It took me a while to like drinking green tea. I guess any 3-in-1 or Starbucks coffee fan should expect the initial hesitation. Unlike the strong, rich taste of a whipped cream-topped cup of joe, green tea was mild, fragrant, and very light. Eventually, its refreshing taste and its long list of health benefits got me hooked, the obsession soon leading to a quest for the miracle tea leaf (and its other tea leaf/tea tree oil sisters) even in my skin care haunts. Is that a normal reaction, linking drink to skin care? Maybe not. But I’ve never turned back.
The antioxidants and anti-bacterial powers of green tea (read: anti-acne) are said to be effective not only when consumed, but even when applied topically. Below are my current favorites: Continue Reading
Seeing weird things in skin care is so common nowadays that it takes a lot for a regular avid consumer to be freaked out. In their advent of course, one would most likely say, “eww, why would I want to put that on my cheeks?” Well, I say to that, because it works. And really, once you start slathering on the gooey goodness, you will really see results.
Below are my time-tested favorites. Continue Reading
Dr Oguma AquaKey has been a staple in my makeup kit for eight months now, and thus is way overdue for a review. This multi-function mist was essentially forced upon me by a very talented sales lady in METRO, Orchard Road. Although I’ve made a lot of impulsive buys that I, for shame, wholeheartedly regretted, this was not one of them.
The US website reads that AquaKey is a “multi-active mineral spray that captures the energy of natural ions to rebuild, retexture, and repair skin and hair.” It promises many things, its efficacy is backed by science jargon and many glowing testimonials. In my personal view (and in normal people parlance) though, AquaKey mist is: Continue Reading
It has been almost a year since I committed to this admittedly elaborate, mildly bankruptcy-inducing, gloriously enjoyable 10-step skin care ritual. Since then, what have I to show for it? Do I presently show any semblance to Jun Jihyun. Um. No. Did I see any improvement in my skin? Categorically, yes. My skin is happily acne-free and virtually blemish-free. I now dare leave the house with only sunblock, some concealer and powder, while still looking human.
Now I do not believe that this is solely due to a painstaking beauty ritual, as it is a team effort of better stress management, a bit more sleep, and maybe even my pescetarian diet. That, or maybe my hormones are just taking a break. Either way, it is easy to know when a skin care product works for you or against you, and below I list down the goodies that at present, work very well for me. Most of the new additions to this list were curated during my November trip in Seoul (also known as the days my credit card ran a marathon). Shall we? Continue Reading
Watching Jun JiHyun 10+ years after My Sassy Girl and seeing the same porcelain, wrinkle-free complexion can do things to a girl. It makes you ransack Google for no-makeup shots of the actress to catch even the slightest blemish on her perfect face. Finding none (dang it!), you go to Plan B – discover the ultimate secret.
Surprisingly, finding the “secret” was pretty easy. Unsurprisingly, applying it, not so much. While I beg to infer that poreless, blemish-free Korean skin is still largely due to good genes, good weather, healthy eating (all that kimchi) and maybe something in the water, it still requires a lot of time and effort. Korean women religiously go through a 10-step beauty ritual every night to ensure that their skin looks clear and supple, and stays that way for as long as humanly possible. Sounds like a lot of hard work and hard bucks? Definitely. Let’s get right to it.
Virgin Coconut Oil or VCO is one of the most underrated, best kept beauty secrets, at least in this country. Case in point: it is damn hard trying to restock on this amazing find, and I live in the tropics where coconut trees can easily line the streets. This to me translates to small, irrelevant local demand for VCO. Thus leading producers to ship the white crystalline goodness elsewhere in the world where people are willing to pay. (This economics lecture leads to somewhere relevant, I promise)