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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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We talked about knowing your UVA to PA++++ in the Guide to Sunscreens Part 1 and now we’re here to let you know more about the different types of sunscreens and which kind is best for you!

Before you jump in and purchase any sunscreen off the shelf, you need to know the different kinds of sunscreen there are available in stores. There are two general types of sunscreen – physical and chemical ones. There are also hybrid sunscreens that contain both physical and chemical sunscreen ingredients.

Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreens

  Physical Chemical
How They Work
  • Physical sunscreens protect your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays.                                                                                                                                                 
  • Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays. Some chemical filters can scatter sun rays, but still mostly just absorb them.
Other Names
  • Inorganic sunscreen
  • Organic sunscreen
Protection 
  • Titanium dioxide protects against UVB rays, but not the full spectrum of UVA rays.
  • Zinc oxide protects against the entire spectrum of UVB and UVA rays. 
  • Starts protecting immediately upon application.
  • Chemical filters offer more coverage against UVA and UVB rays than physical sunscreens, but the range of protection will depend on the particular ingredient and its stability.
  • Avobenzone, for example, protects against the full spectrum UVA rays.
  • Must wait 20 minutes after application for effective sun protection.
Texture
  • Thick and opaque, may be hard to apply.
  • Tends to leave a white castor tint. 
  • Rubs off more easily and must be frequently reapplied.
  • Colorless, odorless, usually runny.
  • Can sometimes double as a makeup primer, depending on the active and the formulation.

 Credit: Skinacea

Sunscreen Bottles

#1 Sensitive skin

  • Look for sunscreens that are natural, PABA-free (para-aminobenzoic acid), oil-free, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.
  • Mineral based sunscreens are ideal as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide stays on the skin’s surface instead of being absorbed into it.

#2 Acne-prone

  • Use lightweight, oil-free and fragrance-free sunscreens.
  • Look out got the term “non-comedogenic” as it means it won’t clog your pores.

#3 Oily skin

  • Look for sunscreens that are mineral oil-free and non-comedogenic.
  • Use water or gel based sunscreens to avoid breakouts.

#4 Dry skin:

  • Use cream-based sunscreens with extra hydrating ingredients like glycerin and aloe.
  • Avoid sunscreens with alcohol.

#5 Swimmer or enjoy outdoor sports

  • Use sunscreens that are water-resistant or waterproof sun protection.
  • Keep sunscreen away from your eyes.
  • Re-apply after you get out of the water or every 2 hours as no sunscreen is 100% water and sweat-proof.

Tips for acne-prone, oily and sensitive skin:

  • Don’t use the same sunscreen meant for your body on your face.
  • If you are using acne treatment products, apply it first, wait 20 minutes or so and then apply your sun protection over it.
  • Remember to wash your face before going to bed to prevent pores from clogging.

Credit: Sun Protection and Products Guide

Are you familiar with sunscreen jargons? If not, find out more about it in the first part of our Sunscreen Guide!

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There are so many jargons when it comes to sunscreens and we know that it can be so very confusing. In this simplified, summarised and condensed all-you-need-to-know guide, we tell you the difference between UVA, UVB, SPF and PA.

When the skin feels direct sun exposure and you feel the burning sensation, in scientific terms, this means ultraviolet light is penetrating the epidermis causing the skin to react by producing melanin, aka tanning your skin. We know having that healthy glow from tanning looks great, but over time it causes just the opposite –  change in skin texture, wrinkling, age spots or worse, skin cancer. 

Guide to Sunscreens

Credit: Coola

What’s the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

Light travels in different wavelengths and there are actually UVA, UVB and UVC rays. UVC rays are absorbed by our Ozone layer while UVA and UVB rays are able to penetrate it and reach the Earth’s surface. 

Ultraviolet A or UVA

  • Long waves
  • Penetrates deep into dermis (skin’s thickest layer)
  • Damages skin collagen
  • Causes premature skin aging, wrinkles

Ultraviolet B or UVB

  • Short waves
  • Penetrates the skin surface
  • Causes sunburns

What about SPF and PA?

You’ve probably come across Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and Protection Grade (PA) when purchasing sunscreens. Here’s what it means:

Sun Protection Factor or SPF

  • Measure of sunscreen’s ability to block UVB only
  • If it takes 10 minutes for your unprotected skin to turn red, SPF 15 prevents reddening 15 times longer – around 2.5 hours
  • There is no strict regulation on how brands label their products therefore SPF 100 doesn’t mean that the sunscreen will protect you 100 times longer
  • SPF 15 filters out approximately 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 keeps out 97% and SPF 50 blocks 98%

Protection Grade of UVA or PA

  • Japanese measurement of sun protection against UVA
  • Based on the Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) reaction reading at 2-4 hours of sun exposure
  • Protective level of strength from PA+ (light) to PA++++ (strong)

Remember kids, there is no safe way to tan so protect your skin from those harmful rays! Find out what type of sunscreen is for you at Part 2 of our guide!

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6 Products You Must Get From The H&M Beauty Collection

31 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

If you missed the news, H&M will be launching their lust-worthy beauty range in Singapore this September! H&M Beauty will be available in stores along with their Autumn shades from 9th September at Orchard Building. With nothing priced more than $20 (yes even the premium range), be prepared to brave a stampede if you want to be one of the first few to get these babies. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect from the collection!

Make up

H&M Beauty 3

H&M Beauty 2

From brows to lips, you name it and they have it. We were so impressed by their extensive range of makeup, we thought that we died and went to makeup heaven when we first stepped into H&M’s showroom for the media preview. 

Body care

H&M Beauty 1

H&M Beauty 6

With the wide array of products such as hand cream, body lotion, body wash, body scrub, body mist and so much more – rest assure that they’ve got you covered. Indulge a little and make it feel like you’ve stepped into a resort every time you shower.

Conscious collection

H&M Beauty 5

H&M Conscious Beauty is focused on body care and hair care products only. The range is made of ingredients that are more sustainably produced plus all packagings are fully made of recyclable materials. Those pastel lip balms are so pretty we might just buy all five of them.

Premium range

H&M Beauty 4

Get the luxurious feel when you bathe with the Premium selection of body care and smell like a million bucks with its fragrances. Though this is the premium range, you wouldn’t need to burn a hole in your wallet as everything is priced under $20. 

Nails

H&M Beauty 8

How can we forget about nail colours. It’s all about fun and experimentation with our nails and with a variety of over 200 colours, you don’t have to worry about not finding the right tone of red, nude or metallic. 

And of course there will be makeup tools like brushes, sponge, pins etc which are already available in stores.

6 Must-Buys

H&M Beauty 7

With so many beauty products for you to choose from, we bet you’re feeling bit overwhelmed right now – we narrow down the whole beauty range to these six must-buys for your first purchase!

#1 Velvet Lip Cream – $14.90
#2 Eye Shadow Palette – $14.90
#3 Pure Velvet Cream Blusher – $14.90
#4 Body Scrub – $7.90
#5 Premium Range Roll-On Fragrance – $14.90
#6 Conscious Collection Hand Cream – $12.90

H&M Beauty will be available at Orchard Building from 9th September. If you’re into pretty beauty products, here are some that are so gorgeous that they should be in a museum instead.

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8 Beauty Products That Are Too Pretty To Use

24 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

We all know that a good beauty product delivers what it promises, that said, if there’s any makeup or lotion that comes in an irresistible packaging, that might just sway us into buying it regardless. Here are a few beauty products that are so pretty that we might just use them for display only. Just take our money already!

#1 Rose Facial Foam – Kanebo

 

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Though this was released back in July, this Instavideo went viral recently and we can’t stop watching it! It’s so satisfying to see the rose emerging slowly from the dispenser and whilst it’s not recommended, we’d totally want to wash our face all the time.

#2 Flower Jelly Lipstick – Kailijumei

We’re sure you’ve seen this gorgeous lipstick popping up on your social media feeds and it’s gaining fans all over the world for all the right reasons. Look at that flower encased in the clear jelly lipstick and gold specks. It’s so pretty that we #cannot.

#3 Rose Blush – Ladurée

Rose Blush Ladurée

The packaging of this blush has already won us over but it doesn’t stop there. The blush itself is shaped as rose petals! This is like the most gorgeous blush or what? It doesn’t come with a cheap price tag though, currently on sale at US$140, we can only dream of owning it.

#4 Star Lipstick – Anna Sui

Star Lipstick Anna Sui

The crystal like casing, the marbling effect and did we mention the star shaped lipstick? We imagine that it’d be like wishing on a shooting star every time we apply the lipstick on our lips.

#5 Ombre Blush – NYX

Ombre Blush NYX

The ombre effect is so beautiful, we would stare at it the whole day. Best thing is that it isn’t just easy on the eyes, the colour pay off is great and it won our Readers’ Choice for the Teenage Beauty Awards! Enough said.

#6 Modernist Eye Shadow Palette – Hourglass

Eye Shadow Palette Hourglass

This eyeshadow palette is pressed in such a gorgeous way that it can be framed up as an art piece. I mean, why would you want to dab your brush and destroy this perfectly pressed eyeshadow?!

#7 Brush – Ladurée

Makeup Brushes Ladurée

Do your makeup with style like Marie Antoinette with these brushes. They’re are made to the style of the Merveilleuses of 18th Century France, who were known for their extravagant and decadent behavior. You can even get a brush holder and hand mirror to go with the brushes. 

#8 Bold Metals Miracle Diamond Sponge – Real Techniques

 

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Why go for a regular beauty sponge when you can have a marbled diamond shaped sponge? This beauty sponge is so stunning, we’d wear it as an accessory if we could.

Want to learn some uncommon beauty hacks? Here are some simple but yet genius beauty hacks that anyone and everyone can do!

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