Mercury in Skin Care Products

 

We often hear that KKM announces some cosmetic products in the market contain scheduled poison; mercury, hydroquinone and tretinoin and bans them from being sold. But still, some people would just not care and still buy those products which make the sellers and the founders dare to sell their banned products to public.

This time, we are going to talk about mercury & hydroquinone. I bet all of us know that there are certain products that may contain these harmful ingredients but are still available in the Malaysian market. Plus, these products are also advertised via radio / tv every single day.

Despite of all this info/ awareness created by KKM, why are they still buying it?

First of all, we have to know that most of us are really concern to have fair, pinkish, flawless skin. But what do these “poison” do?

In a statement, the FDA says, “The products are usually marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes, and wrinkles. Adolescents may use these products as acne treatments.”

As additional, it will take less time to get all of these “benefits”. Sounds hard to believe but it’s true. Despite of the benefits, it brings danger along for long term effect.

The danger is that you’ll absorb mercury through your skin, and what accumulates can take decades to get rid of. That can trigger heart and neurological problems. If you’re nursing and use these products, you can pass mercury through your breastmilk. The mercury can quickly damage a baby’s developing brain and nervous system. These skin products also produce mercury vapors, or you may leave residue on a towel and can make family members ill, too.

Now you know the use of mercury in skincare/cosmetic products and the consequences of using it. It’s on you now to care or ignore. For more info on the products, you can check in this link.

http://www.malaysiatercinta.com/2014/05/senarai-kosmetik-yang-diharamkan-di.html

 

Sources :

http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/04/11/kkm-detects-three-cosmetic-products-containing-scheduled-poisons/

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/health/article/Beware-of-mercury-in-skin-care-products-9523776.php

https://www.consumerreports.org/beauty-personal-care/avoiding-mercury-poisoning-from-skin-care-products/

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Contouring and Highlighting Tips for different Face Shape

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Basically contouring is to give a shadow and slimming effect whereas highlighting is to emphasize the areas of your face that naturally catch the light. You can’t confidently apply same contouring and highlighting techniques as your friend. She has heart shape and you are diamond. Then don’t ask why she looks pretty and stunning while you look errr…I don’t want to say that word. To prevent you from doing the mistake, here are few tips for you to follow in doing your make up.

How to tell which shape is your face?

Here’s the guidelines

 

Oblong Face Shape

  • Your face is almost twice as long as it is wide.
  • You have no major points along your jaw, chin, or hairline.

 

Rectangle Face Shape

  • The width of your hairline and jawline are about even.
  • Your face is longer than it is wide.

 

Round Face Shape

  • Your face is about as wide as it is long.
  • You have no major points along your jaw, chin, or hairline.

 

Diamond Face Shape

  • Your hairline is narrower than your cheeks.
  • Your chin is slightly pointed.
  • Your face is longer than it is wide.

 

Heart Face Shape

  • Your cheeks are wider than your hairline.
  • Your chin is narrow and pointed.
  • A true heart-shaped face also has a widow’s peak.

 

Oval Face Shape

  • Your face is 1.5 times longer than it is wide.
  • You have no major points along your jaw, chin, or hairline.
  • Your face resembles an upside-down egg.

 

Sources:

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/how-to/a43730/face-shape-contour-map/

and Google image.

 

 

 

6 Tips for a healthy skin

  1. Water

    Make sure to drink plenty of plain water daily. Why?

 

 

  • Water is an important element to maintain the optimum skin moisture and deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells. It replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity. This helps to fight ageing signs like wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Drinking enough water may help to combat skin disorders like psoriasis, wrinkles and eczema.
  • It increases the metabolic rate and improves digestive system to flush out toxins from the body. In returns, it gives you a healthy and glowing skin.

Dictionary : Psoriasis – a noncontagious, chronic skin condition that produces plaques of thickened, scaling skin, red, dry skin.

  1. Cleansing

Wash your face thoroughly with a facial cleanser, and pat the skin dry with a soft towel. How does cleansing helps to maintain our skin health?

  • Removes dirt, oil, and other unwanted debris. Thus it’ll helps anti-aging products and treatments work properly.
  • Regular cleansing is essential to keep your skin looking radiant and healthy.

Well, how frequent should we clean our face using cleanser? As with everything to do with skin, there’s no blanket rule for every face. From skin type to environment, the number of times you should cleanse a day depends on you.

  • Encourages proper skin hydration and prevents the production of excess oils.
  1. Moisturizing

Applying your moisturizer correctly, helps to boost hydration in your skin and prevents skin from flaking and dull. It also and creates a protective layer of moisture that lasts all day. That’s why before applying makeup, we have to make sure our skin is moisturize to prevent the foundation from caking.

  1. Sunscreen

To prevent sunburn and skin darkening, sunscreen is a must. Well, most of us really care about our skin colour. We might think that fair is beautiful, but we forgot that most importantly beautiful skin is a healthy skin no matter what shades is our skin. Sunscreen helps to protect our skin from UV radiation that cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer.

  1. Good Food

Always keep in mind that beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within. Older cells are constantly shed and replaced by younger ones and a steady supply of key nutrients is essential to support this rapid growth.

Get nutrients from your food like fresh vegetables, fruits and fish. Make sure to eat the correct balance of foods and you’ll feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, supple and blemish-free.

  1. Good Sleep

Wow, sleeping also can help to improve skin’s health? How is that possible?

When we are asleep, our cells rebuild and repair themselves (the growth hormone functions only at night). If you don’t sleep, this function is impaired.

7-8 hours of sleep is ideal for most of us, but if more than that may cause our face looks puffy and we feel sluggish.

Geoff Wright, an expert in chronobiology (the study of the body clock), says: ‘There are set times when our body clock dictates that various processes take place in hair and skin.

‘From 8pm to 11pm is the time for hydration and stimulation, while 11pm to 3am is the time for nutrition and regeneration, and 3am to 5am is the time for resting.’

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THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ‘ DETOX ‘ AND ‘ CLEANSE ‘

Detox and Cleanse are widely used in beauty and health world, But do you know that they’re totally different?

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The point of detox is to eliminate toxins (such as cigs, chemicals, heavy metals eg; mercury, and environmental elements) from the body by turning them into WASTE.

The goal aim is to flush out those toxins from your liver because liver is the MAIN detoxifications organ in body, it involves a change in DIET and LIFESTYLE. Visiting saunas and taking herbals supplements ( neem, burdock root, etc ) can also help our body to detox.  Green tea doesn’t actively detox toxins on its own, but its packed with some natural polyphenols which can help support the body natural detox system.

 

The purpose of a cleanse is to clean out the digestive area. This includes removing toxins, fecal matter, parasites and fungi from digestive area.

Cleansing process consist of eliminating dairy, eggs, gluten, soy, corn, refined sugar, caffeine, processed foods and alcohol.  

 

MAKE SURE TO DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE BUYING ANY PRODUCT RELATED TO DETOX & CLEANSE LOVELIES!

DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE ACNE? LET’S UNDERSTAND WHICH TYPE IS YOURS!

  • Non-inflammatory acne ( tak merah dan sakit ) = comodones such as  blackheads, whiteheads.
  • Inflammatory acne ( merah dan sakit ) = papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts.

BLACKHEADS

–          Not caused by dirt as it may look, but is actually caused by too much oil production plugging the follicles. Color? Black and sometimes Yellow due to air exposure.

–          Affected areas are usually at T-zone, which is NOSE, CENTRE OF FOREHEAD & CHIN.

–          Please AVOID using oil-based moisturizer and cosmetics!

–          Non-reactive to sulphur, benzoyl peroxide & antibiotics.

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WHITEHEADS

–          A whitehead occurs when a plugged hair follicle makes a bump, but stays beneath the skin.

–          Causes? Too much excessive oil production. Whitish , small bumps with oil and dead skin.

–          Affected areas are usually at FOREHEAD, AREAS UNDEREYE & CHEEKS.

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PAPULES

–          These are small pink / reddish bumps sometimes with fluid and oil on the skin that are tender to touch.

–          Originate deep inside dermis.

–          AVOID picking or popping these kind of acne! Doing so will cause a permanent scar and worsen the skin!

–          Use product that contain salicylic acid & benzoyl peroxide.

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PUSTULES

–          One of the types of acne which contains pus ( jerawat nasi ), usually painless but swollen and red.

–          Due to chemicals reactions from substances found in the blood and the skin.

–          AVOID popping the pus! Eww.

–          Use best skincare products and consult a dermatologist.

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NODULES & CYSTS

–          Nodules and cysts are similar, the can exist independently or occur together as Nodularcystic. Occurs in very large numbers.

–          Nodules = huge, hard and large lesions on the deep layer & sore to touch.

–          Cysts = smaller, pus filled lesions deep within the skin.

–          Genetic predisposition, can leave permanent scar if left untreated.

–          Need oral & tropical antibiotics.

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