• 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 new cell…

  • 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, terpenes and…

  • Glass Skin

    Glass Skin

    what is “glass skin”? As a Korean skincare enthusiast, you may have recently heard the term “Glass Skin”. The clear, translucent, even and smooth properties of glass are a reflection of skin goals. To achieve glass skin is to achieve a complexion so clear that it resembles a sheet of glass. It is the ideal skin state, one of dewiness, clarity, evenness and youth.   how to achieve glass skin A key attribute of glass skin is excellent hydration and moisturisation in order to give skin a plump and dewy glow. The Korean skincare routine utilises multiple layers that contribute such properties including toner, essence, sheet masks and serums. Clarity…

  • The Silk Crystal Total Lifting Mask
    mask,  sheet,  The Silk Crystal

    The Silk Crystal Total Lifting Mask

    the claim The The Silk Crystal Total Lifting Mask claims to be a ‘one-of-a-kind’ mask infused with patented Silk Crystal® protein that self-contracts to fit snugly against your face and instantly moisturises, lifts and firms your skin.     the science Firstly, the sheet itself is made from Fibroin, a fibrous silk protein that promotes a rigid structure and tensile strength. Its structural network allows the sheet mask to moisturise and firm skin through slow self-contraction, meanwhile successfully transferring nutrients from the mask to the skin. A water free essence is packed with Aloe Vera Leaf Juice which is rich in vitamins and antioxidants helping it to deliver moisturisation and…

  • Jeffrey James Botanicals The Light
    Jeffrey James Botanicals,  serum

    Jeffrey James Botanicals The Light

    the claim The Jeffrey James Botanicals The Light claims to accelerate the skin’s natural repair process and fight ageing for a fresh and radiant appearance.     the science Represented at the highest concentration is an ingredient called Organic Herbal Blend. It is not surprising that the EWG database raises a flag against it since the nature of the blend is not declared. After all, some herbs shouldn’t go near your face. The unknown factor makes it impossible to decipher. Update: After contacting Jeffery James Botanicals, the herbal blend was disclosed and is discussed in detail in the review of The Mask. So moving on to the ones we can…

  • re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herb
    mask,  re:p,  wash off

    re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs

    the claim The re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs claims to soothe irritated, stressed and troubled skin with natural vegan-friendly ingredients that gently peel away trapped impurities and soothe irritations for supple and softer skin.     the science Following water in the formula is Kaolin, included because of its detoxifying effect brought on by strong absorption capabilities. Kaolin is able to draw out impurities, excess oil and dirt to achieve clear skin and clean pores, making it ideal for oily and acne-prone skin. Rich in vitamin E and K, Canola Oil  helps to soothe the skin by easing acne, blemishes and even fine lines. Antioxidants protect from…

  • Missha First Treatment Essence
    essence,  Missha

    Missha First Treatment Essence (Intensive Moist)

    the claim The Missha First Treatment Essence (Intensive Moist) claims it is a highly concentrated essential essence for the first step of skin care which helps maintain optimal balance and condition of skin by developing the skin’s reserves of water.     the science The star ingredient in the Missha First Treatment Essence (Intensive Moist) formula is Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate (Yeast Essence E100), a water-like liquid which results from the fermenting and filtering of yeast obtained from Himalayan purple barley. Fermentation is common in Korean skincare. The process basically reduces the molecular structure of actives for deeper penetration and absorption. Yeast Essence E100 contains at least 30% amino acids, 15%…

  • Mask of Magnaminty
    Lush,  mask,  wash off

    Lush Mask of Magnaminty

    the claim The Lush Mask of Magnaminty claims to be a multi-purpose mask designed to deliver a refreshing, deep cleanse and help to maintain bright and healthy skin.     the science Lush stresses their Zambian Honey is fairly traded and sourced from wild bees using traditional methods. Due to its strong antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, honey is able to cleanse and protect skin and also contributes natural preservative function to the mask. As a humectant, it draws and retains moisture for increased skin hydration and suppleness. Kaolin is present at the next highest concentration. Kaolin helps to cleanse and exfoliate by absorbing excess oil, particularly effective for acne-prone…

  • LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule
    ampoule,  Dr. Ceuracle

    Dr. Ceuracle Vita-Propolis Ampoule

    the claim Rebranded from Leegeehaam and Lee Jiham, the Dr. Ceuracle Vita Propolis Ampoule claims to be the perfect combination of vitamin and propolis for bright, glowing and radiant skin with powerful ingredients delivering moisturisation, firming, soothing and anti-ageing effects.     the science Propolis Extract is basically a combination of beeswax, enzymes and tree sap used by bees to seal, disinfect and waterproof their hive. Coincidentally, it also makes an excellent skincare ingredient, found at a high concentration of 50% in this ampoule. It has been used medicinally to help heal wounds for centuries. Rich in flavonoids, propolis displays powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Its high antioxidant content…

  • Physicians Formula Bright Booster Elixir Oil
    oil,  Physicians Formula

    Physicians Formula Bright Booster Oil Elixir

    the claim The Physicans Formula Bright Booster Oil Elixir is a lightweight, fast absorbing oil that leaves skin feeling silky, soft and never greasy. It visibly reduces the appearance of the signs of ageing and leaves skin smoother, more radiant, revived, rejuvenated and nourished instantly.     the science Camellia Seed Oil is known as the beauty secret of geishas. Cold pressed from seeds, it is rich in vitamins A, B and E, polyphenols and essential fatty acids. It is highly compatible with skin’s sebum, helping it to penetrate deep into the dermal layers without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue. Camellia seed oil is one of the highest…