Category: INSIDER’S GUIDE

Youth Preserve – The New Age Filler To Have

If you haven’t heard, Youth Preserve is a new hyaluronic acid injectable in the market. You can have this injected even if you have sufficient volume in your face and it won’t make you look bigger or more puffy. Before we continue (it’s confusing, we know), it’s useful to know that there are two main types of fillers – volumizing fillers and skinboosters. The former is designed to replace lost volume and is usually injected deeper. These fillers can also be used to sculpt or enhance bony structures of the face, such as the nose, or the chin. These fillers have variable hardness and last duration once injected. Skinboosters involve multiple tiny injections of a very soft, watery hyaluronic acid filler superficially into the skin. The primary use of skinboosters is to hydrate and improve skin elasticity. Youth Preserve is actually Profhilo. It is definitely not Botox, and strictly speaking, Profhilo is not a filler nor a skinbooster. It is made of hyaluronic acid, but it has the highest concentration Continue Reading

Maskne Is The New Pandemic Acne And You Shouldn’t Learn To Live With It

Not all acne is the same. The coronavirus era has seen a new type of acne emerge – maskne. According to doctors, maskne is actually a kind of acne mechanica – acne that forms due to skin irritation from pressure, heat and rubbing against skin, or simply when skin isn’t exposed to air as it should, developing roughness, clogging pores and getting acne-like (painful) bumps with continuing irritation. But there’s more. The prolonged friction from mask wearing can break down the skin barrier which normally protects the skin against bacteria and seals hydration within skin. There are a few ways to tell if what you have is maskne. If it’s along areas of mask contact, such as the cheeks, the lower half of your face – in more severe cases the acne can look like a diaper rash in the mask area. The acne would look like little white bumps. MASKNE TREATMENTS Under normal circumstances, if something is giving you acne, you remove it and the acne should go away Continue Reading

These Will Save Your Skin From Acne

Acne is like the worst kind of house guest – it shows up completely uninvited, overstays its welcome, and leaves a mess after it’s gone. And you’ve probably heard this, rather than face its scarring aftermath, it is much easier to get rid of these nasty zits fast, rather than face the chaos and complications later. In fact, the best treatment for acne scars, as many have learnt, is not to have acne at all.   1. PROFESSIONAL ACNE FACIALS Don’t underestimate what a professional acne facial can do to chase away troubled spots. When combined with proper at-home skincare, they work together to get rid of and prevent acne. This is especially important for oily, acne-prone skin. So if you are having trouble fighting problem skin with only at-home care, it’s time to seek professional help, whether its just a deep cleansing ritual to help with congestions such as the Deep Deep Clean Facial, or a clinical facial such as the Clear Blue Facial.   2. ACNE CARE AT Continue Reading

What Exactly Is So Good About Nicotinamide

You may have heard of Vitamin B3, found in foods such as tuna, salmon and avocado, which is important for maintaining metabolism and nervous system health. Apparently, vitamin B3 can also be applied to the skin. Known as or nicotinamide or niacinamide, this skin vitamin boasts of a wide range of skincare benefits such as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Translated to layman terms, this means that nicotinamide can improve skin texture and strengthen the skin. It can also help to reduce hyperpigmentation, increase cellular turnover – healthier and younger-looking skin. So if you already eat Vitamin B3, why do you still need to apply it? It appears the oral Vitamin B3 goes straight to helping the body perform its more vital functions, while topically applying nicotinamide ensures that most of its benefits goes to the skin.   Unlike Vitamin C which can irritate sensitive skin, nicotinamide is pH-neutral and combines well with other skincare ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. It is also great for oily or acne-prone skin, yet 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