Archive for June, 2009

The Benefits Of Sunscreen With Vitamin A, C & E

Sun protection is nevertheless the most important yet most often neglected anti-aging and cancer preventing treatment you can use.

Sun block alone is not enough. New research indicates that the addition of topical antioxidants like Vitamins A, C and E significantly increase the protection from the harmful effects of sunlight above and beyond the protection afforded by sun block alone. These antioxidants neutralise the free radicals triggered by UV rays, preventing them from causing skin aging and darkening.

There is also increasing evidence that vitamin C shields the skin from the sun’s burning rays, especially when it’s applied in high concentrations or combined with vitamin E, sunscreens, and skin soothers.

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Neutrogena Age Shield Sunblock SPF 30 / SPF 45

Product claims : Has the most effective UVA – blocking technology avail- able, this broad-spectrum sunblock defends skin against UVA and UVB rays. Waterproof and sweat-proof, it contains Anti-Oxidant A, C and E to combat environmental damage.

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Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 45

Product claims : This antioxidant-rich sunscreen provides broad-spectrum sun protection without leaving a greasy or waxy film on skin. Formulated for the face and body, it may be worn under makeup and is ideal for outdoor activities because it is very water-resistant. Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 45 slips on smoothly and leaves skin with a softly radiant matte finish.

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Peter Thomas Roth Uber-Dry Sunscreen Cream SPF 30

Product claims : So uber-dry…you won’t even know it’s on! Revolutionary, uber- lightweight, water resistant formula leaves an invisible veil of SPF 30 that is undetectable to the touch. Absorbs quickly for a shine-free, non-sticky, residue-free finish. Rich with anti-oxidant vitamins A, C & E. PABA and fragrance-free.

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My Long-Awaiting Paula’a Choice Skincare Parcel Finally Arrived!

 

Hooray! My long-awaiting Paula’s Choice Skincare parcel is finally here. Nothing could hide my happiness.<grin*>

I’ve bought these products at Paula’s Choice (the main US site) and I’ve specially arranged the items to be sent to an US address belongs to a colleague who’s coincidentally coming back to Singapore for a month.

1. Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel

Price : US$18.95 / 4 ounces

Product claims - Exfoliate dry layers and reveal beautifully smooth, healthy skin with this state-of-the-art, lightweight gel. Ideal for all skin types, but works especially well on sun-damaged skin.

Why I buy it - This will be my second bottle. I use this product to exfoliate the dead skin cells, dirt, environment debris and skin oils accumulate on the outer surface on my skin. Exfoliation helps to provide better penetration of my rejuvenating topical agents and stimulate new skin cell formation in the epidermis and collagen production in the dermis. I really see good result, one product I can’t leave without!

2. Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate

Price : US$24.95 / 1 ounce

Product claims - Infuse skin with this unique mixture of antioxidants and anti-irritants which help skin heal, create new collagen, produce healthier skin cells, and improve resilience while creating a natural finish that is neither emollient nor matte.

Why I buy it - This is my second tube. This Super Antioxidant Concentrate helps to repair the damage to my skin cells that comes with aging. It slows down the aging process by reversing free-radicals damage. Antioxidants are researched to fight to keep my cells healthy and skin gorgeous. Full of antioxidants, I love it!

3. Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Moisturizer, for normal to very dry skin

Price : US$18.95 / 2 ounces

Product claims - Restore moisture to very dry, sun-damaged skin with this exceptionally elegant, rich cream that provides soothing protection from free-radical damage. Emollients, peptides, anti-irritants, and anti-oxidants deliver outstanding hydration and ensure optimal cell function.

Why I buy it - As it is suitable for normal to very dry skin, the texture is usually creamy which I personally like it as a night cream. No skin irritant ingredients is a plus point. It is claimed to deliver outstanding hydration which sounds too good to be true and that tempts me to give it a try.

4. Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion, with SPF 15 & antioxidants

Price : US$20.95 US$14.67 / 2 ounces

Product claims - Replenish normal to very dry skin and ensure a healthy barrier function while protecting from daily sun damage. This daytime moisturizer with mineral sunscreens provides broad-spectrum sun protection bolstered by potent antioxidants. skin-identical ceramides and cell-communicating peptides work to restore and help maintain healthy radiant skin. Ideal for those with sensitive skin or rosacea; this advanced formula is designed to work beautifully under makeup.

Why I buy it - There’s a 30% off for this SPF product in the month of June. This lightweight SPF day moisturizer is ideal for home use. It contains mineral sunscreens and handful of potent antioxidants. And most importantly, it is suitable for my rosacea and sensitive skin.

5. Paula’s Choice Exfoliating Treatment

Price : US$9.95 US$4.98 / 0.5 ounce

Why I buy it - I’ve gotten this discontinued product at 50% off. After discount, is pretty cheap @ just US$4.98. This exfoliating product may help to exfoliate my dry, flaky lip, elbows, heels and knees.

Oh yeah, I have also bought and given free samples of Paula’s Choice products. Sample, which costs at 80 cents each, is a great way for me to try something new before actually buying the actual size. 

1. Paula’s Choice Hydrating Treatment Cream

2. Paula’s Choice Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA

3. Paula’s Choice Skin Relief Treatment

4. Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask

5. Paula’s Choice Clearly Remarkable Skin Lightening Gel

6. Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-greasy Sunscreen SPF 45+ (free)

7. Paula’s Choice All Bases Covered Foundation SPF 15 (free)

8. Paula’s Choice Ultra-light Sunscreen Spray Lotion SPF 55 (free)

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Review – Can Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate Reduce My Dark Circles?

 

I’ve managed to obtain 2 packets of Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate 5ml samples while I was shopping for Kiehl’s products the other day.

Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate, with 10.5% Pure Vitamin C and Haloxyl, is said to help decreases the appearance of crows feet and sub-orbital wrinkles. Visibly brightens the eye area and minimizes dark circles.

Product claims

This line-reducing concentrate is formulated for the eye area and contains a high concentration of 10.5% Pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) known for its affinity with skin and its powerful ability to improve the appearance of skin aging. With Haloxyl, this formula helps to reduce the appearance of under-eye dark circles, helping to brighten the overall eye area for a fresher appearance. With continued use, our treatment helps address some of the more serious signs of skin aging with a significant effect on sub-orbital wrinkles and crows feet.

Ingredients

One of its key ingredient, Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) with content in 10.5%, is known to help for the production of collagen and elastin. This antioxidant ingredient also prevents water loss and therefore maintains the skin’s barrier function. Instability is the main setback for this beneficial ingredient, which can be irritating to the skin. That is why some doctors believe it is not recommended to use around the eye area.

Haloxyl, a new patented key ingredient, is claimed to improve skin around the eye area by stimulating natural enzymes that help strengthen under-eye area capillaries.

Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate also contains skin irritant ingredient like Bitter Orange Flower Extract, which oil is extracted from the petal of the bitter orange tree and is claimed to be effective at stimulating cutaneous tone.

Review

What puzzled me most when I first encountered with Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate, is this hot burning sensation I felt on my eye area. It is quite weird and scary in fact. This sensation, which lasts for a few minutes each time, gradually diminishes after 2 weeks. Till now, I’m still wondering what is the cause of it. 

Occasionally, I will also encounter some temporary skin itchiness around the eye area. I believe it may be due to the instability of Vitamin C or skin-irritant ingredients in it.

As Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate is considered a serum to me, I will top up with lightweight eye cream over it.

After a month of usage : I have noticed the fine lines especially below my eyes area have insignificantly reduced. Fine lines appear softer, skin becomes firmer and tone. But as for crow’s feet and dark eye circles, sad to say there’s only very faint improvement on them. 

Rating

Will I buy it? Maybe

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Video – How To Remove Wrinkles On Fingers

A simple and proven daily massage to smoothen out lines on fingers.

This is my first tutorial. Hope you will enjoy it.

[Don't faint if you happen to hear some weird pronunciations, keke...]

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Review – Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel, My Excellent Exfoliant!

You will probably be asking what is alpha hydroxy acid? What can it benefit to your skin? Well scientifically, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) is considered one of the most effective exfoliating ingredient ever used in cosmetics nowadays. Therefore, Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel is nevertheless my favourite daily home-care exfoliant I have used so far.

What is alpha hydroxy acid?

Alpha hydroxy acid, derived from various plant sources (fruit, milk, etc), is a exfoliating acids that includes glycolic, lactic, malic and fruit acids.

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliates skin cells by breaking down the substance in skin that holds skin cells together. But AHA may irritate mucous membranes and cause irritation for some people.

Studies have shown that one of the most effective ways to exfoliate is with an 8% to 10% AHA products every night. To be frank with you, it is in fact not easy to find the correct AHA concentration home-care skin care products in the market.

To be truly effective, a 8% or more is required to see result. No point going for anything less than 8%. Although there are many products in the market that claimed to contain AHA, but with the low percentage (usually 2%), it is just another skin-care conspiracy lie. You may think you are doing the right thing for your skin and you achieve nothing or very little.

Sun protection is important

Because AHAs exfoliate sun-damaged skin from the surface of the skin and because this layer imparts some sun protection for skin, there is a risk of increased sun sensitivity after using an AHA. However, wearing a sunscreen eliminates this risk.

Product claims

Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel exfoliates dry layers and reveal beautifully smooth, healthy skin with this state-of-the-art, lightweight gel. Ideal for all skin types, but works especially well on sun-damaged skin.

Review

Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel, for all skin type, has definitely helped to exfoliate and improve my skin tone effectively. I could immediately see the result after 2 weeks of nightly usage.

During the first few applications, my skin could feel some slight sting which last for a few minutes. I believe is indicating that the product is working.

I have, in fact, not been having my regular microdermabrasion treatment soon after using this product. The great merit about this product is that I can see a great improvement on my rosacea, skin is definitely less red and sensitive. Now my skin is more evenly tone, clearer, smoother and pores are refined.

I can tell my skin is very happy with this product. Every night, I’m always looking forward for this step of daily skin-care regimen. Needless to say, Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel is definitely a great find!

Rating

(can really go crazy without it!)

Will I buy this again? Definitely YES YES YES!!!

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Treatment Review – My Painful Experience With 1st Generation Thermage

I have always troubled with my nasolabial folds and marionette lines for many years. These signs of aging are due to insufficient protection against the sun in my 20s, extreme stress and severe insomnia which I’ve suffered for a year.

These facial aging, nasolabial folds (the fold of skin hanging down around the mouth) and marionette lines (the skin that fall down over the corner of the mouth and chin), make me look much older than I should. So early last year, I began to do some research on the best remedy through internet, press and feedback from my dermatologist.

At first I couldn’t decide between Titan and Thermage for skin tightening. I have in fact tried Titan treatment once many years ago when it was considered a fairly new machine at that time but no tightening result was shown.

So after analyzing the pros and cons on both treatments, I finally decided on Thermage as the most ideal choice to treat my problems.

Why I choose Thermage from Titan

Based on the research : Only 1 treatment is required for Thermage, whilst Titan requires at least 3 treatments in order to see results.

Thermage is able to burn fats, therefore able to contour my chubby face and reduce the double chin.

The cost factor : As most doctors are charging Thermage @$5k to $6k, and Titan @$1.5k to $2.5k. So after calculation, if 3 treatments are required for Titan, in total I will have to spend more on Titan to see result.

Dr Valentin Low Aesthetic and Laser Clinic

I’ve gotten to know Dr Valentin Low Aesthetic and Laser Clinic at Paragon through Beauty Shines Through – a website created by Allergan, where you can find a list of well-known doctors in Singapore.

My first encounter

What I remembered most on my first consultation session with Dr Valentin Low is that he gave me a feeling of confidence and assurance. His consultation was pretty convincing I must say. He painted a beautiful picture and told me not to worry too much and leave everything to him as he can achieve miracle for me. And he was very confident that these lines will be disappeared effortlessly.

My bad experience

It was a painful experience for me, in term of monetary and physically.

In fact, the first generation Thermage is considered the most painful non-invasive treatment I have tried so far. It was unbearable!It was so painful, I almost surrendered half way through the treatment. I couldn’t see any results unfortunately! Those who have tried the first generation Thermage will agree that it is really painful.

A month later….

I went back to the clinic for a review appointment a month after the treatment. Skin is overall firmer; eyelids are tightened, less puffy and sagging. But the major disappointments are the nasolabial folds and marionette lines, no visible improvement on these worried lines at all. He assured me that I will be able to see better results in the next couple of months time. In order to cheer me up further, he offered to give me ‘little’ complimentary treatments to tighten up my skin – ‘his trademark’ Gold-Threading (only on my cheek area) plus fillers injections (on my cheek bones), all FOC.

Immediately, I was able to see some superficial improvement with the Gold-Threading treatment. But sad to say, this ‘happiness’ was short-lived, the result barely lasted even 3 months.

3 to 6 months down the road….

Subsequently, I’ve visited him twice again, once on 3rd month and 6th month after the first treatment. Still no improvement at all. As expected, he convinced me that he can see the differences between before and after. He turned down my request when I asked for a ‘touch-up’ thermage session again. He advised it is risky for repeated thermage treatment within a year.

The PAINFUL TRUTH

Research has shown that the result for first generation thermage treatment could only last for a year.

So for me, as expected, I still see no result after a year. I really felt so painful to spend my $6k hard-earned savings in this way. :-(

Rating

Will I try again? Probably for eyelid rejuvenation only

[Update @ 14 Dec 2014] Fortunately, Thermage has gone through a few generations and the latest Thermage is Total Tip. In fact, I’ve tested all the generations including the newest Total Tip. It’s definitely less painful and I could see the results instantly. Just a few weeks ago, I’ve my second Total Tip treatment at another clinic! :D Can’t wait to review it soon! By the way, Dr Valentin Low’s clinic also provides the latest Thermage Total Tip. The first generation Thermage is long gone!

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Best Review SPF 15 Sunscreen Below US$20

 

Clinique Sun SPF 15 Face/Body Cream

US$20 / 5 ounces

Product claims : Innovative Solar- Smart technology stabilizes high-level protection against the aging and burning effects of UVA and UVB rays. Triggers a repair that helps prevent signs of aging. With solar-activated antioxidants that help prevent visible damage. Gentle enough for sensitive skin. Derma- tologist tested. Oil-free.

Side note : Contains sufficient antioxidants to help skin defend itself against sun damage. Contains some active ingredients that may trigger skin, not suitable for rosacea, sensitive and reactive skin.

 

 

Kiehl’s Vital Sun Protection Lotion SPF 15

US$18.50 / 5 ounces, Normal to Slightly Oily Skin

Product claims : A lightweight, non-greasy lotion providing UVA and UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen protec- tion. Formulated with aloe, vitamin E and skin conditioning ingredients, which nurture and help to soften dry, parched skin. This very water-resistant formulation, protecting up to 80 minutes in water, is suited to help meet the year-round sun protection needs of active adults.

Side note : Contains a film-forming agent that provides water resistance. Although it claims to contain only ‘minimal chemical ingredients’, but the 18% active ingredients are all synthetic sunscreen agents, preservatives and film-forming agents.

 

 

Lumene Sun Defence Protection Sun Care SPF 15

US$17.99 / 6.8 ounces, Normal to Oily Skin

Product claims : Lumene sun cream provides safe and effective protection against the harmful rays of the sun. The Sun Essence compound, made of natural active ingredients and antioxidants, protects the skin from aging effects of the sun.

Side note : Although it contains antioxidant plant extracts and vitamin E, but the inadequate amount is of not benefit for sun protection.

 

 

Paula’s Choice Pure Mineral Sunscreen SPF 15 

US$15.95 / 6 ounces, Normal to Very Dry Skin

Product claims : Exceptionally silky, antioxidant-rich lotion provides generous broad-spectrum protection while leaving a beautiful soft matte finish once thoroughly massaged into skin.

Side note : Gentle formula that contains only titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which are good sunscreen ingredients. Well formulated with excellent antioxidant green tea and non sensitizing actives. Suitable for sensitive, rosacea skin or for use on children.

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Review – I Use Sisley Botanical Facial Mask With Tropical Resins For My Acne

 

Sisley Botanical Facial Mask With Tropical Resins, created specially for combination to oily skin, is one product I will never buy on my own. Not because the product is no good but it’s just that I hardly have a chance to use it anyway.

At the moment, I’ve been using the 15ml size sample which I obtained from one of the bundle set promotion a while ago. As I’m having a normal to dry skin, this mask is definitely not ideal to apply on the whole face. Hence, the 15ml sample can actually last me for a long long time.

Product claims

A purifying, clarifying mask which visibly improves the appearance of oily and problem skin. Incorporating the purifying, clarifying and astringent properties of Myrrh, Incense and Benzoin, Facial Mask with Topical Resins addresses the problems of oily, problem skin.

Ingredients

In order to tackle oily skin, Sisley Botanical Facial Mask With Tropical Resins contains clay ingredients with absorbent properties like kaolin and bentonite. It also contains many skin irritants ingredients which include styrax benzoin resin extract, boswellia carterii extract, commiphora myrrha extract, eugenol, amyl cinnamal, linalool and fragrance. In fact, these skin irritants may actually worsen the skin even for oily skin too.

Reviews

Sisley Botanical Facial Mask With Tropical Resins is my SAVIOUR whenever I have acne.

To treat the acne, all I need is to apply a small amount of the mask (approx. size of a rice grain) to the specified spot and making sure to cover up the surrounding of the acne as well. Usually I will prefer to do it at night and leave it on till the next morning. Depending on the condition of the acne, I may required to use it again on the following day for more stubborn one.

Sisley Botanical Facial Mask With Tropical Resins helps to dry up the treated skin effectively and allow the dried dead skin to peel off naturally by itself.

Although Sisley Botanical Facial Mask With Tropical Resins contains many skin irritant ingredients that can trigger skin, but so far I have not suffer any reaction from it. (maybe due to the tiny amount I’ve used haha!!)

Side note

Sisley Botanical Facial Mask With Tropical Resins can be extremely drying for most skin type even for oily skin too. Refrain from using on whole face or even daily. Instead, use it only on the targeted areas like acne spots and oily nose.

Rating

Will I buy it? …… Unlikely!

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TOYWATCH – A Must-Have Celebrity Fave Watch

Have you heard of this watch brand named TOYWATCH? I believe many people in Asia (like me) never even heard of it before. Well, this brand in fact came to me as a surprise.

A male colleague of mine sent me the link the other day, thinking probably I will like it. At first I was a bit skeptical about it after a quick peek at the url address. But after browsing through the website, I began to fall in love with it and tempting to grab one instead! OMG!!! There are so many choices to choose from. I’M CONFUSED!! HELP ME!!! I like this… and I also like that… but this one is also nice too……..arhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

My Fave Selections

1. STRONG WATCH COLLECTION – BROWN

Features : 2 counter dials, a stopwatch dial and 24 hour military time dial. Plastic case extends around the wrist and connects with a brown rubber band with Rose Gold Buckle. An inner dial ring with the TOYWATCH logo, a bold crown cover and a crown bumper. Size: 42mm. This product is currently out of stock. No price listed, but based on other designs under same collection is US$385.

2. THE JELLY WATCH COLLECTION

Features : Pave Jelly case with white Jelly strap. Plasteramic Case/Bezel. Size: 38 mm / 1.5 inch. Price at US$275.

3. NAKED WATCH COLLECTION – FIRESTORM YELLOW

Features : Completely encased in clear plastic, showing all the inner workings of the movement. An independent second hand, a skeleton of stainless steel or rose gold and a sleek yellow rubber band. Acrylic crystal and back. Size: 53x44x14 mm. Price at US$495.

4. COLOR TATTOO WATCH COLLECTION – ROSE BLACK

Features : One of the new spring-inspired color tattoo design – the Red Rose. Black plasteramic bracelet and crystal bezel. Size: 40 mm /1.6 inch. Price at US$295.

About TOYWATCH

Milan-based designer and wristwatch Aficionado Marco Mavilla designed the first TOYWATCH in the fall of 2005. A lightweight, oversized plastic watch, inspired by high design timepieces, TOYWATCH is unexpected, arresting and irreverent. An anti-luxury statement in a luxury obsessed culture, TOYWATCH has become the “it” wristwatch and the “must-have” item among style influentials and tastemakers. The brand ignited a firestorm in the fashion, design and accessories industries and has been heralded as a sensation by the press.

TOYWATCH JELLY WATCH
Customize you own Jelly with 72 color combinations.

Ellen 08 TOYWATCH on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

Where To Find Them

TOYWATCH watches are available at www.toywatchusa.com, and in more than 300 fine stores.

In Singapore, you can find TOYWATCH at ON PEDDER, #02-12 P/Q Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, Tel: (65) 6835 1307. (Not sure about the selections though!)

See who’s wearing TOYWATCH

Fans of TOYWATCH include Oprah, Michelle Obama, Madonna, Sienna Miller, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson, Uma Thurman and Katie Holmes.

Picture above : First Lady Michelle Obama wears Ultra Violet Neon Plasteramic TOYWATCH.

Well Father’s Day is just around the corner, why not give your beloved daddy a TOYWATCH. It is just a prefect gift! DADDY I LUV U!!

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Video – Plastic Surgery With Make-Up: Getting Rid Of A Double Chin

Are you suffering from double chin? This video is your saviour.

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