A Review Of My Anti-Aging Facial Treatment at JHGC

I went for an anti-aging facial treatment at JHGC recently. Called the IGF-1 Triple Effect Therapy, it’s a newly launched facial therapy from Japan.

JHGC is a well-known hair and facial treatment centre from Japan and they’ve got many outlets all over Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
This IGF-1 Triple Effect Therapy is supposed to 1) lift your face, 2) improve your skin condition and 3) relieve shoulder aches and headaches. As I suffer from chronic shoulder aches that lead to migraines, I was really looking forward to #3.
When I arrived at their outlet at Triple One Somerset, I was first met and greeted by their very friendly Japanese Salon Manager. How very authentic! After going through the usual facial treatment formalities and understanding what I was going to experience, I was ushered into the treatment room. I remember having a headache that day (from my shoulders) and I was really looking forward to relieve it during the treatment.

Step 01:
The therapist started the treatment with the massage right away (yay!). The massage is unlike any massages that I’ve ever had before. The therapist focused on relieving the muscles on my head and through it all, I felt a comfortable soreness and could literally feel the tension from my head and shoulders melt away.

Step 02:
Next, she removed my makeup, cleansed my face and applied the MT Exfoliator to exfoliate my skin. The exfoliator was extremely gentle and felt really soothing.

Step 03:
Then, she spread a Vitamin C Serum over my whole face and used the Agaia Plus device to shine a blue light over my face. This part of the treatment rejuvenates the skin and promotes cell reproduction in the skin. 

Step 04:

She massaged my face with lifting techniques after the Agaia Plus Treatment. I really like that this treatment combines human touch and technology.

Step 05:

Finally, a facial pack was applied to my face and the Agaia Blue LED light was shone on my face for about 10 minutes.


Before (with makeup)

After (without makeup)
What I first noticed immediately after the treatment was how soft my face felt and how much brighter my skin looked. It may not look like it in the ‘before’ picture as I had makeup on, but my skin was looking rather dull before the treatment. The therapist who worked on me (she’s got the best skin I’ve ever seen – poreless, clear and glowing!) remarked that after she removed my makeup.
Comparing the before and after picture, my slightly saggy jowls have been lifted and my right cheek and right eyelid (my usual trouble spots) also look more lifted than before. 
It’s also been a week and my tension headache has not come back. Good riddance to that, hopefully!
If you’d like to try the treatment too, JHGC is offering an exclusive trial price of $68 (U.P.$250) for a limited period. You can call the Triple One Somerset outlet at 6499 9158 or the One Raffles Place outlet at 6830 7898 to book your appointments.
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[Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with JHGC. However, all opinions expressed are my own and not of JHGC’s.] 



A review of Lancome Advanced Genifique’s range of products

Every so often, you’ll find a great skincare product that you know you’ll keep and use for a long time to come.
The product, or rather, products in question this time around is Lancome’s range of Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate Serum, Eye Illuminator and Eye Concentrate.
I’ve mentioned many times on my blog that as age is catching up, I’m most concerned about anti-aging; to hold up what gravity is pulling downwards and to keep the fine lines and wrinkles at bay. It doesn’t help that I’ve been coping with sensitive, acne prone skin all my life. I’ve never really used anti-aging products (except for eye creams…thank goodness zits don’t grow around my eye area!) until recently, because they’ve mostly been too rich for my skin and causes my skin to breakout. 
Advanced Genifique encourages women to embrace the beauty of being yourself; to activate your #youthful aura – that inner light that makes you shine. I love this key message of celebrating you and loving yourself from the inside out. It is so important for women to have self love and self worth.  
They’ve picked 4 faces based on their unique inner beauty – role models who exude a quiet confidence and who are always active in a cause: Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o and Lily Collins. 

How It Works
Inspired by gene science, Lancome believes that the skin’s beauty is revealed through its light which naturally represents one of the fundamental signs of skin’s youth. The more radiant and luminous your skin is, the more youthful your skin looks. This light on your skin is derived from a complex interplay of surface reflection and backscattered inner light. Over time, backscattering of inner light decreases with age. A great portion of the light is trapped by melanin and your skin darkens with time.  
The range of Lancome Advanced Genifique products reignite your skin’s inner light by improving the structure of the skin surface and improving the backscattering of inner light to reveal radiant, luminous, plump and healthy skin. 
Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Affectionately known as the ‘little black bottle’, what I like most about this serum is that it feels light and is absorbed quickly into the skin. I’ve been using it for 7 days and have had no breakouts (yay!). As my skin leans towards the oily side, I’ve been skipping the moisturiser step after the serum and I use this after my toner. I tend to keep the number of steps to my skincare regime down so as not to overload my skin. So, every product that I use really need to work! For those with dry to normal skin, you can use this serum as a booster to make your follow on skincare products work even better for you. It’ll boost your skincare products by up to 3x!
In just 7 days, I’ve noticed that my skin has become brighter and is looking more radiant and my skin tone has evened out more. Even without using moisturizer, my skin stays hydrated and plump. I’ve been skipping putting on my usual BB cushion and have been going out with just a light dust of loose powder on my face. I love the freedom of not having to slather my face with make-up! 
Over time, I’m also supposed to see improved skin elasticity and experience firmer skin with reduced sagginess. Can’t wait! 
Advanced Genifique Yuex Light-Pearl and Yuex Eye Cream

Because I’m a huge fan and believer of eye care, these 2 products are my favourite of the lot. I’ve been using eye care products since I was a teenager and have tried all kinds from many different brands. This is the first time however, that I’m using an activator before an eye cream. Although I’ve been hardworking with my eye care for many years, no thanks to my genes, the lines and wrinkles have still been appearing. What used to be cute crinkles at the corner of my eyes when I smiled is now also known as crow’s feet. And, what bothers me the most are the fine lines that crack through my under eye concealer when I have concealer on. 
So, the amazing thing with this eye care duo is that in just 7 days of use, I’ve definitely noticed that the fine lines around my eyes have reduced slightly and most of all, the lines are not cracking and peeking through my under eye concealer. I especially love the wand application from the eye illuminator and how it reaches all corners of my eye. I’m not sure if you guys feel the same way when you’re putting on something really good on your face, but it feels so good everytime I put the illuminator and cream on. I feel awesome that I’m slathering all these goodness around my eyes (ok, the most succinct word I can use to describe this feeling is, shiok! -haha-). I know that I’ll appreciate myself being hardworking in years to come.
For more information on Lancome’s Advanced Genifique range of products, CLICK HERE. I found the videos of how to apply the products on the face for maximum efficacy particularly useful!   

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