Shrink your pores with these serums

Keep pigmentation and enlarged pores at bay with the new IDS (Innovative Dermatological Solutions) antioxidant serums C-Plus (left) and A-Plus ($150 each, from IDS clinic, 05-07 Novena Specialist Centre).

Made in Japan, C-Plus is a blend of a new stable version of vitamin C which promises to be more effective, as well as vitamin E and the antioxidant fullerenes, which helps to firm and brighten skin.

A-Plus, made in Sweden, refines skin with a gentle form of retinoid and the antioxidants niacinamide and curcumin.

The products are two of the 20 new skincare products created by general practitioner, Dr Tan Siak Khim. He opened IDS in February and is also the founder and former owner of aesthetic clinic The DRx Clinic.

Review: After a consultation with Dr Tan, I was prescribed a gentle cleanser, a purifying toner, antioxidant serums, an oil-free moisturiser and mattifying sunscreen - to treat my oily skin and enlarged pores. Together, these products make up the "IDS ritual".

After sticking to the routine for three weeks, my skin was noticeably clearer and fairer. It also now remains matte the entire day - a first for me.

My pores, which previously become temporarily less visible only with aesthetic treatments, such as laser and radiofrequency, have shrunk significantly.

Potent vitamin A and vitamin C serums usually irritate my skin, but C-Plus and A-Plus did not. They were most effective on my skintone and pore size. I noticed results after using the serums for three days.

IDS formulas are dispensed only after a consultation with Dr Tan.

Consultations are free until May 31. After that, the first consultation will cost $80 and subsequent sessions, if necessary, will cost $50 a visit.

This article was published on May 2 in Urban, The Straits Times.

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