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Hello Everyone!

A very Happy 2016 to all!

To be honest, I’m not a fan of painful facials where the technician man(more like woman) handles my face and forcefully squeezes out all my black/whiteheads, scrubs my skin and then masks it – that I can DIY myself at home and be more gentle to my delicate facial skin.

However, I was recommended to try the Dr. Face facial out as it uses an infrared device and all you need to do is to lie inside this “helmet-like” machine for about 30 minutes with a facial mask on and it will work miracles on your face. This latest technology is from Korea & is a USFDA approved technology using far infrared light to deeply penetrate into our skin to rejuvenate the cells.

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I’ve attached the detailed explanation of how this device works above. But what better way to gain knowledge about Dr. Face is to experience it myself.

So here I am at beauty salon, giving it s a shot!

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A pre-facial selfie to capture my skin condition before the facial.

I’ve been pretty busy with planning my own wedding since November 2015 and have not been very religious in my home facial routines. As you can tell my skin is starting to look a little dull, and dark eye rings are showing from the long hours of staring into my laptop searching for wedding ideas, dresses, decorations, hotels, venues etc. It’s a fun process but it will also take its toll on my skin conditions and increase stress levels.

First step of the facial process, like all facials, is to get your skin cleansed of all skincare products like sunblock & make-up and dirt on the face.

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Fran, who’s working on my face, gave me a nice facial massage while cleansing which I totally enjoyed. After which, she started the black/whiteheads extraction process which honestly was not pain-free. (I would skip this step if you don’t enjoy extractions)

After which she applied a Korean medical clinic brand facial cream which helps soothe the skin, prevent redness and moisturise. On top of that she added on an anti-aging facial mask which will brighten and smoothen the skin.

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Every inch of my face was covered with this facial mask serum including the delicate eye area. (facial is full face, I know of some places charging “extra” for the eye area serum)

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Now my face is prepped to enter into the Dr. Face infrared chamber. I will lie inside for 30 minutes with the facial mask on, remove the mask, and another 15 minutes to allow the remaining serum to absorb deeply into the dermis.

After a nice 45 minute afternoon nap, the facial is done. The entire process took about 1.5 hours from start to finish. This far infrared rays are meant to work on tightening the pores, firm sagging skin, whiten, smooth out wrinkles and detox the face.

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The most immediate effect that I noticed on myself was brighter skin tone, and a lifting effect.

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I guess it’s a lot more obvious on older skin. So here’s another example of Fran’s older client who tried Dr. Face. In the photo, you can see the drastic lifting and firming effect on her face. Her eye bags were obviously firmed up and skin tone more even. Even her deep wrinkles smoothened out.

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Conclusion:

Dr. Face is an effective anti-aging facial. And I believe if I constantly do this treatment religiously, my skin will look younger and more radiant after. The true effects of this facial actually showed after 2 days as the collagen levels were boosted up and new cells regenerated. Infrared technology for facial is not new in the market. But this far infrared deep penetrating rays is new for me and much more effective.

Who Offers this Facial?

This facial is currently available at a promotional trial price of HKD$880 (RRP HKD$1500/session) in Hong Kong at:

Nail & Waxing at LKF

Address: No.1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2530 2022

www.nailatlkf.hk

XOXO

Jessica

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One of the biggest decisions you may ever make is the decision to have anti-aging treatment. On the one hand, you may be sick of dealing with discolored patches of skin, unusual hair growth, wrinkles, or other blemishes. On the other hand, you may be a bit leery of so-called clinical treatments. The hardest part is in picking the skincare method that is likely to work the best. Two of the contenders are lasers and Dermaroller (micro-needling/collagen induction therapy), but which one is better?
 

The Basics of How Skin Ages

To answer that question you have to start by getting to know the basics of how skin ages. I did some research online on this to find out more, so now I’m sharing what I found out. The primary reason that your skin could develop wrinkles and sags as you get older is that levels of collagen and elastin in your body will naturally drop with age. Those are proteins that give your skin its tight, stretchy appearance and feel. In fact, collagen is commonly referred to as a “building block” of cells. The natural passage of time causes the production of these substances to decrease gradually.

 

Of course, other things help this process along and can contribute to other skin issues, such as discolored spots and dry skin. For example, smoking can age the skin at a much faster rate. So can too much exposure to UV rays or harsh chemicals. So, the aging process doesn’t occur at the same exact rate for everyone.

 

How Dermaroller Treatments Helps to Repair That Damage

Dermaroller is a process that utilizes a tool covered in tiny needles. As the tool is moved over the skin, the needs create puncture marks. The depth of those marks depends on the size of the needles, which in turn depends on the type of Dermaroller treatment chosen. Larger needles tend to be better for treating more advanced skin problems.

 

The point of the process is to purposefully damage the skin. When your skin is damaged in such a widespread but mostly superficial way, it doesn’t do any long-term damage to you. What it does is simply encourage your body to send in the cavalry in the form of healthy proteins, including elastin and collagen. So, once the healing process starts, not only with the Dermaroller damage be repaired, but so will some of your previously existing skin damage.

 

The Differences Between That and Laser Treatment

Some types of laser medical equipment, namely fraxel lasers, work basically the same way. The only major difference is that they use a combination of light and heat, rather than needles. The lasers drill the tiny holes, causing similar damage to what you would see after Dermaroller treatment.

 

Other types of laser devices don’t work in the same way at all, even though they might produce similar results. Non-ablative lasers, for instance, stir up skin cells below the surface. Ablative lasers, on the other hand, focus almost exclusively on the skin’s surface and don’t penetrate to the lower layers, but they can all be used to encourage collagen production and reduce lines, wrinkles, and other skin issues.

 

Making Your Final Skincare Decision

Neither Dermaroller nor laser treatment is better in general, but one can be better than the other in an individual case. For example, you might not qualify for laser treatment if your skin is oily, but you might be a good candidate for Dermaroller. So, the final decision about whether to have one or the other might depend on a variety of factors. You might even find yourself choosing a completely different type of treatment, depending on your situation.

Personally, I do use Dermarollers at home during my home facials and I do have my occasional visits to Dermacare in Ion for laser treatments just to maintain my skin. 

XOXO

Jessica

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IMG_8060I spent the whole of yesterday in the hot sweltering sun at West Kowloon Promenade participating in the very first Run For Your Lives Asia event in Hong Kong with my friends from Starz People.

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It was exhilarating playing this Walking Dead inspired run with obstacles and zombies to overcome. You can either opt to be a zombie or a survivor. We chose the survivor side as it was much more fun to go through the entire 5km route of zombies and obstacle course (better workout too!).

IMG_8076Our run was right smack in the afternoon sun at 1pm when the sun was up and clouds were no where to be seen. Great if you wanna get a tan, but not so great for my work nature & hair. What you won’t realise is that the UV rays are pretty harmful to our hair too. It damages and dehydrates our hair unknowingly. In addition, for the past 2 weeks I have been working in the sun filming a commercial for HK Disney filled with hairspray as well. So my hair condition wasn’t in good shape after the run yesterday.

Decided to give my hair a treat with Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo and the 3 Minute Miracle deep conditioner.IMG_8040The shampoo was heavenly with a tinge of natural sweet smelling goodness which doesn’t overwhelm you with artificial scents that certain shampoo brands use. It uses Australian Macadamia Nut Oil to infuse moisture back into my hair. After shampooing my hair texture felt slightly better but not satisfactory. So I added on the 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner after washing off the shampoo and squeezing out excess water from my hair. I applied a generous amount and left it on for 5 minutes (yes, I was being greedy as my hair was really really damaged!). The Australian Balm Mint added extra moisture and life back to my hair. When I applied the 3 Minute Miracle, the texture was thick and greasy like some conditioners and I was wondering if it will really make my hair silky smooth like some other richer conditioners. So after about 5 minutes, I rinsed it off and miraculously I could run my fingers through my hair again! After just 1 use, my hair feels very different, and I’m definitely one happy camper with this product. Brushing my hair last night was much easier and I had lesser hair fall from tugging. I’m gonna use it again tonight to further improve my hair condition. 🙂

Effectiveness: 4 out of 5

Texture: 5 out of 5

Scent: 5 out of 5

For those of you who have trouble finding a good shampoo & conditioner for severely damaged hair, maybe you can give Aussie a try! I am definitely a new fan of theirs!

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XOXO

Jessica

 

 

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I’ve not been sleeping too well lately and been having the worse neck pains when I wake up in the mornings. Really hate having stiff neck, restricts movement & I can’t carry out my daily activities in peace. So when MyVisitDay.com asked if I was interested in attending a trial 60 minute facial or a 30 minute massage session at Spa Collection, I chose massage without thinking!

When I first stepped into Spa Collection at Causeway Bay Plaza 1, I was promptly greeted by friendly staff and they immediately signed me in. Thereafter, a lady showed me around the spa & I was amazed how huge the place was! It’s about 3700 sq. feet in total. It has numerous private massage rooms, 2 toilets, make-up corner, lockers & even a resting area for guests after their treatments.

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IMG_2007I find this make up area a great idea as we always have our hair messed up, make-up smudged after a massage. Or even after a facial, you normally want to freshen up a little before leaving the spa. *thumbs-up*

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I was showed into my own private massage room and it looked calming and peaceful with dim lighting & soft coloured wall paper.

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I quickly changed out of my clothes and snuck a selfie before the treatment started. (who isn’t guilty of Selfies raise your hand!)

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Now… I am all ready to start my massage! Before the massage started, the therapist asked which parts of my back hurts the most so that she can concentrate more on those parts. And I told her my neck and shoulder areas hurt the most from my late nights and bad sleep. I lay down on the massage table and the therapist started applying Lanius massage essential oils imported from England. This oil is supposed to help rid your body of water retention and expel toxins deep in your body. After, she used this very interesting looking massage rod called 排酸棒. (See picture below) She explained that this rod creates vibrations while rolling against your tight muscles which gives you a deeper tissue massage as compared to using your hands. It felt really good! Personally I enjoy strong and firm massages because my muscles are always tight and knotted. So this massage rod really did it for me as I could feel my knots loosening.

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After 15 minutes, they took a photo of my back which only the left half was given the treatment. Visually, you can tell that the left side already looks slightly smaller and tighter – effects from the Lanius oil & massage rod ridding of toxins through my lymph-nodes. If you’re worried that the red marks caused by the massage rod won’t go away, don’t fret! They disappeared after a few hours for me.

IMG_2020I was happy to see it working so quickly & I could really feel my muscles relaxing. Now I really wished the massage lasted longer than 30 minutes as I could lay there forever and it felt so good! I left the place feeling happy and refreshed and wanting more. (it’s pretty addictive & I love massages!)

MyVisitDay is having an exclusive promotion from now till 31st May 2014 for Spa Collection. Those of you who want to give this treatment a try, do visit MyVisitDay.com and check out the latest promotions in Hong Kong! (remember to follow the steps on the webpage to redeem the offer!)

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Spa Collection Booking Hotline: 31073102

Promotion is only valid at these locations:

  • 11/F, Siu Ying Commercial Building, 151-155 Queen’s Road Central
  • Unit B-D, 22/F, Prosperous Coml. Bldg, 54-58 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay
  • Room 1601, 16/F, Causeway Bay Plaza Phase 1, 489 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday : 12:00 to 9:00pm, Saturday+ Sunday+ PH: 10:00 to 7:00pm

Website: http://www.spacollection.hk

Remember to like their Facebook page too!

Treatment arranged by MyVisitDay & sponsored by Spa Collection

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It’s coming up again – 25 May. A date that has been etched in my mind for years. There’s 2 significant events that happens on this date. One, is the day I joined Singapore Airlines and if I’m still working for them it will be my 8th year anniversary. Two, it’s my Dad’s birthday. The latter is obviously more the emotional one for me.

It’s my dad that made our birthdays really important. He created a family tradition to celebrate each of our birthdays (even though Mum’s and my brother’s birthday is only 3 days apart) with birthday cakes, cards, presents, family dinner outing & most importantly a family photo at the same spot in the house with each family member standing in almost the same position; the only difference is that we are a year older. He made me love birthdays! Who wouldn’t if you get to feel so special with your family and loved ones that day every year. As a result, everyone in my family remembers each other’s birthdays by heart and we still carry on this tradition even when my Dad isn’t around anymore.

This is possibility the reason why I feel sad when I don’t get a birthday cake on my birthday. It’s not because I love eating cake or I’m spoilt, it is because I always had one specially ordered by my parents every year. Not having one just breaks my Dad’s tradition.

Well, I know my Dad won’t be reading this post wherever he is now. But I still want to say Happy Birthday Dad and we miss you!

XOXO
Jessica

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Hello!

Dress your iPhone 4 up in one of Kate Spade’s latest covers for iPhone 4! It offers great style and protection to your beloved phone! I’m using this case too as it’s sooo cute!

XOXO
Jessica

Price: SGD$80
Free Postage in Singapore only.

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Please Vote for Me!

Hello everyone!

Please vote for me!!! 🙂

http://starawards2010.mediacorptv.sg/favfemale.htm

beside the black ‘SEE ALL NOMINEES’ select from the list ‘The Ultimatum’ (its near the bottom), and select ‘Gigi (Jessica Tan)’.

key in the code below the ‘VOTE NOW’ button before voting. you can vote once a day till the 11th of april.

XOXO

Jessica

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