Reflections on 2013..

I guess such a topic is mandatory as we close another chapter in our life – year 2013 and welcome 2014, especially since today marks the very last day and few hours before the wind of 2014 comes gushing out.

When I recall and reflect on the whole year, I can only think of negative thoughts.

2013 didn’t started out well and actually quite drastically bad, so much so that I still live in much pain every other day, till date.

I will not go into much details but I just hope that people can stop judging and shoot stuffs outta their mouths when they know nothing.

Some might know but not the full story because I don’t wish to tarnish the reputation of anyone deeper.

The incidents and problems have been affecting me a lot, really a lot, and I feel that it’s almost taking over my life already.

If you’re gonna say, “Huh? What? You look okay what.”

My question is, do you expect me to cry every min and sec of my life, snap pics of those moments and post it up for public to see? Or cry when you see me in person?

No right? That would be ridiculous.

I don’t know what really lies ahead.

And I feel that it gets more difficult as the years go by.

Sometimes I really feel like giving up, but it’s really not that simple.

And if you do happen to be reading this post, don’t ask, don’t speculate. I would tell if I want to.

Don’t jump into conclusions on baseless assumptions and build ideas of your own.

On a brighter note, all is not doom and gloom.

I’ve met new people, made new friends, grew closer to some, rekindled with a few.

And my little niece came along the way in Nov 🙂

And am thankful for the opportunities I was given in 2013…hoping and looking forward to many more to come 🙂

I hope your 2013 was great and that 2014 would be awesome for you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! 🙂

“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.” ~Winston Churchill 

 

Top Tips to Beat PMS Cravings

For all the ladies out there, have you ever found yourself craving for certain food or discovered that you appetite has increased by truckloads when nearing the arrival of your period?

When I was younger, I didn’t have this problem, until only recently. Maybe I’ve also paid more attention to my body adjustments as I age. It is always good to listen to your body for it may be hinting you on certain issues.

For me, I would experience tremendous hunger pangs a week or so before my estimated date of period (EDP – yeah I made that up LOL). I would crave for fried bee hoon and sweet stuffs, it’s actually damn annoying because it’s very fattening and I always feel so guilty after gobbling them down and yet still reach out for another fattening food few hours later. Honestly, I really loathe myself for doing that but I just can’t stop and help myself…………and not forgetting the mood swings and annoying hormones….I think we girls feel ‘ugliest’ during those moments of our lives, every month.

Googled for some tips and realised that this problem is actually very common amongst our female peers. So, fret not, you’re not alone! And what I have gathered is that yes, your weight might fluctuate due to increased in appetite and water retention, which explains the bloatedness, but during your period, your appetite might reduce. For some, it reduces after their period is over.

My appetite goes back to normal during my period as I feel bloated and uncomfortable. My abdomen area is also bulgier than normal, which makes me ‘feel fat’. 😦

Here are some tips which I’d managed to google out!

Eat six mini meals. Eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day helps regulate blood sugar levels and keeps cravings from becoming binges. Try eating six smaller meals instead of the usual three bigger ones. Space them out about every three hours to give your body constant fuel.

Choose complex carbs. Fiber-rich foods are complex carbs that take longer for your body to break down and absorb, further curbing your cravings. Eat more whole-grain breads and cereals, and produce like legumes, fruit, and starchy veggies, which are on the complex-carb list.

Go for protein. By including protein at every meal or snack you help moderate blood sugar imbalances and slow the digestive process to keep from feeling hungry. Choose better-for-you protein options like eggs, chicken, turkey, fish, even peanut butter.

Maintain magnesium intake. Research indicates women can experience low levels of magnesium during PMS. Peanut butter, almonds, cashews, brown rice, sunflower seeds, and most beans are great sources of magnesium. It should be noted that chocolate is also rich in magnesium (which may further explain the cravings), but it’s also high in fat. If you simply must have chocolate, try to make it a small piece of high-quality, antioxidant-rich dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate, which typically has more calories and fat.

Relax and take a deep breath. Cravings can worsen in times of stress. By learning relaxation techniques and practicing them whenever you feel anxious or stressed, you can curtail the snack attacks.

Bring on the sunshine. The lack of sun can reduce serotonin levels, which leads to increased appetite and cravings. Get outdoors or let the sunshine in to raise serotonin levels and reduce sugar and carb cravings.

Get moving. Exercise boosts endorphins and decreases the appetite, but it’s not just scheduled exercise that can help. Being more physically active throughout your daily routine can also make a difference. Walk the dog, vacuum the floor, take the stairs, and simply keep moving.

Take heart. Cravings aren’t the only thing on the premenstrual rise. The female metabolism also increases a week before menstruation. So if you cave in to a craving you’ll be happy to know our bodies may burn an additional 100 calories a day during this time. It’s a small way of counteracting extra eating!

Extracted from Top Tips to Beat PMS Cravings

My Christmas so far…

Merry Christmas everyone!

How’s ur Christmas coming along? Hope it’s been filled with loads of laughter and fun!

Here’s what I’ve been up to for my Christmas! 🙂

Some of the snippets of events…

Some presents I’ve received from friends and colleagues 😀

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My presents for colleagues. Realised I didn’t buy enough to go around so I had to get more cookies the next day… Famous Amos was packed to the brim! :O

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And then 1 of the days, we headed to Symmtery for my friend’s bday brunch!

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Friends’ truffle mushroom

 

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All day bfast

See the pink thing on the toast? Well, it’s some creamy jam paste WHICH SUCKS. It tastes just like the cream you have on cakes. UGGHHH.

 

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I can never finish an All Day Breakfast by myself… And true enough, I couldn’t.

But but but… I found myself still going for the remaining few pieces of Truffle Fries! I’m telling you they are ONE OF DA BEST I’ve ever tried man! You’ve gotta tryyyy them if you’re there!

Just note that they don’t call it Truffle Fries but potato fries! But the staff would know anyway 🙂

And we lazed around for awhile before deciding to head to another cafe for desserts. Yeah, how fattening! 😦

The group :

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The girls :

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The guys :

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On the way, my friend brought us to this vintage shop which sells loads of antique vintage stuffs!

It’s called Children Little Museum 🙂

You’ve gotta pay $2 for entry to the top level.

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Some of what I’ve snapped :

 

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And we had a short ‘Tian Mi Mi’ moment captured…

 

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The museum is located near to the Sultan Mosque or Masjid Sultan as shown :

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And then off to have some desserts!

Actually not exactly true, we just needed a place where we could celeb for my friend because Symmetry charges for ”cutting of cakes’ not bought from their shop….so we decided to have it cut at another place.

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OOTD for that day :

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Celebrated Xmas over at Pan Pacific :

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And had Xmas lunch with the fam at MBS Rise. The usual price for the Rise buffet is around $70-80+ per pax but naturally, they increased to $100+ per pax during Christmas! :O

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This year we have an additional family member to celebrate Xmas with us! My cute niece, Vera! 😀

And then I met up with my BFF and had a short dinner with her 🙂

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And last but not least…

Here are my 2 sets of Christmas nails this season which I DIY-ed myself! 😀

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Sorry for the incoherence and summarised blog post.

Scheduled for a photoshoot with love this Sunday and he’s thinking of a ‘cool’ theme…

Any ideas/suggestions for a ‘cool’ outfit that I could don in…?

I’m actually loving VaNess and Arissa’s theme outfit in this :

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吳建豪 Vanness Wu and 石貞善 Arissa Cheo Pre-Wedding Pictures

But where am i going to get such a ‘pom pom’ skirt within such a short period of time?! 😦

New funky colours for my hair done at Headlines Hairdressing Salon!

I’ve been wanting to get funky colours for my hair for quite some time now but didn’t have the courage to go ahead due to work requirements. I’m working in corporate office (where the offices of big bosses are) as the company’s Legal Counsel. Surely such a position deters one from having funky hair?

I regretted so much that I didn’t get it done while I still could, when I was still a student back then.

But nevertheless, it’s the festive season and #YOLO (you only live once), so I was thinking, heck! Why not? If not now, then when?

Would be ridiculous if I have to have funky hair when I was older!

So yes, I’ve decided to head down to my sponsor salon, Headlines Hairdressing 🙂

Charles, my hair stylist and the Creative Director, did inform me beforehand that pink is not as lasting as other colours such as purple, but I knew what I wanted and went ahead with pink anyway. 🙂

The pink hair dye is from Goldwell Elumen 🙂

Goldwell® Elumen®
Goldwell® Elumen® Color is a hair color that illuminates the hair inside out to achieve unique and creative results as well as stunning colors that clients request in your salon every day.
Its unique technology makes Elumen Color a physical color, which means that it works entirely without oxidising but still achieves spectacular and long-lasting color results.

-Sharp, fresh brilliant colors
-Exceptional shine
-Incredible durability
-Amazing, healthy looking hair

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What is so amazing when dyeing hair with Headlines, especially with Charles is that every penny spent is well-worth! Just take a look at the colours! Previous pictures above only captured a single colour tone but look at how different it is when light rays are captured and reflected off them!
I love how the shade is not just one plain boring colour tone but contains of at least 2 funky and vibrant undertones as well!

You can see that other than fuchsia, it actually glimmers with orangey undertone as well! That’s like paying 2 colours for the price of 1! Totally worth it! 😀

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I’m all ready for this Christmas season with my new hair! What about you?

Visit Headlines Hairdressing Salon if you haven’t already gotten your tresses done! 🙂

Quote my name ‘Jean Gan Blogger’ or ‘Charles’ and enjoy 10% off! Best time to save at this time of the year where you’ll need to spend more on Christmas shopping! :p

Look for Charles, the Creative Director, he’s highly sought after so do make sure you make an appointment in advance 🙂

HEADLINES HAIRDRESSING
18 Cross Street, #01-15
China Square Central.
Telephone: +65 6221 6866
Opening Hours:
Mondays to Fridays – 1030am to 830pm
Saturdays – 1030am to 7pm
Sundays & Public Holiday – 1030am to 5pm
Website : http://www.headlines.com.sg
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/headlines.sg

Beauty Review : Home-based Facial Salon at Lovely Face Spa (Tampines)

To be honest, I don’t go for facials. The only time I’ve went for one was kindly sponsored by Navara Beauty. I don’t even mask at home anymore, heck!

Recently, one of my gf introduced me to Lovely Face Spa at Tampines which she mentioned was highly raved by many girls online.

My concerns for my face are :-

1. Oily T-zone (I have combi skin)

2. Clogged pores, especially on my nose, black and white heads. Very annoying.

3. My incurable and hopeless dark circles

4. Freckles, which I have had since I was a kid?

5. Visible large pores on my nose and cheek areas

Complimented by many, my skin condition is actually very good since I don’t do much maintenance. Even the lady boss, Tiffany, of LFS said so 🙂 So yes, I am indeed very blessed but of course, I don’t have flawless perfect fair and porcelain-like skin.

I opted for the ‘Essential Glow Facial’ as well as the ‘Eye Treatment’. I was told that if I were to do Acid peels, eye treatment would be impossible.

Acid peel would help to target my freckles and uneven skin tone mainly.

I was more concerned with the stupid clogged pores and dark circles, hence the choice.

Extracted from LFS’s website :

Essential Glow Facial (120 mins) @ $68

A deep-cleansing, moisturizing and tension-relieving facial that hydrates skin, leaving it youthful and supple.

A Pampering and Relaxing Facial which includes
– Double Cleansing, Skin Analysis, Pre-Treatment Lotion and Steaming

– Exfoliation

– Extraction and High Frequency Machine (anti-bacterial),

– Cold Hammer with Ampoule from France, customised to your skin type

– Eye-brow trimming

– Lifting/Firming Eye Massage to combat puffiness and dark circles
– Moisturising and Lifting Eye Mask

Plus
– Lymphatic Suction Machine to improve lymphatic drainage, eliminate toxins and increase cell metabolism.

This helps to reduce skin imperfection as this machine helps in better facilitation of waste products (sweat and toxin) removal via lymphatic drainage system.
– Customised Soft Mask prescribed by certified Aesthetician for your skin conditions

– Signature Face Lifting Massage to firm up and tone your skin, improve skin’s elasticity, and improves skin texture while maintaining moisture content in skin cells

– Enjoy a relaxing Head plus Shoulder Massage to soothe your tired nerves

– Lastly, a Hot Towel to melt away your tension

Radio Frequency Eye Treatment (30 mins) – $38

-Combats puffiness & dark eye rings
-Hydrates the eye area
– Improves circulation around the eye area

*Able to combine with facial except acid treatment

If you choose to do both the Essential Glow Facial with Eye treatment, the latter would cost $28 instead of $38.

I paid a total of $96.

Here is how the mini salon looks like.

I must say the ambience is quite okay. Bright orange colours for the cheery burst of energy mood.

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The bed for customers to rest and lay.

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Radio that replays soothing classics as with any other facial spa salons.

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Some equipment.

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And another.

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The area behind the bed.

So you can see, the area is not that big but still ample. It’s the size of a normal HDB room.

Tiffany previously worked at beauty salons so she has had ample experience. Her skills and techniques are quite okay.

Her customer service is good too.

I received a follow-up sms from her few days later after the facial.

The problem with me going to facial is that, I have a hard time judging if it’s effective on my skin. Because mainly, I don’t have much problems with it compared to someone who has acne problems which did/didn’t reduce after going for facial.

The extraction was not as painful as I’d thought it would be and what my friend mentioned. Guess it’s also because I didn’t have much to extract but there were some painful ones at the sides of the nose and near my brows.

Pores seemed clean after extraction but I could still see some clogged ones.

Visible large pores remain…visible and large.

What I like about her facial package is that she helps you to trim your brows, which I suck at. Because I shave rather than pluck, there were many ingrowns which sometimes cause inflammations and acne. Tiffany had painstakingly tried to pluck out all the ingrowns which I’m quite satisfied about 🙂

There were moments which made me felt uncomfortable, for example when the electrolysis-like machine was used. You would feel that your skin is getting electrocuted. I can’t remember what is that machine called and for though, because there were so many stuffs used…

The package also includes head and shoulder massages which I need so badly….And the massage session lasted longer than I’d expected. That goes to show that Tiffany doesn’t cut ‘costs’ which I like very much. 🙂

My dark circles still remained nevertheless and I fully understand that the solution to skin problems is not a miraculously one-off incident. You will need to constantly maintain and review.

But I also know that clogged pores and dark circles will always recur. Clogged pores arise due to dirt, impurities and of course our humid climate in Singapore while dark circles, well, lack of rest, straining of eyes and using of gadgets…

I feel that these problems will never efface 😦

So is this facial worth it for me?

I would say I don’t think I will be going back, since I don’t have much of a problem (which can be solved) for my skin.

I wouldn’t say that Tiffany’s skills and equipment aren’t good but just that, I wouldn’t want to spend so much on facials in general.

She is still very highly raved by many others though 🙂

Lovely Face Spa

Phone: 81889830

Email: lovelyfacespa@gmail.com

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/lovelyface.spa

Address

Blk 423 Tampines St 41

S(520423)

*unit number will be given upon confirmation

Overall :

2 stars

 

 

Beauty Review : Royale Beauty Kojic Papaya Soap

I have heard of  Royale Beauty Kojic Papaya Soap some time back but didn’t really get down on my foot to try it. Achieving fair porcelain skin is one of every girl’s dream and this soap is said to help diminish dark areas, eliminate melasma and freckles, remove pimples and lighten the skin. The soap is also proven to rejuvenate and nourish the skin by holding back the formation of melanin.

Kojic Papaya Soap contains a complete mixture of active and powerful ingredients making it a very effective soap in moisturizing, whitening and lightening the skin. Unlike other soaps, Kojic Papaya is safe and does not contain any side effects that can worsen skin problems. In fact, it can treat the following skin issues:

  • Sun spots
  • Acne or pimples
  • Body acne
  • Freckles
  • Skin blisters
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Rashes
  • Hyper pigmentation
  • Scars
  • Keratosis Pilaris

I have been wanting to achieve a fairer skin tone (who doesn’t?) for quite a while now and because of the lack of sun block application, I became a shade darker whenever I run for events. A major epic moment for a beauty blogger I know, so I bear that in mind whenever I go for runs now.

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I got mine from this seller on Qoo10 at $10 including normal postage fees.

Delivery maybe took about a week? Was expecting a shorter delivery time after reading the reviews but nope, that wasn’t the case.

But I guess 1 week is still acceptable.

I’m a little wary about the effects of this soap because I have read reviews stating that it causes a tingling sensation and would cause mild peeling of the skin because one of the main function is for exfoliating purposes.

I don’t have sensitive skin but I did a patch testing on my right backhand first before applying my whole body. No weird feeling so I proceeded to lather it on my whole body.

I skipped my face for the first attempt though, fearing it would cause massive destruction to my face. You know how important face is to girls. 😉

I tried on my face on the second time round and so far, no sensitivity/allergy.

It was very well-packed. Seller also included a brochure but didn’t manage to snap a pic.

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To show case how thick the bar of soap is.

Now, for my review after using it twice.

Of course, nothing is ever magical and even if the claimed effects are immediately prominent, it might only be a temporary thing.

I understand that many girls who have tried this soap, mentioned that a month would be a good gauge as our skin takes about 28 days to renew itself?

Anyway, here are the pros and cons:-

Pros

  1. No allergy but be careful not to let it come into contact to your vjj. I experienced a little tingling and itchy sensation down there, most probably because this soap is acidic and our vjjs are alkaline? Whatever it is, try avoiding getting the soap to be in contact with sensitive areas such as your eyes as well. Read reviews that they sting your eyes….so be careful!
  2. Skin felt a little smoother perhaps due to its exfoliating effects
  3. No peeling effect – is the product not working well? Other girls mentioned that peeling effects would mean that the soap is working effectively.

Cons

  1. Skin feels tight and dry, especially on the face after using the soap. This is normal though, just be sure to apply moisturiser after that. 
  2. Tingling feel at sensitive areas as mentioned above.
  3. I’m not a soap bar person because I hate lathering it on my body. I prefer the contemporary body wash style.
  4. Some girls complained about the smell and that it smells like puked payaya. It does smell like payaya, but I guess the ‘puke’ part is somehow still acceptable for me. Not that pungent.

As mentioned, I will continue to use it to analyse its effects. Hopefully it can help to bring my skin tone a shade or two lighter and also lighten my scars and freckles. Will snap pictures of before and after to provide a more comprehensive and detailed review! 🙂

 

My 2nd Sculptra treatment session with Celevenus Wellness & Aesthetic Clinic!

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It has been 2 months since my last Sculptra treatment with Celevenus Wellness and Aesthetic Clinic.

If you would recall, Sculptra helps to achieve global facial volume replacement through natural collagen stimulation with l-poly-lactic acid. Known as ‘the liquid facelift’, this treatment would substantially increase the collagen of your skin to correct the folds, wrinkles and skin laxity as a consequence of aging. The result looks and feels more natural than what fillers can do, and can potentially last twice as long.

Here is a progress stage comparison for easy reference :

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From the above picture, you can see the obvious changes after the 1st treatment session where I’ve developed a ‘fuller’ cheeks and a more volumised face shape.

As mentioned in my previous post, 1 treatment session is usually not enough to achieve the ideal face shape. Also, as the stimulation of your natural collagen requires some time and constant stimulation, it is common for the swelling to reduce after just 1 session as advised by Dr Dylan Chau who is a Sculptra trainer for doctors and takes his anti-aging treatments to a whole new realm.

Comparing my side profile before any treatment and my side profile 2 months later, you can actually see some difference. My cheek is not as relatively indent anymore, but somehow sunken.

I went back for my 2nd session at Celevenus and here is the immediate effect aftermath.

This was taken before the 2nd treatment started.

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My side profiles :

Left cheek

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Right cheek

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A comparison between a ‘before’ and ‘after’ Sculptra treatment :

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You can actually see that the right side is more plump up after the treatment.

It is more obvious if you view it from the side profile.

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To provide a better comparison, here is a side by side pictures of my right side profiles, before and after the treatment :

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And now for the left side profile :

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And this is how my front view look :

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Pardon the yellow light. It was taken right after my treatment and after touching up some light make-up.

Celevenus has a dressing room that provides personal space as they understand how self-conscious ladies would be after their treatments, thus catering to customers’ needs. Very thoughtful, I must say. 🙂

Comparison of before and after treatment of my front view profile :

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Oh yes, another benefit that I derived from the Sculptra treatment is that it helps in reducing the appearance of my nasolabial folds!!!

I cannot stand looking at the mirror with these annoying folds staring hard back at me, wondering how to eradicate them and now I can with the help of Sculptra! On top of that, I’ve tried various anti-ageing products and also to apply them in the usual outwards and upwards lifting motion to defy the gravity but to no avail. I am quite sure these folds are caused by both ageing and loss of facial volume, which gradually became more and more prominent.

I am extremely glad that Sculptra has help to erase, if not significantly reduce them.

The swelling will subside gradually but through natural collagen stimulation with l-poly-lactic acid, Sculptra treatment would substantially increase the collagen of your skin to correct the folds, wrinkles and skin laxity as a consequence of aging. Following an average of three treatment sessions over a few months, or Dr Dylan Chau recommends, can produce a more natural, younger looking appearance that can last more than 2 years or 25 months.

Tell me how can I not be anything more than elated when I’m about to experience a ‘time travel back into the past’ with my skin’s age and appearance?  😉

To watch the video of this procedure, go towww.aestheticshub.com (during my 1st treatment session)

Celevenus Aesthetic & Wellness Clinic

Address:
391B Orchard Road #16-03/04 Ngee Ann City Tower B
Singapore 238874

E-mail: beauty@celevenus.com.sg
Telephone: +65 6410 9621
Fax: +65 6410 9623

Information: Operating Hours:
Monday-Friday – 1030am to 7pm
Sat – 1030am to 3pm
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays

*Please call for appointment