How to protect your skin against the haze pollution?

Comments and critics of the haze and the Singapore Govt aside, let us better understand how the haze would affect our skin.

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Air pollution from the haze can have the following effects on our skin:

  • Smog and dust can create free radicals (highly charged oxygen molecules) when they come in touch with UV rays. Free radicals attack our cells and damage our DNA, which can cause harm to our body and damage to our skin. Free radicals are the greatest culprit to problems like discolouration, fine lines and dullness.
  • The impurities in the air can also cause clogging in our skin, which in turn cause problems like blackheads, pimples, rough texture and dull complexion.
  • Toxin in the air can also cause our skin to age prematurely as well as dryness.

What should you do?

Cleansing

Smog, fog and dust particles will form a layer on your skin for sure. The least you should do is the cleanse. On top of your daily cleansing, if you are wearing make-up, I would suggest you to cleanse twice as hard. I don’t mean to apply more pressure and taut your skin, and I don’t mean to wash your face twice at one go. What I meant is to remove your make-up twice instead of once, just to ensure that you have removed all the dirt on your skin surface, or until the cotton pad shows no signs of leftover make-up. This is especially important if you have thick make-up on e.g. liquid foundation.

I have been using this make-up cleanser for a long time and it serves me well 🙂

L’Oreal Gentle Cleansing Milk :

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And for my eye make-up, I use Cyber Colours Gentle Eye Make-up Remover :

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Psst, it’s really good! 🙂
After removing your makeup, here comes the cleansing part with a facial cleanser.

Should you switch to another facial cleanser? I would recommend you to consider getting cleansers which are suitable for daily exfoliation.

You may consider getting Biore Facial Foam Scrub or Bio-Essence Deep Exfoliating Gel which I reviewed earlier.

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Moisturising

Keep your moisturising in check. Helps to hydrate your skin during this hot and dry weather. Drink more water to help replenish water loss and prevent dehydration. Also to help keep cell metabolism optimal. Not forgetting the sun block – choose one with at least SPF 30 and one that helps to block both UVA and UVB.

For sunblock, I’m using Sunplay SKIN Aqua UV Moisture Milk SPF50 PA+++.

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For moisturisers, I’m currently using a mixture :

Skin & Lab Mont-Blanc Glacial Water Drop (I will be posting up a review on this soon)

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I use this in the morning before applying my make-up because it’s very light and non-oily at all. Easily absorbed and lesser waiting time before I can apply my make-up over.

Bio-Essence Royal Jelly + ATP Face Lifting Cream

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This is richer and more creamy, with added anti-ageing properties, it helps combat wrinkles and fine lines too.

Use products with high anti-oxidants

Anti-oxidants ingredients include vitamin A (retinoic acid), vitamin C, vitamin B (niacinamide), vitamin E, green tea and soy protein. All these aid and improve skin cell turnover and skin health, as well as combat free radicals.

Other ingredients to look out for include hyaluronic acid – it is an internal building block for collagen in the skin and aids in binding water molecules together, increasing the plumpness of the skin and hydrating it – as well as emollients such as shea butter for drier areas.

Try Skin & Lab’s vitamin creams, targetting different problems.

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Also, stock up on those fresh hot green tea. They have abundant anti-oxidant ingredients too. Hence, Japanese are always topping the charts for their best skin quality. 🙂

Chock up on supplements esp Vitamin C

Needless to say, you need to strength to fight out all the harmful free radicals and whatnots. So start consuming your supplements or better still, get them fresh from the original sources e.g. food/fruits.

Adequate sleep

Since you can’t head out due to the haze (I am extremely appalled that Singaporeans are still queuing for Mc Kitty, smoking and chilling outdoors at this point of time!), why not catch more sleep? Inadequate rest means that your body has little time to repair and recharge. Get enough sleep and your skin will thank you for it.

All in all, health comes before anything else. Do stay indoors where possible and keep yourself hydrated at all times! Take care everyone! ❤

 

Special skin care tips during ‘that time of the month’

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Came across a very useful article which I found very interesting at the same time, and I would like to share it with you girls today.

For your easy reference, here’s the whole article.

Did you know that there are some special skin care tips for your period that you should keep in mind? You’ve probably noticed that your skin goes through some changes whenever that times of the months rolls around, right? Well, there are some things we can do to help make that time easier on our skin. Keep reading below for seven easy skin care tips for you period!

1. THE PILL

Before we get into these skin care tips for your period, I just wanted to add that these tips probably won’t apply to you if you’re on birth control. Birth control has been known to help calm or, in some cases, eradicate acne by reducing sebum, so it’s very likely that you won’t experience the same symptoms as those who don’t take birth control. According to the Mayo Clinic, birth control is considered as an acne treatment when other treatments and prescriptions fail to work.
2. HYDRATE SKIN

A great skin care tip for when you’re on your period and really anytime is to keep your skin well hydrated with a good moisturizer. Experts say that your skin is more sensitive and tends to be drier when you’re PMSing and when you’re on your period, so it needs oil-free or comedogenic moisturizers to keep skin balanced during this stressful time.
3. MASK IMPERFECTIONS

Another way to pamper your skin during your period is to use a moisturizing or exfoliating mask to moisturize dull and dry skin or get rid of flaky skin and balance it out. Not only will a mask improve the look and feel of your skin, it’s a fab way to relax and treat yourself to something nice while you’re going through something not so nice!

4. BE GENTLE

Another skin care tip to remember while you’re on your period is to use gentle skin care products. Your skin is more sensitive and can appear splotchy, puffy or washed out. Use calming skin care products with anti-inflammatory effects to soothe your skin and even things out. Look for skin care products with ingredients like chamomile or green tea.
5. GET GLOWING

During this time you might also feel like your skin looks extra dull. But who says you can’t fake a healthy glow?! Low estrogen and prostaglandins are responsible for making skin appear dull and have a pallor to it. Combat the effects of prostaglandins and estrogen by using a skin care or beauty product with light reflecting particles in it to give your skin a healthy but faux glow.
6. ACID WASH

I know the term acid can sound intimidating when it comes to skin care products but it’s actually a friend to our skin! Using products containing salicylic acid can help gently remove excess skin, help prevent pores from clogging and help in the treatment of rosacea and acne, namely blackheads. Look for products like cleansers, astringents and serums that contain salicylic acid.
7. BE CONSISTENT

Another way to combat the maddening effects of your period on your skin is to be consistent with your skin care regimen all month long. Be proactive with your skin care and not reactive so you can nip any impending skin issues in the bud. You’ve probably noticed that your skin changes during certain times of the month, not just during your period, so be consistent!

Many times it seems like the condition is totally out of our control during our period but there are some things we can do to improve the situation. I hope these simple skin care tips make skin care during your period a little bit easier. If you have persistent skin care problems despite taking good care of your skin, be sure to consult a healthcare professional. Do you have any skin care tips for when you’re on your period?

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As ladies, our skin condition and complexion is definitely one of the most important aspect of our appearance that we pay utmost attention to.

Personally, I would experience pimples and aches when my period is nearing. This is mainly due to hormonal changes in our bodies, which is perfectly normal. I’ve not tried any oral medication to curb these hormonal changes because it’s just part and parcel of being a woman. Furthermore, taking such pills that mess around with your hormones is definitely not beneficial at all. It might even backfire.

The acne-prone areas would be my T-zone areas where most sebum are produced. Usually, when I’m lucky, small pimples would pop out here and there, though either 1 or 2, they usually clear up quite fast, with the help of pimple cream of course. I’m using Mentholatum Tea Tree oil. Oxy pimple creams are too strong for me and they easily dry out the acne areas. This produces not only scrabs but dry skin that peels off and flakes. Now, this is really annoying especially when you have to apply make up because foundation powder and concealers cannot hide these dried out blemishes. Plus, logically the make up around these areas would wear out more easily right? Clogging them with make up makes things worse too.

Other than pimples, I noticed that my skin will be oilier than usual and the need to touch up my make up becomes more often. I totally can’t stand oily reflective shiny skin and touching up with more powder becomes inevitable. Notice that I’m not a fan of slapping lots of make up on? That’s because cosmetics aren’t even beneficial for your skin in the first place. I don’t use liquid foundation because it’s too thick and troublesome for me. So compact powders are good enough.

You may want to blot your skin but usually I don’t. However, if it works for you, then stick to that.

I think those tips offered in the article is quite logical and seems beneficial. I’ll just try to accommodate them into my skin care regime during nearing ‘that time of the month’ as well as during that period. Hopefully it would do my skin some good that it deserves.

Hope you girls enjoyed the article and found it useful too! 🙂

Cheers to being a woman ❤

Article : http://skincare.allwomenstalk.com/skin-care-tips-for-your-period

Hitachi HadaCRiE – Cleansing Mode Review

2 weeks ago, I’ve reviewed on the moisturising mode that Hitachi HadaCRiE has to offer and now I’m back with my review on its cleansing mode!

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Following the same steps as before, choose the ‘Cleansing’ mode and start gently massaging your skin right away!

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Here are the results 2 weeks into using this wonderful beauty gadget! For cleansing and removing of dirt and impurities, I’ve used Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion.

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I belong to the combination skin type, with oily T-zone and occasional dry-skin around my nose area. Sometimes I peel for no apparent reason. 😦

Also, due to the Singapore’s climate and food culture, open pores and black heads are often common problems of the ladies here and I am not that lucky to be excluded.

But I’m considered to have a thoroughly cleansed skin after removing my make up and washing my face as compared to other users because the dirt extracted are very minute! I don’t think it’s any issues that lie with the beauty gadget, but perhaps the make-up remover and cleanser I’ve  been using is really effective! Since Hitachi HadaCRiE works for the rest, logically it should work for me too right? 😉

But one pleasant effect is that my pores have been minimised tremendously, leaving a few open pores and blackheads. For a 2 week usage, I think Hitachi HadaCRiE has proved to be awesome so far! I can safely vouch that it does work towards achieving that flawless skin every girl can dream of!

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If you are looking at just a ‘cleansing’ beauty device, Hitachi also offers FaceCRiE (NC-5610 and NC-5510(S)).

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Comes in 4 pretty colours! 🙂

Hitachi FaceCRiE Ion Cleansing Machine is used to enhance your daily toner as a deep pore cleansing skincare product. With its ionized and conductive rubber, you just simply need a facial cotton and toner, then turn on the machine to massage on the skin lightly, dirt stay in the pores can be easily pull out and wash off. And leaving you a total-fresh skin which are ready to absorb the skincare lotion and moisturizing cream more effectively.

Hitachi FaceCRiE Ion Cleansing Machine: provides 4 instensity mode to be choose by switching the power LED level has auto off function after 3 minutes (it is suggested to use for 3 minutes per treatment) operated by 2 AAA alkaline batteries.

OL’s (Office Lady’s) Great Skincare Tips!

First and foremost… To all the OLs reading this, hang in there! Because…

Hahaha! I’ll be spending my birthday on Superstar Virgo tomorrow till Sunday 🙂

And honestly, I’m experiencing mixed emotions because on one hand, it’s supposed to be a happy occasion but on the other, the number is increasing and so are my wrinkles. Okay, for now it’s the changing of my skin conditions as well as prominent laugh lines.

Hope to blog about the change in skin conditions due to age soon. Bet it’s gonna be quite a depressing post? Haha!

So anyway, for those entering the workforce soon or have already been ‘buried’ alive by the tonnes of work, and still surviving, here are some skincare tips I would like to share based on my own research and experience. Have been working for almost 1.5yrs now after my last paper before the official graduation. Yes, I started work immediately after my last written paper as I had started job-hunting way much earlier before my exams even started. I didn’t go for any grad trip either. Personally, I can’t stand how slackers slack their asses off even after graduation, as in not putting any effort to look for a job, you know what I mean?

Okay, so back to the main topic (I know I tend to disgress often).

For myself, because I’m a coffee addict, verified and proven when I have the urge for coffee even during weekends. Bf ain’t helping much either because being a coffee addict himself, he invites me for a cuppa during the weekends too, be it brewed from coffee powder from home, packet instant ones, uncle-like 90cents coffee from coffeeshop or expensive atas ones from Starbucks (I prefer SB over CB – not a swear word ok? haha!)

Because of this die-hard addiction, I have to have a cuppa every morning before work without fail. Would gulp down a 1/2 cup (because I’m always in a rush in the morning lol) of black coffee before leaving home. So that’s 1 down for me. I try to reduce my coffee-intake but on the average I have abt 2 cuppas per day. But counting the total amount of caffeine, I think I have seriously exceeded the recommended daily intake of 200 to 300mg a day, since I do drink other caffeinated drinks as well throughout the whole day such as Iced lemon tea (I’m a huge fan of Seasons brand), green tea (hot/cold), chinese tea, coke… Just so you know, green tea HAS caffeine but just not as much as coffee. One cup of coffee contains 100-150mg of caffeine; a cup of green tea has only about 25mg of caffeine.

Besides the heart problems which can be resulted due to excessive intake of caffeine, it is extremely bad for the skin as well.  Here’s why and I am quite sure most OLs do consume a considerable amount of caffeine so here are some tips to help restore the moisture lost.

Dehydration is one of the obvious result after you consuming caffeinated drinks, which is also aggravated by the air-conditioned environment in offices.

As such, you skin becomes dry, dehydrated and wrinkly. Total major turn off I’d say.

Try this :

1. Moisturise your body

I’m using Nivea’s whitening body lotion which you can get off shelves from convenience stores or supermarkets. Either that, get cheaper ones from parallel importers which are usually found in heartland areas or from Watsons airport (No GST). If your friends/family or yourself have the luxury of travelling via flights, then get them from overseas. They are much cheaper. Some places to share are like Malaysia – KL (JB stuffs are usually not that cheap) and Bangkok. I’ve gotten mine from these places before and they prove to be alright.

Areas I moisturise : Limbs (Arms and Legs – both upper and lower for limbs), neck and my face of course.

It keeps your skin moisturised and Nivea’s body lotions are not sticky and absorbs quite well. They have improved considerably in fact compared to the past. The lotion is still thick but not as viscous anymore. They don’t leave any white residue too. Plus, they have added whitening ingredients! 😀

I do use the night one as well 🙂

 2. Moisturise your hands

I’m not practising what I’m preaching right here because I don’t have the habit of moisturising my hands. It’s a little troublesome if you have to wash your hands often –  after visiting the toilet/cups etc and the moisturisers gets washed and stripped away. If you want soft supple skin then go ahead. Better still if you retain them by wearing gloves (But not a good idea if your desk is open-space and crowded).

3. Hydrate yourself

Caffeine or even vitamin c triples the number of times you visit the toilet. Caffeine is a powerful diuretic that sucks fluids out of your cells and directly stimulates urination. Without caffeine, you will not feel as dehydrated. In other words, you lose more water content than you should thus causing you to feel thirsty frequently. After consuming caffeinated drinks, hydrate yourself with lots of water to replenish whatever was lost. In this case, you compensate for it. Of course, if you can reduce or abstain from caffeinated drinks, is even better. But for coffee addicts like me, I have to constantly remind myself to drink up.

4. Facial mist

This is something relatively new to me because I don’t usually use any facial mist. But because I came across an article regarding Hilary Duff’s secret to her glowing skin. She mentioned facial mist helps her achieve radiant skin and while I was packing my room, I discovered a facial mist from My Beauty Diary which I’d won via a Sunnanz instagram contest 🙂 Sunnanz is one of the usual online shops I get my skincare stuffs from! Not an advertorial but merely sharing with you guys! 🙂

Orange Blossom and White Lotus Moisturising Mist

Tried this today for the 1st time and regret not bringing it along for work. It smells really good and so far, my skin feels less oily (I swear!) and looks a tad brighter, despite the lack of sleep. So I will be trying it daily from now on. And because the skin is less oily, I don’t have to touch up my make up (powder) that often too. YAY 😀

Apart from that, the strong scent of this mist is rather fragrant! Plus point for it! 🙂

I do hope it’s the facial mist that is helping my skin and not by chance.

Facial mists are good at brightening the skin, in achieving dewy skin, hydrates the skin and even helps set the make up. I sprayed on twice after cleansing, applying toner, applying serum/essence but before my moisturiser and make up. Have no idea if this is the right procedure but was afraid that it might cause the makeup to be cakey, but since research shows that it helps to set the makeup, it shouldn’t be right? Will try spraying it after applying my make up and see how.

5. Eye care

Again I am contradicting myself here because I usually don’t put on eye care stuffs. As mentioned, I am always rushing in the morning (oh how I loathe mornings!), so gotta cut down on the number of stuffs I apply on my face. Plus, afraid that it might cake my makeup, especially the eye area (I use concealer from Missha and Canmake white highlighter) under my eyes. I use the highlighter on my upper eyelids too to create a more defined eyebrow bone. Have tried several eye products but still, my dark circles leech on. 😦

I am only pointing this out because desk-bound workers stare at the computer screen for almost the whole day. Even worse if you OT. Even than, our eyes do not rest enough because not only our eyes are glued to the computer screens, but on our phone, ipad, tv etc. It tires out your eyes, thus causing dehydration and poor blood circulation around the eye areas. Such daily activities are not only harmful to your eyes themselves (poor eyesight) but to the surrounding skin as well. Plus, since this skin is the thinnest compared to all the other skin, its delicacy requires extra protection and care.

‘Nuff said, I’ve not found my holy grail to cure my dark circles for the moment. Starting to think it’s hopeless 😦

6. Moisturise your lips

I don’t think I have sensitive lips but I am bounded with core sore ever since I was a teen. Transmitted by bacteria through saliva, have no idea what I’d got it from though. I am using Maybelline’s baby lips which gives a little glossy look finish. I used to use Mentholatum Medicated lip balm because it gives a minty fresh feel, but strangely, if I were to apply this before bed, I would wake up to a cold sore the next morning, definitely. But other than that, it works alright for me. I don’t think I am allergic to it but I’ve since abstained from using it before bed. On the other hand, the Maybelline’s baby lips lip balm works alright during the day and over the night, so Imma gonna stick to this for now 🙂 Not cheap for both though, priced at $5.90 at Watsons.

Heh, think that’s all for now. These tips are basically to deal with dehydration due to the air-conditioned environment in offices for OLs.

Hope they are useful to you in one way or another! 🙂

Thanks for reading 😀

Love,

Jean

 

 

Understanding your skin and the annoying acnes…

As it is, to solve a problem, you must first understand its origin and meaning. This goes the same for your skin as well.

Face mapping is a common theory which provides comprehensive explanations of the locations of the growth of acnes.

Are you listening to your skin?

Are you actually solving or aggravating the situation?

Taken from www.glamour.com :

Alex Gariano over at U Look Haute shared a fascinating look at “face mapping”–the art of unlocking the mysteries of problematic skin. Hailing from ancient Chinese medicine, Gariano writes, “face mapping is a type of skin analysis that explains why and how certain areas of your face are connected to other parts of your body. …Think of your blemishes as X’s on a map that is your face. Different zones correspond to different problems. With this ‘map’ as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and correctly determine how to prevent them from recurring.”

So, what are your breakouts, dull spots and dark circles trying to tell you? Here’s a quick guide from Gariano:

Zone 1 & 3: Bladder & Digestive System — Improve your diet and drink more water.

Zone 2: Liver — Try cutting back on alcohol, heavy food or dairy. This area can also indicate a food allergy.

Zone 4 & 10: Kidneys — Make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated with water and cut back on liquids that dehydrate you. This means nix the soda, coffee and/or alcohol.

Zone 5 & 9: Respiratory system — Those who smoke or have allergies tend to have acne here.

Zone 6 & 8: Kidneys — Dark circles are usually a result of dehydration. Drink up!

Zone 7: Heart — Check your blood pressure and make sure you’re not using makeup that irritates your skin.

Zone 12: Stomach — Consider a detox or adding more fiber to your diet to help with digestion.

Zone 11 & 13: Hormones — Stress and hormonal changes can sometimes be alleviated with more water and a few extra servings of dark, leafy greens but if breakouts in this area persistent, make an appointment with your doctor to look into a possible hormonal imbalance. Additionally, breakouts in this area also indicate when you are ovulating (and which side).

Zone 14: Illness — Can be a sign of your body fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a breather and drink plenty of fluids.

But if you are a tad more keen, this skin analysis and several solutions would come in handy and interesting for you :

Facial Region Solution
Forehead
Acne
  • Go to bed early (10pm) and wake up early (6am). Even if you can’t fall asleep, it’s good to relax so your liver can rest and be ready for work the next day
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins
  • Drink less soda and carbonated beverages
  • 20-30 minutes of light exercise every day, especially outdoors
  • Practice relaxation techniques to worry less
  • Get enough sleep with a regular sleep schedule
  • Eat healthy foods, chewing thoroughly to improve your digestion
  • Reduce refined sugar in your diet
  • Keep a daily food diary to see if your acne is related to certain food groups (like dairy)
  • Practice better hygiene (i.e. washing bangs and hair, cleaning hats)
  • Check if shampoos, conditioners, and hair products are irritating skin
Temples
Zits
  • Eat less processed food, junk food, and fast food
  • Reduce the amount of unhealthy fat in your diet (healthy fats from avocado and fish are okay)
  • Eat cooling foods like bitter melon, cucumbers, and gourds
  • Practice better hygiene, especially during the summer and if you wear makeup and/or sweat a lot
Between the Brows
Pimples
  • Exercise, but avoid overly strenuous exercise
  • Get more sleep
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
  • Eat lighter foods and foods that are less “rich” (like butter and cheese)
  • Avoid late night snacks
Nose
Pimples
  • Eat less pungent foods (spices, garlic, etc)
  • Eat less meat
  • Eat less salt
  • Eat warm temperature foods (not too cold or hot)
  • Get more fresh air
  • Exercise everyday (like going for a walk)
  • Massage the area around your nose for better circulation
  • Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin B
Left Cheek
Acne
  • Maintain a normal daily routine
  • Try to keep a positive mood
  • Eat more cooling foods such as gourds, winter melons, and green beans
  • Don’t overeat, especially junk food
  • Try to decompress and relax
  • The liver is the strongest from 1-3 AM. This is when you should be sleeping
  • The liver is weakest at 1-5 PM, so schedule difficult work for the morning
  • If you have to work in the afternoon, rest your eyes for 5 minutes every hour
  • Practice proper hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Check laundry detergent for any irritating ingredients
  • Change pillow cases frequently if you sleep on this side of your face
  • Clean cell phones with rubbing alcohol
  • Lower left cheek acne could represent poor dental health, so keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing regularly
Right Cheek
Acne
  • Avoid fast food and junk food
  • Avoid mango, taro root, wine, and seafood or other foods you may be sensitive to
  • Eat less sugar
  • Get more fresh air
  • The lung is strongest at 7-9 AM. This is the best time for aerobic exercise
  • Practice proper hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Check laundry detergent for any irritating ingredients
  • Change pillow cases frequently if you sleep on this side of your face
  • Clean cell phones with rubbing alcohol
  • Lower left cheek acne could represent poor dental health, so keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing regularly
Lip Area
Zits
  • Eat more fiber
  • Include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Eat less spicy and fried foods
  • Massage abdominal area in a clockwise motion
  • Change your toothpaste and/or chapstick
Chin and Jaw
Acne
  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get more rest
  • Get your hormones checked for imbalances
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day
  • Sleep early and wake up early, getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Reduce stress as much as possible (yoga, meditating, listening to music, writing in a journal, etc.)
  • Massage your body for relaxation, particularly the abdomen
  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Check toothpaste, mouthwash, and chapsticks
  • Drink spearmint tea
  • Take omega-3s to help regulate hormones

Personally, I do get pimples/acnes every now and then. I belong to the combination skin type so my T-zones are usually oilier than the rest. But sometimes, my nose peels too. Not sure why though. Nevertheless, I have to be extra cautious with products I use, especially on my T-zone areas because oily skin causes clogged pores which results in pimples/acnes. Certainly not in the good books of girls.

The pores on my nose is almost perpetually clogged. Ask 10 ladies, and 9 of them would agree as well. These black/white heads are extremely annoying as foundations might not be able to conceal as well. But if you have the perfect solution to clearing and minimising your pores, you should. Piling on make-up over your clogged pores would do more harm than good. Squeezing is not advised either although I am guilty of this, because it actually enlarges your pores even more. I have yet to source fo the perfect product in minimising my pores and removing the heads.

Even when they are almost removed, THEY STILL COME BACK. OH GOD. I was discussing this with another friend and she did say that they always come back…

With the age increasing, open large pores could also be one of the result, so extra care needs to be taken for your skin.

And as I was saying, with my combination skin type, I usually find pimples popping on my forehead between my brows, nose and chin ( T-zone areas).

Analysing the solutions provided above, the more common ones are :

  • Exercise regularly (oops I am guilty of this!)
  • Have more rest (Guilty too..!)
  • Avoid eating before bed/late night snacks (Although I am weight-conscious, I still eat whenever I want and feel like it!)

But I’ve to also agree that I lack in fruits and veggies, gotta restrict my alcohol intake and watch my stress level (usually self-induced).

Sometimes, the cure is due to internal reasons. You might need to analyse and regulate your lifestyle, food intake, exercise, stress levels etc… Health supplements might help but it’s not always. Moreover, external solutions such as  the exploding collection of beauty products you have may not guarantee success.

So, start understanding your skin today! 🙂