(Event & Sponsored Review) “Beauty Inside Out” with DHC Acne to Anti-Aging products

Few weeks back, DHC held a special cooking event over at Cookyn Inc located at 221 Rangoon Road (Thank you Jo for the invite)..  During the month of March, Watsons has brought in a brand new world of DHC and this revamp will bring about a refreshed brand direction with the launch of three new ranges: DHC Kakonjuka Skincare Series, DHC Collagen Powder & DHC Cleanecea.

DHC origins 33 years ago from Japan and being the No.1 direct mail skincare company, its skin-gentle product lines are of high quality. In all its products, DHC only uses safe ingredients without adding coloring agents or fragrances so as to help skin strikes an ideal balance for all skin type. Its extensive product lines include skincare, body care, make up items and oral supplements.

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Building on its Japanese Heritage, DHC  focuses on the discerning taste of the Japanese and stringent quality standards. Therefore, all DHC beauty products formulated based on extensive R&D and also tailoring the line to suit customers’ particular requirements and needs. Botanical extracts known for its nourishing properties are used extensively in DHC formulation with cutting edge scientific research to create the best, effective and safest products.

As the picture ‘Apply & Consume’ picture has suggested, DHC’s R&D laboratories have come out with breakthrough formulations using its skincare ranges and oral beauty supplements to target acne and anti-aging concerns. The two key product lines work in synergy to produce effective solutions to any beauty concern, supporting the brand’s move towards an all-encompassing health and beauty experience.

Anti-aging concerns

For an age-defying complexion, DHC currently has DHC Collagen Beauty 7000+ to work on the body from the inside to promote efficient absorption of collagen in the body.. From March 2013 onwards, DHC is proud to present an additional Skincare Series known as DHC Kakonjuka Skincare Series to work on skin from the outside… The combination will bring about an effective way to rejuvenate skin, fight fine lines and wrinkles by promoting collagen absorption and skin elasticity.

DHC Kakonjuka Range (New)

The Kakonjuka Range is a functional botanical series skincare series which fights signs of aging. Formulated with six carefully selected Japanese and Korean botanical (extracted from the plants’ nuts, leaves, stems, flowers and fruits) provide a multi-faceted moisturising effect in the skin’s stratum corneum, improving skin firmness and elasticity. The new range consists of three specially formulated products includes:

1) DHC Kakonjuka Lotion ($39.90, 100ml)

2) DHC Kakonjuka Essence ($48, 30ml)

3) DHC Kakonjuka Cream ($44.90, 40g)

Active botancial ingredients in the range include:

• Platycarya – Prevents collagen destruction caused by various internal and external factors

• Grifola frondosa (Maitake Mushroom) – Promotes the production of collagen to give skin its firmness and elasticity

• Glycyrrhiza – Supports the production of Ceramide, Hyaluronic acid and Collagen which moisturises and improves skin suppleness

• Portulaca Oleracea – Prevents skin damage

• Sanguisorba Officinalis – Promotes skin health

• Lingzhi – Nourishes the skin’s outer layer

DHC Collagen Beauty 7000+, Price: $49.90, (10 x 7000mg bottles)

Containing almost 50%  more collagen than other brands, DHC Collagen Beauty 7000+ is formulated with Fish Collagen Tripeptide to help promote younger-looking skin. Compared to regular collagen,  Collagen Beauty 7000+ has smaller molecule sizes and shorter chain structures of numerous amino acids, thus it is easily and effectively absorbed by the body. White-grape in taste, this collagen drink is low in fat and caffeine free.

Acne Care Concerns

For acne-prone skin, DHC Salicylic Range will be able to treat imperfections on skin’s surface.. To further  build on the brand’s direction towards health and beauty focus, DHC has introduced DHC Cleacnea to be used together with the existing Salicylic Range. While the DHC Salicylic Range works on the outside to treat troubled skin, DHC Cleacnea will work from within to alleviate the internal pimples inducing factors.

For an effective Solution to acne outbreaks while promoting radiant and healthy skin from within, DHC recommends the following skincare products:

DHC Cleacnea (New), Price: $29.90, 26.6g (60 tablets x 443mg)

This anti-acne oral supplement reaches from within to keeps pimples away by creating a healthy skin environment through a three steps approach: Control, Cycle and Moisturise.

1) Control: Contains Kiwi Seed Extract Powder that helps to control sebum secretion and prevent  inflammation

2) Cycle: Enriched with Vitamin B derivatives and Vitamin C which to promote healthy skin turnover cycle:

3) Moisturise: Moisturising ingredients will locks moisture in the skin while promoting skin elasticity and firmness. It is further enriched with Ceramide-containing Rice Extract Powder that strengthens the moisturizing effect

DHC Salicylic Range

Specially formulated with Salicylic Acid, the products promote skin care from the outside. It utilizes the renowned antiseptic properties of Salicylic Acid to sterilize skin, discourage the growth of acne-causing bacteria and also treat acne conditions. The range consists of  Salicylic Acne Face Wash ( S$32, 120ml), Salicylic Acne Face Toner ($32, 160ml), Salicylic Acne Face Milk ($32, 60ml) and Salicylic Acne Spot Therapy ($21.90, 15g)

Also working hand-in-hand with the above two ranges are the newly formulated DHC Collagen Powder and the brand’s signature Olive Essentials Set, which help to promote healthy and radiant skin.

The event kick-started with a presentation by Mr Micheas Chan, Marketing and Merchandising director of Watsons Singapore telling us more on the brand new DHC realigning its brand philosophy to focus on “Beauty Inside Out”. With the belief that beauty is more than just skin-deep, DHC has launched a total beauty regime that caters to inner and outer beauty. This revamp offer a holistic approach to beauty, health and wellness through a series of new product launches. Through this refresh, Watsons hopes help consumers to look good on the outside and also to feel good on the inside.

Ms Kimiko Ikeda, DHC Beauty Advisor from Japan held a mini beauty demo session to tell us more about DHC’s  new additions and get tips on how to regain youthful beauty.

At home, you can pamper skin with special care using DHC products in three steps and the first step will be to indulge in DIY facial massage using DHC’s star product – Olive Virgin Oil.. Benefits of this massage will enhances blood circulation so  beauty essence and nutrients can better penetrate your skin leading to clear and revitalized skin.. In addition with continuous facial massage, one will have sharper face lines and better absorption of skincare items used afterwards.

If you feel that your skin looks tired, Ms Kimiko Ikeda also taught us how to free skin from dullness using Warm towel.. By using a warm towel and applying it on your skin, it enhances blood circulation and refreshes skin to free it from dullness.. While doing so, the improved blood circulation will also relax tension on face and relieve stressed skin.

For eye concerns, you can make use of cotton pack soaked DHC Kakonjuka Lotion to address it! This fuss free beauty regimen provides concentrated care and provides sufficient moisture around eyes which prevents wrinkles, dark circles and dullness..

Ms Kimiko Ikeda also told us more on DHC’s latest skincare series – the Kakonjuka Range. In this range, it is formulated using six specially selected Asian botanical ingredients which will boost skin’s youthfulness.

This anti-ageing skincare series comprising a lotion, essence and cream which are packed with moisture to soothe, hydrate and delay signs of aging. The products will help strengthen the skin’s moisturizing effect, aiding in skin rejuvenation for smoother, tighter skin overtime.

After the mini beauty workshop conducted by Ms Ikeda, the special cooking session on how to create our own  age-defying beauty meal commenced! We were told to find ourselves a partner and cooking will be done in pairs! Here’s me and my ‘partner in crime’ – Jacelyn!

When the rest of the beauty bloggers chef unite, we are set to cook up a storm and prepare healthy meals using DHC collagen products!

First dish! Each pairs will be preparing their own Baked Buttery Mentaiko Ramen that contains DHC collagen powder! I’m such a pasta lover and i will even love it more when it contains collagen that will boost my skin’s radiance..

Baked Buttery Mentaiko Ramen – Serves 4-6 small portions

Ingredients:

1 packet of dry ramen (270g)
0.5 cups of mentaiko roe
4 teaspoons of onion powder
2 teaspoons of chopped garlic
100g of enoli mushrooms (cut into 1cm)
100g of shiitake mushrooms (chopped finely)
50g of salted butter
50g of salted butter
1/3 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of chicken broth
1/3 cup of mirin
2 x tablespoons of Japanese Mayonnaise
0.5 lemon
Black pitted olives
Nori Seaweed (garnish)
Bontio flakes (garnish)
Chives (Garnish)
Sakt and pepper (to taste)
4-6 pcs of baking paper (15 x 15cm)

Directions for preparation

1) Cook ramen in boiling water till slightly soft (app 1.5-2 mins)
2) Soak ramen in ice-cold water and set aside
3) Melt butter in frying pan then set aside to let it cook slightly
4) Mix melted butter with garlic, onion powder and a pinch of salt until it dissolves
5) Add in mayonnasise, cream and mentaiko and mix well.
6) Place a sheet of baking paper and put in handful of cold soba in the middle
7) Toss with 1 tablespoon of mentaiko butter prepared earlier.
8) Top with handful of assorted mushrooms
9) Drizzle with some mentaiko butter

When the pasta sauce is done, throw in the ramen and mix it well.. After that, top up with handful of assorted mushrooms and drizzle some mentaiko butter and a tablespoon of chicken broth + pepper to taste. After which, position the pasta in the middle of the baking paper, wrap it and seal it before placing it in preheated oven of 160 deg Celsius.

After leaving it to bake in the oven for 12 mins, the pasta is ready to be served! Just a reminder to add collagen powder only AFTER taking it out from the oven as the high heat will destroy its properties… Before serving, just sprinkle some collagen powder (according to preference) on top of the pasta then follow by your garnish and some lemon juice and your pasta is ready!

Nom Nom Nom Nom! I can only detect the taste of the pasta and various ingredients… Despite adding collagen powder to it, there isn’t any fishy taste! Thumbs up!

Part 2 of the DHC Age-Defying Beauty cooking session involved Sushi and DHC collagen powder! Before the hands-on session, the team from Cookyn gave us a tutorial session and some tips to create the perfect looking sushi!

Assorted Sushi Maki Rolls – Serves 25 small portions

Ingredients needed:

3 avocados, seed removed and sliced

2 Japanese cucumbers, julienned

100g of Tobikko / Ebikko

150g of Tamago

10 crab sticks

5 sheets of Nori Seaweed, cut into half

The rice and vinegar had already been prepared for us beforehand but you can refer to the detailed guide below to understand more on the preparation steps.

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Here are some tips on how to create that perfect looking sushi:

Use a rolling bamboo / wooden mat for rolling sushi and place a sheet of Nori Seaweed. Make sure that the seaweed is dry before spreading the sushi rice on top.

Press the rice down firmly while spreading it evenly.. After which, choose the desired fillings and lay them in a line… Sprinkle some DHC powder on top so that you can ‘feed’ your skin with nutrients while you consume the sushi! Killing two birds with one stone.. 🙂

Roll the bamboo mat along with all the ingredients and tug the sushi in tightly… This will prevent the sushi from falling apart after you cut it.

Remove the bamboo mat and slice the sushi swiftly with a long sharp knife.. To prevent the sushi from sticking onto the knife, you can wet the knife with water before slicing.

Presenting herewith our final product, not too bad i hope! Credits to Jacelyn as she was the one wrapping the sushi while i stood beside her taking pictures..

JJ can cook!! Not bad~

For people who have sweet tooth and prefer to indulge in dessert that’s last sinful, Cookyn has taught us how to prepare one easy to prepare dessert incorporated with DHC Collagen Beauty 7000.. Something to satisfy your sweet tooth and at the same time boost your beauty fix! 🙂

Yogurt Anmitsu With Fresh Fruit – Serves One!

Ingredients needed:

3 Teaspoons of Japanese red bean paste

2 Teaspoons of Konnyaku jelly cubes

2 Teaspoons of mochi balls

4 Grapes, 4 blueberries

3 Tablespoons of low-fat yogurt

1 bottle of DHC Collagen Beauty 7000

I have no idea where to purchase these mochi balls but they are really QQ and delicious.. Maybe i should give Japanese supermarkets a try! :p

To have a nicer presentation, you might wish to put in the items layer by layer.. You can start off with putting the red bean paste in the middle. After which place the jelly cubes, mochi balls and fresh fruits around the red bean paste.. Once done, add the yogurt on top then pour the DHC Collagen Beauty 7000 in.

This dessert is really yum yum! The sour tinge from the yogurt is sweetened by the DHC Collagen drink while the grape taste from the collagen drinks goes very well with the rest of the fruits.. Personally, i don’t like the desert to ‘soak’ in collagen water so i only poured half of it in.. Drank the rest of the collagen drink (which taste good on its own) after finishing the dessert…

At the end of the cooking session, we were also treated to home-made sorbet (With alcohol content inside)!

It’s really cute looking that i can’t bear to eat it (but i ate it eventually, duh!).. Chocolates and ice-cream are my Happy Food and there’s no way for me to resist them! 🙂

Look what DHC has prepared for me to bring home! The collagen supplements will definitely boost my skin’s radiance before my wedding which is happening in 1 month plus time… Besides the oral supplements, the other skincare products will work hand in hand to promote beauty that radiates from within.

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For a comprehensive health and beauty solution, you can give these highly recommended products a try:

Do you know that collagen will decreases while we age? Collagen plays an essential role in supporting skin’s moisture and elasticity;  therefore, it is ideal to intake collagen constantly so as to keep collagen level healthy which maintains skin’s firmness and supple level.

You might have heard about Collagen supplements being redundant because it cannot be absorbed by our body.. Well, it is somehow true as collagen has a large molecular mass that makes it rather difficult for the body to absorb. However with the all-new DHC collagen oral supplements, collagen peptides have been formulated to allow for stronger absorption by cutting the long polypeptide chains of regular collagen into smaller structures with lower molecular weight, making it easier for the body to absorb.

1. DHC 32166 – Collagen

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As part of your beauty regime, it is recommended to consume 6 tabs of DHC 32166 collagen which contains 2050mg of fish-oriented collagen peptide. With its high ability to be absorbed by the body, the oral supplement (with other beauty supporting vitamins, Vit B1 and B2) will help boost collagen level from within..

My thoughts: It is a challenge for me to consume so many tabs (6 daily at one go whereby 1 pack will last 1 month) when i have to take other supplements like Folic Acid, Royal Jelly, Vit C and Raspberry leaf.. However for beauty’s sake, i will just take it obediently and it is a good thing that these collagen tabs are easily to swallow and it doesn’t leave behind any weird after-taste.. Because it is a supplement, it is highly recommended to drink more water to prevent heatiness..

2. DHC Collagen Powder (New), Price: $58.50

If you prefer a more convenient way of  taking collagen, you can opt for DHC collagen in power form which can be added to food or drinks for easy consumption.. Because this high quality health food is formulated in such a way that fishy smell of collagen is suppressed, the original flavour of food and drinks will be retained.. The DHC collagen powder uses only highly purified and excellent quality small molecule fish collagen peptides (specially extracted from fish scales) for more efficient absorption. Together with 50mg of Vitamin C which increases collagen synthesis, skin will become more beautiful, younger, smoother and tighter-looking skin when you consume it daily.

My thoughts: The powder is packaged in a slide zipper bag with measuring spoon so it makes it easy for me to keep the packet fresh without having the need to store it in air tight container.. Each pack also comes with a measuring spoon which enables me to scoop the recommended daily dosage easily (6g daily, 5000mg).. Once i’m done with the Collagen tabs, i’ll incorporate the powder into my coffee every morning! Have tried the powder during the cooking session over at Cooklyn and i’m glad that the powder is tasteless so there’s no weird taste that will mask the original taste of the food / drink.

3. DHC Make Off Sheet (NEW), Price: $17.50, 50 sheets (Refill)

This 100% soft cotton make-up remover sheet will remove all makeup and cleanse dirt and serum from pores with just a gentle wipe.. For waterproof make up, just press the sheet against the area for a longer duration for 5 – 10 seconds.. Contains no mineral oil, fragrance and being Paraben free, this make off sheet contains mild cleansing ingredients to effectively removes dirt while staying gentle to skin. It is also formulated with plant-based skincare ingredients including Chamomile Extract and Ginseng Extract to protect skin from dryness.

4. DHC Olive Virgin Oil, Price: $72.90, 30ml 

Fragrance, Additive Colour and Paraben free and with no added preservatives, the DHC Olive Virgin Oil is a luxuriant oil obtained from the precious few drops gathered before the first press of organically grown handpicked young olives.. In case you are worried that it will be too oily and will clog pores, you will be glad to know that it has to undergo a process whereby pore-clogging residue will be filtered out. With just 1 drop daily (at the final step of skincare routine), the pure oliver oil will infuses moisture into skin without greasiness so that your skin will look more radiant and healthy skin.

5. DHC Washing Powder, Price: $22.90, 50g

This washing powder has a plant-based cleansing formula suitable for all skin type is gentle on skin but works very effectively to remove dead skin cell, impurities and excessive serum while keeping skin moist. Once in contact with water, the smooth powder will turn into  fluffy light foam with Micro-bubbles that will lift out dirt from every inch of the face.. Most important of all, it is made from natural ingredients and small amounts of amino acid derivatives to match skin’s pH level.

My thoughts: I’m alternating this washing powder with my Babor mild cleansing foam and i like the foam created after lathering the powder with water.. Foam is dense so i know that it will deep cleanse my skin better.. After cleansing, it leaves my skin clean and soft minus the tight dry sensation.. Because you only need to use a small amount with every wash, one bottle will be able to last quite long so it is really cost effective..

6.  DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, Price: $43, 200ml  

This botanical cleansing oil (DHC’s best selling product) contains antioxidant Olive Virgin Oil, Rosemary, Liquorice derivatives and beauty essences like Vitamin E. It will gently protects skin while effectively dissolving all stubborn make up, dirt and unclogging pores to reveal radiant skin. Fragrance, Additive Colour and Paraben free, this cleansing oil is water-soluble and can be rinsed off easily without greasy after-feel..

7. DHC Mild Lotion, Price: $55.90, 100ml

To be used as a toner, this gentle astringent toning lotion (Fragrance, Additive Colour, Alcohol and Paraben free) with Cucumber Extracts rich in vitamins will cleanse, calm and refreshes skin. Upon contact with skin, it will penetrate quickly  into skin and balances skin moisturize.. Since it contains no alcohol and stays gentle on skin, it is suitable for all skin type. For best results, use in conjection with DHC Olive Virgin Oil which enhances absorption into skin.

In Singapore, the brand is exclusively available at selected Watsons stores…

DHC flagship stores retailing the full range of DHC products can be found at Watsons Bugis Junction, Compass Point, ION Orchard, Takashimaya S.C and Raffles City.

DHC products can also be found at the key island stores at Watsons Choa Chu Kang Lot 1, NTUC Hougang Mall, IMM, Jurong Point, Parkway Parade, Tampines 1, Tampines Mall, Vivocity and East Point.

Signing off with this photo and thank you DHC + Cooklyn + Watsons Singapore for organizing such a fun event.. I truly enjoyed myself that night and thank you for the warm hospitality!

Thanks for reading and have a nice weekend ahead! XOXOXO!

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4 thoughts on “(Event & Sponsored Review) “Beauty Inside Out” with DHC Acne to Anti-Aging products

  1. Janice says:

    Hi Jermaine, was wondering DHC collagen powder vs DHC collagen pills, which one better or more effective? Thanks.

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