anti aging

THE TRUTH BEHIND SILICONES

We all love silky hair, and makeup that will stay put even when we work up a sweat. The synthetic ingredient that’s responsible for those results is usually silicone. First introduced to beauty products in the 1950s, silicones are derived from a natural product called silica, but undergo extensive chemical processing before being added to our beauty products such as shampoos, conditioners & cosmetic products etc.
Silicones go by different names where dimethicone is one of the best-known and are modified into numerous different formulas in order to perform the specific role expected of them—waterproofing, retaining moisture, adhering colour pigments, protecting our hair and imparting smoothness, and making the application of skincare products feel silky—no tugging on the skin as it is spread on, and no oily, sticky feeling. They give our deodorants that velvety feel, allowing them to dry quickly, and they keep water-resistant sunscreens on our skin, even when we sweat or get wet.

What is Dimethicone?

Dimethicone is what the chemists like to call a silicon-based polymer—”polymer” meaning it’s a large molecule made up of several smaller units bonded together. Simply put, it’s a silicon oil, man-made in the laboratory and used in personal care products as an anti-foaming agent, skin protectant, and skin and hair conditioner.

Manufacturers like it because it makes products easily spreadable, so you get that feeling of the lotion or cream gliding over your skin, another way to describe is, it helps the product to spread as smooth as butter.  Dimethicone also helps form a protective barrier on the skin, and can fill in the fine lines and wrinkles on the face, which is why it’s often used in makeup primers.

Is it safe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its use as a skin protectant ingredient in over-the-counter drug products. Furthermore, the Cosmetic Ingredient review (CIR) Expert Panel reviewed the data surrounding dimethicone, and assessed it as safe to use in personal care products. They determined that because of the large molecular weight of silicone based polymers such as dimethicone, it would be very unlikely for it to penetrate past the surface of the skin.

How Dimethicone affect your skin?

That artificial coating which caused by Dimethicone caused several issues:

  • It traps everything under it, including bacteria, sebum, and impurities which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads.
  • The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities for example sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.
  • Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant.
  • Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at higher risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone too.

These type of ingredients can actually exacerbate skin aging, here’s the reason:

  • You’re inhibiting skin’s natural processes.
  • You’re creating a dependency on the coating product, disrupting the skin’s own hydrating processes which in the end increases dryness, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.
  • The coating properties may increase breakouts, particularly if you’re susceptible to acne, which will lead to scars and dull looking skin.
  • These ingredients have no benefit in boosting the health and vitality of the skin, thus letting aging take its toll.

What to do?

REMEMBER, double cleansing! This is very very important. Please do not expect any facial cleanser can do the job. Firstly you have to remove all make ups or sunscreen on your face using make up removal, preferably lotion which is liquid type. Then only wash your face with facial cleanser. This is why we called, double cleansing, put in mind too, do not overdo.

Let your skin rest, put on some calming & moisturizing mask. We find out a lot of our patients skip the step of applying toner before they apply the moisturizer on. If you want your skin to be healthy and radiant, never ever skip any step.

How our Skinartesse Laser can help you?

  • improve congested, oily and sensitive skin.
  • improve skin complexion
  • brighten up the skin, you can see instantly after one session of the laser
  • reduce the size of pores
  • lighten scars which caused by acnes
  • lighten dark circles, the darker shade around lips & even on lips

To enquire about Skinartesse Laser, you may contact the team here.

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MELASMA TREATMENT WITH RACHEL CHEW CLINIC

Melasma shows up as brown spots or splotches on the forehead, cheeks, jaw line or upper lip. Melasma is essentially too much dark pigment. That pigment has been triggered by hormones and/or sun. Melasma can appear when a woman’s hormones change, whether through pregnancy, oral contraceptives, or hormone replacement therapy after menopause. Women of color are prone to melasma, and it is a significant problem for many. But people of any skin type can get melasma.

Once melasma has gotten started, for example during a pregnancy, it may become very difficult to treat afterwards. Also, it tends to become worse with subsequent pregnancies, particularly if the pregnancy is during the summer. If you do get melasma during the pregnancy, chances are it will resolve after delivery. But in a small percentage of women it gets worse over time and with exposure to sunlight.

To Treat Melasma

If you have melasma from hormones or prior pregnancies, please seek advice from your dermatologist first. Melasma can be difficult to treat.

(a) Sun block and Sun Protection
This is the most essential part of any treatment regimen for melasma, every single day, even cloudy days & indoors. The use of a broad spectrum sun screen that contains a physical blocking agent for example zinc or titanium dioxide.

(b) Double Protect – Wear Sun Protective Clothing

If your melasma is bad, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and wide-brimmed hats.

(c) Stay out of the sun in the mid-day

(d) Topical Products
Because melasma is a disorder of pigmentation, topical products that block the process of pigment production are helpful in the treatment of melasma. Pigment production is a complex process and there are many products that act at different steps in this process. No one product is 100% successful at preventing and treating pigment so often multiple different products are used as they all work at different steps in the process.

(e) Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone (HQ) is thought to improve pigment by inhibition of tryosinase, an enzyme critical for pigment production. It has been in use for over 50 years and has a long and well documented history of safety and efficacy in the treatment of pigment.

(f) Retinoids
Retinoic acid and its derivatives (Retin-A, tretinoin, retinol, adapalene, tazaratene) have been shown to reduce the pigment of melasma and sun damage. They act by stimulating skin cell or keratinocyte turnover, decreasing transfer of pigment to skin cells and enhancing penetration of other active ingredients. Additionally, retinoids are an essential part of an anti-aging skin care regimen as they act to block the breakdown of collagen in the skin upon sun exposure.

(g) Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C
In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C in skin serums and creams can block copper where it interacts with tyrosinase. Antioxidants are a critical part of any anti-aging program as they prevent oxidative injury to the skin with sun exposure.

(h) Topical agents

Licorice extract, soy, resveratrol, bearberry extract, emblica extract.

(i) Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels

Dermatologists have been using TCA peels, a close cousin to vinegar, to do chemical peeling for at least twenty years. Some dermatologists, in fact, still prefer TCA peels to any other modality for treating melasma, usually in combination with prescription creams. TCA peels are excellent and safe in the hands of an experienced dermatologist. This is a good option, particularly if you have severe melasma. Such procedure should only be performed by certified doctors.

(j) Lasers
– Effective, safe & FDA approved. You may contact Rachel Chew Clinic to enquire more.

The Fighter, ANTIOXIDANTS

We have all heard of antioxidants, but have we heard of the mother of all antioxidants? One that is the secret to prevent cancer, heart disease, aging, neurological issues and more? This single antioxidant has been studied in great depth yet most of us know nothing about it and  many doctors have no idea how to address the epidemic of its deficiency in humans.
You already know that your skin — like the rest of your body — benefits from the work of antioxidants: They help fight free radicals, unstable compounds that attack cells and cause wrinkles, dull skin, and even skin cancer. But with so many on the market, how do you know which antioxidants work the hardest to help your skin stay smooth and young? The good news is, there’s no reason to limit yourself to just one.

The generation of free radicals increases by:

• Excess consumption of processed or refined foods

• Increased consumption of meat and other animal products

• Pollution

• Stress

• Sleeplessness

• Decreased consumption of natural foods

• Strenuous exercise

Glutathione
Composed of glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine, this little protein is found in all animal tissues, is one of your body’s main antioxidants and is very decreased in the skin after skin exposure.

1. Try bioactive whey protein. This is great source of cysteine and the amino acid building blocks for glutathione synthesis. As you know, I am not a big fan of dairy, but this is an exception — with a few warnings. The whey protein must be bio-active and made from non-denatured proteins. Choose non-pasteurized and non-industrially produced milk that contains no pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics. Immunocal is a prescription bioactive non-denatured whey protein that is even listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference.

2. Consume sulfur-rich foods. The main ones in the diet are garlic, onions and the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, etc.).

3. Exercise boosts your glutathione levels and thereby helps boost your immune system, improve detoxification and enhance your body’s own antioxidant defenses. Start slow and build up to 30 minutes a day of vigorous aerobic exercise like walking or jogging, or play various sports. Strength training for 20 minutes 3 times a week is also helpful.

One would think it would be easy just to take glutathione as a pill, but the body digests protein, so you wouldn’t get the benefits if you did it this way. However, the production and recycling of glutathione in the body requires many different nutrients and you can take these. Here are the main supplements that need to be taken consistently to boost glutathione. Besides taking a multivitamin and fish oil, supporting my glutathione levels with these supplements is the most important thing I do every day for my personal health.

4. Alpha lipoic acid. This is a close second to glutathione in importance in our cells and is involved in energy production, blood sugar control, brain health and detoxification. The body usually makes it, but given all the stresses we are under, we often become depleted.

5. Methylation nutrients (folate and vitamins B6 and B12). These are perhaps the most critical to keep the body producing glutathione. Methylation and the production and recycling of glutathione are the two most important biochemical functions in your body. Take folate (especially in the active form of 5 methyltetrahydrofolate), B6 (in active form of P5P) and B12 (in the active form of methylcobalamin).

6. Selenium. This important mineral helps the body recycle and produce more glutathione.

7. A family of antioxidants including vitamins C and E (in the form of mixed tocopherols), work together to recycle glutathione.

8. Milk thistle (silymarin) has long been used in liver disease and helps boost glutathione levels.

Green tea


Green tea extracts are derived from the Camelliasinensis plant; you may also want to drink tea brewed from the plant for internal benefits. Green tea contains a number of powerful polyphenols, one of which — epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)— it contains in large quantities.

Research has shown that when EGCG is applied before or immediately after UV exposure, it helps correct cellular changes caused by damaging UV rays. It can also quench hydrogen peroxide radicals and cause carcinogenic skin cells to degrade.

Idebenone

Idebenone(pronounced E-d-buh-known) is a more stable relative of the antioxidantcoenzyme Q10.

Idebenone penetrates better than coenzyme Q10 and offers more protection from the oxidation caused by free radicals. It also protects skin cells from the damaging effects of UVB rays.

Be sure to do a patch test before committing to regular use of a product containing idebenone; about 1 out of 10 people has an allergic reaction to the antioxidant.

Resveratrol

This oldie-but-goodie antioxidant is a polyphenolic compound found in grapes, berries, cocoa, and even peanuts.

Studies show that resveratrol confers great benefits when applied topically. When you apply resveratrol before sun exposure, it reduces the production of damaging free radicals and other sun-related skin damage. It also helps retard the development and growth of skin cancer tumors.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been given credit for all sorts of miracles, proven and unproven. It is a potent antioxidant and a necessary component of tissue collagen production. Again, we are advised that normal diets, including citrus fruit, provide adequate vitamin C. Over the years scientists and clinicians have waffled over claims for the ability of vitamin C to prevent colds and lessen the length of time that symptoms persist. It is generally believed that these qualities are overstated or wrong. One study did show vitamin C to be effective in preventing cold symptoms in 50% of marathon runners tested but only a tiny percentage of the general population. Since I’m so set against subjecting one’s body to marathon running, I nearly opted to leave that bit of information out. The significance of all this is confusing.

Antioxidants such as vitamin C are key players in the prevention of cholesterol plaques forming in the arteries and are generally necessary for sustained good health. The importance of vitamin C is well-known for its role in the healing of wounds and maintenance of the integrity of tissues. It is important in collagen synthesis, and its absence causes the disease scurvy, which results in tissue breakdown and open wounds.

Vitamin C has also been shown to be a powerful antioxidant when applied to the skin. This is where real progress is being made. Free radicals derived from metabolic processes interfere with the production and maintenance of collagen in the skin. When collagen fibers are inadequate in number or misaligned, the skin structure breaks down and loss of elasticity and wrinkling result. Vitamin C protects the collagen in the skin and is necessary for new collagen production and wound healing. Free radicals from the environment have also been said to enter the skin and cause tissue damage. The function of the skin is to keep the outside environment outside. That’s how it works. And the difficulty in getting topical vitamin C into the skin illustrates that fact. But mechanisms aside, vitamin C applied to the skin can work if it can get into the skin in sufficient quantities.

Vitamin E

Along with the knowledge of the destructive capability of free radicals is the knowledge that they are products of normal metabolism and are neutralized by antioxidants. These antioxidants are either enzymes within the body systems or antioxidants derived from the diet. The diet-derived group includes vitamin E (tocopherol), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), carotenes (vitamin A), and many others. Vitamins C and E are among the major nonenzymatic antioxidants that protect skin from the adverse effects of aging and sun damage, and for this purpose, topical application seems far more effective than oral supplements. We don’t yet know how much is optimal for this function, but we are discovering how to most effectively deliver it to the skin. The fat-soluble vitamin E molecule is too large to penetrate the skin and significantly raise circulating levels, but application of vitamin E to the skin has consistently shown the ability to retard the inflammation from sun exposure and UVB damage and, in fact, reverse the sun damage. There is also a great deal of evidence that vitamins C and E are enhanced in their antioxidant function when applied together. Current conservative advice is that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables should be adequate for normal healthy adults. Daily oral supplements of vitamin E have long been recommended but have fallen into scientific disfavor due to conflicting reports. Some studies claim it promotes cardiac health; others contradict the findings. A 2009 study indicated that most basic studies were universally flawed and suggested that larger (and perhaps larger than tolerated) doses might be necessary to be effective.

Melatonin

Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland in the brain and is known to influence the circadian rhythms of the body: sleeping at night, being awake during the day. It has also been recognized as among the most powerful of antioxidants. The ability of melatonin to eliminate free-radical contamination in cellular function has been repeatedly demonstrated. And as noted above, it is very effective as a topical antioxidant in its synergetic action with vitamins C and E. The ability of melatonin to help drive vitamin C into the skin and its anti-inflammatory action have made it a very important ingredient in skin-care products. The combination of vitamin C, vitamin E and melatonin represents the most truly effective way to get enough of these antioxidants into the skin to impede collagen destruction, encourage collagen production, reduce facial wrinkles and undo sun damage.

Allantoin


Long used to help protect the skin in creams and lotion, allantoin was thought to be a skin protectant. It has been called a “cell proliferant, epithelization stimulant, and a chemical debrider.” Basically, it helps to exfoliate and stimulate new skin growth.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)


ALA is unique, as it is soluble in both water and lipids, so it easily penetrates into the skin. It seems to help protects Vitamins E and C, helping to boost their activity within the cell by “reenergizing” them. It is also converted in the skin into another chemical that has it’s own antioxidant properties.

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a fatty acid that is naturally found inside every cell in the body. It is necessary to produce energy for the body’s everyday functions as it converts glucose into energy. ALA is also an antioxidant that works in both water and fat, unlike some other antioxidants. It can also recycle antioxidants such as vitamin C and glutathione after they have been used up by the body. Glutathione is an important antioxidant and ALA increases the formation of glutathione. It also enhances the antioxidant functions of vitamins C and E.

ALA directly supports detoxification within the liver. It can prevent cell damage, regulate blood sugar levels, chelate toxic metals from the blood, and enhance mental function and muscular energy production.

Sources for ALA include the following:

• naturally made in the body
• spinach
• broccoli
• peas
• Brewer’s yeast
• Brussels sprouts
• rice bran
• organ meats

Grape and Grape Seed Extract


Proanthocyanidin, a very powerful antioxidant is found in grapes and grape seed extracts. While this antioxidant doesn’t have strong evidence that it works topically (really, most of these things I’m listing don’t have much evidence anyways), it was found to have strong effects on free radical damage of fat cells especially, as well as improved wound healing and prevention of tumors (both in mice).

Panthenol


An alcohol derivative of Vitamin B5, Panthenol is actually a humectant (see, it’s here in my moisturizer post), and is very easily found in moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Once it’s in the skin, it get converted to an acid that is an important cofactor for Coenzyme A, allowing your skin to function normallly. It’s pretty stable, but doesn’t do well in acidic or basic environments or high heat.

SKINARTESSE LASERS

WHY CHOOSE SKINARTESSE LASER?

No medication required

No downtime

No long recovery periods

Affordable

Long term results

Painless and no anesthesia required

Skinartesse Laser Peel encompasses the equivalent of having 4 chemical peels in one session, the outer most layer of the epidermis is safely removed with no downtime, or any complications like ablative alternatives such as Fractional Co2 lasers, and yet it still produces visible results immediately. This laser function treats:

  • skin rejuvenation
  • all types of acne problems
  • improve skin elasticity
  • reduce age spots
  • large pores
  • sun damaged skin
  • reduce fine lines, wrinkles
  • yellow, dull or oily skin
  • lighten acne scars

Skinartesse Laser Toning is the application of specialized laser energy to reduce visible sin pigmentation and it accomplishes two major goals:

  • Even-out your skin tone
  • Improve your skin texture

The laser energy gently targets the melanin in the cells breaking it up for your body’s natural removal processes. Because the treatment is gentle, multiple passes are needed in order to target deep into the tissue.

ARE YOU A SUITABLE CANDIDATE? IF YOU WISH TO…

  • Glowing youthful looking skin
  • Have Acne under control
  • Remove minor Acne Scars and redness
  • Flawless radiant smooth skin

SKINARTESSE CINDERELLA, THE ULTIMATE SKIN TREATMENT 皮肤救星

Magical transformation to radiant skin, the Skinartesse Cinderella Skin Treatment

Everybody dreams of having whiter, brighter and beautifully even skin. A complexion with youthful elasticity and perfect hydration is now in reach, thanks to this unique treatment. All the ingredients are FDA approved and known to be safe for usage. Skinartesse Cinderella Skin Treatment helps to achieve:

    • Hydration
    • Whitening
    • Brightening
    • Pores reduction
    • Face Lift
    • Fine line reduction
    • Improve pigmentation
    • Lighten Scars
    • Improves uneven skin tone

不可思議的美麗蛻變。就能拥有一張水潤通透的肌膚。

每一个人都想要拥有透白亮彩、輪廓分明、緊緻富彈性,如上了妆的肌膚。Skinartesse Cinderella 皮肤疗程所用的都是FDA 安全認證的著名成分,安全可靠。这个疗程可以达到得效果如:

    • 保濕
    • 美白均色
    • 提升光澤
    • 收細毛孔
    • 輪廓提升
    • 柔滑飽滿
    • 減淡幼紋
    • 減淡黑眼圈
    • 改善眼部乾紋

HYALURONIC ACID FILLER 玻尿酸

Non Invasive, Non Surgical way to achieve desired 3D Heart Shape Face

Hyaluronic acid filler injections, among other fillers, are injected into the desired position to naturally replenish and refresh your appearance. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most important natural substances inherent in the human body to maintain health and beauty. It attracts and seals in moisture. By injecting hyaluronic acid on desiring areas, it will make your skin plump, glowing and resilient. As the hyaluronic acid used is very similar to the natural hyaluronic acid in the human body, it will not cause rejection and is acclaimed as a safe cosmetic product. Hyaluronic acid works by:

  • Eliminates wrinkles
  • Alters facial contours
  • Improves tear trough and dark circles
  • Increases the root of the nose, the chin
  • Enhance temple and forehead
  • Creating fuller lips
  • Improves sagging contours and scars

不需要开刀就可以立刻拥有梦寐以求的3D心形脸轮廓

玻尿酸是最受欢迎的皮下填充劑。除了填平皺紋、疤痕、凹陷的部位外,獨特的皮內注射技術可以增加皮膚的水份,提升皮膚的鎖水功能及緊緻肌膚,能夠促進膠原蛋白增生,恢復潤澤飽滿的臉頰。它也可用來修改面部輪廓,例如增加鼻根、鼻頭高度和加長下巴等。

玻尿酸是人體內維持健康美麗的其中一種重要天然物質,它能吸收及鎖緊大量水份。只要在需要護理的位置注入透明質酸,便能令該部位肌膚飽滿、增加彈性與光澤。由於採用的透明質酸與人體內的天然透明質酸十分相似,不會引起排斥,是一項非常安全的美顏產品。玻尿酸適用於:

  • 消除皺紋
  • 改善面部輪廓
  • 改善泪沟和黑眼圈
  • 提高鼻樑、加長下巴
  • 丰额头,夫妻宫
  • 增加嘴唇的豐腴感
  • 改善下陷的輪廓和疤痕。

BOTULINUM TOXIN 肉毒杆菌素

BYE BYE TO MAKE UP

As a nerve conduction blocker, Botox is used in the treatment of overactive muscles to relax muscles that cause wrinkles. The main component, highly purified botulinum toxin type A, is a purified protein and natural extract from the secretion of bacteria. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and accredited by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in 1989, Botox has been used in the treatment of strabismus, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, torticollis, cerebral palsy, limb spasticity, and hyperhidrosis caused by stroke and other therapeutic purposes. Treatment of headache, back pain, and voiding dysfunction are also developing. The safety and efficacy of Botox have been confirmed.

Achieving face slimming and wrinkle-free results all in once.

Through injecting Botox on corresponding part of facial muscles, patient is able to achieve young and smooth face in just a short time without leaving traces on the face. Botox is applicable for frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead, full face lifting, nose wrinkles, abducens of nose, nasolabial folds, lip, jaw lines, lower eyelid hypertrophy, hypertrophy of the jaw, eyebrow adjustment, arched eyebrows, phoenix-shaped eyebrow, horizontal eyebrow. Also for improving square face, muscular legs, fine lines, firming and tightening the skin as well as treating hyperhidrosis, headaches, and teeth grinding. The whole process only take 10 minutes.

不用再依赖化妆了!

肉毒杆菌可阻截神经传导,放松因过度活跃而造成皱纹的肌肉。肉毒杆菌的主要成分为高纯度肉毒杆菌素A 型,是一种由细菌分泌物萃取的天然、纯化的蛋白质。肉毒杆菌早于1989年便获得美国食物及药品管理局及美国神经科学研究院的核准和认可,可用于治疗斜视、眼睑痉挛、半面痉挛、斜颈症、脑性麻痹及中风引起之肢体痉挛及多汗症,治疗头痛、背痛及排尿障碍的研究更在发展当中,足以证明其安全及有效。

紧致瘦面除皱,一次达成

将肉毒杆菌注射于相应脸部肌肉,能在短时间帮你达成年轻、滑嫩的容颜,不会留下蛛丝马迹。肉毒杆菌适用范围包括皱眉纹、鱼尾纹、抬头纹、全脸紧致提升、皱鼻纹、鼻翼外展、法令纹、唇纹、下颚纹、下眼睑肥厚、下颚肥厚、眉形调整、拱形眉、凤眼眉、水平眉。并能改善国字脸、萝卜腿、去纹、紧致皮肤和收紧面型,以及治疗多汗症、头痛和磨牙。整个过程只需10分钟而已

Liquid Face Lift : Volume Restoration

For those who want to refresh and vitalise their face without surgery, Rachel Chew Clinic is offering this innovative new treatment, the non surgical liquid soft lift by using combination of dermal fillers and thread lift.

Facial Remodeling

Skin changes are among the most visible signs of aging. Skin aging first become apparent when the person is in their early 30s with the development of subtle changes, such as fine expression lines around the eyes and mouth and deepening of the tear trough, giving the face somewhat tired appearance.

Dr Rachel Chew observed the distinct feature of aging progress with appearance of deeper and more permanent lines of facial expressions that do not disappear when the face is relaxed leading to, crows feet, frown lines, smile lines and forehead lines. Furthermore there is loss of skin firmness and tone leading to sallow, dry, rough skin and more noticeable larger pore. In time age spots develop with uneven pigmentation. Skin thinning with appearance of dilated blood vessels and spider veins adds to the complete aging picture.

Exciting new facts have merged as Dr Rachel Chew further understands the structural changes and physics of the aging in the face. Previously it was thought that wrinkles, folds and skin sagging develop due to gravity pulling the skin down. What we know now is that it is not the stretching or drooping of the skins that accounts for the wrinkles and folds we see as we grow older. The most significant contribution to the aged appearance is loss of volume in the skin, soft tissues, fat and bones that create the visible signs of aging. Aging changes are more like a deflating balloon than a descent due to action of gravity. Volume loss leads to the shifts in facial shape, balance and proportions. We can visualize this by looking at the difference between grapes and raisins.

Deeper structural changes in the aging face lead to the appearance of more profound signs of aging:

  • Sunken cheeks
  • Appearance of jowls
  • Loose, sagging skin of the lower face
  • Drooping eyebrows and eyelids
  • Thinning lips with down-turned, deepening corners

Facial remodeling is a new way of reshaping face using dermal fillers and thread lift. It is non invasive, quick and relatively painless. Final result can last up to 2 years and more than 5 years using thread lift. At Skin Art Clinic, Dr Rachel Chew has sculpted the faces of hundreds of patients, she first consults with the patients and advises them on the areas that can be worked on.

Are your hands giving away your age?

It is said that “eyes are the window to our soul”, but are hands the clue to our actual age? The availability of cosmetic enhancement procedures like Fractional laser resurfacing, PRP, Botox and dermal fillers, it can be near impossible to guess someone’s age these days. However in many cases the hands say it all. So the next time you find yourself a little curious about someone’s age, look down and see what the hands have to say.

If you really want to guess someone’s age, keep an eye out for the following signs of hand-related aging:

  • Age (liver) spots – When most people think about sun damage, they don’t even consider their hands. For this reason, the hands are particularly vulnerable to discoloration and sunspots.
  • Crinkly skin – Wrinkles are a tell-tale sign of aging. Because the hands are usually drier than many other parts of the body (due to hand washing throughout the day), they’re more prone to wrinkles.
  • Translucent skin – The skin on our hands is actually thinner than the skin on our faces. Over time, as our hands naturally lose volume, causing our skin to look paper thin.
  • Lost volume – Like the face, decreased collagen production beneath the surface of the skin can cause our hands to lose volume as we age – eventually appearing sunken or hollow.
  • Noticeable veins – The veins, tendons and bones on our hands become much more prominent as we age and our skin begins to lose some of its elasticity (tightness).

Many of the same procedures used for the face can be used for the hands as well. Retinoids, microdermabrasion and chemical peels are great for treating sun damage, while dermal fillers, PRP, fat transfer and Fractional laser resurfacing can add volume to the hands and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.