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Tame Your Mane: Hair Botox, Fillers and Lasers

Some people look great with any hairstyle they adopt. It is probably because they have great hair to begin with. A lustrous mane that is full but not too thick, healthy, shiny hair shafts that glisten under the spot light. Frankly, I have tried the root perm for my fine, limp hair, I have at least 2 root teasers – the roller hair dryer things women get to blow dry their roots to attempt the salon blow dried look. I apply Moroccan Oil to my hair to fake a shine and to soothe my flying strands. I am not trying to grow a mane like Tina Turner’s but at the very least, if there is something I could do to strengthen my hair, make it look a little thicker, a little less frizzy, that would be great. So apparently, there are painless things you can do to your scalp and hair to give you all that.   Revage 670 Hair Laser Hair lasers have been around and there are different Continue Reading

How To Revitalize Skin Using Supercharged Lasers

Long before the birth of skin renewal lasers, Cleopatra already had science on her side, taking milk baths which contained lactic acid to exfoliate and rejuvenate skin, dead sea salts for its mineral healing properties, honey for its hydrating properties and many more. Today we have medical technology on our side, using supercharged lasers to resurface the skin, effectively plumping up skin and erasing away spots, fine lines and wrinkles. But if you thought only those with problem skin needed lasers, that’s where you are wrong. Lasers now come in wavelengths which also target dyschromia or uneven skin tone and also brightens skin, resulting in the coveted dewy photoshop effect. We speak to Dr Kenneth Lee, who founded The Sloane Clinic 15 years ago and now, helms the 8000 sqft large SW1 Clinic.   Q : Which lasers are best for smoothening wrinkles and scars? Dr Kenneth: Traditionally, the CO2 lasers such as the SmartX laser are best for these. New versions of CO2 lasers are now fractionated and delivered Continue Reading

The Biggest Lies About Botox And Fillers

We play true and false with these biggest botox and filler myths.   Botox is poison. TRUE   In a way, yes! Botox is a particular form of the botulinum toxin that is found in soil, dust and contaminated food, except that the cosmetic version of Botox found in your doctor’s office is a sterilized, purified and diluted version and completely safe for treatment of wrinkles.   Botox makes people expressionless. FALSE. When injected into facial muscles, the main action of Botox is to paralyze the facial muscles. But when the aesthetic dose is so small, it is not possible to completely paralyze the muscle unless too much is used. Typically a mild paralysis is enough to relax the muscles and alleviate the appearance of wrinkles, without losing expression. That means you can still smile, or frown but when you do, the wrinkles are less obvious. A good injection for forehead wrinkles, for example, lasts an average of 2 to 4 months, depending on your preference. The longer it lasts, Continue Reading

How To Get Perfectly Smooth Armpits

Do you suffer from stubbles, dark discolourations, sweaty downpours, red bumps and the embarrassing armpit lump? We ask the experts from the SW1 Clinic for their pit-perfecting tips to help you slip into your favourite sleeveless summer dress. (And no, unicorn-coloured armpit hair is not part of this sleeveless pursuit!)   Stay In The Clear Bushy strands, prickly stubbles and bumpy ingrowns do not bode well for a sexy sleeveless summer. “The right technique and a fresh blade are crucial to get a closer shave with less skin trauma and lower risk of red, inflamed razor bumps or ingrown hairs,” advises Dr Chua Han Boon from The SW1 Clinic. “Those with sensitive skin may want to avoid strong epilation creams which can cause irritations and consequent skin darkening. Waxing is, of course, the other common de-fuzzing method. “This is best left in professional hands as we’ve seen bad skin reactions, especially with home waxing. Results last longer than shaving but there’s no hard data that it’ll always make the hair Continue Reading

Seeing Red With Retinol – Are You Commiting These Mistakes?

Retinol is the secret weapon in a dermatologist’s anti-aging arsenal. It is effective as an anti-wrinkling agent, is often used for getting rid of pesky pigmentation, its collagen stimulating effects helps to texturise skin and erase fine lines and it is anti-acne! But as with all miraculous weapons made, operating them is an entirely different matter – you could be seeing no results with your retinol product, or literally seeing red. If you want your skin to really start reaping the benefits of retinol, avoid these 4 major retinol skincare mistakes.   Mistake #1. Pairing It Wrongly Have you ever been in a relationship where things between both of you felt so incompatible and basically the lack of chemistry took the sparks right out every date? Well, skincare can be like that. Pairing stuff wrongly can cancel things out for both products, and nothing will work. For example, retinol and vitamin C should not be mixed because they work best at very different acidic ph’s. That is not to say Continue Reading