[By Nicolette R. Reiss]
“Men always want to be a woman’s first love, women like to be a man’s last romance.”— Oscar Wilde
Whether it’s love at first sight that sealed the deal or starting on the wrong foot which eventually turned right, it goes without saying that first dates are some of the best memories in life. As you reminisced about that special moment all butterflies and daisies, from your specially selected outfit to the words exchanged, are you missing that fresh face look of innocence, marked by equal part anticipation and anxiety? Here’s our round up of tips to regain that first date freshness just in time for February 14th, and perhaps help put that intense sparkle back to reignite those memorable fireworks, bringing your relationship back to where it all started.
“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”— Audrey Hepburn.
Instead of having yours glued to your smartphone or morning papers, try to look into each other’s eyes while having a conversation. There’s a reason why literary giant William Shakespeare referenced them as windows of thy soul. Put that twinkle right back into your tired looking peepers to make you glow with the interest and vitality of a first date remembered.
Eye Fabulosity, an in-house “eye-cial” from the SW1 Spa, is specially designed to tackle dark eye circles and puffiness, both common beauty banes that come with age and stress. This peeper-perfecting spa treat can be performed either as a standalone, or better off combined as an add-on to the signature Golden Eye therapy, a medically-based focal treatment that aims to refresh, rejuvenate and revitalize jaded eyes by engaging FDA-approved Sygma Lift’s HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) technology. Eye Fabulosity begins with a wrinkle-removing pumpkin enzyme peel to kick-start your undereye skin recharge, followed by an ‘Eye Sonic Therapy’, a painless procedure which infuses hyaluronic acid via Sonophoresis into the skin, a transdermal route of delivery found to be 500 times more effective than manual application. Healthy, hydrated, and younger-looking eyes restore that twinkle that somehow got lost as the years rolled by,allowing star-crossed lovers to re-affirm their vows and commitment to each other with just one look, re-visiting those moments of true love from then till now without the need for a single spoken word.
Read my lips
Have you ever wonder why our lips aren’t as soft and dewy looking as they once were and why they get more lined and chapped as we aged? The answer lies in the difference in hydration between young and mature lips. We are talking about the hydration deep in the dermis, not just surface hydration that one can achieve with lip balm and lip serums alone.To regain your first date freshness peppered with careless whispers and sweet nothings, give those weathered puckers some much needed TLC by nourishing them with Revitalift Lips, a lunchtime procedure that provides intense moisturizing effects by deep hydration from within, acting as an oasis to resuscitate even the most parched lips, assaulted by cigarette smoking, environmental stressors, neglect or advancing years.
“An ultra-fine, small particle hyaluronic acid filler is meticulously introduced into the lips via a series of virtually painless microinjections during Revitalift Lips treatment.” Explains Dr. Low Chai Ling, founder of The Sloane Clinic and appointed medical director currently practicing at the SW1 Clinic. “The aim is really to revitalize and rejuvenate dull, chapped and lined lips without overtly amping up their volume or size, restoring weathered lips to a more youthful state with aesthetically pleasing proportions, giving exceedingly natural-looking results with you looking just like yourself; albeit a better, improved version.”
Return to the Age of Innocence
Are you looking a little more drab and weathered compared to celebs close to your age or even more than a couple of years above you? Red carpet-worthy looks are by no means ‘natural’, pure luck nor accidents. Dream Sculpture is a well-kept secret of A-listers looking for a complexion and facial volume booster without the obvious tell-tale signs of an “over-filled” pillow face. The latest cutting edge technique of using Sculptra, a biocompatible and biodegradable compound made of Poly-L-lactic acid, to boost your skin’s own collagen reserves, Dream Sculpture allows it to stay young, supple and lifted for a longer period of time. The concept behind Dream Sculpture is that it acts as a collagen stimulator, working in overdrive after being introduced as a ‘natural fertilizer’ to jump start your body own collagen synthesis processes over the next 4 to 6 weeks. Unlike the effects of traditional Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers which are reversed once they get metabolized, collagen that is stimulated into production stays for a long time long after the Sculptra injected is gone. Depending on your age and the number of treatments you have undergone, results can last up to 2 years or more.
Regain the pleasure of intimacy
Sexual intimacy is an important aspect of any healthy relationship and sometimes, the passion dwindles with time as we aren’t as comfortable with our body shape as we used to be, with the couple of pounds or more packed over the years since you said, “I Do”. Research indicates that how a woman feels about her attractiveness influences her marital satisfaction, as well as her spouse’s. Negative body image can lead to dissatisfying or infrequent sex, and women who don’t like their bodies tend to take fewer emotional risks, including sharing intimate thoughts, desires and actual copulation. When the “love-handles” are in the way of getting you the “man-handling” your relationship deserves, perhaps it’s time to take things in your own hands to regain the pleasure of intimacy.
Regain your confidence with scientifically proven body contouring and toning treatments favored by A-listers, often sought out as an adjunct to sculpt their celebs’ bodies to picture perfection post-delivery or to lose weight piled on for an award winning role. To tackle stubborn pockets of fat enveloping your inner and outer thighs, Coolshape is your go to treatment if surgical liposuction is not on your agenda, engaging the gold standard of fat-freezing by Zimmer behind Zeltig technology for ‘cryolipolysis’ and not just some generic platform. To ensure faster visible results and a quicker recovery time, Dream Body Tone which uses a vibro-massage core to stimulate optimal lymphatic drainage of surrounding tissues is recommended to speed up the clearance of broken down fat cells. In addition, it harnesses the power of sonic waves to help infuse potent skin strengthening vitamins, amino acids and peptides that are essential for collagen regeneration and remodeling, improving overall skin tone and elasticity over area(s) treated. To further enhance your body sculpting efforts, tag on Exilis Body Magic, a novel, FDA-approved treatment that engages a unique combination of ultrasound waves and radiofrequency (RF), to systematically heats up skin to various depths, resulting in both fat reduction and skin tightening, with circumferential reduction, cellulite smoothening and textural gains to boot. Visible results may be seen in as little as 2 to 3 sessions, and being able to reignite the throes of passion in the exact piece of Victoria’s Secret lingerie you kept under wraps since your honeymoon may very well be a reality after 6 to 8 sessions done concurrently as part of the Supermodel Bodyfit Program conceptualized by the team of Weight Management experts from the SW1 Clinic.