[+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 馃槚) 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 馃槀). 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


馃帀 G I V E A W A Y 馃帀

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聽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 纬-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聽to keep tabs on their latest updates and promotions 馃槉

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

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Gold Photothermal Therapy at The Clifford Clinic: An Unconventional Solution to Stubborn Acne

Six months have passed since the wearing of face mask was made mandatory by our government for everyone venturing out of their homes. If your skin still hasn’t been reacting well to the increased humidity behind the mask while being at the mercy of acne, you are not alone. Almost every day, my jawline, chin or cheeks would be greeted with pustules or whiteheads after donning a mask for nearly 12 hours in an environment without air-conditioning. These pesky flare-ups lingered even after they had healed, leaving fresh red marks on my newly-treated skin.

Image from Freepik

Image from Freepik

While acne treatments are aplenty, the nature of my day job forbids me to take a few days off to recover from any downtime that follows. Therefore, when The Clifford Clinic introduced their latest localised treatment for recurrent acne that promises no downtime, it honestly felt like my cries for help were finally heard 馃槱 The new kid on the block is none other than Gold Photothermal Therapy (or Gold PTT) which, from its name alone, already sounds superior than whichever existing treatments for mild-to-moderate acne. The Clifford Clinic is also the pioneer of this novel approach in treating acne at its root.

But why gold? Apart from potentially giving clients a taste of opulence (I mean, it doesn’t get any fancier than having gold infused into your skin 馃ぉ bling bling!), the key component in Gold PTT is, duh, gold nanoparticles which are chosen for their biocompatibility with human tissues and ability to penetrate easily into the deeper layers of the skin. That said, the gold nanoparticles are also specially engineered to enable them to be precisely and accurately delivered into the pores and glands of the skin via ultrasound sonophoresis (a type of drug delivery) before heating them with a dermatology laser to activate their function. This process is only possible because of the efficient light-to-heat conversion of gold nanoparticles, which allows local therapeutic hyperthermia of tissue.

My first stop: cleansing room!

My first stop: cleansing room!

During the treatment, my face was thoroughly cleansed by an aesthetician before an ampoule containing the gold nanoparticles was carefully applied. As someone with highly sensitive nose, the pungent smell of the ampoule hit me hard at first but thankfully, it got better with every ragged breath I took. Other than that, the whole cleansing process was nothing short of soothing and calming – I only wished it lasted a bit longer!

The little bottle containing the gold nanoparticle-infused ampoule

The little bottle containing the gold nanoparticle-infused ampoule

Applying gold onto my skin..

Applying gold onto my skin..

Spot my whiteheads!

Spot my whiteheads!

Pulsing the gold particles into the oil glands

Pulsing the gold particles into the oil glands

Pulse some more..

Pulse some more..

My skin is so basic, it couldn't handle the opulence of the gold nanoparticles so it broke out in a rash! Luckily, most of it went away towards the end of the treatment

My skin is so basic, it couldn’t handle the opulence of the gold nanoparticles so it broke out in a rash! Luckily, most of it went away towards the end of the treatment

Once the application stage was completed, I was led to another room where Dr Ee would massage the gold nanoparticles into my skin using Bellasonic, an ultrasound machine imported from South Korea designed for skin treatments, before performing the rest of the photothermal therapy.

A picture showing my entire face slathered with cooling gel that was taken during my second session!

A picture showing my entire face slathered with cooling gel that was taken during my second session!

The cooling gel allowed my face to cool before laser application took place...

The cooling gel allowed my face to cool before laser application took place…

At this juncture, a specialised long-pulse diode laser was used to heat the nanoparticles to break down the sebaceous glands in targeted pores, thereby reducing their secretion permanently.聽This heat also kills Cutibacterium acnes (the bacteria responsible for causing acne) so the risks of inflammatory pustules and papules forming on my face would have likewise been greatly reduced.

Last step: laser treatment to heat up the gold and the oil glands

Last step: laser treatment to heat up the gold and the oil glands

The most uncomfortable part of the procedure because I could feel some tingling sensation.. but it was bearable.

The most uncomfortable part of the procedure because I could feel some tingling sensation.. but it was bearable.

Although the final part of the treatment has been said to be painless, I could still feel a tingling sensation (somewhat like snapping a small rubber band on my face, but the pain is certainly nowhere near the agony I experienced during AGNES, inarguably the mother of acne treatments) with every zap of the laser. Due to the minimal discomfort of this procedure, anaesthesia is not required.

Post-treatment

Post-treatment

Another one without those shades.. My face looks a bit red here but it subsided very quickly

Another one without those shades.. My face looks a bit red here but it subsided very quickly

In addition, the Gold PTT is a highly-tolerable procedure. Unlike other lasers used in dermatology, the diode laser administered in this treatment only interacts with the gold nanoparticles instead of the skin directly. This allows for a highly-localised treatment where healthy skin is left undisturbed so there will not be any drying or irritating effect on the skin. The leftover gold nanoparticles are also inert – they will not react with skin tissue and secretion, and will eventually be shed off together with dead epidermal cells.

A total of three sessions (including the first) was scheduled over a 5-week period for me (it could have been shorter if not for work), each treatment lasting no more than an hour. Even so, noticeable results could already be seen after the first session as the areas where my acne would usually appear have remained as clear as day – even at time of writing (that’s two months after my last Gold PTT session)!

The day after my first session! Still some visible blemishes but they weren't there for long!

The day after my first session! Still some visible blemishes but they weren’t there for long!

All in all, this acne treatment fulfilled its objective of pulling the plug on my pesky acne. However, this might not be the most ideal treatment for those suffering from severe acne. For that, perhaps AGNES would be a better option 鈽猴笍

Have you heard of Gold PTT before? What are your thoughts about it and would you consider it if you’re suffering from recurrent acne? Let me know your views in the comments below!

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The Clifford Clinic 路 24 Raffles Place #01-03 Clifford Centre Singapore 048621 (Exit A from Raffles Place MRT) 路 Tel: 6532 2400 / 8318 6332 (WhatsApp) 路 For more information about AGNES, do visit Their聽website or Like them on Facebook and Instagram.

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HOME & LIVING: St盲rk猫 Digital Lock, Your Key to a Magical Experience at Your Doorstep

Imagine this: you have just done your grocery shopping alone and are now on your way home with both hands fully occupied by heavy bags of items that have been checked off your weekly shopping list. Upon arriving at your doorstep, you momentarily let out a regretful sigh as you berate yourself for not readying your keys beforehand. Not wanting your perishables to come in contact with the floor (or rather, you’re just too lazy to pick them all up later), you rummage through your pouch in search of the keys but to no avail. While doing so, you accidentally open up your palm and one bag – which contains a dozen of eggs – slips off your hand and falls to the ground, shattering most of its contents. *gasp*

Does this narrative resonate with you?

Even if you were unable to relate to the experience above, I am absolutely certain that you have encountered instances where you have forgotten your keys at least once in your life, and you ended up having to wait hours at the staircase landing for any household member’s return (and not forgetting the heightened anxiety when the need to use the washroom arises). Furthermore, who enjoys keeping a bunch of bulky keys in the pocket and risking getting the trousers scratched by them?

What if I told you the frustration of not being able to locate your keys and dropping your eggs (of course – what else could be our biggest nightmare?!) could be avoided with one simple solution? That’s right – by installing a digital lock!

Starke – your first step in building a smart home

Once only afforded by the affluent, digital door locks have become such a commonplace that it is now one of the must-haves for new HDB home owners due to their affordability and convenient security features.

For instance, Starke, which has close to 20 years of experience in the door lock industry, offers sleek feature-rich digital locks designed in Germany for less than S$600. With the exception of gate locks which would require an additional S$40 for welding works, installation is generally free for all Starke purchases. A S$100 deposit is required upon confirmation and you would only need to pay the balance after the installation is complete. Once the nitty-gritty has been sorted on the website, the installer would ring you up within the next few days to arrange an appointment for the installation.

Typical lock that comes with new BTO flats - front view

Typical lock that comes with new BTO flats – front view

Back view

Back view

Although their digital locks are compatible with all types of doors, the company would still request for a few pictures of your door prior to their arrival to ensure a smooth installation. The whole installation process took no more than 2 hours for mine.

Ahh.. Returning home has never been more delightful!

My main door is currently installed with Seamless鈩 Tall Fingerprint Digital Lock – an improved version of their signature award-winning Seamless鈩 model to cater to larger doors – and it can be unlocked through not one, not two but FIVE ways: an app (where admins can configure all the settings) via Bluetooth, fingerprint, passcode (4 to 9 digits in length), RFID Card (3 provided) or a mechanical key (2 provided).

The TTLock app is where you can configure your lock settings

The TTLock app is where you can configure your lock settings

Made my Dad, my more IT-savvy parent, one of the admin (apart from myself) just in case I am not around to do any configurations (and also in preparation of my move to my own place next time..)

Made my Dad, my more IT-savvy parent, one of the admin (apart from myself) just in case I am not around to do any configurations (and also in preparation of my move to my own place next time..)

After removing the old lock. By the way, Starke's technicians are trained to fix aesthetic damages, so if your new lock is smaller than the current hole in your door, they will mount a metal plate to fix the new lock on.

After removing the old lock. By the way, Starke’s technicians are trained to fix aesthetic damages, so if your new lock is smaller than the current hole in your door, they will mount a metal plate to fix the new lock on.

After installation. Not being bias, but if you compare the design of Starke's digital locks with those of other brands, I'm sure you would agree that Starke has one of the better, if not the best, design around. Look how sophisticated it is!

After installation. Not being bias, but if you compare the design of Starke’s digital locks with those of other brands, I’m sure you would agree that Starke has one of the better, if not the best, designs around. Look how sophisticated it is!

The back. The material of the lock is built for the humid weather in Singapore to prevent chipping paint or rust. The special layer of lacquer above it also helps to keep the lock sleek and shiny. True enough, two weeks into using the lock and not a single speck of dust is found on it. I can't say the same for fingerprint marks and scratches, though.

The back. The material of the lock is built for the humid weather in Singapore to prevent chipping paint or rust. The special layer of lacquer above it also helps to keep the lock sleek and shiny. True enough, two weeks into using the lock and not a single speck of dust is found on it. I can’t say the same for fingerprint marks and scratches, though.

Up to 100 fingerprints can be registered into the database so every member of your extended family can have easy access to your house, or, if you are like me, all of your 10 fingerprints can be saved (because you never know when you’d lose injure that one finger 馃槤). The fingerprint sensor has been pretty responsive towards my finger, taking an average of 0.5 second to successfully detect my fingerprint each time. My mother, however, doesn’t have such luck (it could be the way she positions her finger as she can be a klutz when it comes to technology..) so she usually uses her passcode. My father, on the other hand, takes pleasure in unlocking the door through the app (thus giving me a shock from time to time because I am too used to hearing keys jingling before the door opens). Don’t fret about keeping track of who enters your home as you will be notified on your phone (unless turned off) whenever an access is made.

List of fingerprints registered

List of fingerprints registered

Adding permanent or temporary fingerprint

Adding permanent or temporary fingerprint

This is what the page for the addition of temporary fingerprints look like

This is what the page for the addition of temporary fingerprints look like

The name of the fingerprint registrant can also be changed

The name of the fingerprint registrant can also be changed

A random 8-digit PIN will be generated if you go with the passcode option. You will only be able to change to your preferred passcode after receiving this.

A random 8-digit PIN will be generated if you go with the passcode option. You will only be able to change to your preferred passcode after receiving this.

Accessing using fingerprint

Accessing using fingerprint

Accessing using passcode (remember to tap '#' once you have keyed in your passcode to alert the system that you are done!)

Accessing using passcode (remember to tap ‘#’ once you have keyed in your passcode to alert the system that you are done!)

Entry records. Thus, it would be ideal to assign everyone in the household a unique passcode (as opposed to having only 1 passcode that is shared by everyone) so you know exactly who made the access.

Entry records. Thus, it would be ideal to assign everyone in the household a unique passcode (as opposed to having only 1 passcode that is shared by everyone) so you know exactly who made the access.

Check the lock status of your door remotely!

Check the lock status of your door remotely!

On top of that, you could grant temporary access to guests by assigning them a temporary passcode remotely, or by temporarily registering their fingerprints – both of which would expire after your stipulated period. This is an excellent feature for when you need to grant access to your part-time housekeeper while you are away.

Or you could simply use the RFID card (it's so small!) or mechanical key to unlock your door! But... why? That defeats the purpose of having a digital lock. Just use your fingerprint!

Or you could simply use the RFID card (it’s so small!) or mechanical key to unlock your door! But… why? That defeats the purpose of having a digital lock. Just use your fingerprint!

Having lived with traditional locks for most of our lives, we would’ve probably gotten accustomed to latching our door before we head to bed. Although this is no longer physically possible with the digital lock, we can still fasten the door by pushing the handle upwards to prevent anyone (even those with access) from opening it.

Lift the handle to latch the door!

Lift the handle to latch the door!

WATCH: How to unlock the door in under 0.5 second using your fingerprint, and how to latch your door!

The lock is powered by 8 AAA batteries which, according to my installer Din, would last for approximately a year. The built-in battery alert system would sound once the battery percentage reaches 25% so that we have plenty of time to get a new set of batteries to replace!

You can also check your battery percentage on the app!

You can also check your battery percentage on the app!

Don’t you worry about Starke’s after-sale service or the quality of their products – they are so confident about their locks that they even provide a 3-year warranty on them!

Select your preferred language! I'm not sure if this would also affect the language of the digital lock itself.. Maybe I should try it one day 馃槄

Select your preferred language! I’m not sure if this would also affect the language of the digital lock itself.. Maybe I should try it one day 馃槄

Other settings

Other settings

What a Starke difference the digital lock has made to our lives!

This brand collaboration could safely be my most apt one of the year because, despite its seemingly small role in my house, the digital lock has truly made my family’s life and mine a lot easier. Therefore, I strongly urge everyone to get a Starke lock for their homes (if you can afford it, of course) because you will definitely not regret it and you will never think about going back to traditional locks after this. In fact, it really beats me why new BTO flats still do not come with the option of installing the main door (and letter box) with a digital lock because if you ask me, this is a complete necessity for convenience and better security.

Now, if only locks for our mail boxes could go digital as well 馃槖 3-pin passcode locks are so lame..

Would you consider getting one of Starke’s digital locks for your home? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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St盲rk猫 Digital Lock is available on starkedigitallocks.sg.
PRODUCT Was SUPPLIED BY St盲rk猫 Digital Locks in collaboration with BEST IN SINGAPORE and OWARI PHOTOGRAPHY FOR MY EDITORIAL CONSIDERATION. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN.

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