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How A Photofacial Saved My Skin

I’ve had red skin all my life. While it’s not severe, it’s definitely been irritating. Over the years, I’ve learnt the don’ts of rosacea, such as “don’t eat spicy food”, “don’t go under the sun”, “don’t exfoliate at all”. To be honest, I’d love to live a carefree life and not be afraid of a flare-up or break-out all the time. And I’d love to have a normal skintone, so I can wear less makeup. So rather than trying to purchase another green-tinted corrector, I decided to look for a better option. A treatment, or a facial that would treat the problem. Specifically, such facials are called photo facials, because rather than using lasers, light-based devices are used to brighten the skin and to address specific skin concerns, without any downtime. And contrary to chemical peels and microdermabrasion, BBL penetrates deeper into skin to target a variety of skin problems, such as melasma, freckles, age spots, wrinkles and even redness and inflammation such as rosacea and acne.   WHY THE Continue Reading

Remodel Your Skin in 5 Minutes With This Injectable Moisturizer

10 jabs in the face. 5 minutes. Done. Profhilo is the latest dermal filler on the block. Like most of its filler predecessors, it is synthetic hyaluronic acid, and is injected into the skin. Except that it is anything but what all the other hyaluronic acid fillers are. The long and short of it all is, Profhilo is taking the beauty world by storm. Not only is everyone doing it, it’s basically making those who swear to never Botox or inject “artificial stuff” into their faces regret they ever said it.   PROFHILO – UNRIVALED IN ITS CLASS? “Unrivaled” – the makers of Profhilo proudly claim. And perhaps a rightful claim; no injectable hyaluronic acid filler has been able to stake its claim on a non-crosslinked, bioremodelling filler. Put simply, Profhilo improves the skin, rather than adding volume to it. Studies show that it stimulates skin cells to produce collagen and elastin more effectively and hence it is a regenerative treatment that results in bioremodelling of aging skin. What’s most Continue Reading

How This Facial Healed My Skin

My skin, while good on most days, has never been great. No, I am not one of those who demands celebrity-grade “glass skin”. In fact, all I need is my skin to stop all its erratic redness and reactions once and for all. Change of weather, dust, stress, unfamiliar skincare ingredients have caused upheavals for my skin before. I have sensitive skin.   WHAT IS SENSITIVE SKIN? Sensitive skin appears to be caused by the top layer of skin becoming irritated, due to weakening of the natural barrier function of the skin due to a trigger. When I get a flare-up, my skin turns red, uncomfortable and occasionally I get blemishes and flakiness.   WHAT I HAVE LEARNT Being out and about without sunscreen irritates my skin. So does harsh exfoliation such as scrubs or peels. So that means there are hardly any facials out there which do not cause my skin agony. Until I tried The Deep Red Facial at SW1 Spa.   THE DEEP RED FACIAL The Deep Continue Reading

Busting Melasma Myths – Do’s And Don’ts

Do’s and don’ts kind of advices usually bore people, because they sound like old wives tales or myths. “Drink lots of water, else you will get a sore throat”, or “Don’t eat chilli, they will make your skin break out”. In terms of skin and hyperpigmentation, some people believe that melasma is triggered by stress; some Chinese even believe there are supernatural causes to it. In this article, we break the myths of melasma and explore the best doctor-approved treatments for it.   WHAT IS MELASMA? First things first, melasma is a facial condition that causes patches of hyperpigmentation to appear on the skin. It is more common in females compared to males. These patches of pigmentation can cause some distress as they can cover parts of the cheeks, the forehead, bridge of the nose and the upper lip, resembling a mask. Causes of melasma appear to be a mixture of genetics predisposition, sun exposure, hormones, and sometimes certain medical conditions such a hypothyroidism.   YOU CAN’T CURE MELASMA – Continue Reading

What The Chinese Say About Good Skin

Do you always get breakouts on your chin? Or the jawline? What about the cheeks? Is it hormonal? Or is it some other cause? The art of Chinese face mapping is fascinating. Believers of Chinese medicine believe that the location of skin blemishes on your face can indicate underlying systemic causes. We’ve dissected the pimple problem according to different sections of the face and potential solutions to stubborn acne.   FOREHEAD OR “T-ZONE” Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) connects the forehead with the nervous system and digestion. So if you have zits in these areas, you might be stressed! Cut back on late nights so you get ample rest. Fixing stressors would be the goal, but we all know sometimes we can only improve it – we still have to meet the deadlines, or take our exams, for example. So TCM practitioners advise adapting your diet to reduce the impact of stress on your skin. Avoid sugars, fatty and processed food; instead, increase your intake of vegetables and water. Additionally, taking Continue Reading