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8 Ways to Boost Creativity & Problem-Solving Skills At Work

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Can’t seem to solve a problem at work? Take a new route with these alternative approaches instead.

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Do you find yourself getting stuck in a rut all the time? Do you often stick to only one way of getting around a problem – be it at work or home?

Consciously trying to come up with new ways to do things can keep you interested in your tasks, result in unexpected discoveries, and even make you more creative.

Keeping an open mind and being flexible in your thinking also helps you to be more composed when problems come your way.

(Also read: Habits You Need To Ditch If You Want To Be Taken Seriously At Work)

Mr Joseph Wong, a behavioural transformation coach and chief leadership facilitator of a behavioural development and consulting house, shares some quick tips to boost your creativity.

Set aside “me” time

Putting aside time for yourself is a good way to reflect to calibrate.

Ask the right questions

When a problem comes your way, size it up before coming up with the solution. Determining if a potential solution is useful instead of right or wrong allows you to focus on what is important rather than what seems to be ideal.

(Also read: 13 Ways to Stay Energised And Inspired at Work)

Get inspired

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Being in fun places, and taking in new sights and experiences can make you more creative.

Do not rush into things

Take your time to mull over a problem instead of jumping on the first solution that comes to mind. Avoid making a decision in a hurry. Ideas often get better when we intentionally put off finalising a decision. The delay can help to fine-tune and calibrate ideas.

Stay clear-headed

This allows you to zero in on what is crucial and solve what really matters. Creatively solving one problem might lead to others being solved. You might even get ideas for other ideas. However, be clear about which problem to solve and keep it the priority, so that you do not end up investing time on the wrong thing.

Gather feedback

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Ask others for their input so you can know exactly what is required and come up with more comprehensive solutions.

(Also read: 5 Ways To Handle Criticism At Work)

Anticipate problems

To avoid unexpected surprises, ask yourself a few key ‘what if’ questions. You need to have a strategic mind, or an ability to think ahead of the curve to do this. Some useful questions to ask yourself include: “For this project to be successful, what is a simple but missing criteria? If this project goes south, what is the first thing I will see or hear?”

Think out of the box

Over time, our habits or assumptions can make us complacent or less creative. For non-routine tasks, try looking at the problem from another perspective. For instance, make it a point to explore faster, cheaper or simpler ways of doing something.

A version of this article originally appeared on www.herworld.com.

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4 Acne Spot Treatments That Actually Work

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4 Acne Spot Treatments That Actually Work


by Divyata Raut



LIFESTYLE  | 
April 04, 2018


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    Innisfree, Bija Cica Balm (40 ml) , S$35

    Innisfree’s Bija Cica Balm is most definitely your skin’s best friend and your pimple’s biggest nightmare. This clear gel soothes, heals and strengthens skin while erasing unwanted zits. It boosts your skin’s natural defence system and clears your spots and pigmentation. Free of perfume and parabens, this balm is gentle enough for sensitive skin types as well. Available in all Innisfree outlets island-wide.

    Photo: Innisfree 

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  • Kiehl’s, Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment (20ml), S$52

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    Kiehl’s, Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment (20ml), S$52

    This spot treatment is powered by Vitamin B3 that evens out your skin tone by diminishing the appearance of blemishes and even fights against hyperpigmentation. It is also packed with 10% Sulfur that encourages your outer skin to shed safely, preventing the formation of acne. The best part is that this product can be used to heal scars on all skin types, including ageing skin. Available in all Kiehl’s outlets island-wide.

    Photo: Kiehl’s 

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  • Herbivore Botanicals, Blue-Clay Spot Treatment Mask, (60 ml) S$35

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    Herbivore Botanicals, Blue-Clay Spot Treatment Mask, (60 ml) S$35

    This spot treatment mask contains clay that penetrates deeply into your pores to detoxify your skin from within by extracting the pesky impurities from beneath. Wash it off to reveal a bright, clean and smooth complexion. It also contains a natural anti-inflammatory called rose geranium essential oil that guarantees clear skin. This plant-based and organic product is suitable for all skin types. Available in all Sephora outlets islandwide and sephora.sg.

    Photo: Sephora 

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  • Boscia, Clear Complexion Willow Bark Spot Treatment, (4.4 ml) S$11

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    Boscia, Clear Complexion Willow Bark Spot Treatment, (4.4 ml) S$11

    This spot treatment contains a unique ingredient called botanical willow bark that eliminates breakouts effectively. Suitable even for sensitive skin types, it reduces inflammation while purifying your skin of debris. Its lethal combination of jojoba leaf as well as vitamins C and E help to reduce redness, control oil and even combat free radicals. Maintain a clear complexion with this potent product. Available in all Sephora outlets islandwide and sephora.sg.

    (Also read: 10 Of The Best Foods To Eat For Clearer Skin)

    Photo: Sephora 

    Read more


Innisfree, Bija Cica Balm (40 ml) , S$35

Innisfree’s Bija Cica Balm is most definitely your skin’s best friend and your pimple’s biggest nightmare. This clear gel soothes, heals and strengthens skin while erasing unwanted zits. It boosts your skin’s natural defence system and clears your spots and pigmentation. Free of perfume and parabens, this balm is gentle enough for sensitive skin types as well. Available in all Innisfree outlets island-wide.
Photo: Innisfree 

Kiehl’s, Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment (20ml), S$52

This spot treatment is powered by Vitamin B3 that evens out your skin tone by diminishing the appearance of blemishes and even fights against hyperpigmentation. It is also packed with 10% Sulfur that encourages your outer skin to shed safely, preventing the formation of acne. The best part is that this product can be used to heal scars on all skin types, including ageing skin. Available in all Kiehl’s outlets island-wide.
Photo: Kiehl’s 

Herbivore Botanicals, Blue-Clay Spot Treatment Mask, (60 ml) S$35

This spot treatment mask contains clay that penetrates deeply into your pores to detoxify your skin from within by extracting the pesky impurities from beneath. Wash it off to reveal a bright, clean and smooth complexion. It also contains a natural anti-inflammatory called rose geranium essential oil that guarantees clear skin. This plant-based and organic product is suitable for all skin types. Available in all Sephora outlets islandwide and sephora.sg.
Photo: Sephora 

Boscia, Clear Complexion Willow Bark Spot Treatment, (4.4 ml) S$11

This spot treatment contains a unique ingredient called botanical willow bark that eliminates breakouts effectively. Suitable even for sensitive skin types, it reduces inflammation while purifying your skin of debris. Its lethal combination of jojoba leaf as well as vitamins C and E help to reduce redness, control oil and even combat free radicals. Maintain a clear complexion with this potent product. Available in all Sephora outlets islandwide and sephora.sg.
(Also read: 10 Of The Best Foods To Eat For Clearer Skin)
Photo: Sephora 

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11 Things That Will Help You Sleep Better Tonight

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11 Things That Will Help You Sleep Better Tonight


by ‘Alyaa Iman Imran



LIFESTYLE  | 
April 05, 2018


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    Sweet dreams

    Besides cutting the screen time and having a good environment to sleep in, a couple of products can help to gently ease you to sleep. We’re talking comfy materials, smells that will put you to sleep and even apps you can easily download on your phone.

    Sure, these might just cost a little bit of money, but given that how well you sleep affects a myriad of things besides how good your skin looks, we’d say it’s a damn good investment. And really, who wants panda eyes in the morning?

    Photos: 123rf.com and provided by the respective brands

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  • Focus - Eucalyptus Tea Pillow Mist, $25, Bath & Body Works

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    Focus – Eucalyptus Tea Pillow Mist, $25, Bath & Body Works

    We recently got our hands on this and we have to say, it’s pretty effective at calming us down before a night’s rest.

    With the soothing scent of Eucalyptus essential oil and Tea, this mist helps you to relax and de-stress. When you get to bed, it’ll smell like freshly washed sheets and who doesn’t love that. Does it put you to sleep? Not really, knowing the fact that it’s meant to help you focus (on sleeping of course) and not put you to sleep. However, we’ve tried it and it definitely helps you with that much needed unwinding before you actually call it a night.

    For a full pamper sesh, try out the bath fizzer, body scrub and candle, from the same range.

    Read more

  • Ren Scent to Sleep Bundle Set, $99, Ren Skincare

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    Ren Scent to Sleep Bundle Set, $99, Ren Skincare

    This is a complete set you need to pamper yourself before the shut eye. With a calming mist, a night cream and an eye mask, you’ll be doing more than prepping your mind to rest.

    The essential oil blends from the & Now To Sleep pillow spray include Ylang Ylang, Frankincense and Lavender, which help to slow down your mind and relieve any anxiety. Meanwhile, the night cream also has Frankincense and Boswellic Acid which aids in relaxing your facial muscles to smoothen lines and wrinkles.

    For your eyes – a luxurious sleeping mask with a thread count of 249. Not only does it block out the light, but it’s infused with Copper Oxide fibres to fight wrinkles, so you can wake up feeling rested and rejuvenated.

    Read more

  • Deep sleep pillow spray, $33, this works

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    Deep sleep pillow spray, $33, this works

    This pillow spray was created to give you a relaxing and revitalising sleep.

    Formulated with Wild Chamomile, Ho Wood and of course, Lavender, this crowd favourite is known to wind down even hectic Singaporeans who are always on the bustle. Spray this on your pillow every night before you sleep. Or if you want a milder scent, on the corners of your blanket.

    Read more

  • Essential oil sweet orange, $13; Essential oil lavender, $23; Aroma diffuser, $89, Muji

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    Essential oil sweet orange, $13; Essential oil lavender, $23; Aroma diffuser, $89, Muji

    If your skin is sensitive to essential oils and causes you to breakout because of pillow mists, aroma diffusers may be a better option for you.

    It uses ultrasonic waves to vaporise water and essential oil to produce a cool, fragrant mist. What we love about this particular diffuser is that it also comes with a lamp that gives off an ambient light glow that has two settings (one brighter than the other). It’s perfect for before bedtime, especially if you need to sleep with a light on – it’s bright enough, but not too bright to disrupt your natural sleep cycle.

    Plus, it also has a setting for how long you want it on (either 30, 60, 120 or 180 minutes), so you can fall asleep without needing to switch it off.

    Use this with one drop of MUJI’s Sweet Orange oil and two drops of Lavender oil, for a warm gentle aroma to soothe you into a good night’s sleep.

    Read more

  • Japanese Camellia candle, $32.90, The Body Shop

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    Japanese Camellia candle, $32.90, The Body Shop

    Ever been to a spa and just wished that you could forever smell like it? Now you sorta can.

    The camellia flower is known for its pure, relaxing and delicate scent that allows you to slow down and loosen up. How do we know that? It’s been used by Japanese women since the 8th century so yes, it’s that good. It’s a natural wax candle, which means that there’s lesser harmful effects over the long run.

    The only downside to this is that you can’t fall asleep with it burning, so light the candle about an hour before you intend to sleep and then extinguish it before hopping into bed.

    Read more

  • Medium clean cotton candle, $37.90, Yankee Candle; Medium fluffy towels candle, $37.90, Yankee Candle

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    Medium clean cotton candle, $37.90, Yankee Candle; Medium fluffy towels candle, $37.90, Yankee Candle

    Remember that time when you went on a holiday and the room smelled 100 percent amazing? This candle will help bring that fresh smell to your bedroom.

    With woody notes, bergamot and rose, you’ll feel a crisp freshness in the air that’ll make you forget your worries. For the full experience, mix this with Fluffy Towels, which smells like freshly washed towels with hints of lemon, apple and lily.

    (Also Read: 6 Night Habits You Need to Kick for Better Sleep)

    Read more

  • Red roses candle, $123, Jo Malone

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    Red roses candle, $123, Jo Malone

    Stepping into a flower shop is one of the best things ever. The smell of fresh blooms lifts your mood and your mind instantly slips away.

    This candle from Jo Malone is designed to smell just like that – a bouquet of freshly cut flowers. Surprisingly, the scent isn’t too overpowering. It’s light and just nice with crushed violet leaves and a lemony twist. Those days of wishing someone would turn a flower shop into a perfume are long gone with this candle, trust us.

    Read more

  • Seamless double gauze pyjamas, $59, MUJI

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    Seamless double gauze pyjamas, $59, MUJI

    The things you sleep in should be nice and keep you comfortable through the night. So trust us when we say that you need to invest in a pair (or two) of pyjamas.

    MUJI’s seamless double gauze pyjamas and plaid pyjamas are the most, we repeat, the most comfortable pyjamas you could wear – besides silk ones of course.

    In fact, you could go on and get a pair from the men’s section, since they’ll be bigger in size and will provide more air circulation when you sleep. It helps you to feel more comfortable through the night and you’ll sleep like a baby.

    (Also Read: 7 Tricks For Couples To Get A Better Night’s Sleep)

    Read more

  • Digipill, free for Apple and Android users

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    Digipill, free for Apple and Android users

    It’s a bit gimmicky at first, but trust us on this. As soothing sounds play in the background, you’ll hear a voice easing you into a slumber. It’s almost as though you’re having a therapy session but instead, you’re given a step-by-step meditation that helps you fall asleep.

    It’s called Digipill because it’s as though you’re taking a pill when really, you’re meditating. When you first download the app you get a few free ‘pills’. Then you can head to the ‘pharmacy’ and get another prescription (aka more guided meditation memos).

    Besides using this for going into a really deep sleep, you can also use it as a pick me up throughout the day if you need a motivational speech, want to lose weight, or even gain confidence.

    We tried the ‘T-Break’ pill, a relaxation pill and we can confidently say that it helped us to relax a tad and made us sleepy (so don’t try this pill when you need to be active at work!)

    Read more

  • Noisli, $2.98 for Apple and Android users

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    Noisli, $2.98 for Apple and Android users

    If meditation isn’t your thing, then you can try this app which has a whole variety of sounds – white noise, waves, a bustling cafe and even soft, ASMR-like sounds. It’ll help you loosen your shoulders and even put you to sleep. All you need to do is to mix different sounds and create your perfect, personalised sound ambience.

    You might need to take some time to find out what sound works best for you, but personally, the sound of nature puts me to sleep. I (softly) play it on a speaker at night before I begin my night-time routine.

    Best of all, it has a timer so you can fall asleep to the sounds of waves crashing – and not have to worry about your device overheating.

    Read more

  • Sleep Cycle, free for Apple and Android users

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    Sleep Cycle, free for Apple and Android users

    One of the greatest mistakes we make after all that effort of prepping for a good night’s rest, is shocking and putting our bodies through stress in the morning with loud, blaring alarms – you’ll feel like you didn’t rest at all. You could simply solve this with a soothing alarm clock, but that’s not optimal either.

    The app’s smart alarm clock helps to wake you up naturally by monitoring your sleep patterns, then giving slight nudges when you’re in the lightest sleep phase – within a 30-minutes of the time you need to be up. It does this by monitoring your movements through your phone’s microphone or accelerometer, then determining what sleep phase you’re in. Besides that, it also monitors your heart rate and your snores. It even records it!

    I’ve used the app for the past few years after a friend recommended it and I honestly wake up feeling well-rested, when I remember to use it.

    A version of this story first appeared on Herworld.com.

    Read more


Sweet dreams

Besides cutting the screen time and having a good environment to sleep in, a couple of products can help to gently ease you to sleep. We’re talking comfy materials, smells that will put you to sleep and even apps you can easily download on your phone.
Sure, these might just cost a little bit of money, but given that how well you sleep affects a myriad of things besides how good your skin looks, we’d say it’s a damn good investment. And really, who wants panda eyes in the morning?
Photos: 123rf.com and provided by the respective brands

Focus – Eucalyptus Tea Pillow Mist, $25, Bath & Body Works

We recently got our hands on this and we have to say, it’s pretty effective at calming us down before a night’s rest.
With the soothing scent of Eucalyptus essential oil and Tea, this mist helps you to relax and de-stress. When you get to bed, it’ll smell like freshly washed sheets and who doesn’t love that. Does it put you to sleep? Not really, knowing the fact that it’s meant to help you focus (on sleeping of course) and not put you to sleep. However, we’ve tried it and it definitely helps you with that much needed unwinding before you actually call it a night.
For a full pamper sesh, try out the bath fizzer, body scrub and candle, from the same range.

Ren Scent to Sleep Bundle Set, $99, Ren Skincare

This is a complete set you need to pamper yourself before the shut eye. With a calming mist, a night cream and an eye mask, you’ll be doing more than prepping your mind to rest.
The essential oil blends from the & Now To Sleep pillow spray include Ylang Ylang, Frankincense and Lavender, which help to slow down your mind and relieve any anxiety. Meanwhile, the night cream also has Frankincense and Boswellic Acid which aids in relaxing your facial muscles to smoothen lines and wrinkles.
For your eyes – a luxurious sleeping mask with a thread count of 249. Not only does it block out the light, but it’s infused with Copper Oxide fibres to fight wrinkles, so you can wake up feeling rested and rejuvenated.

Deep sleep pillow spray, $33, this works

This pillow spray was created to give you a relaxing and revitalising sleep.
Formulated with Wild Chamomile, Ho Wood and of course, Lavender, this crowd favourite is known to wind down even hectic Singaporeans who are always on the bustle. Spray this on your pillow every night before you sleep. Or if you want a milder scent, on the corners of your blanket.

Essential oil sweet orange, $13; Essential oil lavender, $23; Aroma diffuser, $89, Muji

If your skin is sensitive to essential oils and causes you to breakout because of pillow mists, aroma diffusers may be a better option for you.
It uses ultrasonic waves to vaporise water and essential oil to produce a cool, fragrant mist. What we love about this particular diffuser is that it also comes with a lamp that gives off an ambient light glow that has two settings (one brighter than the other). It’s perfect for before bedtime, especially if you need to sleep with a light on – it’s bright enough, but not too bright to disrupt your natural sleep cycle.
Plus, it also has a setting for how long you want it on (either 30, 60, 120 or 180 minutes), so you can fall asleep without needing to switch it off.
Use this with one drop of MUJI’s Sweet Orange oil and two drops of Lavender oil, for a warm gentle aroma to soothe you into a good night’s sleep.

Japanese Camellia candle, $32.90, The Body Shop

Ever been to a spa and just wished that you could forever smell like it? Now you sorta can.
The camellia flower is known for its pure, relaxing and delicate scent that allows you to slow down and loosen up. How do we know that? It’s been used by Japanese women since the 8th century so yes, it’s that good. It’s a natural wax candle, which means that there’s lesser harmful effects over the long run.
The only downside to this is that you can’t fall asleep with it burning, so light the candle about an hour before you intend to sleep and then extinguish it before hopping into bed.

Medium clean cotton candle, $37.90, Yankee Candle; Medium fluffy towels candle, $37.90, Yankee Candle

Remember that time when you went on a holiday and the room smelled 100 percent amazing? This candle will help bring that fresh smell to your bedroom.
With woody notes, bergamot and rose, you’ll feel a crisp freshness in the air that’ll make you forget your worries. For the full experience, mix this with Fluffy Towels, which smells like freshly washed towels with hints of lemon, apple and lily.
(Also Read: 6 Night Habits You Need to Kick for Better Sleep)

Red roses candle, $123, Jo Malone

Stepping into a flower shop is one of the best things ever. The smell of fresh blooms lifts your mood and your mind instantly slips away.
This candle from Jo Malone is designed to smell just like that – a bouquet of freshly cut flowers. Surprisingly, the scent isn’t too overpowering. It’s light and just nice with crushed violet leaves and a lemony twist. Those days of wishing someone would turn a flower shop into a perfume are long gone with this candle, trust us.

Seamless double gauze pyjamas, $59, MUJI

The things you sleep in should be nice and keep you comfortable through the night. So trust us when we say that you need to invest in a pair (or two) of pyjamas.
MUJI’s seamless double gauze pyjamas and plaid pyjamas are the most, we repeat, the most comfortable pyjamas you could wear – besides silk ones of course.
In fact, you could go on and get a pair from the men’s section, since they’ll be bigger in size and will provide more air circulation when you sleep. It helps you to feel more comfortable through the night and you’ll sleep like a baby.
(Also Read: 7 Tricks For Couples To Get A Better Night’s Sleep)

Digipill, free for Apple and Android users

It’s a bit gimmicky at first, but trust us on this. As soothing sounds play in the background, you’ll hear a voice easing you into a slumber. It’s almost as though you’re having a therapy session but instead, you’re given a step-by-step meditation that helps you fall asleep.
It’s called Digipill because it’s as though you’re taking a pill when really, you’re meditating. When you first download the app you get a few free ‘pills’. Then you can head to the ‘pharmacy’ and get another prescription (aka more guided meditation memos).
Besides using this for going into a really deep sleep, you can also use it as a pick me up throughout the day if you need a motivational speech, want to lose weight, or even gain confidence.
We tried the ‘T-Break’ pill, a relaxation pill and we can confidently say that it helped us to relax a tad and made us sleepy (so don’t try this pill when you need to be active at work!)

Noisli, $2.98 for Apple and Android users

If meditation isn’t your thing, then you can try this app which has a whole variety of sounds – white noise, waves, a bustling cafe and even soft, ASMR-like sounds. It’ll help you loosen your shoulders and even put you to sleep. All you need to do is to mix different sounds and create your perfect, personalised sound ambience.
You might need to take some time to find out what sound works best for you, but personally, the sound of nature puts me to sleep. I (softly) play it on a speaker at night before I begin my night-time routine.
Best of all, it has a timer so you can fall asleep to the sounds of waves crashing – and not have to worry about your device overheating.

Sleep Cycle, free for Apple and Android users

One of the greatest mistakes we make after all that effort of prepping for a good night’s rest, is shocking and putting our bodies through stress in the morning with loud, blaring alarms – you’ll feel like you didn’t rest at all. You could simply solve this with a soothing alarm clock, but that’s not optimal either.
The app’s smart alarm clock helps to wake you up naturally by monitoring your sleep patterns, then giving slight nudges when you’re in the lightest sleep phase – within a 30-minutes of the time you need to be up. It does this by monitoring your movements through your phone’s microphone or accelerometer, then determining what sleep phase you’re in. Besides that, it also monitors your heart rate and your snores. It even records it!
I’ve used the app for the past few years after a friend recommended it and I honestly wake up feeling well-rested, when I remember to use it.
A version of this story first appeared on Herworld.com.

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9 Reasons Why Your Skin is Always Oily (And What You Can Do About It)

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Don’t be too hard on yourself when it comes to an oily complexion. There are several factors at play.

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Greasy skin stems from excessive sebum production by your sebaceous glands. But before you start hating on your oily complexion, sebum has its benefits. It maintains your skin’s natural moisture barriers and protects it from bacterial and fungal infections. However, excessive sebum will clog pores which will result in problems like bacteria growth, acne, whiteheads and blackheads. Here are nine reasons why your sebaceous glands go into overdrive.

(Also read: 9 Ways To Help Makeup Last Longer On Oily Skin)

1. Hormones

Imbalances or changes in hormonal activity can influence how much sebum is produced. If you have noticed your skin becoming more oily at a particular time every month, it is likely due to your menstrual cycle. Hormones known as androgen, progesterone and oestrogen all come into play during your menses. When your period approaches, androgens spike as oestrogens fall. This leads to a surge in sebum production. Once you are familiar with when your oil glands go into overdrive, switch to a beauty regime that will help control the oil and keep blotting paper with you.

(Also read: 5 Surprising Benefits Of Having Period Sex)

2. Improper skincare

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Using skincare products that are unsuitable for your skin can trigger oily skin and acne. If the facial cleanser you are using is worsening your complexion, it is likely that the cleanser is too harsh for your skin. Such products may cause your skin to produce even more sebum to compensate for the lack of moisture on the surface of your skin. 

3. Genes

The genetic factor strikes again. Your oily complexion could have been passed on from your parents or grandparents. But it is not a lost cause, there are plenty of skincare products and ways that can help salvage the situation. Check out these nine skincare tips that can help you manage your oily skin.

4. Diet

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Greasy fried foods top the list of culprits behind your oily complexion. But you may be surprised to find out that dairy products such as milk, butter and cheese can also lead to increased oil production. They contain high levels of natural hormones such as testosterone that can result in greasiness and clogged pores. The sugars in dairy products will also increase your glycaemic index and that triggers your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. If you are prone to acne breakouts, cut down on dairy products.

5. Stress

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When you are stressed, the stress hormone known as cortisol spikes. This can lead to an increase in oil production. The surge in cortisol levels also tells your brain that you need more energy than you really need, making you crave for sweet and fatty foods. Excessive consumption of such foods will inevitably lead to a greasier complexion.

(Also read: 5 Easy Ways To Eliminate Stress From Your Life For Good)

6. Excessive makeup

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If you are guilty of applying layers of makeup in an attempt to conceal the blemishes that stem from oily skin, it is time to give your skin a break. Your makeup products could be severely clogging up your pores.  But if you really can’t do without makeup, ensure that you use non-comedogenic products and always apply them in light layers.

(Also read: 9 Best Cleansing Oils to Remove Makeup in Seconds)

7. Environment

Unfortunately, the combination of heat and humidity in Singapore serves as a trigger for sebum secretion. Even if you are in a place with a cold climate, it does not mean you are free from grease as the cool and dry weather may cause your oil glands to go into overdrive. The key is to use appropriate skincare products to cater to what your skin needs.

(Also read: 9 Best Facial Cleanser Recommendations For Every Skin Type)

8. Medication

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If you do not usually have oily skin, it could be due to the meds you are taking. Oral contraception and hormonal medication may trigger oil production. If that is the case, don’t fret, your skin should return to normal once you’re off your medication.

9. Age

The different stages of your life will affect your skin. Androgen, the hormone responsible for oil production, will fluctuate during puberty, pregnancy and even menopause. Generally speaking, your complexion will become less oily as you grow older.

(Also read: 9 Skincare Mistakes That Make You Look Older Than You Really Are)

 

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5 Ways Staring at Screens All Day is Seriously Taking a Toll on Your Health

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Take frequent breaks from your computer and phone for a healthier you.

It’s practically impossible to get away from screens these days. From your computer at work to your tablet for online shopping to your TV at home for binge-watching and to your mobile for, well, all of the above (and more)…our lives are ruled by screens. Excessive use could take a toll on your health so here are five conditions to look out for and how to prevent them.

(Also Read: How to Tell If You’ve Crossed The Line With Your Work Spouse)

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Eye strain

How it happens: We hate to be the bearer of bad news but the truth is that humans aren’t built to stare at the specific type of blue light that comes out of computer screens. As a result of being exposed to this light for countless hours each day, we’re slowly but surely hurting our eyes. Throw in the fact that there’s also the glare and contrast from these screens and that all just adds up to more stress on our eyes. You’ll know you’ve strained your eyes if they feel dry or irritated and you have other symptoms such as headaches and double vision. Staring at a screen for too long could also give you blurred vision.

How to prevent it: Give your eyes a break every 20 minutes or so. Stare at something in the distance for 20 to 30 seconds, then return to your screen. Also, try to stare only at one screen for most of the day so that your eyes don’t have to keep adjusting between your laptop, phone and tablet screens. And, in your office, position your computer or laptop so that there’s no extra glare from a window or overhead light, to reduce stress on your eyes.

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Back, neck and shoulder pain

How it happens: It’s all to do with your posture, really. And when you’re sitting in a wrong position for long periods of time, it’s going to affect you even more. For example, slouching could lead to chronic neck pain. Sitting for a long time also affects your blood circulation, which means that your body could get stiff after some time too.

How to prevent it: Stand up and walk around every 30 minutes. To ease further stress, stretch your arms and roll your shoulders too. Raising your knee also improves your circulation. Also, sit in a chair with good back support – or get an ergonomic chair if possible – and make sure your computer screen is at eye level or slightly lower.

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Carpal tunnel syndrome

How it happens: The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway near your wrist and this condition happens when the nerve that runs from your forearm to your palm is under pressure. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of performing the same actions over and over, such as using your mouse or keyboard. Your wrist could swell and you’ll feel a pins and needles kind of tingling in your fingers and palms.

How to prevent it: Don’t neglect your wrists when you’re taking a break and doing stretching exercises. Bend your wrists and move your fingers around often. Make a conscious effort not to use your mouse or keyboard consistently for long periods of time. And, when you slide your mouse, move your entire arm, not just your wrist; this puts less strain on your wrist.

(Also Read: TRUE STORY – “At 35, I couldn’t even tie my shoelaces because of rheumatoid arthritis!”)

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Social anxiety

How it happens: Long periods of computer usage doesn’t just affect your physical health, your mental health can be disturbed too. For example, social anxiety could set in, where you’re somehow unable to communicate with others in situations that don’t involve a screen. So, while you can jabber for hours on a chat app with practically anyone, you’re awkward around people in person.

How to prevent it: Don’t conduct all your social interactions online. Meet with your friends instead of just chatting online. Group chats might be a fun place to exchange news and gossip but it’s not the same as being with friends in person. Even if you don’t have the time to meet with them, call them and talk over the phone – it’s a far more personal way to chat so don’t lose this skill either.

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Weight gain

How it happens: You’re so engrossed in meeting your deadlines and making sure that your boss sees you hard at work at all times that you spend more time staring at your computer at work than you really need to. And, when you’re home, you don’t feel like doing much more than sitting on the couch and binge-watching the latest series on Netflix. Or, even worse, you have got into a habit of snacking on junk food at your desk to try to break up the daily grind. Leading a sedentary lifestyle isn’t good for your overall health and it’ll also lead to you slowly but surely packing on the kilos.

How to prevent it: Make it a point not to park yourself at your desk for too long. Take a walk around the office (or further if you can) every 20-30 minutes so that you get a much-needed break in your routine and some exercise too. Just make sure this doesn’t involve going to the pantry or the cafe next door for a snack. And even though binge-watching is something we all do (and need) on certain nights, try not to make a habit of it or at least fit in a workout beforehand.

(Also Read: 8 Tips to Getting More Steps In If You Are In A Sedentary Job)

A version of this article originally appeared on www.herworld.com.

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These Foundations and Tinted Creams Have SPF Protection to Shorten Your Makeup Routine

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Are you guilty of skipping the sunblock step in your daily makeup routine? Thanks to these products, you won’t be anymore.

Rain or shine, sunblock is a must. But it can be a pain to search for one that has the right consistency to go under your makeup. The last thing you want is for your sunblock to be the cause of your mid-day makeup meltdown, leaving you with a patchy, greasy face. These eight foundations and tinted creams have built-in SPF protection to keep you safe from UV rays.

(Also read: 5 Sunscreens That Won’t Mess Up Your Foundation)

1. Rimmel London 25h Breathable Foundation SPF 20

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Wearing your foundation for long periods of time often leaves your skin looking patchy, clog your pores and cause breakouts. But the Rimmel London 25h Breathable Foundation is so lightweight that you won’t feel it on your skin. Its spreadability allows smooth and even application to give you flawless coverage that lasts up to 24 hours. Despite its thin and liquid-like consistency, you can still achieve up to medium coverage to hide those blemishes.

2. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tint Cream SPF 30 ($53, Sephora)

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For days when you want a more low-key and natural look, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tint Cream is a great go-to. This tinted cream promises to minimise the appearance of redness and uneven skin tone without clogging your pores. Formulated with vitamin E, it has soothing properties for those with sensitive skin. Hyaluronic acid also gives your skin a moisture boost and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The best part? It contains fine minerals with light reflecting properties to highlight your skin’s natural radiance.

(Also read: 9 Best Cleansing Oils to Remove Makeup in Seconds)

3. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF 50+ ($62, Sephora)

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If you are constantly pressed for time, you’ll love this all-in-one beauty product. On top of full coverage and UVA and UVB protection, it is also formulated with anti-ageing serum, vitamins and antioxidants for a healthier complexion. The dark spot-correcting and moisturising properties will give you clear-looking skin.

(Also read: 7 Anti-Ageing Skincare Products to Get Rid of Fine Lines and Wrinkles)

4. Laneige Powder Fit Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++ ($40)

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With SPF 50+ PA+++ and a natural matte finish, Laneige’s Powder Fit Cushion is perfect for Singapore’s weather. It combats your oily T-zone by absorbing sweat and sebum, helping you look fresh all day with minimal touch-ups. Its special mesh net structure also allows you to pick up just the right amount of product for thin and even application. Along with its brightening and anti-wrinkle properties, this cushion will make your complexion look unblemished and radiant throughout the day.

5. Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation SPF 15 ($62, Sephora)

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The Face Glow Foundation was created by internationally renowned makeup artist Natasha Denona who wanted a formula with an airbrushed finish that doesn’t compromise on radiance. The foundation evens out skin texture and redness to leave your skin looking smooth and dewy. Free of parabens and allergens, it is suitable for all skin types and ages.

(Also read: 5 Hydrating Facial Essences to Moisturise Skin And Give it a Glow)

6. Dr Jart+ Rejuvenating Beauty Balm SPF35/PA++ ($49, Sephora)

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One of Dr Jart+’s best sellers, the Rejuvenating Beauty Balm is able to effectively cover up blemishes and conceal redness. Its powdery finish allows your face to stay fresh and matte all day. Formulated with elastomer gel, it reduces the appearances of pores and wrinkles to smoothen out your skin tone. If your skin is prone to breakouts, give this a shot as it has been dermatologically tested on sensitive skin.

(Also read: 9 Reasons Why Your Skin is Always Oily (And What You Can Do About It))

7. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX SPF 50+ PA+++ ($80, inclusive of refill)

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It is often challenging to get full coverage without looking cakey, but Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting Cushion EX allows you to do just that. Its very own Slim Fit High Coverage formula disperses water pigments for the foundation to blend seamlessly across your skin. Slowly build it up for more coverage and your skin will look flawless and well-hydrated like those Korean stars.

8. Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+ PA+++ ($48, Sephora)

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Get clear and luminous skin with Supergoop’s Daily Correct CC Cream. It offers protection from UVA, UVB and IRA rays to minimise ageing. It is also infused with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to neutralise discolourations and soothe skin. The velvety cream is lightweight on your skin, making it comfortable for long hours of wear.

(Also read: 6 Ways to Keep Skin Healthy and Hydrated on Long Flights)

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Make Sure Your Skincare Contains These 4 Vitamins if You Want Healthy, Radiant Skin

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Keep your skin well nourished with these vitamins.

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It is always important to ensure your skin gets enough vitamins to keep it looking healthy and youthful for a longer period of time. The next time you pick up a new skincare product, make sure it has one of these vitamins in it to help treat common skin concerns such as dullness and enlarged pores. To help you get started, here are four different vitamins you need to add to your regime.

Vitamin C for dull skin

Vitamin C is one of the most popular ingredients to give you radiant, clear skin. Known for its brightening effects, it reduces the production of melanin to lighten acne scars, hyperpigmentation and dark spots. It also has exfoliating benefits to help remove dead skin cells so your skin will feel softer and smoother and can better absorb the rest of your skincare.

Try: Skin Inc Vitamin C Serum ($68)

Skin Inc Vitamin C Serum, $68

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This serum combines vitamin C with vitamins B6 and E to help minimise the appearance of enlarged pores and balance sebum production to give you a smoother, clearer complexion. It also protects skin against breakouts and reduces the over-production of melanin for a brighter, more even complexion.

(Also Read: 6 Best Vitamin C Serums For More Radiant Skin)

Vitamin B3 for enlarged pores and dehydrated skin

Also known as niacinamide, it is a skin-restoring ingredient that helps to reduce enlarged pores, fight signs of ageing and treat uneven skin tone. It also boosts the production of ceramides to ensure skin is plump, helps skin maintain an optimal moisture level and protect it from harmful environmental aggressors. Niacinamide also helps to regulate oil production so you don’t have to worry about excess shine.

Try: Dr. Jart Cicapair Re-cover SPF 30PA++ ($77, Sephora)

Dr. Jart Cicapair Re-cover SPF 30PA++, $77, Sephora

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A green-to-beige colour correcting treatment that transforms to a beige coloured cream once applied onto skin to correct redness, cover blemishes and protect skin from environmental damage. It also includes tiger grass, an active ingredient used for centuries to restore and support damaged skin and inflammation. If that’s not impressive enough, this cream also helps improve moisture levels to replenish fatigued skin with an infusion of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Vitamin E for dehydrated skin and protection against UV damage

Apart from hyaluronic acid, vitamin E is also known for retaining moisture in skin. It is also rich in antioxidants and is commonly found in sunscreens thanks to its ability to fight and neutralise free radical damage and calm skin with its anti-inflammatory properties.

Try: The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion SPF30/PA+++, $36.90

(Also Read: 12 Nourishing But Lightweight Facial Oils That Won’t Feel Sticky in Singapore’s Heat)

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion

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This lightweight milky emulsion leaves your skin moisturised, soft and protected, without a white cast. It is infused with bio-fermented hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and claims to hydrate skin for up to 48 hours. It also fights free radical damage to protect skin from environmental aggressors.

Vitamin A for its anti-ageing properties

A more common and active form of vitamin A is retinol and it is known to improve cell turnover, unclog pores, boost collagen production, smooth skin and even out pigmentation. Thus, making it one of the best ingredients to look out for in any anti-ageing product.

Try: Shiseido Vital-Perfection Wrinklelift Cream, $160

Shiseido Vital-Perfection Wrinklelift Cream, $160

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Formulated with pure retinol, this targets the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dullness typically associated with smiling. It also features the brand’s RetinoVP8 technology, which delivers retinol deep into the epidermis, to effectively improve visible wrinkles to reveal a clearer, more youthful-looking complexion.

A version of this story originally appeared on www.femalemag.com.sg.

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Does Your Sunscreen Contain These 5 Properties?

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For a sunscreen to be effective, it’s got to be made of the right stuff. Here’s what to look out for.

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They should protect from pollution too

UV rays are detrimental to our skin health, but airborne impurities can be just as bad. The air in Metropolitan cities often have free radicals, fine particles and pollutants that settle on the face, irritate skin and increase the production of toxins in cells. This weakens and ages skin, causing the complexion to appear grey, dull and lacking vitality. More and more beauty brands, Dior for example, are releasing sun protection that have anti-pollution properties to prevent the build-up of toxins and act like a topcoat on your face to prevent pollution from coming into contact with skin.

(Also Read: 5 Anti-Pollution Beauty Products You Need For Healthier Skin)

PA++++ is a plus (if not a must)

The PA level on a sunscreen measures the UVA protection it provides. UVA rays have the ability to penetrate deeper to affect the dermis (the second layer of your skin) and is one of the main causes premature ageing, resulting in the formation of wrinkles, dryness and pigmentation.

In 1996, the Japanese Cosmetic Industry Association (JCIA) introduced a three-tiered PA grading to measure UVA protection. UVA protection is measured with the Japanese developed Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) method. To get a protection grade of PA+, sunscreens need to provide a PPD protection factor of two to four. For a protection grade of PA++, a PPD of four to eight is needed; while a protection factor of eight to 16 is required for PA+++.

However, the JCIA has modified their PA system to accommodate the higher UVA protection that sunscreens now provide. Dr Goh Boon Kee, consultant dermatologist and medical director of Skin Physicians at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, shares: The JCIA revised the PA system to a four-tier grading system after adopting a new in-vivo UVA testing method in 2012 to include PA++++. This provides a PPD protection factor of 16 and above.”

Many beauty giants like Kose, YSL Beaute and Clarins have all adopted this in their sunscreens.

You should be able to get them wet

Previously, sunscreens tend to become less effective when they come into contact with water. However, today many come with water-resistant formulas that stay on even when you get wet, which is especially important in hot and humid Singapore where perspiring or getting caught in the rain is extremely common.

But if you want something even stronger, check out Shiseido’s Wetforce range of sun protection. They are not only water resistant, but even becomes stronger when it gets wet. According to studies done by Shiseido, the SPF value – which protects skin from UVB rays that cause burning and tanning – of a non-waterproof sunscreen can drop by about 30 per cent when it comes into contact with water. Thanks to a new wetforce technology, the SPF value of Shiseido’s Perfect UV Protector actually increases by about 20 per cent.

The wetforce technology is able to absorb water and perspiration into its formula, making the sunscreen more dense, thus strengthening its water-repellent function. 

(Also Read: Is It OK To Drink The Old Water In Your Water Bottle?)

They should also protect from long range UV rays

UVA rays penetrate more deeply into skin and according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, are 30 to 50 times more common than UVB radiation. These ultraviolet rays come in two wavelengths: long UVA rays and short UVA rays. While both can pass through clouds and glass to cause premature ageing, which can result in wrinkles, roughness, loss of elasticity or pigmentation, long range UVA rays reach further into skin and damage the deeper layer of the dermis. 

“While the surface and upper layers of skin are equipped with defenses that may mitigate some aspects of photoageing, long UVA rays penetrate to the deepest part of the dermis,” says Dr Adam Geyer, consulting dermatologist to Kiehl’s. “By reaching the dermis, these rays are attacking collagen and elastin that are critical to providing skin with youthful support. Long UVA rays also disrupt the skin’s immune function and damage skin’s deeper vital structures, leading to skin that lacks firmness and elasticity, and may appear red and wrinkled.

Kiehl’s and Lancome are just a few brands that have incorporated filters in their sunscreens to protect from long range UV rays.They should be gentle enough for sensitive skin

While sun protection pretty much a must-do in any skincare regime, some people with sensitive skin still avoid it as they experience irritation that can result in redness and itchiness. This is because most sunscreens in the market today contain chemical filters, which protect skin by absorbing UV rays. The downside is that they occasionally cause irritation for sensitive or acne-prone skin. The good thing is that today, most sunscreens are created to be gentle even on very sensitive skin. However, if you’re still worried, La Roche-Posay is one of our go-to brands for extra gentle formulas.

(Also Read: 6 Gentle Cleansers That Won’t Irritate Sensitive Skin)

A version of this article originally appeared on www.femalemag.com.sg.

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How to Deal With Body Skin Problems (Like Cellulite & Stretch Marks) So You’ll Look Good in Whatever You Wear

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From cellulite to bruises, tackle these below-the-neck troubles and you’ll be ready to rock any outfit, from backless dress to bikini.

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CELLULITE

Plagued with these bumps and lumps? Well, you are not alone. According to Dr Eileen Tan, dermatologist at Eileen Tan Skin, Laser and Hair Transplant Clinic, about 85 per cent to 98 per cent of women are affected by cellulite.

Cellulite is generally caused by excess fat retention under the skin, which creates a dimpled or orange peel-like appearance. Dr Cheong Wai Kwong, dermatologist at Specialist Skin Clinic, said unlike other fats in the body, these fat deposits are separated by bands of connective tissues in the deeper layer of the skin and form into pockets. When you put on weight, these pockets of fat will expand and cause the skin surface to become irregular.

Water retention can also cause cellulite. When your body has poor circulation, it leads to the accumulation of water between your fat cells, which also results in the appearance of dimples on the skin’s surface.

(Also read: 5 Common Myths About Cellulite)

Presently, there are no easy ways to get rid of cellulite. The best way to treat and prevent the formation of these annoying lumps is through diet and exercise. You can also try going for treatments that improve your body’s microcirculation, such as the Clarins Contour Shaper Treatment ($185 for 60 minutes). It uses massage techniques and specialised products to get rid of water retention and improve lymphatic drainage.

Skincare products with caffeine, such as the Edible Beauty & Coffee Contouring Creme ($54, from Sephora), can stimulate circulation and help with cellulite.

BODY ACNE

As if it wasn’t bad enough to get breakouts on our faces, these pesky pimples just had to find their way onto our bodies as well. Most often found on the chest and back, body acne is especially common in hot climates. This is because heat and sweat can clog pores and aggravate pityrosporum folliculitis, the fungal infection which causes acne on your body.

Body acne can usually be treated with proper cleansing and the application of over the counter acne treatments. One of our favourites is the DrGL Cleanser Acne ($78) that can be used on your face, body and even hair. However, if the problem persists, Dr Cheong advises visiting a doctor to get oral medication.

(Also read: Singapore’s Best 11 Products to Finally Get Rid Of Adult Acne & Pimples)

BRUISES

Bruising becomes more common with age, Dr Cheong said, as the tissues that support fine blood vessels weaken, causing them to rupture more easily.

To hasten the fading of these marks, he recommends applying creams that have vitamin K. You can also consume foods that contain the vitamin – broccoli, lettuce and beef.

STRETCH MARKS

These are developed when the skin is stretched, resulting in the dermis breaking up in places and the deeper layers showing through, said Dr Cheong.

They usually occur during pregnancy, rapid growth spurts or weight gain. Found on the stomach, buttocks, thighs and lower back, these unsightly marks are the bane of women.

Newer stretch marks that are less than a year old tend to be pink, purplish or brown in colour and can be treated using infrared lasers. However, multiple treatments are required, depending on the severity. As stretch marks get older, they begin to turn white. Such marks are almost impossible to get rid off completely.

(Also read: 5 Ways to Reduce The Appearance Of Stretch Marks)

Presently, there are not many treatments that can effectively remove stretch marks. However, medicated creams that contain tretinoin can help make them less obvious in the early stages of their formation.

If you are pregnant, Dr Tan advises against applying such creams. She recommends using moisturisers so the skin is kept hydrated and supple.

PIGMENTATION

We get sun spots on our body as well. These brown, irregularly-shaped patches tend to appear when women hit their 30s and 40s. They are caused by overexposure to UVB rays, which activates the production of excess melanin pigments.

Over time, these pigments gather on the surface of the skin to form dark clusters.

Topical products are usually unable to get rid of extremely dark spots as these have more pigments and may be too deep in the skin to be erased by cosmetic products alone. In such cases, Dr Tan recommends going for intense pulse light or laser treatments.

Whitening creams can help to lighten newly developed, less obvious sun spots, if applied consistently.

(Also read: 3 Ways Your Exercise & Diet Plan Is Ageing Your Skin)

Lotions – such as Cle de Peau Beaute’s Concentrated Brightening Body Serum ($120) – not only brighten and hydrate, they also help get rid of pigmentation. However, removing existing spots does not mean new ones will not form. To prevent reoccurrence, apply sunscreen liberally over your entire body. About five teaspoons of sun protection should be enough.

Try the Supergoop! 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 ($49). The refreshing mist is lightweight and you can apply it on the go.

SLACK SKIN

It is inevitable that skin gets stretched out and becomes loose with damage, ageing and even weight fluctuations.

A treatment you can try to treat loose and sagging skin is Exilis. It is non-invasive and uses radio frequency to tighten skin. Results are said to last for about a year.

However, if you prefer something less pricey, you can also try massaging firming products, try the Clarins Extra-Firming Body Lotion ($110) twice a day.

A version of this article first appeared on www.femalemag.com.sg.

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Arizona Golf Resort Rolls Out the High-Tech Golf Cart of the Future

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The future of golf has arrived at an award-winning Arizona course in the form of a new fleet of high-tech golf carts. The Quintero Golf Club in Peoria, working in conjunction with a company called Textron Fleet Management, has deployed 90 electric carts, each of which is equipped with a touchscreen tablet. The tablet puts a host of features at players’ fingertips to deliver a new level of  convenience and game management to the links.

Among the features that the new golf carts offer are integrated score keeping, course maps complete with 3D flyovers, and GPS tracking. They system can also provide information on pin placement, distances to hazards, and pro tips on how to approach all 18 holes. The tablets also allow users to send messages to one another, check in with the golf shop, and even order food and drinks to be delivered to them right on the course.

The Textron system isn’t just for the players, however, as it also brings some added benefits for course managers. For instance, the connected carts allow staff to monitor the location of players out on the course at all times, helping them to keep better track of the pace of play. The carts can even be remotely disabled if players wander off the property or are caught misbehaving in any way. The system also uses GPR tracking to create geofences that prevent the carts from being driven where they shouldn’t be. For example, the greens are generally off limits for carts at most courses, and these connected carts will automatically shut themselves down before players can drive them into restricted areas.

Powered by high-capacity lithium-ion batteries, the golf carts are also highly efficient. This makes them more environmentally friendly compared to older models and allows them to run further on a single charge. Downtime is kept to a minimum thanks to a fast-charging system that allows the carts to be quickly turned around as golfers come and go.

Textron offers courses a host of customization options, including a choice of two tablet sizes, a text-based interface or a custom built 3D operating system, and more. Quintero is currently the only place to offer these high-tech carts, but other courses will likely start adopting them moving forward.

 

 

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