Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream

I believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

However, having said that… I do not think anyone in this world could actually find stretch marks attractive… Right?! A great number of women have them, and I believe I speak for all women when I say, we absolutely want to banish them from our bodies. but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored. The most common places are the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, underarms, back, thighs (both inner and outer), hips, and buttocks. They pose no health risk in and of themselves, and do not compromise the body’s ability to function normally and repair itself. But my goodness, they sure do look bad. I would know, I’ve got them all across my hip area!

Obviously, I haven’t been through pregnancy, so my stretch marks around my hips were caused by rapid and severe weight gain (over 15kg). I’m lucky in the sense that they are at a usually hidden spot, I don’t bare my hips often, or at all! I like to keep them hidden because I’m often mortified by how bottom heavy and pear shaped I am. So most people who know me, will not know my stretch marks exist. But I do.

Every time I happen to see my reflection in the mirror when I’m having a shower, I would notice those bright reddish purple stretch marks that stuck out unpleasantly. After some time, they itched, and after even more time, they faded away.. but not completely. Till today, they’re still quite visible to the naked eye, and they are definitely high up on my insecurities list!

When I first heard about Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream, I was obviously excited – to my knowledge, there aren’t many creams that will help diminish stretch marks in the market, so this was something I welcomed with open arms!

Key Benefits of Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream

1. It is specially formulated with Tri-Derm actives that help in rebuilding collagen and regaining skin elasticity
2. Improves skin colour and reduces the size of unwanted stretch marks
3. Initial results may be seen in just three weeks of usage
4. Continued usage is required for a more complete, long term effect
5. Dermatologically tested
6. Clinically proven
7. Preservative free
8. Fragrance free

Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream should be applied 2 times a day, morning and evening, for at least 2 months. It sits on my sink counter with my other daily routine products so that I don’t forget to use it. It’s hard to miss such a striking tube of pretty cyan!

It is best applied on moist skin after bathing. Gly Derm should be regularly used to maximize results, and initial differences may be seen as early as after 3 weeks of usage. However, continued usage is required for a more complete, long term effect.

I started using this a month + ago, and I’m excited to share the progress of my results so far, with a Before & After shot side by side!!!

Be forewarned: The photos below may be slightly off-putting. They’re stretch marks after all!!!


This is so close up that you can see my pores and fine little hairs on my hips! Eek. You can pretty much see that my stretch marks are all over my hip area. Do note that the circular yellowish bruising is from my TCM cupping sessions and are not actually stretch marks.

What you should be looking at is the other darkened pigments, particularly the streaky bits on the left and right side of the picture. It’s quite interesting to note that the stretch marks on the left are pretty much completely flat and light in color, whereas the ones on the right side still do have a slight indentation and difference in skin level, making it much more prominent. The stretch marks on the left are much older, hence they have faded more.

For slightly under 2 months of usage, I’m very impressed by the results as seen. My skin looks slightly more moisturized, and the overall tone is definitely more even looking!

The texture of Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream is much like a lotion, so it also benefited from its hydrating properties, since I do not have the habit of applying body lotion. Apart from that, my darkened streaky marks have also appeared to have lightened quite visibly.  I was kind of surprised myself when I compared the Before & After photos. I never knew how badly discolored my hip area was until I took such a close up photo of it.

While my stretch marks have not disappeared, I’m still happy with the progress because I’m optimistic about continued usage over the next few months.. maybe one day they will be totally unnoticeable!!! What I like most about it is that it feels and smells just like a normal body lotion, which makes application easy and fuss-free. I have this thing whereby no matter how good a product is, if it smells bad, I won’t end up using it in the end…. Thankfully, I don’t have that dilemma with Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream!

For your information there are three different stages of stretch marks..

Stage 1
Early stretch marks will appear pink in colour, and may also be itchy. The skin immediately around the stretch marks may also look ‘flattened’ and ‘thin’.

Stage 2
Gradually, the stretch marks will enlarge in length and width, and changes its colour to reddish or purple.

Stage 3
Once the stretch marks have matured, they lose their reddish/pink hue. In the months after pregnancy, they will start to fade and become pale white or silver. They may also appear slightly depressed and irregular in shape or length.

Mine are mostly of Stage 3, however, I would advise women of Stage 1 and 2 to start doing something about their stretch marks while they’re new so that you can prevent further damage!

If you feel ashamed of the stretch marks on your body, don’t be. They occur naturally for reasons usually difficult to prevent. While they’re not the prettiest sight, the good news is we can actually do something about a situation we might have felt hopeless about before! Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream is retailing at $14.90 and $23.90 for 60ml and 125ml respectively.

Goodbye stretch marks!!!!!! I will apply Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream diligently twice a day until I see you no more. It’s time for you to leave my body. It was not very nice knowing you, and I’ll make sure we never meet again.

…At least, until I get pregnant lah. Then bo bian already. Just spam this cream again.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

I love being weird with you.

As Augustus Waters had recently taught me, the world is not a wish granting factory.

5 years on… I realize that no couple was made perfect for each other, and no relationship is without its threatening problems, no matter how great your attraction and affection for each other may be. People just try their darnest to love, and to be loved. Hopefully, that is enough.

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love.”

Thank you Samuel from Pixioo Photography for capturing us in our essence. It was a last minute, quickly put together sort of thing that happened so quickly… but I think the spontaneity of the situation turned out well, because he managed to capture us being totally silly, which is what we are whenever we’re together. We had so much fun running around Marina Barrage completely drenched in perspiration underneath our heavy and thick unicorn / dinosaur onesies. Despite the strange looks we got throughout the evening, I couldn’t stop grinning the entire time.
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xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Slim Couture Post 2: Weight Loss Progress

So you guys know I’ve been trying to lose weight.. (what’s new?!) but what I’m going to show you today is visual results from the past 2 months of my efforts! You will definitely be surprised.

It’s been a great journey with Slim Couture so far. Read my first post introducing them on my blog here.
To quickly recap:
Slim Couture is a home-grown Singapore company focused on helping women lose weight safely. Through the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, Slim Couture prides itself in providing 100% results guaranteed weight loss solutions to female clients with weight issues since 2010.
Having been on their program for 2 months now, I have hardly any complains. Initially, my gripes were that I couldn’t get used to seeing the marks left by the cupping on my body, and that the treatments can be painful. But as time went on, I realize that these two “disadvantages” are actually quite useful to me. For starters, the marks on my body are a constant visual reminder that I’m on this slimming program. I never have the chance to forget this fact. People are always asking me, “Oh!!! What happened to you?” and I reply with, “Cupping. For slimming. I’m fine!” It’s always good to keep yourself in check, and to let others know that you’re trying to lose weight.. Because whenever I eye fattening food with glistening eager eyes, my friends would shoot back, “Aren’t you supposed to be on a diet?!” 
…Sob. T_T Yes, I am. No more french fries for me!!! 
Secondly, the pain from the scraping is actually something you’ll get used to after awhile, and helps you build pain tolerance. Gua Sha and Cupping is actually known to provide health benefits, and people do them normally even when they’re not trying to lose weight. What used to be borderline intolerable, is now just a couple of minutes of discomfort and unpleasant sensations that I’ve come to realize, will quickly pass. It’s also very good at convincing you not to eat fatty foods! Less fats = less slimming = less pain. Honestly, gua sha scraping can feel pretty shiok on some areas too, like on your calves and on your back where there’s been built up tension.
So all in all, I’d have to say I am a satisfied client of Slim Couture. Seeing my measurements slowly but surely drop every session feels so good!!! I know I’m on my way to a better and healthier body. Although according to them, my results are reallyyy slow compared to their other clients… LOL no thanks to my incessant binge eating.. I really can’t control my appetite!!!! I’m sorry!!! But I do try my best, as much as I can! And I’m STILL proud of what I’ve achieved so far.. Slow and steady wins the race??? *comforts self* To be fair to myself, I’m showing progress, and it’s quite visible. At least enough for everyone to be telling me recently that I’ve lost weight – that has to count for something, right?!

My Weight Loss Progress from the past 2 months of undergoing the “Divine Slim” treatment with Slim Couture:

3+ KG Loss
Arms: 3.7cm
Tummy: 8cm
Thighs: 11.5cm
Never have I ever posted such vulnerable and revealing photos on my blog. I’m uncomfortable to even post anything too skimpy or suggestive on social media these days, but I’m doing something out of my comfort zone in this post because I know a lot of people genuinely want to know whether my results are real or not, so okay lah here you go!!!!!!

This is the real me! (with my head chopped off and in low resolution so as to protect myself)

Yes, I have a biggggg bum. I’ve always mentioned on my blog that I am bottom heavy, now do you believe me? My boyfriend likes to call me”J-Lo” because she also has a big ass and well, my name is Jessica Loh. :’D Sometimes he also nicknames me Kim Kardashian. My big bum is still big (lol), but dare I say quite a lot smaller now! If you move back away from your screen, the difference will be easier to notice. I haven’t lost that much on my arms (damn you arm fats) but I’ve realized that they’re not as obscenely large when I take photos these days. My tummy and waist are also smaller, and no, I wasn’t sucking in!

Don’t laugh at my huge granny bra. It’s comfortable. I know some girls are all about lacey frilly bras and g strings, but I like to be comfortable. Problem?!

Let’s zoom in on the parts that are the most apparent:
I used to have a stomach that bulged out so much, I couldn’t even look down and see anything but my toes, because I was constantly bloated. Now that I’m managing my portions and overall diet better, my stomach is actually quite flat!!! And I can look straight down. It’s a miracle. It’s not TONED, but at least it’s not BULGING.

It feels awesome to be able to walk around without having to suck your gut in! I also have a more defined waist and a less obvious muffin top. 

Woopiee!!!! ANDD I ALSO HAVE some sort of thigh gap going on now!! YAY! My big cankles are now more toned down. Those circle marks are residual cupping marks. 
Thanks to losing 11.5cm off my thighs area, I’ve actually started to wear jeans a lot more often now, much to everyone’s surprise! Everyone when they see me: Oh my god, are you wearing jeans? I’ve never seen you in pants before! Yeah, me too. I haven’t worn jeans since I got fat!!! Feels good to be in denim again, pants that I haven’t been able to wear for YEARS!
I am currently at the lightest weight and healthiest state I’ve been in probably, say, more than 3 years. I don’t know exactly when I started to gain weight, so it’s hard to say for sure, but my jeans don’t lie… when was the last time you saw me in jeans on my blog? My thighs and butt were too big to fit into anything relatively normal sized! If this is my progress in 2 months, I’m looking forward to see what I will look like by the end of the year – or even in a few extra months. It’s actually surprisingly easy to be on this slimming program, seeing as I’m not dieting as much as I should be and still losing weight (although I REALLY SHOULD!!!)

If you’re thinking of going for Slim Couture, please do yourself a favor and diet more than I did!!! You’ll be amazed by the results. 

I managed to convince Sam to try out for Slim Couture too. He’s always had a problem with his belly, and he’s been starting to get a little pudgy around edges too… his results in just THREE sessions are jaw-dropping. I’ve got to hand it to him!
Sam’s Weight Loss Progress in 3 sessions (approximately 2 weeks):

2.4KG Loss
Arms: 5.2cm
Tummy: 5cm
Thighs: 6.5cm
I do not have any Before / After pics of Sam yet, considering he’s only gone for three sessions.. but walao eh!!!! Don’t spoil market leh. It makes me look kinda bad, LOL. He’s almost at my level of progress, and I’ve been on it for 2 months, whereas he’s only had 2 weeks and already catching up to me. He’s not as easily tempted by food such as fries & ice cream like I am, and he’s way more determined when it comes to dieting. This is the sort of result you can hope to see if you follow their recommended diet strictly!
There’s a whole list of foods you can / shouldn’t eat, which Slim Couture will provide to all their clients, but I’m just going to briefly cover it here. No red meats, only white meats such as fish and chicken. No dairy, no nuts, no sugary or fatty fruits / vegetables (for e.g no avocado but yes to leafy greens, no mango but yes to dragonfruit), no processed food or sugar of any sort (duh. but I often have to taste test for my baking, so I fail miserably at this!), no deep fried food, no soups because of high sodium content, no simple or complex carbs except for 2 slices of plain wholemeal bread in the morning.

So what we basically end up eating is super healthy stuff like: tons of leafy vegetables, tofu, a lot of cherry tomatoes, various types of white fishes, chicken meat, eggs, etc….. If you stick to this diet, it’s almost impossible not to lose weight. Despite my lack of dieting and exercise, I still saw visible results with Slim Couture (as you can see by my pictures above) It’s not that I ONLY lost 3+kg in total during 2 months. That’s not true. I actually lost 1.5kg in the first week already – the problem is, I would somehow always find a way to put the weight back on sooner or later!!!! Just like during my Perth trip – I actually gained 2 kilos when I was away for only 5 days. Can you imagine that?! So at that point in time, I was heavier than when I actually started out with Slim Couture. -_- The most difficult part about weight loss is maintaining a steady progress, because it’s so easy to slip and falter, ruining all your hard work. 

Just a gentle note that you’ll have to wait at least four weeks after signing up with Slim Couture to start on your first session, because they’re pretty full with their appointments at the moment. 
Just you wait and see ok!!!! I’m tired of being a “big girl”. Dear god, I just want to be normal, and healthy. I’ll be back with even more impressive results next time.  Give me a bit more time! I’ll blog about Sam’s advanced results too. So far, he’s been handling it extremely well. Slim Couture is opening up a men;s outlet soon due to popular request, so I hope this gives my male readers out there something to look forward to. Couples can now also strive to lose weight the healthy and safe way together, just like Sam and I!

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SLIM COUTURE

Official website: http://slim-couture.com

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China Square Central
Singapore 048423

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Singapore Shopping Centre, #05-29
Singapore 239924
xoxo,
Jess 
xoxo,
Jess
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