The initiate concept behind Barrier Builder Duo set
After Covid-19 broke out, wearing masks has taken a critical behavior in our daily life, especially for those medical service providers standing on the frontline. While we saw many medical providers had scratches on their face because of long-term wearing masks, we felt what they felt and started thinking, what can we do for these frontline warriors? We then decide to have a product that can help them recover and get their original skin back and not worrying about leaving a mask trace. Then this this duo set was born.
What is Squalane?
Among skin lipid, there are 10 % of Squalene that protects the skin surface from lipid peroxidation due to exposure to UV radiation. Squalene is very unstable, being oxidized easily and becoming yellow because of the double bonds.
Squalane is very alike to Squalene, and has the same function as Squalene. But it doesn't have double bonds between 2 carbons (showed below). So, it is stable and safe.
Squalane is an oil but not oily
Squalane can easily be absorbed and permeate into skin since it has very small molecular weight, 422.8 g/mol while Coconut oil has 701.5 g/mol. The bigger molecular weight, the greasier feeling it is. This is the reason that while you apply coconut oil you feel the oil is atop of your skin, never being absorbed.
Why is Squalane our favorite oil moisturizer?
Because of its small size, it wouldn't clog the pore to cause pimples.
Squalene is proved for anti-inflammation in many scientific articles. Although Squalene doesn't have double bonds, it still keeps the function of anti-inflammation.
Many doctors/dermatologists recommend Vaseline as the SOS cream for the problematic skin because they believe Vaseline, aka pure petroleum jelly, would not interact with skin but seal the skin perfectly to prevent from water loss. Sugar cane derived Squalane is as safe as Vaseline, but is natural, and can retain water perfectly.
Squalane can be apply on disorder skin, like sensitive skin, eczema, rosacea etc, as is proved in many scientific articles. This is why many dermatologists recommended Squalane to their patients. Especially sugar cane derived Squalane doesn't have impurities that could be irritants.
We know that some of you may still have concerns because there is no any 100% safe medicine, neither cosmetics. So, if you still have the concern, please try the products on your arm skin first before applying to face. :)
Sugar Cane derived Squalane or Olive oil derived Squalane? Which one is better?
100% pure squalane contains different impurities, depending on the origin of the squalene raw material
Squalene from OLIVE OIL wastes can be contaminated with by-products from processing—including plant waxes, free fatty acids, phytosterols and neutralization by-products. Free fatty acids can irritate the follicle, causing pimples (acnes). Moreover, the impurities from its biosynthesis, such as low volatility triacyl glycerols and glyceryl ethers, and up to 0.1% of the C19 hydrocarbon pristane, as severe irritants.
Squalane derived from SUGAR CANE, are produced by fermentation process with the yeast. The Squalane from sugar cane with this process won't have the impurities as we mentioned above. It only has other different forms of Squalane around 6% that wouldn't cause irritations.
ABOUT LICORICE+CICA ELIXIR
Why do we choose Licorice, CICA, and Bisabolol?
Wound healing and Anti-inflammation
Licorice, Centella Asiatica Extract (CICA), and Bisabolol are the herbs utilized as medicines to accelerate wound healing and anti-inflammation in ancient Europe and Asia. Nowadays, scientists also have positive conclusions in terms of wound healing and anti-inflammation toward to these three herbs.
Redness free and Brightening
While you have redness, it means your skin is at the inflamed status that inflammation could be minor or sever. While these three major ingredients ease the inflammation, the skin would reduce the redness and become brighter.
What do we insist to create a safe and effective product?
A good product is not only the effective ingredients, but the others.
The Elixir only has 10 ingredients (not includes water). We use Hydroxyacetophenone, natural preservative, and corporate with Glycerin, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-hexaandiol to enhance the preservative system. Moreover, Glycerin, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-hexaandiol also play the role as humectants to keep your skin hydrated.
We care about the proportion and the quality of the raw materials
Proportion matters to a cosmetics product. We have Licorice is 2 % Which is the highest proportion regulated by Taiwan FDA, CICA is 0.5 %. and Bisabolol is 0.5 %.
-Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, and 1,2-Hexanediol which are small molecular weights that can enhance the skin to absorb the effective ingredients, humectants, and auxiliary preservative.
-PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil is a O/W emulsifier for Bisabolol. EWG categorized it as a moderate hazard because of the impurities of Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane that may cause cancer with high dose. But we don't see it hazardous after we checked the amount of the impurities and researched a lot of results from the scientific papers, like International Journal of Toxicology. The impurities quantity as less than 0.001% that wouldn't cause a concern. While the pros of using this emulsifier weighs heavier than the cons, we take the opinions of EWG web as a reference but won't be bothered after we evaluate it as a safe ingredient.
-Sodium Hyaluronate here is a thickener to make the elixir a bit gel-like and to catch the moist on the skin as a humectant too.
Apply 2 drops or as needed to the entire face after cleaning the face with water. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Only use this product as directed on unbroken skin. We recommend you apply Barrier Defender: Licorice + CICA Elixir before to get a better result.
Licorice + CICA Elixir
Apply 2~3 drops or as needed to the entire face after cleaning the face with water. Only Use as directed on unbroken skin. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician.
100% sugar cane derived Squalane
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydroxyacetophenone, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Bisabolol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate