Liv - December 2015










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NEWS | Editor’s Note

I was sent an article recently by one of my colleagues about a lady called Iris Apfel. In case you haven’t heard of her, she’s a flamboyant 94-year-old interior and fashion designer who wears what she wants, when she wants – and looks absolutely fabulous doing so. Her attitude is a breath of fresh air in our day and age. Bright and unabashedly bold in her wardrobe choices, she refuses to conform to the typical notion that as we get older, we should become more conservative with our sense of style. That’s why, in this month’s fashion spread, we’re not advocating age-appropriate dressing. Instead, we’ve made suggestions on practical items that can work well to complement any pieces in your wardrobe, whatever your age or stage (page 41). There’s no shame in wanting to take good care of your skin – not necessarily to look more “youthful”, but to feel your best; and there are plenty of practical and easy adjustments you can make now. We’ve shortlisted targeted skincare and treatments you can incorporate into your beauty regime (page 25), as well as makeup tips for making the most of your features. I think it’s human nature to reflect in December. We look back on our achievements, what we think we could’ve done better, how we wish we’d stuck to that diet or exercise plan… the list goes on, and most of it is largely in the name of self-improvement. That’s not the case with author and philanthropist Christine Amour-Levar, however, who instead makes it her goal to give back to the community. She and a team of brave colleagues at Women On A Mission head off on challenging expeditions to far-flung corners of the globe to raise money and awareness for female survivors of war. As this issue is published, they’ll have just returned from a trek in Siberia. Read our interview on page 18. Personally, Christine’s story made me stop and think about the type of resolutions I intend to make for the year ahead. Instead of focusing on myself, how can I step up and make a difference to someone else’s way of life? Now that’s aspirational. OLDER ANDWISER

Have a fabulous festive season!

Christine Amour-Levar

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26 Great Skin at Every Age: Skincare tips and advice UPFRONT FASHION BEAUTY

10 Beauty News 14 Fashion News 46 Social Events:

Snaps from around town

49 In the Next Issue

17 Closet Spy:

Our monthly peek into a reader’s wardrobe

28 Makeup Tips:

43 Style at Any Age:

Techniques for a youthful look

Wardrobe essentials we love

30 Stop the Clock:

18 Cover Feature:

Treatments around town to try

Christine Amour-Levar tells us her life experiences

32 Food Guide:

35 Gift Guide:

These foods will keep your skin wrinkle-free!

Ideas for him and her



LIV LOVES Michael Kors’ Jet Set 6 capsule just has it all – from party shoes for nights out, to chic boots for colder weather climes or comfy slip-on sneakers for exploring cities. Available to shop online at or in boutiques islandwide.

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Beauty News

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Products, treatments and trends to try now

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You can now book yourself a So Haute facial that uses the best Swiss skincare brands at the So Spa . The luxurious experience lasts for an hour and a half as the therapist first does a complimentary skin assessment, then a customised discovery facial, and finishes the treatment with a relaxing 45-minute massage. Expect to look remarkably refreshed and rejuvenated $265. So Spa by Sofitel at the Singapore Resort and Spa Sentosa. Call 6708 8358. Haute News

We’re all over ’s makeup and beauty sets for the holiday season. They include the best from brands like Natura Bisse, Lipstick Queen, By Terry, Eyeko, Ren, Goldfaden and Ellis, as well as skincare heavyweights like 111 Skin, Aurelia and Sarah Chapman. The best news? They’re a steal at 20 to 30 percent less than their usual price. What are you waiting for? Get clicking!

One more reason to get to the airport early: the Shilla Beauty Loft . Next time you’re departing from Changi Airport, head to the mezzanine level of the Shilla Terminal 3 Departure Central store and indulge in a variety of beauty and skincare services offered by luxury brands Chanel, Dior, La Prairie and SK-II. Each of these has an exclusive beauty haven that offers limited edition collectibles, plus personalised pampering sessions to relax you before your flight. For more details, visit Jet-Setting Beauty

Tress Refresh In the mood for some pampering? Or looking to change your hairstyle? Surrender to the experts at Hair We Are . With extensive experience in styling and treating both Asian and Caucasian hair, they understand that each hair type requires different handling. Book yourself a cut, a colour or an intensive hair repair treatment; or let them tackle your unruly hair with an anti-frizz or smoothing keratin treatment. Special offer : LIV readers enjoy 20 percent off all services (except washing and styling; applicable to first-time customers only).

Hair We Are, #01-08 Serene Centre (next to Cluny Court and Botanic Gardens MRT station). Call 6463 0353 for an appointment.


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Be a Glow-Getter Naturally Effective

Bottega Verde Treat your skin to the natural goodness of grapes with the Bottega Verde Red Grape collection. Comprising a serum,

face cream, shower foam, body scrub and body cream, it ensures every part of your body receives the precious antioxidant and anti-ageing benefits from the fruit grown in the Tuscan countryside. We especially

like the lightweight Moisturising Serum that helps fight free radicals. Available at #02-454/455 Suntec City Mall. Inni by La Source

Adding a face oil to your beauty routine may be just the thing you need to achieve that elusive youthful glow. Cold-pressed oils are moisturisers in the most natural of forms and, contrary to popular belief, they will not clog your pores. Oils are immediately absorbed, giving the skin an instant shot of nutrients and antioxidants to make it smooth and glowing. At Nila you can pick from a variety of oils, depending on your skin concerns. Camellia Japonica Organic (Japan): Also known as Japanese tea oil or Tsubaki oil, this product contains vitamins A, B and E. Like green tea, it is rich in antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage. Use it as a traditional hair treatment and moisturiser – and feel the difference after one application. Golden Jojoba (US): Jojoba oils’s molecular structure mimics the action of our own sebum – the skin’s natural lubricant. This versatile oil is rich in Vitamin E, deep- cleanses blocked pores, moisturises and promotes a healthy, glowing complexion. It’s also non-comedogenic. Rose Otto Organic essential oil (Bulgaria): Exquisitely scented, sublime oil is ideal for mature, dry and sensitive skin, having a tonic action on sluggish circulation and fragile capillaries. Helichrysum (Albania): Commonly known as the everlasting flower or Immortelle, the Helichrysum helps reduce wrinkles, age spots and scarring, and increases the elasticity of your skin.

If you’re looking for natural, effective skincare, try Inni by La Source. Inni, short for infinity, was inspired by founder Jane Soon’s belief that what you put on your skin is as important as all the other effort you put into staying healthy. With this in mind, the entire skincare range has been formulated to be free of parabens, mineral oils, artificial colorants, perfumes and fillers, making it suitable for all skin types. Choose from Whitening, Hydrating, Ageing products that all contain Austrian Heilmoor clay – a powerhouse of restorative and anti-ageing benefits. Available exclusively at La Source Spa, 15 Scotts Road, #01-03/04 Thong Teck Building. Call 6732 1318. Purifying and Anti-

Stenders This Latvian skincare, bath and body-care brand’s lush products are made with plant extracts, essential oils and dried herbs in

Nila Singapore, #03-25 Shaw Centre. Call 6737 7822.

keeping with ancient Latvian recipes. Choose from cleansers, toners, soufflés, scrubs and body butters with ingredients like rose honeycomb, peppermint, cranberries and lavender. Natural, refreshing and rejuvenating, they’re just what you need after a long, tiring day. #03-75 Plaza Singapura. Call 6238 1152.


UPFRONT | Spotlight

Trending: We’ve all heard of balayage, but what exactly is it? LIV sat down with colour experts LEONA BROWN and JOE GALEOTTI from Alikhan Coiffure , drawing on their combined 50 years of colouring experience to get the lowdown. Brushed Tresses

Break it down for us, guys: what is balayage? Joe: It means “to sweep” in French. It’s been around for decades. I first learnt the technique when I started my hairdressing career in the seventies in Europe! Leona: It’s a more natural highlighting technique: darker at the roots and lighter on the ends. There aren’t lots of highlights, just a few more strategically placed ones. Who would like it? Joe: Anyone that wants a low-maintenance, natural, sun-kissed look. Leona: First-timers to colour looking for a lift. People who’ve accidently ended up too blonde (the Singapore sun will do it to you!) and want a more natural colour. What hair colours work best for balayage? Joe: Balayage looks great on blondes, brunettes and redheads. No colour is off limits! Can those of us with grey hair try the trend too? Joe: Yes, but you’ll need to create a base first, by having your roots tinted. Sarah Jessica Parker and J. Lo are both quite grey, but they have created a brown base, which is then balayaged over. They both look amazing!

Tell us some common misconceptions about the technique.

revolutionary treatment minimises damage during the lightening process. Depending on the length of your hair, the ends are likely to be one to seven years old. They’ve been through a lot already, so let’s not overstress the tresses! How should I communicate what I want to my hairdresser? Joe: Have images on your phone ready to show us so you can communicate tones – we’ll be able to let you know if your expectations are realistic or not; remember, we want you to look your best! Leona: Take into consideration the eye and skin colour of the person in your images. Even the type of jewellery you wear can be a deciding factor as to whether you should go warm or cool in tone.

Joe: That you don’t need a cut. If you’re going for a new look, it’s vital to reshape the hair. Colour placement is dictated by the cut, so one always complements the other. Leona: That balayage is just colouring the tips of the hair or just for blondes. The most amazing colours are generally a combination of different techniques, such as microweaves, babylights, glossing and balayage. What’s the upkeep like? Joe: Blondes should visit the salon every two to three months as they generally like to be lighter and brighter on top. Brunettes look better with colour starting below the root so two to three times a year will do. Intense colours such as red, violet and blue fade faster so you’ll need a monthly gloss to refresh the look. Ask for Olaplex to be added to your colour. Ola-what? Leona: It’s a bond multiplier that will help strengthen your hair before or after a treatment or colouring, or it can be done on its own. Disulfide bonds in our hair are broken during chemical and mechanical services such as blow-drying and straightening. If too many bonds are broken, your hair breaks. This

Visit Leona or Joe at Alikhan Coiffure, 30 Merchant Road, #02-07 Riverside Point. Call 6438 8801 or text 9169 8363 for an appointment. Appointments a r e ava i l ab l e Tue sday t o Saturday. For more details, visit


FashionNews What to covet, buy and wear this month

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Label Love

Dubbed the personification of “Grace Jones meets Chinese Couture”, new independent Asian label Chi Chi Von Tang was founded by CEO Lisa Crosswhite. Edgy, funky yet luxurious, the collection melds details from East and West – a clear example being its striking Warrior Bomber jackets. $425 to $475, available at Gnossem, or try one on at the new Chi Chi store, Level 1, Scotts Square, adjacent to Herm è s.

SUPER STORE Opened at the newly revamped Suntec City Mall, Mporium brings together 35 Asian designers under one roof, selling clothes and accessories for guys and girls. We love the concept and the massive, loft-like interior, and it’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for something unique. #01-477/478/479/480, Suntec City NorthWing.

Don’t be the last to check out these fabulous new stores and launches. IN TOWN

…boutique store AnCee Chantelle and its versatile and glamorous clothing and accessories, ideal for women on the go and looking for smart, fast wardrobe solutions. Through AnCee outfits, founder and designer Anjali Mander aims to inspire and empower women: “Our goal was to interact with our audience and get them involved in the design process by offering minimalist and basic silhouettes strong enough to stand alone, but versatile enough to give them the unrestricted freedom to change the overall look of the garment with accessories to fit their mood.” View the collections at #02-358 Suntec City. We’ve Discovered… NEW


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Childhood CHARM If you’re a big kid at heart, Pandora’s new Disney collection will bring a smile to your face. The adorable handmade charms include Mickey and Minnie, as well as a tribute to Frozen through Elsa and Anna’s dresses and crowns. A fabulous gift idea. Available now at Pandora boutiques.

FAST & FUNCTIONAL Already looking ahead to fitness resolutions? Add Nike’s Air Zoom Structure 19 to your wish list. Its flymesh upper keeps your feet cool while exercising, whether you’re pounding the streets or at a Botanic Gardens bootcamp. $199, LUXE Detailing We do lov a good pullover in colder climes or when the air-con gets a bit chilly, and this one adorned with ostrich feathers, from Elizabeth & James and recently launched onNet-A-, has zoomed straight to the top of our wish list.

We Shortlist This Month’s Must-Haves

SHIMMER & SHINE When it comes to style, The Outnet. com’s in-house label Iris & Ink collection has us covered. Just check out this snazzy metallic dress – we love the flattering cut and length.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT We’re always keen to discover cool new design collaborations, and this recent launch by Pedder Group caught our eye. They’ve collaborated with Korean fashion brand KYE (, founded by Korean designer and Central Saint Martin’s graduate Kathleen Kye, to launch a cool six-piece bag collection into their Pedder Red line.


UPFRONT | Style Hunter


LIV heads to the streets to find out what you’re wearing!

Sarah Davies New Zealand

We do love a good floral dress – they add a bit of colour and happiness to our wardrobes, not to mention making us feel wonderfully feminine. Pretty Sarah’s printed white version brightened our day, so of course we just had to take a snap.

Watch: Fossil Dress: Trelise Cooper Shoes: Geox Bag: Issey Miyake


Dress, Zara, $99

Dress, Topshop, $156

Dress, Jack Wills, POA

Dress, Mango, $99

Dress, Banana Republic, $200


UPFRONT | Closet Spy

It may not look like it, but I’m not someone who likes spending hours shopping. I don’t have the patience – in fact, just the thought of it gives me a migraine! Instead, I stick to a few of my favourite tried-and-tested designers who I return to for their style, colours and sizing – it makes my life that much easier. A large part of my wardrobe is comprised of Diane von Furstenberg’s classic wrap, tunic dresses and short jumpsuits. Her clothes are easy to pack and travel well, and their cut and design make me feel womanly and give me confidence. Next, I like Michael Kors for easy-breezy tailored tops, figure-skimming dresses and leg-lengthening jeans, which are excellent for weekends. The designs make you look instantly classic and chic at a barbecue, lounging by the pool or going to the movies. The rest are pretty styles from Leona Edminston, Collette Dinnigan and Emilio Pucci, which are once again easy to pack and create the perfect feminine looks for date nights with my husband. My closet contains a mix of classic pieces that I accentuate with a few items from my vintage collection according to my mood. When I travel, I love to scout vintage stores for clothing and accessory gems. Throughout the years, I’ve acquired quite the collection of Japanese lace dresses dating back from the 1950s, together with a decent collection of original Glomesh bags in a variety of styles and colour, and 1970s fish-metal belts in an assortment of colours! Where she shops… We ask a LIV reader what makes her work wardrobe tick... Maida De Vega, Professional Trainer & Coach, Manners In Mind For me, each day varies because I’m involved in many different projects. I could be at a day camp for children, teaching them about manners, social etiquette and behaviour, or attending docent training programmes; or, alternatively, I might have a free day to run errands, meet friends and spend time with my boys! During hot and humid days, I love to slip into easy tunic dresses in lively prints and short playsuits – these are must-haves in my closet! For dinner or drinks in the evening, I like to change into wrap dresses or figure-skimming dresses. I like uncomplicated styles that look understated and sophisticated. Her dress code… I spent a lot of time with my grandmother when I was growing up, and she was very fond of movies. That meant that from an early age I grew up admiring actresses like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Since then, I’ve always found myself gravitating towards a more timeless and effortless aesthetic: naturally glamorous, I like to call it! For me, dressing down is boring, while dressing up too much can look like you’re trying too hard. I like to try and find a middle ground and add my own personal touch. Her daily routine… Her personal style… I love fashion for its creativity, imagination and design, but I don’t follow trends. That's something I tried in my teens, but I looked awkward and felt as if I was dressing up for a theatre play – it’s definitely not me. Her fashion sense… Her wardrobe staples…

Colette Dinnigan

Emilio Pucci

Diane von Furstenberg

Michael Kors

Michael Kors


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With her go-getting attitude and passion for supporting charitable causes – which sees her and a team of brave women embark on annual trekking expeditions to precarious corners of the globe to raise money for non-profit organisations – CHRISTINE AMOUR- LEVAR has made us sit up and take notice. We spoke with the author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother of four about her life experiences.

Styling and Direction: Susannah Jaffer Photography: Michael Bernabe Hair and Makeup: Kelly Bilimoria All clothing (aside from Chi Chi Von Tang jacket) avail- able at Willow & Huxley, 20 Amoy Street


s chance would have it, just after I got in touch with Christine for our December cover feature, we bumped into each other at the launch

of a mutual friend’s first fashion label at Scotts Square, and immediately got chatting. Something of a social butterfly – and definitely a seasoned expat (she’s been living here with her family for 10 years) – Christine and I shared stories about life in Singapore. I was immediately drawn to her confident, bubbly personality. After more discussions over some, well, rather moreish gin- infused cocktails, it became clear that she’s had a colourful life shaped by many experiences, all of which she’s taken in her stride. What first brought you to Singapore? How do you feel the city has changed over the last few years? The very first time I came here, I was just 15 years old, and it was to play competitive football. I’ll never forget the effect Singapore had on me during that short visit, and my desire to return. I remember walking down the pristine, modern streets and thinking to myself, “I would love to live in this amazing place one day.” Luckily, my wish came true 10 years ago, when I had the opportunity to move here to work for Nike, running their Singapore marketing team. Two of my four children were also born here, and this special place has been the happiest of homes for us ever since. Over the years, it has changed tremendously; in fact, I feel it has simply become more cosmopolitan, beautiful and exciting. Tell us about your venture into fashion retail and your book, T he Smart Girl’s Handbook to Being Mummylicious ; what inspired you to embark on these two projects? After a few years at Nike, I decided to combine my love of fashion with my passion for the country that gave us football (my favourite sport!) and the world’s sexiest swimwear, Brazil. I opened Singapore’s first Brazilian multi-brand fashion boutique, Beijaflor, on Orchard Road and during that time I gave birth to my two younger children, who are just 22 months apart. So, I went from wearing maternity wear to having to sell itsy- bitsy tiny bikinis in a very short space of time. No wonder I had lots of material for the book I wrote soon after that!

Having a fashion business was fun; the shows, the events and trips to Brazil for fashion weeks in Rio and Sao Paolo were exciting and glamorous. Eventually, though, travel took a toll on our young family. Consequently, after about three- and-a-half years of running my retail business, I realised it was time explore new horizons. In 2011, I managed to sell my boutique for a modest profit and decided to focus my attention on developing my writing. It’s funny; I got into writing by accident, when one of my editor girlfriends asked me to contribute a story. I enjoyed the experience very much, and found it to be a very creative outlet. A year later, in May 2012, I published my first book, The Smart Girl’s Handbook to Being Mummylicous , which was born out of my desire to inspire more mums to prioritise their health and fitness post- baby, and also to push themselves to never give up on their dreams when they become mothers. How did you get into work with non- profit organisation Women On A Mission? In October 2012, after a chance encounter with a passionate Everest summiter calledValerie Boffy, I trekked to Everest Base Camp with her and seven other adventurous women, raising awareness and funds for women survivors of war. Women On A Mission (WOAM) evolved naturally into something bigger and more meaningful, soon after our team’s return from Everest.

Christine wears dress by To The Point, $180


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Our team seeks to travel, to explore the world, and as a result to make new discoveries and flourish as individuals; but most importantly, give something back to society.


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Christine wears Keepsake Adorn skirt, $160, and top, $100, paired with Chi Chi von Tang jacket, POA, available at and Scotts Square, Level 1


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Tell us more about its work over the years. Over the past three years, WOAM has become an organisation that combines challenging expeditions to majestic locations around the world, with inspirational events and workshops in Singapore and Nepal, as a means to raise awareness and funds for women survivors of war and abuse. As of today, we are proud to say that we’ve managed to raise over half a million Singapore dollars for the causes we support. In addition to survivors of war, who we champion via an organisation called Women forWomen International, we also support and raise funds for AWARE, a well-known gender equality advocacy group, the Singapore Committee forUNWomen, andAidha, a SingaporeNGOtbat empowers domestic workers. Recently, at one of our fundraisers for the UN, we hosted Dr Anousheh Ansari, the first self- funded woman astronaut to fly into space, and this November, as part of our fourth expedition, we trekked in Siberia with the nomadic Nenets reindeer herders of that region. This was the first time in history that an all-female team has accompanied the Nenets on one of their yearly 60-kilometre journeys across the frozen Gulf of Ob, which is a bay of the Arctic Ocean located at the mouth of the Ob River, deep in the Arctic Circle in northern Russia. Ultimately, our objective is to inspire women to want to leave their comfort zone, their families and homes for a certain period of time, while pushing their limits in an effort to rally support for a worthy cause. Our team seeks to travel, to explore the world, and as a result to make new discoveries and flourish as individuals; but most importantly, give something back to society. Who and what inspires you the most? I’m inspired by peoplewho are brave and generous. I admire those who aren’t afraid to dream big, but who also make it a point to help others become happier and more successful. People who are genuinely kind, thoughtful and compassionate towards others inspire me deeply. I also admire a strong work ethic, creativity, passion and integrity. These are some of the values I aspire to reflect in my own life, and qualities I hope my children will incorporate into their lives as they grow up. Tell us about Christine behind the scenes: what are your favourite ways to spend your free time? To be honest, I love just lounging around the house on a rainy day with a good book; I’m a real homebody and a voracious reader at that! But I also prioritise my health and nutrition, so I

Christine wears bustier dress by Bariano, $240


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try to exercise regularly and plan our home meals very carefully. That said, my husband and I do enjoy eating out and catching up with friends at least two or three times a week, and we also love hosting relaxed dinner parties at home. You clearly enjoy your fashion – tell us about your favourite designers and the brands that are on your radar right now. It’s true, I love fashion and dressing up in general. My WOAM teammates often tease me about the fact that I always try to dress up and at least wear some lipstick during our treks! In my closet, I have a wide range of brands and styles, from inexpensive high street fashion items to classic BCBGpieces, Hervé Léger frocks, lots of Brazilian pieces frommy retail entrepreneur days, as well as various outfits from independent designers that I’ve collected frommy travels around the world. Incidentally, I’m also a huge fan of online retailer Gnossem’s new brand, Chi Chi Von Tang, which I feel really fills a gap in the market. I love its “badass” Asian-warrior-princess feel. Being Eurasian – my mother is from the Philippines and my father is French and Swiss – I can completely identify with Chi Chi’s modern Asian designs with a twist. What other passions do you have aside from charity work, fashion and writing? I’m passionate about my marketing consultancy work for Temasek Trust, the philanthropic arm of Temasek Holdings, and also supporting my husband with his business, iRaceMedia – a horse-racing publishing company. I enjoy working on interesting projects, learning new things, travelling and meeting new people, but my greatest loves are my four children: Yasmine, Malcolm, Louis and Angeline. They are my pride and joy and the epicentre of my life. I never thought I would one day have four children; motherhood just seems to have happened to me along the way. I had two children in my twenties, then got remarried, and had two more in my thirties. As clichéd as it sounds, it’s the most beautiful thing that has ever happened to me, and raising my four children is the greatest job I could ever undertake. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition, because they already know what you truly want to do with your life. Everything else is secondary.

Have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition, because they already know what you truly want to do with your life. Everything else is secondary.

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Fact: Lines and wrinkles are inevitable. But with the right products, treatments and diet it is possible to slow down the effects of time on your skin. Read on to find your best solutions. >>> AGEING GRACEFULLY


BEAUTY | Anti-Ageing Special

Your Guide to Great Skin at When it comes to taking care of your skin, the old adage “prevention is better than cure” has never been truer. And while some women seem to have hit the genetic jackpot (we’re looking at you, Jennifer Lopez), how you treat your skin when you’re young plays a big role in how it looks as you grow older. Fine lines and wrinkles may be inevitable, but with the right skincare regimen, there are ways to prevent and erase them. Every Age By Smita DeSouza


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It’s a time to take risks and experiment sartorially, as well as with your career. It’s a time to find your unique style and your place in the world. And while you may also test the waters when it comes to glitter and blue eye-shadow, it’s best to keep it sensible when it comes to a skincare regimen. Establishing good skincare habits in your 20s will stand you in good stead when you reach your 30s, 40s and beyond. The first step to great skin is cleansing. Make sure to always cleanse your face before you go to bed – no matter how tired you are. You don’t want makeup and sebum clogging your pores. Just home from an all-nighter? Keep a pack of wipes near your bed so you have no excuse to forgo cleansing. If you don’t already use a moisturiser, start now. Find one for your skin type and use it regularly. You may need one with salicylic acid if you’re still prone to acne, or a gel formula if your skin is oily. It’s also a good time to invest in an eye cream. While dermatologists are still divided on how early is too early to be

This is the time to start making smart decisions. As you move up in your career, stop buying fast fashion and start investing in pieces that you will wear forever. Similarly, this is when you need to take your skincare regimen to the next level. As the first signs of ageing – dull skin, sunspots or pigmentation, lines around your eyes and perhaps even your mouth – start to appear, the right products will help minimise their appearance. The first product you need to add to your 30-something skincare routine is an exfoliant that will help combat dull skin, boost cell turnover and refine your pores. Glycolic, salicylic and lactic acid peels are more effective than physical scrubs as they penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. Schedule a twice-weekly at-home acid peel – any oftener and it could affect the skin’s moisture barrier, making it dry and irritated. You should already be using sunscreen religiously, but in case you aren’t, it’s essential after any acidic peel to prevent newly exfoliated skin from damage by the sun’s rays. Another key product to use at this stage is an anti-oxidant serum that will help fight free radicals caused by stress, pollution and even sun damage. As age-related dryness sets in, a rich moisturiser or face oil will help keep skin hydrated and plump, making fine lines less prominent. It’s also time to switch to a more potent eye cream that will help fight lines. Don’t rule out visiting a dermatologist. A professional will identify any other concerns you may have and suggest the right course of treatment. Using the right products is key at this stage.

using anti-ageing eye creams, you can’t ignore the fact that skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the body and prone to the most wear and tear. Any signs of ageing are likely to appear here first, so it’s best to give it some TLC with a moisturising or brightening eye cream. Finally, the best thing you can do for your skin at this age is to start using sunscreen. Every. Single. Day. The sun’s rays are the

number one cause of skin ageing. Start now, and it will be your best defence against ageing.

IN YOUR 40S AND BEYOND You’re more confident than you’ve ever been. You’re finally comfortable in your skin, though your skin itself is going through more changes. A decline in production of collagen and elastin means you will see lines getting deeper and facial contours slackening. As skin-cell turnover slows down even further, you may notice a roughening of texture, and since light bounces unevenly off a texture surface, the skin looks dull and lacklustre. Sun damage from your teens, 20s and 30s will start to show up in the form of hyper- pigmentation. While you won’t be able to completely reverse the damage, there are ways to minimise it. The best thing you can do for skin after 40 is to avoid going overboard with treatments and products that could further strip it of moisture and irritate it, causing it to become sensitive. Choose gentle products when

it comes to cleansing. If your skin can handle it, an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and BHA (beta hydroxy acid) cleanser or toner will still help with skin-cell turnover. Adding a serum rich in Vitamin C will tackle sun spots as well as fight free radicals. Continue using a sunscreen every day and make sure you also use it on your neck and chest, as these areas are prone to sun damage too. Consider using a firming cream to combat the loss of elasticity. Adding a prescription retinol is a good way to smooth out lines, so keep up the

visits to the dermatologist. Clinical treatments like p r o f e s s i o n a l p e e l s , microdermabrasion and dermal fillers can all help perk up your complexion.


BEAUTY | Anti-Ageing Special

7 Ways To Look Younger


#1: Bring back the brows Unless you’re Anne Hathaway or Keira Knightley, chances are your brows could benefit from a brow pencil. Thin, arched brows are a dead giveaway of age, while brows à la Cara Delevingne signify youth. Over-tweezing (and ageing in general) will make your brow hair thinner, so invest in a brow kit or pencil to create those full brows. Fair warning: it takes practice to get pencilled-in brows to look natural, so try eyebrow embroidery if you don’t have time. I like Benefit’s Brow-zings or Gimme Brows. #2: Use a primer Allowme to introduce you to your new best friend: primer. Most primers are made with plumping ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and some silicones. These will provide a smooth, airbrushed canvas for your foundation and fill out any lines you may have. If you’re plagued by dark circles, try using a primer with brightening, smoothing ingredients first, then applying a thin layer of concealer with a brush. Try Make Up For Ever’s Step 1 Primer. #3: Keep your hair looking healthy Keep your locks vibrant, shiny and bouncy between salon visits. Try an at-home gloss, or schedule regular appointments with your hairstylist as dull, flat, one-dimensional hair colour adds years to your look. Opt for long layers, soft volume and lots of movement to help frame your face and soften harsh lines. Avoid stick-straight strands and blunt ends, as they can prematurely age you by pulling down your features. John Frieda’s Colour Refreshing Gloss is recommended.

#4: Go easy on the foundation Spot-correct only where you need it with a liquid or cream foundation, concealer or even just a tinted moisturiser. If you apply too much foundation, you risk making your creases more noticeable. I suggest using a beauty sponge – it’s fail-proof and will give you smooth, buildable coverage. Don’t forget to re-evaluate your foundation every few years to see if it’s still the best fit for your skin tone. Try a BeautyBlender for a flawless finish. #5: Swap black eyeliner for brown Dark, dramatic eyes can be tricky to pull off and they tend to be less flattering on most women as they age. They specifically draw attention to the wrinkles around your eyes. Instead of a black liner, choose a dark brown or grey and opt for a soft, easy-to-apply pencil. Try eyeliner techniques like tight-lining, or just line your waterline for a barely-there effect. Try Tarte’s emphasEYES eye pencil. #6: Use shimmer like a grown-up Applying matt eye shadow and adding a touch of highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes is the sophisticated way to use shimmer. To look younger, completely avoid “frosted” or “iridescent” eye shadows. These are formulated to reflect light and will actually draw attention to the fine lines and creases around the eye. The same rule applies to blushes and bronzes – opt A well-defined pout can help define your features. You have two options: start with a lip liner in a neutral shade that’s just a bit bolder than your natural lip colour. Or line the lips and then fill in the rest with a tinted gloss. Gloss gives a softer, more youthful appearance, but it’s not for everyone. Try Clinique’s Chubby Sticks for a sheer but colourful lipstick that feels light and soft on your lips. For bolder colour, try shades of coral and fuchsia. for matt versions. #7 Go for gloss

Our cover makeup artist KELLY BILIMORIA enlists ridiculously easy ways to shave years off your face. Just like your choice of clothing, your choice of cosmetics can highlight your sense of style, complement your best features and keep you looking fresh and full of life. However, use the wrong shade of makeup and you could end up accentuating your fine lines and wrinkles. Similarly, dull, dry hair can add decades to your look. Here are seven tricks to ensure your makeup doesn’t age you.


BEAUTY | Anti-Ageing Special


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Stop The Clock Want to erase the ravages of time without the dreaded “frozen face”? Here are four innovative, non-surgical treatments that will have you looking like new. Liquid Face Lift What it is: A non-surgical facelift that uses specific injection techniques that focus on lifting and contouring. It involves the use of dermal fillers, usually in combination with Botox. Each of these dermal fillers has unique attributes that work in their own special way to contour specific areas of the face. In general, dermal fillers replace lost volume in the face or help the body regenerate its own collagen. What it does: Precisely placed, the dermal fillers can be used to lift or contour any number of facial features like nasolabial folds, tired-looking eyes and hollow temples, to name a few. Another benefit of this treatment is that you’re likely to be left with fewer wrinkles, creases or folds. They restore the natural contours of the face, giving it a younger, more relaxed look. Available at: Dr Valentin Low Aesthetic and Laser Clinic, #08-03 Paragon Medical Suites. Call 6720 3323 for an appointment or visit for more information.

Facial Thread Lift Combined with Dermal Fillers What it is: The 30-minute facial thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that combines lifting and re-generating effects to gently boost sagging facial skin while stimulating collagen production. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are injectable gels used to restore the skin’s elasticity. Together they deal with lines and sagging skin, resulting in a smoother, more rested and rejuvenated look. What it does: Ageing skin is characterised by loss of volume that leads to sagging skin, deep laugh lines, sunken cheeks, dark circles and overall drooping. This combination of thread lift and dermal filler provides an instant lift with a gradual and natural regenerative effect. This effect is further supplemented by the restoration of lost volume to achieve an overall youthful, natural and refreshed appearance. Say goodbye to jowling,

sagging cheeks, laugh lines and drooping brows. Available at: Cutis Medical Laser Clinics, #08-07 Scotts Medical Centre. Call 6801 4000 for an appointment.


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Silhouette Soft What it is: This 20-minute procedure done under local anaesthesia uses a micro-needle to thread soft threads through the skin. These bio-absorbable and biochemically neutral threads are anchored into the tissue using special cone technology – this removes any risk of them snapping. Best for those who wish to tackle sagging skin at the brow, the mid-face, the jowl area and the neck, without any worries about incisions or scarring. What it does: The Silhouette soft treatment has a dual effect: firstly, the targeted area is immediately and noticeably lifted and re-contoured; and secondly it boosts collagen production in the following months to keep the skin firm and taut. Over time, the threads restore volume to the face by helping regenerate tissue. The overall effect: a naturally younger visage that doesn’t look like it’s had work done. Available at: Dr Yvonne Goh Aesthetics, #09-05 Camden Medical Centre. Call 6462 2559 for an appointment or visit for more information.

CACI Luxury What it is: This non-surgical facelift combines micro-current technology and Capacitive Radio Frequency (CRF) for the ultimate restorative results. The micro-current delivers tiny electrical impulses that mimic the body’s natural bioelectrical field, while the CRF penetrates the deeper layers of the skin to increase production of collagen. What it does: The micro-current increases blood and lymphatic circulation, which helps instantly brighten your complexion. Thanks to the increased production of collagen and elastin due to the treatment, fine lines are reduced and the skin takes on a plumper, younger look, with an improved skin barrier. It also helps enhance the penetration of active ingredients in your skin care. No wonder celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Madonna and Courtney Cox are fans. Available at: SWUK Aesthetics, #02-25 Alexandra Central. Call 6250 1326 for an appointment or visit for more information.


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Eat Your Way To Better Skin Give your anti-ageing regimen a boost with foods that will keep your skin smooth and wrinkle-free.

Oily fish (salmon, tuna, trout, sardines) Healthy omega-3 fats from these fish enable our cells to renew and replenish themselves. Consume them two to three times weekly, limiting tuna to two to three times a month due to its mercury content. Multi-coloured berries These fruit are bursting with antioxidants – munch them daily as a snack, and add to juices, smoothies and salads. Water Our body is up to 70-percent water, so keep

Nuts and seeds Enjoy a daily handful of raw mixed almonds, Brazil nuts and walnuts, plus sunflower, flax and chia seeds, all chockfull of healthy fat, fibre and anti-oxidants. Avocados and olives Rich in mono-unsaturated fat – the kind that is found in our skin-glands – healthy fats are your friends when it comes to youthful skin. Your grandma was wise to moisturise with olive oil. Quality meat, dairy, eggs Add these to your diet for their protein and selenium content. They’re also rich in “sunshine” vitamin D, which plays a vital role in keeping us healthy and youthful. Cinnamon and other spices These help control blood sugar levels and have anti- inflammatory properties. Cook with them, and sprinkle Rich in antioxidants (resveratrol, flavonoids) that minimise damage from free radicals, they also raise levels of serotonin, providing that feel-good factor. Enjoy as an occasional treat. Liza Rowan is a holistic nutritionist, and the founder of Health &Vitality. She’s now offering nutrition courses online. For more details, visit them generously on your food. Wine and dark chocolate

By Liza Rowan

W hat you eat plays a big role in how your skin looks. A diet that includes processed and refined foods, excess alcohol and caffeine, and of course sugar, will leave your skin looking dull and lifeless. Add to that smoking, stress and environmental factors like excessive sun exposure and pollution, and you’re likely to see the first signs of ageing even before you’ve hit 30. I’m a firm believer that beauty comes from within. And when it’s younger-looking skin you want, it’s best to include foods rich in healthy fats, antioxidants (which protect against free radicals) and proteins that repair and build collagen and elastin. Add these foods to your diet and watch your skin start to glow again.

sipping. Add fruit or vegetable slices and herbs for some variety. Herbal and green teas are also great; pure coconut water gets top marks. Aim for at least two litres a day, and more if you exercise or live in a hot climate. Leafy greens

Rich in carotenoids and Vitamin C, they’re the “biggest bang for your buck” nutritionally. Toss them into juices, smoothies,

soups, salads and stir-fries daily. Sweet potatoes and carrots

These are rich in beta-carotene that our bodies convert to Vitamin A. They’re great roasted, in curries and salads, and as a base for dips.


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