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

Beauty Review – Limited Edition My Beauty Diary Orange Blossom & White Lotus Moisturising Mist

I have a HOLY GRAIL beauty product to share!!! And yes, am extremely excited about this! I blogged briefly on this before previously but this product deserves a solo blog post! 🙂

Are you looking to achieve dewy radiant skin? Thinking of ways to brighten up your dull-looking skin?

Does your make-up coverage disappoint? Do you then have to constantly touch-up on your make-up, especially your foundation?

I have found a product which helps eliminate these worries and achieve your beautiful flawless skin!

Mentioned previously where I’d got hold of this HG before, from an online beauty shop – Sunnanz 🙂

It was a prize won via their Instagram contest 🙂

So yes, am not advertising for them, neither was it a sponsorship. It was a prize and a really worthy one. Worthy enough to be featured and raved about on my blog! 🙂

Directions to use :

Spray 2 to 3 pumps/spitz about 20-30cm away from your face directly.

Use it on a cleansed face and before applying make up. I still have no courage to spray on after applying make-up for the fear of clogging and cake-ing my foundation. But applying it before really helps alot!

My steps :

1. Cleanse face

2. Apply toner (you can skip if you want to – for now I am experimenting whether applying toner is beneficial for my own skin, although I did write up a blog post previously which affirmed otherwise. I will revert back to my toner regime if my skin condition worsens).

3. Apply essence/serum (you may skip this if you have oily skin) – wait for it to dry and absorb

4. Spray on the facial mist (2 to 3 times) – wait for it to dry and absorb

5. Apply moisturiser – wait for it to dry and absorb

6. Apply your make-up

With this facial mist inculcated into my skin care regime and before my make-up application, I find lesser need to touch up on my make-up throughout the day. In addition, my face looks dewy and radiant, with the matt look. I really love it because my T-zone doesn’t produce that much sebum/oil anymore.

Do you know why pores produce sebum/oil on its own? One of the main reasons is because of the lack of moisture and hence, the skin has to regulate the moisture content by producing natural oil.

So, if you use proper skincare for your skin type as well as moisturise/hydrate yourself adequately, you will tend to see less oil being produced.

I’m quite sure you can spray on after your make-up application, just to constantly moisturise and brighten your skin.

PLUS IT SMELLS REALLY FRAGRANT TOO!!! 😀

Think the product is sold at Sasa too 🙂

Sunnanz doesn’t sell them because it’s a limited edition product, so I guess I was lucky! Will drop by Sasa one of these days to check it out! 🙂

*Remember to always let whatever you applied on your face to set, dry and be absorbed first before applying your make-up, to prevent any caking. Don’t rush into it or you might have to remove your make-up and redo from the start again.

ENJOY YOUR LOVELY NEW SKIN! 😀 ❤

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Psst, I am also trying out Skin&Lab’s Vita Energy Toner & Mist. I am using it as a mist first as mentioned that I am skipping the toner step for experiment purposes for the time being.

Will review shortly, so stay tuned! 🙂

 

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

 

 

Skin Care 101

As ladies, we do know the importance of beauty and vanity. However, beauty is not just about stacking and piling tonnes and tonnes of make up on your face, which may result in repercussions, doing more harm than benefiting your skin and eventually, beauty.

Beauty begins with simple skin care tips that you should pay attention to and beauty also refers to natural beauty. Of course, it would be difficult to search for a lady with 100% flawless skin, but that does not mean it is impossible to work towards that.

Always remember that cosmetics can only do so much and if you don’t wish to scare the hell outta people after removing your make up, or if you are ashamed to remove your make up and go bare faced in public, it simply means that you are acknowledging your skin problems. Why not then target  these problematic areas by developing good skin care habits? They are not difficult to nurture and do not require deep pockets. Just really simple steps which can go a long way!

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Here are some useful great tips you should try!

1. 3 basic skin care steps – Cleanse, Apply Toner and Moisturise on your face

Need I say more? This should already be at your fingertips!

You may wish to read my reviews on Kose Supreme Sekkisei and Laniege where I’ve shared some of the reviews as well as info on these 3-step basic skin care tips!

You may not frequent facials or may not slap on sheet masks every now and then, BUT THESE 3-STEP SKIN CARE ARE RULES OF SKIN LAW (if there’s ever such a thing) and YOU MUST DEFINITELY FOLLOW! If you are guilty of otherwise, knock your head 3 times!

2. Facial Treatments

Now, these are not compulsory and essential compared to point 1, but it is highly encourageable! You need to pamper your skin every now and then apart from the fundamentals. Personally, I believe frequenting beauty salons for facials and what more if you fall into the trap of sales talk and gimmicks, causing you to sign up lots of expensive packages, are not compulsory. Putting things into perspective, look at things this way, if you take good care of your skin, you need not burn huge holes in your pockets, right? Well, that is apart from serious skin problems caused naturally/genetics or severe acne problems etc. Plus, results might not be immediate after attending facials or sometimes, they are just pure useless.

I’ve rarely, if not, hardly stepped into beauty salons for facials and have always been using sheet/clay/wash off masks at the comfort of my own home. Well, you may say that these masks are not as effective as those potent ingredients beauty salons can offer, but you can’t deny that certain masks do work! Read my beauty reviews and you will know! 🙂

If sheet masks are not your cuppa tea, you may try to DIY masks using natural food ingredients. There are many websites which offer natural remedies, just google it and you will know! But my advice is, to conduct extensive researches (forums,blogs,beauty consultants etc) on these DIY steps before applying anything on your face and take them with a pinch of salt. You have to be extra careful on whatever you are putting on your face.

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3. Beauty is only skin deep

I don’t mean “Don’t judge its book by its cover”, but that you may look gorgeous after piling up on your make up, but after removing them, you scare yourself sometimes too! 

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. 

And I truly believe that. I’m not a fan of fruits but yes, I hate to admit that they do benefit your skin, apart from other health benefits. 

Fruits which you may wish to try :

a. Kiwi and Pomegranate: Kiwi helps to ensure healthy, clear, beautiful skin by preventing wrinkles and blemishes. Pomegranates which are filled with antioxidants helps to fight against free radicals, control acne as well prevents wrinkles.

b. Banana: It is rich in iron, magnesium and potassium and contains lots of vitamin A, B and E and hence works as an anti-aging agent.  Furthermore, bananas contain natural fats and complex proteins to smooth and soften your skin  For DIY masks, you may wish to try mashing banana as facial! 

c. Lemon, berries, oranges : Such citrus fruits contain high dosage of vitamin C as well as antioxidants which help to clarify and rejuvenate your skin. Oranges are also known to slow down ageing process. Those who are obsessed with skin whitening, lemons will do the work for you!

d. Apples are rich in pectin which is a starch that is essential in preventing unsightly acne from popping!

e. Papaya: Known to be one of the best fruits in achieving great skin would be papaya! Loaded with lots of antioxidants and an enzyme known as papain, it helps to kill dead cells as well as to cure skin impurities! You may also wish to consider drinking payaya milk instead of consuming the fruit itself, or you may want to try applying the flesh of papaya on your skin and wait for the miracle to happen!

f. Mango: Power-packed with vitamin-A and rich antioxidants, it fights against skin aging, regenerates skin cells and restores the elasticity of skin.

g. Tomatoes : Aids in skin whitening, tomatoes contain lycopene which helps to protect your skin from free radicals and boosts your skin’s natural sun protection factor (SPF). Also, the vitamins and minerals found in tomatoes clarify you skin and prevent blemishes!

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Foods which you may wish to try :

a. Whole wheat : Another ingredient in some foods that is really good for your skin is selenium. This is found in whole wheat cereals, breads and baked goods. It helps to improve the skin at a cellular level and keeps you looking young and beautiful.

b. Salmon : along with other fatty fish, walnuts and flaxseed, is high in healthy fatty acids that are key for achieving healthy skin. Essential fatty acids such as omega-3s help keep cell membranes healthy by keeping out harmful substances as well as allowing nutrients to enter cells and exit with waste products. Omega-3s also reduce the body’s production of inflammatory agents that can damage the skin.

c. Carrots : They are an excellent source of vitamin A, which is a required nutrient for healthy skin. They also contain high levels of antioxidants, which prevent free radical damage of skin cells. Vitamin A is required for developing and maintaining skin cells, and a deficiency of the vitamin can cause dry skin.

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You should also :

a. Hydrate yourself with plenty of water : at least your individual minimum intake — will help keep your skin young and healthy-looking. Water in caffeinated or sugary beverages does not count; water intake must be from pure, clean water, which rejuvenates skin cells. Water both hydrates cells and helps them move toxins out and nutrients in.

b. Drink Green Tea : Besides the other health benefits which green tea offers,  it is rich in antioxidants that reduces inflammation and protect cell membranes. It has been proven to reduce the damage of sunburns and overexposure to ultraviolet light, which in turn reduces the risk of skin cancer. Green tea is also high in polyphenols — compounds that eliminate cancer-causing free radicals. Some believe that drinking green tea helps to lose weight too!

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4. Detox every once/twice a month by eating only fruits and drinking water the whole day to keep your skin healthy and to wash out those toxins. It aids in constipation as fruits and water works hand in hand to soften the stools.

5. Applying sunblock : Whether or not you are a fan of fair skin, preventing sun and uv rays from damaging your skin should apply across the board. Plus, uv rays cause acne scars to darken as well. Click here to read on how to choose the right sunscreen.

6. Try indulging in a long, relaxing shower or bath at least once a week. This helps to soothe the skin as well as a form of destressing method. Lesser stress, lesser acnes!

7. Exfoliate : And I don’t mean just your facial skin. Try exfoliating your whole body skin as well to remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin smoother, more supple and fairer! Also, since we are encouraged to exfoliate our face before applying any mask as it helps to open up pores, logically, exfoliating the body skin would assist in the absorption of body moisturisers!

8. If you’re a make up fan and can’t leave without concealing, remember to change your foundation sponge regularly if you are a compact powder user. A dirty sponge not only result in uneven application of the powder, it may also increase the chances of you contracting acnes as bacteria gets built up in it!

9. Remove all make up thoroughly at the end of the day. I’m quite sure most of us are guilty for not following this rule of skin law, at least once in our entire lifetime. I too, am guilt-stricken purely out of laziness, but have since avoided such bad habit and will still force myself to quickly remove my make up before I head to bed. Make up clogs pores through impurities which would result in a breakout. You may read my reviews on makeup removers!

10. Of course, good skin care is also a matter of healthy lifestyle choices as beauty is only skin deep. Smoking does a lot of damage on the body including the skin—not only does it contribute to premature aging and wrinkles, it is also the leading cause of more serious health risks like emphysema or lung cancer. The right way to protect the skin in this situation is to simply give up the habit. People have to keep in mind that what they do on the outside affects underlying conditions in the body. This is also why a balanced diet rich in fibre, lean protein, good fats, vitamins and minerals also promotes healthy young-looking skin. Stress affects a person’s peace of mind and makes the skin vulnerable to skin problems like acne breakouts. Managing stress can help a person not only feel good, but look good.

I hope you babes will find these tips useful in achieving your perfect flawless skin!

As the saying goes, “There is no ugly women only lazy ones!”

xoxo
Jean 🙂