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New Product Alert – Bi-Phase Shikimic Acid Exfoliant

In April we added another new product to our line up. Bi-phase Shikimic acid Exfoliant can be used as a pre-cleanse treatment or as a weekly intensive treatment when your skin needs a deep cleanse. It removes surface dullness, helps refine the pores and conditions the skin.

What’s in it?

The water phase contains 10% Shikimic acid.

Shikimic acid is an Alpha-Hydroxy acid derived from Star Anise. It gets its name from the Japanese word shikimi. The benefits of Shikimic acid for the skin are numerous – it exfoliates, reduces acne, photodamage, and discolouration, minimises fine lines, moisturises, and firms the skin. It also regulates sebum production and has anti-bacterial properties.

A study conducted on the effects of Shikimic acid on the skin showed it has excellent skin brightening properties along with good radical scavenging activity and low toxicity.

The oil phase contains 2% Salicylic acid, organic White Tea extract, gentle emollients, and Squalane.

Salicylic acid needs little introduction. It is a Beta Hydroxy acid that is oil soluble, which means it can penetrate the pores deeper and unclog them effectively. It softens and sloughs off the top layer of the skin, and normalises sebum production. Last, but not least, Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties. That makes it an excellent treatment for anyone suffering from acne and blemishes.

Organic White Tea extract is rich in catechins, antioxidants that inhibit MMP. MMP are enzymes that degrade collagen and elastin in the skin.

Squalane is produced by our bodies, but after a certain age the process slows down considerably. It is a light oil with high emollience that absorbs quickly without an oily feel, and it is suitable for all skin types. It hydrates, helps regulate oil production, and prevents irritation. Squalane is also non-comedogenic and anti-bacterial. In the long run, it protects the skin against oxidative stress.

Who is it for?

Bi-Phase Shikimic Acid Exfoliant is suitable for problem or dull skin that will benefit from its exfoliating and renewing properties.

How to use?

Apply Bi-Phase Shikimic Acid Exfoliant to make up free skin. If you use sunscreen (and you should) we would also advise removing sunscreen first to get the full benefits of the product.

Shake the bottle to mix the water and the oil phase. Apply to your face with a cotton pad. Make sure to avoid the eye area. Remove with your normal cleanser.

If you want to do a weekly intensive treatment, apply to your face as described above. Leave the product on between 20 and 30 minutes and remove with your normal cleanser.

If you do decide to try our Bi-Phase Shikimic acid Exfoliant, please do let us know how you like it. Alternatively, if you are unsure whether it is suitable for your skin type, please get in touch so we can help.

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