• Good Molecules,  oil

    Good Molecules Squalane Oil

    the claim The Good Molecules Squalane Oil claims to 100% plant-derived squalane to soften and seal in moisture for a healthy, hydrated complexion.     the science Plant derived Squalane comes from olives. Squalane is non-comedogenic (won’t block pores) and a natural component of human sebum. This assures that it’s quickly absorbed without greasy or oily residue, protecting skin against dehydration. It comprises three major antioxidants, namely, Vitamin E, Polyphenols and Phytosterols, for ultimate protection against free radical damage and restorative function. Emollient properties help it trap moisture to also keep skin soft and supple. Improved moisture retention assists to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.    …

  • first cleanse,  The Body Shop

    The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

    the claim The The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter claims to be a luxurious way to remove all makeup while purifying, cleansing and refreshing the skin for a silky soft finish. Suitable for sensitive skin.     the science Represented at the highest concentration in a relatively short formula of 14 ingredients is Ethylhexyl Palmitate, a mineral oil replacement comprising an ester of 2-ethylhexyl alcohol and palmitic acid. Non-occlusive emollient properties help it to reduce water loss and keep skin moist and supple without creating a film on the surface. Next, Synthetic Wax, is derived form a mixture of oils and helps to bind, stabilise and enhance texture. The…

  • oil,  The Ordinary

    The Ordinary “B” Oil

    the claim The Ordinary’s “B” Oil claims to solubilize a purified form of micro-algae in a blend of squalane and marula, argan, baobab, pataua, brazil nut, inca inchi, rosehip and borage oils to support healthy skin defense, enhance radiance, quench free radicals and help balance pro-irritant mediators.     the science The oils included at the largest volumes in the blend closely resemble human sebum in structure, ensuring rapid penetration, deep hydration and no greasy residue. The first is Squalane which comprises three major antioxidants, namely, Vitamin E, Polyphenols and Phytosterols, for ultimate protection against free radicals and restorative function. Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil offers a strong concentration of Omega…

  • J.Estina Crystalline Cleansing Balm
    first cleanse,  J.Estina

    J.Estina Crystalline Cleansing Balm

    the claim The J.Estina Crystalline Cleansing Balm is said to be a melting balm type cleanser that contains tourmaline to cleanly remove heavy makeup leaving moisturized crystal skin.     the science Represented at the highest concentration in the balm is Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, an oily liquid that functions as an emollient to defend against dryness. It also enhances the spreadability of the product. Similarly, Isopropyl Myristate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride and Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 support emollient function, this characteristic dominating the INCI. These ingredients are able to strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier and help to keep it hydrated by reducing moisture loss. They are also useful to improve overall…

  • BLiv Sakura Bliss Mask
    B-Liv,  mask,  sheet

    B-Liv Sakura Bliss Mask

    the claim B-Liv Sakura Bliss Mask claims to repair the skin’s natural barrier, boost hydration and restore dull, lacklustre skin to its natural, radiant glow.     the science One of the main benefits of this mask is antioxidant protection. Although Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) is a potent antioxidant, however, listed as the last ingredient in the INCI, it is unlikely to have much effect. Responsible for delivering this benefit and featured at more significant concentrations are botanical ingredients. Cherry Blossom Extract is a potent antioxidant with soothing anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to heal and protect skin from free radical damage and hence premature ageing. Boosting anti-inflammatory strength and helping…

  • Keep Cool and Soothe Mist
    Keep Cool,  mist

    Keep Cool Soothe Fixence Mist

    the claim The Keep Cool Soothe Fixence Mist is a bi-phase mist made of a unique complex of traditional Asian plant extracts to cool the skin temperature. The combination of oil and water hydrate and the mist also acts to set makeup.     the science Comprising several exotic botanicals that provide antioxidant and soothing benefits to the formula, the one at the greatest concentration and often used in medicine for its healing abilities is Centella Asiatica or Cica. It can help to ease irritation and acne, stimulate new cell growth, build collagen and improve circulation. Fig Extract contains high concentrations of antioxidants, omega fatty acids plus vitamins including A…

  • Cosrx Foam Cleansers
    Cosrx,  second cleanse

    Cosrx Foaming Cleansers

    the introduction The Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser and Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser have received abundant reviews and attention from bloggers and beauty infuencers so instead of reviewing both separately, I thought it might be more useful to do them comparatively.     the claim The Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser works without stripping the skin of natural oils. Purifying botanical ingredients and mild acids cleanse at an ideal pH level for supple and clear skin. It contains tea tree oil to help balance oily complexions and natural BHA to refine texture.   The (renewed) Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser is targeted to all skin types (including…

  • Pyunkang Yul Cleansing Foam
    Pyunkang Yul,  second cleanse

    Pyunkang Yul Cleansing Foam

    the claim The Pyunkang Yul Cleansing Foam is said to be a vacuum cleanser for the pores. The dense but gentle foam adheres strongly to waste and sebum to lift and remove for clean skin without drying.     the science The star active ingredient in Pyunkang Yul Cleansing Foam is Siler Root Extract which has been used traditionally for centuries in Chinese herbal medicine. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties deliver healing effects so it has been useful for treating contact dermatitis and allergic skin reactions. It also helps to control oil production. Next in concentration is Glycerin. Together with Beeswax, they deliver much required humectant properties to ensure the…

  • Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask
    Andalou Naturals,  mask,  wash off

    Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

    the claim The Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask claims to gently dissolve and sweep away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even skin tone, smooth texture and luminous complexion.     the science Represented at the highest concentration, organic Pumpkin is full of beta-carotene and also a good source of vitamins and minerals. Its enzymes break down the outer layers of skin to exfoliate and decongest pores naturally. Vitamin A stimulates collagen production and cell regeneration and Vitamin C can help remedy damage created by free radicals. Organic Sunflower Seed Oil  is also rich in beta-carotene. As the body converts beta-carotene into retinol (vitamin A), these ingredients…

  • Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque
    mask,  Sukin,  wash off

    Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque

    the claim The Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque is enriched with vitamins and antioxidants to detox and brighten the complexion and minimise the appearance of fine lines without drying. Skin is replenished, contributing towards a youthful glow.     the science Typical players in a clay mask, Kaolin and Bentonite feature strongly in the formulation. Together they deliver a super detoxifying effect with their absorption capabilities, able to draw out impurities, excess oil and dirt to achieve clear skin and clean pores. This makes them ideal for oily and acne-prone skin types. Cetyl and Cetearyl Alcohols are non-irritating and non-drying displaying emollient and occlusive properties. They also assist to keep the…