ingredient spotlight

A focus on particular ingredients

  • Korean Hero Ingredients
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    Korean Hero Ingredients

    uniquely Korean Korean skincare is synonymous with some amazing ingredients such as snail mucin, propolis and ginseng. Many are steeped in medicinal history that dates back to ancient times, their efficacy proven over centuries. Let’s take a look at some of the heroes that are currently trending.   propolis Propolis Extract is a combination of beeswax, enzymes and tree sap used by bees to seal, disinfect and waterproof their hive. It’s additionally excellent for the skin, implemented to heal wounds for centuries. Rich in flavonoids, propolis displays powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It works to regenerate and moisturize, achieving smooth, supple and hydrated skin. It also assists to balance…

  • Formaldehyde Releasers
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    Formaldehyde Releasers

    the problem Formaldehyde is an effective preservative that also happens to be a known human carcinogen. Cosmetics companies include formaldehyde releasing chemicals in formulas to eliminate bacteria and contamination and hence extend the shelf life of their products. They can be found in skincare, hair care and even baby products. According to the World Health Organisation, when formaldehyde is inhaled, it is considered a carcinogen. Topical application classifies it a potent skin sensitiser and allergen. Pure formaldehyde is not included in skincare. Instead, cosmetic companies use chemicals that when added to water, decompose very slowly over time to form molecules of formaldehyde. This starts to happen immediately upon manufacture and…

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    Manuka Honey – Ingredient Focus

    the hype Manuka Honey seems to be the golden elixir in skincare these days. It is sourced from the flowering plant species of Leptospermum, native to Australia and New Zealand. The resultant honey is richer than regular honey in every way: the colour is darker; the flavour more distinct; the texture thicker; health benefits significantly magnified and the cost much higher. It is estimated that the Australian and New Zealand manuka honey export market is worth over $300 million.   the benefits Much research has gone into proving the health and skin care benefits of Manuka honey. Its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant strengths are beyond question. It is also…