Lady First SG Ep 8: Thigh-tanic

{ Giveaway worth S$176 in this blogpost! :D }

With the help of the gurus (Jackson, Keith and Liu Yan), this episode seeks to combat lower body issues. Three groups of people are especially susceptible to such weight issues: white collar workers, students and TV addicts. This is because sitting for long periods of time can lead to the accumulation of fat in the belly and hip regions.

12 Tips to Combat Thigh-tanic Issues:

1) Avoid pleats if you have wider hips as they create unnecessary emphasis on the lower half of your body. The reverse is true if you are really skinny and seem to have ‘no hips’ or bum. The same applies for outfits with prints and gathers. lady first sg

2) Save yourself from stretch marks by not drinking too much alcohol, and by avoiding drastic weight gains and losses.

3) If you already have stretch marks (the white, silvery or purplish ones are the worst), use firming and whitening products and massage in circular movements.

4) Oils with high fat content (such as olive oil, rosehip oil) are great for the anti-stretch mark massages.

5) From the time you realize you are pregnant till after you are done with breastfeeding, you should diligently do the massages to prevent the formation of stretch marks.

6) Wear a seamless girdle if you need help creating a firmer-looking tush.

7) To create the illusion of a fuller bum, wear high heels.

8) Avoid wearing floral pants if you have fat thighs. Choose those with smaller prints if you absolutely have to wear them. Avoid contrasting colors. Stretchy jeans are good, especially those with ‘shadows’ down the sides, to create the illusion of slimmer legs. A-line skirts work as well.

9) If you have a fuller bum, then avoid wearing jeans with elaborate designs on the back pockets as these draw unnecessary attention and make your bum look bigger. Skinny jeans are a no-no so avoid following fashion trends blindly. Bell-bottom jeans might be the key.

10) Do some hip slimming exercises like squats, and placing a tennis ball at the back of your knees and moving to the right and left of the ball. lady first sg

11) Wedge sandals can make your legs look longer / slimmer. Lady First SG

12) Wear heels with pointed toes or in nude shades if you’d like to make your legs look longer.

For a list of the products featured in this episode, click here.

{ Giveaway }

WIN the Lierac Body Slim Multi-Action Concentrate, worth S$88! I have TWO of these to give away! :D

Lierac Body Slim Multi Action Concentrate

 To win, simply click HERE and leave a comment, telling me why I should pick you as the winner. :D

Vidal Sassoon Premium Color Care Range

I’ve recently concluded the giveaway for Vidal Sassoon’s Premium Color Care range. :) After 15,952 views, 1,018 shares and 601 likes, a winner is born! Congratulations, Riz Low!

Vidal Sassoon Premium Color Care

 I’ve sneaked a sniff and found that the range smells really good. However, the shampoo and conditioner bottle caps are diamond-shaped and thus, not very user-friendly as it is a bit difficult to open for daily use.

Vidal Sassoon Premium Color Care

I have kept the Magic Style Activator and Intensive Hair Mask for my own use. :D

The Magic Style Activator (For Curl) really smells very good. It is a leave-on treatment to be used just before styling – 2 to 3 pumps is enough.

[ Vidal Sassoon PINK SERIES mini 25mm Ceramic Curling Iron and 13mm Ceramic Straightener ]

Vidal Sassoon Ceramic Curling Iron

Vidal Sassoon Ceramic Straightener

These travel-friendly, almost-pocket-sized devices are too pretty in pink. But do they do the job?

Some features:

* Fast heat-up

* Worldwide voltage for worldwide usage

* 150degC and 200degC setting for curling iron and straightener respectively

Review: The Curling Iron doesn’t work very well on my hair, as I can’t even achieve very limp curls with it. Perhaps it’s just too tiny or doesn’t produce enough heat. The straightener works as stated and is definitely for keeps! :)

Pricing: Shampoo (190ml) S$8.50, Conditioner (184ml) S$8.50, Treatment (169g) S$13.90, Magic Style Activator For Curl (30ml) S$.90

Lady First Ep 7: Online Shopaholics Unite!

This episode is about Online Shopping and I am surprised that I managed to learn something new. On this episode are gurus Kevin and Keith, with Love, Bonito boss, Rachel. For a list of all the products recommended in this episode, click here.

Lady First SG [Santa Maria Novella Rose Wax Tablets recommended by Kevin]

16 Tips For Online Shopping:

1) Look out for items you cannot readily find in brick-and-mortar stores locally

2) To prevent getting Hayley’s “romper-caught-at-crotch” predicament, always get an outfit slightly bigger than what you’ve measured out so there’s space for movement

3) Don’t buy pants online unless you are confident they will fit

4) Get measurements of something you are comfortable wearing, then use it for online shopping

5) Over-sized items are in style this year

6) If the leggings you have bought are thin, ensure your underwear doesn’t show, especially at the back. Wear a long top!

7) When purchasing shoes, draw an outline of your feet on a piece of paper while barefoot. If your second or third toe is long, then shoes which are rounder at the toes might be uncomfortable. If you have wide feet, those that are narrow at the front might be tight

8) Read the terms and conditions before purchase, especially those regarding shipping costs if doing returns

9) If you buy items over $400 (inc shipping charges), you have to pay 7% GST. To get around this, have the items mailed to you separately

10) Your branded bag (purchased online) needs repair? You can bring it to a local store here. If certified authentic, they will provide you the same after-sales service but at a fee. If it’s a fake though, you’ll get a fine.

11) Be a smart shopper. If something looks too good to be true, beware!

12) Don’t cut off the tags first. Try the clothes on first. If you bought them from USA, you can get an exchange within 3 months if the tags are intact

13) The Santa Maria Novella range of products recommended by Kevin are bestsellers and popular worldwide. Get their eye and lip makeup remover which has an added benefit of not causing any eye irritation even if applied to the insides of your eyelids with a cotton pad!

14) Keep calm. Read all information before making your purchase (Kevin)

15) Be adventurous at times (a tip from Rachel)

16) Do your research, compare prices (Keith)

Caboki Hair Loss Concealer: Does It Work?

Caboki created a buzz online with its Youtube videos – a crowd gathering and snapping photos and videos as an obviously balding man or woman (magically) gets a full head of hair with the help of Caboki.

Caboki before and after 

It was even featured on clicknetwork:

Well, apparently it does work in covering up bald spots. However, if you perspire (or after rain), do not touch your hair or the fibers will just come off.

How It Works

“When you sprinkle Caboki into a thinning area of your hair, the (plant) fibers automatically cling to your hair like millions of tiny magnets. Each thin wisp of your hair instantly becomes thicker and fuller, eliminating those embarrassing thinning areas.”

To find out more about their cotton fibers and mineral-based colorants, click here.

 Get a “Free” Sample here

Caboki free sample

I had thought a free sample would be delivered free-of-charge. Well, apparently not. But I suppose a 25-day supply is worth it though. ;)

Pay Shipping Charges

Caboki free sample

If you need to cover an embarrassing bald spot for a photoshoot, hot date, or some other special event, yes, do consider purchasing a Caboki product. On Amazon, it’s only $39.95 for a 75-day supply! Buy it here.

Lady First SG Episode 6: SOS Quick Fix

This episode is for those times when you need an emergency quick fix for your hair or skin. Experts Wu Yi Lin and Bryan are quick to point out that we do still have to work on our skincare and haircare and cannot make the ‘quick fix’ our daily fix!

1) Candyce : Greasy Hair

Candyce says she uses an oral spray to help her feel calm so her body secretes less oil. The spray purportedly helps you relax and focus too. This Rescue Remedy Spray (get 15% off by following the link at the end of this post) is to be sprayed directly onto the tongue.

For more immediate effects, use dry shampoo. Word of caution: this cannot replace hair-washing!

Yi Lin shared that there are different dry shampoos for pregnant women, women and men – so get the right kind. Those with a spray nozzle to produce fine droplets are best – don’t get the liquid kind which can lead to clogged follicles. Hair thickeners can clog follicles too!

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Part your hair and spray from 10-15cm away, layer by layer. Then attach some hair accessories. Pearl hair accessories are trendy. When using a ‘hair claw’, don’t just clip it on – slide sideways and push upwards.

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2) Lina: Dull-looking Skin

Bryan recommends the Wang San Yang 王三阳 Jasmine Flower Tea. He says you should drink this mindfully; kind of like conscious eating.

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He also recommends using the Nu Skin ageLOC® Galvanic Spa System for 5 minutes, 2 times per week. This device helps in reverse aging, and has different ‘conductor heads’ for slimming, reducing fine lines, etc.

3) Kelly – In Need of a Fuss-free Hairdo

Yi Lin showed us how to just tie 2 braids, give them a twist and secure with a flower hairclip.

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She also mentions that trendy now are hair accessories with pearls and diamonds on them.

4) Celyn – Pimples

Bryan says the special acupoint zhangmen can fight skin irritations and prevent obstetric problems. Pressing this liver meridian nourishes the internal organs. If pressing it hurts, this means the liver is overworked (from late nights or alcohol).

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Yoga-lovers would also be familiar with the tree pose, which activates stem cells and keeps acne under control. Raise your foot as high as possible then raise your arms overhead and say “XU”.

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Once again, drink tea. The ‘shui hsien tea’ (a type of oolong tea) from Fujian, should be consumed before 3pm so it won’t keep you awake at night. Avoid tea after meals; wait half an hour before consumption.

5) Silver – Flaky, Itching and Dry Scalp

Yi Lin recommends a pre-wash scalp treatment (Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment). Leave for 20mins then rinse it out or go to bed. Use your fingers (not the nails) to press and hold for three seconds on various spots on your scalp.

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Then interlace your fingers, relax and lean back for 3-5 seconds:

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Run your knuckles down the side of your neck, in a ‘guasha’ fashion.

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*Wash your hair even after using dry shampoo. Dry shampoo does not replace regular hair-washing!

[For a list of the products featured in this episode, click HERE]

Clinique Esthetics

[Giveaway worth S$4800 at the end of this post!]Clinique Esthetics

Located in Novena Medical Centre is Clinique Esthetics, which I’ve been to for their facial and cellulite treatments.

Their oxygen (O2) and radio frequency (RF) treatment has been wonderful for my skin. I cannot comment on their cellulite treatment because they found, to their surprise and mine, that I do not have visible cellulite. What I had thought was cellulite on my inner thighs were actually stretch marks (likely) due to weight gain and loss.

But I enjoy their facial treatments incorporating radio frequency and O2. Here’s a recent before-and-after photo, under the same yellowish lighting within the room, and without any photo filters:

Clinique Esthetics

The slight redness around the nose and chin is due to the extraction process, probably the only part of the facial that I didn’t like. But as people like to say – no pain, no gain.

My skin felt very clean for up to about 3 days after the facial. The exfoliation process had also helped to remove dead skin cells and give rise to a natural glow.

If you have dry skin, acne-prone skin, sagging skin, or are in need of added collagen or radiance, you should try their facial treatments which are tailored to your skin’s needs.

Also, I’ve been told that their Cellu-Light treatments, incorporating Shock Wave Therapy is very effective in combating cellulite. Take part in my giveaway (at the end of this blogpost) and tell me whether the treatment works for you! :D

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Contact Information:

10 Sinaran Drive, Novena Medical Centre, #11-17, Singapore 307506

(65) 6397-6009

consult@cliniqueesthetics.com
http://cliniqueesthetics.com

{ GIVEAWAY }

Clinique Esthetics is sponsoring Facial and Cellulite treatments for 10 winners! Each treatment is worth up to S$480!

Facial: Incorporating Oxygen (O2) and Radio Frequency (RF) for firming skin. If you have acne or other skin conditions, the therapist will recommend you the most suitable treatment for your skin.

Cellu-Light: For the buttocks and thighs (or if you’d prefer: arm / tummy), using Shock Wave Therapy Treatment.

To Win:

Simply leave a comment on this blogpost and tell me which treatment you’d prefer: Facial or Cellu-Light?

*Only for residents of Singapore

Winner Announcement:

CONGRATULATIONS

Facial:

Celyn Huang
SY Tan
Ace Serene
Sharon Ngo
Amelia Low
Cellu-Light:
Avril Thng
Roann Goh
Huiyin Lim
Esther Chng
June
An email will be sent to you shortly. Follow the instructions within to claim your prize! :)

Lady First Season 2 Episode 4: The Korean Wave

I use only ONE makeup product (seriously, just one) and it is featured in this episode! :D I’m not exactly a fan of Korean TV shows, dramas, music, food or fashion. But I do love that luminous makeup look.

In this episode, the gurus Keith and Xiao Kai (so dashing!) teach us how to rock the K-pop look and have soft and delicate skin that even the Koreans would be envious of. :D

As usual, the Ladies’ Team demonstrate (and exaggerate) some flaws in our makeup and dressing, and the gurus rectify all the mistakes.

1) Candyce was indeed well-informed when she told us that Koreans have beautiful skin and that they use the luminous makeup look, in which light bounces off the skin, to look as if they are glowing.

She preps her skin (before makeup) by using a moisturizing mask and facial serum before going to bed. However, she overdoes the ‘shimmer’ part in her makeup; using a shimmer pearl base, foundation, then shimmer powder on top. This is not suitable for Singapore’s climate.

Xiao Kai used the upgraded version of the Laneige BB Cushion on Candyce. It can lighten skin tone, has anti-sweat properties, and can be used directly after a basic skincare routine even if you don’t use sunscreen because it has SPF 50 PA+++.

Pat instead of spreading it over skin so you don’t stretch skin but get to cover up spots more effectively.

The product is highly moisturizing, slows down oil production, and eliminates the need to use loose powder.

And here is my review of the product!

Laneige BB Cushion Before and After

My skin tone seems more even after application and I look more radiant. It was really easy to apply and I now know why the puff (or applicator sponge) is so popular! It grabs onto a sufficient amount of the product and cleanly transfers it onto your face, leaving little to no residue behind on the puff! I am very impressed! For those who are particular about keeping the puff clean, either wash it or purchase new ones at S$5 per piece whenever you need a change! *Psst: the refill pack also comes with a new puff!  :D

I made a serendipitous discovery as well. I’d wanted to test if the Laneige BB Cushion can conceal skin imperfections such as freckles. So I took a spotted pear from the fruit bowl and conducted an experiment. To answer your question and mine, no, this product is *not* exactly a concealer (or perhaps the one I am using is not the upgraded version). BUT, it does give you really radiant skin. Watch out for that light spot on the pear. I applied the BB cream only on one small portion, and noticed that it made light from my ceiling lamp reflect off the pear, even though it doesn’t conceal/cover any dark spots!

(*If the vid doesn’t load, click here)

I am not kidding you. This is one seriously good product! Two thumbs up! :)

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2) Kelly had a ‘transformation’ during this episode and the Triumph Maximizer Aqua bra she got from Keith had her go up two cup sizes! I own a Maximizer bra too and can vouch that it really works. It is really every (flat-chested) woman’s dream come true, and also every man’s nightmare. Haha! :D

Aqua Maximizer bra

3) Silver wanted those Korean-style under-eye bags which supposedly give one an innocent look. She used too much of the under-eye brightener and ended up making her eyes look puffy and small.

Xiao Kai advised her to put on some (vanity) glasses and to use a champagne color instead of silvery-white for her under-eye makeup as she will be less likely to go wrong with it.

For ‘deep’ double eyelids, use some (COSMOS) eyelid tape slightly above the original crease. Then use 3M Nexcare Blenderm eye beauty tape across your nose (concealed by the glasses).

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pull 2

Silver

4) Vee thought it would be a good idea to wear shorts to work but because she chose to tuck in her loose top, she looked like she had a lot of belly fat when viewed from the side.

Vee tummy

Keith advised her to use a big bag to ‘cover’ her legs so it doesn’t look like she is exposing too much skin when wearing shorts.

Also, pairing bright colors with a black blazer is key here. Add an accessory for some bling. :)

accessory

How short / long should your shorts be?

shorts

5) Kanny shared about a 4-2-4 method of face washing which involved leaving cleansing products on your face for up to 4 minutes. Xiao Kai says this is inaccurate – cleansing products shouldn’t be left on for so long.

He recommends the petrochemical-free, fragrance-free, soap-free Face Cleansing “Eggs” which are from the Holika Holika Egg Soap special set.

The white one is for sensitive skin, green one for people with large pores, charcoal for deep cleansing and pore minimizing, etc.

eggs

Massage…

cleanse

Also, there is the Clarisonic Mia 2 that supposedly removes impurities from every pore. I have heard SO MUCH about it that I really do feel like I should get it, even though I don’t think I need it. Ever felt this way before? Last time I felt this way, I bought an ipad 2 which I ended up not using at all. LOL.

For a list of ALL the products featured in this episode, click here.

Vardi & Migdal: For An Unforgettable Home Spa Experience… Everyday!

Vardi and Migdal

Vardi & Midgal’s skincare products are infused with Dead Sea minerals which heal, soothe and repair skin. My current bodycare routine includes 2 products from Vardi & Migdal: the Peach & Wild Flower Spa Dead Sea Salt and Body Butter, both of which smell AMAZING!

Vardi & Migdal

The finely-ground Dead Sea salts exfoliate the skin, prevent clogged pores and help reveal glowing skin from beneath. Skin becomes instantly softer and smoother. The peach and wild flower scent help contribute to an aromatherapy-like experience.

Vardi & Migdal Dea Sea Salt

Vardi & Migdal

I used the salt and body butter on the back of my elbows. See the difference:

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Exfoliation with the Dead Sea Salt helps remove all that unsightly dead skin. You can concentrate on areas like your elbows, knees, ankles and hands. Once you are done with exfoliation, finish off with the moisturizing body butter and you’ll have velvety-smooth skin.

Vardi & Migdal has a whole range of face and body products which you can check out on their website: http://www.vardimigdal.com.sg/index.php

Next on my shopping list: Dead Sea Mud! :D

Dead Sea Mud

“This rich Dead Sea black mud contains Dead Sea clay that
gently purifies clogged skin pores.
Vardi&Migdal black mineral mud acts deeply to clean and
restore skin’s natural balance, leaving it smooth, radiant
and revitalized. Dug from the shores of the lowest place
in the world, Dead Sea mud not only cleanses and revitalizes,
but also relieves tension and prevents the formation of blemishes,
it is especially effective for relieving conditions of rheumatism,
eczemas, funguses, and psoriasis. The black mud cleanses
your skin and leaves it freshly glowing.”

Vardi & Migdal has 4 outlets in Singapore. Definitely pop by during the Great Singapore Sale season – what better time to shop is there?

1) Wisma Atria
435 Orchard Road, #03-05
Singapore 238877
Mon – Sun : 10am – 10pm

2) Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road, #B1-25A
Singapore 238839
Mon – Sun : 10am – 10pm

3) JCube
2 Jurong East Central 1, #01-03
Singapore 609731
Mon – Sun : 10am – 10pm

4) The Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-12
Singapore 138617
Mon – Sun : 10am – 10pm

Vardi & Migdal is also on Facebook. ‘Like’ their page for updates and giveaways: www.facebook.com/VardiandMigdal :D

Giveaway

Want to own a $365 gift set from Vardi & Migdal, including the Dead Sea Salt and Body Butter I currently own?

Head over to my giveaway:

Vardi & Migdal giveaway

Lady First SG Episode 3: The Male Revolution

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Are Singaporean men “oily” and “sloppy” like Pauline Lan said last year? According to this episode, yes they are! But help has arrived in the form of gurus Wu Yi Lin and Keith Png!

Yi Lin thinks there is a lot of room for improvement while Keith believes that men go to the gym and get good physiques but wear the wrong clothes after.

Kelly did a survey (at Bugis+) and asked the ladies what they disliked about the way Singaporean men dressed. Some complaints included the pairing of jeans or pants with slippers, an evident lack of effort in dressing up, polo shirts with the collars propped up (ah beng style), long hair, greasy hair, looking sweaty.

And the male respondents said they: live nearby so they felt no need to dress up, drove to this location and hence would not have met many people along the way, were just hanging out with buddies, prioritize comfort over style, chose outfits which kept them comfortable in Singapore’s hot weather.

Having the 5 male guests on the show was such a welcome surprise!

There was Yew Kuang (a director) who was carrying a backpack in a less-than-glam fashion, Daren who wore an outfit with sleeves which were too short plus pant legs which were not rolled up properly, Li Ming Lun was sporting a weird-looking fringe, Jeremy was decked out like a Christmas tree with way too many accessories, and Jason (last year’s winner of Manhunt just sported a really strange hairdo.

(1) Yi Lin thinks Ming Lun posed the biggest challenge of all. He has a flat back-of-head plus he had a couple of bald spots, with most of his hair growing at the back of his head.

Yi Lin used the Phytostim thinning hair Fortifying Spray ($94.40 after discount) and the Wella Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray on Ming Lun.

She recommends botanical therapy for its volumizing effect on hair, leave-in treatment, and scalp treatment.

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(2) Daren flaunted his pearlie whites and shared that he uses Pearlie White Blanc Perfect Professional Whitening Toothpaste (check out the giveaway at the end of this post!)

However, Keith said that while having clean and white teeth is a plus, Daren should also avoid wearing tight outfits with floral prints, as they give him a ‘playboy’ and not-too-sincere vibe.

Pointers:

  • Wear clothes in the right size. Your outfit should not be too tight.
  • If you are muscular, your choice of top should be made from stretchable fabric. Use layering of clothes and do a mix-and-match. Wear a summer jacket made of light, breathable fabric, especially in Singapore’s hot weather.
  • Wear ankle socks with loafers.

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(3) Yi Lin commented that Jason has a rather big head (when taking into consideration his sloping shoulders).

She added some curls to his hair then used a matte finish product

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(4) For Jeremy, the ladies’ team felt he was wearing ugly underwear, while Keith thought he should not carry too many items in his pockets (and should carry a bag instead).

Candyce recommends Triumph HOM Men’s underwear – “made of sensitive polyamide microfibre – an exceptional material preventing overheating and allowing the skin to breathe – or in elastane cotton for cotton fans.”

Probably the sexiest pair she brought:

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Keith says the trick to layering bracelets is to “focus on the tone”. He also recommended studded shoes from Dr. Martens.

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Keith also made Jeremy wear a hot pink cap and a scarf around his hips.

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(5) For director Yew Kwang, Yi Lin brushed his hair towards the back of his head, used a non-greasy styling product to add volume to his hair by massaging the product to his hair roots.

Lady First SG

Lady First SG

Pointers:

  • Avoid greasy and glossy products
  • Make your hair look and feel light
  • Use matte finish hair products

 { Giveaway }

I will be doing a review of whitening toothpastes from 4 different brands, including the Pearlie White Blanc Perfect that was recommended in this episode.

whitening toothpastes

I am giving away 1 set of the Pearlie White Blanc Perfect toothpaste as I have two with me. :)

All you need to do is leave a comment on this blogpost (<- click here) and tell me what stains teeth (hint: an example would be something people like to drink every morning). :D

Lady First SG Season 2 Episode 2: Hairy Nightmares

<– Season 2 Episode 1

Episode 2 is all about hair problems, most of which are exacerbated by our warm and humid climate. How do you get rid of unwanted body hair – DIY or professional hair removal?

This episode tackles issues such as female mustaches, skin inflammation and itching, waxing and hygiene around our bikini area, darkened armpits, and hair loss.

1) Female mustaches

Avoid bleaching or plucking hairs in this area. This “renzhong” area is especially sensitive so don’t do any pimple-squeezing here too!

Silver has many fine hairs growing like a mustache. Liu Yan says threading is helpful as the hairs are pulled from their roots real fast.

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The key here is to ensure you wipe all moisture off and keep the area dry before hair removal. Also, use men’s aftershave which can make thick and coarse hair become soft, while soothing irritated skin.

2) Skin inflammation and itching from shaving

Kanny’s skin becomes itchy and develops red bumps after she shaves. Liu Yan’s advice is to not shave too much off, as this damages hair follicles, leading to inflammation. This problem is made worse when you shave various parts using the same tool! It ends up spreading bacteria and inflammation, leading to skin problems. So take note!

Bryan recommends the Clariancy Me Touch. It is suitable for all skin types and hair colors and apparently doesn’t hurt at all. It might feel a little warm but the in-built customized sensor ensures the skin does not get pricked. The device combines intense pulse light (IPL), E-light, RF technology and shaving all in one!

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Hairs should be at least 1mm long before removal.

When shaving, E-light penetrates into the skin to prevent hyperpigmentation. RF technology prevents pimentation and also stimulates collagen production.

On your first use, get a shave. From the second use onward, just activate the E-light. If you happen to be pregnant, breastfeeding or have just undergone surgery, refrain from using this device! Aftercare and sunscreen is important too.

3) Bikini area: waxing and hygiene

Vee used to do DIY hair removal at home for her bikini area (she even tried tweezing!) In this episode, she is whisked off to RUPINI’s spa for professional waxing. There are two kinds of wax – hot wax and hard wax.

Powder is first applied to reduce pain and protect skin. Hot wax might hurt while hard wax causes hair to grow back a little thinner, and is therefore better for the bikini region.

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Long story short, Vee is screaming during the procedure but claims it is worth it at the end. She shares that usually after shaving, there is a little irritation when washing this sensitive region with shower gel. Liu Yan explains that soaps are usually alkaline. Our skin is generally neutral in pH but this particular area is slightly acidic. So if you use an alkaline product, it irritates the skin.

Liu Yan recommends using the right cleanser (Lactacyd White Intimate) – one which reduces hyperpigmentation, restores skin elasticity, and helps keep skin soft and hydrated. On top of being a whitening product, the Lactacyd feminine wash supposedly smells good too.

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When we wear skinny jeans, we run the risk of having trapped moisture mixing with our sweat to produce a bad smell. This is worsened when we are having our period. This scented feminine wash can help to neutralize the bad smells.

*Hair removal tends to remove the stratum corneum too. So if you use a peeling product the day before treatment, your skin barrier is absent and skin gets irritated easily.

*Always cleanse skin before treatment and ensure skin is dry. This will prevent dust and dirt particles from entering hair follicles.

*Aftercare is also extremely important for soothing skin, calming any irritation, and to hydrate and restore skin.

4) Darkened armpits

Lina has darkened skin at her armpits. Whitening deodorants don’t work for her.

Liu Yan recommends cleansing the area and then massaging it.

Massage your armpits as there are many lymph nodes there. Massage can help the skin look better, prevent breasts from sagging and ‘armpit fats’ from forming.

Pull upwards then press…

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Apply facial whitening lotion to a cotton pad then place it on your armpits:

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Don’t ever use expired whitening products! The whitening lotion recommended contains ingredients like watermelon and mulberry root, and help make melanocytes less active.

*Myth busted! Use potato slices for whitening skin? It’s a myth! The only reason it looks like it works is because there is a little moisture on the potato after you slice it so when your skin absorbs the moisture and appears brighter, you think it has become whiter.

*Apply a moisturizing lotion or cream. A cream with vitamin B12 can help boost metabolism and rejuvenate skin.

5) Hair loss

Kelly used to have little “excess” body hair and almost no eyebrows previously. She was introduced to a method of rubbing the skin with alcohol and tangerine peels to promote hair growth. Bryan gives the thumbs up for tangerine peels but says alcohol is a no-no as it’ll damage follicles.

Because she has been styling her hair a lot recently, Kelly’s hair keeps falling out and she even has a receding hairline issue.

Bryan recommends dried tangerine peel or lemon essential oil which lower DHT levels and promote hair growth. You can add lemon juice to water and just pat it on with a cotton pad.

He explains that after 7 years, hair simply falls out and there is a 3-month “rest period”. During this period, you have to massage your head regularly. If the follicles get clogged, hair will not grow.

In the past, women would comb their hair throughout the day. Now, with wax, we don’t even touch our head, much less massage it.

Use a boxwood comb (which is ISO 9000 certified, and which usually costs about $20).

Empress Dowager Cixi used boxwood combs. A substance found in boxwood helps promote healthy hair growth, and relieves stress-related migraines. Add two to three drops of rosemary oil to a cotton pad and pat gently onto the rounded bristles of the comb. Let the boxwood absorb the rosemary oil.

[The first queen of England used rosemary to enhance hair growth. And Spanish rosemary is apparently the best and purest of all]

Start combing from the top of the head to the back of the neck (Comb for 5 times)

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At the dazhui acupoint, do meridian tapping (tap for 50 times). This can combat poor blood circulation and stress-related hair loss.

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At the back of your ears is the fengchi acupoint. Use the handle of the comb to massage it gently.

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* You can use any of your favorite essential oils, such as rosemary, lemongrass, lavender.

Final words of advice

Liu yan: Have a good cleansing routine so you won’t have an issue with smelling bad.

Bryan: Don’t trust rumors. Always try to find the right methods.

Giveaway!

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