Key Drivers To Eternal Beauty

As a cosmetic chemist, I am constantly on the look out for the latest innovation in ingredients for the pursuit of eternal beauty. What constitutes to eternal beauty- there must be some clinical evidence or folklore history that proves the efficacy.

Here are some notable ingredients that recently excited me and offered through Toyota-Tsusho America Inc.  (T.A.I.) . Yes, the Toyota as the famous car maker, they have a cosmetic ingredients division along with many others such as textile, food, diagnostic division just to name a few.

Are you ready for some breakthrough in anti-aging? Read on!

  • Sialic acid– Sialic acid is the key component found in Asian delicacy Bird’s nest. Asian women have been eating this delicacy (from bird’s saliva) for centuries due to its folklore belief for better health, skin brightening and improved complexion. There are bird nest extract available on the market however, it is only 1% active. The sialic acid offered through T.A.I. is obtained via biofermentation of yeast so it is a natural identical. There is clinical proof to show at 0.5% dosage, it gives skin brightening effect and at 1% dramatic wrinkle reduction is achievable.  This is a WOW!
  • Kahai oil– This non-greasy, super luxurious oil has proven to be better than Argan oil with 50% more vitamin E content and 3 times more vitamin A than Rosehip oil.  A clinical is done to show 45% of wrinkle reduction in 4 weeks. This oil is ecocert natural and cosmos approved. You can use it on your salad if you like. I have made extreme pampering face creams and super moisturizing lip glosses with this oil. The results are simply MARVELOUS!
  • Hydro Balu– Seriously the most legendary anti-aging story I have EVER heard.  Most of the people know that Okinawa island in Japan is known for people living over 100 years old. However, this Hydro Balu from Colombia trumps anything and everything you have EVER heard. This giant Edamame like Colombian bean harvested in San Bernado island, not only gives people the average lifespan of over 100 years old, but after the people die, they MUMMIFIED naturally without preservation or treatment. There is a museum documented the natural mummification is due to this Balu bean for natural preservation of skin and hair. This is the ULTIMATE anti-ager one can possibly find! This is EPIC!

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What are some of your most favorite eternal beauty anti-aging ingredients?

Until next time,





SMART Skin Perfecting* Skin Care

People are busy. We all crave for miracle skin care products that are multi-functional and offer immediate results. We heard so many women asking for anti-aging benefits but what anti-aging really looks like?

It looks like S.M.A.R.T.:

Smooth– When people get older, the skin texture gets rougher. Products that help exfoliate away dead skin cell or to soften skin can  instantly revive for a younger looking skin. Look for products containing natural fruit acids or smooth round shape beads (non-polyethylene, non-irregular shapes) to help skin cell turn over. Do not ever put your expensive moisturizer over dead skin layer. It will just be a waste. You can feel if your skin is smoother or not immediately after one use of product.

Moisturizing- Dry skin equals ugly skin. When skin or lips get chapped, it’s a sign of dehydration inside out. Not only we need to constantly hydrate ourselves with plenty of water, we also need constantly hydrate our skin. Dermatologists said we should wear sunscreen daily. Let me add- we should hydrate and nourish our skin daily as well. Oh, and I do not mean layer Vaseline all over you (yes, there are still people swear by that!). A proper moisturization step includes exfoliation, hydration and protection.  Look for ingredients that are proven moisture boosters such as algae extracts, water melon extracts, hyaluronic acids as well as protectors which offer added moisture seal such a shea butter, avocado, jojoba, coconut, or squalane.

Moisturization is not just for people with dry skin. People who tend to be oily also need hydration. The ingredients selections are basically the same but you can choose different types of product texture for your specific skin care needs. For example, if you tend to be oily, a cream-gel texture will be more suitable than a regular cream catered for normal-dry skin. You can feel if your skin is soaking up the moisture or not after one use. Some products can even offer 24-48 hour of moisturization benefits.

Anti-Aging: Anti-Aging is a big umbrella of all the things we try to shy away from which include lines and wrinkles,dull-looking skin, age spots, pore enlargement, sagging skin, puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. Anti-aging can mean different things to different people depending on their age group. When we get older, we produce less collagen and elastin so ingredients that can boost these such as vitamin C and peptides can help to firm up the skin. Additionally, vitamin C also can help with age spots. My personal favorite vitamin C is 3-ethyl-ascorbic acid which is a patented compound with proven stability delivering the highest ascorbic acid content to the skin to really correct and prevent dark spots. Ingredients like eijitsu rose extract has been proven to help pore-refining. Soy and Rice protein are clinically tested to be great for people who have concerns on dark circles and puffiness under eye.  To experience the anti-aging benefits, we need 28 days to see the results. Any immediate benefits will come if the products have added optical diffuser to help conceal while treating the cause. If you receive a sample from any sample boxes, the anti-aging aspect is something you will actually have to buy the full size product to reap the benefits!

Redness-Reducing: Almost 90% of self-diagnosed people said they have sensitive skin. With the exception of rosacea which is a type of skin condition, people with sensitive skin tend to get irritated easily and turned red. Lately a lot of cosmetic company start to address this “red-ness” issue as if you take away the “red hue” on the skin, you will dramatically look younger! Try this with your photo filter and see for yourself! In this category, look for ingredients that are from seaweeds, licorice extracts, green tea extracts to calm and soothe skin. A well-formulated product can actually prevent the skin redness from happening rather than simply reduce it. You can tell if the redness of your skin has been toned down or if you have any reaction to the products after one use.

Toning: The T in toning for oily skin is for T-zone. For people with oily skin, it’s often a challenge to keep the skin “balanced” on the T zone area. A good product should smartly detect oil and controls the oiliness over time. Often times, during summer, you spot people with a dark forehead because the excessive sebum on forehead “eats up” the make-up and leaving a dark spot. With proper toning ingredients such as peony extracts, raspberry extract, lotus extract, they can help to neutralize the oxidation effect from environment as well.A younger looking skin should be one even-tone all over.

For people with dry skin, the toning can mean increased skin microcirculation so skin looks more healthy and radiant. There are abundant of rich resources from the sea which are proven to increase microcirculation for a more glowing, not greasy, complexion. Depending on the formulation, you may be able to experience toning effect after one use of product if the product contains alcohol for immediate refreshing effects (most of the Asian or some European formulas do contain alcohol).

So, are you doing S.M.A.R.T. Skin Care to look and feel your best? Why not start today?


*S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting is a registered trademark for GrandCentralBeauty (

Beauty & Water- How “rich” is your skin?

Everyone knows the importance of drinking 8 glasses of water a day to keep healthy. Do you know the word ‘water’ is on at least 85% of cosmetic claims? Claims like to boost hydration, to lock in the moisture content, to increase 24 hour moisturization and to prevent trans-epidermal water loss are commonly seen. “WATER” is clearly an important element when it comes to beauty.

In Asia, across all beauty magazines, you will keep seeing the word “water” all over on cosmetic ads. In Taiwanese, when you compliment a pretty girl, you said “Sui” that means “water”. It’s the same “Sui” as in Feng Sui” which is Wind & Water. The word “water” in Cantonese, also means “Money” so if you have good “water”, you have “good money”; Provide water to your skin is to keep your skin RICH. Isn’t it wonderful? Additionally, this year, Japan government approved their claim #56 which they can now say on product labels “increase skin hydration to improve fine lines”. Thus, there is an important “water” status across Asia.

Current cosmetic advances can boost skin hydration (water content) and also skin moisturization (water and oil). To do smart skin care, you can look for ingredients that will increase the water level of skin as well as “keeping the water in”. Ingredients like watermelon can boost NMF (normal moistuization factor) in the skin or some algaes can provide “moisture with memory” which means if you use the product for a week and then go on travelling, your skin still remembers the water content level and keep it hydrated.  Some moisturization ingredients can even help to boost the level of ceramides/collagen/hyaluronic acid synthesis in skin so you are not only getting the hydration but also moisturization. Furthermore, ingredient claims such as boost hydration up to 6000% is  also achievable.

Keeping your skin hydrated is the number one prevention for fine lines. Look for products that contains glycerin (natural humectant), watermelon (boost NMF), algae (natural moisturizer), fruit extracts (promote natural skin exfoliation to make your moisturizers work better), sea minerals (important element in skin moisturization), sugar molecules (draw moisture from air) and other biopolymers that have the ability to seal in the actives such as xanthan gum and carrageenan.

You do not have to be rich to keep your skin rich. Just make sure your skin is well hydrated, especially at night because your skin gets dehydrated the most at night. Therefore, nourish or perish, put on your water-rich moisturizer before you go to bed religiously. Let your naturally “rich” skin bring you good luck day after day! Drink your 8 glasses of water AND apply moisture-rich products!