Category: INSIDER’S GUIDE

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

Facial Features To Examine For A Lucky Chinese New Year

Chinese face reading is the ancient art of predicting a person’s future. The belief the faces can mean fortune or misfortune is something as old as the hills to the Chinese. Chinese face readers look for indicators of wealth and prosperity in the facial features. It is used by the elders to look for signs in potential daughter or sons –in-law, or individuals have been known to augment certain features to an appearance that improves character and fortune. Here are some of the most important “wealth spots” to examine for a prosperous year of the rat.   1. FOREHEAD The Chinese believe that a high and round forehead is an extremely reliable indicator of wealth, suggesting that it is luck sent from heaven. The forehead should be gently curved, high and even slightly protruding. Foreheads such as these suggest respect and authority as well. It is important that the forehead is clear of blemishes and pimples. Pigmentation or uneven skin tone can be improved visibly with pigment lasers. Ensure that Continue Reading

These Will Give You A Sharper Jawline Without Surgery

For some reason, we apply our anti-aging skincare and have treatments such as anti-wrinkle jabs or lasers done on our faces, but the efforts often stop at the jawline. The truth is, nothing gives away your age like a double chin and sagging neck. From the late thirties or early forties, weakened muscles and loose skin leads to the accumulation of fat deposits under the chin. Gravity is not the only cause of the double chin. Our bone structures shift gradually as we age, and this gives less support for soft tissues. The platysma, a thin band of muscle in the neck becomes shorter, thinner and less well-defined with age, and causes a weakening of muscle tone of the neck. Submental fat, or the double chin can appear because of loosening of skin around the neck. Weight gain and genetics have also been blamed for the double chin.   HOW TO CONTOUR AWAY THE DOUBLE CHIN WITHOUT SURGERY You can do away with a double chin, apparently, quite effectively without Continue Reading

Pore Perfection: Is There Really Such A Thing?

We’ve all heard of ugly pore stories, and it’s passed from generation to generation, friend to friend because people who have invisible pores are actually rare. The truth is, pores exist for a pretty valid reason – they are found in every single millimeter of skin and they are actually channels that allow oil and sweat to reach the surface of the skin from beneath. The awful thing is, pores have stuff in them. Each pore contains a sebaceous gland, and pores are openings of hair follicles. Pores are more noticeable where sebaceous glands are bigger (so if you have oily skin, you are likely to have more noticeable pores). Can you eliminate pores? Legendary pore stories have you believing that it is entirely possible. The simple answer is, nope. But there are ways you can reduce the size of your pores, here’s how.   USE PORE-CLEARING SKINCARE First things first, avoid getting your pores clogged. Cleanse your face twice a day with a salicylic acid facial wash such as Continue Reading

Best Ways To Minimize Surgical Scars

Whether it’s a caesarean section or any other surgery, these procedures tend to leave scars behind. Scars may also form due to inflammation or infection, and they are often coloured and may be raised.   TYPES OF SURGICAL SCARS As much as we may hope, most scars never completely disappear. But there are effective treatments available to minimize them. Treatments will depend on the type of scar. 1. Keloid scars These are hard to miss, being one of the most conspicuous scars. They are raised and grow beyond the boundaries of the original skin injury. Keloids are often discoloured, red or hyperpigmented. They are due to an overproduction of cells that the body generates to repair itself. Keloids are more common in darker skin types. These can be tricky to treat and silicon sheets or pressure dressings can be applied to prevent keloids from forming. Once keloids have formed however, doctors usually jump straight to intralesional injections to shrink the scars with an anti-inflammatory effect. Very thick or large keloid Continue Reading