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2 New Skin Boosters – Perricone Vitamin C Ester 15% & StriVectin-SD Power Serum For Wrinkles


Recently, I was privileged to be invited by Luxasia Singapore for a cozy private dinner (a table of 10 including 4 guests and myself) to preview 2 of their latest anti-aging treatments – Perricone Vitamin C Ester 15% and StriVectin-SD Power Serum For Wrinkles.

It was a super relaxing dinner and we have a great time sharing beauty tips and preferred skincare regimens. Being an anti-aging skincare fanatic, I’m always on the lookout for skincare products that are well packed and formulated with Vitamin C. So when I was introduced to Perricone Vitamin C Ester 15%, I was super excited! Vitamin C is great!


Perricone Vitamin C Ester 15% – S$198 / 4 x 10ml

Perricone Vitamin C Ester 15% is a revolutionary night treatment formulated with 15% Vitamin C Ester to boost collagen production, firm and smooth skin texture and brighten skin’s appearance.

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and is proven to help boost collagen production and brighten up the skin tone. It may also help to reverse sun-damaged skin. In fact, I have been using a well-packed 5% Vitamin C (L-ascorbic Acid) serum for a while and I can actually see results from it.

Though Vitamin C is very potent (at high concentration) however it is pretty unstable hence how the product is packed actually plays an important role for the efficacy of the product. I must say Perricone Vitamin C Ester 15% is probably one of the best packed high concentration Vitamin C products available in the market.

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Review – NEW SK-II Wrinkle Specialist


Two months ago in early July 2011, while I was attending an exclusive event at Changi Airport transit areas, I accidentally chanced upon 2 newest SK-II anti-aging products – SKII Wrinkle Specialist and Signature Eye Cream.

An exclusive media launch was held on the same afternoon at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 and I believe it was attended by media and VIP customers.

In fact, Changi Airport is proud to be the first in the world to launch these 2 newest anti-aging products. Even Japan has not even launched these 2 anti-aging products during the time. Since I couldn’t wait for the products to be available at department stores, I decided to buy the SK-II Wrinkle Specialist at Perfumes & Cosmetics store @ Changi Airport Terminal 3 at S$168 for testing and review. <grinning> I’m glad to be one of the first to try this anti-aging product. Anyway, both products have recently been officially launched and are now available at all SK-II counters @ department stores, retailing at S$180.


SK-II Anti-Aging Marketing Profile

Your skin has the natural ability to renew itself, an ability we call Skin Power. But like the sands of time, it slips away with age. SK-II’s latest anti-aging solutions are formulated especially to restore your Skin Power. use them daily as part of your skin care regimen and in years to come, you’ll discover that your biggest secret is no longer your age – it’s how you preserve your youthful-looking skin.


SK-II Wrinkle Specialist


Product Profile

Reduces the appearances of wrinkles by softening the skin. Your skin softens from the first time you apply it. Your wrinkles begin to disappear after just 14 days.



At first, after a quick glance at the ingredients, I was actually shocked to discover that this SK-II Wrinkle Specialist contains 4 alcohol ingredients (stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol and benzyl alcohol).

But only to realize that behenyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol are either used as an emollient and/or thickener. My bad!! <grin>

But benzyl alcohol (an irritating ingredient) on the other hand if it’s used in a high concentration, can cause problem for skin. It is known to increase free radicals, dry up the skin and cause skin irritation.

Pitera, the key ingredient for all SK-II products, can be found in SK-II Wrinkle Specialist that is claimed to be rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, organic acids and other natural ingredients beneficial to the skin.

SK-II Wrinkle Specialist also contains beneficial ingredients such as Vitamin B3, Carnosine and Tocopheryl Acetate.



Well, my first impression on SK-II Wrinkle Specialist is “Alright, since Kiehl’s, RoC, Boots, Tri-Aktiline and Babor have already created wrinkle fillers, so now you SK-II also wants a slice of the pie too? This is so predictable!”

SK-II Wrinkle Specialist is claimed to reduce the appearances of wrinkles by softening the skin and the wrinkles will begin to disappear after just 14 days! Begin to disappear in 14 days? Another by-default wrinkle claim again!

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Review – Can RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Filler Cream Eliminate Wrinkles?


I have heard and read numerous good reviews on this brand RoC, a Johnson & Johnson brand, and have always wanted to try this brand for the longest time. One thing that hold me back is their potent ingredient – Retinol.

Retinol, the mildest form of vitamin A, may cause birth defects and it should not be used by women who are pregnant. As you guys should know by now that I was before desperately trying for a baby hence I do not want to risk my chance for that.

RoC, the french anti-aging skin care experts, has been at the forefront of skin care innovation. It has developed the first hypoallergenic skincare products in 1957 and Retinol Actif Pur, the first pure and stabilized form of vitamin A, a pioneer treatment in the visible reduction of wrinkles in 1995.

RoC was the first to formulate stabilized Retinol, a scientific proven anti-aging ingredient and RoC products are primarily sold in the skin care sections of drug stores nationwide. 

A colleague of mine has given me this RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Filler Cream sample and I was looking forward to try my first RoC product actually.

Product profile

RoC Wrinkle Filler combines the anti-wrinkle properties of Retinol with the immediate filling properties of hyaluronic acid in a rich moisturising formula. Your skin looks visibly smoother, the appearance of wrinkles is reduced. 


The key ingredient, Retinol, is the mildest and non-prescription form of vitamin A. Studies have shown that vitamin A stimulates the production of new skin cells, increases cell turnover and build collagen. Unlike Retin-A and Renova – the more potent and prescription form of vitamin A which can cause irritation, Retinol is less likely to get irritated and therefore is ideal for people who are starting out on vitamin A.

RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Filler Cream also contains hyaluronic acid, a good water-binding agent, which helps to plump the skin and visibly smoothing wrinkles.

Other beneficial ingredients are …. ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C) and tocopheryl acetate (also known as vitamin E) which are good antioxidants.

Allantoin is an effective anti irritant and dihydroxy methyl chromone is claimed to boost the anti-aging performance of hyaluronic acid and retinol, and helps to balance skin.


Although RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Filler Cream is claimed to help rapidly smoothes the appearance of wrinkles, plumps and smoothes skin but some reports have shown that the amount of retinol on RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Filler Cream is barely a dusting and therefore the skin won’t receive much or benefit from it.

So after a close up examining, I have noticed very slight and faintly visible improvement on fine lines at the forehead and areas below crows feet. But there is no visible improvement on deeper lines and wrinkles like crows feet and nasalabial folds. There is also no effect on skin moisture and texture though.

I like the smooth and slight creamy texture and it does not leave my skin feeling greasy at all.

RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Filler Cream, a 30ml day and night moisturizer, is Quality Standards Formulated to minimise the risk of allergy and Non-comedogenic that would not clog pores. It can be applied in the morning as a base for make-up, and/or at night to your face and neck.


Will I buy it? Maybe


Review – Sisleya Daily Line Reducer


Sisleya Daily Line Reducer, serum for all skin types, is claimed to provide an immediate sensation of comfort and freshness with both a smoothing and hydrating effect. Surface lines and wrinkles are plumped out and dehydration lines are softened. This skin is firmer, visibly smoother and glowing.

Product claims

With passing time, the fibroblast cells located at the base of deep wrinkles produce up to 3 times less collagen than the other fibroblasts. Thanks to an exclusive combination of 3 cutting edge active ingredients (extracts of Alkekengi’s Calyx, Soya and Padina Pavonica) Siselya Daily Line Reducer helps reconstruct the skin’s framework spectacularly.

My opinion

Well, Sisley has been successfully making the consumers believe that Sisleya Daily Line Reducer is ‘ONE’ cream that will able to help you look much much younger and that it is all you need to eliminate wrinkles and lines. And I believe many women have already fell into the trap.

There is no quick or immediate solution to eliminating lines and wrinkles. It doesn’t happen overnight. One cream itself will not able to do wonders. It will need correct treatments, skin care products with potent ingredients and proper daily regimen to help reduce them.


Hydrolyzed soy protein, its highly-acclaimed ingredient, is a antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent for skin. Although some studies have shown that it has a collagen-stimulating effect and that various compounds in soy influence skin thickness and elasticity but the research was carried out under carefully controlled conditions not related to the way soy protein is used in a cosmetic product.

Sisleya Daily Line Reducer contains tocopheryl acetate, vitis vinifera (grape) leaf extract and arginine which are potent antioxidants.

But is also contains some plant extract ingredients like potentilla errecta and lavender oil which are harmful to the skin.


Although skin is more supple, but there is no visible improvement on expression lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. There is only a minimal improvement on skin hydration.

Conclusion : The result doesn’t substantiate its over-inflated claims. Sisleya Daily Line Reducer is definitely not the ‘miracle’ cream which you think can erase all those aging lines and wrinkles. Save the money, it is not worth it.


  The price is ridiculously expensive.

Will I buy it again? …… Unlikely!


Beware The 16 Signs Of Aging


If any of these problems are already visible and they bother you, place a check mark next to them. These are the issues to which you might want to consider giving a little extra care, in addition to following a good skin-care regimen and leading a healthy lifestyle. This way, we can fine-tune the precise plan of attack that will be the most effective for you. 

The visible 16 signs of aging

Dryness. The skin’s oil glands reduce their production significantly after about age 30, and the loss continues over the years.

Enlarged pores. Some people are predisposed to having enlarged pores and others are blessed with non-existent pores, but in both cases the loss of the skin’s underlying support system causes them to open up even more with age.

Sun damage/loss of skin tone. Melanocytes begin to burn out when you reach your late 30s and 40s, reducing the skin’s ability to fight sun damage and often causing uneven pigmentation.

Loss of skin elasticity. The loss of collagen and elastin are largely to blame for the appearance of wrinkles, but a lot of dynamic expressions – in the form of smiling, frowning and squinting – contribute as well.

Thinning. At about age 40, the dermis and the skin’s fat layer begin to thin. The process picks up steam after your 50th birthday. The unhappy result: sagging and the loss of the plump, youthful softness. The loss of the fat layer also makes the skin more fragile and likely to abrade.

Frown lines, lines on the forehead and from the nose to the mouth. As the skin ages and collagen breaks down, the skin will yield to the pulling force whenever you smile or frown and develop a wrinkle along the pulling force of the muscle.

Increased healing time. Our healing time begins to increase once we reach our 30s, with epidermal regeneration taking twice as long in our 70s and 80s as it did in our earlier years. The result is not only a dulled complexion, but also a longer wound-healing process.

Loss of firmness. In the dermis, cells called fibroblasts constantly replenish our skin’s supply of collagen and elastin. Fibroblasts lose their ability to function over the years, resulting in the reduction of collagen and elastin.

Broken capillaries. These fine red lines appear most frequently on the cheeks and nose, and they’re due to the proliferation of many tiny broken capillaries.

Dark discolorations/pigmentation spots. Hyperpigmentation is one of the first signs of aging. Sun-induced skin discoloration begins in the late teens and early 20s and get continually worse.

Reduced ability to repair damage. Overall, the body loses its ability to repair free-radical damage, so changes in the cells become more pronounced, accelerating aging.

Wrinkles. At age 30, collagen and elastin start to lose their strength, leaving the skin with some wrinkling.

Loss of fat. It’s the loss of fat under the eyes and in the cheeks that gives rise to a hollowed, aged look.

Eye wrinkles or crow’s-feet. When we reach our late 30s, little folds of soft skin have turned into sharp-edged lines around the eyes. However, once we enter 40s, most of us develop lines around the eyes that remain visible even when our faces are still. 

Sallow, dull or lack of radiance skin. When we’re in our 20s and 30s, our skin exfoliates well even by itself, giving us the pinkish, radiant glow of new skin cells. But as we age, the exfoliating process slows down dramatically. 

Sagging around the jaw and neck. A sagging jawline happens because of a combination of thinning skin, loss of subcutaneous fat, loss of muscle bulk, and loss of bone in the cheek and jaw. The 90º between the neck and the chin is also lost as we age for the same reasons, plus the fact that the muscles and tendons in the neck change consistency and are less able to follow the chinline.

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.

Dealing With The Early Signs Of Aging


Uneven skin texture, sunspots, blotchiness, fine lines and wrinkles are usually the early signs of aging. Generally the first line of defense when tackling the early signs of aging includes non-prescription skin creams and lotions with anti aging ingredients and these products typically contain antioxidants — substances that speed up cell turnover and increase collagen production.

Defense anti aging with antioxidants

Vitamin A. Widely used as antioxidant in skin care products which proven effective in treating the signs of photo aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots and uneven skin texture.

Vitamin C. Considered a potent antioxidant for skin. It is essential for the production of collagen and wound healing. It plays an important role in making the skin smooth and soft.

Copper peptides. A relatively new entry in the anti aging arena, copper peptides are antioxidants that play a part in collagen synthesis. Studies have shown that products containing this substance help produce new collagen, which in turn improved fine lines and wrinkles as well as overall skin firmness and appearance. Skin thickness was also improved.

Natural moisturizing factor

Other typical ingredients in anti aging skin creams and lotions include products that help hold moisture in the skin, such as hyaluronic acid, which improves the appearance of the skin and makes fine lines look less noticeable.

With consistent use, these products will restore some elasticity to the skin and reduce the appearance of superficial lines and wrinkles.


However, they won’t work miracles, nor will they attack deeper lines and wrinkles. For this, more powerful products and procedures are necessary.


Do We Need Night Cream?



What is night cream?

A night cream is a moisturizer in which there is a greater concentration of hydrating ingredients than is typically used in a day cream or lotion. Because of this richness, night creams may leave the skin with a slight occlusive layer that many people would not be comfortable wearing during the day or under foundation.

Day cream vs. night cream

Although some doctors may claim that there is no difference between what the skin needs during the day and what it needs at night. But many moisturizing formulations for day have great sun protection and that is the only way you should differentiate a daytime product from a nighttime version.

Why night cream?

There are two reasons why a night cream is useful. One is that transepidermal water loss is greatest at night, and a night cream can help prevent that kind of dehydration. Two is that the body’s cells are replenished with nutrients and are being regenerated at night, so this is the time to optimize the delivery of the raw materials skin needs.

Free radical at rest

Now, too, is when free radical damage from the environment is at its lowest point. You’re indoors, in the dark, and not active, so fewer free radicals are being produced within your skin as well. You can take advantage of this break in the action to disarm the free radicals that have accumulated during the day and saturate the skin with an extra supply so that you don’t start the next day unprotected.

Can Anti-Aging Or Wrinkle Cream Works Better Than Botox?

Based on what most of the skin-care ads say nowadays, many women will believe a skin-care product can work better than Botox, but nothing could be further from the truth.

But frankly, how do some cosmetic companies get away with what is either false and misleading claims and exaggerating their benefits and effects on the skin to the public? Well, because for these companies, getting around cosmetics regulations has become a skill that has tricked many consumers worldwide.

A case study

This is the case of StriVectin, which used the slogan “Better Than Botox!” to take a $1 million dollar annual revenue product to a $150 million dollar gold mine. Then, as a result of FDA pressure and legal threats from Allergan, when StriVectin couldn’t prove its claim that it was Better than Botox!, their ads went from Better Than Botox! (a declarative statement) to Better Than Botox? (a question). That little change of punctuation satisfied the FDA and “truth” in advertising.

<sources : Don’t go to the cosmetics counter without me – Paula Begoun>

What should anti-aging and wrinkle creams do?

Anti-aging and wrinkle cream, in theory, should diminish fine lines and wrinkles. They should firm the skin and increase your skin’s elasticity. They should even out your skin tone and texture. They should also help prevent collagen breakdown and help stimulate the growth of new collagen.

But do note that not every anti-aging and wrinkle cream will have all these properties.

What can’t anti-aging and wrinkle creams do?

They can’t totally eliminate severe wrinkles, creases, and folds, but they can soften their appearance. No OTC cream can completely replace lost volume in the face or permanently fill in wrinkles. They may work on superficial wrinkles, for only a short period of time.

Botox/fillers v.s. wrinkle cream

While every woman needs a good moisturizer and a wrinkle treatment cream, you can be discriminating in your selection. No OTC cream can have the same profound effect as an injectible filler or Botox. OTC wrinkle creams can soften and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and provide the immediate benefit of hydrating the skin. OTC wrinkle creams cannot physically eliminate deeper lines. Only an injected substance can do that.

Forming a complement

That doesn’t mean, of course, that you shouldn’t maintain your skin at home with daily use of wrinkle creams. Botox or fillers and OTC products are not mutually exclusive — they’re complementary. No matter what you decided to do to treat deeper wrinkles, you’ll still want to treat your skin to prevent pre-existing wrinkles from getting worse and preventing as many new ones as possible from forming. In addition, you want to use your sunscreen to prevent any winkles from getting worse.

The truth!

No cosmetic or skin-care product can address all of these physiological issues and problems. A combination of products and medical treatments can achieve some success against these elements, but to imagine that a single miracle cream can do this all by itself is just not realistic.

Bear in mind that the only skincare products that have been studied for safety and effectiveness, and are approved by the FDA to treat aging skin, are tretinoin creams, such as Renova or Tazorac. These are prescription creams and not available OTC.

In other words, there is no OTC anti-wrinkle cream that can legitimately claim to be scientifically proven and FDA approved to treat wrinkles.

Bottom line

There is no topical anti aging or wrinkle cream that is better than Botox!

Sun Protection – Your First Step To Prevent Skin Aging


Sun exposure. The prime culprit of extrinsic aging 

Sunlight not only ages you, it can kill you, no matter what the color of your skin. Skin damage by the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun is one of the most important extrinsic causes of facial aging. The important point is that sun protection is the most important yet most often neglected anti-aging and cancer preventing treatment you can use.

Photo aging

Photo aging, a result of sun exposure, is a slow process. It may take several decades before it becomes fully noticeable. 

In fact, 90% of sun damage occurs by the age of 20s, only becoming visible in your early 30s and onwards. 

The degree of photo aging is mainly determined by your skin type and total lifetime sun exposure, and the degree of damage to different areas of the body is directly proportional to the amount of sunlight received.

Sun exposure gives you wrinkles. Sun exposure makes you look old.  

As you age, you can easily see the difference in skin that’s been exposed to sunlight for years (such as the skin on their faces, necks, arms, chests, and lower legs) and skin that’s been protected by clothing (such as the skin on their buttocks and torsos). The exposed skin is generally more wrinkled and discolored and less taut than the unexposed skin.

Sunlight-related aging signs include :

Accelerated wrinkling and sagging
Spider veins and thread veins
Sallowness and brown sunspots
Precancerous solar keratoses, skin cancers 

UV rays speed up the aging process because they promote the production of free radicals

Although there are many causes of free-radical damage to the skin, one of the most insidious is sunlight. What happens when the sun hits your skin is enough to make you shudder. First, as you stroll in the park on a bright, sunny day, the molecules in your skin absorb sunlight. Free radicals are activated. The sunlight also activates an enzyme that breaks down fats in skin cells. This fat breakdown produces a chemical called arachidonic acid, the precursor to molecules that can inflame the skin. And we now know that these inflammatory molecules accelerate the aging of skin.

When you are outside, exposed to the sun :

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat. You must protect the ears, as well as the face.
  • Wear UV protecting wrap-around sunglasses or sun-protective clothing.
  • Stay out of the sun during the peak hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The most beneficial sunscreens are broad spectrum. This means they offer protection against UVA and UVB rays, which are both detrimental to skin.
  • You need at least an SPF of 30, whether you’re playing golf or walking to the store. Doubling the dose of a product with an SPF of 15 will not give you the protection of a 30.  
  • Apply an even coating of sun block using 30 grams or one ounce for the whole body and at least one teaspoon of sunscreen to the face.
  • Apply at least 20 – 30 minutes before going into the sun. The active ingredients need that time to become active.
  • Reapply sun block regularly every two hours, at minimum. It degrades in sunshine and heat and stops working.
  • Be certain to cover the area around your eyes, nose, lips and ears, the parts of your face that get the most sun, but are often missed.
  • Apply sun block even on cloudy days. 80% of UV rays are transmitted on a cloudy day.

The absolute easiest and least expensive way to prevent photo-aging is to use a good, broad-spectrum sunscreen everyday and apply it properly.