This post was meant for me to introduce The Exuviance Club by Neostrata but I’m going to start by raving about Neostrata’s Eye Therapy which I discovered along with the Exuviance Club. Thanks to the kind people at Neoasia.
I don’t think I’ve been any more impressed by any other eyecreams before (save for Khiels Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate since it smells of lavender and geranium my 2 favourite essential oils) but Neostrata’s took my breath away.
You can bet when my vial of Neostrata Intenstive Eye Therapy runs out that I’ll be putting my money where my mouth is and buying another!
There is no avoiding it, crows feet and other signs of aging eyes are inevitable. You can try the being poker faced and avoid smiling, laughing, frowning and squinting, but since that is not very practical, there is the next best option. Another option is to have single eyelids – single eyelids like mine are less prone to crowsfeet but guess what, God is fair, single eyelids tend to look more puffy lol.
What do you look for in an eye cream apart from the benefits it promises for you? For me, as I have oily skin and I get paranoid that creams that are too rich might cause milia seeds, or that over application leads to puffiness, I have a preference for something light, so perhaps I’ll choose a gel over a cream. Rich eye creams do cause the growth of milia seeds around the eyes and if you ever get those, removing them will be hard! You might need laser treatment. So choosing the right eye cream is really important.
KEY BENEFIT: Helps build and plump the eye area while helping to reduce puffiness
TECHNOLOGY: NeoGlucosamine® Peptide, Apple Stem Cell Extract
This eye treatment prompts your skin to behave as if it were younger. By moisturizing, enhancing the skin renewal process and supporting your skin’s collagen network, this anti aging formula plumps and smooths skin around the eyes from beneath the skin surface. NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy discourages melanin formation so that your skin is not only firmer, but also brighter.
The how and why
Swiss apple stem cell extract is the signature ingredient in the NeoStrata Skin Active line. This potent ingredient is derived from apple stem cells from a Swiss varietal known for its ability to outlast others. A rich source of plant-based nutrients and proteins, apple stem cell extract delays aging, promoting younger, healthier skin. NeoGlucosamine is NeoStrata’s patented technology. This gentle exfoliant supports skin’s natural renewal process to smooth and plump. In addition to Swiss apple stem cell extract and NeoGlucosamine, peptides, vitamin E and caffeine are also included. Peptides stimulate collagen production and caffeine minimizes puffiness.
The biggest ‘star’ in the stem cell world is called PhytoCellTec Malus Domestica.
Derived from a rare 18th-century species of apple tree, the Uttwiler Spatlauber, it first attracted attention, as it could be kept for months without withering.
I loved how easily, light, and smoothly the serum glides on. It’s super comfortable, non greasy too. In fact, I love it so much I look forward to applying it at night. I apply it in the day as well just before putting on make up if I am heading out.
The pump made it really convenient to extract an amount and apply without thinking twice that you will dirty the contents with your fingers. The pump doesn’t over dispense either so that’s great when you don’t want to waste any bit of it.
No strange sensations after application, just comfortable moist skin. The serum is also quickly absorbed and doesn’t hang around or contribute to your eyes feeling sticky or affect make up application. How wonderful. It doesn’t smudge your make up either.
I’ve single eyelids that tend to be puffy when I wake, it helped to reduce puffiness.
I looked around at other reviews before writing mine and I haven’t seen one bad review just yet, save for the pricing of the product but hey you get what you pay for. Read about it on UK’s dailymail or just google and you’ll be met with good reviews all around.
After 4 weeks of twice daily use respondents reported the following during Neostrata’s clinical study:
•94% eye area appears lifted, improves skin texture and radiance
•88% wrinkles (crow’s feet) are less noticeable, increases skin firmness/elasticity
•87% reduces under eye puffiness
•77% reduces dark circles
Watch out for the next post on The Exuviance Club by neostrata!
Even a little mosquito bite leaves a glaring grey patch on my skin once the itch clears up, needless to say if I scratch it the condition would escalate to something more horrific. This monsoon season – has left me pretty much the main course and dessert to all the mosquitoes in the area. Le sigh
While thinking about how to prevent these bites (since my first line of defence and my arsenal of mosquito patches and citronella oil sprays doesn’t seem to be working) , and taking it further – mosquito coils only choke my lungs up. Let’s talk about care of scars and the prevention of them.
I recently read about Kelo-Cote. I first came across this brand during Aesthetics Asia, and finally found time to read more about how it helps in scar management today.
Distributed by SinClair IS Pharma, an international speciality pharma company whom strives to improve the health, appearance and confidence of the consumers. Kelo-cote uses the patented self-drying technology that allows the 100% silicone gel to dry on the skin as an occlusive layer, normalizing the production of collagen, improving the appearance of the scar and preventing abnormal, excessive scar formation.
Kelo-cote has been clinically proven to help reduce the redness, hardness, elevation, itch and pain associated with scars. This patented silicone gel is safe and effective for scars resulting from surgery, trauma, wounds, or burns.
Kelo-cote’s patented silicone scar gel dries within minutes forming a flexible, breathable, waterproof sheet over the affected area. This invisible silicone layer binds with the stratum corneum (the outer layer of dead skin cells) to protect the underlying tissue against chemical, physical and microbial invasion of the scar and provide the optimal healing environment for aesthetic scar outcome.
Other than Kelo-cote Gel, this line of product also has an exclusively and uniquely designed spray. The spray function is able to deliver Kelo-cote onto bigger surface area more efficiently with the same level of efficacy as Kelo-cote Gel. Also, the newest addition to the family, Kelo-cote UV has broad spectrum of UV protection, protecting the scar from post-inflamatory-hyperpigmentation (PIH), ideal for all scars as PIH is a very common problem.
It is available here in Singapore and is distributed by NeoAsia the same company that distributes Aknicare (which i’m already a fan off) , as well as Neostrata, heliocare (Again i’m a huge fan of heliocare) and many others amongst equipments such as lasers and more.
Some of you might have been reading about my Enerpeel chemical peel treatments to reduce acne, acne scaring and improve my skintone.
This was my skin on Aug 19 when I first visited Dr Phua at Asiahealthpartners
For some reason my skin is flaring up alot more than usual this year. I’ve never used to get as many spots on my cheeks, chin and even neck area. Lovely Dr Phua then recommended me a series of peels to loosen out clog skin and dead skin cells, and aid in the removal of acne.
I had the Enerpeel Jesnner’s during then.
This was my skin after my 2nd peel done 10 days after the first one . Dated 28th Aug.
I had the Enerpeel – Salicylic acid peel done to dry up the acne i had.
2 weeks on: my journey towards radiant skin continues, and what the Doctor ordered was: Spectrapeel laser.
Things were alot better from when i first entered the clinic looking like the above, however in September – due to my work load and working for nights on end without sufficient sleep. My skin started to flare up much to my dismay. So Suddenly in September this was how my skin looked. I’ve always been 1 to react really badly to the lack of sleep and from stress . hahaha
In this aspect: there’s not alot I can do…isn’t it?
Thank goodness there’s Dr Phua to take care of my skin.
so here goes:
I underwent the Spectra Laser Peel – a powerful yet gentle carbon-assisted laser treatment..
Laser Spectra® for Acne Spectra® Peel is a carbon-assisted laser skin rejuvenation treatment, which uses a photothermal effect and photochemical superficial peeling to control acne inflammation, reduce sebum production, unplug pores and minimize pore size. Spectra® Peel can also improve some acne scars, uneven pigmentation and poor skin texture.
Dead skin, sebum, skin oils and colonizing bacteria (Proprionibacterium acnes) clog pore openings (blackheads and whiteheads) and enlarged pore size all contribute to acne. This safe and non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure is highly effective in controlling oily skin and sebaceous activity; unclogs and minimizes pores to reduce breakouts and improve appearance.
What can Spectra Peel do for me?
Removes surface discoloration
Lightens melasma and spotty pigments
Reduces all types of acne
Evens skin color
Softens skin tone
Decreases pores size
Reduces or removes fine wrinkles
There is minimal discomfort and patients can return to work immediately afterwards. The protocol intervals are between 14 to 21 days with repeated treatments from 4 to 6 treatments for best results. This procedure can be performed on the face, chest or back.
here is what the process is like
What makes it special?
It’s highly effective in controlling acne inflammation, reducing excessive oil and sebum production, unclogging pores and minimising pore size. It also reduces redness from past acne inflammation, diminishes brown spots and improves acne scars, uneven skin tone and texture and fine lines.
Whom is it for?
Anyone of any age who suffers from acne, enlarged pores, fine wrinkles, oily skin or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
How many sessions?
Visible improvement, especially to active acne, can be seen after the first treatment. For optimal results, a series of six treatments at intervals of two to three weeks is recommended.
The treatment takes about 30 minutes and you can resume normal activity immediately afterwards. This was me about to drive home…after treament.
personally it was painless and comfortable enough for me to be talking to the doctor during intervals while i was having my skin treated with the Spectral Peel Laser Here’s how the whole experience was for me and perhaps it can benefit you too. Personally I get outbreaks of acne and it is particularly bad this month as I’ve mentioned earlier, I also have open pores which I hope to minimize over the next few sessions.
Advantages of Spectra Peel
No chemicals to cause adverse reaction to the skin (as found with chemical peel)
No harsh sand papering of the skin (as seen with derma-abrasion)
Ability to return to immediate daily activity, requires no downtime
No scabs, pain, bleeding, or infection (as can happen with laser resurfacing)
All patients regardless of the color of skin can be treated
Is Spectra Peel painful?
A brief heat sensation can be felt each time the laser delivers a beam of light. However, with numbing cream applied before hand, it aids in minimizing this.
When the numbing cream is cleansed off, the clinical assistant helps to apply a coat of carbon onto my face. Looking like I have a beard, and somewhat like a pirate ? hahah
That’s the spectrapeel laser behind me (that black aparatus)
Spectra Laser Treatment explained
What is a Spectra VRM III Laser Treatment?
Spectra VRM III is a CE and FDA approved non-ablative laser used in the treatment of many aesthetic conditions. Its advantages of being non-ablative means that it delivers the benefits of much more aggressive procedures
without the discomfort and downtime
patients return to their normal lives immediately after treatment
improved patient satisfaction
When would you need the spectra laser treatment?
This treatment is recommended for people who have:
This Spectra laser treatment avoids prolonged downtime and PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) – common with AHA / TCA chemical peels and ablative CO2 lasers.
It can also be used in combination with Vit C iontophoresis, LED phototherapy, microdermabrasion, RF, IPL or fractional laser therapy for better outcomes
Mode of Action
photothermal stimulation of the epidermis and dermis
gently heats the microfine carbon particles in the SpectraLotion™ and exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin
photomechanical destruction of the microfine carbon particles in the SpectraLotion™ along with removal of outermost layer of dead skin
skin tone and texture are improved
cells associated (fibroblasts, mast cells, macrophages) with skin rejuvenation are stimulated resulting in collagen remodelling
Now for the fun part- :
Here are the results after my first treatment.
This is my skin taken on the 20th of sept. 10 days post treament.
No make up on my cheeks or anything. just lip stick
Again for contrast – this was before the SpectraPeel. What do you think? My schedule is starting to free up as well, so as much as what the doctor can do for your skin. Your sleep and skincare works together with the treatments administered too.
Doctor Phua mentioned my cleanser might not be working too well for my skin and thus I’ve switched to using Japanese – skincare brand ORBIS which just launched in singapore.
I’ve also switched to Heliocare gel based skinscreen SPF90 and purchased some sunblock pills too .
I love the fresh scent of Heliocare gel sunscreen. Most sunscreen have a strange chemical smell but Heliocare doesn’t which is what I love most about it. Heliocare ultra series – is only sold at clinics and you can get them at Asiahealth too. I bought mine at Aesthetics Asia 2013 from Neoasia who’s the distributor of brands such as Neostrata, Enerpeel, Heliocare and more during the tradefair when I was there to interview Dr Marino Petratros, one of the pioneers of chemical peels and laser treatments who practises in NYC. These products are not sold outside of clinics, so you got to get them prescribed or direct from your dermatologists.
Protection Has Never Been More Complete!
Fernblock®, the main active ingredient of Heliocare Oral, is currently the only agent known to provide oral sun protection, making it a major scientific breakthrough in sun damage control. Fernblock® is the patented fern extract of Polypodium Leucotomos (PLE), a plant that has been used for generations in South America as a folk remedy for skin conditions.
PLE is 100% natural and has been used safely with no side effects or drug interaction for more than 30 years in Europe. Benefits of the Polypodium Leucotomos Extract (PLE) include:
Increased tolerance to the sun
Prevents depletion of immune cells in the skin
Protection of skin cell DNA
Heliocare range of products offers maximum defense against sun damage with an exclusive combination of phytobiological, physical and chemical filters, and the latest photoprotection technologies.
About Asia Health Partners – Dr Vanessa Phua
Dr Vanessa Phua has a history of training in ophthalmology and aesthetic medicine internationally. Educated in the United Kingdom, with an ophthalmic microsurgical background, Dr Vanessa Phua has an interest in aesthetic medicine. This includes a range of non-surgical and minimally-invasive forms of anti-ageing enhancements. Her signature treatments are Joie De Vivre Face & Body Contouring and Papillon Revitalizing Threadlift. Dr Phua is certified by the HyaCorp Institute in Face & Body Filler contouring. This procedure is non-surgical, with minimal recovery time, yielding instant, natural, soft curves, and has coined it the Joie De Vivre range of aesthetic enhancements. The Joie De Vivre suite of enhancements has escalated in popularity since its inception as a non-surgical, safe, and friendly procedures.
Dr Vanessa Phua has a history of training in ophthalmology and aesthetic medicine internationally. Educated in the United Kingdom, with an ophthalmic microsurgical background, Dr Vanessa Phua has an interest in aesthetic medicine. This includes a range of non-surgical and minimally-invasive forms of anti-ageing enhancements. Her signature treatments are Joie De Vivre Face & Body Contouring and Papillon Revitalizing Threadlift.
Joie De Vivre body contouring
Dr Phua is certified in performing body contouring filler rejuvenation using Macrolane Body Fillers. This procedure is non surgical with minimal recovery time, yielding instant rejuvenation and contouring results which are safe, natural and aesthetically pleasing.
Papillon Revitalizing Threadlift
Dr Phua has been trained in Serdev, EZ lift, Revitalizing Happy Lift, Silhouette threadlift procedures from which she has helmed her signature technique, Papillon Revitalizing Lift. The Papillon Revitalizing Threadlift is ideal for those who desire a more contoured and rejuvenated visage, especially for areas such as the brow, midface, jawline and neck, for both anti-ageing and rejuvenation purposes.
She is also certified by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery in hair transplant techniques, and plays an integral role in pioneering Singapore’s most comprehensive hair restoration centre in Asia HealthPartners, where she performs hair and eyebrow transplants regularly.
The first US FDA approved device for skin lifting-Ultherapy
Always at the forefront of non-invasive aesthetic treatments, Dr Vanessa Phua was among the first handful of Singapore aesthetic physicians to offer Ultherapy™ the world’s first FDA-approved focused ultrasound face lift in 2009. “She was also the first physician trainer to treat patients with the new, 1.5 mm depth transducer for eyelid and lip rejuvenation in April 2012”.
Outside of her profession, she is a wine enthusiast and an avid freelance wine journalist.
Credentials: BMed Science, BMBS (Nottingham, UK) MRCS (Edinburgh), MMED (S\’pore) Ophalmology Dip Practical Dermatology (Cardiff, Wales, UK) Registered/Qualified Laser physician Member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine Committee Member of the Society of Aesthetic Medicine, Singapore Member of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology Surgical Thread lift certified (Serdev, EZ, Happy Lift, Silhouette) Filler rejuvenation for Body & Face Contouring certified Thermage certified Physician Ulthera (Focused ultrasound skin lifting) certified Physician Certified Regional Trainer to Aesthetic Physicians for Filler rejuvenation with Teoxane Laboratories (Geneva)
Contact:Asia HealthPartners304 Orchard Road Lucky Plaza #05-06Singapore 238863