6 Causes Of Pimple Outbreaks

6 Oct 2016 by Teenage

Pimples can be annoying, but before you blame it solely on hormones, here are some things that could be the cause of your acne. 

#1 Stress

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This is kind of a no-brainer, but stress from school, family or relationships can cause hormonal fluctuations. This means a higher amount of sebum your skin secretes, contributing to the bacterial infection that can lead to pimples. 

#2 Touching your face

We all have our quirks. Some of us like twirling our hair, while other pick at nails or cuticles. One of the worst habits for your skin would be to touch it frequently. There are millions of bacterial on your hands and if you keep touching your face, there’s bound to be more pimples. Resting your head on your palms counts as touching your face too. 

#3 Your phone

We hate to say this but there might be a reason why you’re getting blemishes on your cheeks and jawlines. Most of us are addicted to our phones (we’re not surprised if you’re actually viewing this on your mobile right now), and while you’re swiping and tapping, bacteria and sebum is left on your phone screen. We don’t need to tell you what happens to these things when you answer your phone. 

#4 Sleep deprivation

Lack of sleep or irregular sleeping hours leads to an increase in the body’s production of cortisol, responsible for an increase in the production of sebum. When your skin is oily, there’s a likelihood that your pores would get clogged and inflamed.

#5 Your diet

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Studies have shown that dairy products and carbohydrate-rich food such as bread and chips may trigger acne. Experts suspect that chocolate may be the reason why one’s acne problem worsens. Till date, experts are still unsure why this happens or whether patients with acne problem have to be on a strict diet. Just try to cut down on those unhealthy snacks, better to be safe than sorry.

#6 Dehydration

Water is essential for flushing out toxins and promoting good circulation. When you don’t drink enough water, skin lacks moisture and often compensates by producing more sebum in a bid to keep it hydrated. The same can be said for those who claim that they have oily skin – it could be just lacking in moisture, so remember to hydrate it with a water-based moisturiser. 

Got any other tips for promoting clear skin? Let us know in the comments box below. 

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How To Put On Makeup Like A Pro When On The Go

3 Oct 2016 by Johanna Teo

Let’s be real here: unless you’re an absolutely pro, ‘five minute makeup looks’ can be near impossible to perfect when pressed for time. Which is why many of us have resorted to doing our makeup on the go (aka on any moving vehicle) albeit a tad shoddily, especially when it comes to eyeliner. We teamed up with ETUDE HOUSE to challenge influencer Eugena Bey to do her makeup on the go and learned plenty of nifty tips from celebrity makeup artist, Clarence Lee along the way. 

If on an average day, your makeup pouch consists of your foundation, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick or more, then this makeup on-the-go tutorial is definitely for you. And for those who don’t, it’s best you stay for the tips as well – you’ll never know when they’ll come in handy! 

Check out the video where Clarence shares his secrets to putting on eyeliner and full on eye makeup without any smudging! 

Have your own makeup on the go tips to share? Let us know your secrets in the comments section below! 

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Best Facial Cleansers in 2016 For Every Skin Type

27 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

As time goes on and as our skin change, we’re constantly on the lookout for that perfect cleanser. Doesn’t matter if your skin is going through an oily stage or hitting a dry spell, we’ve got all that covered with this list of best facial cleansers for each skin type.

Good for oily skin

Curél Sebum Care Foaming Wash, $19.90

Curel Sebum Care Foaming Wash

Part of Curél Sebum Care Range, for sensitive, oily or combination skin types – it protects the skin’s natural ceramide while effectively cleansing and retaining moisture. It is also armed with its unique sebum zero-in control technology that inhibits excessive sebum secretion. This also helps to regulate sebum secretion from within the skin, thus preventing the occurrence of acne. Goodbye oily skin!

Bioré Marshmallow Whip Deep Clean Facial Wash, $13.90

Biore Marshmallow Whip Deep Clean Facial Wash

Bioré Marshmallow Whip Deep Clean Facial Wash has Skin Purifying Technology that retains moisture and skin suppleness during deep cleansing. Also contains cleansing ingredients that removes excess sebum. With 800% more micro-bubbles and 8x denser foam, it can also penetrate into pores to remove all dirt, oil and impurities for a deeper & cleaner cleanse. 

Good for sensitive skin

Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, $45

Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash has a gentle formula that lifts away impurities, dirt, and oil without stripping the skin of its moisture. The creamy gel formula which is soap and paraben free activates with water to create a rich foam! Leaving the skin instantly refreshed and revitalised.

Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser, $13.90

Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin

Help your skin to feel cleansed, refreshed and nourished with Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser! It contains the perfect blend of ingredients for gently removing impurities and traces of make-up. Ideal for people with sensitive skin.

Good for dry skin

belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist, $33

belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist

This vitamin-C creamy foam cleanser is packed with natural herbs that gently yet effectively remove makeup and impurities while hydrating the skin! It contains wormwood to prevent breakouts, soapberry to detoxify, and sweet flag to cleanse and soften. These botanical ingredients are effective, natural, gentle, and non-stripping cleansing agents. The creamy lather immediately removes impurities while respecting skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Good for acne-prone skin

Acnes Creamy Wash Foam, $6.90

Acnes Creamy Wash Foam

The Acnes Creamy Wash Foam deeply cleanses  to effectively remove dirt, oil, impurities and excess sebum with low irritation. It contains salicylic acid (BHA) to deeply penetrate to unclog pore, dry up pimple, and kill acne bacteria. Lightens scars with centella asiatica extract and helps improve skin renewal with soothing pimple’s redness and provides hydration with seaweed extract without harsh drying effects.

Eucerin DermoPurifyer Cleanser, $23.90

Eucerin DermoPurifyer Cleanser

Eucerin DermoPurifyer Cleanser is a daily-use, soap-free and fragrance-free formula for gentle, yet effective, cleaning for acne-prone skin. Containing ampho-tensides, it eliminates excess sebum while removing dirt and make-up. Its anti-bacterial properties rid skin of bacteria and inhibit bacterial reproduction and, as it is non-comedogenic, it won’t clog pores.

Good for whitening properties

Murad White Brilliance Cleansing Cream, $78

Murad White Brilliance Cleansing Cream

This rich, gentle foaming cleanser is infused with precious, skin-illuminating porcelain flower extract, which purifies and restores for a translucent and luminous complexion. Porcelain flower extract helps even skin tone and illuminates skin whilst Omega-6 Essential Lipid Blend helps keep skin hydrated. Jojoba Esters give the skin a silky, youthfully smooth texture and enhance moisture retention.

NIVEA Extra White Make Up Clear 3in1 Mud Cleanser, $8.90

NIVEA Extra White Make Up Clear 3in1 Mud Cleanser

Achieve 3 effects in 1 use! First, apply as mud mask to unclog pores. Second, massage as makeup remover with water. Lastly, cleanse as foam with whitening effect. Did we mention that super affordable price point as well?

Best all-rounder

Neutrogena Deep Cleansing Oil-to-Foam, $30.90

Neutrogena Deep Cleansing Oil-to-Foam

Based on latest Korean cleansing trend, the Neutrogena Deep Cleansing Oil-to-Foam is first an oil-gel that removes your make-up, then transforms into foam to clean your face! Suitable for all skin types, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed without being stripped of its natural oils, leaving it fresher and softer after use.

Need a change in your beauty regime? We list down the best of BB/CC creams and sunscreens just for you!


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8 Best BB/CC Cream in 2016

23 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

No matter if you’re a makeup newbie or pro, the BB/CC cream is an essential item that every girl should have. It provides good coverage, moisturises and even protects the skin from harmful externalities. Hence, we suss out the best BB/CC creams currently available in the market specially for you.

Good for first timers

L’Oréal Lucent Magique BB Cushion, $31.90

L'Oréal Lucent Magique BB Cushion

If you’re new to BB/CC creams, you might want to start out with the L’Oréal Lucent Magique BB Cushion if you have normal skin. Utilising byron liquid light technology that infuses essence water to form a signature liquid light complex. The innovative cushion contains lightweight water-based formula, released onto skin by a tap of the anti-bacterial rubycell sponge, for a truly flawless even finish.

Good for matte finish

KATE TOKYO Powdery Mousse BB SPF30/PA+++, $20.50

KATE TOKYO Powdery Mousse BB

The KATE TOKYO Powdery Mousse turns into powder upon application and firmly adheres to skin giving it a perfect matte finish. The mousse BB that covers visible pores, and avoid shine and stickiness even in our unforgiving weather.

ETUDE HOUSE Real Powder Cushion, $32

ETUDE HOUSE Real Powder Cushion

The ETUDE HOUSE Real Powder Cushion is armed with an innovative air-light powder conversion technology that converts the liquid formula into a feathery light matte powder finish upon application. It keeps skin moisturised inside and matte on the outside.

Good for skin hydration

Maybelline Super BB Cushion SPF29/PA+++, $28.90

Maybelline Super BB Cushion

Meet the Super BB Cushion that’s formulated with more than 60% hydrating essence! It’s designed to give you all day intense hydration for a flawless complexion that radiates with a luminous glow. The long-lasting formula also takes away the need for touch-ups – your complexion stay flawless as if just applied!

Good for oily skin

THEFACESHOP Oil Control Water Cushion, $29.90

THEFACESHOP Oil Control Water Cushion

Our readers’ favourite! THEFACESHOP Oil Control Water Cushion is sebum controlling, moisture charging and long lasting in a convenient compact. It has LG Patented Micro-Foam Technology to even application and keep foundation fresh. And also contains citrus unshiu peel extract and sebum cut powder for anti-inflammatory and sebum control! 

Good for high coverage

LANEIGE BB Cushion Pore Control, $59

LANEIGE BB Cushion Pore Control

Hide those unsightly pores with Laneige’s multi-benefit BB cushion, leaving a fresh, semi-matte complexion all day. A tailor-made anti-bacterial puff hydrates and soothes with every application, while its tinted formula glides on smoothly and evenly for a natural finish.

Good for sensitive skin

Dr Young Complete Colour Cushion SPF50+/PA++, $54.90

Dr Young Complete Colour Cushion

A cushion pact that contains Calming Water Complex which calms irritated skin from UV rays. Fermented extracts provide vitality and reveals a healthy radiant looking facial complexion anytime, anywhere. It also covers up redness and blemishes on face with one light dap!

Best All-Rounder

Curél BB Cream SPF28/PA++, $24.80

Curél BB Cream

It’s affordable, provides good coverage, easily build-able and allows skin to breathe plus it’s specially formulated for sensitive skin! Curél BB Cream nails a flawless cover-up of the rough and dry patches while strengthening the skin against external irritants in the long run. Which is why it’s hands down our winner for the Teenage Beauty Awards 2016!

Looking to get a suitable sunscreen? Check out our list of the best sunscreens for Singapore weather!


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Best Sunscreens for Singapore Weather

16 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

Now that you’re properly educated after reading our fully comprehensive guides to all things sunscreen here and here, we pick out the sunscreens that works best against our hot and humid weather just for you. 

Good for high coverage

Sunplay Ultra Lotion SPF 130/PA++++, $17.20

Sunplay Ultra Lotion SPF 130

Sunplay Ultra Lotion is the sunscreen with the highest SPF and PA values, and has been ranked the best selling sunscreen in Singapore for 2 consecutive years (2014 & 2015). Its watery texture makes application a breeze and your precious skin would be protected the whole day with just one application!

Good for sports

Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 50, $26.90

Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen Spray

Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Spray provides protection even during the most intense activities. With their new technology, this sunscreen allows sweat to pass through and evaporate away plus protection stays right where it should. So your skin stays naturally cool, comfortable and protected at all times!

Good for reapplication

Bioré UV Perfect Spray SPF 50+/PA++++, $9.90

Bioré UV Perfect Spray

Our Teenage Beauty Awards 2016 Readers’ Choice winner delivers ultra lightweight texture that feels invisibly light on skin, even after multiple applications! Formulated with a superfine, translucent powder that leaves a soft, powdery, smooth feel on skin. We love the fuss-free spray which can be applied on the face, hair and body – complete protection from head to toe!

Good for anti-aging

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF30/PA+++, $139

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Looking to start your anti-aging beauty routine? It’s never too early to start ’cause prevention is always better than cure. Formulated with specialised ingredients that are designed to promote total skin perfection, this formula delivers a powerful anti-aging treatment with priming benefits, a moisturiser, and a sunscreen in just one step!

Good for moisturising

NIVEA Protect & Moisture Lotion SPF 50/PA++, $22.60

NIVEA Protect & Moisture Lotion

If you dread having to apply sunscreen and body lotion, go for NIVEA’s Protect & Moisture Lotion which protects skin from UV rays while keeping it hydrated at the same time! This double duty, water resistant sunscreen offers 24-hour moisturising benefit and immediate sun protection in one product.

Good for sensitive and/or acne-prone skin

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50/PA++++, $52

Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense

The highly-raved about Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense is oil-free, fragrance-free, colorant-free and non-comedogenic. The new and improved formula is quickly absorbed without any greasy feeling plus it has Rosa Gallica to sooth and calm skin, making it the ideal choice for sensitive skin!

Good for oily and/or acne-prone skin

Bioderma Photoderm Aquafluid SPF 50+, $44.90

Bioderma Photoderm Aquafluid

Not only does the Bioderma Photoderm Aquafluid protect your skin against the harmful UV rays, it has a pleasantly light and weightless texture that has a mattifying dry touch finish and can double up as a make-up base! Did we mention that it is also paraben-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, photostable, water-resistant, non-greasy, fragrance-free and leaves no white traces? 

Best all-rounder

SK-II Cellumination Day Surge UV SPF 30/PA+++, $139

SK-II Cellumination Day Surge

The SK-II Cellumination Day Surge doesn’t just protect and moisturise your skin, it also brightens dull skin! Making it luminous with a translucent glow. Specially formulated with Aura Bright Cocktail D with Pitera, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky or greasy after application, is proven to reduce dark spots effectively and is our Teenage Beauty Awards 2016 winner! Do we need to say more?

Now that we got sunscreens covered, if you have any problems with dark underarms or body odour, be sure to check out our tips and tricks for those as well!

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