Skincare Solutions @ The DRx Clinic

It’s been over a month since my visit to The DRx Clinic. I’ve been using the Derma-Rx skin care range and noticed positive changes on my skin within weeks. My excitement to share this review stems from the fact that their products have worked for me, and I’d definitely recommend a consultation if you have any issues related to skin care.

The DRx Clinic is located at Tong Building on Orchard Road (between Paragon and Lucky Plaza; spot the Rolex store and you’re in the right building).  Take the lift up to the 16th floor and you’ll find the entrance to the clinic.

Entrance to The DRx Clinic
Entrance to The DRx Clinic

If you’re booking an appointment, make sure to do so at least three days in advanced, or a week ahead if you have a preferred doctor.  It is best to show up at least ten minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow enough time for registration. I had to wait thirty minutes because I arrived late!

I consulted with Dr. Angela Hwee regarding some personal skin woes. I got fillers to fix my dark under-eye circles and laugh lines about two years ago at Sloane Clinic in KL, and I’d been thinking about getting it done again since the treatment has worn off. However, I wasn’t keen on the idea of using injections or the high-maintenance of having to do it every few months.

After assessing my skin condition, Dr. Angela gave me her honest opinion – and that was to skip the fillers. She prescribed a range of skin care products from Derma-Rx instead to help diminish some fine lines and improve my overall complexion.

Consultation with Dr. Angela
Consultation with Dr. Angela;0

Although I was kind of hoping for a quick miracle treatment, I was happy that at least I was being kind to my skin. Au natural is the best 🙂

Photo analysis
A quick mugshot at the photo analysis room.

After the consultation, I was led to the photo analysis room where my profile shots were taken. This allows the clinic to keep a record of my skin condition for the doctor to refer to on the next visit. That should be interesting comparison!

I was given careful instructions by one of the nurses at DRx on how to use each product from the Derma-Rx range. She wrote down the steps for me on the user guide below:

derma-rx instructions

Derma-Ex skin care treatment, tailor-made to suit my skin.
Derma-Ex skin care treatment prescribed by Dr. Angela specifically to suit my skin type.

To be honest, I was a little overwhelmed by the number of products I needed to use for my face! It took awhile for me to get used to remembering the steps, so I wrote it down on a little piece of paper and stuck it on my bathroom wall.

A little reminder that beauty come from within :)
A little reminder that beauty come from within 🙂

Although I wished that my daily skin care regime didn’t take this many steps, I actually enjoyed using the products as they are gentle on the skin and easy to apply. The only inconvenience I find is packing everything into little containers when I need to travel. Here’s a short review of each item.

 Milk Cleanser: I was using Biore oil make-up remover prior to this and although it was pretty effective, I didn’t like how my skin felt a little greasy after rinsing with water. The Milk Cleanser is fragrance-free and feels like yogurt on the skin! It’s very soothing and leaves my skin soft and velvety smooth.

Milk Cleanser is a refreshing and gentle exfoliating cleanser for all skin types with natural botanical extracts, like Papaya and Mulberry. Ideal for make-up removal, it soothe and lightens the skin, leaving it soft and velvety smooth.
Milk Cleanser is a refreshing and gentle exfoliating cleanser for all skin types with natural botanical extracts, like Papaya and Mulberry.

 Foaming Cleanser: With this Foaming Cleanser, I don’t mind washing my face a few times a day because it doesn’t feel like it’s stripping moisture from my skin. This cleanser promotes natural cleansing and toning, while balancing the pH level of the skin.

Foaming Cleanser is a hydrating cleanser for all skin types that contains optional concentrations of Marine Algae extracts that gently exfoliates for a soothing and refreshing wash. This cleanser promotes natural cleansing and toning, while balancing the pH level of the skin.
Foaming Cleanser is a hydrating cleanser for all skin types that contains optional concentrations of Marine Algae extracts that gently exfoliates for a soothing and refreshing wash.

 

Toner: The final step to cleansing process. Using the Toner helps to restore moisture to the skin, leaving it revitalised and supple.

Toner is an alcohol-free fluid with Glycolic and Salicylic acid to enhance the cleansing process. It contains Allantoin, which helps restore moisture to the skin, leaving the skin revitalised and supple.
Toner is an alcohol-free fluid with Glycolic and Salicylic acid to enhance the cleansing process.

*Tip: Anytime you are putting on multiple products on your skin, it is best to let each one dry before applying the next.

 Comedone Formula:  This amazing formula zaps whiteheads and blackheads (also known as comedones) like magic! OK… maybe it’ll take at least a week or two to see the difference but when you do, you’ll know it’s done its job. And I love it for that. It’s highly concentrated so use just a small amount (one tiny pump) and apply only in problematic areas such as the chin, nose and forehead.

Comedone Formula is natural formulation containing botanical extracts, which work to reduce the appearance of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads). It assists in dissolving and softening comedones and prevents new come done formation by loosening the follicular plug and also by reducing sebaceous activity.
Comedone Formula is natural formulation containing botanical extracts, which work to reduce the appearance of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads). It assists in dissolving and softening comedones and prevents new comedone formation by loosening the follicular plug and also by reducing sebaceous activity.

Max-C: This may smell a little weird at first but thankfully, it goes away after a while (just give it a few seconds to dry and let your skin absorb the Vitamin C goodness).

drx max-c
Max-C is a potent anti-oxidant formula based on the highest possible stable concentration of Vitamin C. It counteracts free radicals, encourages collagen and elastin production to control the adverse effects of photo damage, including wrinkling, sagging and other symptoms of premature skin ageing.

Rejuvenator: I was advised to apply this slightly creamy formula on the under eyes and neck only. It moisturises, protects and stimulates cell renewal and turnover, resulting in firmer skin and diminishing the appearance of fine lines. You don’t need to depress the pump all the way – you’ll get plenty of product for your face and neck with just half a pump.

drx rejuvenator
Rejuvenator is a non-oily formulation with a combination of Glycosaminoglycans Complex, which aids in the prevention of collagen breakdown and a blend of vitamins and minerals.

Vit-A Gel: Like the Max-C, the texture of this formula is a little runny but I like that it is absorbed by the skin within seconds of application without leaving the skin feeling greasy.

Vit-A Gel is a unique formulation containing synergistic blend of green tea extract, Sodium Hyaluronate and Salicylic Acid (BHA) to stimulate and increase cell-turnover, with additional comedolytic action. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin texture.
Vit-A Gel is a unique formulation containing synergistic blend of green tea extract, Sodium Hyaluronate and Salicylic Acid (BHA) to stimulate and increase cell-turnover, with additional comedolytic action. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin texture.

Liposomal Sunscreen SPF30: Don’t underestimate the importance of sunscreen. You’ll regret not having worn sunscreen when you look at your skin compared to those who have worn daily sunscreen 20 years from now! Dr. Angela initially recommended the tinted sunscreen but I liked this one better because it felt less greasy on my skin. The tinted sunscreen didn’t quite go with my dark skin tone. I get tanned quite easily so I never leave home without SPF protection. This one’s a daily necessity! It’s water- and sweat-resistant too.

Liposomal Sunscreen SPF30+ is an advanced water-and sweat-resistant formulation made from essential ingredients based on liposomal nanotechnology, delivery prolonged broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA I, UVA II/UVB exposure.
Liposomal Sunscreen SPF30+ is an advanced water-and sweat-resistant formulation made from essential ingredients based on liposomal nanotechnology, delivery prolonged broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA I, UVA II/UVB exposure.

Derma-Rx skin care products are specially formulated using high-grade ingredients and manufactured in GMP-certified facilities.

They are used by Derma-Rx affiliated clinics around the world and only prescribed by medical doctors. Since the active ingredients are at doctor-prescribed levels you receive the genuine benefits of things like vitamin C and tretinoin without having to wait months to see results.

I’d recommend the Derma-Rx skin care range to anyone who’s looking to improve their skin condition without turning to botox/fillers or cosmetic treatments. It’s a little pricey, and you’ll need a doctor’s prescription, but at least the products are tailored to your skin condition and you can always track the improvement during every consultation. It’s good to get expert advise than taking your chances with over-the-counter products!

Fay hokulani derma-rx

Sleep Soundly And Wake Up Refreshed

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Some nights I’d toss and turn in bed for hours on no end. I’d be tired as hell but no matter how long I’d try to keep my eyes closed, I just either can’t fall asleep or can’t stay asleep. Waking up every hour or so to check the time doesn’t help either, but I can’t help myself. Hours go by like minutes and next thing you know, I’d wake up in the morning feeling drained before my feet even hit the floor. Other mornings, I could swear I got at least eight hours of sleep yet my body tells a different story. The trouble was, at times I’d spend too much time thinking about work the next morning that I worry about not being able to sleep, which makes it even harder to ‘switch off’.

My doctor prescribed Xanax to help with my anxiety. It helped to calm the nerves and I was able to fall asleep easily but I’d wake up feeling really groggy. I didn’t want to grow dependent on the drug so I stopped taking it after a while.

I learned to manage my anxiety and sleeping patterns eventually through yoga, meditation and maintaining an active lifestyle.

 However, recently I discovered a new way to cope with the occasional bedtime troubles. Blackmores Sleep Sound Formula is a safe and natural remedy that helps support the body’s natural ability for a good quality sleep. Unlike prescription drugs or sleeping pills, it actually leaves you refreshed and rejuvenated the next morning!

blackmores sleep

Blackmores Sleep Sound Formula contains naturally derived extracts of valerian and lemon balm plus magnesium to help those who are experiencing sleep difficulties or particularly disturbed sleeping patterns to achieve a restful, restorative and quality sleep.

 Since I’ve already been taking Blackmores supplements (Women’s vitality multi and Fish Oil 1000), I decided to give this one a try. The fact that it’s made with natural ingredients adds bonus points in my books.

blackmores sleep sound

The recommended dosage as stated on the label is 2 tablets, 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. If you wake up in the middle of the night, you may take an additional half a tablet.

ingredients sleep sound
The natural, active ingredients include Valerian extract, lemon balm and magnesium.

 Valerian extract helps to reduce the time it takes for you to fall asleep and improves sleep quality so you wake up feeling well-rested. Lemon balm provides a calming effect and relieves restlessness. Magnesium is important for the healthy function of the nervous system and muscle function. I learned that those who suffer from magnesium deficiency tend to have less time in deep sleep phases, hence, are more likely to wake up in the middle of the night.

blackmores sleep sound tablets
Blackmores Sleep Sound Formula comes in a glass bottle with 30 tablets inside. The tablets come in an  average size of  2cm width, I had no problem taking both tablets at a time with some water or non-caffeinated warm tea.
natural sleep supplement blackmores
I took two tablets nightly for five days and woke up each morning feeling refreshed and ready to start the day. It helped me feel more relaxed so I’m able to ‘switch off’ and sleep soundly all night. 

Sleep Sound Formula can be taken as long as required. However, if you continue to have sleeping problems, it is recommended that you see a healthcare professional to address any underlying issues.

Small changes to your routine can also help you to sleep better.

Here are my top 3 bedtime rituals that help me to relax, sleep better and ultimately, live better.

1. Drink herbal tea

herbal tea before bed

I’ll have a cup of green tea in the morning but usually skip caffeine past noon. At night, I’ll have a ‘sleepy time’ tea which is made of ingredients that promote sleep such as lemon balm and lavender flowers.

sweet dreams tea

There’s just something inherently calming about a warm sip before bed, even it’s just the ritual of taking the time to do so.

2. Twenty-minute yoga

back bend2

Practicising yoga for at least 20 minutes helps me to wind down as it relaxes both the mind and body. Stretching in general has a calming effect as it releases tension in the body. Make sure to breathe in deeply and exhale slowly when doing each pose to reap the benefits.

3. Relieve stress through meditation

Fay meditate

When you’re stressed out, your adrenal glands release hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which keep you amped up and struggling to snooze. I spend at least 10 minutes on meditation to calm the mind and ease the soul. It encourages me to be present and slow down all the worries that collect throughout the day. It’s a simple but powerful way to relieve stress. You just have to take the time to try it yourself! 🙂

Are you still up past midnight struggling to fall asleep? Check out Blackmores Singapore Facebook page and take part in the IQ quiz that is scheduled every midnight from 31 March to 7 April 2014. Why not put this time to good use and challenge yourself with fun brain teasers as you’ll stand a chance to win a bottle of Sleep Sound Formula (worth $39).

There are 5 sets of Sleep Sound Formula to be won every night for 8 consecutive nights. Send in your correct answer to promotion@blackmores.com.sg. First 5 people who gets it right wins. For more information on Sleep Sound Formula, hit up http://www.blackmores.com.sg/products/Sleepsound

Good luck and good night!