Category: MUST READ

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

Beauty In the Covid Era – Top Treatments To Refresh Your Looks Post Lockdown

When lockdowns around the world and in Singapore occurred, many of us were left stranded with our beauty therapies. Not that it wasn’t always welcome – initially rethinking our need for beauty therapies, we might not need facials and lasers much since during quarantine since we are going to put less makeup, heck we can even save on our sunscreen! But what translated over the next few weeks during lockdown saw incongruences on skins that were never before noticed. Now it’s already July in 2020 and Melbourne just went into its second lockdown in four months. In Singapore we are seeing a climb again in cases post lockdown, as with many countries around the world. But there is still a small chance that our social lives may return hopefully not too long from now, so quick results are in demand post lockdown. Here are the top 5 non-invasive treatments to do to quickly refresh (and reset) your looks. SKIN AGING AND DEHYRATION: YOUTH PRESERVE Drooping and dehydration are big concerns Continue Reading

Forget Cardio Only Workouts – Target Your Body Shape Instead

In body shaping, if you have been focusing on numbers on your bathroom scale, perhaps you have been doing it wrong. All of us come in various sizes and shapes. Some of us gain weight easily at the waist or belly, others around the buttocks and/or thighs. A smarter way of achieving your dream physique is to design exercises according to body shape. THE GIRLY STRAIGHT If you have a straight-ish figure, focus on building your shoulders, chest and hips. To target shoulders, do side raises with light dumbbells and raise your arms out to shoulder level. Pushups will help strengthen the neck and rotator cuff muscles. Squats are great for toning hips and buttocks, and this is also a great way to increase the heart rate and burn even more fat.   THE PEAR-SHAPED If your shoulders are narrower than your hips, you are probably pear-shaped. Apart from working on the chest with pushups, your can build muscles in the back by grabbing a set of moderately weighted dumbbells Continue Reading