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Wish it was this easy? Perhaps it wasn’t that difficult.

We all want that flawless skin with eternal youth, and no matter how certain you are that laugh lines indicate a life well-lived, it’s difficult to say the same about those unsightly brown patches on your face, pigmentation. Many things can contribute to pigmentation such as sun exposure (UV rays), hormonal fluctuations, medical drugs, pregnancy, skin aging, or the incorrect use of skincare products.

Even with some precautions, Skin pigmentation may still appear! That is because pigmentation does not happen overnight. Our body’s natural skin pigment, Melanin, will be produced through time which will, in turn, lead to skin pigmentation as well!

With that said it is very difficult to avoid skin pigmentation completely. On top of religiously applying sunscreen every day and avoiding direct sunlight to your skin, a skincare routine plays a part as well! With the breakthrough of innovation, SkinOrigin has introduced the Chromo Peptides Complex (CPC) to help you counter these problems! CPC is a revolutionary skin lightening complex that brightens your skin by inhibiting the melanin formation. Upon application of CPC, the peptides complex will bind a-MSH to inhibit its activity and affect the following signal pathway. Subsequently, this will lead to the downregulation of Tyrosinase and ultimately inhibit the biosynthesis pathway primarily responsible for the pigmentation.

Our SkinOrigin Anti-Pigmentation Duo, Melanostatin and Unitone uses the CPC formulation to help you brighten up your skin! The Melanostatin has a strong anti-oxidant effect with is main active ingredient acting as a Tyrosinase inhibitor to prevent hyperpigmentation and age spots. While Unitone one-of-a-kind anti-pigmentation treatment that works to stabilise skin pigmentation. The pigmentation will fade over time and reoccurrence will be minimised. These two products work in synergy to help you prevent as well as lighten your skin’s pigmentation in a high speed! Head to your nearest SkinOrigin exclusive salon and don’t slack on your skincare regime!

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How to build a Skin care routine?

Perfect skin does not solely depend on great DNA. Your daily habits and routine play a big part too! Building a skincare routine that suits you is not as easy as it seems. A skincare routine can consist a bunch of different things: Exfoliating, scrubbing and more. Finding your own routine is crucial. Just like putting on a sheet mask everyday may not work for you just like how it works on others!

The 3 main steps in a skincare routine is Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing.

The foundation of each skin care routine starts with cleansing. Cleansing your skin is the most crucial step as it lays a good foundation for the rest of the steps in your beauty routine! Next, toning your skin will remove any traces of dirt and grime to make sure your skin is cleansed entirely even after cleansing. Thirdly, moisturising your skin. Be it oily, dry or combination skin, every skin needs to be moisturised! Be sure to provide your skin with the most suitable serum or moisturiser you have to keep your skin plumped throughout the day.

Not to forget the importance of putting on sunscreen during your day time routine! The sunscreen will provide a protective layer that will prevent harmful UV rays from damaging the inner layers of the skin. Shield your face against any environmental factors!

Finding your own unique routine is necessary as each individual’s skin varies. We have consolidated a basic skincare routine for all skin types to help you have a better head start! Check it out here: https://skinorigin.net/healthy-skin-at-home Start your beauty routine with SkinOrigin!

Testimonials

WENDY LOO

SkinOrigin starter kit is all we need whenever we are going for a short vacation or staycation. It is compact and is the best solution to my daily regime. After a long day, I do not need to worry about the impurities sticking on my face as cleansing milk effectively helps to remove all traces of makeup and residual products that build upon the skin. The cleanser that SkinOrigin offers is not a normal face cleanser, it contains jojoba bead extract, which helps to deep cleanse and remove dead skin cells specially design for my dull and uneven skin tone. I do not need to panic, even though I have small bumps appearing on my skin due to hormonal changes as these products will come to my rescue, gentle toner contains high antiseptic which helps to calm and soothe my inflamed skin and active repair essence has a great healing effect to lighten and refine the marks that I have from those bumps. Adding peptides complex to complete my daily skincare routine for hydration and rejuvenation.

I have been receiving a lot of compliments commenting that my skin improves and has the natural glow from within after using SkinOrigin and most importantly, I do not look my actual age. Once again, thanks to SkinOrigin for helping me to achieve my skincare goals. Happy Skin = Happy Wendy 

ANNA LIM

Thank you SkinOrigin that I have won the Beautiful starter kit gift set!

It contains five essential items includes a daily cleansing milk, exfoliant cleanser, toner & peptides complex. In other words, everything you need to achieve your best possible looking skin.

I have started using SkinOrigin since 2014. It was introduced to me by my beautician Anny Gan from Natural Touch Beauty Salon.

Ever since SkinOrigin has been my trusted skincare products, the perfect routine for my glowing skin. I have been using most of the products from cleansing, toner, essences and treatment products like peptides complex.

Back then, due to work stress, acnes and pimples began to form on my forehead. With SkinOrigin products, it helps me cure my blemish problems and return my looks. That even convinced me that what I believed to be happening on my face after few weeks of recovery. I have faith with the products I use. Thank you SkinOrigin! 

LU YANG

It has been an unexpected refreshing and comfortable feeling to use the Skinorigin starter kit products. My favourite is the Active Repair Essence. The power is obvious with a touch, and the penetration is very good. My skin has stabilised a lot and more smooth within a week. My usual dryness, dull and redness are gone.

LOW SIEW FONG

After using the starter kit, my face feels smoother and reduces my pores, especially with the Active Repair Essence!!! 

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Treating Maskne at Home

Don’t let “maskne” keep you from wearing a mask!

Besides our SkinOrigin Maskne Treatment, you can now enhance your maskne prevention solution with our perfect home care combination. With the use of SkinOrigin Active Repair Essence and Soothing Complex, you will be able to have a better control of your Maskne problem effectively.

Active Repair Essence contains mixed fruits enzymes and papaya enzyme which gently exfoliates the skin and aids in refining the skin’s condition and texture. It also contains amino acids which has a great healing effect to the skin conditions. This fabulous formula not only can help to reduce inflammation and swelling of your acne, it can also increases the cell turnover rate. Simply by applying on your pimple spots as part of your night routine.

Pair up our Active Repair Essence and Soothing Complex for better results! Our Soothing Complex gives off an icy cool sensation which has a perfect combination of Vitamin B3 and B5, suitable for rough and reddened skin. This product instantly soothes irritations and gives you a clear complexion. Add it to your daily applications and notice the change.

Visit your nearest SkinOrigin exclusive salon for your purchase now.

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Countering ‘Maskne’

What is ‘Maskne?’

Ever since the outbreak of Covid-19, face masks have become a part of our everyday life. Due to the prolong wear of facemask, many individuals have been facing a problem with skin irritations under their mask which we call them “Maskne”. Skin problems such as dryness, breakouts, bumps and rashes become common especially with Singapore’s humid weather. With the mandatory act of wearing face masks daily, how can we prevent the problem of Maskne?

Maskne Prevention

It requires constant efforts to prevent Maskne.
Here are some tips to protect your skin from Maskne breakouts.

1. Avoid strong make up bases
2. Cleanse your face regularly
3. Change up your mask regularly
4. Moisturize your face

Maskne Treatment

Prevention might not be the only solution for Maskne. Just like regular acne, with adequate care, Maskne is treatable with effective treatment. With SkinOrigin’s Maskne Treatment, put your worries aside!

The SkinOrigin’s Maskne Treatment aims to put your mind at ease by solving your Maskne problems. The treatment can effectively soothes and hydrates the skin, reduces inflammatory and skin irritations. It consists of 12 steps exquisite care to promote skin healing and strengthening the skin barrier. With the use of SkinOrigin’s home care treatment, your skin will be #MaskReady.

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Stay At Home

Staying Home, may not feel like superhero-level work, but these seemingly small efforts make a tremendous impact to protect your vulnerable loved ones. The daily actions of each one of us go a long way in winning this war.

While following the crucial steps in keeping us safe such as maintaining good hygiene and practising social distancing, we can divert our energy and focus on practical things to keep our mind healthy as well.

Build a healthy routine

Instead of visiting your usual gym, you can work out at home. Try yoga or simple resistance training. Exercise releases endorphins in your body which triggers feelings of positivity. Boost your immunity by eating healthy, limit your junk food intake and sleep early.

Stay at home and learn something new

Pick up a new hobby like painting or baking that can reduce anxiety and stress at the same time absorbs your concentration and distracts you from your own personal worries as well as the urge to constantly check your phone or the news.

Watch a funny video!

Because LAUGHTER is the BEST MEDICINE. There is enough negative news and enough drama in the real world at the moment, let laughters heal your mood and take your mind off current events.

Feel Grateful

Be thankful that you are safe at home with a shelter and the ability to put food on your table with other essentials. Remember that the front-line workers are all working out there to make it get better.

Let’s all stay hopeful that better days are ahead of us. Have faith! Tough times don’t last, tough people do!

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Why risk? When there is a non-invasive botox and filler alternative.

Botox & Fillers are both used to rectify or prevent the signs of ageing.

But why take the risk when you can achieve the results you want, safely.

Instead of going under the needle, SkinOrigin Filler No.8 is your alternative solution to rejuvenate your face in a non-surgical way. Packed with Acetyl Hexapeptides-8, a combination of powerful peptides that can significantly reduce the appearance of deep expression wrinkles. You will notice immediate visible skin tightening and lifting after each application.

Studies were based on Acetyl Hexapeptides-8 and female volunteers. Wrinkles around the eyes decreased up to 17% after 15 days of treatment and up to 27% after 30 days of treatment. Face wrinkles reduces by 30% over 30 days.

Acetyl Hexapeptides-8 is made up of peptides, that can affect how cells in the body work. When Acetyl Hexapeptides-8 is applied to the skin, the composition causes the facial muscles to contract with less force.

Filler No.8 has won “Best Facial Serum” in Beauty & Wellness Awards 2019!
(𝘌𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘰𝘳’𝘴 𝘊𝘩𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦 – 𝘈𝘯𝘵𝘪-𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨)

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The Importance of a Strong and Healthy Skin Structure

Skin plays an important role not only in improving a person’s appearance but also in protecting and enhancing one’s health.  Healthy skin goes hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle

Your skin is an organ, much like your heart and kidneys, is the protective covering of the body and is the largest organ of the body.  Its acts as a protective barrier between our environment, as well as protect the wellbeing in the deeper layer of our skin.  

Skin is made up of the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. The first is the outer layer, which we want to lock in hydration and protect against harmful toxins. As we age, the renewal of lipids (fatty acids that trap in water and prevent irritants entering the skin) in the epidermis slows down, and UV rays, pollution and lifestyle choices cause damage.

The skin barrier plays the role of keeping the skin healthy and preventing compounds inside the body from mixing with those outside the body. Therefore, the role of the skin barrier is highly important.  For example, if cement plays the important role of connecting bricks to build a firm wall, Corneocytes(dead skin cells) and lipid compounds strengthen the skin barrier by filling in the spaces in between the corneocytes(dead skin cells) at the outermost layer of the skin.

The epidermis (your outermost skin layer), act as the outer barrier is thin, tough and waterproof. This protective shield works to help your body repel damaging bacteria and viruses. It contains several different types of cells, including a specialized kind called Langerhans’ cells, which provide support for your immune system by fighting against these potentially harmful foreign substances.

Its also protects you from the harmful rays of the sun. It contains another important type of cell called melanocytes, which produce the pigment melanin. When you get a tan, it’s this pigment that turns your skin darker or causes freckles. Melanin’s main function, however, is to block out the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which can lead to cancer or other skin problem.

Skin continuously regenerates throughout a lifetime and maintains a certain level of thickness and its functions. Cells generated inside the skin eventually become corneocytes(dead skin cells), and these fall off every four weeks. On the stratum corneum, not only corneocytes(dead skin cells) exist, but also skin lipid, which binds cells.

Lipid, like oil, does not mix with water, and is tightly and meticulously aligned on stratum corneuvm to prevent moisture loss as well as the infiltration of harmful elements to the body.  Such lipid structure is called a lamellar structure. Because several layers of lipid, which does not mix with water, are aligned in parallel, water and other harmful elements from the external environment do not easily penetrate the skin.

The skin type that is representative of a damaged skin barrier is dry skin and sensitive skin. Both dry skin and sensitive skin water is easily lost, leaving the skin drier and vulnerable to the infiltration of harmful elements from the external environment causing irritation or allergies. Of the several hundred lipid compounds inside dry skin, ceramide is particularly lacking. Skin that lacks ceramide does not show a normal lipid lamellar structure.

Both dry skin and sensitive skin lack ceramide or have an abnormal lipid structure. Lack of ceramide causes various skin problems. As such, several attempts have been made to develop products that supply enough ceramide to the skin in order to improve the function of the skin barrier.

The Dermis (second layer of your skin), is the thick, elastic but firm middle layer of the skin.  The main structural components of the dermis are collagen and elastin, connective tissues, which give strength and flexibility and these fibres are embedded in hyaluronic acid which has high capacity for water binding and helps to maintain the volume of our skin and are the vital components of healthy, young looking skin.  

The dermis plays an important role in protecting the skin from external influences and irritants as well as feeding the outermost layers of skin from within.  Its thick and firm texture helps to support external blow and when damage occurs, fibroblast and mast cell that heal wounds.  It is rich in blood vessels that nourish the epidermis while removing waste.  

Lifestyle and external factors such as the sun and changes in temperature have an impact of collagen and elastin levels and on the structure of the surrounding substance.  As we age, our natural production of collagen and elastin slows down and the skin’s ability to bind in water substance.  Skin looks less toned and wrinkle appear

Essentially, maintaining your skin’s natural barrier which result in protecting the deeper layer of skin is one of the best things you can do to stay looking young.

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The Effects of Free Radical

What are Free Radical?

Free radicals are defined as atoms that are unstable.  If the outer shell of an atom is missing an electron it will try to steal one by bonding with another atom.

Oxidative stress is a process where oxygen molecules split into atoms with missing electrons that become free radicals. They then try to bond with other molecules or atoms in the body.   The body is under constant attack from oxidative stress.  This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA and leading to a host of diseases and symptoms of aging.

Free radicals are the natural byproducts of chemical processes, such as metabolism.  Free radicals as waste products from various chemical reactions in the cell that when built up, harm the cells of the body and yet free radicals are essential to life. The body’s ability to turn air and food into chemical energy depends on a chain reaction of free radicals. Free radicals are also a crucial part of the immune system, floating through the veins and attacking foreign invaders.

Substances that generate free radicals can be found in the food we eat, the medicines we take, the air we breathe and the water we drink.  These substances include fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides and air pollutants.

The Danger in Free Radical

When free radicals are formed, a chain reaction can occur. The first free radical pulls an electron from a molecule, which destabilizes the molecule and turns it into a free radical. That molecule then takes an electron from another molecule, destabilizing it and tuning it into a free radical. This domino effect can eventually disrupt and damage the whole cell.

The free radical chain reaction may lead to broken cell membranes, which can alter what enters and exits the cell.  The chain reaction may change the structure of a lipid, making it more likely to become trapped in an artery. The damaged molecules may mutate and grow tumors.  As well as DNA code may change.

Oxidative stress occurs when there are too many free radicals and too much cellular damage and is associated with damage of proteins, lipids and nucleic acids.  Oxidative stress plays a role in the development of many conditions, including macular degeneration, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, emphysema, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ulcers and all inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis and lupus. 

Free radicals are also associated with aging. Free radicals can damage DNA’s instructional code, causing our new cells to grow incorrectly, leading to aging, causing a cross-linking and hardening of the fibers, resulting in a lack of firm cushion for the layers above. Due to both internal and external factors, circulation slows and depletes the level of nourishment via blood flow, to the lower layers of the epidermis.

Antioxidant and Free Radical

Antioxidants keep free radicals in check. Antioxidants are molecules in cells that prevent free radicals from taking electrons and causing damage.  It able to give an electron to a free radical without becoming destabilized themselves and stopped the free radical chain reaction.

Our body produces some antioxidants on its own, but an insufficient amount. Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants (too many free radicals and too few antioxidants).

Antioxidants are natural substances whose job is to clean up free radicals. Just like fiber cleans up waste products in the intestines, antioxidants clean up the free radical waste in the cells.

Antioxidants can be acquired through diet.  They are plentiful in fruits and vegetables, especially colorful fruits and vegetables; some examples include berries, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, nuts and green tea.  Well-known antioxidants include beta-carotene and other carotenoids, lutein, vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene and other phytonutrients.

Protecting your skin from the sun and pollution is a great preventative method in the production of free radicals.

Although your body naturally produces antioxidants, nutrition and skincare ingredients high in antioxidants are vital in supporting cells and preventing cell damage, premature aging and restoring health and balance.

Antioxidants can improve cell function, increase collagen production, improve elasticity, create healthier, younger skin cells and reduce sun damage, but the improvement takes time. The more potent antioxidants you use, the healthier and younger you will be.

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Peptides in Skincare

What are Peptides?

Peptides have become a byword for anti-aging skincare products.  So what are peptides, how do they work and why are we paying so much for them in our skincare.

Amino acids are organic compounds that help form proteins.  Amino acids are made up of the elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen.  They have many functions. For example: amino acids are responsible for giving proteins their structure, transporting nutrients, and sending signals to other cells.

Peptides are a form of proteins and are made up of amino acids.  When amino acids are combined in certain formations they form specific peptides and there are hundreds of peptides.  And when peptides form longer chains of amino acids, they become the building blocks of proteins.

Proteins make up much of the body’s tissue, organs, and skin. One of the body’s most important skin proteins is collagen. Essentially, collagen is the foundation of your skin.  Collagen gives skin structure, strength, firmness and smoothness.

As you age, collagen production slows down. The collagen you do have is prone to breaking down.  This decrease in collagen production leads to the visible signs of aging – like wrinkles, and skin that looks saggy and crepey. So, you can understand why collagen is so important – it helps increase the appearance of smooth, firm skin.

How do peptides work?

Peptides have the same chemical structure as proteins, which serve as the building blocks of cells and tissues in your body.  Peptides, or mini proteins are active molecules that send signals to your cells.  When collagen breaks down, it forms specific peptides that signal to your skin that it was damaged and needs to make new collagen. Therefore, peptide has the ability to stimulate the cell rejuvenation process and even stimulate collagen production.

Amino acids form peptides. And peptides, in turn, form proteins like collagen. Collagen is an integral component of firm, youthful skin. And without peptides, it can’t be produced and skin does not remain intact and the results is loss of firmness, elasticity, appearance of wrinkles and texture changes.

Peptides in Skincare

Peptide for skincare products use chemicals that are close relatives of protein which are the building blocks of our bodies on the cellular level that can work all the way into the epidermis to speak to the cells.

Incorporating peptides into your skincare routine, these short-chain amino acid peptides are able to easily penetrate the top layers of skin. They can then send signals to your skin cells, directing them to perform certain functions, like collagen synthesis.

This increase in collagen production is what makes peptides such a potent anti-aging skincare ingredient. Peptides can work to encourage skin elasticity, increase hydration and diminish the appearance of aging on the skin.

Peptides not only help stimulate collagen production, but they also help the skin heal faster. Since microscopic ingredients in peptide for skin care strategies can penetrate deep into the skin layers, these amino acid chains help heal the skin faster than many other types of product.

Peptides are becoming a more outstanding part of many skincare.  Because they play such an important role in collagen production, peptides have the potential to boost your own skin’s firmness, smoothness, and strength.

Abundant research has clearly shown they can help revitalize those building blocks and their ability to help revitalize skin.  The results on your skin may be superb.