Author: Megan Thomas

Is Skin Lifting Without Surgery Possible?

Try googling for “face lifting without surgery” and you will see links to non-invasive skin tightening treatments (there are so many!), botox, fillers and even tutorials on facial exercises or workouts. Face gyms, they call it, involves anything from rolling a ball over your face, to slapping exercises, facial sculpting with jade. Muscle manipulation is believed by face gym fanatics to improve the appearance of sagging faces, and hopefully this reshapes one’s face to a more youthful visage in time. Whether 30 minutes of facial exercises is able to noticeably lift sagging skin remains to be seen but truthfully, I am skeptical of it, because it reminds me of older ladies I see at the gym who are even stronger than I am, but still have loose, crepey skin all over. Also, there is no certainty of anything. For example, how long will I need to do facial exercises before I can expect a visible facelift effect? At least for non-invasive skin lifting treatments such as the FDA-approved Ultherapy, I Continue Reading

Lip Rules We Learnt From The World’s Most Beautiful People

Plump lips, petite noses and large eyes. These are universal traits found in the most beautiful faces of the world. Ask a beauty expert and they will speak of “golden proportions” dating all the way back to the ancient greeks who discovered a mathematical proportion to all things beautiful – Phi (1.618). As a face approximates this ratio, the more beautiful the face perceived. The underlying message is – we judge beauty subconsciously by symmetry and proportion. It follows then, that there is also a precise formula to achieving a beautiful pout. The ideal ratio of the volume of the upper to lower lip is 1: 1.16. So the lower lip should appear slightly more full than the upper lip. Learn about 3 lip rules and accompanying tips for a youthful and attractive-looking pout.   Rule #1 Lip ageing is real Doctors say that around the age of 40, the philtrum – groove of the upper lip would have drooped between 3 to 15mm. Restore or change lip proportions to Continue Reading

Botox Or Fillers: Which Is For You?

  Botox and fillers have been around for years but we learnt that the difference between the 2 are not always immediately clear. So we’ve put together a guide to explain the differences between them so that you can work out which you would likely prefer to have. Of course you should always consult with an experienced injector and discuss which (or both) is more suitable for the improvements you want to make!    Botox Vs Fillers Botox (or Botulinum toxin) is a solution that is injected in very small, measured doses into specific facial muscles. By blocking nerve signals in the injected muscle(s), the resulting effect is temporary paralysis i.e. movement of these muscles of the face are restricted, resulting in softening or even disappearance of wrinkles. A typical Botox injection of smaller muscles such as those in the forehead, or outside the eyes last approximately 3 to 4 months. Obviously the higher the dose, the more long-lasting the treatment, but also the more “frozen” the look! Botox is Continue Reading

Pregnancy Glow Skincare: What To Use And What To Ditch

Pregnant women know what foods to avoid during pregnancy but ask them the same about pregnancy-safe skincare and chances are they won’t know which skincare ingredients are unsafe. Does that mean you should be resigned to looking drab for the next 9 months? According to Dr Low Chai Ling, medical director of the SW1 Clinic, author of pregnancy care book In Full Bloom (which details pregnancy-safe remedies for irritated or lacklustre skin from her professional and personal experience) and mother of 2, there is absolutely no reason for women to abandon their beauty routines during their pregnancies. She advises instead, simplify your beauty routine. “The more products you use, the more likely you are going to run into chances of using an unsafe product. So unless you are very sure, select your baby-safe skincare range that supports frequent cellular turnover and add specific serums or creams that target issues such as uneven skintone, pigmentation or greasy skin”.   Pregnancy-safe Anti-grease and Anti-Acne Products Blotting paper may not be everyone’s thing. Continue Reading

Beauty In A Portrait – How Important Is The Jawline?

A chiseled jawline has always contributed one’s attractive rating (if there was one). Ask a portrait photographer the most important facial feature of their subjects and they will tell you it is “all about the jaw”.     Jawlines that are defined bring character to a face and makes one’s portrait more photogenic. It is a sign of good genes (and these days, good anti-aging care), men or women alike. So whether it is Henry Cavill’s chin of steel, or Jennifer Lopez’s gravity-defying jawline and cheeks, here are 2 proven treatments that will keep that profile of yours dazzling. Read More: 5 Ways To Reverse Aging In Under A Week   Non-surgical skin tightening treatments This is the famous non-surgical facelift that keeps the collagen and elastin content of your skin abundant, without the scalpel! Treatments such as radiofrequency Thermage and focused ultrasound Ulthera work on the basis of stimulating a productive wound healing response, which leads to a progressive skin and neck tightening effect within 3 to 6 months. Continue Reading