[By Cara S.]
When we set eyes upon others, there are certain parameters that help us gauge how old a person is. No doubt there are times that you have been taken aback by how young or old a certain person is based on his or her looks. It is therefore safe to conclude that there are certain body parts that tend to announce or exaggerate one’s actual age— especially if they are not well cared for. Here’s our list of 5 body parts that are surprisingly often neglected although they can easily give away one’s age. If you are not already paving way for your future with an extra dose of TLC, it’s about time to start that regime and take better care of yourself today.
Often hailed as “the windows of our soul”, it is by no surprise that our eyes top them all as the most prominent body parts that do not lie. The areas under the eyes are especially susceptible, with dark eye circles, hollowing and thinned out crepey skin riddled with fine lines leading the pack of obvious tell-tale signs of aging.
SAVE: While some actions that contribute to wrinkles around the eyes such as squinting and smiling are hard to stop, we should avoid excessive rubbing and minimize tugging while applying makeup and creams on the delicate skin around the eyes. Although it might not be the elixir of Youth, a dab of eye cream goes a long way if the correct type is chosen and used consistently. Look out for Vitamin A, Hyaluronic Acids and Ceramides— some of the tried and tested antioxidants and skin plumping substances that are proven useful for refreshing and rejuvenating tired-looking eyes.
A one-of-a-kind total eye system, the Golden Eye treatment from the SW1 Spa firms, lifts and opens the eye area while reducing the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles with the golden technology of Sygma Lift’s patented HIFU. Designed to refresh, rejuvenate and revitalize tired, sleepy and jaded eyes, this pick-me-up for the eyes will turn back the clock on the eye area, promoting fresher, younger-looking skin.
SPURLGE: Revitalift Eyes done either as a standalone treatment or part of the comprehensive Eye Illuminator Program is an advanced filler technique whereby minute quantities of small particle natural fillers that closely resemble our body’s own hyaluronic acid stores are introduced via microinjections to replace volume deficits, create smoothness and help revitalize undereyes in a safe and highly effective way to shave years off one’s actual age. Although improvements are apparent even after a single treatment, a primary course of 4 to 6 sessions done at 3 to 4 weekly intervals is ideal for building up one’s skin’s reserves; leading to optimal bio-revitalization and longer-lasting results.
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Horizontal lines, forehead depression and hollowness are some of those prominent feature associated with an aging face while the gentle fullness of a high forehead represents youth and perhaps intelligence, making it a more desirable trait.
SAVE: The religious use of sunscreen and the right lotions can help keep things looking young and beautiful for a long time to come. The right hairstyle can serve you well to highlight your outstanding features and draw attention away from your forehead flaws.
SPURLGE: Botox Anti-Wrinkle Microinjections has received as much accolades as backlash since its induction into mainstream Aesthetics Medicine as an accepted medical treatment for unwanted wrinkles and lines. With a couple of small injections and over the course of a couple of days, it could literally take ten years off one’s appearance. However, much of this outcome rest heavily on the skills and experience of the injector.
“The endpoint of treating forehead wrinkles with Botox is to soften the overactive expression lines without removing them completely.” Explains Dr. Toby Hui, senior aesthetics physician from the SW1 Clinic with close to 15 years of working experience with Botulinum Toxin injections. “For those who desire a more natural and refresh look, I prefer to opt for Micro-Refine, a unique microinjection technique of employing tiny amount of Botulinum Toxin in divided doses to refine and rejuvenate looks without the risk of giving them expressionless mask-liked faces.”
You hear me right! Although it’s hard to phantom why these small body parts are within our radar of discussion, reconsider carefully and you will see the light. From stone-age to modern times, women are driven by vanity to compromised comfort in the name of Fashion. Think towering high heels, cinched tight corsets and heavy dangling earrings; the prolonged wear and usage of such items are not without their long term repercussions. By the time you cross over to the other side of 40, chances are those gemstones trinkets and hoop earrings are making your earlobes thinner, and hanging a lot lower than they did in your younger days.
SAVE: If you tend to favor oversized accessories on a regular basis like 60’s IT girl, Edie Sedgwick, give your poor, stressed-out earlobes a much needed break by switching out to smaller ones or go completely ‘naked’ every couple of days.
SPURLGE: To rejuvenate your age-telling earlobes to their former fleshy glory, a touch of Natural Dermal Fillers placed judiciously on the affected areas of volume deficit will do the trick in a New York minute. As these areas are not subjected to a lot of movement from day to day, fillers administered into the earlobes will have a relatively longer life-span compared to its use in other areas.
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Not only are our hands prone to the earliest signs of aging, they often age even faster than the face! The back of our hands have very little fat to start off with so that even a small amount of collagen lost due to aging and sun exposure can have a significantly noticeable impact on their appearance. The end results are often wrinkly tissue paper-liked skin with obvious bulging veins and unsightly pigmentation.
SAVE: Sunscreen plus a good body and hand lotion go a long way in slowing down the aging process of our hands. Always slip on a pair of gloves when you are in your Stepford Wives’ mode, doing dishes, laundry or gardening to minimize direct contact with chemicals that can irritate and dry out your delicate skin.
SPURLGE: Restore what time has taken away with hyaluronic acid filler injections, adding volume to the hands and putting back some of those cushioning that were unwittingly lost as the years slipped past. Zap away unsightly sun spots and improve on the overall texture of the skin covering the back of your hands with Fraxel Dual Laser, an advanced, non-ablative skin resurfacing technique that help to erase those undesirable dermatological clues left behind by Father Time, making aging a much more graceful and bearable journey.
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It may come as a surprise to many but a survey carried out by a researcher from the University of Southern California couple of years back came up with some unexpected findings. When women were asked to rate their own body parts from most to least liked, knees scraped the bottom of the list, followed only by the waist. Seemingly incredulous at first glance, this is somewhat expected on second thoughts— that in our ever-increasingly body-conscious society, women continue to pick apart those areas of their bodies that they deem sub-stellar.Although knees may not be anywhere near the top of anyone list of sexy body parts, once a woman considers hers unattractive, it will affect the way she dresses and the way she feels about herself. As one gets older, there’s a reason why our hemline gets lower; and sheer modesty is not the only reason for this.
SAVE: Using a lemon-and-sea-salt mixture is a great and inexpensive way to soften your knees. A gentle exfoliation of accumulated dead skin with a pumice stone will keep your knees looking nice and clean. This can be a little tricky if the increased pigmentation across the knees is the result of long standing, repetitive micro-trauma to the skin of the knees.
SPURLGE: Saggy skin is one of the pet peeve of aging and our knees seem to suffer the brunt of this together with cartilage and bony deterioration. Thankfully, recent medical advancement in the field of Aesthetics Medicine had made ‘knee-lifts’ possible. The Body Thermage system employing radiofrequency waves can now be applied to saggy skin over the knees to cause collagen stimulation and remodeling with resultant skin tightening.To further enhanced results achievable, pair it with Exilis Body Magic as recommended in the Bees Knees Program conceptualised by the medical experts from the SW1 Clinic, a one stop destination for medical spa, cosmetics dermatology and cutting edge aesthetics surgery in Singapore. The only body contouring device of its kind, Exilis uses two of the most popular energies harvested for body shaping in today’s market. By engaging radio-frequency and ultrasound to systematically heat up skin to various depths, Exilis Body Magic effectively reduces fats, improved upon the appearance of skin texture and tackles loose, saggy skin for overall skin tightening. A built in Energy Flow Control System ensures high precision of the exact amount of energy delivered to the treated areas, with an integrated cooling system preventing overheating, thus minimizing the risk of burns while “whipping” those knees into summer perfection. The best results can be witnessed 8 to 12 weeks after treatment, and can last up to 12 months or more depending on how well you care for them thereafter.
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