From sleeping with make-up on to using masks daily, six beauty junkies share their unusual habits and treatments with Urban.
Alli Sim, 31
Founder of skincare brand Mmerci Encore
1) What is your unusual beauty habit?
I take 3/4 cup of dry coffee grounds and add it to a base oil, such as organic virgin coconut oil or grapeseed oil, to make a scrub for my body. I make them in small batches and use them about twice a month.
The coffee scent is amazing and I add citrus essential oils as well. Coffee is known to have detoxifying properties and the act of massaging helps with microcirculation, getting rid of water retention and breaking up stubborn fats.
I travel to Paris about five times a year and when I'm there, I'll go to the gourmet grocery store Hediard to buy my coffee grounds.
It has good coffee and is near the hotel I usually stay at. I'll spend about 20 euros on coffee each time. Any type of coffee should work though.
It makes a horrible mess in the shower, but washes off with minimal effort.
2) How did you cultivate this habit?
I learnt a lot about home spa rituals during my time as Harper's Bazaar Singapore beauty editor. I worked at the magazine for five years.
Also, since I was a child, I've always been interested in do-it-yourself beauty. While other girls played with Barbie dolls, I'd spend my pocket money on beauty books with natural recipes. My bathroom looked like a crazy lab; there was always mashed avocado, Manuka honey, Himalayan salt, eggs and yogurt. Now, it's my kitchen that looks like a lab.
3) How effective is it?
I'm a realist and know that while it does visibly smoothen the skin in the short term, as with all scrubs, nothing can eradicate cellulite and its dimples. Psychologically though, I'm energised by the coffee scent and a little bit more encouraged when my skin feels softer after a good scrub.
4) Have you experienced any adverse reactions?
Not for the moment. I always do patch tests whenever I prepare something new.
The medical experts say
Dr Low Chai Ling, from aesthetic clinic The Sloane Clinic, says people with sensitive skin or raw wounds should avoid rubbing coffee grounds on their skin. It is also not suitable for the face, where the skin is more delicate.
As for its purported detoxification properties, Associate Professor Chua Sze Hon, who is the Lead for Dermatology at Nanyang Technological University's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, points out that there are no scientific studies to prove this.