What In The World Are Hair Scrubs? | Clozette

In the world where skincare and makeup are queens, we often leave it to a good ol' updo to keep our tresses at bay. But hey, your locks need some loving, too! Besides the daily dirt and oil build-up on your scalp, not taking time to give your roots some much needed scrubbing can lead to hair damage that can seriously cost you your crown as you age.  

Now come hair scrubs. At first, they may sound abrasive. But the more you pay attention, the more you'll actually be compelled to give them a go. Interest piqued? Keep on reading to find out why you need to have them on your beauty shelf ASAP.

They are just as vital as your face and body scrubs

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Your scalp may not take much physical space compared to the rest of your face, but it has more hair follicles and grease glands that can easily be clogged by sebum, dirt and dead skin. Similar to how exfoliating works on your face, hair scrubs help get rid of impurities while nourishing your scalp. Some of the most common ingredients in hair scrubs that facilitate exfoliation are AHA (usually in the form of fruit acids) or BHA (such as salicylic acid). They offer a gentler formulation as compared to those with coarser textures that can irritate and scratch the scalp harshly.

But even so, hair scrubs should only be used once a week, twice at most if you've been exposed to too much sun and sweat,  to get rid of excess oil and dead skin without drying out your scalp.

Healthy roots, gorgeous tips

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If you feel like your hair is not exactly in its bounciest and most voluminous state, the culprit might be how unhealthy your scalp has been. And while shampoo and conditioner can only do so much, an extra hand to make sure your roots are in top shape should also have a space in your beauty cabinet.

In comparison to a typical hair care routine, using a hair scrub hastens hair growth and helps develop stronger strands because it helps unclog the follicles from dirt and dandruff and creates better blood circulation around your scalp. It also significantly reduces the chances of developing eczema and psoriasis.

They're not that hard to find

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If this is the first time you're hearing about hair scrubs and the first two points got you convinced on why you need one, the next obvious step is to know where to get them. Don't fret, as unlike other beauty products that either cost an arm and a leg or can only be purchased from who knows where, hair scrubs have been readily available for purchase in your favourite beauty counters or online shopping networks — you may have just overlooked them in the past. Some popular and definitely worth-your-penny picks are L'Oreal's Elseve Phytoclear Hair Scrub and The Body Shop's Fuji Green Tea Hair Scrub.

Plus, if you've ran out of your usual body scrub, hair scrubs in general can work as a temporary fix. Just keep in mind to use it in less sensitive areas such as arms and legs and seek caution when using it on your face. Always keep a light hand in applying and stop if redness occurs. Just like any other beauty product, patch testing is always advised. 

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In 1985 at the Clarins Laboratories, Jacques Courtin-Clarins and one of his researchers discussed making the best skincare product in the world. They lingered on the idea of putting all of the essential skincare ingredients in one bottle. "But that's impossible. We wouldn’t be able to include all of the ingredients in just one product; they could never ‘cohabitate,’" said the researcher. 

So what solution did Jacques Courtin-Clarins come up with? Separate non-cohabiting ingredients into two vials. And that's the story of how Clarins Double Serum came to be. Fast forward to 2017, the beloved product has gone through several reincarnations — eight to be exact. So what's new with its latest version? Read on to find out.

A research breakthrough

Almost all great formulas are based on brilliant research, and the Clarins Double Serum is no exception. Recently, the Clarins research team identified a cellular “listening system” that has never been explored: lipid microdomains, also referred to as lipid “rafts,” located in the cell’s membrane. These lipid microdomains are responsible for getting signals from the environment so that the skin can react accordingly. If these lipid microdomains decrease in number due to the natural ageing process, exposure to UV rays and oxidative stress, then the cells can't "hear" properly, thus, respond poorly. 

According to the research, the disruption of the cells' vital functions (regeneration, oxygenation, nutrition, hydration and protection) is linked to skin ageing. The Generation 8 Clarins Double Serum was created with this mind.

The Code: [20 + 1] 

To reinforce the skin's cellular expression, all of Clarins' most recent plant discoveries are included in the latest version of the Double Serum. In response to their latest discovery, they have added Turmeric extract to the roster of premium plant extracts and plant-based ingredients. The prized component of the Turmeric extract is its high concentration of a molecule called Turmerone. This molecule is effective in facilitating interaction between the plant and its environment. When applied to the skin, it can protect the lipid microdomains to ensure they function properly. 

The other 20 ingredients included in the new formula are organic banana extract, myrothamnus extract, avocado unsaponifables, red jania, teasel extract, organic goji berry extract, beautyberry extract, horse chestnut extract, organic kiwi extract, organic mary's thistle oil, organic leaf of life extract, organic quinoa extract, organic marsh samphire extract, cocoa extract, mango extract, huang qi extract, ginger lily extract, organic edelweiss extract, orthosiphon extract and organic oat sugars.

Smart packaging

If you're a jet-setter, you'll love this new dial feature in the packaging. Now, you can adjust the push button to customize the amount of product to be dispensed. If you're currently in a cold climate (or have dry skin), opt for the first dial. When you're in places with warmer temperatures (or you have oily skin), use the second dial. So simple yet amazing, right? 

So, what do you think of the new and improved Clarins Double Serum? 

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The 8th generation editionClarins Double Serum comes in 30ml ($125) and 50ml ($170) bottles and will be available at all authorized Clarins counters in Singapore starting 31 August. 



One of the things people look forward to when they are travelling is the shopping. In fact, there are some who travel just to buy things that are not readily available where they live. There are also some who go overseas to get cosmetic procedures done, but going to a different country to enjoy beauty treatments is not that common. Yes, raiding local drugstores for skincare gems is nice. But there are actually unique beauty treatments you can go to specific countries for.

Here are just some of the beautifying things you can do during your trip to these equally beautiful destinations.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu

A hotel in Machu Picchu, Peru called Inkaterra offers a one-of-a-kind service. They have a body treatment where guests are given a coca leaf mask. You don’t have to worry about getting addicted to it, (even though coca is the main ingredient for a drug) because coca in itself do not have addictive properties. What it does have are moisturising and soothing properties, so you’ll be sure to have a relaxing time.

Puning Sand Spa

This treatment is exactly what you think it is. You’ll get buried under volcanic sand and ash from Mt. Pinatubo in Pampanga, Philippines. The thermal properties of the sand will soothe and relax your muscles. After that, you’ll be given a mud pack containing volcanic ash, which is great for addressing rashes, cellulite and other skin blemishes.

Beitou Hot Springs

There have been studies in different countries about the effectiveness of bathing in hot springs in alleviating different kinds of ailments. While there’s still no definitive answer to our question on whether hot springs are as miraculous as the Japanese say they are, accounts of people who have tried them are enough to convince us to try them. The Beitou Hot Springs in Taiwan are especially great for when you have flaky and hyperpigmented skin because of the minerals found in them.

Dead Sea

Many beauty products have been created with ingredients sourced from the Dead Sea. They all have been given rave reviews, which got us dreaming of actually experiencing the ingredients in their purest form. While diving in the Dead Sea is impossible because of its exorbitant salt content (you’re only gonna float), we’ll surely immerse our bodies as much as we can to soak in the goodness the body of water can give. The water has reportedly been effective at helping treat psoriasis and skin allergies. Meanwhile, the sand from the Dead Sea has become quite a popular ingredient in body scrubs.

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