Tag: anti-aging

Have We Found the Anti-Aging Holy Grail?

As our population live longer and enjoy higher standards of life and health, there has been a distinct shift from disease treatment to disease prevention. No longer are we content to have cures for common ailments and illnesses, people are looking to prevent certain negative health outcomes from happening in the first place. This has extended to our ageing process. In the past, aesthetic surgeons and doctors were kept busy trying to fill wrinkles and lines as soon as they pop up on the faces. Now scientists are asking: what if we can slow down the ageing process of the skin in the first place? Instead of filling lines, what if our skin can regenerate itself to an extent such that wrinkles won’t appear prematurely? This shift in thinking is not new. There has always been a plethora of anti-ageing creams and products lining the beauty section of every departmental store. However, this has taken a newfound fervour of late as recent studies uncover new compounds that could potentially save Continue Reading

Why Some Women Look Younger Than Others

You know that frustratingly gorgeous friend of yours? The one who puts on some Chapstick and walks out the door, no problem, and still gets carded at way past 21? Scientists have finally figured out what her deal is. And no, it’s not (just) plastic surgery.   Not Too Little, Not Too Much Goldilocks’ principle of “Not too little. Not too much. Just nice” applies here. Women who use cosmetic tweaks judiciously have been shown to get away with looking more attractive without the overt tell-tale signs of the ‘over-done’ look. The Smart: Smart women use a variety of skin lasers and lifting techniques to maintain their looks. “I get Thermage done once a year, and I use Lustrous Skin Program’s Fraxel light lasers to ensure my complexion stay bright and fair all year round. Every six weeks, I go for Monroe Hydrafacial at The SW1 Clinic” says Cindi, a youthful-looking marketing exec in her 40s. The Not-so-Smart: Sticking to one treatment just because it worked for you 10 years ago is Continue Reading

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

There’s Hope! Why 60 is the New 30

Suddenly, growing old doesn’t seem so scary. A recent string of silver-stranded cover girls are putting some serious sexy back into the sexagenarian. Christie Brinkley, the original “Uptown Girl” and model who first graced the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit some 40 years ago, returned to Sports Illustrated at the age of 63 with her two young daughters. “This is a real full circle moment for me,” Christie said through tears on set. “I can get very emotional about this. How many years ago, I was that insecure girl hoping that I would be good enough for the magazine. So to see my daughters now having the same thoughts I had, and to be able to see them actually be there on the job, was definitely a big moment. “I couldn’t even believe my ears when I got the call that MJ wanted to shoot my daughters and me. I was thrilled.” The question that’s behind everybody’s mind: Did she have a surgical facelift to thank for that ageless face? Continue Reading

The SW1 Filler Fusion

Many people have talked about getting fillers done, some with better results than others. Recently, I came across a new take on an old procedure called “Filler Fusion”. This off-the-menu treatment involves not just one type of filler for the face but a composite of several different natural hyaluronic acid fillers as well as collagen stimulators on the face to achieve a youthful yet natural uplifted look. Apparently, this is one of the most requested treatment by SW1 loyalists. I was naturally excited to give this a shot as soon as I received my press invite. I am naturally reticent about what goes into my face. I have very sensitive skin (thanks to my half Greek, half Asian parentage) and unfortunately not the best of both worlds from my ancestors. I am beginning to show some signs of ageing around my eyes and mouth, and desperately keen for some refresher without over going the way of the pillow faces or the plastic Barbie doll lookalikes.   My face was put Continue Reading

Glow-How: Max Your Skin’s Mojo (& Keep It)

Feeling down, dull and decidedly drab? One of our biggest beauty pet peeves is when a celebrity tells us that the secret to looking perfectly glowing all the time is simply to “drink lots of water”. We know A-listers have a literal army of top derms and skin gurus on speed dial for whenever the first hint of a pimple appears on their pristine faces. But why should celebrities get to hog all the professional help? SKINMAG scored you the insider’s glow-how from celebrity doctor, Dr Low Chai Ling. So take notes, lovelies, and prepare to refresh, recharge and rejuvenate your tired, lackluster and ageing skin with these hot tickets to the everlasting-glow town. AMP UP YOUR WATTAGE IN 1 DAY:  Jump-start Renewal of Fatigued Cells “We can fight different elements of ageing and build healthy radiance by seizing the daily opportunity brought by cell turnover,” says Dr Low. Healthy skin renews itself every 14 to 30 days. Exfoliation encourages this renewal process to allow your skin to repair itself faster, retain moisture Continue Reading