The beauty industry is eternally dreaming up new ways to replicate the effects of cosmetic surgery procedures, without actually necessitating a scalpel or an anaesthetic. We took a deep look at a few of the newer beauty innovations, which don’t require invasive surgery, to see what’s been developed in the last 12 months or so.
BY LISA WILLIAMS The Newest Extreme Dermatology Promises Dramatic Results With Less Downtime If eyebrow threading makes you uneasy, honey, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Queen of off-kilter beauty extremes (remember vagina steaming?) Gwyneth Paltrow has another treatment for you to think about: The Threading Face-Lift. A recent GOOP article on her popular blog explored the ins and outs of the “under-the-radar” method for anti-aging which was approved by the FDA ten years ago. So what exactly is the draw of giving your face the ‘thread-lifting’ treatment? That would be the fact that’s it’s scalpel-free, has a lower downtime and is relatively low-cost compared with other, more invasive treatments, but comes with a bigger payoff of greater lifting capacity compared to run-of-the-mill lasers and creams. Blame silent screen-era director D. W. Griffith for the cult of perfection in Hollywood (and the rest of the world): His pioneering closeups arguably led to generations of actors (supposedly everyone from Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo to Burt Lancaster and John Wayne) becoming plastic surgery guinea Continue Reading
BY LISA WILLIAMS It is not news that hydration is the basis of healthy, youthful skin. But exactly how much it can impact skin (and beyond!) is just starting to be unfolded. In a new Japanese study, researchers found that regular use of a glycerin-based moisturiser in newborn baby’s skin in the first few weeks of life could help prevent eczema and even food allergies later in life, providing a simple way to combat a growing global problem. Read More: Derm’s Top Secrets to Baby Soft Skin
BY LISA WILLIAMS The latest Korean craze Rejuran anti-ageing microinjections seems to be every youthful celebrity’s weapon du jour. However, my obsession with salmon as an anti-aging extraordinaire started much further back when I first read the book, The Wrinkle Cure, almost a decade ago by celebrity doctor Nicholas Perricone (yes, he of the famed Perricone skincare line). In it, he introduced salmon as a superb source of anti-inflammatory, anti-aging nutrients. In fact, Dr Perricome was a firm advocate of Wild Salmon as it contains essential fats and powerful antioxidants such as the carotenoid, astaxanthin, that have important anti-inflammatory properties. How does this relate to aging? Decades of research show that chronic, sub-clinical inflammation is the single greatest precipitator of aging and age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, certain forms of cancer, and wrinkled, sagging skin. What this means is that it isn’t the big events that make us look at an old leather handbag at 60, it is the small daily insults on our skin that Continue Reading
If the idea of dewy, luminous skin bores you, clearly you need something even better. Glass skin is the latest Korean beauty complexion that everyone is going after. Describing perfectly clear, poreless and seemingly transparent skin, the unfortunate part is unless you are Korean or are born with gleaming skin, don’t expect a 10-step Korean beauty regime to work overnight. Instead, glass skin skincare requires dedication and hard work – from regular chemical and mechanical exfoliants to moisture-rich toners, essences, serums, creams and your best hydrating mask. Most of us live in the real world and applying 10 or 11 products twice daily sounds like the greatest punishment for wanting gorgeous, glass-like skin. If you are feeling a little impatient (which is rather normal for us living the fast-tracked life in Singapore), here is a treatment you can try. Read More: The Summer Glow – Get Sexy Skin from Head to Toe SW1 CLINIC’S GLASS SKIN PROGRAM SHRINKS YOUR PORES Dr Michelle says that this is her new “aesthetic Continue Reading