Hanacure is a luxury skincare brand that sells cosmetics products with the “finest-grade ingredients” according to them. The brand claims that their products can create “glowing” skin.
In this article we’ll review the ingredients in some of Hanacure’s most popular products based on published medical research to determine if they live up to the hype. We’ll also call out some questionable health claims they make which we disagree with and find to be unscientific.
Hanacure Face Mask Review
Hanacure’s most popular product is their face mask, which comes as part of a starter kit called the All-In-One Facial.
One of the first active ingredients in the Hanacure mask is camellia sinensis (tea) leaf extract, which appears to be a very effective skincare ingredient.
A medical review of the applications of tea for the cosmetics industry, published in the Molecules journal in 2019, stated the following: “By the inhibition of lipoxygenase, metalloproteinase, hyaluronidase and collagenase, tea and its extracts significantly delay the signs of skin aging.”
This means that tea extract when applied topically can inhibit some natural biological processes which are damaging to skin.
The next-listed ingredient is nelumbo nucifera (lotus) seed extract, which is also backed by research. A medical review of this botanical compound found that it could prevent loss of elasticity in the skin, and also that green tea when combined with this ingredient had a synergistic anti-aging effect.
We’re impressed that Hanacure included these ingredients as the first two active ingredients, because it appears they actually reviewed the same medical literature we’re citing in this article.
Caffeine is another active ingredient in Hanacure’s face mask, and research has proven that it has photoprotective effects. The linked clinical trial found that caffeine applied topically reduced the amount of skin roughness that animals experienced after exposure to UV rays when compared to a placebo.
The face mask also contains ginkgo biloba leaf extract, which has been shown in a medical study to have a synergistic effect with green tea. When the two ingredients were combined, the improvements in skin elasticity were more pronounced.
Several peptides are included in the Hanacure mask formulation, and topical peptides have been proven to have anti-aging effects. Several of the peptides referenced in the linked medical study are the exact same forms used in Hanacure.
It’s also notable that Hanacure’s mask contains no questionable additive or filler ingredients like fragrance or certain preservatives that we would consider a health risk.
Overall we find this to be an extremely impressive formulation, and would recommend it. Not many cosmetics products we’ve reviewed have had this many effective ingredients and no potentially harmful additives.
Hanacure Moisturizer Review
Hanacure sells a moisturizer called Nano Emulsion. It has a similar but simpler formulation to the face mask. Like the mask, Nano Emulsion contains topical peptides and some non-toxic filler ingredients.
It also contains sodium hyaluronate, which we’ve discussed in many of our recent cosmetics reviews like Beautycounter. This is one of the most well-studied ingredients for skin quality improvement. It’s the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid, with a smaller molecular weight, allowing it to penetrate deeper into the skin and provide moisturizing and anti-aging effects.
The moisturizer contains antrodia cinnamomea, which is a wild mushroom that’s been shown in an animal study to have anti-inflammatory effects on skin.
Like the face mask, this Hanacure product contains no questionable filler ingredients like parabens or fragrance which would cause us concern about the health effects.
We would recommend this product. It doesn’t contain as many beneficial active ingredients as the face mask, but that’s to be expected as it costs less ($47 vs. $110).
Hanacure’s moisturizer does have several effective ingredients for improving the appearance of wrinkles and increasing moisture, and is one of the best formulations for a moisturizer we’ve reviewed to date.
Questionable Health Claims
Hanacure highlights the results of a “clinical trial” in their marketing, but doesn’t appear to publish the trial anywhere on their site. We find this to be extremely unethical if not outright misleading, and it’s unfortunate that so many cosmetics brands engage in this type of marketing.
For consumers without a science background, a clinical trial generally describes a trial published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. There are a set of standards to get research published in these journals, so the results are less biased and more trustworthy. All of the medical studies we’ve referenced and linked to in this article are legitimate clinical trials.
Literally any company can pay a third-party, for-profit research firm to test their products and find favorable results. There is so much bias in the process that the results are entirely worthless, and in Hanacure’s case they don’t even appear to bother to link to the full research study so at least consumers (and researchers like us) could analyze the methodology.
Put simply, we disagree with Hanacure’s description of favorable customer interviews as clinical research, and we would suggest they stop engaging in this type of marketing.
Their products are already very well-formulated, and they don’t even need this type of underhanded approach to succeed.
There are also some questionable claims on the Science page of Hanacure’s site. They claim that their facial treatment “binds with carbon dioxide in the air, producing an intense tightening and compression effect.”
This sounds like pseudoscience to us, and they do not cite this claim. We can’t locate any medical research suggesting that topical skincare formulations bind to ambient carbon dioxide to produce a synergistic effect that benefits the skin, and Hanacure doesn’t link out to any or even bother to explain how this works, so we will disagree with this claim.
On the same page, Hanacure claims that their products “absorb impurities and contaminants in your skin and pores”.
Again, there is no citation for this claim and we didn’t identify any ingredients that are likely to have this effect. It also evidences what we would consider a lack of understanding of skin degradation.
Medical research has shown that skin aging is caused by protein oxidation and degradation, as well as UV exposure, not toxins sitting under the surface of the skin.
If Hanacure can publish research proving us wrong here, we’re happy to edit this article, however we find it unacceptable that they make these health claims with no citations.