• 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…

  • Cosrx Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream⁣ ⁣
    Cosrx,  eye

    Cosrx Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream⁣ ⁣

    the claim The Cosrx Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream⁣ ⁣ is a lightweight, double-functioning eye cream that visibly brightens the eye area by helping diminish the appearance of dark circles and puffiness with 72% snail secretion filtrate, 5 types of peptides and niacinamide. The formula helps restore the delicate eye area and help prevent future signs of ageing while gently diminishing the appearance of fine lines.     the science Present at a dominant 72% concentration, Snail Secretion Filtrate is said to aid skin by hydrating, preventing ageing and improving wrinkles and scars. Sunflower Seed Oil is a well absorbed, lightweight oil without residue and rich in linoleic acid and…

  • Commleaf,  moisturize

    Commleaf Skin Relief Moisture Cream

    the claim The Commleaf Skin Relief Moisture Cream claims to be soft textured and bursting with hydration. It melts beautifully to form a protective barrier that soothes sensitive and damaged skin.     the science Dominating the formula is a big hit of Glycerin, a humectant that is capable of drawing water to the skin to keep it looking fresh and plump. Butylene Glycol supports this function while also promoting good absorption for the actives in the formula. Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer is just a common polymer with glycerin attached to it. It’s purpose is to form a hydrogel that will sit on the surface of the skin to provide…

  • moisturize,  Naked Klay

    Naked Klay Hydrating Moisturiser

    the claim The Naked Klay Hydrating Moisturiser is said to be creamy and rich in traditional ancient herbs with vitamins, antioxidants and botanical extracts to provide intense hydration and nourishment to help brighten dull skin. Formulated to help reduce the visible signs of aging and give your skin a healthy glow.     the science Packed with natural, primarily organic ingredients, the formula is lead by Sunflower Seed Oil, a well absorbed, lightweight oil without residue. Essential fatty acids help to maintain the skin barrier and decrease transepidermal water loss, keeping skin supple and soft. Antioxidants provide anti-ageing advantages, caretenoids make it a good acne treatment while anti-inflammatory properties boost…

  • I'm From,  moisturize

    I’m From Honey Glow Cream

    the claim The I’m From Honey Glow Cream contains 30.63% of Honey Glow Queen (Honey Complex) which comprises 7 actives: honey, black bee propolis, royal jelly, bee venom, turmeric, bee pollen and cinnamon to moisturise distressed skin, improve elasticity and fine lines, and brighten tone. The smooth, silky textured cream is deeply absorbed to balance skin and strengthen the moisture barrier.     the science The star of the formula is what I’m From call their Honey Complex, an array of 7 ingredients, five derived from bee products which makes up around 30% of the formula. These five are rich in active components such as flavonoids, phenolic acid, phenolic compounds,…

  • Antipodes,  eye

    Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream

    the claim The Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream claims to be a luscious yet lightweight cream that provides a cooling, soothing treatment for the delicate eye area. Rich in Vitamin C from the New Zealand kiwifruit, it is able to moisturise and soften fine lines. The Gold Luminous version promises a shimmery glow with 23K gold flakes.     the science There are a handful of natural oils in the formula that each contribute moisturising and antioxidant benefits. The hero is of course Kiwifruit Seed Oil, an ingredient effective at improving skin elasticity and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. With more than 60% (essential) Alpha Linolenic Acid, its moisturising…

  • moisturize,  Pyunkang Yul

    Pyunkang Yul Nutrition Cream

    the claim The Pyunkang Yul Nutrition Cream is a luxuriously thick and smooth moisturizer that melts into skin without feeling heavy or greasy. Safe and gentle, this nutrient-rich cream delivers intense hydration that lasts all day. Perfect for those with parched, rough and dull looking skin, Nutrient Cream prevents signs of aging, improves elasticity and boosts skin with youthful radiance.     the science Represented at the highest concentration in the formula is Astragalus Membranaceus (Milk Vecht) Root Extract which has been used in eastern medicine for thousands of years as a tonic and antipathogen. This extract is able to revitalise the skin by reducing inflammation, improving circulation and providing…

  • d'Alba,  eye

    d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream

    the claim The d’Alba White Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream claims to be a gentle, anti-ageing eye cream packed with Italian White Truffle Extract to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.     the science The star ingredient of this eye cream is of course the White Truffle Extract which is included at a known concentration of 3.90%. Often referred to as “white diamond”, it is said to restore skin luminosity by reversing the signs of ageing. Rich in B group vitamins, it can help with blood circulation and hydration to promote skin radiance. There are also claims that it can lift, firm and lighten skin although these…

  • 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…

  • Benton Shea Butter and Olive Hand Cream
    Benton,  body

    Benton Shea Butter And Olive Hand Cream

    the claim The Benton Shea Butter And Olive Hand Cream claims to moisturise and soothe hands throughout the seasons without leaving a tacky residue.     the science Firstly, let us consider the star ingredients of the hand cream. Shea Butter is a plant-based emollient that mimics the lipid content of skin to promote a soft, smooth, healthy appearance. It features at an impressive 10% concentration. Olive Oil, (2%) is extracted from compressed olives. It contains powerful antioxidants which help to protect against premature ageing by restoring skin smoothness and fighting free radicals. Olive oil penetrates deeply to provide both cleansing and moisturising effects. Furthermore, often coexisting in cosmetic formulations,…