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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review: VICHY Aqualia Thermal Night Spa

Hi lovelies, today I'm going to share my review on the VICHY Aqualia Thermal Night Spa which I have been using for a while.



Aqualia Thermal Night Spa is a sleeping mask in VICHY's hydration range, that offers a night spa treatment for rested, radiant and beautiful skin. Since its launch in late 2013, it has received several Beauty Awards and has been loved by Beauty Editors in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Singapore!


Formulated with high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid and Aquabioryl, together with Vichy Thermal Spa Water, the Night Spa infuses superior, intense hydration and replenishment continuously all night long, even for sensitive skin. 


There are 2 ways in using this product; 
1) As a sleeping mask, once or twice a week. Apply a thick layer to face and neck, and let this fresh aqua-gel infuse the skin for 10-15 min, then gently massage any excess onto the skin or remove it with a cotton pad.
2) As a moisturiser used every night. Apply a thin, even layer to skin.


My thoughts:
I have tried both ways; using it as a daily night moisturiser and as a twice weekly intense hydrating mask. 
I find that using this product as a daily night moisturiser works better for my skin as I noticed the brightening of my skin, smaller pores and soft, hydrated skin the next morning. However, when I use this product as an intensive hydrating mask, I noticed breakout of a pimple on my forehead and a few small ones on my cheeks. 
I would say that I am very happy with the hydrating results of this product, yet due to the condition of my skin, anything that is too nourishing tends to result in some breakouts. But so far, it has been working positively in giving me well-hydrated skin when used as a daily night moisturiser.
I love the cooling sensation and the refreshing scent of the product which made me feel relax after a long day at work. 
The colour and hydrating result of this product seem quite similar to Laneige Sleeping Pack, but in terms of texture, VICHY Aqualia Thermal Night Spa feels much light-weight with it's watery gel-like texture and gets absorbed by my skin much easier without leaving any residue on my skin.

My rating:
4/5

Retail price: 
S$48
  






Lastly, I would like to share that VICHY is running an Instagram contest where winners will get to win Staycations, Vichy’s Deep Mineral Hydration Facials and product hampers. Details below.


Before purchasing any product, you can try VICHY samples first. Get samples at feelthevichydifference.vichy.sg.

Thank you for reading. Hope this post is useful for you. :)

Love,
Yvonne
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Review: Ematrix Treatment at CSK

About 6 weeks ago, I went through CSK Ematrix Treatment targeting my acne scars and enlarged pores. Please watch the video to understand more about Ematrix Treatment before I proceed with my sharing in this post. You can also find out more information about Ematrix Treatment from this link: http://www.clearsk.com/ematrix-scarless-poreless
video

When I was younger, my skin had always been sensitive towards external factors with redness and itchiness when in contact with dust particles, and when my skin turned greasy, clogged pores and acne were main concerns. It took me many years to stabilise my skin condition but scars were left on my skin after my previous experiences.

 

When I was at CSK, I was treated with a cup of warm tea. Next, numbing cream was applied to my face before removal of my makeup and I was seated at the lounge area for the numbing cream to take effect before I was led into a room to proceed with my treatment.




A hairband was offered to me to help hold back my fringe during the numbing process.

This was the treatment room which I was led to.


The numbing cream and my makeup were removed through double cleansing.



My skin had been thoroughly cleansed and my eyes were covered with moist cotton pad before the treatment machine was placed over my skin. This treatment uses Fractional Bi-Polar RF to target deep dermal layer to induce skin injury while the healthier surrounding skin initiates and accelerates wound healing response. Through out the process, I could feel many tiny needles pricked into my skin with low level of pain sensed on my skin. The doctor who performed this treatment kept conversing with me throughout this procedure to help distract me from focusing on the prickling felt on my skin.



After being done with the first round, flushing of my skin was visible. A second round was done on areas with deeper acne scars so as to promote my skin's natural healing and collagen regeneration so that the depth of the acne scar can be reduced after my skin healed.



Soothing cream was then applied to areas that just underwent the fractional treatment to reduce the level of pain felt on the skin. 


The last step was the application of cooling seaweed mask to reduce the redness and inflammation of the skin.


After the mask had been removed, my skin was visibly less red and the pain felt previously was almost gone.


A layer of moisturiser and BB cream was then applied to my skin, bringing this Ematrix Treatment to a closure.



At the end of the treatment, flushing of the skin was reduced and not very visible but my pores appeared larger as the skin was "irritated" by the treatment. Redness of the skin was more visible over the next 2 days of post-treatment.


Day 1 of post-treatment:


Redness of the skin was much visible and my skin hurt during cleansing even when I was using gentle cleanser. Prickling feeling was felt as though there were ants biting my skin but it was overall still bearable. 


Day 2 of post-treatment:

Redness of the skin reduced a little and scabs were starting to form on my skin. Cleansing of my skin was less painful, the healing process of my skin was good.

Day 3 of post-treatment:


Redness of the skin subsided and scabs were formed. The scabs were beginning to gradually come off during face cleansing. Everything was well, nothing negative experienced thus far.

One and a half month after treatment:


My skin had healed from the Ematrix Treatment. I did not receive much results from one treatment as my pores and acne scars are still quite visible. Results differ for individuals, some may see results in one treatment, others may take 3 to 6 treatments to achieve their desirable results. Maybe more treatments would be needed for my skin if I would like to have smaller pores and much reduced acne scar size.

The outlet I went for my treatment was located at
Orchard Central # 03-16/17/18, 181 Orchard Road, (S)238896.


CSK has various other treatment services available targeting facial concerns, body concerns, hair growth concerns etc. You may check out their website for more details: www.cskclinics.com

Ok, that's all for now. Thanks for reading and have a great week! Bye!

Love,
Yvonne
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