✨Simplify Your Skincare Routine!✨

WHO recently recognized burnout as workplace-induced stress and it causes symptoms such as exhaustion and energy depletion. The fact that Singapore is a fast-paced society with a pretty (dare I say) high employment rate as compared to our neighboring countries doesn't help. As with all the benefits of living in a first world country, it also comes with a price we all have to pay – work-related stress, lack of time and rest.

 Amidst all this stress, we still have to try and take care of ourselves and our skin. Did you know that it is scientifically proven that stress can cause premature ageing as it shortens the telomeres in your DNA? When these telomeres shorten, their structural integrity is then compromised, causing cells to age faster, thus forming signs of ageing such as wrinkles.

  So how do you achieve healthy, glowing skin while juggling work and ... More work? We have compiled a couple of skin-care must-haves to help you simplify your skin-care routine!  Most people think of the "10-step" Korean skin-care when it comes to K-beauty.

Although the 10 steps do serve its purposes, our main goal for today is maximizing skin-care effects while minimizing the amount of time spent applying products. While some people have no problem waking up bright and early to get ready and go about their day, some of us set an embarrassing number of alarms and hit the snooze button about 15 times before unwillingly getting out from the comfort of our beds. 

Thanks to the long working hours and lack of sleep, mornings are usually hectic and disorganized. Yet we still have to figure out how to squeeze in time for a skin-care routine without running late for work.  



The first step in your morning routine is to grab the Smart Hydro Pure Cream. Smooth an appropriate amount of it all over your face - yes, including your T-zone. Oily and greasy skin is complex and can be caused by several different factors such as genetics, the environment, lifestyle and dehydrated skin. We are putting genetics, environmental and lifestyle causes aside today as they are usually either permanent or require an extended period of time to change and improve.

 Dehydrated skin, contrary to popular beliefs, isn't dry skin. Even oily skin can be dehydrated. It is caused by a lack of moisture in the stratum corneum which is the outermost layer of the skin. Dehydrated skin lack water, not oil. This causes your skin to overcompensate and produce moisture in the form of sebum. Now, as we all know, the production of excess sebum can lead to various concerns such as acne, clogged pores and oily skin. Providing your skin with the moisture it requires to stay healthy is extremely important. A good moisturizer not only nourishes your skin but also prevents clogged pores and locks the moisture in your skin.



Next, other than making sure your skin is hydrated, make sure to slather on sunscreen.

Skin cancer is the 6th most common cancer in Singapore with the average UV index of 10 which is very high.

UV rays are proven to be harmful to your skin. Not only does it produce free radicals in your skin - unstable oxygen molecules that steal energy from healthy cells and causes the breakdown of collagen and oxidative stress in your skin. It also increases the risk of getting melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer that often resists drug treatment.

With that being said, we recommend including the Sun Perfect Cure Cream in your routine. It is specially formulated to be non-sticky, prevents burns, and prevents excessive melanin production and sun damage. It also provides your skin with a supple glow, protects it from environmental aggressors, and oh - did we mention that it makes a good makeup base/primer?  

You know how beauty YouTubers like Jeffree Star and NikkieTutorials are always talking about how makeup primers which are tacky help the wear of your makeup, making it more long-lasting?

Well, the Perfect Sun Cure Cream provides just enough tackiness to help your foundation last for a longer time but isn't tacky to the point where it makes your skin sticky or appear greasy.



The next thing we recommend is the Smart Hydro Pure water. This step doesn't have to be applied at a specific time. You can include it in both your morning and night routine at home, or you can simply have a portable spray bottle, fill it up with the Smart Hydro Pure Water and throw it into your purse for use throughout the day.

Ever find yourself going through packs of blotting sheets or constantly touching up your makeup after the lunch break, or at the end of the day before you head out for a dinner date?

Does your skin look too matte and dry because of the air-conditioning in the office, or is your makeup cakey because of perspiration, or greasy because of the humidity and boiling heat?

The Smart Hydro Pure water can instantly refresh your skin and give it a boost in moisture. It is extracted directly from 605 meters below the surface of the East China Sea using the one and only non-polluted piping system in Korea. It is proven to be rich in minerals which are beneficial for your skin. 

"So is it just like other mineral water facial sprays out in the market?" Well, yes and no. Similar to the other mineral water facial sprays that are currently on the market, our Smart Hydro Pure Water is sourced from waters that are naturally rich in minerals. However, most of the other similar products that we can find on the shelves of our local drugstore are basically just canned mineral water with safe nitrogen which is 78% of what we breathe in the air. 

The Smart Hydro Pure Water is also infused with other skin-loving-goodness such as hydrolyzed collagen and sodium hyaluronate! We have an article all about the benefits sodium hyaluronate, check that out if you haven't already.

Alright, that's it for today. Stay tuned for the night routine recommendations that is coming up next week!