This is simple. Related adjectives:
Smooth, poreless-looking, luminous, radiant, clear, firm, taut, fair / tan, elastic, hydrated, matt, even tone etc etc etc.

Our demands never cease. No wonder the global beauty industry is forever coming up with newer products and we, consumers, continue to patronize.

But after the milk scare in China, I am even more convinced to use nothing but organic products or products invented and endorsed by aesthetic doctors. And I am biased. I avoid any facial product that is made in China, no apologies.

I don't buy into the extraction method which supposedly clear the blackheads and whiteheads. All the salons I went to, from those big and famous ones to the small boutique kinds, gave me more potholes after the dreadful extraction. It also never help the oily skin problem too. And to my horror, one beautician actually picked at my pimple. It's a big No-No. I like Dr Low's DIY method of putting a ice pack on it. (Read my book)

Lasers are more consistent and got the benefit of skin renewal and stimulated collagen production, and thus giving firmer skin in the long run. But I am also wary of the side effects and downtime. The trick is to schedule regular sessions every three months and one laser session at least 10 days before the big day to allow dead skin to flake off, redness to clear. Do remember to apply plenty of sunscreen (SPF 30 at least).

I love facial scrubs, especially those with very small, pefectly round beads. Makeup looks more glowing on a face without the layer of dead cells.

Diet must be sensible. While scientific studies have proven that water doesn't hydrate the skin significantly, it can definitely detox. Ideal for weight loss and aids clarity in the skin. Lastly, don't take too much sugar. That includes sweets, chocolates, sugary drinks. Over-intake of sugar leads to loose skin, especially at the neck. You don't wish to look like a turkey on your Big Day.



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