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For radiant skin, come clean

For radiant skin, come clean
Ella Tan
  • On March 3, 2015

By CECILIA TAN – We are all vaguely aware that cleansing is the cornerstone of more youthful, radiant and pore-less skin. After all, what is the use of piling on expensive moisturizers and eye creams if pores are too clogged to allow absorption? And yet, we often are guilty of taking shortcuts when it comes to facial cleansing. If you’ve been slacking in the clean-up department, get ready to lose the excuses and come clean with these skincare hacks.

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#1 Leave the wash in the shower

There will be days when the most finicky of us are defeated by exhaustion. Unless your skin can auto dispel dead keratin and dirt in your pores, it will only be a matter of weeks before you notice the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads. To prevent these as well as to save time, I have resorted to leaving a scrub cleanser in the shower. I am currently using Boots No 7 Purifying Exfoliator to help clear away dead skin cells.


Boots No 7 exfoliator

#2 Don’t wait until bedtime to clean your face

Again, if you are too tired by the time you get time to do proper cleansing, why wait till you get home? Faces can get pretty dirty in the day. Store a small face towel and a travel sized facial cleanser so you can do a thorough cleanse early in the evening right before you get home. It takes a good two to three minutes to thoroughly clean your face. Besides using lukewarm water, always apply cleanser with the fingertips in circular motions to help the cleanser remove dirt and oil. Rinse cleanser off thoroughly including the sides of the face and neck and pat dry with a soft towel.


#3 Get a suitable cleanser

For years, I was thoroughly convinced that the luxurious cleansing oil by Shu Uemura would leave my skin moisturized while removing all traces of make up. But I gave up after the third attempt as my sensitive eyes would start tearing before the oil could emulsify as it was supposed to. What I learned – no need to follow the crowd. Try it once and if it doesn’t suit you, move on to a product that’s right for your skin type and for the season if you are travelling.

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