Peak Performance – Bringing Out the Best in your Cheeks

  “A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” – Oscar Wilde. If that was true, her cheeks would have been a crucial plot device. Whether you are thinking of a fresh-faced Lolita or a sleeping princess, she’ll always be blessed with a set of full, softly blushing cheeks – a symbol of youth, good health and nutrition, and wistful young love. Unfortunately, cheeks are frequently neglected by most women even though those soft creamy peaks take up much more of the face than bright eyes or pouty lips. In fact, the midface forms an important structural support for the face. As fatty tissue over the cheekbones gets gradually depleted by the late 20s to early 30s, cheeks slowly deflate and curvy feminine facial contours fade away. With less fat to fill out the overlying skin, skin sagging, laugh lines and wrinkles become more pronounced as well. It’s no wonder that increasingly, the area of the body plastic surgeons and doctors are making more voluptuous is the cheeks. After all, Continue Reading

Choosing The Best Sunscreen That Works With Makeup

First of all, for those who are not clear about the harmful effects of sun overexposure, it can cause skin cancers. Chronic sun exposure also leads to premature skin aging, also known as photoaging. You may have heard of words such as UVA and UVB rays, and seen things like SPF, PA, Broad Spectrum Suncreen etc. labeled on sunscreen bottles and they all sound pretty confusing? Sure, what we really want to know is simply, how do we choose the best sunscreen? We spoke to Dr Michelle Lim from SW1 Clinic on the “A B Cs” of sunscreens.   Sunscreen Basics Before we dive into the specifics, let’s visit the basics. There are 2 major types of sunscreens. The first is a physical sunscreen, which protects your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking out harmful sun rays, before they enter your skin. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun rays, or by scattering them. Physical sunscreens contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. Titanium dioxide protects Continue Reading

Beauty Tips For A Dazzling Valentine’s Day Date

With less than 2 days to Valentine’s Day, here are some tips to make the romance of February 14 a memorable one.   1. Get Your Freshest Glow On There is nothing more attractive and infatuating than a gorgeous skin. The Monroe Hydrafacial takes glowing skin to a whole new level with the patented Hydrafacial MD system. Touted as the only facial that penetrates deep enough to stimulate growth of collagen and elastin, HydraFacial uses a unique, vortex suction extraction tip that dislodges impurities from clogged pores. This vortex tip also acts as an infusion tool and delivers an antioxidant-rich and collagen-rich serum into deep into the pores.   But wait, the over-achievers at the SW1 Clinic think this is not enough. The Monroe Hydrafacial continues with a dual light therapy which is both calming and anti-aging. Next, there was sonophoresis of 2 different vitamins (which Melody picked Vitamin C and B for me). The facial finishes off with a power packed Pearl éclat gel mask which contains skin whitening Continue Reading

5 Easy Ways to Amp Up Your Skin’s Luminosity

I have always spied on Korean drama actresses and wondered the secret to the Korean dewy skin. You’ve probably heard of it – the rave about perfect, poreless, fair, dewy complexion has now been amplified to another level. If you are one of the lucky ones who got bored of luminous dewy skin, here’s another shot for you – Glass Skin. In pursuit of the perfect complexion, the next move up the dewy skin ladder is “Glass skin”. This requires a dedicated buff-and-shine skin regime to achieve that clear, crystalline, water-glow effect, like a piece of clear glass. Clear, dewy skin has always been a sign of youth in parts of Asia. And now, like a fancy and much anticipated iPhone or Samsung upgrade, clear, glassy skin looks set to overtake its predecessor. For those who have not heard of it yet, glass skin refers to perfectly smooth, clear, crystalline, shiny skin, like a piece of clear glass. We spoke to Dr Michelle Lim from The SW1 Clinic on tips Continue Reading

Bring the Sexy Back: How to Banish Back Acne & Marks

Whether you are fashion girl basking in the southern summer sun or braving the northern winter winds, the allure of the sexy back is eternal, season after season, year after year. So does back acne (or bacne, in short) and its scarring aftermath – which can serve as one of those helpful reminders that the universe tends toward chaos and complications. Acne is like the worst kind of house guest: It shows up uninvited at the least convenient time, overstays its welcome, and leaves a mess after it’s gone. The breakouts on your chest and back tend to be a little different than the acne on your face. While some may see zits on their shoulders, chest and back just their facial acne, many cases of isolated bacne spots may be technically folliculitis, which is when the hair follicle becomes infected. However, it looks the same as facial pimples and is treated the same skincare ingredients and medications.   Bolt To The Shower After Your Workout One of the first Continue Reading

Acne Fighting Guide – Pit Bacteria Against Bacteria to Get Rid Of Acne

The ultimate guide to fighting acne would usually include using acne products such as a deep cleanser, an astringent toner, pimple creams, and oil-free moisturizers. Doctors will usually include a topical antibiotic preparation into the regime, or start their patients on oral antibiotics. A recent trend in skincare for troubled skin is the use of topical probiotics. Yes, I am referring to applying things like Acidophilus on your skin. In case it doesn’t ring a bell, probiotics contain live bacterial cultures, exactly like those you find in yogurt, or what my 3 year old son likes – Yakult. In fact, people who regularly consume fermented food such as the Japanese natto (really smelly, fermented beans), korean kimchi, kombucha and kefir or those who take probiotic supplements have noted reduction in their acne. The basis for this is that scientists have found that people with healthy, clear skin have antimicrobial peptides that are produced by bacteria which selectively act against acne-causing bacteria.   Why Probiotics Are Good For Acne-Prone Skin In Continue Reading

5 Things You Need To Know Before Getting That Lip Filler

The lips are usually not the first feature that people rush to augment, but in the last 5 years, the plump pout has clearly become popular. We are not talking about simple lip liner jobs which only go as far as giving you limited headway with overlining or shading. We are talking about delectably filled lips, like Kylie Jenner’s. But before you rush into it, know that lip filler results may not result in the most natural-looking set of lips. We spoke to Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of the SW1 Clinic, and she gave 5 insider tips to help you sidestep the botched filler job and emerge a winner in the sexy lip lane.   1. You Need To Prepare For It   First of all, leave Kylie Jenner’s photo at home. If you have super thin lips and want to go from nothing to everything at one go, the likelihood of having your lips overfilled is probably 100%. Overfilled lips tend to have the cosmetically made (or botched) Continue Reading