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How to get rid of back acne and prevent it from recurring once in 2020

Acne is one of the most common skin issues out there, but we tend to only focus on the face while acne that occurs elsewhere on the body such as back or chest is less talked about, mainly because it is less visible.

However, in Singapore where the humidity and warm weather make it almost impossible for us to constantly cover up our back, back acne, or “bacne”, can be incredibly frustrating. But worry no more, because we have done the research and we’re going to tell you all you need to know about this annoying, but actually treatable and preventable, condition, so that you don’t have to suffer from it anymore! Read on to find out what exactly pimples on the back are, what causes them, how to get of them, and what products can you use to manage them.

What is back acne or pimples on the back?

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Back acne, as the name suggests, is acne that occurs on your back, typically the upper back area, between your shoulder blades. Just like face acne, there are several types of back acne: whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts.

Whiteheads and blackheads, also referred to as comedones, are excess sebum trapped inside hair follicles. When the sebum is still deep inside the follicle, it is called a closed comedone, or whitehead. When the sebum pushes through the surface of the skin and comes into contact with air, it becomes a blackhead, or open comedone.

When the hair follicles become irritated and inflamed, they become papules or pustules – red, raised pimples, sometimes with pus at the head (pustules).

Nodules and cysts are large, painful lumps that go deep into the skin. They occur when the hair follicles get further inflamed and infected.

What causes back acne?

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Wherever it occurs on your body, be it your face, back or chest, acne happens when your pores are clogged with excess sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria. Each of you pores is an opening to a hair follicle and a sebaceous gland responsible for producing sebum to lubricate the skin. When the sebaceous gland over-produces sebum or when dead skin cells are not removed from the surface of the skin, these materials get trapped in the hair follicles. These blocked follicles then become an ideal environment for bacteria to grow, leading to inflammation, which we call acne.

Acne is often the result of genetics and hormonal fluctuations, but external factors such as medications, cosmetic products or sweat can play a part, too.

The back area is particularly prone to acne as the skin here in thicker than many other parts of the body, which means it is easier for the pores here to get clogged. Excessive sweat that is not washed off properly can cause a bacteria buildup on your back, and dried sweat can also mix with dirt and dead skin cells to further clog your pores.

Another less known culprit of back acne is the shampoo and conditioner that you use. The pore-clogging ingredients in these products get washed down your back when you shower and increase the likelihood of breakouts.

How to get rid of back acne

While breakouts can mostly be attributed to genetics, it doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do to prevent, or at least minimise it. Here are steps you can take to get rid of the annoying acne on your back:

1. Wear loose-fitting, sweat-wicking clothes

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Tight clothing, especially in Singapore’s humid weather, can increase friction between the shirt material and your sweaty back, which could agitate the skin and exacerbate acne. Instead, opt for loose-fitting clothes made of sweat-wicking material, especially during a workout, to let your skin breathe.

2. Change bed sheets and pillowcases regularly

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And by regularly we mean twice a week for pillowcases and at least once a week for bedsheets. You can’t see it, but your bed sheets and pillowcases can harbor a horrifying amount of dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells just after a few days. Imagine rolling around on all that for hours every night!

3. Wash your body after rinsing off your conditioner

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When you rinse off your conditioner with only water after you have already washed your body, some of it stay on your back and potentially lead to acne, especially if the conditioner contains any pore-clogging substances, What you should do instead is to wash your body after rinsing off the conditioner to make sure you get all of it off your body.

4. Don’t use abrasive scrubs

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When we have acne, the first instinct is to use a harsh exfoliating tool such as rough loofahs or back brushes to scrub it off. However, not only is it not how pimples on the back can be gotten rid of, abrasive scrubs can irritate and aggravate the skin further, which could worsen your back acne.

5. Change out workout clothes immediately

While it is tempting to sit around scrolling through your phone as you catch your breath after an intense workout session, the longer you wait to change out your sweaty clothes, the higher the chance of bacteria buildup on our skin. And if you aren’t doing it already, remember to wash your workout clothes after every session instead of re-wearing them even if they “don’t smell that bad”.

6. Use acne-friendly hair and body care products

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We pay so much attention to choosing the right facial products for our acne prone skin, but often don’t give a second thought when it comes to hair and body care. Choose products that are labelled non-comedogenic (which means they won’t clog your pores!), or those that are specifically formulated for acne prone, sensitive skin.

You can also choose products that contain acne fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid, which helps remove dead skin cells, or benzoyl peroxide, which kills bacteria on your skin.

7. See a dermatologist

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If your back acne doesn’t improve after using all of the above tips or if the acne is moderate to severe, seek professional help from a dermatologist to effectively treat your condition.

Products we would recommend for back acne

1. Mario Badescu A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap

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This body soap contains fruit enzymes to gently exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells and dirt without drying out the skin. The ginseng extract helps to further soothe and calm the irritated skin.

You can get the Mario Badescu A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap from Sephora at SGD20.

2. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body

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With a medicated formula containing 2% encapsulated salicylic acid, the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body helps to remove buildup of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and reduce the chance of pore clogging.

The cleansing bar is available at all Clinique counters nationwide.

3. Gallinée Cleansing Bar

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The Gallinée Cleansing Bar is a gentle yet effective cleansing solution for you body. It contains lactic acid, a gentle form of AHAs, to exfoliate the skin. Meanwhile, the prebiotics provide the skin with good bacteria to maintain its barrier while removing the harmful bacteria that cause acne.

This cleansing bar is also soap-free, which means it won’t strip the skin of its natural moisture like soap bars tend to do.

You can get the Gallinée Cleansing Bar from Sephora at SGD23.

4. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Body Wash

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The signature Tea Tree line from The Body Shop is well known for its effective anti acne properties and this body wash is no exception. It contains organic tea tree oil to remove blemishes on your body, giving you clearer and smoother skin.

The Tea Tree Skin Clearing Body Wash is available at all The Body Shop stores nationwide at SGD19.

5. Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal – Deep Cleanse Detoxifying Soap Bar

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Skin that is prone to clogged pores can benefit from a deep cleanse, which is why the Bamboo Charcoal soap bar from Herbivore Botanicals is such a great product for back acne. The activated bamboo charcoal will cleanse the skin thoroughly and remove any toxins and impurities from your pores.

The Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal Soap Bar is available on Sephora at SGD19.

6. Paula’s Choice Clear Acne Body Spray 2% BHA

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Body washes with exfoliating properties are great for daily maintenance but a dedicated exfoliant can do wonders for acne prone skin. The Paula’s Choice Clear Acne Body Spray contains 2% BHA (salicylic acid) to unclog the pores and calm redness on the skin.

The spray bottle that can dispense product from any angle makes the product particularly convenient for applying on the back.

The Clear Acne Body Spray 2% BHA is available on Paula’s Choice’s website at SGD43.

7. Sebamed Everyday Shampoo

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As we mentioned earlier, the shampoo and conditioner you use can very much be responsible for your back acne. It’s important that you choose a shampoo that is gentle and doesn’t irritate the skin like the Everyday Shampoo from Sebamed. The formula in this shampoo is soap-free, alkali-free and has mild cleansing properties, perfectly safe for your body and scalp skin.

The Sebamed Every Shampoo is available on Watsons at SGD28.80.

8. Clear 2 Perfection Non-comedogenic Nourishing Conditioner

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As for conditioner, the Clear 2 Perfection Non-comedogenic Nourishing Conditioner is highly raved about as the go-to non-comedogenic conditioner for those suffering from back acne. Developed by an experienced esthetician, it contains a botanical blend to nourish the hair without any waxy, pore-clogging ingredients that could cause breakouts on the body.

You can order this conditioner from Amazon, at USD22.

9. QV Skin Lotion Repairs Skin

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Unlike a body wash, which is washed off almost instantly, a lotion stays on your skin for an extended period of time. That’s why it’s important to find a lotion that is safe for acne prone skin. The QV Skin Lotion Repairs Skin is specially formulated for sensitive skin. It is non-comedogenic, free from fragrance, colour, lanolin and propylene glycol, which means it is less likely to cause breakouts than regular lotions.

You can buy this lotion from Watsons at SGD27.10 for a 500ml bottle.

10. Paula’s Choice Weightless Body Lotion 2% BHA

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For those who don’t want to bother with a separate exfoliant, the Paula’s Choice Weightless Body Lotion 2% BHA offers the purifying function of an exfoliant and the nourishing power of a lotion in one product. The 2% salicylic acid clears out the pores and smooths out skin texture while the antioxidants work to protect the skin from harmful environmental factors. No wonder it’s such a well-loved product by those suffering from pimples on the back!

The Paula’s Choice Weightless Body Lotion 2% BHA retails for SGD46 on their website.

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Top 10 makeup tips to instantly make your Chinese New Year makeup look extra fun 2020

It is that time of the year again, where we hit the salons and get our hair, manicures and facials done as part of our beauty prep for Chinese New Year. It doesn’t matter if we only meet our relatives once a year, we will gladly pay the premium charged during the festive season as long as we can present the best versions of ourselves at our annual gatherings.

When it comes to makeup, red and gold seem to be the obvious choice for a festive look. However, for those who are not into bold colours, here are some tips for a simple glow-up that will ensure you look your best while not overdoing it.

1. Swap your black cat-flick for a coloured liner

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Photo by Sharyn, Photography by Guang Shun

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A coloured eyeliner is a fast hack to create a statement look. You can either use a liquid or pencil liner. Choose a bright color such as hot pink if you wish to stand out more, otherwise style your eyes subtly with a forest green or navy blue liner.

2. Have some fun with a little sparkle

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Smoky eyes or the cut crease might not always work well for Asian features. However, dabbing a metallic or shimmering eyeshadow all over your eyelids is easy to do and instantly elevates your look. Rose gold or champagne is the go-to colour for a dreamy dazzle.

3. Do an inner eye shimmer

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If you’re wearing a matte eyeshadow, highlighting the inner corners of your eyes is a tried-and-tested trick that will instantly brighten your eyes. There are a few ways to do this. You could use a bright shimmery eyeshadow such as pink or peach to give it a fun pop of colour. Alternatively, creating more definition with a metallic gold liner, tracing the inner corner with a V will give you an outstanding look. Otherwise, simply add pale silver eyeshadow to create a soft, sheer look.

4. Pair your new outfit with a matching lipstick

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Make your lips the centre of attention by applying a shade that matches your outfit. Do not have or can’t find the right colour? Don’t fret, a simple trick is to create your own lipstick shade. Blend a dark red lipstick with nude colors to lighten it, or add a peach colour to get a warmer tone. Just have some fun experimenting with makeup!

5. Embrace the “glass lips”

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No doubt, it’s going to be hard to keep the lipstick on with all the CNY snacking. And this is why everyone is choosing to go matte on their lips – which means it’s the perfect time for you to stand out by going glossy! Generously add a layer of lip gloss over your lipstick to achieve a glass-like effect. It won’t take too much of an effort to reapply as needed so go for it!

6. Create a natural glow using a strobe cream

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Photo by Sharyn, Photography by Guang Shun

You’ve probably heard of the term “strobing” at some point. In case you’re wondering, it simply means highlighting! Makeup pro tip: use a cream-based highlighter over a powdered one as it creates a more dewy look. MAC’s strobe cream which contains iridescent particles is a must-have in any makeup kit and gives your skin a luminous glow.

7. Catch the light on a holographic highlighter


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If you think that the holographic trend is a passing fad, think again. Applying a holographic highlighter on your cheekbones is a surefire way of standing out at CNY gatherings. When it catches the light, it creates a beautiful other-worldly look that is sure to prompt compliments from those around you.

Additional beauty tip: be kind to your skin, especially if your day is packed with house visits. Don’t forget the sun block, periodically blot your face with an oil blotter to remove the sheen, and ensure you wash off your makeup fully at the end of the day.

Half-up hairstyles with ribbons are taking over Instagram 2020 | Here’s how you can pull it off

Half-up hairstyles are the new darlings of the stylish crowd, and it’s not hard to see why – they look just as polished as a ponytail, but are totally effortless and work on any hair length and texture.

One of the most popular ways to wear this is to add a ribbon bow to the part where the top half of your hair is tied up as a finishing touch. If it sounds difficult to you, fret not – we share four easy ways to make this new hair trend work for you!

1. Pairing a plain ribbon bow with a blouse or suit

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For the women who like to don crisp blouses and suits, an easy way to add a feminine touch is by pulling your hair into a relaxed half-up hairdo and finishing with a plain ribbon bow.

We highly recommend using bigger ribbon bows with shorter tails – they make for cute statement pieces that don’t dangle onto your sharp blazers!

Try: Satin ribbon hair tie, satin ribbon scrunchie, ribbon hair clip

2. Printed ribbon scarf with a plain top

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You can switch things up with scarf ribbons that come in different patterns, be it houndstooth, floral patterns, or geometric shapes.

Make sure not to overwhelm by pairing printed ribbons with plain tops. If a plain tee and denim jeans sound too boring, you can also consider puffy-sleeved blouses and drop shoulder tops to create a refined look.

Try: Striped scarf ribbon scrunchie, printed scarf scrunchie, lace ribbon scrunchie

3. Ribbon bows in short hair

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If you think that ribbon bows are only suited for those with long hair, you’ll be happy to be proven wrong.

Half-up hairstyles are great for softening the harsh silhouettes commonly created by shorter cuts. You can either use a ribbon with a shorter tail to complement your hair length or opt for a one that extends beyond your hair to create more layers.

Try: Short ribbon scrunchie, velvet ribbon scrunchie

4. Make the most out of brand ribbons

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Don’t have a ribbon bow on hand and not keen on buying any? Here’s how you can still pull this off without having to spend a single cent: using brand ribbons!

Many fashion and beauty brands use beautiful ribbons to wrap their products or gift boxes, and these actually work great as ribbons to complement your half-up hairdo.

You don’t even have to make sure that the tails are of equal length – just tie them on any way you wish!

How to create an auspicious makeup look to ring in the New Year in 2020

Chinese face reading is an ancient practice that believes that one’s facial features can reveal their personality and predict their future. There is something comforting in knowing that you can figure out the secrets to your future just by looking at your face.

But what if you have features that are considered to be “bad luck”? Is your only solution plastic surgery to “correct” your face? Not at all. Instead of seeking out drastic measures, you can opt for using to makeup to temporarily change your facial features to be more auspicious. While it doesn’t last permanently, it might just be enough to help you ring in the new year with positive energy and better luck!

Here are tips on how you can use makeup to alter your facial features according to Chinese face reading to bring in prosperity and good health in the new year:

Well-balanced face

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In Chinese face reading, a well-balanced, symmetrical face is one of the key indicators of prosperity, and one way to tell whether your face is balanced is to look at your selfie. We’re so used to looking at ourselves in the mirror, but a selfie, being horizontally flipped, will make the asymmetrical features on our face more obvious to our eyes.

While it’s nearly impossible to have a perfectly symmetrical face, you can definitely create the illusion with makeup by using contour and highlight to visually reshape the face.

The Chinese also believe that an overall smooth, clear and bright complexion is an auspicious sign. To create the look, use a foundation with a more natural finish to make sure your base doesn’t look cakey, and use a full coverage concealer to cover any spots and blemishes as needed. Highlighter will also help to bring more light to the face.

Prominent forehead

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Chinese face reading favours a high and wide forehead as it indicates wealth and authority. This means you should go easy on the contouring as it could make your forehead look smaller. Instead, use highlighter to bring more attention and make your forehead appear more prominent on your face. While we generally try to keep our forehead from being too shiny, a little shine is okay as long as you use a good oil control foundation underneath.

Take care to not go overboard, though, as an overly wide forehead on a female may indicate troubles in your personal relationships!

Clear, bright eyes

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The eyes are window to your soul and in Chinese face reading, they indicate your health and prosperity, especially in your late thirties. You will want to make your eyes appear as clear and bright as possible, which means covering up dark circles and staying away from heavy eye makeup. Instead, use bright colours with peach or pink tone for a more youthful look, and shimmery shadows to make your eyes appear bigger. If they are uneven in size, you can adjust with an eyeliner so they look more balanced.

It is also important to have eyes that are exactly one eye-width apart as it is considered to be the ideal distance. If your eyes are too far apart, use eyeliner to line the inner corner of your eyes to bring them closer. If your eyes are too close together, use a shimmery eyeshadow in the inner corners and go darker towards the outer corners.

Even eyebrows

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As makeup junkies, we all know the importance of eyebrows in framing the face. Similarly, in Chinese face reading, eyebrows are a vital indicator of a person’s fortune and health. Eyebrows that meet or almost meet in the middle suggest potential misfortune, so make sure to get rid of any stray hair in between your brows. But remember to never pluck any hair above your brows, as that also brings bad luck.

Regardless of the shape of your brows, it’s important that they are even and well-balanced. If one of your brows is fuller than the other, you can draw the sparser one a little thicker. As you are not following the natural shape of the brow, use thin strokes to mimic real brow hair and make it look as natural as possible.

Round, rosy cheeks

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Unlike Western beauty standards that favour chiselled cheekbones, in Chinese face reading, full and round cheekbones are a positive sign indicating success in one’s life.

This means that you should not use too much cheek contour as it might make your face look more gaunt and bony. Instead, use highlight on the top of your cheekbones to make them appear more prominent. Add don’t forget to use a rosy tone blush with a glowy finish to bring even more vitality to your face.

Round, big nose with high bridge

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Again, ease off on the nose contour as the Chinese believe that round, big nose is one of the strongest indicators of wealth and fortune, especially on a woman. However, make sure to cover any blemishes on your nose, which are said to block the “flow of money”.

You can also use highlight to create the illusion of a higher nose bridge, which suggests great health and vitality.

Full, well-shaped lips

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The Chinese believe that the lips represent one’s relationship with other people. Those with well-shaped, round lips are more charming and pleasant to talk to while those with thin lips tend to be argumentative or unreliable. To create the appearance of fuller lips, slightly overline your lips with a lip liner in the colour of your natural lips. A lip gloss can also help make your lips look fuller.

If you are using a lip liner, make sure to draw upward from the corners of your lips to give them an upturned look, which makes you look more agreeable and is said to bring good harmony and positivity to your life.

The colour of the lips, especially for women, indicates their vigor as well as the strength of their marriage. A rosy pink colour is said to be the best lip colour to sport.

Strong, firm chin

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The chin is said to be where wealth is stored on a person’s face, so a strong, firm chin that is slightly protruding can indicate that the person is able to accumulate fortune and live a wealthy life especially when they get older. If your chin is small and pointy, add some contour powder underneath to round it out.

You can also use a concealer a shade lighter than your usual as well as some highlighter on the chin to make it look more prominent.

The Best wedding beauty check-list you must have to get your bridal beauty in 2020

Congrats, you’re engaged! And now Google Drive and Excel spreadsheets are your best friend. You have a detailed check list of when to do what (three months to wedding: file ROM notice; two months to wedding: print wedding invitations…) but hey, have you set up a check list for the essentials beauty routines?

While you get busy with project-managing the wedding, don’t forget to focus on the most important factor – you.

We have some tips and recommendations that you may find useful:

  • Best bridal makeup artists in Singapore – see their portfolios and rates
  • 20+ best Indian bridal makeup artists in Singapore
  • The dos and don’ts of pre-wedding beauty treatments
  • This the lipstick shade that beauty influencer Pony wore for her wedding
  • Wedding makeup mistakes brides should avoid on their big day

And here’s a check list you can save into your Google Drive and make sure you’re not missing any important details in taking care of your physical appearance and overall well-being.

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Spring cleaning does more damage to your skin than you think. Here’s why 2020.

The air inside your house is actually more polluted than you thought. It is full of air pollutants such as dust or harmful chemicals, which, while they may not be as visibly “dirty” as outdoor air, can cause major damage to your skin.

It gets worse during the period before big occasions such as Chinese New Year, when you carry out spring cleaning and repaint certain parts of the house to make it look as pristine as possible. The increased air pollution in the house during this period can seriously wreck havoc on your skin without you noticing. That’s why it’s important to understand how your skin can be affected during spring cleaning and what you can do to minimise the damage.

What exactly is in the “dirty air”?

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During spring cleaning, there are two main elements of air pollution that can affect your skin: dust particles and harmful chemicals.

Dust enters your house in many ways. it could be the dirt picked up by your shoes or your pets. It could also come from outside through your door or windows. These dust particles come in various sizes, and the smaller they are, the deeper they can penetrate your pores and cause damage.

Meanwhile, harmful chemicals during spring cleaning often come from cleaning products, paints or varnishes. Commonly known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), these particles linger on the surface of your skin and disrupt the skin barrier.

How does this “dirty air” affect your skin?

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Both dust particles and VOCs in the air react with your skin molecules and overproduce free radicals. If “free radicals” sound familiar to you, that’s because the phrase is mentioned frequently in skincare products, especially those targeting skin ageing concerns. They are unstable molecules that will try to bond with other molecules in your body, weaken our skin cells, and disrupt the skin barrier, which is the part most exposed to free radicals.

As this barrier is supposed to protect your skin against environmental aggressors, compromising its function can accelerate skin ageing and lead to visible long-term damages such as premature wrinkles, saggy skin and pigmentation.

Exposure to VOCs can also cause irritation, inflammation or allergic reactions (redness, itchiness, etc), especially on sensitive, eczema-prone skin.

What can you do to protect your skin?

Use non-toxic cleaning products

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Avoid harsh cleaning products and paints with heavy chemical scents, and opt for non-toxic, VOC-free ones to reduce your skin’s exposure to these harmful chemicals. Better yet, make use of natural ingredients around the house such as baking soda or vinegar to use as cleaning agents.

Keep your house well-ventilated

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Not only will keeping your windows open during spring cleaning help to air out the heavy chemical scent from cleaning products, it will also reduce the amount of toxins and chemicals in the air, preventing them from sticking to your skin.

Cleanse and exfoliate your skin thoroughly

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Cleansing your skin thoroughly will help clear away any dirt, grime and dust particles that have settled in your pores during spring cleaning. However, for smaller, more stubborn pollutants and toxins, a good exfoliant will do a better job at getting rid of them.

Slather on moisturisers

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Opt for moisturisers with occlusive ingredients such as petrolatum for the face and shea butter for the body. Occlusive ingredients don’t sink into your pores but stay on the surface of the skin to act as a protective layer against environmental aggressors that could damage or irritate the skin.

Nourishing ingredients such as shea butter that is rich in fatty acids will also help the skin heal and repair itself against free radical damage.

Load up on antioxidants

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Antioxidants can neutralise the excess free radicals in our body by binding to them and preventing them from attacking our skin cells. This means that it is important to load up on food that is rich in antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables to repair and strengthen your skin barrier. Examples of these foods include berries, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, spinach, kale, artichokes, etc.

Granted, this is more of a preventative, long-term solution that will not give you immediate results. But it is definitely important if you want to counteract visible signs of skin ageing in the long run.

You can also use skincare products that contain antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid to further minimise any free radical damage done to your skin.

20 best moisturisers for sensitive skin that will save your complexion 2020 Reviews and Buyers Guides

While everyone needs a moisturiser, this product is probably most critical for someone with sensitive skin. After all, sensitive skin is prone to dryness and flaking, and using the right moisturiser can help protect the outermost layer of skin, also known as the stratum corneum, to shield it from external damage.

The tricky part is about finding the best moisturisers for sensitive skin; use a wrong one and it can trigger irritation instead of protecting your delicate skin.

What ingredients trigger sensitive skin?

If you have sensitive skin, you’re probably well aware that there are ingredients that trigger breakouts, acne or irritation.

Some of the common ingredients that trigger reactions include sulfates, dyes, alcohols, silicones, and fragrances. While your skin may not necessarily react to these ingredients, it’s always better to be safe than sorry if your skin tends to react to new products.

If you’re looking for a moisturisers that’s suitable for you, here are 20 of them that are designed to be gentle and soothing to sensitive skin that may just be what you’re looking for.

1. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Night Face Moisturizer

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This non-comedogenic moisturiser made for allergy-prone skin works to intensely hydrate and soothe sensitive skin overnight. Through your slumber, your skin will feel calmer and relieved of discomfort thanks to the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water in its formula.

The water combines Neurosensine – a strong soothing agent that singles out signs of skin irritation due to dehydration – with the complex Carnosine/ Vitamin E to rid any discomfort and redness upon awakening.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Night Face Moisturizer retails at SGD42 at Lazada. 

2. Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream

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The Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream works as you sleep to actively manage sensitive skin. It’s been tested to reduce the appearance of redness and dry facial skin while replenishing your skin’s barrier of its lost moisture. Besides being oil and fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic, it is also lightweight enough for you to use every night.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream retails at SGD36 at Stokz. 

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream

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It quenches your dry skin’s thirst and keeps your skin smooth, supple and hydrated. This unique lightweight gel-cream formula may be absorbed by your skin quickly – but it locks moisture in your skin for a long time to boost your hydration levels. The Hydro Boost is formulated with hyaluronic acid, which is the superstar ingredient for hydration. What is it not formulated with? Oil, fragrance, and dye, plus it’s non-comedogenic!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream retails at leading supermarkets and drugstores in Singapore.

4. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream

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This cream is so good for sensitive skin that it has even received an award from the National Eczema Association. Vanicream Skin Cream is non-greasy, long-lasting, non-comedogenic, and free of sulfates and phosphate.

It’s easily absorbed into your skin and is said to be suitable for many skin issues – red, irritated, cracking or itchy skin; eczema and psoriasis. It can also be used for any time of the day, and any part of your body.

Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream retails at SGD40 at Lazada.

5. IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream™ Transforming Moisturizing Super Cream

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When you talk about the products in It Cosmetics, the Confidence In A Cream definitely comes to mind. Containing ingredients like collagen and hyaluronic acid, this cream doesn’t just soothe your skin, but also moisturise it, smoothen its texture, enhance firmness, and reduce the look of pores and discolouration. Watch your skin absorb this cream in the blink of an eye, leaving you with a supple and healthy complexion. No doubt, this is one of the best moisturisers for sensitive skin you can find.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream retails at SGD25 for 15ml and SGD62 for 60ml at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.

6. SkinCeuticals Emollience

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SkinCeuticals is known for products that are well-loved by dermatologists, so it probably isn’t surprising that they have a moisturiser that is suitable for sensitive skin.

This rich, but fast-absorbing moisturiser isn’t just great for dry or sensitive skin, it’s so intense that it is ideal even for high altitudes and cold or dry climates. Best part? It is formulated with natural extracts and oils to make sure it won’t irritate your skin.

SkinCeuticals Emollience retails at SGD119 at the SkinCeuticals counter.

7. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

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This highly rated cream has three molecular sizes of hyaluronic acid to offer you a powerful hydrator that retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere.

It keeps your skin looking supple, full and smooth while ceramides in the formula keep the moisture locked in your skin. ProHyal+® helps to hydrate your skin for a healthier glow as antioxidant-rich elderberry helps curb any signs of ageing! Sounds like an ultimate multi-tasker!

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream retails at SGD96 at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.

8. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream

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This nighttime moisturiser deeply moisturises your face so you wake up with well-rested, smooth, supple, and radiant skin. This night cream is formulated with the Super Lotus, a botanical ingredient that works to boost radiance and hydration while also protecting you from free radical damage. This night cream also has a pleasant peach scent that will definitely make your night routine extra pampering!

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream retails at SGD89 for 50ml at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.

9. Iryasa Night Indulge Cream

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From natural beauty brand Iryasa, the Night Indulge Cream is great for sensitive skin since it is developed without synthetic fragrance, parabens, silicones and mineral oils. It is also non-GMO, vegan and cruelty-free – so if you’re a clean beauty junkie, here’s an option!

The cream works overnight to intensely replenish the nutrients and moisture your skin has lost through day-to-day stress such as UV rays and environmental pollutants. It also contains antioxidants to fight free radicals and offer anti-ageing benefits.

Iryasa Night Indulge Cream retails at SGD44 at Iryasa.

10. Clinique Dramatically Different™ Hydrating Jelly

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All of Clinique’s products’ formulas promise to avoid using allergens, irritants and ingredients in ways that could potentially harm the skin, meaning majority of them are safe for sensitive skin.

This moisturiser is a 24-hour hydrator which has the Clean Shield Technology™ that locks in the goodies you want – like moisture – and filters out the bad – like free radicals. It strengthens your skin’s moisture barrier whilst also improving its efficacy to protect itself.

What’s great about this jelly is how fresh it feels. It penetrates your skin immediately, is oil-free, non-sticky and leaves no residue. A single pump is enough for your entire face and neck!

Clinique Dramatically Different™ Hydrating Jelly retails at SGD60 for 125ml at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.

11. THE BODY SHOP® Aloe Soothing Night Cream

moisturisers for sensitive skin The Body Shop® Aloe Soothing Night Cream

It’s not formulated to be safe for sensitive skin, but the brand is clean, supports fair-trade, and is mostly natural! The Aloe Soothing Night Cream gives sensitive skin the extra, gentle care it needs by nourishing, softening and soothing your skin. Overnight, it restores the moisture it gravely needs and calms skin with the help of its star ingredient, aloe vera.

It is also formulated without fragrance, colour, alcohol or preservatives – so your skin only gets the good stuff!

THE BODY SHOP® Aloe Soothing Night Cream retails at SGD33 for 50ml at THE BODY SHOP stores and online.

12. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream

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This cult-favourite is one for a reason – it moisturises, protects, builds your skin’s efficacy, and is great for sensitive skin. These are thanks to its ingredients, vitamin C (5& THD ascorbate), lime pearl extract, and bisabolol (derived from chamomile), which are all gentle on your skin and help to calm any redness or irritation. At the same time, these ingredients all work together to repair visible signs of premature ageing skin, gently smooth uneven textures, and calming the look and feel of redness.

Additionally, exopolysaccharides help to protect the skin from the visible effects of pollution exposure, specifically haze or PM2.5 particles – the micro-pollution particles found in smog! No wonder this is touted one of the best moisturisers for sensitive skin.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream retails at SGD32 for 15g at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.

13. DRUNK ELEPHANT™ Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream

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Of course, we couldn’t have an article about best moisturisers for sensitive skin without at least having one Drunk Elephant product! The cruelty-free and natural skincare brand is known amongst those with sensitive skin – most products are formulated without silicones and artificial fragrance.

The Lala Retro Whipped Cream is infused with six rare African oils and plant ceramide complex. This cream reinforces your skin’s acid mantle and protects it from the potential stress brought on by daily aggressors.

Like most of the products listed here, the cream also has antioxidant-rich ingredients that help battle the signs of ageing. Omega acids help to retain the long-lasting moisture – brought on by a sodium hyaluronate cross polymer – and form a protective layer that lets your skin do its job.

DRUNK ELEPHANT™ Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream retails at SGD86 for 50ml at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.

14. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

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The CeraVe Moisturizing Cream effectively hydrates your skin and restores its protective barrier simultaneously. Developed with dermatologists and quite literally perfect for dry and very dry skin on the face and body is this rich, yet non-greasy, moisturiser. It is fast-absorbing and features the patented MVE Delivery Technology – a steady stream of hyaluronic acid and three essential ceramides is released throughout the day and night. This oil-free, fragrance-free ceramide cream additionally aids in retaining your skin’s moisture while enhancing its look and feel.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream retails at SGD29 at Lazada.

15. TATCHA® The Water Cream

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Powered by a plethora of Japanese botanicals, this cream brings life to thirsty, tired skin. The Water Cream makes your skin supple, and wild rose and leopard lily control excess oil and purify your skin. A touch of 23K gold adds a non-greasy radiance. The lightweight anti-ageing cream will leave your skin clarified, refined, and moisturised.

Best of all, it is non-comedogenic, oil-free, non-irritating, non-sensitising, dermatologist-tested and cruelty-free. It is also formulated without mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, parabens, urea, DEA, TEA, or phthalates. Take note that this cream would be better suited for those with sensitive skin that’s on the normal to the oily side!

TATCHA® The Water Cream retails at SGD101 for 50ml at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.

16. Whal Myung WM5™ Hydrating Cream

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This cream from Korean cult brand Whal Myung features ingredients that are similar to our skin lipids! So it doesn’t just hydrate your skin, but this moisturiser also boosts its natural protective barrier. It repairs skin that has been damaged by environmental factors, like dryness, and activates the production of your own natural skin lipids, enhancing your skin’s natural rejuvenating abilities. Although it is deeply nourishing, it doesn’t feel uncomfortably oily. In fact, it absorbs quickly into skin and leaves behind a nice glow!

Additionally, it is safe to use for sensitive skin since it contains natural preservatives like mugwort extract, instead of chemicals like paraben or phenoxyethanol. The natural ingredients altogether work to prevent skin damage caused by free radicals, boost moisturising abilities, and protect your skin from external irritants.

Whal Myung WM5™ Hydrating Cream retails at SGD50 at select Guardian stores and online.

17. Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Moisture Creme

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This lightweight natural rosewater moisturiser is a hot favourite for those with sensitive skin thanks to its easily-penetrable texture, which leaves a hydrated, dewy and seamless canvas. The Pink Cloud is formulated with rosewater, aloe water, sodium hyaluronate and white tea – together, these ingredients help to reduce the appearance of redness, while also quenching your skin of any thirst and soothing it.

So if your skin’s having a really tough day, this might be the answer for you. Plus, it’s created for all skin types and can be worn with makeup!

The Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Moisture Creme retails at SGD72 at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.

18. La Mer The Moisturizing Matte Lotion

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If great skincare comes at no price to you, then this will be the one for you. La Mer’s Moisturizing Matte Lotion nourishes your skin with deep hydration, fights the signs of ageing, and is perfect if your oily skin is prone to congestion or breakouts. The moisturiser is formulated with the brand’s proprietary Miracle Broth – an Algae compound infused with the energy of marine light and sound. You can look forward to skin that’s moisturised, revitalised, heals, protects, and its tone and texture is refined. All with a minimal shine for a flattering complexion, which is probably the most appealing factor in our hot and extremely humid climate!

BTW, if your skin isn’t oily but you want to try out one of La Mer’s award-winning moisturisers, here’s a guide! For drier skin, the Crème de la Mer. For combination/ dry skin, the Moisturizing Soft Cream. For combination/ oily skin, the Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream.

The La Mer The Moisturizing Matte Lotion retails at La Mer counters.

19. Clinique iD™: Dramatically Different™ Hydrating Jelly + Active Cartridge Concentrate for Delicate Skin

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This moisturiser delivers 24-hour hydration repair and pollution protection, thanks to the algae extract in its formula. The formula also contains concentrated actives that comfort and calm irritated skin. With time, it’ll help to soothe any redness and blotchiness.

On top of that, it is allergy-tested, dermatologist-developed, won’t clog pores, and is free from parabens, phthalate. and fragrance! This means your skin shouldn’t be triggered by this product.

The Clinique iD™: Dramatically Different™ Hydrating Jelly + Active Cartridge Concentrate for Delicate Skin retails at SGD73 at all Clinique counters, as well as Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.

20. DR.JART+ Ceramidin Cream

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It moisturises, improves your skin barrier, prevents water loss and protects your skin. The Dr.jart+ patent total Ceramide and Pyracantha fortuneana fruit extract increase your skin’s restoration ability. It works to repair any skin texture issues you might have – such as its toughness, flakiness, tightening (from dryness).

It also soothes and moisturises your skin, especially if you suffer from extremely dry skin, atopic skin, allergies or itchiness. We aren’t surprised that reviewers consider this among the best moisturisers for sensitive skin they’ve tried.

The DR.JART+ Ceramidin Cream retails at SGD73 at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.

If you’re trying to better care for your sensitive skin, you’re going to find these articles useful:

  • Best toners for sensitive skin that soothe irritation and provide hydration
  • Here’s the ingredient guide that every girl with sensitive, acne-prone skin needs to arm herself with
  • “Sensitive skin syndrome” is on the rise in Asia and here’s what you need to know about it
  • Sensitive skin: causes, symptoms, and everything you need to know about dealing with this skin type
  • Before you find out how to care for sensitive skin, find out if you REALLY have it

You can look naturally beautiful through aesthetic treatments – but here’s the catch

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One of the biggest misconceptions people have about aesthetic treatments is that there is a standard template that aesthetic doctors use and patients have to follow, simply because society has dictated that beautiful people must look a certain way.

However, we forget that beauty standards are not real: you may think that the girl on the magazine cover looks beautiful, but the truth is that you’ll never look like the girl in the magazine; even the girl herself may never look quite like her on the magazine, thanks to the prevalence of photo editing!

While we encourage everyone to seek their own kind of beautiful, it does not mean that we cannot improve ourselves with the occasional self-care routine, facial, or aesthetic treatment.

These are not treatments that drastically change how you look; instead, they help you to perfect desired areas, much like how you would iron out the creases in your clothes or erase pencil lines in order to create an artwork that pleases your eyes – think of it as self-improvement, rather than plain vanity.

Does the idea of being able to look like our natural, best selves sound too good to be true?

That’s because there is a catch: you need to find a good doctor who not only has the medical know-how but also an artistic sense to know what looks best on you, for you.

How to find a doctor who can give you natural aesthetic treatment results

Hands On Session Where Dr Ivan Puah Performed Injectables On A Patient

You can think of a good doctor as an artist who is trying to create a painting – he or she needs to know how to use the right tools and painting techniques, as well as be able to visualise the best possible painting he or she can create.

Combining science with art is something that Dr. Ivan Puah from Amaris B. Clinic strongly believes in when he comes to his practice.

Dr. Ivan Puah is an accredited doctor in Singapore with indisputable technical skills: he has more than 15 years of experience in aesthetic medicine giving FDA-approved injectables under his belt, and even received training and guidance in syringe liposculpture, fat grafting and thread lift by French plastic surgeon, Dr. Pierre Francois Fournier.  He also further honed his surgical skills in gynecomastia surgeries in San Francisco.

Coupled with his aesthetic sense and artistic mastery, Dr. Ivan Puah works like an artist crafting masterpieces to create a sculpted, natural-looking body.

Since 2004, Amaris B. Clinic has been providing personalised body contouring treatments tailored to each client’s body type and desired outcome. They are 100% committed to helping clients achieve their desired results using clinically-proven technology and skill-based medical aesthetic treatments, while making sure that their well-being is taken care of so that their natural beauty really shines through.

Aesthetic treatments that make you look naturally beautiful

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Now that you know how to look for a doctor that can help you create your most naturally beautiful self, the next question is: which aesthetic treatments should you go for?

Dr. Ivan Puah shares his top recommendations for aesthetic treatments that will enhance your beauty so that you can gain confidence in looking like your best self everyday:

PICO Fractional Laser

If you ever thought that beautiful skin isn’t possible because of the damage done by environmental genetics and genetics, Amaris B. Clinic’s signature treatment, PICO Fractional Laser, will help your skin to go back to its natural, healthy state.

Coupled with the SkinSOS Botanical Facial Series designed by Dr. Ivan Puah, PICO Fractional Laser can be used to treat many common skin concerns, including acne, scarring, rosacea, skin pigmentation and dullness, as well as prevent ageing before it even happens.

Take note that laser treatments can only be performed by a medical doctor who is trained and qualified to operate a laser machine. For example, Dr. Ivan Puah holds a Graduate Diploma in Family Practice Dermatology from the National University of Singapore, and is the official appointed trainer for PICOCARE in Singapore.


If you’ve been working hard to lose weight but have not been able to see results in targeted areas, you’re not alone.

Weight loss is usually noticed in the upper body, but lower body areas such as the hips, bottom, thighs, and abdomen do not show results as easily. This can result in an uneven distribution of fat and in turn an unnatural body proportion where certain areas have more fat than others.

VASER Liposuction is an improved form of liposuction that you may consider if you would like to gain a more natural and beautiful shape. This treatment uses patented ultrasonic sound wave energy to liquify selected unwanted fat cells without causing disturbance or damage to surrounding important connective tissues. By doing so, it allows the doctor to gently remove the fat cells, creating a smoother and more defined body contour.

Carrying out this treatment requires not just medical knowledge, but also an eye for body aesthetics. A suitable doctor should be able to decide where and how much fat to best remove for a body shape that fits you best.

It is recommended that you find an accredited doctor who has been trained in this field and has sufficient experience to create your ideal body shape. For instance, Dr Ivan Puah is one of the few to be accredited by the Ministry of Health Singapore to perform liposuction, and has undergone training in body sculpting and VASER advanced body sculpting in the USA and Italy.

ADR-C Breast Enhancement

According to research by UCLA and Cal State Los Angeles, nearly 70% of women are not satisfied with their breasts due to reasons such as size and breast asymmetry that may be caused by biological factors (weight loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding) – if you count yourself as one of the 70%, you may consider doing breast enhancement surgery.

ADR-C Breast Enhancement is one of Amaris B. Clinic’s signature treatments – fat tissue is first removed using micro-lipo from parts where there is a substantial amount of fat, purified, and then re-injected into your breast.

Compared to breast implants, this is less invasive and the chances of rejection is low because it uses your own body fat rather than silicone gel, which are typical ingredients used in breast implants that your body may label as ‘foreign invaders’.


if you notice that your skin has started to sag and would like to regain the original tightness and lift, Ultherapy is an FDA-approved non-invasive procedure that may be able to do just the trick.

The procedure involves delivering focused ultrasound energy to areas under the skin to trigger your body’s natural response and restart the regeneration of collagen – the production of collagen and elastin gives you that desired firmer and younger-looking skin.

Ultherapy bypasses the skin’s surface and does not cause any adverse effects on your skin tissues. Hence, there is no downtime and you can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment – like a quick pampering session that you can have in the middle of your workday.

Amaris B. Clinic is one of the providers in Singapore to offer authentic Ultherapy treatment. Beware of companies that use counterfeit devices that may result in burns to the treated area – not quite the natural result that you want!

Exercise Therapy

The pain of engaging in exercise and dieting with less-than-ideal results is something that most of us can relate to – no matter how much we work out or cut back on junk food, stubborn body fat and the excess weight just won’t go away.

Having seen clients struggle with this, Dr. Ivan Puah created a holistic approach to help his clients look and feel naturally good: a professionally-crafted weight management plan, combined with patented technology, called Exercise Therapy. These training machines are currently only available at Amaris B. Clinic.

This treatment utilises Vacuum and Compression Therapy to assist in promoting and improving blood circulation around your body; in turn, it boosts your natural fat-burning system. This low-impact workout not only helps clients to accelerate weight loss, but also reduces cellulite and improves lymphatic circulation and varicose vein conditions!

Exercise Therapy is also recommended for those who are looking for a way to maintain their fat levels and targeted weight after liposuction – when coupled together, you can look forward to an overall improvement in your metabolism, health, and fitness levels for a naturally healthier you!

Amaris B. Clinic is located at 140 Arab Street, Singapore 199827. Call 65364211 or email [email protected] to schedule for a consultation.

10 tips to help your makeup stay fresh all day during Chinese New Year house 2020

The humidity and hot weather in Singapore are perhaps the number one enemy to your makeup, regardless of the time of the year. Yet, during Chinese New Year, the constant house visits mean that you will need your makeup to look its best throughout the day. Here are some tips you can use during the upcoming festive days to beat the hot weather and keep your makeup fresh and photo-ready all day long!

1. Prep your skin well

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Residual oil or dirt will prevent makeup from adhering well to your skin. Before putting on makeup, wash yourself thoroughly to get rid of oil and dirt before apply your morning skincare routine to make sure your skin is clean and well-moisturised. This way, your makeup will go on smoother and last longer throughout the day.

2. Priming is key

Chinese New Year Primer


Before applying your foundation, Prep your base with a primer to increase the longevity of your makeup so it won’t slide off by midday from sweat and sebum on your face. Primer will also prevent your foundation from creasing or settling into your pores and fine lines.

Don’t forget to use a good eyeshadow primer for your eyelids as well, especially if you have oily lids or if you are rocking a particularly intense or colourful eye look. It will keep your eyeshadows in place and your eyeliner from smudging.

3. Opt for water-based foundations

Chinese New Year Water Based Foundation


Foundations come in two types: water-based and silicon-based. Silicon-based foundations tend to sit on top of the skin and are prone to “moving around”, while water-based foundations are able to stick to your skin better and are less likely to slide off your face after a few hours.

4. Sweat-proof and waterproof your base

Chinese New Year Sweatproof Makeup


During Chinese New Year, you will be going from one relative’s house to another, which means spending some time in the hot and humid weather. Even just 15 minutes out in the sun can already ruin your makeup as your face starts getting shiny and sweaty.

To combat this, invest in sweat-proof and waterproof makeup, especially base products such as foundation and concealer, to keep it from melting off your face due to heat and humidity.

Waterproof eyeliner and mascara will also save you from looking like a raccoon at the end of the day. They are a little harder to remove, so make sure you have a good eye makeup remover as well.

5. Less is more when it comes to foundation

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The heavier your foundation is, the more cakey and streaky it will look when it starts to melt off your face half way through the day. Instead, go easy on your foundation to keep your base light and natural, and use a full coverage concealer to cover only the problem areas. This way, you will still get the coverage where needed without any of the cakeyness.

6. Go for lighter looks

Chinese New Year Light Makeup


Dark colours on your eyes or lips will look more noticeable when they melt off your face under the heat. Instead, keep your makeup look on the brighter side for a low-maintenance look so you won’t have to worry about panda eyes or smudged lips.

7. Lip stains over lipsticks

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Chinese New Year means ample delicious snacks and scrumptious meals, but that also means your lipstick will quickly fade and come off. If you don’t want to have to constantly reapply your lipstick, lip stains will be your best friend. They have great staying power that will last through even your greasiest meal. They also tend to look less heavy and more natural on the lips compared to matte liquid lipsticks, which gives you a lighter, more youthful look that is actually perfect for spring time.

8. Seal it off with a setting spray

Chinese New Year Setting Spray


Finish your makeup with a setting spray to seal everything in place and make sure your makeup holds up through a full day of festive activities. Beware of some sprays that are actually just facial mists that only refresh your face without actually doing anything to the longevity of your makeup.

9. Always carry blotting sheets

Chinese New Year Blotting Sheet


Blotting sheets are a life saver when your face starts to get shiny. They will absorb excess oil on your skin without disturbing the makeup underneath. On the other hand, don’t pile on powder in hope of mattifying your face throughout the day as that can make your foundation look cakey and blotchy. If you must reapplying your powder, do it after removing the excess sebum with blotting papers.

10. Bring mini-sized makeup for on-the-go touchup

Chinese New Year Mini Sized Makeup


No matter how long-lasting your makeup is, at some point during the day you might need to touch up certain areas. That’s when mini-sized products will come in handy as they don’t take up much space in your purse.  However, don’t go overboard with the amount of makeup you bring. All you really need is a concealer, a lip colour and face powder, and you’re good to go.

How to get rid of dark eye circles Permanently 2020 (Asian edition)

Dark eye circles – nobody wants them. They either make you look punched in the eyes, or it gives you a ghostly, haggard appearance that nobody finds cute. Of course, you could load up on your under-eye concealer every time you leave the house, but it’s impossible to keep up that lifestyle 24/7.

Thankfully, there are ways you can get rid of dark eye circles – that is, if they aren’t genetic. Many of them are lifestyle changes that you have to make, so you can consider adopting these new habits as your resolutions for 2020!

1. Are your dark eye circles genetic?

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The bad news here is that a lot to do with dark eye circles has to do with genetics. Look around at your family members and relatives – if you see a significant number of people suffering from similar dark eye circles, then it’s likely that it runs in the family.

The area underneath our eyes is famous for having the thinnest skin on our body, but even this can vary between individuals due to genetics. Alternatively, you may have also inherited fairer skin underneath your eyes.

Whether your under-eye area is thin or fair, it would contribute to the more obvious appearance of your blood vessels underneath, especially when you are experiencing poor circulation due to various reasons (lack of sleep, most of the time).

So if this applies to you, there is a limit to how far you can remove your dark eye circles – but following our steps below would certainly help to reduce its appearance!

2. Get enough sleep

Dark eye circles have famously been associated with a lack of sleep, and for good reason. When you don’t sleep enough, your blood circulation is poorer, and the thin skin underneath your eyes will show it all.

You probably already know that you need a minimum of eight hours of sleep a day. That, however, is only half the battle won. Getting good quality sleep also means sleeping earlier and also having your eight hours.

The best window to go to sleep is between 8pm to 12am every night, says Dr. Matt Walker, a sleep pattern expert, in an interview with TIME. Going to sleep within this window ensures that “your brain and body have the opportunity to get all the non-REM and REM shuteye they need to function optimally.”

This also includes better blood circulation, and less dark eye circles!

3. Use a retinoid cream under your eyes

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Retinoids have shifted from being exclusively a prescription medication for acne, to being a buzzword in commercial skincare. What retinoids do is to increase the turnover rate of your skin cells, which means you produce newer skin cells at a faster rate.

When you apply retinoid creams under your eyes, you may be encouraging the skin there to thicken.

Repeated use of retinoids can also help to stimulate collagen production, which also helps with the thickness of your skin layer underneath your eyes, says dermatologist Rachel Nazarian in Allure.

Retinoid-infused eye creams are widely available now in the market, and can be found from most drugstores and beauty stores. They also generally come with a heftier price tag, though!

4. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen under your eyes

Sun damage seems to be cause of all things bad in skincare – and that’s probably mostly true. Damage from the sun’s rays can mess with your skin’s collagen levels, which is bad news for the already-thinner skin underneath your eyes.

Even worse, sun damage will induce the production of melanin, the natural pigment in your skin (the reason why you get tanned after you spend time in the sun).

While melanin isn’t harmful, it would show more obviously on that thinner area underneath your eyes and make your dark eye circles appear even darker.

So if you want to remove your dark eye circles, don’t forget that under-eye area when you’re applying your sunscreen!

5. Get your collagen boost

As you may have realised by now, collagen is an important key ingredient in the synthesis of new skin cells, as well as maintaining that plump cushiness of young skin.

You can imagine how important it is in ensuring that the skin at your under-eye area doesn’t get too thin.

Collagen is usually produced naturally in the body itself, but it does need specific building blocks called amino acids in order to produce it – think of it as a factory that needs raw materials to produce goods.

You can get the amino acids required from your diet, especially if you incorporate collagen-rich foods into your everyday meals. Alternatively, you can also get these from over the counter supplements that are super popular nowadays.

6. Load up on Vitamin C

We know how important Vitamin C is in boosting our immune system, but did you also know that Vitamin C helps with the synthesis of collagen? This helps your skin look healthier and plumper, which helps to remove dark eye circles at the same time.

There are so many fruits and vegetables out there that are rich in Vitamin C, so you don’t have an excuse not to get your daily recommended intake. If necessary, you can even buy Vitamin C supplements from your nearest drugstores – they’re usually very affordable too.

7. Massages help

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A gentle massage around your eye area can help improve the lymphatic circulation of the area, which can help to reduce the look of dark eye circles. You can do it twice a day when you’re applying your eye cream or consider scheduling in a mid-day eye massage after staring at the computer screen for a few hours.

The next time you visit your facial salon, you can also consider asking them more about their eye care treatments. These usually come with an additional fee if you opt them in as part of your facial service, but the massages on the eye area that a professional can provide you may be worthwhile.

8. Well, stop smoking

We hate to nag, but smoking does worsen your dark eye circles in many ways.

We’ve already explained that dark eye circles are generally caused by poor blood circulation underneath the eyes. It logically follows that smoking, which causes even poorer blood and oxygen circulation, would make your dark eye circles even darker.

Furthermore, smoking also thins out the skin. The lack of oxygen caused by smoking causes your skin to lose collagen and elastin fibres, which makes it thinner and more fragile, exposing your dark eye circles even more.

9. Of course, exercise

We know we’re beginning to sound like a nag, but hear us out! Exercising is really one of those things that your body can’t do without.

In addition to helping your body metabolise food better, lowering your stress levels, and boosting your immune system, exercising also does one really important thing: it improves your blood and oxygen circulation.

This will not only mean healthier-looking and glowing skin overall, but it also means that you’ll have less blood pooling underneath your eyes, and therefore a reduced appearance of dark eye circles!

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