• Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask
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    Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask

    the claim The Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask contains 87% propolis extract and natural beeswax to soothe, calm and moisturise skin while you sleep. It can be used as an overnight or wash-off mask, alternatively like a cream.     the science Represented at an overwhelming 87% concentration is Propolis Extract, a combination of beeswax, enzymes and tree sap used by bees to seal, disinfect and waterproof their hive. It’s additionally excellent for the skin, used medicinally to help heal wounds for centuries. Rich in flavonoids, propolis displays powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Its high antioxidant content also assists to keep free radicals from causing cell damage. It…

  • Naked Klay,  wash off

    Naked Klay 2 In 1 Detoxifying Exfoliating Mask

    the claim The Naked Klay 2-in-1 Detoxifying Exfoliating Mask is said to be rich in traditional ancient herbs with vitamins, antioxidants and botanical extracts. It claims to impart a gentle cleanse and exfoliation while also helping to balance and control oil production, achieving a clearer, smoother complexion and helping to reduce visible signs of ageing.     the science Kaolin and Bentonite are typical clays included in detoxifying masks because of their absorption capabilities. They are able to draw out impurities, excess oil, bacteria and dirt to achieve clear skin and clean pores. This makes them ideal for oily and acne-prone skin types. A high content of silica helps to…

  • wash off,  Wildcrafted Organics

    Wildcrafted Organics Wild Berry Masque

    the claim The Wildcrafted Organics Wild Berry Masque comprises 85% Certifed Organic and Wild Harvested Ingredients. It claims to be a luscious honey based cleanser, exfoliant and masque rich in skin loving nutrients, antioxidants and the purest New Zealand clay for healthy, beautifully radiant skin.     the science Topping the INCI is organic Honey. Strong antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in honey make it a great cleanser while also protecting the skin and helping to prevent premature aging. As a humectant, it draws and retains moisture for increased skin hydration and suppleness. Halloysite Clay is a pure white New Zealand clay that enhances cleansing and exfoliation. It is…

  • Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Hydrogel Eye Patch
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    Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Hydrogel Eye Patch

    the claim The Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Hydrogel Eye Patch claims to hydrate, brighten and nourish the sensitive skin around the eyes with snail secretion, bee venom and seaweed extracts.     the science There are three highlighted heroes of this product: Snail Secretion Filtrate, Bee Venom and Seaweed. Saccharomyces/Snail Secretion Filtrate Ferment Filtrate is an ingredient obtained by filtering snail secretion which has been fermented by yeast derived from grapes. This process increases the potency of actives since they can be better absorbed into the skin. Snail mucin is said to aid skin by hydrating, preventing ageing and improving wrinkles and scars. Bee Venom is listed way down the…

  • Heimish Black Tea Mask Pack
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    Heimish Black Tea Mask Pack

    the claim The Heimish Black Tea Mask Pack is a soothing gel mask infused with ingredients extracted from Black Tea, Berry, Aloe, and Centella Asiatica, delivering a 5 minute cooling treatment. It nourishes dry, fatigued skin while boosting its moisture level for the perfect water/oil balance. It also helps improves skin elasticity and minimises the appearance of pores.     the science There are four hero ingredients in this mask, all herbal extracts and represented at good concentrations, featuring in positions 4-7 on the INCI. The most prominent is Green Tea Leaf Water which is a potent antioxidant source that helps to protect skin from free radical damage, reduce inflammation,…

  • B-Liv Immerse Me Mask
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    B-Liv Immerse Me Mask

    the claim The B-Liv Immerse Me Mask claims to provide a lavish boost of long lasting hydration that replenishes the skin.     the science Humectants, Glycerin, Sodium PCA and Butylene Glycol feature prominently in the mask to enhance hydration, the latter also assisting to increase the penetration of other ingredients. Next, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate forms a film on the skin to stop moisture from evaporating. It displays a strong hydrating power and a high water absorbing capacity which allows it to strengthen the dermis and increase skin firmness. Featuring quite high in the INCI is Phenoxyethanol, a widely used synthetic preservative. It has global approval for use in all cosmetics…

  • Gaston Eye Gel Patches
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    Gaston Shooting Star Eye Gel Patches

    the claim The Gaston Shooting Star Eye Gel Patches are said to moisturise the sensitive area around the eyes as well as provide a brightening effect (crystal) and soothe and nourish (black).     the science The first 5 ingredients of the two versions are identical, made up of Water, Glycerin, Carrageenan, Betaine and Allantoin. Carrageenan (sometimes called Irish Moss), is extracted from red seaweed. As well as displaying water binding ability, it helps to keep oil and water soluble ingredients together for a more stable product. Humectants are well represented in the formula with Glycerin and Betaine appearing at significant concentrations. Complementing their ability to draw moisture into the…

  • Cosrx Ultimate Moisturising Rice Overnight Spa Mask
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    Cosrx Ultimate Moisturising Rice Overnight Spa Mask

    the claim The Cosrx Ultimate Moisturising Rice Overnight Spa Mask comprises more than 68.9% rice extract. It claims to deliver intense, powerful hydration while rejuvenating and nourishing skin overnight, promising healthier more radiant skin.     the science Rich in amino acids, vitamin E and ferulic acid, Rice Extract has anti-inflammatory and calming effects, also providing short and long term skin hydration. It’s great for sensitive and acne prone skin types. Sunflower Seed Oil is lightweight and enriched with lineoleic acid and Vitamin E. It’s well absorbed without residue. Essential fatty acids help to maintain the skin barrier and decrease transepidermal water loss, keeping skin supple and soft. Its emollient…

  • Australian Clay Co No Filter Gold Clay Mask
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    Australian Clay Co No Filter Gold Clay Mask

    the claim The Australian Clay Co. No Filter Gold Clay Mask claims to be an ultra deep cleansing mask that removes dead skin and other nasty impurities leaving your face plump and fresh.     the science Kaolin clay is derived from the mineral Kaolinite (also referred to as Kaolinite Clay). Rocks that are rich in Kaolinite are also known as Kaolin or China Clay. Together with Bentonite, they deliver a detoxifying effect, able to absorb excess sebum and draw out impurities from the skin for clean pores. A high content of silica helps to remove dead skin and regenerate new cells without over-drying. As such, clay is great for…

  • Helloganic One A Day Sheet Masks
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    Helloganic One A Day Sheet Masks

    the claim The Helloganic One A Day Sheet Masks are 100% vegan and made from Eucalyptus. Each targets different skin needs including brightening, hydrating, firming and pore refining.     The PORE PURIFYING mask is said to calm irritated, stressed and sensitive skin suffering breakouts and inflammation by balancing oil moisture and controlling sebum with the help of vitamins and enzymes in adlay. The BRIGHTENING mask uses vitamins and minerals from peaches to brighten and diminish the appearance of dark spots. The FIRMING mask claims to assist skin to remain youthful by restoring elasticity and resilience with tomato. The HYDRATING mask uses the proteins and actives in coconut to help…