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  • Neostrata Resurface
    body,  Neostrata,  second cleanse,  serum

    Neostrata Resurface

    the claim The NEOSTRATA Resurface line claims to harnesses the power of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to smooth and refine the skin’s surface through daily exfoliation. Neostrata employs a Smart Amphoteric Complex gradual release delivery system to help maximise skin tolerability while using high concentrations of AHAs     the cleanser The Foaming Glycolic Wash is formulated with 18% Glycolic Acid and 2% Lactobionic Acid to exfoliate and cleanse congested pores as well as prepare the skin for optimal benefits of the regimen that follows.     the ingredients Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycolic Acid, PEG-8, Alcohol Denat., Arginine, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Lactobionic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Citrus…

  • Commleaf,  first cleanse

    Commleaf Skin Relief Perfect Cleansing Oil

    the claim The Commleaf Skin Relief Perfect Cleansing Oil is an EWG verified gentle yet powerful cleansing oil infused with 80% plant based oils to remove makeup and impurities while maintaining moist and soft skin.     the science Vegetable oils make up 80% of the formula, Olive Oil at the highest concentration. Olive oil is a brilliant moisturiser and softener, able to penetrate deep into the skin to provide hydration and conditioning without blocking pores. It’s also a source of antioxidants, Vitamins A and E neutralising free radicals that damage collagen and cause skin dryness and wrinkles. From a cleansing perspective, Olive Oil is effective at breaking down waxy…

  • 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…

  • Neogen,  second cleanse

    Neogen Coconut Milk Pure Mild Cleanser

    the claim The Neogen Coconut Milk Pure Mild Cleanser claims to be a creamy and hydrating all-in-one milk cleanser formulated with Coconut oil and Coconut extracts to smoothly remove impurities and makeup while leaving skin moist and supple.     the science Heading the formula are the cleanser’s surfactants. Firstly, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate is an amino-acid based cleansing agent which displays excellent foam and can also reduce the harshness of stronger surfactants. Potassium Cocoate is a potassium salt derived from the fatty acids present in coconut oil. It works by breaking apart molecules, thus reducing surface tension allowing dirt and grease to be released. Cocamidopropyl Betaine is another gentle surfactant…

  • Huangjisoo,  second cleanse

    Huangjisoo Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser (Deep Clean)

    the claim The Huangjisoo Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser (Deep Clean) claims to remove makeup and effectively clean pores and skin with a 99.5% natural organic formula.     the science This cleanser boasts 99.5% natural, organic ingredients. Represented at the highest concentration in the formula is Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, a surfactant derived from the amino acids found in apple juice. It is responsible for the cleanser’s abundant but gentle foam and also acts as a natural preservative. Next come the hero botanical extracts. First of them in concentration is Japanese Mint Extract. Its main constituent (around 70%) is menthol with limonene, menthone, pinene, isomenthone, methyl acetate and piperitate…

  • Huangjisoo Cleansing Oil
    first cleanse,  Huangjisoo

    Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil

    the claim The Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil claims to be the perfect pure cleansing oil that gently removes makeup and sebum without irritating the skin.     the science As expected, a number of oils are included in the Huangjisoo Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil, all displaying high fatty acid content and antioxidant properties. None moreso than Apricot Kernal Oil which acts as an emollient to assist in the maintenance of the skin barrier and retain moisture without congesting pores. It also contributes to the fight against acne, inflammation, ageing and dryness. A good source of Vitamin E, it helps to combat free radicals while Vitamin C content promotes collagen…

  • 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…

  • JKosmmune Enzyme Cleansing Powder
    JKosmmune,  second cleanse

    JKosmmune Enzyme Cleansing Powder

    the claim The JKosmmune Enzyme Cleansing Powder claims to be a gentle, foaming facial cleanser uniquely formulated with 99.9% pure beta glucan and papaya-derived enzyme.     the science Corn Starch displays similar absorbency properties to talc so is useful for collecting excess oil from the skin and preventing residual shine. It also provides a silky, dry after feel when used in powder based cosmetics. Corn starch has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe itch and calm rashes and burns. Gentle surfactants are next in terms of concentration in the powder wash. These are added for their ability to help water mix with oil and…

  • Tia'm Snail & Azulene Low pH Clenaser
    second cleanse,  Tia'm

    Tia’m Snail & Azulene Low pH Cleanser

    the claim The Tia’m Snail & Azulene Low pH Cleanser is a mild gel cleanser that helps to maintain a healthy skin pH while also reducing skin irritation that can be caused by cleansing.     the science Represented at the highest concentration, following water, is Cocamidopropyl Betaine. This ingredient is a gentle surfactant which acts as a cleansing and lathering agent. According to beauty guru, Paula Begoun of Paula’s Choice Skincare, it is too mild to clean adult skin when used alone. Thus the requirement for Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate at position 3. A water soluble, sulfate-free, coconut derived surfactant, it too is incredibly mild and considered one of…

  • Huangjisoo Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser (Brightening)
    Huangjisoo,  second cleanse

    Huangjisoo Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser (Brightening)

    the claim The Huangjisoo Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser (Whitening & Brightening) claims to be a vitamin rich cleanser that will brighten skin tone and restore luster to dull skin with ingredients such as Green Tea Extract.     the science This cleanser boasts 99.5% natural, organic ingredients. Represented at the highest concentration in the formula is Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, a surfactant derived from the amino acids found in apple juice. It is responsible for the cleanser’s abundant but gentle foam and also acts as a natural preservative. There are several exotic plant extracts that assist to protect and heal skin. A few hero botanicals include Green Tea Extract,…