But as every woman knows, looking good has its share of challenges. Every day, our skin battles environmental elements, stress, lifestyle habits and the natural process of ageing − all of which cause wrinkles, pigmentation, dryness, radiance, and a dull skin tone. What every woman needs is a good skincare which presents her with effective solutions for her skin problems.
I often deal with acne as the most frequent skin problem on my face. My skin-type is combination of normal and oily skin (on "T" zone). Some says it's good to have oily skin because the oil can be very useful as natural anti-ageing e.g. to prevent wrinkles rather than dry skin; of course with a good skin treatment. On the old days, my mom and aunties forbade me from using any cosmetics other than a facial wash. They said cosmetics are bad for my skin face. I was in.
Acne has been being my biggest enemy since high school. And FYI, I had undergone various treatments and went to few dermatologists to get rid of them. Unfortunately they all ended up in the same results; the acnes cannot be removed permanently.
Along with my knowledge upgrade at med-school, I have a conclusion saying Propionibacterium acnes goes hand-in-hand with the hormonal changes of puberty which result in acne.
An increased responsiveness to androgenic hormones leads to increased sebum production plus increased keratinization and desquamation in pilosebaceous ducts. Blockage of ducts turns them into sacs in which P.acnes and other members of the normal flora (e.g. micrococci, yeasts, staphylococci) multiply. P.acnes acts on sebum to form fatty acids and peptides, which together with enzymes and other substances released from bacteria and polymorphs, cause the inflammation. Comedones (blackheads in popular terminology) are greasy plugs composed of a mixture of keratin, sebum, and bacteria and capped by a layer of melanin.
The antibiotics used to treat acne are usually one of the tetracyclines, or erythromycin which includes long-term administration. Other treatments include skin care, keratolytics and, in severe cases, synthetic vitamin A derivatives such as isotretinoin. Acne can be a problem for teenagers, but often disappears in older age groups as the sebaceous follicles become less active.Source: Medical Microbiology, updated third edition (2004); by Cedric Mims, Hazel M Dockrell, Richard V Goering, Ivan Roitt, Derek Wakelin, Mark Zuckerman
Nowadays I have a beauty kit containing basics cosmetics and skincare to protect my skin from direct sunlight, dryness, free radicals, and other damage. Here's the list.
- Purifying cleanser & toner No.7 (Boots)
- Facial wash (Radiante)
- Eye-repair serum concentrate (Radiante)
- Balancing aqua gel Daily V No.7 (Boots)
- Compact powder (Shiseido)
- Make up base SPF 8 (Faceshop)
- Eye shadow (Bodyshop)
- Blush on (Faceshop)
- Blush shimmer puff (Bodyshop)
- Lip moisture (Smackers)
- Lipstick - pink (Nina Ricci)
- Lipgloss (Nina Ricci)
- Oil Control Film Paper (Clean&Clear)
- Sunblock SPF 40 (ROC)
- Eye make-up remover (Bodyshop)
- Green tea body lotion (Ginvera)
- Lemongrass deodorising foot spray (Bodyshop)