Two weeks ago, I have attended my second Vichy workshop at Once Upon A Milkshake at Tanjong Pagar to preview a new addition to Vichy Laboratoires Bi-White Reveal range – the Bi-White Reveal Deep Cell-Whitening Spot Intervention. Thanks to Pearlin for extending this invitation to me.
A great yummy booster – nutty peanut butter milkshake (smooth & creamy peanut butter with crunchy peanuts). What a great way to start the workshop.
Say Goodbye To Pigmentation!
Vichy has cordially invited Dr. Jonathan Lee, a Consultant Surgeon who is the founder for Aesthetics & Rejuvenative Medicine, to explain the causes, prevention and treatment solutions for pigmentation.
As there are so many choices of cosmetic products and treatments available today, I was delighted to learn from Dr Lee on what are the correct treatments and ingredients that will effectively treat pigmentation.
These are the common questions frequently asked in regards to pigmentation.
As pigmentation is one of the first signs of aging, women in their early 20s have already started to notice pigmentation on their skin. Based on Dr Lee, the various ways to treat pigmentation are :
- Topical Treatments
- Chemical Peels
- Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
- Pigment Lasers
- Skin Resurfacing
Topical Pigmentation Treatments
Studies have shown that the three main type of topical treatments to treat pigmentation are exfoliants, tyrosinase inhibitors and anti-oxidants. And some of the most common ingredients to either reduce or prevent pigmentation are Tretinoin (retinoids), kojic acid, hydroquinone, glycolic acid, arbutin and many many more……..
LHA (lipo hydroxy acid), an exfoliant that is derived from Salicylic acid, is claimed to treat pigmentation too. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), a potent antioxidant and wrinkle reducer, not only helps to reduce skin damage caused by free radicals but also inhibits the formation of melanin.
Put A Stop To Your Spots!
Pigmentation, one of the most common signs of aging, tends to make a person looks older than their peers who doesn’t have pigmentation. Pigmentation can cause by repeated exposure to UV rays, stress, acne, heredity, hormone change, pregnancy and drugs.
Before treating pigmentation, it is important to identify on what kind of pigmentation you are suffering from. The different kind of spots are :
- Sun Spots
- Freckles or Ephelides
- Age Spots
- Acne Marks
- Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Drug-induced hyperpigmentation
Deep Cell-Whitening Spot Intervention
S$59 / 15ml
Vichy introduces the latest addition to the Bi-White Reveal range, Deep Cell-Whitening Spot Intervention. With clinically proven efficacy and suitable even for sensitive skin, Spot Intervention is made in a high skin-respect formula to reduce all kinds of spots.
Deep Cell-Whitening Spot Intervention, paraben- and fragrance-free, contains 5 times more LHA and 2 times more Ceramide White than that of the essence, has been tested under dermatological control on Asian Sensitive skin to locally reduce dark spots on hands and face. It not only targets spots to decrease intensity of shade, but also prevents the production of melanin at the source by inhibiting the enzyme, tyrosinase, which is an essential enzyme involved in melanogenesis.
The texture is light, fresh in pearly gel cream.
Apply locally on dark spots before daily moisturizer. Avoid eye contour area. Recommended to apply twice daily for better results.
Ceramide White is a primary lipid found in the skin layers. They are responsible for epidermal barrier function and water retention in skin. Other than these functions, Ceramide White is also an effective depigmenter by targeting tyrosinase. It is a cell communication factor that can regulate melanin synthesis at its early stages and works earlier than the other depigmenters.
Ceramide 5 is exclusively synthesized and patented by L’Oreal. It allows the skin to synthesise the lipids it requires, and one of the biological activities of ceramides is the reduction of melanin synthesis.
LHA is a salicylic acid derivative that accelerates cell renewal and prevents the accumulation of dead skin cells filled with melanin at the skin surface. With its gentle exfoliating actions, pigmentation is regularly removed at the skin surface.
It also stimulates cell activity that reduces melanogenesis through a faster removal of melanin-loaded corneocytes.
Vitamin Cg has double whitening effect: it reduces melanogenesis and is anti-pigmenting by preventing UV-induced pigmentation. Like Ceramide White, Vitamin Cg also inhibits tyrosinase in the melanin production process. The anti-free radical properties of vitamin Cg traps free radicals generated by UV and hence protects skin against UV-induced cell damage.
Vitamin Cg is a precursor of vitamin C, and is able to be slowly released in the skin via hydrolysis continuously for 24 hours, providing all day protection.
Study carried out in Singapore & Malaysia by Vichy
Vichy has conducted a test on 41 Singaporean/Malaysian women age 30 to 59. Colour and number of age spots were evaluated 4 weeks before and after application on whole face.
Statistically significant results from twice-daily use:
- Decrease in brown spot intensity and acne scars that became lighter after 4 and 8 weeks of treatment: up to -4% of spot intensity after 8 weeks
- Increase in complexion brightness which became lighter after 4 and 8 weeks of treatment: up to +8% of global skin luminosity after 8 weeks.
- Decrease in the total surface area covered by spots after 8 weeks of treatment: 5% of the number of spots
- Reduction in pore visibility scored using Dermascore® and the L’Oreal photographic atlas.
95% of the Singaporean women panel considered Spot Intervention to be “good to very good” and 89% found the whitening efficacy to be “good to very good”.
The result? Complexion is visibly fairer, skin tone is more even and skin looks healthier.
Making a Cranberry Vanilla Milkshake!
Prior to the presentation, each of us was given an opportunity to learn on how to make a Cranberry Vanilla Milkshake.
In fact, it is quite easy and the recipe is quite simple too.
All we need are 3 scopes of vanilla ice-cream, 60ml of low-fat milk and 4-6 teaspoon of dried cranberries. Oh my! I have 6 scopes of ice-cream within a day, that goes my waist!
Bi-White Reveal Whitening Range
At the end of the workshop, each blogger was generously presented with a goodie bag that contains a full range of Bi-White Reveal Whitening products that include Deep Cell-Whitening Spot Intervention, Deep Cleansing Foam, Whitening Lotion, Anti-Dark Circle Whitening Corrective Eye Care, Double Corrective Whitening Essence, Whitening Emulsion, Whitening Day Cream SPF20, Whitening Night Cream plus UV Pro Secure Daily Ultra-Block SPF 40 PA+++.
A while ago, I have done a review of Double Corrective Whitening Essence. If you are keen to know more about the product, click here.
VICHY Bi-White Reveal Deep Cell-Whitening Spot Intervention is available at VICHY counters in selected Watsons, Guardian, Unity and Hospital pharmacies from March 2011.