Aesthetic treatments like Botox, laser tightening and Thermage have quickly become part of the anti-ageing arsenal of women today who want a facelift without undergoing the knife. These treatments are not without discomfort, but is it really true what they say about no pain, no gain?
For its Aqua-Collagen-Gel Enrich-Lift EX ($75-$150), Dr. Ci:Labo took inspiration from the rejuvenation treatment Ulthera, which uses ultrasound energy to tighten the fascia – the very foundation of the skin. The gel supposedly delivers the same skin-lifting results, sans pain.
Besides natural ageing, factors leading to sagging can include poor circulation and metabolism, and a lack of nutrition and oxygen in skin.
By keeping the fascia in good condition, the signs of ageing will be kept at bay, say the experts at Dr. Ci:Labo. The brand is thus on a constant quest to look into ways to defy the effects of gravity on skin.
The miracle ingredient responsible for the dramatic lifting effect promised with the Aqua-Collagen-Gel Enrich-Lift EX is the new 3D Fascia Band. It boasts a three-dimensional structure combining 3D collagen, 3D hyaluronic acid and TC Triple collagen. While these firm up skin from within to make it appear more lifted, other ingredients such as hydrolysed elastin and rye seed extract form an invisible veil on the complexion. A form of nanotechnology used is said to help skin retain moisture, while the gel also targets glycation, which causes a loss of elasticity.
The original made-in-Japan Aqua-Collagen-Gel Enrich-Lift, which was launched in 2007, has sold more than 30 million jars worldwide. The reason for its popularity? It’s a multitasking product.
Used in the morning and at night, the new Aqua-Collagen-Gel Enrich-Lift EX has eight functions – it’s a toner, moisturiser, serum, eye cream, face cream, massage cream, mask and makeup base. Apparently, you can feel the firming, tightening and hydrating results as quickly as 10 seconds after application. What it doesn’t have: additives, fragrances, mineral oils, parabens and artificial colourants.
The Aqua-Collagen-Gel Enrich-Lift EX is sold at Dr. Ci:Labo’s flagship store at #B3-41 ION Orchard (tel: 6238-8395), at selected Watsons stores in Ngee Ann City, Parkway Parade and Raffles City Shopping Centre, and at www.ci-labo.com.sg.
This article first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore’s August Issue.