Inner Beauty Therapy with Carragheen: My Experience


I’ve been undergoing the Inner Beauty Therapy with Carragheen once a week for three months now. This is my experience.

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If you follow me on dayre, you would know that I’ve been going to Carragheen for my eyelash extensions since August. A few days after my first eyelash session with Carragheen – where I did my extensions plus a soothing Eye Detox Kua Sha treatment – I received a phone call from them offering me to try out their Indiba Eye therapy. My chronic eye bags had obviously captured their attention.

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Before my first Indiba Eye therapy sans makeup

If there's one thing that really bugs me about my face, it's those eye bags, especially when I’m smiling – and I smile a lot! My makeup-free face also looks so dull and tired-looking. When Carragheen recommended that I give their Indiba Eye therapy a shot, I knew that it was not going to be an easy feat, especially because I have a sinus issue. But hey, there was no harm trying anyway.

A little bit about Indiba Eye: it uses a non-invasive radiofrequency technology to improve microcirculation – poor blood circulation is usually the cause of dark eye circles, puffiness or dull skin in general – and can help to reduce eye bags, wrinkles and the likes in the long run.

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The first session saw me sitting down with Carragheen founder, Cherlyn, who had a questionnaire in hand to understand more about my lifestyle and habits – all of which attribute to my current skin issues. Apparently, each individual belongs to a specific DIA group. From there, we find out which trace element(s) our body is lacking.

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I belonged to the DIA II category. This category is usually dehydrated and needs to pay extra attention to their kidney and bladder. I have to say that it was spot-on! I do have bladder issues and am always reprimanded for not drinking enough water whenever I go to the doctor’s.

Cherlyn then recommended me a combination of treatment (the Indiba Eye), supplements and homecare products to try out. They advocate an Inner Beauty Therapy that focuses not just the on the external surface of your skin, but also on internal health.

If your skin is dehydrated, you cannot just focus on external application. More often than not, it boils down to your inner health – or beauty, as Carragheen calls it. It is actually a very simple concept but often disregarded by beauty salons. I was glad to know that Carragheen uses this holistic approach.

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But then again, I wasn’t going to take just any supplement that was shoved to me. These supplements – the DIA II and Bilberry – are made of natural plant extracts, probably the main reason why I was more willing to give them a try. I was also given the Hafer (made from Oat to calm light skin irritations), Drainactive Eye Fluid, Eye Contour Cream and Ice For Eyes Mask for homecare.

My favourite product is the Ice For Eyes Mask because of the cooling effect it delivers upon application. It is made of energising agents like Menthol Ester and Panthenol, and hydrating agents like Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E. You can either use it as a 20-30 minute mask or an overnight mask. I usually apply a thin layer around the contour of my eyes and leave it on overnight.

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Back to the Indiba Eye therapy: it uses two metal flat applicators; one targets the surface tissues, the other targets the thicker, deeper tissues. Temperature gradually increases upon application. Your therapist should inform you to let her know if it gets too warm or if you get an uncomfortable tingling sensation.

For me, (I’m guessing) because my skin is sensitive, my therapist switched to massaging my skin from the heat emitted from her fingers using the second applicator (the one that targets the deeper tissues) placed on her hand.

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After my first Indiba Eye therapy sans makeup

Clearly I wasn’t expecting a noticeable difference after my first Indiba Eye therapy, but I did notice that the surface texture of the skin around the eye area felt smoother. That’s one small step for me, one giant leap for my eye bags.

I’ve been going for my Indiba Eye therapy every week since September and I’d fall asleep every session without fail – that’s how comfortable and relaxing my therapists and the therapy room made me feel. I also appreciated the weekly cleanse because it was nice to have someone thoroughly cleanse your face, especially during the haze period.

I also found that every therapist that I spoke with have a good deal of knowledge on skincare and their products. Of course, it’s a given that they should know their products inside and out. But what I was impressed about was that they were able to explain everything in their own terms rather than just using textbook knowledge to scrape through my questions.

After three months of my Inner Beauty Therapy with Carragheen, while my dark eye circles are still hiding behind my concealer, my eye bags – the issue I was more concerned about – have toned down. The delicate skin around my eyes is also smoother, which makes it so much easier to smooth on my concealer without the visible little bumps you get beneath the eyes.

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After three months with a new set of extensions and makeup on

What I was most amazed by has got to be the faded dark spot on the right cheek in the picture. That dark spot didn’t look like that previously. It looked like someone punched me and gave me a big, black bruise the size of a 50-cent coin. It turned out that I had a cystic acne. After diagnosing it, Cherlyn blended a cream made of plant concentration and massaged it onto the spot.

I swear upon my favourite accessories, after that one time, the bruise subsided and became smaller! Cherlyn dutifully massaged the spot for the past two weeks and it has since reduced to a one-cent coin. That’s the thing: I love that my skin is well taken care of by the Carragheen team even though that was not my area of concern to begin with.

Other than doing my lash extensions and my Inner Beauty Therapy with Carragheen, I also had the privilege to try out their 90-minute Signature Spa Revital Facial, which was oh-so-rejuvenating.

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After the usual cleansing and mild extraction, I fell into deep slumber under the soothing hands of my therapist, who performed three different massage techniques – the Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage for detoxification; the Face Shaping massage for firming; and the Morphology massage for relaxation. She then applied this ultra-cooling Oats Elastin Mask before doing a shoulder/neck/scalp and arm massage on me. It was heaven, I tell you.

It’s definitely a pampering Christmas indulgence that I’d recommend you to try because there’s a special Christmas promotion happening right now! Get to enjoy the Carragheen Signature Spa Revital Facial at just $129 (USP $258). I call this a total value-for-money end-of-year reward for yourself.

For appointments: 62223376

Hair Situation


Hey. It's been a while, I know. Life's circumstances can be such a bitch sometimes, isn't it? 

So... I embarked on a new adventure about a month and a half back. I'm not sure where it's leading me, but I'm eager to discover and learn new things. As I am typing this, I am suffering from a nasty  cold and sore throat (no thanks to the haze) with a piece of tissue stuck up my nose. How glamorous, right? Okay, I think I'm talking gibberish because I've just taken some cold meds.

Other than a change in my job status, I've also got a new hair colour! Two, in fact, since my last update.

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So I had red, then brown, and then platinum matte. I still love my bright red hair but I thought maybe it's time to go for an even darker tone a bit. Because the red base was so long-lasting (yes even after colouring it brown), plus I wasn't ready to get my hair bleached yet, it was not possible to achieve a complete platinum matte shade. I really love the ashy look though, so I thought I'd probably stick with this for a while. Also did the same Shu Uemura Deep Conditioning Hair Care Treatment I did the previous time I was there. Absolutely no complaints there. I left Shunji Matsuo, 313 Somerset with reborn hair.

Read about my self-declared pamper day with more pictures here.

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This is how my hair looks like right now. I went darker with platinum matte, which is a combination of brown and green, so you can spot a tinge of green there. My new stylist, Caely, then gave me the Caretrico treatment, which was the hair treatment I did when I first visited Shunji Matsuo. (I've raved about this here.)

Now the question is... what should I go for next? Back to red as instigated by my girlfriends, or continue to go even more ashy tone?

And if you don't know yet, you can get 10% off all chemical services if you quote my name (Becks Ko at Make good use of this!

On Self-Loving


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I think this is a topic that not many people would choose to talk about openly.

After all, this could be perceived as something inferior, something to be embarrassed about. But of course, it is subjective. So I don't speak for anybody but myself.

I don't have many friends. Acquaintances, yes. Friends, not really. Most people come and go, few stay, fewer stay put and never frizz out.

And sometimes, this makes me sad.

I admit that I do feel conscious about this. And sometimes it makes me bitter thinking about how small my inner circle is. But when I think about the bond that I have built with these limited few, I perk up... and then my heart sinks again because my mind starts badgering me with how "you only have these friends - ha!" After a while, I'll be okay. And then the cycle repeats.

This is not an emo post, nor is it one that teaches you what you should do when things like this happen. It's that once-in-a-while reminder-to-self kind of post. Because I've come to the realisation that at the end of the day, I care too much about how others think to the point that I depend on friends/people to be happy. I simply do not know how to love myself.

Self-loving. It's not a narcissistic expression. It's a habit that every individual should embrace wholeheartedly. I recently read this article titled What Self-Loving People Do Individually and found these three points to be really meaningful.

Self-loving people sleep on it. 
"As we learn to respect ourselves, we become more long-term oriented. Instead of caving to momentary impulses and immediate gratification, self-loving people will sleep on it and weigh the outcomes of important decisions. Paradoxically enough, being able to delay gratification and think about long-term outcomes gives us the ability to enjoy our lives more in every single moment, because that "long-term" that we're always thinking about becomes our entire way of life."

Self-loving people teach people how to treat them and walk away if they cannot.
"...self-loving people approach relationships from a place of self-sufficiency. They know what they need to feel respected and they know what they have to offer. They gently teach the people around them about their boundaries and, if those are crossed repeatedly, they have the courage to walk away."

3. Self-loving people admit their mistakes.
"Those who don't have self-respect are always measuring themselves against some outside standard. In many cases, that standard is being "right." They feel good when they're right and crestfallen when they're wrong, because their whole sense of identity is wrapped up in these labels. Self-loving people tend to identify with more permanent parts of their experience, rather than temporary states like right/wrong, old/young, happy/sad. They feel a deep, unconditional acceptance of themselves, which gives them the power to practice self-improvement without losing self-love. Thus, they not only admit when they're wrong, they expect to be."

I think self-loving, if done right, has another word for it: emotional maturity. With that then will i have the psychological strength to banish away the self-defeating afterthought of "and then my heart sinks because my mind starts badgering me with how "you only have these friends - ha!""

In the article, the author writes, "Now, I see happy people and I smile, knowing that their lives are products of a series of habits that support their relationships with themselves." And I give a heartfelt nod in my head and aspire to become the bigger and much happier individual. ☺

Signing off with the sound of the month: Jessie J - Who You Are

  x Becks

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