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.
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