But first, hydrate

What's your number one skin priority?

Maybe you focus on getting clear skin, fading sun spots or preventing facial lines. Actually, its more like all of them!

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Better skin, instantly!

Only have time to do 1 thing to make your skin look better? Exfoliate!

When we exfoliate, we are essentially removing the top layer that is usually flaky, dry and dull-looking, revealing better looking skin underneath.

There are two ways to exfoliate, physical and chemical. Though they both remove the uppermost skin layers, each of them do so differently.

Physical exfoliation
Physical exfoliants are grainy particles. This is applied with a...

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Non-comedogenic: fact or fiction?

Ever broken out from a non-comedogenic product before?

They are technically not supposed to clog pores. So why did the opposite happen?

The origins of comedogenicity
'Comedogenicity' is the ability for something to cause comedones or clogged pores . This concept came about in the 1970s to explain how acne can be caused by cosmetic products. 

The original study involved applying different ingredients on rabbit's ears and see if they caused comedones. The...

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The truth about dark and light

About 80% of the people I encounter struggle with hyperpigmentation.

It is difficult to resolve for many people as they don't understand it enough. They also find it confusing to navigate through products as they don't really know what works.

If this is you, keep reading!

Hyperpigmentation 101
Melanin gives our skin its natural colour. The dark spot or patch we see is a result...

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When less is more

The more active ingredients there are, the more effective the product is. Right?

Product ingredients are always listed in decreasing concentrations on the label. There is a common belief that a fantastic product should have all actives high up in the ingredients list (i.e. used in large amounts). When active ingredients appear at the bottom of the list, many people assume that the product won't be effective.
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Our favourite ingredient

Out of all ingredients I use, there is one that I love the most.

Actually it is a group of them called humectants. What are they and what makes them so special?

The power of humectants
All humectants have one thing in common. They attract water to themselves.
When we use humectants on our skin, they attract water from their surroundings, resulting in an increase in the amount of water on our skin surface....

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Exfoliation FAQs

Today we'll go through some commonly asked questions on chemical exfoliation.

Should I be using AHA or BHA?
Depends on your concerns. AHAs are better at eliminating dullness/hyperpigmentation; BHA is better at reducing congestion and blemishes. To target all of above, use a blend of both!

Which is the best type of AHA?
The best AHA is not the strongest one, but the one that works best for you. Glycolic acid, the smallest AHA, is the most penetrative/potent. Lactic acid, being bigger,...

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The Making of An Exfoliant

The multiple benefits of acids have made chemical exfoliants very popular.
What affects how well they perform? The type of acid? The concentration?
The answer is "Yes" to both of the above, but there is more to it.

Types of acids
There are 2 types of acids, AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) and BHA (beta-hydroxy acid). Both exfoliate by loosening the skin layers, though each are better in different aspects.
AHAs (up to 15%)

water soluble
increase moisture levels...

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Beauty Breakdown - Exfoliate

Want to know the quickest way to better-looking skin?

What is exfoliation
Exfoliation removes the outermost skin layers - stratum corneum of the epidermis.

If left to accumulate, we experience dullness, flakiness, congestion and roughness. Removing them reveals fresh, unweathered skin beneath. That's why freshly exfoliated skin always looks glowy, smooth and bright.

Ways to exfoliate
There are two ways to exfoliate

Physical exfoliants that use particles (e.g. plant parts, beads, sugar,...

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Cleansing FAQs

Today we'll answer some frequently asked questions on cleansing. Let's go!

Are all foaming cleansers drying?
Generally the higher its degree of foaming, the stronger the surfactant's cleansing power. Thus, it is easy for foaming cleansers to be harsh due to their stronger cleansing ability. However, it is entirely possible to formulate a non-drying frothy cleanser if it has skin protective ingredients!

Are non-foaming cleansers better for sensitive skin?

Although non-foaming cleansers themselves are mild, many of them...

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The Making of a Cleanser

The purpose of a cleanser and how it works is rather simple. But formulating one is not.
It should be effective enough to remove all unwanted oil residues from skin, but not too effective that it removes too much of our skin's natural oils.
Given the importance of surfactants in cleansers, it comes as no surprise that they greatly affect how cleansers perform.

Types of surfactants
There are many different types of surfactants, from very high foaming to none at all. Generally,...

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Beauty Breakdown - Cleanse

Cleansers exist in diverse forms - gels, creams, oils, balms and even waters.
Despite their apparent differences, have you ever wondered how they are able to do the same job?

Why use cleansers
Cleansing gets rid of oil residues (e.g. makeup, excess sebum, environmental pollutants, skin care products) from skin. As oil is not fully removable by water alone, we need cleansers because they contain surfactants (surface active agents), which

lift off the unwanted oils

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Hop & cotton launch

August was fantabulous! We celebrated our launch in Sydney with Australia's beauty elite.

Hosted at The Langham, I was privileged to meet with many journalists, editors and influencers, who are all so lovely and warm. Our one-on-one meets allowed me to indulge in conversations and chats, which was my favourite part of the event. I shared how we started, why we exist and our beliefs. I was thrilled to present them their...

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Overcoming Acne 3: How to maintain clear skin

Now that you have finally gotten rid of your acne from what we’ve learnt in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, how do you keep your skin clear?

It's not so much about the occasional facial or mask. It's what we do every day that matters the most. Here's everything you need to do for clear skin.

Step 1 - Cleanse
Cleansing is the most important step in your...

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Overcoming Acne 2: How to treat acne

In Part 1 of this series, we have learnt that the cause of acne for one person may not necessarily be the same for another person.

Searching for the best acne cure is no easy feat.

With so many products out there, how do you know what will work?No single product will be the miracle cure for all spots. The best product...

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Overcoming Acne 1: Why we get acne

Acne might be a skin disorder, but it causes more than superficial damage.

Other than the obvious, it inflicts self-consciousness, anxiety and distress. It made me feel like a stranger in my own skin.

The first real step to overcoming acne is actually not to find the best zit-zapping product, but to understand why it is happening. Going to the root of the problem...

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The Smooth Operator - Your skin's BFF

Product spotlight time! This is our skin-transforming superstar The Smooth Operator.

From the very first use, you will notice better looking skin. With consistent use, it will take your skin to the next glow level.

Why it is the best 
The Smooth Operator speeds up skin turnover, which means it will help with everything. 
Formulated according to your skin type and concerns, it can reduce blackheads and clogged pores, revivify dull skin,...

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Get smart

The internet can be the best and worst thing for information.

Long before I became a formulator, I've been obsessed with cosmetic ingredients. I love researching why different ingredients were used and their benefits or detriments. I'm sure many of you are the same.

The good thing is that there are plenty of sites dedicated to cosmetic ingredients. But the bad thing is that...

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Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that snatch!
Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

What do the Jabberwock and chemicals have in common?

They both seem scary, until you realise what they are.

But I can’t even pronounce it!
Punica granatum, alpha-tocopherol, ascorbic acid. Foreign-sounding ingredients can seem intimidating. Not...

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The Foam Party - all skins invited!

Hi beauty bunnies! We’d like to talk to you about The Foam Party, our facial cleanser. 

We thought it’s most appropriate for it to be the first product we feature as cleansing is the first and most important step in every skin care routine, even the most minimalistic one.

After all, a good start...

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