All About AHA, BHA and HA’s Skin-loving Benefits

In recent years, you might have seen the AHA, BHA and HA terms popping up in more skincare products. Facial centres have hopped onto the bandwagon too. These three types of acid exfoliants have taken the beauty world by storm for their multiple benefits.

Now, you can revel in the benefits of these three skin-loving acids in just one facial session! Read on to find out why these skin acids are so well loved.

What are AHAs, BHAs and HAs?

AHA

AHA stands for Alpha-hydroxy Acid. AHA is a chemical exfoliator that peels away dead skin cells on the surface and work on pigmentation deep within the skin. It helps to stimulate our skins’ cell regeneration process and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

AHA is great for dry or mature skin. Its exfoliating effects combat sun damage and uneven skin texture as well.

BHA

BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid. While AHAs are ideal for dry, ageing skin, BHAs are great for oily, acne-prone skin. This includes skin concerns such as blackheads, whiteheads and milia. BHA is a fat soluble, allowing it to work deep within the pores to dissolve sebum. In turn, this unclogs your pores for a deep cleansing effect. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to calm the skin down, making it ideal for sensitive skin as well.

HA

HA stands for Hyaluronic Acid. HA should be familiar to many, as the key to instantly hydrated and supple skin. Did you know? HA has an incredible ability to retain water, infusing all layers of the skin with much needed moisture! Its binding ability to hold water ensures the skin is continuously moisturized throughout the day.

Aside from moisture retention, HA also increases the skin’s resilience against environmental damage. As a result, the skin remains brighter and bouncier for a longer period, and less prone to wrinkles.

Hydration Peel Facial – infused with AHA, BHA and HA

Expressions Hydration Peel Facial
Expressions Hydration Peel Facial

Expressions Hydration Peel Facial is an award-winning facial
for hydrated, smoother and brighter skin. The power combination of AHA, BHA and
HA tackles multiple skin concerns at once, making this facial suitable for
different needs and skin types.

Hydration Peel facial is ideal for individuals with dry skin, dull skin with uneven skin texture, acne scars, and pigmentation.

 

Benefits

·         Faster, better results than microdermabrasion treatment

·         Refines skin texture for smoother complexion

·         Painless extractions with no irritation/discomfort

·         Immediate visible results in one session

·         Increased oxygen supply to skin

·         Blackhead, whitehead and acne reduction

·         Increased skin cell regeneration

·         Suitable for all skin types

Before
After

Featuring: Influencer Hanna Tantoco

“I feel and look as if I had 12 hours of sleep, which I did not!”

- Hanna Tantoco

Learn more about our Hydration Peel facial, watch here!  

If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, try our Hydration Peel Facial today to witness the difference for yourself. Infused with only skin-loving acids, your skin will thank you for it!

Hydration Peel Facial is available in all four outlets.

Do these 3 things to stop Maskne

Yes, Maskne is a thing. Maskne, aka ‘acne mechanica’, are pimples or acne caused by constant rubbing of the mask on the face. The term Maskne is not new; football players do get them from wearing helmets and chine guards for long periods.

But heck! We don’t wear those heavy armors! So how can one get Maskne just by wearing a mask?

Friction, a stimulus for Maskne

The catalyst for causing Maskne is friction. You know how uncomfortable it is to wear a mask, and when you keep adjusting your mask, you increase the friction against your skin. The skin on your face is delicate (That’s why there is skincare!), having something constantly rubbing your facial skin will definitely cause inflammation and irritation, which leads to clogged pores, and clogged pores will lead to deep acne cysts.

But it doesn’t just stop right there! Not only does friction causes clogged pores, but they also break down the natural oil barrier that hydrates and protects your skin against bacteria. This makes your breakouts even worse, and it is a major cause for concern especially for those with dry or sensitive skin. That is the reality of what friction can cause to your facial skin!

Bacteria, the main ingredient for Maskne

But wait! People do wear a scarf that covers their faces, how come they don’t get Maskne? Fiction alone is not enough to make you have a zit. The ingredient to everyone’s dreaded Maskne is bacteria. It is hot wearing a mask (Not to mention, bad breath), but the humid environment is what bacteria love the most. Coupled with your natural oil and sweat, this creates a perfect atmosphere for bacteria buildup. There you have it, Maskne! It really doesn’t take long for it to form especially if you have oily skin.

Skincare – More but not merrier

Believe it or not, using more skincare before wearing a mask doesn’t make Maskne go away!  Sunscreen, moisturizer, makeup, or whatever lotion you put on before wearing your mask is just an add-on ingredient for Maskne to develop. The oil content from your beloved skincare products is just going to make breakouts worse. Less, in this case, is better.

Even so, that doesn’t mean you eliminate skincare entirely before putting your mask! Read on to

Find out the 3 things you should be doing to save yourself from Maskne!

Do these 3 things to prevent Maskne

1. Moisturize, but not excessively!

We did mention that friction causes Maskne as it breaks down the natural oil barrier on your face. Putting on moisturizer can help to lessen the friction as it acts as a barrier between your skin and the mask. But don’t over-moisturize! Reapplying your moisturizer throughout the day will result in too much oil content on your face, fuelling bacterial build-up. Apply once is sufficient. Get a good moisturizer that can help you when you’re wearing mask! Avoid those with too much oil content.

 

We recommend Skin Rejuvenating Repair Gel by Expressions, a perfect oil-free moisturizer that is suitable for all skin type. The gel-like texture of the moisturizer is calming and melts directly into your skin. For those suffering from oily skin, the Skin Rejuvenating Repair Gel is non greasy and has just the right moisturising benefits to be a great lubricant without adding more oiliness to your face as you wear your mask all day.  What’s more, this moisturiser is suitable for sensitive and problematic acne-prone skin types as it possesses healing properties, a much added needed benefit to prevent Maskne!

We know that too much moisturizer isn’t a good idea when you’re wearing a mask. But for those with severe acne, you’ll probably need something more to help your skin from that dreadful mask. So we’ve found a simple solution that is just a spray away! Check out the Tea Tree Antiseptic Face Spray by Expressions. Just as its name suggests, this spray acts like an ‘antiseptic’ to reduce dirt build-up and even clear pores. A fast and easy solution for those with severe acne, you just need to spray once to get the healing effect before you add on your moisturizer and suit up your mask.

2. Wash your mask, DAILY!

Your mask is your new ‘underwear’, you wear it every day, hence you need to wash them EVERY TIME after using it (Don’t even think about flipping it). It helps to eliminate any potential virus and bacteria that cause acne. Furthermore, you know for sure that you’ll be completely free from all those dirt, oil and sweat build up from wearing a mask. So make it a habit to stay extra hygienic and wash your mask after every use. Cleanliness does come a long way to prevent Maskne. 

Having said so much, you can always opt for a disposable mask, just make sure to get a fresh one after every use.

3. Cleanse your face regularly! It is your first line of defense against Maskne

We’ve repeated over and over again how important skincare is, but this is even more so to prevent Maskne. With face mask now a necessity, it is important to ensure that your face is in the highest cleanliness it can ever be. So your basic skincare is pretty much like a routine shower – you need to do it CONSISTENTLY. No skipping even if you’re lazy for one day. That one day might get you Maskne! 

Daily skincare might be great to prevent Maskne, but for greater preventive measures, try going for a monthly facial treatment as well (Pamper your skin too!). This is also an add-on effort to your routine skincare. Not only does a facial treatment cleanse and maintains your facial condition, but it also low-key assures you that you’re doing something more to prevent Maskne.

We recommend Expressions’ Double Deep Cleanse Facial Treatment that integrates 5-in-1 aesthetic facial including infrared light and ozone mist. Sounds sophisticated, isn’t it? The benefits are endless as the treatment also promotes collagen synthesis to rejuvenate skin. All these are a holistic approach that ensures that Maskne doesn’t have any chances on your skin.

For guys, a facial treatment might sound ridiculous to you, but having a facial treatment is even more essential since male has a higher tendency to develop oily skin. Hence, it is no doubt Expressions also does specially curate facial treatment for men. Nonetheless, regardless of whatever gender you are, a monthly facial treatment can help maintain your skin condition, and coupled with your daily skincare routine, you’re pretty much prevented Maskne.

Mask up, but don’t get Maskne!

We get it; wearing a mask is unavoidable now, but you can still use them and avoid Maskne! Do these 3 actions religiously and your chances of getting Maskne will be reduced dramatically. All the best and protect yourself from Maskne!

Simple Tricks For Clearer Skin

Nowadays, we have to fight with factors that threaten to dull our skin such as stress, hormones, and lifestyle in a concrete jungle like Singapore. And imagine having to go home, exhausted from your day, and still having to buckle down to start your 10-step skincare routine. Here’s how we can help you get that same energy to make that shine last longer.

Clogged pores? Worry no more!

One of the keys to having clear skin is cleansing your pores. Sure, washing your face helps but doing a deep cleanse is where it’ll hit just right. And you can tackle that right at home with the help of a little steam!

Cleanse your face first!

But before you start your steaming routine, prep your face by cleansing first! Don’t go steaming your face with all the dirt still on your face! You can cleanse your face using the Rose Facial Cleanser by Expressions, a gentle cleanser that can even remove makeup without having to strip off the natural oil on your face.

DIY Facial Steaming at Home

Now let’s start the steaming routine: On days you’re feeling like your skin is losing its shine, prep a bowl of hot water (or a few drops of peppermint or green tea to really make it count), place a towel over your head and slowly lower your face over the water. Let it steam like that for a good 10-15 minutes and you’re done! Be careful not to get the boiling water anywhere on your skin.

After steaming, this is the best time to apply your favorite moisturizer or serum. The effect will be enhanced when your pores opened up for faster absorption.

We recommend using the Rose Otto Essence Water – a 2-in-1 toner plus serum combined benefit for the perfect skin toning.

Add on with the Rose Moisturizing Cream to lock all those nutrients you’ve adsorbed and you get the ultimate nourishment you need for your face!

But of course, using moisturizing and serum is a must and should be used DAILY if you want clearer skin. Streaming helps to promote the effect of the moisturizers and toner you use. 

Want an even greater effect? Put on a mask! Expressions 24K Gold Rose Silk Cream Mask promotes skin renewal and gives you extra protection and hydration to your already vulnerable skin after the streaming.  You can use this twice weekly to pamper your face once awhile.

But why stop at just your pores and go the extra mile? Expressions’ 5-star Hydration Peel Facial not only deep cleanses your skin thoroughly but also uses an enzyme peel to further smoothen it. Following that is the use of solutions containing only the best natural compounds such as rosemary and lavender leaf extracts to be applied. From there, exfoliation and regrowth of skin cells will give way to gorgeous, well-hydrated clear skin!

Hey there, Bright Eyes!

They say the eyes are the windows to your soul. But with the stressful society we live in, those windows are now framed with eye bags and dark circles. Sure, drinking more water and applying cold compresses may make it less noticeable, but if you really want them gone for good, it’s time to add some lifestyle changes and to stick by them faithfully.

Get those goodness in your body!

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Adding more collagen to your food intake will boost your levels of hyaluronic acid, tightening up your skin. Oranges and strawberries are good snacks to munch on and having broccoli and Brussels sprouts in your vegetable food group can’t hurt.

Teabags for your eyes

Another way to lighten your dark circles that is also environmentally friendly is by applying tea bags under your eyes. Green tea is a popular choice for having a good amount of anti-inflammatory properties.

After you’re done steeping the tea bags in your drink, let the bags chill in your refrigerator for 20 minutes and squeeze out any excess liquid before tucking them in under your eyes for 15-30 minutes.

But if you’re too lazy to prepare the tea bags, try out the 24K Gold Eye & Face Essence by Expressions instead. Not only do you get the benefit of brightening and anti-inflammatory properties, but it also adds more to your skincare regimen by promoting cells and tissue repair for your skin!

And finally, a lifestyle change that is important for the good of your skin. Please, ladies, remove your makeup before you sleep. We know it’s tempting to forget about it after a night out but doing so will expose your skin to radicals. Bottom line? Not good.

For quicker and longer-lasting results though, Expressions has got you covered! The Bright Eyes Dark Circles treatment is designed specifically to reduce eye bags, dark circles, and erase the fine lines and wrinkles alongside them as well. With the power of collagen in our exclusively-made intense eye serum, your eyes will be restored once again.

There you have it! The easy tricks you can have to get clearer and brighter skin at home. A simple facial once a month can also keep you covered!

3 Paths to a Glowing Complexion

Having a healthy glow on your skin is a definite trait of beauty. There are so many different products to remember that it’s like going back to school again (which we’d rather not). But imagine going home and doing your skincare routine and BOOM, suddenly you are glowing! Here is the break down of the whats and whys behind various remedies that make your skin feel as good as new.

DIY and edible remedies

Feeling creative at home? Hop into the kitchen and you’ll find a plethora of home remedies just waiting to be made. Using natural ingredients is safe for almost all skin types and it is super easy to make.

Natural olive oil honey mask

An olive oil and honey mask is chock-full of anti-oxidants that will hydrate your skin and give you a fairer complexion. The best part is that it barely takes any effort to make it.

All you’ll need is:
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 teaspoon of honey
– A few drops of lemon juice for those struggling with oily skin

Mix them before massaging them into your skin, wipe it off with lukewarm water and repeat this daily. The honey, which also contain natural antibacterial properties, reduces inflammation in angry skin and the olive oil tackles any flaky bits while moisturising your face.

Old school sliced cucumber

Cucumbers are always seen in movies gracing the faces of the rich and elite characters when they’re primping themselves up. A common movie trope but it’s not just for show! It binds collagen and reduces visible puffiness, soothing the skin and leaving behind a cooling effect.

This method requires little effort by just placing sliced cucumbers atop darkened areas on your face for at least 15 minutes before washing it off using lukewarm water. Feel classy in the comfort of your home with just a couple of cucumbers!

Load up and get rich on anti-oxidant

If you don’t fancy the idea of putting food on your face, just eat them instead! You are what you eat and food bursting with anti-oxidants will leave you with the glow you desire. They prevent your skin cells from UV damage and slow the production of free radicals that are harmful. Grapes, berries and nuts are rich in polyphenols (Micro nutrients) such as ellagic acid and resveratrol which aid in reducing the effects of ageing.

Green tea is also a powerful anti-oxidant contender that does wonders for the skin. Many might be familiar with it as a drink to help you in losing weight, but why not consume it regularly and take advantage of its many benefits? The catechins found in it not only aid in burning fats but control oily skin and help fight any acne outbreaks. Overall, it prevents your skin from sun damage and reduces redness.

For those of you with a sweet tooth, take advantage of the effects of yummy dark chocolate. A daily consumption of them will hydrate your skin and improve blood flow, giving your face an overall smooth sheen. It also detoxifies with the added help of caffeine, and sheds off dead skin cells. Just don’t cheat and go any lesser than 70% dark cocoa!

Get your Rose Beauty Treatment

The next time your partner wants to buy you flowers, tell them your favourite is the rose and voila! You can have your own stock that’s ready to be made into rose water! It takes a little effort if you make it yourself, but the benefits are endless. The anti-inflammatory properties aids in reducing redness of skin and removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores. It also gets rid of acne, eczema and dermatitis, leaving behind a smooth canvas upon your face.

To make your own rose water, try the simmering method, which is the quickest and easiest way.

What you need:

– ½ cup to 1 cup of rose petals
– Distilled Water
– Large pot
– Strainer
– Measuring cup
– Sealed container

Steps to create rose water:

Step 1: Clean the petals with tap water to wash out any dirt or bugs.
Step 2: Submerge the petals into about 1½ cup of distilled water and place them in the pot on your stove and bring it to a simmer.
Step 3: Once it’s simmering, reduce the heat to a lower setting and leave it to sit for 15-30 minutes or until the petals have lost their colour. Turn the heat off, leave the lid on and let it cool completely.
Step 4: Separate the petals and water by straining the mixture and discard the petals once done.
Step 5: Place the water into the sealed jar and it can be kept for up to one week or for one month if placed in the refrigerator.

And there you have it, your own naturally-made supply of rose water. But if it’s too much trouble to DIY, hop on down to the next point to view an extensive series of rose-based products.

Instant Rose water just for you

You know the benefits of rose water, but Expressions’ Rose Collection is way more than just rose water 2.0.

Enchanted Rose Soap Bar

Up first to bat is the Enchanted Rose Soap Bar. Gentle on the skin, it provides deep cleansing benefits by producing fluffy and sweet-smelling foam rich with delicate amino acids and anti-oxidants to brighten skin complexion and enhance elasticity.

Rose Facial Cleanser

After washing your face thoroughly with the soap bar, we recommend massaging the Rose Facial Cleanser into your skin. The cream-based cleanser provides spades of hydration for dull and dry skin and is also compatible with sensitive skin. And to top it off, it can double as a make-up remover that is careful to not strip away any of the skin’s natural oils.

Rose Otto Essence Water

The Rose Otto Essence Water is a 2-in-1 toner and serum that is perfect for anti-aging and of course, toning effects. The rose otto and witch hazel locks moisture into the skin and boasts every single anti-oxidant benefit that includes reducing redness of skin and irritation. It also possesses healing properties, thanks to the sodium hyaluronate that supports skin repair.

Rose Moisturizer

Moisturising your face is always important in skincare 101. The Rose Moisturising Cream is light, easy to absorb and provides secure protection against the tiny harmful particles in the polluted air. Suitable for all skin types, it promotes rehydration and restores your skin to a healthy complexion, leaving behind a dewy afterglow.

24K Gold Rose Silk Cream Mask

To wrap it up, treat yourself like the queen that you are with the 24K Gold Rose Silk Cream Mask. This gorgeous blend provides top tier skin protection that goes beyond what regular creams provide and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin will be pampered through an intensive hydration session overnight and renews old skin cells, making you feel like you’re on top of the world by morning.

Above all, love your skin

Taking care of your skin requires a lot of TLC (tender, loving care) but not only does it take the years off of you, it gives you the boost you need to face the world with confidence. Make sure you treat your skin well and you’ll be rewarded for it!

Does collagen help with aging?

Our body has been naturally producing collagen throughout our lifetime! Nutrients such as amino acid from protein together with vitamin C, zinc and copper are key ingredients to manufacture collagen in our body. But as we age, our body no longer absorbs nutrients or synthesize them well enough to produce collagen.

Collagen impacts how well we age in both body and appearance. Let’s look at how collagen can impact us:

Enhancing skin elasticity

Collagen can help your skin to look firmer and smoother while supporting skin cells renewal and repair. It is an essential building block for elasticity with the ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This protein is hence necessary to firm sagging skin. Struggling with thin skin? Collagen can also reduce the appearance of small veins and arteries on your skin! It plays a vital part in maintaining an even skin tone.

Reducing scars

Typical facial scars such as those from acne and pitted scars can ruin flawless complexion. The amino acids found in collagen can help minimise the appearance of these dark spots.

Improve joints and tissue health

Collagen is an essential protein for the whole body, not just the facial aspect. It is present in the internal parts of our body including bones, muscle, skin and tendons. Aside from supporting your facial complexion and elasticity, collagen can also improve joint and tissue health by stimulating cartilage growth.

Collagen supplements – do they really help?

While our body produces its own collagen, aging will inevitably impede our collagen production. This results in typical wrinkles and fine lines appearing on our face. Our body will also feel the impact of the lack of collagen when we experience pain in our joints.

So how can collagen supplement help?

Collagen supplements have been found to help promote healthy tissue formation by speeding up the healing process.

Faster action for dry and dehydrated skin

Collagen supplements can easily treat dry and dehydrated skin. While our body’s own collagen does help to solve the problem, collagen supplements can speed up recovery process without the time needed for the body to produce collagen. Collagen supplement contains the amino acids that your skin is missing, which can help moisturize and diminish the appearance of imperfections

Better than topical creams and lotions

Unlike creams and lotions that only improve the outer layer of the skin, collagen supplement goes deeper into our body to treat surface issues. Sceptical of supplements? Health researchers have found that collagen peptides are a safe and natural ingredient that can be easily digested to improve the appearance of your skin as compared to facial creams.

Combat aging with collagen supplement

While you cannot stop the aging process, you can improve the appearance of your skin. Collagen is a necessary protein that helps your complexion stay smooth and flawless. With age, our body will deprive of collagen. Hence, consuming collagen supplement is a safe and natural way to help you regain your youthful skin and stay flawless.

General Benefits of Collagen supplements

  • Firm Sagging Skin
  • Even Out Skin Tone
  • Reduces wrinkle and Fine lines
  • Promote fast healing
  • Help improve scar and pitted skin
  • Minimized dark spot
  • Moisture and Hydrated skin
  • Improve Joint and tendon health
  • Improved skin appearances

Collagen supplements comes in all shapes and sizes. Expressions’ Collagen Powder is the best seller supplement for collagen that comes in a powder form, convenient strip you can bring everywhere on the go! It promotes support for collagen synthesis and enhances skin complexion, nails, joints and bones.

Milia: What are they and how to treat?

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Milia Seeds?

Have you ever looked closely in the mirror and noticed little white bumps around your eyes and cheeks?

No, they are (probably) not whiteheads, and neither do they have the same genetic composition as acne.

Whiteheads are usually caused by a mixture of dead skin cells, sebum and dirt clogging your pores, resulting in a closed comedone that is slightly tender to touch. On the other hand, milia is caused by keratin trapped at the base of follicles or heavy creams, and they are not an infection. When you run a finger over these bumps, it should generally feel painless and akin to a grain of sand.

Although these little oil clogs often cause little to no inconvenience to daily lives, it can however, look unsightly. Furthermore, since milia is actually trapped beneath the skin, there is no way you can squeeze and pop it like a conventional pimple. (We do not advocate popping pimples either)

Milia Seeds Treatment

The good news is: these pesky little milia spots can be easily removed with professional treatment. With the help of Expressions Milia Seeds & Oil Clog Removal Treatment, your milia seeds will be professionally removed by our trained aestheticians through Advanced Electrolysis plus a pampering facial. Best part of the treatment?

It is at a promotional price from $68 only! Worry not, the treatment will not take more than an hour, and there is no downtime at all. The milia will first be lanced open, and the keratin plug will be removed. Afterwards, all that is left is a tiny scab that will fall off naturally.

What our Customer Say

“ The treatment was done in less than 15 minutes! The treatment was easy and fast, so you can drop by during your lunch time”

– Kiyoko, Blogger

Aftercare

Of course, to maintain your flawless skin after the procedure, do remember to gently exfoliate regularly to keep the keratin from building up and your pores clean. These will generally help your skin to stay breakout-free as well. Also, if you are genetically prone to milia, do use oil-free cleansers and moisturizers to prevent milia from forming.