Healthy Skin Aesthetic Facial Treatment in Singapore

5 Overlooked Tips For Having Healthy Skin

No matter your age, healthy skin is something everyone would like to have. Skin that is blemish-free, has an even tone, and is bouncy - who wouldn’t enjoy that? Be it regular facial treatments or buying new skincare products, many of us would have tried everything under the sun to achieve that healthy-looking skin.

If you have ever searched the tips for maintaining healthy skin, many of them would repeat the old adages of regular sunscreen, getting enough sleep, and having a consistent skincare routine. These tips are effective and are the most basic in having good skin. Nonetheless, there are many factors that impact our skin condition, and doing the above steps may not be enough to maintain good skin. Luckily, we have uncovered 5 overlooked tips that can get you closer to achieving healthy-looking skin! If that sounds like something you are interested in, keep on reading.

 

5 Overlooked Tips For Healthy Skin
  1. Switch to silk or satin pillowcases
    It is a running joke that waking up with pillow imprints on your face means that you have had a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, if you're not careful, these imprints, also known as sleep lines, can transform into wrinkles! Sleep lines are typically caused by using cotton or flannel pillowcases. These fabrics tend to ‘grip’ onto your skin - thus causing creases and lines. Moreover, cotton pillowcases accumulate grime quite easily, which may indirectly lead to acne. As such, the best way to prevent that is to use silk or satin pillowcases. These fabrics are less likely to cling onto your skin, and they also do not accumulate as much dirt as cotton.

  2. Go makeup-free for a few days
    Makeup may be empowering and a confidence booster for many people but it can still clog pores and cause blemishes if we wear it too often. Especially since we are wearing face masks for the foreseeable future, wearing makeup under that may cause even more irritation to our skin. That does not mean that you have to completely give up on makeup. Instead, you can opt to go makeup-free every few days so that your skin can breathe.

  3. Opt for facials customised to your skin needs
    Facial treatments are a good way to provide our skin with some much-needed TLC (tender loving care) and supplement our skincare routine. Everyone’s skin is different and requires individual solutions to achieve healthy-looking skin. As such, a good skin specialist will take the time to understand your skin goals and tailor a treatment that will effectively target your concerns.

    Pro-tip: Ask for organic facial treatments as they contain fewer synthetic and harsh chemicals. Not only are they gentler on your skin but they also provide immense hydration, reduced skin texture, and a natural glow.

  4. Eat healthily
    Healthy skin is not just about what you put on the outside, but also on the inside! Research has shown that eating foods rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, and fatty acids can lead to experiencing healthy skin. Subsequently, you should increase the number of servings of leafy vegetables, fruits, and fatty fish (e.g. salmon and mackerel) in your diet. At the same time, cutting down on processed foods will also have a positive effect on your skin health.

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  5. Reduce signs of stress
    Being the country with one of the longest working hours in the world, Singaporeans are no strangers to experiencing stress on a daily basis. Unfortunately, being stressed results in higher production of cortisol which leads to a breakdown of collagen, increased oxidation of our skin cells, and a weaker skin barrier. This in turn can result in saggy skin, wrinkles, and inflammation. As a result, we should do as much as we can to reduce signs of stress. This can be done through planning our deadlines in advance, meditating regularly, and doing breathing exercises whenever we are feeling stressed. Using skincare products such as facial mists and serums can help to soothe and cool down stressed skin as well.

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Putting Your Best Face Forward

You deserve to have healthy-looking skin and a radiant complexion. That’s why Céramique Aesthetics has decided to open a new outlet in Tampines 1 Shopping Mall for all you easties! Our highly experienced skin specialists will listen to your skin concerns and provide customised facial treatments to help you achieve your dream skin! Book an appointment with us today.

Buzzwords De-Buzzed: Organic Ingredients in Skincare & Facials

Natural ingredients, herbal scents, and eco-friendliness are perhaps the first things that come to mind when you hear the word "organic skincare." Once considered a niche trend amongst the eco-conscious, organic ingredients in skincare and facials have gained widespread popularity as they have been shown to have various benefits. Compared to the synthetic chemicals that were traditionally used in skincare, organic ingredients were said to be gentler and calmer. As such, many people assume that organic skincare is always better than other products.

Nevertheless, it is still important to properly understand what ‘organic’ means in the context of skincare, whether it is actually better for your skin, and how to ensure that the facial treatments and products you use are actually using organic ingredients.

 

What Does Organic Skincare Actually Mean?

When the word organic is used, it typically means that the method of production does not involve any synthetic chemicals i.e. pesticides and herbicides. As such, organic skincare means that it contains ingredients that are grown organically. In addition, many organic skincare products also limit using synthetic ingredients during formulation. Such products are said to be beneficial because synthetic chemicals can be harsh on our skin, especially for those with sensitive skin.

Many people also often confuse organic skincare with natural skincare. While the definitions overlap, there is a key distinction. For natural skincare products, they may contain ingredients derived from plants, minerals, or animal by-products (e.g. honey), but they may not have been grown organically.

 

Is Organic Skincare Really Better?

With every release of a new skincare product or skincare line, the selling point always seems to be its ‘organic ingredients.’ You may even see many celebrities and beauty magazines touting the benefits of investing in organic skincare. The constant marketing has, therefore, given the impression organic skincare will automatically be better for your skin. While it is a good thing that fewer synthetic chemicals are being used on our skin, that does not mean organic skincare will definitely work for you. Natural chemicals are just as likely to cause a reaction on your skin as will synthetic chemicals. Even if you have been to a skin specialist and they recommend an organic skincare product, you should still patch-test it to ensure that you do not react negatively to it.

Nevertheless, organic skincare teaches us to be more mindful of the ingredients that go into the products and make sure that they are helpful to our skin needs. As such, if you are wondering how you can choose the right organic skincare products, the next section will show you how.

 

How To Buy The Right Organic Skincare For You

An important thing to remember about organic skincare is that it is not possible for products to be completely organic. A few synthetic chemicals will need to be used so that the formulation can remain stable, prevent bacterial growth, and ensure long shelf life. However, the synthetic ingredients are usually kept to a minimum. Subsequently, the first thing you should always do is to read the ingredient labels carefully.

While everyone’s skin reacts differently, there are a few chemicals that are worth avoiding. These include sodium laureth sulphates, mineral oils, preservatives, dyes, and artificial fragrances, and petroleum-derived ingredients. If a skincare product claims to be organic, then its ingredient list should contain little of the above chemicals.

There are three other things you can do as well. They are:

  • Look for the ‘certified organic’ label

    Organic skincare products do have some form of regulation that they need to adhere to. The most common is usually by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in which skincare products will be given a ‘USDA Organic’ seal if they meet the requirements. Japan, and certain European countries also have similar organisations. You can opt to research for the certifications awarded by these organisations and look out for them when you buy organic skincare products.

  • Learn more about the skincare company

    The main aspect of organic skincare is about being transparent about the ingredients - their usage and also where they come from. Skincare companies that are committed to providing organic products will usually include where they get their ingredients from. In addition, reading reviews of their products is also helpful in ensuring that the company actually delivers on its promise of using organic ingredients.

  • Opt for organic facial treatments

    Many facial spas in Singapore are also beginning to incorporate organic ingredients into their facial treatments. With the help of a trained professional, they can identify your skin needs, select suitable treatments, and ensure that your skin reaps the full benefits of organic skincare.

In essence, it is good to do adequate research before investing in organic products. Thankfully, skincare science is an ever-expanding field and organic ingredients are always being tested on their efficacy. As such, there are plenty of good skincare products on the market and you can easily choose one without worrying too much about its effectiveness. Alternatively, you can always approach a skin specialist who is knowledgeable in this area and will advise you accordingly.

With the help of our trained aestheticians and a wide range of facial treatments, we can help you achieve a natural glow! Contact us today to find out more.

Guide To Treating Hair Problems And Acne For Young Adults

A Simple Guide To Treating Hair Problems & Acne For Young Adults

Puberty is something that all of us experience once in our life. The rapid physical and emotional development that teenagers go through is what makes puberty so tough for all, if not most of us. As the body develops, one common product is acne - making puberty even tougher for some than it already is! Coupled with sudden body hair growth, most teens spend the majority of their teenage years worrying about how they look.

 

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that can occur to anyone at any point in their lives, but occurs more commonly amongst teenagers. The pores under our skin are connected to glands that produce an oily substance, also known as sebum. During puberty, the hormones tend to cause the glands to produce more sebum, and the oil can cause the dead skin cells of the face to stick to the surface. People who have acne tend to observe whiteheads and blackheads on the face, while in more severe cases, pimples, and pus-filled cysts can appear. Not only can acne be itchy and painful, it also causes a lot of emotional distress in the teenager suffering from it.

Acne is considered to be a very common problem amongst teens in Singapore, with over 80% of adolescents suffering from it. Teen acne usually starts around the time of puberty and can happen to children as early as the age of nine. Statistics have also shown that the cases of acne can be more severe in teens around the ages of 14 and 15.

During the course of acne, some people may also develop acne scars. Acne scars are the result of inflammation caused by skin pores that have been engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. These acne scars cause permanent textural changes and indentations on the skin of the face and are usually a result of severe acne.

Teenage Skin Acne Scars

 

 

Prevention of acne scars

While it is tempting to pick on your pimples, did you know that this increases your risk of developing acne scars once the pimple is healed? When you pick, squeeze, or pop a pimple, you increase the risk of inflammation, and this puts you at risk of developing scars. Even though acne goes away on its own once puberty has ended, it is recommended that you seek treatment for your acne to reduce the chances of developing scars.

Some people will seek the professional opinion of a dermatologist and be prescribed with antibiotics to reduce bacteria, while some are uncomfortable with taking medications. And so, here are some options that you can take to improve your acne condition.

1. Acne facial

As acne is associated with having clogged pores, there are some facial treatments that you can get to unclog your pores and leave your skin feeling cleaner, as well as healthier. Some acne facial treatments include the Best Exfoliator & Maskne Facial that is suitable for both acne and sensitive skin. This facial is a highly effective cleansing facial that helps loosen dead skin cells, whilst providing the skin with antibacterial properties!

2. Micro-needling

Some facials in Singapore offer treatments for acne scars with the use of micro-needling. Micro-needling, as its name suggests, uses small needles to create tiny holes in the skin, and the process aims to stimulate the skin’s natural ability to heal on its own. While this does not cause the acne scars to go away completely, the process can visibly cause acne scar reduction.

3. Skin Rejuvenation Facial

Instant Glow & Whitening Facial treatment is ideal for scars and skin pigmentation issues. Using the latest technology in laser face rejuvenation, this facial treatment is effective on a wide variety of skin problems, including the reducing of acne scars. This facial aims to keep your skin looking more radiant and hydrated, while also stimulating collagen growth from within.

 

Hair Growth

Aside from acne problems, most teens will also see their bodies changing - like the growth of hair underarms, legs, and even on their torsos. Thankfully, with advancements in technology and skilled professionals, it is now easier to remove body hair.

Super Hair Removal (SHR) is the third generation of hair removal procedure that combines the advantages of both laser hair removal and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). A painless method that uses low fluence repetitive laser pulses targeting hair follicles, SHR can permanently remove them.

 

Glowing Years

Because being young should be a joyful experience, Ceramique Aesthetics would like to encourage all youths to embrace these glowing years with an irresistible promotion on not one, but two facial treatments!

For only $48 (U.P. $188/session), first-time customers to Ceramique can now enjoy two 60-minute sessions of the Best Exfoliator & Maskne Facial that is suitable for both acne and sensitive skin. And that’s not all! If you are looking for radiant and clear complexion, then you are in for a treat. For just $68 (U.P. $280/session), you will get to enjoy two 60-minute sessions of Instant Glow & Whitening Facial, that is ideal for scars and skin pigmentation issues. Hurry, book your appointments today! Leave your face in the hands of our professional beauty aestheticians at Ceramique, and let us work our magic. Book your appointment today!

Our team of highly trained beauty aestheticians can help relieve your acne and body hair growth issues, reach out to us today to find out more!

3 Things That You Need To Know About Anti Aging Skincare

Aging is a natural process that all human beings go through - not just internally but externally as well. With our skin being the largest organ in our body and also the most exposed to external elements, it is no surprise that signs of aging often show up on our skin first. Wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and sagging skin are just some of the few things that might happen to our skin. Reducing such indications are often the target of most anti-aging treatments but there is so much more to anti-aging than that. As our knowledge of the aging process increases, our treatments and skincare products improve as well.

Even though we may not be able to control the natural aging process, that does mean that there is nothing we can do. If you are interested in creating an anti-aging skincare routine but have no idea where to start, this guide is just for you!

 

3 Things To Know About Anti-Aging Skincare

1. Understand the role of oxidative stress in our skin

Oxidative stress takes place in your body when there is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants. Free radicals are unstable oxygen-containing molecules that interact with other molecules in the body and cause a chain reaction. That’s where antioxidants can help - they typically give one electron to free radicals so that it can be less reactive. While our body produces free radicals naturally as part of its daily functions, having too many of them leads to oxidative stress and this is also the main culprit for skin aging.

It is impossible to avoid oxidative stress but certain external factors can accelerate it - such as spending too much time in the sun. The strong ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun interact with the skin cells and create free radicals that break down the collagen in our skin and stimulate melanin production. Collagen is responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of our skin and its loss leads to sagging skin and wrinkles. Melanin is a pigment that protects our skin from UV rays but overproduction can lead to an uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation spots.

As a result, many skin specialists strongly recommend wearing sunscreen daily to protect against sun damage and accelerating oxidative stress on the skin. In fact, it is often said to be the most crucial anti-aging skincare product as it helps reduce the effects of oxidative stress on the skin. As Singapore experiences strong UV rays all throughout the year due to its location near the equator, it is doubly important for us to commit to including sunscreen in our skincare routine.

 

 

2. Look for antioxidants in anti-aging treatments and products

Since antioxidants are the key to reducing the reactivity of free radicals, it makes sense that anti-aging treatments include them. Popular antioxidants that are often found in skincare are Vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin A and its derivatives (retinol, tretinoin, and tazarotene) is a well-researched molecule that has been shown to accelerate the skin renewal process and stimulate collagen production, thus reducing wrinkles and restoring that ‘bounce’. Vitamin C derivatives (L-ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) are best known for fading hyperpigmentation and increasing collagen production. As for Vitamin E, it aids cell renewal and accelerates the healing process, which is why it is often found in moisturisers.

While there are other antioxidants that help in reversing the effects of oxidative stress, these vitamins have been shown to have the most effectiveness. As such, if you are looking for skincare products and facials with anti-aging benefits, these are the products to look out for.

3. Always hydrate your skin

Moisture is a crucial compound in ensuring that our skin forms a barrier against external elements. This is typically the role of sebum - a lipid produced by our skin’s sebaceous glands that hydrate our skin and is an important component that holds together our stratum corneum - the topmost layer of skin. As we age, our skin produces less sebum, thus resulting in dry and flaky skin. Dry skin means that skin cells have shrunk, causing gaps in the stratum corneum and making it less able to prevent harmful substances from penetrating into the deeper layers of the skin. Not only does skin become more sensitive, but it also results in fine lines and wrinkles.

Subsequently, using a moisturiser daily should also be an important part of your anti-aging skincare routine. In addition, going for regular facials can provide an extra boost of hydration that your skin will be thankful for.

 

 

The Journey To Youthful Skin Starts Now

It is a common misconception that we should pay attention to anti-aging skincare only when we have reached a certain age. However, it is often more difficult to undo the effects of aging than to prevent it. That’s why the phrase, ‘prevention is better than cure,’ is very appropriate when it comes to aging. In fact, if you are wearing sunscreen on a regular basis, you have already started an anti-aging skincare routine! With the above tips, we hope that you have a better understanding of the aging process and how you can best reduce its effects. Don’t be afraid to consult an experienced skin specialist if you would like to know more about anti-aging!

Our facial spa is staffed with highly trained skincare professionals who can customise facial treatment according to your skin needs and goals! Contact us today to find out more

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Skincare 101: All That You Need To Know About Caring for Sensitive & Acne-Prone Skin

Part I: Introduction

Our skin - being the largest organ in our body, works as our first line of defense against the environment. Not only does it protect us from harmful bacteria and microbes, but it also regulates our body temperature (crucial for Singapore’s sunny weather!) and allows for sensations of touch. That’s why proper skincare is important so that this protective barrier is kept strong and intact.

A good skincare routine is even more important for our face. Unlike the rest of our body which is covered by clothes most of the time, our face is the most exposed to the elements. This puts it at an even greater risk of suffering from various skin conditions such as rashes, acne, cracked skin, etc.

However, it is often difficult to find a good skincare regimen for those of us with sensitive or acne-prone skin. This is because there are a myriad of reasons that cause these skin conditions and it is not easy to apply the correct facial treatments if the exact cause is not determined.

As such, if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, this article shall serve as a guide to help you determine the causes, find the right skincare products, and understand how and which facials can supplement your skincare routine.

 

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Part II: Sensitive Skin - Understanding & Taking Care of Skin That Is Easily Irritated
2.1. How To Determine Causes of Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is a very broad category that refers to skin that is more reactive to external factors than the average skin. Some common reactions of sensitive skin coming in contact with a particular trigger include itching, redness, and burning or stinging sensations.

Before we discuss the common causes of sensitive skin, we need to understand how it happens. If you have sensitive skin, it has to do with the topmost layer of your skin. Also known as the stratum corneum, this layer of skin consists of skin cells held together by lipids (fats) that form a protective barrier against water loss and damaging elements such as UV rays, wind, heat, and harmful chemicals from penetrating the deeper layers of your skin.

sensitive skin barrier

If this skin barrier is damaged or weakened, it cannot do its job correctly and will allow irritants to penetrate your skin easily - thus triggering a reaction. This is typically the case for people with sensitive skin.

Moreover, sensitive skin means different things to different people. Some people are sensitive to skincare products, while others are sensitive to their environment. That’s why it is important to pinpoint the exact cause as there are separate treatments for each of them. In general, most triggers can be grouped into 3 categories. They are:

causes for sensitive skin

  1. Medical

    In some people, sensitive skin is a symptom of an underlying condition. Such conditions can be eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. These usually result in even greater sensitivity such as extreme redness, painful burning sensations, rashes, cracked skin, or even small bumps that ooze pus. If that sounds like your skin, you may have to visit a dermatologist to get an accurate diagnosis and receive medication for it.

  2. Skincare ingredients

    Being sensitive to certain ingredients in skincare products is the most common trigger for many people - especially harsh ones like fragrances, detergents, soaps, certain alcohols, and certain essential oils. These ingredients interact with the stratum corneum in such a way that it weakens the lipids, resulting in the barrier becoming more permeable and triggering reactions such as redness, itching, or stinging sensations. Typically, these reactions will go away once the product stops being used and this is how most people find out their sensitivity to certain chemicals. Do note that if you experience more extreme reactions like hives or rashes, you might be allergic to the ingredient and you should visit your doctor to get it treated.However, this is often the most difficult cause to determine, as most people may only find out their sensitivity after using a product. That’s why many skin specialists often encourage people to patch-test their products first before incorporating them into their routines.

  3. Environmental

    Some people’s skin may become more sensitive due to their surrounding environment, especially in areas where there are low humidity and low temperatures. In such conditions, water from your skin evaporates more easily and your skin barrier has to work harder to maintain hydration. Not only does it result in dry skin, but it also weakens the barrier and makes it more sensitive. This phenomenon is very common in countries that have winter. Although Singapore hardly has such cold temperatures, the long hours many of us spend in air-conditioned offices produces a similar effect on our skin. As a result, office workers have to pay more care to their skin to ensure that it does not become too sensitive.Another environmental factor is ageing. As we grow older, the stratum corneum renews itself less frequently. This means that older, weaker skin cells get replaced by newer and stronger cells at a slower rate. Subsequently, this causes the skin barrier to become weaker and less able to protect your skin from irritants. If you find that your skin reacts negatively to a product when it was fine before, it may be because of this.

 

2.2. Effective Treatments That Give Sensitive Skin The Care It Deserves

It may feel like sensitive skin is difficult to take care of as the smallest thing seems to trigger a reaction. Nevertheless, as long as the cause can be determined, it should be relatively easy to come up with a routine. There are also a few general guidelines that people with sensitive skin can follow so that they can choose the right skincare products or facial treatments.

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  1. Research before buying

    As mentioned earlier, harsh chemicals in skincare products are often the biggest trigger for most people with sensitive skin. Therefore, products containing such chemicals should be avoided as much as possible. One way to avoid such products is to research the ingredients before purchasing them. The good thing is that many websites offer full ingredient lists of many skincare products so that you can buy the right product for your sensitive skin. Alternatively, you can also consult a dermatologist to advice you on ingredients to avoid.

  2. Patch-test

    Even after purchasing a product that is free from harsh chemicals, there may be potential triggers that you may not be aware of. Given that some people's skin has reacted badly even to sensitive skin products, this step is crucial to ensuring that the product does not trigger your skin’s sensitivities.

    Patch-testing involves putting some product on a small area on your face and monitoring it for 48 hours. In case the product irritates, it is advisable to put it on an area that can be easily covered - like your forehead, the underside of your jaw, or even behind your ear. Make sure that there is no other product in that area as well so that you assess it properly.

  3. Always moisturise

    Moisture helps the skin repair itself and maintain its protective barrier. As such, be it drinking plenty of water or using hydrating skincare products, moisturising is an important step in treating sensitive skin.For ageing skin, moisturisation is especially helpful as it can restore moisture and speed up the renewal process. Skin feeling especially dry? Go for hydrating facials! A skincare treatment that contains water-rich properties, hydrating facials will infuse your skin with much-needed moisture and hydration while stimulating your skin cells to boost collagen production and cell regeneration!

Thinking of getting a facial for your sensitive skin? Here are some tips that you can follow to ensure that your skin does not react negatively and that it reaps the full benefits of the facial.

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  • Let your facialist know about your skin triggers - That way, she will know what to avoid and customise treatments that are suited to your skin
  • Avoid extractions - For sensitive skin, this can be potentially stripping and irritating. As such, avoid facials that include extractions as one of the steps.
  • Choose hydrating and/or soothing facials - Hydrating facials help to inject moisture back into your skin and offer a much gentler exfoliation as compared to extractions. Soothing facials often use very gentle ingredients that calm your skin while repairing your skin barrier at the same time.

Most importantly, you should always talk to the skin specialist to find out what is involved in the treatment and also let them know what you are hoping to achieve out of the facial. Consequently, that will help you receive the best facial treatment for your skin.

 

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Part III: Acne-Prone Skin - Not Just for Teenagers
3.1. Understanding Acne-Prone Skin - Its Types & Causes

When people think of acne, they often imagine teenagers with pimply faces that clear up once they reach adulthood. However, the reality is far from that and many people still experience pimples well into their thirties.

As acne is often a result of skin follicles becoming clogged with oil and skin cells and the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), people with oily skin are usually more prone to getting pimples. Nevertheless, other skin types are just as capable of developing acne as there are a variety of causes for it. Moreover, it can happen anywhere on the body.

how acne forms

Much like sensitive skin, acne-prone skin has environmental, medical, and skincare triggers. Any of these triggers may cause the development of 2 types of acne- either non-inflammatory or inflammatory.

types of acne

Noninflammatory acne typically refers to either whiteheads or blackheads. Clogged pores that remain closed are called whiteheads. Blackheads occur when the skin over the clogged pores break and expose the buildup inside to air - turning it black. The most common cause of this type of acne is environmental - such as hormonal changes in teenagers, menstruating, and pregnant women. Such changes may cause an overproduction of oil in the face which results in pores being clogged with it. Luckily, being noninflammatory, whiteheads and blackheads are usually not that painful.

Inflammatory acne refers to any small bumps in the skin that may contain fluid and are often red or white in colour. Some may even feel painful to the touch. The inflammation is the body’s way of fighting the bacteria that spread into the skin tissue when a clogged pore ruptures. Inflammatory acne can be further divided into 3 types based on their level of severity. The least severe are papules - which are small red bumps and the most common representation of pimples. When papules are further infected, they often fill with pus and develop into pustules. Finally, pustules can often harden and turn into cystic acne - the most severe (and often the most painful) type of acne.

Inflammatory acne has a variety of triggers. Some may be caused by hormonal changes while others may be a reaction to skincare and makeup ingredients that clog pores. Certain medications such as corticosteroids (commonly used to treat asthma) and birth control pills may also trigger acne.

 

3.2. How To Properly Treat Acne-Prone Skin So That It Does Not Come Back

For most people with acne-prone skin, having acne is often annoying and embarrassing. They not only have to deal with the actual acne, but they also need to deal with the scars they leave behind - especially inflammatory acne. Subsequently, there are a few lifestyle changes that they can do to properly treat their acne. Do take note that if you suffer from cystic acne, it is advisable to visit a doctor to get it treated as over-the-counter remedies have limited effectiveness.

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Some lifestyle changes to incorporate into the routine would be:

  1. Exfoliation

    As acne is the result of clogged pores, exfoliation will help to remove the buildup of existing acne and also encourage cell turnover rate so that dead skin cells are buffed away. Chemical exfoliation is very popular these days as they can be more gentle than physical scrubs. As such, you should look for skincare products formulated with chemical exfoliants instead. As over-exfoliation can be detrimental to your skin, you should aim to use such products at most 3 to 4 times a week. There are even body washes that include such acids to help those who suffer from acne on other parts of their body.

  2. Choose products with non-comedogenic ingredients

    Ingredients that cause pores to clog are known as comedogenic and there are many skincare products and makeup that contain such chemicals. As such, you should buy products that state that they are non-comedogenic as they are less likely to clog your pores. Do remember to patch-test as well.

  3. Cleanse

    This is especially important for those who regularly wear makeup. These products often clog pores and should be taken off before you go to sleep. Even if you do not regularly wear makeup, cleansing your face every day is a must in your skincare routine. This ensures that any dirt on your face is washed away and does not have a chance to accumulate in your pores. While most tend to wash their faces once a day, people with oily skin can benefit from washing their faces twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening). Be gentle with your skin as vigorous rubbing can cause your acne to worsen.

  4. Go for regular facials

    People with acne-prone skin can further supplement their efforts by going for professional acne facial treatments as they offer more targeted solutions. Some involve gently buffing the skin to reveal newer and fresher skin while others utilise LED light therapy to stimulate collagen growth. Such facials also offer extractions to remove the buildup from clogged pores - perfect for those who pick their pimples often.

 

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For those with back acne, getting it professionally treated can be beneficial as well. As a hard-to-reach area, back acne is often hard to treat on your own. With the help of expert skin specialists, back acne treatments can resolve your issues. As always, you should let the aesthetician in charge of your facial know about your concerns and conditions so that they can customise a treatment for you.

Acne scars are another thing that people with acne-prone skin have to deal with once their acne clears up. This is usually in the form of:

  • Hyperpigmentation - These refer to dark spots on the skin where acne once was. While the exact science is not clear, many researchers think that inflammation can result in melanin being produced - which is what causes the hyperpigmentation.
  • Physical marks - That often occurs when the pimple bursts or is picked apart.

 

acne scar treatment

As they take much longer to get rid of, acne scars should be treated preventatively if possible. This is why dermatologists always recommend not to pick at your pimples no matter how tempting it might be. Besides, the chances of hyperpigmentation are greatly reduced when sunscreen is applied every day as UV rays are the biggest cause of melanin production. However, if you still happen to get them, using products with Vitamin C or AHAs can help to fade the spots.

A popular method of acne scar reduction is to go for a micro-needling facial. This involves pricking tiny holes into the skin with sterilised needles. These small wounds will stimulate your skin to produce more collagen and elastin to heal the wounds - including the acne scars. When done by a professional, this method is very safe and has a success rate.

When it comes to treating acne-prone skin, patience and consistency is the key to success, especially with acne scars.

 

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Part IV: Do-It-Yourself Versus Professional: Which Is Better?
4.1. 2 Key Differences Between DIY & Professional Skincare

Whether due to time or money constraints, many people prefer to do skincare on their own rather than go for professional facial treatments. With the prevalence of sheet masks and brands creating ‘at-home facial spa’ kits, it seems as if the experience of a professional facial can be replicated at home. Nevertheless, there are mainly 2 advantages of professional facials that probably cannot be experienced with DIY versions. They are:

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  1. Expert knowledge of skin conditions

    Professional facials are usually done by trained skin specialists who have studied various skin conditions and have experience treating them. Sometimes, we may not realise the nuances of certain skin conditions and may end up triggering an adverse reaction with a product. Be it acne or sensitive skin, a trained professional analyse your skin with an expert eye and propose treatments accordingly. Moreover, most professional skin specialists ensure that they use techniques and ingredients that have been well-researched so that your skin concerns are addressed appropriately.

  2. Access to medical-grade equipment

    Procedures such as micro-needling and extractions are best done by a professional who has access to medical-grade equipment and knows how to use them properly. Other equipment also helps to penetrate ingredients deep into the skin so that full benefits can be enjoyed.While there are home micro-needling and extraction tools available on the market, they may not have gone through the necessary quality checks to ensure that they are safe to be used on your face. If you are planning on such procedures, it will be good to approach a trained professional rather than doing them on your own and risk ruining your skin.

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However, that is not to say that facials should replace at-home skincare. Consistency is always crucial when it comes to taking care of your skin and its issues. Moreover, facials have been found to improve the efficacy of skincare products. This means that you can probably maintain the benefits of a facial for a longer time if you commit to a skincare routine.

More importantly, facials should only be done every month so that the chances of irritation remain low. This is especially true for micro-needling treatments as they can be detrimental for your skin if done too frequently.

As professional facials can help treat specific skin conditions such as acne, they should be a part of your skincare routine that also includes taking care of your skin daily.

 

Part V: Conclusion

Sensitive and acne-prone skin may be difficult to treat and take care of, but with a little bit of research, the help of trained aestheticians and dermatologists, some trial and error, the process can be easier. It is also good to remember that achieving good skin is a marathon. As such, whether it is a skincare product or an aesthetic facial, anything touting to be a quick-fix solution is more likely to be detrimental than effective. As long as you commit to a consistent routine, you will be able to see long-lasting results.

Whatever your skin concerns, Ceramique Aesthetics has a team of trained skin specialists in Singapore who are dedicated to helping you resolve them! Contact us today to find out more.

Super Hair Removal (SHR) in Singapore

All that you need to know about Super Hair Removal (SHR)

Many of us probably remember our very first hair removal experience. Armed with a disposable razor and some body wash, it felt as if we could conquer every unwanted hair on our body. Of course, the reality is far from that. After a shaving session, there will often be a few unshaved patches here and there, especially in the hard-to-reach areas. Not to mention all the razor cuts and ingrown hairs! Shaving may rid you of your hair problems for a little while, but it takes tedious and constant maintenance. Plus, never will you be able to achieve permanent hair removal with just your trusty razor.

Thankfully, with the help of technology and trained professionals, it is much easier to achieve – and maintain – a silky-smooth and hairless body. Particularly, laser hair removal and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) have been popular choices as both use light as a heat source to target and inhibit the growth of hair follicles but in different ways. Nevertheless, many people are now turning to Super Hair Removal (SHR) as it combines the advantages of both laser hair removal and IPL!

Having grown in popularity recently, many people may not be aware of what SHR is and how it works. If you are one of those people and would like to find out more about it, this article is for you! Keep reading to find out more about this third-generation hair removal technology.

 

What is Super Hair Removal?

SHR works similarly to IPL and laser hair removal by using pulses of light energy to destroy hair follicles. However, SHR delivers lower energy pulses at a higher frequency. This way, the skin is heated gently and the accumulated energy targets both the melanin in the hair follicles and the stem cells in charge of hair reproduction.

What is Super Hair Removal (SHR)

 

Why Super Hair Removal?

If it is so similar to previous methods of hair removal, you may be wondering why SHR is getting so popular now. As such, here are some of the advantages of SHR:

  1. Less harm and damage to the skin
    Not only does SHR send lower energy pulses and allow heat to build up slowly, but the applicator also provides concurrent contact cooling. This results in less trauma to the skin and less discomfort for the user as well. With IPL, it uses a more concentrated ‘shot’ that causes the heat to build up faster. With no contact cooling, this method can be painful for some people. This also means that IPL is typically not recommended for more sensitive areas in the body – such as the bikini area and the face. With SHR, hair removal is achievable in those areas!

Which Areas Can Super Hair Removal (SHR) Be Used On

  1. Suitable for all skin tones and types
    One of the biggest issues with IPL has always been that it often causes more discomfort for darker-skinned people. The extra melanin they have often absorb a lot more energy – thus accumulating into more heat and, more importantly, more pain for them. That is usually not the case for Super Hair Removal as only 50% of the light energy is targeted and absorbed by the melanin. Moreover, being more gentle, the process also works well for people with sensitive skin – the same usually cannot be said for IPL and laser hair removal.

  2. Quicker at removing unwanted hairs
    As SHR utilises sweeping motions, it can cover more areas at a faster rate. For IPL, it focuses on one area at a time. Moreover, SHR targets more hair follicles as it can work on both fine and coarse hairs while IPL usually only targets coarse hairs. This means users can enjoy a faster and yet more efficient method of hair removal!

 

Super Hair Removal (SHR) Quick Removing Unwanted Hairs

 

A Silky-Smooth You 

From shaving and tweezing to waxing and sugaring, we probably have done a myriad of things to attain a smooth and hairless appearance. With Super Hair Removal, the process is made much simpler. Just remember that the best hair removal is often done by an aesthetician that understands your needs and aims to help you achieve them!

Our highly trained staff and personalised consultations can help you achieve a smooth and hairless appearance! Contact us today to find out more.

Fresh looking skin facial spa treatment

Keep Your Skin Looking Fresh This CNY

Many of us follow a daily skincare routine at home albeit not as elaborate,  to maintain a healthy and dewy complexion. But once in a while, especially on an occasion like Chinese New Year, it’ll be good to treat yourself and let the skin specialist of facial spas in Singapore, like Ceramique Aesthetics take care of your skin.

5 Benefits Of A Facial

  1. Deep Cleanse And Exfoliation For Your Skin
    An excellent, hydrating facial will provide a thorough cleanse for your face, removing oil build-up, toxins and dirt, all of which may cause skin issues over time. But getting a deep cleanse is not enough to give you smoother and softer skin! Your skin also needs to be exfoliated in order to remove the dead skin cells, as well as unclog your pores to allow for better absorption of other skincare products. A regular facial is able to provide a deeper, better cleanse plus give your skin a good exfoliation through treatments such as microdermabrasion.

  2. Facial Reduces Stress
    A study conducted in 2008 has shown that facial spas can help reduce the levels of stress. Face massages are known to be relaxing thus providing stress relief. In addition, the boost in circulation from the face massage aids in the stimulation of lymphatic vessels and contributes to skin detoxification. Not to mention, the aromatherapy of face masks also provides a soothing and relaxing experience!

  3. Detoxification Of Impurities
    Your skin needs to get rid of the waste that accumulates on and under it regularly. And if this is not done correctly, it can result in breakouts. Facial detoxification makes use of antioxidants to keep your face looking fresh, clean, and rejuvenated. The result of a thorough and effective detox would be: The stimulation of cell detoxification systems to give you a healthy glow.

  4. Slows Down The Ageing Process
    Did you know that the production of collagen slowly diminishes as you age? This results in the loss of skin elasticity. Going for regular facial spas helps in boosting cell regeneration as well as promote the development of collagen. Plus, they also aid in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and even improves the blood circulation in your body to give you healthy, glowing skin!

  5. Moisturises Your Skin
    Pollutants and contaminants in the environment around us can dull and dry out our skin quickly. Going for a hydrating facial treatment provides your skin with the moisture it needs to give you a healthy fullness and glow.

 

Ceramique Aesthetics’ Facial Treatments

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Using the latest non-invasive and cutting-edge technology from Korea, as well as skincare products imported from France and Germany, these facial treatments by our skin specialists in Singapore aim to create dynamic rejuvenation, age-defying facelifts, and feminine restoration. Here are some facial treatments offered for the various skin combinations and complexions:

  1. Acne-prone and oily skin
    Oily skin happens when the glands under the skin produce too much sebum. Sebum is essential in protecting and hydrating the skin however too much of it can result in oily, clogged pores. Over time, the clogged pores and oily skin may result in inflammation of the skin resulting in acne.

    One of the facials that we recommend people with oily skin to go for is Aroma Clear Purete - Inflammation Skin. An organic facial treatment, this relaxing process aims to absorb excess sebum, unclog pores, and remove impurities.

    Hydro-Facial MD is a hydrating facial that uses a closed-loop vacuum system to clear the pores by removing dead skin cells.
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  2. Dehydrated skinPeople with dehydrated skin often notice their skin dry and itchy with uneven and noticeable fine lines. The facial recommended by our skin specialists for dehydrated skin is C3 Reviderm Organic Facial. Using skincare products that are high in chlorophyll to speed up cellular renewal, the C3 Reviderm Organic facial is one of the organic facial treatments offered by Ceramique Aesthetics in Singapore. Another recommended procedure would be a PDRN Baby Skin Booster. This facial makes use of the latest anti-aging and skin healing treatment from South Korea to restore and regenerate skin tissues.

  3. Sensitive Skin
    A common issue amongst many of us, sensitive skin refers to skin that is more susceptible to inflammations or has adverse reactions towards chemicals, dyes, and fragrances that their skin comes into contact with. Hence it’s tricky for people with sensitive skin to find a facial treatment that is suitable. Just like people with dehydrated skin, the hydrafacial treatment which uses organic skincare products is suitable for sensitive skin as well.
    The Sensi Vital Plus is an organic facial treatment that makes use of natural products suitable for sensitive skin. This facial treatment aims to reinforce the skin barrier function whilst hydrating it to achieve a healthy glow and suppleness.
     
  4. Combination Skin
    Combination skin refers to people who have oily skin in some areas of their face, usually the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and dry skin in other areas. Going for their Equilibre Detoxifying Treatment can help to purify and protect the skin, giving you a brighter complexion.
    Ultimately, there’s nothing better than treating your skin to a facial spa for the upcoming festive season. Look forward to a series of specially devised facial massage treatments to boost product penetration whilst providing the rejuvenation your skin needs! Healthier and brighter skin awaits you this Chinese New Year with Ceramique Aesthetics today!

For Men: SHR Underarm Hair Removal

It used to be that hair removal is only favourable more by women. Chances are, unless you’re a bodybuilder, performer or swimmer, you’ll unlikely be unbothered by your natural body hair. Unfortunately, the humid weather in Singapore isn’t going to do much justice to your underarm hair - all the ‘blood, sweat and tears’ end up accumulating and the last thing you want is to be told that you smell funny.

Here’s the good news, guys. Not so anymore, experts report that more and more men are opting for the same grooming rights as women - including smooth body skin. If you’ve considered the best way to get rid of underarm hair, you’re not alone. We’ve been receiving numerous questions from our male customers about underarm hair removal, so here’s some tips to better understand about the whole process. Be it for comfort, improving sports performance or just your personal hygiene preference, you’ll be sure to find a fit.

First of all, what is SHR Hair Removal? SHR stands for Super Hair Removal which permanently destroys hair follicles by using low fluence repetitive laser pulses targeting the susceptible hair follicles while at the same time providing concurrent contact cooling, resulting in painless and permanent hair removal. Because of the gradual accumulation of the energy into the skin, there is less trauma and irritation caused - making it ideal and suitable for everyone, regardless of skin tone and even for customers with sensitive skin.

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How to take care of your skin during pregnancy

Ah, pregnancy. One of the most beautiful things in life. While it is a piece of great news, it’s the time of your life to be diligent in taking the best care of yourself. During pregnancy, your body and skin changes drastically due to the hormonal roller coaster. Most of the clothes you wore before will no longer fit and your usual beauty regime may suddenly prove as inadequate or ineffective to counter hormonal issues that surface on your skin. The surge of female hormones can lead to effects on your skin pigments, blood vessels, glands, and even your immune system. Melasma, acne, stretch marks, dry skin and many more - your skin goes through all kinds of crazy changes. We asked our Managing Director - Evonne for some facial and skincare tips during pregnancy.

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Beauty myths to stop believing this Autumn season

It’s September, and that means it’s the transition into the rainy season in Singapore. Besides indulging in mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival (read till the end for a pleasant surprise), it’s time to change up some of your beauty rituals as we enter the rainier months of the year. Before you set your monsoon beauty routine in place, here’s 5 myths we would like to bust so you make smarter decisions and don’t end up wondering why your skin isn’t looking as ‘glowy’ as before.

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