Category: TIPS & ADVICE

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

4 Things To Do To Save Your Neck

Sagging skin and wrinkles on the neck is a universal cosmetic problem. Like taxes, it affects all of us. An aging neck is one of the top complaints in those aged above 40. Luckily, unlike taxes, there are safe and legitimate ways to save your neck.   1. Botox Neck Lifting Known as the Nefertiti Lift, this technique relaxes the platysma muscle of the neck, allowing the opposing facial elevator muscles to be more active, resulting in a more lifted and contoured jawline. Expect less obvious jowls and a more defined jawline with this quick fix. A Nefertiti lift lasts between 3 to 6 months on average. While it is not permanent, the procedure is really effective and easy, so most people would go for it at least once or twice a year.   2. Non-invasive skin tightening Have you noticed your skin droop but feel that a surgical facelift for it would be an overkill? Or if you would rather try something completely non-invasive, try Trinity Facelift, a program 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

Why Facial Hair Could Be Wrecking Your Complexion

We all have varying degrees of facial hair and irritation, ingrown hairs, acne, hair bumps can come into place whether one takes or doesn’t take the no-shave route. We all know something like smoking ruins your looks, but some tricky complexion situations can also be caused by something as harmless-looking and unassuming as facial hair. Here’s why facial hair removal could be a good idea:   IT CAN EXACERBATE ACNE Acne, in part, is casued by surging hormones known as androgens. Androgens stimulates oil glands in the skin to increase production of oily sebum. Facial hair collects dirt and debris, causing increases sensitivity to acne-producing bacteria, which clogs the pores and results in pimples.   THEY CAUSE RAZOR BUMPS The best way to get rid of razor bumps is to not erm, not shave, at all. These bumps commonly appear after shaving. These appear because sometimes when a hair is cut off just at the surface of the skin, it can grow inwards and cause irritation to the hair follicle, Continue Reading