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November 25, 2020
With autumn in full swing, both the temperature and humidity in the air start to drop. It is time to start transitioning your skin care routine, so that the skin does not go into shock when winter comes.
We’ve said it before, we will keep saying this. Foaming cleansers, which usually contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), strip the skin of its natural oil, and can damage the skin’s lipid barrier, thus weakening its water retention ability, which leads to dryness and pre-mature aging, as well as its defence ability in stopping harmful bacteria and pollutants from entering the body through the skin, resulting in acne, irritations, redness, and inflammations like eczema and dermatitis.
It is therefore best to use a cream or non-foaming gel/liquid cleanser, so that the skin will not be stripped of its natural oil, and the lipid barrier can remain healthy and intact.
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Goji Mallow Cleanse™ <- Click to shop
A hydrating and nourishing cleanser with a marshmallow-like texture. Enriched with a natural super antioxidant blend of Goji Berries, Açaí Berries and Oat Silk, as well as nourishing oils like Frankincense, Avocado and Plum, it locks in moisture, provides essential nutrients, reduces inflammation and increases elasticity of the skin, all the while providing a gentle cleansing action.
The skin is constantly producing new skin cells and shedding old ones. The rate of this process of cell turnover can be slowed down by factors like sun, wind, pollution, stress, hormones, and age. When there is a buildup of dull, dry, discolored, dead skin on the surface, not only will the skin appear dull and textured, it will also make it difficult for skincare ingredients to penetrate, as well as trapping bacteria and sebum inside the skin, resulting in acne.
By removing those dead cells through periodic exfoliation, regardless of skin type and including sensitive skin, the skin surface will be smoothed, pores will be unclogged and minimizeed, hyperpigmentation will lighten, and skincare ingredients can better penetrate the skin.
Use an enzyme or gentle acid formula to dissolve the bond between dead skin cells, so that they can shed easier and quicker. When formulated properly with hydrating buffer ingredients, not only will they not irritate the skin, they will also stimulate collagen synthesis, thus thickening the dermis. Just avoid glycolic acid though, as its small molecular size can cause irritation in some skin.
Also, avoid physical exfoliation, think scrubs, as these physical particles can easily irritate, as well as cause micro-tears in the skin, leading to acne, dryness, or worse, permanent damages.
No. 9 Exfoliant <- Click to shop
Contains natural effective yet gentle AHAs, BHAs and PHAs, together with Mulberry, which has the highest concentration of resveratrol in nature, as well as Goldenseal, Licorice Root, and Aloe Leaf Juice, etc., it removes dead skin cells, speeds up cell turnover, brightens skin, reduces hyperpigmentation, unclogs pores and prevents acne, while providing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial actions.
The skin after cleansing is like a dry sponge. Without that extra water in the skin, all the skincare products you put on the skin afterwards won’t get absorbed and distributed in the skin; whereas if you put serums, oils or moisturizer on damp skin, they will be able to penetrate much better.
Moreover, when the air’s humidity is under 70%, humectants like hyaluronic acid in your serums will not be able to pull water vapour from the air to hydrate the skin; instead, they will draw water from the dermis (the second layer of skin) to the epidermis. This essentially means, you will have to replenish the skin with actual water molecules, such as water itself, aloe vera leaf juice, green tea, or hydrosols, so that the humectants can actually have something to draw from.
holi(water) Hyaluronic Pearl & Rose Toner <- Click to shop
Fortified with Bulgarian Rose Water, Lavender Water, Pitaya, Cucumber, Pearl Powder, Jasmine Oil, Honey, Sandalwood Oil and Sodium Hyaluronate, this ultra hydrating toner intensely hydrates, softens, soothes, plumps, tightens and brightens the skin. Its rich content of antioxidants and phytonutrients also provide anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial benefits, thereby reducing and improving acne and redness.
Colder weather and hotter showers will accelerate trans-epidermal water loss. It is further accelerated by using heaters at home or in the car. To compensate for this water loss, it is essential to replenish the lost hydration.
A hydrating serum, unlike a moisturiser that is generally high in occlusives that lock in hydration rather than adding back to the skin, delivers a cocktail of highly active and hydrating ingredients that are smaller in molecular sizes to penetrate deeper into the dermis without clogging pores. Some of them also contain skin plumping ingredients like peptides, so that the skin will look hydrated, and plumped.
Just remember, it is essential to use an oil or moisturiser after a hydrating serum to lock in that hydration.
Immersion Serum Concentrate <- Click to shop
Besides having a wide range of ultra hydrating ingredients, including Green Tea Water, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate & Sodium Hyaluronate, the serum is also packed with 3 forms of Peptides to stimulate collagen synthesis and micro-circulation, improve skin barrier and hydration, reduce wrinkles and inflammation, regenerate collagen fibers, and rejuvenate skin. Whilst, Niacinamide, Reishi, Gotu Kola, White Tea and Chamomile etc. are added to brighten, fight free radicals, hydrate and soothe.
Ideal Moisture Level Serum <- Click to shop
Formulated with various hydrating ingredients, such as Saccharide Isomerate, Panthenol and long-chain Sodium Hyaluronate, as well as prized organic botanicals like White Genepì and Mallow, it helps to provide long-lasting hydration while forming a protective layer on the skin surface to lock in moisture. It also improves the skin's barrier function, soothes irritations, fights free radicals, reduces inflammations, protects against UV rays, and repairs the skin.
While the body is made up of up to 70% water, the outermost layer of the skin, aka stratum corneum, is made up of ceramide, cholesterol and saturated fatty acids. Together they create a water-impermeable, protective layer to prevent excessive water loss, and act as a barrier against the entry of bacteria. However, the levels of these lipids decline with age; as a result, upper layers of the skin become thinner, the skin is more prone to dryness, dullness and conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, whilst fine lines and wrinkles become more prominent.
This means, not only do you need to add hydration, you also need to add oil to achieve healthy skin. By replenishing the skin with lipids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and polyphenols that are abundant in oils, not only will the skin feel moisturized, the skin will also be able to fortify itself, retain optimal moisture, fight free radicals, stimulate collagen production, and maintain a healthier, stronger barrier to effectively improve skin issues such as dryness, eczema, irritations, oiliness and wrinkles, thereby slowing the aging process.
By building stronger barrier functions via oils, the skin will be able to lock in moisture naturally, and you may not even need a moisturiser (I personally don’t use or need a moisturiser). In fact, for those that are prone to clogged pores, an oil may be even better than using a moisturiser.
Serum Bioluminelle™ <- Click to shop
Combining Carrot Seed Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Green Coffee Oil and Black Seed Oil, which are known to have superior anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties, as well as Ursolic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Elastin Protein, Ginseng, Reishi, and Turmeric etc., it promotes collagen and elastin synthesis, improves wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, hydrates, soothes, reduces acne, fights free radicals and slows aging.
The main function of a moisturizer is to prevent trans-epidermal water loss, and act as a physical barrier to prevent environmental damage. Some skin, with a compromised skin barrier, will benefit from a moisturizer as it helps to lock in that water.
However, if you are prone to clogged pores, you may need to be careful, as heavy moisturisers may clog pores and end up giving you acne and blemishes. So if ingredients like shea butter is high up on the list in your moisturizer, beware. This may be the reason you are breaking out.
It is also important not to rely on moisturizer to hydrate the skin——this part should be done using a hydrating toner and serum. This is because, most moisturizers’ primary function is to lock in moisture rather than actually hydrating the skin. Plus if you keep putting on layers upon layers of moisturizer on the skin, this thick physical barrier will sit on top of the skin 24/7, and dead skin cells will be unable to shed naturally, leading to break outs.
If you do like using moisturizers, remember a thin layer is all you need for it to work. Also, if you find oil already enough, you don’t necessary need a moisturizer at all.
Nutritive Repair Emulsion <- Click to shop
Developed to target the golden time at night for skin repair, the gentle yet powerful botanical ingredients, including Cupuaçu Butter, Argan Oil, Spent Grain Wax, Sunflower Seed Oil, White Genepì, Mallow, Masterwort and Butterfly Bush moisturize, repair the lipid barrier, increase elasticity, soothe and reduce sensitivity, while helping to regenerate and strengthen the skin overnight.
A lot of customers have asked us, “My skin feels really dry, should I use more hydrating mask?” Here’s what many people get wrong. Masks should be used for more like a boost, especially if you’ve been out in the cold or sitting in a heated room, or if there’s an important date coming up. However, if you have a good hydrating routine in place, there is really no need to rely on a hydrating mask for daily hydration.
Once a week? Great. Twice a week? That’s okay too, since a hydrating mask usually has other soothing ingredients and antioxidants that could benefit the skin. However, if you feel like you need to use a hydrating mask every other day, or even need to use a paper mask every night, then you should probably take a look at your existing routine, and re-read Step 1 to Step 6 above, as clearly you are not hydrating your skin or protecting your lipid barrier enough.
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Healing Manuka Mask <- Click to shop
Besides therapeutic grade UMF16 Mānuka honey from New Zealand, the mask also features organic Aronia berry, which is rich in resveratrol, as well as Barbary Fig Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Vanilla Seeds, Jasmine Oil, Calendula and Turmeric Oil etc., to instantly moisturize, hydrate, calm and restore suppleness and vitality to dehydrated and irritated skin.
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