Category: BEAUTY

What The Chinese Say About Good Skin

Do you always get breakouts on your chin? Or the jawline? What about the cheeks? Is it hormonal? Or is it some other cause? The art of Chinese face mapping is fascinating. Believers of Chinese medicine believe that the location of skin blemishes on your face can indicate underlying systemic causes. We’ve dissected the pimple problem according to different sections of the face and potential solutions to stubborn acne.   FOREHEAD OR “T-ZONE” Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) connects the forehead with the nervous system and digestion. So if you have zits in these areas, you might be stressed! Cut back on late nights so you get ample rest. Fixing stressors would be the goal, but we all know sometimes we can only improve it – we still have to meet the deadlines, or take our exams, for example. So TCM practitioners advise adapting your diet to reduce the impact of stress on your skin. Avoid sugars, fatty and processed food; instead, increase your intake of vegetables and water. Additionally, taking Continue Reading

These Will Give You A Sharper Jawline Without Surgery

For some reason, we apply our anti-aging skincare and have treatments such as anti-wrinkle jabs or lasers done on our faces, but the efforts often stop at the jawline. The truth is, nothing gives away your age like a double chin and sagging neck. From the late thirties or early forties, weakened muscles and loose skin leads to the accumulation of fat deposits under the chin. Gravity is not the only cause of the double chin. Our bone structures shift gradually as we age, and this gives less support for soft tissues. The platysma, a thin band of muscle in the neck becomes shorter, thinner and less well-defined with age, and causes a weakening of muscle tone of the neck. Submental fat, or the double chin can appear because of loosening of skin around the neck. Weight gain and genetics have also been blamed for the double chin.   HOW TO CONTOUR AWAY THE DOUBLE CHIN WITHOUT SURGERY You can do away with a double chin, apparently, quite effectively without Continue Reading

Is The Facial Threadlift the New Facelift?

In 1901, the first skin-only surgical facelift was described. In the 1970s, a deep layer method involving the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) was described and revolutionized the way surgeons viewed the surgical facelift. But the cutting, pulling and stitching requiring weeks of downtime have now led to people looking for more “convenient” alternatives. The idea of a surgical facelift is clearly dated. Not entirely because of the downtime it gave, but because there was no need to get cut to look lifted and youthful anymore. Facial lifts can now be performed far more quickly and conveniently with Botox, fillers and threadlifts.   THE FACIAL THREADLIFT The traditional surgical facelift treats an aging face by removing excess/lax skin and tightening deep muscles, requiring anaesthesia and giving approximately 14 days of downtime and another 4 weeks of settling time. Threadlifts have a minor downtime of 12 to 24 hours. These threads have small graspers on them and are passed under the skin in designed vectors to effect maximal lift. The graspers get Continue Reading

Why Your Skin Gets Red And How To Fix It

Blush is one thing, facial redness is another. Redness or flushing is a way of describing the issue of (too much) blood rushing to the surface of the skin. Caused mainly be dilating of superficial blood vessels, they can occur due to a variety of internal or external triggers such as skin surface irritation, consumption of certain foods or temperature changes. Redness isn’t just something that happens, you will be surprised at the number of conditions that can cause facial redness. Here are some of the most common ones and tips to fix it. ROSACEA You have facial redness that is rather persistant (particularly on the cheeks, nose and forehead) and sometimes you get acne-like pustlules. Broken vessels might be seen and you may or may not blepharitis – swelling, redness, itchiness or pain or small bumps near the lashes of the eyes. Keep a diary of flare-ups and avoid triggers wherever possible. Long term prescription oral treatments are common, as are topical medications to control or tone down redness. Continue Reading

You Can Have Perfect Lips Too, Thanks To Science

Apparently, science can determine how sexy your lips can look. Bee-stung pairs like those of Angelina Jolie and Scarlet Johannson are actually not all that subjective – because the world of cosmetic procedures currently has a metric for measuring lip beauty. And those who have always contemplated a lip filler job can rejoice, because this means that lip filler augmentation is no longer like the Wild West – there is actually a way of working out the best dimension for your lips that is considered ideal for your face.   ‘SUPERSIZE ME’ – VOLUME CAN BE PLANNED Believers of “size is not everything”, this will reaffirm your belief. Studies show that different ideals of lip beauty is not rooted in size, but in ratio. In fact, this was a concept born years ago when Leonardo Da Vinci postulated that the ability of the human brain to determine beauty is actually hardwired and tied to a mathematical proportion, now known as the Golden Ratio. This means that you can probably upsize Continue Reading