FAQs & SKINCARE ADVICE

What is The Naked Chemist?

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 type and skin conditions.

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

Why a customised approach

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

What is The Naked Chemist Recommendation for Oily/Combination Skin?

MELT CLEANSER – A unique jelly cleanser that contains a blend of mild surfactants and makeup-dissolving emollients, to gently melt away makeup, removes impurities without stripping oil. (Coming soon)

EQUILIBRIUM MOISTURISER – A powerful regulator and normaliser, Salicylic Acid and antibacterial botanicals reduces oil production and inhibits acne-causing bacteria; reducing the appearance of breakouts and oily shine. Formulated within a hydrating cream/gel base, as dehydration can exacerbate an oily skin further.

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

A+ SKIN SHOTThe Normaliser. Clears strengthens, and balances, it treats oily shine, blemishes and enlarged pores. An important 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.

SOS SKIN SHOT – Skin Soother. A hydrating rescue remedy that not only soothes inflamed skin and irritation, it’s potent antibacterial properties also prohibits unwelcome pathogens, that often leads to breakouts and acne.

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, that 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).

What is The Naked Chemist Recommendation for Acne?

Acne is caused by the following factors: Hormone imbalances especially an increase in testosterone, which can lead to an overproduction of oil (sebum). A build-up of skin cells which can clog pores, creating the perfect environment for p.acnes bacteria which builds up in the pore over time. These factors can lead to infection and inflammation, resulting in pimples, papules and pustules – deep cysts. By using the following clinical-grade skincare you can reduce the opportunity for acne and blocked pores, helping to balance your skin naturally.

MELT CLEANSER – A unique jelly cleanser that contains a blend of mild surfactants and makeup-dissolving emollients, to gently melt away makeup, removes impurities, without stripping oil. (Coming soon)

EQUILIBRIUM MOISTURISER – A powerful regulator and normaliser, Salicylic Acid and antibacterial botanicals reduces oil production and inhibits acne-causing bacteria; reducing the appearance of breakouts and oily shine. Formulated within a hydrating cream/gel base, as dehydration can exacerbate an oily skin further.

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.

SOS SKIN SHOTSkin Soother. A hydrating rescue remedy that not only soothes inflamed skin and irritation, but it’s also potent antibacterial properties prohibit unwelcome pathogens, that often leads to breakouts and acne.

HERO OILThe balancing Act. Facial oil for acne and blemishes that 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).

What is The Naked Chemist Recommendation for Dry/Impaired Barrier?

Dry skin is when the skin is lacking in oil. It’s usually characterised by flaking and can feel rough to touch, so oily emollients and water-based formulas such as H2O and QUENCH are ideal. This skin type requires a special approach with skin-identical ingredients that completely mimic the composition and structure of the skin; allowing it to perfectly integrate into the cells and the spaces between them, to bring much-needed relief to dry, fragile, inflamed skin.

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.

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.

NMF CREAM GEL – Containing an array of 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. (Coming soon).

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 to repair and protect compromised skin whilst minimising dryness and inflammation. A step up from a moisturiser, it combines the benefits of a targeted serum with replenishing, moisture-rich Butters and Ceramides for deep nourishment.

NECTAR – A skin-soothing and nourishing balm containing a cocktail of conditioning Omegas and organic botanicals extracts, that work topically to repair the acid mantle, restoring the delicate microflora.

BIO SKIN SHOTBarrier Repairer: An antioxidant-rich supercharged oil, full of skin-repairing Ceramides, Lipids, and Omegas. Skin-identical ingredients that 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

LUXE OIL –The Moisture Booster. A powerful anti-inflammatory oil which promotes wound healing and combats dryness. Powerful Antioxidants are layered in a blend of barrier-restoring natural Lipids; conditioning skin and tackling conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne inflammation. (Coming soon)

What is The Naked Chemist Recommendation for Dehydrated Skin?

Dehydrated skin is complicated. It lacks water in the epidermis – the outer layer of skin – so it is important to focus on structures within the skin that are responsible for water retention and balance. Without the right level of hydration, the skin barrier can become compromised which can exacerbate acne. The following two articles: here and here discuss dehydration further.

NMF CREAM GEL – Containing an array of 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. (Coming soon).

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 to repair and protect compromised skin whilst minimising dryness and inflammation. A step up from a moisturiser, it 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.

What is The Naked Chemist Routine for Treating Sensitive/Rosacea/Eczema?

Sensitive skin is extremely difficult to treat because these skin conditions are inflammatory, causing the skin to appear red or flushed. There are two significant triggers behind inflammation which are discussed here. This article on Rosacea is also a useful read.

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.

NECTAR – A skin-soothing and nourishing balm containing a cocktail of conditioning Omegas and organic botanicals work topically, to repair your acid mantle and restore the delicate microflora. Restoring the complexion’s equilibrium.

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 impaired 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 to repair and protect compromised skin whilst minimising dryness and inflammation. A step up from a moisturiser, it combines the benefits of a targeted serum with replenishing, moisture-rich Butters and Ceramides for deep nourishment.

SOS SKIN SHOTSkin Soother. A rescue remedy that not only soothes inflamed skin and irritation, it’s potent antibacterial properties prohibit unwelcome pathogens that often leads to breakouts and acne.

LUXE – Moisture Booster. A powerful and soothing anti-inflammatory oil which promotes wound healing and combats dryness. Powerful antioxidants are layered in a blend of barrier-restoring natural lipids; conditioning skin and tackling conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne inflammation (Coming soon).

What is The Naked Chemist Routine for Ageing?

As we age, our skin becomes drier and important ingredients found within the skin, such as Ceramides, Lipids, Hyaluronic Acid, and Cholesterol deplete with age. Hyaluronic Acid, for instance, reduces by 50% by the time we reach 5o, which is why we like to treat ‘like’ with ‘like’ and incorporate skin-identical ingredients into our formulas. It is also important to recognise that inflammation is at the root of all premature ageing, for this reason, 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 which contain 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 – An anti-ageing cream containing powerful ingredients including Vitamin A and Co-Enzyme Q10, which dramatically diminish the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles, and sun damage to reveal a vibrant, younger-looking complexion.

BETOX SKIN SHOTThe Uplift. Reshapes and redefines facial contours. The ingredients limit the facial micro-contractions that cause the appearance of 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 the oxidative damage which can lead to premature ageing.

DNA SKIN SHOTSkin Strengthener. Important Copper Peptides, naturally found in the skin that diminish with age, help to 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 important 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 that are 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 impaired 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 is boosted during sleep so skin is smooth, plump, and luminous upon waking. (Coming soon).

HALO ORGANIC OILGlow Getter. An illuminating oil for pigmented, ageing skin. 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)

What is The Naked Chemist Recommendation for Microneedled Skin?

The following article clearly outlines the products that you should use during and post micro-needling treatment. However, depending on the results you get, there are a number of recommendations – the following articles and comments, which you can read here and here, will give you greater insights.

What is The Naked Chemist Recommendation for Pigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is stubborn; it’s deep-rooted and situated in the dermis and often ingredients struggle to pull this out – aggressive ingredients like hydroquinone, although initially work, actually exacerbate this problem further, you can read about the dangers of hydroquinone here. Our recommendations are to use formulas that offer a gentle approach with skin-lightening agents and antioxidants, which are natural and safe, that selectively target melanin. You can read more here.

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 the oxidative damage which can lead to premature ageing.

C+ SKIN SHOT – The 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.

HALO ORGANIC OILGlow Getter. An illuminating oil for pigmented, ageing skin. 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).

Which Moisturiser is Right For Me?

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

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

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

Why are Vitamins A, B, and C Important for my 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 behind them in regards to addressing 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 easily taken up by the skin; making it highly stable, effective, and non-irritating on the skin. Follow the link to find out more.

Vitamin B

A multitasking ingredient, Niacinamide is important 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 is able to protect the cells from internal damage and is the only form of Vitamin C that can be recognised by skin cells. It is the perfect anti-ageing ingredient; targeting dullness, dryness, sun spots, uneven skin tone, and loss of elasticity.

How Often Should I Exfoliate?

We are all metabolically different, therefore we recommend adjusting your routine depending on your particular 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.

What Do You Mean When You Recommend Layering Products?

It is important that once you have applied your product, you wait for it to fully absorb 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. Wait until it has fully sunk in and then layer with your chosen moisturiser on top.

What is the Shelf Life?

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

Does The Naked Chemist Recommend Sunscreen Products?

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 a 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.

Does The Naked Chemist Offer Consultations?

We consult with you on how to best do that through email/direct messages, please contact us.

Does The Naked Chemist Use Essential Oils in their Formulae?

As a trained aromatherapist, I understand that the molecular chemical structure of essential oils and am aware that some can cause irritation. For this reason, many of our products are formulated without fragrance or essential oils, with the exception of Ceramide repair balm and Miracle Cleanse. They contain blue chamazulene, which is both calming and soothing; with both of these formulae, you have the option to purchase without essential oils. SOS and Nectar contain Manuka essential oil for its healing bactericidal properties.

Are Your Products Tested on Animals?

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