Author: Megan Thomas

Detox For Weight Loss, Beauty And Health – Rave Or Rant?

We’ve blogged about many effective weight loss treatments that can help us achieve the figure we want, without undergoing the knife, such as Coolshape, a non-invasive fat freezing treatment or skin tightening treatments such as Onda Body Magic. Detox diets are raved by celebrities for their astonishing results but are they really the best? Many people associate detox with deprivation, with extreme diet choices, colonic cleansing. While it may sound strange to people who are not big on dieting, overweight people or people who generally want to make an extreme change to their health may be tempted to start on a detox plan. Some celebrities have also shared their detox experiences such as Oprah Winfrey, who went on a 21-day vegan diet, eliminating alcohol, gluten, animal products and caffeine and Beyonce is a fan of ‘Master Cleanse’. But nutritionists now believe that extreme detox plans are very much like double-edged swords – not all of these are caloric bargains, and there is a lack of vital food groups such as Continue Reading

Pore Police: How To Transform Your Skin In 4 Weeks

Different women may want different looks – some prefer bigger eyes while some may be perfectly happy with their single eyelids, for example. But the quest for smooth, poreless, radiant skin is the most universal. Pores are the most misunderstood – it is almost as if they were made to be visible, being the natural channels for oil and sweat and even contain hair follicles. Little wonder, so many complain of large pore problems, especially in our hot, humid climate. Here are the best tips to get that flawless complexion. Read More: Why A New Chin May Be All You Need To Look Younger   TIP #1 Scrub For A Fresher Canvas Who would have thought something so basic can be so crucial a step to achieving better skin, at the comfort of your own home? Frequent exfoliation removes dead skin cells and encourages cellular turnover. A fine scrub such as Crystal Healing Scrub is different from other cleansers – its fine granules effectively dislodges debris and stimulates microcirculation. A Continue Reading

How To Choose Between Liposuction And Cryolipolysis

There are diets that are impossible. I mean really impossible because the effort is impossible, it simply doesn’t work, or at the very least, it stops working beyond a certain point. To those of you who are starting to despair, there are some really cool medically proven tricks to help you get rid of that muffin top or slim down those thunder thighs. Cryolipolysis and liposuction are medical fat reduction procedures. The main difference is cryolipolysis is a non-invasive procedure that gets rid of fat cells in the area treated without surgery, whereas liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure. We speak to Consultant Plastic Surgeon Dr Chia Hui Ling about the differences between these treatments.   WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION? Dr Chia: Liposuction involves surgically removing fat from the body and therefore frequently involves general anaesthesia. Small incisions are made in the skin to gain access to a fatty bulge. After some prep work on the area, a cannula is inserted into one of the small incisions made and suction is Continue Reading

Peel Prep: 5 Things You Should Know About Chemical Peels, According To Doctors

Chemical peels were first used in 1834, starting when carbolic acid was discovered by German chemist Friedlieb Runge. In the early 1900s, deep chemical peels (phenol peeling) were used to treat acne scars in New York by dermatologists and in 1960s, chemical peeling received its formal recognition in America after discussion in national meetings and following impressive results. But prior to this, chemical peeling has already been used hundreds of years ago. Cleopatra used lactic and tartaric acid (in milk and red wine) to give herself mild chemical peels. We now know that sour milk and wine contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) which are found in a range of over-the-counter skincare products and in professional treatments in clinics. Chemical peels are extremely efficient treatments – they treat a variety of problems such as uneven skin tone, smoothens the skin by encouraging cellular renewal, removes fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and even acne. But chemical peels intimidate people, because peels are fundamentally acids and if applied incorrectly, can cause side Continue Reading

Why You Should Be Treating Acne Scars Early

Between treating your acne scars early and late, some people choose to have theirs treated late, thinking their acne scars will improve without treatment over time. Skin doctors do not agree. “Acne scars look deeper as people get older, particularly as they approach their 40s, because natural aging results in collagen loss and general loss in facial volume or fat” says Dr Michelle Lim, Medical Aesthetic Consultant at the SW1 Clinic. “Younger skin also regenerates better so theoretically, acne scars treatments started in your 20s or 30s are also more effective.” For these reasons, she chooses more aggressive treatments for her patients in this younger age bracket. Another obvious motivation for treating acne scars early? “There is a definite advantage to having a crystal clear complexion socially and even for work. It’s like going to the mall with and without makeup on and feeling like I get different treatments from people depending on how I look” says Amelia, IT Consultant. Is it difficult to have acne scars erased? Dr Michelle Continue Reading