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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

Is This Vitamin The Secret To Smoother Skin?

Doctors say that Vitamin A is fast becoming an essential to feed your skin in order to get a beautiful glow. Here are some of the reasons why this multi-tasking ingredient is a must-have for anyone dreaming of a clear and smoother complexion: Penetrates deeply to stimulate fibroblasts – cells that produce collagen, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unclogs pores, reduces oil production and therefore reduces acne Exfoliates and increases skin cell turnover, evening out skin tone Lightens sun damage and pigmentation   Are All Vitamin A Formulas Made The Same? For anyone confused by the abundance of Vitamin A products available off the shelf, there are basically 3 retinoids (the umbrella term for Vitamin A products) that we really care about. RETINOIC ACID – this is usually found in prescription formulas and has a direct biological effect on the skin – the vital ingredient that fights aging visibly. This is the active ingredient used in tretinoin creams available through prescription only to treat acne. These prescription-strength Continue Reading

Trending Now: The Skin Program That Cures Acne

We’ve all had our fair share of zits in our teens, but admit it, having acne isn’t fun, especially when you are well past your teens and feel you shouldn’t be suffering from this embarrassing issue any longer. Everyone’s skin is a little different, and more often than not, it takes more than one single treatment or treatment type to get a good result. Here are a few highly effective solutions to rid yourself of acne.   VBEAM PERFECTA Inflamed acne consists of swelling, redness, and pores that are deeply clogged with bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells. Sometimes, bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) can cause inflamed acne, too. Inflamed acne can present as tender red bumps under the skin that may worsen when you try to extract the pimples yourself.  Firstly, hands off lest you aggravate the situation further. Inflamed acne may result in skin sensitivity and redness which potentially worsens the overall facial appearance. The best skin treatment for this type of stubborn lesions is a pulsed Continue Reading

The Cleverest Fat-Busting Cheat Sheet You Can Try Now

Dream to flaunt your fabulous figure whether posing for a selfie or app-free in real life? It is within your reach. Just focus on the good-old stuff: Optimising your overall health, fitness and well-being. Here are 5 tips for a swoon-worthy silhouette to start today!   FUEL UP RIGHT Slimming down starts in the morning to jump-start your fat-torching engine. To shed pounds and keep it off for life, there is no getting around the golden rule that you have to eat breakfast. Fuelling your body with nutrient-dense foods like oatmeal with berries and almonds or yogurt parfait with walnuts toppings literally wakes up your metabolism. Besides ensuring regular morning start-ups, studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids give a metabolism tune-up by balancing blood sugar and reducing inflammation. There is also evidence that omega-3s stimulate leptin, the hormone that signals your brain that you are full to prevent unhealthy cravings and snack-scavenging. Aim for at least one rich source of omega-3 (like salmon and tuna) into your diet everyday. Not Continue Reading

Little On Time, Big On Results – All The Knife-Free Beauty Alternatives To Surgery

I caught up with a friend recently over dinner, and was fascinated to find her face visibly “upgraded”. Apparently, surgical facelifts are hardly done anymore, and the medical aesthetic industry has started a revolution of non-invasive facial and skin rejuvenation treatments, a few of which my friend has tried. The best thing about these treatments is that there is usually very little or no downtime at all, and you still look like you, just more polished and more airbrushed. Here are the knife-free alternatives to surgery that will keep your skin looking incredible.   Problem: Droopy brows Surgical Option: Surgical Browlift Alternative Fix: Botox Browlift Although usually caused by aging, not everyone who has a droopy brow is a victim of it due to aging. Some have genetically low brows and/or droopy eyelids. Regardless, sagging skin around the brows and eyelids make often makes one look older. Worse, severe droopy brows can partially cover one’s vision (hooding). While a surgical brow lift offers dramatic results, some may find it invasive. Continue Reading