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5.31.2016

Let's Be Frank About Skincare

Frank Skincare
Cissy Chen started out in the world of fashion as a designer and consultant, but has since shifted gears to the green beauty industry with the mission is to prove that healthy and radiant skin is not just for models and celebrities but everyone
Frank Skincare began as a personal project for Cissy to treat her increasingly sensitive and breakout-prone skin. Disillusioned with the mass market products she was using and the unknown chemicals in them, she took to creating her own products when she felt like she had run out of options. After over a year of formulation and testing, Frank Skincare was launched in April 2015 as an organic skincare line with full transparency of ingredients.

Frank Skincare
Frank Skincare only uses 100% top-grade, natural and non-GMO ingredients meticulously sourced from different parts of the world, all adhering to international organic certification like United States Department of Agriculture Organic, United Kingdom Soil Association and Australian Certified Organic. Cissy's creative process always begins with a solution to a problem and focusing on finding the right ingredients first.

Everything in the line is created in small batches to ensure that consumers can benefit from the quality and freshness of the ingredients, and Cissy shared with me that none of her products sit on the shelf for more than six months! Her commitment to sustainability is also evident in the packaging and presentation of the products, with all the materials being recycled or recyclable. 

Developed for the tropical climate in Singapore, Cissy had gifted me two of her star products when we met for coffee when I was home on vacation, and I finally had the chance to test them out over the last few weeks since we have somehow skipped right past Spring and gone straight to Summer here in New York. 

Frank SkincareRosy Mist (S$38.00 / US$28.00 for 1.67oz / 50ml)
The alcohol-free Rosy Mist contains just three ingredients to help your skin maintain an ideal pH balance of 5.5, controlling sebum production and tightening your poles. The Rose Hydrosol from Bulgaria will help even out your skintone and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, whereas the Rose Hip Hydrosol from the U.S. offers deep penetration into the skin for instant hydration and oil balancing. The prized Frankincense oil from Somalia promotes the regeneration of healthy cells and works to protect the skin and fade and heal scars, making it the secret weapon in this product.
After my usual double-cleansing routine, I spritz the Rosy Mist liberally over my face and neck. The scent is equal parts rejuvenating and calming, and I enjoy this both as a prep for the Juicier Luxury Face Oil and also to set my make-up before I head out. Apparently you can also spray this onto tissue to turn it into an anti-bacterial wipe, and I would certainly love for this to come in a travel size so that I can throw this multi-tasker into my bag!
Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Miller (Rose Otto) Hydrosol, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Hydrosol and Boswellia Neglecta (Frankincense) Oil 
* All ingredients are Certified Organic
Frank SkincareJuicier Luxury Face Oil (S$58.00 / US$42.00 for 1oz / 30ml)

The Juicier Luxury Face Oil is, as the name suggests, a luxurious, multi-correctional blend of 11 organic ingredients that aims to revolutionize your skin's appearance, feel and health. The formulation contains oils with a high dosage of vitamins, antioxidants, fatty acids and essential amino acids, and will impart a youthful, dewy glow that will last you all day. (The website has a detailed breakdown of each ingredient and purpose.)

Let me just come right out and say that I love this product, and it has been even more efficacious for my skin than the much-lauded Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum (yes I said it!), which costs more than four times this gorgeous bottle of liquid gold. In the morning I use 2-3 drops on my face as a make-up primer, and at night I use up to 4-5 drops for my face and neck. The heavier dose does take longer to absorb into my skin, but I don't mind it at all because I wake up with a luminous complexion. This face oil is worth every cent to me, and I couldn't recommend it more! 

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuuss (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) oil, Simmondaia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot ) Kernel Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Arnica Montana Flower, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula Flower), Rosa Damascena Miller (Rose Otto) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil
* All ingredients are Certified Organic

Frank Skincare
Since our meeting in April, Cissy has been tirelessly conducting workshops and hosting pop-up events to educate consumers, and she has also released a series of exciting new products including herbal face steams and customizable treatment mask sets.

I am so impressed by how Cissy is growing and innovating Frank Skincare, and have such high hopes for how her skincare line is going to transform the green beauty landscape in Singapore. Can't wait to pick up more the next time I am back on the sunny shores of the island!

[Credit: Frank Skincare]

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