[ Larry K ] My Skincare Journey with IDS (Innovative Dermatological Solutions) - Part 1
27 August 2021

Being relatively new to dermatological and aesthetic treatments, and seeing friends around me constantly sharing about their skincare journey has led me to wonder if I should be doing something more for my skin. Needless to say, I was thrilled when IDS ( Innovative Dermatological Solutions ) invited me to experience a personalized skincare journey with them. 

Everyone's skin reacts differently. And did you know, even two different individuals facing the same acne issues will not be advised to use the same set of skincare products? Well.. that is why IDS created a customized treatment specifically for me, and also because #IDServe good skin. Heh. I mean, who doesn't?

In this skincare journey with IDS, I will be exploring using the products and services of the 3 IDS entities - IDS Clinic, IDS Aesthetics, and IDS Skincare. I'll be breaking down the blog post into 3 different parts in 2 blog entries, Namely, IDS Skincare Products, the Award-Winning Facial Hyrdo-Therapeutic Facial Treatment, and the Forever Young BBL Treatment for Anti-Age. 
This first post will focus on my first experience with IDS Novena, as well as their Skincare Product Range.


About IDS (Innovative Dermatological Solutions)

IDS is a homegrown brand that was launched back in 2014, which launched IDS Clinic and their Skincare products. As for the clinic, they are offering innovative and effective treatments at affordable and reasonable prices, without sacrificing quality and professionalism. IDS Clinic is helmed by Dr. SK Tan, an industry expert with 30 years of experience. For the Skincare Range, the clinic also offers products that are designed to address the most common skin problems and formulated to deliver maximum efficacy.
IDS carries 3 different sub-brands - IDS Clinic, IDS Skincare, and IDS Aesthetics

My First Experience with IDS Novena, and their Skincare Product range. 

I chose to have my sessions at their clinic outlet over at Novena, while IDS also have another outlet at Orchard. Living pretty close by to Novena, this location was readily accessible to me, and it is pretty centrally located helped too, as well as connected to Novena MRT station. 
Upon reaching the clinic, I was first asked to scan myself in via safe entry and get my temperature taken, before being ushered to a corner to fill up my particulars in a form, 
My first impressions were great. This was my first time in any aesthetic clinic, and I must say that it was a lot cleaner and well organized than I expected. The place itself exuded professional clinical vibes all around.
After waiting for some time, I was then brought to a room to have my photos taken via a professional camera with a pretty cool gimbal set up which allows the mobility of the camera in a seamless way. So these photos are taken for us to see the difference 2-3 months down the road. Also, they will be used for IDS Health and Medical publications, as well as for their own marketing purposes. You have the option to opt-out for sure, but I was totally fine with it.

After the photo-taking,  I was then ushered into a consultation room with my treating doctor. The doctor's room was really neat and pleasant looking. Upon discussing w the doctor, I explained to him about my main skin concerns, as well as explanation and proper communication of skincare woes. For me - it was mainly my dark circles which were very very obvious, even from afar. The doctor did mention that unfortunately, dark circles on the underage are likely due to hereditary. and it would be almost impossible to completely remove them. Most eye creams would just not be able to do so. However, he did suggest and recommend some skincare products (eye cream included that will help to ease and reduce the dark circles a little) for me to try out in my skincare routine.
So, the assigned doctor recommended the skincare products in their initials. For example, Eye Rescue = ER. He shared a bunch of skincare products in their initials, and I really couldn't keep up. Knowing that I was lost halfway, they did say that they will write down the order of the usage of the product for my easy referencing, which proves to be super helpful.
Overall, the consultation with the doctor didn't take too long, about under 15 minutes. I was then brought back to another room where the nurse explained the products I will be getting in greater detail. This part was really helpful in my opinion, as you get to clarify things shared earlier. 
These are the products that I received from IDS that catered for my main skin issues and concerns:

Delicate Cleansers (C2) -
 A cleanser mild enough for sensitive skin, it lathers into a soft foam to help remove regular makeup as well as lift away surface dirt, grime, and pollutants. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant botanical extracts to help combat redness, environmental stress and soften the skin. This product is ideal for normal to dry/sensitive skin.

Delicate Toner (T2) - 
Fortified with natural plant extracts to enhance hydration and soothing properties, this delicate toner refreshes and invigorates skin instantly, while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture balance. It also aids in skin regeneration and the condition of superficially damaged skin. This product is ideal for all normal to dry/sensitive skin types.

C-Plus (C+) -
The popular age-defense serum is formulated with a potent form of Vitamin C, coupled with Nobel Prize ‘Fullerenes’ and Tocopheryl to exhibit a superior antioxidant action and strong collagen stimulation — resulting in a ‘wrinkle-free’ effect along with significant skin brightening. Ideal for all skin types.

Rejuvenating Complex (RC) - 
This potent anti-aging cream is designed to counter the ravages of time, environmental and sun damage on your skin. It contains unique ingredients to boost collagen and elastin production, dramatically reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines like never before. Skin appears firmer, smoother, and revitalized. It is also developed with IDS’ patented and proprietary NEULASTIN formulation and delivery system to ensure effective absorption of active ingredients. Ideal for all mature individuals or anyone wishing to have finer, smoother skin.

Recovering Serum (RS) - 
An enriched serum to help reduce redness and irritation, stabilizing skin immunity and capillary integrity, as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles and improving skin tone. This product is ideal for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive, and irritated skin.

Eye Rescue (ER) - 
A super-strength eye concentrate that is packed with everything you need to reduce visible signs of aging and renew your eyes. Its balm-like texture cocoons the delicate eye area while strengthening and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet, under-eye dark circles, and puffiness. This product is ideal for all skin types.

Tinted Sunscreen SPF50+ PA +++ - 
A versatile sunscreen in a universal shade that provides sheer coverage for those who don’t want to leave the house bare-faced. This non-oily product is a combination (organic and non-organic) SPF 50+, PA+++ sunscreen lotion that is quickly absorbed into the skin to help prevent the harmful effects of UV radiation and sunburn. It also contains botanical extracts and antioxidants to protect and prevent skin from the effects of photo-aging. Ideal for normal skin.
I proceeded to collect the products from the dispensary where it was then further confirmed again in terms of the products given to me. I proceeded to sign off for the products before I could take my leave.
The entire duration I spent at IDS Clinic was less than 1.5 hours. With a proper process in place, everything felt like it was planned accordingly, and there was never a moment where I felt "lost". The doctor and nurses were extremely friendly too, and they are helpful as well. 
Here's coming from someone who only has a 2 step facial routine, I have now incorporated IDS Skincare Products into my daily routine, and I must say that it has helped me in more ways than one.

I will be sharing in another blog post with regards to my experience with IDS' Award Winning Facial - The Hyrdo-Therapeutic Facial Treatment, and their Forever young BBL Treatment for Anti-Age. Stay tuned for that! 
More info on IDS can be found on their website here, and their products at IDS Skincare or at JYX Shop.

*Credits to Larry K

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