• Huxley Fresh and More
    Huxley,  moisturize

    Huxley Fresh and More

    the claim Huxley Fresh and More is a fast absorbing moisturising gel cream formulated with 56% Sahara cactus seed oil to help heal stressed and damaged skin.     the science Prickly Pear Extract is the star ingredient of the brand’s Secret of Sahara range. Sourced from Morocco and present at a dominant concentration of 56%, it has been used medicinally for centuries.   The plant is hand picked and cold-pressed to procure maximum benefit. In addition to being antioxidant-rich, it is a competent humectant, displaying exceptional moisture retention to keep skin hydrated. Anti-aging properties result from a vitamin rich composition effective at preventing free-radical damage. The oil from the…

  • Marine Active Toner
    hydrating toner,  The Skin House

    The Skin House Marine Active Toner

    the claim The Skin House Marine Active Toner claims to sink in quickly to hydrate the skin with hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Deep sea water and seaweed extract make skin clean and bright without feeling sticky.     the science Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is naturally present in the human body. It draws up to 1000 times its weight in moisture from the atmosphere into the skin for a hydrated, plump and healthy appearance. Sodium Hyaluronate is the salt form of HA and present at a fair concentration, listed seventh on the ingredient list. Humectants Glycerin, Propylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol similarly enhance hydration, the latter also assisting to increase the…

  • Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream
    Dr. Jart+,  moisturize

    Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

    the claim The Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream claims to strengthen the skin barrier helping to protect and retain hydration and in doing so, relieving dryness and repairing damaged skin.     the science A whole collection of moisturising and barrier enforcing ingredients are included in the formulation of this iconic cream. Bifida Ferment Lysate is the resultant yeast obtained by the fermentation of Bifida which strengthens the skin barrier. It displays soothing properties, able to reduce inflammation and redness whilst also improving hydration and skin elasticity. Ceramides are vital to healthy skin because they restore natural lipids lost due to environmental factors. Their water-retention capacity and moisture barrier strengthening provide…

  • Pestlo Panthemide Face Cream
    moisturize,  Pestlo

    Pestlo Panthemide Face Cream

    the claim The Pestlo Panthemide Face Cream claims to be an ultra light, fast absorbing, deeply hydrating moisturiser that will improve skin elasticity.     the science The formula relies on B group vitamins to fulfil some of its key benefits. Niacinamide is a well tolerated form of Vitamin B3. It is a superstar multipurpose, restorative ingredient that helps to brighten skin by inhibiting melanin production. It is an effective treatment against hyperpigmentation and provides a strong defense against the appearance of discolouration and age spots. Niacinamide is also able to improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness and to strengthen the skin surface. Vitamin…

  • Pestlo Saferecipe
    Pestlo,  sunscreen

    Pestlo Safe Recipe Sun Essence

    the claim The Pestlo Safe Recipe Sun Essence claims to be a lightweight, non-greasy, mattifying and super-fast absorbing mineral sunscreen which will keep skin protected and hydrated without white cast or pilling. Ideal for all skin types, even sensitive.     the science As anticipated, the formula comprises high concentrations of the actual sun protection ingredients. Both are mineral based and provide UVA and UVB protection by creating a physical barrier over the skin that prevents radiation absorption. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide sit on top of the skin reflecting ultraviolet rays. Each is a powerful force against UVA and UVB radiation, however, the latter offers a slighter stronger UVA…

  • HelloSkin Jumiso First Skin-Lightening Mask
    HelloSkin,  mask,  sheet,  Style Korean

    HelloSkin Jumiso First Skin-Lightening Mask

    the claim The HelloSkin Jumiso First Skin-Lightening Mask claims to be a super high quality essence packed, breathable sheet mask made of the mildest 100% cotton yarn that exhibits superior adhesion to the skin. It offers quick absorption, brightens and nourishes with salmon roe to improve the complexion of lackluster, dull and dry skin.     the science There are several ingredients in the essence that address the product’s primary purpose which is to lighten and brighten the skin. What would a lightening mask be without a good dose of Niacinamide ? A well tolerated form of Vitamin B3, Niacinamide is a restoring ingredient that offers multiple skin benefits. In a…

  • Paula's Choice Omega+ Complex
    Paula's Choice,  serum

    Paula’s Choice Resist Omega+ Complex

    the claim The Paula’s Choice Resist Omega+ Complex is said to be a superfood for your skin. Concentrated levels of omega fatty acids strengthen the skin’s surface with the essential nutrients needed for healthy, hydrated and visibly stronger skin. Furthermore, the product claims to replenish dull, dehydrated skin, revive a beautifully smooth, supple feeling, plus visibly soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.     the science Starting with the hero ingredients, omega fatty acids are represented strongly in the formulation. There are 11 omega fatty acids, the most vital being 3,6 (both essential) and 9 (able to be produced naturally by the body). Fatty acids are the building…

  • 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…