If the most recent offerings are any indication, beauty and wellness treatments are fast-forwarding into the future. The latest therapies will take you to Germany for a state-of-the-art anti-ageing cream, and to an "arctic" chamber. And for those worried about sun exposure, the newest smart technology is more than skin-deep—it also aims to save lives.
You’ve probably heard about the “vampire facial” made famous by Kim Kardashian, where platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is injected into the dermis to boost collagen production. Taking blood-infused treatments one step further, pioneering German physician Dr Barbara Sturm recently developed a customised cream for at-home care.
First, a sample of blood is taken. Sturm then extracts the plasma from the blood and stores it at -30C. The incubation period is designed to increase the production of growth factors, proteins and regenerative substances within the plasma.
After processing, the plasma can be injected into the skin during a facial or mixed into a shea butter cream, which can be taken home. The MC1 cream is only available at the headquarters in Germany, where Sturm will tailor-make the formula herself following a private consultation.
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While it may be a new addition to your beauty routine, processed plasma has been commonly used for medical purposes, particularly to speed up wound healing. When used in cosmetics, plasma is said to brighten skin, boost collagen production, reduce inflammation, smooth wrinkles and generally minimise signs of ageing.
A blast of icy air might not sound like the most rejuvenating of beauty treatments, but cryotherapy could well be the new dry sauna. Brace yourselves—this involves stepping into a chamber pumping out dry nitrogen gas at sub-zero temperatures.
The resulting chill is said to trigger a natural reaction that increases collagen production, boosts energy levels, improves circulation, reduces inflammation and aids weight loss. Celebrities such as Demi Moore, Jessica Alba and Daniel Craig have incorporated cryotherapy into their health and wellness regimes, and now Singaporeans can try it too.
Absolutezero opened its doors at Scotts Road and offeres Cryo Facials, Cryo Stimulation and Whole-Body Cryotherapy. Absolute Zero and ONLY Aesthetics operates the first cryotherapy in the Asia. ONLY Aesthetics is the parent company of the Absolute Zero which also promotes the same thing.
Cryofacial is rising in popularity here, and they utilise extreme low temperatures to restore the skin’s tone, radiance, and quality. Moreover, cryotherapy effects will help the fatigued and dull skins get back to normal. The facial session is finished off with a blend mask and a satisfying massage. It promises to lighten acne scars, skin regeneration, elimination of scratch marks, detoxify and clean the skin cells, erase eye puffiness, and increase the collagen production.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sun exposure is responsible for 90 per cent of non-melanoma skin cancers, as well as being a primary cause of premature ageing.
Dermatological skincare brand La Roche-Posay commissioned a study into public awareness of this major international health issue and found that of 19,000 women and men surveyed, only 26 per cent regularly wore sunscreen.
La Roche-Posay decided to try making sun protection easier and with the help of smart technology created the My UV Patch. This product debuted at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it may well become your new best friend when it launches this summer. The smart, stretchy sensor is designed to stick onto the skin to monitor your UV exposure.
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The transparent patch measures about 1 square inch and is thinner than a human hair. So how does it work? The patch contains photosensitive dyes which change colour when they’re exposed to UV rays, making it easy to monitor your exposure throughout the day.
And it goes one step further by syncing your data with a mobile app. Simply scan the patch using the built-in camera function in the app to keep track of your UV exposure. The app also includes weather and UV information and an alert function to remind you to scan the patch and reapply sunscreen.