Hi guys – greetings from London! London’s one of my favourite places in the world and it’s always good to be back. This time, I’m here for Cult Beauty’s Adult Acne Press Day where I’m on the panel with Carla Oates (Founder of The Beauty Chef) and Annie Tevelin (Founder of Skin Owl).
I had severe acne as a teenager which is how my passion for skincare came about so it felt like full-circle when I was invited to speak on the panel. Here’s the thing about acne: both teenage and adult; there is a cure. It’s not a life-sentence and you don’t have to live with it. It starts with the gut and using the right products.
I learnt so much from my fellow panellists. Carla is an expert on gut health and has an amazing line of biofermented powders and ingestible boosters all designed to nourish and strengthen your gut and boost liver health. As I’ve learnt: Excess sugar, dairy and gluten can all lead to leaky gut (because of the stress they cause in the digestion process) which is essentially a way of saying that your gut is suffering and needs your attention. If you pay it no heed, that’s when things will start to take a turn for the worst – think dark circles (unhealthy liver) and persistent breakouts.
I also learnt that the tap water we drink can also disrupt the gut. Fluoride and Chlorine are added to tap water to kill any water-borne bacteria and these coupled with the metals found in old pipes can also break down the good bacteria found in the gut. This was such a mind-opener as I’ve never been fancy with my water and I think the tap water we get in Singapore is great. However, I’ve started to rethink my tap water consumption – ordering sparkling water when I’m dining out and stocking up on SmartWater for home. But there’s something so easy and convenient about turning on the tap and drinking straight from it…
Speaking of breakouts, Annie talked about facial mapping and how you can determine the causes of breakouts from where it’s happening on your face. The area between your brows, for example, is from excess alcohol consumption. The breakouts on your chin? Hormones.
So how do we treat adult acne? Start with an inside-out approach – take probiotics and load up on anti-inflammatory fatty acids like fish oil and blackcurrant oil. Then a consistent product regimen is key. Remember, patience and diligence are fundamental. This is what I do when I’m breaking out: Allies of Skin Fresh Slate Purifying Cleanser + Masque left on for 10 minutes every night, Molecular Saviour Mist then Promise Keeper Blemish Facial. If I’m travelling or require more moisture, I add a few drops of Rosehip Oil to the Promise Keeper. I love Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil.
What I Packed
Fresh Slate Brightening Cleanser + Masque: With the temperature in London being in the single digits, retaining moisture is key. This is my ride-or-die cleanser and I especially love it in the morning and when it’s freezing outside. It is pH-balanced and cleanses and brightens without ever disrupting the skin’s delicate barrier. It doesn’t foam but gets its cleansing properties from organic Argan and Safflower oil and a naturally-derived gentle surfactant, so skin is left nourished and hydrated.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask: I’m a huge believer in masks and the quick boost they provide. This one is expensive but totally worth it. I stock up at the airport so it’s slightly cheaper (buy the pack of 8). It gives tired, stressed skin a noticeable boost in only 10 minutes. Skin is hydrated, plumped and gleams with health – it basically makes your skin look alive.
Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream: I don’t like having product in my hair and so this hair cream serves as my styling product. I apply it on damp hair and it does a good job of holding my short hair in place while it moisturizes.
Lab Samples: We have a ton of new formulas all lined up for launch (9 in 2018 alone) for the next 2 years and so I’m constantly working and testing new formulas. This trip, I was grateful for our new 1A All-Day Pollution Repair Mask. It is a reformulation of our award-winning cult-favourite with a new formula (50% more concentrated) and a new name to match its upgraded status. It kept my skin protected and glowing all day long.
Where I Ate
Som Saa: I love Thai food. The spicier the better. Som Saa has a great vibe, good authentic food and they do the spice level right. Go for the fried fish and the eggplant dish.
Temper: I’m a huge mezcal and tequila fan so Mexican food is one of my faves. Temper is buzzy and fun; with a modern take on traditional Mexican dishes.
Ikeda: Japanese food is one of my favourite things in life so I’m always game for trying new places. Ikeda is my new find and it’s a gem. Love the service and the freshness of the food.
What I Bought
Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask: I love and believe in Cacao and all its antioxidant and circulation-stimulating properties (which is why it’s part of the base for the Fresh Slate Purifying Cleanser + Masque). I was intrigued by the concept of this nourishing purifying mask; it’s one of those products that you can leave it on for a while (45 mins – 1 hour) and go about your life. It tightens pores and gives a glow without any of the dryness that you sometimes get with a clay mask.
Biologique Recherche VIP 02 Mask: I was introduced to this mask when I had a facial with Dany Diop in Amsterdam. I find this to be a great morning or before-a-night-out mask where you need a quick boost. Plus, it works on the eyes too and I use a generous layer on the eyes when I do a clay mask or peel.
Biologique Recherche Masque Visolastine +: I’m always up for trying a new mask and I was told that I could mix this with the mask above. I find that they work great mixed together. This is a hydrating mask with a white clay base, so it doesn’t do the best job of hydrating, but it does leave the skin feeling smoother and softer.