Thwart your skin’s UV-induced demise with savvy skin tricks
If adding sunblock to your morning regimen feels like an unnecessary step, consider this “More than 90 percent of the visible skin changes associated with aging are caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays” according to Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of SW1 Clinic at Paragon, Orchard. When it comes to protecting your face from UVA and UVB rays, the safest look is a baseball cap, sunglasses, and—most importantly—a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 to 50.
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So what should you look for in a sunscreen? “Physical sunscreens containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are best for sensitive skin because they don’t irritate as easily as chemical sunscreens do,” explains Dr Low. “Also look for ingredients that are naturally calming and anti-inflammatory—think niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and green tea extract—which can soothe easily inflamed skin.” This explains why her eponymous brand SW1 features ‘Umbrella’, a paraben-free sunscreen initially designed for post-laser use but has proved so popular with patients for daily use, it has been a sellout from its launch.
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While sunblocks are useful for preventing future damage (think of it as buying insurance for your skin), some UV inevitably seeps in to wreck havoc. Add this to the existing damage you have accumulated prior to being a sunscreen convert, it’s no wonder why many women are going a step further to correct skin damage and enhance their complexions with the latest plethora of FDA approved treatments.
If you’re always researching new ways to improve the look of your skin without resorting to the semi-hard stuff (injectables), then this is the answer for you. When it comes to smoothing wrinkles, reducing pore size, and evening out complexion, nothing works better than the BB Aquatouch technology found in the Baby Skin Program. Patients who have undergone this no-downtime, lunchtime laser find it hard-pressed to put their finger on why their skin looks better, with one commenting “It just looks like I have an instagram-filter over my skin”, and another exclaiming “everything just looks better”.
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BB Aquatouch laser was initially designed to target fine lines, large pores, and uneven skin tone by renewing skin, replacing old, dull layers with more youthful layers. However, with repeated sessions, most patients also report a boost in complexion refinement akin to a ‘photoshop’ effect. Treatments are available as single sessions though most who have tried it have opted for their Baby Skin Program—- six heavenly sessions of BB Aquatouch lasers with SW1’s signature add-ons Pearl Éclat (an infusion of glutathione and other glow-inducing antioxidants) and LED Red Photomodulation. End result: an enviably smoother, refined and brighter complexion that is remarkably similar to an instant “photoshop” makeover effect in real life.
6x BB AquaTouch Laser + 3x LED Red Photomodulation therapy + 3x Pearl Éclat + 6x Facial wraps
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A facialist recommendation from a well-informed friend is worth its weight in gold-infused night serum. If you’ve been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of one of these private email exchanges or speed-dial calls, then you’re well aware of the crystal-clear complexion nirvana or the uber-lifted visage that typically follows. 24k Uplift facial was the brainchild of Dr Kenneth Lee, director of SW1, who was tired of his patients asking him for a quick facial fix that could give them a visible lift in 60 minutes without breaking the bank. “I found that many of the current facials on the market were not based on sound science” he says. “Skin sags as a result of weakness of the underlying foundation, that is why facial massages will not effect any long term improvement in skin tone”. In the search for the ultimate “lifting facial”, Dr Lee invented the ‘hybrid facial’, so named because it harnesses the power of medical aesthetic technology but delivers them in a luxe facial setting for patients to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Utilising Sygma Lift’s HIFU technology, clients have commented on the visible facial lift after each treatment. The 24K Uplift also includes a thorough skin cleansing using vitaminized water called aquadermabrasion as well as an infusion of vitamin cocktail t boost skin health. “I am a big believer in being kind to your skin,” Dr Lee says, “and of using technology to achieve the optimal end result”, referencing his arsenal of over 30 different microcurrent, radio frequency, ultrasound, lasers and other machines. “They’re little personal trainers,” he explains of using them to plump, tone and even slim facial contours. “We make sure we work your skin out.”
Baby Skin Program S$4815 and 24K Uplift S$535 are available at: SW1 Clinic, 290 Orchard Road #13-01 Paragon Singapore 238859. For more information, visit http://www.SW1Clinic.com