Monthly beauty rituals.

I’m the kinda girl who don’t like spending too much time dolling myself up before heading out of the house. If I could, I would rather not put anything on my face (except eyeliner – can’t live without that), slip into my outfit of the day and head out in 15 mins, tops. To help and hasten this hassle-free daily routine of getting ready, I do the following beauty rituals on a monthly basis. 
Monthly facial treatments at IDS Clinic

Before facial

Right after facial – some marks on my forehead from squeezing to unclog the whiteheads. The marks usually disappear really quickly in an hour or so…and ignore my sparse lashes. I was due to have a new set replaced.
Good and glowing skin is a must so that I can put as little coverage on my face as possible. Some days I go with just sunscreen and loose powder.
My favourite treatment of all at IDS Clinic is the Hydro Therapeutics Treatment. I’m usually very careful with facial treatments because my skin is so sensitive to them. Some, in fact most treatments cause me to break out and I’m better off not having done the treatment at all. It’s so frustrating to do a facial treatment expecting my skin to look better, only to end up having huge angry acne pimples instead from products unsuitable to my skin. So happy that I’ve got no such issues at all with my treatments at IDS Clinic. 
The Hydro Therapeutics Treatment is a 4-step treatment to thoroughly cleanse and brighten your face. All the 4 steps are super gentle and comfortable, yet effective and really helps get rid of your dead skin cells, dirt and grime on your face. The best technology combined with effective skin products are used to get the best results from your treatment. I love how it unclogs the pores and makes my skin super super soft and glowy after. The good news is, the glow and smoothness lasts for days and days. Every treatment feels like I’m giving my skin a good clean up and overhaul and I always leave the clinic feeling like I’ve got the best skin in the world. 
IDS Clinic is at Novena Specialist Centre, 8 Sinaran Drive #05-07/10. You can call 6568 3555 for your appointment. First time customers get 50% off their first treatment! 
Eyelash extensions at Flutters Lash Parlour

I’ve been going to Flutters for eyelash extensions for months now and I still can’t stop raving. It saves me so much time; no mascara needed and no having to stick on false lashes. My eyes look dressed their best all the time. Haha. I’ve recommended quite a few of my friends there and they all share the same love as me now. We all have the same reasons for loving our lash extensions from there – it’s so comfortable and natural looking. I’ve even had people ask which mascara I was using! I’ve not taken a break from these extensions now for at least 6 months and I’m happy to note that my own, natural lashes are all intact. The lashes from Flutters mostly fall out on their own, without taking my real lashes with them. I guess one day when I do decide not to have extensions anymore, at least I still have all my real lashes to fall back on.
Flutters is located at 15 Duxton Road. You can call 6220 0920 for an appointment. 
Manicures at J Nail Studio
I’ve just formed the habit of getting my nails done and this is the first set of manicure I’ve done in a very long while. They’re inspired by Chanel’s signature tweed look and I can’t stop glancing down at my nails every once in awhile to admire the art on my fingers. I got them done at J Nail Studio and they’ve got 400 over gel colours from Japan, so you can basically go crazy with the designs that you want. 
J Nail Studio is located at Bukit Timah Plaza #b1-51. You can call 6463 1885 for an appointment. 
So, this all pretty much sums up what I do every month to look presentable and get out of the house quickly. Do share some of your beauty rituals with me too! 

My skin saver.

I was in a wintery country last month and my friend from there asked me how I maintained such fair skin coming from a sunny island like Singapore. “Lyco White and sunscreen”, is my answer. If you’re wondering what Lyco White is, it’s an oral skin supplement to support skin health. Packed with powerful ingredients that are all proven to significantly work, these tablets are an all-in-one for whitening, sun protection and as an anti-oxidant. 
I’m on to my second bottle already (each bottle lasts a month) and although I admit that I’m already quite fair to start, the most significant difference I’ve noticed is that my skin looks a lot less dull. Especially on days when I’m tired and didn’t get enough sleep. Before, my skin used to look really dull and yellow on days like these. These days, even when I’m feeling horrible and unrested inside, my skin fakes it and makes me look all fresh and bright. 
The whitening process of Lyco White comes from the humble fruit, the tomato. A complex called Phytofloral is derived to help give you fairer and clearer skin. It also helps decrease the sun’s effect on your skin by inhibiting melanin synthesis. Which means, I can stay out in the sun longer without developing a tan, become sunburnt or develop dark spots. Plus, it contains a unique ingredient to increase the skin’s ability to defend itself against UV radiation. 
My favourite benefit from this awesome pill is its super antioxidant powers. We all know how essential antioxidant is for happy and healthy skin. I’ve noticed that my sensitive skin is a lot less sensitised after taking Lyco White and is less reactive to pollution and the environment. My skin used to flare up and I’d get red spots from allergies and what not. 
To complete this pill and make it even more awesome than it already is, black pepper extract is added which boosts absorption of all the nutrients. This means that all the goodness is absorbed into your system quicker, which means faster results.  
Now you all know why, alongside many of my other friends who have embarked on their Lyco White journey love it so much and ‘panic’ when we forget to take our dose for the day. It’s literally, a skin saver! 
You can get your dose of healthier and brighter skin with Lyco White from IDS Clinic. For more details:

IDS Clinic is located at:
8 Sinaran Drive #05-07 to 10
Novena Specialist Centre

Tel: 6568 3555

My entire skincare range is from IDS and I’m seeing excellent results on my skin from their products! 
Outfit details:
Playsuit: Wardrobe Theory 
(I especially love the back details on this piece)
Brooch: Chanel
Heels: Alice & Olivia
Hair & Make-Up: Xuann

Acne trouble and dealing with it

It may come rather surprising to some, but I do and always have had acne/blemish prone skin. My skin looks clear and pimple-free most of the time because I’ve been visiting dermatologists since my teenage years. So mostly, I’ve got my acne under control. I’ve probably used most or almost all of the reputable acne creams in the market and was even on Roaccutane pills at one point of my life about ten years ago. I’ve always thought this ‘problem’ will go away once I passed puberty – well, that never happened. Then I thought, maybe it’ll go away when I’m in my 30’s. Guess what? I’m in my 30’s and this problem is still persisting and bugging me. Like seriously?! 
Anyhow, I managed to control and manage the problem quite well for a couple of years and I was mostly very happily pimple-free with minimal flare ups – until about a year ago. I’m not quite sure what happened, really. It could be stress, the use of unsuitable products on my skin or haywire hormones. Perhaps, it was due to the frequent change in climates from all my traveling. I was breaking out way too often on both sides of my cheeks and forehead and getting increasingly frustrated with having to deal with zits on the face at the age of 30+. Yes, I’ve completely grown into my skin and I’m a confident adult, but my self-esteem can’t help but take a beating on those days or weeks where the flare-ups are more than I can bear.
I decided to seek help once again from a dermatologist. I started doing my research and through friends and online reviews, I found IDS Clinic by Dr SK Tan. I’ve heard of Dr SK Tan quite many times over my many years of seeking help for my skin. For no real reason at all, I’ve just never gone to him for treatment. Through my research this time, I found out that Dr Tan is known for his expertise in the treatment of pigmentary conditions, especially acne. There were also so many good reviews of him helping people with acne conditions. Bingo! I think I found the clinic for me. 
I made an appointment with the clinic and was assigned to see Dr Heng. During my appointment, I lamented to him my skin troubles and of course asked him why my acne problem never seemed to go away for good. He told me the cold hard truth that acne never ever really goes away. Some people even have to manage it way into adulthood right until they hit menopause (at this point, I think I was cursing every swear word in my head), and it’s all about managing, controlling the problem and keeping it down to a minimal. Well, I can’t imaging having to deal with pimple issues even when I’m 40 something so all I basically said was ok, so what should I do to control and deal with my constant break outs now? He examined my skin and after discussions together, decided that I should go on a course of Doxycycline – commonly used to treat acne and embark on a range of skincare products by IDS.

The nurse led me to a separate room to go through all the products that I was going to be taking home with me and the product how-tos. She was very thorough and I left the clinic knowing exactly what I had to do.

IDS has a huge range of products for your skin needs. 

 Check out the number of accolades between two doctors on the wall.  

These are the products that I took home with me. From left to right, Refreshing Cleanser, Cleansing Gel (for removing makeup), Toner, Pore (for unclogging pores), C Plus (multi-tasking age fighter), Oil-free Moisturizer, Spot (on-the-spot acne treatment) Sunscreen (for day). 

It’s been slightly over 2 weeks since I’ve started using all the products and I’m happy to report that my skin has cleared so much. All the tiny zits on my forehead (I believe they’re called white heads) have all gone and the break-outs on my chin and cheeks are so much more under control. My cheeks are even almost clear now. Yay! Here are before/after pictures to show.

Before (left cheek): My main issue is clogged pores and tiny bumps. You can see a sprinkling of them over my left cheek.

After (left cheek): So much clearer! My skin is a lot less clogged and most of the tiny bumps have all gone away.

 Before (right cheek): Spots and bumps all over and on my chin too.

After (right cheek): Woo hoo! Short for a couple of spots and a blemish from an old zit that’s taking awhile to clear, my skin is almost all clear. 🙂 

So much happiness for clear skin! I know that different treatments and products work differently on different skin but I’ve always been a firm believer in dermatologists especially for acne/blemish prone skin. Over the counter products – at least for me – just don’t quite work as well in controlling pimple issues. My favourite product amongst all (ok I do love the ones that fight and kill the pimples) is C Plus. This product actually brightens my skin. I noticed my skin looking brighter right after the first night of using it already. It’s like magic! 

I’m so glad that I found IDS products. Good riddance to pimples!