Improving the Appearance of Scars: Silicone Sheets or Gel?

  What are scars? Scars are a common problem following injury and can sometimes impact a person’s quality of life. They can vary in shape (pitted, flat or raised), size (small to large) and colour (hypopigmented,  red or darkened) and they may also feel painful, itchy, or hypersensitive. Contracture scars, which often happen after burns, […]

The Haze – 3 Ways it is a Hazard to Your Skin

    After a three-year break, the haze has returned to the South East Asian region. Haze contains dust, smoke particles, and air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide and particulate matter. Besides affecting the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, did you know the haze can also affect your skin?   […]

Retinoids – Tips for Safe and Effective Use

  Retinoids are an umbrella term for retinol products, a staple ingredient in anti-aging skincare. They are vitamin A-derived products that help to improve pigmentation, skin texture and skin tone by stimulating a quicker renewal of skin cells. Retinols have been shown to inhibit collagenase (the enzyme that breaks down collagen), thus boosting collagen production. […]

5 Sunscreen Mistakes to Avoid

  It’s official. Sunscreen is one of our best defences against skin aging. Researchers have found that it not only protects you from sunburns and skin cancer, it also guards against photoaging: the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.1 However, there is a catch. Sunscreen has to […]

Broad-Spectrum Sun Protection: Why you need it indoors and out

Most of us know that exposure to UV rays damage our skin. “A is for Aging, B is for Burn’’ is a simple way to remember that UVA leads to premature aging (wrinkles, roughness, hyperpigmentation), while UVB causes sunburns, and both contribute to the development of skin cancer. Besides ultraviolet rays, we have to be […]

#Skinclusivity: Beauty in every skin tone

Today, when diversity is celebrated, do people still hold prejudices on skin color? Perhaps not openly, but all of us have implicit biases influenced by our experiences and environment. Like it or not, people tend to prefer others who are similar to themselves. Implicit biases are attitudes and stereotypes that are largely unintentional and outside […]

Caring for Rosacea-prone Skin

Tip 1: Choose suitable products According to surveys by the National Rosacea Society, patients reported that the following ingredients may trigger rosacea: alcohol (66 percent), witch hazel (30 percent), fragrance (30 percent), menthol (21 percent), peppermint (14 percent) and eucalyptus oil (13 percent). Astringents and exfoliating agents may also be too harsh for skin with […]

Red-faced over Rosacea?

“My face looked like a tomato, and people thought I was blushing when there was initially nothing to be embarrassed about,” said Jennifer Lim*, a 32-year-old office worker. “The worst part was, the flushing and looks from others made me self-conscious and embarrassed.”  Jennifer has rosacea, a chronic facial inflammatory skin disorder characterized by flushing, […]

Disarming Common Rosacea Triggers

According to a patient survey by The National Rosacea Society, sun exposure, emotional stress and hot weather were the top three most common trigger factors for rosacea, affecting 80%, 79% and 75% of patients, respectively. Before you think of moving to Yuko in Canada, do note that paradoxically, wind and cold weather are also common […]

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Can eating fern extract protect your skin from the sun?

For decades, dermatologists and beauty experts have warned of the damaging effects of UV radiation and preached the importance of sun protection to minimize premature skin aging. Even those of us who spend most of our time indoors are not spared, as UV radiation can pass through windows and damage our skin while we are […]