4 Hidden Causes Of Acne – Does Lack of Sleep Cause It?

Suffering with spots? Plagued by pimples? Bothered by breakouts? Then this is the article for you.

Whatever you call the blasted blemishes, most of us have suffered from the uninvited presence of acne at some stage in our lives. And while having a good diet and a five-star skin-care regime are important, keeping the dreaded pimples at bay is by no means that simple.

Acne is a multi-factored beast, and our busy daily lives throw up many contributing causes – a number of which are not always that obvious.

Lucky for you, I’ve done some digging and uncovered a few sneaky hidden causes of acne, plus some accompanying solutions. So read on and let me help clear things up.

The top 4 hidden causes of acne are:

1. Heat and Humidity

While we all welcome the onset of summer and the chance to get our Vitamin D fix, unfortunately warmer temperatures aren’t always a friend to our face.

Heat and humidity bring an increase in oil secretion and sweat, both of which exacerbate skin conditions and can trigger outbreaks amongst those prone to acne.

Now unless you’re Storm from the X-Men, there’s nothing you can do to change the weather. But solutions are available, such as washing more regularly throughout the day and carrying around clean tissues to avoiding touching your face with your hands.

Too much heat during the nighttime can also cause problems, because we often overheat while we sleep. My advice? Try sleeping with the window open, or find yourself a nice fan. Fresh air = fresh face.

Another quick trick to solve those heat-led breakouts? Look to the magic of technology! Blue light therapy devices are a great way of tackling acne-causing bacteria that build up under summer skin. Problem sorted!

2. A Lack of Omega-3

Oily skin bad. Oily fish good.

Omega-3 fatty acids, also know as healthy fats, play an important role in tackling inflammatory conditions like acne. And if you lack Omega-3 in your diet, you’re missing an important weapon in your battle for a clear complexion.

Omega-3 deficiencies have been shown to decrease the production of sebum, which lowers the risk of getting unwanted pimples.

So like you looked to technology for a great fix, look to the sea now! Fish like tuna, salmon, sardines and anchovies are all high in Omega-3 – and therefore contribute to a healthy glow.

If you’re not a fish fan, you can get your Omega-3 fix from nuts such as almonds and walnuts. Allergic to nuts too?! Uh oh. Well fear not – a variety of supplements do exist, including krill oil, cod liver oil, fish oil and flaxseed.

Psst…As an added bonus, Omega-3 will help keep your joints nice and loose. Great skin, supple body – it does it all!

3. Dirty Pillows

Think about it. While you might diligently wash your face every night before heading off to la-la land, what is the very next thing your freshly cleaned skin comes into contact with? Yep, that’s right – your pillowcase.

And if you are neglecting to properly wash or swap your pillowcase on a regular basis, it’s the same as forgetting that cleansing regime of yours and going to bed with a full face of make-up.

Because your pillowcase is like a big sponge; soaking up everything your face throws at it through the night – sweat, drool, skin cells, oil – and yes, even residue of your nightly moisturiser. Gross.

So, if you want to avoid that breakout, then break out your inner washer woman and start washing that pillowcase at least once a week. And if you are really concerned, then try flipping your pillows more frequently. It’ll help you sleep better, too.

4. A Lack of Sleep

Speaking of better sleep, we’ve arrived at our fourth hidden cause of acne.

What does sleep have to do with acne, I hear you ask? Well, a lot actually.

Research have shown that poor sleep impacts on almost every aspect of our physical and mental health. Poor quality sleep has been proved to play a role in depression, obesity, our ability to fight disease, and yes, even our appearance.

A lack of sleep leads to increased stress, which results in the production of a stress hormone called glucocorticoid. This in turn can lead to the deterioration in the health of skin structure and function. Basically, bad sleep leads to bad skin. Got it?!

So how do we solve this problem? Well, there are no magical number of hours you need to sleep – everyone is different. However, if you’re regularly getting less than six hours sleep a night then this is probably preventing you from having blemish-free skin. It’s possibly affecting other aspects of your health, too.

After all, there’s a good reason why they call it ‘getting your beauty sleep’!

For more tips and tricks on getting a good sleep, visit this site. Once you learn how to get into a proper bedtime routine and how to have a decent sleep, every night, your skin will thank you for it.

So there you go – four hidden causes of acne that you may not have heard of before!

Now remember to prepare for hot weather, get some Omega-3 into you, wash that pillow and get more sleep.

I hope that’s clearer now. Your skin will be soon! 😉

Thanks for reading!

This article is guest-written by Sarah Cummings, co-creator of Sleep Advisor, a one-stop website for everything you need to know about achieving optimal sleep level and waking up each day with more energy and focus.

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REVIEW: Foreo ESPADA Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen

Hello everyone!

Temperatures are soaring globally and this spells trouble for those with acne-prone skin. Heat and humidity intensify oil production in our skin which in turn gives rise to (more frequent) breakouts. Hence, while blessed souls with amazing complexion just need to slap on some toner to prevent summer zits from sprouting, the not-so-lucky ones like us would have to take significantly more precautions to stop new ones from popping up on our already-blemished face. What is your beauty regime for the hot weather like?

Apart from the usual acne cleansers and medicated cream we sufferers are all too familiar with, the trend these days seems to be toward using at-home LED devices to treat pesky pimples. LED light therapy for acne is not certainly not new as it has been used by dermatologists for years. But receiving the therapy in a clinic could set you back a few hundred dollars per session, or thousands to complete the entire treatment (and it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll never get another pimple again). Handheld light therapy devices, on the other hand, are typically more affordable in the long run (a one-time payment of less than S$400) and are a more practical option because they can be used any time you want to avert an acne crisis.

Personally, I own a blue light device – a Foreo ESPADA Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen gifted by my boyfriend for my birthday last year. It is quite a new product (less than a year in the market?) and was retailing for S$209 on Sephora. Now that the price online has been reduced by 30%, some of you may be tempted to give it a go but discouraged by the lack of reviews. Well, lucky you, you’ve come to the right place 😁 Read on to find out how I feel about the device!

Foreo ESPADA Packaging

Foreo ESPADA Packaging

Foreo ESPADA Packaging

Foreo ESPADA Packaging

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As a quick introduction (with most information obtained from here and here), the ESPADA (‘sword’ in Spanish, but Foreo is a Swedish brand) is a slim handheld acne-fighting device which combines Blue Light Pulse Technology and T-Sonic™ pulsations. Operating it is easy as it has only one on/off button on the front. Once switched on, it activates a red laser-like beam for more precise targeting of blemish. This is extremely useful as without this function, it would be quite difficult to tell beneath the flat surface of the head if you’ve accurately aimed the blue light at your desired spot.

On/Off button

On/Off button

Targeted light precision

Targeted light precision

See the red laser-like beam on my forehead?

See the red laser-like beam on my forehead?

Next, rest the device on the targeted area and it will let out 415 nm of blue light (LED) which penetrates deep below skin’s surface to kill acne-causing bacteria at the source, while the T-Sonic pulsations help the light diffuse into pores for maximum efficacy. This treatment is only initiated on contact with the skin to ensure safety for skin and eyes and conserve battery. The whole process does not involve any pain or discomfort with the only rumbling sensation you experience coming from the pulsations. Repeat the process twice for mild acne, or three to four times for moderate acne. I’m a kiasu (overly cautious) person so I tend to zap every zit, regardless of their severity, minimally three times.

Be prepared for tired hands..

Be prepared for tired hands..

The ESPADA has a built-in timer that enables the device to vibrate every 30 seconds with longer pulses to indicate the end of each acne-treating routine. It is also USB-chargeable and one charge can provide up to 240 treatments. Mine, in most cases, needs to be charged once every week if used daily (about 30 treatments each day) and it takes about 3-4 hours to be fully charged. The red light at the foot of the device starts flashing once it reaches a critically low battery level and the treatment stops abruptly the moment the device deems itself to have insufficient power to complete the routine. But sometimes, there would still be a teeny weeny bit of power left to keep it running for a couple more seconds, so if you’re thrifty like me, just keep hitting the button until it can’t be switched on anymore  😁

Blue light technology in action!

Blue light technology in action!

Designed with hygiene as a priority, the head of the device is coated in a special bacteria-resistant silicone that prohibits the spread of acne-causing bacteria. The waterproof body is quick-drying, easy to clean and nonporous to prevent bacteria buildup. This device is said to be most effective on clean skin so I usually use it after cleansing my face and would only wipe the head with a damp cloth (or rinse under running tap every other week) thereafter. It is very portable and comes with a grey pouch for easy storage.

Comes with a grey pouch that is big enough to fit the device and the complimentary USB cable

Comes with a grey pouch that is big enough to fit the device and the complimentary USB cable

Now, moving on to the efficacy of this product, the ESPADA clears up pesky pimples to a satisfactory extent but unfortunately, does not work on severe cases of acne like my big cystic ones which did not only go away, their size remained unchanged and were still as painful as ever. This device is only effective against occasional or smaller pimples – such as those with poppable heads – as it is able to dry them up faster and reduce the inflammation. Moreover, contrary to what it also promises, it does not (at least for me) prevent further pimples from forming.

Price-wise, I thought the ESPADA is pretty affordable (although I received mine as a gift) especially with the discount at Sephora now. It is a lot cheaper than another similar product by Tria (not available in Singapore) due to the fact that this does not require additional or changeable cartridges which will collectively cost more than the device itself in the long run. There are a handful of other products in the Singapore market that use similar technology (such as SKIN INC’s Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light and Clariancy’s Tanda Clear) but cost at least a hundred dollars more.

In conclusion, is Foreo ESPADA a worthy buy? If you’re a student dealing with teen acne, then for the love of your wallet, yes. Otherwise, this still makes a decent combat tool against the little bumps on your face.

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: modelled pictures were taken 1.5 months ago when I had massive breakout of cystic acne. pictures posted in the recent reviews show my visibly clearer skin after seeking professional help from a skin clinic. I will share that wonderful experience soon on this space.
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The Foreo ESPADA Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen is available in three colours (cobalt blue, magenta & pink) on foreo.com and at Sephora Singapore for S$206.

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Yellow Teeth? Don’t Worry! Get Brighter Beam with Pop Smile’s Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit

Hello everyone!

I hardly share pictures of myself smiling broadly for the camera but when I do, I get compliments about my pearly white teeth. This is awkward but.. I have a confession to make. Those perfect set of choppers you see are simply another work of Photoshop. In fact, those who have questioned about my dazzling teeth in pictures won’t be surprised by this revelation because I’ve always been candid about it. Why conceal your flaws when you’re going to be upfront about it, you may ask. Well, that’s because I want your attention to be diverted from my dingy yellow teeth to the products (usually lipsticks) I’m reviewing :\ While this approach seems to be working, the quest for a permanent solution for my tooth discolouration still goes on because I want to smile with confidence and not worry about showing my teeth ever again!

Drinking tea is my daily ritual – I need a cup of tea to restore my normality everyday. But this habit has sadly cost me my Hollywood smile as the tannic acids found in tea has caused deep stains in the enamel of my teeth. I consider myself rather courageous when it comes to dental visits. I’m not afraid of any pain whatsoever (I even looked forward to having my milk teeth extracted when I was in primary school – okay I’m weird) but due to time and financial constraints, the number of times I’ve visited a dentist in my entire life can be counted on the fingers of one hand. I just don’t think it’s ever necessary to spend $1000 on average to whiten my teeth each time which probably wouldn’t last over a year for me since I’m a pretty heavy tea drinker.

I LOVE TEA AND I CANNOT LIE

I LOVE TEA AND I CANNOT LIE

Moreover, being a blogger means I would occasionally be invited to events. Hence, I’m constantly looking for an affordable temporary fix for my dental woes just in case I inadvertently expose my teeth to the camera lens. If you foresee yourself in such predicament, be it in an upcoming college graduation or wedding photo shoot, then great news my fellow comrades! There is now a cost-effective way to remove those stubborn stains whenever you feel like it without having to break the bank!

Let nothing take away your smile!

Let nothing take away your smile!

Have you heard of Pop Smile? It is a new teeth whitening brand based in Australia offering a quick DIY smile makeover that is absolutely pain-free and safe on sensitive teeth – all at the comfort of your couch! It even claims to give comparable results to that of dentist-administered teeth whitening treatments so much so that you can simply skip dentist visits altogether! Well, this sounded too good to be true but you won’t know until you’ve tried it!

There are three types of teeth whitening kits listed on their website but the Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit is the most value-for-money everything you need to achieve a dazzling white smile. Of course, there are also student-friendly options like the starter kit and besties value set which you can share the cost with your friend.

Now, let’s take a closer look at what the ultimate kit has in store for us! I’ve also added my own honest review along the way for those of you who’re interested 🙂

Reject if seal is broken!

Reject if seal is broken!

Unlike some whitening toothpastes in the market that use harmful chemicals (most notably peroxide) that can damage your enamel, burn your gums and sensitise your teeth, Pop Smile relies on a deep cleansing process using a 99% natural formula made in the U.S. which includes naturally active ingredients like Organic Peppermint Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Aloe Vera and Chamomile Flower Extract. FDA approved, it is perfectly safe to use even on the most sensitive teeth!

Included in the Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit

Included in the Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit – 1x smile goals card, 1x LED device, 2x customisable mouth guards, 3x 3ml syringes, 5x 0.2ml pre treatment swabs, 1x mouth guard case, 1x teeth whitening pen & 1x Pop Smile travel pouch

Neatly packed!

Neatly packed!

3 replacement plungers for the syringe!

3 replacement plungers for the syringe!

Pre-treatment swabs and teeth whitening pen

Pre-treatment swabs and teeth whitening pen

Mouth guards/whitening trays wrapped up in plastic

Mouth guards/whitening trays wrapped up in plastic

Smile goals card with a white-o-meter at the top LOL

Smile goals card with a white-o-meter at the top LOL

According to the Pop Smile website, their clinical study revealed teeth are up to 8 shades whiter after 9 daily uses, and 2 shades whiter from the first use. So, in other words, if my teeth are a 12 on the scale (which I feel is the case), they should become at least a 10 by the end of the programme. Wow, I can’t wait to find out for sure! 🙂

Each kit contains 9 applications (across 9 days). The whitening effect lasts up to 3 months but it can be maintained as long as you repeat the programme one after another. It is, however, not advisable to use the kit for more than 14 consecutive days without dentist supervision.

Step 0: Unbox the kit

Do brush your teeth prior to the teeth whitening session because you certainly wouldn’t want any remnants of your lunch to impede your whitening progress!

Step 1:
Mould whitening trays to your teeth

All of us have differently shaped teeth so it is imperative to have customisable whitening trays to fit your teeth with precision for the best results. This kit comes with a pair of whitening trays (or mouth guards) which needs to be softened in order for them to mould to the teeth quickly. To do that, hold them by the handles and dip them in freshly boiled water for 5-7 seconds to melt the silicone slightly. When the shape starts to deform, that’s your cue to remove them from the water. Don’t panic if they stick to each other – they can be easily separated while still in semi-molten state. Allow them to cool for 2-3 seconds before placing them in your mouth because you don’t want to risk burning your gum!

If you make any mistakes in the process of moulding, just repeat the steps above. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Step 1a: Form each whitening tray on both top and bottom teeth

The silicone sets and hardens rather fast so you would only need to keep it in the mouth for a few minutes. I bit down the mouth guard and push it from the front with my fingers (or just suck on the guard to create a vacuum) to ensure a more accurate mould of my teeth.

This is what my moulded mouth guard looks like

This is what my moulded mouth guard looks like

As you can see, my mold (especially the one on the right) is shaped rather irregularly. That’s because I have an extra tooth behind my canine tooth (it’s a well-concealed secret 😆 ) so non-customisable mouth guards will definitely not work as well for me.

Once you are satisfied with the mould, you may skip this step for future sessions as the mouth guard stays in shape of your teeth. Now that you have found a perfect fit for your teeth, you are ready to move on to the next step!

Step 2:
Prep your teeth with Pre-Treatment Swab

Step 2: Prep teeth with pre-treatment swab

These patented Pre-Treatment Swabs are one of the many things that make Pop Smile so different from other whitening kits. They deeply cleanse the teeth and maximize the absorption of our Pop Smile Teeth Whitening Gel and are clinically proven to help halve your treatment time. Thus, you get whitening results 50% faster! It doesn’t leave an awful retched medicinal taste like mouthwashes do. Rather, they taste pretty much like regular toothpaste, minus the minty sensation. You know what? I kinda like the taste of these.

To utilise the swab, hold the dispenser at the collar in the middle, keeping the cotton swab upright and on top. With the other hand, grasp the mid-point of the lower hollow shaft and slide it up slowly and smoothly until the cotton swab becomes moistened with liquid. Then. lightly scrub the front surfaces of the teeth with the swab tip in circular motion to apply the liquid. Repeat this step for each tooth for 3-5 seconds.

Use one swab for every application during the first 5 days but refills are available for purchase here if you are addicted to their cleaning and refreshing action.

Step 3:
Apply peroxide-free whitening gel

Many teeth bleaching products use peroxide (carbide, hydrogen, etc.) as the main whitening agent (as well as some teeth whitening laser treatments performed by dentists) to enhance whitening effects but do you know that it causes mouth irritation and increased tooth sensitivity to temperature changes, albeit only temporarily? You won’t know the gravity of this issue until you sink your teeth into a scoop of ice cream. I will never forget the excruciating sharp pain… and how my friends had to wait for me to be done licking my ice cream when they had already finished theirs eons ago. How embarrassing!

You may even already be sensitive to peroxide, just that you haven’t realised it yet! So, does that mean you have to shun away from every teeth whitening product? Thankfully not! You can be rest assured with the peroxide-free whitening gel formulated by Pop Smile because they have added Sodium Bicarbonate to maintain a high PH level. Therefore, the gel is not acidic so there’s no risk of tooth sensitivity or damage to your enamel, making it safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women as well. In fact, if you’re still sceptical about it, the Pre-Treatment Swabs also help to minimise sensitivity. Now, does that sound like music to your ears? 🙂

Step 3: Apply peroxide-free whitening gel with the given syringe

Evil nurse in the making *ohohohoho*

The whitening gel is stored in syringes premarked with dosage units ranging from 0 ml to 3 ml for you to expel the correct amounts onto the whitening trays. You would only need 0.5 ml of the gel on each whitening tray, so each syringe should last for 3 applications (there are 3 syringes in each kit). Be mindful of your strength, though, because the syringe has very little plunger friction and you may accidentally expel too much if you’re not careful!

Don't be like me and wonder why nothing is coming out from the syringe and then realise that I haven't removed the cap. Don't laugh. It WILL happen to you lol

Don’t be like me and wonder why nothing is coming out from the syringe and then realise that I haven’t removed the cap. Don’t laugh. It WILL happen to you lol

Gently fill the area that will be touching the front surfaces of your teeth

Gently fill the area that will be touching the front surfaces of your teeth

Move the whitening trays around your teeth using the handle to distribute the gel evenly. Press down the trays and remove excess from the gums.

Move the whitening trays around your teeth using the handle to distribute the gel evenly. Press down the trays and remove excess from the gums.

Cut off the handles and put the mouth guard back on!

Cut off the handles and put the mouth guard back on!

The handles are there to actually help you grab your mouth guards while they mould to your teeth. You can already snip them off at this point to allow your LED device to sit comfortably in your mouth (as seen in the next step).

I’d have to, however, apologise to all you beauties and hunks with braces because results may be inconsistent on yours since Pop Smile products only whiten real teeth. Don’t worry, it won’t be too late to get Pop Smile when the day comes for you to remove your braces! Good things come to those who wait 😉

Likewise, refills are also available if you run out of your whitening gel!

Step 4:
Use LED light to accelerate whitening process

Step 4: Use the LED device to speed up your whitening process

The LED light activates the Pop Smile formula for faster whitening and even brighter results. It does not whiten your teeth when used alone. Powered by two lithium batteries, it also has the most bulbs in the market, making results 5 times faster. While other brands require you to leave their LED device in your mouth for 20 to 40 minutes , this does its job in just 10 minutes!

If your LED device isn't working, don't panic! Chances are, you haven't removed the plastic sheet between the batteries

If your LED device isn’t working, don’t panic! Chances are, you haven’t removed the plastic sheet at the bottom of the batteries

Press the white button to activate the light

Press the white button to activate the light

Ba dum tss!

Ba dum tss!

With the mouth guard still in your mouth, set your timer for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can jut sit back and wait for the LED light to turn off on its own after the 10-minute mark

With the mouth guard still in your mouth, set your timer for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can jut sit back and wait for the LED light to turn off on its own after the 10-minute mark

Sit back, relax and get ready for your bright, new Pop Smile! 10 minutes never passed so quickly before!

Sit back, relax and get ready for your bright, new Pop Smile! 10 minutes never passed so quickly before!

You will be ready for the camera with just a few more attempts!

You will be ready for the camera with just a few more attempts!

Once you have completed the final step, rinse your mouth and clean your LED device with a cloth. Do not wash your device as it is not waterproof! You would need to get a new kit if it’s damaged because it is not sold individually. You have been warned!

And now… the results:

No photoshop (apart from the text), no filter!

No photoshop (apart from the text), no filter!

At a quick glance, the results may not be as noticeable and significant as some claimed. But upon closer scrutiny, you would be able to see that the yellow stains – especially that nasty one between my two front teeth (which dentists I had consulted simply dismissed as a natural discolouration *pffffft*) – have become lighter and less obvious. When I checked my smile in the mirror, I noticed that my teeth have also more or less regained its radiance. Considering that I’m only into my second day of this 9-day programme (at point of writing), this is a fairly good progress I must say! Also, do note that I made no efforts to halt my tea drinking habits for this programme because, yeah, I really mean it when I say I love my tea. Can’t stop, won’t stop drinking tea 😆 *sips* Pop Smile, however, recommends users to stop taking in coffee, tea and wine for the duration of the treatment to maximise their results!

And you think that’s all there is to the kit? You can’t be more wrong! Your Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit also comes with three additional items (including a mouth guard case) which you won’t be able to get anywhere else. Read on!

Bonus #1:
Teeth Whitening Pen

We are all busy people with appointments to keep and schedules to meet. That’s why we need a good and reliable teeth whitening pen for last-minute touch-ups and on-the-go whitening in our lives. Pop Smile’s Teeth Whitening Pen is for use between treatments or during emergencies such as when you had unwittingly chomped down a piece of chocolate chip cookie to appease your growling stomach before a date night. Go ahead and work that million-dollar smile!

Twist pen to dispense gel

Twist pen to dispense gel

Brush a thin layer of gel onto teeth, avoiding the gum line. Then, wait 60 seconds before rinsing your mouth with lukewarm water

Brush a thin layer of gel onto teeth, avoiding the gum line. Then, wait 60 seconds before rinsing your mouth with lukewarm water

Bonus #2:
Travel Pouch

There is absolutely no excuse for having yellow teeth in this day and age.. even if you’re always away from home. If you’re a frequent traveller, this complimentary zipper pouch is just about what you need to store all your Pop Smile teeth whitening tools.

A fashionable pouch that is able to fit EVERYTHING perfectly! A W E S O M E.

A fashionable pouch that is able to fit EVERYTHING perfectly! A W E S O M E.

All packed and ready to go!

All packed and ready to go!

Earlier today, McDonald’s offered me a complimentary cup of Oreo McFlurry as service recovery for their unusually delayed delivery so I took the opportunity to do a quick sensitivity test and voila, NO PAIN AT ALL. I was relieved yet ecstatic at the same time! 😀

I’ve seen plenty of teeth whitening/stain removal kits for sale at our local drugstores and had personally bought one to try but was of little to no avail (only caused added sensitivity). I thought this product was gonna be another gimmick but clearly it has proven otherwise. You’ve got to try it! 🙂

Meet my new smile!

Meet my new smile!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

The Pop Smile Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit is available on their website with free worldwide delivery. For more information on shipping as well as the countries they deliver to, please refer to this page.
This post is brought to you by Pop Smile.

[BEAUTY PICKS] SEPHORA Natural Allure; Feel-Good Beauty Redefined

Hello everyone!

With sustainability becoming a global business trend, even the beauty and personal care industry has joined the growing green movement by incorporating natural ingredients in their products. This news comes as music to the ears of beauty enthusiasts afflicted with troubled skin like yours truly because not only do some of the synthetic cosmetic ingredients found in many products cause skin irritation and toxic reactions, they are also detrimental to our health if used on a long-term basis.

(Scroll to the bottom of this post for an exciting giveaway!)

This season, Sephora pays homage to Mother Nature with a bounty of skin-loving goodness inspired and powered by the very best of nature as they are filled with plant-based ingredients that are absolutely gentle on the skin!

An overview of my beauty picks from the Sephora Natural Allure range

An overview of my beauty picks from the Sephora Natural Allure range

Among the brands I will be featuring from this theme are a handful of new faces such as UK brand This Works and a new product from Fresh. The key natural ingredients for each product are denoted in teal.

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Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum

Inspired by the iconic cult-favourite Rose Face Mask, the new Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum is an expansion of the Rose skincare collection. This lightweight serum absorbs almost immediately and the hyaluronic acid, angelica leaf extract and porphyridium cruentum formula penetrates deeply to restore the skin’s natural glow.

The key natural ingredient in this face serum is rosewater, a venerable elixir suitable for all skin types which helps to maintain the skin’s pH balance and prevent excess sebum production. It can be used as a makeup base (but do allow some time for the skin to absorb the serum before applying your makeup) and the size of the bottle is small enough to be carried around all day.

RETAIL PRICE: S$88 in-stores and online

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Insomnia is one of the most common sleep problems in Singapore as can be understood from a 2014 study which showed that we are among the cities in the world with the least hours of sleep. Considering how fast-paced and stressful life can be in these current times, it is almost inevitable not to be able to unwind at the end of the day. But not all hope is lost because with This Work’s Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, you will likely find yourself having better sleep or falling asleep faster as you inhale the invigorating yet soothing scent of a combination of three pure essential oils – lavender, vetiver and wild chamomile. To experience the wondrous effect of this spray, do ensure that you spritz it on a clean pillow case as you wouldn’t want such fragrance to blend with the intoxicating smell of your sweaty hair and saliva 😉

This natural alternative to prescription sleep aids calms and relaxes the mind and body while you have sweet dreams at night. Some health benefits of the key natural ingredient (lavender) include its ability to eliminate nervous tension and improving mood, thereby uplifting your spirits in the morning. If you’re still unsure of what to get for your insomniac father this Father’s Day, then look no further and get this in your shopping cart right now!

RETAIL PRICE: S$32 in-stores and online
(also comes in supersize 250ml at S$66)

This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up

This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up

This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up

This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up

This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up

Freshen up your morning with This Works in Transit Camera Close-Up, an all-in-one product which works (no pun intended) as a leave-on mask, moisturiser and primer, to banish any signs of fatigue and make you look camera-ready in no time. It has creamy and slightly thick texture but does not leave a tacky or greasy finish. Instead, it leaves the skin feeling hydrated, supple and smooth. Smell-wise, it reminds me of clinical hand creams – no overpowering artificial fragrance whatsoever.

It contains hyaluronic acid and caffaine, combined with Bio Boost – a revolutionary blend of echium and sunflower oils that restores, heals and brightens and tightens the skin.  Echium is also known for its emollient qualities and anti-inflammatory effects, hence making it extremely suitable for eczema-prone skin. This product can be used daily or as a pick-me-up throughout the day to give your face a dewy appearance.

RETAIL PRICE: S$61 in-stores and online

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Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Deep Cleansing Detox Mask

Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Deep Cleansing Detox Mask

Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Deep Cleansing Detox Mask

Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Deep Cleansing Detox Mask

Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Deep Cleansing Detox Mask

This multitasking Biocleanse Deep Cleansing Detox Mask by Estelle & Thild promotes glowing skin as it protects the skin’s delicate natural moisture levels. On top of that, the natural bentonite clay of this certified organic mask draws out impurities and toxins and shrink your pores while the black elderflower decongests and detoxifies for a firmer and more radiant complexion.

This mask does not require a lot of your time as you would only need to let it sit on for five minutes before you can rinse it off with warm water. Given the minimal time needed, nobody would suspect a thing in the event that you feel like cleansing your face in the midst of your work!

RETAIL PRICE: S$57 in-stores and online

Erborian Yuza Doudoune for Hands

Erborian Yuza Doudoune for Hands

Erborian Yuza Doudoune for Hands

Looks are important, but so are our hands. We always shower our face with so much tender loving care and neglect the most valuable tool we have that is often overworked. Since our hands have fewer oil glands than the rest of our body, they are susceptible to drying out, especially in air-conditioned environment.

Application

Application

Prevent your hands from aging prematurely with the Erborian Yuza Doudoune for Hands which acts as an antioxidant barrier and powerful protective agent to reduce moisture loss. It keeps the hands soft and smooth with liquorice, yuzu peel extract and vitamin E and has a nice citrus scent. Yuzu, the key natural ingredient of this product, is also a good source of antioxidants that can help replenish dead skin cells.

RETAIL PRICE: S$17 in-stores only

REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel

REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel

REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel

Dehydrated skin is a common concern but one that is often mistaken to be solely caused by inadequate water intake. In fact, the issue may well be brought about by the use of soap as their high alkaline levels could damage the skin barrier function and allow greater water loss. The solution? Use soap-free products, of course, starting from the most sensitive part of our body – our face!

REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel is a soap-free facial cleansing gel that removes makeup, oil and pollution without the harsh effects of sulphates found in traditional cleansers. Formulated with aloe vera and rose otto oil for its therapeutic healing and regenerating qualities, this cleanser balances, tones, decongests and soothes the skin to promote healthy skin metabolism.

RETAIL PRICE: S$50 in-stores and online

June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist

June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist

June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist

Seal

Seal

June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist

June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist

Every office desk needs a pick-me-up to get you through the work day. June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist does just that by providing a surge of moisture to refresh your skin. It contains bitter orange from the south of France to calm the over-active production of sebum especially on oily and acne-prone skin. Other ingredients such as neroli oil and a powerful patent-pending blend of tea extracts revitalise the skin and stimulate cell regeneration to combat the visible signs of aging.

RETAIL PRICE: S$74 in-stores and online

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydrating Nourishing Facial Water

Burt's Bees Intense Hydrating Nourishing Facial Water

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydrating Nourishing Facial Water

In the heat of everlasting summer in Singapore, one can never have too many moisturisers. Infused with clary sage to regulate oil production and reduce inflammation, Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water is a toner that replenishes your skin’s natural moisture. Applied using hands or cotton pads, it absorbs into the skin readily and leaves a visibly softer and smoother appearance.

I unfortunately didn’t find the smell all that pleasant. It actually reminds me of the chemical-ish smell of unscented lipsticks, though not that strong. But then again, it could just be me so do pop by Sephora to have a whiff of it 🙂

RETAIL PRICE: S$30 in-stores only

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (S$46)

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Illustrated instructions within the box

Illustrated instructions within the box

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Everything about this moisturiser – down right to the lovely baby pink packaging (I’m not ashamed to admit that I love everything pink, heh) – is just so noteworthy! Formulated with advanced skincare technology, this gel-cream transforms into a liquid on contact with the skin just like a sorbet.

Application

Application

For those who are not familiar with Caudalie, it is one of the few beauty companies to harness the properties of grape seed into their formulas to maximise anti-aging properties. Suitable for dehydrated and sensitive skin, this sweet-scented moisturiser contains both merlot (a kind of grape used for making red wines) and muscat grapes from the south of France which integrate to create the key natural ingredient: Organic Grape water®. It increases skin hydration levels by 127% with each application and together with other natural ingredients such as chamomile, this moisturiser soothes skin and reduces redness.

Retail price: S$46 in-stores and online

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit - #1 Cleansing Milk

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit – #1 Cleansing Milk

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit - #2 Citrus Rhapsody Toner Mist

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit – #2 Citrus Rhapsody Toner Mist

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit - #3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit – #3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit - #4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion

Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit – #4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion

Gear up for your upcoming vacay with Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit! This travel kit contains all four of Edible Beauty’s core products and covers all your skincare needs on-the-go.

Perfect for any climate around the globe (save for the extreme ones, of course), No. 1 Belle Frais Cleanser cleanses and purifies the skin with coconut oil during winter while No. 2 Citrus Rhapsody Tonique refreshes the skin with a unique blend of antioxidant rich fruits and herbs to protect you against the sun when you hit the beach. No. 3 Exotic Goddess Angeless Serum increases the skin’s elasticity with Edelweiss and No. 4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion hydrates with cocoa butter extracted from the cocoa bean when the air turns dry and colder in autumn. These portable skin-lovin’ goodies may merely occupy 1/8 of your luggage space but they will definitely be your go-to items to keep your skin in tip-top condition!

Retail price: S$73 online only

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Dying to get something listed above but have already emptied your bank account for your summer holiday? Here’s your chance to lay claim to one of the coveted products above because I’m about to throw a…

1 MILLION MILESTONE GIVEAWAY

WOOHOO!! That’s right! This site has recently passed the one million mark in visits! I wouldn’t have gotten this far without your support 🙂 In celebration of this huge milestone and as a gesture of appreciation to everyone who has supported this blog, I would like to reward one reader with an Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit worth S$73 (as featured above) to prep you for your next holiday!

To win, simply follow these steps:

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3. Comment on this post what you like about fionaseah.com or what you would like to see more on this blog! 🙂 This is for me to know your interests better! It can be related to any category I’ve covered on this blog
4. Remember to leave your e-mail address for me to reach you if you win

And guess what? This contest is open internationally because how could I forget about my foreign readers? You guys are equally awesome! Postage will be fully borne by yours truly so all you need to do is sit back and wait for the parcel to arrive at your doorstep! 🙂 It’s that simple!

Contest ends 24 June 2016 and the winner will be notified by 26 June 2016 (GMT+8). More giveaways (lipsticks included… yup) will be coming your way to mark this significant milestone so stay tuned! 🙂

Contest has ended! Thank you for your participation! 🙂

Thanks for reading, lovelies! And good luck!

find out which other products made it to the ‘green’ list! SEPHORA Natural Allure is now available online and/or at all Sephora stores in Singapore.
DISCLAIMER: PRODUCTS FEATURED were sent to me for review purposes with information provided by sephora BUT OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE MY OWN.

[NEW] REVIEW: shu uemura Skin Purifier Anti/Oxi+ Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil

Hello everyone!

Following the introduction of the Anti/Oxi Skin Refining cleansing oil in 2013, shu umera has been making further improvements to the formula to combat against rising threats to the skin. With the haze becoming a frequent occurrence in Singapore, they have empowered their latest anti-pollution breakthrough, Anti/Oxi+, with the new green trio – papaya extract, moringa extract and green tea extract – to remove pollutants including PM2.5 from the skin.

Special thanks to shu uemura for gifting me these lovely eclairs (baked by Two Bakers), modelled after 6 of their best sellers! They are DELISH.

Special thanks to shu uemura for gifting me these lovely eclairs (baked by Two Bakers), modelled after 6 of their best sellers! They are DELISH.

PM2.5 refers to air pollution particles that have a diameter less than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3% the diameter of human hair and therefore allowing them to penetrate the skin and bring about the acceleration of skin ageing. This can be prevented with moringa extract, a nutrient-rich herb known for its incredible purifying power with a mechanism similar to that of water purification plants. Besides capturing and clearing away harmful pollutants, moringa extract also counteracts oxidative stress and the effects of free radicals.

shu uemura Anti/Oxi+ Pollution & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil (150ml)

shu uemura Anti/Oxi+ Pollution & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil (150ml)

Product close-up

Product close-up

The ageing process of the skin can also be impeded with green tea and papaya extracts. I believe there needs no further explanation on the benefits of green tea but not many know that green papaya (unripe) is a great source of vitamin A. The enzyme papain in it also helps to break down inactive proteins and eliminate dead skin cells, thereby acting as a potent yet gentle natural exfoliator for the skin.

This revamped cleansing oil is set to be making its debut in Singapore tomorrow in replacement of the preceding formula.

Size of 150ml bottle

Size of 150ml bottle

As with other shu uemura cleansing oils, using this is straightforward and lazy-proof because it removes even the most stubborn makeup such as waterproof mascara and eyeliner (and now matte liquid lipsticks, maybe) with just a single wash. And the most amazing part? It does not loosen your lash glue, if you had eyelash extensions, that is!

Decided to do a trial run on my wrist with two new Velour Liquid Lipstick shades before removing my face makeup!

Decided to do a trial run on my wrist with two new Velour Liquid Lipstick shades before removing my face makeup!

Look how the cleansing oil emulsifies with the lipsticks!

Look how the cleansing oil emulsifies with the lipsticks!

Some of it instantly got washed away under the running tap

Some of it instantly got washed away under the running tap

After drying my wrist with a towel

After drying my wrist with a towel

Who would have thought that a simple activity like makeup removal would be so simple and beneficial to the skin? As much as I love putting on makeup, I cannot deny that removing it is a pain because they have been increasingly resistant to water and oil. Therefore, many a time I would nonchalantly head to town with my bare, unflattering face. But not anymore! 😀

As I had only used cleansing wipes all my life, I wasn’t quite fond of the idea of cleansing my face with my makeup on because the thought of messily smearing my face with dissolved makeup just grossed me out. But it really isn’t as bad as I had imagined. While most cleansing oils would only be effective with dry hands, this new Anti/Oxi+ can be used with wet hands because of the added water-swellable micelles. If this doesn’t make it extraordinarily easy to use, then I don’t know what is! In fact, I’ve began to enjoy the removal process so much that I actually look forward to removing my makeup now. Thick makeup don’t care  😆

Now, I'm about to use it on my made-up face..

Now, I’m about to use it on my made-up face..

Take about 2 pumps on the palm

Take about 2 pumps on the palm

(optional) Lather it on the palms

(optional) Lather it on the palms

Massage it gently across the face

Massage it gently across the face

Notice that my lipstick has started to fade away?

Notice that my lipstick has started to fade away?

Moving on to my eyeliners..

Moving on to my eyeliners..

Massaging the sides to make sure I get hold of the makeup on hidden areas

Massaging the sides to make sure I get hold of the makeup on hidden areas

Clean and fresh face once again!

Clean and fresh face once again!

Besides the functionality, the rhythmical fragrance of the oil also contributes to the addictive cleansing ritual. It awakens your senses at first touch with a refreshing top note of elemi, mandarin and ginger, followed by a stimulating and comforting middle note of lavender, cardamon and geranium during massaging and finally a healing base note of gualac wood after washing. If I were to associate the scent to something more distinguishable, I’d say the combined scent is quite close to wheat grass, maybe? Basically, it just feels like I’m in the meadows the whole time! Absolutely invigorating and comforting 🙂

The recommended number of pumps stated on the bottle is 3 to 4, but I personally think 2 pumps would be sufficient for the whole face. All the makeup that come in contact with the cleansing oil are then merged into a thin brown film on the face. Upon rinsing with water, the cleansing oil is emulsified and the makeup gets washed off the face completely, leaving behind a veil of moisture. At this point, my face would normally feel tight (no thanks to my combination skin type) but I haven’t had this experience since I started using this cleansing oil. TERRIFIC!

Also, not forgetting that a bottle of 150ml can last for months. Already I’m about a month into my oil cleansing routine and yet there is still 90% left? Whee!! No doubt, this has made it to my beauty favourites for May! 🙂

Are you excited for this new product by shu uemura? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

The anti/oxi+ Pollutant & dullness clarifying cleansing oil will be available at all singapore shu uemura stores and counters for S$55 (150ml) and S$125 (450ml) from 1 june 2016.
DISCLAIMER: PRODUCT FEATURED IS A PRESS SAMPLE BUT OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE MY OWN.

REVIEW: WELLAGE White Aqua Roll Mask Pack

Hello everyone!

Residing in a city with tropical climate like Singapore has its ups and downs. I, for one, have been on the receiving end of the negative effects of high humidity ever since puberty hit me. As a result of my dehydrated skin (aggravated by my lack of water-drinking habit), moisturisers and other products that help to restore my skin’s natural moisture balance have become an intrinsic part of my skincare routine. The latter includes facial masks which I have a love-hate relationship with because they can get very messy during application.

But I was recently introduced to one which is not only idiot-proof, but also does not leave my bed or the lower half of my body wet. That’s none other than the White Aqua Roll Mask by WELLAGE, a skincare company based in South Korea that prides themselves on formulating “bio cosmetics with NeuroScience”.

WELLAGE White Aqua Roll Mask Pack

WELLAGE White Aqua Roll Mask Pack

Description in Korean

Description in Korean

Anyone who had seen me unbox my beauty samples from BNTNews would have been equally intrigued by the way the masks are presented. Individually packed in aluminium sachet, the masks are securely kept in a plastic cylindrical tube with Korean instructions on how to use the mask printed on it. Illustrations are also provided for those who don’t understand a single word of Korean. Each tube contains 10 sachets.

Packed in individual sachets

Packed in individual sachets

No scissors required - these travel-friendly sachets open up nicely when you rip both sides apart.

No scissors required – these travel-friendly sachets open up nicely when you rip both sides apart.

Facial sheets are rolled up using a thick straw-like stick as the spine

Facial sheets are rolled up using a thick straw-like stick as the spine

Made of quality Cupra fabric, these WELLAGE masks are able to hold moisture for a longer time due to its strong cohesiveness and elasticity and therefore, do not dry out easily. Suitable for sensitive skin, these properties enable the mask to supply nutrients to the facial skin without causing irritation. Furthermore, the mask uses a special technology known as semi-microsome – a finer version of liposome (tiny bubbles that are capable of encapsulating material beneficial to the skin) – to stabilise its 25 functional ingredients and help them penetrate into the skin for longer-lasting moisture.

Illustrations are also printed on the sachets for convenience sake

Illustrations are also printed on the sachets for convenience sake

Unlike typical sheet masks that come in flat, rectangular bags, these ones from WELLAGE remove from the sachets fast with minimal to no drippage of mask gunk because all the serum are settled at the bottom of the packaging. Placing the mask on my forehead with its top edge aligned along the hairline (as depicted in the illustrations above), I gently pulled down the stick on which it is coiled, towards my chin. This minimises unnecessary contact with the mask and thus ensuring the hygiene and purity of the product at all times. At the same time, it also prevents accidental tears which has happened to me too many times during the unfolding process of facial masks I used previously.

Application

Application

Application

Application

The mask surprisingly fits on my face perfectly without the need for much adjustments. I had to pour out some of the serum from the packaging onto my palm to dab it on the mask because it was feeling a little stiff and dry from the lack of serum in it. It is an additional step, but a necessary one, I feel, which could modify the “wetness” of the mask according to my preference. No wet spot was observed on my bed and my neck remained dry throughout the 20-minute experience. And the end result? A dewy and more refreshed appearance of the face.

This product is not quite readily available outside of South Korea so perhaps you guys could keep a lookout for it if you’re travelling because from what I understand, WELLAGE does have stores/counters in certain Seoul shopping malls. There is also a black version of this mask pack presumably for men, though. Korean readers who have tried this brand of facial mask, what do you think of it? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

WELLAGE White aqua roll mask pack IS AVAILABLE ON WeLLAGE.CO.KR FOR 35,000 WON but is currently on sale for 24,000 won for a limited time only.
DISCLAIMER: PRODUCT FEATURED IS A PRESS SAMPLE BUT OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE MY OWN.

Infrared Therapy and Remedy at Rexults medSpa

SPONSORED

Hello everyone!

In this day and age of fast-paced lives, we are constantly confronted with overwhelming responsibilities and workplace challenges, so much so that it may be too much for our body to handle and gradually, it starts to show signs of distress. But more often than not we choose to turn a blind eye to these symptoms, perhaps because of commitments, and put ourselves at risk of many health problems such as depression and heart diseases. Hence, it’s important that we reward our body the good lovin’ it deserves before our health takes a turn for the worse.

How, you may ask. Of course, there are many ways in which you can unwind that doesn’t cost a single dime, like taking a peaceful sunset walk along the beach or going for a swim. But this one is for the sun-hating professionals who are ever feeling lethargic from work and in dire need of some reinvigorating. If that describes you, then be sure to check out Rexults medSpa at Orchard Road.

(If the name rings a bell, that’s because I had earlier reviewed its sister company Rexults Clinic, just directly opposite Rexults medSpa on the same level of Tong Building. Read my Liposonix experience at Rexults Clinic here!)

Rexults medSpa

Rexults medSpa

Walking into Rexults medSpa instantly gave me a feeling different from what I experienced on my first visit to Rexults Clinic. The dimly-lit interiors of the medSpa, in contrast to the illuminated waiting area at the clinic, provided a calming effect even before I embarked on any therapy. Although the doors of Rexults medSpa were only recently opened by its founder & director Mrs Elizabeth Wong in 2014, the venue was home to Renewal Day Spa which had occupied the same premises since 1994 (the first of its kind day spa in Singapore introduced by Mrs Wong).  In observing that today’s generation of people are subjected to high levels of stress, have unhealthy eating habits, and are exposed to a more polluted and ozone-depleting environment, Mrs Wong thought it was the perfect time to let people into a place that would address these bad effects of modern city living.

Rexults medSpa

Rexults medSpa

With more than 20 years of experience under her belt, Mrs Wong is truly considered one of the pioneers in Singapore’s spa industry. Her expertise, knowledge and understanding of the various types of spas worldwide has paved the way for the first-ever unique medSpa concept in Singapore. Using the latest scientific breakthroughs in ingredients and medical-grade equipment to boot, it provides specific set of therapies that focused on advanced aesthetics and bodyworks – all designed to combat health issues resulting from stressful urban lifestyle and at the same time help you enhance your skin health and well-being.

Rexults medSpa

Rexults medSpa

Be treated to a luxurious and therapeutic medSpa experience accompanied by the unparalleled skill and expertise of the therapists who uphold a high benchmark in service skills, grooming and etiquette – a hallmark of professionalism that Rexults medSpa prides themselves in possessing. You can rest assured that you will be well taken care of by the therapists, so just sit back and let them do their magic.

Consultation room

Consultation room

Following a consultation with one of the Client Care Manager at Rexults medSpa who wanted to know more about my lifestyle, healthy habits (or lack thereof) and concerns, I was scheduled a week later for a 30-minute Infrared Therapy for the body and a 90-minute Remedy for the skin (i.e. face). Do allow up to an hour of buffer time for changing, showering and other post-therapy activities.

Corridor of rooms

Corridor of rooms

Ah, yes, I was required to shower before and after the Infrared Therapy in a very spacious restroom. They have practically everything one would need to clean and prink herself there – hairdryer, hairbrush, cotton pads, moisturiser, cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and more I haven’t discovered.

In the restroom - changing room (left) and shower room

In the restroom – changing room (left) and shower room

Huuuge dressing table

Huuuge dressing table

Thereafter, I was brought to another room to have my blood pressure checked to ensure that I was fit enough for the Infrared Therapy. I like that everything was done in a systematic manner because not only do I feel that my safety is of the medSpa’s utmost importance, it also speaks volumes about their professionalism.

The Infrared Therapy (u.p. S$95) heats the body directly (as opposed to the air) in a sauna that uses soothing dry far infrared heat, a treatment that is completely safe and will never inflict burns to the skin.  Since the (naked) body would be sweating excessively, the body eventually feels a tad lighter because calories are burnt throughout the 30-minute session. Besides, it also removes toxins and reduces inflammation and is proven to assist in pain relief as well as improving blood circulation and skin rejuvenation.

Infrared therapy sauna room

Infrared therapy sauna room

What sets the Infrared Therapy from other spas are the added features of LED lighting for improved skin rejuvenation benefits and music to make the experience most enjoyable.

Blue lighting

Blue lighting

The sauna is equipped with a countdown timer, a semi-hard bed and a towel to dry yourself. Heat is generated through the mesh panel at all four corners to guarantee perspiration within the first 5 minutes. Being rather tolerant towards heat, my first beads of sweat only formed after the 15-minute mark and before I knew it, my whole body was already engulfed in perspiration. In spite of that, the whole session was painless and relaxing and I found myself taking a short nap soon after.

I was only awoken by a staff who checked on me from outside the room to make certain that I didn’t faint midway through the process. The sauna experience was phenomenal – I was more refreshed and my skin also felt more supple after the therapy.

Post-Infrared Therapy

Post-Infrared Therapy

After taking a quick shower, I was ushered to another room for my next therapy, Remedy (u.p. S$220). Remedy is a full service face therapy that protects the skin from negative effects of pollution, stress and sun damage which would lead to acne, early aging, dehydrated skin and dull and sallow complexion. Prior to your face therapy, your therapist will invite you to select from a menu ranging from cool jazz to cool exotica to play while the therapy is under way. On top of that, you also get to bask in your preferred colour of LED lighting in the treatment room. I wanted a beach-like atmosphere with not-so-glaring light so I opted for blue LED lighting and spa sense music (sounds of crashing waves and seagulls).

List of songs to choose from:

cool jazz – instrumental jazz ballads
beatitude – music for the soul and heart
romance – soft instrumentals for romantics
spa sense – lush soothing spa music
cool exotica – slow world music beats
chill out – calm ambient contemporary slow beats

List of colours of LED lighting to choose from:

blue, bluish-green, yellow, orange, purple, red, green

Face treatment room

Face treatment room (with blue lighting)

That blissful look which plastered my face when the therapist massaged and cleansed my face at the same time

That blissful look which plastered my face when the therapist massaged and cleansed my face at the same time

 

 

Remedy begins with double cleansing and followed by Microdermabrasion to exfoliate and suck up dead skin cells. This was done so that the skin would be more receptive to the deep infusion of a high performance antioxidant Rexults moisturising serum. Unlike my previous Microdermabrasion experiences, the suction power of the system was strong enough to make me feel that my pores were being unclogged.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion

No matter which beauty parlour you visit for facials, you are bound to be subjected to some form of discomfort from the dreaded extraction process. Rexults medSpa is no exception, but the pain I felt was especially bearable and there wasn’t a single time I flinched in agony. This was definitely unexpected considering that the last time I had extraction was four months ago (that’s how much I hate it) which I believe is more than enough time for tons of blackheads to accumulate on the face. The process was done professionally, chop-chop, so it went by in a blink of an eye.

With my pores emptied, they were now virtually ready to absorb anything that is applied on my face. The therapist proceeded to lay a piece of penetrable fabric and a thick coat of green-coloured mask above it. The application process was so enjoyable (imagine having your face caressed with a feather – the exact same feeling) that I drifted off to sleep once again.

The last part of the facial therapy

The last part of the facial therapy

Face mask application

Face mask application

Throughout the entire therapy, I was repeatedly surprised with soothing massages on the face after each segment was completed. Still, nothing beats the ultimate neck and shoulder massage I received towards the end to effectively relieved my tense muscles. Eye serum and tinted sunblock were finally applied on my hydrated face to conceal any redness (there was close to none in the first place, very surprisingly). Although the therapy lasted for a little more than 2 hours, I felt no time had passed at all.

Immediately after the face therapy, with tinted sunblock on. Notice the redness? Me neither!

Immediately after the face therapy, with tinted sunblock on. Notice the redness? Me neither!

Bare-faced, taken on the day after the therapy (pardon my just-woke-up look)

Bare-faced, taken on the day after the therapy (pardon my just-woke-up look)

The next day I woke up to a much softer and smoother face. My skin was just recovering from an acne outbreak (hence, those awful scars) triggered by my previous menstrual cycle and the therapies had visibly reduced most of the pores.

Rexults medSpa has kindly offered a special rate for my readers who are interested to try out BOTH therapies featured above. Trust me, the price is not going to be anything that will make you scrimp and save for the rest of the month. In fact, I think even tertiary students who are earning a decent amount of income would be able to afford it too.

**FIONASEAH.COM READER PERKS**

Enjoy your first trial of Remedy face therapy (U.P. S$220) with a complimentary 30-minute Infrared Therapy worth S$95 at only S$68.

(That’s a ridiculous discount of S$247! You wouldn’t be able to find such a price at a renowned medSpa especially in a prime location like Orchard Road)

Limited to new clients only. Offer is valid until 31st December 2016. Prior appointment and booking is required. 

To make an appointment, please call +65 66532979. Remember to quote my blog to enjoy this irresistible offer!

Should you have any enquiries, do not hesitate to raise them with the friendly therapists who are always very happy to clear your doubts 🙂

Thanks for reading, gorgeous people!

Rexults medSpa

302 Orchard Road ⋅ #17-02 ⋅ Tong Building ⋅ Singapore 238862
(Beside Paragon)
For appointments and enquiries, please call +65 66532979
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