Antipodes, a probiotic skincare line from New Zealand gives me a “Happy Face.”

From Wellington, New Zealand, to the world. They have created a night time beauty ritual with amazing benefits that are immediately visible. The three-product regime looks simple enough: Halo, a mineral-rich facial mud mask; Divine Face Oil, derived from rose hip, jojoba, macadamia nut and avocado oil; and the Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water cream.

I have used creams, masks and oils on my face since childhood when my mother would slather me with Oil of Olay before I went out into a below zero winter. I have tried products from the least expensive to the ridiculously costly with varying results. Today, the feature I am most complimented on is my complexion, but I am always open to trying something new.
I spread the Halo mud mask on my freshly washed face, and notice a bit of tingling from the thermal mud. It is a little gritty and mineral-rich with sulphur, calcium, sodium and silicon. And then I relax and watch a late-night show, and feel the mask gently drying on my face. On removal with a cloth and warm water, there is pleasant tingling. Careful inspection in my magnifying mirror surprises me. Even the small patches of imperfections around nose and chin, and the bit of acne from excessive mask wearing have totally disappeared. Disappeared!

Next step, I smooth a few drops of the vegan, organic elixir Divine Face Oil all over my skin, paying attention to those pesky lines around eyes and mouth. It is absorbed in a few minutes and I go to the final step. Culture Probiotic Night Recover Water Cream is a lovely shade of lilac and smooths on the face like liquid silk, with no heaviness or greasiness. All its virtues are thanks to Kalibiome AGE Probiotic, a natural “good” bacteria, plant-sourced Hyaluronic Acid and native New Zealand extracts of Mamaku Black Fern, Harakeke Flax Gel and Hibiscus Flower boost intensive hydration. And then it happened—a kind of effervescence began doing its work on my skin, and this amazing, unique sensation continued as I fell asleep.
Thank you, Elizabeth Barbalich, for founding your scientific, green beauty brand, Antipodes, and for giving me a “Happy Face.”

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