Choosing the right sunscreen

The world of sunscreens is indeed a confusing one! Walk into any pharmacy or supermarket and you will be confronted with terms such as ‘SPF’, ‘PA’, ‘broad-spectrum UV protection’, ‘water-resistant’. Flip over the bottle and you will see a myriad of unpronounceable sunscreen ingredients.Here are my tips on what to look out for when choosing […]

Popping a Pill for Pigmentation – will it work

It seems counter-intuitive to take a pill for a skin problem. However, this is not a new concept or recent technology. Oral supplements for skin have existed for decades in the form of vitamins, minerals and even ingredients which make up our own skin and hair, such as collagen and keratin supplements. Before parting with […]

Stretch Marks & Pregnancy – What really works?

The answer is simple – nothing really! Sorry to disappoint all the expectant mums and those like yours truly who have battle scars from our joys of motherhood.But before we throw the baby out with the bath water (metaphorically speaking of course), let us de-myth what causes stretch marks and how to prevent or treat […]

What ingredients should I avoid if I have sensitive skin?

First of all, let’s clarify what “sensitive skin” means. All skin types can experience irritation at one point – either from overusing a product, or a reaction to an ingredient. However, people with truly  sensitive have impaired skin barriers. That means ingredients that are not generally considered irritants can cause a reaction.One simple test: press […]

Do Collagen Drinks Work?

Collagen drinks and collagen-infused coffees and cereal bars are very popular.  Experts believe the global market will hit US$7.4 billion by 2020, driven by a “beauty from within” trend and aggressive ads that claim that these nutrients are absorbed faster in the bloodstream than when applied on the face.But is it all just marketing hype?Collagen: […]

How can I protect my skin from the effects of pollution?

Pollution like car fumes, soot, and chemical particles in the air don’t just sit on your face. Microscopic specks can actually penetrate the skin, creating free radicals that cause inflammation, break down collagen, and damage skin cells and the skin barrier.One study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology that compared women living in urban […]

The paraben controversy

Parabens are preservatives that prevent bacteria from growing in skincare, makeup, and personal care products. The most common kinds are butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben. As a pharmacist, I have avoided using parabens in the products I develop because of the potential cancer risk.The estrogen-cancer connectionEstrogen is a naturally occurring hormone that helps our sexual development […]

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