EUNICE ANNABEL

Monday, September 29, 2014

My First Facial Treatment Ever at IDS Clinic - HydraFacial MD & Ultrasound & Iontophorosis treatment

When I go on a vacation with my friends, I'll always be the first to ask if they would like to join me at the hotel's spa. Likewise at Salon Vim, I would always look forward to the hair wash because my stylist would do little massages in between. I just love massages and getting pampered! I know some of you may hate it but if you're job requires you to be constantly on the run like mine, trust me, massages are the best things in life. 

Apart from head and body massages, I've never done anything therapeutic for my face. I was brought up with my mum constantly telling my brother and I to take good care of our skin. We started using facial products as soon as we hit puberty, so we were about 12 or 13? Relatively young age to start any facial regime actually. The point is, I've always been very particular about my complexion. I never allowed anyone to touch my face throughout primary and secondary school. I wouldn't even touch my own face without making sure my hands have been washed thoroughly. I just hate pimples, and whenever I get one, I'd become really upset, almost depressed. hahaha.

Because of this nature of mine, I've never thought of doing facials. What scares me is seeing hideous red spots on people's faces after their facial session. They can't apply make up right after a facial so there's no way to hide those ugly spots. Also, I've heard that facials are pretty painful and some times, there aren't any significant results. So why would anyone want to spend so much money on something painful that doesn't do you much good? Because of these factors, I've never done facials. Well.. until recently :)

I haven't been visiting IDS that often due to my SUPER BUSY September schedule. But I made a trip down recently and was recommended to try their HydraFacial MD Treatment. IDS hates to call it a facial because everyone knows that a facial means you come out of the room with those red spots. IDS calls the HydraFacial MD a therapeutic treatment, one that is super comfortable, no pain at all, almost like a spa treatment. Just hearing the name made me feel a lot more comfortable already. You see, the word Hydra has a close association to water, and we all know the benefits of water on our skin. Also, when I heard that it was going be a very soothing treatment, I was so excited! Finally, something to pamper my face!
If you wanna read about my first IDS visit, you can do so here. I've been using IDS products for about 4 months now and my favourite products from the range is the Facial Scrub, A+, Oil-Free Moisturiser and Non-Tinted Sunscreen. All of which are products I didn't use at all before my first visit. After using these products, I really do see a huge difference in my skin. Initially, my skin was very dry even though I thought it was normal. It also had multiple dark spots all over which I'd always spend lots of time concealing. 

Today, my skin feels bouncy, smooth and the dark spots have diminished in numbers significantly. I do still have a few stubborn ones and the colour on my forehead is still looking a little uneven, but other than that, everything is almost close to perfect. To combat these issues, I agreed to try IDS's HydraFacial MD and Ultrasound & Lontophorosis treatment, ending it with a whitening mask. So here's how it went!:)
Firstly, my skin was given a squeaky clean wash using IDS's cleanser and my favourite facial scrub.
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Then, it was time for the HydraFacial Treatment! It is basically a non-invasive, non-surgical facial treatment to detox and rejuvenate your skin. I was promised immediate results with no downtime meaning I could apply make up right after. This is awesome if you have somewhere important to head to after and you need to look good. Which means, ladies could go straight to work without having to hide any embarrassing red spots etc. I needed to head for filming after at night so I was assured that there really isn't any downtime :)

How does the HydraFacial MD Treatment works?
What happens is a little tool attached to the machine releases high powered mini jets of water onto the skin. This causes microdermabrasion that removes dead skin cells, black heads and white heads. It may sound painful and scary but trust me, it's very soothing and therapeutic. The minerals from the water helps to deep cleanse while the powerful jets of water helps to further penetrate the minerals into the skin.

This is technology that is used all over the world by A-list celebrities. Just search it on google! What you get at the end of the treatment is rejuvenated skin that feels extremely clean and you don't have to worry about clogged pores anymore because it removes everything. 

Next, I did Ultrasound & Lontophorosis Treatment. My therapist swept some vitamins onto my skin before brushing the machine's wand on it. The wand basically helps the vitamins and minerals to penetrate deep into my skin, it's kinda like how we'd tap our skin when we apply lotions but with better results. This is an especially good treatment if you're looking to achieve specific results- in my case, brighter and fairer skin!

Like the HydraFacial treatment, no pain is involved in this treatment at all! Just a little buzzing sensation but nothing extreme. By this time, I was already falling asleep. hahaha

Applying the whitening mask I talked about earlier.

My treatment ended with a cool, soothing whitening mask. I really want to achieve bright and fair looking skin! I'm tired of people constantly telling me that my forehead is darker than the rest of my face. Also, I'm tired to people constantly telling me that I grew tanner when I've been diligently staying out of the sun whenever I can :( Anyway, the entire procedure lasted for about 20 to 30 minutes. I was left alone in the treatment room for a good 15 minutes for the mask to work it's wonders and you got it right, I slept like a log. hahaha

And here are the results!!!!! 
NO MAKE UP HERE EXCEPT BROWS, MASCARA AND UNDER-EYE CONCEALER.
I went to meet Fai for lunch after my treatment and he had a shock when he saw me. At first, he thought that my "make up" looked a little too white but then realised that I wasn't wearing any! hahaha. I was so happy! For the first time, I don't have to worry about concealing any stubborn dark spots because I don't have any anymore! I can't believe that I've been battling them for almost half a year when I could just remove them in 20 minutes. 

At the moment I have 1 or 2 blemishes on my skin because it's that time of the month so it's inevitable but other than that, my skin is CLEAR, FAIR and BRIGHT!!!! This is one of the best things I've ever done for myself and I can't wait for my next treatment! Thank you so much IDS for recommending the treatments to me, happy customer here :) 

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Apart from these treatments, I'm also taking IDS Lyco-White Oral Skin Supplements. It is highly raved about in Cleo magazine because of it's ability make one's skin fairer while protecting the skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. Just 3 capsules daily to achieve the perfect skin! More on this in future when I see significant results alright? By the way, it's Halal and Kosher certified so everyone gets to enjoy it! If you're interested, contact IDS Clinic now :)

Alright, that's all I have for now guys! Thanks for reading:)
And yes, I mean what I say in this post and no, it's not an ad at all. I wasn't told to write this. I just thought you should know because the treatments worked wonders on my skin. Stop spending money on concealers, just do the treatments, don't forget the whitening mask and you'll see the difference immediately.
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I know I keep saying the same thing over and over again for every OOTD advertorial, but I just can't help it. This is REALLY one of their best collections to date. Whether you're looking for something sophisticated and timeless or something a little more edgy and fun, you'll certainly be able to find it all in this collection. I took 4 apparels home with me this time cause I couldn't decide!

Nicole Jumpsuit in Navy
Sadly, I can't find it on their site anymore. I assume that it's all sold out! :( But why wouldn't it be anyway? It's such a gorgeous piece that would look awesome for any occasion. I picked it because it's super comfy and it's a simple way to look presentable without putting in much effort - just like a maxi dress! I can totally see myself wearing this to future events or even casual days out. Available in black too!

PREMIUM Neoprene Annabel Midi-Wonder in Black
This dress has been restocked! Trust me, you'd wanna get your hands on a piece asap!!! It's the most comfortable form-fitting dress I've ever worn. I am in LOVE with it and I can't wait to wear it for my next event. It really accentuate my curves leaving me to feel super sexy. Thanks to it's length, it doesn't make one look trashy at all! Sophistication at it's finest.

Barbie Full Bloom Dress in Dark Navy
I'm not exactly a fan of wearing florals at the moment but I couldn't resist this piece! It may be a little short but that's the whole point. hahaha. It really looks like something Barbie would wear so why wouldn't I keep one for myself too? Superb quality and fully lined, the perfect dress for first dates!

PREMIUM Electra Faux Leather Midi-Skirt in Black
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Nivea Extra White - Pore Minimiser Range

When I hear the brand NIVEA or when I think of it, the most significant thing that pops up in my mind is my dad’s daily regime. As a kid, I've always watched him apply his favorite Nivea body lotion to his hands, arms and legs. He works extremely hard for our family and he comes home pretty late because of that. By the time he knocks off from work, there isn't much to do. You know, there's no way he can unwind at a spa or pamper himself to a massage etc. So he finds comfort in the simplest of things- his Nivea body lotion. My dad has extremely dry skin - some times so dry that they crack - especially on his hands because his job requires him to use them a lot. I remember the look of relief he had expressed across his face when he applied the lotion every night before he sleeps. Because of this, I've always trusted NIVEA to be the ultimate, trust worthy skincare brand.

Along the years I was introduced to numerous other brands and to be honest, I've long forgotten about Nivea and its benefits. Frankly speaking, I couldn't care less about facial products. I'm a huge believer in sticking to what's already good. It's a pain walking through the drug store with so many different brands and products in your face. It's tough picking out the right one when you don't even know where to begin looking! In fact, thinking about this made me realized that I've never ever spoken about Nivea before. So when I was offered to come onboard this campaign, I couldn't say no for some reason. I was eager to try. Looking at the products and it's signature cobalt blue packaging hit me with a very nostalgic feeling and a sense of warmth. I suddenly recalled how it played a part of my childhood and how it constantly made my dad feel better every night. 

In this post, I'm going to be talking about NIVEA’s skincare range though - their  Extra White Pore Minimiser rangeApart from minimising enlarged pores and removing impurities from it, all of the products also contain Pearly White, which has proven efficiency 10 times better than Vitamin C. They also contain multi vitamins to help nourish skin after frequent use of make up. So basically, this is a product range that is most suited for individuals like myself - constantly using make up and looking for fairer skin. 
We all want perfect clear skin but that's impossible unless God especially loves you and blessed you with excellent genetics. Once a while, we all get acne. It's every girl's worst nightmare, it means that you're have to wake up earlier because you'll need more time to conceal that ugly pimple. And that also means that you're actually clogging up your pores even more! 

Everyone knows that the best way to avoid acne is prevention. So drink lots of water (It's really works! I didn't believe at first until I tried it for myself.), stay away from junk food - especially those high in sugar and salt, avoid touching your face whenever you can, and adopt a good skincare routine. Also, if your lifestyle allows you to, try to give your skin a "vacation" at least once or twice a week. Meaning, don't apply make up every single day.

You see, make up clogs up our pores whether you like it or not, even if most cosmetic products claim not to. Acne is formed when sebaceous glands become overactive. When they overproduce sebum - an oily substance - our pores get clogged up with dead skin cells.

One of the ways to minimise such things from happening is to resolve the basis of the problem. Don't you think that if our skin is well cleansed,  there wouldn't even be an opportunity for dead skin cells or bacteria to clog up and pores were not be enlarged? Nivea Extra White Pore Minimiser Mud Foam removes impurities and make up residues that cause dullness, acne and enlarged pores. It also contains volcanic mud substance with proven whitening efficacy 10x more effective than Vitamin C. All these without thinning the skin!
The Nivea Pore Minimiser Mud Foam works as a pretty heavy-duty facial cleanser. It feels creamy and smooth on the skin so it doesn't feel as strong though it is able to remove 10 make up residues. According to its packing, it states that it removes the following: 
1. Oil
2. Powder
3. Foundation
4. Blush
5. Eye Shadow
6. Silicon
7. Eyeliner
8. Colouring
9. Moisturiser residue
10. Sunscreen residue
So bacteria, excess oil and dead skin cells cause acne huh? Well, we can't avoid excessive production of oil because that's up to our skin type and hormonal changes, and bacteria are everywhere so avoiding it is inevitable. But we can control the amount of dead skin cells on the surface of our skin. This is where a scrub comes into the picture - it's also my favorite part of the entire skincare routine.

Basically, sebum, which is supposed to act as a lubricant for our hair and skin, some times acts as “glue". It traps dead skin cells and together, they form a plug that clogs the pore. Which over time causes inflammation - a pimple. Hence, another preventive measure to take to prevent a pimple from occurring would be to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.

Nivea Pore Minimiser Scrub contains micro beads that gently exfoliate your skin to remove impurities hence minimising the appearance of acne, large pores and dark spots. The scrub feels really gentle unlike most scrubs I've used before. I like how it doesn't cause skin tightening.
Alright. So this is a question that's been in my head for the longest time but I never actually asked anyone about. What is the purpose of using a night cream? I like to stick to the basics when it comes to my personal skincare regime- Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize. So why do we need to spend a little more money on something else? Is that just a way for brands and companies to earn more by selling us a product we don't even need? Or do we really benefit from it?

Well apparently, different body cells are more active at different times of the day. Skin cells are most active at night. Research has proven that skin cell regeneration peaks between 11pm to 4am so apart from sleeping at the right time, it's also great if we can replenish our skin with active ingredients at that time.

If you look carefully, you'll realized that night creams are always a little heavier and thicker compared to day creams or serums. Active ingredients found in night creams are less effective when exposed to sunlight, which is why you'll need to apply them only at night before you go to bed. Most night creams are meant for purposes that contain ingredients that may cause skin irritation or sensitivity when exposed to sunlight. Which is why these ingredients are only found in night creams when your skin doesn't have to compete with other elements such as make up or sunscreen or pollution etc.
The Nivea Pore Minimiser Night Cream feels smooth and creamy, and a little heavy at first but it absorbs into the skin pretty quickly leaving your skin feeling soft and supple. My skin didn't feel greasy after at all, which is awesome! Nobody likes that greasy feeling. I also enjoy how it smelled! It has a very refreshing scent.
So now we know the purpose and benefits of using a night cream. But what about day serums? If it's so important to use night creams, I think it would be even MORE important to use day serums since our skin gets exposed to more harmful elements during the day. Our skin is subjected to harmful UV rays, pollutions, environmental stresses, and make up. Hence, day creams are designed to focus on protecting and supporting our skin typically with SPF and antioxidants. These are important ingredients that would act as a shield and protect our skin from UV rays that causes photo damage (aka hyper-pigmentation) and free radicals. Serum on the other hand contains a higher concentration of the cream yet lighter texture product.

The Nivea Pore Minimiser Day Serum is an excellent example of a day serum. It's designed to be worn under make up, so it's really light and non-greasy. I love how it quickly absorbs into my skin and it feels like I don't even have anything on after applying it. Which makes my feel like my pores are still able to breathe. The day serum acts like a primer in a way? It provides a smooth, oil-free surface for foundation to glide on smoothly.
So far, it's been pretty good. I saw a difference in my skin tone almost instantly after completing the 4-step regime. My pores are supposed to reduce in size in 7 days, so we'll see how it goes!:)
*When used with Nivea Extra White reapir range, referred from consumer satisfaction survey by IPSOS institution, Thailand, Aug12
I’m loving this  limited edition Nivea Pouch! You can also get one with every $10 purchase of Visage face available in Guardian & Watsons in Sept 2014. Nivea Whitening Pore Minimser range is available in all major pharmacy chains such as Guardian and Watsons, and supermarkets.

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