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Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate): Is It The Fountain of Youth?

Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate): Is It The Fountain of Youth?
Hyaluronic Acid is a compound consisting of long sugar chains that can bind up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic Acid provides a gel-like framework for collagen, elastin and skin cells. It plumps up the appearance of skin, and is a major factor in the skin's elasticity and youthfulness continue reading >

Ferulic Acid: Antioxidant That Helps Protect Skin Against UV Damage

Ferulic Acid: Antioxidant That Helps Protect Skin Against UV Damage
Ferulic Acid is a free radical scavenger. It is also capable of inhibiting the free radical generation. A recent study by Medical University of Łódź in Poland suggested that Ferulic Acid accelerates skin renewal and protects the skin's components such as collagen, elastin, fibroblasts and others, from degradation continue reading >

Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone) for Healthy Heart and Ageless Skin

Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone) for Healthy Heart and Ageless Skin
Discovered by Professor Fredrick L. Crane at University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1957, Coenzyme Q10 plays a key role in generating energy and protecting the body from free radicals. It also helps protect skin from oxidative stress and UV rays, the main causes of premature ageing skin continue reading >

Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) Soothes and Hydrates Sensitive Skin

Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) Soothes and Hydrates Sensitive Skin
Due to its protective, soothing and hydrating properties; Panthenol is greatly beneficial for tired, stressed and environmentally-challenged skin. It helps strengthen skin's barrier function, plump up the appearance of skin and protect skin from pollution. Panthenol improves skin's elasticity, firmness and softness continue reading >

Resveratrol Protects Skin From Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress

Resveratrol Protects Skin From Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress
The antioxidant properties of Resveratrol is much higher than those of Vitamin A, C, E, Catechin in tea, Epicatechin in cocoa, Gallocatechin in adzuki beans, Gallic Acid in blueberries and Ellagic Acid in pomegranates. A study also showed that Resveratrol has 17 times higher antioxidant activities than Idebenone continue reading >

Niacinamide (Nicotinamide) for Youthful Radiant Skin

Niacinamide (Nicotinamide) for Youthful Radiant Skin
Niacinamide increases the production of collagen in the skin by up to 54%; while it also increases the production of elastin and skin proteins by up to 20% and 100%. A clinical study showed that Niacinamide visibly improved the appearance of ageing skin and helped prevent the appearance of age spots by up to 68% continue reading >

Is Natural Vegan Skincare The Beauty Standard of Cruelty-Free World?

Is Natural Vegan Skincare The Beauty Standard of Cruelty-Free World?
I am a massive fan of natural ingredients, however, I will never rule out to use synthetic ingredients if they are proven to be better. In certain cases where the consistency is highly critical, some botanical extracts have to go through the standardisation process and can no longer be referred as natural ingredients continue reading >

Linoleic Acid For An Even Spotless Radiant Complexion

Linoleic Acid For An Even Spotless Radiant Complexion
A well-studied food and skincare ingredient, Linoleic Acid has been proven to play a significant role in the wound healing process. Linoleic Acid accelerates the skin renewal process and boosts the body's ability to repair damaged cells. Linoleic Acid is suitable for all skin types; from dry, ageing to acne-prone skin continue reading >

Tretinoin (All-Trans Retinoic Acid): Is It An Anti-Wrinkle or A Hype?

Tretinoin (All-Trans Retinoic Acid): Is It An Anti-Wrinkle or A Hype?
Due to the collagen-boosting and skin renewing properties, Tretinoin is sometimes used for the treatment of signs of ageing including wrinkles and age spots. However, it is known to increase skin sensitivity to UV-induced damage including skin cancer. Therefore, the use of Tretinoin should be reviewed and reconsidered continue reading >

Retinol: Why Is It Not An Anti-Ageing Skincare Product Ingredient?

Retinol: Why Is It Not An Anti-Ageing Skincare Product Ingredient?
Several studies suggested that Retinol can boost the collagen synthesis and cellular activity in the skin. However, it is highly unstable. Numerous studies showed that Retinol increases the phototoxicity of UV light. It increases skin vulnerability to UV-induced damage including the risk for skin cancer continue reading >

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: The Newer Vitamin C Derivative

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: The Newer Vitamin C Derivative
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a lipid-soluble vitamin C derivative. So far, there is no reputable clinical study to back its skin benefit. In most (if not all) studies, there were other active ingredients purposely added to support the use of Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. Therefore, there isn't any reliable data for its efficacy continue reading >

Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester) May Promote UV Skin Damage

Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester) May Promote UV Skin Damage
Ascorbyl Palmitate is an oil-soluble vitamin C derivative formed from ascorbic acid and palmitic acid. Known as a vitamin C ester, the antioxidant properties of Ascorbyl Palmitate in skincare products is questionable. A scientific study revealed that Ascorbyl Palmitate may intensify skin damage due to UV radiation continue reading >