Category: INSIDER’S GUIDE

Pore Police: How To Transform Your Skin In 4 Weeks

Different women may want different looks – some prefer bigger eyes while some may be perfectly happy with their single eyelids, for example. But the quest for smooth, poreless, radiant skin is the most universal. Pores are the most misunderstood – it is almost as if they were made to be visible, being the natural channels for oil and sweat and even contain hair follicles. Little wonder, so many complain of large pore problems, especially in our hot, humid climate. Here are the best tips to get that flawless complexion. Read More: Why A New Chin May Be All You Need To Look Younger   TIP #1 Scrub For A Fresher Canvas Who would have thought something so basic can be so crucial a step to achieving better skin, at the comfort of your own home? Frequent exfoliation removes dead skin cells and encourages cellular turnover. A fine scrub such as Crystal Healing Scrub is different from other cleansers – its fine granules effectively dislodges debris and stimulates microcirculation. A Continue Reading

How To Choose Between Liposuction And Cryolipolysis

There are diets that are impossible. I mean really impossible because the effort is impossible, it simply doesn’t work, or at the very least, it stops working beyond a certain point. To those of you who are starting to despair, there are some really cool medically proven tricks to help you get rid of that muffin top or slim down those thunder thighs. Cryolipolysis and liposuction are medical fat reduction procedures. The main difference is cryolipolysis is a non-invasive procedure that gets rid of fat cells in the area treated without surgery, whereas liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure. We speak to Consultant Plastic Surgeon Dr Chia Hui Ling about the differences between these treatments.   WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION? Dr Chia: Liposuction involves surgically removing fat from the body and therefore frequently involves general anaesthesia. Small incisions are made in the skin to gain access to a fatty bulge. After some prep work on the area, a cannula is inserted into one of the small incisions made and suction is Continue Reading

Your Skincare Regime based on your Menstrual Cycle

BY LISA WILLIAMS Does your skin welcome you to ‘breakout city’ when it’s time of the month? We all know from Biology that female sex hormones are responsible for our menstrual cycle and their link between acne, but were you aware that your menstrual cycle has a lot to do with ‘good skin days’ too? Women are naturally designed to look better when they’re more fertile. Understanding the relationship between your hormone levels and your skin can help you deal with changes over the course of the month. Here’s how you should deal with your skincare to get the most out of your skin every day of the month. Read More: Is Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen Anti-Inflammation Diet the Reason for Their Good Looks?

Why You Should Be Treating Acne Scars Early

Between treating your acne scars early and late, some people choose to have theirs treated late, thinking their acne scars will improve without treatment over time. Skin doctors do not agree. “Acne scars look deeper as people get older, particularly as they approach their 40s, because natural aging results in collagen loss and general loss in facial volume or fat” says Dr Michelle Lim, Medical Aesthetic Consultant at the SW1 Clinic. “Younger skin also regenerates better so theoretically, acne scars treatments started in your 20s or 30s are also more effective.” For these reasons, she chooses more aggressive treatments for her patients in this younger age bracket. Another obvious motivation for treating acne scars early? “There is a definite advantage to having a crystal clear complexion socially and even for work. It’s like going to the mall with and without makeup on and feeling like I get different treatments from people depending on how I look” says Amelia, IT Consultant. Is it difficult to have acne scars erased? Dr Michelle Continue Reading

Doctor-Approved Therapies To Control Greasy Skin

Tired of going through your facial blotting tissue or having zits that won’t quit? If that’s what’s happening to you, you are probably wondering what’s gone amiss in your skincare regimen. It is common knowledge that oily skin is mainly caused by excess sebum secretions by the sebaceous glands due to hormones and genetics (hence the detestable shine of oil on our faces) but there are other causes that exacerbate the issue. According to Dr Low Chai Ling, Medical Director of the SW1 Clinic, there are 3 main causes that keep one’s skin shine-free.   1. Makeup Dr Low emphasized how our choice of cosmetics reflect the importance of watching how our daily habits affect the overall health of our skin. Heavy makeup increases oil production and clogs up pores. Where possible, those with oily skin should opt for oil-free products. Normal home cleansing should be thorough, and those who wear heavy makeup often should consider a deep cleansing routine, such as the Deep Deep Clean facial, or the Clear Continue Reading