Serene Aesthetics

Know Your Cleanser

Sep 30, 2017 — by Andrew Ooi

Cleansing is the most basic part of your daily skincare routine to maintain healthy looking and feeling skin. We used to assume cleansing as a basic skincare task that can be easily and quickly done even when we are a bit lazy or completely exhausted.

However, choosing the right cleanser that suits your skin type is not as easy as the cleansing process and using an inappropriate cleanser can harm your skin and cause you acne, dryness or even make your skin look older than it really is.

Therefore, it is important for you to understand your own skin type and select the cleansers that are specially formulated for your skin type. Hence, this article is going to help you figure out what cleansers will be the best fit for each skin type.

Oily skin type:

People with oily skin have overactive sebaceous glands which cause their skin producing more sebum than necessary. If you have oily skin, a gel based cleanser is necessary to help you clean out blocked pores and strip away excess sebum. When choosing a cleanser, you should look for a cleanser that is transparent since they are generally free from added moisturizers. Besides, you may also search for words like ‘oil control’ or ‘for oily skin’ on the label. Moreover, if your skin is really very oily and causes acne outbreak, you may look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, tea-tree oil or salicylic acid that fight acne.

Dry skin type:

People with dry skin have low levels of sebum and don’t maintain oil easily. Their skin often feel tight and appear flaky. Dry skin lacks the lipids that it needs to retain moisture and to protect against external influences like sun damage and dry skin is also prone to rashes, eczema and flushes. If you have dry skin, it is recommended that you consider cleansers that don’t require rinsing. This is because water can strip the skin of additional moisture. Hence, you should choose a creamy, soothing and moisturizing cleanser as it doesn’t require rinsing and you can just wipe them off with a cotton ball. You should also look for cleansers that contain glycerin and hylauronic acid because these components draw water to the surface of your skin. Be cautious that you should avoid foam cleansers which tend to be drying.

Combination skin type:

Combination skin can be further divided into two categories: One is the forehead, nose and chin are oily while temples, eye area and cheeks are normal or dry and the other one is your skin changes between oily skin and dry skin with changing climate or season. People with combination skin can wash your face with a gentle and water-soluble cleanser that does not leave your skin tight and dry. A gel-based or mildly foaming cleanser is recommended. In some instances, people use different products on different parts of their face or during different weather or season.


Sensitive skin type:

People with sensitive skin has skin that easily breaks out in rashes, gets blotchy, itchy or even stings in response to products. Sensitive skin problem is often the result of allergies, inappropriate products or overzealously applied treatment. If you have sensitive skin, you should look for cleanser with glycerin in its ingredients. Glycerin improves and protects the skin and helps in building an even skin structure. It provides optimum level of moisture, but it is gentle and has no side effects. Fragrance-free is also an important deciding factor as sensitive skin is prone to irritation.

Lastly, everyone’s skin is different and you need to determine which skin type are you and then spend some time to research on different cleansers by looking at their nature and ingredients before choosing the most suitable one for your skin type.


No No Pop Pimples

We know pimples are super annoying. It not only brings you physical pain but also causes psychological and social issues. To get rid of these unsightly red dots or bumps, you might think that popping them will clear the infection and help them cure faster. Well, when performed properly by the professionals, extractions can clear certain types of pimples. However, bad techniques combined with attempts to pick non-pickable pimples can give you a nightmare. Improper popping could make everything a whole lot worse.

Here are the reasons why you shouldn't pop your pimples:

Working against body natural healing ability:

Acne is the body’s response to clogged pores and bacteria infection. The red bump means your body is working on these issues. When you are picking or popping your pimples, you are disturbing the body’s process to heal itself.

Aggravating existing pimples:

Instead of making progress, you might just end up forcing the bacteria and sebum down even further into the pores leading to an even larger pimple. As you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit as well. This causes the pimple to become redder, more inflamed and swollen with further infection.

Creating new pimples:

When you pop one pimple, more pimples can pop up in the surrounding area. This is because the bacteria, oil, and debris that are being contained by the acne papule, pustule or cyst once released, can spread and lead to more acne.

Tearing of the skin:

When popping a pimple, you are putting a lot of pressure on your skin which can actually tear the skin. The worst case is that you end up with an open wound instead of a bump. Which one is uglier now?


Since popping a pimple can tear your skin, it is possible that the wound becomes a scar after the skin undergoes a self-healing process. Scarring is especially a risk for people who have more severe acne problems, such as a deep cystic pimples. Scars are difficult to treat once they have occurred. Normal peeling treatment may not work and you may need to spend your savings on laser or filler treatment.

Therefore, it is crucial that you fight the urge to pop your pimples yourself as most of us do not know how to do it correctly. If you really feel that your pimples need to be cleared, you can seek help from skin doctors or beauticians armed with proper knowledge, skills and equipment. Anyway, fighting pimples needs patience and you should continue applying your acne products at home.

Are you sleeping right?

Many of the common aging factors are obvious, like sun exposure, smoking, squiting and the list goes on. However, there are things like your sleeping position that fly under the vadar. The way you sleep can affect how sleep lines and wrinkles form on your face. Sleep wrinkles are more difficult to treat than expression lines and the most effective way to prevent sleep lines is to sleep in the right position. To investigate, we are breaking down the most common sleeping positions to explain how they may contribute to fine lines and wrinkles as well as determine the best sleeping position.

Sleeping on Your Side

Sleeping on your side consistently push your face into the pillow, creating vertical creases down your cheeks and chin. This sleep position can also cause vertical expression wrinkles like frown lines and lines around lips. Favouring one side over the other can make one side of your face to experience faster aging than the other side. Moreover, when your face comes into contact with your cotton pillowcase, the cotton can draw moisture out from your skin and dry skin is more susceptible to premature aging.

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Sleeping on Your Stomach

Sleeping on your stomach with your face buried into the pillow is the worst position. Immediate vertical lines or sleep marks after sleep is a preview of sleep wrinkles, especially forehead lines. Sleeping on stomach can also cause body fluid to accumulate under your eyes, resulting in eye puffiness. Same as sleeping on the side, the pillowcase can remove moisture from the skin. Lastly, if you have oily skin or you apply overnight skincare, your face will transfer some of the oil and product residue to the pillow, which can exacerbate clog pores and cause blemishes.

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Sleeping on Your Back

Sleeping on your back is the best position. When you sleep on your back, there is no pressure exerted to your face throughout the night which will prevent formation of sleep wrinkles and lines. Besides, sleeping on the back help avoid back-and-forth exchange of oils, dirt and grime between your face and pillowcase, preventing blemishes.