Hyperpigmentation | just fade away

Hyperpigmentation | just fade away

Hyperpigmentation, or uneven skin tone, is a harmless condition that affects people of all races and is caused by sun, hormones or injury. Hyperpigmentaion is a condition where patches of skin become darker than the surrounding skin. It occurs when excess melanin is produced. Melanin is what gives our hair and skin their color. The melanocytes (pigment cells) of dark skinned people produce more melanin than those of people with fair skin. However, when more melanin is produced than the skin can absorb, the result is mottled or uneven skin tone. Freckles and age spots The sun…Read more …
Antioxidants | neutraliser of free radicals

Antioxidants | neutraliser of free radicals

Antioxidants stop free radicals from wreaking havoc on our skin and defend against pollution and environmental stressors, making them an important part of any skin care formula. Free Radicals are unstable molecules. Because they have only one electron instead of two, when they come into contact with oxygen, they are highly reactive. This results in damage to parts of cells, such as proteins, DNA and cell membranes. However, for our bodies to burn energy, it requires oxidation reactions (or redox reactions) in the mitochondria of cells, and it's this process that releases the damaging…Read more …
Intrinsic v extrinsic skin ageing

Intrinsic v extrinsic skin ageing

We can't do much about chronological ageing, but we sure can slow down extrinsic, or lifestyle, skin ageing. It is a given that we will all age. However, whether we age gracefully or gracelessly often comes down to individual lifestyles. Intrinsic ageing Until science has worked out how to stop the clock, there is nothing we can do about intrinsic ageing. We are genetically programmed to age, and there is little we can do about it. Intrinsic skin ageing starts at around 60 years of age and accounts for about 10% of the…Read more …
Smart beauty devices | personal care essentials

Smart beauty devices | personal care essentials

Smart beauty provides a big opportunity for the cosmetics industry. Handheld beauty devices are forecast to become a staple addition to beauty bags all over the world. According to Google, tech-savvy Millennials are looking to technology to support their skin care routines. They are demanding products that save time, offer value, and provide instant gratification. And as Millennials account for close to one third of the world's population, smart beauty devices have the potential to become personal care essentials. Across the three core markets that Google reported on - France, the US, Japan - facial…Read more …
Pentavitin | dry skin saviour

Pentavitin | dry skin saviour

Dry skin is the number one unmet skincare need around the world. Until now. Pentavitin provides instant, deep hydration by generating a moisture reservoir that lasts up to 72 hours. Using a new 3D moisture mapping method, Pentavitin was put to the test. The 3D  mapping device by DSM can track moisture levels at 30 different points of the face - compared to conventional tools that take data from just one point. When testing four ethnic groups, this new mapping technology found big differences in levels of moisturisation of the same face, often in close proximity. Pentavitin…Read more …
Turmeric and curcumin | powerful anti-inflammatory | potent antioxidant

Turmeric and curcumin | powerful anti-inflammatory | potent antioxidant

Used for centuries in Indian cooking and Eastern medicine, the West is now touting TURMERIC as a new superfood due to its therapeutic properties. Colourful plant foods are said to be good for our health due to their phytochemical properties. So it’s not surprising that turmeric, the richly coloured, golden-orange spice, has been found to have a range of health-promoting benefits. Turmeric has several compounds with medicinal properties, the most important being the yellow pigment, curcumin. Curcumin provides the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a potent…Read more …
Sheet face masks | a growing trend

Sheet face masks | a growing trend

A long-time staple in Asian beauty care, sheet face masks are now trending around the world – and the high demand is not just coming from Millennials. Sheet face masks are great for the time poor and women on the go. Often referred to as the ‘lazy girl’s facial’, they can be used anytime, anywhere and are great when flying. They are easy to apply. Don’t need rinsing. And you can pack them in your handbag for times when your complexion needs a little ‘pick me up’. With the spotlight focused firmly on…Read more …
Cosmetic clay | natural wonder

Cosmetic clay | natural wonder

Used in beauty regimes since antiquity, clay is a cosmetic natural wonder. Rich in minerals and with countless beneficial properties for the skin and hair, it’s not surprising that clay is enjoying a revival in the beauty industry. Cosmetic clays come in various colours and textures, each differing in mineral content and the benefits they provide. However, it is safe to say that all clays are rich in minerals and offer varying degrees of absorbency, which is excellent for cleansing the skin and drawing out excess oil, dirt and toxins. Clay is also slightly…Read more …
Glycolic acid | effective skincare treatment

Glycolic acid | effective skincare treatment

Glycolic acid is one of the most researched forms of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and is effective in treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, scarring, pigmentation, and dull or oily skin. Derived from sugar cane, Glycolic Acid (C2H4O3) is colourless, odourless and water soluble. It also has the smallest molecules of all the AHAs, allowing it to penetrate the skin more easily and deeply. How it works Glycolic acid works by dissolving the glue between cells, sloughing away dead skin cells and increasing the production of collagen and elastin. When sebum and other substances that bind…Read more …