Tuesday, January 23, 2018

My choice of Korean special care travel essential!

I have been traveling quite intensely for the past few months since August from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh, Mui Ne, Nha Trang and Dalat (and I got a trip in coming 2 week time!) and to keep my skin healthy is not easy. Constant exposure to dirt & sun make my skin are more prone to breakout. If I could bring my Panasonic Nanocare Facial Steamer would be great but I think to pack a few tubes of skincare seems more convenient. I truly felt that besides our usual skincare routine here like cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser, we need some special care to help to boost & pamper our skin health!

 As you might know Korean skincare is known to use a lot natural ingredients passed down from generation to generation. This tradition continues today with formulations that tend to shun harsh chemicals and draw from the Earth plus they are pretty affordable in general. So while I was googling to look for solution from Korean skincare brand I stumbled on a few articles on ProductNation Malaysia talking about this and they have the latest product reviews, products on-trend, consumer favourite and best of all an indication of price (btw the prices could change based on the e-commerce promotions that are going on)

Below are some of special care products from Korean brands I have researched and read their skin care review in Malaysia before trying out myself and I think these are great to maintain our kin during travel.

Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask 

A mask with Micro Clay Mask containing Super Volcanic Clusters that is effective at absorbing excessive sebum and fine dust stuck between small pores and wrinkles. Formulated with 84.7% naturally derived ingredients, including 6,020 mg Jeju Volcanic Cluster and 5 proven exfoliants (volcanic clusters, walnut shells, cellulose, AHAs, BHAs). This 6-in-1 pore solution mask in a light, airy mousse helps: 
  1. minimize the look of pores 
  2. absorb sebum 
  3. gently exfoliate 
  4. deeply cleanse 
  5. even skin tone
  6. keep skin feeling cool 

I prefer the mousse over the jar version one as the pump allows for easy and mess-free application. I like how my skin feel very clean after using this however I can only use 1 to 2 times a week as it is pretty drying and I need to put on a hydrating mask right after.

Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask EX

A peel-off mask that removes dead skin cells and impurities for smoother skin. This mask includes finely ground Solomon’s Seal, fine honey, and Japanese Honeysuckle to leave skin look clear and translucent. This mask also contains natural ingredients including pine, licorice, Cnidium Officinale, and Angelica Acutiloba. I always love peel off mask but most of them are drying but this one is not. 

I love the ginseng scent super soothing and relaxing. I love how the skin was much noticeably cleaner and smoother after each use.

 Skin Food Rice Mask Wash Off 

An exfoliating and moisturizing scrub mask with grains which is based on rice and rice extract. With its texture of ground rice, it leaves skin bright, soft and lustrous. I have been using this product for at least like 10 years and yet this is one of the best classic scrub mask around that is so affordable to own.
Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off 

Another mask from SkinFood. This sweet mask wash-off features organic black sugar granules that exfoliate and nourishes skin, leaving you feeling smooth and clean. 

Among the 2,091 reviews in ProductNation for this 4-star rated product, people are saying how much cleaner, refreshed and softer their skin feels after using it.It’s not hard to tell why because this mask is really affordable yet the result is immediate! Skin feel super smooth, moist and soft after using it with a sweet scent left behind.

Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel 

Soak in the goodness of Californian aloe vera with this soothing gel. This is super mild on skin, it can be used to moisturise face, arms, legs, and hair. The vitamins from aloe vera also protect your skin from harmful UV rays and best use to soothe burn skin. I swear by this and always bring this along when I travel and I have a few jars of these product places around on my working table, vanity table and beside my table so it’s easy to reach.


Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask 

Besides their best seller sleeping mask, I think a lot of us often forget that the most important part of our smile is our beautiful lips.This sleep-in mask for the lips will gently melts away dead skin cell leaving lips moist and supple the next morning. A must have for me while I travel so that I can have beautiful looking lips for my travel pictures! 

These are some of the best Korean skincare product recommendation I researched via online and have tried personally and I hope you find it useful. I think there are too many products I bought in the past which are impulse purchase. Hence now I have become a smarter consumer (cos wan save money for traveling!) where I will actually Google for reviews, before trying out the sample or feel it at store before buying an actual size.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Discover your foot health on Sunfeet Open Day!



Do you know 4 out of 5 Malaysian has foot problems?

Our feet are often over looked as a vital part of the body and most tend to ignore issues that are affecting their feet. Most often than not, we only take concern when our feet health has worsen. 

Both of our feet  make up for 25% of the body’s bones, 18% of joints and 6% of the muscles. Any damage to any of these parts can cause serious harm to our bodies and will affect our mobility. And in actual fact our feet are the ones that get the most wear and tear like our car tires. All this pressure and movement will not only leave your feet sore but can also affect your knees, hips and entire spine. Hence making sure we have good foot health is important. 

One of the easiest and most accurate way to find our if our foot health is good is through a proper foot examination with qualified orthotist.

Plus having a flat foot, cerebral palsy, knee pain, scoliosis and even a diabetic foot, these will need some special medical attention by a fully trained professional team.

I was invited to SunFeet event to find out my foot health. 

The founder of Sunfeet is Dato' Dr. Edmund Lee, a British-qualified orthotist and prosthetist. He is the third generation in the family business; his late grandfather and father were in the prosthetics and orthotics line.

Sunfeet International Rehab Centre is a one stop centre to offer holistic care by its specialist and professional team on board including in the area of occupational therapy, sports rehabilitation, prosthetics, podiatry, orthotics, pedorthics and physiotherapy for children and adult. 

At the event I found out that Sunfeet offers comprehensive foot examination to determine your foot health. This is 3D scanning which can provides 90% accuracy.

I found out that I suffered from over pronated foot (a worse scenario from flat feet) where there is an inward rolling of my foot especially on my left side. And over pronation can cause injuries in the foot, ankle, knee and can further affect the pelvis and spine, as well as shoulder balance. And now I finally understand why I always have foot pain and recently I have constant pain in my left knee. Also I can't really do proper balancing in yoga class too.

In fact Dato' Dr Edmund said that conditions has worsen because my knee is feeling the impact hence I suffered from knee pain. And I'm now thinking to discuss further with him to see what are the possible solutions.

The most effective ways to improve my foot health would be wearing the correct customised insoles to support and correct back our arch and posture. And the above picture was him taking measurement of one of his patient's insoles before making them into a insoles mold.

Besides the customised insoles, they also sell ready made insoles and shoes which are imported from overseas. 

According to Dato' Dr Edmund Lee, 6 out of 10 Malaysian has flat feet problem. And one of the main reasons we suffer my flat foot are :

1) Genetics, we cannot change this but we can reduce/prevent it from getting worse 
2) Wearing wrong footwear 
3) Asian behavior of not wearing shoes at home.

And flat feet is a condition which is curable and not a deadly disease. Proper footwear, lifestyle behaviour and standing posture is important to maintain our healthy foot health.

This is how a finished product of a customised insoles will looks like. According to Dato' Dr Edmund, the patients recommend that we should be wearing this customised insoles for at least 6 hours. He also said that this customised insoles is very easy to maintain and we should also wear it at home to correct posture. With CNY just around the corner, he reminded that one should be wearing proper footwear at home especially when we will standing on long hours cooking our CNY reunion meals.

And guess what, next weekend 27 and 28 January 2018 (between 10am to 7pm) Sunfeet will organising their Sunfeet Open Day where there are a lot of fun filled activitires such as public talk by Dato Dr Edmund Lee, the residence orthotic specialist, children’s colouring contest and special promotion of 15% discount on selected products. The first 50 customers will also receive RM500 worth of vouchers from Sunfeet International. Hurry and register here. Hope to see you all there! 

In conjunction with Chinese New Year celebration, Sunfeet International is also offering exclusive promotion with the Happy and Healthy Feet for Your Loved Ones promotion valid until 28 February. This promotion is in a gift box set and ideal as a giveaway for loved ones. Dato' Dr Edmund Lee believes that as many of our loved ones especially our parents often suffer in silence from foot pain and he hopes we can "bring back" foot health to their with their CNY new packaging. Every customer will receive their customised insoles in special CNY packaging with nice CNY greeting. Totally a perfect gift for our loved during this festive seasons!


Sunfeet International Rehab Centre Address
BlkC, 18 Jalan 19/1, 
Seksyen 19 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 
For enquiry, please call +6-013-528 3939
(located in Big Pharmacy)
Business Hour: 10am to 7pm daily

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review of Eucerin® Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity after 4 weeks!

Remember a month ago I was sharing that I started my anti-aging journey with the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity range. I’m happy to report back with my review and tell you how I feel about each of the products and whether they work for me. Basically this range promises to strengthen skin’s elasticity for firmer, fresher, and more radiant skin. Also did I mention that this range smells really good? I think it does!

The Serum in Oil is the hero product and my favourite product from the Eucerin® Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity range. This serum improves skin elasticity and smoothens the overall appearance of the facial skin with its nourishing formula, containing Lady’s Thistle, Vitamin E and Argan Oil.


One interesting feature of the Eucerin® Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Serum in Oil is that you can apply it either before or after your day or night care products. Or if you prefer, you can mix the oil into your facial cream in the palm of your hand and apply both together. 

Personally I like to apply a few drops of the oil before my moisturiser in the morning and in the evening I will apply it as the last step as I like to spend a bit more time to massage my face with the serum.

Although this is an oil, it absorbs nicely into my skin upon application. It’s important to rub & warm up the serum in the palm before application. I like how it left my skin feeling moisturised with a satin-like finish.

Meanwhile the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Eye Care cream helps to plump up wrinkles and protects the eye area from UV induced ageing with its SPF15 sunscreen formulation. I’m excited to come across eye care with SPF!

The product is pretty creamy hence a little goes a long way, yay! I only use a pea sized drop and put it on the tip of my ring finger to massage in the product. I am glad to report that this product does not cause any oil seeds.


As you can see there is a difference in texture between the day & night cream. The night cream is thicker and creamier compared to the day cream. Now the moment of truth, I’m going to share a close up picture of my face and then share my review after I have used the Eucerin® Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity range for more than 4 weeks.

Usually after holidays my skin will be dehydrated due to constant sun exposure, but this time around not only does my skin look healthy, it looks glowy and brighter too! Another thing I noticed is that my skin tone evened up. It looks absolutely healthy & glowing after a month usage. Pretty amazing considering I just took his picture few days ago after I came back from my year end holiday.

Before / After picture aftter 4 weeks of trying Eucerin® Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity 


Close up comparison! Moment of truth. As you can see I think my spot are reduced by a little bit! The pores are definitely smaller and my skin looks smoother! So amazing!!!

Overall I would say that Eucerin® Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity range has achieved what it promises. My skin really looks fresher, glowing and the fine lines seem to be fading out.

Even makeup also turns out to be flawless and long lasting. 

I highly recommend this Eucerin® Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity to to those who are aged 25 and above and are looking for an effective anti-aging range! The prices are pretty reasonable and products are easily available in all Guardians nationwide. Try it today to see the results!


By the way, I tried out this Eucerin Face-Age Test Mirror at the Eucerin display in KLCC Guardian outlet in Suria KLCC shopping mall, it can evaluate skin elasticity, firmness, and overall radiance of the face to determine the age of you facial skin. Don’t forget to visit and try out this magic mirror at either Guardian KLCC or Guardian Mid Valley. 

The Eucerin® Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity range is available exclusively at Guardian outlets nationwide with recommended retail prices as below:-

Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Eye Care - RM 169 
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Facial Oil (Serum) - RM 269 
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Day Cream - RM 229 
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Night Cream - RM 239 

For more information about Eucerin® and derma skincare, log on to www.eucerin.my or www.facebook.com/EucerinMY

Friday, December 8, 2017

Starting my anti skin aging journey with Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity range

When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, "What will I be? Will I be pretty? Will I be rich?" Here's what she said to me "Que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be. The future's not ours to see. Que sera, sera. What will be, will be". 

For the first 20 over years of my life, I was never really worried about looking old because all I was worried about back then was how to have fun, my study, my friends. However this changed slowly when I hit my 20s… fine lines begun appearing around my eyes and forehead… Then in my 30s, fine lines become more pronounced, I started to get duller skin, my skin feels drier, pores getting larger and there’s hyperpigmentation too. Over time, wrinkles, a loss of volume and a loss of elasticity become noticeable if we don’t take care of our skin properly from young.

Our skin ages for a variety of different reasons. While many of the causes of skin ageing are entirely natural and cannot be altered, there are, however, several factors that can cause skin to age prematurely, and these can be influenced. A holistic approach to lifestyle and skincare can help to reduce the visible signs of skin ageing and prevent premature skin ageing. Understanding the way that internal and external factors affect the skin’s structure and function can help to inform choices about treatment and care. 

To be honest, I started taking care of my skin when from my mid 20s (I never really put on sunblock when I was in high school!). I remembered I woke up one fine day and saw there are fine lines at my eyes & laughing lines and I totally freak out...hence I start googling for solution. How I wish I have learnt how to prevent premature skin aging. And back then internet is a luxury for us and today all these information was available at a click of your finger. 

As your body ages, you can expect gradual changes, at your body's own pace. Although how our body ages largely depend on our family (genetic) patterns of aging. There is an external factor i.e our lifestyle choices that have a more powerful impact on how well your body ages as well. Fortunately, we can control your lifestyle choices. A healthy lifestyle may slow many of these normal effects of aging. Skin. With age, the skin becomes less elastic and more lined and wrinkled. Fingernail growth also slows. The oil glands gradually produce less oil, making the skin drier than before. While we can slow skin-aging naturally by protecting the skin from the sun with sunscreen, avoid air pollution area and have a healthier lifestyle habits such as exercise, and healthy food intake, it’s important to use the right anti aging skincare to help to prevent and treat all signs of ageing such as sagging skin

And recently I was given a whole set of Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity range to try. This range is inspired by exclusive and unmatched anti-aging innovation (with clinical proof) to strengthen skin’s elasticity for firmer, fresher, and more radiant skin.

In case you didn’t know Eucerin is a German skincare brand that has more than 100 years of expertise in the science of skincare. Since its launch, the brand has been leading innovation in the science of skincare. Eucerin is now one of the world’s most trusted dermo-cosmetic brands, endorsed and recommended by dermatologists and pharmacists to help keep skin healthy and beautiful. I read that this brand is committed to research, development and testing to deliver innovative and effective products for the face and body i.e it’s the only brand that stands for MEDICAL SKIN SCIENCE THAT SHOWS.

Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity range is designed to lift skin in these five (5) key areas: 
  1. Forehead
  2. Expression lines (crow’s feet) 
  3. Cheekbones 
  4. Jawline
  5. Neckline 
The key ingredients in this range that helps boost elasticity and improve skin radiance are: - 
  • Hyaluronic acid – boosts skin hydration and plumps up wrinkles 
  • Burdock plant extract – improves skin elasticity and firmness 
  • Lady thistle plant extract – improves skin radiance
This is the latest series to Eucerin’s family of Hyaluron-Filler range, Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity range consists of Serum, Day Cream, Night Cream and Eye Cream. And these are the recommended retail pricing for each product 

Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Eye Care - RM169 
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Facial Oil (Serum) - RM269 
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Day Cream - RM229 
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Night Cream - RM239

In a study conducted by Spincontrol Asia, August – November 2016, more than 97% of women felt that their skin elasticity improved and their skin felt smoother as well after using Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity. This is amazing, don’t you think? I am excited to try these products out soon myself and share my review with you guys here. Please stay tune!




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review : Jurlique Radiance Renewal 28 Day Programme and Limited Edition Sweet Violet and Grapefruit Mist


I got this product in late October and I thought it was the right time to try since I just came back from my holiday and I think my skin feel dehydrated & look dull due to the constant exposure under the sun & dirt exposure. I embarked on the Jurlique Radiance Renewal 28 Day Programme a new two-step treatment works with the skin’s natural renewal cycle to deeply replenish and restore radiance.  This range is specially formulated with botanical concentrates that are designed to help to revitalise your skin and leaving it looking luminous. 

It's the perfect 28 days program that you can incorporate into your daily skincare routine anytime to rejuvenate tired or dull skin, preparing your skin for a special event, or whenever your skin needs an intensive radiance boost.

Inside this Jurlique Radiance Renewal 28 Day Programme has two tubes which are known as Step 1 and Step 2.

Why 28 days if you asked? It's because our skin renews itself every 28 days, sloughing off old dead skin cells and replacing them with fresh new ones—but only if we practice good skin care. This great skin care routine locks in moisture, keeps chemicals out and gives skin the proper nourishment to help you to look better in 28 days or less. However there are some factors which will slow down the natural renewal process - the sun, hormones, pollution and other external aggressors and they leave the skin feeling dry and looking dull and tired. Hence the Jurlique Radiance Renewal 28 days Programme works with skin’s natural renewal cycle to restore radiance over two steps.

The instruction is to use Step 1 for the first 2 weeks (i.e 14 days) and Step 2 for the remaining 14 days of  the programme.


Step 1 of Jurlique Radiance Renewal 28 Day Programme

This cream is really lightweight and antioxidant-rich lotion gently exfoliates to help even skin tone and texture, and assist with the renewal of your skin. This lotion is to be applied after serum and before moisturiser and all you need to use a small pearl-sized amount which I warmed between my fingers and then gently pressed onto my skin, down my neck and onto my decolletage. There are three key ingredients in this product

Spilanthes: Grown, harvested and extracted at our Jurlique Farm in the pure Adelaide Hills, this helps tone and purify the skin. 

Kakadu Plum: As the world’s richest natural source of Vitamin C, this powerful Australian super-fruit extract helps improve skin tone and radiance, and helps reduce the appearance of discolouration. 

Willow Bark: The natural exfoliating properties of this concentrated botanical extract help improve the skin’s tone, texture and appearance. 


Step 2 of Jurlique Radiance Renewal 28 Day Programme
This cream is more creamy compared to the previous one. This cream is designed to smooth, protects and deeply replenishes for optimum vitality for the final 14 days of the programme. There are also three key ingredients in this product

Echinacea: This pure botanical extract from our Jurlique Farm in the Adelaide Hills helps soothe and restore your skin, and protect it from environmental aggressors. 

Kakadu Plum: Just like in Step 1, this Vitamin C-rich extract of the powerful Australian super-fruit helps renew skin luminosity and restore radiance. 

Peach Leaf: This concentrated botanical extract helps revitalise and soften skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and discolouration, and restore radiance.
 
And to boost penetration of the product I'm using my Philips Visa Boost to massage my face after each application. 

After using Jurlique Radiance Renewal 28 Day Programme for 4 weeks I feel my skin was softer, hydrated and overall complexion has evened & brighten. I used to have some white heads due to stubborn congestion around my nose and chin and after I have gone through this programme I think it's pretty much gone. Honestly this programme is so easy & simple to use because I could just incorporate into my daily skincare routine. As this is a booster program you can't use it daily but you can use it whenever your skin needs an intensive radiance boost. Jurlique Radiance Renewal 28 Day Programme is currently at RM450 for 2 x 20ml at all Jurlique stores.

And in conjunction with the Christmas seasons, Jurlique has launched a NEW Limited Edition Sweet Violet & Grapefruit Hydration Mist. Love how this bottle comes in beautiful violet glass bottle, very sturdy. This new mist is infused with all-new blend of Sweet Violet, Grapefruit and concentrated natural antioxidants. Together they help improve skin’s moisture levels as its uplifting scent refreshes the senses leaving you feeling calm, refreshed and ready to spread the joy over the coming Christmas season.

I read that Sweet Violet has been used since Ancient Greek times to calm tempers, promote relaxation, and awaken feelings of love. While the scent of Grapefruit helps energize and invigorate the senses. It’s the perfect blend for bringing the joy back to this very special time of year.

Steps to use : Lightly mist onto face, or mist into hands and gently press onto the skin. Use twice a day following cleansing or any time skin feels dehydrated.

The first time I used this Sweet Violet & Grapefruit Hydration Mist I do think it was a little bit too sweet for me and after a while I kind like the sweet fruity scent as it was really refreshing and uplifting. I rotate this between my Rosewater Balancing Mist depending on my mood. I usually keep a bottle of Jurlique mist on my bedside table and working table so that I can quickly give a hydration & refresh booster anytime I need it. Try it out today :) Jurlique Sweet Violet & Grapefruit Hydration Mist is currently at RM147 for 100 ml at all Jurlique stores.


For more information about Jurlique, please visit
www.jurlique.com
https://www.facebook.com/jurlique.my
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