Sunday 20 January 2019


True story: I was at Winter Wonderland last December when I ordered a mulled wine for Gab.  The guy at the till politely said, I'm sorry but can I ask for your identification (ID) please? Gab and I just looked at each other in confusion. I was actually ordering for him (I pointed at Gab). Oh, that's fine then, said the guy. I am above drinking age, by the way, I said. We all ended up laughing awkwardly. Picture below was taken without any foundation, concealer or filter.  My skin is not perfect and to me, that's okay, Now that I'm in my 30's I can see a wee bit of fine lines and some discolouration, but instead of loathing it, I choose to celebrate whatever stage (of life) I'm in and take good care of myself as much as I can.

I won't lie, it never fails to delight me whenever I've been mistaken as someone who's younger than my age. I sometimes get asked (by way of blog queries or normal conversations) on what are the skin tips I live by so here are they:

Not literally of course but you know what I mean. My favourite is carrots and ginger juice. I have a masticating juicer (you can see it HERE) and that's one of my life-changing gadgets in the truest sense of the word. Carrots are full of vitamins and ginger is anti-inflammatory. You can also add any vegetable that you wish and that's 100x better than the most expensive moisturiser that you can get from a beauty counter. I occasionally eat chia seeds because it flushes out toxins from inside out. My favourite is my own banana chia cookies (I put chia seeds instead of egg) topped with cashew butter or if I'm feeling a bit cheeky, a dollop of Nutella.

By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. "Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin," says Marmur. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. Contrary to some claims, exercise doesn't detoxify the skin. The job of neutralizing toxins belongs mostly to the liver. "But by increasing blood flow, a bout of exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system," Marmur tells WebMD. "You can think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside." (Source: Web MD)

My skin care routine is far from a ten-step ritual (cos who has time for that?). Seriously, I wash with my FOREO brush, Nivea facial wash and Nivea moisturiser (included in my BEAUTY LIST at the moment). And that's it! I do not wear foundation everyday but during weekdays I'm likely to put on concealer (NARS radiant creamy concealer in Custard is so good). Lastly, I never go to sleep with my makeup on. Even if I am so tired, I'll remove my makeup with wet wipes at the very least.

This is a no brainer but I personally neglect it so this is a reminder for me to clock in those eight hours of shut eye. We all know the benefits of sleeping so the knowledge is definitely there, it's the practice that we need to work on. I know it's not easy in this digital age. I intentionally cut down my youtube / Netflix viewing. I still watch of course but if majority of my downtime is used in consuming social media, I don't think that's a very good use of my time. Again, I'm probably better off sleeping.

We can't quantify feelings as much as we can with other things. However, it really is a thing. And us being stressed and down can wreak havoc to our skin. Moral of the story is if ever you get tempted to get upset, think about your skin five years from now! Will you just let it go or give in to your impulse?

Beyond topical products, our skin's health depends largely on what's in our body. Let's all love the skin that we're in by providing it with good nutrition and healthy mindset. -CMK 


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