If like me, you have noticed your skin getting drier, tighter and – dare I say – “saggier” as you’ve gotten older, then I have just the thing for you. Hyaluronic acid – our resident hydrating humectant hero, has been used in cosmetics for many years, to help maintain supple, plump and healthy skin. And unlike many other “trendy” skincare ingredients, that have their 15 minutes of skincare fame, before being relegated to the dreaded dusty bottom-drawer of the vanity cabinet, this hero actually works and is here to stay. Its a powerful humectant that can hold 1000 times its own weight in water, making it an absolute skincare must-have, especially for those with dry and/or aging skin.

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I’m sure we can all agree that on a roll call of history’s most beautiful women, Cleopetra would most definitely make the list. And as much as we at The Silk Rose are huge fans of modern cosmetic innovations, we also appreciate classic beauty, which is why we were very very excited when we discovered Cleopatra’s beauty regime. I’m not saying we should all start scheduling in weekly milk and honey baths like Queen C, but if she swore by any hero ingredients to maintain her legendary beauty, then I would be a fool not to try them. I mean, if its good enough for royalty, then its good enough for me.

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I don’t know about you, but I grew up thinking that venom was generally considered a bad thing, which should probably be avoided and definitely not smeared across your face…or anywhere else for that matter. But evidently I was wrong, so very wrong. “Nature’s botox” (what a charming name!) is the ultimate hero ingredient for combating fine lines and wrinkles. Both bee and snake venom have been shown to improve the visible signs of ageing, which makes them my new best friends.

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Gather round ladies, we’re about to give you the inside scoop on the latest hero ingredient to reach our shores – snail mucin! Yes, you read correctly and no we’ve not lost our proverbial marbles – we’re talking about snail mucin, that gooey trail that our slimey friends leave behind while out on their travels. As gross as it may sound, this slimey elixir has been used for skincare purposes since the time of Hippocrates (a really long time ago). As a physician in ancient Greece, he prescribed crushed snails to his patients to help alleviate their skin inflammation. More recently, snail mucin was re-discovered as a skin saviour when Chilean farmers handling snails for exportation to French eateries began noticing that their skin was getting smoother and softer…the gooey goodness miraculously made their minor cuts and injuries es-car-go-away!

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