Ever wonder why the Korea ladies (even the lads) always seem to have that perfect glowy skin? First, start taking care of your skin early! Don’t wait for those lines/spots to start showing and then start panicking by buying the most expensive cream you can find and hope it works. Secondly, most of them follow this strict beauty regime which we are going to share with you with our recommended products!

Step 1: The Eye Makeup Remover

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water For Even Waterproof Mascara

Remove your eye makeup gently with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water For Even Waterproof Mascara ($19.90), because your cleanser may not do a thorough job on those waterproof mascaras and long-wear lipsticks. The last thing you want to do is tug the skin around your eyes and lips without removing all the product. 

Step 2: The Cleanse

Neutrogena Deep Cleansing Oil-to-Foam

If you’re going to spend so much time caking makeup on your face, you better make some time to remove them afterwards! Reach for a cleanser like the Neutrogena Deep Cleansing Oil-to-Foam ($30.90) and use gentle, circular motions with your fingers to massage and remove all that gunk.

Step 3: The Exfoliator

innisfree-Super-Volcanic-Pore-Clay-Mask

Exfoliating two to four times a month with a natural mask like the innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask ($21), and bring back your smooth-as-baby-butt skin. This mask removes sebum and minimises pores at the same time, plus you may want to concentrate on zones where black/white heads pop up often and exterminate them!

Step 4: The Refresher

For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Lumi's Key Toner

Toners or refreshers help remove pollutants along with any residue from your cleansers, while restoring your skin’s pH balance. Try the For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Toner ($60) for a whitening effect; it contains Vitamin B3 which enhances the skin barrier function.

Step 5: The Essence

ETUDE HOUSE Honey Cera Essence

The essence is considered the most important step to Korean women – we recommend the ETUDE HOUSE Honey Cera Essence ($39.90). This highly concentrated, nourishing essence adheres closely to skin like real honey does and penetrates deep into the skin to enhance elasticity and improve wrinkle conditions.

Step 6: The Ampoule

ETUDE HOUSE Pink Vital Water Serum

Ampoules or serums are super-concentrated versions of essences. Providing moisturising power similar to that of a heavy-duty cream-based product, the ETUDE HOUSE Pink Vital Water Serum ($26.90) spreads out as water drop particles and absorbs easily into skin. The serum provides intense moisture while retaining a light texture.

Step 7: The Sheet Mask

The-Face-Shop-Real-Nature-Avocado-Mask-Sheet

Sheet masks are a twice-a-week ritual, or more if your skin is very dry. THEFACESHOP Real Nature Avocado Mask Sheet ($2) contains avocado extract that helps to provide extra nutrition, while revitalising dry and rough skin. The secret to sheet masks? They force your skin to absorb the nutrients and moisture better than if you just applied a cream or serum, before the product has a chance to evaporate!

Step 8: The Eye Cream

Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel

People always say that the eyes are the windows to our soul, but it’s also usually the part that gives away our age! Protect those peepers with the Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel ($49), which relieves stress on the skin around the eyes. Enriched with nourishing Bilberry extracts, this moisture-rich eye gel replenishes moisture and helps to reduce under-eye puffiness while soothing the tired eye area by relieving stress and tension.

Step 9: The Moisturiser

belif The True Cream Moisturising Bomb

Hang in there, you’re almost there! The belif The True Cream Moisturising Bomb ($54) is a comforting moisture cream that provides the skin with intense, soothing hydration. Clinically tested to provide up to 26 hours of moisture, this uniquely indulgent formula leaves skin soft, supple, and deeply moisturised. The cushiony cream can be absorbed completely without any sticky residue!

Step 10: The Night Cream

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

By now, you might feel that your face is like a kuey lapis with all those products, but trust us, it’s all worth it for that dewy glow. For the final step, lock in moisture and repair skin while you sleep with the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($42)! This intensive moisture sleep mask leaves the skin clear and revitalised the next morning.

P/S: Want to know which BB/CC Creams you should get? We suss out the best BB/CC creams currently available in the market specially for you.

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Beauty

5 Effective Products To Eliminate Pimples

12 Oct 2016 by Venetia Sng

Now that you know the causes of those pesky pimples, here are some of the best products you can get off the shelves to banish those zits!

Good for spot treatment

3M Nexcare Acne Patch, $8.20

3M Nexcare Acne Patch

Nexcare Acne Patch absorbs oily secretion and pus with 3M Tegasorb, to help clear acne spot-on fast! It is effective and targets acne without drying the skin and does not leave scars. Applying the acne patch reduces hand contact and infection to the acne and surrounding skin, and is waterproof yet breathable!

Acnes Medicated Sealing Jell, $8.90

Acnes Medicated Sealing Jell

Suitable for oily skin, the Acnes Medicated Sealing Jell tightens pores and prevent formation of acne bacteria. It soothes the discomfort of acne-prone skin, keeps oil secretion under control by removing excessive sebum and contains sulfur which helps promote healing!

Good for under/over makeup

Murad Blemish Clearing Solution, $78

Murad Blemish Clearing Solution

 
Murad Blemish Clearing Solution treats breakouts, blemishes, and redness while helping restore skin clarity and treating the underlying causes of acne to help prevent future breakouts. The formula is lightweight and non-greasy making it easy to wear under moisturiser and makeup!

Dr. Young AC Out Spot Stop Serum, $37.90

Dr. Young AC Out Spot Stop Serum

A spot serum with green tea and white tea extracts to prevent skin damage and soothe skin troubles quickly. After absorbing nutrition, a protection layer will be formed to hold nutrition in your skin. Compact enough to bring out plus you can pile it on top of your makeup!

Good for overnight

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, $19.90

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

The Body Shop best selling Tea Tree Oil is a natural solution to target blemishes quickly and effectively without over-drying the skin. Its anti-bacterial benefits also helps to soothe blemished skin! Plus their trade with Kenya Organic Oil Farmers Association encourages sustainable and organic farming methods which help to preserve nature’s biodiversity.

Getting the right facial cleanser is extremely important for your skin type as one that’s too strong may strip your face of the natural essential oils. We have the list of best facial cleansers for each skin type right here!

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Beauty

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

Stress-AcneCredit: Getty

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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Beauty

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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Beauty

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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