It’ll be a tall order to find a woman who doesn’t crave for perfect skin, yet is that something that’s even attainable if you aren’t blessed with superb genes or have an entourage of minders fussing over your skin needs? Trying to get your skin to behave almost always feels like an exasperating series of never-ending GOT battles against blackheads, zits, uneven skin tone, poor texture, pigmentation, patches of dry and lackluster skin, fine lines, wrinkles… and the list goes on. On top of that, even if you don’t have to deal with all of these issues at the same time right now, chances are they’ll probably come round to taunt you sooner or later, especially if seeds of skin sins were sowed in the folly of reckless youth.That being said, all is not lost in the quest for glowing radiant skin, especially with this insider’s guide to beauty hacks which we managed to beg, grovel and wrangle out from those in the know. From what you eat to what you apply and the type of aesthetics treatments that’ll put you in your A-game, there’s no reason why you can’t #iwokeuplikethis, all the way from 16 to 60!
Eat your way to gorgeous skin
Feast on these natural food source for glowing skin & healthy looking hair and nails
“Healthy Eating Made for Healthy Living”. You’re what you eat and the state of your complexion is reflective on how ‘clean’ your diet is. Refined sugars are the worst culprits standing in your way to lay claim to a healthy, glowing complexion. Aim to replace sugary sweets and snacks with nutrient-dense foods like fruit, vegetables and healthy sources of Omega-3.Not noshing on processed food, not smoking and abstinence from alcohol all contribute to boosting skin health.
Unbeknown to even health fanatics, protein health bars are one of the biggest beauty offenders sabotaging your complexion.
“Protein bars are essentially candy bars dressed and marketed as a healthy option,” warns Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of SW1 Clinic which also runs Weight Management Program for their patients. “The sugar rush will lead to an insulin spike, aggravating acne, wrinkles and even skin allergies. A much healthier option will be a handful of almonds or a piece of whole fruit such as a banana or medium sized apple. You’ll be eating a whole lot better for your skin, and you’ll feel more satisfied and charged with energy.”
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Restore, Repair & Rejuvenate while you snooze
SW1 SLEEP MODE, CHAI Gold Mulberry Renewal Moisturizer & SW1 AGE DEFY— a superpower trinity that works in overdrive to restore, repair and rejuvenate tired looking skins while you sleep.
We all know that having a good night sleep will lead to a more fruitful day. Similarly, how you treat your skin before you hit the sack will affect how you look the following day. At night, your skin is at rest and is not being exposed to the environmental stressors that greatly contribute to dermal aging. While you sleep, your skin cells go into overdrive to help repair the damages incurred during the day.
If Retinoids aren’t part of your skincare regime yet, they should be. This vitamin A derivative penetrates deep within the dermis and evokes stimulation right where collagen fibers are created. It is considered one of the most miraculous dermal age fighter to smoothen the texture of the skin, diminish fine lines and soften wrinkles. In addition, it increases the rate of turnover of skin cells and thus tackles skin discoloration and pigmentary changes caused by UV rays and helps to unclog pores to keep complexions grease and blemish free. A gentle yet potent preparation that can be used nightly to fight visible signs of aging is the aptly named, SW1 AGE DEFY, a rejuvenating and anti-aging lotion which combines retinol with a powerful, natural moisturizing agent packed full of hyaluronic acid and vital collagen. It therefore not only fights wrinkles as you drift off into slumberland, but also effectively tones, lifts and firms skin while delivering long-lasting hydration.
SW1 SLEEP MODE is an oil-free Aloe Vera gel with 15% Glycolic acid and is highly beneficial for non-sensitive, normal to oily, and even blemished skin types. In addition to its anti-aging effect of increasing the rate of natural dead skin exfoliation to promote moisturization by renewal of native skin collagen, it effectively controls oil and helps fight bacteria to keep breakouts in check. It is best applied to cleansed skin and left on overnight to work its magic, and consistent use will help reduce daytime shine, clear up skin problems, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines too!
Every night time skincare routine should end off with a suitable moisturizer of your choice. Your skin needs to stay well hydrated as you recharge overnight and ending off with a banging moisturizer will definitely allow you stay on top of your game.
Steeped with the youth-enhancing magic of black orchids, CHAI GOLD MULBERRY Renewal Moisturizer is saturated with the goodness of mulberries, lycopene and resveratrol, a youth-in-a-tub skincare gem that works its alchemy on tired, dull, aging skins to give them a new lease of life. Gold nano-particles further soothe and brighten lackluster skins instantly, leaving skins glowy soft and renewed with increased suppleness and smoother texture for IG perfection sans filters.
Armed with this superpower trinity that works in overdrive to restore, repair and rejuvenate tired looking complexions, you’ll be well on track to go glow your skin while you sleep!
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Effective exfoliation to spruce things up
For an oll out old Hollywood glamour star coveted luminosity, SW1’s Monroe Hydrafacial lives up to its namesake with the backup of patented Hydrafacial MD technology and much more.
To supplement the best of your home skincare regime, get a skin brightening facial to notch yourself closer to a luminous complexion glowing in the pink of health. The Monroe Hydrafacial exclusive to SW1 spa is a pampering, medically inspired, skin brightening facial that truly lives up to its namesake. With the help of patented Hydrafacial MD technology, dead skin cells that dull your complexion are gently removed to allow healthier and more youthful-looking cells from beneath to show through. Hot on the heels is a dual complexion-rejuvenating photobiomodulation with LED Red and i-Clear, prepping your skin to that perfect clean slate for enhanced absorption of Vitamin C and Glutathione, two extremely potent ingredients in the Pearl éclat skin rejuvenating serum, infused trans-dermally via Sonophoresis to ensure optimal delivery to the deeper layer of skin. Rounding up with an intensive gel mask to lock in the skin brighteners delivered for an extra burst of whitening goodness , fair skin that radiants under the spotlights is no longer exclusive to the well-guarded turf of celebs, A-listers and other luminaries. No girl should let up the opportunity to take centre-stage and be a star in her own rights, shining bright and paparazzi-ready as the leading actress of her destiny bestowed with soft glowy skin.
Illuminating dull complexions with BBL
Not only can BBL restore damaged skin, it also offers age-defying benefits, targeting skin imperfections at a molecular level no matter what age you are to improve signs of aging and skin damage for a younger, smoother, and radiant complexion
BBL is the latest and most advanced technology in light therapy that sets new standards for treating skin conditions associated with aging and pigmentation irregularities, promising a clear, flawless mien with little to no downtime and exceptional long term benefits. With a wide selection of interchangeable filters, BBL penetrates deeper into skin to target a variety of skin problems, such as melasma, freckles, age spots, wrinkles and even redness and inflammation associated with rosacea and inflammatory acne. The Illumi facial is a signature hybrid facial specially designed by the team of dedicated beauty experts from the SW1 clinic with BBL as a key element, combining the comfort of a spa treatment and the efficacy of a clinical treatment to deliver so much more. Essentially a better, improved technology that stemmed from IPL, compared to it, the more advanced technology of BBL is able to treat darker skinned patients better with a wider safety margin. The risk of complications and downtime is lower, and the number of sessions require for satisfactory outcome is less.
Get ahead with lasers
The Pico Smooth treatment which engages Picosecond fractional laser technology is the latest go-to for flawless glass skin
Medical lasers are currently the latest go-to, being the surest and most cost effective route in the long run to garner desirable changes of the highest level to enhance complexions sans surgery. As part of the Glass Skin Program conceptualized by the team of dedicated medical experts from the SW1 Clinic, the Pico Smooth treatment uses the Pico Discovery laser in a skin smoothening protocol specially designed to harvest maximum benefits with minimal downtime. Tailored to the specific needs of different individuals, bespoke settings dictating specific intensities are customized to generate controlled damage at a specific depth beneath the topmost layer of the skin, stimulating collagen and elastic tissue production with appreciable improvement in skin pigmentation and uneven discoloration as an added bonus.The Picosecond technology allows the use of light as the unfiltered, direct energy source by virtue of its speed of delivery, achieving similar, or perhaps even better end results; with comparably lowered risk of possible side effects such as hyper or hypopigmentation, often a limiting factor when handling darker skinned Asians. Paired with skin-soothing LED Red light photomodulation and skin-rejuvenating Happy Ending which infuses a cocktail of dermal elixirs including adenosine, beta glucan and glutathione deeply into skins, the Glass Skin Program is one scientifically proven regime that’ll give you glowing skin, IMHO the best beauty asset that one can have at any given age.