Serene Aesthetics

5 Whitening Approach

Sep 30, 2017 — by Andrew Ooi

“The fairer, the better!” This is the favourite skin care motto for many women. However, trying to whiten your skin is not as simple as merely shouting out this motto loud.

Dull and dark skin is basically caused by environmental pollution, sun damages, medical condition, stress, dry skin, using wrong cosmetic products and poor lifestyle habits. Dull and dark skin is not only hard to cover with makeup, it also adversely affects your look and further dampens your self-confidence.  Hence, for these reasons, women always try hard to whiten their skin. If you are reading this article, I assume that your skin whitening products have probably failed to give you the white skin tone that you want so badly. Without any delay, let us explore some useful tips that might effectively brighten and lighten your skin complexion.

Protect your skin against the sun:

Although the sun is an important source for some essential vitamins, its UV rays can cause tans and sunburns. Hence, to lighten your skin, you must avoid direct exposure to sunlight. You should make sure that you apply your sunscreen before heading out.  It is recommended that you choose sunscreen that is not oily and has at least 30SPF. In addition, you might also want to wear sun-protective clothing to provide you with added protection against the sun. 

Use skin whitening products:

Most whitening products are said to be able to restrict the production of melanin, which is the pigment responsible for tans and sun spots. It is not difficult to find skin whitening products in the drugstore as there is wide range of brands available in the market. However, it is crucial to choose the skin whitening products that can work effectively and also suits your skin. When choosing your whitening products, you should look for whitening products rich in skin-lightening ingredients like Vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acid and glycolic acid and avoid those with mercury as active ingredient. Besides, you should also go for the most natural ones.

Drink for skin whitening:

Drinking enough water won’t directly make your skin lighter but it will help your skin to rejuvenate itself. When the skin rejuvenates, the old and pigmented layers will fade away and fresh new skin is revealed and your skin looks brighter and healthier. Therefore, it is recommended that you drink about 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday.

Look for help from the professionals:

You can also work together with someone professional like the consultant in your preferred facial salon. You might want to consult a doctor or skincare consultant about your skin and ask him or her to recommend you the most suitable and effective products and treatment.

Don’t be lazy to cleanse and exfoliate your face:

Dirt and pollution take their toll on your skin which cause dead skin cells to accumulate and this is one of the reasons for dark and dull skin. Hence, it is important for you to remove this layer of dead cell skin so that the fresh new layers of skin get relieved. You should cleanse your face twice a day to removes the dirt and excess sebum from your skin. Besides, you need to exfoliate your face to scrub off the dead skin cells.

In short, skin whitening is never easy and it requires your long-term effort and commitment. No pain, no gain! You either start now or cry for your dark and dull skin later.


Essential Night Care For Tomorrow's Fresh Skin

It has been said that nighttime skincare is the key to flawless skin. This is because skin cell regeneration and repair is at its height between 1am and 3am. So, you will want to enhance this natural process by preparing and nourishing your skin with appropriate products.

To do so, here are some easy skincare tips you might want to follow at night before heading to bed so that you can have a healthy glowing skin in the next morning.


First of all,

it is essential to properly cleanse and exfoliate your face. Sweat, sebum, makeup and other impurities may have accumulated on your face throughout the day. It is important that you gently but deeply cleanse your face every night to remove impurities on your skin and prepare your skin for other skincare routines. Besides, dead skin cells are hard to remove from your skin. Hence, you can exfoliate your skin twice or thrice per week as exfoliating can remove the dead skin cells and avoid clogging pores which cause pimples.


Don’t skip toners! Apply toner right after cleansing. Different type of toner is formulated to target different skin issue that can help you to overcome your skin concern. Toners act as a delivery system for essential ingredients such as antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives and toning acids. Besides, using toner at night helps keep moisture level of the skin in balance and further exfoliates the skin.


Apply your treatment products. Treatment products are used to target specific skin concerns such as stubborn acne, age signs, hyperpigmentation and uneven texture. It is best to load up on your facial treatment products in the evening on freshly cleansed skin because you will be going to bed fresh-faced and these products will be under optimal conditions to work their best.


Apply your serums. Finishing the above steps, you can apply your serums on the clean skin but before moisturisers or creams. This is to avoid blocking the penetration of serums into the skin which causes wastage. Serums are products that are made up of smaller molecules that deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. This makes them a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns. Hence, serums are also treatment products. However, they need to be handled more carefully as they are usually pricey and the way of application can affect their effectiveness.


you can now apply moisturisers or face creams. Make sure you apply your heavy night cream as the last product in your nighttime routine. Not only will the heavier texture block ingredients from reaching the skin if applied too soon, but saving it for the end will create the added benefit of locking in all the ingredients you previously layered under it as well as some much needed moisture.

These tips may seem overwhelming after a long day but slowly incorporate them into your nighttime skincare regime and your skin will thank you! That’s all. Goodnight.

Skin Type Check

The first step on your way to beautiful, radiant skin is to determine your skin type. Skincare routine and products depend on your skin type and thus it is important for you to know your skin type. Products formulated for your skin type offer the best chance of giving you the results you want. Therefore, knowing your skin type allows you to choose and tailor your skincare routine and products that will be most beneficial to your skin.

There are generally 5 skin types. Firstly, normal skin that feels clean and smooth with natural radiance as it is not too oily or dry. Normal skin does not experience breakouts often. Secondly, oily skin which tends to shine and feel greasy. Excess sebum production makes oily skin more prone to whiteheads, blackheads, clogged pores and acne. Thirdly, combination skin which is a combination of oily and dry skin. People with combination skin will experience shine and greasiness on some areas of the face while having localised dry patches on other areas. Besides, combination skin can change according to weather. Next, dry skin that feels tight, rough, flaky and dry. Dry skin is more prone to aging and irritation. Last but not least, sensitive skin which gets irritated easily accompanied by rashes, red patches, itchiness and pain.

Other than visiting a skin doctor, you can determine your skin type by yourself at home. There are several simple methods to identify your skin type.

1. The Blotting Paper Test.

To perform this test, you need to prepare blotting paper. At the night before the test, wash your face and go to bed without applying any skincare product. Once you wake up in the morning, take the blotting paper and blot key areas of your face including T-zone, forehead, under eye, cheeks and jaw area. After that you can check the oils absorbed by the blotting paper to identify your skin type.

  • Normal skin: Blotting paper has average amount of oil in all areas.
  • Oily skin: Blotting paper has excessive amount of oil in all areas.
  • Combination skin: Some areas of the face have excessive oil but other areas don’t have much oil on them.
  • Dry/sensitive skin: Blotting paper has little or no oil on it.

2. The Mirror Method.

After your morning cleansing, do not apply any skincare or makeup as well as no wiping and blotting. As soon as midday comes, go see what your skin looks like in front of a mirror.

  • Normal skin: Looks the same all the time.
  • Oily skin: Look shinier compared to morning.
  • Combination skin: T-zone looks shine but the rest of the face is the same.
  • Dry/sensitive skin: Dry patches, peeling and redness at the midday. 

3. The Touch Test.

Similar to the mirror method, prepare your skin in the morning. When midday hits, use your hands to touch your face to feel how is it. However, make sure that your hands are washed and clean.

  • Normal skin: Entire skin feels supple and moisturised.
  • Oily skin: T-zone and other parts of your face feel oily.
  • Combination skin: T-zone, nose and chin feel oily while other areas feel rough and dry.
  • Dry/sensitive skin: The skin feels rough without oily or supple feel.

Finally, when you get to know your skin type, you are ready to learn what are the skincare products available in the market that suit your skin type. After that, incorporate them into your skincare routine correctly to maximise their effects on the skin for a beautiful and radiant skin. If you are still not sure about your skin type, do seek help from the professionals like Serene Aesthetics.