[+GIVEAWAY] Devine Nutrition at Pisces Wellness: Retain the Youth in Your Skin!

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The pandemic has upended the way the world functions, forcing us to embrace remote work which, more often than not, blurs the lines between professional responsibilities and duties at home. Hence, it is easy to understand why we are under a constant onslaught of stress and pressure this year – and our faces show it. Look in the mirror and you may find your skin already sapped of its natural lustre. But even as dullness inevitably creeps in, you can still fend it off with some help from the skin mavens at Pisces Wellness!

Pisces Wellness at Jurong Point 1

Pisces Wellness at Jurong Point 1

A young homegrown wellness centre located at the centrepiece of Jurong West, it doesn’t take a hawk-eyed person to spot their expansive outlet on the second floor of Jurong Point 1 (though in actuality, it’s along the walkway connecting the new and old wings). It is equipped with 12 treatment rooms for the purpose of providing body massages, facial, weight management and hair removal services, as well as a spa for onsen therapy (which may not be available at this point in time). Customisable to suit the needs of their clients, these treatments promise results in minimum time with the use of professional-grade products and state-of-the-art technologies!

Having toiled away all year, my complexion had, no doubt, taken a beating from the lack of beauty sleep, causing it to look dehydrated and slightly ashy. Thus, when Pisces Wellness offered to restore the radiance of my face, I jumped at the chance even though it would mean taking a one-and-a-half-hour train ride all the way from Punggol to get there!

My face, up close. Flare-ups as circled.

My face, up close. Flare-ups as circled.

Upon entering the centre, Joyce, who had been corresponding with me over the past two months to arrange a mutually convenient time to do the treatment, warmly welcomed me (despite my lateness 😖) and sat me down to complete a short declaration form. Then, we proceeded to a consultation room where my face was thoroughly examined using a handheld scanner that was attached to a skin analyser. Although virtually wrinkle-free (for now!), results also showed that my skin was leaning towards the dry side, making it more prone to premature ageing and fine lines. Therefore, Joyce recommended the Devine Nutrition treatment which aims to repair and reverse any early signs of ageing of the skin such as loss of moisture and elastin, appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone. In my case, this treatment would work more as a pre-emptive strike against the effects of time.

Analysis of my pores (click image to view in full size)

Analysis of my pores (click image to view in full size)

Analysis of my skin sensitivity (click image to view in full size)

Analysis of my skin sensitivity (click image to view in full size)

Summary of analysis (click image to view in full size)

Summary of analysis (click image to view in full size)

Number combination lockers outside the treatment rooms

Number combination lockers outside the treatment rooms

The treatment room I was in

The treatment room I was in

Following that, my therapist led me to my locker to deposit my belongings, and to another room to administer the treatment. She began with Double Face Cleansing (but not before receiving a relaxing neck and shoulder massage that seemed to synchronise with the soothing background music and the gradual dimming of lights?! *mind blown*) to remove any trace of makeup and dirt.

Double Face Cleansing

Double Face Cleansing

Double Face Cleansing

Double Face Cleansing

The extraction procedure that came after was much needed because my face was experiencing a minor flare-up from exposure to dust from spring-cleaning my house the previous day which resulted in tiny bumps on my cheeks. Although not my favourite step of the treatment due to obvious reasons, the extraction was done quickly (i.e. not hovering around the same afflicted spots for most of the duration) and fairly comfortably, as evident from the fact that my body never once twitched from pain, nor did my eyes tear up. But then again, this comfort level could vary according to skin conditions.

Extraction

Extraction

Post-extraction: not very bumpy and red, as you can see!

Post-extraction: not very bumpy and red, as you can see!

With almost every trapped gunk and grime out of the way, my face was now ready for the Cryotherapy (i.e. cold therapy) that had been tailored for me. It utilises Dermal Electroporation and Pulsed Electromagnetic Field to transport highly-concentrated serums, which help initiate DNA repair and stabilise the skin condition, into the deepest layers of the skin while speeding up its natural healing process. As the name suggests, this treatment literally sends chills through the vein, but the cold was certainly bearable.

Serum application

Serum application

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy

As if my face had not been pampered enough, my therapist went on to lay facial gauze on it and apply a coat of clay-based mask before leaving me for the next 15-20 minutes to contemplate about my life choices (I kid – I actually dozed off 😂). Once the mask had been removed, she concluded the treatment with some moisturiser to lock in all the benefits my skin had reaped, and a final round of neck massage to boot!

Masking

Masking

Leaving it on for the next 15-20 minutes

Leaving it on for the next 15-20 minutes

Immediately after the mask was removed. Notice that my face looked much brighter now?

Immediately after the mask was removed. Notice that my face looked much brighter now?

My therapist giving her final round of massage

My therapist giving her final round of massage

From great room ambience to attentive staff, the whole experience, which lasted about 1.5 hours, was nothing short of wonderful. The treatment had left my skin feeling refreshed and instantly hydrated, and also provided a noticeable improvement to my skin texture. Given its location, Pisces Wellness would make a convenient stop for people studying and living in the far-west to melt away their daily stresses. Perhaps I wouldn’t be walking around NTU looking half-dead if Pisces Wellness had opened its doors during my undergraduate years!

Before and After: skin feels more rejuvenated, less congested

Before and After: skin feels more rejuvenated, less congested


🎉 G I V E A W A Y 🎉

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! To help you start the year off right with a youthful and nourished complexion, Pisces Wellness has kindly offered to treat TWO of my readers to a set of 24K Gold Facial each (worth S$268 onwards).

Image courtesy of Pisces Wellness

Image courtesy of Pisces Wellness

24K Gold Facial utilises 24K pure gold sheets and the patented γ-PGA (the most powerful hydrating agent ever discovered!) in combination with the nano mist from a special facial spa system to restore radiance to dull, matured and dry skin, resulting in an intensely radiant skin. Not only does it enhance lymphatic drainage, this gold facial also accelerates the regeneration of new cells, restoring the following youthful skin qualities: softness, smoothness, elasticity, resilience and radiance.

(Description courtesy of Pisces Wellness)

To take part in this giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your name and valid e-mail address, and tell us why you want to win this treatment!

Although not compulsory, it would also be great if you could give a like to your potential sponsor’s social media platforms here and here to keep tabs on their latest updates and promotions 😊

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • This giveaway ends 22 January 2021.
  • This giveaway is open to residents of Singapore aged 18 years or over only.
  • Only one entry per entrant or e-mail address will be accepted.
  • The winners will be announced on this post and a notification email will be sent by 25 January 2021. The winners will be required to acknowledge by return email latest by 20 January 2021.
  • Voucher for 24K Gold Facial is non-transferable and has to be utilised at Pisces Wellness by the stipulated deadline.
  • Pisces Wellness and FionaSeah.com reserve the right to disqualify all entries that do not meet the rules and regulations of this giveaway. These include multiple submission of entries and entries submitted with invalid e-mail address.

May the odds be in your favour!


What do you think of Pisces Wellness and their services? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Pisces Wellness · 1 Jurong West Central 2 #02-21/21A Jurong Point 1 Shopping Centre Singapore 648886 (next to Boon Lay MRT) · Tel: 6776 0123 · For more information, do visit Their WEBSITE or Like them on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.

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REVIEW: APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel Off Pack & Real Carrot Serum

Hello everyone!

With most shutters down and the government urging us to stay home, my shopping orientation has changed drastically over the past few weeks. Online shopping apps are creeping up on my most frequently used list on my mobile phone, so instead of saving money, my bank account is actually taking a greater hit than usual from the Circuit Breaker 🥴 Shopee has got to be the biggest culprit of all because of their flash sales that happen every four hours and to be perfectly honest, most products sold there really are priced at a steal.

Take, for example, the APRILSKIN skincare products of which advertisements have been bombarding my social media feed lately (even though said products were launched in 2018?). What could have essentially cost me almost $50 if I had gone the traditional route (i.e. buying from Guardian) was only slightly more than half that amount during the flash sale I so happened to be camping for.

My APRILSKIN haul!

My APRILSKIN haul!

Established in 2014, APRILSKIN is a South Korean beauty brand that prides themselves on using naturally-derived ingredients in their products to prevent skin irritation. Apart from skincare products, APRILSKIN also boasts a complete range of makeup tools and cosmetics from which many devotees might have first learnt about the brand (not gonna lie – their cushion foundation looked incredible).

Based on the availability, or lack thereof, of their products on their international website, it’s safe to say that APRILSKIN is sought-after not only in Singapore and their home country, but also in other parts of the world as well. Hence, I’m very excited to see what the hype is all about! Are their products really that effective, or is APRILSKIN just a master of social media marketing? Let’s find out 😉

Here's my bare face before using both APRILSKIN products - right profile

Here’s my bare face before using both APRILSKIN products – right profile

Left profile

Left profile

In case it wasn’t explicit earlier, all products reviewed on this post were paid for with my own money and Shopee had not approached me to do a collaboration.

Real Calendula Peel Off Pack (S$23)

APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel-Off Pack

APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel-Off Pack

APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel-Off Pack

APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel-Off Pack

APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel-Off Pack

APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel-Off Pack

This product in particular piqued my interest because of how gentle it seemed in exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin, unlike those that cling to the skin and make ripping them off a nightmare. There’s also something oddly satisfying about peeling stuff off the skin while being able to see dead skin cells getting removed in the process (nothing quite unusual for someone who enjoys morbid videos of pimple popping, earwax extraction and ingrown hair removal 😜) so I wanted to experience it for myself!

Calen.. what? If you have been out of the skincare loop like me, calendula, or pot marigold, is traditionally used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. It has antiseptic properties which helps in treating wounds and preventing acne, and promotes skin tightening among many other benefits. ‘Pretty much explains how calendula lent itself to be the star ingredient in this peel-off mask!

What the gel looks like

What the gel looks like

The product had a scent to it that smelled somewhat like yuzu to me (it might well be the smell of calendula but I’m not familiar with this plant) although some users have also commented that it reeked of artificial fragrance. It contains visible particles which, according to APRILSKIN, are parts of the calendulas (petals, pistil, stamen, calyx, etc.) and are distributed evenly throughout the clear, gel-like sticky substance.

My Sand & Sky brush finally came in handy!

My Sand & Sky brush finally came in handy!

Application is ideally done with the brand’s Real Jelly Brush for a more even coating but since it was not included in the bundle, I used the brush that came with my Sand & Sky mask just because I am a cheapskate (it worked perfectly well, though!). Having tried several different ways of application, I found dispensing the product onto the bristles before spreading it all over the face, section by section in an upward motion, worked better. The brand also recommends applying a thin layer (twice a week), but I piled it up a little more to prevent it from ripping apart during removal. At the rate I’m going, one tube would probably last me for about two months.

After mask application

After mask application

After mask application

After mask application

When mask had dried down. I didn't want to smile and risk having wrinkles, y'know!

When mask had dried down. I didn’t want to smile and risk having wrinkles, y’know!

The product tightened over time and finally, with my desk fan pointing towards me on full blast, dried down completely after 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes as stated on the box. The peeling process went pretty smoothly and painlessly (although it wasn’t as clean as this) but not without having to lightly scratch or pinch along my jawline to locate the edge of the mask (‘reckon I lost a few strands of facial hair doing so).

Peel mask off starting from the bottom, going along with the direction of the face muscles (and against gravity) to prevent skin sagging

Peel mask off starting from the bottom, going along with the direction of the face muscles (and against gravity) to prevent skin sagging

More peeling shots because I like them

More peeling shots because I like them

Mainly my skin's natural texture and dead skin..

Mainly my skin’s natural texture and dead skin..

All in all, I didn’t think it was entirely effective in removing my blackheads (on my nose especially), but it certainly lifted tons of dead skin (mostly from my healing zits) from atop my cheeks. Although the drier parts of my face looked negligibly flaky thereafter (it definitely did not give me the glass skin depicted on their marketing collaterals after use), it appeared brighter overall and the redness of my acne blemishes had also been visibly reduced. Most importantly, it did not irritate my sensitive skin!

After removal of mask - side profile

After removal of mask – side profile

After removal of mask - side profile

After removal of mask – side profile

After removal of mask - full profile

After removal of mask – full profile

Real Carrot Serum (S$25.90)

APRILSKIN Real Carrot Serum

APRILSKIN Real Carrot Serum

APRILSKIN Real Carrot Serum

APRILSKIN Real Carrot Serum

APRILSKIN Real Carrot Serum

APRILSKIN Real Carrot Serum

By the way, this is how you can verify the authenticity of your APRILSKIN products! How cool is this?!

By the way, this is how you can verify the authenticity of your APRILSKIN products! How cool is this?!

This was included in the set, so it wasn’t like I had a choice. That said, it came timely because I was already on the lookout for a replacement for my nighttime serum when my current one runs out. However, much as I was happy to welcome this to my rotation, I was also curious – why is carrot chosen over the likes cucumber, aloe vera and tomato which are so commonly found in skincare products? Google revealed a plethora of benefits of carrots but the one that struck with me was its ability to overcome acne. Wow, today I learnt! Where have carrot-based skincare products been all my life, especially when I was battling a serious case of acne?

According to APRILSKIN, this daytime and nighttime serum has been clinically tested to be non-comedogenic. It harnesses ingredients derived from certified organic carrots (carrot water, carrot seed oil and carrot proteins) to combat blemishes such as acne and whiteheads (those pesky little bumps beneath the surface of the skin which I have plenty of!) and also niacinamide (a water-soluble vitamin) to brighten the skin tone and lighten hyperpigmentation. Of course, the ingredient list doesn’t stop here but I shan’t bore you with the details.

Appearance of serum

Appearance of serum

Pump 1 to 2 times and gently spread across the face from the centre outwards

Pump 1 to 2 times and gently spread across the face from the centre outwards

After applying the serum

After applying the serum

The smell of this white, lightweight, mildly viscous cream reminded me of lemon grass – it kind of evoked a sense of tranquillity in me. But not to worry if you aren’t a fan of aromatherapy because the scent is fleeting and you won’t be able to smell a thing once it’s on your face. In terms of its efficacy, perhaps because I used it after applying the peel-off mask, I noticed that the skin absorbed it a lot better than other serums. It also didn’t leave a sticky texture behind after application, which is a rarity for Korean skincare products (for me)! There wasn’t much difference to the appearance of my skin until the next morning because I woke up to shrunken bumps and glowing skin! The results were quite unexpected, I must say 🙊

I woke up like that!

I woke up like that!

TL;DR: Before and after (click to view image in full size) - colour-corrected (I tried) for accuracy

TL;DR: Before and after (click to view image in full size) – colour-corrected (I tried) for accuracy

In general, even though the mask didn’t perform as well as I hoped at the first try (I expected more gunk), I enjoyed the experience of peeling it off and will most likely repurchase due to this reason (it’s a good compelling reason for me to use it as I have the tendency of not using up my face mask before they pass their shelf lives 🙊 #lazy). The effects of the carrot serum were what really took me by surprise so I guess this pretty much settles it for me. Hello, new serum in my skincare regime!

What are your thoughts on these products? Let me know what you think in the comments below or take a quick poll! 😊

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APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel Off Pack & Real Carrot Serum are now available on Shopee and GUARDIAN SINGAPORE.

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REVIEW: IRÉN Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash

Hello everyone!

You might have heard of the infamous multi-step skincare regimen popularised by South Korea but let’s be honest – who has the time for that? More often than not, I would find myself even dragging my feet to the washroom after a long day at work to shower because I am just that dead beat, let alone going through a thousand and one steps to prep my face for bedtime. Thankfully, a local beauty brand, IRÉN, heard my silent cries for help and decided once and for all to put a stop to these unnecessarily superfluous routines and created products which bring back the joy of skincare.

IRÉN… er, who?

Founded by local entrepreneur, Eric Tan (also the founder of Singapore’s first traditional Japanese onsen spa), IRÉN was conceived out of his love for his wife (hence the name IRÉN because that’s Irene – his wife’s name – in Hungarian – awww 😍) who had been struggling with breakouts and eczema. When the many non-comedogenic products she had tried proved to be futile in calming down her skin, the loving husband decided to delve into the arcane world of skincare in search of a solution which led to his partnership with a skincare researcher from A*STAR. Together with the researcher, he formulated a serum without harmful chemical, synthetic fragrances, and BPA for his wife. From there, they developed seven concoctions and started IRÉN with the aim of providing busy women like his wife a straightforward solution to common skin ailments, backed by scientific facts and research.

Launched in December 2017, the serums come in 7 formulations for wrinkles and deep lines, acne and oily skin, dehydrated skin, sensitivity, pigmentation and uneven skin tones, sagging skin, and clogged pores. Shown here are just 3 types of serum to be used with the Skin Vaporizer, a device that nano-sizes the serum to swiftly and efficiently feed the nutrient-deprived skin. If time permits, I will do a more in-dept review on this.

Launched in December 2017, the serums come in 7 formulations for wrinkles and deep lines, acne and oily skin, dehydrated skin, sensitivity, pigmentation and uneven skin tones, sagging skin, and clogged pores. Shown here are just 3 types of serum to be used with the Skin Vaporizer, a device that nano-sizes the serum to swiftly and efficiently feed the nutrient-deprived skin. If time permits, I will do a more in-dept review on this.

More than a year after their signature serums made public appearance, IRÉN comes up with yet another innovative product – a cleanser in the form of powder.

Introducing: Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash

IRÉN Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash (S$35 each)

IRÉN Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash (S$35 each)

Made in Japan, the Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash is a gentle daily powder wash with triple cleansing action to remove dirt, sebum and old keratin, and is suitable for all skin types. Vegan and cruelty-free, it contains Japanese Rice Bran, a natural ingredient with soothing enzymes and antioxidant properties which effectively resurface and gently exfoliate the skin to reveal a healthy glow and smoother complexion. On top of that, it also has Sorbitol and Hyaluronic Acid to help retain moisture whilst skin is thoroughly cleansed. This is in contrast to other brands of powder wash which tend to contain talc (which causes irritation and dryness to sensitive and inflamed skin), SLS/SLES (which gives cleansers the foamy, bubbly consistency but at the same time, removes the skin of its natural oils and trigger skin irritation), non-fatty alcohol (or drying alcohols which may harm the skin’s protective surface and worsen oily skin), and fragrance.

Truth be told, I had never heard of powder cleansers until the launch last month so naturally, I was very intrigued and bewildered by it, to say the least. Isn’t powder a lot harder to work with? Won’t powder scatter and cause a mess (and this is the main reason I avoid loose powder foundation like the plague)? Like, who actually asked for cleansers, in powder form? Is this another marketing gimmick? I was sceptical. That was, until I tried and tested the powder wash myself.

As it turned out, it was actually pretty easy to use!

WATCH: Live demonstration by a staff from IREN. Notice just how much powder is needed for the wash?

The bottle is also designed to dispense just the amount required (about 1 teaspoon) for each wash, hence minimising wastage (no more oh sh*t! moments). Once the powder is poured onto the palm (and the fine-grained texture feels sooooo soft like icing sugar 😍), slowly mix it with some water and lather into a creamy foam. Then, gently massage it onto the face for 15 seconds before rinsing it with warm water.

WATCH: If you’re terrible at remembering how much 1 teaspoon of powder is, fret not! Just dispense the powder from the bottle only once.

But how effective is this powder wash in removing makeup?

WATCH: Swiped Colourpop Lippie Stix (in Fab Five) once on my hand. Let’s see how much it is removed at the end of the wash!

The (disappointing, I must say) result after a pretty rigorous wash

The (disappointing, I must say) result after a pretty rigorous wash

My verdict?

From this little experiment, it is safe to say that the Super Gentle Daily Powder Wash is only great as an everyday cleanser that is best used on bare face so do remember to take your makeup off completely before arriving at this step!

That said, apart from the skin benefits of this powder wash, it has other major advantages too which jet setters can relate to – you won’t have to check in your cleanser (yay to washing up on long-haul flights!) and you won’t feel like you’re piggybacking Snorlax with something so lightweight in your hand-carry baggage. Be careful not to repackage it in a way that would raise suspicions, though. You definitely don’t want to be wrongfully detained like this lady here.

What are your thoughts on this product? Let me know what you think in the comments below or take a quick poll! 😊

Thanks for reading!

IRÉN Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder is now available at Face Shower Bar by IRÉN, on IRÉN SKIN and SHOPEE.
PRODUCTS WERE SUPPLIED BY IRÉN FOR MY EDITORIAL CONSIDERATION. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN.

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