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.


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