Beauty & Shopping, Skincare

Goodbye, Tired Skin – Vanessa Tai

“You look so tired.”

This is a comment I’ve been receiving recently, even if it’s the first time I’m meeting the person. I suppose it’s true – my eyes do look tired and my complexion isn’t as radiant as I would like it to be. It’s probably because I tend to have a very packed schedule during the week. On weekdays, I wake up early to run, then I’m either writing throughout the day or having back-to-back meetings and events. When I get home, I’ll be either reading or watching online videos until I pass out, exhausted on my bed. Because of that, my daily skincare regime has fallen woefully by the wayside. I used to spend at least 15 minutes prepping my skin with all kinds of luxurious creams and serums, but now my skin is lucky if I devote even three minutes to it each night.

However, with this recent spate of disheartening comments, I decided some corrective work was in order. After all, as the famous saying goes, “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones”. To amp up my skincare routine, I tried a couple of new products that specifically target signs of fatigue.

Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum, $98

Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum, $98

As you know, the skin around your eyes are extra delicate and susceptible to the signs of ageing. This is why it’s recommended you start proper eye care from as young as 24 or 25. While I’m lucky that I don’t have dark eye circles, my eyes tend to get puffy whenever I don’t get enough sleep. This serum uses extracts from plants like the Harpoon Weed, Norwegian Kelp and Golden Chamomile to tackle eye puffiness.

Just a dew drop-size of the serum was more than enough to blend across my entire eye area. It sank easily into my skin, but left it feeling a tad sticky. However, the stickiness isn’t too annoying and wears off after about 10 minutes.

Available at all AsterSpring Origin of Beauty Centres and Dermalogica-authorised skin treatment centres. 

Sothys Energizing Day Cream, $249

Sothys Energizing Day Cream, $249

The key ingredient in this new skincare line is Siberian Ginseng. Touted as “the root of youth”, Siberian ginseng is also known as an “adaptogen”. This refers to substances that can supposedly strengthen your body and increase your resistance against daily stresses.

This cream is quite unlike any other cream I’ve tried before. Its exquisitely feathery smooth texture glided effortlessly over my skin and was absorbed instantly. My tired skin looked instantly refreshed, and makeup application was a breeze.

Available at Sothys-authorised dealers. For complete store listings, call 6737 0101 or click here.

This blog post was not paid for by any of the above brands; all opinions are the author’s own. Please read our advertising policy here.

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets

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Beauty & Shopping, Skincare

Beauty Review: FANCL 5-Step Mutenka Anti-Aging Solution – Vanessa Tai

Scenario: My mum and I are out shopping and the salesperson will ask, “Are you sisters?” My mum will grin from ear to ear whenever that happens while I look away, scowling. I’ll usually tell my mum the salesperson was just trying to flatter her so she would buy more stuff, but it’s happened even with other random people we meet. Even Debs’ fiance said he did a double-take when he first saw my mum, ’cause he thought he was seeing double.

Bottomline: My mum looks younger than her age.

However, she’s recently been complaining about experiencing various signs of ageing, namely fine lines, a saggier skin tone, and pigmentation spots that don’t seem to go away. So she was excited when I asked her to try out FANCL’s 5-Step Mutenka Anti-Aging Solution. Combining skincare with oral supplements, this range works by revitalising troubled skin cells and removing skin damage factors.

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There are four skincare products in this range – the Aging Care Lotion, Aging Care Essence, Aging Care Mask and the Aging Care Emulsion – but the star product in this range is the Aging Care Essence. It contains Early Harvest Kiwi Extract, which helps contract and tighten collagen tissues for firmer skin, as well as Centella Asiatica Extract to help prevent damage caused by UV rays. No wonder then it’s also my mum’s favourite product. She says:

Whenever I use the Aging Care Essence, I can really feel it being absorbed into my skin, hydrating it. It’s as if my skin is taking a drink!”

In addition to having well-moisturised skin, she has also noticed a visible improvement to her complexion in just two weeks. Her pigmentation spots are now lighter and her skin doesn’t appear to be as saggy.

For pictorial evidence, here are her before/after shots:

Before

Before (Skin looks listless and saggy around chin area)

After

After (Skin is visibly brighter and skin tone appears firmer)

Note: The above images have not been digitally altered.

Overall, this is a great starter kit for those looking for a holistic anti-aging solution.

FANCL Mutenka Anti-Aging products are now available from $36 at all FANCL outlets. The products mentioned in this post were given to Material World for review purposes, all opinions are the reviewer’s own. You may read our advertising policy here.

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

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