Category: SPOTLIGHT

Why You Should Be Careful Of Sun Exposure

I have pigments on both sides of my face, thanks to spending a decade of my younger years studying in Australia. But my right cheek has a pesky brown spot, the size of a 5 cent coin in Singapore. It bothers me. How did I get it? I am almost positive that it all started during one hot summer afternoon when I was stuck in a 3 hour traffic jam travelling from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. After I got out of my car, my right cheek was sunburnt. To be honest, I never really noticed my pigments until they got really obvious. I headed out to the beach during study breaks and lay on the soft white sand, trying to get that stupid sun-kissed tan. I even tried the tanning booth at the gym several times. The burnt spot would go on and turn into a nasty pigment many years later and I am spending good money on skincare products and visits to my doctor’s clinic to make sure Continue Reading

Goodbye Foundation. Hello Great Skin

Men love soft, shiny skin. Here’s how to get it. Nothing exudes youth and sex appeal more than the healthy sheen of nude, supple skin. While the cosmetics industry would love to have you believe that more makeup translates to a more attractive appearance, most men we spoke to actually say they prefer their women with LESS, not more makeup. There lies the conundrum, we women face. How can we bare our faces if our skin is anything less than flawless? We spoke to two skin experts, Marisa Tay, a freelance makeup artist and Dr Low Chai Ling from The SW1 Clinic on their take on how we can make it or fake it when it comes to glowing skin.   A LITTLE SCIENCE Skin has three layers: The epidermis is the “raincoat” of our skin, it provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin The dermis, beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands. The deeper subcutaneous tissue or “storeroom” is made of fat and connective Continue Reading

Face Your Fortune – Which Facial Features Define Wealth

The Lunar New Year is just around the corner. SKINMAG tells you everything you need to know to set things right face-wise for a prosperous year of the Dog.   Prominent and Bright Forehead For A Blessed Life The forehead is considered by the Chinese to be an extremely reliable indicator of wealth, so definitely try and perfect this one as early as you can. Symbolizing luck bestowed by the heavens, it is also considered the prosperity mountain of the face, so it follows that a prosperous forehead should be high, mildly curved and slightly protruding. Tip Keep your forehead clear and glowing with a gentle chemical exfoliant. SW1 Shop’s Sleep Mode contains sustained release glycolic acid in an oil-free aloe vera gel base and gently exfoliates, reducing the appearance of fine lines and oiliness and also clears up blemished skin. If you have a slightly bigger problem than just fine lines, smoothen out these deeper lines with some light Botox. Bony foreheads can also become youthful-looking again with dermal Continue Reading

Pico Smooth – Ironing Things Out with Acne Scars

Acne scars are irksome and troublesome. They can give a person low self-esteem, especially in this day and age where razor sharp features and baby smooth skin actually have a certain influence over matters such as success at job interviews. There is little wonder, photography apps that can perform facial slimming and airbrush dull or blemished skin to that coveted superstar glow is all the rage right now. THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK For those who suffer from acne scars, there is a new acne scars resurfacing treatment (not an app, but in real life!) which SKINMAG has discovered. Picosecond lasers stimulate collagen production, like how other fractional resurfacing lasers also do, such as the CO2 laser, but that’s really where all the similarity ends. CO2 lasers work by heating water in skin cells, and fractionated CO2 lasers basically vaporize tiny columns of skin, leaving skin surrounding each column intact. The heat causes the skin to regenerate and repair by stimulating collagen, and skin resurfacing occurs over the following Continue Reading

5 SKINMAG Awards Of 2017

It is nearing the end of 2017 and in this article, we look back at the year that has flown by, celebrating 5 deserving candidates who have endured the year and emerged champions after much controversy. Most Inclusive Cosmetics Line Of The Year   Rhianna launched her Fenty Beauty line this year to the raves of media and consumers alike. Two years in the making before this groundbreaking release, Fenty includes shades of foundations from the palest of pale to deep, deep browns, making this one of the most inclusive cosmetics lines of the year. What’s beautiful about this release is that it is more than just face paint. People have blogged about it, touched that they have finally found the perfect foundation with correct undertones. This makeup has become a little bit of a social movement, women are reacting to it and saying other companies which only launch the usual 4 or 5 shades of colour is not OK. Since its release, their cruelty-free products have sold out, showing Continue Reading