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Say hello to the serum that will supercharge your skin care regime.

We’ve fawned over rosehip, jojoba and argan oils for a while, but now there’s another beauty oil that’s caught our attention – and it’s probably sitting in your pantry already.

Say hello to chia seed oil.

It’s already a beloved healthy breakfast staple, but chia seed oil is also bursting with benefits for the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties are great at reducing the appearance of breakouts; the zinc and B vitamins stabilise oily skin and reduce redness while also healing dry skin; and antioxidants help cells repair and prevent signs of ageing.

No wonder then, that it’s pegged to be the next big thing when it comes to skincare.

A company with their finger firmly on this pulse is Antipodes, with their Chia and Kiwi Seed Superfood Serum (around $54.45). Created in New Zealand, the scientifically validated organic skincare brand’s focus on ensuring their natural, certified organic and vegetarian products are as good for the environment as they are for your skin have seen them become favourites of Cara Delevingne, Sam Smith, Elle Macpherson and Danni Minogue – to name just a few. (Post continues after gallery.)

Observing the company’s founder Elizabeth Barbalich and the team at work, it’s clear to see why – Antipodes is a brand that really practises what it preaches.

From their much-loved facial serums to creamy moisturisers, their products encapsulate the greenness, vitality and freshness of New Zealand and the bioactive botanical ingredients used in their range available around the world can be found in local bush reserves just minutes away from the Wellington head office. (Post continues after gallery.)

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It also helps that it’s finally sorted out my seriously dry forehead and nose, which have been plaguing me for the past few months. The oil kept my skin supple and hydrated instead of flaking all over the place.

Best of all, a little goes a long way – just use two to three drops after cleansing morning or night if you have combination skin or both for those with drier textures.

Thank you, chia seeds.

While you can be confident you’re making an environmentally-friendly decision thanks to their low carbon footprint ingredients, recyclable bottle, biodegradable cardboard packaging and vegetable inks that come standard with their products, the latest superfood serum goes one step further.

Antipodes has become the first beauty brand to partner with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) New Zealand, pledging $60,000 from the sale of the serum to go towards building a future where people live in harmony with nature.

Minimal impact on the environment and maximum impact on your skin – like Russell Crowe, a decent flat white, Phar Lap and pavlova, add Antipodes to the list of Kiwi things Aussies will be tempted to claim as their own.

Have you used this product before?

Brittany Stewart travelled to Wellington as a guest of Antipodes, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely her own.

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