Lemon & Milk Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Homemade Face Mask

Cleopatra definitely knew what she was doing when she filled her tub with milk and bathed in it.

Milk is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and AHAs are commonly used in skincare to reduce wrinkles or signs of aging, and improving overall skin texture and smoothness. How does it work? By exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin, leaving a blemish-free skin that’s smooth like a baby’s bottom.

Now, as much as I wanted heavenly smooth skin, reenacting what Cleopatra did seemed a bit extravagant and a waste of good milk. So, I scouted for something easier and of course, more practical. Stumbling upon this homemade face mask recipe, I was overjoyed to find that it consisted of just milk and lemon (another natural source of AHA), both of which I already had lying around. Ahhh, joy!

So, without further ado…

How To Make A Lemon & Milk AHA Homemade Face Mask

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon full cream milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 small slice of lemon

Steps:

  1. Mix the lemon juice and the milk. Stir well.
  2. Throw in the lemon slice. It will curdle slightly, but don’t worry — it’s supposed to look funny.
  3. Leave it for 3-4 hours on a table somewhere, away from the cat and not in the fridge.
  4. Apply it very carefully on a clean face, taking care to avoid the eyes.
  5. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse well.

(A word of caution — this face mask may cause photosensitivity, so avoid the sun after using this.)

Didn’t I say it was easy-peasy?

How Did It Go For Me?

I whipped this up right before going out for dinner. After leaving it for close to 4 hours, the consistency of the face mask was still quite liquid and it didn’t curdle as much as I thought it should have, but I decided to go ahead with it anyway.

Pouring the mixture into my hands, I patted my very liquid homemade face mask gently on my face. The lemon juice may sting your face slightly (it sure did for me!), so make sure it’s far away from your eyes!

Now, because I was such a greedy little thing and overestimated the size of my face by maybe fifty times (I pretty much quadrupled the recipe above), I had quite a lot leftover so I decided to use the rest of it for my arms and legs.

And the results?

My face was so insanely soft, I couldn’t stop touching it!

And while there wasn’t a noticeable brightening effect on my face, it was certainly obvious on my legs as I have some scarring on them from scratching mosquito bites (whoops, yes I know I’m not supposed to do that!). Those areas of my skin definitely lightened up from just fifteen minutes of this concoction. So, if you do have some parts of your face with uneven skin tone, this could work well for you.

Verdict? I’ll definitely be repeating this mask again! It’s super easy and quick, and the immediate outcome is pretty darn great for a homemade recipe!

Miacare Acne Patch Review

Why did they not discover acne patches earlier?!!! WHYYY?!!

I could’ve gone through a blissful and happy teenage life completely pimple-free, and not having to panic when it’s photo day and a huge zit has just popped up overnight.

What Are Acne Patches?

Acne patches are essentially made from hydrocolloid dressing. Hydrocolloid dressings are commonly used in hospitals as adhesive gels to promote wound healing by absorbing pus and decreasing swelling.

What Is Miacare Acne Patch & How Does It Work?

Miacare Acne Patch is an invisible patch that absorbs pus for lightning-quick healing of pimples, and works best with pimples with “heads” (i.e. pus). It also provides a protective layer to avoid bacterial infection of your pimple.

 

When you get pimples, you don’t really want to poke / pick / burst it; otherwise, you’ll suffer from acne scars. How I wish I knew of the existence of this back when puberty hit. I will now have to live with the battle scars of raging acne forever (or until I decide to undergo laser surgery in Korea? :P)

Now, if you are of those people where your pimples stay deep in there for a long, long time, I personally feel that this product helps to draw the pus closer to the surface, although nothing comes out on the patch. It is really satisfying when you peel off the acne patch to see a whole load of gunk stuck in the patch — trust me on this.

Initially, I was disappointed when I saw nothing on my acne patch for one of my “deep buried” pimples but I felt that it “cooked” faster than usually. I will give the credit for Miacare Acne Patch for doing that as I didn’t do anything differently to my regime.

But What If I Just HAVE To Pop Them?

If you are one of those who just get some unexplainable satisfaction from picking at your pimples (like yours truly), this product is still for you!

I popped this pimple that was already “ripe” and slapped on Miacare Acne Patch. I find that it reduces the swelling and redness much quicker than usual. It also helped to absorb the remnants of the pus that did not come out in the initial popping and seals the wound and prevents the spread of bacteria. The wound was flat the next morning and looked quite faded. Awesome!!

How Do I Use An Acne Patch?

All you have to do is to put the patch onto your acne, gently press it in and you’re done!

Here’s a more comprehensive guide, which can be found on the pack itself.

 

The Acne Patch that I tried was for Day use.

Since the Day patch is very thin and quite unnoticeable, it can be worn under makeup. You can see that the patch is quite invisible against the skin, and can be easily hidden with some concealer.

 

Nobody commented but personally, I was still very conscious wearing it out during the day, so I would probably only wear it at home.

Miacare also has acne patch for night which has a thicker hydrocolloid dressing (so more absorption), but is less transparent.

My Verdict?

This product gets full marks from me! It really does what it claims to do and seeing the results are very satisfactory. I have stocked up on a few packs already and I recommend that you should too!

7 Dry Shampoos You Can Buy In Malaysia

My hair does not have a good relationship with the humid weather in tropical Malaysia.

Despite washing it EVERY single day, my hair still manages to look like a pile of greasy, oily mess as I get off work. Not cool if I have to work late, since it starts to get itchy and unbearable. Even worse if I have an after-work dinner appointment. I can just imagine the poor fella sitting across the table wondering if there was an oil spill somewhere.

So what’s a girl to do?

Cue dry shampoos to the rescue! Where have you been hiding all my life?

These hair saviours help to absorb excess sebum, grease and dirt without me needing to get my hair wet. What’s amazing is that they also give the hair instant volume, so it looks like I’ve just waltzed out from the hair salon.

Unfortunately, they can be pretty hard to hunt down in Malaysia. Goodness knows why, because I’m pretty sure most oily-scalp girls like me are on the lookout for it. Not to mention ladies who in confinement, since there’s a Chinese tradition where you’re not supposed to wash your hair for 30 days. Truth be told, I’m not sure if I can survive that.

Anyway, for your benefit (and mine!), we’ve hunted down some pretty awesome dry shampoos that you can buy in Malaysia. Enjoy happy, grease-free hair!

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1) Sephora’s Express Dry Shampoo

A dry shampoo from the Sephora Collection, this absorbs excess sebum and cleans and freshens hair in just a few sprays. It has a fresh, floral scent that helps to get rid of any unpleasant smells that get trapped in your hair (smoke, coffee shop grease, etc.). It comes in a small, travel-friendly bottle, great for those who are always on the go!

(Available at Sephora @ RM29 for 75ml)

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2) Percy & Reed’s Radiance Revealing Invisible Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo from UK-brand Percy & Reed instantly removes excess oils and revitalises hair and scalp, all without leaving any residue at all (hence the name, “invisible”!). It also gives your hair a slight salon shine, so it’s the perfect choice to freshen up for after-work events!

(Available at Sephora @ RM65 for 150ml)

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3) Shaire London’s Hair Perfume (Dry Shampoo)

Unlike the other dry shampoos in this list that are in powder-form, this is a “wet-dry shampoo” which uses fast evaporating liquids (e.g. rubbing alcohol) to absorb the oil from your scalp. It’s enriched with seaweed extracts and minerals that not only works to remove the grease from your hair, but also acts as a hair tonic to repair and strengthen roots. A fantastic multi-tasker!

(Available here at Modbox @ RM35.90 for 60ml)

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4) Fudge’s Dry Shampoo

Hailing from the land Down Under, this dry shampoo instantly cleans your hair while prolonging the life of your blow dry. It’s enriched with apricot kernel oil that helps to moisturise the hair, leaving it soft and smooth. Great for adding body and bounce to second-day hair!

(Available at Shins @ RM59 for 230g)

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5) Etude House’s OMG! Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo from Etude House gets bonus points for having the cutest packaging ever! It soaks up all the excess oil, removes impurities and gives your hair volume, so you won’t be caught in limp, sad-looking hair. It also has a floral fruity scent that makes your hair smell fantabulous!

(Available at Etude House @ RM49.90 for 50ml)

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6) Comfy Care’s Dry Shampoo

A popular brand amongst new mommies in confinement, this dry shampoo works to absorb excess oil and reduces scalp irritation. Unlike most of the other dry shampoos, this doesn’t have an aerosol nozzle, so you’ll need to sprinkle the powder onto your hair. This means that you have to brush your hair properly to remove the excess powder. Very accessible, since it’s available in many pharmacies.

(Available at Caring Pharmacy @ RM20.95 for 50g)

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7) Alterna’s Bamboo Beach Mango Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo

This talc-free hair powder is great for refreshing hair and on-the-go styling to create a tousled texture. Complete with an exotic, fruity scent, it’s enriched with Organic Bamboo Extract to boost hair strength, and also Tahitian Coconut to moisturise dehydrated, sun-parched hair.

(Available at Sephora @ RM78 for 37g)

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[NEW]: Batiste’s Dry Shampoo

Finally, the ever popular Batiste Dry Shampoo is now available in Malaysia! Many beauty addicts swear by this dry shampoo, touting it as one of the best dry shampoo around. It doesn’t leave any white residue behind, and gives your hair some great volume too!

(Available at selected Village Grocer and AEON Big outlets @ RM24.90 for 120g)

[BONUS]: DIY Homemade Dry Shampoo

If these dry shampoos aren’t easily available for you, try making your own at home!

Homemade dry shampoos can work pretty well in a pinch, and you’re almost certain to have these ingredients lying around in your house.

What You Need:

  • 3 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

What To Do:

  • Mix the cornstarch and unsweetened cocoa powder, making sure they’re well mixed.
  • Keep the mixture in a shaker jar or an old powder jar.
  • To apply, shake it directly onto roots and oily parts of your hair, or use a clean makeup brush.
  • Massage into roots with fingers.

Why It Works:

The cornstarch helps to absorb the oil and grease, while the cocoa powder helps to camouflage the white powder so you don’t look like you have white-grey hair.

Instead of cornstarch, I’ve personally also tried using talcum powder and baby powder, and even a rice baby powder (it was an emergency and I was desperate!), and they worked pretty well too!

In fact, the main ingredient in most dry shampoos, including the best-selling and hugely popular Batiste Dry Shampoo, is actually rice starch! So, the rice baby powder is a pretty nifty alternative. Now you know!

9 Heavenly Handmade Soaps In Malaysia You Need To Try Right Now

Did you know that most commercial soaps are basically detergents?

Yes. Detergents. You know, like what you use to wash your clothes.

Commercial soaps are harsh, drying and strips your skin of the natural oils that protect, heal and moisturise your skin.

This is because they usually lack glycerin, a moisturiser that naturally occurs as a by-product of traditional soap-making process. Large-scale soap manufacturers prefer to remove glycerin from their soaps and use them in body lotions and moisturisers instead, since these fetch a higher price.

Sneaky, huh?

Handmade soaps have none of that hanky-panky.

They’re made with natural oils, have a high glycerin content and are typically enriched with essential oils and other skin-loving ingredients, such as goat’s milk, volcanic clay, honey and yoghurt. Most are super gentle on the skin, so you can use them on both body and face!

Because we’re SO obsessed with handmade soaps, we’ve hunted down some of our favourite handmade soaps in Malaysia. Enjoy!

1) Claire Organics – Guinness Stout with Organic Raw Honey Soap

Star Ingredients: Guiness Stout, Organic Raw Honey
Best Used For: Deep Cleansing, Anti-Acne

This soap sounds like it could get you drunk but the truth is that it has no alcohol content whatsoever.

During the soap-making process, all the alcohol is evaporated, so what’s left of the Guinness Stout are hops, barley and brewer’s yeast — great for your skin because they’re antibacterial & anti-inflammatory.

Best for those who are battling with acne.

(Available here at Modbox @ RM29 for 100g)

2) Earth Care – Goaty Melons Goat’s Milk Soap

Star Ingredients: Goat’s Milk, Honeydew
Best Used For: Moisturising, Nourishing

Rich in minerals, nutrients and antioxidants, goat’s milk is a godsend to your skin because it’s so wonderfully nourishing and moisturising.

In fact, with prolonged use, you may find yourself reaching less for that after-shower body lotion because your skin is already soft and supple!

And while many commercial brands use powdered milk, Earth Care uses only fresh goat’s milk, so you’re getting really good stuff here.

(Available here at Modbox @ RM18 for 100g)

3) Yuan Soap – Wild Mugwort Soap

Star Ingredients: Wild Mugwort, Green Tea, Verbena
Best Used For: Relieving skin problems, e.g. eczema, itching and scaling

Hailing from Taiwan, Yuan Soap honours the traditional wisdom of using natural herbs as remedies in their handmade soaps. This Wild Mugwort Soap is their bestseller and works like a charm to heal itching and skin problems like eczema. But be warned — if you don’t like strong herbal scents, this may not sit well with you.

(Available at Yuan’s Soap @ RM33.90 for 100g)

4) Claire Organics – Mother’s Breast Milk Soap

Star Ingredients: Breast Milk (yes, really!)
Best Used For: Nourishing, Gentle Protection

Yes, we know. This one’s pretty unconventional, but a mother’s breast milk is packed with so much good stuff, it’s almost a sin to let them go to waste.

So what’s a mommy to do with extra breast milk? Turn them into natural handmade soaps!

They make wonderfully nourishing and gentle cleansers, great for yourself and your baby too! You can choose to enrich them with sweet almond oil, shea butter, bamboo charcoal and also purple gromwell — all great stuff for your skin!

(Get in touch with Louise from Claire Organics or contact us for more details)

5) Soap Artisan – Mt St Helens Soap

Star Ingredients: Volcanic Clay
Best Used For: Anti-Ageing, Anti-Acne

A mineral-rich anti-ageing soap, this handmade soap from Soap Artisan helps to moisturise skin, reduce fine lines and also reduce acne. Enriched with volcanic clay from Mt St Helen, it works to purify the skin, control oil secretion and stimulate skin regeneration.

(Available at Soap Artisan @ RM25 for 100g)

6) Lullabelle – Ginger Kisses Hair & Body Soap

Star Ingredients: Ground Ginger, Cedar Wood, Grapefruit
Best Used For: Relieve Itching, Stimulate Hair Growth

This ginger-infused handmade soap can be used for both body and hair. Packed with a dream team of anti-hairfall ingredients, such as ginger, cedar wood, grapefruit and rosemary, this soap helps to balance hormones to supply the necessary nutrients to stimulate healthy hair growth and also to heal scalp conditions.

(Available at Lullabelle @ RM22 for 150g)

7) Kindersoaps – Spiced Coffee Soap

Star Ingredients: Ground Coffee, Fresh Yoghurt
Best Used For: Mild Exfoliation, Moisturising

This handmade soap is loaded with ground coffee beans for mild exfoliation, and also features fresh yoghurt to soften and moisturise your skin.

With a therapeutic blend of ginger, lemongrass and lime essential oils, this will rejuvenate your senses to lift your spirits and soothe mind, body and soul.

(Available at Kindersoaps @ RM20 for 100g)

8) Kalleo Soaps – Royale Turmeric Soap

Star Ingredients: Turmeric Oil, Turmeric Leaf Extract
Best Used For: Relieve Congested Pores & Acne

This may look like any other normal soap, but it’s actually packed with a lot of natural goodness.

Made with the leaves of turmeric and lemongrass extract, this citronella-scented handmade soap helps to relieve congested pores and acne. Both turmeric and lemongrass have antibacterial and astringent properties, so they’re amazing for your skin.

(Available at Kalleo Soaps @ RM18 for 110g)

9) Bisou Bon Bon – Printemps Soap

Star Ingredients: Tea Tree Oil, French Green Clay
Best Used For: Anti-Inflammatory, Oil Control

This delightful soap from Bisou Bon Bon is especially great for those with oily, congested skin. It has Tea Tree Oil, which is a potent antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral agent, and also Geranium essential oil, another ingredient that’s prized for its anti-inflammatory properties. Together with French Green Clay that works to detoxify and draw out impurities, this handmade soap will leave you with softer, clearer skin!

(Available at Bisou Bon Bon @ RM20 for 100g)

Making The Switch From Chemical To Natural Products

In this day and age I believe most, if not ALL of us, are actively trying to minimise and reduce the amount of toxins in our life – be it in our food, water, air (and even social circle!).

One area that most people tend to overlook is that toxins can be absorbed into our body through our largest organ – the SKIN!

As such, it is of utmost importance to make the right decision on what soaps, shampoo and lotions you use.

The Dark Side of Chemical Products

Just look at the loooooooong list of ingredients in your favourite bottle of shampoo or soap. It probably contains a lot of questionable chemicals, artificial dyes and fragrances.

Remember that fancy overpriced triple-milled soap you got for Christmas? After a few days in the soap dish, was it turning flaky and looking dried out? If it’s going to do that all by itself, it could very well do the same thing to your skin.

Dangerously, I used to think that antibacterial soap was good for me. Hey, it kills off the bacteria right? But truth is, it is SO strong that it kills off everything — even the “good” bacteria that live naturally on our skin! This leads to over-stripping and leaves our skin overly dry, thereby resulting in cracked skin that’s vulnerable to bacteria and germs.

Some soaps and shampoos/conditioners are labeled as “moisturising”. No doubt, they DO make your skin and hair feel and look moisturised, but what’s really happening is that a myriad of synthetic products are used to artificially coat the skin and hair with plastic or protein polymers.

They do nothing in terms of actually healing or restoring your damaged, porous hair.

What’s scarier is that the more damaged the hair, the more porous it becomes; the more porous the hair, the more it absorbs these synthetic “protein” polymers. This could also be why your hair feels “greasy” very quickly.

Why You Should Try Natural Products

Many people with sensitive skin do not respond well to chemical soaps/shampoos. By using natural products, you might be able to avoid, or at least reduce, the skin problems that are caused by irritating chemical ingredients.

Even if you do not have sensitive skin and do not suffer from any breakouts, the chemicals used in commercial soap will most likely dry-out your skin, since chemical soaps usually do not contain glycerin (a moisturising agent). Unfortunately, many people wait till itchy, dry skin is a problem before making the switch to natural soap. Regretfully, I’m guilty of this as well!

Natural products use natural essential oils and botanicals for fragrance, which are also beneficial to the skin. They’re generally heavier because of the real fats in it that keep your skin happy. Natural soaps & shampoos and their bubbles generally feel silkier in texture, compared to their chemical counterparts.

Making The Switch To Natural Products

Patience is the key when making the switch from chemical products to natural products.

There is often a “detox” period where your skin/hair may feel “unclean”, sticky or dry. This could be because the residues of the petrochemicals and plastic polymers are still coating your skin/hair and your body will need some time to heal from the chemicals. During this transition period, you may feel your appearance a little less than ideal but if you hang in there, the end result is worth the wait!

You will be able to tell the difference once new hair grows to replace the damaged hair when changing from chemical to natural hair care products. For natural soaps, you will most definitely be able to notice the positive difference after a few baths when the natural oils penetrate your skin keeping it moisturised even without applying body lotions.

So, if you are considering to make the change today for you and your family, try out some lovely handmade natural soaps and haircare products without breaking the bank. I myself have made the change to these products as they are so effective and long lasting but the best part is, I feel I am doing my little part in preserving Mother Earth too! 🙂

7 Things You Need To Know About Popping Pimples

Regretfully, I’m a bit of a goody-two-shoes.

I never speed up at yellow traffic lights, I pay all my bills on time, and I religiously dot all my i’s and cross all my t’s.

But when it comes to pimples, I somehow lose all sense and sensibility. Whenever a huge pimple stares back at me, mocking and taunting me, my self-discipline takes a nosedive and all I can think of is to quickly go for the kill.

“That’ll show him,” I’ll say in triumph as I squeeze the life out of it.

Then, almost instantly, a wave of panic and regret will rush over me as I frantically try to clear the bloody murder scene before me, hoping and praying that I won’t be left with a scar.

And every time this happens, I’ll swear to myself that this will be the last, but it never is.

Over the years, I’ve learned the do’s and don’ts of pimple popping – from how to pop pimples safely, to healing and after-care to avoid pimple scars. Read on to find out more!

WARNING: Gross images ahead. Proceed at your own risk!

1. Know Your Enemy

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Don’t go on a killing spree and eliminate all pimples.

Only pop those that are “ripe” and have a big, white or yellowish head. These are generally safe to be popped, and doing it right will speed up the healing time.

But what about pimples without a head, or what are called “blind pimples”? Don’t even think about it! You won’t be able to get rid of them, and may even cause scarring or other pimples to pop up nearby.

For blind pimples, there are plenty of things you can use to dry them out before they grow into full-blown pimples: tea tree oil, honey (good quality UMF Manuka Honey works wonders!), clay masks, or my personal favourite — good old-fashioned “bedak sejuk”!

2. Don’t Attempt With Dirty Hands

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This is a dirty job best done with clean equipment.

Make sure you your hands and the affected areas are cleaned thoroughly. You’ll be at risk for all sorts of infections and additional blemishes if your kill zone isn’t clean.

Consider yourself warned.

3. Weaken The Enemy By Using A Warm Compress

To soften your skin and the pimple area, use a warm compress on your pimple for several minutes.

You can also gently massage the area to remove dead skin cells, but be careful not to overdo it as it may further irritate your pimple.

4. Squeeze Gently To Avoid Scarring

Now that you’ve set the scene, you can now execute your master plan.

Wrap your fingers in tissue and gently squeeze around the white tip. If your pimple is ready to be popped, all the gunk will come out pretty easily. Otherwise, stop and wait a little longer!

When squeezing, make sure you get it all out so that the pimple doesn’t come back the next day. Don’t overdo it either, or you will risk scarring. The goal here is to be gentle without damaging the surrounding skin.

5. Heal Your Wound

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Now that your enemy has been eliminated, you will need to help your skin heal.

Apply an emollient to help form a protective seal over the wound. You can use an antibacterial cream, or even petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline) in a pinch.

6. Keep Those Fingers To Yourself

Your fingers and fingernails harbour a ton of bacteria, so you don’t want them anywhere near your face, much less your wound.

It can be really tempting to pick at the scab, but don’t give in. You’ll want the scab to stay there in order for the area to heal without future scarring.

7. Take Care When Applying Makeup

Don’t apply foundation or concealer directly to your skin if it’s broken, as it may get infected.

Apply a gel spot treatment or serum that will form a film over the affected area. Once your skin is closed, you can then apply your foundation and concealer to hide your blemish.

Some Final Notes…

Remember that it’s NEVER advisable to pop those wretched things. Exhaust all other options before resorting to pimple popping — there are acne patches, acne-fighting treatment with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, or natural home remedies like lemon juice or honey.

However, if you’re like me, it’ll be unavoidable at times and you’ll find yourself popping your pimple. Keep in mind these seven tips, and you’ll never have to worry about pimple scars again!

5 Natural Deodorants You Can Buy In Malaysia

Sweating is completely normal, but no lady wants to smell bad. Ever.

And in hot, humid Malaysia, trying not to sweat is like searching for water in the desert.

Deodorants are a great way to battle foul-smelling underarms. They help kill off the bacteria that’s multiplying in your underarms, which is the cause of that unpleasant smell.

As someone who has decided to switch to natural deodorants without parabens, aluminium salts, phtalates and triclosan, it has been a challenge to hunt down effective, natural deodorants that actually work.

While the jury is still out there with regards to how safe these ingredients really are (there is no conclusive evidence that using deodorants cause cancer), I’m one of the paranoid ones who prefer to err on the side of caution. Why risk it when there are more natural alternatives out there that work just as well, or if not BETTER, than conventional ones?

Here are 5 effective, natural deodorants you can buy in Malaysia, all of which are without aluminium salts.

1) Human Nature – All Natural Women’s Roll-On Deodorant

Completely free from harmful chemicals, this all-natural deodorant fights odour-causing bacteria without leaving ugly white streaks on your shirts.

Even though it’s not labeled “whitening”, many have reported that this deodorant has helped to lighten and smooth their underarms because it’s enriched with Sunflower Oil. How awesome is that!

(Available here at Modbox @ RM15.90 for 50ml)

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2) MooGoo – Fresh Cream Deodorant

This Fresh Cream Deodorant sounds good enough to eat, and it’s because MooGoo is obsessed with making their products as food-like as possible.

It contains Milk of Magnesia that’s antibacterial, and while it isn’t an antiperspirant, some have found that after using this for a couple of weeks, they sweat with almost no odour!

(Available at Moogoo @ RM29 for 60ml)

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3) Organic Formulations – Biologika Live It Up Deodorant

This certified organic deodorant from Australia contains a blend of amazing herb extracts, including lavender, calendula and rosehip, as well as rose geranium essential oil. It’s also enriched with jojoba and avocado oils that help to moisturise your skin. Smells amazing, and works great too!

(Available at TNS Skin Lab @ RM49 for 70ml)

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4) Melvita – Purifying Roll-On Deodorant

Another certified organic deodorant, Melvita’s Purifying Deodorant helps combat body odour using a blend of purifying essential oils, Vitamin E plus absorbent microporous silica.

Gentle on the skin, this deodorant has a very natural, fresh scent which many love!

(Available at Melvita @ RM80 for 50ml)

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5) Aubrey Organics – E Plus High C Roll-On Deodorant

This herbal roll-on deodorant from Aubrey Organics contains natural Vitamin E, organic aloe and other skin soothers that makes it gentle on the skin, while battling body odour at the same time. Keeps you feeling clean and fresh throughout the day!

(Available at TNS Skin Lab @ RM52 for 90ml)

Disappearing Makeup? 3 Neat Tricks That Will Save The Day

Do you suffer from Disappearing Makeup Syndrome (DMS)?

You know, the condition where you spend a huge chunk of your time in the morning primping and prepping, only to find all your hard work disappearing by lunch time?

Because I do.

My makeup slides EASILY off my face, and by the end of the day, I’m sporting a no-makeup, greasy, shiny appearance that looks like you could fry an egg on my face.

Urgh. Not cool.

I blame it on Malaysia’s hot and humid weather that does NOTHING for makeup longevity.

Luckily, there ARE some neat little tricks to keep the shine at bay and for longer lasting makeup. These tricks are tried and testedfast (because who reaaallyyy has time in the morning to wait 5mins between skincare and makeup), and inexpensive to incorporate!

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Trick #1: Always, ALWAYS Use a Primer

Do not EVER skip this step, especially if you have oily or combination skin.

Makeup is an art. And just like how artists prime their canvases to create a smooth surface and extend the longevity of their paintings, the same applies to makeup too!

Primers help to smooth out unevenness, pores and fine lines, giving you a nice, silky smooth base to help makeup stay in place and increase the durability of your makeup.

We love Dermacol’s Satin Makeup Base that’s super smooth and satiny, but you can use any base or primer that you like.

Just don’t skip this step. Not even if your grandmother told you to.

Trick #2: Apply Powder BEFORE Foundation

No, that’s not a typo. I really do mean, powder before foundation.

I first heard about this neat trick from makeup artist and popular YouTuber Wayne Goss.

It seems that powdering with a translucent powder (or even a coloured loose powder) will add a small amount of coverage, and help your foundation stay on for longer. You’ll also use less foundation in the process! #win

Intrigued by this totally unconventional beauty tip, I’ve been testing this for a while now, and I have to say that I really love it!

It really does help my makeup stay on longer (hours longer, in fact!), which is pretty much all I care about. Another bonus was that I found my face feeling a lot less greasy towards the end of the day.

There is one downside to this though — the finish does cake-up slightly. Sometimes, it’s because of the amount of powder, and sometimes, it could be the formulation of your foundation. It took me several tries before I finally got it right, but be patient. The results are well worth it!

Overall, unconventional as it may sound, it’s a great trick to help your makeup last longer!

Trick #3: Keep Blotting Papers At Hand

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Blotting papers are genius, because they lift the oil from your face, taking away the grease and shine.

The most critical thing about blotting papers is NOT to wipe the oil away. Rather, you need to press the paper onto the oily parts of your face (usually your T-zone area), and roll it off gently.

And if you didn’t like the earlier tip and still prefer powder after foundation, here’s another neat trick.

Most foundations are made up of pigments for the colour, and a carrier oil to allow it to spread onto your skin evenly.

Because all you want is the pigment, you can use blotting papers after applying your foundation to soak up the excess oil, but not the pigment. This will help your makeup last longer!

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I hope you enjoyed some of these tips on how to make your makeup last longer! I personally use these techniques on a daily basis, and I love how they really don’t take much time, nor are they overly expensive to incorporate.

4 Surprising Habits That Are Causing Your Breakouts

We always find a reason to blame our breakouts on – be it the weather, stress or skincare products.

But did you ever look in the mirror and think for a second that it could be YOU who is causing all your breakouts? Shocking, we know!

Here are 4 surprising habits that could be causing your breakouts.

 

1. Cell Phones

Are you breaking out on your cheeks? Your much loved, precious cell phone could be the cause!

You know the rule. Never touch your face with your hands. But did you know that the rule also applies to cell phones? Well, sometimes it can’t be helped because you certainly can’t be holding your phone away from your face and look like a lunatic screaming into it.

SOLUTION: That doesn’t mean that you should stop all communication with the world! All you need to do is to clean your phone regularly. Just wipe your phone religiously once a week with facial wipes, such as SIMPLE’s Cleansing Facial Wipes, which you can use for your face too!

2. Bed Linens & Pillowcases

We don’t want to sound like your mum but honestly, when was the last time you changed your sheets? And, we are referring to BOTH bed linens and pillowcases. Your sheets could be a breeding ground for bacteria which will end up on your skin while you are sleeping. Worse, it’s combined with sweat, oil and residue from your hair, especially if you use hair products.

SOLUTION: We hate to say mum was right, but change your sheets at least once a week and bid those germs and bacteria farewell!

 

3. Makeup Brushes

When purchasing makeup products, you diligently do your homework, checking the labels, ensuring the ingredients suit your skin type. But after applying it on, you still have breakouts!

Maybe it’s time to focus on the applicators instead of the products, i.e. your makeup brushes. You use makeup brushes everyday but how often do you actually clean them? Makeup brushes require proper care and cleansing. Dirty makeup brushes make the perfect environment for bacteria to grow.Human_Nature_All_Natural_Spray_Sanitizers

SOLUTION: Clean your makeup brushes at least once or twice a week and ensure you allocate enough time for them to dry completely and thoroughly before the next use.

If you’re really rushing for time or if you’re travelling, use Human Nature’s All Natural Spray Sanitizer which makes a great on-the-go makeup brush cleaner!

4. Hair Products

We know your hair is your crowning glory, and you go all out to make sure it looks perfect. You apply hair serum, hair mousse, hair spray and voila, you look like a million dollars! When hair product accidentally gets on your face, it causes clogged pores which results in you getting breakouts, a condition called pomade acne.
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SOLUTION: When applying hair products, be extra careful not to get them onto your face. Also, ensure hair is properly cleansed every night before bed, so that the hair product does not get transferred to your pillow and get all over your face during your beauty sleep.

For deep cleansing, try Human Nature’s 100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo, a luxuriously foamy natural clarifying shampoo which provides deep cleansing for your scalp and tresses.

9 Things You’re Probably Doing Wrong When You Wash Your Face

So, you think you know how to wash your face?

I certainly thought I did. After all, this was something that I’ve been doing nearly my whole, entire life.

I mean, I know I have troubles drawing the perfect, balanced cat-eye, and I mess up my eyeshadows pretty darn often. I can’t put on or remove my contact lenses without a mirror, and embarrassingly enough, I still get nicks from shaving every now and then.

But washing my face?

This is something that I should be an expert at!

Splash some water, lather on some cleanser, rinse and you’re done. Right?

Nope. 

It seems like there’s a little more to washing your face, and as with most things, the devil is in the details.

Find out if you’re making these rookie face-washing mistakes!

Mistake #1: Not Washing Your Hands First

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Talk about failing before you even start.

A surprising number of people do not wash their hands before washing their face.

Always wash those hands BEFORE you wash your face. Otherwise, you’re essentially just rubbing dirt onto your face. Really not something you want to do when you’re trying rid yourself of dirt.

Bottom Line: It’s really simple – wash your hands before washing your face.

Mistake #2: Washing Your Face With Hot Water

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If you’re cleansing your face with hot water, you’re actually damaging your skin.

Prolonged exposure to excessively hot water can dry out your skin and strip off its healthy, natural oils that heal and protect your skin.

But doesn’t hot water open pores?

Wrong… 🙁

Your pores aren’t like doors that can open or close. Pores just don’t have the muscles that allow them to do this.

Hot water may help to soften the plugs of oil and debris that’s trapped within your pores. This is useful mostly for the extraction of blackheads, but digging into your skin is always best left to the pros.

Bottom Line: Cleanse with lukewarm water between 37 – 43°C. None of that “hot water to open pores, cold water to close them” please.

Mistake #3: Choosing A Cleanser That Makes You Feel Squeaky Clean

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Squeaky clean is great for the dishes and for the floor (mum would be proud!), but certainly NOT for your face.

You might think that “cleansing well” means squeaky clean, but if your skin feels tight, dry or squeaky immediately after cleansing, then you’re using a cleanser that’s way too harsh for your face.

Hash cleansers can strip your skin of its natural oils, irritate the skin and may even increase oil production.

Ensure that your cleanser removes all your makeup, excess oil, sunscreen, and dirt, but does not leave your skin feeling tight or squeaky. A good way is to try to avoid harsh ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or alcohol.

Bottom Line: Squeaky clean is not for your face! Avoid harsh cleansers that may dry out your skin.

Mistake #4: Choosing A Cleanser That Isn’t Cleansing Well Enough

You’re not going for squeaky clean, but your cleanser still needs to be doing its job!

A good cleanser isn’t excessively harsh on your face, but removes all the things that need to be removed – excess oil and sebum, sunscreen, makeup, dirt, etc.

How do you know if your cleanser is cleaning your face properly?

Soak a cotton pad with some toner after cleansing and swipe it on your skin. If the cotton pad has traces of leftover makeup or looks slightly yellow, then your cleanser is probably not cleaning well enough. Get a stronger cleanser, or use a makeup remover or a cleansing oil before cleansing.

Bottom Line: While you don’t want avoid using harsh cleansers, your cleanser needs to be removing all traces of dirt, sebum and makeup from your face. Use the toner test to find out.

Mistake #5: Not Washing Your Face Long Enough

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Do you reaaaaally know how long you’re washing your face?

Try timing yourself tonight – the result might surprise you! It certainly surprised me. Turns out that I was washing my face at the pace of Speedy Gonzalez!

Most people only cleanse for 20 seconds, and it’s nowhere long enough.

You’ve spent all this time and money choosing the most amazing cleanser promising you rainbows and butterflies, but if it’s not spending any quality time on your face, how are you going to get all the wonderful benefits of the cleanser?

Think of washing your face as a mini pampering session and try taking at least 30 seconds to 1 minute to wash your face. Gently massage in circular motion to stimulate blood circulation, focusing on your T-zone. Also, don’t forget your jawline and along your hairline as well.

Pro tip – crazy as it sounds, I’ve found that singing 3 rounds of ABCs helps me hit the 60-second mark!

Bottom Line: You might think that you’re washing your face long enough, but most people spend less than 20secs. Practise your ABCs and sing 3 rounds of it while cleansing to get all the wonderful benefits of your cleanser.

Mistake #6: Your Addiction To Exfoliating

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Exfoliating is like a drug to me.

I used never exfoliate because it was too troublesome and I was too lazy, but once I started, I just couldn’t stop! I was hooked to that silky smooth texture post-exfoliation, and couldn’t wait to do it everyday!

Until I learnt that it was actually bad for me.

Exfoliating and scrubbing too often (and too hard!) can deeply upset the balance of your skin and dry it out, which may cause your skin to produce even more oil than usual.

So what’s a good number to aim a week?

Try not to go above 2 times a week when it comes to physical / manual exfoliators. These include washcloths, sonic brushes like Clarisonic, and face scrubs containing things like ground nutshells or seeds, coffee grounds, etc.

Bottom Line: Get over the addiction. Stick to exfoliating 1-2 times a week for glowing, radiant skin.

Mistake #7: Using The Same Towel To Dry From Head To Toe

Always, ALWAYS use a separate towel for your face.

You don’t want bacteria from elsewhere being transferred to your face, causing you to breakout.

And remember not to rub or wipe your face dry, as it can irritate and stretch your skin, causing premature wrinkles. Instead, softly pat your face dry with your face towel.

If your skin is particularly sensitive or dry, use a paper towel instead.

Bottom Line: Be hygienic and use a separate towel to dry your face. And don’t rub your face like you’re cleaning the kitchen sink.

Mistake #8: Reusing Your Face Towel Too Many Times

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If you’re anything like me and absolutely HATE doing laundry, here’s more bad news for you.

Bacteria thrives in damp, wet towels and when you reuse them, the bacteria can end up back on you! Not something you want to hear after you’ve cleansed your face so thoroughly.

Experts recommend that you change your face towel at least once or twice a week.

And when washing your face towel, remember to use a regular, hot-water wash cycle.

Bottom Line: Learn to love laundry and change your face towel at least once or twice a week.

Mistake #9: Not Cleansing In The Morning

Yes, please cleanse in the morning, ladies.

I know that there are sites and articles advising you against cleansing in the morning, but we really do think that it’s necessary considering the hot and humid weather in Malaysia.

Cleansing in the morning helps to remove oil, sweat, bacteria, dirt and all that pillow-grime built up from the night before. Yes, you do excrete oil and sweat throughout the night. And how many of you are really washing your sheets and pillowcases often enough? And by often, we mean once a week.

Plus, considering that you’ll be layering on some pretty amazing skincare products on your face, you’d want your skin to be nice and clean to absorb all the wonderful nutrients, right?

Bottom Line: In hot, humid Malaysia, it’s strongly advisable to cleanse in the morning. If you’re worried about irritating your skin, use a different cleanser in the morning that’s gentler on the skin.