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  • Fancy a no-makeup makeover?

    Mention ‘makeover’ and images of an ordinary girl-next-door transformed into a head-turning beauté usually comes to mind with moisturizer, concealer, foundation – all faithfully applied on the face. Hence ‘a makeover without makeup’ will obviously sound oxymoronic.But following Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston’s appearances without makeup in their respective movies ‘Wild’ (2014) and ‘Cake’ (2015), the bare-faced style has steadily gained popularity among women.

  • Phytoceramides: fuss-free facelift

    In 1884 German physician L.T. W. Thudichen discovered the presence of ceramides in the human brain. Ceramides are key lipids (fat molecules) that are naturally found in the skin’s outer layer and act as a binding agent between skin cells. They also strengthen the skin's natural barrier and lock in moisture so the skin remains hydrated, resilient and youthful-looking. However, by the time a person reaches his 60th birthday, the upper layer of the skin may have thinned by as much as 30%.

  • Defy age with food

    In his book Forever Young, dermatologist Dr Nicholas Perricone discusses "nutrigenomics" – a field of study on how nutrition can affect the way genes work and impact health. He posits that certain foods "are very effective in regulating the expression of our genes [hence able] to give us a more youthful appearance and prevent the onset of age-related disease."

  • Beauty elixirs from the past

    Since antiquity, humans have been searching for ways to preserve youthful beauty, extend life and find the best skin care solutions. For example, milk from the much-ridiculed creature was once feted by no less than Her Majesty Cleopatra who was reported to have bathed in it mixed with fresh honey and almond oil to maintain her skin’s softness and glow.

  • Cheap and good skincare foods

    Many people dream of having smooth, supple and flawless skin. And some are willing to invest a lot of money to ensure that their skin always looks beautiful, radiant and youthful. For example, the estimated cost to get rid of crow’s feet around the eyes and horizontal lines on the forehead with botox injections is around US$1500! So unless you have the means to splurge on such pricey procedures, here are some skin-loving foods that are easily available and could work just as well in helping to maintain the forever-young look in you.

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