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Hydration Skincare Workshop by Neutrogena Singapore

Being an avid viewer of Channel 8 & Channel U programs, I noticed that they tend to have exclusive events for their viewers from time to time. Usually I am slow with the registration process so this time round I acted fast once I saw the advertisement and I'm glad Channel 8 selected me out of the 100+ participants to attend this useful workshop!

Hydration Skincare Workshop was made possible by Neutrogena Singapore, Channel 8 and MU Parlour - for the event location. It was hosted by a witty 9.33FM DJ Hsiau Jia Hui and guest speakers included Image consultant Yan and Dermatologist Dr Derrick Aw - for the informative sharing session. 

[A picture with pretty DJ Jia Hui, didn't manage to take any with the guest speakers!]

This event featured Neutrogena Hydro Boost range which promises not only releases moisture steadily into skin for continuous all-day hydration, but also addresses the root causes of inner skin dryness. Neutrogena Hydro Boost range includes Mousse Cleanser, Clear Lotion, Essence, Water Gel, Gel SPF30, Eye Roll-On, Night Concentrate, Treatment Lotion and Mask.

Participants were requested to go bare-faced as they would like us to experience the effects of the Hydro Boost range. Those who went with makeup were encouraged to remove using the various types of cleansers and remover wipes available. I tried their Neutrogena Deep Clean Make-up remover wipes which was much more convenient than cleanser and did the job of removing makeup well.

[A picture with Jocelyn, my partner for the third event so far^^]

The workshop started off with Dermatologist Dr Derrick Aw's presentation on Skin and Hydration, where he touched on various points which I found really useful. The presentation included reasons contributing to dry skin, misconceptions and products suitable for various skin types. Dr Derrick Aw made the presentation enjoyable with his amusing ways of getting points across. He even joked about not bathing as spending a long time to bathe can be a reason for dry skin; the optimum time is to be done within 10 minutes and apply moisturizer within 2 minutes after you dried up. Additionally, low temperature in certain countries and usage of products(such as shower gels/soaps) containing SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) also contributes to dry skin as it strips moisture and oil off our skin.

Moving on to the myths, I have to say I'm guilty too- for the first 2 misconceptions.

When I was younger, my mum told me that splashing water on my face would help with dry skin but that isn't true! This method actually causes skin to be even drier as osmosis happens, where the water from our skin will be drawn out as the water droplets evaporate to the air where there's more moisture.

Oily skin = Hydrated Skin, this is false too! Oily skin can be due to skin being too dry or inappropriate use of products so more oil will be produced in order to protect the skin. So that doesn't mean you can cut down on moisturizers. In fact you should use moisturizers that are non-comedogenic as it will not cause clogged pores which can lead to pimple/acne outbreak. 

Last but not least, perspiration doesn't help with hydration of skin at all. Water has already left your skin so like the method of splashing water on your face; it will eventually dry off. In other words, you should drink more water to replenish the water loss through perspiration! Drinking of water is good and helpful in a way to hydrate your body but doesn't directly hydrate the skin so usage of moisturizer is still as important. 

Image consultant Yan then went on to conclude the sharing session with her own experience and gave out goodies to people who answered her questions correctly. She also mentioned an important point which I wish to highlight: if you use a facial mist, remember to dry it off with a tissue after 20 seconds and not leave it to air dry on its own. The reason is same as the point that Dr Derrick Aw mentioned in the misconceptions!

After the useful sharing session, we proceeded to try these delicious-looking delights prepared by MU Parlour! I find that their biscuits were too dry, savoury appetizers being too salty, so the only redeeming snacks were the cakes (carrot & chocolate) with just the right amount of flavourful cream to go with the moist cakes.

Not forgetting to mention, I met 2 other bloggers: Zoe and Michelle there too! We took a group picture but I look weird in it so not intending to post it up. I will make sure we take better pictures next time!

Before I end off, thanks Neutrogena Singapore for the products! I can't wait to try them out, especially the Hydra Boost Treatment Lotion after I finish up with my Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion :)



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