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7 Things To Know Before A Facial Threadlift

Going under the knife is fast becoming a dated way of reversing the signs of aging. Anti-aging cosmetic treatments are more subtle – the idea is to look younger and better, without looking different. Facial threadlifts are now popular amongst those who want a quick lift without having to take the downtime of a surgical facelift. Here are some things you need to know before you go for the threadlift.   1. THEY ANCHOR THE SKIN WITH CONES OR BARBS Facial threads contain either cones or barb sutures which help anchor the skin and lift it to the desired position.   2. THEY STAY IN YOUR SKIN, BUT NOT FOREVER A facial threadlift procedure involves inserting a medical suture beneath the skin which repositions sagging skin to a more youthful-looking position. A non-surgical technique to shapen the jawline and lift droopy cheeks, the threads used are biocompatible and biodegradable. Facial threadlifts such as Silhouette Instalift use Silhouette Soft, for example, made from polylactic acid, which enables a collagen regenerating effect 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

Your Ultimate Hair Removal Guide For Better Skin

Have you imagined a day where you will never have to pluck, tweeze or shave again? If you are contemplating hair removal, here’s the ultimate hair removal guide to read before you proceed.   SOME AREAS RESPOND BETTER THAN OTHERS Laser hair removal works better in some areas than others so don’t expect your entire body to be rid of all unwanted strands or stubbles according to schedule. Apparently, it works best in areas of thinner skin with thicker hair. So if you are after hair underarms, or targeting the bikini line, going for the legs and arms, you are in luck!   IT DOESN’T WORK AT ALL FOR SOME PEOPLE If you are fair- skinned and have dark hair, chances are this will be a perfect treatment for you. Simply put, hair removal lasers target dark pigments, so unfortunately, people who have darker skin and dark hair will find it slightly harder to find success with this treatment. The gentleyag laser however, is safer for darker skin types and 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

5 Fixes For Your Pregnancy Skin And Hair Problems

Post pregnancy, women can suffer from a handful of problems that worry them. Here are the best fixes for these common issues.  1. HORMONAL ACNE Needless to say, our bodies experience hormonal changes postpartum, and these can cause an increase in sebum production, aggravating acne. This rage on your skin usually lasts for up to six months, but women should see their doctor to reduce the chances of scarring. Oral medications for acne are usually not suitable for breast-feeding mothers, but there are non-invasive skin treatments to improve, such as SW1 Clinic’s Purity Program.   2. MELASMA AND DULL SKIN Some unfortunate women get this mask-like pigmentary condition known as Melasma, which is triggered by a combination of hormonal changes and sun exposure. Women with darker skin (higher concentration of melanin in skin) are more susceptible. If you have pigmentation which started or worsened during pregnancy, consult your doctor first for a diagnosis. Melasma can be treated topically with lightening creams such as cysteamine, which can only be obtained via Continue Reading