Opuro Bath Salts

Opuro Bath Salts

The Hayakawa Valve Production Co. is a fairly unlikely candidate for the manufacture of perfumed bath salts – they usually make water purifiers for safe and palatable drinking water. Opuro salts, apparently, are the result of experiments to produce purified bath water as well.

Many countries use chlorine to sterilise tap water and make it fit for consumption, but some of the chemical always remains in the water and gives it that unpleasant taste and smell, plus the potential to irritate your skin. This bath powder contains ingredients including Vitamin C and amino acids to reduce the amount of residual chlorine in tap water to virtually none, which ought to have a noticeable effect on anyone suffering from dry and sensitive skin.

Collagen and hyaluronic acid are added for a moisturising effect, plus green tea and papain for a refreshing feeling that should last long after you have stepped out of the bath.

This all sounds so scientific and comforting that I would really like to be able to say I noticed a big difference. But in fact, if I hadn’t seen the explanatory leaflet next to these sachets amongst all the other varieties of bath salt in the shop, I would never have known the difference.

Still, my bath (pink water, with the smell of flowers of the southern counties) was very nice, and I loved the idea of this range being ‘cosmetics for bathing’. I’m sure that if sensitive skin is an issue for you, these bath salts would be ideal.

Mr Smile

I am not sure what Tony Moly were thinking when they came up with this one. Korean skincare products are all about looking cute but I’m not sure how many teenage girls would want to be seen (or take a selfie) wearing a thick black hydrogel moustache. Unless they had massive self-confidence and a great sense of humour…

The idea behind this sort of patch is good, though, and they really do firm and hydrate the skin. But you need to lie down and be still whilst you are wearing them, because they slide off very easily. These particular models also turned out to be so fragile that they split apart as I was trying to move them back into position. Not a huge success.

Bee Venom

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There’s a lot of this around, not just in wildly expensive pots of under eye cream and suchlike, but also in the more affordable guise of sheet masks.

It seems like a weird sort of ingredient to hype in skin care products, but there is apparently some science behind it – the tiny amounts of venom in the mask are enough to make your skin react as if it had been stung.

If you really had been stung, a toxin called melittin would have been injected into your skin, and your body would automatically send blood toward the area to promote healing. This would also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, both things your skin needs to retain a youthful look. Meanwhile, the toxin would have had the additional effect of relaxing the muscles.

All of these things, minus the painful sting, are theoretically good for your face, hence the popularity of bee venom in skin care products. There is also scientific research suggesting that bee venom might even help treat arthritis and multiple sclerosis, which rather backs up the old wives tale that bee keepers don’t get arthritis…

Just in case you were wondering, no bees get harmed in the production of these masks. They are tricked into stinging a sheet of glass, which means they don’t lose their stinging ‘lance’ and so they live to sting another day.

And did I feel the ‘sting’ when I tried these products? Maybe… sometimes it is hard to tell how much is just your imagination. I did, however, really like the sparkly gold flecks in the bee venom jelly cream I used after my mask.