Month: February 2020

How Prevention Can Preserve Your Looks

I heard of something ridiculous, which is actually not– standing at the top of the staircase will make you age faster, than you do standing on the floor below, according to Einstein’s theory of relativity. The explanation was that gravity slows down or dilates time. While scientists have said this is not quite the key to youth, this is encouraging – one could actually live in the mountains and be less old. Unfortunately, few of us have the fortune to live at gravity-defying heights. Cosmetically speaking, this new age of non-invasive, age and gravity-defying skin treatments then make a lot of sense. The key of today’s anti-aging efforts is to slow down the process of skin aging, rather than have a surgeon go snip snip and pull your skin towards your scalp when it’s all too late. That is why treatments such as the Trinity Facelift is a hit with so many. Women are seeking preventive measures (from looking deflated and saggy), they start non-invasive skin tightening measures early. Ultherapy Continue Reading

Face Lifts: Which One Is Better For You?

Let’s face it. Sagging skin is not cute. Jangly jowls and hanging cheeks have always been a source of unhappiness as we age. It can also be caused by moderate or severe weight loss. The good news is, we don’t have to resign ourselves to fate. Speak of “face lifts” and the first thing that comes to mind is no longer the surgical facelift.   GENTLE FACE LIFTS If you find yourself pulling back skin on your face when you look in the mirror, and you like what you see, know that it is possible to tighten your skin non-invasively using energy devices. This is possible usually once you are in your 30s, and doing this when signs of aging are still early is better than doing it too late. Facial sculpting energy-based devices that are most reliable for this purpose are ultrasound-based ones such as Ultherapy, or radiofrequency-based (RF) ones such as Thermage.   ULTHERAPY VERSUS THERMAGE So is one better than the other? Medical professionals generally say that Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why Your Facial Skin Needs More Care Than Your Body

Have you ever wondered why you can’t use your body soap on your face, or moisturize your face with body lotion? Or why are pricey skin rejuvenation treatments at the doctor’s clinic only for the face (and sometimes neck) but not for the rest of the body? It is not a scam. Here are 5 ways skin on our faces differ from the body, and how we need to care for it.   1. YOUR FACE IS MORE EXPOSED TO THE SUN Our faces are more exposed to sunlight and if you didn’t know that the most important cause of skin aging is sun exposure by now, you have been living under a rock. In fact, it is estimated that about 90% of skin aging is due to the effects of the sun, and doctors advise against sun bathing to prevent photoaging of the skin. UVA rays in particular, penetrate deep into the dermis, damaging collagen fibers and causing premature skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles. Luckily for us, non-invasive Continue Reading

Is Your Light Mask Safe?

Our favourite mask nowadays is not the usual mask you take out of a pack, dripping with hyaluronic acid. This new-age mask needs to be plugged into a socket in the wall, because it emits therapeutic light.   Light emitting diodes (LED) are now considered effective therapies for skin rejuvenation, as well as a therapy for some skin problems, such as acne, eczema or rosacea. Essentially like what the sun is to a plant, it penetrates the skin to a cellular level and causes several interesting cellular activity.   Available at some medical aesthetic clinics or medi-spas, LED Red and I-Clear Blue light therapy can be found in clinical facials such as the Deep Red Facial, or the Clear Blue facial. Since LED Red has been shown in studies to be able to stimulate collagen and also decrease inflammation, the Deep Red Facial is a hot favourite with those who have sensitive skin issues such as rosacea as well. LED Blue light therapy has been shown to kill bacteria-causing acne, Continue Reading

This Vitamin Will Give Your Skin A Collagen Boost

A, B, C, D, E, K. If you had to choose, which vitamin will you choose for your skin? Like most people, I chose Vitamin C. I was wrong. Doctors are increasingly prescribing Vitamin A based skincare over others. Here’s are some of the reasons why: Penetrates deeply to stimulate fibroblasts – cells that produce collagen, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unclogs pores, reduces oil production and therefore reduces acne Exfoliates and increases skin cell turnover, evening out skin tone Lightens sun damage and pigmentation But there are different Vitamin A formulas for skin. Here’s how you can use it.   RETINOIC ACID – This is one of the first ingredients used for acne, and is usually found in prescription formulas and has a direct biological effect on the skin – the vital ingredient that fights aging visibly. These prescription-strength formulas can be 100-times stronger compared to over-the-counter retinol products.   RETINOL – Usually the form of Vitamin A available in over-the-counter products, retinols need to be Continue Reading