Category: Superstar Ingredients

  • What Is Mandelic Acid? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    What Is Mandelic Acid? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that is popular for treating acne and hyperpigmentation. However, you may know of many ingredients that do similar things. What makes this acid different? Read more about alpha hydroxy acids here. It’s also becoming more and more popular as a treatment for anti-aging topicals. So, what is mandelic […]

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  • What Is Lactic Acid? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    What Is Lactic Acid? The Essential Skincare Alphabet
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    Today we are tackling L and the one ingredient, that still gets the most questions, is lactic acid. It’s the type of ingredient that seems suitable for everyone but because it may not work for everyone, is perplexing. And believe me I know, I have done tonnes of posts on this. Like this one: Read […]

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  • What Is Kojic Acid? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    What Is Kojic Acid? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    Kojic acid is a relatively new up and coming skincare ingredient. The reason for this, I believe, is because of the sudden interest in treating skin pigmentation conditions using acids. What is Kojic acid? In short, it’s a by-product of the aerobic process of carbohydrates. However, this is a beauty blog, so that is probably […]

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  • What Is Jojoba Oil? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    What Is Jojoba Oil? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    Jojoba oil is an extremely well used ingredient in the cosmetic industry. The reason for this is pretty simple, it has excellent oxidative stability (1). What this means, is that it will take a long time before it will go rancid. Thus, it is particularly useful for being kept on a shelf. Additionally, this quality […]

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  • What Is Isopropyl Myristate? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    What Is Isopropyl Myristate? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    Isopropyl Myristate is a relatively under researched and unknown ingredient in the skincare industry. However, in the next few years, this is going to change (this is a prediction, take note). It’s a skin hydrating ingredient, that is gaining more and more momentum. Why? My assumption is that ‘hyaluronic acid fatigue’ is setting in and […]

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  • What Is A Suspension In Cosmetics?

    What Is A Suspension In Cosmetics?
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    You ask and I deliver. This time, in my quick Q+A series is, what is a suspension in cosmetics? I was asked to cover this question two weeks ago and it’s a great suggestion. The more the skincare industry progresses, the more education is put in the forefront of that growth. Hence, knowing these cosmetic […]

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  • What Is Glycolic Acid? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    What Is Glycolic Acid? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    If you’ve been following me for a long time, you’ll know that glycolic acid is one of my favourite ingredients. When it came to picking an ingredient for letter G, the brainstorming didn’t take long. There are still so many people who are confused about this acid. Today, I’m going to attempt to create a […]

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  • What Is Ferulic Acid? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    What Is Ferulic Acid? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    Ferulic Acid was at the height of its popularity back in 2020 (i.e the year that no one will talk about again). However, many people missed that boat, and it has all the promise of making a comeback this year. So, lets find out some fast facts and determine whether it’s worth your investment. I’ve […]

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  • What Is Ellagic Acid? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    What Is Ellagic Acid? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    You may not have heard about ellagic acid but it’s commonly added to skincare products. It’s a naturally occurring polyphenol (which basically means it has a lot of the aromatic compound, phenol in it), that can be found in a variety of foods. What is ellagic acid? Okay, lets get to the crux of article. […]

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  • What Is Dimethicone? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    What Is Dimethicone? The Essential Skincare Alphabet

    This is just my opinion, but I feel like dimethicone is not spoken about enough. It’s strange because it’s controversial and used often. If you work in the beauty industry, you aren’t likely to agree with the above sentiment however, ask someone who doesn’t pay attention to beauty. I reckon they’d know nothing of this […]

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