Are Pore Strips Harmful to My Skin?

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Friday, 20 October 2017 14:37

I'm sure you have used one of them before and stared at all the gunk it removed from your clogged nose with that odd sense of satisfaction.


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Pore strips came into the market in the late '90s. It caused quite a hoo-ah and everyone went to get themselves a pack to get rid of those disgusting blackheads. Although the fever has since cooled off, many of us are still religiously ripping the gunk off our skin regularly with thoe little white patches.

That said, skin care aficionados argued that pore strips may do more harm than good to our skin and are ultimately ineffective in removing blackheads or reducing pore size, and is definitely not the best thing for our skin in the long run. Let's take a look at how this holy grail prduct can cause more harm than good.


1. Skin irritation

A layer of adhesive is used to keep the strip attached to the skin and that may irritate the delicate skin and cause irritations. Besides being chemically harsh on the skin, the action of ripping off the pore strip may further irritate the skin physically, especially if you have sensitive skin and cause redness and flakiness. It is not too bad if you are only using it at most once a week. If you are using it too frequently, you may injure your skin and cause scarring in the long run.


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2. They only clean up the pore surface

Contrary to the popular belief that pore strips can remove blackheads and cleanse your pores deeply, they only clean the surface of your skin. The remove only the top parts of your blackheads, together with the healthy skin cells that are right on the surface. So in actual fact, deep cleansing doesn't happen, and the "clear" pores you see are just for a while. Dirt will re-accumulate and your blackhead will reappear.


3. Stripped your skin of natural oils

Overusing pore strips can strip our skin of its natural oils which can cause dryness and flakiness and your skin may feel raw and inflamed. Always remember to keep your skin moisturised.



10 Spooky Nail Art Ideas for Halloween

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 09:00

If you are not going for a full costume look this Halloween (boo!), at least have some spooky nails to join in the Halloween fun!

Social media is having a hell of a time with all the Halloween nail art inspirations. From office appropriate nails with some cute cobweb designs, to downright gory bloody zombie nails, and pop culture inspired Friday the 13th and Pennywise nails, you say it we have it.

Now pick your favourite and challenge your nail artist to recreate one for you.



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IU Kkot-Galpi 2 Natural Makeup Tutorial by Heizle

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 07:00

Who can resist IU's innocent charms from her latest album Kkot-Galpi 2? 

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IU's flawless complexion coupled with her doe-eye look is to die for, and totally perfect for everyday wear. Let Korean Youtuber Heizle take you through the steps to achieve this look and you will be surprised at how easy it is to recreate this Kkot-Galpi 2 makeup. 

Watch the video below to learn all the tips and tricks on this no makeup makeup look.


Halloween Skull Makeup Tutorial

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:11

Halloween is just around the corner and it is time to take your makeup to the next level.

Blogger Christy shares where to find safe and affordable face paints and guide us through this step-by-step makeup tutorial for the perfect skull face. Watch the video below and learn how to recreate this look.



The 7 Beauty Sins You Need to Stop Committing ASAP

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Monday, 16 October 2017 14:41

It's hard to break out of longtime habits be it out of comfort or laziness. However, if these are bad habits, and especially if they are from your beauty routine, you may want to re-look at them in case they cost you your flawless skin.


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Let this list be your guide to bid those beauty sins farewell and start on a clean slate for good beauty habits.


1. Not removing makeup

This has been said and reiterated over and over again. Not removing your makeup thoroughly is bad news for the skin in the long-run. Hitting the sack without proper cleansing simply dirty your sheets and clog your pores, resulting in breakouts and dull skin. If you are too lazy to use cotton pads and makeup removers, get those makeup removing wet tissues that are a breeze to use. 


2. Not wearing sunscreen


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Living on this little red dot, we are always exposed to UV rays and it is only common sense to apply sunblock every day and reapply it throughout the day. Not only do UV rays cause skin cancer, sun exposure also causes skin pigmentation and is one of the main causes all those signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and skin sagging.


3. Too much perfume

People around you are going to thank us for this reminder. As much as we want to present our best self, scent included, to everyone around us, too much of anything is never a good thing. A spritz of perfume is sweet and refreshing, but overdose on it and it can backfire and cause nausea. 


4. Popping pimples


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Don't be a pop star. We all know that it is going to cause infections and scarring so let your pimple cream do the job of getting rid of those bumps for you. Rather a long-term cure than a short-term one.


5. Stuck with one look for years

Are you still stuck with '00s pencil-thin eyebrows or the '90s lipliner look? If you realized that you have been sticking to one look for the past years, it is time to refresh your makeup style. Many women get too comfortable in one look that they forgot to move on with the times. That is how we tell you apart from your teenage daughter even if you have a great anti-aging routine and fantastic, youthful skin.


6. Not washing your makeup brushes and sponges


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All those expensive skin care products will be meaningless if you don't clean your makeup brushes and sponges regularly. They provide a warm and moist environment to breed bacteria and will cause your skin to breakout over time.


7. Wearing makeup to the gym

A concoction of makeup and perspiration sounds disastrous to me. Your body releases heat and toxins from your workout by dilating the pores and makeup will block the exit of the perspiration and toxins. Imagine having perspiration, toxins, and makeup all trap in your pores? You are asking for breakouts and skin irritations.



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