Archive for January, 2010

Bloggers’ & Forumers’ Party @ Choupinette

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Recently, I have attended a private Bloggers Party with 15 bloggers and forumers at Choupinette held by One9ninety.

This networking session is to gain valuable insight with influence people, exchange thoughts, share preferences and most importantly to gain a better understanding of individual needs.

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Free Radicals Destroy Our Cells, DNA, Cause Inflammation & Facial Aging

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If you ask ‘How free radicals cause aging?’ or ‘What damage can free radicals do to your body and cells? If you have not heard about free radicals by now, you certainly will very soon.

Free radicals have a major impact on facial aging and this topic is so important and the discovery of new relevant therapies is occurring so rapidly.

What is Free Radicals

Free radicals are oxygen molecules that have lost an electron in interactions with other molecules. As a result, these molecules are extremely unstable, or reactive. In their quest to ‘heal’ themselves, free radicals steal electrons from other, healthy molecules, creating more free radicals in the process, damaging cell components.

Where do Free Radicals come from?

Although free radicals are entirely natural – they’ve a by-product of normal bodily processes, like breathing air or digesting food – they’re also extremely treacherous. Because every time free radicals seek to stabilize themselves, they damage healthy cells. Worse, free radicals aren’t just manufactured by our own bodies. They’re also unleashed by external factors, including sunlight, cigarette smoke and air pollution. And stress and poor diet play a part too.

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Video – Paula Begoun : You Don’t Need An Eye Cream

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Not surprised you will get confused after watching this video. I do at first but eventually I believe in her and I haven’t been wearing any eye cream for a long time. I’ve been using face moisturizer on my eye areas instead. :-)
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The Best & Worst Anti Aging Foods

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It is obvious that our diet plays a profound role in our overall health and in the aging process. There are excellent books on healthy eating and painstakingly detailed descriptions and other important elements.

The following are general dietary but critical guidelines for you to follow if you are serious about preventing and possibly reversing aging changes to your facial skin :

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- Eat more fish, especially cold water fish such as salmon

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- Eat more soy based products

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- Eat more fiber

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- Drink more water – 8 glasses of water daily

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- Eat more brightly-colored and cruciferous vegetables which include broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage..

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My Beauty Secret – Drinking Water

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Wanna to have a healthy looking skin? Drink more water.

I believe many of you may not realize that drinking water is one of the best beauty regimen for a healthy skin.

Whenever my friend or colleague asks for beauty tips, I will often advise them to drink more water. Why? Simple. When your body is dehydrated, so do your skin too. So when your skin is dehydrated, it will start to look dry, wrinkled and dull. Although many of you may think that having a good moisturizer will be sufficient but keeping hydration inside and outside are equally important. Without an adequate water supply, the skin cells disintegrate. Structures that support skin become stiff and lose flexibility. The skin layers become thin and flat.

Water Loss

Water is also the most important factor in an anti aging program. As we age, we lose the ability to hold on to water. And also free radicals which ultimately damage the cell membrane, will cause to lose water too.

My Healthy Habits

To keep that healthy water level available to all my cells, I drink six to eight glasses of water a day. That includes water in food, especially from fruits and vegetables, and other beverages, like milk and yoghurt drink.

I also make it a habit to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning to help to detox my liver and to give my body a kickstart.

I always carry a bottle of water with me to quench my thirst as and when I feel like it. I refrain from drinking water after 10pm as it will cause water retention on my body and face.

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Review – Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40

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To me, sun protection is always the most important skin care regimen and is the first line of defense against skin aging. As I truly understand that diligent use of a sunscreen allows some repair as well as protection from further sun damage. Even though the sheer foundation I’ve used provides SPF 30 but that doesn’t stop me from using a sunscreen for double protection.

More than six months ago, I’ve decided to stop wearing foundation as I feel that it makes my skin looking cakey and ‘make-up’. Maybe you can blame it on the foundation or maybe is the way I apply it. And moreover, I aim to create a more natural-looking skin too. Therefore, I began looking around for a well-formulated tinted sunscreen that not only can provide good sun protection but also can superficially help to even up my skin tone without looking ‘make-up’. Finally I’ve found Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40.

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Cleansing, Peel Or Exfoliating Pads – Are They Safe Or Effective?

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The Importance Of Exfoliation

As you should know by now, exfoliation is truly the key building block towards your goal of flawless skin. Exfoliation may stimulate cellular turnover, may encourage the skin’s own collagen building and may improve skin thickness. It also creates the ability to transport the key ingredients of skin care products to their destination and open up clogged pores before they become little bumps under the skin.

Home Exfoliants

The best thing is to try to seek out a home version of a doctor’s glycolic acid exfoliating treatment that you can use regularly. That is why many doctors have came out with this easy to use exfoliation device – Exfoliating Pads. Exfoliating with pads have therefore became so popular that they are glowing more widely available now. Some may name them as Peel Pads, Cleansing Pads or Facial Pads.

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Treatment Review – Having Pixel Laser & Titan FaceLift At The Same Time

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I’m always troubled with nasalabial fold (lines that run from corner of nostril to corner of mouth) and marionette lines (lines below corner of the mouth). I have tried numerous non-invasive treatments to treat these aging lines but to no avail. I’m also troubled with age spots, fine lines on forehead and below eye areas.

Therefore one and a half month ago, being a natural born vainpot, I decided to brave myself to do both Pixel Laser and Titan Facelift at the same time, hoping to boost better results. I’m not afraid of pain and both procedures treated by Dr Chee from Wen & Weng Medical Group, took me almost a hour. Nasalabial fold and marionette lines are treated with Titan Facelift while age spots and fine lines are mainly treated with Pixel Laser. Both treatments also help to boost collagen production – my all-time favourite skin benefit. *GRINS*

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January 10
To believe or not to believe

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Recently, some anti-aging creams costing thousands of dollars have come on the market. I suggest you save the money you’ve earmarked for the super-expensive Goo of the Month and use it to pay for a consultation with a qualified cosmetic dermatologist instead. (Sometimes, I’m shocked to say, a small jar of the Goo of the Month will cost more than several months of consultations!) Continue reading →

January 10
Beauty tip of the month

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The variations in male and female skin begin deep down in the very structure of the skin’s fat layer and dermis. Women have thinner skin than men because testosterone – the dominant male hormone – causes male skin to be thicker. In addition, women’s oil glands secrete slightly less than men’s; therefore, women are more likely to experience dry skin.

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