How To Revitalize Skin Using Supercharged Lasers

Long before the birth of skin renewal lasers, Cleopatra already had science on her side, taking milk baths which contained lactic acid to exfoliate and rejuvenate skin, dead sea salts for its mineral healing properties, honey for its hydrating properties and many more. Today we have medical technology on our side, using supercharged lasers to resurface the skin, effectively plumping up skin and erasing away spots, fine lines and wrinkles. But if you thought only those with problem skin needed lasers, that’s where you are wrong. Lasers now come in wavelengths which also target dyschromia or uneven skin tone and also brightens skin, resulting in the coveted dewy photoshop effect. We speak to Dr Kenneth Lee, who founded The Sloane Clinic 15 years ago and now, helms the 8000 sqft large SW1 Clinic.   Q : Which lasers are best for smoothening wrinkles and scars? Dr Kenneth: Traditionally, the CO2 lasers such as the SmartX laser are best for these. New versions of CO2 lasers are now fractionated and delivered Continue Reading

2 Anti-Aging Skincare Ingredients Dermatologists Like To Use

If it sounds strange to you that you should be applying more than just your toner, serum and moisturizer from your 30s, you might be missing out on some key anti-aging ingredients! In our 30s, collagen and elastin levels in our skin start to drop and the skin becomes thinner and looks less plump. Fine lines may start to be visible especially around the eyes and forehead, and pores may appear more enlarged. Find out how to reverse these early signs of ageing with some vital anti-aging skincare ingredients. #1 Retinoids Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives widely praised by dermatologists as one of the most effective skincare ingredients to retard or even reverse wrinkles. These are extremely powerful ingredients that stimulate collagen production and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This multi-tasking ingredient also exfoliates, removing dead skin cells, clogged pores and has a pore-minimizing effect. Not surprisingly, it is also effective at reducing pigmentation. The stronger and most effective version is Retin-A but this comes in super Continue Reading

The Biggest Lies About Botox And Fillers

We play true and false with these biggest botox and filler myths.   Botox is poison. TRUE   In a way, yes! Botox is a particular form of the botulinum toxin that is found in soil, dust and contaminated food, except that the cosmetic version of Botox found in your doctor’s office is a sterilized, purified and diluted version and completely safe for treatment of wrinkles.   Botox makes people expressionless. FALSE. When injected into facial muscles, the main action of Botox is to paralyze the facial muscles. But when the aesthetic dose is so small, it is not possible to completely paralyze the muscle unless too much is used. Typically a mild paralysis is enough to relax the muscles and alleviate the appearance of wrinkles, without losing expression. That means you can still smile, or frown but when you do, the wrinkles are less obvious. A good injection for forehead wrinkles, for example, lasts an average of 2 to 4 months, depending on your preference. The longer it lasts, Continue Reading

4 Ingredients To Avoid Applying While Pregnant

1. Hair removal creams Hair removal creams may seem like the easy option for removing unwanted fuzz during pregnancy, the safety of use in pregnant mothers is still debated. These contain the active ingredient barium sulfide powder and calcium thioglycolate, which changes the protein structure of hair, dissolving it and allowing it to be wiped away from the skin. There is no hard evidence that hair removal creams are harmful to a developing foetus, but it has been known to cause allergies. Read More: 5 Steps to Achieve Kardashian-worthy Lashes 2. Retinoids Retinoid creams are derived from Vitamin A and are very effective at unclogging pores in acne-prone skin. It is also a potent anti-aging cream, having the ability to boost collagen and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Oral isotretinoin is an oral vitamin A derivative used for inflammatory acne and is prohibited during pregnancy. Accordingly, retinoids may be absorbed after being applied and may pose a theoretical risk of causing birth defects. Even though studies have suggested a vey Continue Reading

How to Get the Perfect Wedding Day Smile

You have chosen the perfect venue, your dream wedding gown and decided on your favorite flowers. The only thing left to do: look radiantly beautiful. Skin – check; body – diet plan and gym check; hair – check; makeup – check; beautiful smile – errhh…? Consider this – you will probably never smile more in a single day than you would on your wedding day, and get documented in photographs and videos for all posterity. Your brilliant smile would most definitely make a bigger impression than the 6-tiered cake and possibly your fabulous dress. So let’s start the countdown in your quest for the perfect wedding smile. Months Before: Avoid staining your pearly whites Rich-coloured beverages such as soda, coffee, dark tea, and red wine tend to stain teeth, as do foods like blueberries, cherries, and soy sauce. The rough rule of the thumb is – if it stains white cotton, it’ll probably stain your teeth too. But beware of white wine – all wines, whether white or red, can Continue Reading