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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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