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Coix Seeds: The Unknown Medicinal Beauty Herb

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Coix seeds. They sound like something you would find in a traditional Italian pantry. However, these cream-coloured textured seed is actually something most Singaporeans would have come across in supermarkets and medicinal halls. And they hide unique properties that promote a multitude of skin benefits.

What are they exactly?

Better known as Job’s tears or Chinese Pearl Barley, coix seeds are commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to Chinese physicians, the herbs are useful in clearing heat and expelling dampness and have many benefits for skin or beauty purposes.

In Japan, coix seeds are revered as the secret to timeless beauty. They are used in many Japanese supplements designed for promoting skin virality.

How To Use Coix Seeds

Coix seeds is an all-natural ingredient that can be ingested safely or applied on the skin, producing amazing results. Across Asia, it can be found in dried form and cooked as a grain like cereal.

Lightly sweet and slightly gritty, this medicinal herb can be used in cold desserts or boiled soups. You can also stir-fry them with meat and vegetables.

Due to its many healing properties, you’ll also find coix seed extract in many skin and health products around the world.

How Coix Seeds Improve Skin Health

Coix seeds contain proteolytic enzymes that help soften the keratin layers of the skin, resulting in a baby smooth appearance.

Apart from making the skin smoother, coix seeds also contain properties that control acne breakouts and sebum production. They reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and can also moisturise the skin.

These hard-shelled granules work by strengthening the spleen, which is regarded as a driver for good skin health. A cooling herb, coix seeds expels excess heat and soothes ailments such as acne, eczema, and rosacea. You can even use them to remove water retention.

Reap The Beauty Benefits of Coix Seeds

With Sato Pharmaceuticals, your skin can easily reap the benefits of coix seeds through a series of convenient products.

Coix seeds are high in Vitamin B3, also known as niacin. This nutrient aids in skin brightening and evens out the complexion. It is also rich in peptides to firm the skin and prevent premature signs of ageing. This is why coix seeds are frequently seen in mask sheets.

Additionally, the herb is also widely used for skin conditioning and cleansing, keeping the skin well-balanced and delivering antioxidants and moisture throughout the day.

Our Hakubi Collagen Drink, Hakubi B Tablets and Bihaku Vitamins from Japan all contain coix seed extract which helps to improve skin regeneration and radiance.

Shop Sato Pharmaceuticals Today

Taking Sato Pharmaceuticals supplements allow you to live your life freely and without making big lifestyle changes. Conveniently packed in pill or bottle form, you can bring them to work, outdoors, or anywhere you want.

Apart from products with coix seed extract, you can also find other beauty and healthcare supplements such as the Japanese Hakubi Collagen Tablets which keeps your skin elastic and bouncy. Or opt for the Hakubi White C tablets which contain L-cysteine and Vitamin C for enhanced skin whitening and Vitamin B6 for a flawless appearance.

Find our coix seeds products, Japanese collagen drinks, vitamin supplements and allergy  remedies such as nasal sprays and eye drops from leading online retailers and shops today.

How to Age Gracefully

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Franz Kafka, a renowned novelist, once said, “Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” Indeed, age is just a number and beauty is only skin-deep. How, then, can we keep ageing in check and hold on to beauty’s light for as long as we can?

For centuries, humans have tried all sorts of ways to reverse the ageing process. Whether it is trying out healthy foods for improving bad skin conditions or turning to harsher measures such as going under the knife, it seems like we just can’t deal with looking past our age.

Ageing gracefully is not just about looking a decade younger, however. Like a bottle of aged wine, it is about living the best life possible – both inside and out. Those who are able to come to terms with the clock can then look forward to creating a life that is fulfilling and meaningful.

Signs of Ageing on the Skin

One of the early signs of ageing is changes in the skin; both your face and body:

  • Wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. First appearing as fine lines around the outer corner of the eyes or around the cheeks, wrinkles are one of the earliest signs of ageing. Hyperpigmentation can also occur as the body produces more melanin.
  • Loss of elasticity and volume. As fatty tissue beneath the skin decreases, and the skin becomes drier, you’ll notice the skin sagging a little more.
  • Loss of density. Density is not just seen in the bones. As we age, loss of density manifests itself on the surface as thinner and weaker skin. This can cause the skin to look less radiant and duller.

How to Look Young and Have Healthy Skin

If some or all of the above sound familiar, don’t fret. Here are some things you can do that will help you age well:

1. Embrace your age

Ageing is a natural human process which everyone will experience. Successful and graceful ageing involves accepting that you grow older each year – and loving it. Start by picking up new hobbies or developing old ones.

Let go of society’s notions and just focus on building a positive outlook and stay young at heart. Learning to love how you look makes you feel better, and when you feel better you’ll naturally look more radiant on the outside.

2. Lead a healthy lifestyle

Regular exercise and a healthy diet goes a long way in keeping your body youthful. Incorporate some physical activities in your daily routine, and opt for healthier dishes and snacks. Allow yourself to have a treat every now and then as a reward for doing so well – you deserve it!

Take daily supplements like the Hakubi White C Tablets, our signature Japanese Vitamin C tablets or Hakubi White C Drink, our popular Vitamin C drink. Formulated in Japan, they deliver strong antioxidant effects to keep your skin free from spots, freckles and hyperpigmentation.

Our Japanese collagen supplements such as the Hakubi Collagen Drink from Japan also contain nutritional vitamins that promote healthier and radiant skin from within to slow down the ageing process.

3. Stay away from beauty fads

The social media space is filled with beauty fads that come and go, and it can be overwhelming to most of us. Some tips and tricks can even be dangerous – like doing high frequency facials at home . Instead, opt for tried-and-tested methods or brands like Sato Pharmaceuticals which offers products that are reputable and backed by scientific research.

4. Mental health matters

When we are happy, our blood pressure decreases and heart health improves. Keep an open and positive mind to help you tackle the stressors in life. Spending time with friends and family to build meaningful relationships, and doing things you enjoy can also help to keep your mental health in check.

Loving Your Skin

Singapore is a humid and sunny country, which makes it even harder for us to care and protect our skin.

At Sato Pharmaceuticals, you’ll find a wide range of products developed through revolutionary Japanese technology and practices backed by science. These supplements can be taken to reduce wrinkles, improve skin conditions and bring necessary nutrients back into your skin and body.

The best way to love your skin is not just by slapping on pots of anti ageing serums or creams on its surface, it is also to protect it from within.

Get Sato Pharmaceuticals products at leading retailers and stores now.

All I Want For Christmas is You (Clear Skin)

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Christmas is a time for giving, and also the time for you to focus on and give back to yourself. With mask-wearing still being mandatory, it takes more effort to achieve or maintain healthy and clear skin. Here are three ways to take better care of yourself and get clear skin. Shifting focus onto yourself will not only make you feel more confident in your appearance, but you’ll also be ready to take on the holiday festivities with ease.

How to Get Clear Skin?

1. Stay Well Rested

Having enough sleep and staying hydrated are important habits for a healthy body and skin. Staying well-rested allows your body the opportunity to heal itself and prevent wrinkles and sagging. Getting the optimal number of sleeping hours — a minimum of seven hours for adults — does wonder for your skin; skin looks younger and more vibrant.

2. Vitamin B

Vitamin B is an essential nutrient that your body needs to obtain from food or supplements because our bodies do not produce it on their own. Specifically, Vitamins B2 and B6 are essential nutrients not only for your body’s growth, health and performance but also for the skin. These two nutrients help to inhibit sebum secretion. You can get a healthy dose with Japanese Hakubi B tablets, which contain both Vitamin Bs as well as helpful coix seed extract.

3. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for your skin to stay healthy and look flawless. The potent antioxidant properties of Vitamin C reduce the appearance of wrinkles and boost collagen production, amongst many other benefits. Although your body does not produce Vitamin C naturally, you can get your daily doses of this essential nutrient with our Hakubi Vitamin C tablet or drink. Incorporating them into your daily lifestyle will lighten your complexion and reduce pigmentation caused by sun exposure.

Benefits of Focusing on Yourself

Taking care of yourself and your skin has many positive benefits!

1. Improved Confidence

Having clear and healthy skin will be a massive boost to your confidence. A great complexion goes a long way in affecting your perception of your own appearance. The more confident you are about yourself, the more you become more attractive to other people as well.

 2. Self-Love

Focusing on yourself this December is also a chance for you to practise self-love. Giving yourself the opportunity to invest the time and effort to heal your body and mind is important for your well-being. We need to stop neglecting ourselves and our skin and choose to give them the attention they deserve.

3. Healthy Body

Your skin is your body’s first line of protection against external bacteria. Dry and irritated skin gets damaged more easily, letting foreign viruses and bacteria into your body where they might cause infection. Therefore, it makes good sense to give adequate attention to your skin and keep that barrier strong and healthy.  Healthy skin also protects you from ultraviolet light that can damage cells.

Get the Best Japanese Vitamins for Yourself

The year-end may seem like another stressful month of the year but you need to keep in mind the importance of slowing down and caring for yourself first. Taking care of your body and skin is not something that should be sacrificed. Incorporating Japanese skin supplements into your daily life is a good start to give your body and skin the nutrients needed. Our Hakubi Series contains the essential nutrients for clear, healthy skin. Remember to rest and hydrate well too!

Are Those Sebaceous Filaments or Blackheads on Your Nose?

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Those tiny dark spots on your nose and cheeks? You may think those are blackheads, but they could be something entirely different — sebaceous filaments. Sebaceous filaments and blackheads are different and call for different actions to be taken. Treating sebaceous filaments as blackheads may lead to scarring and cause a breakout.

What are Sebaceous Filaments?

Sebaceous filaments are natural thread-like formations that line the inside of your pores and channel sebum from the sebaceous glands through the hair follicle to the surface of your skin.

Everyone has sebaceous filaments! They are a natural part of your skin that helps keep it healthy and moisturised. You should not worry too much about them as they serve an important function and are not problematic. However, if your skin is oily, the sebaceous filament becomes more visible as it fills up with sebum. Unlike blackheads, they appear as tiny clear, yellowish or dark grey bumps.

How to Get Rid of Sebaceous Filaments and Sebum?

Sebum is a natural moisturising oil that keeps your skin looking healthy and youthful. Sebum helps the skin with:

- Hydration
- Antibacterial protection
- Antifungal protection
- Sun protection

Sebaceous filaments only become more pronounced – appearing as enlarged pores – when an overproduction of sebum and dead skin cells collect around the opening of the pore. However, because of its importance to skin health, you should not try to get rid of sebaceous filaments. Extracting sebaceous filaments is of no use either as they are part of your natural skin structure and will come back. Attempts to extract them using tools such as tweezers may even be damaging to the skin! What you need to tackle is the overproduction of sebum which causes oily skin that can lead to clogged pores and eventually blackheads. There are ways you can make them appear smaller if you feel conscious about them or worried about blocked pores forming.

How to Reduce Sebum?

To reduce the appearance of sebaceous filaments, you need to tackle the root of the problem and know how to get rid of excess sebum. There are skin supplements that help internally control oil production in your skin. The Hakubi Collagen Drink  as well as the Japanese Hakubi B Tablets contain Vitamins B2 and B6, which help to inhibit excessive sebum production in your skin. Controlling the levels of sebum secretion will prevent visible sebaceous filaments from forming while maintaining healthy moisture in your skin.

What are Blackheads?

Blackheads are clogged pores or hair follicles and are categorised as a non-inflammatory form of acne. Blackheads usually appear on oily areas of your face such as the nose. They occur when excess sebum and dead skin cells congest around the opening of the follicle’s opening and form a little bump called a comedo. When the comedo is exposed to air, it’ll turn dark grey or black.

How to Get Rid of Blackheads?

Blackhead solutions typically contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which cleans out the pores and kills bacteria. Combined with a good exfoliator that removes dead skin cells, you can slowly unclog the pores at home.

When looking to remove blackheads, it’s always best to consult a dermatologist as incorrect technique can lead to infection and aggravation of the acne, and even scarring. A professional will also advise the most suitable treatment regimen that will eliminate the chances of scarring.

How to Prevent Blackheads?

As we have always advised, prevention is always better than curing skin problems.

A proper skincare routine is essential in preventing skin problems like blackheads. As mentioned, skincare containing salicylic acid should be incorporated into your routine to prevent dirt and oil from clogging your pores. Ensuring that you also constantly use a moisturiser for your face is also crucial for skin health and preventing blackheads.

The Hakubi Collagen Drink is an excellent addition to your daily routine to maintain adequate hydration levels in your skin. Dry skin will trigger more sebum production in the skin in an attempt to moisturise it.  Taking the drink to keep your skin moisturised from within can amplify the effect of your skincare routine to regulate sebum levels and prevent inflammation on your skin.

Manage Blackheads and Sebaceous Filaments with Sato Pharmaceutical

Knowing the difference between blackheads and sebaceous filaments is key to tackling them and preventing further aggravation of your skin. Sato Pharmaceutical carries the best Japanese vitamins to keep your skin moist and regulate your sebum production. A healthy level of sebum production is essential in keeping the skin moist and preventing clogging of your pores.

Watching Over Your Eye Health: How to Stay Away from Eye Infections this Monsoon Season

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It’s that time of the year again! No, we’re not talking about Christmas. We’re talking about the upcoming monsoon season Singapore is famous for. Being near the equator, Singapore experiences regular monsoons, and this rainy spell could cause an increase in occurrence of eye infections.

How Does Monsoon Season Affect Eye Health?

The rapid development of afternoon and early evening showers increases the moisture content in the air which enables more bacteria and pollutants to thrive. The strong winds during monsoon season will be picking up more dirt and contaminants that may get into your eyes and cause an infection.

Types of Common Eye Infections

The three types of common eye infections that usually occur during the monsoon seasons are: Conjunctivitis, Styes and Corneal Ulcers.

1. Conjunctivitis: Red or Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis is most commonly known as pink eye or red eye. Pink eye is a common eye infection that occurs when the air quality is not as excellent. As the monsoon winds tend to carry more dirt and bacteria, exposure to such microbiological agents may cause your eye to be irritated and inflamed – turning pink or red and watery.

There are different types of conjunctivitis; several factors can cause pink eye and you may need different treatment for them. For example, patients with persistent allergic conjunctivitis may be prescribed with topical steroid drops which are not for viral-infected conjunctivitis.

If your eyes are feeling gritty, looking red and inflamed, and excreting discharge, you should see a doctor to determine the exact cause of your eye infection and seek advice on the best course of eye infection treatment.

2. Stye

A stye is a bacterial infection of the eyelash follicles or oil glands that manifests as a painful lump along the eyelid. It is typically treated with a warm compress. Styes are common eye infections that occur during monsoon seasons because of bacteria transfer – those who suffer from colds and runny noses may transfer the bacteria from the nose to the eyelids when touching their face with their hands.

A visit to the eye doctor is also recommended to recover quickly from a stye and to ensure that it is nothing serious. You can also try proven home remedies like warm compression and gentle massaging with clean hands to aid the recovery process.

3. Corneal Ulcer

A corneal ulcer is an infection of the cornea caused by bacteria, fungus, viruses, or parasites in water. It is highly prevalent among contact lens wearers who do not practise proper contact lens care. The occurrence of corneal ulcers is also prevalent during monsoon seasons due to the quality of the air. The increased density of microbiological agents in the atmosphere increases the risk of viral, bacterial or fungal infection, in the form of an open sore in your cornea.

Strong winds during monsoon seasons will also cause your eyes to dry out faster and more frequently, thus increasing chances of abrasion on the cornea. It is recommended to see a doctor immediately if you suspect a corneal infection, as severe corneal ulcers could require a corneal transplant. Symptoms include severe pain in the eye, redness and swelling, discharge, and blurring of vision.

Eye Infection Treatment

In most cases of eye infection, a visit to the  doctor is highly recommended. This is because it is better to determine the exact cause of your eye infection and get the correct treatment for it. Some cases of eye infection, especially the non-viral ones, would need treatments with antibiotic eye drops. Wrong treatment of an infection is dangerous as it could  worsen the condition of your eye.

Preventing Eye Infection

The most efficient strategy  is to adopt the policy of “proactiveness” in terms of eye health and eye care to reduce the chances of being prone to any eye infection.

  • Practise good contact lens care
  • Wear glasses/sunglasses when out
  • Avoid exposing your eye to contaminated water
  • Avoid wearing make-up and contact lenses if you have an eye infection
  • Maintain and clean your eye with Satopharm’s Dorama eye drops

With our Japanese eye drops, you can prevent the build-up of dirt, dust and bacteria in your eye by removing them with our artificial tear-type eye drop. This will prevent the development of conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers. The cooling eye drops will also prevent clogged oil glands, impeding the growth of styes.

Save a trip to the doctor by practising good eye care. Get prepared for the monsoon season and grab the best eye drops at Sato Pharmaceutical today!

Hyperpigmentation & How to Get Rid of Them for Good

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Have you tried the freckles filter on Instagram? It makes you look cute and even gives your skin a flawless glow. However, real hyperpigmentation is not cute at all and can affect your confidence. Some types of hyperpigmentation have a more permanent effect on your skin and are definitely not as easy to remove as a filter.

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is the increase of melanin in excess due to sun exposure or changes in hormones in the body. This excess is uneven and irregular, resulting in some areas of the skin appearing darker than the rest. In this article, we will be sharing more about the three common types of hyperpigmentation: freckles, sunspots, and melasma.

1. Freckles

Freckles are  harmless hyperpigmentation that tends to fade away with age or seasons. Sun exposure and genetics are the main causes of these tiny brown spots. They usually appear on the face and arms – any areas regularly exposed to the sun.

2. Sunspots

Sunspots are hyperpigmentation that is caused by ageing and UV exposure. Also known as age spots or liver spots, they usually appear when you are older – around the time you hit your forties.  They are larger than freckles in size and a more permanent feature that requires skin treatment to get rid of.

3. Melasma

Melasma is a common skin problem that causes dark, discoloured patches on your skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 90 percent of people who develop melasma are women. Pregnancy and UV exposure are the two leading causes of melasma. Unfortunately for us, Asian skin is also more prone to developing melasma. It is a challenging issue to cure as recurrence after treatment is quite high.

Treatment for Hyperpigmentation such as Freckles, Sunspots and Melasma

Laser treatment is one option to remove hyperpigmentation. However, the preparation and post-care for the laser treatment can be an inconvenience – your skin will be swollen and very sensitive post-treatment. Fortunately, there are easier ways to prevent and treat hyperpigmentation.

Regular use of Vitamin C, sunblock and skin lightening topical creams can help reduce the effect of hyperpigmentation. However, while Vitamin C can help reduce the effects of melasma, it may be limited when the condition is caused by hormonal changes. When it comes to melasma, avoiding the sun is the best prevention.

Vitamin C Tablet & Vitamin C Drink

Vitamin C works as an essential antioxidant that reduces potential cell damage. Unfortunately, our bodies do not produce Vitamin C and we have to obtain it from our diet. A diet filled with citrus fruits, berries, potatoes and tomatoes will give your body this much needed nutrient. Vitamin C supplements are also a convenient way to ensure you get healthy amounts of this essential antioxidant in your diet regularly.

The Hakubi White C Japanese tablets by Sato Pharmaceutical is a supplement that you can start incorporating into your lifestyle easily to maintain healthy levels of natural Vitamin C in your body. It is also a highly effective Japanese product that helps whiten skin, as much as 1.6 times*, while promoting skin re-generation. Simply pop our Hakubi White C Tablets into your mouth three times a day to ensure your skin remains healthy and suppress the irregular production of melanin.

Another way of getting the recommended amount of Vitamin C is from a Vitamin C-rich drink. The Hakubi White C drink is a better option for people who dislike or have trouble swallowing tablets. It is also a great way to enjoy a refreshing drink with added benefits of boosting your body’s natural collagen levels.

Both the Hakubi White C drink and tablets offer antioxidant and anti-ageing properties to boost the health of your skin. They are formulated with Vitamin B6, an essential nutrient which helps to enrich the antioxidant properties of Vitamin E.

In addition to our Japanese manufactured Vitamin C tablets and drinks, you can use Hakubi C gel to help prevent spots and freckles. The non-greasy gel helps soothe sunburns and can also be used to spot-treat pimples.

Sunblock and Protective Clothings

It is often said that the best offence is a good defence. Taking care of your skin and protecting it from overexposure to the sun, especially when it is at its strongest, is essential in preventing hyperpigmentation.

We can’t stress this enough – sunblocks are your best friend when you have to be out in the sun. An SPF of 50 is adequate enough to protect you from most of the UV radiation. You should apply it at least 30 minutes before heading out and even when you are at home as UV rays can penetrate windows. Reapplication is advised if you perspire heavily or are doing water activities.

Your choice of clothings can also offer added protection. Opting for hats and protective clothings go a long way in shielding you from the harmful UV rays. Unlike sunblock, you do not need to worry about reapplying.

Caring for Your Skin and Preventing Hyperpigmentation in Singapore

Living in a sunny country like Singapore requires conscious efforts on your part to prevent hyperpigmentation on exposed skin. You should always practise sun safety, such as keeping out of the afternoon sun, and incorporate a healthy diet into your lifestyle to nourish your body with adequate levels of Vitamin C. Developing good habits to prevent and treat hyperpigmentation will go a long way in keeping your skin looking young and healthy.

*Research done by R&D C*Research done by R&D Centre, Sato Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Japanentre, Sato Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Japan