Soothe and De-stress your body, mind and soul with Spa Ceylon’s De-Stress Range

“I’m very stressed” seems to be quite the common catchphrase amongst many these days as they try to cope and juggle between their many responsibilities and engagements. For Singapore, it was reported (in a survey by Health Promotion Board) that 24% of working Singaporeans experienced high level of stress in 2013, a 6% increase from a year ago. The increasing trend is a cause for concern as stress can lead to a plethora of health problems such as heart disease, sleep disorder, depression, bad skin conditions, and more. Amidst our fast-paced and stressful environment, how i wish that there’s 36 hours a day!

After a long day at work, nothing beats unwinding on my couch with a cold refreshing drink and a nice warm shower! Recently, Spa Ceylon (my favorite natural and environmentally friendly products brand!) has launched the all new De-Stress range of health and wellness products which are designed to help ease stress and still the mind, thus promoting natural harmony and chakra balance. This new premier range of products are infused with precious Frankincense, soothing Sandalwood, refreshing Tangerine and Kaffir Lime to promote clarity, and fresh organic Aloe Vera to cool and soothe the body system. The range is also enriched with powerful Ayurveda herbs, and features the traditional Dashamula formula fortified with potent extracts of 10 medicinal goods.

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A little background introduction on Spa Ceylon – the world’s leading luxury Ayurveda brand with nearly 50 years of expertise in the field of natural health and beauty products. Spa Ceylon captures the romance of old Ceylon combined with ancient Ayurveda wisdom to create their range of majestic royal spa rituals & luxury product formulae designed to soothe, calm & relax the body, mind & soul. Today Spa Ceylon produces over 150 all-natural Ayurveda inspired personal care & wellness formulae, Their complete range comprises prestige skin, body, bath, scalp & hair care preparations, oils, balms & potions, home aroma blends, candles, diffusers, incense, herbal infusions & teas, handmade stoneware and spa accessories.

All Spa Ceylon products are free of paraben, paraffin and alcohol. Its precise production and quality assurance procedures incorporate traditional herbal prescriptive with modern dermatological science, to protect and deliver the herbal benefits of the all-natural ingredients in their high-performance formula. Spa Ceylon promotes environmentally friendly products; they are not tested on animals, and are 100 percent vegetarian. The brand is also an advocate of sustainable harvesting and supports community fair trade.

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In view of the launch, Spa Ceylon has arranged for me to try out the De-Stress range of health and wellness products during a massage therapy session at Healing Touch Spa~ Healing Touch is Singapore’s best value, award-winning spa that provides “back to nature” wellness and beauty treatments through the healing power of plants with caring, therapeutic touch. Healing Touch Spa is Singapore’s most recommended spa on Facebook with 45,000+ likes and 2000+ reviews, one of the largest team of certified, skillful Therapists with many years of experience in 7 island-wide outlets.

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During the 1.5 hour of Deep Tissue Massage, i get to enjoy a relaxing step-by-step massage therapy that uses the different Spa Ceylon De-Stress products, as the brand combines the powerful Ayurveda formula and fine natural ingredients that are best suited for different individuals living in today’s contemporary world. At the end of the treatment, I walked away feeling light as a feather as my stress were kneaded away! I have to say that the Therapist is really thoughtful, caring and skillful.  As the area around my shoulder and neck was tight, she paid special attention to that area. At the end of the massage, i felt so much better. 🙂

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The Spa Ceylon De-Stress range is Spa Ceylon’s most premium among its brand offering so far. This high-performance range of powerful Ayurveda formula was a result of years of R&D to create the perfect mix of sensory and functional benefits to offer Spa Ceylon’s discerning customers the perfect de-stress solution. This premier range of products are infused with precious Frankincense, soothing Sandalwood, refreshing Tangerine and Kaffir Lime to promote clarity, and fresh organic Aloe Vera to cool and soothe the body system. The range is also enriched with powerful Ayurveda herbs, and features the traditional Dashamula formula fortified with potent extracts of 10 medicinal goods. The leading ingredient in the De-Stress range is Frankincense, which has been used over the centuries as a divine, purifying and deeply therapeutic natural essence. Frankincense is proven to be deeply calming, pacifying and revitalizing. It has been prescribed in Ayurveda for centuries as an anxiety calming tonic.

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“Spa Ceylon De-stress is designed as a total De-Stress solution, offering a perfect stress fix for today’s modern fast-paced lifestyles. When developing the products, we always consider how each product would fit into our consumers’ lifestyle(s). We have created a comprehensive range of products for the perfect stress fix everyday and everywhere.” said Shalin Balasuriya, Co- Creator and Director of Spa Ceylon.

Like all Spa Ceylon ranges, all the products in the Spa Ceylon’s De-Stress range are free of silicones, paraben, paraffin and alcohol, and are suitable for all skin types. They are environmentally friendly, not tested on animals, and are 100 percent vegetarian.

Spa Ceylon De-stress range consists of the following products:

The De-Stress Relaxing Body Cleanser has a mild cleansing formula enriched with Aloe Vera & Virgin Coconut Oil. It is a perfect way to wash away the days stress, in the shower. This harmonizing & purifying cleanser is blended with powerful Ayurveda herbs & potent essential oils. It contains deeply calming frankincense that helps still the mind & ease stress. Uplifting Tangerine & Kaffir Lime promotes clarity & refresh the senses, while soothing Sandalwood helps harmonize & balance the chakras. Organic fresh Aloe Vera cools entire body system, while Virgin Coconut, Honey & Olive gently cleanse & nourish skin, improving overall health & wellbeing.

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De-Stress – Relaxing Body Cleanser (250ml) – SGD34.90

For the perfect after work unwinding experience at home, the De-Stress Calming Body Elixir helps you and your loved ones to relax and sooth your body and mind. A harmonizing & hydrating elixir blended with powerful Ayurveda herbs & potent essential oils. Deeply calming Frankincense helps still the mind & ease stress. Uplifting Tangerine & Kaffir Lime promote clarity & refresh the senses, while soothing Sandalwood helps harmonize & balance the chakras. Virgin Coconut, Wheatgerm & Sweet Almond help nourish, hydrate & even out skin tone. Rice Bran, Soya, Olive & Honey soften& protect skin against dryness, improving visible youthfulness.

Frankincense derives its name from the archaic French word “Franc” (meaning pure/sacred) and the Latin word “incense” (meaning smoke). Frankincense essential oil is derived from the resin exuded by the bark of Boswellia frereana/carterii, a small tree that is native to North Africa and Middle East. The oil is then extracted from the resin by the process of steam distillation.

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De-Stress – Calming Body Elixir (250ml) – SGD39.90

The De-Stress Calming Body Massage Serum is a great “me-time” indulgence. It helps calm away stress & creates your very own calm cocoon. A harmonizing & soothing serum blended with powerful Ayurveda herbs & potent essential oils. Deeply calming Frankincense helps still the mind & ease stress. Uplifting Tangerine & Kaffir Lime promote clarity & refresh the senses, while soothing Sandalwood helps harmonize & balance the chakras. Naturally anti-oxidant Virgin Coconut, Soya & Aloe Vera help soften rough areas, while Sweet Almond & Rice Bran improve overall health & wellbeing. Wheatgerm & natural vitamins help nourish & even-out skin tone, improving visible youthfulness.

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De-Stress – Calming Body Massage Serum (100ml) – SGD39.90

The De-Stress Harmonizing Essence Mist works efficiently to withdraw work stress. A calming & refreshing natural mist blended with powerful Ayurveda herbs & potent essential oils. Deeply calming Frankincense helps still the mind &ease stress. Tangerine & Kaffir Lime promote clarity & refresh the senses, while Grapefruit & Bergamot help uplift & revive. Soothing Sandalwood helps to harmonize & balance the chakras. Fresh Organic Aloe Vera helps tone & hydrate skin while natural Witch Hazel helps cool & comfort, improving overall skin health

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De-Stress – Harmonizing Essence Mist (100ml) – SGD39.90

The De-Stress Harmonizing Balm helps to clarify and refresh the senses, while Grapefruit & Bergamot help uplift & revive. A calming & relaxing natural balm with powerful Ayurveda herbs & potent essential oils. Deeply calming Frankincense helps still the mind & ease stress. Tangerine & Kaffir Lime promote clarity & refresh the senses, while Grapefruit & Bergamot help uplift & revive. Soothing Sandalwood helps harmonize & balance the chakras.

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De-Stress – Harmonizing Balm (25g) – SGD19.90

The De-Stress Harmonizing Balm Roll-on helps to clarify and refresh the senses, while Grapefruit & Bergamot help uplift & revive. A calming & relaxing natural balm with powerful Ayurveda herbs & potent essential oils. Deeply calming Frankincense helps still the mind & ease stress. Tangerine & Kaffir Lime promote clarity &refresh the senses, while Grapefruit & Bergamot help uplift & revive. Soothing Sandalwood helps harmonize & balance the chakras.

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De-Stress – Harmonizing Balm Roll-on (10ml) – SGD19.90

If the working week has left you all stressed out, the De-Stress Dashamula Body Treatment Oil is your perfect stress reprieve. The powerful treatment oil helps melt away body stress leaving you relaxed and calm. A traditional scalp & body treatment oil made to a centuries-old classical Ayurveda formula. Helps soothe & calm the entire body system, while easing stress & related discomfort

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De-Stress – Dashamula Body Treatment Oil (100ml) – SGD29.90

At the end of the massage, i brought home the De-Stress – Home Spa Set which makes a perfect caring gift for family, friends and your work colleagues.

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De-Stress – Home Spa Set (SGD 76.50)

The set consists of Relaxing Body Cleanser (60ml), Calming Body Elixir (60ml), Calming Body Massage Serum (30ml), Dashamula Body Treatment Oil (60ml), Harmonizing Essence Mist (30ml) Harmonizing Balm (8g) and Cleansing Bar (35g).

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Have tried a few items from the De-Stress – Home Spa Set and here’s the feedback:

My husband loves using bar soap but he often complains that it is too drying for his skin.. Have replaced the bar soap with the De-Stress Cleansing Bar and he loves the scent! Not only that the cleansing bar has good cleansing power – rich and smooth lather, he finds that it is non-drying

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De-Stress Cleansing Bar

The Relaxing Body Cleanser smells soothing and relaxing… The scent will linger in the toilet after i’m out of the shower (Love it!!) room. Relaxing Body Cleanser does a good job keeping my skin smooth, clean and radiant (without being too drying!). The gel texture of the body cleanser makes it easy to spread and also to wash off.. It is also easy to wash it off and clean feels squeaky cleans without any tightness.. After cleansing, it leaves my skin feeling clean, smooth without any tightness…

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Relaxing Body Cleanser

Recently, i have been so stressed up with work that it is affecting my sleep 😦 The Harmonizing Essence Mist is the first thing i have tried after getting the De-stress Home Spa Kit.. Just 2-3 sprays onto my pillow, there’s an instant soothing and calming effect.. The mist doesn’t stain my pillow and i have better quality sleep after using this. Spa Ceylon has another Lavender Mist which has the same effect but personally i feel that the Harmonizing Essence Mist is more suitable for people who cannot accept the stronger scent of lavender. 🙂

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Harmonizing Essence Mist

The therapist had use the Dashamula Body Treatment Oil on me during the deep tissue massage and i was surprised at its non-greasy formula. Normally i will avoid body massage that uses oil (unless there’s a shower facility in place). Not only that it smells heavenly, i told the therapist that i don’t find the need to shower after the massage ended. Wise choice as she said that it is best to leave the treatment oil for better results.

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Dashamula Body Treatment Oil

Thank you Spa Ceylon and The Good Folks for organizing such a pampering and enjoyable session. Spa Ceylon is located at #01-43, Wisma Atria, Orchard Road, Singapore 238877

* Disclaimer: Products Description and information and photos are extracted fromSpa Ceylon’s Presskit.

Reveal a Brand New Layer Of Glowing Skin With Dr. Belter Cosmetic’s Derm-A Renew Treatment

Hello My Readers, it is me again!! Hope you had a great week and i’m excited to tell you that i have finally collected to keys to my new home! Will be posting more updates and in the meantime, i’m open to collaborations so you can keen to email me if you are keen to work with me. Thank you! 🙂

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In the midst of the busy-ness, i have allocated some pampering time for myself and off i went to Annabelle Skin. This time, i have tried one latest skin treatment by Dr Belter, an internationally acclaimed natural and organic skincare brand from the Europe. This award-winning German brand embraces a philosophy of using raw and natural ingredients combined with technology to formulate perfection for the skin. The new treatment is known as Derm-A Renew which is a Fruit acid treatment for skin in need of peeling and accelerated renewal. It is made possible by Dr. Belter Cosmetic’s new range of fruit acid products developed with its signature GreenTec concept to treat skin problems like acne, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, scarring and ageing due to sun exposure.

By leveraging on Dr.Belter Cosmetic’s signature GreenTec concept which combines natural and medicinal plants with high-tech pro-medical active ingredients, this unique facial treatment sets itself apart from others in the market with several notable features. While most peeling treatments in the market focus solely on peeling, the new Derm-A ReNew treatment is even more precise and targeted as it is developed with two key concepts – ‘Skin Renewal’ through the use of Dr.Belter Cosmetic’s newly developed fruit acid concentrates and ‘Skin Nourishment’ through use of the brand’s line of ampoules and facial masks tailored to the skin’s needs.

Regular, systematic fruit acid treatment leads to an activation of cell division in the basal layer and consequently to an enhanced renewal of the skin layers. It also triggers an increase of fibroblasts and their connective tissue products, thus increasing the skin’s moisture and tone. One of the common problems of aged skin is the long regeneration cycle of approximately 40 days. Fruit acid treatment can stimulate the skin to accelerate its regeneration cycle to a pace of a typical young skin in approximately 28 days.

Through an eight-session Derm-A ReNew treatment facial treatment, skin will be stimulated to experience the significant effects of a visibly refined skin profile. Before the Derm-A ReNew treatment, Mandy explained to me that the treatment will start cleansing, followed up by Derm-A-ReNew Preparation Cleansing Toner, a refreshing and anti-irritation liquid toner that works to ease and cool the skin before the course treatment with fruit acids.

This is followed by the treatment use of Derm-A ReNew Skin Renewal Concentrates, a specific complex based on five standardised plant extracts, namely sugar cane (glycolic acid), blueberry (lactic acid), orange and lemon (citric acid) and sugar maple (malic and tartaric acid). The extracts within the concentrates work to breakdown the intracellular substances, and peel off dead cells, stimulating skin regeneration and increasing cell renewal rate to lead to an improved skin structure and complexion.

The concentrates come in 10%, 20% and 40% fruit acids, and are used throughout the course of the eight-session treatments. The therapist will start from the lowest concentration of 10% for the first two sessions, and gradually increase the levels according to the skin condition as the treatment progresses every bi-weekly for an effective result. During each session, the concentrate will be administered step-by-step with a mask brush onto the face and neck and left on the skin for three – six minutes from the time of application.

Following that, the Derm-A-ReNew Neutralising Gel will then be applied with a mask brush to soothe and calm the skin, before it is layered again with the goodness of Dr.Belter Cosmetic’s range of ampoules and masks tailored to specific skin needs as part of the finishing care in the treatment

Took a quick picture before the Derm-A ReNew treatment commerce! As you can see, i have post acne brown marks which i wish to get rid of. My skin tone is also dull and lifeless. As my skin is on the sensitive side, Mandy will start off with the lowest concentration – 10%.

I’m not new to chemical peel as i have done it twice but the downtime can be unpleasant. Will try to avoid doing it if possible.. Told Shirley from Annabelle Skin my concerns and she assured me that there will not be any downtime / discomfort. So rest assured that before the start of every treatment, the beautician will always check for any skin sensitivity or disorders.

As i did not have any makeup on my face, Mandy used »Sensi-bel« Delicate Cleanser to cleanse my face thoroughly. After which, she applied the Derm-A-ReNew preparation cleansing toner.

Before applying the Fruit Acid skin renewal concentrate, Mandy reminded me to keep my eyes shut. She applied the 10% skin renewal concentrate a with mask on face and neck. During the process, i felt mild stinging sensation on some areas of my face (Which is bearable and Mandy will reduce it by fanning the sensitive areas). The fruit acid was left on my skin for about 5 mins before it was cleansed off throughly. After drying my skin, Mandy applied the intensa-med Derm-A-ReNew neutralizing gel with mask-brush and remove again with compress.

Once done, clogged sebum and impurities are removed from my pores with Annabelle’s special extraction method. As Annabelle Skin does not promote squeezing to get rid of impurities, a special extraction tool is used together with special technique instead. As a result, it is not as painful as compared to conventional extraction. Moreover, skin is less angry and not as red after extraction! This time, extractions did not hurt as much as Mandy said that the  Fruit Acid will push impurities to the surface (which makes extractions much easier!)

Once Skin Renewal is done, Skin Nourishment is carried out with the application of »intensa« ampoule and Mask. For my skin, Mandy has used the #04 Ampoule Sea Algae Extract which is known for healing, re-mineralising and firming properties. After applying the ampoule, Mandy applied a layer of the Ginkgo Biloba Solid-Bio-Matrix-Fleece Mask to soothe and restore my skin with frail capillaries. This mask also increase deep hydration and firmness with its pure, insoluble collagen fibres contained in the mask.

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Proper care of skin after Derm-A ReNew treatment is very important in order to achieve better results. To better take care of the new layer of skin, it is best to avoid excessive sun exposure. Sunblock is also important after the procedure as new skin is more susceptible to sun damage. I’m currently using Dr Belter Sun Protection (SPF 30) Face Elixir and i cannot stop raving about its texture. The sunblock has a fluid serum like texture and it feels so light on skin. It does not leave behind any stickiness, white cast and greasiness after applying. Moreover, it can be easily washed away with your regular cleanser (No need makeup remover) so i need not worry about it being too heavy and clogging my pores. The formula consists of protective concentrate for the face protects the sensitive skin from sunburn and other harmful effects of the sun. It uses biological cell protection complexes, such as Ectoin®, a special DNA shield from the plant cassia alata to prevent sun-induced skin aging and the formation of hyperpigmentation.

The picture is taken after Derm-A ReNew treatment and my skin turned so much smoother and brighter instantly!

After treatment, you can also ‘maintain’ the results by making use of Derm-A ReNew homecare products. The following fruit acid products helps to skin consistently renewed skin even in between treatments. This light, night care emulsion that promotes dermal regeneration to maintain the refined pore profile and also helps to diminish the appearance of undesired pigmentation and wrinkles. It is available in fluid 10% (for acne and black-heads prone skin) and Oleo serum 10% (for more mature, dry and prematurely aged skin).

Skin Renewal Fluid 10%, 30ml SGD88 & Skin Renewal Oleo Serum 10%, 30ml SGD108

My Experience with Derm-A ReNew treatment: 

Hours after Treatment – Skin felt clean and light! There’s no redness and no discomfort~ It is the direct opposite of what i experienced after normal chemical peel.

The Next Morning After the Peel – My skin is so smooth and bright that it glows (i’m not kidding!!).. Definitely loving the softness and smoothness. There’s no peeling, no redness and no itchness.

Day 3 and Beyond – Skin still stays soft, smooth and bright! On day 3, fine shreds of dead skin surface after i tone my skin with cotton pad. There’s no discomfort and no itchiness.  2 weeks after the treatment (as you can see from the picture below), skin still stay smoother to the touch and it is still so bright!  My husband was asking me what i did to my skin as it is so ‘glowy’! There’s some dark post acne marks which lightens after the treatment and i’m definitely loving the results~ Can’t wait for my upcoming facial treatment this sat! 🙂

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Now, compare it to the skin that i had before facial treatments at Annabelle Skin.. Such a tremendous improvement isn’t it? 🙂

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The Dr.Belter [Derm-A ReNew] treatment is available at SGD 238 and is suitable for both male and females, as well as different skin conditions including acne, enlarged pores, dull skin complexions, scarring, pigmentation, and mature, wrinkled skin

Dr. Belter Cosmetic products and treatments are available exclusively at:

Annabelle Skin
The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street
#02-42, Singapore 179803
Tel: 6336 8975

* Disclaimer: Products Description, Photos  & information are extracted from Annabelle Skin’s Presskit and Dr Belter’s website

My Skin Journey With Annabelle Skin |Part Five

Hello everyone, i’m currently on vacation in the US and 10 days just zoomed past like that!! 😦 Will be heading back to Singapore in a few days time and i must say that i really miss the food back there. I have been consuming so much fried food, burgers, sandwiches and salad that i’m getting sick with it. Since i have some time to spare (my husband is off for his conference) so i will do a quick skin update.

P.S: I hope i have some time to do a blog post on my US trip as this is our first self-drive trip and i’m so excited to share some must go / see places in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Arizona and Orlando! 

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The amazing Grand Canyon!

Alright! As you know, i’m going to Annabelle Skin for regular facial every 3-4 weeks interval.  Annabelle Skin aims to serve as the trusted skin and body care companion to its clients as they go through different stages in life by providing quality treatments, effective results and personalized service. Annabelle Skin strongly believes that everyone’s skin condition is unique. Each skin and body treatment will be customized accordingly with the combination of skillful manual methods with advanced scientific beauty technology, using high quality products made with natural ingredients from Europe to produce the best and most effective results. Annabelle Skin is currently using an internationally acclaimed natural and organic skincare brand from the Europe. The award-winning German brand – DR. BELTER COSMETIC embraces a philosophy of using raw and natural ingredients combined with technology to formulate perfection for the skin. I’m currently using some skincare products from Dr Belter to maintain the condition of my skin (in between facial) and you can refer to this blog post if you want to know how it fares

Before the start of every session, Mandy will always access the current condition.As mentioned, Mandy will be focusing  more on repairing and nourishment for my subsequent treatments. The facial treatment started off with cleansing. As i did not have any makeup on, Mandy went straight into normal skin cleansing  with the use of Sensi-Bel Delicate Cleanser followed by Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic to remove remaining residues. Next step is to exfoliate to get rid of impurities and dead skin cell before applying a thin layer of mask. After which, it was left under cold steam for 15 mins to calm and hydrate my skin further.

After cleansing the mask off, it is time for extraction! Over at Annabelle Skin, they do not promote squeezing to decongest pores. Extraction is done using a special extraction tool from Switzerland together with special technique to remove blackheads & clogged sebum. As a result, it is not as painful and red as compared to conventional extraction. However, i felt that extraction seems more painful 1 week before or after my period so you can time your facial in accordance to your body’s reaction.

After extraction, Mandy sterilized my skin with a high frequency machine to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface.. During the process, i experienced a mild ting-ing p sensation. After which, she applied Intensa Ampoules No.9 on my skin. This ampoule is good in treating and nourishing damaged capillaries and oily skin with large pores benefit plant tannin extract. At the last part of the treatment, Mandy applied a nourishment mask on my skin.. While the mask is left on my skin, Mandy used a handheld machine (with ‘heated’ setting) to ‘drive’ the nutrients for better penetration deep into my skin. After 10 mins, she changed to ‘Cold’ setting so as to seal the nutrients and close my pores so that my skin can reap full benefits from the ampoule and mask.

Like the past facials, my skin will be healthier, brighter, smoother and more supple immediately . Gone were the days whereby my skin will be tight, itchy and filled with plenty of small pimples with pus. Below are some photos taken for the past few days. Despite the dry and cold weather in US, my skin did not turn cranky and red.. This is a vast difference as i would always tend to end up with breakouts and irritated skin in the past (in cold climate).  Another few differences would be reduced oil secretion, smaller pores size and calmer skin! It has been a long time since i have last touched my concealer (which is something i cannot leave without in the past!)

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If you cannot remember the state of my skin before embarking this skincare journey with Annabelle, here are the comparison photos. 🙂

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After embarking on this facial journey at Annabelle Skin, i hardly get those big painful acne and i’m really thankful for such great skin improvements. If you are interested in trying out facials at Annabelle Skin, they are offering my readers 1st facial trial at 50% off, plus free skin analysis and tester set! Just have to quote my name ‘Jermaine Liang‘ when you are booking your appointment.

Annabelle Skin is also having the two promotions below for you to pamper yourself & your love ones:

1. One-for-one facial : bring your loved one (spouse/best friend/family member) to enjoy! Top up for Guasa Energizing Eye Treatment @$28 only (u.p. $68)

2. Get 20% off for Dr.Belter Ocula Eye Care products in February

Thanks for reading and have a great week everyone!

My Skin Journey With Annabelle Skin |Part Four

Hello everyone, hope you had a great rest over the long weekend!! I had a great time during the Christmas period and now I’m back with another monthly update on my skin’s condition. As mentioned earlier, i have switched to facial at Annabelle Skinto care for my skin as i’m currently TTC-ing.

Located in the heart of the city @ The Adelphi, Annabelle Skin (Founded in 1994) aims to serve as the trusted skin and body care companion to its clients as they go through different stages in life by providing quality treatments, effective results and personalized service. Annabelle Skin strongly believes that everyone’s skin condition is unique. Each skin and body treatment will be customized accordingly with the combination of skillful manual methods with advanced scientific beauty technology, using high quality products made with natural ingredients from Europe to produce the best and most effective results.

Before the start of every session, Mandy (My Beautician) will always access the current condition. After few sessions of facial done, the condition of my skin has improved so much in terms of redness, hydration more controlled breakouts and better texture! Since my skin is more stable, she would be focusing  more on repairing and nourishment for subsequent treatments.

The facial treatment started off with cleansing. As i did not have any makeup on, Mandy went straight into normal skin cleansing  with the use of Sensi-Bel Delicate Cleanser followed by Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic to remove remaining residues. Next step is to exfoliate to get rid of impurities and dead skin cell before applying a thin layer of mask. After which, it was left under cold steam for 15 mins to calm and hydrate my skin further.

After cleansing the mask off, it is time for extraction! Over at Annabelle Skin, they do not promote squeezing to decongest pores. Extraction is done using a special extraction tool from Switzerland together with special technique to remove blackheads & clogged sebum. As a result, it is not as painful and red as compared to conventional extraction.

After extraction, Mandy sterilized my skin with a high frequency machine to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface.. During the process, i experienced a mild slight ting-ing sensation. After which, she applied Intensa Ampoules No.6 and repairig / nourishment mask on my skin.. While the mask is left on my skin, Mandy used a handheld machine (with ‘heated’ setting) to ‘drive’ the nutrients for better penetration deep into my skin. After 10 mins, she changed to ‘Cold’ setting so as to seal the nutrients and close my pores so that my skin can reap full benefits from the ampoule and mask.

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This picture was taken few hours later at my parents’ place after the facial and you can see how healthy, bright smooth and supple my skin was! There wasn’t much redness and skin blotchy-ness. As usual, there will be an after facial glow and skin felt so much ‘lighter’ and less tight.

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Like every facial, there will be mild purging (small pimples with pus) which is common as the facial will ‘push’ skin impurities embedded within pores to the surface. During these 2 days, i took extra care in applying pimple gel to dry it up. Despite the mild purging, skin still feels smooth to the touch and sensitivity has reduced. Skin tone has improved significantly in radiance / evenness and skin does not feel as oily. From 3rd day onwards, The breakouts from purging will start to heal and skin remains clear and bright. I always like it that oil secretion will reduce after facial so i just have to use more hydrating products to maintain it. Skin is also less bumpy, more radiant and healthy with reduced breakouts and clogged pores (due to the reduction in oil secretion).

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Skin Condition before facial at Annabelle Skin

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Skin Condition after facial #1 at Annabelle Skin

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Skin Condition after facial #2 at Annabelle Skin

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Skin Condition after facial #3 at Annabelle Skin

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Skin Condition after facial #4 at Annabelle Skin (LATEST’S SKIN CONDITION)

After embarking on this facial journey at Annabelle skin, i hardly get those big painful acne and i’m really thankful for such great skin improvements. If you have problematic skin issues, you don’t have to suffer in silence now. 🙂

If you are interested in trying out Annabelle Skin, they are offering my readers 1st facial trial at 50% off, plus free skin analysis and tester set! Just have to quote my name ‘Jermaine Liang‘ when you are booking your appointment.

Thanks for reading and have a great working week!! 🙂

My Skin Journey With AnnaBelle Skin |Part Three + My Current Skincare Routine

Hello everyone, hope you had a great weekend! I’m back with another monthly update on my skin’s condition. Embarking on this skin journey with Annabelle Skin is the best decision i have made for my skin as there has been nothing but improvements (YAY!). With only 4 sessions, there’s so much improvements in terms of redness, more controlled breakouts and better texture! I’m feeling better, happier and more confident nowadays due to better skin. I met up with someone from a PR firm during an event (i have not seen her for half a year) and she commented that my skin condition improved so much. Thank you Annabelle Skin!

#MY SKIN JOURNEY WITH ANNABELLE SKIN |PART THREE

Mandy (My Beautician) will always access the current condition of my skin before the start of every treatment.. This time round, my skin has improved in terms of congestion and also hydration (She though that i have applied base makeup on but i didn’t). hehe! She would be focusing on repairing, nourishing and hydration this time as it will help my skin better.

The facial treatment started off with Cleansing. As i did not have any makeup on, Mandy went straight into normal skin cleansing  with the use of Sensi-Bel Delicate Cleanser followed by Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic to remove remaining residues. Next step is to exfoliate to get rid of impurities and dead skin cell. As the condition of my skin is much better, Mandy used a gentle scrub this time to exfoliate before applying a thin layer of mask (which i have forgotten what mask! oops!). After which, it was left under cold steam for 15 mins to calm and hydrate my skin further.

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After cleansing the mask off, it is time for extraction! Over at Annabelle Skin, they do not promote squeezing to decongest pores. Extraction is done using a special extraction tool from Switzerland together with special technique to remove blackheads & clogged sebum. As a result, it is not as painful and red as compared to conventional extraction. During the extraction, Mandy commented that my skin congestion has reduced significantly and she did not have to do so much ‘clearing’ work.

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After extraction, Mandy sterilized my skin with a high frequency machine to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface.. During the process, you will experience a mild slight ting-ing sensation. Next, Mandy applied 2 different Intensa Ampoules on my skin – No 9 & No 12:

[AMPOULE No. 9 ADSTRINGENT]

Damaged capillaries and oily skin with large pores benefit particularly from treatment with this special ampoule, containing plant tannin extract.

[AMPOULE No. 12 ANTI-STRESS]

The physical and psychological stress of everyday life coupled with environmental influences lead increasingly to unpleasant skin irritation and disturbance. The skin is the largest human sensory organ and must be strengthened and protected against these attacks. This ampoule serum encompasses special plant complexes and key milk properties as a powerful shield, on guard to protect you.

To end the facial, Solid-bio-Matrix Ginkgo Biloba, a single application mask is left on my skin for 20 mins. This mask is infused with bioMatrix (pure, insoluble collagen fibres) and gingko biloba extract. This mask is recommended for mature and demanding skin has it is highly soothing, hydrating and nourishing. The mask comes in a slighter smaller than A4 size sheet and Mandy had to cut an opening (if not i cannot breathe. LOL!). The mask does not contain perfume, preservatives or bonding agents thus making it very suitable for sensitive / delicate skin. Upon application, there was an instant soothing and cooling sensation. So relaxing!

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This picture was taken after the facial and you can see how healthy, smooth and supple my skin was! There wasn’t much redness and skin blotchy-ness so i can walk out of the salon with ease~

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Immediately after facial, there’s an after facial glow which i love!!! As mentioned, skin wasn’t red and blotchy-looking after extraction. Skin felt so much ‘lighter’ and less tight. Skin also feels softer, more supple and smoother. Overall Skin Tone has improved in terms of brightness and clarity.

Like every facial, there will be mild purging (small pimples with pus) which is common as the facial + extraction will ‘push’ skin impurities embedded within pores to the surface. During these 2 days, i took extra care in applying pimple gel to dry it up (Will be talking about the products that i’m using below. Despite the mild purging, skin still feels smooth to the touch and sensitivity has reduced. Skin tone has improved significantly in radiance / evenness and skin does not feel as oily.

From 3rd day onwards, The breakouts from purging will start to heal. I always like it that oil secretion will reduce after facial so i just have to use more hydrating products to maintain it. Skin is also less bumpy, more radiant and healthy with reduced breakouts and clogged pores (due to the reduction in oil secretion).  In between facial, i will also have to take good care of my skin too and i will be talking more about my current skincare routine which targets my sensitive acne prone and dehydrated skin issues.

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Skin Condition before facial at Annabelle Skin

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Skin Condition after facial #1 at Annabelle Skin

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Skin Condition after facial #2 at Annabelle Skin

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Skin Condition after facial #3 at Annabelle Skin

My Current Skincare Routine

Step 1: Skin Cleansing

This is a really important step and it is a must to use an effective product that will remove all dust, excessive sebum, impurities and make-up which contributes to skin problems. In addition, you will need a perfectly cleanse skin in order to prep it for your other skincare products (So that whatever you applied on will be fully absorbed and penetrated by the skin).. As my skin is sensitive, i’m using a gentle cleansing skin cleanser. In the Mornings, i’m using Nature Republic Green Derma Mild Foam Cleaner and at Night, i’m using Sulwahasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam EX.  For sensitive skin, try not to leave facial cleanser on for more than 15 seconds and don’t exert too much force while washing as this will trigger off irritation. As the sunblock i’m using doesn’t requires a makeup remover to remove it directly, i’m not double cleansing my skin.

The Nature Republic Green Derma Mild Foam Cleanser was recommended to me by a SA while i was shopping in Korea’s Nature Republic. She told me that this cleanser will help me balance the PH level of my skin and is gentle on skin. This low acidity foam cleanser is mild and it balances skin while protecting with moisture shield. 90% of nature derived ingredient giving clear inner and moisture protection on surface. Pea size amount suffices to cleanse the whole face effective and it doesn’t make skin feels tight after cleansing. The facial cleanser has a soothing lavender scent and i’m already currently on my 2nd tube~

Just bought the Sulwahasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam EX last week and i’m already falling in love with is cleansing foam. Like what its name suggested, this clear cleansing gel is gentle on skin and it foams slightly to cleanse skin effectively. The cleanser has a strong herbal smell so if you don’t like herbal smell, it can get overwhelming. After cleansing, skin feels refreshed, clean and ‘light’ without tightness~

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Nature Republic Green Derma Mild Foam Cleanser is available on Lazada or Qoo10. Sulwahasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam EX is available at Sulwahasoo’s counter.

As the use of toner is also part of the cleansing process to remove leftover residues after using a cleanser… This will help achieve a better cleanse skin to prep it for your other skincare products so that nutrients be able to penetrate into the skin optimally. I’m currently using Dr Belter’s Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic and Sensi-Be is a special care line for hypersensitive skin. The Delicate Tonic reduces skin irritations and makes the skin surface less susceptible to attack by irritants. It will also normalize the skin’s PH level while protecting it. The tonic is very mild and it does not sting my skin. It makes my skin refreshed while it calms it down as it is enriched with soothing / hydrating ingredients such as oak bark, natural moisturiser and aloe vera. Mandy told me to pat it directly on skin but i prefer using a cotton pad to apply it. The texture of the toner is slightly soapy but it doesn’t leave any sticky sensation once it dries up.

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Dr Belter’s Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic is available at Annabelle Skin

Bought the Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum as the SA told me it is their best-selling product which will give me soft and smooth skin when i use it daily. Black Sugar Perfect First Serum is a serum that provides exfoliating, brightening, wrinkle-smoothing and hydrating benefits in a single formula. I’m already on my 2nd bottle as it is really as good as described! I’m using this after toner (Although SA said that i should use before toner) and texture wise is like a regular toner (Although it is on the thicker side). The toner smells like melted brown sugar and it gives me instant brightening effect after the first use. With regular use, skin stays soft, smoother and more radiant. I love that it contains Sugar which is a natural and gentle exfoliator which helps prevent dead skin built up which contributes the congested pores!

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Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum is available at Skinfood counters

To keep skin hydrated, I’m using Sothys Hydra3Ha Intensive Hydrating Serum. To be frank, i’m not using moisturizer regularly as i’m worried that it will be too rich for my sensitive / easily clogged skin. Hence, i was told to use serum instead as texture will be lighter so there’s nothing much for me to worry about. You can read more about my review for this Serum Here

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SOTHYS Hydra 3HA products are available for sale via Sothys appointed Salons

For the occasional spots and blemishes, i’m using the CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser, Beyond Acnature Spot Healer and Mentholatum Ointment. These 3 different cream / gel fulfilled all my requirements – No stinging sensation when applied on, gentle on skin yet effective, good healing and drying power and doesn’t leave an obvious brown mark when the pimple / acne healed.

CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser is from a brand called W.Lab which has received premium brand awards and 2015 Korea Satisfaction Consumer Index. This Korean Skin Care brand is very
popular in Korea and now all these different Korean cosmetics and skincare products are easily available on Korean cosmetics / skincare online shop like Q-Depot.

CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser heals irritated acne ranging from Pimple, Millet Seed Acne and Cystic Acne. It doesn’t contains Antibiotic and Steroid Ingredients so it is suitable for all skin types. While it heals acne, it also helps to treat acne scars. The CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser has a white cream texture which gets absorbed without a trace~ Personally, i find the A-Clear Eraser good in healing those big Cystic acne and it also reduced the inflammation and redness within a week.

Beyond Acnature Spot Healer is also from Korea and i love the texture for this most. It has a gel texture which gets absorbed fast without any stickiness. There’s no stinging sensation after application and i find this good for drying up those small pimples filled with pus. It was useful when i had mild purging after facial and these breakouts will banish within 2 days.

Mentholatum Ointment is an Ointment i bought for my blister while in Taiwan. Hahaha! I tried applying it to red, angry-looking acne or those acne that i attempted to pick/squeeze and it work wonders in calming it down. Only thing is i can apply it only at night as the texture is waxy and it will leave behind a glossy finish. There’s also a minty sensation after application which is really soothing.

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CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser is available on Q-Depot.com and Beyond Acnature Spot Healer on Qoo10

I was complaining to Mandy that many sunblocks in the market tend to be really heavy). So she applied the Dr Belter latest sunblock on my face and i was sold. What’s so interesting is that the sunblock actually has a serum-like texture and there’s no need to use a makeup remover to remove! Known as the Dr Belter Sun Protection (SPF 30) Face Elixir, this newly launched sunblock consists of protective concentrate for the face protects the sensitive skin from sunburn and other harmful effects of the sun. The formula uses biological cell protection complexes, such as Ectoin®, a special DNA shield from the plant cassia alata to prevent sun-induced skin aging and the formation of hyperpigmentation. The sunblock has a fluid serum like texture and it feels so light on skin. It does not leave behind any stickiness, white cast and greasiness after applying. Moreover, it can be easily washed away with your regular cleanser (No need makeup remover) so i need not worry about it being too heavy and clogging my pores. 🙂

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Dr Belter Sun Protection (SPF 30) Face Elixir is available at Annabelle Skin

If you are interested in trying out Annabelle Skin, they are offering my readers 1st facial trial at 50% off, plus free skin analysis and tester set! Just have to quote my name ‘Jermaine Liang‘ when you are booking your appointment.

Thanks for reading and have a great working week!! 🙂

Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from respective brands’ websites.