Aromatherapy – revive your senses

The art of aromatherapy has been practiced since the earliest times. Strong evidence was found to link aromatherapy to ancient traditions. Though aromatic oils had been used to treat and cure various ailments and conditions for who knows how long, the formal study on their properties only started in 1928. In its simplest form, aromatherapy […]

Skin Care in 4 Steps

Taking care of your skin is more a matter of discipline than anything else. A facial skincare routine is what you need (and you need to follow this routine with complete seriousness). So, let’s check what comprises an effective facial skin care routine. Well, very simply, a facial skincare routine can follow the following 4 […]

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 […]

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