Relaxing Monday – Facial Peel & Massage

Planned a relaxing Monday for J since he took leave to accompany me for the entire day as he was clearing his leave.

We went down to Halley again for another NO-DOWNTIME Chemical Peel and a 60 minutes full body massage at Masego Spa in the evening after the shopping in-between both appointments. Heh.

As usual, the ladies and Doctor at Halley never fail to leave me impressed and satisfied with their services! This guy actually “check-in” to places in Facebook for the first time too. LOL. Cute boy is cute.

I also realized that we are gaining weight because our faces got rounder and rounder ~.~ Other than the tea detox mentioned previously, I asked Dr. Tan for more tips on staying slim (the healthy way).

I asked a few questions which I thought might be suitable for you people as well, so here you go (thank me for sharing! Heh):

– Why do people still put on weight when they don’t eat much?
Weight gain or weight loss is purely a function of the amount of energy consumed versus the amount of energy used.

There are therefore 4 reasons why people put on weight although they say they do not eat much:

1st: Related to the type of food that they consume. Weight for weight, fat (which has 9 calories per gram) has more than twice the calories as protein and carbohydrate (which has 4 calories per gram). Therefore, we should choose foods that have high lean protein content with a moderate amount of carbohydrate.

2nd: Some people are more active than others. They will therefore utilise more energy

3rd: some people just have lower metabolic rates. This is especially so for people who had recent weight loss. The body goes into “starvation mode”, thinking that famine is coming. The body tries to conserve energy by reducing the metabolic rate, leading to weight gain. Luckily, a genetically low metabolic rate is not that common. This is good as it means we can lose weight if we try hard enough.

Lastly, some people just say they don’t eat much…. (I CAN’T HELP BUT TO AGREE WITH THIS. THIS IS SO TRUE – I have friends who kept going yada yada about how much they don’t eat and still gain weight so damn easily. In my heart, I was like, “WHAT?! You eat macaroons at 12mn, eat 3 portions of my dinner and you still complain that you don’t eat much and can still gain weight. You’re just not fat by nature!!!”)

– What time should we stop eating everyday? Why? How will it affect our
body if we eat after that timing?

Energy consumed is the same irrespective of the time we eat. However, late night snacking is generally unhealthy because late night foods tend to be high in fat and sugar content. We also tend to eat at night for reasons other than hunger, like catching up with friends and munching during movies. Lastly, we tend to be less distracted and have more free time at night, giving us more time to think of indulging ourselves with food.

I think most of us are guilty of eating at night while catching up with friends, especially with all the cafes in Singapore :/

– Tips to eat healthily and maintaining a good figure

Never skip meals. Eat slowly and in moderation. Have adequate exercise and most importantly, find time to go for cryotherapy.

I am considering cryotherapy for my love handles. I think J has love handles too. Maybe I can put some ice cubes on them, hoping that the fats can be freeze that way. Hahahaha.

Found an article on Halley and their diet related programme. Read if you’re interested! 🙂

Ultherapy for my face lift!

With almost every beauty blogger raving about the effects of Ultherapy, I know I can’t give the treatment a miss! Not when I have to be a bridesmaid twice in Dec! I got to “protect” and “pamper” the face more!

As mentioned in my previous post with Halley, I bumped into my friend who was there for Ultherapy for the eyes so I asked Dr. Tan for more information about Ultherapy on the same visit for my chemical peel and he suggested that I do it for my cheeks as it would help me to achieve a more defined jaw and reduce the appearance of the smile lines (that I am extremely concerned with).

So what is Ultherapy? You must be wondering about that after hearing me going gah gah about it on my social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

Ultherapy is actually a nonsurgical way to lift, tighten and tone skin. I think I am more focused on the part where they can firm the skin and reduce wrinkles.

We all know how strict FDA is right? If Ultherapy is FDA approved, it is definitely safe for your precious skin!!

Just to side track a little, I was reading some articles when I came across an article which was talking about fillers. One lady actually had her nose fillers done at a beauty parlor and the skin on her nose ROT! Yes, ROT! It was black and burnt! Please please please, no matter how cheap it can get, please think about your safety! Always visit a place which is licensed to do that treatment/procedure. For me, I will ONLY visit a clinic to get these procedures done.

Why save the money to get it done elsewhere and then spend another 3x to get it treated when you can just spend it once and do it right at the right place?

Back to Ultherapy, it uses safe, time-tested ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin naturally. Mmmm.. Ultrasound is also used to look at the little fetus inside your tummy. Does it sound safe enough to you already? 🙂

I heard that Ultherapy can be very painful though… I had second thoughts when I heard that. But for the price of beauty, I guess I should put up with the pain.

I told Dr. Tan about my concerns with the pain so he suggested applying numbing cream on the cheek areas first. I felt relieved after the application of numbing cream because numbing cream is a magical cream for me! It made all the treatments like DPL, fillers or botox painless.

Sammie, who did my DPL and chemical peel is an extremely experienced therapist. I like how patient she is towards all the patients (especially when I am a troublesome one hahahaha). The vain pot me went to the clinic with makeup on and she had to cleanse away the base for me.

Dr. Tan then stepped in to do the treatment on me. I felt so guilty because I spammed him with a whole truck of questions like the differences between botox, fillers and Ultherapy or the pain score and whatsnot. He had to assure me again and again that the pain can be controlled because he can manipulate the energy level for the treatment.

In his opinion, he felt that Ultherapy would work well with my botox for me as botox sharpens the back of the jaw muscles for a more defined jaw while Ultherapy focus more on the front part by lifting and firming the skin.

I gotta admit that I was very very stiff at first. Things got a whole lot better after 5 minutes of “zappingggg”. I could feel the vibration within the deeper layers of skin but the surface of the skin could feel nothing except for the presence of heat. It was fuss-free!

Like other ultrasound procedures, a smooth applicator will be placed upon the skin and it projects an ultrasound image of the skin. The applicator also, at the same time, delivers tiny deposits of focused ultrasound energy below the skin.

After zapping for some time, there will be very minimal discomfort but Dr. Tan reduced the strength and made it comfortable for me. The skin’s response to energy is to stimulate the growth of new collagen. With the new collagen, a gradual tightening and firming occurs, resulting in a natural lift of the skin.

It was pretty bearable so I did slightly more “zaps” than the recommended one. Too greedy for better results!

True enough, it wasn’t as painful as imagined. It was ALL good! Only a tinge of redness was seen (due to the heat) but it disappeared within the next 5 to 10 minutes and I went to apply full makeup after the treatment. No one would even know that I just did something to the face because there was no evidence or downtime!

The face felt a little puffy (I promise, just a little) after the treatment for the next 1-2 days and a little little little sore for the next week (like mild muscle cramps). Other than that all is well. I like the treatment because there are no special measures that you have to take. Do nothing at all and experience younger and firmer skin within the next 2 months. Just in time for all the wedding bells! Speaking of that, another benefit of this treatment is that the regenerative process will be initiated in just one treatment.

Good machine + Good doctor = Better skin.

Better skin = Happy me.

Happy me = A more beautiful me.


Dr. Tan will give you nothing less than the best for your skin 🙂