Archive for February, 2009

Fair Skin Is More Prone To Sun Damage


The ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths of the sun’s rays have a dramatic, destructive aging effect on your skin, especially if you are a fair-skinned skin type.

UV radiation damages the epithelial cells and destroys your collagen and elastin and is a major cause of the skin aging. There is much evidence that the aging effect of the sun directly causes cellular damage and also produces free radicals, which damage the cell walls and DNA of the skin cells.

If you want a graphic example of the aging effects of the sun on your skin, compare the skin of your face to that of your underarm.

A sun block with a SPF 15, antioxidant vitamins and one that also blocks both UVA and UVB is a minimum. If you are fair skinned, you have high sun exposure should wear a minimum of SPF 30 instead.

Review – Dior Addict High Color Lipstick


Dior Addict High Color Lipstick, a new addition to Dior’s varicolored lipstick ranges, is my first makeup product review.

Dior lipstick ranges

Although I’m not so much a makeup person but I always enjoy going around cosmetic counters to check out on lipsticks. In my opinion, I felt that Dior has been putting a lot of attention on their lipstick business. So far, there are 8 ranges under their belt : Dior Addict Lipstick – Diorific – Dior Addict Ultra Shine – Dior Addict Ultra Shine 2 – Dior Addict Pearl Shine Collection – Rouge Dior – Dior Addict Ultra-Nude – Dior Addict High Shine – Dior Addict High Color. (What a mouthful!!!)

Each range is targeted for different effects and needs on personal taste preference. So far, I have bought 2 different colors from Dior Addict High Shine. I will say so-so for the color texture as I find them too translucent for me. But I do like the moisturizing texture on both though.

Dior Addict High Color Lipstick

Well, back to the Dior Addict High Color Lipstick. Marketed as ‘Melting Shiny Lipcolor’, comes with many beautiful colors. I have a hard time choosing the color I want, eventually I took this pinkish peach color no. 564 Rose Extase Ecstatic Pink.

Product review

When shine lights up color!

In just one stroke, dare a new breed of color saturated with shine. Experience the new glide that transforms your lips into a weapon of seduction.

Prodigious innovation. Dior takes up the challenge. The first lipstick that combines an ever more vibrant color with a new wet – look brilliance, captivating, ultra sexy.

Dare the addictive sensation of a new shaping and ultra-smooth changing texture, which transforms your lips for striking and perfectly irresistible lips!

Dior Addict, the brilliance shows its seduction…

Texture / Results

It gives a smooth texture and good color density. No shimmer with great shine. Very moisturizing, I love it!!!



Will I buy it again? …… Very likely!

Do We Need Night Cream?



What is night cream?

A night cream is a moisturizer in which there is a greater concentration of hydrating ingredients than is typically used in a day cream or lotion. Because of this richness, night creams may leave the skin with a slight occlusive layer that many people would not be comfortable wearing during the day or under foundation.

Day cream vs. night cream

Although some doctors may claim that there is no difference between what the skin needs during the day and what it needs at night. But many moisturizing formulations for day have great sun protection and that is the only way you should differentiate a daytime product from a nighttime version.

Why night cream?

There are two reasons why a night cream is useful. One is that transepidermal water loss is greatest at night, and a night cream can help prevent that kind of dehydration. Two is that the body’s cells are replenished with nutrients and are being regenerated at night, so this is the time to optimize the delivery of the raw materials skin needs.

Free radical at rest

Now, too, is when free radical damage from the environment is at its lowest point. You’re indoors, in the dark, and not active, so fewer free radicals are being produced within your skin as well. You can take advantage of this break in the action to disarm the free radicals that have accumulated during the day and saturate the skin with an extra supply so that you don’t start the next day unprotected.

Review – The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Toner

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Toner, is claimed to remove excess traces of cleanser, dirt and makeup, is suitable for oily and blemished skin.

Product review

Refreshing toner that removes excess traces of cleanser, dirt and make-up, helping to control shine and blemishes without drying the skin. With natural witch hazel to remove every last trace of make-up.

A toner or a brush cleanser?

This product was introduced by one of the beauty consultant when I was shopping for a brush cleanser which happened to run out of stock. She recommended me this product as the best alternative for makeup brush cleanser. At first, I felt resistant about using a toner as a brush cleanser but she reassure me that it is a good buy and no worry about it.

Instructions as a brush cleanser

Pour some toner onto tissue papers or towel, rub the brush onto the damp areas and rinsing is not required.

Result as a brush cleanser

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Toner helps to remove dirt and makeup from the brush effectively.

Ingredient claims

Tea tree essential oil – has natural purifying antibacterial properties. Is known to help soothe blemished skin.

Witch hazel – helps to refresh the skin and reduce the appearance of puffiness.

Allantoin – soothes the skin.

The truth about the ingredients

Although tea tree oil is the key ingredient but it only contains just a trace of it. It is primarily water, surfactant and preservative.

It contains some skin-irritants such as benzyl alcohol and witch hazel.

Result as a toner

I use this toner for my oily nose. It not only dries up my skin but also causes serious skin irritation. I also hate the antibacterial scent.

Rating as a toner

Will I buy it again? …… Never!

Treatment Review – Titan Facelift For Skin Tightening (Before & After)


Titan Facelift promotes a new skin tightening procedure that uses infrared waves to heat the deep layers of the skin and tighten the skin.

My first experience

In fact, I did my first Titan Facelift treatment eight years ago when it was fairly new at that time. The result was disappointing, as there was no visible improvement at all. Well, I guess it may be due to the fact that I was in my early 30s then.

Since then, I feel that it might not be the right treatment for skin tightening and I withhold the thought of trying it again.

before treatment

My first signs of skin aging

I’m always trouble with my nasolabial folds and marionette lines, which make me look much older than I should. This skin aging is due to the frequent sun tanning in my late 20s, no sunscreen protection before aged 33, severe insomnia for a year and extreme stress between 2002 – 2006. 

Dr Chee Yew Wen

But a recent visit to my regular aesthetician (Dr Chee at Wen & Weng), who advised me to give this treatment a try again. Dr Chee, the founder of Wen & Weng Medical Group, often gives practical and honest advises and his charges are usually reasonable.

1 month after treatment


It has been a month and for now I’m quite happy with the results. Titan Facelift not only helps to reduce my nasolabial folds and marionette lines significantly. And it also tighten the loose skin along the jawline and in the lower cheek.

Dr Chee claims that I will see more results in the next 2-3 months and the final result will usually take place in 5 months.

No downtime is required.


Will I try again? Yes of course!


Resurfacing Laser


Laser resurfacing involves the removal of layers of sun-damaged or scar-damaged skin, that works by disintegrating the damaged skin to remove wrinkles, discolourations, age spots and crinkling. This controlled injury causes new collagen to form as the skin heals, making a face look smoother and more youthful as a result. Performed correctly, this procedure has several advantages over treatments such as phenol peels or dermabrasion, where is it more difficult to achieve a uniform effect on the whole face. 

Laser resurfacing helps to treat deep wrinkles, acne scars and years of sun damage.

The degree of improvement depends on the strength of the laser, the depth they penetrate, and the extent of the damage before treatment. But going all out can have its downsides – the higher the heat of the laser, the greater risks, which might include scarring and hyperpigmentation. This treatment may not be suitable for darker skin tone. It is important to discuss the possible risks with your doctor and to proceed with caution and undercorrect, rather than trying to completely wipe out every last problem and push the odds.

It is essential, therefore, to ensure that this form of treatment is carried out only by someone who has been fully and appropriately trained in its use. Ask to see certificates of training in the use of these lasers, and also to see photographs of previously treated patients. Often, if this treatment is done unprofessionally, it will led to scarring and skin discolouration, which frequently, these conditions are permanent and cannot be concealed with makeup, especially in areas that have been overlapped.

This treatment cannot treat sagging, under-eye bags, forehead lines, nasobabial folds and very deep scars.

While recovery time varies with skin type, your own natural healing abilities, and the depth of the procedure, skin typically remains oozy, swollen, and weepy. It is critical important to avoid sun exposure, which can cause hyperpigmentation and to wear at least SPF 30 when you are outside.


Review – Niks Vitamin K Cream


Niks Vitamin K Cream, feels like a gel, is a well-received product under Niks Professional skin-care range. You would hardly be able to find a concentrated vitamin K product in the market.

Company Profile

Niks Professional, a sought-after medical skin-care provider, formulates and manufactures their products in the United States and Europe.

What’s Vitamin K

Topical Vitamin K is said to help reduce or eliminate surfaced spider veins, bruise and under-eye dark circles. Although it has contradicting claims on effectiveness, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to use it.

Product Claims

Research has shown that topical Vitamin K helps improve damaged or dilated vessels. Our Vitamin K cream is a therapeutic alternative for people with Solar Purpura and/or Facial Telangiectasia. It can also be used before and after surgery to minimize bruising.

Ingredient Claims

Formulated with glycerine and squalene to be gentle and moisturizing, it also helps improve the appearance of broken or enlarged blood vessels. It is suitable for all skin types.


Niks Vitamin K Cream helps to reduce the appearance of my under-dark eye circles effectively. It gives a tinglingly sensation when I first use.


Will I buy it again? …… Very likely!


Skincare Ingredients To Avoid For Acne Prone Skin


Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease of the sebaceous hair follicles. Before you purchase any skincare product treatments, it is essential to keep a look out on the harmful ingredients that may aggravate the problems further.


Skincare ingredients to avoid

- Butyl stearate                                   - Isostearyl isostearate

- Cinnamon oil                                     - Isostearyl neopentanoate

- Cocoa butter                                     - Isopropyl myristate

- Cocos nucifera (coconut oil)                 - Jojoba oil

- Decyl oleate                                     - Myristyl myristate

- Isocetyl stearate                               - Myristyl propionate

- Isopropyl isostearate                          - Octyl palmitate

- Isopropyl myristate                            - Octyl stearate

- Isopropyl palmitate                            - Peppermint oil

- Sodium laurel sulfate                         – Petrolatum

- Mineral oil    


Review – FANCL Facial Washing Powder


Fancl Facial Washing Powder, is considered one of the most well-known facial foaming wash in the skincare industry. Completely preservative-free, it does not contain any sodium lauryl sulphate or sodium lauryl ether sulphate foaming agent.

FANCL believes that when preservatives in skincare accumulate on skin, it may cause stress to the skin and may bring about harmful effects such as :

  • Reducing the effectiveness of beauty ingredients
  • Accelerating skin aging
  • Damaging skin cell DNA
  • Promoting the production of immature skin cells, lowering the skin’s natural protection

Product claims

Experience its silky softness as you smooth it on. Feel the bouncy cushioning layer between your face and fingers as the foam works to cleanse away all that dirt and grime, leaving your face feeling smooth and moist all the time.

Ingredient claims

New Fancl facial washing powder now harnesses the power of 3 types of amino acid in its special Amino Hybrid Technology formulation – a Moisture Retaining Amino Acid Cleansing Agent which rids skin of dirt and grime without stripping away its natural moisture; Polyamino Acid which helps to create a creamier, denser foam and Amino Acid (Serine) which makes skin feel wonderfully soft after facial wash.

Foam is commonly perceived as harmful to skin as it is known for robbing moisture from skin, leaving it dry. This is not the case with Amino Acid based facial cleansers.

Harmful Ingredient

Fancl Facial Washing Powder contains potassium myristate, a detergent cleansing agent that is a constituent of soap; it can be drying and sensitizing for some skin types. 


As Fancl Facial Washing Powder consists free of preservatives, it is therefore only available in smaller packaging of 25g and 50g. Freshness period : 60 days once opened and 1 year from manufacturing date if unopened.


  • S$15.00 25g x 1 bottle
  • S$26.00 50g x 1 bottle
  • S$48.50 50g x 2 bottles


I double my cleansing effectiveness with the help of Fancl Facial Washing Puff. It helps to create more creamy dense foam which is smooth over my face. Although it removes dirt effectively, my skin feels dry and slightly tight after use.



Will I buy it again? …… I doubt so!


Fancl – available at all Isetan Orchard – Isetan Scotts, Isetan Tampines – OG Orchard Point, Robinsons Raffles City – Bugis Junction #02-21 – Junction 8 #01-48 – Jurong Point #01-51 – Parkway Parade #01-K2 – Suntec City #01-058 – Ngee Ann City #B2-03A.

Fancl Facial Washing Powder Light – is also available for a more refreshing after-wash feel.

Best Review Vitamin C Serum



Cellex-C Advanced-C Serum

Product claims : This formulation contains 17.5% vitamin C in a com- bination of free form and hydro- lyzed ascorbic acid to maximize visible benefits to the skin in the shortest possible time.



DDF C3 Plus Serum

Product claims : An extra light, tri-complex Vitamin C serum synerg- istically formulated with penta- peptide (Matrixyl) to maximize visible improvement of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of skin tone and firmness. Helps increase the production of collagen for a more lifted facial contour. Provides preventative as well as restorative results.



DHC Vitamin C Essence

Product claims : Our most concentrated antioxidant treat- ment yet utilizes vitamin C to strengthen skin by boosting its natural defenses. Research shows that antioxidants, such as vitamin C, are perhaps the most effective ingredients in minimizing the visible signs of age. Vitamin C Essence has excellent penetrating power and is packaged in a special drop tube to help you target the areas that need it most and minimize waste. Use it any time to help protect skin against the destructive elements that cause visible aging.



La Roche-Posay Biomedic Potent-C 10.5 Concentrate

Product claims : This intensive wrinkle corrector significantly reduces facial fine lines and wrinkles. Improves dull looking skin and uneven texture.




MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Serum

Product claims : Promotes optimal skin function with a high per- formance complex of Vitamin C. This nourishing serum contains three forms of Vitamin C to provide maximum efficacy. Vitamin C works in the lipid-soluble and water-soluble layers of the skin so this potent and effective serum has been created to deliver the appropriate form of Vitamin C to each layer of the skin. Vitamin C is singled out as the most potent anti-aging ingredient, requiring its own formula with multiple forms of Vitamin C to provide maximum benefits to the skin without irritation.


Why do we need Vitamin C serum?

Vitamin C serum helps to make fresh collagen and elastin in the skin. It addresses the appearance of the lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, and loss of firmness and elasticity that occur with aging. The ultimate goal in skin care is to encourage the skin’s own collagen-producing machinery and stimulate collagen repair.

Things to note

Vitamin C serum is a skin-stimulating products usually may leave your skin somewhat irritated, especially initially. All you need to do is to seal up the skin with feel good moisturizer.

If you still encounter irritation after two weeks, STOP using the product immediately.