Want to know a great way to unwind after a busy day and relieve sore muscles? Soak in an Epsom salt bath (magnesium sulfate found in most health food stores) infused with some essential oils for a very “I feel like a million bucks” budget at-home spa experience.
Contributed by Rena Phuah
Ever since I was a teenager, I have been obsessed with makeup and beauty. Partly because of my acne-ridden teenage years, I’ve been on a quest for products to attain the flawless and airbrushed look of the girls in magazines. I have spent countless hours in drugstores trying out different foundations and lip-glosses (late 90s and early 2000s are all about lip-glosses) and splurged on MAC products every time I received pocket money from my parents or from cash earned from part-time jobs in college.
For the longest time I had cystic acne. To paint a bit of a picture, my face had large inflamed red bumps that you couldn’t just squeeze like a pimple. They ran deep into the skin and were extremely painful.
Like many acne sufferers, it was a socially crippling experience and I took extreme measures to try and fix it. I spent a lot of money on cleansers, facial scrubs and oil-free moisturisers that claimed to clear up my skin. I also endured regular facials that involved tear-jerking extractions.