Beauty ﬁlters have spoilt us. Their skin-smoothing effects erase every pore, ﬁne line and dark spot. That subtle brightening of skin which makes us look like we’ve had a fantastic night’s sleep. That slight lift of the facial contours that slims us down and knocks years off our appearance. It’s all great until you look into the mirror and sigh – and wish you really looked like the selﬁe you’ve just taken.
Add to that how your social media feed constantly updates you on the latest skin trends – glass, honey, dewy or whatever’s trending – and you feel the pressure’s real. While you may be a modern woman who believes that beauty is not just skin-deep, you nevertheless find yourself piling on skincare and base makeup (primer, foundation, loose powder – or more) to achieve flawless skin.
Monthly facials are still the norm for many women, but a growing number of millennials is replacing them with twiceyearly non-to-minimally invasive aesthetic treatments or medispa facials that use medicalgrade procedures. Their reason: These require less-frequent upkeep and give them better results.
Says Dr Low Chai Ling, medical director of SW1 Clinic: “Traditional facials are being replaced by newer and better technologies that deliver deeper and more longlasting results.”
For instance, instead of a traditional facial, Dr Low’s patients are opting for the clinic’s BBL Forever Young, a broadband light therapy (not a laser) that targets a host of complexion imperfections such as dull skin, superficial pigmentation and obvious pores. It has an infra-red component designed to firm skin over time. “It takes just under an hour, so patients save time while reaping a better outcome,” says Dr Low.
But don’t throw out your facial completely. Dr Shane Abucewicz Tan from Novu Aesthetics says it is difficult to compare facials to aesthetic treatments. Medicalgrade procedures may be more effective, but he sees facials as having a complementary role in your skincare routine.
“Aesthetic treatments offer stronger stimulation with more impactful results, while facials offer calming and more superficial benefits like immediate hydration,” he says. Choose the right mix of the two, Dr Tan recommends, with advice from your doctor.
So which treatments help you get flawless skin without having to apply foundation? We break it down for you here.
"Aesthetic treatments offer stronger stimulation with more impactful results, while facials offer calming and more superficial benefits like immediate hydration.
– Dr Shane Abucewicz Tan from Novu Aesthetics"
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