• routine

    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…

  • Keep Cool,  serum

    Keep Cool Soothe Serum

    the claim The Keep Cool Soothe Serum claims to aid sensitive skin recovery from environmental stressors, helping to repair and strengthen the skin barrier.     the science As with all products in the Keep Cool Soothe line, this serum comprises a huge concentration of 66% Bamboo Water. Bamboo contains 70% natural silica, an organic compound that helps to keep skin looking healthy, supple and radiant. Packed with amino acids and flavonoids, it also provides antioxidant protection against UV radiation. By reinforcing the moisture barrier, it reduces bacteria penetrating to additionally improve acne and recover damaged skin. Centella Asiatica Extract is traditionally used in Asian medicine for its healing ability.…

  • Acne and how to treat it

    Acne And How To Treat It

    what is acne? Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It presents in different forms including pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.   Acne can be inflammatory (papule, pustule) or non-inflammatory (blackhead, whitehead). There are two types of inflammatory acne which result when a blocked hair follicle becomes inflamed or infected by bacteria. A papule develops when whiteheads or blackheads cause so much irritation that they damage some of the surrounding skin. They present as small red tender bumps. A pimple (pustule) is a papule with a centre of pus. Whiteheads (closed comedones) and blackheads (open comedones) are non-inflammatory and caused…

  • Style Korean Try Me Review Me - Rovectin Brand Review
    essence,  moisturize,  oil,  Rovectin,  second cleanse,  Style Korean

    Style Korean Rovectin Brand Review

    the set This Style Korean Try Me Review Me Set comprises five products from US skincare brand, Rovectin : * Skin Essentials Conditioning Cleanser * Skin Essentials Barrier Repair Face Oil * Skin Essentials Activating Treatment Lotion * Skin Essentials Barrier Repair Cream * Skin Essentials Cica Care Balm The brand derives its name from the Latin word reverti, meaning “to go back to where it was”, reflecting their philosophy to use restorative ingredients to gently repair damage and calm skin. Rovectin creates products using non-irritating but effective formulas to soothe and revitalise the most sensitive skin. Their Barrier Repair Complex™ features in cream created exclusively for hospitals and physicians worldwide.…

  • 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…

  • Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule
    ampoule,  Pyunkang Yul

    Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule

    the claim The Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule claims to be a high-potency moisture booster that calms, smooths and destresses skin for a glowing complexion.     the science In a sophisticated and innovative product comprising a waterless formula of only 6 ingredients, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, also known as Japanese Goldthread, is present at a concentration of 91% and is the only active in the Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule. High in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, Japanese Goldthread exhibits soothing effects to the skin which is why it is often cultivated for medicinal purposes and used to treat skin disorders. It has a cooling sensation that helps to decrease skin temperature…

  • Fresh Face Skin Overnight Soother
    Fresh Face Skin,  oil

    Fresh Face Skin Overnight Soother

    the claim The Fresh Face Skin Overnight Soother is a treatment that claims to be a combination of natural oils which provide skin with the nourishment it needs to strengthen and calm while overcoming any sensitivity and dryness.     the science Together, Jojoba Oil/Macadamia Seed Oil Esters, Squalene, Phytosteryl Macadamiate and Phytosterols are referred to as L22, a patented botanical emollient base which emulates the skin surface lipid profile of a healthy 22 year old. The lipid barrier protects from water loss, environmental stressors and bacteria. It is responsible for the recovery and maintenance of our skin health. L22 revives the skin barrier to increase moisture and hydration lost…

  • 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…

  • Avene Thermal Spring Water
    Avène,  mist

    Avène Thermal Spring Water

    the claim The Avène Thermal Spring Water will cleanse, soothe and calm skin. Avène Thermal Spring Water is particularly recommended for sensitive, hypersensitive, allergic or irritated skin. With both health and beauty benefits this product can be used to tone the face as well as soothe, soften and calm inflamed skin.     the science A product composed of just two ingredients should be easy enough to analyse, particularly when one, Nitrogen, acts as a propellant, turning the liquid within into tiny particles to create a mist, providing no benefit to the skin. So, the remaining item is simply water. What makes the Avène water so special? To determine that,…