It is the Year of Calm, Clean Skincare™ That's the message from New Zealand's Scientific Green Beauty brand Antipodes, with the launch of Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream. This intensely hydrating water cream features good bacteria, plant-based hyaluronic acid and New Zealand extracts, and is designed to promote healthier-looking skin. The certified vegan formulation delivers a lifeline to any skin type by boosting moisture levels and helping to strengthen the skin's barrier, optimising skin recovery overnight. Applied as part of a relaxing evening ritual, users awaken to a calm, clear, hydrated visage.
Culture is unique in the Antipodes range for its probiotic-infused formulation. Probiotics are renowned for their health-enhancing effects on the body, but they also play a role in the health of skin. As the body's largest organ, skin hosts about 1,000 species of live bacteria – a finely balanced ecosystem known as the microbiome*. A healthy microbiome enhances the skin's natural barrier, helping to protect from allergens, free radicals, photoaging, and pollutants**. Disruption of these bacteria levels can contribute to issues such as acne, eczema, dermatitis, redness, and the signs of premature aging**. A strong skin barrier is therefore a crucial element of health and wellbeing – something Antipodes founder and CEO, Elizabeth Barbalich, is acutely aware of.
"Bacteria collected from pollutants in our environment can be stressful for skin, so it's more relevant than ever to cultivate self-care rituals that protect, hydrate, and restore. At Antipodes, we're about fresh, healthy, real-looking skin, not cookie-cutter perfection. The single best thing you can do to achieve healthy skin is to enhance its natural barrier – and this is the water cream to help you achieve that."
-Elizabeth Barbalich, Founder & CEO, Antipodes.
It's all thanks to Kalibiome AGE Probiotic: an innovative development in anti-aging and skin regeneration. Kalibiome AGE Probiotic is a natural, non-live bacteria (also referred to as a "postbiotic") that helps to seal the skin's epidermal layers, reducing water loss and protecting against environmental irritants like pollution^. In simple terms, it is "good" bacteria that helps balance the skin's "bad" bacteria. Culture's water-charged formulation provides a mechanic to deliver this good bacteria to skin.
The anti-aging properties of Kalibiome AGE Probiotic have been defined through robust scientific testing. In-vitro investigations show that it increases hydration by stimulating the production of hyaluronic acid in skin cells^. It is also effective in fighting photoaging, redness, and wrinkles, and has been shown to boost Type I collagen in fibroblast skin cells, supporting firmer skin and fewer fine lines^. Says Elizabeth:
"The science behind probiotics for skincare is fascinating. We've harnessed this innovative new technology because of the positive benefits for skin. Antipodes is focused on achieving genuine results with ingredients that are 100% natural, clean, and scientifically tested. Kalibiome AGE Probiotic ticks all of those boxes."
The sleep-in night cream is enhanced by a host of hydrating bioactive ingredients. Each has been selected for its ability to support healthy skin. Hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the human body, holds up to 1000 times its weight in water and helps to keep cells hydrated. Cruelty-free, natural alternatives to conventional ingredients are central to the green beauty brand's ethos, so Antipodes uses only high-quality, natural hyaluronic acid sourced from vegetables.
Mamaku black fern, the iconic New Zealand native plant, contains glycosides (natural sugars) that contribute to the renewal of the skin's surface. Water-rich harakeke gel from the roots of New Zealand's native flax helps to lock in the skin's natural moisture as well as having a calming and soothing effect on skin. Meadowfoam, a nourishing oil, is coveted for its intense moisturising and rejuvenating benefits.
Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream offers a carefully curated sensory experience. With complicated, chemical-laden products cluttering bathroom cabinets worldwide, Antipodes is leading the charge on incorporating wellness and simplicity into skincare routines. "We call Culture a 'night recovery' cream for a reason," explains Elizabeth. "For dull, tired, or generally stressed skin, our clean and natural water cream is a tool to help you reset and restore. It's an essential part of a calming new night ritual."
Every element – from the cream's dreamy lilac colouring and cloud-soft texture, to the elegant indigo packaging and pure plant fragrance of deep, fresh rose – has been selected with stressed skin in mind. With Culture, Antipodes invites devotees to sink into a deeply relaxing nightly ritual that provides balance to skin, self, and soul.
"For healthier looking skin, I apply a generous amount to each side of my face, neck,and décolletage after I've cleansed and applied my Antipodes serum of choice. I switch off for the night – no screens allowed – and take time to rest and reflect. The soft cream sits delicately on my skin with the feeling of immersion in a glass of water, hydrating and restoring while I sleep."
-Elizabeth Barbalich, Founder & CEO, Antipodes
Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream is gentle and suitable for all skin types. It is free from synthetic and toxic ingredients and is certified vegan by the UK Vegetarian Society. The ultra-light moisturiser is the genesis of a line of probiotic skincare from Antipodes to restore balance and harmony to skin. Says Elizabeth, "This is a terrifically exciting frontier of skincare that we are only just beginning to explore." Lift the lid on Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream to join the cult for beautiful skin and awaken each day to your freshest, healthiest visage.
Review: Very different to other night creams, it's a lot lighter and absorbs quickly into your skin. Really like the way my skin felt so refreshed in the morning.
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