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June 2016

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June 19, 2016

Everyone has heard of how important it is to keep your skin hydrated but do you know why and how to do it?

I’ve a very hectic traveling lifestyle and with the climate changes, long hours on planes and irregular sleeping hours, the PH balance of my skin is affected. And all these seemingly small bad habits can result in premature ageing! Therefore, it’s vital to include intense hydrating products in my skincare regime when I’m traveling.


After attending a workshop given by Hada Labo, I was completely blown away by how truly hydrating Hada Labo products are! Hada Labo, the hydration expert uses 4 different types of Hyaluronic Acid in their hydrating range and Hyaluronic Acid is actually widely known for its water-binding ability (which is essential for hydration!). Did you know that 1 gram of HA is able to hold up to six litres of water?

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Another quick question – Do you girls know there’s actually a difference between hydration and moisturisation? To be honest, I always thought that Hydration = Moisturization until Dr. Naelong Wang (General Manager of Hada Labo Asia Research Centre) explained to us the difference between the two and cleared the misconception during the event.

Moisturising makes skin smooth and soft, and aims to form a barrier film on the skin surface to prevent water loss. But hydration is the actual replenishment of water or moisture to your water cells. Hence, you should hydrate first then moisturise to ensure the water is locked well under your skin! Deep hydration is the foundation to healthy younger looking skin. A well hydrated skin prevents fine lines and wrinkles. And good news ladies, with the HPP&M Hydration Technology, the hydration expert now promises 3X more hydration when you use the new Hada Labo Hydrating Essence together with their SHA Hydrating Lotion. Defo a good news for the jet setters like me! You can actually find out more at !

What is the HPP&M Hydration Technology? 

It is the perfect ‘architectural’ solution to trans-epidermal water loss using 4 different sizes of Hyaluronic Acid: Nano-HA, Super HA, Medium-size HA, and Large sized HA.

The Large-sized HA acts as the umbrella on the epidermis to fight against trans-epidermal water loss so you can imagine it as an umbrella trapping a thick layer of moisture from the atmosphere onto the skin’s surface to keep it well hydrated. The Medium-sized HA simply sinks into the middle layer of the skin and forms a double locking shield to lock the moisture beneath the skin’s surface. The Super HA acts like a water reservoir by pumping up and storing water in the skin, preventing water loss from the hard-to-reach innermost skin layer. Lastly, the Nano HA which is 20x smaller than a regular HA molecule has the tremendous capability to penetrate to the deepest level of skin in the innermost layer of the epidermis. This essentially delivers instant relief to parched skin and replenishes a huge moisture reserve deep within skin.

Following which, we had a hands-on session with Dr. Naelong Wang to learn more about the 4 different sizes of Hyaluronic Acid and its benefits in Hada Labo products! The 4 different sizes of HA were presented in a petri dish in their powder form. When the HA (in powder form) came into contact with water, it started “clumping” and then after stirring and dissolving the HA with water, the solution became like a watery, but slightly gel-like substance. This is the component that is present in all our Hada Labo Products! We then applied the gel-like substance onto the back of our palms and it was absorbed into our skin so quickly! J

With these 4 different sizes of HA, you will be able to lock, store and replenish all the moisture your skin needs!


Now, this is why you should turn to Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion if you’re looking to lock in this water!

* It’s an expert on hydration

* Its products contain high levels of Hyaluronic Acid

* It only uses purified pharma-grade water

The event organised by Hada Labo taught me so much about the importance of hydration and how Hada Labo ensures that all the layers of our skin are hydrated. The renowned make up artist, Xiao Kai lao shi, was also invited to teach us how to make our skin glow without using too much make up. That’s by patting your face with SHA Hydrating Lotion and Hydrating Essence before applying your make up base. Gentle patting promotes blood circulation and allows quicker absorption. Instead of an artificial shine, your skin will glow from within, enhancing your make up (:

Trust me, when your skin is dehydrated, it is not a pretty picture. Here’s how you can tell that your skin is not getting the moisture it needs:

1. Your skin will feel tight and uncomfortable

2. The dryness gradually leads to skin roughness as bumps appear

3. Your skin will compensate for the lack of hydration by over-producing sebum,causing oiliness that may lead to breakouts

4. Next, your skin’s natural defense system will break down, leading to irritation and inflammation

5. Finally, cracks will appear on your skin’s surface as fine lines and even wrinkles.



As you all know, prevention is better than cure. Let me share with you how you can start making sure your skin is properly hydrated!

I’ve just joined in the #hadalabopledgetopat movement and I can’t wait to see how my skin looks after 14 days! If you want to experience the goodness of these products for yourself and even win a free trip to Japan, join me in this quest for hydration (for free)! Here’s how:

1 Visit 

2 Register your pledge to pat Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion onto skin twice a day for 14 days.

3 Receive your sample-size bottle of Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (30ml)

4 After 14 days, post a photo of your hydrated skin and share your pledge experience on Instagram using the hashtags #hadalabopledgetopat #hadalaboxsophia

5 The best 400 posts will be rewarded with a full-sized bottle of Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (170ml) worth $22.90!

6 As a bonus, stand a chance to win a 4D3N trip for two to Kyoto worth over $4000!

Contest begins now and results will be out in end June! Terms & conditions apply.


Took a breather in Bangkok.

June 11, 2016

Just last week, I decided to take a short break in Bangkok. It was meant to be a work trip initially but I decided to extend an extra night and kept my work hours short so I could take a real breather, and I’m glad I did. The wonders of solitude in a foreign land!

One of my favourite parts of travelling is actually the accommodation. I love scrolling through hotels before my trip and needless to say, I love staying in them. I’m rather particular about my hotels/apartments so I don’t mind paying a bit more if it’s good. Decided to go with Hotel Indigo @ Wireless Road and it was defo a good choice. Cosy and chic room, sufficient facilities and good service!


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Some of my travel skincare essentials.

My holy grail of an All-day mask which acts as a day moisturiser along with toner mist and overnight mask from Allies of skin, Bioderma make up remover for sensitive skin, Shiseido brightening cleansing foam and serum, Lancome Genifique youth activating eye concentrate.

Spent the first evening at the gym.

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Lots of mirror selfie since I was alone most of the time haha

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Hotel breakfast before meeting my Thai friends whom I got to know in Japan earlier this year (:

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Organika Cafe is a subsidiary of their spa house and I have to say it’s so well done! The moment I stepped in, I felt like Alice in the Wonderland. The ambience is just so refreshing and welcoming, and they serve organic food too! I really liked the Tuna salad with lavender flakes and passion fruit that I ordered.DSC09102 DSC09104 DSC09113Tea time at Chikalicious which is a dessert bar at Central Embassy. Their doissant (a hybrid of donut and croissant) with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate drizzle is really really good though sinful. I finished it without stopping for one second 😀
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Morning swim!
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To be honest, I didn’t do much besides chilling/zenning, shopping, eating and roaming around. And I guess that was exactly what I needed ; to be carefree. I’m really glad I took this trip to be alone even tho it was short, to take my mind off things and re-energise my mind to adjust my perspectives and priorities. A lot have been going on for me for the past few months and honestly, it wasn’t easy at all. It was toxic and I had enough of feeling so much negativity in my life and my head. Sometimes, life could hit rock bottom but we gotta remember that the only way you can go when you’re down is up. And this short solo trip made me see that, the world is HUGE and your problems are only as big as you see it. Love yourself a little more, cos no one is gonna do that better than you. (:

If you’re feeling down, you might wanna consider doing a solo trip also. It doesn’t have to be far or extravagant. You’ll be surprised at what you can reap from it!

Sophia Chong