[By Amanda Lourdes]

Summer is officially just around the corner, and although there’s a lot to love about it, there are some things to loathe too! While it’s perfectly normal to discuss with friends and colleagues regarding tips for a fit and firm bod, or what trends and colours are the current hot tickets, there are some beauty nemeses which may be a tad embarrassing to say the least. Sweat and smelly feet, just to name a few, are problems we usually keep to ourselves and either muddle through or keep hush-hush and pray that they  go unnoticed. However, there’s no better time than NOW to face up to your fears and break the silence. Here are 4 common beauty woes which may be making you dread summer, but once you engage in these tips to bust them to the curb, summer is going to get a whole lot better!

Problem #1: Feet that smell

Summer is the time to show off your feet, your pretty little pedicured toes and smooth heels! But for some, that stench is making you feel you rather hide your feet in the sand. Smelly feet are mainly caused by bacteria on the skin which breaks down the sweat on your feet, producing the unpleasant aroma. So it comes as no surprise that as the temperature rises, our feet naturally gets hot and sweaty, and hence the odour.

Remedy: One way to beat sweaty feet is to start a daily foot care regime. Wash your feet everyday in warm water with antibacterial soap. Wear cotton socks with your closed shoes, or sandals preferably, and try not to wear the same pair of shoes for more than 2 consecutive days. When your feet are completely dry, apply a light dusting of foot powder. For people with dry skin, you may apply some moisturizer before applying the powder.If these steps do not prevent the foot odour, you could try a home concoction of soaking your feet for 30 minutes in black tea! Do it daily for a week, and the tannic acid may help kill bacteria to keep your feet clean and odour free.

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Problem #2: Sweat that drips

As summer heats up, we sweat. This is totally normal as our body constantly regulates our core temperature through this process to cool our body. However I can vouch that only few things are worse than arriving at work feeling like you need another shower!

Remedy: Anti-perspirants (note: not deodorants, which only work to deodorize) helps some people with sweating and is best applied during a time that you’re not dripping wet from sweat. However, it may not work to stop the process entirely and can also contain products which are considered toxic and cause skin irritation.Some people experience excessive sweating with or without heat or stress triggers. The condition is called Hyperhidrosis and may make social interactions awkward as stains on clothes or sweat dripping down the face occurs. For these people, Botox microinjections into the underarms or areas where excessive sweating occurs may be considered. Instead of paralyzing moving muscles to iron out lines, Botox works on the glandular muscles that control sweat secretion to tackle localized profuse sweating.

“The treatment takes about 30 minutes to complete and pain is virtually negligible especially when topical anaesthetic cream is used for numbing prior to the Botox jabs.” Reassured Dr. Low Chai Ling, medical director from the SW1 Clinic, a one-stop centralized hub providing medical spa, cosmetics dermatology and aesthetics surgery in Singapore. “Generally, the drying effects achieved can last about six months and works equally well for sweaty palms, soles and scalp.”

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Problem # 3: Dark pigmented pits

People have started to flaunt their arms in sexy tank tops and flirty strappy sundresses, but all you want is for the winter months to continue so you can stay under wraps. And just because you’ve got dark underarm skin? Worry no more with our aesthetics aides on call.

Remedy: Dark underarm skin can be due to a few factors. It could be caused by inflammation because of repeated manual epilation, friction against clothing material, or simply a build-up of dead skin cells. One easy way to help lighten underarm skin is regular exfoliating with a scrub for a better overall tone and always follow up with a nourishing body lotion to keep your skin soft and supple.

Repeated shaving and waxing is the leading cause of underarms darkening from the cumulative effects of skin irritation and inflammation. Laser Hair Removal is a great long term investment that is by far the most complete permanent hair removal technique on the market to safely remove unsightly body hair, avoiding and tackling the issue of ingrown at the same time.

“The number of sessions you require for best results will depend on the density, thickness and color of your hair.”  Explains Dr. Toby Hui, senior medical consultant from the SW1 Clinic (formerly with The Sloane Clinic).“On the average, 4 to 6 treatments done regularly at approximately 4 to 8 weeks’ intervals will give appreciable answers to your hairy woes, either as a standalone procedure or as part of the Removal & Revival Program, combined with Quattro Toning and Skin Smoothing Peel Masks for if depigmentation of uneven skin discoloration is desired.”

This comprehensive, problem orientated approach combines permanent laser hair reduction treatments with a series of gentle yet restorative depigmentation lasers to not only ensure your skin is fuzz-free, but also brighter and smoother, leading to a restored or new found confidence in you.

Problem #4: Bacne

As if worrying about zits on the face wasn’t enough, during these hotter months while your skin is more prone to increased sebum production, pimples may be popping up on your back as well!

Remedy: Eliminate existing and prevents future acne breakouts by using a benzoyl peroxide cleanser like the BPO 5% cleanser in the shower. Formulated with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients, the SW1 CLEAR TONIC Mint-Infused Clarifying Facial Toner is the perfect companion to that to help you achieve blemish free skin to match the clear summer skies. Treat your stressed-out skin to a deep dermal detox with this anti-bacterial, pore-purging liquid salve, as a couple of spritz per day is all it takes to stop blemishes in their tracks by targeting breakouts at all stages. Working in overdrive to stabilize oil balance, it clears clogged pores, hastens cellular turnover and reduces inflammation. What makes it suitable as a standalone or add-on therapy for your back is its water-based nature, avoiding possible adherence to your clothes and further exacerbation of your skin condition.

At the SW1 Spa, there are various medically inspired, scientifically proven treatments designed for the back. The Clear Blue Body treatment utilizes fruit enzyme scrubs, Ultrasonic Deep Cleansing as well as blue light therapy which studies have proven to be effective against acnes bacteria to clarify skin; while an entire classic Epicuren and microdermabrasion therapy governs the highly-coveted Backless Facial, clearing out acne prone backs to bring on the tank tops and backless dresses this summer.

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