Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much – Helen Keller.
This season, Style Theory is committed to building our community of women up by activities and workshops that lift each other’s spirits up and create a stronger bond between Style Theory and our Women of Style Theory, as well as between the Women of Style Theory.
In March 2019, we hosted a workshop with Three Cosmetics to learn and share skincare tips for busy lifestyles from our friends and beauty experts at Three Cosmetics. From the workshop, we learnt skincare steps to achieve calm, glow and well-being, using Three’s products that are infused with the goodness of botanical oils. That’s achieving the no-makeup makeup look by simply enhancing our glowing skin!
Here’s what we learnt:
#1. Skincare is more than just for the face
You should treat the skin on your neck and chest as well as you treat your face. While we often pamper our face with cream and lotions, we should not neglect the skin on our neck and chest. These areas are generally the first sign of aging in the form of loose and sagging skin, wrinkles, and dark spots that appear earlier than the face.
Why? The skin on our neck is thin and contains less collagen and fewer sebaceous glands than our face. That means it’s vulnerable and more prone to wrinkling. Bad posture and looking down at our phones often can also cause horizontal lines on our necks–experts call it “tech neck”.
Apply skincare products to both your face and neck–and chest if you’re generous if your product. Don’t forget them when applying sunscreen to avoid skin damage too. Massage your neck to allow better blood circulation to improve your skin condition too.
#2. Apply moisturiser on damp skin (instead of dry skin)
It can be confusing at first; apply cream or gel moisturisers to damp skin, instead of dry skin. We apply lotion to our skin to make them softer or to add moisture to skin that feels dry at the office when in actual fact, we should be applying to damp skin.
When our skin is wet, the pores are opened, allowing the lotion to work better and last longer. Spritz your skin with facial mist before applying moisturiser to make it work harder and lock in for a longer time!
#3. Sunscreen 101: The higher the SPF doesn’t mean it gives a more effective protection
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays. UVB rays are the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer. Many of us under-apply sunscreen, which makes us more prone to the radiation.
Having a higher SPF doesn’t mean you get to stay out in the sun longer, as the intensity of sunlight, your skin type, and amount of sunscreen used is also important. For best protection, we recommend you use a minimum SPF sunscreen of 15, apply the proper amount (around 30g for full body coverage) and reapply every 2 hours.
Why not use a really high SPF? SPF 15 blocks 93% of the photons (allows 7 out of the 100 photons through), while SPF 30 gives you 97% protection (allows 3 out of 100 photons through). There’s no 100% protection and an SPF 100 does not mean greater UVB protection than SPF 30.
Aside from the useful tips and hands-on experience from the beauty experts, our Style Theory workshop attendees received a goodie bag worth $50 and in-store vouchers!
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