Why You Wish You Tried Overnight Masks Sooner

Overnight masks are the pinnacle of skincare innovation.

Face masks in general are a popular pick to add to one’s beauty regime, with an array that offer different benefits and applications. You’re probably familiar with the average 10-minute sheet mask, paint-on clay and those trending bubble masks. They’re totally fine for a low-commitment solution and we do love our quick-fixes!

Enter the revolutionary overnight mask. If you’re used to the temporary remedies, then slathering on a mask and leaving it on for longer than 20-minutes might seem like a nightmare.

However, you’ll be thrilled to know that overnight masks are nothing but a sweet dream – well, for your skin at least.

 

Debunking the Myths About Overnight Masks

There are a few tales floating around make overnight masks look like no-no products because they might not let the skin breathe or could leave a yucky residue.

Fear not! Overnight masks are practically the same consistency as a moisturiser, and they’re formulated to be absorbed quickly and effectively. Since they glide on with no weight or greasiness, neither your skin nor your pillows need to face the horror of icky stuff found on them come morning-time.

Overnight masks do the opposite of suffocating your skin, by locking in moisture for ultimate hydration. And we all know that hydration is the hero for anti-ageing magic to take place.

 

Why Should I Use Them?

Overnight masks are effortless and hassle-free. There’s literally no waiting time, so you can apply and go right to bed. Easy skincare is effective skincare. Having something like a simple overnight mask doesn’t involve too much time or skill, which means you can keep up a solid daily routine. The only thing your skin will love more than an overnight mask, is the consistency of a regime that keeps the goodness constant and doesn’t compromise or switch between a bunch of things.

So, it’s not really a competition of regular face masks versus overnight ones,

Here’s the cool, technical bit. Research shows that skin cells “replicate and reproduce” as you sleep (Barcella 2018). Therefore, overnight masks give that process a big boost to promote cell turnover and replenishment. When your body is recharging and rebalancing everything, overnight masks like ours supports it all – like a proud mum at her kid’s soccer game. Cue waking up to fresh, beautiful skin.

 

What’s Right For Me?

Now that you’re sold on overnight masks, you need to work out which one will work best, right? The main debate is between those with exfoliants and those without. When your skin needs a to scrub off stubborn dead skin and polish up those clogged pores, opt for an exfoliation mask. But to invest in youthful, radiant skin as you sleep, gel ones packed with antioxidants and vitamins with no exfoliants like AHA or BHA, are your go-to for happy, revitalised skin.

At Hakko, our Sake Kasu Replenishing Overnight Mask is our pride and joy. The secret is all in the name; it replenishes and revitalises skin for a younger, brighter and all-round amazing complexion. It’s rich in wonderful ingredients that your skin will love, and is eco-fabulous with zero waste compared to sheet masks and the like.

Overnight masks are great when they’re packed full of vitamins. With the strength of Australian Kakadu Plum and the ancient beauty benefits of Sake Kasu, you get to reap the benefits of Complex for healthy and plump skin, ready with new strength to face the day ahead. Vitamin C is critical for aiding in repairing damaged skin cells and protecting from free radicals, whilst Vitamin B hydrates and brightens.

Remember how we said that overnight masks play a part in your body’s sleep-time rejuvenation ritual? Well, amino acids and ceramides are the fancy-dancy powerhouses that do just that. They promote cell reproduction and also banish dullness at the same time (bonus!).

 

What Are You Waiting For?

Overnight masks are heroes that operate under the dark of night, aiding your body’s natural skin replenishment and letting you wake up to hydrated, radiant perfection. With an unbeatable combo of natural botanicals and thoughtfully engineered miracle workers, overnight masks are the new best thing to incorporate into your skincare routine.

The Benefits of Amino Acids for Your Skin

Amino Acids Benefits for Your Skin

 

Amino acids are integral for a number of vital processes in your body, and especially in your skin. Without getting too bogged down in all the heavy scientific details, amino acids are compounds that act as building blocks to produce various proteins in your skin. 

 

Without amino acids, your skin would be unable to synthesize important structural proteins, including collagen and elastin. Without those, your skin would quickly become thin, dry, and rough. Did we also mention that your skin wouldn’t be able to heal itself properly?

 

So, as you have probably guessed by now, amino acids are incredibly important when it comes to maintaining healthy skin.

 

While some amino acids are naturally produced by your body, they can also be used as a topical treatment. When added to skincare products, they improve hydration while making your skin more resilient to harmful environmental stressors. They also provide anti-aging benefits by boosting the natural production of collagen and elastin. In this blog, we’ll be discussing the top five benefits of using amino acids on your skin.

Types of amino acids, best amino acids for skin

Our body is able to produce its own amino acids; these are known as non-essential amino acids. Non-essential doesn’t mean that they’re not important, it simply means we don’t need to find them from foods and supplements. Essential amino acids, on the other hand, are those that we need to source from various plant and animal-based products.

 

Essential amino acids can be found in various skincare products. Many companies use animal-based amino acids, but you can find plant-based ones, too. 

 

The fermentation of rice produces beneficial amino acids for your skin, which is why sake kasu and rice ferment are the key ingredients in our Sake Kasu Overnight Replenishing Mask. We’ve also added a combination of other useful plant-based amino acids, including lysine, arginine, and glutamine. Not only are these beneficial for your skin, but they also help to boost the benefits of the mask’s main ingredients.

 

There are various types of amino acids, and each one has a different job to do for your skin. The most common amino acids to look out for in beauty products are:

 

  • Lysine – Firms your skin, providing anti-aging benefits.
  • Histidine – Provides antioxidant benefits.
  • Glycine – Improves the skin’s elasticity.
  • Arginine – Helps to repair your skin.
  • Leucine – Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Glutamine – Repairs the skin’s barrier function and provides moisture.
  • Glycylglycine – Helps to normalise pore size

Who can use amino acids?

Amino acids are a natural, organic compound and therefore present little to no side effects. They can be used safely by all skin types, even on those with sensitive skin including eczema and psoriasis. 

What are the main benefits of amino acids?

Amino acids aren’t just a one-trick pony – they provide a huge number of benefits to your skin. From boosting hydration to plumping and protecting, you’ll want to add them to your routine once you’ve read these top five benefits.

They nourish your skin and boost hydration

Natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) are substances in the upper layers of your skin that work to keep it smooth and hydrated. NMFs are made up of amino acids, ceramides, and fatty acids that are naturally produced by your body. However, applying an amino acid infused cream directly onto your skin will provide the same nourishing benefits. 

They act as antioxidants

Amino acids also act as antioxidants for your skin, protecting it against environmental stressors, such as pollution, and the sun’s damaging UV rays. They have also been found to stimulate the production of an antioxidant known as glutathione, therefore supporting your skin’s natural defenses.

 

According to research, histidine is a particularly effective antioxidant, and may also provide anti-inflammatory effects to soothe your skin.

They help to repair your skin’s natural barrier

Your skin has a natural barrier that acts as a protective shield, preventing moisture from getting out, and potential irritants from getting in. It’s often compromised in those with dry skin, or in conditions including eczema and psoriasis. Amino acids help to repair and support your skin’s protective barrier.

They stimulate collagen production – amino acids for skin tightening

Collagen is a protein responsible for your skin’s firmness and elasticity. As we age, our skin produces less collagen, leading to sagging and wrinkling. Amino acids have been found to boost your skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin. Over time, this leads to a plumper and more youthful appearance.

 

A study into the use of amino acid creams for anti-aging purposes found that after four months of daily use, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles significantly improved.

They help to heal your skin

Amino acids have also been found to accelerate the skin’s healing process, which is useful if you suffer from breakouts, or experience sore, cracked skin. They also boost your skin’s cell turnover rate, which over time can help to reduce scars and stretch marks.

 

Ceramides for skin: How Can They Help Your Skin?

You’ve likely seen lots of skincare companies marketing them, and maybe even used them in your routine. But what are ceramides and how can they help your skin?

If you’re on the quest for happy, healthy, and hydrated skin, ceramides are a powerful ingredient that can help you to achieve a smoother, glowing complexion. While they’re particularly effective for those with dry and sensitive skin, they should be an essential part of everyone’s routine.

Ceramides: What are they?

Ceramides are a family of fatty acids, also known as lipids. They occur naturally in your body, and especially in your skin, accounting for up to 50% of your epidermis (the outer layers of your skin). Their main function is to help provide a natural barrier, preventing moisture loss and dryness. They also play a part in protecting your skin from environmental stressors, such as pollution and harmful microbes.

 

You can think of ceramides as natural sealants or mortar – they prevent too much moisture getting in, and prevent too much from getting out. They help to seal the gaps between your skin cells making them stronger and more resilient.

 

Without the right amount of ceramides, your skin will become dry, itchy, and irritated. Some of us are more prone to this than others – research has found that those with dry skin and eczema have fewer ceramides in their skin. As we age, our natural ceramide levels begin to deplete. This often leads to fine lines developing, as well as an overall loss of plumpness and a dull complexion.

 

Some people take nutritional ceramide supplements as a way of boosting the natural supply in their body. However, topical ceramides can provide fast relief from irritation and dryness by instantly replenishing your skin’s ceramide levels.

As opposed to standard moisturizers that simply hydrate the surface of your skin, ceramide based products work by supporting and repairing your skin’s natural barrier. This allows your skin to retain moisture, keeping it plumped and hydrated for up to 24 hours after application.

Where can I find topical ceramides?

You’ll find ceramides in a variety of skincare products, including moisturizers, masks, eye creams, and lotions.

Ceramides are often extracted from natural sources, including soy, rice, and corn. When added to creams, these plant-based ceramides will provide the same benefits as those that are naturally produced by your body.

 

The ceramides in our Overnight Replenishing Mask are extracted from purified, fermented soy lees. This means that they’re completely natural and plant-based, as well as being a vegan-friendly option.

What does the research say?

Don’t just take our word for it – there’s plenty of research to support the benefits of ceramides. A recent study found that applying a ceramide-rich cream just once a day will significantly improve moisture levels in your skin.

 

Ceramides have also been clinically proven to reduce and ease the symptoms of eczema, by supporting and repairing the skin’s natural barrier. These effects were observed just three weeks after starting the treatment.

When should I use ceramides?

Ceramides are usually found in creams, masks, and moisturizers, which means you should use them as one of the last steps in your daily skincare routine. For a deeply nourishing effect on your skin, apply a ceramide-based product just before you go to bed. This will allow it to sink in effectively and work its magic while you drift off to sleep.

 

You should aim to use ceramides on a daily basis, all throughout the year. Interestingly, one study found that our natural ceramide levels significantly drop during the fall and winter months – so you may need to adjust your routine and apply creams more frequently during these cooler seasons.

What packaging should I look for?

The type of packaging used for ceramide-based products can have a huge impact on their efficacy. Ceramides are typically unstable ingredients, which means they break down from repeated exposure to sunlight and air. Over time, this reduces the effectiveness of the product.

 

To prevent this from occurring, ceramide-based creams should be packaged in airtight containers, particularly with a pump to avoid contact with air.

In summary…

We love ceramides and think you should too. If you haven’t already, it’s time to incorporate these super helpful lipids into your routine. Not only are they effective in keeping your skin moisturized, but they will also leave it feeling smoother and looking brighter. They’re particularly effective in treating dry and eczema-prone skin, by helping to lock-in moisture, reduce skin roughness, and protecting from further damage and irritation.

Why the Future of Beauty is Vegan

 

 

Fun fact: Hakko Skincare keeps both animals and your skin safe and happy.

Not-so-fun fact: There are still so many brands out there who are harming animals, and consequently harming your skin.

Accessible skincare has been booming since the 1900s, with thousands of brands paving the way to make beautiful skin available to everyone. A century later, after many trials and tribulations, people have started to realise that an amazing skincare routine is not worth the sacrifice when it comes to testing on animals or using animal-derived ingredients.

We don’t need to lecture you on why you shouldn’t support brands that take part in animal cruelty (that’s a no brainer – cruelty means cruelty) – so instead, we’re going to shower you with reasons why you are a superstar by going vegan with your skincare.

Vegan products earn a big high-five from your skin because a lot of animal-derived ingredients can wreak havoc on that precious epidermis of yours, by being highly processed with toxic additives like antibiotics, odour removers and unsafe hormones (yep, that’s your cue to run).

Consequently, non-vegan products are more than what meets the eye. No company would proudly disclose that their products contain parts of pigs or extracts from fish. Instead, these animal-based ingredients can hide under names like carotene, collagen, lipids, balms and hyaluronic acid. And although all of the above do garner benefits, vegan alternatives are clinically proven to work just as hard (if not harder), but with zero harm to animals or the environment. There is an endless list of vegan ingredients, that function as dermatological dreams, eliminating the need for animal-based products entirely.

Vegan-friendly skincare is also eco-friendly skincare, another thing that non-vegan products can’t claim. If we could give the planet a big hug in light of recent environmental disasters, we would. But due to our physical incapability, creating what we like to call eco-fabulous products is the next best thing. By leaving animals out of the question, you as an amazing human, also promote sustainability by boycotting the demolition of land, unnecessary use of water and release of gross emissions that would otherwise go towards farming those poor creatures.

Cruelty-free products have universal benefits, no matter what age, skin type or sized bank account you have. There are no limits to what the power of vegan products can do. Dry skin? Been there. Anti-ageing? Done that. From face masks, to serums, to lotions and eye creams, the future of beauty is vegan because a lot of awesome brands (including ours) have jumped aboard to save your skin, save the animals and save the planet – all while doing the best for your skin, unparalleled in efficiency and results. By avoiding animal testing and animal-derived ingredients, skincare brands like ours get to pack even more miracle-workers into our products so that you can reap the benefits. Your skin absorbs everything you choose to spoil it with, and vegan products are the best thing you could possibly feed it. Talk about bang for your buck!

So, be conscious and be great, and your skin will thank you later.

 

The Japanese Art of Fermented Skin Care

Hakko, the Japanese word for fermentation, has been at the heart of traditional Japanese cuisine since Neolithic times. Ingredients like miso, rice hulls, seaweed and sake are deeply engraved in Japan’s rich culinary history. Observing the mentality of mottainai, not wanting to waste something useable, Japanese women would take to using natural ingredients around their daily lives and adopt it into their skincare routine. By using simple, fruitful ingredients – usually fermented – Japanese women would attain ultra-soft plump skin known as mochi had (mochi skin), or rice-cake skin.

How Does Fermentation Work?

To understand fermented skincare, it helps to learn a little about fermentation. Fermentation is a method of food preservation that has been used for centuries. The main ingredient used in Japanese fermentation is a cultured grain known as Koji. When food is allowed to culture, it releases hundreds of enzymes and compounds that change its molecular structure. By fermenting the ingredients, you’re essentially altering the ingredients to increase its nutritional value. Often this makes it richer in vitamins, peptides, and probiotics, taking the original substance to a whole new level.

Fermented Rice Extract – An Ancient Ingredient Used in Skincare Rituals

Fermented rice water is the best Japanese skincare ingredient that has been incorporated into over the generations. Japanese beauty harmoniously combines traditional ingredients with science to create products that can help make mochi skin a reality. One of the reasons that Japanese people love rice fermentation is that it doesn’t choose skin types. It helps to adjust oil production while hydrating your skin, and it’s very gentle and soothing.

The Sake Brewers Secret

Tucked away in a small northern town known as Akita lies Japan’s best-kept beauty secret –located deep in a Sake brewery. Filled with Toji, sake master brewers, whose faces had distinct wrinkle lines, yet hands that were as soft and youthful as the day they were born. Legend has it that their youthful hands come from frequently dipping them into fermented rice during the sake fermentation process. This anti-aging miracle made it possible for their skin to never grow old. They had essentially discovered the secret of turning back time.

Fuelled with this knowledge, products using rice fermentation have spread rapidly across Japan. Japan’s best-kept beauty secret is still the left-over lees that comes from making Sake, known as Sake kasu. Sake kasu is the residue left behind after the fermented rice water is expressed from fermented rice, the mixture of rice and koji mold. The miracle ingredient has properties that have been proven to brighten, hydrate, and increase elasticity in your skin.

Result of applying fermented rice water nightly for 3 months.

 

How This Age-Old Tradition Will Benefit You

You’ll love fermented skincare as much as your Kombucha cocktails because, let’s face it, fermentation gives you a serious boost of nutritional benefits. But what else can it do?

Balance your microbiome

The main draw of fermentation is the production of probiotics. Fermented skincare works by balancing good and bad bacteria on your skin. Did you know that there’s a ton of bacteria on your skin? The collection of bacteria is called microbiome. This may sound scary, but not all bacteria are bad. Some are bad, such as acne-causing bacteria, while others can be essential to maintaining healthy skin. When your skin’s microbiome gets thrown off balance, bad bacteria can fester and cause good bacteria to die off. This can cause issues such as skin irritations, sensitivity, and acne.

Fermented skincare products can help restore your microbiome by increasing the number of good bacteria in your skin. When your skin’s microbiome is balanced, it’s better able to produce natural humectants. This attracts moisture to skin to keep it hydrated, making to appear plump. Probiotics may also help in improving your skin barrier function, dermatitis, eczema, and improve scars.

Deeply nourish your skin

If you’re on the hunt for skincare products you might not realise that while the ingredients in some skincare products are beneficial to your skin, the molecular structure of the ingredients may be too large to penetrate your pores. Fermentation is the holy grail of beauty products because during the culture process complex compounds are broken down into simple compounds. This allows the ingredients to be more readily be absorbed by your skin to amplify the nutritional impact. It’ll feed your skin at a deeper level. The ingredients are then better able to do their job, whether it’s fighting free radicals or acne.

Delivers a pure and potent dose

Fermented skincare delivers a potent dose of four skincare ingredients: lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides. The fermentation process creates lactic and hyaluronic acid. This helps create a moisture barrier on your skin for a plumping effect. Hyaluronic acid has amazing benefits for dehydrated skin. It can make your skin feel smoother, softer, and may reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The dose of ceramides will replenish the natural lipids that are lost from exposure to harsh environmental factors or the aging process. And peptides, which are made from amino acids, will help with the anti-aging process, by helping you produce collagen and signalling your muscles to relax. With fermentation… you get all four ingredients in addition to base ingredients usual benefits. Could you ask for anything more?

Our Alchemy: Ingredients for Luminous Skin

Derived from a natural fermentation process, Hakko combines superfoods with Sake kasu to create a potent serum that promises to hydrate, brighten, and reduce fine lines. Our unique signature ingredients are formulated to dramatically improve your skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process while enhancing collagen and translucency. Each ingredient is fermented to maximize its nutritional impact.

Kakadu Plum is an Australian superfood. It has the highest levels of Vitamin C of any fruit in the world, measuring up to 100x the Vitamin C found in an orange. It’s is celebrated for its high level of antioxidants and helps reverse free radicals. Kakadu plums are renounced for their anti-aging benefits and aid in the reduction of fine lines and puffiness under your eyes.

Seaweed is packed with all of your favourite vitamins and minerals. It helps soothe and soften your skin. Seaweed cells are similar to skin cells. Because of this, seaweed extract can help protect and maintain your skin’s natural balance while boosting hydration and protecting it.

Plant-Based Ceramides are waxy lipids usually derived from purified fermented soy lees. It works by reinforcing your skin’s barrier to increase hydration. This results in plumper, smoother skin, firmer-feeling skin with fewer visible lines and wrinkles.

With our innovative formula, the Japanese art of fermented skincare is now yours to keep.

 

#Skincare: 6 Skin Care Tips for A Sultry Summer Glow

When summertime rolls around, we welcome bikinis, poolside cocktails and summer vibes. We envision lounging around the beach with sun-kissed, tanned and salacious skin.

But, how do we achieve this sultry glow?

As temperatures start to warm up, it’s time to consider making adjustments to your skincare routine. We’re not talking about a complete overhaul – just a few simple details to get summer-ready skin.

1. Shed the Layers

Just like you wouldn’t wear winter clothes in the summer, you may want to consider changing up your skincare products. As your clothes get lighter, so should your skincare. If you are using a cream, consider altering to a light lotion. Another great option is a serum, which is much lighter while still being deeply hydrating.

2. Lather Up Your SPF

It’s no secret the damage from the sun can lead to premature ageing. We always recommend using daily SPF – no excuses. Let’s face it, skipping SPF can have damaging effects on your skin.

There are two kinds of rays you need to pay attention to, UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are typically responsible for the damage that can lead to aging, while UVB rays are the ones that burn. That’s why wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF30-50 is paramount for fighting the signs of ageing.

And let’s not forget about preserving our marine life, consider wearing a reef-friendly toxic-free sunscreen when taking a dip in the ocean.

3. Protect Your Skin from sultry summer

Looking to avoid pigmentation? When it comes to avoiding pigmentation brought on by sun exposure, prevention is vital. The best and most obvious way is to apply sunscreen before heading outside and make sure to re-apply every 2-3 hours. Adding an anti-pigment, such as tyrosinase inhibitor, into your summer skincare routine can also help prevent future production of pigmentation.

Irregular pigmentation gets worse in the summer, no matter how much sun protection you apply. Embrace products loaded with antioxidants that repair damaged skin cells. Over-the-counter ingredients such as Arbutin and Kojic Acid can help counter discolouration and brighten skin.

4. Embrace Antioxidants

Heat and sun can flush water out of your skin. It’s important to supercharge your skin’s hydration by choosing skin products that protect you against environmental damage and encourage collagen production.

This summer, consider a high-grade anti-oxidant serum that can protect your skin and boost collagen. Look for ingredients that contain Vitamin C, amino acids, and probiotics. With enough collagen, your skin will stay plump and hydrated by sealing in moisture.

5. Indulge in a Face Mask

Skin can get even dryer in summer. Sun exposure, heat, chlorine and even your air conditioner can dry out your skin the warmer months. As the heat rises, you may even become dehydrated which can affect your skin’s appearance.

If you want to step up your face mask game, consider an overnight replenishing mask. A simple hydrating face mask can leave your skin feeling cool and rejuvenated. Using a mask can nourish your skin from the inside to help protect and repair low-grade sun damage.

6. Bask in the Glow

To complete your summer glow, indulge in an essence or beauty water. While drinking water is important to keep your skin from drying out, spritzing it with water is also seriously invigorating. Instead of a toner, integrating an essence in your regimen can add extra hydration and give you’re the skin a healthy burst of freshness it deserves.