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    Fragrance In Skincare

    why does it matter? Fragrance in skincare can be contributed naturally or synthetically. Natural examples include essential oils and botanical extracts like lavender, mint, citrus and rose. Synthetic are chemically derived in a lab. Fragrance can make a product smell better and more enticing. Regardless of its origin, appeal or concentration, fragrance is a very common sensitising ingredient that can affect all skin types. It’s worth noting that cosmetic companies are not required to disclose the components that make up the ingredient “fragrance” so that opens up any number of potential problems. Fragrance may have a negative effect on the skin either in the short or long term. These impacts…

  • Dewy & Bae,  serum

    Dewy & Bae Raw Glow

    the claim The Dewy & Bae Raw Glow claims to be a vegan-friendly, cruelty free, nourishing facial oil serum that will hydrate, protect and re-balance skin in 7 days while also imparting a youthful suppleness.     the science Represented at the highest concentration, Jojoba Seed Oil is composed of 97% wax esters. This oil/wax resembles human sebum ensuring easy absorption into the skin for superior moisturisation without clogging pores. Additionally, this characteristic helps regulate sebum production and balance facial oils. Important for skin cell regeneration, it is rich in natural Vitamin A while essential omega 6 and 9 fatty acids to help repair and regenerate skin cells. Grape Seed…

  • Klairs v Purito Sunscreen
    Klairs,  Purito,  sunscreen

    Klairs v Purito Sun Essence

    the test After researching the Purito Centella Green Safe Sun recently in compiling my review, I couldn’t help but notice how similar it is to the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence that I tested last year. So I delved a little further and what I discovered is very interesting.   klairs soft airy uv essence The Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++ is a water based, lightweight, everyday sun protector for sensitive skin that leaves no greasiness or white cast. It offers a high SPF and PA level to guard skin against UVA and UVB radiation.     purito centella green level safe sun The Purito Centella Green…

  • PURITO Centella Green Level Safe Sun
    Purito,  sunscreen

    Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun

    the claim The Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun SPF 50+ PA++++⁣⁣ claims to be an all EWG Green Level (1-2) chemical sunscreen that leaves no white cast, does not irritate and is gentle around the eyes to deliver a refreshing and soft product without greasiness. Sun protection is enhanced with soothing centella extract and anti-aging tocopherol.     the science Providing the bulk of the sun protection properties of the cream are high absorption, oil soluble chemical filters that enhance water resistance and also deliver excellent photostability. Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, provides UVA protection to minimise skin overexposure to ultraviolet radiation and Ethylhexyl Triazone is an UVB filter which…

  • Trilogy No 15 Beauty Oil
    oil,  Trilogy

    Trilogy No 15 Beauty Oil

    the claim The Trilogy No 15 Beauty Oil claims to be a one-of-a-kind anti-pollution multi-tasking oil suitable for all skin types. It is said to protect the skin at the cellular level with antioxidants while also conditioning and strengthening the natural barrier function.     the science Baobab Seed Oil is packed with vitamins and Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive, it’s lightweight, soothing and hydrating so delivers gentle moisturisation. It’s also readily absorbed without greasy residue. Similar in composition, Macadamia Seed Oil offers like traits. Apricot Kernal Oil acts as an emollient. High essential fatty acids help to maintain the skin…

  • 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…

  • Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA ++++
    Klairs,  sunscreen

    Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++

    the claim The Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++ is a water based, lightweight, everyday sun protector for sensitive skin that leaves no greasiness or white cast. It offers a high SPF and PA level to guard skin against UVA and UVB radiation.     the science The most concentrated of the sunscreen ingredients and the protection hero of the formula is quite a mouthful, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, (DHHB). DHHB is an oil soluble, high absorption UVA filter with good photostability which minimises overexposure of skin to ultraviolet radiation. Research findings indicate that a neglible amount will actually absorb past the upper layers of the stratum corneum.…

  • Rovectin Skin Essentials Barrier Repair Face Oil
    oil,  Rovectin,  Style Korean

    Rovectin Skin Essentials Barrier Repair Face Oil

    the claim The Rovectin Skin Essentials Barrier Repair Face Oil is a rich, quick absorbing, natural Neroli oil enhanced with gentle skin-nourishing ingredients which penetrates deep into the skin to hydrate, nourish and protect.     the science Dominating the composition of this blend is Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, a mix derived from coconut oil and glycerin which forms an oily liquid. Like Soybean Oil, it works as an emollient, quickly penetrating the skin surface to provide conditioning benefits with a lightweight and non-greasy barrier of lubrication. Similar to Tocopherol, an antioxidant powerhouse, Sunflower Seed Oil and Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Oil also include Vitamin E, crucial for protecting the skin from environmental…

  • 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…

  • Neutrogena ultra sheer face sunscreen SPF 50+
    Neutrogena,  sunscreen

    Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen SPF 50+

    the claim Neutrogena claims that its Ultra Sheer Face SPF50+ Sunscreen Liquid-Lotion provides very high sun protection stabilised with HELIOPLEX® technology. It provides balanced broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection against skin-aging UVA and burning UVB rays in a water light formula. This lightweight liquid lotion is oil free, PABA-Free and non-comedogenic leaving your face free from that thick and greasy sunscreen feeling leaving a weightless, matte finish so skin can breathe.   the science The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face SPF50+ Sunscreen Liquid-Lotion is what we call a chemical sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens allow harmful UV rays to absorb the skin but transform them into harmless light or heat wavelengths. For a refresher on…