Review: IOMA skincare from Paris

Oct 29, 2015
As promised, I am back to introduce this new range of skincare products I've tried recently - IOMA, said to be the first and only evidence based skincare products in the world, from Paris!

Their star product, Ma Creme is such a unique formulation and it's pretty cool to observe how the sales girl prepare the customized day and night cream based on my skin analysis result. 

"Choose between a lightweight base for day, or a regenerating night base, before adding your eight serums drop by drop to your tailor-made prescription. With a total of 40,257 different formulas, you can ensure that Ma Crème is perfectly suited to your skin’s needs."

Back in September, I suddenly realized that my skin condition was showing a slight sign of deterioration after switching to the entire range of DRx products for less than 2 months. I am not exaggerating but I know my skin well enough after all the trial and error over so many years, I think doctor brands, be it IDS, or DRx, are a tad too strong for my sensitive skin although they might provide great result for a short period of time initially.

Hence, I've decided to switch back to the whole range of SKII products I've been loving for more than 10 years. And for a start, I took out all the samples I've received from them and started using for about one week. Just as expected, I certainly felt my skin texture is getting smoother as DRx products somehow gave me the same small red bumps around my nose bridge and under eye area just like IDS. And SKII seemed to work well on those sensitive areas. I set my mind to visit the SKII counter but guess what, when I was there, I saw this brand IOMA which I did read up and found nice reviews about not long ago.

I spent about 15 minutes doing a skin analysis at IOMA counter, their analysis is rather comprehensive as compared to may other similar assessment I did before. The machine basically assess our skin condition in 12 areas and give a score from 1 to 15, 1 being perfect and anything above 10 means need caution!

And here's my conclusion about the effectiveness of their products, based on the result illustrated in these results received on 3 occasions over a month.

To make the result easier to read, let me just compare the areas which have improved greatly:
Sagging: from 5, to 5, to 1
This, has nothing much to do with IOMA in my personal opinion because on the day of my last skin analysis, I just did my 2nd session of laser treatment which gives the face uplifting effect, so I am sure the result is from there.

UV Damage: from 12, to 9, to 5
This is probably the most amazing result I could expect from IOMA products. For the past 1 whole year, I've been finding ways to treat my pigmentation. And the IOMA White Revelation Bright Pearl Essence (SGD$250), is by far the best ever whitening product I've tried. It's to be used for both day and night, one pump each time and 3 pearls in the bottle will burst. The essence is extremely hydrating! That's the reason why I love this product so much because almost all whitening products I've used in the past, made my skin dry! And the brightening effect is almost immediate. Within a month, the UV damage has dropped from 12 to 5 gradually, isn't that amazing?! Even laser treatment didn't give me such promising result. Of course the patch of pigment on my left cheek is still visible, but I am very confident that I could conceal it better with simple makeup. And I've just purchased another set of this Pearl Essence recently, which comes with a Dark Spots Elixir (SGD$78), I have not tried it so I am not able to give any feedback on that at the moment.

Clogged Pores: from 7, to 6, to 2
I believe this is a result of my recent facial at Le Queenz, but of course I've been more diligent in deep cleansing my face with IOMA Absorbent Mask (SGD$95). It's a little more gentle on my skin as compared to my recent favorite volcano mask from Innisfree. I love to use their Beneficial Mask(SGD$95) right after that for calming and restoring purpose. Although my skin redness level has not really dropped based on the analysis, visibly I do see huge improvement around my Tzone and I stocked up another 2 more tubes of Beneficial Masks right away. 

Eyebag / Eyelid from 4, to 4, to 3
I was a bit surprised to realize my upper eyelid problem might be even more serious than my lower eyelid problems as in general, I do not have dark circles. Fine lines and wrinkles are byproducts of ageing and fatigue so it's rather inevitable. But during my first analysis, the kind sales girl pointed out that due to gravity, my upper eyelids are dropping, though not very obvious nor severe, it's a clear sign of ageing and she recommended their Flash Youth Eye Contour Concentrate (SGD$150), which is designed to focus on neglected upper eyelid area. I have to say I love this product to bits. It brightens my eyes instantly and improves blood circulation, because I can feel my eye area getting a little hotter each time I apply this eye cream, and immediately my eyes feel relaxed and that makes me feel like applying it again and again!

Interestingly my fine lines / wrinkles increased during my most recent assessment. And all I could say is, hydrating, hydrating, and hydrating!

Because right before the skin test, I went for my laser treatment and as usual, nurses at the clinic only applies a thin layer of sunblock after the treatment so I didn't get the chance to apply my full range of skincare products. As my skin hydration level dropped (from 2, to 1, to 3), I believe it affected the result on fine lines and wrinkles too! I am still using my favorite Hydrator from DRx clinic, but one bottle (SGD$70-80) can only last me for about 3 months. So I am looking for alternatives and do leave a comment to me if you have any great moisturizer to recommend!

I've switched my entire skincare range to IOMA and I must say I am very satisfied with the result so far. Next step is to switch my facial cleansers to BABOR which I used and fell in love with instantly at the Le Queenz salon during my facial.

IOMA products are not extremely expensive but they don't come cheap easier. But luckily, with a lot of promotion going on at Robinsons Raffles City, it's pretty easy to get some promotional sets which are more value for money. 

Updates: March 18, 2016
I've been using IOMA products for months, and I have finished my first bottle of Pearl Essence and 1/3 way into my 2nd bottle, I still love it as much. But for their Ma Creme, I've stopped using both the day and night creams, as there's no significant improvement and the creams are rather sticky, especially the day cream.

Review: Le Queenz customized facial

Oct 1, 2015
Sorry to leave this space rather quiet recently, but, I am back with so much to share!!

Yes I have switched up my skincare go-tos lately, on a whim, luckily the result was way better than expected and I will share more with you about that cool new range of products I tried in another upcoming post.

For now, let me talk about my facial experience with this beauty salon called Le Queenz at Tanjong Pagar Plaza. You surely won't miss it though it's nested at a corner on level 2, it looks rather classy and outstanding within that old laid back building. It's by far the best facial I've tried, out of the.. 3 times I've done in my entire 36 years of life!

Alright so basically I am not really a fan of facials, I guess that's clear enough by now. The unbearable pain during extraction is always my #1 concern, let alone the red lobster face with marks after the facial which might lasts for days or weeks. Another thing is, for a full time working mother with 2 young kids at home, I seriously do not have the luxuries of time even if it's just 1 - 1.5 hours, once a month. I am not exaggerating, there's just no way I could leave kids at home and go out alone on weekends, and for weekdays, it's a habit to rush home after work as I only have about 1.5 hours bonding time before they go to bed, that's extremely precious to me, needless to say.

Then, I decided to look around for a beauty salon around my office area so that I could simply make use of my lunch break for some great treat. Yes all full time working mummies would definitely agree with me that lunch break is probably their best ME time for shopping, girls' meetups, gym, and of course, facials! With a little bit of luck, I chanced upon this review on Ms Charlotte Lum's blog, and decided to fix an appointment with Le Queenz right away. Yes the salon is very near to my office and I have many other options nearby, so why Le Queenz?!

Ms Charlotte Lum has the answer to that on her blog post, basically at Le Queenz, they do not practice the traditional way of extraction by poking and squeezing around your face. Instead, they use advanced machines to do the job, thus it's effective, yet painless. And the experience surely didn't disappoint at all. In fact, this is the best ever facial I've ever been to and I was so glad that I decided to pay hem a visit despite the not so pleasant experience with facial in the past at other places. And by quoting Charlotte Lum's name, I paid S$48 for a trial of their customized facial that worth S$168 inclusive of GST!

As I am not a frequent visitor at salons, I was a little embarrassed and nervous when I first entered the salon. But the staff there made me comfortable with their warm greetings and smiles. The environment is pretty cozy though I didn't check out their different kind of treatment rooms. I was too excited to try out the facial and totally forget about paying attention to the details for blogging purpose. The facial lasted for exactly 1.5 hours. And I must mention their bed is super duper comfortable! It's better than those places I visited before (SKII boutique, Healing Touch spa and DRx clinic). Of course the facial experience is way better too because I could see immediate result and left the place with a more radiant and clearer skin, without the need to put on any makeup or cover any red marks at all!

Again I am going to let the picture speak for itself..

The right picture was taken the day before my facial (sorry I totally forgot to take another picture right before the facial but I guess the picture on the previous day should serve the same purpose).
The left picture was taken right after my facial, yes I walked back to my office with my bare face, no makeup at all and can you believe it?! Yes my nose area is a little red as my beautician Tracy did squeeze my whiteheads a bit, imagine I've never really done facial in the past, my pores are quite disastrous, luckily Tracy commented that my face is very clear and only my nose area is a bit clogged. I took the chance to capture the result of extraction, gross yes, but I am so happy!

So the amazing result led me to sign up for my first ever facial package right away, for S$1289, you get 12 sessions and each session is about S$108, I find the price pretty decent because they do not just use machine to extract blackheads/whiteheads, they also use machine to help skin better absorb the enzyme from their customized ampules.

Tracy did a brilliant job massaging my eyes. I am blessed that I do not have dark eye rings but I do have puffy eyes and as I grow older, my upper eyelids start to get droopy and after Tracy's hand massage, my eyes instantly brightened up with slightly lifted eyelids!!! In fact not just my eyes, my whole face felt tighter and more lifted and even my laughing lines looked lighter. I think the result is not just temporary because on the 2nd day after my facial, my eyelids are still looking good!

And if you are wondering whether Le Queenz staff are hard selling just like most of the beauticians you've met at other salons before, I would say no, they aren't. Tracy shared with me that they use Babor brand of skincare products for all their treatments, but after knowing that I do have my own choices of products at home, she didn't even mention about switching to their products for my daily regime at all.

Just for my readers' convenience, I would like to share that they do provide professional eye brow service and based on my research, Elaine is the beautician who's absolutely great at that. And here's their contact if you would like to make appointment: 6244 0228 / 8533 2336. You know I seldom include such information like contact details in my post as I am not a "celebrity blogger" who gets sponsorship for blogging. But I noticed there are not much sharing about Le Queenz experience online and personally I feel they deserve some limelight for such professional service that absolutely delivers great result!