4 treatments for a post-pregnancy glow

1st July 2020 by Anthia Chng 3 Min ReadStretch marks, cellulite and pigmentation are some of the concerns that come with giving birth. For many ladies, there’s often a pressure to look good during and after pregnancy. But let’s be real: those picture-perfect celeb mums you see on the Internet are often backed by a team of personal trainers and nutritionists who are helping them to maintain their image. Most of us don’t have that! Yearning to go back to your pre-pregnancy state right after giving birth is not only an unrealistic expectation, but also potentially detrimental to your mental health. Progress is a journey that takes time, and there are treatments out there that can help you through it, while giving you a confidence boost. Post-pregnancy aesthetic treatments#1 Stretch Marks TreatmentAfter pregnancy, elastin and collagen fibres that are stretched may not return to a pre-sprung state. The skin may become permanently loose and stretched at the abdomen, the breasts and any other areas where weight gain has taken place. While topical creams may help to reduce the appearance of post-pregnancy stretch marks, without treatment they are often visible. The customised stretch marks treatment at Amaris B Clinic uses a combination of skin dermabrasion with tightening, peeling and collagen-stimulating treatments. There’s no downtime needed, and you may need a series of five, 10 or 15 sessions for full results.#2 PICO Pigmentation LaserHormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. For this, try PICO Pigmentation Laser, an FDA-approved PICOCARE laser treatment that targets pigmentation concerns like dark spots, acne scars, freckles and melasma. PICOCARE uses the principle of Laser Induced Optical Breakdown (LIOB), where the laser energy penetrates deeper into the skin to treat targeted areas without damaging the skin surface.#3 Lymphatic drainageFor fluid retention or cellulite issues, try the non-invasive lymphatic drainage treatment. The comfortable and relaxing procedure involves suiting up in a patented bodysuit with 400 integrated pressure chambers, which stimulate areas on the body. It’s similar to how the Chinese cupping therapy works, and feels almost like a massage. High and low pressure are applied through the chambers, which also results in better blood circulation. This treatment may also help with other chronic issues over time, as it detoxifies the body, gets rid of toxins and improves overall health. Amaris B ClinicWhich aesthetic clinic to go?Dr Ivan Puah, Medical Director at Amaris B Clinic, has over 20 years of clinical practice in medicine. Accredited by the Ministry of Health Singapore to perform liposuction, he is a VASER-certified physician and is also the appointed trainer for PICOCARE in Singapore. Recently, the clinic received recognition as the 2019 Body Sculpting Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific by Global Health and Travel, and the 2020 Best Weight Management award by Tatler Singapore. For more post-pregnancy aesthetic treatments, make an appointment at the clinic.For something a little stronger…#4 VASER LipoPregnancy often causes changes in the body. If you’re looking to target problem areas that are resistant to exercise or diet, VASER Lipo is a less-invasive form of liposuction you can consider. Like liposuction, it eliminates unwanted fat, but does so in a gentler manner. Sound energy is used to liquefy fat cells in targeted areas, leaving the surrounding cells unharmed. Fat cells that are destroyed during the procedure do not grow back, which means fat loss is permanent. However, you’ll need to follow up with a proper exercise regime and healthy eating plan to maintain the results. [embedded content]Written in collaboration with:Amaris B Clinic140 Arab St6536 4211 | amaris-b.comLiked this? Check out more stories on our beauty page! 

Restore lost hair without surgery

23rd June 2020 by Anthia Chng 2 Min ReadHair loss in women and men isn’t a fun topic to deal with, but in some cases, products may help. For extreme hair loss, you might need a surgical procedure like a hair transplant. If you’re worried about going under the knife, consider Regenera Activa, a non-surgical hair loss treatment that takes only 45 minutes. We chat with Dr Tommy Ng from Trinity Medical to find out more.What is Regenera Activa?Regenera Activa is a treatment that targets hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) and hair thinning in both men and women. The non-surgical treatment uses the patient’s tissue, which contains stem cells that can help to activate the hair follicles around the affected areas. By stimulating a hair regenerative process, new hair can be produced. Who is a suitable candidate?Regenera Activa will greatly benefit both men and women who want to avoid undergoing a surgical procedure like hair transplant. This FDA-approved treatment is also low maintenance, requiring only one follow-up session per year to maintain your thicker lock of hair.What does the treatment involve?This three-step treatment takes only 45 minutes. It can be carried out comfortably in the clinic.The first step is to harvest the skin cells. Local anaesthesia is applied around the back of the scalp, making it a relatively comfortable procedure with minimal discomfort. You may feel a slight pinching sensation, but not a sharp pain. Your doctor will then take three small samples (2.5mm diameter per sample) of your scalp skin. The sampling procedure is completely painless.Step two is the processing of regenerative cells. The Regenera Activa system processes and extracts regenerative cells that contain high amount of bioactive growth factors. Lastly, these regenerative cells are injected into areas of the scalp that are suffering from hair loss. Is there downtime?Patients can resume normal daily activities after the treatment as there’s no downtime! However, it’s advisable to avoid saunas, swimming pools, excessive sun exposure to the scalp and strenuous physical activities for the next three days.How long will it take to see results?Studies show existing hair follicles begin to regenerate new hair four to six weeks after the treatment, reducing hair loss. Clinical studies have shown improvements in hair density, hair counts and scalp coverage in as early as one month, but patience is a virtue. Improvements in total hair thickness take time. Consider repeating the treatment after 15 to 18 months to maintain the results.Regenera Activa is priced at $3000 and is available at Trinity Medical Centre.Written in collaboration with:Dr Tommy Ng from Trinity Medical Centre (Marine Parade)87, Marine Parade Central, #01-5036344 0027 | sgtrinityaesthetics.com

Who’s behind this new cruelty-free makeup?

After spending 18 years in the technology industry, New Zealand-born mother-of-two NMITA DOAK took a big career switch with the launch of her makeup brand in March. Since then, Amplio Beauty has been making waves for its range of cruelty-free and paraben-free makeup that’s suitable for sensitive skin. We chat with the affable founder and director to find out more about her gorgeous lineup of liquid lipsticks and eyeshadows.What’s the story behind Amplio Beauty?I was born in New Zealand of Indian heritage. Life has taken me to some of the most beautiful and interesting places across the world. Inspired by the colours of the Dubai desert (Sands of Dubai), the gems of India (Jewels of India), the freshness of New Zealand’s lakes and mountains (Natural New Zealand), the tropical beauty of Singapore (Tropical Singapore), and the successes of other female entrepreneurs, I decided to launch my own makeup line, Amplio Beauty. What better place to do this than Singapore! We chose the Latin word Amplio as it means to “improve”, “heighten”, “augment” and “enhance”; in other words, to amplify your natural beauty. As part of our first collection, we’ve launched an exclusive range of all-in-one palettes that contain eyeshadows, contours, highlighters, blushes or bronzers, as well as a selection of Lipstays (liquid lipsticks) and Lip Stylos (lip pencils). There’s everything you need to achieve the perfect look, wherever life may take you.Being a mum of two and having come from the technology industry, I know the challenges every woman has to face when balancing between life, work, kids and the home. At the same time, I want to feel beautiful every day, wherever I go. So why should there be a compromise? We should have it all. With my collection of grab-and-go makeup products, I want to enable women across the world to share my dream and to reach for their own.Tell us more about your experience in the tech industry.I’ve worked in IT for the last 18 years, mostly with IBM. It all started with IBM New Zealand where I was managing Public Sector Sales. That grew into an opportunity to manage the software group for Public Sector in Queensland and the Northern Territory when I relocated to Australia.I then switched to a consulting based role for financial services in Dubai. I developed a fascination for the oil and gas industry, so I did oil and gas sales for SAP Middle East. During my eight years in Dubai, I particularly enjoyed visits to Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE to meet customers in cement manufacturing and armoured car construction, as well as trips to Kuwait to discuss programmes for optimising oil-well drilling.In between all that, I had two children and had to learn to balance motherhood with my career. It was at that point, out of necessity, that I started thinking of coming up with a more time-effective routine in the morning, which incorporates longlasting, eco-friendly makeup that’s also suitable for my sensitive skin. That led to a four-year journey culminating in the launch of Amplio Beauty. No more cement plants, armoured car factories or oil drilling rigs!What were some challenges you had to overcome when creating the brand?It took me four long years to find an environmentally aware manufacturer that I was happy with – one that could consistently produce a product of the highest quality suitable for humid climates. The searching eventually took me to the USA. It’s not the cheapest place in the world to manufacture makeup, but it’s the most regulated, which ensures consistent, safe, high-quality and environmentally friendly products. Our next step is to open our own factory there.Having launched on 1 March here in Singapore, we quickly had to modify the brand strategy due to COVID-19. After hosting some makeup events earlier in the year, we had to pivot to virtual online makeup parties, masterclasses and live pop-ups. This was not in the launch plan but I actually think it has helped us to reach a wider audience more quickly. To date, we have delivered Amplio makeup to 19 countries across the globe and are working on plans for China and Japan.What are some bestsellers we should try?The success of the Discover and Indulge Experience kits have really surprised us. These customisable makeup kits include our brushes, palettes, Lipstays and Lip Stylos. The kits are hugely popular, not just amongst ladies who want to pamper themselves, but also with men who are looking for a meaningful gift for a special woman in their lives! The Amplio SetIn terms of palettes, the Tropical Singapore palette with the Dusty Rose Lipstay and Lip Stylo are the most popular, closely followed by the Natural New Zealand palette with the Rocket Red Lipstay and Lip Stylo. These are the perfect combinations for most skin types. All our palettes are magnetic, which makes them great for travelling so you can mix and match colours between them and only take what you need.What’s next for the brand?We are very excited at how our first collection has been received. In the future, we’d like to offer the option of purchasing refills. It’s a great way to reuse the packaging.We’re currently working on a bridal collection and we have some local collaborations in the wind for specialised ranges – very exciting! We also have some lip glosses coming up and are considering including foundations and concealers in our range in the near future.We first started with the Discover Experience and Indulge Experience kits but we’ve also successfully trialled a top-of-the-line Pamper Experience kit for professionals and makeup lovers. And, for women who are on the go, we’re about to launch an all-in-one makeup “chocolate box”, which fits in a handbag.Look out for these new offerings within the next few weeks. This is just the beginning!Shop the full range at ampliobeauty.com.This article first appeared in the June 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

Shop essential oils online!

29th May 2020 by Anthia Chng 3 Min ReadWe all need a little breather every now and then. One of my favourite ways to unwind? Taking a moment to myself and breathing in an essential oil blend. Since Ancient Egyptian times, natural oils have been used for multiple purposes, including religious rites and medical solutions. Today, natural aromatherapy oils are popular for their mood-boosting and stress-relieving benefits. Here we explore six online stores where you can shop pure essential oils!OllieThis Singapore-based online store sources 100 percent pure, natural and sustainable essential oils directly from farmers and distillers around the world. For example, the lemongrass oil is from Kerala, India, the tea tree oil from Australia and the cinnamon oil from Sri Lanka. Other best-sellers include travel-friendly products like a mosquito repellent ($9), hand sanitiser spray ($7) and yoga mat sanitiser spray ($13.50), which is a fragrant blend of tea tree, lemongrass, sweet orange, lavender and peppermint oils. Shopping for a friend? Check out the wellness gift bundle ($49), a value-for-money set that includes a yoga mat sanitiser spray, hand sanitiser spray, Himalayan lavender oil and Australian tea tree oil.itsollie.comYoung LivingIf you’re into essential oils, chances are you’ve heard of this brand. Based in Lehi, Utah, Young Living is one of the leading essential oil brands on the market. Guided by their Seed to Seal quality commitment, the brand offers 100 percent pure and authentic essential oils, as well as oil-infused products produced with high standards. A popular item on the site is the lavender oil, which helps to promote calmness and soothes the skin. Fun fact: Young Living has three farms – in Utah, Idaho and France –that grow lavender for this purpose! You can also find it in many of Young Living proprietary essential oil blends, including Stress Away, Tranquil and Harmony. Love their homecare cleaning line, Thieves? You can also find the iconic scent of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, rosemary and eucalyptus radiata in the form of an essential oil blend.youngliving.comFlowweThis online store by beauty salon Chez Moi De Beaute stocks a niche range of beauty and wellness brands from Japan, Germany and more. Apart from premium skincare brands like Phyris, you can also shop quality essential oils from UK brand Tisserand. These 100 percent pure essential oils are sourced from around the world and bottled at the brand’s fragrant laboratory in Sussex. Feeling sniffly and congested? Try the peppermint oil for a detoxifying boost. If you’re not sure which scent to pick, start with the Feel Good trio: rosemary, lemon and peppermint essential oils.flowwe.sgMmercie EncoreBorn and bred in Singapore, Mmercie Encore is a local brand that offers artisanal aromatherapy blends. Made with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils sourced from around the globe, each bottle is prepared and packed in small batches at the studio. A must-try is Recovery Mode blend, a meditative blend of sandalwood and organic lavender – just what you need on days where you’re feeling low. Mix it with a carrier oil and massage into your temples, while you practise mindful breathing.mmerciencore.comHush CandleFor wallet-friendly soy candles made with pure essential oils, check out this boutique brand. Hand-poured using natural soy wax and infused with therapeutic-grade essential oils, the candles are great for gifting (or keeping). On the site you’ll also find a small selection of essential oil blends and roll-on options, in scents like Calming and Uplifting. Don’t leave without checking out the hand sanitiser, too! It’s mini-sized, and perfect for on-the-go.hushcandle.comLiked this? Check out more stories on our Wellness page! Healthy eating at home10 stress busters to help you relax

The story behind Rock & Herb

18th May 2020 by Anthia Chng 4 Min ReadNatural makeup and skincare products that are backed by science and research? Yes, please! Homegrown beauty brand Rock & Herb set out to give us just that. We’re talking mineral-based, natural makeup (think liquid lipsticks!) and non-comedogenic moisturisers that don’t block the pores. We chat with the company’s scientific director, DR CHEW SU CHUEN, to find out more.How did the business start?Rock & Herb is headed by a team of scientists and doctors. We started with the desire to create premium skincare products backed by scientific research, using top-quality minerals and natural bioactives from across the globe. When sourcing for ingredients, we often discover interesting traditions and beauty regimes that are potentially effective, but they’re not backed by modern science.We believe that traditions can only progress when we bring modern science into the picture. We’ll identify minerals, bioactives or essences that are scientifically proven to be beneficial, then remove any unnecessary practices and dangerous impurities to create the final product. So, we’re a fusion of nature, science and tradition – and that’s what makes the brand special. How do you choose ingredients?We start by looking at different communities and their beauty regimes. Some communities are very distant from each other, yet they use the same ingredients for the same ailment. One example is the way that papaya and pineapple are used in Hawaii, South America and Southeast Asia; science has shown that these fruits contain enzymes that can help to condition the skin, and facilitate wound healing and scar-less repair. We therefore sourced for the purified bioactive in the ingredient, before processing it to increase the stability and safety of the enzymes for rejuvenation purposes in our Enzyme Rescue moisturiser.There are communities in closer proximity that use medicinal herbs specific to their agriculture to address common skin ailments like hyperpigmentation. For example, to reduce spots, arbutin is used in European communities, while Angelica dahurica extract is used in the Orient. Studies have shown that these two natural ingredients reduce excessive melanin production using different mechanisms, so we combine them to increase their overall effectiveness in our Brightening Angelica moisturiser.Can I use both products in my skincare regime?Yes! One way is to use Brightening Angelica in the day for glow and to prevent hyperpigmentation from the sun, then apply Enzyme Rescue at night for overall skin rejuvenation. Alternatively, you can use Enzyme Rescue for two weeks on blemishes and open breakouts, followed by Brightening Angelica for the next two weeks to fade spots and even out the skin. What were some difficulties you faced when creating the products?Sourcing and creating the right bottle or applicator for the product can take several months. We’ve faced delays many times, but we won’t compromise our quality or bring in something our consumers wouldn’t want. We still face this challenge and sadly some product launches are being kept on hold because of it!Are there any natural skincare products you can create at home?Honestly, I wouldn’t “wildcraft” facial skincare at home. The skin on the face is delicate and you will never get the same access to ingredients of the same quality and safety as compared to a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) lab.However, I do make a really good coffee body scrub because I generate too much coffee grounds back home! Also, I adore the smell of coffee and it feels so good as an exfoliator. The scrub contains caffeine, which enters your body via the tiny hair follicles on your skin to energise you.I think it would be superb if there was a coffee company that could provide exceptional coffee grounds and collaborate with Rock & Herb at a professional level, but you can also try making your own by mixing together fresh coffee grounds, cosmetic or food-grade oil, solid and liquid soaps, and water.What’s in the pipeline for the brand?We have beautiful new mineral liquid lipsticks coming up that I’m very excited about. They’re made from eco-friendly Japanese beeswax, chia seed oil and high-quality mica pigments. They seal water in your lips, and they don’t come off your glass when you drink liquids. You can use these and keep drinking to stay hydrated all the time! I also remember one person telling me that lip gloss was disgusting to kiss. So, we made sure these liquid lipsticks don’t transfer much and are comfortable for the other party.Rock & Herb’s products are specially formulated such that they won’t clog the pores. The Enzyme Rescue and Brightening Angelica moisturisers were also developed to avoid two agents known to be unsafe in pregnancy, retinol (Vitamin A) and hydroquinone.Shop the full range at rockandherb.com. Want more? See our Style & Beauty section!

Combat the physical effects of stress

25th March 2020 by Anthia Chng 3 Min ReadIt’s fair to say that 2020 has been a stressful year so far. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it an anxious time for all of us as we deal with the health ramifications of coronavirus. And then there’s the toll the crisis is having on the economy; Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has said that the negative effects will last at least a year. Whether you’re facing work-related pressure or an increasing fear of the virus and its impact, stress affects us in a variety of ways – including skin breakouts and weight gain. These in turn can affect our self confidence and feeling of well being. If you’re need a bit of a revamp or boost, here are a couple of things you can do to help.Types of stressAccording to the Copeman Healthcare Centre, there are four main types of stress – and all of them have negative effects. Physical stress includes migraines and headaches; mental stress is depicted by anxiety and memory loss; emotional stress often involves mood swings; and behavioural stress can manifest through eating and sleeping disturbances. The negative effects of stress#1 Bad skinWhen stress gets acute or chronic, it can disrupt the our regular hormonal response system to stress (known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal, or HPA, axis). This can lead to neurogenic and inflammatory response triggers on the skin level, directly affecting the skin’s ageing process. For example, an increase in stress levels results in the release of the hormone cortisol. This can increase sebum production, and the likelihood of getting acne. Stress can also cause the skin to dry out and develop wrinkles. Over time, hyperpigmentation and volume loss can occur, too. One way to tackle skin ageing is through a laser treatment like the Pico Fractional Laser at Amaris B Clinic. This FDA-approved, 450-picosecond laser treats a wide variety of skin concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne scars and pigmentation issues. Reduce hyperpigmentation with Pico Fractional Laser#2 OvereatingAre you reaching out for that bar of chocolate every time you’re feeling stressed? Watch out for signs of emotional eating, which involves over-consuming food (and often unhealthy food) to deal with stress. If you’re looking for a holistic approach to weight management, consider exercise therapy. Amaris B Clinic uses vacuum and compression therapy; this involves low-impact exercise where you cycle in a special vacuum pod to supercharge the body’s natural fat-burning system. Results can include increased blood circulation, reduced cellulite, better lymphatic drainage and effective fat loss. #3 Fat accumulationAccording to multiple studies, including this research from 2018, prolonged stress may cause a build-up of abdominal fat. Increased levels of cortisol (a hormone produced during times of stress) are strongly related to abdominal obesity. If you’re finding it hard to shed the extra tummy flab, VASER Lipo may be the answer. Known as a less-invasive form of liposuction, the treatment targets persistent fat. It permanently removes it through ultrasound wave energy without harming the surrounding connective tissues. It also tightens the skin at the same time. #4 MigrainesAnother effect of stress is that it can be a mighty trigger for intense, persistent headaches like migraines. Did you know that Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections can be used as a treatment for migraines? They help to relax tensed muscles, thus reducing migraine symptoms and pain as a whole. Another solution is Myotherapy. This is a form of physical therapy that focuses on the management of musculoskeletal pain: myofascial (trigger points) pain, neuropathic (nervous system) pain and articular (joints) pain. Myotherapy techniques include massage, trigger point therapy and corrective exercises. Where to go?Established in 2004, Amaris B. Clinic offers medical aesthetic and surgical body sculpting treatments, including laser skin treatments, gynecomastia and VASER Lipo. Medical Director Dr Ivan Puah has over 20 years of clinical practice in medicine. Accredited by the Ministry of Health Singapore to perform liposuction, he is a VASER-certified physician, and is also the appointed trainer for Picocare in Singapore.Written in collaboration with:Amaris B. Clinic140 Arab Street6536 4211 | amaris-b.comLiked this? Check out more stories on our Style & Beauty page!White Ginger’s latest collectionOur favourite foundations for hot weather

How to combat the physical effects of stress

25th March 2020 by Anthia Chng 3 Min ReadIt’s fair to say that 2020 has been a stressful year so far. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it an anxious time for all of us as we deal with the health ramifications of coronavirus. And then there’s the toll the crisis is having on the economy; Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has said that the negative effects will last at least a year. Whether you’re facing work-related pressure or an increasing fear of the virus and its impact, stress affects us in a variety of ways – including skin breakouts and weight gain. These in turn can affect our self confidence and feeling of well being. If you’re need a bit of a revamp or boost, here are a couple of things you can do to help.Types of stressAccording to the Copeman Healthcare Centre, there are four main types of stress – and all of them have negative effects. Physical stress includes migraines and headaches; mental stress is depicted by anxiety and memory loss; emotional stress often involves mood swings; and behavioural stress can manifest through eating and sleeping disturbances. The negative effects of stress#1 Bad skinWhen stress gets acute or chronic, it can disrupt the our regular hormonal response system to stress (known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal, or HPA, axis). This can lead to neurogenic and inflammatory response triggers on the skin level, directly affecting the skin’s ageing process. For example, an increase in stress levels results in the release of the hormone cortisol. This can increase sebum production, and the likelihood of getting acne. Stress can also cause the skin to dry out and develop wrinkles. Over time, hyperpigmentation and volume loss can occur, too. One way to tackle skin ageing is through a laser treatment like the Pico Fractional Laser at Amaris B Clinic. This FDA-approved, 450-picosecond laser treats a wide variety of skin concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne scars and pigmentation issues. Reduce hyperpigmentation with Pico Fractional Laser#2 OvereatingAre you reaching out for that bar of chocolate every time you’re feeling stressed? Watch out for signs of emotional eating, which involves over-consuming food (and often unhealthy food) to deal with stress. If you’re looking for a holistic approach to weight management, consider exercise therapy. Amaris B Clinic uses vacuum and compression therapy; this involves low-impact exercise where you cycle in a special vacuum pod to supercharge the body’s natural fat-burning system. Results can include increased blood circulation, reduced cellulite, better lymphatic drainage and effective fat loss. #3 Fat accumulationAccording to multiple studies, including this research from 2018, prolonged stress may cause a build-up of abdominal fat. Increased levels of cortisol (a hormone produced during times of stress) are strongly related to abdominal obesity. If you’re finding it hard to shed the extra tummy flab, VASER Lipo may be the answer. Known as a less-invasive form of liposuction, the treatment targets persistent fat. It permanently removes it through ultrasound wave energy without harming the surrounding connective tissues. It also tightens the skin at the same time. #4 MigrainesAnother effect of stress is that it can be a mighty trigger for intense, persistent headaches like migraines. Did you know that Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections can be used as a treatment for migraines? They help to relax tensed muscles, thus reducing migraine symptoms and pain as a whole. Another solution is Myotherapy. This is a form of physical therapy that focuses on the management of musculoskeletal pain: myofascial (trigger points) pain, neuropathic (nervous system) pain and articular (joints) pain. Myotherapy techniques include massage, trigger point therapy and corrective exercises. Where to go?Established in 2004, Amaris B. Clinic offers medical aesthetic and surgical body sculpting treatments, including laser skin treatments, gynecomastia and VASER Lipo. Medical Director Dr Ivan Puah has over 20 years of clinical practice in medicine. Accredited by the Ministry of Health Singapore to perform liposuction, he is a VASER-certified physician, and is also the appointed trainer for Picocare in Singapore.Written in collaboration with:Amaris B. Clinic140 Arab Street6536 4211 | amaris-b.comLiked this? Check out more stories on our Style & Beauty page!White Ginger’s latest collectionOur favourite foundations for hot weather

The best natural-looking facelift

19th March 2020 by Anthia Chng 2 Min ReadNon-surgical treatments such as Botox and fillers will improve facial rejuvenation. However, according to the team at W Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a facelift is the most effective procedure once significant laxity has developed. If you’re needing a bit of a lift or rejuvenation, the good news is there are now much better and more natural-looking facelifts available. It might be a good time to have a consultation.Traditional faceliftsTraditional facelifts are largely a skin-excision procedure. The skin is usually tightened without addressing the underlying changes that come with ageing, often resulting in a stretched and unnatural appearance. Thankfully, recent technological advances in the area of facelift surgery have resulted in an improvement in both the quality and longevity of results, while minimising downtime after surgery.The improved natural-looking faceliftWith a better understanding of the natural skin ageing process, there is now a focus on the support layer of the face, scientifically known as the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). Various methods have been developed to tighten the SMAS from a deeper level. One is the composite facelift, which has been gaining popularity in recent years. Also known as the ‘deep plane facelift’, this technique tightens the skin, soft facial tissue and SMAS as a single unit. Because the tightening isn’t done directly on the skin, the natural shape and contours are restored. This reduces the risk of an overdone, pulled appearance commonly associated with traditional facelifts.“A well-done facelift remains the best procedure for facial rejuvenation. The composite facelift is a technique that would predictably deliver a more natural result,” says Dr Wong Chin Ho of W Aesthetic. Tightening at the SMAS level also gives the longest-lasting outcome attainable with a facelift. Recovery is shortened, too, because of the less invasive nature of the procedure compared to a conventional treatment.What it doesThe composite facelift can lift droopy cheeks and jowls, smoothen out nasolabial lines and tighten loose skin on the neck. It’s popular among those over the age of 40, as well as younger people who might be suffering from sagging and laxity as a result of significant weight loss.Dr Wong heads up W Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a boutique clinic at #06-28/29 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Center, 38 Irrawaddy Road. 6570 2528 | waesthetics.com This article first appeared in the March 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

Make your own perfume

11th February 2020 by Expat Living 3 Min ReadFragrance can be highly subjective; a scent you like may not be another person’s cup of tea! That’s why we’re excited about Maison 21G, a bespoke perfume house dedicated to created scents. You get to choose from a range of scents and make a perfume you love – for you, a partner or friend.The atelier was founded last September by JOHANNA MONANGE. She’s an industry expert who has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience from her 20 years in perfumery. The Paris-based boutique’s new Singapore shophouse space on Duxton Road has been designed by French architects Thibault Etcheverry and Romain Gaillard to exude a sense of calm and inclusion. Making a perfumeEverything can be customised here. The first step is to take a simple personality quiz on Maison 21G’s website. From these data points, you’ll be recommended combinations of scents for three different occasions. “With our algorithm, we can transform anyone into a scent designer!” says Johanna. “There are over 600 possible combinations, and endless blends to explore and play around with.”You can choose from 33 perfume concentrates, all derived from natural, sustainable and cruelty-free sources. Each concentrate is formulated using pure natural oils from Monique Remy Laboratory (LMR) in Grasse, France.Next, you have to dilute your selected concentrates into alcohol to create a 21 percent concentrate perfume. After crafting your unique concoction, you’ll also get to personalise your bottle by opting for a photo, design or text to be laser-printed directly on the glass, using Maison 21G’s advanced UV-printing technology. Gorgeous giftsPrefer shopping online? Check out Maison 21G’s snazzy site for a fab selection of products that make great presents – be it for your friends, family, other half or even yourself! If you’re not ready to commit to a full-sized bottle, get the rollon bottle ($15) to sample the scent.Those with sensitive skin will appreciate that there are nonalcoholic versions of Maison 21G’s signature scents available in the form of solid perfumes ($35). Made with natural beeswax, shea butter and virgin almond oil, these travel-friendly fragrances are perfect to throw into any bag and take with you on the go.Fun event ideasAside from welcoming walk-in guests, the boutique also holds private perfume making sessions for corporate events, bridal parties, couples and families. Prices start at $100 per person, with each guest getting the chance to design and take home one signature scent. Our EL teamMaison 21G77 Duxton Roadmaison21g.comThis article first appeared in the February 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

Trending 2020: Aesthetic treatments for men

24th January 2020 by Anthia Chng 2 Min ReadGuys: are you thinking of getting a nip and tuck? A 2017 study by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) revealed some of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures amongst men: liposuction, enlarged male breast reduction (gynecomastia surgery) and tummy tucks. In addition to plastic surgery, studies have shown that more men are getting into non-surgical treatments for the face, including botulinum toxin (Botox), fillers and lasers. Here we discuss three possible reasons for the rising trend of lads stepping into aesthetic clinics.  In the officeFaced with competition from the younger recruits in the workforce, many feel the pressure to look younger and smarter in the boardroom. Looking good can also increase confidence, which is a valued trait, especially for high-ranking employees. Social mediaAccording to a 2013 study done by the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery, more people are requesting cosmetic surgery based on how they want to present themselves on social media. As we live in a visual world with a thriving ‘selfie’ culture, both men and women are now paying attention to their looks more than ever. The prevalence of online dating has also increased the value of first impressions; looking attractive is oh-so-important if you want to score that Tinder date!The celebrity factorAnother report highlights the role of reality television programs in encouraging the destigmatisation and normalisation of aesthetic treatments amongst men. Male cast members have openly spoken on-air about undergoing cosmetic procedures. Also, celebs like Simon Cowell and Gordon Ramsay have admitted to having botulinum toxin treatments.  Simon Cowell has admitted to getting BotoxWhere to goHeaded by Medical Director Dr Ivan Puah, Amaris B Clinic offers a tailored approach to men’s aesthetics. Top body treatments include gynecomastia surgery to reduce male boobs and VASER Lipo for problem spots like love handles. For facial rejuvenation, fillers can be used to lift saggy skin, while botulinum toxin injections are popular for wrinkle reduction. Those with acne scars and pigmentation can consider PICO Fractional Laser to help to improve skin texture. Dr Puah has over 20 years of clinical practice in medicine, including 14 years in surgical body sculpting treatments, laser skin treatments and injectables. On top of being accredited by the Ministry of Health Singapore to perform liposuction, he’s also a VASER-certified physician and the appointed trainer for PICO Care laser in Singapore.Liked this? Check out more stories on our Style & Beauty page!Investing in your appearanceLuxury spa treatments to try