anti-aging ingredient
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A Potent Anti-Aging Ingredient: Shiitake Mushroom Extract

There are nearly 150,000 different known species of mushrooms in the world. Some of the most popular are shiitake, reishi, maitaki, enoki, oyster and cordyceps. They contain polysaccharides, long-chain molecules composed of sugar units,…

Astaxanthin Blue Light Blocking Skincare

What is Astaxanthin?  This compound is responsible for the red-orange pigment in many marine animals such as lobster, shrimp, salmon, and more. It is a xanthophyll carotenoid. Unlike other carotenoids however, it cannot convert…
skin soothing ingredient
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Skin Soothing Ingredient: Mugwort

Medicinal plants and botanical extracts are often marketed in skincare as providing naturally-derived ingredients for skin health without harsh or irritating side effects. In this ingredient spotlight series, we will be learning more about…
natural retinoid alternative
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Bakuchiol: A Promising Natural Retinol Alternative

Bakuchiol is a new trendy ingredient in cosmetic skincare products, working as a retinoid analogue, mimicking the effect of retinol such as stimulating cell turnover, combating dark spots and re-densifying the skin. In this ingredient spotlight…

Soy Extract: Best Natural Skincare Ingredient

While the soybean is a dietary staple in most Asian countries, this subtropical plant’s cosmetic benefits are less heard of. In this ingredient spotlight series, we will go through the benefits of ingredients you can find in…
best wrinkle treatment
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Best Wrinkle Treatment: Oligopeptide for Skin

Peptides prompt one’s cells to produce more collagen, the most abundant protein in the skin. They help stimulate collagen production and fight fine lines and wrinkles. In this ingredient spotlight series, we will go through the benefits…
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Botanical-Powered
Skincare: Best Natural
Facial Cleanser

Arnica Montana, a natural plant extract, has anti-inflammation, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-ageing properties. In this ingredient spotlight series, we will go through the benefits of ingredients you can find in your skincare formulations…
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Benefits of Grape
Seed Extract for Skin

Long before grape growers started putting labels on bottles, the ancient civilizations of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans were growing grapes. In history, people have been using different parts of the grapevine for medicinal and cosmeceutical…
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Caffeine for Skin Benefit

Many of us start our days with some form of caffeine in our cups - and increasingly, on our skin. But just as actively as some people love coffee, others dislike it. Similarly, caffeine in our skincare is a controversial ingredient. These…
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Botox Alternative:
Acetyl-Hexapeptide 8

Acetyl-Hexapeptide 8, a synthetic BOTOX alternative, has anti-wrinkle, collagen stimulation and moisturizing properties. In this ingredient spotlight series, we will go through the benefits of ingredients you can find in your…