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Applying skincare in the right order. Why moisturiser comes last?

I used to have relatively fuss-free skin. But just these last year, i experienced unsightly acne breakouts particularly on my chin. It began when i returned from my trip to Oregon which was snowing and cold.  I experienced extreme dryness on my face, even though i had slapped on massive hydrating lotions on my skin. And back home, suddenly acne developed over these areas. Unsightly and it affected my self confidence.
Doctor at the National Skin Centre diagnosed that i developed sensitive skin due to harsh weather conditions and accumulation of toxins from the chemicals present in the lotions and cleansers i used on my face.

Lessons learned:
1. Must exercise extreme care in my skincare products. Be wary of parabens in skincare products.

2. Let my skin breathe every night. Have a "naked" face when i go to sleep. Dont sleep with my makeup on as it clogs the skin pores. Promise i made to myself - Must, must and must remove my makeup after my media filming or shooting session ASAP.

Our skin is a great adapting organ. It receives the battle of harsh temperatures, oil and dirt from pollution from the environment and the products we use on our face, and allergy breakouts  is one of its way to  scream for attention.
Must ALWAYS listen to your skin. Dryness signals that it is thirsty for hydration and moisture.  Oiliness shows massive sebum production. Skin breakouts are screams for a skin gone terribly sensitive. 
Why is skincare important? Precisely what it says - CARE for your skin. Cleanse it, tone it, moisturise it. LOVE IT! To maintain skin health and your youthfulness, most importantly is that we need to keep our skin clean. 

- It is great if you dont put on makeup, but  skincare is a must. U must, must, must keep your face clean.

Must abide by these rules:
- no fingernails scratching  on face

- no popping off of pimples
- no fingers touching face unnecesarily
- always keep  hair clean and away from face
- be careful with  hair fringe or bangs. Be sure to shampoo or clean the hairline area  where hair meets your face.
- when sneezing or blowing the nose, wash the area well to rid it of germs.
Why is applying skincare in the right order important?  To increase its effectivess. 

Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise.
Rule 1. 
Layer your products from thin to thick. That is why  your moisturizer goes last - because it’s the heaviest. 
Apply an acne treatment BEFORE moisturizer so that it does not need to penetrate so many layers to do its job.

Rule 2.
Have a full facial regularly. Add in Scrubs. Do it yourself weekly.

Rule 3.
You can go to Spa Salons for your pamper treatments but it is important that you MUST also have your own regular daily skincare routine.

I share here my experience last week.
My face was pampered by Celebrity Beaute at No.81, Jalan Snuker 13/28, Tadisma Business Park, Section 13, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia  

Of course, if you have your facial treatments at the Spa, you will pamper yourself with their additional infusions of hydrating, firming, whitening, anti aging machine-supported treatments.

How many times do you need to go for facial treatments at the Spa Salon?

Once monthly - if your skin is superb or

Twice or thrice monthly - if you have specific concerns about the skin conditions of your face, eye and neck. Keyword is consistency.

One thing i love about Celebrity Beaute was that they are very transparent with the products they used. They used Arise Alpine Organic products imported from Switzerland.

Celebrity Beaute even teach me their treatment steps and now, i have the chance to replicate their spa facial in my personal skincare routine.

Cleanse must be gentle for your skin but strong enough to rid you impurities

Scrub weekly to rid of dead skin cells that robs your face of the lustre. 

The scrub is gentle enough to be used on the lips to rid it of dead skin cells - so you have softer lips!

Chocolate mask (i am a dessert!) To strengthen and soften the skin

The sebum, day and night cream are musts as skin protection with SPF

Arise Alpine Organic imported from Switzerland

artificial colourings-free
Cruelty-free, no animal testing

Natural and organic ingredients are certified by
(ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT

All products are also associated with COSMEBIO

In summary, my skincare routine that i can do at home as follows:

Morning (daily)
1 Arise Cleansing Milk 
2 Arise soothing Toner
3 Arise whitening day fluid 
4 Arise eye cream 

Night time (daily) 
1 Arise cleansing milk 
2 Arise soothing toner 
3 Arise whitening serum 
4 Arise night cream 
5 Arise eye cream 

Weekly (Once weekly
1 Arise Cleansing milk
2, Arise face scrub 
3 Arise gel mask 
   (Leave on 15-20min before wash ) 
4 Arise soothing toner 
5 Arise whitening serum 
6 Arise whitening night cream 
7 Arise eye cream 

Why organic skincare? 
Bio cert
For a stress-free skin
Care for the animals (its free from animal testing)
To be a contributor to eco friendliness (ECO cert)
And not destroy the environment further

Not only does my skin looks good, i feel that i have contributed to my environment and save the world!

Go Organic!

After all, we ARE THE WORLD!

Yours in health, beauty and happiness
Dee Dee

Psst! This is the Facial Spa Treatment that they gave me:
This is my favourite! That is the reason for the big smile! oxygen infusion injecting suction nice sensations!

Restore & Balance Facial (Oxytone) – ARISE Helps products penetrate into the epidermis with 98% pure oxygen . At the press of a button on the applicator, short pressurized bursts of oxygen flow out from the nozzle, allowing the hydration or lifting serum to penetrate into the epidermis This is followed with a cooling oxygen spray to further moisturises the skin and give along lasting hydration and glowing effect. 

Normal Member : RM 450        Organique Member : RM 400

And they are having a RM299 offer! Do call them and mention my name:-)
Tel:        03 - 5518 9388
Fax:       03 - 5510 9388
Mobile:   019 - 318 2920

Dee Dee Mahmood, multi award winning Celebrity Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist, is the Academic Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University Australia. Her PhD research on obesity was chosen for its impact on obesity in Asia and was accepted and presented at the President's Cup Award, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Annual Meeting in Tacoma, Washington. Ambassadors to brands like Reebok and Norwegian Seafood Council, this TEDX Speaker has several signature community programs to her name, Fat2Fit Asia and Walking Football for Health Asia. She conducts  synergy on community and corporate health and research collaborations internationally.

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