Skincare In The Skies

Have you ever been on a long flight and dreaded the way you looked when you landed? Indeed, air travel tends to take its toll on the skin because of the dry pressurized cabin air which causes the skin to be dull and rough. Explaining the science of it, aesthetician Renée Rouleau says that low humidity leads air to replenish moisture “by pulling it from anything nearby — your skin included.” Thus dry complexions get worse while oily skin becomes greasier to make up for the loss of moisture. The good thing is that putting up a good skincare strategy when you’re flying high in the sky is quite easy!

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Shattering Skincare Myths

 Myths are widely held ideas or practices that have no scientific or empirical basis and are usually based on traditional accounts passed down from earlier generations. Skincare has its own treasure trove of interesting narratives from fabled efficacies of certain flowers and plants, to the dos and don’ts of nurturing youthful and beautiful skin. For example, primrose oil has long been touted as a remedy for eczema although results of studies to date have been inconclusive. Below are several other common skincare misconceptions which you may want to rethink if they are on your list.

 

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Treat Your Skin Right

There’s no shortage of information out there if you’re looking for help to take good care of your skin. But how do you decide which one to follow? To be sure, there is no one-solution-solves-all type of product in the market. There are several points to consider in your quest for the right skincare. The most important thing to know is your skin type so you’ll know what to look out for in your research. The five common skin types are: normal, sensitive, dry, oily and combination. You can find out your skin type by blotting a clean tissue on your face in the morning.

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Fuss-Free Daily Skincare

No matter how busy you are, when it comes to skincare, the price of neglect can be more painful than the demands of discipline and diligence. If you want skin that glows with a healthy radiance and remains soft and smooth, you need to adopt a few daily easy-to-do skincare habits which can go a long way in maintaining healthy and youthful skin. Washing your face in the morning is the most basic routine and a very important one, say cosmetic dermatologists. Firstly, your facial skin may accumulate environmental irritants such as dust and mold from the air conditioner, or dead skin cells and allergens on your pillowcase.

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Get Back The Glow – Exfoliate!

Did you know that we lose around 30,000-40,000 dead skin cells every moment of the day? Fortunately, the skin does not shed off completely due to the continuous formation of fresh skin cells by the epidermis (skin’s outermost layer). It takes between 15 days and a month for the new cells to surface and replace the dead ones. Unlike children whose skin renews itself continuously, adults’ skin cells shed and rejuvenate at a slower pace. The result: dull patches on your skin, enlarged pores, the risk of acne breakouts, blackheads, jaded look and more rapid visible aging. So how do you claim back the soft and glowing skin?

 

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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.”

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Phytoceramides: A Botanical 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%.

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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.

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Beauty Elixirs From The Past

Since antiquity, humans have been searching for ways to preserve youthful beauty, extend life and find the best skincare 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.

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Check Your Skin Health

Healthy and beautiful skin – who doesn’t want it? Especially in this age where appearance and first impressions matter greatly, looking good is more than just a vanity project – there is a practical and tangible value to it. Our earlier blog posts have touched upon the essential rituals in skincare such as hydration and moisturization. We’ll now cover the tell-tale signs that your skin is not in the best of health and that you ought to examine your current skincare regimen to see if it is adequate and effective. As dermatologists like to say: the skin can be a window to your underlying health thus it deserves your best attention and care.

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