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3 Interesting Skin Benefits of Royal Jelly You Need to Know

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Royal Jelly has been an underrated ingredient for decades, but we are glad it is having a bit of a skincare moment in Singapore right now.

With protective, hydrating and healing properties, Royal Jelly is one of those beauty secrets you never knew you needed until now.

Entirely new to the buzzing world of Royal Jelly and wondering what exactly Royal Jelly is? Well, we will get to it right away.

What is Royal Jelly?

 

Royal Jelly is a term used to describe the creamy white secretions produced by worker honeybees (yes, these hardworking bees do not just produce honey).

These secretions are used to nourish larvae during the first few days of life and to feed the queen bees. Royal Jelly contains about 60% to 70% water, 12% to 15% proteins, 10% to 16% sugar, 3% to 6% fats, and 2% to 3% vitamins, with its composition varying depending on geography and climate. This variety of nutrients may be the reason for its potential skin benefits.

Now that we have gone through what Royal Jelly is, let’s jump right into some intriguing beauty facts about them. You will see why they are a top-notch ingredient that can benefit your skin, we promise.

1. Royal Jelly Boosts Skin Hydration Levels

 

Unlike most moisturising ingredients that solely soothe dry skin, Royal Jelly contains 10-hydroxy-decenoic acid (10HDA), a type of amino acid that can help restore the skin’s barrier and increase its moisture content – no matter your skin type.

A recent study has even indicated that Royal Jelly increases skin hydration index by 60%, making it an ingredient that is particularly beneficial for individuals with dry skin.

2. Royal Jelly Can Help Combat Skin Ageing

 

Apart from hydrating, Royal Jelly is also said to have anti-aging benefits.

Experts believe that its composition is what gives Royal Jelly its anti-aging qualities. It contains minerals that can help increase collagen production, as well as vitamins, amino and fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants that can help fight damage caused by free radicals.

It is no wonder why Royal Jelly is often included in topical skincare products to support the maintenance of younger-looking skin.

3. Royal Jelly Can Help Calm & Soothe Acne Spots

 

When our skin is inflamed, it not only shows up red and sore, it also becomes incredibly acne prone too. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Royal Jelly can be used to soothe redness and inflammation. At the same time, it prevents the growth of bacteria on the skin, reducing the risks of acne breakouts.

Royal Jelly Is Not Just Great As Topical Products

 

From a skincare perspective, Royal Jelly is certainly worth its weight in gold.

Looking to incorporate Royal Jelly into your daily skincare regimen? You will be surprised to know that Royal Jelly is a multitasking ingredient not just for topical skincare – it can also be consumed orally, in the form of a supplement. In fact, ingesting it allows you to reap its maximum benefits.

Hakubi Collagen Tablet is one of the best products to consider should you be looking for a supplement that contains Royal Jelly. Formulated in Japan, Hakubi Collagen Tablet is not only packed with Royal Jelly, but also contains ingredients like collagen, vitamin B, vitamin C and more to keep your skin looking radiant, fresh and youthful from within.

Now that Royal Jelly is no longer a beauty secret to you, it is about time you start embracing products with this ingredient – starting with Hakubi Collagen Tablet.

Maskne: How to Treat & Prevent Mask-Related Breakouts?

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To curb the spread of COVID-19, wearing a face mask has now become an integral part of our everyday routine. While tight-fitting masks play a vital role in keeping us well-protected against the threats of the virus, the prolonged hours of having our faces in contact with a mask has also propelled unintentional side effects such as frequent skin flare-ups – or what we call ‘maskne’.

What Exactly Does Maskne Means?

 

Maskne may sound like a foreign term to some of us, but it certainly did not originate from nowhere. In fact, maskne has always been a prevalent issue among individuals whose professions require them to wear a mask regularly. Think – doctors and nurses. But now that all members of the public are required to put on a mask, conversations encircling maskne has hit a record high.

With all that said, what does maskne really means?

In short, maskne (clinically known as acne machanica), refers to the breakout of the skin from the wearing of face masks. But maskne is not just about pimples. It can be an umbrella term for several skin conditions, including whiteheads, blackheads, redness, rashes or even infection of your facial hair follicles.

Maskne is a common skin condition that ensues from the retention of heat and humidity from perspiration and exhaled air within the mask. When you breathe or talk, hot air is trapped in the mask – and this creates an ideal environment for yeast and bacteria to multiple.

Besides, this excessively high humidity can cause our skin barriers to break down, exacerbating existing skin problems. Hence, individuals with existing skin conditions are more at risk of developing maskne.

Maskne can also be caused by friction against your face. When you touch the mask and move it around, the constant rubbing can damage the outer protective layer of the skin, leading to chafing and irritation.

But luckily, like with any skin condition, there are ways you can prevent maskne. Let us tell you how.

3 Ways to Prevent Maskne

 

1. Practise Better Mask Hygiene

Since doing without a mask is not an option now, the least you could do is practise good hygiene habits by washing your fabric masks daily and not reusing disposable masks.

The accumulated oil, sweat, and dirt sit in your mask when you do not wash it or replace it – and the last thing you want is to put the mask back on your face.

2. Try to Remove Mask Every 4 Hours

Healthcare workers have found that removing their masks every four hours to let the skin breathe for about 15 minutes helps with decreasing the occurrence of maskne.

However, do only remove your mask when it is safe to do so.

3. Give Your Skin a Break From Makeup – At Least for the Time Being

Skip the makeup for now if you can. Wearing makeup under a mask not only leads to clogged pores and breakouts but also traps more sweat, moisture and oil on our faces. If you really have to put on makeup, keep it minimal and opt for non-comedogenic products.

How to Treat Maskne

 

Treat Your Face Right With a Proper Skincare Routine

When maskne develops, your skincare routine matters more than ever. Wash your face with gentle cleansers that are free from fragrance and oil. Also avoid overusing facial scrubs which can aggravate skin irritation. You would also want to apply moisturisers with hydrating properties immediately after washing your face to help hydrate, soothe and restore the protective skin barrier.

Look Out for Supplements With Skin-Loving Ingredients

Look for supplements with ingredients that focus on promoting skin healing. One such supplement is our Hakubi B Tablets.

Hakubi B Tablets are packed with coix seed extract, an ingredient that has been included in medicinal formulas for treating skin conditions like acne, eczema and rosacea.

The coix seed extract also helps to soften the keratin layers of our skin, making Hakubi B one of the best Japanese supplements to invest in if you want to achieve supple and baby-smooth skin – regardless of whether you are experiencing maskne or not.

We Are All in This Together

We are living in unusual times, and unexpected things may happen to our skin as we adjust ourselves to new routines. But know that you are not alone and that there is a lot you can do to help your skin stay happy. Let’s march towards the day where we can leave our house mask-free again.

Premature Skin Ageing: Can It Be Prevented?

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Ageing is a natural process, an essential phase of our life cycle. However, while intrinsic ageing is inevitable, premature ageing caused by external factors is not. Most of the skin problems associated with premature ageing can be prevented.

If you are in your 20s, now is the prime time to prevent the signs of premature skin ageing.

Signs of Premature Ageing

Instead of just dismissing the signs of premature ageing, knowing how to identify them can help you develop a robust plan to reverse the damage – and of course, prevent more from occurring. While everyone’s skin is different, and these signs can differ from person to person, there are a couple of inevitable signs to look out for.

One of the earliest signs of premature ageing is the noticeable loss of a glowing complexion, coupled with tiny fine lines and loss of volume around the face. You might notice that your skin is beginning to lose its glow, and is more prone to flaking. Other obvious telltale signs of premature ageing also include crow’s feet and brown spots.

The Theory Behind Premature Ageing Skin

The effects of premature ageing skin are usually a result of a combination of lifestyle choices and environmental factors. And it helps to learn a little about what causes them in the first place.

Two of the most common causes include:

1. Excessive Sun Exposure

Approximately 80% of facial skin ageing is attributed to sun exposure. Excessive sun exposure can break down our skin’s elasticity and damage collagen proteins in the skin, leading to sagging or loose skin. At the same time, it also speeds up the production of melanin, causing dark spots.

With that said, developing an adequate sun protection habit is fundamental in the quest for long-lasting youthfulness. So take the steps necessary to protect your skin against the sun now.

2. Smoking Cigarettes

Studies have shown that tobacco can impair the production of collagen and elastin – the fibres that give your skin its elasticity and strength. Simultaneously, the nicotine that enters your body can cause the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin to narrow, limiting the amount of oxygen and nutrients your skin receives.

Premature Ageing Can Be Addressed With Targeted Treatment

Now, like any other skin concern, you want to look for solutions that specifically address premature ageing. In this instance, it is wrinkles and/or sagging skin.

Apart from sun exposure and smoking, other factors such as poor nutrition, inadequate diet and chronic stress can also result in early skin ageing. Other than working out regularly and fueling your body with foods that are high in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, you can also incorporate supplements like Hakubi Collagen Tablet or Hakubi Collagen Drink into your diet.

The best selling collagen supplements in Japan, Hakubi Collagen Tablet and Hakubi Collagen Drink contain Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6 and coix seed extract to keep the wrinkles at bay. At the same time, they also help to strengthen your skin barrier to better defend against external aggressors.

You Deserve to Look As Good As You Feel

As Coco Chanel once said, “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty”. Start making small lifestyle changes today, and give your skin the love and care it needs to age gracefully.

5 Causes of Dull Skin & How to Make Your Skin Truly Luminous #NoFilterNeeded

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We can all agree that no matter how well-maintained your skin is, some days just don’t go as planned. Whether it is from the weather, stress, or perhaps hormones, dull skin can happen for many reasons.

Luckily, we have got a few tricks up our sleeves to help you reclaim that elusive glow you have been looking for. First, let’s review 5 different causes of dull skin to nail down what could be the culprit for yours.

What Causes Dull Skin?

1. Dehydration

The association between water and better skin has been clearly demonstrated by multiple studies.

Dehydration is often the culprit of skin issues because it affects your skin’s ability to perform essential functions like cell turnover. Without adequate hydration, dead skin cells stay on the skin longer, which eventually leads to a buildup that causes dull skin.

Furthermore, failing to give your skin the hydration it needs leaves you with not only dry skin, but also unwanted long-term effects such as fine lines and wrinkles.

2. Slower Skin Regeneration Due to Age

Your skin sheds dead skin cells every day and renews itself approximately every 28 days. However, as you age, the regeneration process slows down, leaving a buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. And when you do not remove the surface buildup, the accumulated dead skin cells congest your skin and overshadow your healthy glow.

3. Lack of Sleep

Your skin cells repair and generate themselves while you are asleep. Short hours of sleep  hinder this natural restorative process and rob you of that morning glow.

4. Stress

Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed at work, or maybe you just had a little tiff with your partner, which has you a little on edge. Perpetual anger and distress can weaken skin cell proliferation and differentiation in the epidermis, resulting in varying skin issues, including dullness.

5. Poor Diet

What you put in your body reflects in your complexion. When your diet lacks key nutrients and is high in sugar, fat and salt, it can cause a loss of radiance in the skin.

Dull Skin Remedies

Now, the most important question is – what can you do to ensure your skin stays bright and healthy?

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, and Hydrate

In thirst, we trust!

You need to ensure an adequate intake of H2O throughout the day. The general rule of thumb? At least 8 glasses of water and whenever you feel thirsty, of course. Apart from water, hydrating supplements like Hakubi B Tablet are also your friends.

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliation is an important part of a skincare regimen that is often overlooked. If you are experiencing dull skin, start making exfoliation a part of your regular skincare routine. Regular exfoliation can increase cell turnover, stimulate collagen production and prevent clogged pores – all at the same time.

3. Carve Out Time to De-Stress

Manage your stress by making time for your favourite activities daily – taking a walk, doing Yoga, painting – whatever that may be. When you are relaxed and happy, your skin follows suit. Eventually, you will start to witness that healthy, happy glow again.

4. Be Mindful of Your Diet

Cut back on sugar, fat and salt. Instead, consume foods high in antioxidants, quality protein and essential fatty acids to keep your skin looking vibrant.

5. Invest in Supplements for Regeneration

Japanese supplement products like Hakubi White C Tablet can help improve your dull complexion and overall skin health by providing essential vitamins to your body. Apart from Vitamin C, White C Tablet also contains Vitamin B6 to promote active regeneration and L-Cysteine for enhanced skin whitening.

For best results, it is recommended to consume 2 White C Tablets 3 times daily for individuals aged 15 and above.

Restore Your Radiance in No Time

The days of your skin glowing brightly are not over, thankfully. Now that you understand the steps necessary to get rid of your dull skin, it is time to take action.

How Can You Protect Your Skin From the Relentless Sun?

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Living in a tropical country like Singapore, where the sun shines at full force all year round, a complete sun protection strategy is indispensable.

Why the Need for Sun Protection?

Look, we know you love your Vitamin D – and so do we. But do you know that without sun protection, even limited exposure to the UV rays emitted from the sun can cause damage to your skin, no matter your skin colour or tone? UV rays not only cause your skin to age prematurely (think wrinkles), but they can also contribute to other issues such as discolouration, dark spots and congested skin.

With Singapore having one of the highest levels of ultraviolet radiation globally, lax attitudes towards sun protection will only lead to harmful, irreversible outcomes.

Is It Okay to Forgo Protection If You’re Staying Indoor All Day?

The short answer is no! While we very much would love to disregard sun protection as we lounge around the house on a lazy day, the truth is UV rays penetrate through window glasses.

And given that 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, even a cloudy, overcast day is not an excuse for you to get lax about sun protection. Take proactive actions to protect your skin, and your skin will thank you in the long run.

Ways to Keep Your Skin Protected and Healthy

Apply & Reapply Sunscreen

By now, you should know that sunscreen is your first line of defence against the sun. But what are the best types of sunscreen to use?

Well, opt for a broad spectrum sunscreen – one that helps filter both UVA and UVB rays. Experts also recommend using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher before heading outdoors for the day and SPF 15 if you stay indoors. For adequate protection, a good rule of thumb is to reapply sunscreen every two hours as the sun breaks down all active ingredients in sunscreen over time.

Edible Sunscreens for Added Protection

Topical sunscreen alone is not sufficient if you are spending a long day in direct sunlight. Here is where oral sunscreens can help close the gap, offering double UV protection. Consumed in the form of pills, oral sunscreens typically contain potent antioxidants to protect not just your face, but also your entire skin surface against free radicals.

Accessorize with Hats and Shades

Last but not least, wearing sun-protective items can go a long way in protecting your skin against harmful UV rays. Sunglasses with 99% to 100% UV absorption provide optimal protection for the eyes and the tender skin around them, while hats with wide brims protect your nose, cheeks, scalp and neck.

Ways to Reduce Pigmentation & Achieve Glowing Skin

Apart from the aforementioned, there are also ways you can reduce the harmful effects of UV rays.

Develop Healthy Eating Habits

Fuel your body with foods packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can prevent and/or heal sun damage. These include:

  • Blueberries: All berries are rich sources of antioxidants that can neutralise the free-radical damage that sun exposure causes. The tiny anthocyanin-rich blueberry is believed to have the highest antioxidant capacity.

  • Green Tea: Polyphenol antioxidants found in green tea can protect your cells from UV-induced damage. It also contains vitamin E, which hydrates dry and cracked skin – a common side effect of sunburn.

  • Leafy Greens: Leafy greens such as kale and spinach are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant known for its ability to renew and repair the skin. Lutein and zeaxanthin found in these greens also act as natural sunblock for your skin.

Hakubi White C Tablet & White C Drink Are Your Trump Card

One of the best Japanese whitening supplements, Hakubi White C Tablet and Hakubi White C Drink help to mitigate oxidative damage caused by UV exposure and suppress the production of melanin to tackle skin concerns such as pigmentation.

Comes in pill form, White C Tablet is formulated with higher L-cysteine and vitamin C content for enhanced skin whitening. Vitamin B6  also promotes active skin regeneration.

Not a fan of pills? White C Drink is the product for you. It is easy to consume; just one bottle a day, and is packed with vitamin C and vitamin B6 to help enrich the antioxidant properties of vitamin E. With White C Drink, maintaining healthy-looking skin has never been so effortless.