Forget Glass Skin, Get Mochi Skin Instead

Want the coveted, poreless, mochi skin of Japanese women? Mochi skin is all about super plush, bouncy skin, like those chewy, pillowy Japanese rice cakes that my children absolutely love. If you do, then you should add ampoules to your skincare diet. But here’s the catch, while we were all taught to love exfoliation, Japanese skincare favours nourishing the skin with supercharged serums instead. This quasi-minimalist approach argues for the case of avoiding overdoing the skincare. Instead, the Japanese mochi skin wants a good cleanser, rather than thinning the skin unevenly or excessively with scrubs or acids.   DOUBLE CLEANSING If you aren’t doing this, you are doing it wrong. This may come as a surprise, but even if you don’t wear makeup, you should have been double-cleansing. Start with a cleansing oil or makeup remover before you start on that gentle facial wash.   START USING AMPOULES If you haven’t been able to adhere to the 10-step K-beauty routine, here’s the good news – mochi skin is achieved by Continue Reading

These Are The Anti-Aging Products You Need From Your 30s

Wrinkle creams used to be reserved until wrinkles were starting to appear, but people are starting to invest in their youth – starting on pre-aging treatments and creams before the signs become too obvious.   BEFORE BEDTIME: RETINOL Vitamin A is fast becoming the single ingredient that skin doctors believe anyone seeking anti-aging benefits in their skincare should have. Here’s are some of the reasons why: It penetrates deeply to stimulate fibroblasts – cells that produce collagen, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It exfoliates and increases skin cell turnover, evening out skin tone and also has pigment-lightening effects.   IN THE MORNING: STEM CELL SERUMS Touted as a breakthrough for skin aging problems, stem cell extracts such as Evercell Luxe Skin Charger have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which help protect our skin from premature aging. This increases skin’s elasticity, preventing the dreaded facial sag. Expect an improvement in skin texture and radiance as it also boosts increased cellular turnover at the skin’s surface.   BEFORE YOU Continue Reading

How Self-Quarantine Can Motivate You To Get More Fit

Let’s not deny it, more than half the world got thrown into self-quarantine and everyone affected has had to make adjustments to their routines. With gyms closed, and body sculpting services such as Coolshape, ONDA, and magnetic muscle sculpting halted until 1 June 2020, how do we stay fit while working from home? We are no Zoe Kravitz, who is continuing her training at home at least 5 times a week to play Catwoman in the upcoming Batman movie, but we can be inspired to stay in shape during self-isolation. If you are worried about weight gain because you are stuck working at home and all the gyms are currently closed, here are some home workouts you can try.   AT HOME WORKOUTS If you haven’t heard of them yet, now’s the time to check out F45 Training, a network of group training studios offering high intensity functional workouts. Their at-home workouts are free until 1 June 2020, helping members and everyone else who is interested in trying out F45 Continue Reading

Eat This Not That – DIY Masks Your Skin Will Love

You probably know what you can eat for a healthier-looking complexion, but so you know what you can put on your face for that coverted glow? Say hello to DIY face masks!   And this is important information, since the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown all our routines into chaos, and by this time of isolation, many of us might be noticing some not-so-welcome skin dullness. Well guess what? You might just be able to find that some of the most nutritious foods in your kitchen could well work for the face. From everything from facial scrubs to DIY masks. Here are 3 easy and safe DIY recipes to try. 1. TURMERIC This bright yellow spice has always done way more than make curry dishes stand out. Its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and astringent properties is great for problem skin when applied to it – think anti-aging. It is also able to brighten the skin and fade pigmentation and acne scars. To make it into a mask, combine 1 teaspoon of turmeric power Continue Reading

How Celebrities Go Makeup-Free During Self-Quarantine

If there wasn’t anything that can make celebrities like Julia Roberts live like us, the coronavirus is doing it. Celebrities are flaunting off their porcelain complexions as they share bare-faced selfies while staying at home. Of course, being able to have an enviable complexion doesn’t happen overnight, but it is definitely possible if you work for it. Here are some of the top tips on how to get there.   WEAR SUNSCREEN DAILY “If you want good skin in your 50s, start using a good sunscreen in your early 20s”. In case you were wondering, this isn’t just any quote we plucked off the internet. It’s actually pretty good advice. We know now that ultraviolet rays from the sun can damage skin, and not just in terms of burning it. UVB rays are responsible for burning skin, but did you know that UVA rays are responsible for aging skin? So the sun is a potent skin ager, and we should wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 daily, rain Continue Reading