Archive for March, 2009

SkinCeuticals Is Finally In Singapore

I have gotten to know about SkinCeuticals through its well-formulated vitamin C and retinol skin-care products. It has evidently received a great number of good comments through varies magazines and media.

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Their dedication to developing advanced skincare backed by science has earned them a strong reputation with the medical community worldwide. They provide complete skincare solutions through dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other skincare professionals.

Now the good news is, you can easily buy the products at any of the 3 locations in Singapore, thanks to L’oreal Singapore. SkinCeuticals is now available at pharmacies located at National Skin Center, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Changi Hospital.

SkinCeutical Profile

Our mission at SkinCeuticals is to improve skin health and fight against the major causes of skin aging. Dedicated to this purpose, we make one simple promise: provide quality products backed by science.

Phloretin CF and C E Ferulic

Do check out on their new antioxidant treatments - Phloretin CF and C E Ferulic.

Phloretin CF, a broad-spectrum antioxidant, protects integral skin cells types – and their DNA – by exhibiting the power and the broad-range bioactivity to prevent oxidative stress at multiple steps in the oxidative pathway.

Phloretin CF contains 2% phloretin, 10% L-ascorbic acid and 0.5% ferulic acid.

C E Ferulic, a high potency triple antioxidant treatment, protect skin twice better than placebo from the deleterious effects of UVA and free radicals.

C E Ferulic contains 15%  L-ascrobic acid, 1% alpha-tocopherol and 0.5% ferulic acid.

Both Phloretin CF and C E Ferulic provide :

  • equally powerful photoprotection
  • Help reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Restore radiance and more uniform skin tone
  • Reduce skin laxity

Phloretin CF is optimal for

  • Diminishing age spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation
  • Accelerating cell renewal
  • Improving laxity
  • Retexturizing skin
  • Oily, problematic and normal skin

C E Ferulic is optimal for

  • Replenishing lipids
  • Stimulating collagen synthesis
  • Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dry, combination and normal skin

SkinCeuticals Treatment Cabin Facial @ National Skin Center

You may also check out their new exclusive targeted facial protocols with a team of professional skin experts to provide a comprehensive approach of skin aging with customized solutions.

Treatments include Regenerating, Firming (with unique face massage), Calming, Deep Pore-Cleansing and Express facials with prices ranging from $49 to $176.

SkinCeuticals Treatment Cabin is located at Mandalay Clinic @ National Skin Centre. Please call 6350 8209 for appointment.

How To Choose & Use An Anti-Aging Cream

To choose the right product, can be frustrating and confusing, especially to understand which product work or don’t work for you.

Before you start

It is important to take all of these elements into consideration : your skin type, genetics, lifestyle, inherited patterns of aging, your skin’s present condition, and the way you feel about your appearance so that you can make right decisions about which products will suit your needs.

The main thing is to pick formulations to suit your skin type that are pleasant to use with a comfortable price tag. Remember, products with higher prices don’t necessarily mean more effective, though they generally do mean a product with more higher-grade ingredients.

Active ingredients

If possible, look for skin-care products that contain multiple active ingredients as these products are usually more effective than products that only contain one active ingredient because they take a multifaceted approach to treating the skin.

When considering which anti-aging product to buy, you want to look for ingredients that have been thoroughly research and have proven track record of effectiveness and safety. For example, studies has shown that retinols and vitamin C are good on collagen stimulation while vitamin E is good for antioxidants. You also need to buy from reputable companies that do not make over-inflated claims.

Every day. Morning or/and night

Whatever you choose, use sparingly and follow directions. Glopping on a lot of cream can cause breakouts and will not diminish more wrinkles. Day creams tend to be lighter, as they are intended for use under makeup, and they often contain sunscreen. Night creams tend to be richer and thicker, with no SPF.

Night creams

It is always important to moisturise the face and around the eyes before you go to sleep because moisturisers tend to work more efficiently at night than during the day because the stratum corneum barrier is less exposed at night, allowing your moisturiser to stay in contact more readily than during your daily activities.

The OTC products for anti-aging fall into several categories :

Alpha hydroxy acids, Antioxidants, Collagen Promoters/Retinols and Peptide Creams

While it’s okay to layer different functions, do not use more than four at a time (not counting cleanser and toner), as you can cause irritation and breakouts. Remember that although these products feel like moisturizers, they are treatment creams.

If you apply one in the morning, the correct application order is treatment cream, then moisturizer, then sunscreen. Sunscreen is mandatory, as you will get burned and more wrinkled otherwise. Let each layer be completely absorbed before adding another one.

Review – Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm

 

Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm, Baume Confort Levres, is a unique, emollient lip balm. As my lip tends to feel dry easily, it is essential for me to apply lip balm at least twice daily.

Product claims

With its exceptional repairing benefits, this balm is a true emergency treatment for cracked, dry and chapped lips.

Ingredients

Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm contains a handful of ingredients which are good emollient like helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, dipentaerythrityl hexacaprylate/hexacaprate and hazelnut oil.

It also contains tocopherol and prunus domestica seed extract which are antioxidants.

Texture

Light waxy and non-oily feel

Results

Although Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm is extremely expensive, considering just a lip balm, but it does moisture my lip pretty well. After application, it helps my lip to appear pinkish and moist. I especially love using it during my workout. The cracks and lines have diminished significantly.

If it is not for the jaw-dropping price, I will probably give a good rating for it.

Rating

Will I buy it again? …… Yes!

 

Choose The Correct Skin-care Products With These Lightening Ingredients

 

Hyperpigmentation or dark spots, is one of the first signs of what we think of as aging. Sun-induced skin discoloration begins in the late teens and early 20s and get continually worse. The main noticeable difference between teenage skin and skin in the early 20s is the discoloration caused by deposits of melanin. 

Before you start

It is best to avoid sun exposure if you are treating for any form of hyperpigmentation. Even hyperpigmentation caused by hormonal imbalances can be made worse by sun exposure. 

And if you continue to expose yourself to the sun and not use a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen, melanin production will continue.

Before buying any skin lightening skin-care products, you may start to look out for these beneficial ingredients which may help to reduce pigmentation and sun spots, and some have claimed to help on brightening up the complexion too.

 

To prevent, lighten or remove dark spots:

- Arbutin                                 – Cocos nucifera (coconut fruit juice)

- Azelaic acid                           - Epilobium angustifolium (willow herb)

- Bearberry extract                  - Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)

- Cucumber extract                  - Gallic acid                          

- Hydroquinone                        - Kojic acid                                      

- Mulberry extract                    - Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate     

- Niacinamide                           – Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)

- Resorcinol                             – Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid)

- Retinol                                 – Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)     

- Saxifraga sarmentosa extract (strawberry begonia)            

- Throstat      

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Review – Rosken Firming & Nourishing Cream

 

Out of curiosity, I bought this Rosken Firming & Nourishing Cream, a body cream, which I found at one of the neighbourhood drugstore, to see how believing is the claim which said “to firm the skin by up to 60% in 28 days”. WOW!!? 

Product claims

With unique BiOpti-Firm+ Plus CoQ10, Collagen and Elastin, firm the skin by up to 60% in 28 days. Firms, tones and nourishes skin for 24 hour protection. Rosken Firming & Nourishing Cream includes the latest in cosmeceutical skin firming technology to create a highly specialised moisturizing body lotion that visibly improves skin firmness, tone and elasticity. A special blend of luxurious emollients leaves skin perfectly moisturized and silky smooth. 

Ingredients

Rosken Firming & Nourishing Cream contains some natural emollient ingredients like almond oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride and cetyl alcohol. It also contains lactic acid, a alpha hydroxy acid extracted from milk, which helps to exfoliates cells on the surface of skin by breaking down the material that holds skin cells together.

Other good water-binding ingredients like serine, elastin and urea; antioxidant ingredients like tocopheryl acetate, BHT and yeast extract can be found in the product. It does not contains paraben. 

Texture

Light, non-oily and easily absorbed onto the skin

Results

After 28 days, there is not visible improvement on firming, toning or giving the skin more elasticity as it claimed. But it does moisturize my skin pretty well. No improvement on the cellulite reduction too.

Rating

Will I buy it again? …… Maybe!

 

The Misconceptions About Sun Damage & Sunbathing

 

Sunlight

The ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths of the sun’s rays have a dramatic, destructive aging effect on your skin. 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.

Although, the most effective treatment for sun damage is prevention. Unfortunately, sun block alone is not enough. As there are many misconceptions about sunbathing and the way sun damages the skin, it is vital to know the truth from the false.

Common misconceptions :

1. You cannot tan or burn if the weather is cloudy or rainy. This, of course, is completely false. Clouds do filter a small amount of UV light, but not enough to affect damage to the skin. It is certainly possible to tan or burn even in cloudy, overcast weather, particularly without using sunscreen.

2. You cannot burn if you are in the water. This too is false. Water may feel cool to hot skin that has been basking in the sun, but it has no effect on the sun’s burning and damage potential. The heat from the sun is caused by infrared rays, not ultraviolet rays. Swimming and going into the pool or ocean may indeed remove some or a large amount of the sunscreen applied earlier. Hence, it is advisable to used a water-resistant sunscreen product and reapplied when out of the water or about once an hour.

3. Umbrellas or large hats will prevent sun damage. The real truth is that although these are a help, they do not prevent much sun from reaching the fragile skin and certainly do not replace a good sunscreen. They primarily cut down on glare so that the person does not squint as much, helping to prevent worsening of the expression lines. It is a good idea to wear lightweight but sun-resistant clothes, which also help filter light, but ultraviolet rays can burn the skin right through a lightweight shirt.

4. Baby or mineral oil accelerates tanning. This is simply not true. In fact, because these do not contain sunscreen, they may accelerate burning and they do not provide protection against sun damage.

5. Applying moisturizer after sunbathing will prevent peeling. This is completely false. If the skin has burned, it will peel no matter what is done to the skin. Applying moisturizer to well-protected skin may help replace some of the water in the dehydrated, exposed skin, or may lubricate peeling areas, making the skin look better, but it will not stop the sun-damaged skin from peeling.

6. Applying lots of moisturizer will counter the damage the sun causes. False again. Hydrating fluids do help replace some of the water that is also being robbed from the surface cells during sun exposure, but ultraviolet rays has already penetrated right through the dermis, destroying collagen and elastin fibrils. 

7. Wearing sunglasses helps prevent sun damage. True, only if the sunglasses contain UV filters and only if they are worn constantly while out. When purchasing sunglasses, make sure to check if the glasses contain UV filters. The larger the glasses, the more area they will help protect.

Review – L’Occitane Cooling Deodorant Stick

 

L’Occitane Cooling Deodorant Stick, with organic verbena extract, is a alcohol-free stick deodorant. This waxlike deodorant glides on easily and dries fast. Enriched with mint, essential oils of verbena and some citrus properties that prevents bacteria development, which causes body odor and has the long-lasting scent of the fresh and sparkling citrus. 

Ingredients

Although, L’Occitane Cooling Deodorant Stick is formulated free from alcohol, paraben and aluminium salt, but it contains skin-irritant natural ingredients like mentha piperita, verbena officinalis extract, fragrance and linalool.

It also contains beneficial ingredients like salvia officinalis (sage) oil, a potent antioxidant and propylene glycol, a humectant which is a water-binding agent.

Texture

Dry and waxy

Results

I could only barely finish half of this 50g L’Occitane Cooling Deodorant Stick even after one year of daily application. The expire date is one year after opening.

After application, it provides a refreshing citrus scent which I like very much. My skin feels dry and non-sticky. It helps to control the odor effectively.

Rating

 

Will I buy it again? …… Maybe!

Best Review Eye Makeup Remover

 

Bobbi Brown Eye Makeup Remover

Product claims : This soothing formula gently and thoroughly removes makeup from the delicate eye area without any oily residue. Aloe Vera calms and comforts this fragile skin; Rosewater Extract leaves it feeling clean and refreshed. Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested.

 

 

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

Product claims : A creamy eye makeup remover to gently yet effectively remove The Body Shop Makeup Waterproof Mascara while soothing the skin.

 

 

Dior Duo-Phase Eye Makeup Remover

Product claims : A fresh, gentle, high-performance duo of crystal-clear oil and bluish water.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Arden All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

Product claims : This two-phase formulation easily and gently removes even transfer resistant and waterproof makeup. Fragrance free.

 

 

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Gelee Micellar Makeup Remover

Product claims : Gentle and effective cleansing and makeup removal gel. The micellar structure of this cleanser sweeps up impurities and dissolves makeup easily without rubbing; gentle formula can be wiped off or rinsed off. Fragrance-free.

 

Laura Mercier Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

Product claims : A duo-action formula that activates when shaken to quickly dissolve & lift all traces of longwearing makeup & waterproof mascara. Rich emollients rehydrate the skin & the gentle, yet thorough formula cleans without leaving an oily residue.

 

 

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Product claims : Forget harsh tugging and pulling. This ultra-gentle dual phase formula activates when shaken to remove all eye makeup – even waterproof mascara – without any greasy residue. It is ophthalmologist tested, safe for contact lens wearers and oil free.

Rosacea Causes & Treatments

 

Rosacea is a condition of the skin in which the skin turns red very easily, known as flushing. It is similar to acne and is often confused with acne, but it has a different source and treatment. Even though rosacea causes acne-like pimples and pustules, the actual disorder is vascular, or blood vessel-related. It often involve the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. 

Rosacea often affects persons between ages thirty and fifty and is most common in fair-skinned individuals. Rosacea may first appear as chronically red cheeks, or a chronically red nose. A client may notice reddening of the face when drinking wine or alcohol or eating spicy foods. Rosacea can also be exacerbated by sunlight, hot drinks, extremes of hot and cold temperature, and emotional stress.

Symptoms of Rosacea

Diffuse redness and distended capilla- ries, usually on cheeks, nose, chin or forehead.

Patches of redness in the cheek area, often accompanied by enlarged pore appearance.

Face turns red easily or redness after ingesting wine, other alcoholic bever- ages or spicy foods.

Flares of large, red and bumpy-looking papules and pustules in the cheeks, nose and chin.

Flares easily occur after exercising, which is caused by heat and increased blood flow to the face.

The skin may appear red, thick or swollen in the nose and cheeks, especially if is very dehydrated and flaking.

Treatment of Rosacea

No cure is known for rosacea, but it can be managed and kept under control. Dermatologist’s help may be required.

The medical therapy of rosacea includes oral and topical antibiotics.

Metronidazole, commercially known as MetroGel®, MetroCream® or Noritate®, an anti-yeast prescription medication is said to control rosacea and decrease inflammation. Flares may substantially reduce when it is used regularly.

Get an esthetician to help choosing products that will not cause stimulated blood flow, will treat the skin very gently, are non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic, prevent clogged pores or irritation.

Alpha hydroxy acids may work well on most people with rosacea. Make sure they are not over-used and do not have a pH lower than 3.5. Beware of overly acidic product which may cause irritation.

No doubt, topical or oral therapies may resolve the acnelike component of rosacea, however, they do not remove the redness or reduce the appearance of dilated blood vessels associated with rosacea.

However, vascular lasers and intense pulsed light source can successfully address the dilated blood vessels. They are successful in improving the appearance of redness in rosacea.

8 Reasons On Why I Wouldn’t Go For
A Surgical Face-lift

Most of us have at one time or another wished we could somehow change the face with which we were born, or erase the signs of aging we have developed over the years.

In the quest for ‘perfection’, many woman have decided to permanently change the way they look through plastic surgery, believing such drastic measures will improve not only their features, but also their lives.

To be true, I’m actually quite afraid of aging. When a woman hits a certain age, it’s only natural to consider some type of cosmetic surgery. Woman feels so much pressure to resist aging that they begin to look for anything possible to make them look and feel younger.

What is face-lift?

A properly done face-lift can create an elegant, beautifully restored youthful facial appearance. The face-lift tightens facial skin and removes jowls, tightens the neck and removes the platysmal bands. The brow is elevated and the cheek and the malar fat pad are restored to their youthful position over the cheek bone. The nasal-labial fold is tightened and while the nasal-labial fold line does not disappear, the middle third of the face is freshened significantly. 

What can a face-lift do?

It can restore the firmness and integrity of your youthful face, remove jowls and sagging neck, lift the cheek, lift the brow and generally tighten loose, sagging facial skin. 

What can a face-lift not do?

A face-lift can not freshen the surface of the skin, remove wrinkles and sun damage, brown spots and dry, hard skin.

The result of a face-lift can be dramatically improved by inserting a chin implant, which gives the patient a beautiful jaw line and youthful neck.

In fact, I can tell what a facelift would look like by lifting the skin by the temples. I push against my temples and move my fingers upward. By doing that, my face looks about 10 years younger.

Although surgical facelift can help to make my face look probably 10 years younger but frankly when it comes to surgery, it will be my last resort.

I will only consider surgery unless :

All non-surgery medical therapies have failed.

No medical therapies exist which can produce as effective a result or cure as surgery. 

However, my aging problems not only consists of loose, sagging facial skin but also brown spots and fine lines. Therefore, by doing surgical face-lift alone will not help all the problems.

8 reasons why I wouldn’t go under the knife :

1. There are more newer non-surgical treatments available for reversal of facial aging which are better, more effective, safer and able to treat other aging skin like dark spots and fine lines.

2. It doesn’t have the long term benefit unlike some non-invasive treatments which are able to help for the production of collagen and improve skin texture.

3. There is a risk that face-lift will make my skin look tight, pulled or unnatural. 

4. My fate lies on the surgeon’s hands and the result is not guarantee.

5. There may be possible complications which include : bleeding, infection, scarring, skin loss and hair loss.

6. There may be loss of feeling in the face and permanent paralysis of my face.

7. Asymmetry or differences in the right and left sides of the face, lumps and bumps.

8. There’s a possibility on recurrence of sagging.

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