Cleanser 101: The Basics To Cleansing | Clozette

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If there's one beauty tip that surpasses all tips combined, it's this: a good skin care routine is all you need. And to have a skin care routine that suits you perfectly begins with having a good cleanser. What a cleanser does is simple--it washes away the dirt from your skin to keep it fresh and renewed. It's also a vital step in making your other skincare and makeup products work well.

However, even if your cleanser's job is to remove dirt and bacteria, it's very important to remember to not over clean. Because although that "squeaky clean" feeling is highly satisfactory, it's actually not healthy. It strips off your skin's natural oils and moisture making it dry, irritated, and prone to acne.

Learn more about it from Dr. Joyce Lim in this video:

There are two things you need to know when looking for a cleanser, your skin type, and the ingredients that addresses your current skin situation. Generally, it's best to look for skin care products that have Glycerin, an ingredient usually used in soap-making that attracts moisture to your skin; Sarkosyl, a foaming and cleansing agent; and Castor Oil, an all-around beneficial ingredient for the body and skin.  

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Once you've got all your products sorted out, stick to a skin care regimen that works for you. Have one in the morning and one before you sleep. If you notice good results, continue with your holy grail products, if not, switch up a few things until you get the results you want!



There's no woman that is comparable to that of a Modern Muse. A Modern Muse is strong, confident, and an inspiration to others. She is a modern woman who is multi-dimensional. She has the intrinsic ability to express different facets of her personality which truly captures the essence of modern femininity--and that's why Clozette loves the Modern Muse.

With that in mind, Estée Lauder introduces Modern Muse Chic, a new fragrance inspired by the bold, daring, more creative side of a Modern Muse. It is personally crafted to reflect the true style icon who knows how to make a trend work on her own terms. The fragrance itself captures this independent spirit with a Vivid Woody Floral scent. It is a unique contrast of sophisticated florals and succulent fruitiness, with a hint of  deep sultry woods scent. 

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Another thing that makes this fragrance a must-have in your collection is its bold packaging. Duality is also part of the Modern Muse Chic package design. The shape is a strong, tall luxurious glass bottle with soft rounded sides. While the style is a navy bow with gold-toned studs on the spray-through cap--inspired by the iconic bow on Estée Lauder’s first fragrance, Youth Dew.

Overall it is a bold visual representation of modern femininity. Together, these contrasts create an intense visual statement that is an important part of the Modern Muse Chic experience.

Modern Muse Chic will be available at Estée Lauder counters in Malaysia beginning July 2015.


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Heavy-duty moisturiser and sunscreen for face and body are the order of the day. Sure, you’ll be surrounded by water, most likely in a humid climate. However, keep in mind that it’s salt water, which can have a harsh drying effect on skin. Baking in the sun will also cause even the plumpest skin to dry out, given enough time. 

Make-up like foundation and lipstick is, of course, pointless in the water; but if you absolutely must have something on your face, go for waterproof mascara that will not flake or crumble off (and get into your eyes). Trust me; this is not something you want to be dealing with when you’re 20 metres under the sea! 

Your hair can also be damaged by continuous exposure to salt water, so keep your tresses insulated by working some argan oil through your hair before you explore the coral reefs. Bonus: argan oil is great for hydrating skin too! 

Aftercare is also important, so moisturise with aloe vera gel or a post-sun moisturiser once you’ve finished frolicking in the water for the day. Don’t neglect your glossy locks if you want to keep them that way – rinse the salt water out of your hair as soon as possible. 

To inspire your next beach escapade, here is our list of must-bring beauty items to the beach:


Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara

This crowd-pleaser stays intact after swimming and strenuous workouts (read: lots of perspiration). It also doesn’t clump, smudge or flake.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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For oily and blemished skin, this fragrance-free tinted moisturizer protects your skin from the elements while giving you medium to heavy coverage.

Bobbi Brown Extra SPD 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

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If you have dry skin, you’ll probably love this moisturizer. Despite being intensely rich, it’s not greasy – in fact, it’s insanely lightweight. What sorcery is this?

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+ WetForce

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This is a non-greasy sunscreen that is an overachiever: not only is it waterproof, it’s activated by water and becomes more effective when exposed to water. How’s that for smug sunscreen?

Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil

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Is there anything argan oil can’t do? This fabulous cold pressed oil protects and restores hair, moisturises skin, and even keeps your cuticles soft. If you’re only packing one beauty product for your beach getaway, this is it. 

After Sundown

When the sun goes down, it’s time to channel your inner siren. Give yourself a happy island glow with a light dusting of bronzer and if you like, eyeshadow. A word of caution: don’t overdo it and be mistaken for a glow-in-the-dark sea creature at dinner, please. 

Line your eyes in a smoky dark grey or brown kohl pencil if you want a softer look. Lipstick is, again, somewhat pointless when post-sunset activities comprise eating vast quantities of grilled seafood and guzzling cold beers or sugary cocktails with umbrellas in them. For more staying power, go for a lip stain. If your lips are dry from sun and saltwater exposure, try a tinted lip balm instead. 


MAC Feline Kohl Power Eye Pencil

Intense, smoky colour and easily blendable, this kohl pencil will take you through hours of post-sunset revelry, whether it’s on the beach or in a bar – or as is often the case, both!

 Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow

Long-lasting? Check. Intense colour? Check. Quick-drying gel formula that doesn’t cake? Check. 

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

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Colour and post-sun care for chapped and dry lips meet in this subtly tinted lip balm. Great if you don’t want dramatic lips, but need a hint of colour and maximum hydration for your kisser.