Category: EDITOR’S CHOICE

How Celebrities Go Makeup-Free During Self-Quarantine

If there wasn’t anything that can make celebrities like Julia Roberts live like us, the coronavirus is doing it. Celebrities are flaunting off their porcelain complexions as they share bare-faced selfies while staying at home. Of course, being able to have an enviable complexion doesn’t happen overnight, but it is definitely possible if you work for it. Here are some of the top tips on how to get there.   WEAR SUNSCREEN DAILY “If you want good skin in your 50s, start using a good sunscreen in your early 20s”. In case you were wondering, this isn’t just any quote we plucked off the internet. It’s actually pretty good advice. We know now that ultraviolet rays from the sun can damage skin, and not just in terms of burning it. UVB rays are responsible for burning skin, but did you know that UVA rays are responsible for aging skin? So the sun is a potent skin ager, and we should wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 daily, rain Continue Reading

Spa At Home: The Ultimate Skin Survival Roundup

At this point in time, most of us are staying at home during the Circuit Breaker in Singapore. 3 weeks into isolation, although a far cry from what we really want to do everyday, we are probably slowly getting adjusted to this new way of life. Just like how many have learnt that ordering in can still be a feast, there are new ways to be resourceful with your stay-at-home skincare needs. SKIN DETOX You can’t go out to get your skin a pampering fix, but it doesn’t mean you can’t give your skin a luxurious treat while staying at home. At-home facials are great because not only are they good for anyone’s skin, you can do them more regularly too. The Circuit Breaker is probably a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be able “spa” on a frequent basis. Try SW1 Shop’s Stay At Home Skintoxifier Kit for a bi-weekly skin detox. For other skincare kits, shop here. BESPOKE PEEL The ultimate spa-at-home bespoke peel created by the team behind one of Continue Reading

What To Do If Your Surgical Mask Is Giving You Acne

So the latest health directive now is to wear a mask when you are out in the public, to curb the spread of COVID-19. Whether to wear the mask when you exercise is a topic for another time, some people have figured out by now that mask wearing can create havoc on the skin. In particular, a pattern of acne mapping in atypical areas such as the cheeks, nose, and chin areas suggest that your new, unusual breakout could well be caused by your face mask. According to Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of the SW1 Clinic, it’s not so hard to understand why mask wearing wouldn’t cause acne for some folks. “Afterall, it is uncomfortable, you breathe into it, it gets sweaty and with mask shortages worldwide, you probably re-use even your disposable masks as much as you can” says Dr Low. Should you then ditch your mask to save your skin? No, not unless you want to get a fined or worse, in Singapore. And no, you definitely Continue Reading

Fat Transfer Or Filler Injections – Which One Is Better?

Let’s face it. At some point, we have all (or will) look into the mirror and wonder where all the years have gone. If you are not quite there yet, here’s what to expect. While an aged you will still look like more or less like you, it will still look a little different. A major cause of facial aging is loss of facial volume – fat. The skin loses its youthful elasticity and looks more saggy and deflated. Luckily, facial filling has been around for years in beauty and rejuvenation, and now, you even get choices for facial filling – fat or fillers. So which should you use? Is one better than another in some situations?   FAT GRAFTING One of the best things about using your own fat? It is the most natural material to your body! Fat grafting involves taking unwanted fat from a suitable place in your own body and using it as a facial filler to replace lost volume. Not only that, there is some Continue Reading

‘Quarantine Skin’ – What It Is And How To Deal With It

Many of us thought going makeup-free during quarantine would be good for our skin, but some of us might actually be wrestling with unpredictable skin issues during self-isolation. During this time when you can’t go to your favourite spa or doctor to air your skin grievances, here’s some help from Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of the SW1 Clinic and SW1 Spa. ACNE WOES Dr Low says that there are many reasons why your skin might be showing signs of stress normally. During self-isolation, a sudden change to your normal routine may be to blame. If you are experiencing new or more breakouts now, it could be a good time to look at your skincare regime. “Stress and changes in our diet during a pandemic can affect our skin. Our body increases production of cortisol, a stress hormone, which results in increased oil production. You could also be stress-eating your way through self-isolation, or eating more processed, junk food, or perhaps you have had to change from a non-dairy to Continue Reading