Category: TIPS & ADVICE

Nose Threadlifts Or Nose Fillers – Which Is Better?

The non-surgical rhinoplasty is probably one of the most common non-invasive cosmetic procedures done today. A quick, virtually painless alternative to the surgical nose job, the risks are lower and there is very minimal, if not, zero downtime. Non-surgical nose enhancements can be done using dermal fillers (touted the ‘liquid rhinoplasty’) or nose threads, but do you know which one you should choose?   1. NOSE FILLERS – THE LIQUID RHINOPLASTY Dermal fillers can be used to lift the nose bridge or to refine the nose tip. This comes packaged in a syringe and is injected directly into areas that your doctor wants to modify. Hyaluronic acid fillers are most commonly used, being dissolvable easily if there is a need to. Once injected, they are slowly broken down by the body over the following months, and last on average 9 to 18 months. Being an injectable, nose fillers can be used to hide a bump on the nose, or make it less visible. It can also be cleverly used to Continue Reading

Clear Skin Is Making A Comeback With These Smart Fixes

If you are tired of never-ending zits and sick of your greasy skin, we hear you. Oily skin is caused by excessive production of sebum. This detestable oiliness can be due to genetics, or due to hormones. Here’s what you can do to get clear skin.   DEEP CLEANSING FACIALS THAT UNCLOG PORES A must, if you are breaking out a lot. Don’t be surprised, it doesn’t take a lot to clog your pores. Fact is, we are surrounded by comedogenic products, such as makeup, and even some sunscreens! Try the Deep Deep Clean facial once a month, a thorough deep cleansing facial which uses both mechnical and chemical exfoliation which ensures your pores stay gunk-fee. Alternatively, glamour peel is a chemical peel procedure tailored to your skin condition and many love it for the post-peel glow.   OIL-FREE MOISTURE If you thought oily skin doesn’t need hydration, that’s where you are wrong. It sounds contradicatory to apply moisturizer to oily skin, but doing so will actually help reduce sebum Continue Reading

Is Vitamin A The Best For Our Skin?

Is there such a thing as nutrition for your skin? And is there such a thing as the best vitamin for our skin? Doctors are saying that Vitamin A is now one of the most important vitamins for our skin. A multi-tasking ingredient that’s fast becoming a must-have for various skin concerns, Vitamin A skincare helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating fibroblasts to produce collagen, a vital protein that firms up our skin. It’s exfoliation benefits increases cellular turnover, evening out skintone and giving skin a healthy glow. At the same time, it also reduces oil production and works to clean out clogged pores, reducing acne. WHAT IS VITAMIN A? Vitamin A is a vitamin that is required for skin, eye, reproductive and immune health. Topical vitamin A-based drugs are called retinoids. Retinoids are easily absorbed by the skin. Retinoic acid is the active ingredient found in topical prescription creams, usually for treating acne. Retinoic acid has a direct biological effect on the skin and Continue Reading

5 Surprising Causes Of Dark Under-Eye Circles

Thought dark eye issues are because of a lack of sleep? Here are five real surprising reasons that most people don’t know of. We speak to Dr Michelle Lim of the SW1 Clinic to find out more.   1. A FAMILIAR ISSUE Dr Michelle says it’s not uncommon for her, once in a while, to sit in consultation with some families who suffer from the same eye shadowing problem. For some people with dark eye circles, all we can say is that it runs in the family – a matter of genetics. You are simply born with it. This trait is more common is certain ethnic groups. It could be the anatomical shape of the eye socket, usually more sunken than usual.   2. A SKIN-DEEP PROBLEM Dry and sore skin can be caused by skin conditions such as eczema, or eyelid allergic or contact dermatitis. These cause inflammation of the delicate skin around the eyes and this causes the skin to produce more melanin, the natural pigment in our Continue Reading

5 Fixes For Your Pregnancy Skin And Hair Problems

Post pregnancy, women can suffer from a handful of problems that worry them. Here are the best fixes for these common issues.  1. HORMONAL ACNE Needless to say, our bodies experience hormonal changes postpartum, and these can cause an increase in sebum production, aggravating acne. This rage on your skin usually lasts for up to six months, but women should see their doctor to reduce the chances of scarring. Oral medications for acne are usually not suitable for breast-feeding mothers, but there are non-invasive skin treatments to improve, such as SW1 Clinic’s Purity Program.   2. MELASMA AND DULL SKIN Some unfortunate women get this mask-like pigmentary condition known as Melasma, which is triggered by a combination of hormonal changes and sun exposure. Women with darker skin (higher concentration of melanin in skin) are more susceptible. If you have pigmentation which started or worsened during pregnancy, consult your doctor first for a diagnosis. Melasma can be treated topically with lightening creams such as cysteamine, which can only be obtained via Continue Reading