Category: EXTRAS

Are Your Botox Injections Safe?

Botulinum toxin Type A/B injections are one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed worldwide. A cosmetic star that quickly rose to popularity in the early 2000s, this is the anti-wrinkle injection well-loved and endorsed by celebrities, used by thousands of men and women to starve off the visual effects of aging. However, Botox allegedly causes rare but serious complications, including death. Recently, a young woman died after allegedly receiving cosmetic Botox injections in Singapore. While it is not clear at the time of writing this article what treatments the lady received exactly, and until clarifications can be made officially, should you be going for Botox again?   HOW DOCTORS ARE ADMINISTERING BOTOX NOW There is no doubt that despite reports of these serious complications, cosmetic injections of Botox have a remarkably safe history. In case you weren’t aware, what worries people is that Botox is actually derived from a toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum, the same toxin that causes botulism, a form of life-threatening food-poisoning. Botox injections work by Continue Reading

New Pigment Busters That Will Give You Blemish-Free Skin

Blemish-free, perfect, porcelain white skin is prized among women in Asia. If you don’t believe me, google the latest fashion horror originating in China, the facekini. With regards to worsening hyperpigmentation, while it is true that sun avoidance and sun protection is probably vital, let’s not forget that treatment is also required for one to fade pesky pigmentation away. Here are two of the latest breakthroughs in pigmentation treatment that you will want to know.   Cyspera/Cysteamine The horrific mutagenic and carcinogenic side effects of skin bleaching agent hydroquinone are well-known. Cyspera is an exciting new lightening cream for fading stubborn pigmentation such as melasma like hydroquinone or Kligman’s formula, without the associated scary side effects. The active ingredient is Cysteamine, and has actually been around since the 1960s and is actually found in breast milk! It is a tyrosinase and perioxidase inhibitor (translating to less melanin production) and is applied once a day to rested skin for at least 16 weeks. The problem with Cysteamine is that it smells Continue Reading

Is There Hope For Stubborn Pigmentation?

One of the things that can really affect one’s selfie-esteem apart from acne is pigmentation. These dull blemishes can really stand out – whether they exist in larger patches or tinier spots, muting the sparkle of an otherwise clear complexion. Some of these pesky stains can really sink in deep, making topical peels and creams an impossible success, others are easier, allowing for easier eradication.   Read More: 5 Fabulous Lessons We All Can Learn from “The Fab Five” from Queer Eye   ALL PIGMENTS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL Strangely, a lot of people think that all spots are the same (even if they look different). In truth, pigments can be broadly categorized into 1) freckles 2) solar lentigines (sun spots) 3) melasma 4) post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). But because freckles can usually be burnt off, people think their spots easily be expelled with once and for all with laser treatments. Our skin’s melanin production gets riled up by several triggers, such as the sun, inflammatory injury such as bug bites Continue Reading

All The Ways Stress Can Mess With Your Looks

Speak of stress and its psychological and social repercussions come to mind. Fact is, stress doesn’t only take a toll on how you feel, it can affect your skin as well. Unfortunately, we live in the real world, and stress happens to almost everyone. We all have work to do, deadlines to meet and bills to pay so we really need to start learning how to manage the stress. If we don’t, here’s what stress can do to make our lives worse.   1. REDNESS AND ECZEMA Heard that stress can affect digestion? The brain and gut are constantly in communication. When the body is stressed, the brain sends signals to trigger a “fight and flight” response, releasing stress hormones to prepare the body for the threat. This fight and flight response can result in an imbalance of gut bacteria – too much bad bacteria outweighing the good ones. This imbalance has been implicated in various problems outside the gut, such as the skin. Calm your skin with medical-grade probiotics Continue Reading

Is It Possible To Look Too Young For Your Age?

Looking too young for your age is almost never awkward, unless you are really young. Some of the issues preventing us from looking youthful have quick fixes, believe it not. Keep reading to find out what you can do non-surgically, so people can’t guess your actual age!   ADD RETINOL TO YOUR SKIN’S TOPICAL REGIME Genetics might be a factor of skin aging, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. Most skin doctors recommend including this magic ingredient which helps to increase the rate of cellular renewal. This skin hero is particularly well-loved for its wrinkle-smoothing and radiance boosting effect.   APPLY SUNSCREEN RELIGIOUSLY A lot of scary things that can happen to your skin without you realizing it, such as how harmful UV rays from the sun can age your skin even during your daily commute and not just when you are deliberately out on the beach trying to get your tan. And also how you don’t need to get a sunburn for your skin to Continue Reading