Pores no more?

Just like every other girl, I’ve always yearned for a porcelain-like complexion, and all the more so since I’ve been hooked onto Korean dramas for the past 4 years or so. For those of you who are K-drama fans like me, you will agree on how blemish-free and spotless (and not to mention – fair!) are the complexion of these gorgeous actors and actresses. And yes, I’m not deluded and am well aware that there’s this thing called make-up but well, make-up and colors will only go well on clear skin agree?

Out of the many woes which I face on a daily basis, the two which stand out (literally) the most would be my huge pores and high sebum level, which in layman terms mean, oil on my face which can serve as a mirror for anyone!

I wonder how people’s faces can remain matte for the entire day when mine starts to oil up minutes after I’ve patted on my loose powder. It gets worse. Many think I don’t put on make-up (boo hoo hoo) because my face oxidizes so quickly. Do they really do frequent touch-ups (cos I don’t)? Or is it because they have normal skin type whereas mine is combination? Or are they just blessed with good skin?

Whatever it is, it has been my resolve for years to discover good, reliable products which will minimize my pores and keep the oil at bay.

And good news! After years of trial and error, these are some of the products which have worked magic (to a certain extent) for me! All I did was read up extensively on reviews about facial care products online and voila! My skin is a lot better now 🙂

#Product 1 – Dr Young’s Pore Eraser Balm

I literally stumbled upon this product at Sasa a few years ago, when they were having a sale and after a very convincing talk by the salesperson, I decided to get it and try it out. John Little sells it too and they usually have 20% off during their sale time, which is really a steal for members like me!

As the name suggests, this wonder balm really does erase the look of my pores and gives a smooth yet natural finishing touch in just a few swipes on the concerned areas. My pores disappear right then and then! I usually apply over my make-up and the effect lasts up to 2 hours when another retouch would be necessary.

No major complaints about this product except for the slight difficulty in the application part. One way is to use a small spatula or use your fingers to take whatever amount is needed.

Other than that, this is definitely a keeper! It’s now a staple in my every day touch up pouch.

#Product 2 – Clinique’s Instant Perfector Pore Minimizer

I read about this in a magazine and had a feeling that it will come in handy. My sister bought it for me when she was in the US. It comes out as a thick mousse and dries to a velvety finish and application is almost a breeze without any wastage. It softens shallow skin depressions and minimize the look of large pores. Not too bad, just a little on the dry side if I over apply, which can work to my advantage since a little goes a long way then. All you need is a little squeeze and it will hide your pores and deliver that matte finish. Still quite a steal in my opinion and especially since it’s so cheap in USA!

#Product 3 – GoodSkin Labs Z-PORE Instant Pore Refiner

I read about this product in Urban. I really enjoy reading this weekly publication – don’t you? You can get this at Sasa for not more than $35, and it promises to refine the look of pores, control oil and reduce shine. I thought it’s a bit on the pricey side for its size and it made me a bit sad to find out that it dried out my combination skin too much, which made my skin look flaky instead of the intended smoothness I wanted. I reckon it might be more suitable for oily skin/ acne prone skin types.

#Product 4 – Shiseido’s Aqualabel Moist Coat Essence

I totally forgot about this till I found it hidden in my basketful of products (time for spring cleaning :p), which explains why this is missing from the very first photo in this post! But it’s so good that I just have to tell you about it! The brand itself was already a main drawing factor for me. This range of products is a more affordable range under Shiseido and was first introduced here in Singapore back in 2010. You can find them easily at most Watsons outlets. This was one of the very first pore products I ever tried out and I give it a 4 out of 5 stars. This product comes in a transparent paste form and targets to conceal uneven skin surface caused by dilated pores. Its lightweight yet moisturizing texture gently rests on the skin and gives a plumped up appearance. Only con is that it doesn’t come with an applicator too, so remember to take a liberal amount and massage with your clean fingertips in rotating strokes.

I remember raving about it to Tiffany and even gave her a mini demonstration. She wasn’t all for it though but it works wonders for me.

So there you go. Four products which has worked to a certain extent for me according to my skincare needs and some are still on my to-buy list till this day. Hope this has helped widen your horizon on some of the anti-pore products in the market. I am sure there are more to come and I cannot wait to check them out! Share with me what products you use to minimize the look of large pores too!

As the old adage goes, we still gotta work from the inside. A daily consumption of at least eight glasses of water, fruits and vegetables is the best thing to do to get good skin.

Love
Valerie

10 golden rules

We all know how pointless it is to slap on the best moisturizer when nothing gets absorbed cos of acne woes, clogged pores and what not.

Here’s a link to a very useful article on 10 essential habits to cultivate to work towards achieving that glowing skin.

Read on!

Link: http://www.laroche-posay.com/article/10-golden-rules-to-help-you-take-care-of-your-skin-on-an-everyday-basis/a248.aspx

I personally use LaRoche-Posay and have found their products very effective! The best part is – it’s readily available at most Watsons / Guardian outlets. I usually wait for the 20% sale off and stock up on all that I use daily!

How about you? Do you use LaRoche-Posay? How do you find it?

Back to oranges!

I’m back to my orange diet after a week of being down with flu. YIPPEE!! 🙂

Health benefits of oranges

  • Nutrients in oranges are plentiful and diverse. The fruit is low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but is rich in dietary fiber, pectin, which is very effective in persons with excess body weight. Pectin, by its action as bulk laxative, helps to protect the mucous membrane of the colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon. Pectin has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing its re-absorption in the colon by binding to bile acids in the colon.
  • Oranges, like other citrus fruits, is an excellent source of vitamin C (provides about 60% of DRI); Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood.
  • Orange fruit contains a variety of phytochemicals. Hesperetin and Narigenin are flavonoids found in citrus fruits. Naringenin is found to have a bio-active effect on human health as antioxidant, free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory, and immune system modulator. This substance has also been shown to reduce oxidant injury to DNA in vitro studies.
  • Oranges also contain very good levels of vitamin A, and other flavonoid antioxidants such as alpha and beta-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lutein. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for vision. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • It is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.
  • Orange fruit also contains a very good amount of minerals like potassium and calcium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure through countering sodium actions.

Bye bye to blackheads

Hmm and so I’ve heard people commenting on how good my complexion is… but they would never guess how I used to be plagued by blackheads…especially on my nose!

I remember getting all grossed out when they first appeared on my nose and started multiplying. eeeeks. and I read and heard that they can NEVER be gotten rid of. ARE YOU NOT KIDDING ME?????

Anyway, being the skincare fanatic.. and with my spending power increasing over the years, I’m had my try on a number of products of which some have helped in easing my complexion woes….and oh, the added satisfaction when I made such purchases at a discount..of cos. haha

And hence, I’m totally in sync with this article on how important scrubs and weekly masks are.

As how the saying goes, there is no such thing as an ugly woman, only a lazy woman (what I always tell my mum TSK)

http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/article/eliminate-blackheads