Category: TIPS & ADVICE

The Best Way To Heal Your Sunburn

Our doctors have succeeded in raising awareness about the harmful effects of sun overexposure; many people today are aware of skin cancer and other harmful effects of the sun such as pigmentation and premature aging. While we have stepped up our game in protecting our skin, sometimes the accidental sunburn still happens. Here’s how to manage them. IMMEDIATELY AFTER – Soothe Your Stinging Skin.   1. Cool Compress After the accident, apply a cold, damp towel to the area quickly for 10 – 15 minutes. This helps remove some heat from the burnt skin. Take a cool shower or bath and moisturize immediately after.   2. Moisturize But Don’t Trap Heat Peeling is probably inevitable, because your body will now work to get rid of damaged cells that are at risk of becoming cancerous. Programmed cell death, a signaling mechanism in the body which leads to suicide of damaged skin cells occurs. In other words, your body sheds dead skin cells damaged by the sun as a form of protection. Continue Reading

Why Some Women Look Younger Than Others

You know that frustratingly gorgeous friend of yours? The one who puts on some Chapstick and walks out the door, no problem, and still gets carded at way past 21? Scientists have finally figured out what her deal is. And no, it’s not (just) plastic surgery.   Not Too Little, Not Too Much Goldilocks’ principle of “Not too little. Not too much. Just nice” applies here. Women who use cosmetic tweaks judiciously have been shown to get away with looking more attractive without the overt tell-tale signs of the ‘over-done’ look. The Smart: Smart women use a variety of skin lasers and lifting techniques to maintain their looks. “I get Thermage done once a year, and I use Lustrous Skin Program’s Fraxel light lasers to ensure my complexion stay bright and fair all year round. Every six weeks, I go for Monroe Hydrafacial at The SW1 Clinic” says Cindi, a youthful-looking marketing exec in her 40s. The Not-so-Smart: Sticking to one treatment just because it worked for you 10 years ago is Continue Reading

Bridal Beauty: An Essential Beauty Checklist From An Aesthetic Doctor

December is the wedding season in Singapore, according to a recent survey published by the Department of Statistics. For some, December woud seem like an odd month to get married; it is the rainy season (so outdoor ceremonies may have to be scrapped unless you want to say your vows in the pouring rain), most people you would probably want to invite would be making plans for family holidays. But it is true that most couples choose the festive season for their nuptials, when work slows down in general and they are able to take time off work more easily. If you have plans to tie the knot with your man at the end of the year, you should have most of the big decisions made by now, such as announcing your engagement and setting the date (yes hello? You want people you are going to invite to save the date and actually attend your wedding, yes?), booked the venue, your wedding stylist, your photographer and videographer (these get booked Continue Reading

How To Layer Your Skincare Products

This might sound a little redundant, I understand. “Seriously? Just apply them all”, right? Apparently, the order of things does matter. So instead of just piling them on, let’s learn from the pros.   Step 1. Cleanse Most people wouldn’t have given much thought to the importance of facial cleansing, but cleansing is more than just cleaning. It is the best way to prep your skin to ensure your skin reaps the benefit from all your other expensive skincare products! Exfoliating every now and then also physically removes dead skin cells (which are really only there to dull your complexion), and also stimulates your skin’s regenerative process.   Step 2. Tone “Is a toner really necessary?” – one of the most asked questions. A toner is meant to remove last traces of unwanted skin debris such as oil and makeup, and they also contain ingredients which repairs and soothes the skin’s surface. Cleopatra’s secret was rose water, a natural facial toner, which made her skin soft and smooth. But today’s Continue Reading

Heavy Metal Fashion Guide

Most of my clothes are black, or close to black, such as dark navy blue. In fact my wardrobe has been filled with dark coloured clothing for as long as I can remember. At 45, I have gotten older, but I still wear black most of the time. Sometimes I pair a black bottom with a white or grey top, and very, very rarely, perhaps something bright. Why do some women wear black all the time? Firstly, it does have a slimming effect, secondly, it is a safe colour, rather like second skin. It is difficult to go terribly wrong in black. Most of the time, people rarely notice black. But have you noticed that everyone is wearing something metallic, such as silver or gold? It is almost as if silver has replaced grey, and gold has replaced beige! Whether high-shine or glittery, dresses or coordinates, it takes a little bit of confidence to really get comfortable wearing something bold. And of course, a better body. If you have been Continue Reading

5 Treatments For Younger Skin In Your 40s

When it comes to skin, nothing is set in stone. Just because your skin is starting to show visible signs of aging doesn’t mean you can’t turn the clock back in time and reverse some signs of damage. “In your 40s, it is time to wage war on aging skin, because you have a very finite number of years to undo damage with non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures, before the skin aging really escalates”, says Dr Low Chai Ling, Medical Director of the SW1 Clinic, and also former founder of The Sloane Clinic. In this article, we tap into Dr Low’s wealth of knowledge and experience to assemble 5 secrets on how you can waltz into your 40s gracefully, looking ageless instead of looking your actual age.   Rule 1 – Fight Against Gravity In some women such as ex-supermodel Heidi Klum, genetics and healthy lifestyle play a role in keeping their skin beautiful and in all the right places. But for most of us in the cold, harsh world, Continue Reading

Top 3 Reasons To Start Lasers In Your 20s

Have you wondered why Jennier Lopez looks like she hasn’t aged a day since she was 21? Apart from lucky genes and healthy habits, it is very likely that she had skin enhancements, which she probably started early and carried these on to her 40s. “When you are in your 20s, it is easy to feel complacent because visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles are not of utmost concern. But in fact, this is the decade to start preventive measures to delay the aging clock” says Dr Chua Han Boon, Senior Medical Aesthetics Consultant of the SW1 Clinic. With the advent of so many affordable laser treatments, there are really a lot of choices from hybrid facials to lasers that leave you with just a hint of pink by the time you walk out of the clinic. “The intuitive understanding that people had in the past and today is the same; they understand that in order to stay youthful-looking, they must not be lazy about caring Continue Reading