Category: TREATMENTS

I Tried The Illumi Facial. You Are Going To Want To Try It Too.

Every now and then a treatment is invented and brings us a step closer to dreamy complexions of Korean popstars. In this case I was even more amazed because the treatment came in the comfort of a photofacial, without any downtime. I won’t lie, I think I am a facial addict. Fact is for a small price every 3 to 4 weeks, I have a facial done to reset things a little for my skin – to clean out my pores and to brighten my skin. These days, facials have been thoroughly re-invented and unlike just the usual scrub, extraction and mask, some medi-spas now incorporate safe, quick, medical-grade skin fixes for skin problems or anti-aging ultrasound, radiofrequency or light-based treatments.   Read more: What Really Happens To Your Post Pregnancy Body   SW1 Clinic’s Red Carpet Illumi Facial The Illumi Facial is a 90-minute photofacial. For those of you who don’t know, photofacials are skin treatments that use light-based technology (most frequently the intense pulsed light, IPL) for various 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

How To Look Younger Than Your Age Before You Hit 40

The Rolling Stones sang, “Time waits for no one… Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman’s face”. Did you know that collagen production within our skin starts to drop as early as during our twenties? Throw in the stress of work (and kids), women notice the first signs of ageing usually in the mid to late 20s or if you are lucky, during your 30s. We cannot stop the passing of time and the effect on our youthful faces, but that is exactly the reason why every woman should consider anti-aging treatments early – to delay it.   Tip #1 SAGGING SKIN Ever wondered why the most beautiful celebrities look like they never age? Apart from good genes, they do put in hard work to make sure the devastation of sagging skin never ever hits them. From your early 30s, start with FDA-approved skin tightening treatments annually to ensure the skin stays plump with collagen. Treatments such as Ultherapy and Thermage stimulate a good wound healing response Continue Reading

How To Combat Teen Acne

Navigating through school and puberty in general are already tough enough for most kids, some do just fine and others take a bit more time. But if there is something you can count on during teenhood, it is acne. Approximately 80 to 90% of teens deal with a range of acne-related skin problems, usually clogged pores and inflamed acne. In severe cases, deep, hard cystic ones which scar.   WHAT CAUSES TEENAGE ACNE In teen acne, the usual acne-causing culprits are the sebaceous (oil) glands. Under normal circumstances, these make sebum – a natural moisturizer for our skin. However, an overproduction of sebum can clog the hair follicles, which are also channels for sweat and oil. This combination of oil, dirt and debris creates a opportunity for bacteria to grow, resulting in pimples. You might be surprised, but doctors have noted that a majority of teenagers do not actually adopt the correct skincare routine to combat acne! A basic anti-acne skincare routine should consist of a facial wash for oily Continue Reading

Proven Tricks That Make Any Diet Work Better

So maybe some of you can relate to the kind of frustration I have with the 5 odd kilos or so that has proven impossible to shed with any kind of exercise or diet. And I am pretty sure I haven’t been slack about things – I even clean my own house quite regularly, thinking perhaps that extra bit of a meaningful workout might just result in me getting that flatter stomach and smaller waist.   CAN WE TARGET AND BURN OFF STUBBORN FAT? I came across a fitness magazine one day and there was this article about targeting stubborn fat and spot reduction. The article wrote that it was impossible to target fat localized in a particular area only. The theory was that we burn fat all over and it was impossible to concentrate fat burning efforts in one place. That is actually incorrect. To burn fat, it needs to be released from the cell i.e. lipolysis. Stubborn fat is stubborn because it releases fat more slowly, and it Continue Reading