• Sunscreen
    routine,  sunscreen


    the theory Something as seemingly simple as sunscreen has become rather complicated. Firstly, let’s examine what it is that we need to be protected from. We’re all aware that the sun emits radiation throughout the year that can cause skin damage. We need to protect our skin from both forms, UVA (long-wave ultraviolet A) and UVB (short-wave ultraviolet B) rays, responsible for tanning, sunburn and aging of the skin as well as wrinkles and skin cancers. Nowadays, sunscreens will protect against both. In combination and at an SPF of over 15, this is referred to as “broad spectrum” cover.   the SPF The SPF or Sun Protection Factor of a…

  • Swisse CosQ10 Anti-ageing Facial Moisturiser
    moisturize,  Swisse

    Swisse CoQ10 Anti-ageing Facial Moisturiser

    the claim The Swisse CoQ10 Anti-ageing Facial Moisturiser helps to nourish, hydrate, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and even skin tone, providing a radiant, healthy appearance.   the science Co-Enzyme, CoQ10 (also known as Ubiquinone) is a powerful antioxidant that is naturally found in our bodies, but like Squalane (also in the formula), levels decrease with age. Stress can also affect the amount of CoQ10 naturally produced. CoQ10 boosts skin repair and regeneration, plumps skin and reduces free radical damage. This results in an improvement in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and a healthy glow. It is therefore a super force against ageing. Squalane oil…

  • Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Borabit Ampoule
    ampoule,  Missha

    Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule

    the claim The Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Borabit Ampoule by Missha claims to help create flawless skin by promoting skin’s natural powers of improvement whilst also brightening and incorporating anti-ageing benefits of wrinkle repair and increased elasticity.     the science The key to this serum is the presence of its powerful fermented ingredients. At a basic level, fermentation is the process of biologically enhancing ingredients to improve their nutritional value. This is done by breaking down the molecular structure of the active ingredients into smaller particles for better reception and deeper absorption into the skin. The process also creates antioxidants (anti-ageing), peptides and amino acids (cell renewal).…

  • ELF Lip Exfoliator
    E.L.F.,  exfoliate

    ELF Lip Exfoliator

    the claim The ELF Lip Exfoliator gently exfoliates lips for a conditioned and revitalized feel.   the science This product is made from many highly regarded natural ingredients, the main actives being sugar for exfoliation and oils for moisturisation. Sucrose is a common and natural form of sugar. It is a natural humectant, meaning it effectively draws in moisture to hydrate skin. Furthermore, sugar is a natural exfoliant, a source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which helps to turnover skin cells for a younger appearance.   Grape seed oil is extremely rich in beta-carotene, vitamins D, C and E (anti-oxidants) and also essential fatty acids like palmitic,…

  • Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair PM Moisturiser
    moisturize,  Neutrogena

    Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

    the claim The Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair anti-ageing night time moisturiser claims to help reduce the visible signs of ageing. Improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet and cheek wrinkles Brightens and evens skin’s tone Smooths fine lines and texture Rejuvenates and nourishes skin for a more radiant look     the science Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative which is considered a superstar anti-ageing ingredient, supported by over 40 years of scientific research. It works to increase cell turnover plus stimulate collagen and elastin production. Results include a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improvement in uneven skin tone and resurfacing for…

  • Macadamia Deep Repair Masque

    Macadamia Deep Repair Masque

    the claim Macadamia Deep Repair Masque penetrates and rejuvenates weakened hair for enhanced health, shine and resiliency with no weigh down. Perfect for dry, weakened or color-treated hair of all textures.   the science Macadamia and argan seed oils are used in hair care because it of their many benefits. Macadamia Natural Oil implements a patented composition of both in their hair care products. It is rich in Omega 7 and closely resembles the skin’s natural oil making it easy to absorb into the hair and scalp without feeling greasy. It promotes the production of sebum in the scalp which replenishes the follicles and thus rejuvenates the hair. Squalene is…

  • double cleansers
    cleanse,  routine

    Double Cleansing

    the theory As the name suggests, double cleansing is the Korean process of cleaning your face twice before layering the remainder of your evening skincare. The first cleanse flushes away the majority of oil based impurities including pollutants, makeup, sebum, bacteria and layers of sunscreen. The second picks up what the first misses and also effectively removes perspiration, cell debris and dirt.   According to Dr Susan Mayou, consultant dermatologist at London’s Cadogan Cosmetics clinic: Make-up is now formulated for its staying power, so it often needs a double cleanse to remove it thoroughly. Research shows that when skin isn’t properly cleaned, the surface layer can prevent active ingredients from…

  • The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
    oil,  The Ordinary

    The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil

    the claim The Ordinary’s 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil claims to be a daily support formula for all skin types that moisturizes the skin and reduces the signs of sun damage to promote an even radiant tone.   the science   The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil is 100% pure, cold-pressed and organic. Rose hip seed oil has traditionally been used in skincare due to its proven healing and protective properties. It is rich in linoleic and linolenic fatty acids and pro-vitamin A, often considered nature’s retin A. Components retain their effectiveness because they undergo cold-pressed extraction. Together they help to reduce scars, fine lines, sun damage and…

  • I'm from Ginseng Mask
    I'm From,  mask,  wash off

    I’m From Ginseng Mask

    the claim The I’m from Ginseng Mask claims to detoxify skin, improve elasticity and hydration and offer anti-ageing benefits. It’s target consumers are those with maturing, dry or problem skin.     the science Red Ginseng is an ingredient that has been used medicinally for centuries. Ginseng contains antioxidants that accelerate cell regeneration. It also improves blood circulation thus allowing the skin to look brighter. It has a proven effectiveness in fighting wrinkles by boosting skin-firming collagen whilst its detoxifying properties boost our immune response. Clearly, ginseng is the key ingredient in this product, as the name suggests. Licorice Root Extract has soothing qualities for sensitive skin, packed with antibacterial…

  • Petitfee Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch
    eye,  mask,  Petitfee

    Petitfee Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch

    the claim Petitfee Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye Patches claim to pamper and relax your under eyes providing an intensely hydrating infusion of moisture plus vital nutrients. They compare the experience and results to that achieved from a professional spa treatment.   the science Included within the formula of these hydrogel patches are several plant extracts whose general benefits incorporate anti-ageing, soothing and protection properties. Natural plant extracts have a proven ability to improve both skin and overall health. More specifically, they provide the following qualities: The extract from the bamboo plant, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, can sooth skin and diminish uneven skin tone. Grapefruit Seed Extract, rich in…