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Beginner's Guide to Underarm Whitening

2 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

Feel that your armpits are darker compared to your overall skin tone? That might be the result of regular shaving and use of hair removing creams, excessive sweating plus poor ventilation of underarms, accumulation of dead skin cells, and use of alcohol-based deodorants and antiperspirants. But no worries! They can be lightened if you follow these simple tips we have for you.

#1 Exfoliate

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub

The foolproof way to remove those accumulated dead skin is to exfoliate. Use a body scrub – like the award winning Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub by The Body Shop ($36.90) pictured above – and exfoliate your armpits gently around twice a week when you’re in the shower. You can see results almost instantly and say hello to glowing and radiant underarms once more.

#2 Whitening deodorant

Nivea Deodorant Extra Whitening Roll On

On top of exfoliating, you can also get roll on deodorants that has whitening properties like the Nivea Deodorant Extra Whitening Roll On ($4.90). Use them daily to keep your underarm fresh and prevent them from darkening at the same time!

#3 Natural home remedies

Lemon Slices Underarm Whitening

If you feel that exfoliating and using a whitening deodorant isn’t enough, then you might want to try some simple natural home remedies that are safe, effective and affordable! There are a few remedies you can try but the simplest one is rubbing a slice of citrus – can be lemon, lime or orange – on your armpits regularly and wash off with water. But do note that citrus is highly acidic and it will sap your skin of moisture, so always apply moisturiser afterwards.

Image Credit: Getty, Pixabay

Do you have any other tips to share with us? Let us know in the comments below! Now that you’re educated about underarm whitening, are you using the right sunscreen for your skin? Find out here!

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12 Monochrome Minimalist Nail Designs To Try

22 Jul 2016 by Venetia Sng

Sick of solid coloured nails and want to try something new for a change? Give these minimalist monochrome nail designs a go and you might just be surprised at how easy they are to DIY. Consisting mainly of lines and dots, it doesn’t take much to recreate these designs! Scroll through the gallery above and let us know which design is your favourite.

Image Credits: Pinterest, Arabia Style

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6 Simple but Genius Beauty Hacks

12 Jul 2016 by Venetia Sng

There are tons of beauty hacks out there but we manage to suss out these hacks that aren’t commonly seen, are super easy but yet genius at the same time, to add on to the beauty hacks you already know. Enjoy!

#1 Use a rolled up sock to blend foundation. Make sure it’s clean!

 

#2 Vaseline + disposable mascara wand = lip scrub

 

#3 Even out hairline with eyeshadow and hairspray

 

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#4 Heat up and finish up your product

 

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#5 Run wet nail polish under cold water to make them dry faster

 

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#6 Use hairspray and wet cloth to remove lipstick stains

 

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Any personal beauty hacks you have up your sleeves? Share it with us in the comment box below!

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What's Causing Your Body Acne?

23 Jun 2016 by Teenage

Body acne can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and tough to get rid of – especially if you have them at the oddest, most hard to reach places. And because prevention is much better than cure, here are some insights to what’s causing your body acne (and how to eliminate them for good).  

#1 Sweat

Men using weight machines in fitness center

Regular gym-goers might have figured this one out already, but sweat is a common cause for body acne breakouts, especially if it sits on the skin for too long. Whether you’re hitting the gym or simply doing rigorous, perspiration-inducing activities, make sure to hit the showers once you’re done or wipe away sweat whenever possible with a clean cloth. Additionally, gym equipment is riddled with acne-causing bacteria, so do bring along antibacterial wipes to thoroughly wipe down the machines before using them. 

#2 Unhealthy diet

Much like facial blemishes, body acne can also be caused by what you eat. For example, chest acne is thought to be caused by poor eating habits and/or digestive problems. Try staying away from drinking brain-freeze level beverages, spicy food that can throw off your skin’s P.H levels, and start including more fibre in your daily diet. 

#3 Dirty Sheets

USA, New Jersey, Young woman spreading sheet on bed

As you sleep, oil, dead skin cells and sweat collects on your sheets, which is pretty gross even though you can’t see it with the naked eye. Changing your linens regularly (ideally once a week) helps keep your body acne-free. The cleaner your sheets are, the lower the chances of anything clogging up your pores and causing acne. Go for lightweight cotton as it traps less icky stuff compared to thicker materials. The same goes for your clothing as well, so make sure to dump your clothes in the wash after every wear. 

#4 Shaving 

Shaving doesn’t only cause painful ingrown hairs – it may also cause skin irritation, which might lead to body acne if the shaved area hasn’t been effectively rid of dirt and bacteria beforehand. The next time you grab your razor, make sure you are showered clean – avoid using scented shaving creams as they can also aggravate your skin. 

#5 Tight-fitting Clothing

Tight clothing is one of the most common irritants for body acne. It holds sweat and oil against your skin, blocking the pores and causing acne to flare up. Wear looser clothes and avoid anything that may cause additional friction against your skin like bra straps or heavy bag straps.  

#6 Sensitive Skin 

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If your skin is prone to acne breakouts and irritants, use body washes that are formulated to treat blemishes and are safe for sensitive skin, like the T3 Acne Body Wash ($22.20) instead of regular soaps when you shower. It contains tea tree oil which is an effective treatment for stubborn acne and helps with unclogging pores and preventing the formation of scarring caused by pimples. Follow up with the T3 Body Scrub ($12.20), which also helps in sloughing away dead skin cells and prevents dirt buildup. Do note that you should only use body scrubs once or twice a week as over-exfoliating will irritate the skin further.

T3 products are available at Pink Beauty, Unity, Watsons and other beauty houses.

Do you have any other tips to get rid of and/or prevent body acne? Share it with us by commenting below! 

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5 Easy Ways To Treat Sunburn

20 Jun 2016 by Venetia Sng

Despite applying and reapplying that sunscreen to protect your precious skin from sun damage, you still end up with this painful, itching, and swelling sunburn. Don’t let it spoil your holidays! Here are 5 easy ways you can treat that sunburn effectively!

#1 Avoid Soap

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

The last thing you want to do after getting a sunburn is to strip your skin of moisture and irritate your skin further, and bathing with regular body wash does just that. If you must use soap, go for something mild like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($21.90), avoid hot baths for the time being and shower in cold water for some sunburn relief.

Tip: Gently pat your skin dry after showering, rubbing causes the skin to be more irritated!

#2 Tea Bag Those Eyes

Treating Sunburn Tea Bag

Have burned and swollen eyelids? Whip out those tea bags, soak it in cool water and let it rest on your eyelids to decrease swelling and for some relief. Tea contains tannic acid which contains ingredients that have a protective effect on the skin.

#3 Aloe Vera Goodness

Treating Sunburn Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is our go-to remedy whenever we have sunburns. Trust us, it’s the most effective home remedy we’ve tried. Simply break off a leaf, remove the skin and apply the juice onto areas you wish to treat. It may be slimy but no frets, it’ll dry up in no time and you can wash it off with water right before heading to bed. Do test a small area first to make sure you’re not allergic.

Tip: Get an aloe vera plant for the house, it doesn’t get any fresher than that. Plus, pay just once for the plant and get a lifetime supply of aloe vera – that is if you take good care of the plant and it doesn’t die.

#4 Moisturise 

Nivea Intensive Moisture Body Milk

No matter sunburns or not, moisturising skin with body lotion is one of the most important things everyone should do. While your skin is still damp, apply the body lotion, we recommend Nivea Intensive Moisture Body Milk ($9.90), for maximum absorption.

Tip: Chill the lotion in the fridge for added relief.

#5 Stay Hydrated

Treating Sunburn Watermelon

We all know water is essential for good skin so rehydrate yourself by drinking extra liquids! You can try sports drinks which helps replenish electrolytes immediately or go for that extra serving of fruits. One large wedge of watermelon provides more than 1 cup of water. Always remember that a balanced diet helps provide the nutrients your skin needs to regenerate.

Image Credit: Pixabay, Getty Images, Watsons

Got any tips to share with us? Let us know in the comment sections below!

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