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The Urban Clinic

In case you didn’t already know.. here’s a fun fact of the day: I used to be obese.

Like, literally obese. I was 80+kg, and even though I stand pretty tall at 1.68m, that’s still severely overweight. To the point of having legitimately worrying health concerns and problems, apart from just a plummeting self esteem. I have no idea how I ever let myself get that big, but ever since then, I’ve been trying to shed off and KEEP off the weight.

I’ve been relatively successful, losing more than 20kg – yay, go me!

But one thing anyone who has ever lost a significant amount of weight will tell you, is that losing the weight is the easier part – keeping it off it is even more difficult! Because you can lose weight in short bursts, but maintaining is depends on the rest of your lifestyle – every day, every month and every year! What’s worst is that no matter how much weight you lose, there will always be annoying problem areas with very stubborn fat for certain women. For myself, I struggle with huge love handles! My love handle situation is so bad, that it’s probably my second biggest insecurity of all time. Woes of a bottom heavy female..

But there’s hope and good news for us!!!

The Urban Clinic is the FIRST clinic in Singapore to bring in SculpSure – the world’s first FDA-cleared laser treatment for non-invasive lipolysis of the flanks and abdomen.

It is a state-of-the-art, controlled light-based technology for patients looking to get rid of stubborn fat. It is a a game changer in unwanted fat removal.

I was really excited to learn more about SculpSure through Dr Yanni Xu. During my consultation with her, it felt very much like talking to a friend rather than a doctor-to-patient conversation, because she is so warm and friendly!

She made the effort to understand my concerns regarding my face and body very thoroughly, and didn’t recommend me to do a whole bunch of procedures like other aesthetic clinics have previously proposed. She only suggested what she felt could benefit me more, and never once made me feel like there was anything “wrong” with the way I looked. The vibes at other clinics can feel a little judgemental sometimes – you can be rest assured there will be none of that here.

It made a deep impression me, and resulted in me feeling extremely comfortable doing any treatment at The Urban Clinic.

When I first walked into the clinic, I noticed how different it was from other clinics – a lot less white, less “sterile” and serious, much more fun, vibrant with good vibes all around! They’ve definitely done “Contemporary” right!

The Urban Clinic is the expression of Dr Yanni Xu’s dream to see many more people benefit from first-class aesthetic treatment.

They offer revolutionary aesthetic solutions and a range of products based on medical research. And the latest technology they’ve brought in, Sculpsure, will make any woman who wants to get rid of a problem area excited!

Since this is such an impressive machine and the first one in Singapore, let’s get down to the technical details… because it’s so important to do adequate research about what you’re doing to your own body whenever you’re getting some adjustments done, no matter temporary, or permanent! I have extracted helpful information about SculpSure from The Urban Clinic’s website to assist me in writing this post.

Innovative Technology to Sculpt and Define

The SculpSure 1060nm wavelength laser selectively targets adipose tissue (fat) below the dermis. Over time, the body naturally eliminates the fat cells. Positive results are seen in as little as six weeks with optimal results usually seen at 12 weeks. Sculpsure induces adipocyte injury by raising adipose temperature to a range of 42°C to 47°C with no damage to surrounding tissue.

A frame belt is used to hold paddles which are customized to targetted body fat areas. Using a controlled hyperthermic fat reduction technology, the paddles release energy at an optimum wavelength to be absorbed by fat cells; while leaving the surrounding dermal tissue intact.

No Disruption to Regular Activity

A patient can get right back to work or play after the 25 minutes treatment. Singaporeans lead busy lives. They require a body contouring solution which is fast and simple. Sculpsure meets this criteria and is ideal for on-the-go executives and busy mums.

Positive Customer Satisfaction and Lasting Results

In clinical tests, Sculpsure achieved patient satisfaction of 90%. Patients report that their clothes fit better and a visible improvement in their midsection (belly flab, love handles, or their hips).

Clinical trials report an average of 24% of fat cells reduced after one session. The results are visible within six weeks and optimum results will be visible in just 12 weeks. Results are expected to be long-term if a patient maintains his weight with regular diet and exercise.

So what do I personally think of it?

I got SculpSure done only on my love handles so far, which required two sessions over approximately two months. The pain level varied, some parts hurt more than others, and at any point in time when I felt like it was too uncomfortable, I would let them know to adjust the temperature, which provided immediate relief. I would say that the discomfort level will be extremely different for each individual, depending on your own pain tolerance and which part of the body you’re getting done. For me, the front side was so mild that I almost fell asleep doing the treatment.

You’ll feel cold and hot, then cold and hot sensations for 25 minutes straight… after the first ten minutes, your body won’t even recognize what temperature it is anymore, because it’s so confused by the constantly changing temperature settings! You will also feel contractions and pulsations in the area being treated, but they’re nothing intolerable.

Since the whole thing is only 25 minutes long (or short, in this case), by the time you start to get used to the sensations, it’s almost over. Back to whatever you have to do for the rest of the day, no down time! Apart from a slight aching feeling that lasts a few days, you won’t even remember you had anything done.

This would be a great treatment that office workers could go for during weekdays when they have their lunch break, because The Urban Clinic is located at Raffles City, so it’s really convenient for them to just pop by for a session before heading back for work. You’d be surprised to know that many SculpSure clients are actually males, and not a female dominated clientele group! I guess guys prefer more scientific based methods with proven technologies, rather than singing up for a slimming program at one of those centers, which some may feel are rather gimmicky and not as trustworthy as a medical clinic.

My results?

Before:

After: 

My love handles were visibly and measurably smaller & reduced after only TWO WEEKS!

Even my boyfriend, who is usually skeptical of these kinda treatments, commented that “they’re definitely smaller”! While it’s said that the maximum results will only be seen in a month or two, mine were obvious after just two weeks, which I found to be incredible.

No diet, no exercise, no lifestyle changes, no drastic measures had to be taken and for a 25 minute treatment, it sure worked its magic!

SculpSure is a procedure I would recommend for people who:

  • 1. Don’t want to commit to a treatment which requires many repeated trips or too much of your time
  • 2. Have specific areas of stubborn fat with a certain thickness
  • 3. Want to try something with scientific backing
  • 4. Prefer not having to diet to achieve inches lost

If you’re all of the above, then Sculpsure might just be for you!

Apart from SculpSure, Dr Yanni also did a botox injection for me to reduce bulging of the jaw muscles. I have a pretty wide jawline and very prominent jaw muscles that grow big because of the aggressive chewing I do mainly with my molars and back teeth, and a few simple jabs of botox will fix that right up!

They applied numbing cream, allowed it to set, then numbed my face even further with an ice pack (yay for taking extra precautions!) and what happened next actually made me laugh out loud.

They applied a vibrating device to my thigh (for distracting purposes) and then tapped me repeatedly on my forehead while they inserted the needle into my face. This hasn’t happened at the other clinics I’ve been to, but I really appreciated the extra effort just to distract me from the stinging sensation when the needle goes in!

The pain was extremely minimal, and definitely the most comfortable I’ve been doing any aesthetic procedure. I was actually laughing throughout the few minutes it took for the jabs to be done, because I found it ridiculous that someone was tapping my forehead the entire time.

The botox jaw reduction makes your face appear slimmer and sharper in a matter of weeks. The difference is obvious, yet extremely natural looking, and I can’t imagine anyone not loving this treatment! Thank you Dr Yanni from The Urban Clinic for providing such top notch services! I’m super pleased with my results of the treatments I have done, and I’ve been singing praises of this clinic to anyone who asks. If you pay them a visit, you’ll fall in love with the warm ambience of the clinic, just like I did!

The Urban Clinic

Website: http://tuc.com.sg/
Address: 52, North Bridge Road, #01-15, Raffles City Mall S179103 (next to the taxi stand facing Chijmes)
Phone: +65 62540407, +65 62540419
Email: info@tuc.com.sg

xoxo,
Jess

I got 99 problems but thinning hair won’t be one

So a few posts ago on my blog, I was talking about life and its problems, and one of them included thinning hair and an alarming amount of hair fall due to overwhelming stress.

Just to reiterate my point, here’s how my scalp was looking last year:

Horror of all horrors!!!!!!!!!

I was freaking out over how much hair I was losing, so I took some frenzied photos on my phone of my scalp and I was dismayed to find out that my worst fears were true – I WAS having a much more obvious gap in my hair line area and generally, my hair looked so wispy, thin and unhealthy! It had the barely-there look instead of full and luscious as it should have been. Please look at how my hand is covering my mouth in the 2nd pic, because I took the first photo, and gasped out loud because I couldn’t believe my eyes… I had to take another photo to reaffirm that what I was seeing is true. And damn. True it was, my thinning scalp staring back at me.

I used to have very healthy hair that was soft as silk to the touch and shined from every angle (NOT EVEN KIDDING), so it made me extremely upset to see my hair in this condition. I knew it was due a combination of reasons: poor lifestyle such as sleeping late or not getting enough rest, undesirable diet thus not getting enough nutrients and minerals, and most of all, a level of stress that my body wasn’t used to dealing with. To begin with, since birth, I’ve had thinner hair than people of a very fine texture that would break, snap or fall off easily. My hectic lifestyle wasn’t making things any better for my poor scalp.

I’m only 24!!!!!!! I can’t go balding so soon!!!! If my scalp looks like this at 24, I can only imagine what 42 would bring. I’m living proof that you don’t have to be middle aged or elderly to experience thinning hair problems. I’m barely in my mid twenties and already suffering from this condition.

So, what causes thinning hair? Here’s some reasons that could affect you…

  • Physical stress
  • Emotional stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Female hormones (menopause, usage of oral contraceptives, etc)
  • Anemia (which I also have!)
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Antidepressants, blood thinners, and more
  • Overstyling (tight braids, constantly coloring your hair, using heat tools, etc)
  • Aging (which is natural)

For many months, I used to drop so much hair that I would have to sweep my room’s floor every single day, for it would be littered with strands of sad looking hair on the floor. Looking at how much hair I dropped only made me more stressed, which in turn, made me drop more hair. It was a horrible cycle.

I heard that washing your hair too often would cause it to fall, which turned out to be a silly myth because all that did was make my scalp clogged, disgusting and oily! Which could, in turn, lead to even more hair loss, by the way. I was really desperate to find something that would aid me in my situation, and so it was very timely that I was introduced to PHYTO in my moment of need!

For over 40 years, PHYTO has been working with the scientific world to fine-tune innovative products with scientifically proven results through clinical testing and patent submissions. PHYTO hair care products draw from the heart of the botanical world to reach the most high-performance active ingredients to preserve the health and reveal the natural beauty of the hair.

The Phytocyane series includes a Shampoo and Treatment product.

Shampoo: Improves the density and shine of fine, thinning hair with this unique combination of revitalizing botanicals and fortifying vitamins.
It prepares the scalp to receive the full benefit of ‘Phytocyane Revitalizing Serum’, leaving hair fuller, stronger and more lustrous with each use.

Treatment: The Phytocyane treatment is a triple action serum that supports fuller, thicker hair as it grows while delivering exceptional cosmetic and anti-aging benefits. The advanced formula supports scalp micro-circulation to create an optimal environment for healthy hair growth.

It powerfully combines sulphured amino acids, B vitamins, and silk proteins to encourage keratin production at the follicle level and improve thickness of the hair. Use it to create thickness on every strand, maximize fullness and enhance shine.

An added bonus: used year-round, this serum helps to keep gray hair at bay!

So how do you use the products?

For the shampoo, wet your hair in the shower, then massage it into your scalp and work it all the way to your hair ends, then leave it on for 2 minutes before rinsing off thoroughly. The smell of this shampoo isn’t your typical over the top fruity or sweet smelling soap. It has a brownish color, smells rather herbal / botanical in a pleasantly mild way, and the texture is more like a viscous gel than soap. Use daily.

As for the treatment, you’re supposed to carefully break off the top of the glass ampoule with a towel, then use the nozzle they’ve provided to apply it all over your towel-dried hair/scalp in straight lines, then massage in with your fingertips, and do not rinse off. Use 3 times a week for 1 month for intensive treatment, or once a week for 2 months for maintenance.

I actually really enjoying using the treatment ampoules very much because I love the tingly, cold feeling I get when the product is applied all over my scalp! It gives me a very refreshed feeling, and it’s also a good reason for myself to ask my boyfriend to give me a nice head massage. Win and win.

I’m really happy to report that my hair loss problem seems to have been visibly minimized in recent times, check out the results below for yourself, because seeing is believing!!

My scalp now, VS what it was less than a year ago, is truly a world of difference.

My hair line is a lot less visible, and my hair generally looks fuller, thicker, stronger and healthier.

So so happy that I don’t have to worry about thinning hair problems anymore… I’m too young to go through that right now!!!!

Also, check out how long my hair is now!

It hasn’t been this long in many years and I was so surprised when this back view photo was taken of me, because it doesn’t look this long from the front when I look into the mirror. You know what they all say. The longer hair is, the more difficult it is to maintain, so I’ve been putting extra effort into trying to take better care of my mane!

I have a useful hair tip for you girls, especially those with long hair. Avoid brushing your hair too much or with too much force when it’s wet.

I’ve found that my hair gets weak and breaks easily when I brush it straight out of the shower, so what I do nowadays is blow it dry under medium heat (nothing too hot which will dry out your hair even further) and then when I’m convinced it’s totally dry, I give it a few light strokes with my brush, and I leave it at that.

Just overjoyed to run my fingers through my head of hair now to feel its new found volume and health!!!!!

While my hair’s texture is still thin and fine because that’s how it’s always been, the overall quantity seen on my head is a visually significant improvement from before I started treating it with Phytocyane’s anti hair thinning products.

These kind of problems are best treated as soon as they are discovered, so if you find that you’ve been dropping a lot more hair than usual, please don’t sit around and wait for the condition to get worse! Find your problem, target it with treatment and fix it – you’ll be thankful to yourself that you did! I can rest easy now knowing that thinning hair isn’t on my list of problems. I got 99 problems but thinning hair won’t be one anymore.

Phytocyane Revitalizing Treatment (RSP: $149.90, 12 x 7.5ml) and Phytocyane Densifying Treatment Shampoo 200ml (RSP: $41.90, 200ml) are available at Beauty by Nature, Robinsons, Metro, Guardian, Watsons SaSa, and Unity store and online at Redmart: redmart.com/search/Phyto & Zalora: zalora.sg/phyto

I’m holding a giveaway where you get to win your very own set of Phytocyane Revitalizing Treatment which I’ve been talking about – head on to my Instagram (@Shiberty) to learn more!

xoxo,
Jess

Squeaky Clean with Cetaphil

Ever since I was a kid, my mum has been repeatedly reminding me about the importance of adequate facial cleansing. I attribute this to the fact that I used to be quite a tomboy-ish girl with questionable hygiene habits.

Yes, can you imagine that!!!! Me, a tomboy. I think the very suggestion of that idea might make some of my friends chuckle. I really wasn’t much of a girly girl when I was growing up, and my mum was horrified at how I would only use water to cleanse my face (if I remembered to specifically wash it, at all).

The very first facial cleanser brand she introduced me to when I was in Primary School, was Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.

And now, about a decade and a half later, you can still find Cetaphil in my toilet, and it’s still one of the most recognizable gentle washes available in the market, loved by many over the years!

You know a brand is worth relying on when it’s been around for this long and still going strong. About one bottle is sold every minute across the globe and its formula developed in 1947 still holds true to tradition, without change – even to this day.

Part of my daily essentials, Cetaphil is a powerful yet gentle wash that is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin! They even have a specific range for babies’ delicate skin. I had rather sensitive skin that was going through tons of hormonal changes when I was younger, so it’s no wonder that my mom introduced me to a brand that would be gentle on my adolescent skin, that’s packed with moisturizing ingredients.

This soap-free cleanser has won numerous awards from beauty industry insiders and the healthcare community. Its gentle, non-irritating properties soothe your skin as it cleans!

I’m quite particular about the facial cleansers that I use. I want something that cleans deeply and thoroughly without drying out my skin too much, and not too strongly scented or peppered with chemicals that might be harsh on my skin.

It also cannot be too mild or rich, because I tend to have oily skin on my forehead while I’ve got dry spots on my cheeks. Having combination skin (oily + dry in certain areas) can be problematic, but the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser pretty much solves that issue for me because I don’t need to worry about the formula at all, it’s perfect for everyday use and my skin feels clean without feeling dehydrated, each and every time!

Other perks of the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser that you can expect:

✓ Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin
✓ Ideal for both face and body
✓ Works without causing skin irritation
✓ pH-balanced non-soap formulation
✓ Can be used with or without water

I can even share this facial cleanser with my boyfriend which is a huge plus point, because we enjoy interchanging and sharing facial products whenever I stay over at his place, however sometimes men’s facial products can be too strong for me to use and he finds some of my cleansers too flowery scented for him.

He likes trying new brands but often gets break outs whenever he applies a new product because his skin is even more sensitive than mine, and I like to keep a bottle of Cetaphil around for him whenever his skin is going through a bad week, because it instantly calms his complexion and tones down the general redness.

Don’t just take my word for it, you have to try Cetaphil if you’re looking for an all-rounder facial that will be gentle and good to your skin. For all of the stress we put our skin through, including environmental factors (dusty / overly sunny situations), application of make up products, smoking, drinking alcohol and general negligence towards our skin and health – it’s good to know we will always have something to fall back on.

Website: http://cetaphil.com.sg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CetaphilSG
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cetaphils

This article is brought to you in collaboration with Galderma Singapore.

xoxo,
Jess

Augmenting aesthetics with Celevenus

On the whole, I would say I’m pretty happy with the face I was born with.

For the most part, I think my face is adequately good looking. It’s symmetrical, I think I have nice eyes (although they’re a little squinty and small), I like my smile, and I enjoy having a long face with a sharp chin, however, like any normal human being.. I have many things I would change about my face, if I could.

For example, I think my jawline is too wide and square-ish which makes me appear less feminine. My nose is too flat from a frontal view without a prominent nose bridge. I would like to have lifted cheeks, less poofy eye bags, and reduced laugh lines around my mouth. Sounds like I’m nitpicking, right? Well, perhaps I am.

I’ve always thought about doing something to alter the way I look that is non-permanent or surgical because I’m too scared that I may not end up liking a permanent effect. But something that lasts a year or even two, I guess I could deal with that! I’ve been all about the #YOLO life the past year, so I decided – why not?

Let’s do something to my face. Something safe, something that will make me look better and give me a boost of confidence.

I decided to do my first-ever aesthetic treatments at Celevenus, as I heard good reviews from my blogger friend Jessica Tham, who also visited Dr Dylan Chau at Celevenus.

I was greeted by their friendly receptionists and was asked to take a seat before they introduced me to Dr Dylan Chau where I would have my first consultation with him, and speak to him about my desires and what I’d like to temporarily alter about my face.

Dr Dylan Chau was warm, very collected and knowledgeable, which made me feel like my face was in good hands! Dr. Chau is well versed in solving dermatological problems ranging from pigmentation, acne scars and enlarged pores to simply rejuvenating and adding glow to a dull skin through his array of laser treatments. Dr Chau is also known for augmenting the nose, chin, cheeks, lips as well as contouring the face that is best suited for his patient.

Being a Sculptra and Thread Lift trainer and Key Opinion Leader for doctors, he takes his anti-aging treatments to a whole new realm.

Dr Dylan has 8 years of experience in the use of Sculptra and Polylactic Acid Injection. He has trained numerous doctors in Singapore and overseas.

As a pioneer in PDO threads in Singapore, Dr Dylan has performed many cases over the years. He is able to improvise the techniques of thread lifting to greater heights and constantly uses only the best and latest threads. He also innovates by taking part in the manufacture and study of them with Korean counterparts which makes his threads and techniques a cut above the rest. His latest inventions include AestheLift and AestheLift Mint, which are currently the most advanced in the market, moving from PDO threads to PLA threads in the future.

I prefer calling him Dr Dylan than Dr Chau because it sounds more affectionate, hehe.

He looked at different parts of my face and voiced out what he think could be improved, then asked for my own concerns and opinions. We decided to go with reducing my jawline and raising my nose bridge to start off with. He has an extremely good eye for aesthetics and pointed out some flaws in my face that even I didn’t notice before!

So I set an appointment date, and came back another day to have my procedures done.

Numbing cream was applied on the appropriate areas and left to take effect for about 40 minutes, and while I was waiting, my nerves took over me! I kept texting my friends, “OMG. I’m really going to do it!!!  I’m breaking out in cold sweat” and they were all like… “Don’t worry. I’m sure you’ll be fine!” – I would soon find out they were right, and I had nothing to worry about at all!

First up – I was about to get my Square Jaw Reduction Injection.

This injection is used to make overdeveloped jaw muscles smaller. After the injections, the weakened muscles will shrink in size over time, resulting in a slimmer looking face.

I guess I have rather large jaw muscles due to using my back teeth to chew a lot, as my front teeth are quite sensitive and weak! I want to reduce my jawline for a more V shaped face.

The actual physical pain is negligible. I tend to overthink the procedures and worry a lot about potential side effects, but when it comes to doing it, it would all be over in a breeze. I’m just a worry wart.

The thought of it is honestly worse than how it actually feels. The needles are very thin and when it goes into your face, it feels like a sore, stinging pain, that is about 4/10 on my personal scale of pain tolerance. It lasts for 5 seconds or so, then slowly fades away as soon as the needle is pulled out. Several jabs were made on each side of my face, and by 10 minutes we were done. While I don’t exactly like needles, I am quite used to them, having done acupuncture on my body and all. At one point I’ve actually had 30 needles sticking out of my body! The more you relax, the less the muscles will hurt.

Right after my Square Jaw Reduction Injection was done, Dr Dylan made sure I was calm and ready for the next procedure, before swiftly moving on to my next treatment – Nose Thread Lift – HIKO.

PDO Thread Lift is an advanced skin tightening technology where fine threads called polydioxanone (PDO) that were commonly used in surgery are inserted into targeted areas under the skin to stimulate skin tissue.

As a result, the skin tissues create new tissue fibroblasts and collagen, which produces a tightening effect from inside out.

The versatile PDO threads can also be used to heighten the nose bridge, giving it a natural elevated look. The latest PDO threads can even used to enhance nose tip. Something that cannot be done with dermal filler injection. The result is a more natural looking, structured nose than the traditional method of dermal fillers. It also lasts longer.

This one was more uncomfortable than the previous injections, as it is slightly more complicated, however Dr Dylan was reassuring, gentle and skillful, which made me feel better and I’m glad he’s so experienced, so it could all be over and done with as quickly as possible! It got slightly bloody what with the needle going in and out of my nose, so I’ve spared you guys those photos. It’s certainly not a significant amount of blood, but I repeatedly asked them, “am I bleeding?!” to which they replied, “yes, but only a bit.” I just needed to know. LOL.

I had threads inserted to achieve a natural lift, and Dr Dylan made sure I was happy with the height before he stopped.

And now… let’s look at the results!!!! Are you guys excited?

I couldn’t wait to look in the mirror to see the immediate difference in my face!

BOOM! This was taken immediately after injections done at two different areas of my face. The jaw reduction effect will only appear in 3-4 weeks, so you wouldn’t see any difference here, however check out my new nose!!! Homaigod. My nose bridge suddenly EXISTS.

 

In case you can’t tell the difference yourself, let me make it easier for you with these Before & After comparisons:

I never realized how flat my nose used to be… until now. Just look at that height difference. The pic on the right was taken while my nose was still swollen, after the swelling went down by 15%, it looked way more natural!

My nose was quite sensitive to touch for a couple of days after the procedure, so I avoided sleeping on my side at night and touching it in general as I wanted to keep it clean, but there really wasn’t any down time. After getting my infections done, I went for dinner and shopped around Orchard Road without a problem. Just 2 painkillers were enough to numb the discomfort for the first night!

It’s so much better than silicone fillers in my opinion because the threads don’t have the opportunity to move around as much, and give a more solid, natural look.

And after 3-4 weeks, let’s check out the difference in my jaw line after the reduction effect kicks in! :D

I was amazed by the reduction in size when I took photos to make a side by side comparison!!! On a day to day observational basis, I did not see any visible difference, but everyone asked me if I lost weight because I looked like I really did! Easily takes a kg or two off your face.

When I went back to Celevenus for my nose review, Dr Dylan suggested that I could get Scultra done as well, because my eyebags were relatively obvious. It’s a straightforward procedure with results you can’t deny!

Puffy eye bags or dark eye circles sometime look worse with sunken or hollowed tear troughs under the eyes. Therefore once the hollows are filled up, the eye bags or dark eye circles will look better and less obvious.

Traditionally, when there is a need to top up facial volume, it is usually done with dermal fillers. The latest trend, however, is to achieve global facial volume replacement with Sculptra. Known as ‘the liquid facelift’, Sculptra is essentially poly-L-lactic acid, a material that has been used widely as sutures which can be gradually and naturally absorbed by the body as it works to replace lost collagen. The substantially increased collagen will correct the sunken areas, folds, wrinkles and skin laxity as a consequence of aging. The result, looks and feels more natural than what fillers can do.

And here’s the mandatory Before & After, once again! Check out how much less haggard I look with my eyes no longer looking like I sleep at 3am everyday (which, by the way, I do.)

WHAT A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE AMIRITE?!?!!

I really liked how there was zero downtime for this, just jab and go, wait for the results to start showing after a month or two! I know many Singaporeans struggle with horridly puffy and tired looking eyes no thanks to our stressful lifestyles, so this is something even the least vain of people could consider because it doesn’t really alter the way you look, just perks up your tired looking eyes! I also need to use a lot less concealer than before, and the effect is so natural, you’ll just look like you’ve had plenty of beauty rest recently. Love it.

And this was my face several months after getting my jaw, eyebags and nose done! Totally marveling at the effects. I am beyond pleased with my experience at Celevenus, because of their professionalism, great results and efficiency at getting everything done! The procedures went without a hitch, and the results were even better than I expected.

I realized that aesthetics treatments aren’t as scary as I used to think they were, and that they’re actually rather temporary, lasting anywhere from months to 2 years. I totally wouldn’t mind topping up and going for more so that I will look my best at all times!

Would I recommend Celevenus, Dr Dylan and the treatments I’ve personally done? Yes, I would in a heartbeat. I’ve already introduced a few personal friends to the place. It’s non-surgical, non-permanent, low-risk and I would do it all over again whenever I feel like I want to have a little positive change.They gave me absolutely no problems at all, while making my face look better in ways that people could notice but would’ve never guessed was aesthetic augmentation!

They’d simply assume I had contoured my nose or lost a bunch of weight. Thanks for the confidence boost, Celevenus! And deep thanks to Dr Dylan and his caring team for being so conscientious, making my first experience with facial aesthetics an absolutely pleasant one!!!

xoxo,
Jess

Simple Micellar Water

Perhaps one of the best feelings in the world is coming home at the end of a long day, and just removing your makeup (and bra). Nothing feels as refreshing as removing all that grime and gunk off your face.

It’s like suddenly, your pores can breathe again!

There are several different kinds of make up removers in the market – including oil based cleansers, soap based facial foams, but my favorite method of removing make up would be using Micellar Water.

Simple has been an expert in providing dermatologist solutions for sensitive skin since launching the first perfume and colour-free soap in 1960. Simple believes in using only the purest skin-loving ingredients with as little artificial ingredients or additives as possible, and that looking good can be simple, not complicated!

Although oil based make up removers are great at removing extremely stubborn waterproof make up almost immediately, I do not like the greasy feeling it leaves on my skin, making me feel like I have to wash my face after that.

Not a fan of soap-based facial foams either, because you have to use them at a sink with running water.

Micellar water is perfect for someone who’s always rushing (and sometimes lazy) like me because you don’t even have to rinse off your face after that, meaning you can save that few extra precious minutes before bedtime!

It may not seem like that big a deal, but for days when you’re too tired (or slightly tipsy) to shower but you know you HAVE to remove your make up otherwise pimples will attack your face barely a few days later, an efficient and quick way to remove make up becomes the ultimate lifesaver. #truestory

Simple Micellar Water conveniently removes makeup without rinsing and provides hydration benefits at the same time. It actively works to attract and remove impurities while helping to unclog pores, supporting the skin to breathe. Simple Micellar Water won’t leave the skin feeling tight or sticky but just clean, refreshed and instantly hydrated by up to 90%.

Simple offers Micellar Water in two forms – one that is the straight up solution in a bottle, and other, packed into pre-soaked wipes in a handy resealable packaging.

Other great ingredients also found in their Micellar Water:

  • Triple Purified Water: The purest possible water to minimize potential for irritation from extraneous particles or contaminants that can irritate skin.
  • Vitamin B3: Known to restore, soften and smooth skin. It’s especially great for those with dry skin.
  • Vitamin C: A water soluble antioxidant vitamin for skin Hexylene Glycol: Helps dissolve make up and kindly conditions the skin

I like keeping the bottled form at home for everyday usage because some days I have lighter make up days than usual, and I will only require a small amount of solution to effectively remove my make up, so I can easily control the quantity poured onto a cotton puff.

Never used Micellar water before? All you need to do is soak a cotton puff with the solution, and gently wipe all around your face to remove the dirt and makeup! No need for rinsing afterwards.

The Micellar wipes from Simple are great convenient things to keep around! Because of its unscented nature, I do prefer it to other brands that have heavily perfumed products, since I have rather sensitive skin.

I like to take this around with me, especially if I’m traveling, and I use it even when I don’t have any make up on, but when I just want to refresh my face.

They are currently also the only Micellar wipes in the market.

Just because it’s not oil based doesn’t mean it cannot remove your make up efficiently – the Micellar Water and Wipes from Simple had no issue soaking off my usual make up of concealer, eyeliner, lip color, and brow pencil!

I love how smooth and hydrated my face feels after using these wipes as opposed to the tight, overly harsh feeling I get from other products that are too strong for my skin’s usage. Squeaky clean is possible without the discomfort and additional chemicals after all!

You can find Simple Micellar water and wipes retailing at major pharmacies, including: Watsons, Guardian, Unity, FairPrice, and Redmart at $16.90 for Micellar water, and $15.90 for the wipes.

If you’ve never tried Micellar water, pick one of these babies up and be amazed at the results when you realize how gentle, hydrating and effective it is on your skin!

xoxo,
Jess
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