Category: INSIDER’S GUIDE

You Might Not Know This, But Your Hair Is Aging

The instant I noticed my first grey hair was a sort of milestone for me. I did not think much of it, yanking its root off my scalp. Then I discovered more and more new ones over months. Everyone ages. Whether we choose to camouflage these signs of aging is up to ourselves, but there is no denying that like wrinkles or a sagging jawline, our hair also inevitably ages. Apart from going gray (because cells stop producing pigment), if you notice a thinning ponytail, or more hair in the comb, your hair is probably thinning. While it is normal to lose up to 100 strands of hair daily, hair loss can present quite visibly on the scalp, with certain patterns of hair loss. Hair miniaturization occurs – hair follicles become smaller and the resulting hair becomes more fine so much so that it can barely be seen. In women, female pattern hair loss usually presents as a general thinning of hair , usually first noticed at the hair parting Continue Reading

Do You Know Your Botox Facts?

Botox is the famous anti-wrinkle treatment, but how much do you know about it? MYTH: There is only 1 type of “Botox” Fact: Many people use the term “botox” for the treatment, but did you know that Botox is a brand name? Just like how Band-Aid has become a household name, people have come to associate all adhesive bandages as the same, but there are actually different brands. Dysport and Xeomin are other brand names of botulinum toxin that is used like Botox to improve the appearance of wrinkles. Each brand has its own characteristics, so your doctor will usually choose the most suitable brand for your concerns. The most important take-home message here is, get the real thing injected, and not some scary, non FDA-approved knock-off.   MYTH: Botox is only for wrinkles Fact: This is a big, fat no-no-no. Apart from wrinkles, Botox (cosmetic) is also FDA-approved for primary axillary hyperhydrosis (Botox hyperhydrosis), a term for excessive sweating of the underarms. Cosmetic doctors have long been using Botox Continue Reading

Youth Preserve – The New Age Filler To Have

If you haven’t heard, Youth Preserve is a new hyaluronic acid injectable in the market. You can have this injected even if you have sufficient volume in your face and it won’t make you look bigger or more puffy. Before we continue (it’s confusing, we know), it’s useful to know that there are two main types of fillers – volumizing fillers and skinboosters. The former is designed to replace lost volume and is usually injected deeper. These fillers can also be used to sculpt or enhance bony structures of the face, such as the nose, or the chin. These fillers have variable hardness and last duration once injected. Skinboosters involve multiple tiny injections of a very soft, watery hyaluronic acid filler superficially into the skin. The primary use of skinboosters is to hydrate and improve skin elasticity. Youth Preserve is actually Profhilo. It is definitely not Botox, and strictly speaking, Profhilo is not a filler nor a skinbooster. It is made of hyaluronic acid, but it has the highest concentration Continue Reading

Maskne Is The New Pandemic Acne And You Shouldn’t Learn To Live With It

Not all acne is the same. The coronavirus era has seen a new type of acne emerge – maskne. According to doctors, maskne is actually a kind of acne mechanica – acne that forms due to skin irritation from pressure, heat and rubbing against skin, or simply when skin isn’t exposed to air as it should, developing roughness, clogging pores and getting acne-like (painful) bumps with continuing irritation. But there’s more. The prolonged friction from mask wearing can break down the skin barrier which normally protects the skin against bacteria and seals hydration within skin. There are a few ways to tell if what you have is maskne. If it’s along areas of mask contact, such as the cheeks, the lower half of your face – in more severe cases the acne can look like a diaper rash in the mask area. The acne would look like little white bumps. MASKNE TREATMENTS Under normal circumstances, if something is giving you acne, you remove it and the acne should go away Continue Reading

These Will Save Your Skin From Acne

Acne is like the worst kind of house guest – it shows up completely uninvited, overstays its welcome, and leaves a mess after it’s gone. And you’ve probably heard this, rather than face its scarring aftermath, it is much easier to get rid of these nasty zits fast, rather than face the chaos and complications later. In fact, the best treatment for acne scars, as many have learnt, is not to have acne at all.   1. PROFESSIONAL ACNE FACIALS Don’t underestimate what a professional acne facial can do to chase away troubled spots. When combined with proper at-home skincare, they work together to get rid of and prevent acne. This is especially important for oily, acne-prone skin. So if you are having trouble fighting problem skin with only at-home care, it’s time to seek professional help, whether its just a deep cleansing ritual to help with congestions such as the Deep Deep Clean Facial, or a clinical facial such as the Clear Blue Facial.   2. ACNE CARE AT Continue Reading