The S Factor – Sun or Stress?

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Sun Or Stress – Which is worse for our skin? Dr Ian Tan, IDS medical professional shares his insights on the harmful effects of city living.   What does it mean to live in sunny Singapore where the sun shines 365 days a year? Its proximity to the equator puts the sun directly overhead most of the year. What does …

Are Moisturizers Overrated?

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The basic function of a moisturizer is to replace water loss in the skin and help treat and prevent your skin from drying out. Our family, friends and every beauty brand have been telling us how important moisturizers are in delivering moisture into the skin – the key to youthful looking skin. However, the medical aesthetics pioneer has something else …

Think Before You Ink

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The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian “tatu” which means “to tap or mark something”. One of the first known tattoos (Otzi The Iceman had 61 tattoos) were discovered in the Alps in 1991, proving claims that tattoos are dated way back since 5,300 years ago. Its purpose varies from culture to culture. While Otzi may have had his tattoos …

Hydrating vs. Moisturizing – What’s the difference?

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Before we go into these terms, it is imperative to know a little bit about the anatomy of the skin and a commonly used term: trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). The skin is comprised of three primary layers: the epidermis, the outermost layer; the dermis or middle layer; and the hypodermis, the under-most layer. When water passes from the dermis through …