You spent S$300 on a 10ml tub of serum-essence-something, and you want to believe that some magic is going to happen soon. So you continue to slap, slather, massage it on your face. Faithfully. Every day. Every night. But it’s still status quo after one week.Or worse: Your face is now looking a little... bumpy.So how long should you ride out a new beauty product before you know it's working – or not working – for you?NO INSTANT GRATIFICATION “I’m wary of skincare products that offer instant results,” said Nicolas Travis, founder of homegrown brand Allies of Skin. “With skincare, you see cumulative effects with daily use, the same way drinking a green juice daily will make you feel better over time.”He suggests waiting anything from six to eight weeks before you decide if a product is working for you.Dr SK Tan, chief scientific officer and co-founder of IDS Skincare, told CNA Lifestyle that the efficacy of even clinical … [Read more...] about How long should you use beauty products before you know they’re not working?
Why does tanning help acne
Like our new CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more wellness stories and videosSINGAPORE: It is a few days to the big event – perhaps your wedding, a public speaking engagement or an important job interview – and there it is: A big ol’ zit right there on your face like the mark of Cain.Why does it always happen, you ask yourself? Maybe your skin itches, too? Or it gets all red and dry around the time your deadline is due? You might suspect stress to be the main culprit – and you’d be right.The effect of stress on skin was anecdotal until a 2003 study by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center showed that it can indeed trigger acne. In the study, 22 university students rated the severity of their acne worse on the Leeds scale (which categorises acne sores into a range of 0 to 10) during exam periods. And this corroborated with the researchers' assessment of the students' stress levels using questionnaires. One of the … [Read more...] about Stress could be the reason behind that pimple – here’s how to fight it