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Rosette Face Wash (sp)

July 24, 2016

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Let’s talk cleansers!

Do you girls have a part of your skincare regime which you deem as “least important” or “least impactful”? I used to think that facial cleansers were the least important so I was pretty easy with the cleanser I used regardless of whether it will strip my skin of its needed moisture. It was only after I started using suitable and gentle cleansers then I started seeing an improvement in my complexion. So cleansers actually play a vital role in sustaining a good complexion, as assuming as it may seem (: So today I’ll share with you girls what cleanser is suitable for what skin type!

I’ve acne prone and sensitive skin so I have to use mild cleansers, best clay or gel form. I’ve recently started using Rosette face wash which is also referred to as Pasta Face Wash due to its fine texture and doughy form! Rosette is a skincare brand from Japan, founded in 1929 and their face wash is mainly made with different clay for different functions.

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1. For Normal, Combination & Sensitive skin – ROSETTE Sea Clay Smooth Facial Wash Pasta (green packaging)

Sea Clay contains rich natural minerals which absorbs dirt trapped in pores and removes dead skin to give your skin a brighter complexion. The springy and elastic foam formula made with fine sea clay powder traps excess skin cell and impurities as well as cleanses them thoroughly. Aside from that, it also contains rose fruit extract which comes from the seeds of a specific variety of rise which provide fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C and vitamin A to our skin!

The sea clay smooth facial wash will make your skin feel smooth and hydrated after use, and it doesn’t contain any added fragrances/colors/mineral oil

2. For Acne Treatment – ROSETTE Acne Clear Facial Wash Pasta (blue packaging) *the one I’m using now*

This is suitable for those with oily/acne-prone skin or teenage skin. The sea clay and Ghassoul absorbs dirt stuck in pores and remove dead skin cells while the fine clay powder helps to lock in moisture. It also contains anti-inflammatory ingredient of stearyl glycyrrhetinate and moisturising asian medicinal herbs which is perfect for fighting inflammation and preventing future breakouts!

I really love the texture of this and how it doesn’t strip the moisture off my skin!

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3. Age Defying skin – ROSETTE White Clay Lift Facial Wash Pasta (pink packaging)

For normal to dry skin or matured skin. White Clay facial wash is the one you should look to if you’re looking for gorgeous, glowing skin! White clay is rich in silicon and aluminium silicate which is known to be the mildest of all clays. It has a mild cleansing effect and prevents dull and lacklustre complexion. It also helps to speed up cell turnover while purifying the skin and closing dilated pores. At the same time, it’s effective in lifting up skin and preventing wrinkles.  It contains hyaluronic acid and marine collagen for moisturised, firm, plump skin!

4. For eliminating skin dullness – ROSETTE Ghassoul Bright Facial Wash Pasta (Yellow packaging)

Rid yourself of dull complexion with Ghassoul which has skin brightening properties. It’s abundantly rich in minerals which works to rejuvenate and brighten skin. At the same time, it also contains argan oil which helps to rebalance the skin’s condition and provide extra gloss and skin. Fret not, it’s non-greasy, non-irritating and is easily absorbed by skin.

Now that you’re educated with the various uses each ROSETTE facial wash has, we can move on to their Gommage peeling gel!

The ROSETTE Gommage peeling gel is made by Fruit Acids which can help to get rid of skin dullness and leave you with silly and rejuvenated skin. Don’t worry if you have sensitive skin because they have two kinds of peeling gel. The gentle peeling gel is suited for all skin types, whereas the moist peeling gel is suited for normal to dry skin!

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Here’s my skin feeling all fresh, supple and clean after washing with ROSETTE facial cleanser!

They are now available at SGD$9.90 each at Watson’s and SASA so grab it before it’s sold out! 18 million bottles sold worldwide so you know how popular this is! I hope you girls have an idea which to get and what’s more suitable for your skin type after this blog post (:

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Sophia Chong

Featured Skincare

#HadaLaboPledgeToPat

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.

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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 https://youtu.be/J6xIKFxBa4Y !

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!

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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.

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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 http://bit.ly/hadalaboxsophia 

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.

www.hadalabopledgetopat.com.sg

Featured Skincare

Battling acne and saggy skin with Cambridge Therapeutics

May 5, 2016

This is gonna be a pretty long post but this is for all the girls (and guys) who are struggling with acne problem and interested in non-invasive face contouring.

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For some odd reason, my complexion got a lot worse in year 2015 and it started becoming very oily. I used to have combination skin (only oily on T-zone) but a year ago, my entire face gets oily just after say 3-4 hours out. And because of that, I started breaking out more, have more clogged pores and blemishes. I tried a lot of ways to fix my complexion. I stopped using all beauty products, stuck to one skincare brand which saved my skin few years ago, went for extraction facial but nothing could really stop the blemishes from coming back monthly. My face was bumpy and perpetually oily, I lost confidence in myself. Even when I decked on foundation, it still wouldn’t hide the bumps under the sun and I hate the idea of cake-ing my face to begin with. Here are some pictures of my complexion about 3 months back after 1 session of COLDJET Laser (CJL).

Ps. It was worse, but I can’t find the pictures anymore.

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If you look carefully around my jawline, there are a lot of tiny bumps of blemishes. I tend to get it around my jawline and cheek area 🙁

So Doctor Lee from Cambridge Therapeutics advised me to stop all the skincare products I was using and prescribed me his very own concocted skincare regime. It’s a very simple skincare routine for acne prone skin. All the products have a very light texture and doesn’t feel rich at all, which is exactly what my skin needs. The acne gel works exceptionally well for me! I’ve tried TONS of acne cream/gel and this is one of the best for me. My pimples are less stubborn now and my blemishes reduced significantly by 80% in a span of 2 months. It doesn’t feel too dry so it doesn’t make my skin feel uncomfortably tight. I’m religiously following the skincare regime by Dr.Lee and I really see a tremendous improvement on my complexion.

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From Left to Right

  1. Wash C, Acne Wash (Acts as cleanser)
  2. Cream E Pure (Applied on T-zone to control oil glands)
  3. Preparation Enhancing Gel (Acts as a toner. Super light texture, I love it)
  4. ISOx Moisture (Sebor regulating, non-comodogenic. I apply this at night as moisturizer)
  5. Acne Lotion (Favorite! It really helps to get rid of acne/blemishes)

Of course, skincare products can only help to maintain the skin condition. On top of the skincare regime, I go for CJL fortnightly. As a whole, it actually helps to control oil glands from producing excessive oil and combat acne on top of rejuvenating the skin with collagen stimulation. Each time I finish the laser treatment, my skin feels a lot softer and tighter and the results are actually LASTING. Unlike other laser treatments I did elsewhere, this actually protects and maintains my skin for an extended period of time.

COLDJET Collagen Laser and HIFU+ Facelift

Dr Lee specialises in natural looking facial rejuvenation techniques such as the COLDJET collagen laser which is non-invasive and with no down-time. Collagen stimulation is a trend that is becoming very popular because unlike Fillers, it gradually rejuvenates sunken area of the face with your body’s own collagen. Patients who demand a more natural rejuvenation will find this modality more to their liking. Contours are soft and natural looking. Dr Lee has treated many satisfied patients using collagen stimulation.

So with the help of just CJL and Dr Lee’s prescribed skincare regime, my complexion has improved significantly over the span of the past 2-3 months. In addition, I’ve also been doing HIFU+ Facelift which helps in facial contouring and lifting. I think it’s ageing plus the fact that I eat a lot which resulted in a saggier and chubbier face in the past year. I used to have a pretty slim face but now I put on weight on my cheeks very easily. Hence, I’ve started on HIFU+ 3 months back which is a high intensity focus ultrasound which helps to lift those sagging areas on the face comfortably. HIFU Plus+ creates micro tightening zones in the SMAS area of the skin that is responsible in lifting and keeping the face in a youthful position. The micro zones of tightened collagen effectively pulls the skin into the desired lifting direction giving the patient a youthful look comfortable and without down time.

I’m super grateful to Cambridge Therapeutics for treatments and skincare that actually work! If you follow me on Snapchat, I’m at Cambridge almost every week to do my treatments and the only reason why I’m so diligent is cos it REALLY WORKS!

Here are photos taken just a week ago right after my CJL and HIFU+ treatment (no face make up)

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I know my complexion isn’t flawless now and there’s still room for improvement but it has definitely improved by a lot so I’m gonna keep going to make it better (:

With make up and filter!

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Another treatment that I’m doing is the Venus Legacy treatment for my double chin. Double chin is one of the first signs of ageing for women and I guess it’s hitting me 🙁 Medical-grade slimming technology Venus Legacy is the latest revolutionary non-invasive Fat Reduction, Cellulite Reductionand Body Shaping. It uses SMART Thermal RF combined with patented MP2 Magnetic Pulse and VariPulse technology to safely penetrate the deeper body tissues. The treatment uses proprietary algorithms to bring together renowned modalities of radio frequency and magnetic field into one safe evenly distributed energy delivery system.

Fat cells are broken down and the body eliminates the destroyed fat cells through its natural metabolic process. After each treatment, light exercise is recommended to accelerate the removal of released fat from the area.

The treatment is non-invasive and comfortable. Your therapist will place the venus handpiece for 10-20mins on each treatment area.A initial course of 6 to 10 treatments are recommended. You may feel a gentle warming sensation as the treatment works to release fat. You can then return to normal daily activity. There is No Risk, No Down-time and No Surgery.

It can also treat other stubborn fat areas such as tummy, thighs and arms.

I know this is a whole chunk to absorb but I’d rather you girls know what each treatment does so you can choose according to your needs. Cambridge Therapeutics offers a huge range of treatments, both invasive and non-invasive so I’d advise you to make an appointment with Dr.Lee so he can advise you the best solutions. Also, Dr.Lee is one of the friendliest doctors I’ve come across, and definitely very professional and knows his stuff so don’t worry you’re in good hands!

Cambridge Medical Group 
391 Orchard Road #08-05A Tower B Ngee Ann City Singapore 238874
T:67330777
www.cambridgemedical.com.sg