• acid toner,  Blithe

    Blithe Patting Splash Mask

    the claim The Blithe Patting Splash Mask is an in-shower treatment that promises to smooth, refresh and brighten skin in just 15 seconds. It delivers traditional moisturizing benefits with gentle exfoliation.     the ingredients Water, Lactic Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, PPG-26-Buteth-26, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Lactate, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Dextrin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (1000ppm), Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract   There…

  • acid toner,  Honua Hawaiian Skincare

    Honua Hawaiian Beauty Water

    the claim The Honua Hawaiian Beauty Water claims to gently exfoliate the skin for a luminous, fresh complexion and tighter looking pores.     the science This toner is made in a botanical water base of coconut and rose. Highest in concentration is nutrient rich Organic Coconut Water, the liquid/juice found inside the coconut or pressed from the fruit. Approximately 95% comprises water, the remaining 5% made up of moisturising sugars and nourishing amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Rose Hydrosol comes from the steam distillation of rose petals. It exhibits soothing, cooling and anti-inflammatory properties, ideal for sensitive skin or that suffering acne, redness and irritation. Astringent behaviour helps to…

  • Huxley Sweet Therapy Scrub Mask
    exfoliate,  Huxley

    Huxley Sweet Therapy Scrub Mask

    the claim The Huxley Sweet Therapy Scrub Mask claims to slough away dead skin cells and impurities using the natural power of prickly pear seed oil and white sugar. The result, clear, smooth skin.     the science Commonly known as Sahara Cactus or Prickly Pear and used medicinally for hundreds of years, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract is today recognized for its skin firming properties and ability to protect, smooth, and moisturize. 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 prickly pear, Opuntia Ficus-Indica…

  • 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…

  • LGH Grow Tea Tree 70 BHA Toner
    acid toner,  Dr. Ceuracle

    Dr. Ceuracle Grow Tea Tree 70 BHA Toner

    the claim Rebranded from Leegeehaam, the Dr. Ceuracle Grow Tea Tree 70 BHA Toner claims to be a gentle, hydrating toner formulated with 70% soothing tea tree extract and betaine salicylate to exfoliate dead skin cells and help to minimize breakouts for more even-toned, radiant skin.     the science As the title suggests, the star ingredient is of course Tea Tree Extract, known for its anti-inflammatory capability and ability to deliver acne relief. Derived from the native Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree, it comprises terpenes which are responsible for the ingredient’s remedial properties. Antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal behaviour makes it ideal for treating acne and skin infections. A study from…

  • Jeffrey James Botanicals THE MASK
    Jeffrey James Botanicals,  mask,  wash off

    Jeffrey James Botanicals The Mask

    the claim Jeffrey James Botanicals The Mask claims to be a decadent raspberry soufflé mousse that combines both an exfoliant and a clay mask for one simple, gentle approach to purely radiant skin.     the science Just as with the brand’s The Light serum, present at the highest concentration in this formula is the Organic Herbal Blend, a natural ingredient that is too general to decipher. So, I contacted the brand and they replied: We use a blend of Organic Horsetail, Gotu Kola, Dandelion, Geranium, Verbascum Thapsus (Mullein), Calendula and Licorice. Each have amazing properties from centuries of healing properties to high concentrations of silica, anti-oxidants and skin food.…

  • Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads
    acid toner,  Nip+Fab

    Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads (Extreme)

    the claim The Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads (Extreme) claim to refine pores, brighten the complexion and decongest the skin through the improvement of the skin’s natural exfoliation process.   the science Glycolic Acid, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) sourced from sugar cane is present at a 5% concentration in these pads. Its exfoliation properties are able to remove dead skin cells and accelerate cellular renewal to deliver a smooth and radiant skin surface. In removing surface grime, it allows antioxidants, peptides and other nutrients to travel deeper for more effective treatment. Glycolic acid displays a small molecular structure which assists it to deeply penetrate the skin. It softens fine…

  • 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…

  • Skin Food Black Sugar mask
    mask,  Skinfood,  wash off

    Skinfood Black Sugar Mask

    the claim The Skinfood Black Sugar Mask claims to contain mineral-enriched Brazilian black sugar for excellent keratin improvement, promoting smooth, glowing skin.     the science Not surprisingly, the highest concentration of the mask formulation comprises Sucrose, a natural sugar. Sucrose effectively and naturally delivers both a physcial and chemical exfoliation to the skin. A glycolic acid source (alpha hydroxy acid), it penetrates the skin to encourage cell turnover whilst it’s grainy physical texture also makes it an excellent topical exfoliant, both assisting to achieve a fresher, younger looking complexion. As a humectant, sucrose attracts and retains moisture helping to keep skin hydrated, complementing the abrasive nature of the resurfacing…