As we progress from our mid-20s into our 30s, some of us may start to notice the subtle signs of ageing. Do not fret, as we can put our best face forward with these five simple preventive measures – you will be left with glowing, healthy skin!

1.    Sunscreen

Prevent signs of ageing with sunscreen!

Summer is a year-long affair for Singaporeans. Sunscreen is a definite essential in our skincare routine, as it is a key weapon against the tropical climate.

You need sun protection during daytime, no matter if the sky is overcast or you are staying indoors. The sun’s rays can pass through clouds and windows, so you are always exposed. Wearing sunscreen daily is the first and most important step to safeguard against the harmful UV radiation.

When choosing a sunscreen, be sure to choose one that has at least SPF 30 for daily use. Do remember to apply moisturizing lip balm with sunscreen too, to keep sun-chapped lips at bay.

 

2.    Hydration

Prevent signs of ageing by staying hydrated!

As we have been told since a tender age, drinking sufficient water daily is vital for overall good health.

Not only does it bring an array of health benefits, it has inherent skincare benefits by effectively locking moisture into your skin.

Drinking water helps to improve the skin’s appearance, by giving it a radiant, healthy glow. Especially during the upcoming summer months, hydration can prevent signs of dehydration like dry skin and wrinkles, which makes the skin look aged. Toss away your soft drink cans – guzzle water and your skin will thank you for it!

 

3.    Moisturizing

 

Prevent signs of ageing by moisturizing!

One of the best defences for ageing should be a quality anti-ageing moisturizer that helps your skin build and retain a natural moisture barrier.

Besides protecting your skin from external pollutants, it keeps the skin hydrated and provides high levels of nutrients that replenish the skin. Leaving the skin looking rejuvenated, it reduces the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles.

Even if you have oily skin or breakouts, you can opt for lightweight, oil-free moisturizers for daily use that do not leave the skin feeling sticky. Pat it gently on your skin to effectively seal in the moisture and avoid tugging the skin while doing so.

 

4.    Whole Grains

Prevent signs of ageing by eating whole grains!

 

Healthy food choices play an important role in improving your complexion and can work wonders on your skin. Instead of your daily breakfast of white bread, opt for whole wheat bread as an alternative, to kick-start your morning.

Whole grains are unprocessed alternatives, which are good sources of B-vitamins and fibre. These essential vitamins moisturize the skin, keeping them from being dry and scaly.

Some whole grains like buckwheat contain antioxidants, which combat inflammation-related skin damage. Replacing your refined-flour pancakes with buckwheat pancakes help reduce acne, while nourishing your skin. Who says eating healthily entails giving up your favourite food?

 

5.    Exercise

Prevent signs of ageing by exercising!

 

Working up a good sweat offers a number of benefits for your skin and should be a vital part of any skin care regimen.

Breaking out in sweat boosts oxygen and blood flow to the skin, carrying nutrients that improve skin’s radiance by stimulating the collagen production. Sweat purges the skin of its toxins that clog pores and cause acne, resulting in a clear complexion with a natural pink flush. Notice how your skin has a natural healthy glow after each workout session?

When exercising, your skin starts to produce more of its natural oils that enhance the suppleness of your skin. Make exercise your secret skin care ingredient for a younger, healthier and smoother complexion. The next time you find yourself deliberating whether or not to head to the gym, don’t forget to factor vibrant complexion in as an added bonus to a better you!

 


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 1. BANANA PEELS

Most of us just throw out the banana peel after enjoying the fruit. While many feel that the skin has no benefits, it actually helps to reduce acne and acne scarring. Here is how you do it!

Just take a small piece of banana peel and rub it on the affected area. Keep rubbing until it turns brown. Leave it on for 30 minutes. As it dries, your skin will absorb the vitamins and nutrients from the peel. Do it 3 times a day and you will start to see the results!

 2. AVOCADO

After a whole day of working and schooling, our skin might be dry and dehydrated with all the environmental aggressors around. Just grab an avocado on your way home as it is a natural moisturizer. Here is how you do it!

Take a small amount of avocado and mash it up. Gently spread it all over your face and neck. Leave it for about 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water.

 3. KIWI

Apart from cleansing, you must exfoliate your skin twice a week, especially for those with oily skin. Did you know that an exfoliant can also be edible? Have half a kiwi and use the other half as your facial scrub. The seeds act as an exfoliator. Also, it has Vitamin C that helps the skin to look young and radiant. Here is how you do it!

Take a quarter of a kiwi and slice it. Gently scrub the kiwi slices all over your face. If you do not want to waste the other quarter, you can mash it up and make a face mask out of it. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and wash with warm water.

 4. ICE CUBES

Who would have thought something so simple could help with our skin care routine right? Ice cubes help to give you a more refreshed and toned complexion. Here is how you do it!

Get some water and freeze it up. You can choose to also add lemon juice or cucumber while you freeze. Grab an ice cube and gently rub it on your face in an outward and upward motion. You can also choose to freeze up green tea to get the anti-inflammatory extracts from it on top of the toned complexion.

There you have it – 4 tips that can help you get better skin. Try it out and you’ll definitely see the results!

Here are some quick and easy DIY remedies compiled for you to use at home everyday. Choose a few that suit your skin’s needs and reveal more radiant, youthful, smoother and softer skin!

For dry skin

Plain Yoghurt & Oatmeal Masks

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Ingredients:

–        2 tbsp of plain yoghurt
–        1-2 tbsp of cooked oatmeal
–        1 tbsp of honey

Steps:

  1. Mix everything into a paste
  2. Apply on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes
  3. Rinse off with warm water

Apple-Honey Mask

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Ingredients:

–        1 apple
–        1 tbsp of honey

Steps:

  1. Blend both apple and honey in a blender until smooth
  2. Apply on your face and leave on for 15 minutes
  3. Rinse off

 

For oily skin

Lemon Sugar Scrub

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Ingredients:

–        ½ lemon
–        ½ cup sugar
–        1 tbsp of honey
–        1 tbsp of olive oil

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients together and mix, then place your mixture in a jar
  2. You may concentrate application on rougher and duller areas like elbows and knees
  3. When applying on face, use in gentle circular motion
  4. Best to use once or twice weekly

 

For acneic skin

Plain Yoghurt & Aspirin Masks

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Ingredients:

–        2-3 tbsp of plain yoghurt
–        5 crushed aspirin
–        1 tbsp of honey

Steps:

  1. Mix everything into a paste
  2. Apply on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes
  3. Rinse off with warm water

 

For dull skin

Honey-Fruit Mask

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Ingrediens:

–        1 Banana
–        1 tsp of honey

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Ingredients:
–        1 apple
–        1 tsp of honey

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Ingredients:

–        1 lemon
–        1 tsp of honey

Steps:

  1. Mix the juice of your selected fruit with honey
  2. Apply on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes
  3. Rinse off with warm water

 

For dark circles

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Egg white eye mask

Ingredients:
–        1 egg white

Steps:

  1. Beat 1 egg white and apply it under your eye
  2. Leave on for 15 minutes
  3. Rinse off with warm water

Good luck! And remember to be diligent in your skin care routine, it will certainly pay off 🙂

I’ve always wanted to know Korean skincare tricks; have you seen KPOP stars’ skin? Fair. Flawless. Gorgeous. Just look at Sandara Park from 2NE1, Suzy from Miss A, Song Ji Hyo and Song Hye Kyo (just to name a few). They have such amazingly radiant, fair, soft and smooth skin. It is to die for.

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Now, many Koreans are naturally fair skinned, but it cannot honestly be said that they are born with good skin. It comes with a good amount of time and effort before they achieve that glowing skin every girl (or guy) would wish for.

I’m a strong believer of ‘There are no ugly women, only lazy ones’. I’m sure most of you know one girl who looked less-than-attractive as a child or teenager, but ‘transformed’ over the years. Now, I daresay she must have invested a lot more time and effort in grooming herself – she probably grew her range of skin care products, added more clothes to her wardrobe and paid more attention to her skin, hair and nails.

If she can do it, so can you! Just put in that extra effort, and you could look as great as a KPOP star 🙂

Here are 5 skincare secrets of Korean celebrities. You’d be surprised by how simple yet effective they are. Just look at the above-mentioned KPOP stars for proof.

KOREAN SKINCARE TIP #1: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Drinking lots of water will help to maintain your skin’s healthy glow and moisture. Koreans also believe in eating their water by adding more fruits and vegetables into their diet. As obvious as this may sound, many of us are still guilty of drinking less than 8 glasses of water a day, and not eating enough fruits and vegetables. This could well be the reason why your skin is lacklustre! Gradually change your diet. I assure you, a difference will be seen and felt 🙂

KOREAN SKINCARE TIP #2: Get Sufficient Sleep

Let me quote Sandara here to make my point more convincing: ‘My beauty secret to achieving that rosy and fair complexion is to get a good night’s sleep.’ Again, this is something that everyone knows, but how many of us are actually getting sufficient sleep every day? Try sleeping early and getting at least 8 hours of sleep for a week. Not only will you look less like a panda, your skin will also be clearer and brighter!

KOREAN SKINCARE TIP #3: Cleanse, Tone & Moisturize 

Koreans are very diligent when it comes to their skincare regimen, and this includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing, twice a day, everyday without fail. When it comes to cleansing, Suzy believes in rinsing with lukewarm water but splashing her face with cold water at the end to close the opened pores. Rinsing with warm water helps to open pores and thus cleanses more thoroughly, while cold water shrinks the pores and keep your skin fine and smooth. A simple trick, but works wonders!

KOREAN SKINCARE TIP #4: Use Sheet Masks

Koreans are huge fans of sheet masks. It acts as a quick fix to instantly moisturize, brighten and rejuvenate skin. Apart from getting her beauty sleep, Sandara will apply a sheet mask before sleeping when she feels that her skin is getting tired and dry.

KOREAN SKINCARE TIP #5: Apply Light Makeup

I’m sure many of you would have noticed that Koreans always have this effortless – also known as nude – makeup look. To achieve that look, apply thin eyeliner, a thin layer of mascara and use an eyebrow pencil to create neat and tidy brows. Most importantly, keep your skin clear and supple with the above tips, so you won’t have to pile on thick layers of foundation and concealer.

Goodluck!  

Cleopatra once said that aloe is ‘the very last present from God’, and Queen Nerfertiti, the most beautiful women in Ancient Egypt, was a huge fan of aloe vera gel. Today, we’ll tell you why, and you could look just as amazing as them!

Given that aloe is a desert plant. It absorbs and stores water extremely effectively, and can survive for 7 years with minimal water intake from its own leaves, making it an extremely effective hydrator. Besides its strong hydrating ability, it contains an extensive list of nutrients like Vitamin A, B, B1, B2, C, E, niacinamide, choline, 18 amino acid, copper, iron and etc. Now, if this is still not able to ‘wow’ you, we’d share with you the wondrous benefits that aloe brings to your skin.

  Benefits of Aloe

1.       Aloe Fights our Common Enemy –Acne

The culprit of acne is likely to be Androgen hormones. Androgens increase the rate of cell turnover, thickening the skin around the opening of the follicle. This increases blockages in this area. Androgens also increase the flow of sebum. When your skin’s pores are clogged and the sebum is not cleared properly, acne is formed.

This is when aloe comes in to ease our skin situation with two hormones called, Auxin and Gibberellin. These hormones heal wounds and reduce redness and inflammation. Gibberellin also stimulates cell growth. This is how aloe fights our common enemy, acne, by introducing Auxin and Gibberlin hormones, and deter the secretion of Androgens.

2.       Aloe Helps us Turn Back the Clock

Aloe has a lot of anti-ageing ingredients. It contains Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene which improve skin firmness and keep our skin hydrated. Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen and is an antioxidant that helps to deal with skin damages caused by free radicals. Vitamin E and beta-carotene are also packed with antioxidants slowing down the ageing process. With these anti-ageing properties, aloe helps you turn back the clock and look youthful and rejuvenated once again!

 3.       Aloe Quenches our Skin

Aloe is a perfect hydrator for our skin because it is able to penetrate into the deepest layer of our skin, quenching it from deep within. It does not give a greasy feeling, making it suitable even for oily complexions.

 4.       Aloe Heals our Skin with its Amazing Healing Powers

Aloe’s healing properties, together with the ability to penetrate deep into our skin, helps to speed up the healing process. It forms a protective layer on top of the epidermis and replenishes our skin’s moisture level, enhancing the healing system. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal functions also stimulate our skin’s immune system, relieving tightness, redness and peeling.

Now, the amazing benefits of this Miracle plant can be optimized with the following tips.

Useful Aloe Tips

1.       Add oil

Aloe is mostly comprised of water. Thus, adding facial oil to aloe vera gel before application will balance water and oil better. Oil makes aloe vera gel a more effective moisturizer for dry skin.

2.       Face Mask

Put refrigerated aloe vera gel on a dry mask sheet and apply the mask on your skin. Gently remove the aloe facial mask after 15 minutes. It will hydrate and soothe your skin immediately and create a protective layer of moisture preventing fine wrinkles from appearing. It also whitens overall skin and reduces dark spots. Owing it to anti-bacterial effect, this mask also helps to treat pimples.

If you like, you can add other ingredients such as honey, sugar, egg etc. to make a facemask suited to your skincare needs.

3.       Eye Mask

The eye area is the most sensitive area on our face and gets dry and irritated easily. Aloe, being a mild and natural ingredient, is capable of hydrating and treating even the most vulnerable areas and most sensitive skins. Put aloe vera gel on a cotton pad and place it on your eyelids. Remove the pad after 10 minutes. It will reduce dark circles and the appearance of fine lines.

4.       Hair Essence

Enzymes and nutrients in aloe vera promote hair growth and destroy excessive dead skin cells. Its moisturizing properties also help condition your scalp and hair, reducing the appearance of dandruff. Simply apply aloe vera gel to your hair and scalp, and feel the difference!

5.       Aloe Vera & Oatmeal Exfoliation

Exfoliation is an important step in your skincare regime. It removes dead skin cells, which will lead to better absorption of your toner and moisturizer.

  • Ingredients: Aloe vera gel 2 tsps, Oatmeal 2 tsps, Brown sugar 2 tsps, Lemon juice 1 tsp

Steps:

  • Grind oatmeal and mix all ingredients together.
  • Wet your skin with warm water and put on the mixture.
  • Massage your face for a while and wash it off.
  • Oatmeal is a natural exfoliator that does not dry your skin, while aloe will soothe and hydrate your skin.

The Stabilization Process

In order for aloe to be utilized as an ingredient for cosmetic products, it must undergo a stabilization process. Like all other vegetables and fruits, oxidation process occurs from 30 minutes after aloe harvest. Therefore, stabilization ensures the quality and preservation of aloe gel.

Aloe Vera: The Last Present from God

Aloe Vera: The Last Present from God

 

Porcelain’s Soothe, Aloe Recovery Gel, A Summer Must – Have

Made up of 99% stabilized Aloe Vera, Porcelain Aloe Recovery Gel is a feathery light, ultra soothing gel that heals and hydrates the skin. Perfect for skin suffering from sensitivity due to acne and dermatological procedures, it eases skin irritation, reduces inflammation and works quickly to repair delicate skin.

During the summer climate, after staying under the scorching heat for a few hours, it is common to suffer from a sunburn or skin irritation. Aloe Recovery Gel calms stressed skin and shields it from environmental aggressors, making it a summer must-have!