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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

2 Anti-Aging Skincare Ingredients Dermatologists Like To Use

If it sounds strange to you that you should be applying more than just your toner, serum and moisturizer from your 30s, you might be missing out on some key anti-aging ingredients! In our 30s, collagen and elastin levels in our skin start to drop and the skin becomes thinner and looks less plump. Fine lines may start to be visible especially around the eyes and forehead, and pores may appear more enlarged. Find out how to reverse these early signs of ageing with some vital anti-aging skincare ingredients. #1 Retinoids Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives widely praised by dermatologists as one of the most effective skincare ingredients to retard or even reverse wrinkles. These are extremely powerful ingredients that stimulate collagen production and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This multi-tasking ingredient also exfoliates, removing dead skin cells, clogged pores and has a pore-minimizing effect. Not surprisingly, it is also effective at reducing pigmentation. The stronger and most effective version is Retin-A but this comes in super Continue Reading

How to Get the Perfect Wedding Day Smile

You have chosen the perfect venue, your dream wedding gown and decided on your favorite flowers. The only thing left to do: look radiantly beautiful. Skin – check; body – diet plan and gym check; hair – check; makeup – check; beautiful smile – errhh…? Consider this – you will probably never smile more in a single day than you would on your wedding day, and get documented in photographs and videos for all posterity. Your brilliant smile would most definitely make a bigger impression than the 6-tiered cake and possibly your fabulous dress. So let’s start the countdown in your quest for the perfect wedding smile. Months Before: Avoid staining your pearly whites Rich-coloured beverages such as soda, coffee, dark tea, and red wine tend to stain teeth, as do foods like blueberries, cherries, and soy sauce. The rough rule of the thumb is – if it stains white cotton, it’ll probably stain your teeth too. But beware of white wine – all wines, whether white or red, can Continue Reading

5 Things Girls With Heavy Eyelids Will Understand

First world problem right? But the struggle is real and for some, goes beyond cosmetic concerns. 1. On a sunny day, you sometimes panic because your field of vision is partially blocked. Don’t panic, raise your brows quickly, and if you can see, it was definitely because of eyelid hooding caused by your eyelids! You will get some relief from wearing sunglasses or wearing a hat, because it will reduce your tendency to squint and worsen the hooding.     2. You download apps like Meitu which can “photoshop” your eyes into a flattering shape. Slant it, widen it, brighten it, and even enhance your eyes with some digital makeup! A permanent and more realistic fix of course, is the upper lid blepharoplasty – the double eyelid surgery. Dr Tan Ying Chien, Head of Plastic Surgery from the SW1 Clinic recommends the incisional blepharoplasty, which is more suitable for those with sagging or excess skin, or excess fatty deposits which can be removed at the same time. Read more: Double Continue Reading

Postpartum Glow-How: How To Get Glowing Skin After Pregnancy

The pregnancy glow may be real, but this only lasts at most 9 months. Losing the glow is almost certain after giving birth, not only because the pregnancy hormones are no longer there to keep your skin rosy-looking, but also, other problems such as acne and pigmentation are also unmasked. So what are the common problems new mothers face after pregnancy, and what can you do to keep your skin looking clear and dewy? We spoke to Dr Michelle Lim from the SW1 Clinic, a mother of 2 herself, who gave a talk to over 200 expectant mothers earlier this year at the Super Mom Birth And Baby Seminar.   Problem 1: Acne and acne scars Some women have clear skin, until they have babies! If you have active acne, Dr Michelle recommends seeing a doctor quickly to clear them. Acne, especially the cystic ones, tend to scar. Some doctors will give antibiotics or stronger acne medication such as Roaccutane, but the latter especially, while very effective for cystic acne, Continue Reading