Category: SPOTLIGHT

Detox For Weight Loss, Beauty And Health – Rave Or Rant?

We’ve blogged about many effective weight loss treatments that can help us achieve the figure we want, without undergoing the knife, such as Coolshape, a non-invasive fat freezing treatment or skin tightening treatments such as Onda Body Magic. Detox diets are raved by celebrities for their astonishing results but are they really the best? Many people associate detox with deprivation, with extreme diet choices, colonic cleansing. While it may sound strange to people who are not big on dieting, overweight people or people who generally want to make an extreme change to their health may be tempted to start on a detox plan. Some celebrities have also shared their detox experiences such as Oprah Winfrey, who went on a 21-day vegan diet, eliminating alcohol, gluten, animal products and caffeine and Beyonce is a fan of ‘Master Cleanse’. But nutritionists now believe that extreme detox plans are very much like double-edged swords – not all of these are caloric bargains, and there is a lack of vital food groups such as Continue Reading

How To Choose Between Liposuction And Cryolipolysis

There are diets that are impossible. I mean really impossible because the effort is impossible, it simply doesn’t work, or at the very least, it stops working beyond a certain point. To those of you who are starting to despair, there are some really cool medically proven tricks to help you get rid of that muffin top or slim down those thunder thighs. Cryolipolysis and liposuction are medical fat reduction procedures. The main difference is cryolipolysis is a non-invasive procedure that gets rid of fat cells in the area treated without surgery, whereas liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure. We speak to Consultant Plastic Surgeon Dr Chia Hui Ling about the differences between these treatments.   WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION? Dr Chia: Liposuction involves surgically removing fat from the body and therefore frequently involves general anaesthesia. Small incisions are made in the skin to gain access to a fatty bulge. After some prep work on the area, a cannula is inserted into one of the small incisions made and suction is Continue Reading

What Should a 45-Year Old Look Like?

BY LISA WILLIAMS That is the question puzzling scientists from all across the globe. Researchers have found that humans age at vastly different rates, with some showing signs of premature ageing at a relatively young age, while others still looking youthful well into their fifties! What are the factors that result in such vastly differing ageing processes? Is it the genetic makeup, the lifestyle or just pure dumb luck? Below are some women in their forties. It is a well known saying that all of us can thank our genes for how we look before the age of 20, but we can only blame ourselves for how we look after. Even women blessed with great genes can throw it all away with neglect and poor after-care. It’s no secret that women who choose to embrace aesthetic advances will look far younger and better than their peers. Coco Chanel poignantly summed it up “ There are no ugly women in the world, just lazy ones”.     At 41, Lure Hsu Continue Reading

Here’s How To Get An Eyelift Without Surgery

The Chinese have a saying – the eyes are the windows to our soul. But as age creeps up on us, the delicate skin which frame our eyes loses its turgor and starts to sag. Before long, dark undereye circles may form and one can look tired even though you are quite well-rested!   How Our Eyes Age Firstly, sagging skin of the eye changes the shape of the eyes a little. They can look smaller and droop. Asians with heavier eyelids are also more prone to eyelid drooping and even covering part of their field of vision – ptosis. In this case, ptosis correction with double eyelid surgery is probably the most effective option.     How do fine lines and wrinkles eventually form around the eyes? The skin is like a piece of paper – repeated creasing along the same lines when we squeeze our eye muscles eventually turn these creases into permanent wrinkles. While you can’t quite put a limit on the cumulative amount of time squeezing Continue Reading

Skin in the City: Dermal Guardians for City Dwellers

BY LISA WILLIAMS As well as prettier views, ample parking space and less noise, country dwellers now have another reason to gloat: Research says that if you live in a city, you can also look forward to having older skin. A separate survey also showed that even though urban folks tended to drink more water and use skincare like sunscreen more often, rural residents still score higher in terms of skin quality such as radiance and hydration, which tells us there is something else besides UV that may be impacting skin. If scientists and doctors are to be believed, incorporating urban skin defense into your routine is worth considering. But before you do, know what you’re defending against (and why). Start here: Read More: Skin Crazes That Actually Work   CITY POLLUTION   “We used to think that UV rays were the only major threat to our skin outdoors,” says Dr Chua Han Boon, from SW1 Clinic. “Increasingly, data suggests that city pollution also plays a direct role in pigment changes Continue Reading