Are Sunscreens Passé?

UV rays from the sun and skin cancers have always been interlinked. A lot of research has been done to assess if taking precautionary measures like using sunscreen, wearing hats and sunglasses or staying in the shade are effective in preventing – or at least reduce the risk – of being struck by skin cancer.

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Let’s Go Natural!

Mother Nature has blessed us with a treasure trove of botanicals that can be utilized to soothe, pamper and regenerate the skin. Many traditional and trusted healing effects of plants and herbs have also been validated by science. So if you’re in the mood to go all natural for your skincare needs, here are some easy recipes you can try using easily available ingredients from the chemist.

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Homemade Beauty Brews

While we all want our skin to look healthy, youthful and flawless, achieving it can be immensely challenging due to the confluence of many factors such as skin type, genes and environmental irritants. Many skincare enthusiasts are willing to spend hundreds of dollars every month on beauty products to give the best care possible for their skin and complexion. But there are also those who rely on nature’s bountiful gifts and create their own DIY skin regimen and in the process save a lot of money. Here are some of the more popular homemade beauty brews you may want try…

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The Science Of Skin Aging

There are basically two types of aging – intrinsic and extrinsic aging. The first is genetically driven and cellular programmed thus inevitable. The second – extrinsic or skin aging – is caused by the exposure to various environmental stressors which can be mitigated through proactive and preventive measures such as adopting a healthy lifestyle by […]

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Sakura – Big In Japan, Big In Beauty!

The Sakura flower (cherry blossom) belongs to the rose family, Rosaceae, and is a cultural icon in Japan. 
It even has its own cherry blossom viewing festival known as hanami, the Japanese tradition of welcoming spring and appreciating the transient beauty of nature. People will gather at parks and hold feasts with family and friends under the flowering sakura trees, sometimes until late at night. The Sakura season coincides with spring in Japan.

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Potassium Sorbate

Potassium sorbate is the inactive salt of sorbic acid and occurs as a white crystalline powder, white granules or pellets. It is a mild preservative widely used in many cosmetic and skincare products including makeup, eye and hair care formulas. The compound is a safer alternative to paraben-based preservative systems as it protects formulations against spoilage without the carcinogenic effects of parabens. 

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Ethylhexylglycerin

Ethylhexylglycerin is a natural preservative that is derived from glycerine and is used as an alternative to parabens. It is generally used with other preservatives like phenoxyethanol to create a broader effective preservative system. The compound is used in bath, body and hand products, deodorants, eye makeup, foundations, hair care, suntan and cleansing products.

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Disodium EDTA

The primary function of disodium EDTA is to bind with metal ions from the hard water to prevent the metals from being deposited onto the hair, scalp and skin. The acid converts hard tap water to soft water which is gentler on the skin. A product that contains antioxidants like Vitamin E is reactive and binds to these free metal ions, reducing the efficacy of the product. Chelators like disodium EDTA protect the antioxidants present in formulations by binding with the free metals ions.

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Celebrity Beauty Rules

While celebrities – artistes and media personalities with a high public profile – have beauty professionals to ensure they always look stunning, many of them also have their own personal routine. From eating cooked tomatoes to drinking spearmint tea and snacking on starfruit, you’d be surprised at just how ordinary their daily vanity must-dos can be. Do you know why wetting your lips to keep them moisturized is not just wrong but bad? What’s the link between lack of sleep and acne? You’ll find the answer in Ceramiracle’s founder Eugene He’s Five Commandments Of Good Skin! Plus, watch makeup maestro Clarence Lee – who has dolled up stars such as Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi – share his mantras for healthy skin.

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