Category: INSIDER’S GUIDE

Complexion Fighters: IPL or VBeam For Redness?

While I admit that I like the rosy flush to a certain extent, permanent blotchiness can be embarrassing and definitely does not look as cute. Fortunately, there are very effective options to treat facial redness and you don’t have to endure it in silence. Facial redness is actually a common problem many people face, and some famous faces with rosacea include Cameron Diaz, Renee Zellweger, Cynthia Nixon, Prince William, ex-president Bill Clinton, and even master of art Rembrandt. Two of the most popular treatments for photo-rejuvenation, the IPL and VBeam are effective treatments for redness but there are key differences between them.   Differences Between IPL and VBeam IPL stands for ‘intense pulsed light’. It is not actually a laser but a light device with different wavelengths or colours of light which treat pigmentation and blood vessels in the same treatment. VBeam is a laser device that emits a single wavelength (595nm) or yellow light. More specifically, it is a pulsed dye laser – a dye is used to generate Continue Reading

I Tried The Latest Skin Regeneration Laser Alternative And Loved It

Who wants firmer, younger-looking skin? What about smaller pores and less pigmentation? Laser resurfacing treatments are becoming popular skin rejuvenation treatments. These treatments have undergone many refinements to suit the lifestyle requirements of today’s city dweller. Downtime, for example, is an important factor for busy working individuals who cannot afford to take time off work to rest (or hide). Stronger resurfacing lasers such as ablative lasers are more risky for darker skin individuals and have been known to cause hyperpigmentation problems. Is there a safer skin resurfacing treatment that packs all anti-aging benefits into one? Apparently, there is a one. NeoGen PSR (PSR stands for Plasma Skin Regeneration) is a new treatment that is unlike most other ablative or microablative lasers (such as carbon dioxide or erbium lasers). Using nitrogen plasma energy, known as the 4th state of matter, this unique energy is non-fractionated and delivers controlled heating to the skin to stimulate a physiological anti-aging response, without breaking skin. This controlled, uniform heating of skin literally creates new skin Continue Reading

Have We Found the Anti-Aging Holy Grail?

As our population live longer and enjoy higher standards of life and health, there has been a distinct shift from disease treatment to disease prevention. No longer are we content to have cures for common ailments and illnesses, people are looking to prevent certain negative health outcomes from happening in the first place. This has extended to our ageing process. In the past, aesthetic surgeons and doctors were kept busy trying to fill wrinkles and lines as soon as they pop up on the faces. Now scientists are asking: what if we can slow down the ageing process of the skin in the first place? Instead of filling lines, what if our skin can regenerate itself to an extent such that wrinkles won’t appear prematurely? This shift in thinking is not new. There has always been a plethora of anti-ageing creams and products lining the beauty section of every departmental store. However, this has taken a newfound fervour of late as recent studies uncover new compounds that could potentially save 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

Anti-age Your Ears: The Jab to Perk Up Your Lobes

Yes, you have read that correctly. It may sound like the daftest aesthetic procedure yet – but earlobe rejuvenation is now a thing and to make it official, Vogue has said it – 2017 is looking like the year of the ear! Besides gaining popularity with women in forties, fashionistas are also paying a lot more attention to ears these days. If you are wondering why people are focusing on their ears of all places, it’s actually something thats been popping up on the runway for seasons. Take a look at Chanel’s Spring Summer SS18 Paris Fashion Show, where models flaunt their dangling accessories and lobes in heavy metallics and crystals. Whatever you make of the idea, it’s no surprise that the trend has simply thrust another part of women’s bodies into the spotlight. Like any other part of the body, your skin loses collagen and earlobes too lose volume and collagen due to the natural ageing process. Lobes can become elongated, saggy and thin as collagen and natural elasticity Continue Reading

New Uses For Fillers You Didn’t Know About

Fillers have been around for many years. Asian faces have always craved more anterior projection, while Caucasian faces usually benefit from more volume replacement. But beyond the popular nose filler for an Asian patient or the cheek filler, what are the new uses of fillers today for rejuvenation? 1. Non-invasive “Liquid Face-lift” Utter the word “facelift” and most people will shudder at the thought of the open, surgical facelift. As much as the aesthetic audience has matured over the years, people are still doubtful of this invasive procedure. No doubt, done under the right hands, the results can be dramatically youthful (Jane Fonda), but people are just not willing to risk complications. In fact, the expectation today for a facelift tips towards the non-invasive procedure. Quite right, with the advent of skin-lifting energy devices such as Ultherapy and Thermage, why shouldn’t people expect such high standards? For those who expect immediate results though, non-invasive skin lifting devices may disappoint. Enter the “Liquid Facelift”, a rejuvenating procedure that puts fillers strategically Continue Reading

SKIN Tips: 5 Things Men Find Unattractive

Makeup Overdoes vs Natural If you’re wondering, keeping it natural is the way to go. Most men don’t want to go in for for a kiss and come out looking like they just joined the circus. Foundation is supposed to be invisible and blend in with your skin while hiding your fine lines, blemishes and little flaws. It is supposed to even out your complexion and improve your skin tone. However, if yours is visible, then you do not apply it right. Too heavy of a foundation gives you the mask effect. Try to avoid using glittery and shimmery eye shadow unless you’re a professional makeup artist. Matte shadow is always better because it does not cling to the eye crease and it appears more natural. Tone it down on your mascara. When you apply too much mascara, you end up getting gummed up lashes and that definitely will not make your eyes look sexy and tempting at all. Use mascara of good quality and moderately. Too much makeup can Continue Reading