Archive for March, 2011

Review – Clarins White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched Whitening Night Cream, Renewing Gentle Exfoliator & Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel


You probably have read my earlier post on the launch of three new additions to Clarins White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched Series which are Whitening Night Cream, Renewing Gentle Exfoliator and Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel.

Click here to read my previous introduction post on White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched.

And after a month of usage, I’m now ready for a full review. Do read on to find out if these products work for me.


Do you know pigmentation does not stop at night?

The interesting thing I have learned during the preview event is that pigmentation does not actually stop at night. It was really an eye opening. I didn’t realize it until I was explained on the cause and how pigmentation is developed.

Do you know that melanocytes (melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer of the skin’s epidermis) will continue producing more melanin even while you sleep? So can we do anything to prevent it? Well, I guess we can, do read on to find the answer.


Other Major Cause For Hyperpigmentation

Clarins believe that sun is not the only major cause for hyperpigmentation.

In fact, the other major cause for pigmentation is due to stress factors. Yes, I totally agree with Clarins. Whenever I’m under extreme stress, pigmentation will seem to appear darker and more obvious. And worst, more new pigment spots will start to surface out of nowhere. To make things worst :

stress >> more pigmentation >> more stress >> even more pigmentation! ArHHH!!

So in order to keep pigmentation at bay, I guess I need to manage my stress level and be happy as much as possible. Of course, not forgetting the Clarins White Plus HP skin care range too.


White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched – Brightening Powers Of Two White Flowers

For these three latest additions, Clarins Research has incorporated two innovative high performance brightening ingredients into its White Plus HP skin care range. These white flowers, Sea Lily Extract and Daisy Extract, provide dual action to combat against the direct and indirect causes of skin hyperpigmentation.

Sea Lily Extract

Sea Lily extract, an exceptional brightening plant active ingredient, has been used for the first time in White Plus HP skin care range. Clarins Research has demonstrated the capacity of Sea Lily extract to control the extension of melanocyte dendrites, the “arms” of melanocytes which deliver melanin to cells in the epidermis.

While direct pigmentation is linked to daytime UV rays, the production of melanin it triggers during the day will continue at night. Sea Lily extract has the capacity to help control the extension of melanocytes dendrites for producing more melanin.

Daisy Extract

As mentioned earlier, stress factors are the indirect cause of pigmentation. Stress will cause skin to weaken and thereby speed up melanin synthesis. Daisy extract, an anti-stress ingredient, helps to calm and soothe the skin, to leave it soft, fresh and bright again in the morning.



Whitening Repairing Night Cream – S$110

This essential anti-dark spots night cream has became my must-have night product. It is the first night cream with white flower extracts which controls hyperpigmentation due to daytime UV rays, and also stress accumulated from morning to night.

I especially like the soft lightweight creamy texture and the flowery scent. It absorbs onto the skin pretty well.

Whitening Repairing Night Cream contains pretty good ingredients except minuscule amount of fragrance which thankfully doesn’t cause any skin irritation on my skin.

All-in-all, I’m pretty pleased with this Whitening Repairing Night Cream. It has became my night regimen must-have skin care product. As I sleep an average of 6 hours in an air-conditioning room daily, I definitely need a slightly more richer cream for the night. Therefore this creamy yet lightweight texture is definitely ideal for my slightly dehydrated skin.

As you know that the direct pigmentation that is linked by UV rays has triggered more production of melanin during the day and unfortunately does not STOP at night! Therefore Whitening Repairing Night Cream is definitely a perfect night product to help control further production of melanin while I sleep. All thanks to the powerful brightening white flower, Sea lily extract.

And also due to the numerous daytime stress factors, more melanin production are triggered too. And again thanks to the presence of soothing, anti-stress ingredient Daisy extract that helps to calm, soothe my skin and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed in the morning. And most importantly, the pigmentation is under control too.

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Lady First LIVE Make-over (女人我最大之都会达人大改造)


StarHub TV’s E City and TVBS Asia will be jointly organising a Lady First LIVE Make-over (女人我最大之都会达人大改造), featuring celebrity host Pauline Lan 蓝心眉 and stylists Xiao Kai 小凱 and Xiao Man 小曼, who are well known for providing viewers with make-up and hair styling tips in Lady First 女人我最大 – the longest running lifestyle and fashion programme to be shown on TVBS Asia (StarHub TV Channel 828) 无线卫星电视台 (星和视界第828é‘道) from Mon to Fri, 8pm.

The event will be held at 313@somerset (Atrium) on Sat, 5 March 2011 at 2pm. At the event, four lucky pre-selected StarHub TV subscribers will be given a ‘live’ make-over by Xiao Kai 小凱 and Xiao Man 小曼.

Based on the theme ‘The Singapore Woman’, the four contestants to be chosen will portray the different roles that women play in our society such as student, housewife, office lady or professional. During the session, Xiao Kai 小凱 and Xiao Man 小曼 will share styling tips to help the contestants create a new look that is suited for the role that they portray and which is easy to maintain in our climate.


Guest Blogger Dr. Irwin – The Cause & Treatments For Dark Eye Circles, Puffy Eyes & Wrinkled Eyelid


Under Eye Circles

Sometimes genetics, weight loss, or even lower-eyelid surgery that takes too much of the fat pad can give the appearance under the eyes of hollowness or gauntness, which most refer to as ‘under eye circles’.

Under eye circles can also be caused by excess pigment or superficial veins, or a combination of several of these factors.

The first thing to do is make sure you are getting enough sleep and enough fluids.  Being dehydrated and sleep-deprived will accentuate any hollowness under the eyes.

Only expert injectors should be working around your eye area if you decide that fillers are your best option for a hollow under eye area! Restylane and Juvederm are the most commonly used. And with all fillers, there is a risk of bruising, swelling, and lumpiness. Fat transfer is an option but expect a longer recovery time and possibly longer lasting or permanent lumpiness.

For dark pigment or visible blood vessels under the eye, consider fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing. More than one treatment may be needed. Healing time for back to work (but not “camera ready”) is 4-7 days.

Juvederm/Restylane are the hyaluronic acids (a natural sugar). The cost is $450 to $600 per syringe and usually only 1 is needed. You will need maintenance treatments every 6-12 months. Experts only. Read more about fillers here:


Sagging or Excess Skin

If the puffiness under the eye is due to excess skin or sagging, there are two things you may want to consider. If the problem is mild, try reducing your salt intake and increasing your water intake to 6-8 glasses a day. Also, stick to foods low on the glycemic scale (no white sugar, soft drinks, alcohol, white flour, etc.).

See if there are allergies that are making your eyes irritated or causing you to tear up, or rub the tissue around your eye a lot. Some times puffy skin is due to an allergy.

Second, if the sagging skin is mild to moderate, an Eyelid Thermage or two will tighten that skin and help reduce the sagging. As with hooding or sagging on the upper eyelid, this is most effective when the problem is mild to moderate. If you have a lot of sagging, you’ll need surgery to correct it. Read more about Eyelid Thermage treatments here:

Third, quite remarkable results can be seen for tightening eyelid skin with a fractionated CO2 laser. One to three treatments are needed over 3-6 months. Sometimes called the “Madonna Lift,” it offers an alternative for some patients to eyelid surgery.


Skin is Crinkly or Crepey

Many people are bothered by tiny fine lines on the upper eyelids that make the skin look like crepe paper or give it a crinkly look. If the problem is mild or moderate, then eyelid Fraxel is a good option to reduce the fine lines. Fraxel makes a special, tiny, FDA approved tip just for the eyelid area. Generally you’ll need 2-3 for the best results.

If there is mild sagging coupled with the crepiness, then the combination of 1-2 Eyelid Thermage treatments to tighten the skin a little with the Fraxel eyelid treatments to reduce the crepiness will give you an even better result. Or as an alternative, the fractionated CO2 laser which both tightens eyelid skin and helps with crepiness. In general, Fraxel or a combination of Thermage and Fraxel are more appropriate for women in their 30 or early 40s with the fractionated CO2 for women over 40.

Laser treatments on the eyelid are higher risk so make sure you see an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon for work around the eye area. Read more about Fractional lasers for the eye area here:

Dr Irwin


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