Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dr.Ci:Labo Media Event and Aqua-Collagen-Gels

I've attended the Dr.Ci:Labo Media Event which was held at ION Sky 56th floor of Orchard ION. Through this event, I understood more about Dr.Ci:Labo as a skin care brand and the effectiveness of Dr.Ci:Labo products that it promise.

A Christmas tree made out of Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gels was displayed at the event. I could feel the festive season when I saw this "tree". This Christmas tree was really beautiful.

There are 4 different types of Aqua-Collagen-Gel customized for different skin needs under Dr.Ci:Labo.
Aqua Gel contains concentrated ingredients, such as natural gel, marine collagen, seaweed extract, and hyaluronic acid, etc., which have superior moisture retention ability (1g of gel is able to retain about 6L of water). Aqua Gel creates an environment where the skin’s own natural healing powers are enhanced. By aiming to keep the skin healthy and beautiful, it keeps the skin clean and, most importantly, able to breathe, 24 hours a day, thus enhancing its metabolism and blood flow. The naturally-derived gel helps to create a smooth, well-moisturized, clear, healthy beautiful looking skin after constant usage for some time.

Characteristics of Aqua Gel 
  1. Contains NO Artificial Coloring,  Fragrances, or Surfactants designated by law as being potentially harmful 
  2. Highly Absorbent・Purifying・Prevents Blemishes and Dullness
    Penetrating deep into the pores, it traps and removes dirt and waste products, as well as grime and oxygenated grease on the skin’s surface. With its superior absorbent ability, gel displays its ability to absorb abnormal pigmentation (Blemishes, Dullness), as well as dead skin cells which accumulate on the skin’s surface.
  3. Great permeability, Maintaining almost 100% Dermal Respiration
    Good permeability means dermal respiration is not restricted, maximizing the skin’s ability to absorb oxygen, which improves its metabolism and in turn delivers an adequate oxygen supply to skin cells, which become activated and enhance the skin’s ability to heal itself, leaving you with a healthy, glowing skin. Containing no surfactants or mineral oils, gel products are porous, allowing your skin to breathe freely.
  4. Perfect Moisture Retention Ability
    From a dermatological point of view, the skin begins to age because the amount of moisture it retains decreases. Gel-based cosmetics supply the skin with an adequate amount of moisture, aging is prevented, and the skin is protected from becoming dry and wrinkled.
  5. Antioxidant
    With vitamin C derivatives and various plant extracts contained in the Gel, active oxygen is removed, hence, skin problems and aging are prevented. Consequently damage such as aging, blemishes, and wrinkles caused by the UV rays, is prevented.
  6. Rich in nourishment such as minerals, etc. essential for the skin.

Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture

Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture contains moisturizing ingredients, such as marine collagen and hyaluronic acid, vitamin C derivatives that suppress melanin synthesis, extracts from plant mixtures whose action is similar to that of the placenta, as well as large amounts of seaweed extracts rich in minerals to activate cells.
Aqua Gel, formulated with naturally-derived gel, has a high affinity with the skin and is absorbed immediately. It is said that with extended use, the skin will become moisturized from within and by using it twice a day, morning and evening, the skin will experience a rebirth!

1. Re-hydrates the skin • Moisture Retention • Maintains Dermatological Homeostasis
2. Enhances Metabolism • Enhances Circulation • Maximizes the Skin's Innate Healing Powers
3. Improves and Prevents Blemishes • Dullness • Wrinkles • Dark Lines under the Eyes • Prevents Skin Aging
4. Alleviates Symptoms of Eczema • Sensitive Skin • Combats Dry Skin
5. Prevents the Action of Everyday UV Rays • SOD action by natural SOD Agents such as Plant Extracts and VC Derivatives contained in the gel.

Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich-Lift-EX

Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich-Lift-EX focuses on treating the “sagging” skin that concerns women with aged and mature complexions. Highlighting immediate results in skin lifting, this Aqua Collagen Gel directly works on the causes of “sagging” skin. Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich-Lift alone plays the multiple roles of anti-aging lotion, anti-aging emulsion, lifting serum, brightening and makeup base.

The diagram below shows how aging takes place, and aging is actually a scary thing for ladies because we lose our attractiveness when we have sagging, aged skin.

But how can we slow down aging? It's simple actually.
1. Prevent moisture decline. 
2. Prevent oxidation of skin cells.
3. Activate collagen production.
Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich-Lift-EX has been tested to fulfill all 3 points stated above with the effective ingredients in this product.
Key ingredients/functions
Alpha lipoic acid (thioctic acid): Encourages the production of healthy collagen. 
CoQ10 (ubiquinone): It provides an anti-wrinkle effect. 
Quick Lift (xanthan gum cross-polymer): Quick Lift forms a lifting film. The skin continues to feel tightened for about six hours. 
Polylift (almond extract): Polylift forms a lifting film. It makes fine lines and wrinkles less visible within a short time. 
Osilift (oat grain extract): Osilift forms a lifting film. It provides the instant effects of firming, improving smoothness and fighting against fine lines and wrinkles. 
Gold colloid and Platinum colloid: Work to retain moisture.
Pueraria mirifica root extract: Contains an isoflavone derivative and is believed to mimic female hormone.
Aroma Lavender (French Lavender extract): Relax the mind and body, and easing stress. 
Micro Ocean Collagen (hydrolyzed collagen): Micro-particles of collagen deeply penetrate the skin. 
Hyaluronic acid (Na): Helps the skin retain its moisture. 
Ceramide (Ceramide 3): It improves the skin’s barrier function of water retention.

The recommended amount for the day is about the size of 2 pearls and for the night is about the size of a cherry.

Direction to use to maximize the effectiveness of the product:

Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel BI・HA・KU

Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel BI・HA・KU works as a brightening moisturizer.

Dr.Ci:Labo identifies the following two factors that reduce skin clarity:
I. Reduced moisture in the stratum corneum due to aging of the skin
As one ages, the moisture in the stratum corneum slowly declines. The decrease in moisture slows down the skin's cell turnover cycle, causing the stratum corneum to thicken. While our skin texture has an innate ability to create a soft-focus effect and make the skin look bright, the texture begins to roughen. Moreover, as the skin becomes drier and gets more fine lines and enlarged pores, small bumps and dents on the surface cast “aging shadows” on the skin.

II. Melanin production caused by UV rays
As more melanin is produced due to UV rays, the entire face starts to have a dull complexion and “melanin spots” appear. UV rays also induce dryness, which slows down melanin removal and prevents skin brightening ingredients from penetrating into the skin.

Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel BI・HA・KU works through their “super brightening penetration system”:

I. Penetrating moisturizing ingredients to fill up the stratum corneum with moisture in 3 steps
Step 1: Hydrate
3 different sized collagens, hyaluronic acid, ceramide and elastin are combined to supply moisture deep into stratum corneum of the skin.
Step 2: Condition
Amino acids, including amino acid metabolites, account for about 60% of the natural moisturizing factors (NMFs), which play a key role in maintaining moisture in the skin's stratum corneum. Aqua-Collagen-Gel BI・HA・KU is formulated with Active Amino-C, a complex of 20 different amino acids that are essential for moisture in the skin. This complex provides a variety of functions such as promoting skin cell turnover, brightening and fighting the signs of inflammation, thus helping maintain healthy looking skin.
Step 3: Lock in
Oligogeline, a gel-like ingredient obtained from red algae, is rich in minerals. Oligogeline adjusts the balance of ions in the stratum corneum to help with the penetration of the effective key ingredients. It also provides the “second skin effect” by gently coating the skin surface, locking in moisture and preventing evaporation.

II. Super skin brightening care ingredients to block the process of dark spot formation
Aqua-Collagen-Gel BI・HA・KU is formulated with eight types of nano-sized natural botanical extracts. These ingredients block dark spots by focusing on and targeting different stages of dark spot formation up to the surfacing of the spots on the skin. They penetrate deep into the stratum corneum and work effectively to hide dark spots.

Aqua-Collagen-Gel BI・HA・KU is also formulated with 3 types of Vitamin C derivatives--including L-ascorbic acid 2-glucoside--an effective key ingredient that works on the skin from many angles. Vitamin C derivatives have a great effect to keep the skin healthy looking. They also act on the appearance of dark spots by reducing visible signs of melanin.

III. Rich in anti-aging care ingredients
DL alpha tocopherol acetate, a long acting Vitamin E derivative * Effective key ingredient: This ingredient provides excellent anti-oxidizing effect and creates great synergies when used with Vitamin C. It helps maintain the barrier function, thereby working on skin roughness and dark spots.
Dipotassium glycyrrhizinate * Effective key ingredient: Extracted from licorice root, it helps detoxify while helping to soothe the inflammation caused by UV rays and other factors.
Vitamin P: Helps to eliminate dark circles under the eyes, skin dullness and puffiness.
Pycnogenol®: An extract obtained from the bark of the French Maritime pine tree. Pycnogenol provides an excellent anti-oxidizing function, it protects Vitamin E from oxidization and helps return the oxidized Vitamin C to its reduced state.
CoQ10: One of the coenzymes that originally exist in the body. It boosts anti-oxidization.

The recommended amount for the day is about the size of 2 pearls and for the night is about the size of a cherry.

Direction to use to maximize the effectiveness of the product: 
Apply to the entire face and finish up by gently patting the entire face.

Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Sensitive
Formulated with Super Ceramide Base and combined extracts of Japanese and Chinese plants to defend and enhance the skin’s barrier function, thus thoroughly protecting “Occasionally Sensitive, Chronically Sensitive and Allergy-Prone Skin”. Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Sensitive is a fragrance-free, dye-free gel with no added mineral oils, petroleum-based surface active agents, alcohol or preservatives.

Major Ingredients
Super Ceramide Base: Ceramide 1, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 3 and Ceramide 6II are the components of intercellular lipid, and serve as adhesives that bond corneocytes. They play the role of a barrier that protects the skin from dryness, dust and other external irritants and keeps the epidermis healthy.
ATP Complex: Combined extracts of Japanese and Chinese plants, including perilla extract, which support the natural healing powers (maintain the innate homeostasis of a person).
[Perilla extract (1)] Anti-oxidizing and whitening functions
[Kumazasa extract] Hemostatic function, bone strengthening and antibacterial effect
[Pueraria extract] Whitening function, skin resilience, moisture retention and softening function
[Coptis extract] Increased SOD and function that removes reactive oxygen species
[Paeoniae radix extract] Anti-inflammatory function and astringent function
[Angelicae radix extract (1)] Sedation, pain relief and promotion of blood circulation
Biotin (vitamin H): This vitamin is essential to keep the skin and nervous tissues healthy and to help the thyroid and reproductive organs work properly. Since it was found that biotin suppresses the increase of histamine, which causes allergic symptoms, the dermatological world has rediscovered the role of biotin in treating atopic dermatitis.
Vitamin P: Vitamin P is the collective name for “flavonoids,” “rutin,” “hesperidin,” etc. It used to be generally called just “flavonoid.” Vitamin P works to promote the penetration of vitamins C and H into the skin.
Dipotassium glycyrrhizinate: This ingredient provides anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects, and prevents skin roughness.

Founder of Dr.Ci:Labo, Dr Shirono was also present at the event to share with us more about the brand Dr.Ci:Labo.

Special guest Ines Ligron also shared with us ways to appear beautiful for women. 
Tips I've learnt from her:
- Always dress appropriately, and dressing well enhances our appearance and make us beautiful.
- Use the right skin care for your face, and products from Dr.Ci:Labo can be applied to the face and all other parts of the body, making our skin look beautiful.
- Eat more fruits, seaweeds and salmon to get beautiful skin like the Japanese ladies.

Let's catch a glimpse of the view of Singapore from the 56th floor of Orchard ION. 
Did you spot any familiar buildings?

Thanks for reading.



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