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BEAUTY

SCIENTIFIC SKINCARE, DECODED

By Elizabeth Odey, September 29, 2017

The biggest trend hitting the skincare market RN is straight-talking, science-first formulas. We’re talking "does what it says on the bottle" beauty. Which is great... unless you know absolutely nothing about chemical compounds.*Raises hand* Well, read and learn...

beauty test drive decoding scientific skincare

Let's break it down

In the name of science (and clear glowing skin) I’m decoding and test-driving five cult beauty products leading the market, to figure out what the heck they actually do. Kids, we’re heading back to chemistry class…

 

NIOD Low Viscosity Cleansing Ester, $48

 

What does it mean?
"Viscosity" is a measure of fluid thickness while "esters" are types of fatty acids which occur naturally in foods like avocado. Put that together and we get a light oil-based cleanser. 

What does it do?
NIOD's cleanser aims to break down dirt, oil and makeup, both with and without water. It also works to hydrate the skin after application.

Does it work?
Hand on heart — this, my friends, is my new favourite skincare product. When applied with a cotton pad (even post-cleansing wipe), the level of makeup and dirt that this product removes is seriously impressive! Plus, it left my skin feeling super silky soft. I’m sold.

 

The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, $10.50

 

What does it mean?
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is essentially a water-soluble form of vitamin C. 

What does it do?
Vitamin C is hella good for your skin! It brightens the skintone, reduces signs of ageing and is a great antioxidant. But, in its pure form, it can’t dissolve in water — which means it can't be absorbed by your skin.

Does it work?
Due to this fancy new formulation, your skin can actually absorb all those goodies! Say hello to some major glow.

 

Hylamide SubQ, $32

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What does it mean?
SubQ is an abbreviation for subcutaneous, which means "just under the skin." 

What does it do?
Aside from boosting your vocabulary skills, this serum aims to rehydrate the eye area and improve the look of fine lines, as well as reduce puffiness and dark circles.

Does it work?
I suffer from chronic puffy-morning-eye syndrome but, since applying this each night before bed, it's made a noticeable difference to my morning puff levels.

 

NIOD Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate, $60

 

What does it mean?
Lipids are naturally occurring molecules found in fats and waxes. This smart oil-based formula includes 10 different lip-support technologies.

What does it do?
This miracle concoction works to improve the color, volume, texture, softness and contour of your lips. No Snapchat filter required.

Does it work?
The directions recommend using this for 30 days, twice a day, to see the full effects — but after just one week of application, my lips are already feeling fuller and softer.

 

NIP+FAB Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Shot, $40

 

What does it mean?
Hyaluronic acid is a name you’ve probably seen written on countless beauty products before. It's a natural substance found in skin, which holds loads of moisture.

What does it do?
Think "hy" as in "hydration" — these products work to attract and lock in moisture to (you guessed it) hydrate your skin. This one works as an addition to your current day and night creams.

Does it work?
I've been applying this serum at night before my heavier cream and I (shamelessly) admit I've already received two compliments on my 'glow' already. And with a name like "Dragon’s Blood," how can you say no?

 

Class dismissed.

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