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Everyone gets butt acne, which is isn’t really acne at all, but a combination of blocked hair follicles and mild bacterial infection, that can be caused by a variety of reasons. Nobody really wants to discuss this with anybody, except maybe a professional, but it’s an issue that can be addressed, and we’re here with some hopefully helpful solutions that might help you tackle this not-so-peachy problem, privately.


Sitting too much


Sephora Collection Exfoliating Face Wipes

SGD10/~USD7.39


Yes, there is such a thing, and this thing is a contributing factor in butt acne. If you’ve got a day job, it’s a little difficult to get work done while you’re walking around, but at least it’ll give you some incentive to stretch your legs around the office. Alternatively, you can look into unclogging your pores with something simple like Sephora Collection Exfoliating Face Wipes, which can help remove excess oils and dead skin to prevent the acne from forming.


Stewing in sweat


Botanist’s Botanical Bar

SGD17/~USD12.57


This one may not surprise you, as sweat also causes acne on other parts of the body, including face, neck and back. Be sure to change out of your sweaty clothes after hitting the gym, or if you have the time, practice showering with a gentle soap like Botanist's Botanical Bar after working out to help remove the sweat, oil, and dirt that accumulate on your skin.


Dry skin


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair

SGD20/~USD14.79


If your skin type is dry, your booty may very well be dry and flaky as well, exacerbating breakouts down under. Look into an all over moisturiser like the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair cream to keep you super soft, and restore hydration to the area, to prevent further clogging of the pores.


Not exfoliating


Neutrogena's Body Clear Body Scrub

SGD9/~USD6


Sounds a little strange when you talk about exfoliating your butt, but using a product like Neutrogena's Body Clear Body Scrub can really help with clearing out the clogged pores that cause butt acne in the first place. This formula contains salicylic acid, but it’s gentle enough to use every day.



Tight clothing


Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap

SGD20/~USD14.79


Now this, came as a bit of a surprise to us. We had no idea that our fashion choices could directly affect butt acne at all. Tight clothing traps sweat and bacteria in the skin by preventing it from getting breathing room, so loosen up, and maybe grab some Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap to wash off all that grime and break down the dead skin cells that have been giving you grief.


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What are the things you typically expect of a good primer? A smooth canvas to put your makeup on? Longevity? Pore-blurring qualities? Cover FX recently launched a primer that promises all that, with a major bonus: pollution defence. This year, there’s been a growing trend among skincare brands when it comes to adding environmental stress-fighting properties in their products. With more people choosing to live in the city, constant exposure to smoke and free radicals is inevitable, resulting in rapid signs of ageing. Cover FX’s Water Cloud Primer adds to the roster of anti-pollution products that help strengthen your skin barrier against environmental aggressors and skin damage. Seems promising? I decided to try it for myself to see how well it holds up against other primers in the market.



cover fx water cloud primer


Packaging and Texture


The Cover FX Water Cloud Primer is neatly packaged in a minimalist white squeeze tube. Cover FX’s products are known for their functional, no-frills approach to makeup though in terms of design, this primer seems to err on the side of simplicity. Functionality, however, is excellent as the squeeze tube is perfect for delivering a controlled amount of product and minimising contamination.


cover fx water cloud primer swatch


In terms of texture, the primer is really something of a dream. It comes out mousse-like in a light shade of blue which appears transparent once blended. It’s lightweight and there’s a noticeable cooling sensation once it touches your skin—one which is quite similar to after-sun gels. I think this would really appeal to those who live in a hot, humid climate as it feels incredibly soothing.


Application and Wearability


The primer is spreadable though it sinks into the skin rather quickly so it felt as if I needed to put more on to cover all areas of my face. Its pore-blurring qualities are minimal; I don’t really struggle with large pores though there are a few on the sides of my nose and the primer didn’t really make much of a difference in that area. At the time, I was struggling with a bit of redness from the heat and the primer only managed to tone it down slightly. Prior to application, I also used a sunscreen which gives the skin a bit of shine though the primer managed to mattify the finish fairly well.


cover fx water cloud primer makeup test


As a base, it smoothed out my skin enough to make light work of makeup application. That being said, I don’t particularly have any dramatically uneven skin texture so I can’t say for certain how this will work for those who do. I appreciate how it minimised shine even hours later and there were fewer touch ups with this on when it came to oil control. Longevity is average though--it made my makeup stay on a bit longer than normal, but I could already see traces of wear after a little over four hours.




Overall Thoughts


I think the biggest selling point of the Cover FX Water Cloud Primer is in how it claimed to protect against pollution and blue light. The formulation is also skin-friendly in that it’s free from parabens, fragrance, mineral oil, gluten, sulfates, and phthalates. The fact that it’s vegan and cruelty-free is also a huge plus. As a primer however, I don’t think it does extremely well. At SGD58 for 30ml, it’s pretty steep in comparison with other available primers on the market, though not all of them have the same anti-pollution qualities as this one. I’m still on the lookout for a primer which can cover all bases when it comes to colour-correction, smoothing, priming, and getting my makeup to last but Cover FX’s Water Cloud primer has also led me to consider looking for alternative pollution-defence products to add to my skincare.


The Cover FX primer is available at the Sephora SG store and site.

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To this day, cutting your hair short is still considered a daring move by many. As Coco Chanel once said, "A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life." Not only does a drastic change in hairstyle alters the way you look, but it also affects your mood and daily grooming habits. Having doubts about making the transition from bra-length to a bob? Go for a pretty lob instead. Keep scrolling and see how members of the Clozette Community sport this cute cut.


Sleek


Sleek Bob Lob

(Photo from: justephanielee)


Layered


Layered Lob

(Photo from: Leannelow)



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