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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Dirran Organic Product Review

Dirran Organic showcases a wide range of products to suit every skin and hair care needs using various herbal blends. Not every skin is the same. Therefore, getting professional help to choose products that will address specific skin care concerns is the secret to ageless appearance. Individual's skin care needs will also change with skin condition and time, depending on age, environment and stress. Let me introduce the following Dirran Organic products that I have tried recently.

Super Fruits Antioxidant Masque Q10

I did not know how useful exfoliation was and feared about how harsh it is to my skin. In fact, exfoliation needs to be done weekly to remove dead skin cells to allow new cells to appear for more radiant complexion. The Super Fruit mask is made of a powerhouse of antioxidants including blueberry, cranberry, oregon grape, bayberry, cayenne, sea buckthorn and coenzyme Q10.

Apply a thick coat and allow on for 15-30minutes then massage in circular motions to assist exfoliation. After rinsing off, remember to complete the skincare regime (toning, serum and moisturising).

Peptide Complex Hydration Masque

This is a hydration boosting mask which can be incorporated into the daily skincare routine (after all, much effort is needed to upkeep the youthful appearance!). A beautiful concoction of plant oils, peptides and hyaluronic acid is allowed to infuse for 30minutes before rinsing to nourish and strengthen the skin cells.

Vitamin C Stem C 20 Serum

Orange stem cell and dandelion extract are the main ingredients which boost skin hydration, collagen synthesis and provide antioxidant effect to fight ageing by keeping the skin supple. After cleansing and toning, spray a small amount to the face avoiding eye areas twice daily. Moisturize after serum is absorbed. 

Peptide Complex Serum

98% ingredients of the Peptide Complex Serum are naturally derived and 72% organic. These include botanical hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, organic aloe vera juice, jojoba oil and peptide complex.

This becomes a powerhouse to even out skin tone and texture, maintain skin firmness and elasticity, as well as deterring signs of premature skin ageing. Apply a small amount on cleansed and toned skin before moisturizing. This serum is especially effective for dry skin.

Advanced Retinol Serum 2.5%

Retinol is a VItamin A derivative which delays the ageing process to reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, faints pigmentation, boosts collagen production, softens and heals damaged skin. It also enhances skin absorption of wheat germ oil and green eta leaf extract which are rich in nutrients and antioxidants such as EGCG. 

Use as part of a night routine after cleansing and toning. Avoid direct contact with eyes. Moisturize after serum is absorbed. Expecting and breastfeeding mothers should avoid this product as retinoids can cause miscarriage, premature delivery and birth defects. Do not combine with other retinoid products either.

Complexion Renewal Dry Oil

Dry and mature skin is deeply nourished and rejuvenated using Complexion Renewal Dry Oil. Dehydration lines and wrinkles are smoothed by this fast absorbing formula, also with the ability to fight free radicals and faints pigmentation. The oil blend is made of skin loving vitamin E, rosehip seed , argan, rice bran and sea buckthorn oil. Pat onto face and neck daily after cleansing, toning, serum and moisturizer before sun protection. Dry Oil is especially useful for postmenopausal women like my mom as dry and itchy skin can be a real issue.

Advanced Noni Facial Treatment Oil

Noni, grape seed, avocado, macadamia, jojoba and tamanu oils make Advanced Noni Facial Treatment Oil extremely useful after a day out in the sun or after laser treatment. This is able to soothe and heal skin by replenishing and locking skin moisture. Splash some water onto face and neck, followed by patting on the treatment oil. Add some water to the oil to remove eye makeup. My eye area is sensitive to makeup removal products but this treatment oil removes makeup effortlessly without irritating the eyes.

Vitamin C Eye Treatment

If you have puffy eyes and dark circles like mine, Dirran Vitamin C Eye Treatment is a must try! The eye area is revitalized using highly concentrated and bioavailable vitamin C. Liquorice root extract brightens the skin whereas hyaluronic acid and horsetail plant extract keep the eye area hydrated and less puffy. Lightly pat a small amount around the eye before applying makeup twice a day. Remember not to rub to avoid stretching the delicate skin.
Advance Firming Eye Creme

The active ingredients are Matrixyl 3000, peptides, lactic and glycolic acid, vitamins, minerals with plant oils like organic aloe vera leaf juice, sunflower oil and squalene from olive oil.

The eye creme softens and calms the skin around my eyes to keep them hydrated, rejuvenated to reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. After cleansing, gently pat a small amount around the eyes to enhance absorption. Advance Firming Eye Creme is also suitable for all skin types.

Peptide Day Eye Moisturiser

Gently pat some around the eye area, allowing it to be absorbed before applying makeup. And I have noticed significant difference-- the lines and dark circles are no longer so obvious. I don't have to use as much concealer anymore. This moisturizer is great for daily use-- even more so after my oncall.

The main star ingredients are castor oil which contains triglycerides that locks in skin moisture and peptides that boost collagen production.

Cafe Mocha Coffee Scrub

It is easy to fall in love with a whole body coffee scrub-- my first experience was in a local beauty center. Now I can enjoy this in the comfort of my home. Coffee scrubs can be done daily to boost circulation, energy level and circulation, as well as whole body exfoliation. The various plant oils nourishes, hydrates and soften the skin as well. The lingering coffee scent is a bonus for coffee lovers like me.

About Dirran Organic

Dirran Organic products are manufactured in the US and backed by the latest skincare research. Organic here means the active ingredients are plant derived with naturally occurring ingredients. These are cultivated without pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and GMO. The formulas are 100% biodegradable, 100% parabens-free with no dyes, artificial perfumes and harsh skin irritants, of course halal too!


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Basic Night Skincare Routine with MooGoo products

I'm always busy. I work full-time from 8am to 5pm during weekdays, not counting the on calls.  But I hit the sack with my boys 9ish at night. Because they are notorious for waking up whenever I tried to sneak out of bed. So I just gave up and adjusted my sleeping time. There's not much time for self care after work but I make sure I complete the basic steps.

1. Cleansing ( Double Cleansing daily if possible)

2. Toning (everyday)

3. Exfoliating (1-2 times/week)

4. Serum (1-2 times/week or just before special occasions)

5. Moisturizer (a must!)

My skin is sensitive and breakouts every so often following hormonal changes (hands up if your skin was horrible like mine during my second pregnancy!). Compulsory face mask wearing during the new normal is definitely not helping either. The mask is humid and stuffy after a while.  It also makes drinking water during the day more tedious, leading to dehydrated skin. Therefore, I have included MooGoo Gentle Exfoliating Micro Powder and Moogoo Night Restoration Cream as my Basic Night Skincare Routine.

MooGoo basically means milkcows. Craig Jones the founder reformulated udder cream used to moisturize the udders of milk cows as it was very useful for his mother's psoriatic rash. MooGoo has since launched many skincare products proudly declaring that only natural and nontoxic ingredients are used. 

Craig designs these products treating every client like his own family. So he never uses harsh ingredients like Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Glycols, Silicones, Formaldehyde Donors (a class of preservatives), Paraffin Oil, SLS and SLES. Therefore, the products are safe to everybody including newborns and pregnant mothers. To minimize carbon footprints, MooGoo uses virgin plastic for the layer that is in contact with the product, and recycled plastic for the outer layers. All the products are made in Ozzie under the strictest standards but distributed worldwide. 

What's in common for these two products? They contain hydroxy acids (HAs). Hydroxy acids are naturally derived acids that weakens the glue that holds dead cells together to promote exfoliation and reveal new and healthy skin cells. When used in higher concentrations, they can penetrate deeper into the skin to encourage collagen and elastin formation, as well as to suppress and lighten pigmentation. 3 main types of hydroxy acids exist-- alpha-, beta- and poly-HAs.

MooGoo Gentle Exfoliating Micro Powder

Dual exfoliation is the key here- using both enzymatic (beta HA in the form of salicylic acid) and non-abrasive physical particles (rice bran powder). Besides that, Bentonite Clay is added to remove skin impurities, and Marshmallow Root to soothe irritated skin.

The whole ingredient list is here:

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Powder, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (Coconut-Derived Cleanser), Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Bentonite Clay, Xantham Gum (Food Grade Thickener), Salicylic Acid (Plant-Derived).

MooGoo Natural Night Cream

The number one ingredient in this night cream is lactic acid. This is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps to exfoliate in a gentle manner. It boosts hydration on the skin surface and faints lines/wrinkles.

Other essential ingredients include:

Plant based essential oils to nourish and restore the skin function as a barrier.

Hyaluronic Acid aka collagen to make skin supple  and firm.

ECGC (Green Tea Extract) is a natural, powerful antioxidant compound

The cream is naturally preserved with Hops Extract 

Full Ingredient List
:Aqua (H₂O’s Fancy Name), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Nut) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Starflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant-Based Emulsifying Wax) and Polysorbate 60 (Food Grade Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emollient), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Lactic Acid (Plant-Derived Enzyme), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Squalane (Olive), Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Oil-Soluble Vitamin C), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Piroctone Olamine (Olamine Salt), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Dehyquart Guar), Xanthan Gum (Food Grade Thickener), Hyaluronic Acid, Mel (Honey), Allantoin, Glycerin (and) Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycerin (and) Camellia Sinensis (ECGC Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Acetum (Apple Cider Vinegar), Potassium Sorbate (Natural Preservative), Natural Vanilla Fragrance (Phthalate-Free), Natural Pear Fragrance (Phthalate-Free), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

I try to make sure my bathroom is stocked up with products that are made of non-toxic

and natural ingredients like MooGoo, especially on the lower shelves where my boys can easily reach. I think this is important for households with young children like mine to childproof our homes. These MooGoo skincare products leave my skin really clean and moisturized before sleep. The night cream is very rich and luxurious, hydrating my skin overnight.

Sometimes we can be surprised at how quick they can get hold of creams and starts applying on themselves, emulating our actions. We also have a set of MooGoo udder cream and natural irritable skin balm that they will reach for as part of their bedtime routine every night.

MooGoo products are available in Caring Pharmacy, MooGoo website (, Lazada (MooGoo Official Store), Zalora and OurShop. Grab yours now!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

How to treat melasma? | Always Be Pure Marine Therapy Dark Spot Correcting Serum Review

Who doesn't like a fair complexion with even skin tone? I first started to notice worsening breakout and melasma during my second pregnancy. This is not uncommon due to the hormonal changes in pregnancy. It's already 1.5years down the road now. But I'm still troubled by these brown or grayish-brown blotches on my face. With the constant summer in Malaysia, this is making my melanocytes (skin pigment producing cells) even more active.

Besides avoiding the sun and putting on sunscreen, there are many other treatments such as chemical peeling and laser treatment, as well as topical preparation like Always Be Pure Marine Therapy Dark Spot Correcting Serum.

Read this article from Harvard Health about Melasma.

Besides that, skin hyperpigmentation issues can also be caused by the ageing process, post-acne (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) and certain medical conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosus.

Always Be Pure Marine Therapy Dark Spot Correcting Serum

The powerful whitening ingredients are:

50% deep sea water from East Sea is rich in over 70  types of natural minerals. From 200m-depth,  this is the cleanest water made by nature with similar composition to the mineral content in our bodies to replenish deficient.

10% sea grape extract aka Caulerpa Lentillifera extract with fucoidan that controls melanin formation.

Other important ingredients include

-4.9% niacinamide (vitamin B3 can be used to treat acne)
-NEUROLIGHT 61G (an extract of sea daffodil)
-magnesium ascorbylstate (a form of vitamin C with potent antioxidant properties) 
-pearl extract
-Oriental Beauty Fruits Newplex (pomegranate, fig, mulberry, and ginkgo are traditionally used by Asian ladies in skincare)
-topical collagen (to replenish dwindling production as we age)

Always Be Pure Marine Therapy Dark Spot Correcting Serum is free of alcohol and harsh chemicals. The ingredients are labelled in the “green” range in EWG’s Skin Deep® cosmetics database. Furthermore, the serum has passed the Skin Irritation and Sensitization Patch Tests. Therefore, The serum is suitable for daily use on ALL skin types, including sensitive and combination skin.

Full ingredient list:

Sea Water (50%), Water, Caulerpa Lentillifera Extract (10%), Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide (4.9%), Dipropylene Glycol, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Arginine, Carbomer, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Laminaria Japonica Extract (893 ppm), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Viola Mandshurica Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panthenol, Pearl Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cynanchum Atratum Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract (13 ppm), Undaria Pinnatifida Extract (13 ppm), Chlorella Vulgaris Extract (12.5 ppm), Ecklonia Cava Extract (12.5 ppm), Gelidium Cartilagineu

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

Always Be Pure Marine Therapy Dark Spot Correcting Serum is a great product to be used after cleansing and toning the skin. It is lightweight, soothes irritated skin and has definitely faint my hyperpigmentation as well as wrinkles. The serum gets absorbed quickly info the skin, leaving a cooling and refreshing effect.

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Environmentally Friendly Sheet Mask | NUViT Bio-Cellulose Mask Review

Want to have great skin but am worried about the carbon footprint we leave behind? There's now an option to use Bio-Cellulose sheet mask! I have been using NUViT Bio-Cellulose Mask for a week now and I would like to share about the science behind the product.

What is Bio-Cellulose?

Bio-Cellulose is an exopolysaccharide produced by various bacterial species. These are made of sugar residues, essential components of what we called biofilm which is a cosy home for microorganisms. Normally, doctors hate biofilm formation because it stops wounds from healing. However, biocellulose can also be made into wound dressing to maintain moisture balance of the wound bed by both donating or removing moisture in dry or wet wounds respectively.

In NUViT Bio-Cellulose Mask, the biocellulose is all natural and toxin-free from a unique bacteria strain. Biocellulose is able to hold fluids 100 times its dry weight and 10 times more than fabric or paper mask sheets. This helps to hydrate, nourish and soothe irritated skin. Funfact-do you know that the Water Absorption Capacity for Bio-Cellulose is as high as 1150% !

NUViT Bio-Cellulose Mask is also extra soft & gentle for the skin. At the same time, biocellulose adheres to the skin very well-- it is able to lock in moisture and effectively deliver serum to the skin. It's so fast, in fact, NUViT Bio-Cellulose Mask is capable of transporting 90% of active ingredients deep into the skin in a mere 10 minutes.

Why Quintuple Hyaluronic Acid?

Quintuple Hyaluronic Acid is the main ingredient in NUViT Bio-Cellulose Mask. In other words, the mask is infused with 5 forms of topical collagen, namely Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate and Hydrolyzed Sclerotium Gum.

These collagen molecules differ in sizes to allow different layer of skin penetration and moisture retention. In fact, Collagen regeneration of the skin is seen as early as 7 days after using NUViT Bio-Cellulose Mask

2 other important active ingredients are:

Palmaria Palmata aka Dulse, is a red algae found in the Atlantic Ocean. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which is able to nourish, soothe, heal, condition and brighthen the skin.

Avana Sativa Kernel is yummy colloidal oatmeal which has beta glucan, lipids and antioxidants like avenanthramide. This moisturizes, soothes and protects the skin from irritants and sensitivity.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

NUViT Bio-Cellulose Mask uses the power of medical science to design high quality sheet mask to push skincare to another level. Having used biocellulose for my patients, I have experience in witnessing how good this is. This is definitely a good skincare product minus a sky high price tag. Topical collagen is great choice as it directly boosts skin condition after application.

Good news! NUViT Bio-Cellulose Mask is already available and selling on since 4th of June 2020. Grab yours now!

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Dry Or Dehydrated Skin? | IMBZ Infinite Hyaluronic Silk Mask Review

No, dry and dehydrated skin are not the same! It's important to differentiate them because the management differs. Dry skin means the skin type lacks sebum/oil gland and production. This may manifest as itchy and flaky skin. Dehydrated Skin, on the other hand, is the lack of water caused by weather, environment, diet, including excessive caffeine consumption. Symptoms include dull, tight skin with wrinkles and dark circles looking more apparent, as well as congestion.

More information on Allure.

My face is fairly dehydrated recently which is explaining the breakout! Partly because I have to wear surgical face mask for prolonged period at work. This makes me less likely to consume enough water. Since work is picking up its pace post covid, I am also more tired and rely on my daily caffeine boost.

Besides drinking more water, topical collagen can be helpful. Collagen aka hyaluronic acid is an important skin component that is lacking in dehydrated and ageing skin. Topical collagen binds water to keep the skin supple, lock down the moisture content as well as to faint wrinkles and scars.

IMBZ Infinite Hyaluronic Silk Mask

IMBZ Infinite Hyaluronic Silk Mask contains Nano Miracle Hyaluronic Acid and Micro Hyaluronic Acid. The Micro molecules are bigger and get retained in the epidermis to stop moisture from evaporating. On the other hand, the nano molecules are able to penetrate deeper into the dermis which keep it hydrated, double the effect of conventional hyaluronic acid.

There are 8 forms of hyaluronic acid used in the mask!

1. Conventional hyaluronic acid stimulates water channel insertion onto the skin to allow water molecules to enter the skin.
2. Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid maintains skin moisture.
3. Potassium hyaluronate supplies the skin surface with constant moisture.
4. Sodium acetylated hyaluronate is lightweight and stays on the skin surface better to retain moisture.
5. Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate forms a water film on skin surface.
6. Sodium Hyaluronate stops water from evaporating.
7. Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer locks moisture in the skin and prevent wrinkle formation.
8. Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate is small and can penetrate deep under the skin.

Other active ingredients include:
Saccharide isomerate has anti-ageing properties and keeps the skin hydrated.

Chondrus Chrispus is rich in fatty acids which are important components of healthy skin.

Hydrogenated lecithin repairs dry skin and restores the skin's natural ability as a protective barrier.

Arginine is a potent antioxidant and promotes collagen formation.

What is IMBZ?

IMBZ is Malaysia's first company to have a fully mechanized sheet mask production. This allows  a controlled and hygienic environment with precise quality monitoring to ensure consistency and efficiency in production. Only quality ingredients are used.

IMBZ strives to deliver VIP level skincare products to your doorstep in this fast-paced world when people have very little free time, let alone to focus on good skincare.

How to use IMBZ Infinite Hyaluronic Silk Mask?

After cleansing and toning, apply a sheet mask onto the face. Leave on for 15-20mins. After removal, gentle pat the face to help absorption. The mask is suitable for daily use.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

I absolutely love products with collagen. Topical collagen in the form of sheet mask is one of the safest ways to boost collagen content in the skin compare to consuming collagen by mouth, especially if one is pregnant or breastfeeding or has chronic illnesses and am worried about systemic side effects. IMBZ Infinite Hyaluronic Silk Mask is a great way to wind down after a busy day at work. Very refreshing and is definitely a great way to boost skin hydration.

IMBZ also has another sheet mask range called Aquagenic ColdMed Mask. The mask is made of ultra thin and light texture natural silk which is anti-ageing, boosts collagen synthesis and hydration.

More info about IMBZ

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Clean Future with Clean Water | Cleanwash Home Solutions

Malaysia is blessed with plenty of water supply compared to other countries like the neighboring Singapore and Australia. However, the water supply is disrupted frequently due to scheduled maintanence or unplanned piping problems. We often notice unpleasant smell and taste of water, especially in certain areas even though the water is disinfected as the transporting water pipes are often corroded and rusty, risking leakage of metal into our water. Therefore, almost half of the Malaysian households have installed water filters and most will boil the water before consumption. 

Poor water quality is also bad for our health including skin issues. It can lead to eczema, lead toxicity, acne, premature ageing and dark circles! Marie Claire has an interesting article based on some anecdotal experience on how consuming enough water boosts energy level, mood and makes skin more supple.

Pay attention to the color of the new filter before installing to the water heater.

A day after installation.

Home water treatment systems consist if water conditioners and water filters. They can also be divided into point of entry (treat all the water supplied to the house) and point of use systems (usually limited to one faucet). Generally speaking, it is not advisable to have water filtration systems that use reverse osmosis or distillation as it completely removes minerals including fluoride which is a very important source to protect against dental caries. 

Another practical point about water filters is to service or replace cartridges regularly every 1-3months so that the system filters effectively, provides quality filtration and to prolong the lifespan of the system.

To ensure clean water supply, we have installed a few point of use water filtration systems in the house. We have been using the good old fashioned Panasonic water filter in the kitchen until we come across Clean Wash.

Cleanwash Home Solutions - Multipurpose Water Filter

Cleanwash Multipurpose Water Filter consists of a PP filter with calcium sulfite balls. It effectively filters out particles bigger than 5microns size and also chlorine in the water. Each set comes with tubings and accessories and the installation is super easy. Only took an inexperienced person like me 5mins!

Washing machine installation video

Shower line installation video

Their replacement cartridge is also affordable and can be purchased online through ClearLiving website.

Look at how dirty the filter is after a week! 

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

I have installed Cleanwash Multipurpose Water Filter on my washing machine and shower line for a few weeks now. Remember in my previous post I discussed about my skin issues due to prolonged face mask use? I have noticed significant improvement in acne and irritative rash. My laundry also smells so fresh now. I had some problems with installing the filter to my water heater with pump- but it's quickly resolved by the efficient and friendly customer service team. Good aftersale service is definitely a plus when considering a water filter.

Good news to my Malaysian readers! I am collaborating with Cleanwash for a giveaway. Just pay RM0.99 and, 5, yes 5 lucky readers get a set of Cleanwash Multipurpose Water Filter (NRP RM88, delivery excluded ) each if you follow these steps:

1. Like and Follow Clear Living FB.
2. Tag 3 friends in the comment section of this post.
3. Share, like and follow my FB OR Repost, like and follow my IG!

Deadline on 30 June 20!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

How and When to use Sanitizer | Cellnique Sanitising Nano Mist Review

Sanitizing is no longer a foreign concept to us. Personal hygiene is of upmost importance nowadays. Whenever possible, hand washing using soap and water is the most effective way to get rid of germs, especially when the hands are greasy or contaminated by harmful chemicals. 

Hand washing reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21%.
At work, healthcare workers like me practise 5 moments of hand hygiene. But it's not always feasible to reach for a tap at each moment. That's when, sanitizers become very useful.

Read CDC guideline about sanitizer use.

This is how we should wash our hands.

At work, we use alcohol based hand sanitizers as they are proven to work. However, frequent use can really wreak havoc on our skin. Alcohol dehydrates the skin. They strip away the skin’s natural acid layer. This makes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles more obvious. Besides that, alcohol also irritates the skin which can cause contact irritant dermatitis especially for those with sensitive skin. The natural lipid barrier of the skin is also removed which may make acne worse. Not surprisingly, skin cells also die when exposed to alcohol.

Cellnique Sanitising Nano Mist could be a promising solution other than alcohol based sanitizer.

Cellnique Sanitising Nano Mist features
-No alcohol
-No skin irritants
-No preservatives

The main active ingredient is Nano-Colloidal Silver. This is basically silver in ionized form or nanoparticles. Nano-Colloidal Silver exhibits excellent antimicrobial, antifungal properties and is used for coating medical devices for preventing biofilm formation. It is also good in wound dressing in ionised form. Nano-Colloidal Silver use is definitely not foreign to my work as a doctor.

Infused with essential oils, this nano-colloidal silver sanitising mist is specially formulated to protect our skin including the face against germs and fungal infections. It is long lasting and suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.

Nigella Sativa Seed Oil is rich in antioxidants. This retards premature skin ageing and is also great to calm irritated skin due to eczema, psoriasis and other forms of dermatitis. Besides that, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil also has potent antibacterial properties even for bugs resistant to antibiotics such as the MRSA superbug.

Bitter Orange Seed Oil, on the other hand, helps to maintain the oil water balance of the skin to optimise the skin's function as a natural barrier against germs. This oil also contains citric acid (Vitamin C), which maintains fairer complexion and strengthens the barrier even more.

A little bit about the background of Cellnique Paramedical. Cellnique Paramedical strives to combine the latest pharmaceutical grade skin care with advanced medical formulation including ingredients such as collagen and CoQ10. Backed by science, Cellnique has even established Cellnique Institute of Advanced Derma Aesthetics. This is how serious the company views the importance of research in product development. Recently, Cellnique Paramedical has turned its focus to solve skin problems in Asians. This is a great news for us because Asian skin is definitely not the same as others!

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

I really love these comparison charts to show how effective yet protective Cellnique Sanitising Nano Mist is. They even compare with chlorox which immediately remind me of Mr Trump :p

Traditionally highly concentrated alcohol is known to kill germs including Covid19, but many people especially healthcare workers like me, having to hand rub up to 100 times/day, will end up with irritant contact dermatitis. And we definitely cannot use those on our face. Cellnique Sanitising Nano Mist is suitable and safe for whole body use including the face. Kill virus but please spare our skin!

Get your own Cellnique Sanitising nano mist using this code SDY05 now!

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Is Microneedling worth trying? | Common Labs Vitamin E Microneedle Spot Cream Review

Microneedling is essentially acupuncture for the skin. This introduces microscopic puncture that will promote the natural healing process by stimulating collagen production and ameliorating issues like wrinkle, enlarged pores, acne scars and stretch marks. I know this sounds scary, but it's incredibly safe when done properly by a trained aesthetic doctor. 

Now it's even possible to do microneedling at home! The needles are shorter and duller than the ones used in the clinic. But can definitely open up the pores so that products can penetrate better.

Read more about microneedling here at Glamour.

Common Labs Vitamin E Microneedle Spot Cream offers effective penetration using super micro-needle (smaller than pore size). It also features acne fighting Gesolza™ technology, 54% Tea tree leaf extract and Vitamin E. 

This is the full list of ingredients:

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Water, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Sponge, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Sodium Carbomer, Panthenol, Betaine, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Pinus Densiflora Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Madecassoside, Tocopherol, Artemisia Annua Extract 

How to do microneedling at home?

1. Double Cleanse and Tone.
2. Apply small amount only on troubled or desired area. Up to 2-3 times/day
3. The microneedles will open up the pores up to 70hours to absorb skincare products better.
4. Continue to apply serum and moisturizer twice a day.
5. The microneedles are naturally removed during skin regeneration and sheddding.
6. Use every 2~3 days.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

You would have noticed that I'm practically bringing aesthetic treatments home recently! As a physician, I think Covid19 is here to stay unless we find a safe and effective vaccine. Social distancing is the new normal so cutting down non-essential trips out is surely the way to go. Home microneedling is not as invasive but it's definitely effective. A great product to own for skin problems created by retained sweats due to prolonged face mask use.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Masked face and Double Cleansing | Chrisear White Milk Cleanser Review

Welcome to the new normal! 

Masked faces and even face shields are the way to go, probably for the next 6 months. What does this mean to me as a full-time doctor? On average, I have to wear a 3 ply surgical mask for up to 9 hours a day, perhaps even longer when I'm on call.

Do you know that prolonged face mask use can cause skin damage? The tight fitting N95 masks tend to feel fairly suffocating to breathe in, and the edges of the mask can exert significant pressure on skin surface, causing pressure injury especially where the skin is thin and near to bony surface. Even normal surgical masks can increased humidity level and skin irritation due to trapped sweats under stressed conditions, causing acne, itchiness and rash.

Wound care experts from the European Wound Management Association and NPIAP (US) have spoken extensively with this regards. You can find the video here. And the article here.

What can we do to mitigate the risk?

A good skincare regime is the key. Cleansing and moisturizing are important steps to prevent skin problems. In certain cases, preventive dressings can be applied on the face to stop pressure injury from developing.

Will double cleansing help?

Double cleansing is the backbone of many popular Korean skincare regimes. At the end of the day, it is extremely vital to clear our skin off dirt, impurities, pollutants and makeup residues. Even if one doesn't wear makeup, it is still important to double cleanse as impurities can cause premature skin ageing including sun spots and wrinkles.

The first step of double cleansing involves an oil based cleanser (examples include Chrisear White Milk Cleanser) or micellar water. This removes makeup and sebum buildup without stripping the skin off natural oil.

Step 2: Use a lathering cleanser to wash upwards and outwards in the direction of the hair follicles for deep cleansing.

Step 3: Rinse with water and pat the skin dry.

Chrisear White Milk Cleanser

Chrisear White Milk Cleanser is a non-foaming cleanser with cleansing and makeup removing function suitable for all skin types. It's gentle yet effective so it can also be used around the eyes.

The main ingredients are-

Liquorice provides deep cleansing to unclog the pores so as to prevent acne from forming. It also faints skin pigmentation to achieve fairer complexion.

Isaflavonoids are potent antioxidants which rejuvenate the skin and soothe irritated skin.

It doesn't contain harsh chemicals or preservatives. Therefore, Chrisear White Milk Cleanser is suitable for expecting mothers as well.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

Whenever possible, I double cleanse before hitting the sacks- at least 2-3 times/week. Honestly, sometimes I'm just too tired. But I'll at least use a lathering cleanser and apply moisturizer. I don't put on much makeup but eye makeups can be notoriously difficult to remove because most are waterproof. Chrisear White Milk Cleanser makes the job much easier. It's lightweight and doesn't burden the skin. At the same time, it preserves natural sebum to protect the skin. I find the light scent relaxing at the same time.

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