DrGL https://drgl.com DrGL Wed, 26 Aug 2020 01:09:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.4 https://drgl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/cropped-drgl-favicon-32x32.png DrGL https://drgl.com 32 32 (Self) Love in the Time of Corona https://drgl.com/self-love-in-the-time-of-corona/ Wed, 26 Aug 2020 01:09:54 +0000 https://drgl.com/?p=31061 We’ve heard it going around for some time now, the dreaded “maskne” – a term coined for the skin irritation and inflammation caused by hours and hours of wearing a face mask. We can’t blame our skin, really. After all, wearing a mask for hours can cause a build-up of sweat, bacteria, and oil –…

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We’ve heard it going around for some time now, the dreaded “maskne” – a term coined for the skin irritation and inflammation caused by hours and hours of wearing a face mask. We can’t blame our skin, really. After all, wearing a mask for hours can cause a build-up of sweat, bacteria, and oil – the perfect recipe for breakouts.

Just because protective face masks can exacerbate skin inflammation doesn’t mean it’s not preventable. Switching up your skincare routine can minimise or nip such breakouts in the bud.

Face masks will be commonplace for some time, so why not invest in some essentials to keep that pesky maskne at bay? Here are some of our must-haves, for the ultimate at-home #selflove routine.

  1. DrGL® Restore Gel Mask

As the name suggests, this restorative gel moisturiser and mask brings back skin back to tip-top condition. Suitable for all skin types, this gel sure packs a punch – it is 3-in-1: a moisturiser, sleeping mask and intensive mask, all in one bottle.

The gel formula strengthens our skin’s barrier against bacteria, reduces hyperpigmentation and boosts regeneration of new skin cells.

A cooling and calming essential, Restore Gel Mask is perfect for your after-work R&R  to calm and restore your skin back to its original shape. You can also mix it with your everyday foundation to provide coverage and skincare benefits while also having a cooling effect.

  1. DrGL® Skin Repair

Called the “fountain of youth”, don’t underestimate this little bottle – even a single drop will do the job.

This serum heals and repairs damaged skin and helps to soothe redness and inflammation. As an added bonus,Skin Repair also tightens and lifts skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and giving your skin that desirable youthful glow.

Use this in place or underneath your moisturiser to hydrate and speed up your skin’s healing.

  1. DrGL® Moisturiser Collagen Boost

Skin feeling parched? Here’s your new best friend. With three forms of hyaluronic acid, this moisturiser will boost your skin’s hydration while leaving your skin looking radiant and feeling silky smooth.

In times where your skin definitely dries up faster due to a face mask’s hot, moist environment, this A-lister should be a new addition to your routine.

Of course, supplementing good skincare with healthy lifestyle choices like drinking lots of water, practising proper hygiene and eating a healthy, diet are also forms of self-love that can help clear skin and let your skin glow as well.

Now, more than ever, is the right time for #selflove –caring about your skin may seem superficial during these uncertain times. But trust us, looking after your skin has shown to do wonders for our mental health.

 

If you’re looking to add a DrGL® product to your routine, take $20 off* your next order with the code: WELCOME20

 

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5 Fuss-free Skincare Tips From a Former Beauty Editor https://drgl.com/5-fuss-free-skincare-tips-from-a-former-beauty-editor-2/ Sat, 05 Oct 2019 09:41:07 +0000 https://mediacake.net/dev/drgl/?p=678 As a former beauty editor of about 10 years for a national newspaper and later a women’s magazine, I would often get asked for skincare tips and about my own beauty routine. And I would feel like an imposter. Why? Because unlike most industry insiders (or even most other women), I have a really pared-down…

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As a former beauty editor of about 10 years for a national newspaper and later a women’s magazine, I would often get asked for skincare tips and about my own beauty routine.

And I would feel like an imposter. Why? Because unlike most industry insiders (or even most other women), I have a really pared-down routine. I’ve never worn much makeup except the occasional mascara and eyeliner – though under-eye concealer and lip gloss are musts for me.

As for skincare, even before the K-beauty wave hit us, people would expect me to rattle off at least five to eight products from my daily essentials list. I could see the look of surprise and disappointment on their faces when I confessed that I like to stick to just two to three reliable products.

But these are the five skincare tips that have worked well for me all this while.

1. Spend more on serums, less on moisturisers

A moisturiser is made to sit on your skin surface to prevent moisture loss whereas a serum has to penetrate more deeply to work its anti-ageing, brightening or hydrating magic. This is why if you are buying skincare on a budget, it is a good idea to spend a little more on a serum as most brands pump in their best technology and ingredients into it.

2. Use a dual-purpose or multi-purpose product

A dual-purpose or multi-functional skincare product is good news for those of us who are too busy (me) or too lazy (also me). But not all multi-functional skincare is made equal. For instance, if an eye cream claims to moisturise your neck too, it’s probably lying because the skin around your eyes is thinner and needs an entirely different product from what the thicker skin on your neck needs.

For me, I like a cleansing foam that also swipes off makeup. And that’s because I wear very little of it. If you apply a lot of makeup, use a makeup remover first and follow up with a cleanser (usually a foam or an oil-based formula) that can take off dirt, sebum and any traces of makeup that your remover missed.

3. Keep a skin-calming product on standby

Because my skin can act up suddenly – thanks to a long walk in the sun or travelling in a dusty city – I like to have a skin-soothing cream or gel. One of my faves is the Restore Gel Mask. How does it work? This thick gel has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory botanical ingredients to calm angry skin. Use it as a moisturiser or as a gel mask – for the latter, wipe off any excess after 30 minutes. What makes it even better: leave your bottle in the fridge and cool down flushed, irritated skin on a hot day.

4. Use a moisturising lotion

Most Japanese skincare brands have moisturising lotions which are waters that you pat onto cleansed skin before you apply serums and moisturisers. It is believed that the lotions help to plump up skin first so that the rest of your skincare will sink in more thoroughly. I actually like using these lotions on their own as an alternative to sheet masks so that I don’t have to spend 15 precious minutes trying to peer at my Netflix movies – with a giant sheet mask covering part of my eyes.

5. Read the ingredients list

Don’t shop for skincare blindly. Always read the list of ingredients as instant research. If a product claims it is made with a super ingredient like green tea or marine extracts, check if this ingredient is high up on the list (meaning that they use a good amount of it) or if it is at the bottom of the heap, after many other strange-sounding chemicals.

 

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How to Get Great Hair, Every Day https://drgl.com/how-to-get-great-hair-every-day/ Sat, 28 Sep 2019 10:24:03 +0000 https://mediacake.net/dev/drgl/?p=491 Have you ever wondered why some women always have perfect-looking hair? For one, they definitely did not #wakeuplikethat. There’s much more to that. Aside from genetics and a good haircut, you need to treat your scalp like you would your face, have at-home haircare routines that suit the condition of your scalp and hair, and…

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Have you ever wondered why some women always have perfect-looking hair? For one, they definitely did not #wakeuplikethat. There’s much more to that. Aside from genetics and a good haircut, you need to treat your scalp like you would your face, have at-home haircare routines that suit the condition of your scalp and hair, and you should also invest in the right treatments.

The morning haircare routine

Wet your hair. Create a lather with your shampoo on your palms before spreading it over your scalp and hair to ensure an even distribution of the shampoo. Give yourself a quick scalp massage as you shampoo your hair, too. After rinsing off the shampoo, apply conditioner from mid-length of the hair to the hair ends. If you have very long hair, comb through conditioners to evenly coat hair strands.

Use cool to room temperature water to wash off shampoo and conditioner to avoid drying out your locks. If you don’t need to use the hairdryer, skip it. If you have to, always apply a heat-protecting spray before blow-drying it. Also, don’t use the hottest temperature on the hairdryer. And before you step out of the house, spritz a mist-type sunscreen like the Sun Protection Mist over your hair to protect it from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Unless you live in a cold or dry climate, you need to wash your hair every day to remove the build-up of dead skin cells, sebum, sweat, air pollutants, dirt, and chemical residue. If you have oily or very oily scalp, wash your hair every day. If you like to use dry shampoo on certain days, do note that this dry shampoo powder that has absorbed your scalp sebum will add on to the build-up on your scalp.

The evening haircare routine

Repeat the shampoo and conditioner steps from your AM routine. After you have towel-dried your hair, apply a scalp care serum to the scalp. Like the way you would apply a daily skincare serum to your face, a daily scalp serum helps to maintain a healthy scalp that’s resistant to premature greying, thinning and hair loss issues. Examples of scalp serums include Solution Hair (Anti-Aging), which is said to help reduce the density of grey areas as well as delay the emergence of white hair, and Solution Hair (Anti-Hairloss) works to boost healthy hair growth.

If you’re not in a rush to hit the sack, let your hair air-dry. If your hair is chemically damaged, or naturally very dry, you can massage a few drops of hair serum or hair oil from mid-length to hair ends to avoid damaging hair when you sleep. You could also invest in a silk pillowcase to reduce the occurrence of hair breaking when you asleep, tossing and turning.

The weekly hair routine

Use a nourishing hair mask once to twice weekly. If you have very damaged or very dry tresses, you can use a hair mask up to three times a week, on alternate days. Hair Repair Treatment Conditioner conveniently doubles up as a treatment mask as well. Spread evenly from mid-length to ends, cover with a shower cap and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off for best results.

The monthly hair routine

If your scalp tends to get really oily, you could consider using a monthly pre-shampoo scalp treatment, or a scalp exfoliator before you shampoo. The trouble with these pre-wash rituals is, it can be difficult to gauge if you’re over-doing it because you can’t see your scalp. You could always understand your scalp through trial and error but that could also damage your scalp in the process.

A foolproof way to take care of your scalp would be to treat it to a monthly deep-cleansing scalp treatment done by professionals. One such treatment is the DrHair® Deep Cleanse. This scalp treatment works to keep scalp health in check with its use of DrHair® hair care products and an ionto technology that boosts the absorption of active ingredients. It works to unclog hair follicles, remove excess sebum, balance moisture levels, boost blood circulation, reduce any inflammation, and maintain scalp health for healthy hair growth.

 

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How To Make Your Skincare Absorb – Hence, Work – Better https://drgl.com/how-to-make-your-skincare-absorb-hence-work-better/ Sat, 21 Sep 2019 10:28:34 +0000 https://mediacake.net/dev/drgl/?p=494 Because if it doesn’t get deep into skin, you are wasting your time, effort and money You may be very proud of your daily seven-step beauty regimen but you are wasting your time (and products) if you are not doing the right thing to make your skincare sink into skin thoroughly. Because if it doesn’t…

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Because if it doesn’t get deep into skin, you are wasting your time, effort and money

You may be very proud of your daily seven-step beauty regimen but you are wasting your time (and products) if you are not doing the right thing to make your skincare sink into skin thoroughly. Because if it doesn’t absorb into skin, it’s not going to do anything for it.

Also, if you apply too many products – and too quickly and generously – sometimes you may notice little balls and clumps of skincare on your face. Why does this happen? It’s called pilling, yes, just like what happens when you pick up tiny globs of wool and fuzz from some of your clothing. When skincare pills, it means that too much of it is staying put on your skin surface.

This is why you should always follow these steps when applying skincare products to make the most of them.

Exfoliate before applying your serums and moisturisers.

You’d want to free up your skin surface of dead skin cells which not only make your complexion look dull but also prevent skincare from penetrating skin fully. Think of dead skin cells as a barrier on your face.

To remove this build-up, there’s no better way than to exfoliate. It’s like the skincare equivalent of a makeup primer.

But here’s a word of caution: overdoing this and using the wrong product – especially if you already have sensitive skin or if you are using strong retinol skincare afterwards – can be more harmful than helpful.

Instead of a rough, grainy scrub, try an enzyme- or acid-based cleanser or exfoliator. DrGL® Post Cleanser Step 2 is an example of one. It is a mild chemical peel that gently sloughs off dead skin cells. Ideal for every day use, it doesn’t irritate skin because it uses lactic acid which also has hydrating benefits.

In fact, lactic acid is said to reduce the pH of skin which then speeds up the penetration of skincare, particularly those with ingredients like vitamins A and C, as well as hyaluronic acid.

Use the DrGL® Post Cleanser Step 2, which is a proprietary step to DrGL®, after toner and just before serum and moisturiser.

Apply skincare on just-washed skin

After cleansing and toning, don’t get lazy and delay your application of skincare. This is because damp skin absorbs skincare better; some experts go as far to say that damp skin can absorb skincare 10 times more. Wow. If you can, use lukewarm water when washing up as skin that has a slightly raised temperature can soak in skincare even more. Now, you finally know why most facials include a steaming step.

Layer your skincare in the right order

Yes, just like your office life, hierarchy exists in your skincare routine too. There is a real reason behind why you are supposed to apply serums under moisturisers and oils, for instance. Always layer products with larger molecules over those with smaller molecules so that they don’t block the latter from getting deep into skin. How do you know what’s what? In general, serums are made up of smaller molecules and creams like your night moisturisers are made up of bigger ones.

 

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Why Lactic Acid Will Give You Better, Brighter and Beautiful Skin https://drgl.com/why-lactic-acid-will-give-you-better-brighter-and-beautiful-skin/ Sat, 14 Sep 2019 10:31:42 +0000 https://mediacake.net/dev/drgl/?p=497 It removes dead skin cells yet it works gently and has hydrating benefits The term “chemical peel” may sound scary to some of us, especially if we have sensitive skin. After all, chemical peels, whether performed in a beauty salon or doctor’s office or sold as an over-the-counter skincare product, are formulated with acids and…

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It removes dead skin cells yet it works gently and has hydrating benefits

The term “chemical peel” may sound scary to some of us, especially if we have sensitive skin. After all, chemical peels, whether performed in a beauty salon or doctor’s office or sold as an over-the-counter skincare product, are formulated with acids and that thought alone is enough to make our skin feel all tingly and stinging. But lactic acid may make you change your mind. Why? It is one of the gentler forms of alpha-hydroxy acids, which are used in skincare for their brightening and anti-ageing effects.

Lactic acid is derived generally from fruits or milk – this is why it is even known as “milk acids” sometimes – but most skincare products now use a synthetic form of it. And because it is mild enough, it is recommended for sensitive skin or those using a chemical peel for the first time.

So, what does lactic acid do for your skin?

Because of its larger molecules, lactic acid tends to sit more on the skin surface than penetrate deep within skin. This way, it is able to slough off dead cells from the skin surface to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion, and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. When used in a more concentrated form professionally, it can treat hyperpigmentation and age spots. The bonus? Lactic acid is also hydrating on skin, which is a double bonus if you have both sensitive and dehydrated skin but still want a brightening boost.

One product which uses lactic acid is DrGL Post Cleanser Step 2. The brand created this product as a proprietary step in a skincare routine.

This works as a mild chemical peel that exfoliates and hydrates skin, removing dead cell and debris build-up that causes your complexion to look dull and unhealthy. And because it already helps to exfoliate skin, be sure not to use a face scrub at the same time.

It can also help to reduce the look of fine lines and enlarged pores as well as prime your skin for the rest of your skincare products like your serum and moisturiser.

If you are using the Post Cleanser Step 2 for the first time, acclimatise your skin to the product by applying it twice a week after cleansing and toning. You can dab the product onto your face – don’t forget your neck too – with cotton pads. If your skin is oily, you can use the Post Cleanser Step 2 twice daily.

Then follow up with a serum like DrGL Skin Repair or DrGL Collagen Essence.

 

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What You Should Know About Scalp Care in Your 50s https://drgl.com/what-you-should-know-about-scalp-care-in-your-50s/ Sat, 31 Aug 2019 10:32:22 +0000 https://mediacake.net/dev/drgl/?p=501 In your 50s, after menopause, your levels of oestrogen continue to drop and the level of testosterone increases. On the scalp, that hormonal change translates to thinning of hair at the scalp, a decrease in diameter and length for hair, and greying. This new situation causes a decrease in sebum production, which causes the scalp…

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In your 50s, after menopause, your levels of oestrogen continue to drop and the level of testosterone increases. On the scalp, that hormonal change translates to thinning of hair at the scalp, a decrease in diameter and length for hair, and greying. This new situation causes a decrease in sebum production, which causes the scalp to become dry (or drier), and hair to become dry and brittle. If left untreated, a dry scalp can lead to increased sensitivity, itchiness and dandruff.

No matter how wonderful the shampoos and treatments you may have been feeding your scalp, you need to change your hair care regimen with these new changes. If you have been using a light shampoo, switch to a hydrating or nourishing one. And as you shampoo, massage the scalp with your fingertips to help improve blood and oxygen circulation. If you have been skipping conditioner, stop – put that back into your routine as conditioners make hair smoother and that helps to keep hair tangle-free and therefore, less likely to break. (Gentle reminder that hair is more brittle now.) Every little conditioner helps. Depending on your hair condition, you may even want to use a hair mask every alternate day. If your hair is not chemically treated, use a hair serum to treat it. If you tend to perm, straighten or colour your hair frequently, massage a hair oil into your dry, damaged locks.

Our scalp, on its own, ages six times faster than facial skin. As it gets drier with age, we need to do little extras to keep it healthy. On cleansed scalp, apply a scalp care serum like the DrHair® Solution Hair (Anti-Aging) to help the scalp retain moisture and maintain scalp health. It helps to soothe any scalp irritation, too.

As we get older, scalp and hair treatments are no longer “treats” that are nice to have. They are essential to maintaining scalp health and allowing healthy hair growth. A great place to start is with the DrHair® Deep Cleanse. This deep-cleansing scalp care session does more than a good cleanse. For one, you get a deeper understanding of what’s going on with your crowning glory. The scalp treatment starts with a hair professional accessing the condition and needs of your hair and scalp with an image magnifier. After your scalp conditions are diagnosed, the treatment is administered, and a recommendation of hair care products and treatments follows.

Great for all scalp types and conditions, the DrHair® Deep Cleanse works to get the scalp really clean without drying it out. It also helps to hydrate the scalp, boost blood circulation, promote nutrient absorption, and reduce any inflammation and itching. This treatment complements your at-home daily hair care routine, and works together to help strengthen the scalp for healthy hair growth as you age.

 

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3 Common Skin Woes in Your 40s and 50s https://drgl.com/3-common-skin-woes-in-your-40s-and-50s/ Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:44:39 +0000 https://mediacake.net/dev/drgl/?p=509 By the time you hit 40, you would have (more or less) settled on the skincare products that work for you; the textures you like, the brands that work better, the ingredients to be wary of, etc. And then, life throws you a curveball. Due to a decline in estrogen, the hormonal changes that occur…

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By the time you hit 40, you would have (more or less) settled on the skincare products that work for you; the textures you like, the brands that work better, the ingredients to be wary of, etc. And then, life throws you a curveball. Due to a decline in estrogen, the hormonal changes that occur in our 40s creates gradual but noticeable changes in the skin. On top of that, like any organ in the body, the skin ages, and cell regeneration slows down. Together, these factors lead us to a new set of skin issues in our 40s and 50s.

Drier skin

In your 40s, your skin produces less sebum, starts to feel drier, and your regular face moisturiser can’t seem to do its job anymore. This is time where you need to switch to a richer moisturiser. If you are not keen on a richer moisturiser, you could also invest in deep-hydrating serums to add to your routine to help keep skin hydrated.

Duller Skin

What we mean when we say that cell regeneration slows down is that the skin can’t recover as quickly as before. In other words, if you tend to stay up late, eat irregular meals or stay out in the sun a lot, your skin would have a harder time repairing itself in your 40s and 50s. To help your skin rejuvenate and boost skin radiance, supplement your skincare routine with weekly face masks, face oils (don’t just apply, massage it over your skin), and exfoliators.

Lines, Wrinkles and Sagging

As we approach 40, we reach the perimenopause stage where oestrogen levels can be unstable as they go downhill until we reach menopause, usually in our 50s. Aside from other issues like loss of bone, low oestrogen levels reduce collagen production, resulting in thinner skin, more visible wrinkles and saggy skin. You would need to bring in the big guns: everything you use should be anti-ageing by now – and not the anti-ageing starter products, but more the intense formulas.

Face treatments at this point is no longer a treat. To get skin firmer, smoother and more radiant, book a firming facial once to twice monthly. One such face treatment is the DrSpa® Lift face treatment. Designed to boost skin rejuvenation, this treatment uses radiofrequency waves to stimulate the natural production of collagen to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and to tighten saggy skin. The two-hour, pampering session leaves you looking refreshed, and your complexion more supple and radiant.

 

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The Basic 3-Step Skincare Routine that Works https://drgl.com/the-basic-3-step-skincare-routine-that-works/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:51:01 +0000 https://mediacake.net/dev/drgl/?p=512 Whether you’re walking down the beauty retail aisles in the drugstore, stepping into the beauty halls in department stores, or scrolling down a beauty online store, shopping for skincare that suits your skin type and condition can get overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you make sure you don’t get carried away into sales…

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Whether you’re walking down the beauty retail aisles in the drugstore, stepping into the beauty halls in department stores, or scrolling down a beauty online store, shopping for skincare that suits your skin type and condition can get overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you make sure you don’t get carried away into sales pitches from different beauty counters? For a start, work out what you need for the three key steps of any skincare routine: cleanser, toner and moisturiser.

Step 1: Cleanse

Cleansing may seem like a fuss-free step, but the right face cleanser does so much more than removing debris from your skin. For one, it sets you up for healthy, balanced skin. Using cleansers with deep-cleansing properties on dry skin can strip off the protective barrier, irritate the skin and may even prompt the skin to produce more sebum to make up for the dryness. If you use a cleanser that is too creamy or rich, it can clog your pores. If you wear waterproof or long-lasting makeup, it’s also important that you use a makeup remover like DrGL® Cleanser Makeup Remover to first remove stubborn makeup before you cleanse your skin. This strips away makeup without being harsh on the skin. No matter your cleanser product, always wash your face with water at room temperature. Water that’s warm or too hot irritate the skin and dry it out, too.

Step 2: Prep

After your face is cleansed, it’s time to prep it with a toner or toning lotion. This helps to hydrate and soften the skin so that it can better absorb skincare ingredients in the skincare products that follow. Not all toners are made equal. If you’re looking to even out your complexion and bring back skin radiance, look for a brightening toner like the DrGL® Toner Lightening that has brightening ingredients like vitamin C. Those keen on a thorough anti-ageing routine can try the DrGL® Essence Anti-Aging which functions as both a toner and essence. If you prefer something that addresses your skin type, there are plenty of toners available for different skin types.

Step 3: Moisturise

For those who want a skincare routine that’s simpler, put aside the little extras like serums and masks, but never skip the face moisturiser. This is an important step of any skincare routine. A moisturiser like the DrGL® Moisturiser All Skin Types creates a protective film over the skin, allowing it to go about its daily business, maintain the health of the skin barrier, keeping the skin protected and hydrated all day long. It sounds simple enough. Not using enough moisturiser triggers inflammation in the skin, and that can lead to dryness, itchiness and acne breakouts. If you sleep in an air-conditioned room, you should also use a moisturiser that is richer.

Beyond the Basic Three Steps

Following your skincare routine consistently contributes greatly to having healthy skin – it is more than just having good DNA. If you would like to address skin conditions like sensitivity, hydration, anti-ageing or brightening, you can also add a targeted serum before your moisturiser. No matter the steps in your skincare routine, you must always follow with sunscreen as the last step of your skincare routine. Then, once to twice a month, treat your skin to a face treatment done by a professional therapist. Monthly facials help maintain skin health and allows your therapist to access your skin condition to make sure you’re taking care of it just right.

 

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How To Maintain A Healthy Scalp In Hot Summer Weather https://drgl.com/how-to-maintain-a-healthy-scalp-in-hot-summer-weather/ Sat, 10 Aug 2019 10:59:35 +0000 https://mediacake.net/dev/drgl/?p=515 It’s not enough to simply shampoo your hair every day. Have a scalp facial, too. In a year-round tropical climate like ours, we always hear grouses about hair that gets frizzy (hello, humidity!) and hair that drops limp after an expensive perm (again, humidity). So, why does hair misbehave in a summer climate? Blame it…

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It’s not enough to simply shampoo your hair every day. Have a scalp facial, too.

In a year-round tropical climate like ours, we always hear grouses about hair that gets frizzy (hello, humidity!) and hair that drops limp after an expensive perm (again, humidity).

So, why does hair misbehave in a summer climate?

Blame it on the high moisture content in the air – also the same moisture content that you have to thank for skin that doesn’t turn dry and flaky easily – which causes hair strands to swell up. This is because hair is porous and can absorb airborne moisture. Once every strand fattens up, your crowning glory turns into a crowning glory and becomes a headache to style and tame.

But a summer environment doesn’t only affect hair. It also affects the scalp. In fact, one of the main problems about being in hot weather is your hair doesn’t smell fresh after you’ve been outdoors for just a while. And it’s not because you didn’t shampoo it or you don’t practise good personal hygiene. The way your hair smells the way it does in hot weather – sweaty and greasy – is due to your scalp turning oily more easily.

And if you already have a case of dandruff, this can flare up further if you have a sweaty scalp. This is because a damp scalp is the best place for dandruff-causing bacteria to grow and flourish. As a result, things can get really tingly, itchy and uncomfortable.

Some of us also have sensitive skin – don’t forget that the scalp is skin, after all – which is allergic to perspiration and the bacteria in it.

So, in our kind of weather, it is important that you wash your hair often, like once or twice a day. If you don’t, oil, dirt and product residue can build up and cause more itching.

But it may be trickier for you to truly cleanse your scalp. This is why it’s a good idea to book a scalp cleansing treatment like DrHair® Deep Cleanse. Think of DrHair® Deep Cleanse as a scalp facial: while you may wash your face every day, you do a facial once a month to deep cleanse your skin.

This 45-minute treatment starts with a detailed scalp analysis. Your therapist then cleanses your scalp with DrGL® hair care products and Iontophoresis technology. Doing this helps to unclog hair follicles and thoroughly remove debris and sebum as well as product build-up (if you use a lot of styling products).

And because an oily scalp can result in hair loss – sebum- or dirt-clogged follicles are blocked and can’t sprout hair optimally – go for the DrHair® Anti-Hairloss treatment.

This not only cleanses the scalp and removes product build-up but it also uses a micro-channeling technology to promote scalp healing and speed up hair growth. The result? Better blood circulation, a healthier scalp and fuller, thicker hair. Hot and humid weather? No sweat.

 

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3 Major Signs of Sun Damage And What You Can Do About Them https://drgl.com/3-major-signs-of-sun-damage-and-what-you-can-do-about-them/ Sat, 27 Jul 2019 11:04:36 +0000 https://mediacake.net/dev/drgl/?p=519 You may not know it but your skin becomes sun-damaged the moment you get the slightest sun tan. In the top skin layer, there are varying levels of melanin pigments that give our skin its tone. If you have a darker skin tone, your skin has more of these. These dark brown pigments also act…

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You may not know it but your skin becomes sun-damaged the moment you get the slightest sun tan.

In the top skin layer, there are varying levels of melanin pigments that give our skin its tone. If you have a darker skin tone, your skin has more of these. These dark brown pigments also act as a kind of natural defence for us. When your skin is sun damaged, it produces more melanin to protect itself and this is how you get a tan. This is also why if you have a lighter skin tone, you are more vulnerable to UV damage as your skin has less melanin to protect itself.

Besides looking more tanned, here are three other common signs of sun damage in your skin.

Sun damage sign #1: Blotchy, red and irritated skin

For some of us, one of the earliest signs of sun damage is flaky, red and sensitive skin. Wearing a sunscreen can help to lessen some of these effects.

But if your skin still feels irritated, apply a post-sun care product like DrGL® Restore Gel Mask. It is made with anti-bacterial botanical ingredients like gardenia florida and scutellaria baicalensis root extracts that help to soothe and heal dry, itchy and inflamed skin. You can apply this blue-tinged gel as a moisturiser or layer it on thickly like a cooling mask. Psst… pack it in your luggage on any beach vacation, please.

Sun damage sign #2: Pigmentation

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, long-term sun damage is permanent but some treatments can reduce some signs of it.

For instance, one common sign of sun damage is the surfacing of pigmentation or age spots. When melanin production is triggered in skin as a form of natural protection, this can sometimes be an uneven process. As a result, the melanin pigments show up as irregular pigmentation marks.

The DrSpa® Whiten & Brighten facial treatment is designed to treat pigmentation problems with ingredients like vitamin C-rich camu camu and acai berry.

Sun damage sign #3: Wrinkles, rough and dry skin

After you’ve been out in the sun for hours, it is important that you moisturise your skin immediately to plump up any fine lines that may appear due to sun damage. After all, UV exposure can lead to premature skin ageing – there’s even a special medical term for this known as photo-ageing.

Photo-ageing causes coarse and dry skin, wrinkles and an overall leathery appearance. This is why people who take part in a lot of outdoor sports or who work in jobs that require long hours in the sun tend to have aged, leathery skin.

Try the DrSpa® Repair & Rejuvenate skin treatment which uses advanced GEM and Ionwave technology as well as a potent combination of bio-phyto actives to repair skin. The result: a dewy, glowing complexion.

 

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