Posts tagged Ingredient Investigation
How Vitamin C Can Naturally Combat Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin concern that will affect most people at some point in their life regardless of age, skin type or colouration. Vitamin C is natural topical treatment that may help to interrupt the skin discolouration process by reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Hyperpigmentation is a term often used to describe a harmless skin condition where patches of your skin appear darker than normal. This process is caused by hypermelanosis - an excess production of melanin, produced by melanocytes in the skin melanin is a naturally forming brown skin pigment that darkens our skin based on sun expose. In some cases, the normal melanin production is disrupted which can lead to excess deposits in certain areas leading to hyperpigmentation.  

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5 Undeniable Skin Correcting Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is arguably the most powerful ingredient in treating topical and internal inflammation. Think of it as a multipurpose spice to store in your bathroom or kitchen cupboard (whatever is easier - just do it). From the inside out, turmeric is one of the most well-research ingredients. Perhaps due to its potent system support and for its role in Chinese and Ayurvedic medical history for over 4,000 years, treating everything from stomach ailments, helping to improve blood circulation, and heal skin wounds.

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The Skin Saving Properties of Honey

When I lived in New Zealand, I called a little town with an abundance of fresh produce and backyard farms home. Every few weeks, my neighbour (a keen beekeeper) would come to my house and gift me a small jar of Manuka honey. In addition to her affable personality, her complexion was insane for someone that spent hours in the sun and sea over a lifetime. After a few of these neighbourly visits, I had to ask her the inevitable: her skincare secret.

The answer?

Honey. Lots of honey. On the skin, in her food, and in her life.

Call me convinced.

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More Than Just a Superfood - The Benefits of Chia Seed Oil for Skin

Did you know that chia, the absolute darling of the health world, is revered among skin aficionados for its naturally moisturising and healing properties?

The word ‘chia’ is derived from the Nahuatl language. Chia in Nahuatl means oil - a hint of the beneficial powers of chia seeds. The pressed oil from chia seeds is packed with omegas and antioxidants that shield the epidermis from external disruptions. The oil absorbs rapidly, boosts hydration, and protects the lipid layer of the skin. Long story short: you can have your chia pudding and eat it too.

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Blue Tansy: The powerhouse anti-inflammatory ingredient

It’s no wonder Blue Tansy is a miracle ingredient for so many people. This little flower is native to Morocco, and commonly referred to as Moroccan chamomile, as it comes from this family of plants and also shares many of the properties. Its original flower state is bright yellow and purple on a stem - however once the flower is extracted and steam distilled, the chemical reaction that occurs turns the extraction that bright blue colour.

No matter your skin type, or skin concern, Blue Tansy can be incorporated into your routine in some way for its maximum anti-inflammatory benefits. If you live in a city particularly, the protection it can offer is unparalleled to alternative oils.

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AHAs & BHAs: Chemical exfoliation for removing dead skin cells and fighting off bacteria. But which one is right for you?

A new generation of acid exfoliators have made their way into the mainstream. In the past, this type of exfoliation was something skin specialists and beauty therapists only could provide, however with the ban of micro-beads and sensitive skin types on the rise, chemical exfoliation has become the go-to in sloughing off those dead skin cells in the comfort of your own home.

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Are you considering Vitamin A to treat acne? Discover When and How to Use This Ingredient Topically For The Treatment of Acne-Prone Skin.

If you’re interested in Vitamin A, chances are you’ve gotten here because you’re suffering from acne, hyperpigmentation, or trying to reverse the signs of ageing. The skin condition I’m going to focus here on is acne – even though there has been incredible research on Vitamin A for the latter two. This is because I’ve noticed how much concern there is for acne-sufferers to try a highly active ingredient such as Retinol – particularly when such an inflammatory skin condition can cause sensitivities.

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Bentonite Clay

Regarded as the ‘healing clay,’ bentonite has been used internally and externally to cure ailments for centuries. Clay is general is known for its detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and nourishing properties because of its ability to pull metals and toxins from the skin. Found in many skin products, especially face masks, bentonite clay is a natural and effective ingredient for fresh, detoxified skin.

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Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is equally a buzzword as it is a potent ingredient for internal and external cleansing. You’ll recognise it by its dark appearance moonlighting in everything from ice cream, to cocktails, to toothpaste. As the health and wellness worlds’ darling, charcoal is revered for its detoxifying properties and aesthetically pleasing colour. Activated charcoal has been linked to whitening teeth, cleaning hair, promoting a healthy digestion track, clearing skin and reducing bloating.

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Magnesium Sulphate

You probably haven’t heard of Magnesium Sulphate as a common ingredient found in your products. Perhaps Epsom salts rings more of a bell? The chemical name for Epsom Salts is Magnesium Sulphate - these are the mineral salt flakes that makes your muscles relax and free of any pain, what usually goes into luxury exfoliating products, and what you can buy in bulk at the health food store to have a maximum chill-out session in the bathtub.

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Zinc Oxide

Zinc Oxide is a topical preparation of Zinc; an inorganic chemical compound that has been used in skincare applications as one of the oldest cures for treating open wounds. Today, it is used to address skin damage, irritations, and act as a protective agent against environmental damage – particularly as an active ingredient in mineral sunscreen.

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Is Retinol Really the Skincare Fountain of Youth?

Ever wondered what the big deal is with retinol when it comes to skincare? Retinoids are touted as the fountain of youth but do they actually work? And what’s with all the side effects? Karen Saunders delves into Retinol, the contentious, highly coveted and ultra popular ingredient heralded for youthful, glowing skin.

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Hyaluronic Acid

Don’t let the word “acid” fool you here – this water-holding molecule is the cornerstone to great skincare. The hype of Hyaluronic begun when research released its humectant properties; its ability to hold up to six litres of water. In a race against time – actually – Hyaluronic Acid rapidly became one of the most sought for anti-ageing ingredients.   

The natural ageing process as well as over-exposure to UV radiation, smoking and pollution all effect optimum levels of hyaluronic acid in your skin. To replenish the moisture levels and restore skin elasticity, Hyaluronic Acid serum was born.

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Argan Oil

Grown in Morocco, this liquid gold is known for its incredible benefits for hair and skin. The revolutionary oil has the ability to moisturise, hydrate and soften the hair and skin. It’s been clinically proven to boost skin elasticity and hydration only after four weeks.

Tash explores the key benefits of Argan Oil and takes us through how to buy a perfect batch.

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Rosemary

Rosemary has been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Traditionally, this herb was used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory systems, and promote hair growth.

Native to the Mediterranean, Rosemary is a fragrant evergreen herb used predominantly as a culinary condiment, however has its benefits in fragrance and cosmetics. A rich source of iron, calcium and vitamin B6, Rosemary has a diverse range of possible health benefits.

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Sea Buckthorn Oil

Sea Buckthorn Oil’s popularity has increased over more recent years due to its healing and rejuvenating effects on the skin. Its nourishing texture penetrates on a deeper level, benefiting the tissues in your skin and body. The fruit oil contains Omega 6, and the rare and highly sought-after Omega-7. The seed oil contains Omega-3 and 6, and also highly potent in Omega-9. Learn more about this cult new ingredient from our ingredient specialist Tash Havos.

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Rose Hydrosol

Rose water, rose hydrosol, rose hydrolat… Those ingredient listings can get confusing. Before we dive in, let’s just get one fact out of the way. Real rose water is distilled. The only ingredient in authentic, traditionally distilled rose water should be rose petals.

The key difference between Rose Water and Rose Hydrosol is that Rose Water is a “cheaper” ingredient; it can be described as simply water that has been scented or with essential oils – almost like infused water. Hydrosols on the other hand, are especially produced for quality as the process involves distilling plant waters that leave the solution with small amount of rose oil.

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Squalane

Although this naturally-occurring oil within our bodies, the beauty industry extracts Squalane from plants – in particular, olives.  Research has shown that Squalane is non-irritating up to 100% of its concentration. For all of its glory, it’s suitable for every skin type. It leaves a non-oily residue due to its ability to sink into the skin almost immediately. Our product specialist Tash explains the benefits and uses of Squalane, a hydrating, soothing and protecting oil for any skin type.

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