As a teenager, I never liked attending family gatherings. In fact, I DREADED my time there, especially during the Chinese New Year gatherings. Having suffered from acne since I was 14, I was often the talk of the town whenever I was in the same space with my relatives. There’s just something about them that wouldn’t stop commenting on my pock-marked face.
Being a sensitive girl, every single comment I received about my acne-piqued skin would kill me inside and bruise my self-confidence. I became apprehensive about leaving the house and indulged in lots of thick foundation to try to cover all my blemishes, but to my horror, made them worse. The makeup on my skin then became another talking point for my relatives because I was then chided for wearing makeup and making my acne worse. Truth be told, those days were like living hell and I desperately needed a cure.
Trust me, I’ve tried many “solutions” in the market, including topical acne treatments, laying off heaty food like chocolate, chips and fried food, Oratane (a.k.a. Isotretinoin, a medication primarily used to treat severe acne), medi-facials (medical facials for acne) and more but none of them worked. Fast forward 10 years now, I’m still suffering from hormonal acne and ugly post-acne scars until I met Dr. Gerard Ee from The Clifford Clinic.
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Being in an urban jungle in this tropical climate, we often face a host of skin aggressors such as pollution and stress. We tend to pile up our skincare to counter the detrimental effects of these problems but sometimes, it’s all about going back to the basics.
Going back to the basics means focusing on simple yet effective solutions. Every month, I get a skin outbreak due to hormonal changes and what I like to do is to cut down the number of skincare products in my regime to not over-complicate things.
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You know how sometimes you try a lot of skincare products that claim to provide you with brighter and clearer skin but you don’t see the results even after repeated use? I personally have hormonal acne and it causes hyper-pigmentation and acne scars regularly.
As a working adult, I’m also constantly battling with pressing deadlines at work so I’m always on a lookout for products that are fast and effective. I’ve tried so many things but I haven’t found anything that helps me battle my skin pigmentation until I encountered the Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Freshshot.
Having sensitive skin can be quite a pain, because it’s always tough to find skincare that truly helps with sensitivity. It’s especially annoying for me because I’m always attracted to new beauty products on the market but I’ll never know if they’ll trigger any sensitive reaction until I try them.
If you’re constantly experiencing redness, tightness and that itchy feeling on your skin, you might be battling with skin sensitivity issues. I’ve recently been invited to try out the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra c/o the brand and I want to share with you my experience with the skincare range targeted at skin sensitivity.
Flower-based skincare, who’s in? I’m definitely in! With the launch of floral-based Korean beauty brand, Mamonde, we’re once again spoilt for choice when it comes to Korean skincare. As you might have figured out by now, Mamonde, prides itself to nurture and enhance your natural beauty through the invigorating properties of flowers. The brand even has a real flower garden in Osan, located at the south of Seoul, where the key blooms like hibiscus, camellia, magnolia, honeysuckle and lotus are carefully-cultivated under expert botanists.
I’ve always been a believer of having flowers in skincare products, especially rose, because these beautiful works of nature actually provide nourishment and healing to our skin. In this post, I will share with you some of the skincare products I’ve been trying from Mamonde and hopefully you’ll find them useful for your skin too!