Category: SKIN PICKS

Tame Your Mane: Hair Botox, Fillers and Lasers

Some people look great with any hairstyle they adopt. It is probably because they have great hair to begin with. A lustrous mane that is full but not too thick, healthy, shiny hair shafts that glisten under the spot light. Frankly, I have tried the root perm for my fine, limp hair, I have at least 2 root teasers – the roller hair dryer things women get to blow dry their roots to attempt the salon blow dried look. I apply Moroccan Oil to my hair to fake a shine and to soothe my flying strands. I am not trying to grow a mane like Tina Turner’s but at the very least, if there is something I could do to strengthen my hair, make it look a little thicker, a little less frizzy, that would be great. So apparently, there are painless things you can do to your scalp and hair to give you all that.   Revage 670 Hair Laser Hair lasers have been around and there are different Continue Reading

2 Anti-Aging Skincare Ingredients Dermatologists Like To Use

If it sounds strange to you that you should be applying more than just your toner, serum and moisturizer from your 30s, you might be missing out on some key anti-aging ingredients! In our 30s, collagen and elastin levels in our skin start to drop and the skin becomes thinner and looks less plump. Fine lines may start to be visible especially around the eyes and forehead, and pores may appear more enlarged. Find out how to reverse these early signs of ageing with some vital anti-aging skincare ingredients. #1 Retinoids Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives widely praised by dermatologists as one of the most effective skincare ingredients to retard or even reverse wrinkles. These are extremely powerful ingredients that stimulate collagen production and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This multi-tasking ingredient also exfoliates, removing dead skin cells, clogged pores and has a pore-minimizing effect. Not surprisingly, it is also effective at reducing pigmentation. The stronger and most effective version is Retin-A but this comes in super Continue Reading

4 Ingredients To Avoid Applying While Pregnant

1. Hair removal creams Hair removal creams may seem like the easy option for removing unwanted fuzz during pregnancy, the safety of use in pregnant mothers is still debated. These contain the active ingredient barium sulfide powder and calcium thioglycolate, which changes the protein structure of hair, dissolving it and allowing it to be wiped away from the skin. There is no hard evidence that hair removal creams are harmful to a developing foetus, but it has been known to cause allergies. Read More: 5 Steps to Achieve Kardashian-worthy Lashes 2. Retinoids Retinoid creams are derived from Vitamin A and are very effective at unclogging pores in acne-prone skin. It is also a potent anti-aging cream, having the ability to boost collagen and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Oral isotretinoin is an oral vitamin A derivative used for inflammatory acne and is prohibited during pregnancy. Accordingly, retinoids may be absorbed after being applied and may pose a theoretical risk of causing birth defects. Even though studies have suggested a vey Continue Reading

5 Things Girls With Heavy Eyelids Will Understand

First world problem right? But the struggle is real and for some, goes beyond cosmetic concerns. 1. On a sunny day, you sometimes panic because your field of vision is partially blocked. Don’t panic, raise your brows quickly, and if you can see, it was definitely because of eyelid hooding caused by your eyelids! You will get some relief from wearing sunglasses or wearing a hat, because it will reduce your tendency to squint and worsen the hooding.     2. You download apps like Meitu which can “photoshop” your eyes into a flattering shape. Slant it, widen it, brighten it, and even enhance your eyes with some digital makeup! A permanent and more realistic fix of course, is the upper lid blepharoplasty – the double eyelid surgery. Dr Tan Ying Chien, Head of Plastic Surgery from the SW1 Clinic recommends the incisional blepharoplasty, which is more suitable for those with sagging or excess skin, or excess fatty deposits which can be removed at the same time. Read more: Double Continue Reading

Postpartum Glow-How: How To Get Glowing Skin After Pregnancy

The pregnancy glow may be real, but this only lasts at most 9 months. Losing the glow is almost certain after giving birth, not only because the pregnancy hormones are no longer there to keep your skin rosy-looking, but also, other problems such as acne and pigmentation are also unmasked. So what are the common problems new mothers face after pregnancy, and what can you do to keep your skin looking clear and dewy? We spoke to Dr Michelle Lim from the SW1 Clinic, a mother of 2 herself, who gave a talk to over 200 expectant mothers earlier this year at the Super Mom Birth And Baby Seminar.   Problem 1: Acne and acne scars Some women have clear skin, until they have babies! If you have active acne, Dr Michelle recommends seeing a doctor quickly to clear them. Acne, especially the cystic ones, tend to scar. Some doctors will give antibiotics or stronger acne medication such as Roaccutane, but the latter especially, while very effective for cystic acne, Continue Reading