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5 Beauty Blunders That Age You

Delaying the skins of aging and acquiring a beautiful complexion requires more than just picking the best skincare products. Here are the top 5 beauty blunders to avoid falling victim to. UNDERESTIMATING YOUR SPF UVA rays from the sun age you before you realize it. These sneaky things penetrate the clouds and glass windows so the only way to prevent your skin from aging prematurely and forming wrinkles too early is to protect it with a broad spectrum, SPF 30 or higher sunscreen. Don’t forget the neck and there are lip balms with SPF too. Sunscreen can now be washed on (think wash-on sunscreens like Guardian Angel and Bodyguard), applied on the face (Umbrella SPF 70), or eaten (oral SPF). SLEEPING WITH MAKEUP ON Thought it’s no big deal falling asleep with makeup, oil and dirt on your face? Apparently this is a nasty habit the can create absolute havoc on your skin, clogging pores, transforming skin from divine to drab. If you put on makeup, at least clean it Continue Reading

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

Fun Quarantine Workouts For The Family

Mother’s Day this year was profoundly different. Well beyond the loss of their daily routines, many working mothers who now have to work from home, cook, and juggle kids while schools are closed are facing levels of stress they never knew existed. And they are dealing with waves of guilt – guilt from not being able to dedicate their efforts fully to either work or kids, they are also feeling guilty about not being able to stick to their regular fitness or body-fit sculpting treatments. In trying to balance one’s own fitness, work, and kids, it is OK to concede that perhaps surviving this period is enough of an achievement. But you don’t have to throw all exercise or fun out of the window. Here are some ideas on how to engage your kids and have a little bit of a workout yourself at home.   VIRTUAL MARTIAL ARTS WORKOUTS LESMILLS offers workouts online, and their BODYCOMBAT is a high-energy martial-arts inspired workout that is non-contact and easy to follow. 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