Category: SKIN REPORTER

‘Quarantine Skin’ – What It Is And How To Deal With It

Many of us thought going makeup-free during quarantine would be good for our skin, but some of us might actually be wrestling with unpredictable skin issues during self-isolation. During this time when you can’t go to your favourite spa or doctor to air your skin grievances, here’s some help from Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of the SW1 Clinic and SW1 Spa. ACNE WOES Dr Low says that there are many reasons why your skin might be showing signs of stress normally. During self-isolation, a sudden change to your normal routine may be to blame. If you are experiencing new or more breakouts now, it could be a good time to look at your skincare regime. “Stress and changes in our diet during a pandemic can affect our skin. Our body increases production of cortisol, a stress hormone, which results in increased oil production. You could also be stress-eating your way through self-isolation, or eating more processed, junk food, or perhaps you have had to change from a non-dairy to Continue Reading

7 Thing You Should Know About Effective Hand Sanitizing

So all of a sudden, we’ve plunged into bad (and scary) times. Within a span of 5 months, we went from recording coronavirus infections from China to the rest of the world. Experts say that one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones is to wash your hands with soap and water whenever possible. But if soap and water are not available, a hand sanitizer will at least help reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission in the community. Here is a guide for effective hand sanitizer use./   1. You Should Use Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers The effective concentration of an alcohol sanitizer is 60% and above. Sanitizers with lower alcohol concentrations, or non-alcohol sanitizers may merely reduce the growth of germs but not kill them. 2. They Do Not Eliminate All Types Of Germs Soap and water are still the most effective at removing some types of germs, such as Clostridium difficile, norovirus. While alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be effective as well, most people may Continue Reading

This Sneaky Facial Tightens Your Skin Without Needles

Skin tightening anything sounds a lot like it uses Botox, or painful face lifting treatments or surgeries, which is why I have always been wary of facials that promise time-reversing results, until I read an article about needle-free skin tightening transformations. Apparently there is a way to activate collagen production in our skin without the need to poke or prod at our skin.   THE 24K UPLIFT (HIFU) FACIAL Sounds odd that a facial could do enough to tighten the skin? The star of the 24K Uplift facial is actually sound. Specifically, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). A facial slimming session that trims a droopy jaw to a V-shaped visage, the Sygmalift is introduced as a facial that includes steps to exfoliate and hydrate tired skin for a healthy glow. Sygmalift is a triple focal pulsed treatment that targets subcutaneous fat, stimulates collagen and skin remodeling, oxygenation and promotes tissue regeneration from inside out, giving skin all these benefits without any downtime. Halfway through the facial, after the right side Continue Reading

Face Lifts: Which One Is Better For You?

Let’s face it. Sagging skin is not cute. Jangly jowls and hanging cheeks have always been a source of unhappiness as we age. It can also be caused by moderate or severe weight loss. The good news is, we don’t have to resign ourselves to fate. Speak of “face lifts” and the first thing that comes to mind is no longer the surgical facelift.   GENTLE FACE LIFTS If you find yourself pulling back skin on your face when you look in the mirror, and you like what you see, know that it is possible to tighten your skin non-invasively using energy devices. This is possible usually once you are in your 30s, and doing this when signs of aging are still early is better than doing it too late. Facial sculpting energy-based devices that are most reliable for this purpose are ultrasound-based ones such as Ultherapy, or radiofrequency-based (RF) ones such as Thermage.   ULTHERAPY VERSUS THERMAGE So is one better than the other? Medical professionals generally say that Continue Reading

This Vitamin Will Give Your Skin A Collagen Boost

A, B, C, D, E, K. If you had to choose, which vitamin will you choose for your skin? Like most people, I chose Vitamin C. I was wrong. Doctors are increasingly prescribing Vitamin A based skincare over others. Here’s are some of the reasons why: Penetrates deeply to stimulate fibroblasts – cells that produce collagen, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unclogs pores, reduces oil production and therefore reduces acne Exfoliates and increases skin cell turnover, evening out skin tone Lightens sun damage and pigmentation But there are different Vitamin A formulas for skin. Here’s how you can use it.   RETINOIC ACID – This is one of the first ingredients used for acne, and is usually found in prescription formulas and has a direct biological effect on the skin – the vital ingredient that fights aging visibly. These prescription-strength formulas can be 100-times stronger compared to over-the-counter retinol products.   RETINOL – Usually the form of Vitamin A available in over-the-counter products, retinols need to be Continue Reading