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[Review] My JMF Multi-Level Peeling Treatment Experience


I was recently invited to experience the JMF Multi-Level Peeling treatment at Annabelle Skin. Since I was told that this is a customised facial treatment, I was more than delighted to give it a try.

Annabelle Skin is located at one of the corners on the 2nd floor of The Adelphi (nearest MRT station : City Hall).

Walking in, the reception area is relatively small but cozy.

I was asked to fill up a questionnaire with questions regarding your medical history, lifestyle and allergies etc etc… After that, I was introduced to my therapist, Grace, who will be doing the facial treatment on me.

Before the start of my facial treatment, Grace lightly removed the makeup on my face and did a skin analysis to assess if my skin condition is suitable for the facial treatment.The skin analysis showed that my skin condition that day was slighted dehydrated but still suitable for the facial treatment.

Skin analysis performed on a customer

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Review – Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment With 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid


A few weeks ago, I have gladly received 4 complimentary anti-aging products from Paula’s Choice Singapore and I’ve actually done a review on the first product – Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid. And now as promised, I’m here to review the second product Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid, a powerful weekly anti-aging treatment product.

Click here to read my previous review post on Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid


Resist Weekly Resurfacing & Smoothing System

Both Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment and Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment are a 2-part AHA anti-aging exfoliating system. Formulated with 10% and 5% glycolic acid respectively that help to resurface your skin for significantly improved tone and texture. They are claimed to stimulate healthy collagen production, reduce wrinkles and signs of sun damage, even up skin tone and improve skin texture.

Usage Frequency :

Apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment daily after cleansing and toning (a non-AHA/BHA toner preferred).

Apply Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment only at night once to three times per week after cleansing and toning (a non-AHA/BHA toner preferred).


NEW Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment

Product Profile

  • Reveals dramatically younger skin
  • Increases firmness and repairs damage
  • Brightens dull, uneven skin tone
  • Unique delivery system for impressive results without irritation
  • Antioxidants and glycolic acid repair damage and stimulate collagen production
  • Liquid, toner-like consistency is easy to apply
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid is quite similar to Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid but with a higher percentage of AHA (10%). Hence you will only need to use either one on each regimen. Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is considered as one of the few high potency AHA products in the market.

Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid, suitable for all skin types except probably darker-skinned (black skin) tone, is formulated to help reveal radiant and youthful looking skin. It is claimed in less than two weeks your skin will experience improved texture, color, tone, and a noticeable reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. With ongoing use, skin becomes firmer and is better able to further resist the signs of aging.

This excellent high-potency resurfacing treatment contains age-fighting antioxidants with 10% AHA (glycolic acid) that are proven to stimulate healthy collagen production, combat free radicals and reduce wrinkles.

It is also formulated with a couple of soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients that help provide impressive results without irritation at all.



WOW! I have been using this Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid for a month now and I have to admit that this high-potency AHA treatment is truly one of the most effective anti-aging products I have tested so far. And what makes this product so amazing is that its strong formulation (with high percentage of AHA) actually shows significant visible results without causing redness and irritation on my sensitive skin at all!

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Review – Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid


In the recent years, so many anti-aging products have been introduced in the market and to find the best anti-aging products that actually work for you is like looking for a needle in a haystack! Many products have somewhat similar and promising claims – Formulated with latest and greatest ingredients that can eliminate wrinkles and fine lines in 14 days!

Unfortunately, some of these so-called breakthrough ingredients are mostly antioxidants that can only effectively help to delay or prevent aging but they may not be able to reverse aging or make the wrinkles and fine lines disappear.

So what makes an anti-aging product ticks? Well, continue reading to find out more……

A couple of weeks ago, I was extremely delighted to receive a set of new Paula’s Choice anti-aging products for testing and review. Many thanks to Paula’s Choice Singapore for extending this review invitation to me. ;-)

The parcel contains Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment, Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment, Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator and Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer (w/ SPF 25 & Antioxidants).

To be true, I’m actually a big fan of Paula’s Choice skincare products and have consistently been using their products for the past 2 years. Two of my favorite Paula’s Choice products are :

Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate (an improved version of Super Antioxidant Concentrate)

Since the 4 products I’ve received are under Paula’s Choice Resist System – a collection of products that is especially designed for those who are concerned with preventing and reducing the signs of aging, so I’m here to give you a brief introduction on the Paula’s Choice Resist Resurfacing & Smoothing System before I proceed with my full review on the Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid.

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Resist Weekly Resurfacing & Smoothing System

Product Profile

  • 2-part AHA anti-aging exfoliating system is what your wrinkles fear most!
  • Resurfaces your skin with 5% and 10% glycolic acid for significantly improved tone and texture
  • See fewer wrinkles, signs of sun damage, and discolorations
  • Stimulates healthy collagen production so you have smoother, firmer skin
  • Dramatically improves skin texture and uneven skin tone while delivering proven anti-aging ingredients
  • Brings back a youthful, radiant appearance within days
  • Over time, your skin will look younger and maintain a healthy glow
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

Resist Weekly Resurfacing & Smoothing System, for all skin types, comprises of Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment which contains 10% glycolic acid (to be used once a week at night) and Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment that contains 5% glycolic acid (to be used daily except the day when using Weekly Resurfacing Treatment).

Glycolic acid, also known as AHA, is a leave-on exfoliant that is proven to exfoliate skin cells by breaking down the substance in skin that holds skin cells together.


NEW Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment


Product Profile

  • Reduces multiple signs of aging
  • Builds skin-firming collagen
  • Corrects uneven skint one
  • Silky lotion calms skin with anti-irritants and antioxidants
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), suitable for all skin type, is claimed as a must-have product for those who want their skin to look and act younger. It is claimed to help prevent and reduce the signs of aging, including sun damage, fine lines, uneven tone and wrinkles.

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Achieve Flawless Skin By Removing Dead Surface Cells


Removal of dead cell buildup is truly the key building block toward your goal of flawless skin and AHA is one of the best ingredient to do the job.



AHAs are theorized to work by loosening the bond between dead corneum cells, dissolving part of the surface intercellular cement that holds dead epidermal cells together. This makes it easy to remove dead cells from the skin surface, which has a positive effect on many conditions :


The Benefits Of Removal Of Dead Cell Buildup
Using AHA & BHA

1. Removal of dead cell buildup helps to smooth the surface of dry, sun-damaged, or aging skin, improving roughness and making wrinkles appear much less deep. Result on an aging skin can become apparent in a very short period of time.

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Check How Clean Is My Face With Only Makeup Cleanser & Washing Gel


How do you clean your face everynight? Do you have a cleanser and a washing gel and, more importantly, do you use both every day? Do you really think that this 2-step cleansing process is enough to cleanse away all the dirt, pollution and makeup from the day? You may probably say YES but for me I say NO NO!


Let me do a test!

After cleansing my face with the makeup cleanser and my favorite Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, I double cleanse my face with a cotton wipe soak with toner and rub my face with it.

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How To Choose Between AHA Or BHA For Your Skin Type?


In the history of cosmetics, no other ingredient or family of ingredients has had the impact or efficacy of Hydroxy Acids. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) are a family of naturally occurring mild acids. Most AHAs and BHA are present in fruits and vegetables.



AHAs and BHA have a very large number of applications in skin care and can help many conditions, including oily and acne-prone skin, sun damage, dryness and hyperpigmentation. There are several AHAs used in skin-care treatment and that include lactic acid, tartaric acid, malic acid and by far the best known AHA, glycolic acid. Salicylic acid and citric acid are also often included when discussing hydroxy acids, but they are actually Beta Hydroxy Acids.

Research shows that AHAs and BHA can also improve skin thickness and cell turnover, increase collagen content, reduce discolorations, and improve pore function by reducing the number of clogged pores.

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Powerful Ingredient For Aging Skin – Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)


The AHAs, also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids, are derived from fruit and milk sugars. There are several AHAs used in skin-care treatment. These include lactic acid, tartaric acid, malic acid and glycolic acid. The AHA most commonly used is glycolic acid, which is widely added to over-the-counter skin creams and by estheticians and doctors to perform skin peels to reverse skin aging damage and pigmentation.



The benefits of AHAs

AHAs produce exfoliation by removing dead surface cells and stimulate the production of new collagen in the dermis, so they are a valuable component of most anti-aging skin care regimens. A recent study also showed that glycolic acid treatment of the skin increased the hyaluronic acid (HA) content of both epidermis and dermis, a very exciting finding since, as we know, the loss of HA is an important cause of dryness in aged skin.

AHAs, particularly glycolic and lactic acid, help aging or sun-damaged skin by making the surface smoother, lessening lines, wrinkles, roughness and splotchy hyperpigmentation. Long-term use improves barrier function, resulting in much better hydration, enhanced barrier function due to normal cell renewal, increased firmness and significantly healthier looking skin.

AHAs can also help other conditions including oily and acne-prone skin.

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Cleansing, Peel Or Exfoliating Pads – Are They Safe Or Effective?


The Importance Of Exfoliation

As you should know by now, exfoliation is truly the key building block towards your goal of flawless skin. Exfoliation may stimulate cellular turnover, may encourage the skin’s own collagen building and may improve skin thickness. It also creates the ability to transport the key ingredients of skin care products to their destination and open up clogged pores before they become little bumps under the skin.

Home Exfoliants

The best thing is to try to seek out a home version of a doctor’s glycolic acid exfoliating treatment that you can use regularly. That is why many doctors have came out with this easy to use exfoliation device – Exfoliating Pads. Exfoliating with pads have therefore became so popular that they are glowing more widely available now. Some may name them as Peel Pads, Cleansing Pads or Facial Pads.

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Dry Skin – A Step-by-step Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin


Dry skin is the most fragile of all the skin types. The lack of oil and structural lipids allows the moisture to escape into the environment. And the dryness and the compromised barrier function have made your skin vulnerable to irritants and inflammation. The emphasis of every step in every regimen is hydration, but delivering water-attracting and water-holding molecules to the skin is especially important to you. Avoiding anything that might irritate is crucial. In some cases where some mild irritation is unavoidable – such as with exfoliation – you need even more skin soothers in everything you use.

Cleanser and toner

Your cleanser must be very gentle and look for one with more hydrating ingredients than anything else. Some doctors even suggest that if your skin is very dry, at least one of the two times a day that you cleanse your face, you don’t rinse with water but tissue off the cleanser.

The toner you choose should not contain a drying type of alcohol but must be rich in hydrating and skin-soothing ingredients. 


Then, while the skin is still moist from the toner, give it a boost of antioxidants to combat the free radicals in the environment. Give the antioxidant treatment a few minutes to seep into your skin, and then seal in all those powerful free radical-fighting ingredients with a light, vitamin-enriched moisturizer.

Sun protection

If you need extra sun protection, choose a sunscreen with chemicals that absorb light as well as micronized titanium to block ultraviolet radiation. You also want your sunscreen to contain soothing botanicals and structural lipids. An oil-free sunblock may be too drying for your skin.

Day and night

If your skin begins to feel dry and tight during the day, try a moisturizing serum that is primarily structural lipids. You can use one that contains only structural lipids or one that also includes skin-soothing botanical extracts. Or you can use both and alternate between them.

In the morning you’ll take your multivitamin, calcium, fatty acids, and antioxidant and collagen-building supplements. To boost the power of your sunblock, take a pomegranate supplement as well.

In the evening, after cleansing and toning, you’ll treat your skin with an exfoliating product that also contains the least irritating collagen builder, retinyl palmitate. Follow the treat-and-repair step with a very emollient moisturizer.

In the evening, take fatty acids and antioxidant and collagen-building supplements.

Special treatments

You may want to vary your program with a bit more exfoliation if your skin can tolerate it. You may want to use a higher concentration of hydroxy acids for your evening treatment or alternate the usual cleanser with one that contains hydroxy acids every two or three days.

Every week, give yourself a special vitamin C infusion treatment to saturate your skin with antioxidants. And if you can, have a professional vitamin C infusion at least once every 2 months.

Howard Murad, M.D. – Wrinkle-Free Forever


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.