What's best in the long run

After trying a range of sports nutrition products, here are my favourites:

Gel: Gu Roctane Gel in Blueberry Pomegranate, HK$20, Escapade Sports (

Tuesday, 5 June, 2012, 12:00am

Youthful looks in a bottle? A wrinkle picker puts it on the lines

I was not looking my best the first time I tried Nu Skin products. I was bleary-eyed and tired after finishing a gruelling shift at 1.50am the night before.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

This week we test: eye cream

Eye cream keeps the skin around your eyes hydrated and helps to set your eye makeup. Some also help to deter dark circles and reduce puffiness.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll On (HK$245/15ml) 8/10

28 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Mouth-ulcer gels recalled after tests find bacterial contamination

The public has been warned not to use two batches of mouth-ulcer gels because of bacterial contamination.

Thirteen products contain the tainted gels - Jalogel-1 Gel with batch number LX0699 and Jelaplexin Gel with batch number JW1969. A leading pharmacist warned that use of the any of the tainted products could lead to organ failure or even death.

21 May 2009 - 12:00am

Toxic gel injection case back in court

A Shenzhen victim of toxic gel injections from an operation six years ago had her long-awaited court rehearing yesterday in her 300,000 yuan (HK$342,625) compensation claim against a popular surgical hospital.

27 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

What's in it?

Other names it goes by? Hyaluronan or hyaluronate

What's it used in? Facial moisturisers, anti-ageing products, eye creams and foundations. In 2003, the US Food and Drug Administration approved hyaluronan injections for filling soft tissue defects under the trade name Restylane.

13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Salon owner found guilty of breast-gel fraud

Suspended jail term for beautician

An 'irresponsible' beauty salon owner in Causeway Bay was given a suspended sentence yesterday after she admitted selling an unregistered gel used in plastic surgery to undercover customs officers.

2 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Just the things to save your skin all through summer

Bliss has launched what it says is a range of products that will take care of oily t-zones this summer. The steep clean product range includes clog-dissolving cleansing milk ($300), the brand's must-have of the season.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Beauty Flash

Oil control

28 May 2006 - 12:00am

First court claim on breast gel since ban

A Shenzhen court will today begin hearing a claim for compensation for the effects of a toxic breast-boosting gel - the first since the product was banned last month.

The case - an appeal filed by Shenzhen consumer Zhang Huiqin against an earlier court ruling - could be the first of many against the producers of the hydrophilic polyacrylamide gel, known as PAAG.

23 May 2006 - 12:00am

Treatment initially used for scars and wrinkles

PAAG, or hydrophilic polyacrylamide, was first developed in Ukraine more than a decade ago but has never been widely used for breast enlargement, according to a plastic surgeon.

It was used to fix scars and wrinkles, said Hong Kong Medical Association vice-president Louis Shih Tai-cho, who is also a private dermatologist.

14 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Summer care

Blemishfree is a new product from Australian cosmeceutical brand Skin Doctors, designed to be used daily - particularly during the humid summer months - by those with acne-prone skin. The kit includes an exfoliating cleanser, oil minimiser, pore-minimising cream, toner and overnight zit zapper for $499 (down from the original price of $1,000).

19 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Hair styling

A good hair styling product can add volume, shine and style to your hair. Go for an alcohol-free gel, wax or spray that won't strip your hair of its natural oils.

Aveda Sap Moss Styling Moss (250ml/$200)

This alcohol-free spray-gel stops frizz and keeps your hairdo in place for a long time. Not good for dry and damaged hair, though.

9 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Beauty Flash

Dramatic gel

Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel is the latest offering from Clinique. The lightweight, oil-free product is a good treat for oily to very oily skin as it provides the right amount of moisture to soften, smooth and comfort young skin which is acne-prone. The product is 100% fragrance free. Available at Clinique counters for $300 from January 3 onward.L

26 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Keep one step ahead of leg problems

A COMPLETE range of leg-care treatments from Institut Des Jambes is being offered in Stylatrade retail outlets, along with JF Lazartigue hair products, Erno Laszlo skin-care items and Galenic cosmetics.

Founded in France about 50 years ago, Institut Des Jambes was the brainchild of a doctor who specialised in leg problems.

21 May 1995 - 12:00am