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  • Neostrata Resurface
    body,  Neostrata,  second cleanse,  serum

    Neostrata Resurface

    the claim The NEOSTRATA Resurface line claims to harnesses the power of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to smooth and refine the skin’s surface through daily exfoliation. Neostrata employs a Smart Amphoteric Complex gradual release delivery system to help maximise skin tolerability while using high concentrations of AHAs     the cleanser The Foaming Glycolic Wash is formulated with 18% Glycolic Acid and 2% Lactobionic Acid to exfoliate and cleanse congested pores as well as prepare the skin for optimal benefits of the regimen that follows.     the ingredients Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycolic Acid, PEG-8, Alcohol Denat., Arginine, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Lactobionic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Citrus…

  • Benton Shea Butter and Olive Hand Cream
    Benton,  body

    Benton Shea Butter And Olive Hand Cream

    the claim The Benton Shea Butter And Olive Hand Cream claims to moisturise and soothe hands throughout the seasons without leaving a tacky residue.     the science Firstly, let us consider the star ingredients of the hand cream. Shea Butter is a plant-based emollient that mimics the lipid content of skin to promote a soft, smooth, healthy appearance. It features at an impressive 10% concentration. Olive Oil, (2%) is extracted from compressed olives. It contains powerful antioxidants which help to protect against premature ageing by restoring skin smoothness and fighting free radicals. Olive oil penetrates deeply to provide both cleansing and moisturising effects. Furthermore, often coexisting in cosmetic formulations,…

  • Olive Oil Skincare Company Naturally Nourished Hand Wash
    body,  Olive Oil Skincare Company

    Olive Oil Skincare Co Naturally Nourished Hand Wash

    the claim The Olive Oil Skincare Company Naturally Nourished Hand Wash claims to include an energizing blend of oils and environmentally friendly bamboo particles that creates a perfect exfoliating hand wash that leaves hands feeling soft, smooth and nourished after every wash.     the science The hero brand ingredient, Olive Oil, contains powerful antioxidants which help to protect against premature ageing by restoring skin smoothness and protecting against ultraviolet light. Olive oil penetrates deeply to provide both cleansing and moisturising effects. Included for its gentle exfoliation is Bamboo Stem Powder. Helping to provide the lather are the surfactants. Coco Glucoside and Decyl Glucoside are natural composites of coconut based…

  • Akuka Seaweed Body Scrub
    Akuka,  body,  exfoliate

    Akuka Seaweed Body Scrub

    the claim The Akuka Seaweed Body Scrub claims to be a thick granulated body scrub with nutrient rich Seaweed and Pacific Sea Salt submerged in a base of softening Coconut and Almond Oils to exfoliate the skin leaving it smooth, supple and glowing. Added Green Clay deeply purifies and clears the pores.     the science Present at the highest concentration in the formulation is Almond Seed Oil which is rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc. The fatty acids serve as a natural emollient, locking in moisture by forming a protective barrier. It is also a gentle exfoliant, clearing dead skin cells and stimulating new…

  • Abib Hand Crème Type V
    Abib,  body

    Abib Hand Crème Type V

    the claim The Abib Hand Crème Type V  is said to have a scent inspired by Vincent van Gogh, starting with a sweet citrus and finishing with musk and sole. It claims to nourish and soothe hands, making them gentle to touch while also firming the skin barrier to help keep them moisturised.     the science The two ingredients represented at the highest concentrations in the Abib Hand Crème Type V that follow water are Glycerin and Petrolatum. The formula relies heavily on these components to moisturise. They complement each other perfectly. Petrolatum is hydrophobic meaning it has water repelling properties and is insoluble in water therefore forms a…

  • Olive Oil Skincare Company Naturally Nourished Hand Cream
    body,  Olive Oil Skincare Company

    Olive Oil Skincare Company Hand Cream

    the claim The Olive Oil Skincare Company Naturally Nourished Hand Cream claims be smooth, creamy and quickly absorbed to revive and moisturize, leaving hands soft, silky and deeply hydrated.     the science As anticipated, Olive Oil and all its derivatives are the star ingredients in the formulation. Olive Oil contains three powerful antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols which help to protect against premature ageing by restoring skin smoothness and protecting against ultraviolet light. It penetrates deeply to provide both cleansing and moisturising effects. Bi-products of olives and olive oil play a huge part in this product. Ethylhexyl Olivate is a natural ester of skin-conditioning fatty acids derived from…

  • Style Korean Glowing Clover Set
    Abib,  Benton,  body,  first cleanse,  Heimish,  HelloSkin,  Hyggee,  mask,  second cleanse,  Style Korean

    Style Korean Glowing Clover Set

    the set The Style Korean Glowing Clover Set comprises products from leading Korean skincare brands. The set includes the following five items:   Abib, Hand Crème Type V Fragrant Tube Benton, Tea Tree Cleansing Water Heimish, ph 5.5 All Clean Green Foam HelloSkin, Jumiso First Skin Lightening Mask   Abib Hand Crème Type V Fragrant Tube The Abib philosophy is to take skin that has been exposed to and suffered the effects of pollution and other stimuli and return it to a natural state. The Crème Type V  focuses on the hands and is defined by a scent inspired by Vincent van Gogh. It starts off with a strong citrus…

  • Akuka,  body

    Akuka Seaweed Body Moisturiser

    the claim The Akuka Seaweed Body Moisturiser claims to be a decadent body moisturiser with nutrient rich Seaweed to soften and rejuvenate the skin while Jojoba and Coconut Oils provide long-lasting hydration.     the science The first thing that struck me about this product is that it is waterless, instead, liquid primarily represented by Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, a soothing and moisturising powerhouse replacement. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, one of its strengths lies in its ability to neutralise free radicals and heal skin damage. It displays excellent anti-ageing properties. Due to its ability to be deeply penetrated, aloe can trigger enzymes to stimulate collagen production and assist to…

  • Pyunkang Yul Lotion
    body,  Pyunkang Yul

    Pyunkang Yul Moisture Lotion

    the claim The Pyunkang Yul Moisture Lotion claims to gently provide abundant moisture to the face and body.   the science Pyunkang Yul is an eastern medicinal skincare clinic in South Korea with a focus in the treatment of atopic skin ailments. A demand from patients resulted in the launch of their own skincare line. This lotion uses gentle ingredients, all with a very low risk of causing irritation. The key active ingredient is Portulaca Oleracea Extract, a succulent plant which has long been associated with traditional health care due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties. It also incorporates anti-ageing benefits and displays an ability to sooth skin,…

  • CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
    body,  CeraVe,  moisturize

    CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

    the claim The CeraVe Moisturizing Cream claims it will provide long lasting skin hydration which won’t clog pores, irritate sensitive skin or feel greasy.     the science Just like all CeraVe products, this moisturizing cream contains Ceramides (three essential ones in this case – Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II and Ceramide 1) which help to restore and maintain the skin’s natural protective barrier. As we age, naturally occurring ceramides in our cells become less effective at achieving hydrated and supple skin and keeping wrinkles at bay. This cream aims to reinforce this supply and in doing so, fortify the skin’s natural barrier and thus increase hydration in an attempt to…