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A Dancer’s Feet: Scholl Pedi Foot File Review

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I used to dance up to 6 times a week, but now, once in…… a very long while? So do I still call myself a dancer or an EX-dancer?

Or, once a dancer always a dancer? :)

I don’t do ballet nor dance en pointe, but during those few years that I was dancing actively, in tight Latin heels for long hours, calluses, corns, blisters grew like mushrooms. I also grew a bunion due to the stress put on my big toe. A bunion is formed when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. Walking hurt.

That’s why they say dancers have the ugliest feet in the world. Lol. But we wear those calluses, corns, blisters and bunions like a badge of honor and experience. We lament about the wreckage on our feet, but we willingly do it day after day, week after week. Dancers need to develop some thicker skin over vulnerable areas for protection but calluses sometimes become so thick and hard they cause pain.

I know of people whose calluses are so severe they CRACK and BLEED. And they’re not dancers. @_@ To avoid that, my mum wears bedroom slippers around the house and my mother-in-law uses a metal scrapper to scrape off the thickened skin at the bottom of her feet.

Instead of those, I shall get them the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File.

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Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File is an electronic foot file that gently buffs away hard skin on the feet effortlessly and instantly.

That hard skin is calluses, a thickening of the skin on the bottom of the foot. Many people don’t like foot calluses because they look unsightly in sandals, but they actually keep feet from sticking to the floor and protect against blisters. However, too much of it can hurt too. If calluses become overgrown or cracked, they can be uncomfortable and are susceptible to infection.

So it’s all about striking a balance. If your lifestyle requires that you have calluses to make the activity easier, keep them but trim if they are overly thick and causing pain.

For most people who do not engage in such activities as twirling and having constant abnormal pressure over an area, let’s aim to keep hardened skin at bay!

How To Use Scholl Express Pedi Foot File

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Easy peasy, yea? 😀 Simply remove the plastic ring and orange protective film (batteries included), twist the cap back and switch it on. Now beautiful salon-finished feet can be achieved in the comfort of your own home.

What’s super cool is that the Replacement Roller Head can be removed for rinsing or replaced when it wears out. Actually if you want to save money, just buy one device for the whole family to share, and everyone can buy their own replacement heads for hygiene purposes. Hoho. Savings, YAY! ^_^*

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For Sensitive Skin: Makeup Removers Tried & Tested

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Makeup removal is an essential step in our end-of-day beauty routine. We all know the effects of improper makeup removal – dirt and impurities accumulated on our skin can cause clogged pores, inflammation and irritation. Add to that sensitive skin and you’ll have a whole new level of skin problems.

Makeup removers work by dissolving makeup with oil, water, gel or cream-based solutions. On my sensitive and acne-prone skin, oil removers don’t work that well, but those specifically for the eyes and lips are safe.

Here are my thoughts on some makeup removers I have tried/am trying:

Water-Based Makeup Remover

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Bioderma Sensibio H20 – I think anyone who wears makeup must have gone through at least one big bottle of this. Be wary of fake ones though! I once saw a ‘good deal’ on Qoo10 and it turned out too good to be true. The liquid smelt like kerosene and felt soapy. It would have been detrimental if I’d used it. There are other ranges under Bioderma – the blue one is for dry & dehydrated skin, green for combination & oily skin, but I only use the red as it’s supposedly the most gentle for sensitive skin. It stings my eyes though.

Plante System Cleansing Micellar Water – I bought this at a Guardian at Changi Airport as I forgot to pack a makeup remover. Oh my goodness, how it burnt my skin! >.<” I stopped using it after one use.

TDF Therapeutic Makeup Remover – I bought this only because it was on sale. Retail price $32 and I bought it for $15. Score! I think it’s a decent makeup remover, but only good enough for light makeup. It takes a lot of product and cotton pads to really get my skin near clean.

Chanel Eau Douceur Cleansing Water – Love the classic packaging, love the pump, love the luxurious scent, love the quality, don’t love the price. Lol. Can’t believe I paid over $50 for water. But I’d say the quality is well worth the money. It is really gentle on my sensitive skin and leaves behind this beautiful slightly waxy on the skin, giving it a natural-looking glow. In terms of efficacy, it’s not exceptionally better than the others.

Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water – (not pictured) What intrigued me initially – the dispenser which works like those nail polish remover pump dispenser where you push down the top – is what turned out to be rather annoying. Even with a bigger piece of cotton pad, it squirts off in random directions every time. It’s not ideal for targeted removal too coz you can’t get the right amount of product on a cotton bud. It leaves behind a sticky residue which I prefer to rinse off. Dispenser and residue woes aside, I love the refreshing scent.

Eucerin Dermo Purifyer Makeup & Acne Remover – (not pictured) This is the latest water-based makeup remover in my collection. Saw it off a YouTube ad and thought it sounded pretty interesting! The ‘reduces acne’ claim was the one that made me go out and get it. It is alcohol and fragrance-free, does not sting my skin, and removes makeup and impurities very well. One large cotton pad is enough, compared to 2-3 pads with the other water-based removers.

Wash-Off Makeup Remover

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Dr Nu:ell Enzyme O2 Bubble Cleanser – Pictured here is my 7th repurchased bottle. 😆 I was quite crazy about it for a while. Here’s my review: Dr Nu:ell Enzyme O2 Bubble Cleanser. It dispenses a thick gel which you apply on dry skin. 20 seconds later it will foam up and you ‘move’ the dirt away before splashing all the dirt off with water. My skin always feels smooth and clean after that. If only the packaging could be improved! There’s always so much product wasted inside the bottle and if I dig it out and transfer it to another container, the product doesn’t function quite as well anymore.

TDF Wash-Off Cleansing Lotion – I bought this together with the cleansing water. Luckily I bought the small bottle coz this doesn’t work for me at all. It always leaves my skin super dry, and when I move my facial muscles it feels like cracks on a cement wall.

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Here’s How My Skincare Routine Has Changed After 2 Years

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Instead of beautifully packaged bottles of serums, moisturizers, anti-aging creams and the sort, my skincare drawer is filled with clinical-looking tubes labelled with medical terms to tackle my crazy skin (more pictures below). I have acne and sensitive skin, which was exacerbated by the terrible facial I experienced more than 2 years ago.

You can read my previous skincare post here: My Skincare Regime (March, 2014)

My skincare routine seems to be of interest to many, so here’s an updated post on the products I use on a daily basis, their functions, those that I use when an outbreak happens, and more. Please remember that I am not qualified in any way to give accurate medical and technical explanations. 😛 . All these are based on my personal experience, from a consumer point of view. Most drugs mentioned in this post are controlled and can only be prescribed by doctors.

I have so far seen two dermatologists, both of whom have helped a lot with my skin issues. They are Dr Joyce from JOYCE LIM CLINIC, and Dr Gerard from CLIFFORD CLINIC. Oh, actually I saw another skin doctor at National Skin Centre, which was a real waste of time and MONEY. I wrote about it on my Dayre: Doctors who don’t give a shit (Sad to know that many people have had bad experiences with lousy doctors too)

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Skincare Essentials

Currently, these are the products I use on a daily basis, in the following sequence:

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[1] Aknicare Cleanser

It states that it is a ‘solution for removal of excessive sebum from acneic and seborrhoeic skin’. It is a liquid cleanser specially formulated for acne. When my skin goes into unpredictable periods of super dry and scaly skin, I use less of this and switch to Joyce Lim Foam Cleanser (forgot to include it in the picture) which I feel is milder. When my skin recovers from the dryness, I use this Aknicare Cleanser. It cleans well and I think has helped to balance out excessive sebum.

This bottle is my third repurchase from Clifford Clinic. Mr Mode secretly used it and I wondered how I managed to use it up so quickly. Lol. So I bought a bottle for him, and wrote his name on it. *territorial*

[2] T2 Clindamycin Lotion

This is for the ‘topical treatment of acne vulgaris’. I dab it on affected areas and the tingly feeling can sometimes sting/hurt my super-sensitive skin, especially when it’s very, very dry. But I think I’m used to/addicted to that kind of pain. #sadlaugh

I was prescribed this by the NSC doctor, which Dr Gerard later confirmed as good. I guess that’s the only good thing that came out of NSC.

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For Something So Lightweight, Curel BB Cream Amazes With Perfect Coverage

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A month ago, Curel sent me their newest BB Cream and it has never left my makeup bag ever since.

As a person with sensitive skin, I am always apprehensive when it comes to trying new skincare and foundations since these are the ones applied closest to the epidermis. Lightweight makeup products usually don’t provide much coverage and those with better coverage usually don’t allow my skin to breathe, thereby clogging up my pores.

It was always a struggle having to decide whether to let my skin breathe or cover up my blemishes. Obviously the need to allow my skin to breathe was of higher priority, but as a working professional I personally don’t feel quite right meeting people looking like I just got out of bed and didn’t make the effort to look presentable. So I covered up, but my skin didn’t fancy a lot of them and started retaliating.

Bad skin = Need to cover up = Clogged pores = Bad skin

It was a vicious cycle! :(

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I’m a great fan of Curel products. Mr Mode and I both love Curel Body Wash so much we have repurchased it 4 times ourselves. I foresee this being a staple in our bathroom for a long time.

Naturally I was very happy to try the latest Curel BB Cream. Love the sweet pastel pink tube!

From the very first time I tried it on until now, I have been impressed in more ways than one: at how well it applies – it is creamy, very easy to blend with both fingers and a brush; how pigmented it is – it makes me forget to apply concealer sometimes because it covers up blemishes even some foundations cannot; how lightweight it feels on my skin; how long it lasts for something so lightweight.

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Before & After

Here’s a comparison of my blemished care skin and one with a sheer layer of Curel BB Cream applied:

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Curel BB Cream makes my skin look more even-toned, brightens up my complexion, and conceals blemishes. Of course, on days when I need more coverage for the undereyes and more serious acne marks, I apply concealer. But on its own, I’m already very impressed by just how much of my blemishes can be concealed.

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Beauty Lifesaver: Uriage Thermal Water

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There are many things that are truly a gift from nature – air, sun, earth… and spring thermal water!

Thermal spring water is a type of mineral water that is located deep underground which contains healing properties and is exempt from bacteria and pollution. Naturally pure and rich in mineral salts, iodine and CO2, thermal water is recognized for its therapeutic properties, particularly those that concern the skin.

It was first used by doctors to treat severe skin conditions, but innovative skincare companies like Uriage have combined Uriage Thermal Water with numerous highly innovative active ingredients from biotechnological research so that people of all skin types can benefit from thermal water.

Thermal spring water is more than just water in a can – it packs a great deal of skin benefits like reducing inflammatory symptoms after dermatological surgery, laser surgery or chemical peelings; setting makeup, relief of itch, and more.

Here Are 8 Of My Favorite Uses Of Thermal Water:

[1] Itch Relief

Eczema flare ups can be controlled with steroid creams but sometimes the itch is unbearable with red patches. Constant scratching can cause infections and scars. I have friends who are eczema sufferers and the wounds on their skin is heartbreaking. =(

Uriage Thermal Water is great for people with atypical skin types like eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, due to the anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of thermal water. I personally have experienced a decrease in itchiness on my sensitive, easily irritated skin.

[2] Facial Redness

My skin never really recovered from the effects of the facial incident. :( Apart from itchiness, I have sensitive skin that gets red and raw. Sometimes it is due to the effects of acne control creams, sometimes for reasons I cannot comprehend. The Uriage Thermal Water has so far proven its ability to calm the redness and rebalance my skin each time it threatens to act up.

[3] Treatment of Burns and Wounds

Because it is loaded with regenerating minerals and antioxidants, it protects our skin against free radicals and helps prevent fine lines and the signs of aging. This product is indispensable especially since our skin is exposed to all that radiation all year round in Singapore. Super refreshing on hot days! It can also treat sunburn and superficial wounds.

[4] Post-dermo-aesthetic Procedures

As mentioned earlier, Uriage Thermal Spring Water can help treat certain inflammatory skin conditions when used as a therapeutic complement after dermatological surgery, laser surgery or chemical peelings.

Allow me to interrupt for a bit: 😛

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I think my skin loves the IDEA of traveling. In the days leading to the travel date, my skin will look super good. It will feel supple and soft, and although not blemish-free, is not breaking out with uncontrollable acne. Throughout the trip, it will behave well. On the eve of the flight back to Singapore, my skin will start to retaliate. Once we get back to Singapore, it will show its resentment with random pimples and dry skin. This phenomenon is not exclusive to this Phuket holiday, it happens every time I travel! My skin is like a rebellious teenage girl with serious hormonal imbalance. It loves the IDEA of traveling but rebels when it actually hits foreign air. Grrrrr!

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Lactacyd: Gentlest Cleansing For Your Most Intimate Area

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With me, no topic related to beauty and skin health can be off-limits. Anything that concerns skin well-being, feeling well, and being confident about our skin is worth discussing and sharing.

While a woman averages between five to ten beauty products in the shower, surveys have shown that many women do not clean their vaginal area daily. In Singapore, only 4% of women use a feminine wash. I contributed to the 96%. 😛

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Before Lactacyd, the only feminine products I spent on were sanitary pads. Like myself, most women do not spend much on other feminine products, and would only seek help when an infection occurs.

If you haven’t been washing daily, please start now. If you have, what are you using on that intimate area of yours?

Soap and water? That may not be enough!

Some parts of our body are more delicate than others – like the skin around the vaginal area. Lactacyd feminine hygiene washes are formulated specifically for this easily irritated area of the body as it is made to cleanse without causing irritation the way some harsher cleansers can.

Lactacyd feminine washes are pH balanced and formulated to work with our body’s natural chemistry to cleanse and refresh.

Something Fishy

If you have and choose to keep a bushy nether region because of whatever personal reasons, do note that lots of bushy pubic hair can increase sweating, by causing heat and friction. The hair wicks the sweat out to the surface. Sweat alone, vagina smells aside, can already contribute to odor. Sweat when combined with discharge can escalate the natural musk to a whole new level of STANK.

I guess that is why hair removal is increasingly popular these days. Less hair, less problems. Also, having less of a hairy obstruction means higher visibility for signs of abnormality.

Every woman smells different, it’s a natural part of being a woman. During menstruation and pregnancy, pH levels go through major changes too and affect the vaginal odor. After an intense workout, that area may have a stronger, musky smell from the surrounding sweat glands.

However, smelling different and smelling unpleasant are very different things. Nobody wants to smell… erm, fishy?

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You can improve your well-being by using Lactacyd feminine washes to maintain the natural pH balance of the vagina, minimize odor and prevent infection.

(However if the odor turns foul, discharge looks unusually yellow/green, it starts to itch or you just don’t smell right, trust your instinct and see your doctor. These may be signs of a vaginal infection.)

Choosing The Right Feminine Care Product

Just so you know, the vaginal pH level is around 4.5. Baby girls have pH 7, it increases to 4.5 during puberty, is unstable during menstruation and pregnancy, and approaches pH 7 during menopause. Source: http://www.lactacyd.com.sg/v-biology/feminine-intimacy-through-life

Strong soaps or body washes can dry out the mucous membrane of the vulva and cause irritation. These harsh products typically are more alkaline and can affect the natural pH of the vagina and disrupt the healthy balance.

All Lactacyd feminine washes are made from natural and mild ingredients for intimate health without any risk of irritation.

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