Category: MUST READ

I Tried The Latest Skin Regeneration Laser Alternative And Loved It

Who wants firmer, younger-looking skin? What about smaller pores and less pigmentation? Laser resurfacing treatments are becoming popular skin rejuvenation treatments. These treatments have undergone many refinements to suit the lifestyle requirements of today’s city dweller. Downtime, for example, is an important factor for busy working individuals who cannot afford to take time off work to rest (or hide). Stronger resurfacing lasers such as ablative lasers are more risky for darker skin individuals and have been known to cause hyperpigmentation problems. Is there a safer skin resurfacing treatment that packs all anti-aging benefits into one? Apparently, there is a one. NeoGen PSR (PSR stands for Plasma Skin Regeneration) is a new treatment that is unlike most other ablative or microablative lasers (such as carbon dioxide or erbium lasers). Using nitrogen plasma energy, known as the 4th state of matter, this unique energy is non-fractionated and delivers controlled heating to the skin to stimulate a physiological anti-aging response, without breaking skin. This controlled, uniform heating of skin literally creates new skin Continue Reading

5 Things About Ultherapy You Didn’t Know About

HIFU stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound. Using ultrasound energy which can safely and accurately penetrate deeper depths of the skin, this remarkable skin lifting technology heats skin to approximately 65 degrees Celsius, without damaging the skin’s surface, causing unraveling of collagen strands and promoting a wound-healing response which results in long lasting skin lifting and tightening effects.   1. It Is Not The Same As Other HIFU machines Ultherapy or Ulthera is the only FDA-approved HIFU machine for skin lifting in parts of the face as well as the décolletage. It has 3 working depths (1.5mm but more commonly the 3mm and 4.5mm are used) and is the only non-invasive method of reaching depths of the skin previously only achievable via the open facelift surgery.   In recent years, new HIFU machines have appeared. Mostly Korean or China made, these treatments are being offered in beauty salons and performed by beauty technicians, rather than by a doctor. Apart from Ulthera, which has been rigorously studied for safety and efficacy, Continue Reading

Express Face And Body Treatments in 60 Minutes And Under

Mother’s Day is approaching and one of the best ways you can gift a busy mama is a little time to pamper themselves. Even then, being a mother of an inquisitive toddler and an energetic 3 year-old preschooler, I have no time to spare even if someone were to buy me a lovely and well-intended 2 or 3 hours of spa-time. What I need is a dash to a place for a guilt- and fuss-free treatment and have it done and dusted in less than 60 minutes! Busy mamas may not have time for much besides their children, but that’s exactly why they are one of the most savvy about the best express treatments in town. We are ardent fans of the SW1 Clinic, helmed by Dr Low Chai Ling, Dr Kenneth Lee and plastic surgeon Dr Tan Ying Chien. Here are some great and practical treatments mothers can get in 60 minutes and under; from a body sculpting to skin tightening treatments and 30 minute flash facials!   FACE Continue Reading

Why Some Women Look Younger Than Others

You know that frustratingly gorgeous friend of yours? The one who puts on some Chapstick and walks out the door, no problem, and still gets carded at way past 21? Scientists have finally figured out what her deal is. And no, it’s not (just) plastic surgery.   Not Too Little, Not Too Much Goldilocks’ principle of “Not too little. Not too much. Just nice” applies here. Women who use cosmetic tweaks judiciously have been shown to get away with looking more attractive without the overt tell-tale signs of the ‘over-done’ look. The Smart: Smart women use a variety of skin lasers and lifting techniques to maintain their looks. “I get Thermage done once a year, and I use Lustrous Skin Program’s Fraxel light lasers to ensure my complexion stay bright and fair all year round. Every six weeks, I go for Monroe Hydrafacial at The SW1 Clinic” says Cindi, a youthful-looking marketing exec in her 40s. The Not-so-Smart: Sticking to one treatment just because it worked for you 10 years ago is Continue Reading

Bridal Beauty: An Essential Beauty Checklist From An Aesthetic Doctor

December is the wedding season in Singapore, according to a recent survey published by the Department of Statistics. For some, December woud seem like an odd month to get married; it is the rainy season (so outdoor ceremonies may have to be scrapped unless you want to say your vows in the pouring rain), most people you would probably want to invite would be making plans for family holidays. But it is true that most couples choose the festive season for their nuptials, when work slows down in general and they are able to take time off work more easily. If you have plans to tie the knot with your man at the end of the year, you should have most of the big decisions made by now, such as announcing your engagement and setting the date (yes hello? You want people you are going to invite to save the date and actually attend your wedding, yes?), booked the venue, your wedding stylist, your photographer and videographer (these get booked Continue Reading

The 5 Hair Mistakes That Make You Look Older

  There’s nothing quite like a great haircut. That feeling when you can’t stop catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror or running your hands through your new layers is priceless. Unfortunately, a bad hairstyle can cut through all that confidence and leave you looking older than you are. A bad hairstyle isn’t always so easy to identify—and, chances are, if you don’t have a total hacksaw job, you probably think you are doing everything right with your current look (hello, high school yearbook photo). There are certain mistakes you may be making without even knowing it. Scarier still? These strand snafus may be making you look a lot older. Here are eight mistakes that might be costing you.   MISTAKE 1: RAPUNZEL-LONG There is one common style mistake women make time and time again: not getting a haircut often enough. Even just a trim will keep hair in its best shape. Split ends climb up the hair, so, for long hair especially. Fix: Experts recommend a trim every Continue Reading

How To Layer Your Skincare Products

This might sound a little redundant, I understand. “Seriously? Just apply them all”, right? Apparently, the order of things does matter. So instead of just piling them on, let’s learn from the pros.   Step 1. Cleanse Most people wouldn’t have given much thought to the importance of facial cleansing, but cleansing is more than just cleaning. It is the best way to prep your skin to ensure your skin reaps the benefit from all your other expensive skincare products! Exfoliating every now and then also physically removes dead skin cells (which are really only there to dull your complexion), and also stimulates your skin’s regenerative process.   Step 2. Tone “Is a toner really necessary?” – one of the most asked questions. A toner is meant to remove last traces of unwanted skin debris such as oil and makeup, and they also contain ingredients which repairs and soothes the skin’s surface. Cleopatra’s secret was rose water, a natural facial toner, which made her skin soft and smooth. But today’s Continue Reading