Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm


Everyone's got their Windex, right? Eight Hour Cream, Aquaphor, pawpaw ointment, Egyptian Magic -- there are a fair few out there. Personal preference varies, obviously, and I'm sure whether some of them "work" or not could be in some part attributed to the placebo effect... but the Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm works for me. Google any of its ingredients — many of them sourced in New Zealand — and you’ll see that it’s no lightweight in terms of antibacterial and antibacterial activity. You’ll also notice that there are no petrolatum-derived products in there. While petrolatum is a fantastic occlusive agent (i.e. it seals in water and keeps out germs), it doesn’t actually have any healing properties of its own. Saviour, conversely, contains ingredients which do the same thing and others which actively promote skin repair. 

The great thing about Antipodes as a “natural” brand is that it backs up its plethora of claims with independent scientific testing. Saviour, specifically, has been shown to “stimulate optimal synthesis of Type III collagen production in human fibroblast skin cells by more than 95%”. Look, I’ll be the first person to tell you that in vitro studies don’t necessarily translate to in vivo results, but this stuff works. Whenever I forget to put this on minor cuts or bug bites, I’m scratching away at a red, infected patch of skin the next day, or looking at a weeping, crusty pimple. (You’re welcome for that mental image.)

Why is the tin posing with a jar of honey? Honey's got antimicrobial properties of its own, and it's a humectant, i.e. it's pretty good at attracting and retaining water. (Plus the Balm has beeswax. And it made a pretty photo. Also J.Friend honey is fantastic.)

Ingredients:  Ricinus communis (castor oil), limnanthes alba (meadowfoam oil), helianthus annuus (sunflower seed oil), cera alba (beeswax), daucus carota sativa (carrot seed oil), calendual officinalis (calendula flower oil), theobroma cacao seed (cocoa butter), hypericum (St John's wort), butropsermum parkii (shea butter), pisium sativum (pea extract), melaleuca alternifolia (Australian tea tree oil), vitis vinifera (Vinanza grapesse extract), panthenol, santalum album (sandalwood oil), anthemis nobilis (chamomile flower), echinacea purpurea (echinacea extract), totarol (totara extract), hesperdin.