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! ❤

 

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Skin & Lab Pore Tightening Bubble Powder Mask & Cleanser

Beauty Review

*Disclaimer : This is NOT  an advertorial neither was I sponsored with the items. I bought them at Qoo10 from this seller, which is the official seller for Skin&Lab products.

With all the hype about Korea, it’s K-Pop celebrities and their beauty industry, I reckon why not in trying them out.

A brief info about Skin&Lab :

Mission

To lead Korean beauty trend worldwide, we want to make customers experience as our first priority and introduce the best products at the most affordable price!

Description

Skin&Lab is created based on the results of experiments with dermatologists in Korea. It consists of hypoallergenic materials passed with strict skin test, approved by KDA (Korea) and received the Product Notification from HSA(Singapore). 

The products use all natural vitamins to supply its effectiveness to your skin directly.

Dr. Jongmin, Park is an authorized dermatologist in Korea.

He contributes his dermatological knowledge to Skin&Lab by giving the advice on the product development and developing the formulation and ingredients of the vitamin cream.

He currently held positions at the following department

– Korean board of Dermatology

 – US medical board(USMLE)

 – Massachusetts General Hospital, Cosmetic laser center, fellow

 – Wellman Center for Photomedicine Harvard Medical School, Research fellow

 – American board of antiaging medicine(A4M)

 – Reviewer of dermatologic surgery journal

 – Dept of Dermatology, Hanyang University Medical Center, Clinical professor

 – Director of ZELL dermatology and cosmetic laser center 

Dr. Jong Min Park is the Director of ZELL dermatology and cosmetic laser & surgery center, Clinical professor of Dermatology at the University of Hanyang and one of the Asian’s leading laser surgeon. He has given lectures on a variety of lasers at many world-class laser meetings including ASLMS(American society for lasers in medicine and surgery), IMCAS(International master course on aging skin), KDA(Korean dermatological association) and Chinese society of cosmetic surgery and antiaging medicine etc as an invited speaker. He is also working with top-level laser companies from USA, Israel and south Korea as a luminary.

He specializes in the treatment of recalcitrant acne/acne scar and aging signs including sagging skin, wrinkles, sunken cheeks and pigmentary disorders(melasma, lentigines, freckles, etc). Dr. Park has also trained hundreds of physicians in the proper use and application of lasers in medicine.

Dr Park will be every step with you to the perfect and flawless skin and appearance you have always wished.

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I bought their Vitamin Creams as well – A, E and K – which I would leave it for reviews another day 🙂 So stay tuned!

As you can see, only the Bubble Powder Mask & Cleanser is available hence the purchase. This item is also used as the 1st step to the Pore Tightening 3-Step Programme. As I was looking for a clay mask instead of sheet masks, I decided to get this despite not having the other 2 items available. It didn’t matter to me.

It comes with a mixing bowl and brush. At first I was skeptical as to the quality of the brush, especially when it’s made in China, but it proves its worth. It’s really worth and easy to apply on your face. The mixing bowl is also made of rubber plastic instead of glass so there is no risk of breaking it.

A close-up :

And its functions :

Step 1 : Pour an appropriate amt into the bowl

Step 2 : Drip some water onto the powder – need to have a good estimation. Previously in my 1st attempt, I added too much water and the mask became extremely watery and drippy, and I couldn’t use it as a cleanser because I’ve  already cleansed my face before. So it’s not wise to re-cleanse because it would strip off any natural moisture and oil from your skin.

Step 3 : Mix the powder and water together using the brush until it becomes a thick liquid

Step 4 : Apply and spread evenly on your face using the brush provided. Avoid areas around the lips (which I didn’t!) and eye areas.

Step 5 : Wash it off with water thoroughly after that.

So far, I’ve been using it as a mask and this is my 2nd attempt.

Pros :

  1. Helped clarified and removed some gunk I had on my cheeks and especially on my chin but not totally.
  2. Face looked instantly brighter and fairer
  3. Skin feels softer and smoother
  4. Mask hardens quite quickly but it also depends on how much water you use to mix
  5. Skin feels extremely tightened after that – but left me feeling rather dry too. Can’t decide which is which.

Cons :

  1. Still left with some stubborn gunk on my face
  2. Need to have a good estimation of the qty of powder to be used as well as how much water is required to create a tacky clay mask
  3. A tad difficult to wash off as there were some residue left even after washing

Overall rating :

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I hope this review if of some help to you or potentially as one in the future 🙂

On a cheery note, it’s TGIF today! But without bf who is away at Bangkok for 5D4N! 😦 Miss you dear ❤

Can’t wait for next week because it’s gonna be an awesome happening one!!! 😀

Thanks for reading! 🙂

xoxo,

Jean