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IF YOUR SKIN TROU­BLES AREN’T QUITTING, WHY SHOULD YOU? DON’T GIVE UP JUST YET COS FE­MALE’S BEAUTY WRITER HAS GOT YOUR BACK.

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Q “DUR­ING MY RE­CENT FA­CIAL, THE SKIN THER­A­PIST MEN­TIONED THAT MY PORES ARE CLOGGED. HOW­EVER, I DO HAVE A SKIN­CARE REG­I­MEN THAT I FOL­LOW RE­LI­GIOUSLY. HOW COULD THIS HAP­PEN AND IS THERE ANY WAY TO SOLVE IT?” – Mila Ashraf, 32, Lo­gis­tics man­ager A

Clogged pores aren’t for­eign to most of us and it hap­pens when we don’t re­move dead cells reg­u­larly through ex­fo­li­a­tion, and oils that are ex­creted through the glands un­der­neath the skin cling onto those dead cells. While face scrubs are rec­om­mended, we wouldn’t want to bruise the skin with con­stant ex­fo­li­at­ing, so here’s where pre-cleans­ing steps in to re­move makeup, sun­screen, en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion build-up and ex­cess se­bum on the sur­face. This balm re­in­forces the skin’s bar­rier and locks in mois­ture even dur­ing cleans­ing. Der­ma­log­ica’s Se­nior Trainer for EIG Well­ness, Jan­ice Mak in­cor­po­rates it into her dou­ble cleans­ing reg­i­men, re­mov­ing even the most stub­born eye and lip makeup. Here’s how to use it: mas­sage the prod­uct onto dry skin ei­ther on your palms or with the mitt, add wa­ter to emul­sify un­til it trans­forms into a milky tex­ture, and rinse. Then con­tinue with your usual rou­tine. DER­MA­LOG­ICA PRECLEANSE BALM, RM250 Q “MY SKIN­CARE PROD­UCTS HAVEN’T CHANGED FOR A COU­PLE OF YEARS AS THEY’VE BEEN WORK­ING GREAT FOR ME – UN­TIL RE­CENTLY THAT IS. MY SKIN NOW FEELS DEHYDRATED AND MY MOIS­TURISER ISN’T AS EF­FEC­TIVE AS BE­FORE. CAN YOUR SKIN BE COMPLACENT TO A PROD­UCT?” – Meng Lu, 30, En­tre­pre­neur A Chang­ing up your skin­care reg­u­larly can be a risky busi­ness cos you wouldn’t want the pos­si­bil­ity of sen­si­tis­ing your skin, but if you’ve been notic­ing some changes in the ef­fi­cacy of your prod­ucts, it’s more likely that your skin is chang­ing, which is com­mon as we age. One key in­gre­di­ent that you should keep an eye out for in a mois­turiser is hyaluronic acid that helps re­tain mois­ture at the epi­der­mis. This gel-cream con­tains that and helps soothe and brighten skin, re­sult­ing in that cov­eted glow-from-within look with re­duced fine lines. It’s an all-in-one prod­uct that you must try! SHI­SEIDO ES­SEN­TIAL EN­ERGY MOISTURIZING GEL CREAM, RM240 Q “ON DAYS WHEN I GO MAKEUP-FREE TO GIVE MY SKIN THAT MUCH-NEEDED BREAK, I NO­TICE THAT MY COM­PLEX­ION AP­PEARS DULL. IS THERE ANY PROD­UCT THAT CAN COM­BAT THIS IS­SUE?” – Farra Aqi­lah, 27, Mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive A I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced the ex­act same thing and what I do is try to find skin­care prod­ucts that have a tint to it. This par­tic­u­lar sun­screen pro­tects your skin from the sun with SPF50+/PA+++ and is also for­mu­lated with Molokhia, a type of leaf that helps re­tain mois­ture de­spite ex­treme weather con­di­tions, while boost­ing your skin’s radiance with its whiten­ing prop­er­ties for a health­ier-look­ing ap­pear­ance. That way, you can flaunt a ra­di­ant com­plex­ion while be­ing makeup-free. If you’d like a touch of colour on your face, go for a tinted lip balm and you’re good to go!

BELIF UV PRO­TEC­TOR MULTI SUN­SCREEN SPF50+/PA+++, RM99

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