If we’re talking about the hottest items in the make-up industry, BB and CC creams are guaranteed to be included on that list. The two ‘miracle’ products have sparked a buzz in the Asian beauty market, which soon spanned to a worldwide scale. It is not a surprise how they are revered to as an all-in-one product, as they are famous for offering myriad benefits to the skin which can only be achieved through applying various products.

However, a number of people still remain clueless and confused as to how these two products differ from each other. While both the BB cream and CC cream function similarly when applied on the face, there are actually differences in terms of their texture, coverage, and benefits.

• Meaning: BB cream stands for Beauty/Blemish Balm cream, while CC cream stands for Complex/Color Correcting cream.

• Texture: The BB cream has a thick and heavy texture, but the CC cream has an airy and light texture. The former has a thicker pigmentation, while the latter is perfect for acne-prone skin types which only require light touch-up.

• Coverage: BB cream has a light and medium coverage. This makes it perfect to use as a make-up base. CC cream, however, has a notably full and medium coverage considering its color-correcting benefits on the skin. It is also used to conceal light scars, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone for hours.

• Benefits: The BB cream acts as a primer and moisturizer. It brightens your face and smoothens out your skin. Meanwhile, the CC cream primarily conceals imperfections and corrects the uneven color of your skin.

Which is best for you?
If you are blessed with a clear skin, using a BB cream is ideal for everyday wear. It can be a good pick-me-up product as it provides a natural-looking finish.

CC cream is best suited for sensitive skin. This includes acne-prone, oily, and problematic skin types. It is also perfect for skin which suffers frequent discoloration such as redness.

If you’re looking for a practical buy, a BB cream not only saves your time but it also saves your money. It is considered a jack-of-all-trades in a single product with all the benefits of a serum, primer, foundation, and moisturizer.

Achieving that youthful glow doesn’t have to be difficult. With added skin care benefits, CC cream is your ticket to regaining the natural vigor of your skin.

The SPF in CC cream is also relatively higher, thus it protects the skin better especially if you’re planning to spend long hours basked under the summer sun.

Commercial branded products often vary in terms of their properties, so it’s still best to conduct your own research. Take into account your personal skin condition in order to buy the product which is the best fit for your skin.

It seems that the last thing you can do when you’re a hot mess with unbearable cough and sore throat is putting on a full-glam look, but there are some techniques that require very little effort to look good—perfect for when it takes a lot of effort just to bring yourself to the mirror. Here are some ways to look fresh and presentable the next time the unpredictable weather takes its toll on you.

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1. Try Caffeinated Face Scrub

When you wake up feeling sick, taking a shower may not be on your priority list, but at least wash your face. An energizing caffeine-powered face scrub is just the thing to wake your senses and make you feel refreshed. Any caffeinated beauty product brightens and tightens the skin and leaves you with that delightful tingling sensation, perfect to start the day when you’re not feeling your best.

2. Moisturize Your Skin

One of the easiest ways to look healthy when you’re sick is to keep your skin hydrated. Just because you’re not feeling well doesn’t mean you can forego skin care. Facial moisturizer instantly gives your face the glow it desperately needs—and also protects the skin against constant friction from all the tissue you will be using on your nose. For more skin moisturizing effect, use a tinted moisturizer instead of a foundation as your base.

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3. Sculpt the Brows

You’d be surprised how well-groomed and sculpted brows bring life to the face. Not only does tamed brows make you look put-together, a nice arch also lifts the face in a snap. So, whether you have naturally full brows or a sparse pair, a tinted brow gel is the quickest way to colour and shape your arches.

4. Put Some Colour On your Skin

It’s normal to look pale when you’re sick. To bring back the colour, put on some cream bronzer and blush. Apply bronzer on the perimeters of the face and blush on the apples of the cheeks. The right amount of bronzer and blush will add the much-needed healthy colour on the skin.

5. Swipe Some Gloss

Cracked lips are obvious signs that you are terribly sick, but a swipe of lip gloss can easily bring those puckers back to life. Pick a sheer lip gloss with a light pink hue that’s close to your natural lip colour. As much as possible, avoid nude shades as they only wash you out even more.

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Being sick can make you feel down, but sometimes you just need to bring yourself up and face the world. These simple ways to look good are worth the extra effort, because after all, when you look good, you feel good.

Making yourself prettier nowadays can be very easy. There are a lot of products you can choose from depending on your preference of prize and skin sensitivity. If you are a newbie, don’t fret. All you just have to do is equip yourself with the right start-up kit that you can use and practice with. Here are the must-haves the Singapore women listed as they started their beauty journey:

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  1. BB Cream. There are many BB Creams offered in the market by well-known brands or even locally made products. For a tip, go for something that you are sure how to use, perfect fit to your skin like those lightweight creams with SPF, etc. These types of products can give you that warm pinkish glow and spreads in your face in the right amount of coverage making you as fresh and young-looking as ever.

 

  1. Liquid Concealer. If you have beauty problems like zits and freckles, it is mandatory that you use liquid concealer to hide them instantly. This beauty product can help you look flawless and can even your skin tone if properly used.

 

  1. Face Palette. For a make-up noob like you, this should be your BFF. If you want to try different types of make-up looks to beautify your face, buy one of these. You can ask someone more experienced to help you out or you can practice by yourself with the help of YouTube and other beauty or fashion websites.

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  1. Gel and Liquid Eyeliner. This is probably one of the products that are the most challenging to apply. If you’re still new at this, try to find those types with angle tips that can help you to draw lines easily as you paint your lid.

 

  1. Mascara. Part of baby steps is to use mascara. You need this in order to get full and thick set of lashes. Usually you have to buy an eyelash curler as mascara’s partner but there are tons of products and brands nowadays that offer both. If you have mastered putting your mascara, you can take one step further by buying false eyelashes and lash extensions for better looks.

 

  1. Lipstick. You can never go wrong with wearing lipstick. Whatever shade you like or fits with your look and mood, lipsticks deliver even without the need to put more make-up on your face. For beginners, the usual colors are red, pink and other light colors. You might want to add some lip balm or lip gloss to give it an extra shine but nonetheless your start-up kit will then be complete once you purchase this one.

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Oftentimes, diet and exercise is still not enough. No matter how hard you try to cut down on unhealthy eats and do more rigorous activities, there are still certain fatty areas in the body that won’t melt off. While this has been a long known fact, many women still believe that a few more lunges and crunches can make these problematic spots disappear.

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Fortunately, surgical fat removal procedure is no longer the only option we have today. There’s no need to endure lengthy downtime that will keep you from doing your work and day-to-day activities, and no need to be in discomfort to wait for your body to heal. Thanks to coolsculpting—the new, non-invasive way to reduce fat and get rid of unwanted cellulites.

Why Is It Called Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting uses cryolipolysis, which is a method that utilizes cold temperature to destroy fat cells. What’s cool about this is that the surrounding tissues are not affected and remain healthy. In the days and weeks following the treatment, your body’s natural mechanism metabolizes the dead fat cells and washes them out of your system. Once optimum result is achieved, you will see a 25 to 35 percent reduction in your fatty regions.

How Cold Can It Get?

Definitely not to the point where it feels like burning, though you’ll feel the coldness penetrating deep down the skin, which only lasts for the first few minutes before the area numbs. Depending on the size of the target area, your surgeon chooses an applicator from the three different size options that the sculpting machine has. With mild suction, the skin is gently pulled up by the applicators. No need to worry though as the procedure isn’t painful and doesn’t even need anaesthesia. Many people have visited Astique Clinic for coolsculpting in Singapore and have had great results with it. Furthermore, since the procedure takes just about an hour to complete, you can simply while that time relaxing, listening to music, talking on the phone, playing games or even doing some work on your tablet or laptop.

The Many Benefits of Coolsculpting

Aside from getting rid of extra packets of fat from certain parts of the body, coolsculpting Singapore offers more benefits to patients:

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• It’s a non-surgical procedure, so there will be no chances of scarring from incisions.
• This non-surgical treatment is less expensive than its surgical counterpart.
• Pain and discomfort is minimal. Your body will respond to the procedure, but there’s no need for prescription drugs or pain relievers. Cold compresses after the treatment will suffice.
• Recovery period is very short. Although some patients have reported slight tingling sensation following the procedure, it usually goes away within hours.
• You don’t have to miss out on work and everyday activities. With coolsculpting Singapore there’s no downtime, so it’s possible to resume to work even right after you have completed a session.
• Results can also be drastic. Ridding of 25 to 35 percent of fat per treatment, this non-invasive treatment can really make a difference. If the results you expected aren’t achieved in one treatment, you can always do another one. Because the procedure isn’t painful, many patients do multiple treatments and enjoy better results.

Coolsculpting is an ideal option to those individuals who don’t want the extensive work and hassle of a traditional surgical fat reduction procedure. Coolsculpting is very relaxed, with most patients able to take a nap or read a book as the machine does its work. There is no need for anaesthesia, so you’re awake the entire team and be able to leave once the treatment has completed.

Results Take Time

This procedure needs time for its results to be noticeable, so you need to be patient. It takes anywhere between two and four months for the body to completely eradicate the destroyed fat cells. After that period, you’ll see the full result of the treatment. During that time, if you would like to trim off a few more inches from certain parts, you can schedule another coolsculpting appointment. While the destroyed fat cells are permanently eradicated, existing fatty tissues can develop. So, it is still of great importance to live a healthy lifestyle to maintain optimum results.

A Few Reminders

• Coolsculpting isn’t a replacement for healthy diet and exercise. These are necessary in maintaining the treatment’s results.
• Best result is achieved when a 360-approach is taken. If you only treat one small area, the body won’t maintain its new shape as you gain and lose weight over time. If you treat areas completely, your new shape remains even as you shrink and grow over the course of your life.
• Weight gain after the procedure is caused by the remaining fat cells that have expanded, which creates bulges and cellulites like those you already got rid of.
• This non-surgical procedure does not address loose skin. Once full result is achieved, the sagging skin may become more prominent, requiring a surgical treatment, such as body lift or tummy tuck to firm the skin up again.
• Coolsculpting should only be performed by a licensed surgeon.
• You should set a reasonable expectation to ensure satisfactory results of the procedure.
• Since there’s only three sizes for the applicator, the treatment can accommodate areas that are soft enough to be suck into the device. Hard to reach areas and very taut skin may not be suitable for this treatment.

Coolsculpting is the fastest growing non-invasive fat reduction procedure in Singapore. Those individuals who don’t have the time for extensive recovery period associated with surgical weight loss treatments may find a quick and painless solution in coolsculpting.

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Dermatologists warn us of the most common causes of aging such as excessive sun exposure and habitual smoking. This is the reason why most of us go crazy in looking for products that offer optimum sun protection and others try to quite their smoking habit.

However, there are other causes of aging. Some of these are little known to us and are unknowingly wreaking havoc on our skin’s health. We shed light on some of these sneaky things that age our skin.

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  • Pillow

Something in contact with our face 6 to 8 hours a day is bound to affect our skin’s health on a major scale. Normal cotton pillowcases cause breakouts and wrinkles, especially if you’re one of those people who like sleeping sideways. Cotton pillowcases can cause too much friction in the skin as we move in our sleep causing wrinkles and lines. To prevent this problem, opt for sleeping in a well-shaped pillow or using a silk pillowcase.

 

  • Fluorescent lights

Fluorescent lighting makes us look horrible in photos and in real life as well. According to experts, sitting under fluorescent lights for a total of 8 hours a day for 5 days a week will result to a significantly high amount of UV exposure. It is not yet clear if this amount is enough to cause skin cancer, but it definitely leads to photo-aging and skin damage.

 

  • Your eye makeup

The skin surrounding our eyes is very delicate. Improper and harsh removal of eye makeup can cause in the formation of fine lines under our eyes and wrinkles in our eyelids. This is why dermatologists always stress that the removal of eye makeup should be done with utmost care and gentleness. A helpful tip: When removing eye makeup, use petroleum jelly and apply it on the eye area for 5 minutes before gently wiping it off using a cotton ball or your trusty cleaning wipes.

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  • Acrylic nail polish

We may not know it but the polish we use to make our nails pretty is actually aging our hands. Constant use and removal of acrylic nail polish is damaging your cuticle skin, causing inflammation and thickening. Also, wearing acrylic nails in general does make our hands look older.

 

  • Fad dieting

Fad diets are very popular especially on younger people wanting to lose weight fast. However, this is unhealthy and totally bad for the skin. When we yo-yo diet, the skin loses its elasticity because of the fluctuations in your weight. To make skin taut, it is advised that you keep a stable weight.

 

  • Exaggerated facial expressions

Ever notice yourself furrowing your brows in intense concentration when at work? This is unknowingly bad for the skin. When we furrow our brows constantly, lines start to appear in the center of our eyebrows. The same can be said when you like to raise your brows when getting your point across- fine lines can form on your forehead area. Facial expressions are generally not bad but it should be kept in moderation in order to get wrinkle-free skin.

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Aloe Vera, which is also popularly known as the plant of immortality, contains 75 naturally active substances like amino acids, minerals and vitamins. Apart from those active substances, aloe Vera is also rich in saponins – a natural cleanser that helps in getting rid of skin problems, making it an excellent skincare product. So before you start thinking twice about adding in aloe Vera gel in your beauty regimen, here are some of the proven benefits of adding the plant on your skincare regimen.

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1. Protects From the Sun’s Harmful Rays. One of the known skincare benefits of aloe Vera is sun protection. The gel forms a layer on the skin that serves as a protective layer and helps in refilling its moisture. Choline, a moisturizing compound found in aloe plants, works by healing sun burns faster, while the Choline salicylate reduces the inflammation, redness and swelling of the burn.

2. Destroys Acne-Causing Bacteria. Unlike in other plants, aloe Vera contains Gibberellins (plant hormone) and Polysaccharides (plant chemical compound) that protects the skin from the acne-causing bacteria. A research conducted among 60 Singapore men and women with mild acne showed a drastic acne reduction when aloe vera by forever living products from Singapore, mixed with retinoid cream, was used. As per the researchers, it may be due to the fact that aloe Vera can penetrate deeper into the skin to wipe out the bacteria trapped in the clogged skin pores.

3. Moisturizes the Skin. Another good thing about aloe Vera Singapore is that it moisturizes the skin without making it look oily. For men, the gel can be used and applied as an after-shave product as aloe Vera includes natural healing properties that heals almost any small cut.

4. Removes Scars. While it may not look like it, aloe Vera gel actually helps in removing scars including acne marks. A research shows that the plant aids in maintaining collagen production during the injury recovery process, thus keeping scars from forming. Other than that, aloe gel can also be used as a defensive coat over the scar to speed up its healing process.

5. Lessens Stretch Marks and Wrinkles. As you get old, getting wrinkles becomes normal and yet, everyone starts feeling anxious about their look when a wrinkle line appears. Luckily, you can already use aloe gel to lessen those unwanted marks and lines. Aloe Vera contains a good amount of antioxidants including beta carotene, and vitamins C and E that aids in improving the skin’s natural elasticity while keeping it hydrated. Other than that, the antioxidant properties of aloe Vera Singapore also helps in healing and reducing stretch marks.

6. Reduces Itchiness and Skin Inflammation. Apart from healing stretch marks and preventing appearance of wrinkles, aloe Vera can also be used to reduce itchiness and skin inflammation. Aloe Vera gel contains a soothing essence known as choline that aids in lessening itchiness and skin inflammation. In fact, even Ayurveda uses aloe Vera compounds to cure skin problems like acne, eczema and psoriasis.

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7. Aids in Treating Skin Pigmentation. Brown spots can be a real cause of stress for some of us, but with aloe Vera, this doesn’t have to be the case. Our skin colour often depends on the pigments called melanin that are created by melanocytes. The pigment often appears in the form of brown patches in areas like the forehead, nose, cheeks, upper lip and the chin – and since aloe Vera Singapore contains substances like polysaccharides and mucilaginous, it can help in lightening the pesky brown spots.

8. Minimizes Excessive Oil Production of Skin. Excessive oil production combined with dirt and dust is what often causes skin problems like acne, inflammation, pimples, and black- and whiteheads. Luckily, all this can be prevented or treated with the help of the aloe gel. The plant contains choline salicylate, which aids in minimizing the skin’s excessive oil secretion, thus maintaining the oil level on the skin.

9. Treats Blemishes. Blemishes are the dark spots or skin discoloration caused by acne, aging, hormonal imbalance or excessive sun exposure. Fortunately, aloe Vera contains anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to treat or keep your skin from getting any blemishes.

DIY Aloe Vera Gel Uses

• For Glowing Skin. To get the glowing skin that you’ve always wanted, simply mix your aloe Vera gel with a teaspoon of milk and a little amount of turmeric powder. Once you’re done mixing, apply the mixture all over your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. After that, rinse the pack with clean water, pat your face dry with a soft towel and you now have a glowing skin.

• For Treating Blemishes. A good way to use aloe Vera gel to treat blemishes is to mix it with rose water and use the mixture as a facial pack for 20 minutes then wash it off. Use this method twice a week to completely treat blemishes and get the results that you want.

• For Getting Rid of Skin Pigmentation. Simply use the aloe gel on the pigmented areas of your body and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Do this every other day to help you deal with your skin pigmentation problems.

• For Refreshing, Clean Face. Aloe Vera gel isn’t just perfect for preventing and treating skin problems, it can also work as an excellent facial scrub alternative. All you’ve got to do is add two tablespoons of oatmeal and a tablespoon of honey in the gel to create a paste. After that, apply the mixture all over your face then gently massage it before rinsing off with water. You’ll surely be amazed with how clean and refreshed your skin looks after using this facial scrub.

Experiencing certain skin problems can be really depressing. So start using homemade aloe Vera gels or the ones found in the Singapore market now to get rid of your skin problems and ease your anxiety associated with the problem.

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