Friday, 4 May 2012

Oh My Cellulite

Hello again dearies :) I was flipping over a magazine last night and came across an article on cellulite. Hmm Cellulite is those orange-peel dimples on thighs and butts that affects everyone.

                                                            image from the internet

Yes, EVERYONE at one point in life. they are not easy to be rid off. Apparently even slim women can get this nasty thing too.

Why is that, you might ask? Well, according to experts cellulite is not just about fats! It is also about the skin so even dedicated exercising do not always help. Goodness! When I read that line I could almost here the cricket sound in the background. Oh and personally I think our metabolism rate has something to so with that too.. I am guessing here.

So how do we tackle this problem of ridding ourselves of this orange-peel dimples? Are those gazillion products out there that promised to 'help' improve cellulite condition can do the trick?

After reading through the article and some other articles as well pertaining to the problem, here are some dimple busters that could help.. keeping in mind that exercising does not necessarily help..

  1. Strengthen your skin by eating foods that are rich in lecithin as well as essential fatty acids, antioxidants and amino acids. Experts believe that these nutrients help to increase blood and liquid circulation. Dairy protein called casein in dairy product may be a little hard to digest therefore can clog the lymph ducts that conduct waste out of your body, resulting in fluid build up in your fatty tissues making cells bulge.
  2. Drink lots of water in order to transport all the nutrients mentioned above so they could function properly. Caution: you must not drink big gulps water after 8pm as you might end up going for toilet trips in the middle of the night! The word is 'sip' water after 8pm. Do your drinking mostly during the day.
  3. Do exercise to burn excess fat and tone your muscles. For lazy bumps like me :D aerobics or 'Poco-poco' should suffice. 
I think anyone can do the first two bullets listed above if not all three as with the case of yours truly. Anyway since I am in the mood of listing things I might as well do this. Here are some facts on nutrients listed in point 1:

  • Amino Acids - Called the "legos" of your body. these building blocks form portend which grow and repair damage tissues to boost cell metabolism. You can find them in : Spinach, lettuce, red and white meat, carrots, onions, bell peppers (capsicum), celery and fruits.
  • Lecithin - Lecithin is a fatty substance found in your cell membranes that helps to bind fats and cholesterol to water so they pass through your body without building up (ahah!). You can find them in : Eggs, soy, cauliflower, tomatoes and beans.
  • Antioxidants - They protect your body cells against cell-dmaging free radicals, promote healthier skin and cells for better complexion (note to self hehehe). You can find them in : Berries, citrus, broccoli, teas ( be it white, green or black teas), whole grain bread and pasta.
  • Essential fatty acid - Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids manufacture and repair cell membranes and help cell absorb maximum nutrients. You can find them in : Fish (esp salmon and tuna), avocado, nuts and oat meals.

So there you have it your natural sources for those essential nutrients to help combat your cellulite issues. However, if you can not always prepare food at home that contains all the above.. fear not. In the words of my father, TAKE YOUR FOOD SUPPLEMENT DILIGENTLY. If you are like me who hates to take different supplements, opt for Spirulina.  I would say it is the almost the most complete food supplement with the addition of Vitamin C because Spirulina does not contain that. 

I hope this helps. Rummage through your refrigerator and see if you could whip up something healthy for your body and at the same time tackle cellulite issues if you have them. Till then stay beautiful inside out!

Essence Mouse Makeup - My current fav

Hi y'all, and thank you for taking time to visit my blog. I am going to talk about a product that I recently picked up. It is by far the best foundation that I have tried. It is the Mousse Make Up by essence.

This Mousse Make Up is medicated (yeeeaaaay). As you might have remembered from my last post I am recovering from a series of major breakout. It is healing well thanks to Uriage ;). Aaaanyway I am a girl who can't live without make up. With a very unstable skin right now I am almost terrified to put on any form of make up product on my skin.

This baby is an anti-bacterial make up that ensures matt complexion without clogging it (but I make sure i cleanse my skin proper no matter what they say ;)). The light texture makes it easy to apply. The clearderm complex with zinc prevents the appearance of new blemishes, has a soothing effect and accelerates the healing process of skin impurities.

In a nutshell, I LOVE IT! Even in a humid hawker stall it has kept my skin matt weehee! Guess how much this is?? RM18.90! Isn't that awesome?! You can find this brand at Mid Valley Megamall.

You can browse the website if you like and click HERE but I must warn you that the kiosk does not carry all of essence product here in Malaysia.

Stay lovely and happy girls! muah

Uriage Eau Thermal - My New Skin Affair

Hello lovelies, it has been a while since my past post :) I am so excited to share with you my recent product discovery.

Anyway since my last entry I have been trying on new skincare. Since early this year my skin has been throwing major tantrum. I was experiencing major breakouts that left my skin with acne scars. I looked like someone who had just recovered from chickenpox ok... not funny. I could hardly look at myself in the mirror. It really broke my heart to see my skin in that condition after years of trying gazillion products from low to high end. When finally my skin seemed to be better, it went on another round of breakout.

I stopped using Origins (used this brand for about a year) and started on Clarins. It was ok for about 3 weeks when my skin started to feel dry. That made my skin oilier as the brain registered my skin to be dehydrated therefore secreting more oil. Again I was buying products to tackle the problem but to no avail.

Needless to say I had enough of trying the high end products. Finally after a week of not using anything on my face I stumbled into Uriage Eau Thermal at Guardian. All I can say is I am glad I listened to the skincare promoter. I normally shy away from promoters because they always push products to your face. But this middle aged lady was different...well at least she seemed sincere in giving her recommendation. At that point she only recommended me to buy the Thermal Water face spray and gave me samples to last me two weeks for me to try.

On the third day I saw a huge improvement to my skin condition. My skin became less oily. A week later my breakout subsided and my skin felt more alive and healthier then ever. No more uncomfortable taut skin after cleansing. No more overly shiny skin. So here are my basics that helped me through my difficult skin disorder.

                         From Left to Right- Cleanser: Creme Lavante; Toner: Eau Thermal Water; Treatment:    
                                                                       Hyseac A.I and Hyseac Active care with AHA

  • The lady gave me a Gentle Soap-free cleanser Creme Lavante (Hydration range) to help me with my skin dehydrated condition. 
  • The Eau Thermal Water is a must in all Uriage daily skincare regime. The Thermal Water is important to tone and hydrate your skin. It is a natural isotonic water which means its composition is very close to that of the skin cells therefore it can easily penetrates into the skin to provide the elements essential for a healthy skin. The water is rich in minerals and trace elements (11gm/lt)
  • Hyseac A.I (combination to oily range) cream gel which regulates inflammation, decreases blemishes and red spots.
  • Hyseac Active Care with AHA (combination to oily range) to be worn at night. It reduces blackheads, whiteheads and controls excess sebum.

My skin is now healing well. Oh just to point out that the promoter advised me to double cleanse my skin in the morning and night. Uriage has this Cleansing Water to be used before the proper cleansing. The cleansing water is a full fledge cleanser on its own and it does not require you to rinse after wiping it across your skin with a cotton pad. At first I was quite skeptical about double cleansing my skin in the morning however I must say the cleansing water does take of dead skin cells and whatever leftovers of you nightly skincare.

I have been using this product for a month now. Happier skin for me :)

If you want to read more about Uriage and their Thermal Water and skincare range, do continue to click on HERE