As we get older, the speed and efficiency of our cell renewal process decrease significantly——from 14-21 days in our 20s, to 28-45 days in our 30s and 45-60 days in our 40s on average.
With a buildup of dead skin cells and excess sebum, skin will look dull, skin texture will be rough, pores will be clogged and enlarged, acne will appear, hyperpigmentation will take longer to fade, and skincare products, no matter how expensive and amazing they are, won’t be able to penetrate properly and effectively. So the need for more regular exfoliation is paramount to prevent a dull complexion, clogged and enlarged pores, acne and hyperpigmentation.
Acids and enzymes such as lactic acid and papaya enzymes break the tiny bonds found between dead skin cells called squames, so dead cells and pigment molecules can shed more easily, enhancing cell turnover. Now, while all acids and enzymes work on the top layers of skin, BHAs can also work inside the pores to remove excess sebum as they are oil-soluble.
Yes. It’s all about the types and concentration of acids used, and the formula. Acids like mandelic acid and lactobionic acid are extremely gentle, whilst lactic acid actually hydrates. Soothing ingredients such as aloe vera within the formula can also act as a buffer and soothe skin at the same time. The one acid to avoid for sensitive skin is glycolic acid, as it is smaller in molecular size and thus can penetrate deeper into the skin.
If you’re extremely concerned about acids, choose products rich in enzymes.
Physical scrubs, besides removing dead skin cells on the top layer of the skin like acids do, also slough away healthy skin cells. It may also cause micro-tears on the skin, thereby creating an opening for bacteria to attack the skin. Therefore we do not recommend physical scrubs of any kind.
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Gentle Enzyme Cleanser <- Click to shop
With pineapple, papaya and pumpkin enzymes, which are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, it gently exfoliates and improves enlarged pores, blemishes and dullness. Whilst, ingredients such as Damascus Rose and Lavender Hydrosol, Carrot Seed Oil, Marshmallow Root, Reishi and Aloe Vera help to balance skin, promote skin cell regeneration and collagen synthesis, fight free radicals, enhance skin's defense system, as well as hydrate and brighten.
Stellar Restoration <- Click to shop
Featuring 1.5% Salicylic Acid, Willow Bark (both being BHA) and 1.8% Encapsulated Retinol, along with Niacinamide, Licorice Root, Gotu Kola, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate and Squalane, the powerful yet gentle serum stimulates collagen synthesis and rejuvenates skin to effectively reduce wrinkles, acne and hyperpigmentation, smooth skin texture, slow aging, and minimize pores in a soothing, hydrating way.
No. 9 Exfoliant <- Click to shop
Contains natural effective yet gentle AHAs, BHAs and PHAs, together with Goldenseal, Licorice Root, Mulberry, and Aloe Leaf Juice, etc., it removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores and prevents acne, while providing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial actions.
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Purifying Manuka Mask <- Click to shop
Rich in New Zealand therapeutic grade UMF16 Manuka Honey, which is naturally filled with enzymes, Activated Charcoal and Willow Bark Powder, as well as skin-regenerating and healing Helichrysum, Gotu Kola, Hibiscus, Turmeric Root and Roman Chamomile, the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory mask is perfect for treating acne, blackheads and congested pores while soothing irritations and renewing skin texture.
Gentle Matter Daily Moisture Cleanser <- Click to shop
Fortified with anti-inflammatory Gotu Kola, detoxifying and anti-acne Dandelion, enzymatic Papaya, antioxidant powerhouse Green Tea and White Tea, soothing Calendula, Gingko and Irish Moss etc., the ultra-hydrating formula delicately cleanses and lifts impurities while maintaining moisture levels.
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