The secret to seriously hydrated skin: Hyaluronic Acid

by jialezheng   ·  12 months ago   ·  

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has been the secret to instantly hydrated and glowy skin, and comes in all types of skincare products from serums, to face sheets. The benefits of adding hyaluronic acid into your skincare regime results in hydrated and plump skin.

But what is it and how does it work? If adding a product with the word ‘acid’ in it sounds scary to you, don’t worry, we’re here to help you break it down, and discover the key to smooth skin. HA is actually naturally produced by our own body, and is found in our skin, connective tissue and eyes, and it has a capacity to attract 1000x its weight in moisture. It replenishes our skin and enhances a healthy, supple look.

Given its nature, HA is one of the best skincare ingredient as it works to keep every aspect of your skin renewed and hydrated,  giving it that dewy, glowy effect.

Ready to get started and add more HA products into your skincare routine? We’ve rounded up the best products to get you started today! Plus when you check out with Atome, the bill gets instantly split into three equal parts, so you only have to pay a third of your purchase upfront, with the remaining over a period of two months – all at 0% interest!

This intensely concentrated serum contains laboratory-grade pure hyaluronic acid, which results in optimal absorption and efficacy, thanks to its multi-molecular weighted hyaluronic acids. It’s suited for sensitive skin, and this formula is in fact used as an adjunct to facial eczema treatments in dermatologist’s office. Once you’re done with this bottle, you can bring it back to them to sterilise and get your refill with a $5 discount voucher – talk about saving your skin and the environment!

This moisturising, firming serum is suited for all skin types, and creates a film on the skin to reduce the transdermal water loss. At the same time, it enhances the skin’s consistency and firmness, restoring the water balance in skin and strengthening its texture and firmness, resulting in smoother, plumper skin!

A 7 in 1 mask that is formulated with a special combination of 6 types of Hyaluronic acid with different molecular sizes to help replenish the skin with deep-penetrating moisture. It’s suited for sensitive skin and can be worn for up to 40 minutes! It results in a healthy glowing complexion and leaves your skin feeling calm and hydrated.

Everyone needs a good eye-cream, after all the skin around our eyes are more delicate and requires a different formula with more oil and active ingredients to address the problems. The skin around our eyes are more prone to dryness and constant movement of our eyes also quickens the appearance of lines and wrinkles. This Pink Nectar eye-cream from Sigi Skin is here to the rescue. Packed with natural extracts such as peach and propolis, it fights against ageing with powerhouse ingredients such as Vitamin E. Plus it contains 5 different kinds of hyaluronic acid, ensuring optimal absorption with maximum hydration! When applied to the skin, it will effortlessly blend and moisturises and firm the area around the eyes, reduce the appearance of dark eye circles and puffiness.

Last but not least, plump up your ski with Two Lips’ Pout Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum. This rich serum is easily absorbed into your skin and is gynaecologically and dermatologically tested so it’s not only safe for your face, but for your body too (ps. your vulva).

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5 eye makeup products to wear with a mask

by jialezheng   ·  1 year ago   ·  

Putting on a face mask as we leave the house is the new normal, but that doesn’t mean that you should stop serving looks while being responsible and staying safe and healthy.

Since the face mask covers half our face, we might want to put away our lipsticks and contouring palette, and instead focus on what the area that people will get to see – our eyes. Now it’s the time to perfect our eye makeup game, after all, the eyes are the windows to the soul, no? So it’s time to get your favourite eye makeup kit out, and if you don’t have one already, we’ve rounded up our top picks for you to pick up! Plus when you pay with Atome, you get to split the bill into three 0% interest payments.

Everyone knows the importance of brows. It helps to shape your face as well as define and accentuate your eyes. This eyebrow pencil and brush from BeautyMaker is top favourite with its unique triangular tip that glides on effortlessly, while the custom-designed spoolie is made to blend the colour seamlessly. Now that we’re wearing a mask whenever we head out, our brows are definitely going to draw more attention. So keep them neat and looking good for your face shape, and avoid over-plucking them!

Play up your eye makeup and add some dimension to your look with this palette filled with colours that are great for daily wear. With a mixture of shimmery and matte shadows, you can recreate classic looks.

Add length and volume to your eyelashes with Mak-Cara Long Lash Curling mascara. Perfect for Singapore’s hot weather, this waterproof mascara curls and lengthen your lashes with a long-lasting effect.

If you haven’t booked your lash extension appointment yet, you might just want to hold the phone. byCaxs has a wide range of ultra soft lashes that will help you bring out your inner doll, as well as a collection of coloured contact lenses that will make your eyes pop. But our current obsession is their latest Stuck On You lash adhesive that comes in clear and black, and makes putting on false lashes a breeze.

This award-winning lash and brow growth serum will help you get longer, thicker eyelashes and brows! All you have to do is swipe them on clean lashes and brows before you go to bed!

Whatever you’re doing and wherever you’re going (or if you’re staying home), makeup is a great way to express ourselves. So whether you’re going for a natural makeup look or experimenting with vibrant colours, or skipping makeup altogether, feel comfortable and continue to stay safe during this time.

If you’re looking to play around with new makeup products, pay later with Atome to split your bill into three. Download the Atome app today to shop your favourite brands!

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Call it a day with these 4 skincare masks

by jialezheng   ·  1 year ago   ·  

The end of the working day means it’s time to shut off and indulge in some me-time. As we all either continue to work from home, or head back to the office – we know the importance of a work-life-balance (even if it’s something that we’re constantly struggling with). No matter what you’re dealing with at the moment, a facial mask can help signal to your brain that it’s time to unwind and slow down.

Skincare masks are infused with concentrated ingredients to help address an array of skin issues to help you achieve the skin that you want – from brightening, moisturising, firming to purifying. Simply add this to your skincare routine and reap the benefits, even if you’re only using it once a week! No matter what your skin goal is, we’ve rounded up the best face mask for you to stock up and relax with. Shop these now and pay later with Atome to split your bill into three interest-free instalments.

This 5 minute foaming mask is designed to deep-cleanse pores, lift dirt, oil and makeup away from the skin, all while hydrating your skin! It gently purifies and balance the skin with its mix of Vitamin C, antioxidants and soy protein!

This vitality cream mask moisturises, renews and strengthens the skins. Made with a combination of Avocado oil to hydrate the skin, this masks restores the skins’ physiology and is ideal for all skin types!

This DermaShield Mask has received a Beauty award in 2019 as the best moisturising mask due to each sheet being soaked with DermaShield Serum that helps to reinforce protection from blue light (emitted from our phones, computers, tvs, ipads) and infra-red light. This mask packs a powerful puhch against environmental pollutants, while leaving our skin feeling smooth and moisturised.

Lastly, this Rose Water Radiance Mask instantly brightens and refreshes the skin with its enriched plant formula. Add this to your skincare routine each week and unveil your naturally radiant skin. Post mask, you’ll notice that your skin is brighter and more glowy than before!

No matter what your skin woes are, we’ve got you covered! These masks not only nourishes and protect your skin, but reminds you to take time for yourself and relax. Shop these masks and pay later with Atome to say goodbye to large upfront costs! With the Atome app, the bill gets split instantly into three easy parts, paid over a period of three months. There’s no hassle, no hidden charges or service fees – everything is seamless and transparent from start to finish. Download the Atome app to find out more and start shopping today!

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7 skincare products to start and end your day with

by jialezheng   ·  1 year ago   ·  

Looking forward to heading back out to work and play in Phase 2? Keep up your self-care routine while you’re heading out and look after your skin. After being home for so long, our skin has been less exposed to external factors and pollution, so remember to prep your skin and get it ready to face the day. Once you’re home, relax and unwind and get your skin ready of a night of renewal.

No matter what you’re doing, remember to do so cautiously and safely. If you’re heading out to do some shopping, pay safely with Atome’s contactless system where all you have to do is scan the QR code and you’re done! The bill gets split automatically into three equal parts to be paid over a period of three months, with 0% interest!

Kick start the day with this gentle honey cleanser to freshen up and brighten your skin, getting you ready to take on the day. It’s made with 60% unrefined raw honey, so it cleanses your face without stripping it of any natural oils, soothing and softening the skin and leaving it with a healthy, glowing complexion.

As your skin renews itself very night, exfoliating your face in the morning will help remove any dead skin and give your skin a radiant glow to start your day. This Illuminating Face Polish contains a blend of natural exfoliants and active plant enzymes to rid the skin of impurities. Mixed with manuka honey and bilberry, this face polish will assist with natural cell regeneration.

Restore your skin’s barrier and protect it from environmental toxins with Dr Wu. Intensive Repairing Serum with Squalane. This serum is quickly absorbed into the skin and gives it a dewy look. And Squalane is a plant-based ingredient that helps to refine signs of ageing.

After your serum soaks in, layer on your moisturiser to help protect and hydrate your skin. This Olive Protective Face Moisturiser SPF15 is a botanical dream team made of olive leaf, cranberry and blueberry extracts, and it’s combined with UV lters and vitamin E to maximise your protecting from the sun while restoring moisture to the skin!

If you’re experiencing with stubborn pigmentation, this serum is for you. This Unitone is a special treatment formula that helps to prevent and reduce hormonal pigmentation, lightening these marks.

This lightweight yet creamy Intensive Moisturizer contains a synergistic combination of botanical extracts and hyaluronic acid to work against dry skin. Layer this on top of your serums and feel your skin become suppler and more radiant with continued usage.

SigiSkin’s Dream Capsule overnight mask is made with bakuchiol (a 100% plant derived retinol alternative – making it a preferred choice by those with sensitive skin). Bakuchiol helps to hydrate, boost collagen production and reduce fine lines on the skin, all while you sleep! It absorbs quickly into the skin, without leaving a thick layer of cream on the skin.

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The best sunscreens to wear

by jialezheng   ·  1 year ago   ·  

Even though most of us are spending more time indoors, or less time under direct sunlight, sunblock is an absolute must-have on your face. Let’s face it, sunscreens are not just to prevent you from getting sunburn, it also helps to prevent skin damage, wrinkles, dark spots, and reducing your risk of skin cancer.

And while that’s great and all, some of us must be wondering why wear we sunblock indoors, I mean, shouldn’t we be only wearing sunblock when we’re actually out in the sun? Fair question, but nope. There are two different types of rays that the sun emits, UVA rays and UVB rays.

UVA rays are able to penetrate through clouds and glass, and are linked to sunspots, fine lines and wrinkles. While UVB rays causes burns and redness. Both rays are dangerous and detrimental to the skin, as exposure can cause a breakdown in collagen (making your skin less youthful looking) and may damage our cells (potentially leading to skin cancer).

So even if you’re staying home, remember that sunlight can come in through the windows and therefore, it’s important to wear sunscreen indoors. I know, I know, sunscreens bring you back to memories of the pool/beach and your parents slathering on extra thick lotion that left you feeling greasy and sticky all over. The good news is that brands have formulated sunscreens that are so lightweight and absorbent that you almost forget that you put it on.

We’ve rounded up the best sunscreens for you, and when you use Atome to check out, you get to pay later and split the bill into three easy interest-free instalments. It’s a seamless process, setting up your account is a breeze and keeping track of your repayments is easy with the Atome app.

IOPE Sun Protecter XP has a lightweight texture that gets absorbed into the skin, without leaving a sticky finish after. In addition, it protects the skin from fine dust and harmful pollutants, keeping the skin healthy and fresh.

If you’re looking for a vegan sunscreen, this one’s for you. It has an ultra hydration formula that protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays, as well as other environmentally aggravations. It blends into the skin seamlessly, and doesn’t leave behind any white residue. It’s made with avocado and acai extracts that are both rich in vitamin E and fatty acids — these help counteract the effects of the sun’s infrared rays while keeping the skin youthful and supple.

Enriched with calming and special antioxidants, this high protection sunscreen not only protects the skin from UVA, UVB, but also infrared (IR) radiation. It’s light, easily absorbable, and water resistant so if you’re planning your next beach holiday (way into the future), pack this with you!

Formulated for humid climates (read: Singapore), this broad-spectrum sunscreen also regenerates and soothes sensitive skin. It helps to shield, repair and brighten your skin. It’s a great last-step to your skincare routine.

This multi-tasking sunscreen not only deflects both UVA and UVB rays, it also fights pigmentation and photo-ageing. It forms a shield against the harmful rays and overtime, it will reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and increase skin cell renewal.

Last but not least, this SCO Sunlover Facescreen is an oil-free, non-greasy sunscreen with a SPF50+++. It’s armed with sodium hyaluronate to help skin stay hydrated and is infused with vitamin B3 to give your complexion an antioxidant boost to ease wrinkles and fine lines.

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Hair care tips for healthier, shinier hair

by jialezheng   ·  1 year ago   ·  

“I do my hair toss, check my nails, baby how you feeling?” Honestly, feeling ready to call it a weekend, light some candles and laze around in bed with a face mask on. Even as phase one of post-Circuit Breaker life begins, most of us are still working at home which means we have more time to do and learn new things from the ever-giving internet.

Embrace all the time spent at home and emerge a beauty master with tips and tracks that we’ve learnt. However, skin-care has always been the hot topic for many, so much so that we often neglect our hair.

If you’re looking to improve the condition of your hair with some TLC,  we’ve got the products for you, with some tips below. Click on the links below to start shopping and when you check out, remember to pay with Atome to split your bill into three 0% interest instalments. Paying with Atome allows you to enjoy more of the things you love today, and empowers you to achieve financial freedom.

It’s no secret that washing your hair every day isn’t great as it strips your hair of its natural oil which is vital for healthy, shiny hair. For days that you’re not washing your hair, pick up For Beat’s Pure Me Hair Brush. The hair brush has 105 purifying fibre bristles that will help soak up excess oil grease and sweat residue, all while detangling and smoothening hair.

Up your shampoo game and shop on Beauty Emporium for their Malin+Goetz’s best-selling hydrating shampoo. Synthesize with natural peppermint extract, it effectively purifies and balances all hair and scalp types. If you have to absolutely wash your hair every day, this formula is gentle enough to be used daily without stripping your hair of its natural oils.

Tip: Start your shower routine with warm water to help remove any reside and dirt from your scalp, but rinse your hair out with cold water to close the cuticles and pores in the scalp, which results in shinier hair!

If your scalp gets itchy and irritated easily, you might have a sensitive scalp. There are several reasons that may cause this and it ranges from internal factors caused by stress or an imbalance diet, to external factors such as pollution, or even a shampoo with a harsh formula which may cause excess sebum secretion. In order to effectively treat your scalp, choose a shampoo whose purpose is to addresses this issue. Superwomen510’s Anti-Sensitive Shampoo is a specially designed to help comfort and protect the scalp. Cleansing it gently without causing any irritation.

Tip: Use this time at home to take a break from heat styling and hot tools, instead of blow-drying your hair, let your hair air dry and give your scalp a breather.

There’s nothing like leaving it to the professionals to take care of your hair – because honestly, there’s no one who know hair better than these experts. With the start of Phase 1, hair salons are opened with all services to be resumed. However, don’t rush down without making an appointment, as most places are fully booked.

We love Number76’s gift card as there’s no expiration date and it’s a perfect gift for someone you know who has been itching to head back to the salon (or even yourself, because you deserve it).

Take extra care of your scalp with Powella’s Herbal Finishing Rinse Concentrate. This leave-in rinse is made with apple cider vinegar and lavender to help reduce inflammation and soothe any scalp irritation. With a touch of chamomile known for its ability to condition the hair to shine!

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Level up your self-care routine

by jialezheng   ·  1 year ago   ·  

As circuit breaker is lifted, there are still measures in place to help keep us all safe. Most of us can’t head back to work yet, so we’re still spending more time at home. If you’re looking to level up your self-care routine, you can add some time into your schedule and dedicate it to taking care of ourselves. Whether you’re keen on trying new products, introducing new steps into your skincare regime or just up your shower game with exfoliation. We can trade the time spent for commuting to work, to doing things we enjoy.

Put your 2-step skincare routine on pause, and choose to take extra care of your skin and body. Looking to try new products but it doesn’t fit into your monthly budget? Split the bill into three manageable repayments with Atome, after all, it’s okay to treat yourself to these little luxuries in life. When you use Atome to check out online, you can spread the payments over three months, all at zero interest.

Remind yourself to slow down and take a breather, after all, self-care is a necessity.

Well we can’t head out for Happy Hour yet, you can bring happy hour to the shower with this exclusive shower gel. It has an invigorating and refreshing scent that cleanses the skin and detoxifies the body. Plus it contains torch ginger to help boost circulation, juniper to reduce fluid retention and remove toxins, lemon to uplift the senses and clary sage to soothe and calm the soul. Add this to your shower routine, and thank us later.

Ageing is inevitable and completely normal, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with ageing. But if you’re looking to slow down the signs of ageing, IDS Skincare’s potent age-fighting treatment is here for you. This high-performing formula contains a comprehensive array of ingredients including minerals, adenosine, elastin and hyaluronate. This concentrate targets the multiple signs of ageing, and will have a visible improvement in skin texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with a continued and prolonged use.

Brands have been shedding more light on vaginal care, and for good reason. It’s important to eradicate the stigma around this female anatomy and no longer beat around the bush. Vulva skin is extremely sensitive and as such, Two Lips has designed a line of products to cater to this area. For starters, we love this Diamond Gentle Vitamin C Brightening Serum from Two Lips. This serum is packed with a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C, making it extremely suitable and gentle for the skin around the area. Together with hydrolysed collagen, this serum inhibits melanin production, improves skin elasticity and retains hydration, resulting in brighter, glowing skin. Because the formula is so gentle, it can also be used on the face and body.

Face oils are the holy grail products for many. Face oils benefit your skin in so many many ways. W.ANT The Face Oil helps you achieve the ultimate natural glow with this lightweight, cold-pressed facial oil. Formulated from pure botanical oils that lock in moisture, this facial oil promotes skin regeneration and prevent free-radical damage. Packed with vitamins A,C, E and essential fatty acids from pure botanical oils such as Kukui oil, Rosehip and Baobab oil, this facial oil ensures that your skin stays soft and supple.

Sleep your way to better skin with Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. Wake up to clear, bright and revitalised skin. This lightweight gel sleeping mask is oil-free, and it’s recommended to be used twice a week to deliver high dosages of moisture to parched skin.

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Relaxing beauty buys to help de-stress

by jialezheng   ·  1 year ago   ·  

My my my, what a situation we’re in, right? It’s been over a month since Circuit Breaker began and honestly, is anyone else feeling like dousing themselves in lavender oil and calling it a year? We can’t escape the current climate and one of the best things we can do now is stay calm, it’s simple but it’s true.

What we do to stay calm differs from person to person, whether it’s a home workout, baking, meditation, taking a hot shower, curling up to a good book, or using beauty products that promises to calm and soothe you. We’re sharing our favourite products to help you relax and de-stress. Take some time for yourself and pamper yourself with some of our most relaxing beauty buys.

If your skin is starting to act out from the stress, this Anionic mask is going to help. It acts as a magnet to pull out micro-size pollutants and other impurities from your skin that built up throughout the day. It’s gentle enough on your skin to be used every day, and it contains all the good stuff to boost moisture and elasticity in the skin, while preventing wrinkles and lightening up any dark spots. Remember to turn your phone into Do Not Disturb mode before you put this on for the ultimate escape.

Up your home facial routine with a salon worthy mask – Flowwe’s Regeneration mask with BioCellulose Fiber Mask. The mask is known for its amazing skin adhesion and skin toning effect. Plus, you get to pick a Phyris Essential Ampoule to suit your skin’s needs. If your skin is feeling dry, choose the Deep Moisture ampoule to inject some hydration into your skin. Or if you’re looking for extra radiance and energy, the Beauty Boost is for you! Concerned about fine lines showing up on your skin? The Ageless Ampoule can definitely help plump your skin for a smoother appearance. If your skin is looking irritated, the Calm and Even Ampoule can help relax and reduce redness. While the Stressless Ampoule will help regenerate and tighten the contours on your face. Lastly, Matt and Fine helps to mattify the skin, and refine the appearance of pores, leaving you with a smooth and even complexion.

After a long day, one of the most relaxing things to do is to rub on some natural essential oils and call it a day. There’s an array of essentials oils dedicated to helping you relax, mentally and physically. With so many options out there in the market, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We’ve round up three of our favourites from Natural Living Asia to help relieve stress, relax your muscles and boost your mood. Curio Elixir’s No 23 Manage My Stress Roll On is pretty self-explanatory. It contains a blend of peppermint, geranium and frankincense, which will help you relieve stress (surprise surprise!), clear your mind and improve positivity. While the No 22 Relaxing Muscles Roll On is a favourite to help relieve any pain on your muscles, joints and tendons. Made with a mix of eucalyptus, sweet orange and frankincense oil, this is perfect to help relax your muscles after a day of sitting at your WFH set up. Lastly, the No 21 Stimulating Mood Roll On is exceptionally crucial in today’s landscape. Rub it onto your temples to help lessen worries and unwind your mind, and indulge your senses in a blend of sweet orange, rosemary and geranium oil. Pro-tip is to rub them on your pulse points (wrists, temples) before you fall asleep so that you can fall into deep sleep and wake up refreshed the next morning.

Put your mind at ease during the day and slather on some sunscreen to protect your skin. Inside this tube contains an uber hydrating, vegan sunscreen that helps prevent premature ageing. It protects your skin from UVA, UVB rays and blue light (the light emitted from your laptop and phone!), as well as environmental aggravations. Highly rated and reviewed, many have touted it as the best sunscreen they’ve ever used.

Did you know that the repetitive motion of brushing your hair helps to ease muscles and calm your body? Your body adapts to a comforting routine and evokes a relaxation response. This can help calm you down and is a perfect way to unwind after a long day. We love a product that does more than it should and this hairbrush from For Beaut is definitely one. Not only does it detangle your hair, it soaks up oil grease and sweat residue with its purifying fibre bristles, while smoothening your hair. The bristles help to create a feeling of acupressure, essential for scalp care which will help keep it healthy and improve blood circulation. After all, there’s little things more relaxing than clean, silk hair.

There’s something magical about spa treatments that always transports us to a place of zen and serenity. If you’re looking for a meditative escape in the form of a spa treatment, look no further with Mirage Aesthetic’s Premium Hydra Beauty Set. The set contains collagen boosting formulas that helps to restore your skin’s natural radiance. It includes a Silk Protein Repairing Mask that leaves your skin feeling supple, clear and radiant. When used consistently, it visibly improves your skin, giving it a youthful glow. We recommend lighting a candle, and indulging

It can be difficult to make time for yourself to unwind, but we promise you won’t regret it. Boost your overall well-being and relax with these products. Your skin (and your body) will thank you for it! Plus when you pay with Atome, the bill gets split into three equal interest-free instalments, so there’s one less thing to stress about.

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