Category: ASK SKIN

Have We Found the Anti-Aging Holy Grail?

As our population live longer and enjoy higher standards of life and health, there has been a distinct shift from disease treatment to disease prevention. No longer are we content to have cures for common ailments and illnesses, people are looking to prevent certain negative health outcomes from happening in the first place. This has extended to our ageing process. In the past, aesthetic surgeons and doctors were kept busy trying to fill wrinkles and lines as soon as they pop up on the faces. Now scientists are asking: what if we can slow down the ageing process of the skin in the first place? Instead of filling lines, what if our skin can regenerate itself to an extent such that wrinkles won’t appear prematurely? This shift in thinking is not new. There has always been a plethora of anti-ageing creams and products lining the beauty section of every departmental store. However, this has taken a newfound fervour of late as recent studies uncover new compounds that could potentially save Continue Reading

4 Cleopatra Beauty Secrets We Can Learn From

The fabled Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra, famed for her intellect and her beautiful, flawless skin. While we can’t quite live like the Queen, we can certainly look into her beauty regime and perhaps create that same seductive glamour that will keep heads turning. Here are 4 of her beauty secrets that helped this beauty legend make her mark in antiquity that we can all try to emulate.   1. Milk Bath     The secret to Cleopatra’s glowing skin was daily milk baths. It was said that she used to mix milk of a young donkey with fresh honey and almond oil. Now that’s fit for a queen, but not quite for the urban dweller like you and me who will have to clean up our own baths and basins at the end of it. Read More: Is There a Magic Formula for Achieving Perfect Skin At Any Age? Try: Lush Milky Bath Bubble Bar     This vegan moisturizing milk soap bar is a blend of soya milk powder, Continue Reading

5 Treatments For Younger Skin In Your 40s

When it comes to skin, nothing is set in stone. Just because your skin is starting to show visible signs of aging doesn’t mean you can’t turn the clock back in time and reverse some signs of damage. “In your 40s, it is time to wage war on aging skin, because you have a very finite number of years to undo damage with non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures, before the skin aging really escalates”, says Dr Low Chai Ling, Medical Director of the SW1 Clinic, and also former founder of The Sloane Clinic. In this article, we tap into Dr Low’s wealth of knowledge and experience to assemble 5 secrets on how you can waltz into your 40s gracefully, looking ageless instead of looking your actual age.   Rule 1 – Fight Against Gravity In some women such as ex-supermodel Heidi Klum, genetics and healthy lifestyle play a role in keeping their skin beautiful and in all the right places. But for most of us in the cold, harsh world, Continue Reading

How Pillows Can Wreck Havoc on Your Skin

Pillows are necessities for restful sleep. They are great for propping the oneself at an ideal angle for relaxation. After a long day, they are ideal tools to help us put overselves to sleep quickly. But if you have ever gone to bed with skin clear and woke up the next morning to find a few ridiculous pimples that sprouted overnight, your pillow might be doing more than just transferring bacteria to your skin.   Early wrinkles Firstly, you must have woken up at least a few times to find some “sleep lines” caused by your pillow or pillowcase. While these do not cause any immediate concerns, it might mean that your sleeping posture or pillow case might be scrunching up and stretching skin in an unnatural way. This may cause premature wrinkles to form. Try: Sleeping on your back alleviates pressure on one side of the face. Also try changing out your cotton pillowcase for a silk one, to decrease the changes of the fabric scrunching up during subconscious Continue Reading

All You Need to Know About a Non-Surgical Facelift

As you age, you will see one of the following signs of aging on your face and neck such as: Relaxation of the skin of the face causing sagging Deepening of the fold lines between the nose and corner of the mouth Fat that has fallen or has disappeared Jowls Loose skin and excess fat of the neck that can appear as a double chin or “turkey neck” The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to variety of factors, including thinning of the skin, loss of facial fat, gravity, sun damage, smoking, as well as heredity and stress. Types of facelifts There are two main options to correct the aging changes in the face and neck— surgical facelift and non-surgical facelift. A surgical facelift aims to correct the aging changes of the face and neck through surgery.The vast array of facelift techniques can be bewildering: deep plane, high SMAS, short scar, skin only, MACS lift, SMASectomy and the list goes on. Other procedures that might be 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 New Filler Trends That Will Surprise You

Dermal fillers may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for some people, fillers do miracles for them. Conventionally, Asian faces crave more projection, so nose, cheek and chin fillers are common. For the others, such as Caucasian patients, cheek, nasolabial and lip fillers are usually the more preferred. But we heard that these are just the tip of the iceberg. With such excellent safety profiles of hyaluronic acid fillers, people are filling places other than the traditional to look better and better. SKINMAG quizzed Dr Michelle Lim from the SW1 Clinic on the unconventional places that people are filling, beyond achieving the cheeky cheeklift, or the sexy lip status.  Read More: Looking Too Young For Your Age Is Now IN 1. Temples Who would have thought temple hollowing was a sign of aging? The youthful face is full and convex, and fat is evenly distributed both in deep and subcutaneous layers. Aging results in loss of fullness in various regions, including the temples. “Many patients overlook loss of volume Continue Reading