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BEAUTY TEST DRIVE

SCIENTIFIC SKINCARE, DECODED

By Elizabeth Odey, 28 September 2017

The biggest trend hitting the beauty market RN are fact-based formulas. We’re talking no frills, says-what-it-does-on-the-bottle beauty. Which great – unless you know absolutely nothing about chemical compounds… *raises hand*.

beauty test drive decoding scientific skincare

Let's break it down

So, 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, $60

 

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. So, if we’re going to de-code the product name, this is a light oil-based cleanser. 

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

Does it work?
Hands 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 impressive! Plus, it leaves the skin feeling super silky soft. I’m sold.

 

The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, $12

 

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

What does it do?
Vitamin C is hella good for your skin! It brightens the skin tone, reduces signs of aging and is a great antioxidant. But in it’s 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 up! Say hello to some major glow.

 

Hylamide SubQ, $40

 

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, 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, $76

 

What does it mean?
Lipids are naturally occurring molecules found in fats and waxes. This smart oil-based formula includes TEN different lip-support technologies (and I'm assuming they’re super concentrated!).

What does it do?
This miracle concoction works to improve the colour, 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, $50

 

What does it mean?
Hyaluronic acid is a name you’ve probably seen written on countless beauty products before. This is 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 complements on my 'glow' already. And with a name like 'Dragon’s Blood' how can you say no...

 

Class dismissed.

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