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Guardian Health & Beauty Awards 2016

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Last week, the Guardian Health & Beauty Awards 2016 recognised some of its best-loved health and beauty products.

To uncover Singapore’s most well-loved health and beauty products, Guardian enlisted the help of both experts and consumers to determine the winning products of the year. A team of experts tested close to 90 products, while consumers voted for their favourite products online.

The Guardian Health & Beauty 2016 expert panel consisted of:

  • Dr Chan Yuin Chew, Dermatologist, Dermatology Associates, Gleneagles Medical Centre
  • Dr Cheong Wai Kwong, Dermatologist, Specialist Skin Clinic & Associates Pte. Ltd.
  • Dr Eileen Tan, Dermatologist, Eileen Tan Skin, Laser and Hair Transplant Clinic, Mount Elizabeth Hospital
  • Eugene Ong, Managing Director, Urban Hair by Ginrich
  • Dr Gerald Tan, President of the Aesthetic Dentistry Society of Singapore; Founder and Clinical director of Elite Dental Group
  • Kristen Juliet Soh, Editorial Director, Daily Vanity
  • Lian Meiting, Beauty Influencer
  • Roseanne Tang, Head Make-up Artist & Trainer at Bloom by Roseanne, Singapore Beauty Blogger
  • Sharon Lim, Editor-in-Chief, Elle Singapore
  • Wong Li-Lin, Deputy Director, Thomson Medical Group

During the awards event, a select number of expert judges shared some of their insights in a discussion on health, beauty and wellness.

With regards to skin care and cosmetics, Roseanne Tang, Head Make-up Artist & Trainer at Bloom by Roseanne, shared:

Singaporeans have been concentrating a lot on skin care because they feel that they need to have good skin care in order to shorten their time spent on makeup. Skin care is extremely important to having great make up. Your base has to be very well moisturised, supple and smooth for the makeup to look nice. So people do spend a good amount of time making sure they get the right sunscreen, or right moisturiser to have under their makeup as well as for their daily routine.”

In terms of holistic wellness, Wong Li-Lin, Singaporean artiste and Deputy Director of Thomson Medical Group weighed in on the topic:

I think that a lot of people are starting to look at their inner health – what they’re eating, how they’re responding to stress, and also things like allergens in food and skincare products. Because your skin is your largest organ, and gut health is also really important, a lot of attention is being paid to that. I’m always pushing for people to look at their inner health –  how you lead your life in addition to what you put on yourself.”

As oral health is also essential to overall wellness, Dr. Gerald Tan, President of the Aesthetic Dentistry Society of Singapore shared:

One of the key challenges that I face in my practice is that patients only go to see the dentist if they’re in pain. If they’re not in pain, they would rather delay seeing the dentist. However, that trend is slowly improving with education and affluence, and more people want to get their teeth fixed not just to be healthy but to look good as well. We always try to encourage patients to get treatment done to make sure that their teeth are healthy first, before we enhance the appearance of their teeth.

It’s a very well-proven fact that oral health has a direct link to systemic health. It’s very important that dentists recommend their patients to see the dentist regularly at least once every six months. A lot of conditions in the mouth can happen very silently and can also be transmitted like a cough and cold. Very often, patients are surprised when a dentist points out a spot of decay or a wisdom tooth infection coming on as they do not feel any pain.”

Among the many winners these year, here are some of the more noteworthy ones for active agers:

Skincare

Product Expert’s Choice Consumer’s Choice
Facial Cleanser Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Face Wash Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Face Wash
Eye Cream L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur Eye L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur Eye
Men Facial Scrub Neutrogena Men Daily Face Scrub Garnier Men Turbo Light Oil Control Scrub
Male Razors Gillette Fusion Proglide Flexball Razor Gillette Fusion Proglide Flexball Razor
Female Razors Schick Intuition Plus Kit Gillette Venus And Olay 5 Blades Razor
Moisture Body Cleansing Dove Beauty Nourishing Body Foam Dove Beauty Nourishing
Derma Body Cleansing Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Body Care For Moisturising Nivea Body Intensive Body Milk Nivea Body Intensive Body Milk

 

Sun Care

Product Expert’s Choice Consumer’s Choice
Derma Sun Care Avene Very High Protection Spray SPF50+ Avene Protection Spray Spf50+
Sun Care Spray Biore UV Perfect Spray SPF50+ PA+++ Biore Uv Perfect Spray Spf50+ Pa+++

 

Dental Care

Product Expert’s Choice Consumer’s Choice
Whitening Toothpaste Pearlie White Blanc Perfect Toothpaste Sensodyne Repair & Protect Whitening Toothpaste

 

Hair Care

Product Expert’s Choice Consumer’s Choice
Dry Shampoo Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo With Oat Extract Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo With Oat Extract
Hair Shine Shampoo L’Oreal Elseve Nutri-gloss light shampoo Rene Furterer Fioravanti Shine Shampoo
Oil Infused Shampoo Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Shampoo
Men’s Styling Lucido Hair Wax Super Hard Gatsby Moving Rubber Spiky Edge

 

Cosmetics

Product Expert’s Choice Consumer’s Choice
Eye Mascara L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara Maybelline Big Eyes Barbie Mascara
Eye Liner Maybelline Eyestudio Hypersharp Liner Maybelline Eyestudio Hypersharp Liner
Lip Colour Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Assorted L’Oreal Colour Riche Star

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