, the fewer chemicals.

We consult with you on how to best do that through email/direct messages; don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

As a trained aromatherapist, I understand the molecular chemical structure of essential oils and am aware that some can irritate. For this reason, many of our products are formulated without fragrance or essential oils, except for Immortelle, which contains pure rose absolute essential oil. Ceramide repair balm and Miracle Cleanse contain blue chamazulene, which is both calming and soothing; with these formulas, you have the option to purchase without essential oils.

No, we are proud to be 100% cruelty-free. None of our formulas has been tested on animals.