Category: INSIDER’S GUIDE

Female Hair Loss: The Low Down

Does a bad hair day mean a bad day for you? Too fine, too frizzy, too dry? A woman’s hair has become symbolic – apart from self-esteem, it has to do with feminity and even identity. It is no wonder, the hair and beauty is now a multibillion industry, and a woman spends approximately $50,000 on her hair over the lifetime, on average. But imagine this – women can lose their hair gradually. Known as female pattern hair loss, it usually begins around the 40s. For some, it can be even earlier. This progressive form of hair loss means that the hair loss is gradual, but continous. Without treatment, it can progress from just a widening parting to overall thinning. Unlike men, female pattern hair loss does not result in baldness. But hair thinning is part and parcel of it, some may notice hair receding at the temples. Without treatment, the hair thinning can become widespread.   HOW DOCTORS TREAT FEMALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS TODAY More than one treatment is Continue Reading

I Looked Better After Giving Birth And Science May Be The Reason

Well, I might have lied a little. I hated my body postpartum. Having gained a massive 20 kilograms during each of my 2 pregnancies, I didn’t fit well into my regular clothes anymore, even though theoretically I should, since I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. My skin was dull-looking after I stopped breastfeeding, but the worst was losing so much hair so quickly. 6 months and several treatments later, I am finally back! Here’s what I did.   1. GLOW ON Thanks to post-pregnancy hormones, sleep deprivation and absolutely no time for taking care of my skin, I got the new-mum dull and grey complexion. Surprisingly, there are not many skin treatments tailored for pregnant and new mums, but I found my gem at the SW1 Clinic. Their Full Bloom program is designed to revive dull and lacklustre complexions with pregnancy and breast-feeding-safe treatments, such as the Sciton Forever Young BBL which revived my dull skin within one session!   2. SHAPING UP Pregnancy does change our body shape 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

Experts Say These Are The Ways To Revive Dull Skin

If you are in your 30s to 40s, we have not-so-great news about your skin. In this decade, skin cells turn over at a much slower rate compared to someone in their teens. Dead skin cells are essentially useless debris on the surface of the skin that diffuses light and makes skin look dull. Here are 3 proven ways to resolve this. 1. EXFOLIATE Slough dead skin cells away by exfoliating regularly. Experts say exfoliating at night is better than during the day because it removes makeup and dirt that has accumulated, ensuring your skincare products penetrate properly. For more gentle exoliation, try a glycolic acid exfoliator such as Sleep Mode rather than abrasive face scrubs.   2. TRY A THULIUM LASER TREATMENT A thulium laser operates at the 1927nm wavelength that targets the upper part of the dermis, scrubbing unwanted pigmentation and sun damage. A true “fractional” treatment that produces thousands of microscopic columns in the skin, this method of treating dull skin promotes the creation of new, healthier, Continue Reading

Here’s What The New Age Peels Do To Your Skin

Tired of dull, lacklustre skin and no amount of moisturizing or facials seem to help? A spotless, beaming complexion is just beneath the surface of your skin and your skin doctor might just be able to tease it out. Chemoexfoliation, more commonly known as the chemical peel, is a method of using exfoliative chemical agents that quick and uniform peeling of the skin to a desired depth. The aim of this is to peel the skin to address a variety of skin woes, but most popularly done to smoothen out lines and brighten the skin. By removing dead skin cells on the surface of skin, chemical peels improve lines, acne, pigments, and rapidly reveal baby smooth skin. Until the 1990s, chemical peels have been one of the most commonly performed non-invasive cosmetic skin treatments, but deep peels have largely been supplanted with the invention of skin lasers. Despite this, superficial peels have actually gone forward and proliferated in popularity.   THE NO-PEEL NEW AGE PEELS If the mention of chemical Continue Reading