Category: EDITOR’S CHOICE

There’s Hope! Why 60 is the New 30

Suddenly, growing old doesn’t seem so scary. A recent string of silver-stranded cover girls are putting some serious sexy back into the sexagenarian. Christie Brinkley, the original “Uptown Girl” and model who first graced the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit some 40 years ago, returned to Sports Illustrated at the age of 63 with her two young daughters. “This is a real full circle moment for me,” Christie said through tears on set. “I can get very emotional about this. How many years ago, I was that insecure girl hoping that I would be good enough for the magazine. So to see my daughters now having the same thoughts I had, and to be able to see them actually be there on the job, was definitely a big moment. “I couldn’t even believe my ears when I got the call that MJ wanted to shoot my daughters and me. I was thrilled.” The question that’s behind everybody’s mind: Did she have a surgical facelift to thank for that ageless face? Continue Reading

Efficient Exercise: Monitoring the Beat

Need a little push during your workout but a little afraid of pushing too hard? The serious gym rat has a cool tool to recommend – a heart rate monitor. Whilst not absolutely vital for a workout, it is the great way to track, listen to and push your own body, without risking an injury or a cardiovascular event.   Safety For Beginners Turning up the beat is a great way for beginners to work out at the right intensity. Objectively, monitoring one’s heart rate during a workout helps one see just how hard one is working at the gym. For the beginner, who may be less familiar with how cardiovascular or strength training may correlate with how hard one’s body is working, heart rate monitoring is a great and easy guide to go easy or go hard, depending on what your heart says. So it works both ways; it allows you to push yourself a little harder and see how where your tipping point is, and it also allows Continue Reading

Mane Menu – Eat These to Sprout Healthy Hair

Looking good is just as much about taking care of your body on the inside as it is about smoothing on potions on the outside. We are not just talking about your skin: A nutritious diet is vital to promote healthy (i.e. beautiful and bountiful) hair too. In fact, as the second fastest growing tissue in your body, it requires a whole lot of energy to support a magnificent mane. And as a dispensable accessory with no real physiological function to the body, your crowning glory gets the first and worst hit when the system reshuffles nutrients to life-supporting organs – even with minor deficiencies you wouldn’t think much of. Fill up on this good-hair-day diet to give your tresses every advantage without compromising on your waistline.   BREAKFAST Oats are a heart-healthy and convenient source of iron. Stealth iron deficiency is one of the commonest cause of brittle, thinning hair, especially in women. Berries are bursting in vitamin C which aids absorption of iron and supports the tiny blood vessels feeding the Continue Reading

The Cost Of Beauty: Rogue Aesthetic Treatments On The Rise

Getting cosmetically enhanced is becoming common. Women, and increasingly, men, are getting more accustomed to the idea of various degrees of beauty fixes. Botox used to be done for older folks who wanted to rid their faces of wrinkles, but enter Botox prejuvenation today, where Botox is done in much younger people to delay the formation of wrinkles. For those with flat asian noses, the “lunchtime rhinoplasty” is a fuss-free nose augmentation filler or nose threadlift procedure which can be done at the doctor’s office in under 60 minutes, from prep, numbing and discharge from the clinic. Botox is a powerful neurotoxin that can be used to relax or paralyse muscles. In aesthetic doses, Botox is harmless and can be used effectively to smoothen skin, lift or depress certain muscle activity. Dermal fillers are actually soft, moldable, biocompatible and biodegradable materials that can be safely injected by a qualified and trained medical professional. In the right hands, the results are natural without much downtime. In the wrong hands, a botched Continue Reading

Think Before You Ink: Tattoo Regret In The Eyes Of A Doctor

Tattoos may seem like a good idea in the moment, but sometimes, tattoos are inked on impulse. We spoke to Dr Kenneth Lee, founder of the SW1 Clinic (who also co- founded The Sloane Clinic in 2003) about tattoo regret.   SKINMAG: Do you often see patients who have tattoo regret? Dr Kenneth Lee: Yes, I have seen quite a few over the last decade. They range from pretty young to working professionals who regretted the tattoos they got in their younger years, because the tattoos didn’t fit their lifestyle anymore. The tattoos range from professional, self-inked, very new, old, black tattoos and multi-coloured ones.   SKINMAG: What kind of tattoos do people normally regret? Dr Kenneth Lee: Usually people regret tattoos that label them, such as gang tattoos. I have had to help a young man remove massive yakuza style tattoos on his chest, back and both legs because he wanted to become a policeman. Sometimes people remove easily visible tattoos such as those on the fingers and wrists Continue Reading