What Your Face Says About Your Health

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The East believes that your face is your fortune. Change your face, and you alter your fortune. Improve your facial landscape, and life’s doors may just open in your favour! Traditional Chinese physicians also believe that just by looking at your face, you can gauge your general health and life expectancy. So what signals are your face sending out about your well-being? Read under the cut to find out more!

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1. THE SKINNY BEAN

Likely reasons:

Over-exercise can lead to you looking tired, drawn and gaunt. When you exercise too much, you prevent your facial skin from getting the necessary amount of oxygen.

Losing too much fat can lead to loss of volume in your face, which shows up as deflated cheeks and sunken eyes. Not a good look, because let’s face it – not everyone has killer cheekbones like Angelina Jolie. “When my patients lose too much weight, they end up with saggy skin because they lose so much volume on their faces, much like that of a deflated balloon”, says Dr Low Chai Ling, medical director of The Sloane Clinic.

Fix:

Eating healthy is key. Exercise in moderation, and focus not only on cardiovascular fat-burning workouts, but add strength training and muscle toning reps to your fitness regime.

Treat:

Voluma High Definition Lift is the go-to quick fix for Dr Low’s high-powered clientele looking to replenish and restore gaunt, sunken faces without telltale signs of “whodunnit”. With its natural volumizing effects that act instantly to give you youthful cheekbones when you had none a minute ago, no wonder this sell-out treatment is often booked out for months in advance.

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2. THE PLUMP LUMP

Likely reasons:

High levels of stress can lead to hormonal imbalances that manifest as facial swelling and a plunge in your general well-being.

Alcohol may be fine in moderation, but once you step over the line, it’s likely to do more harm than good. It negatively affects collagen production, making facial skin become flaccid. Not to mention the broken capillaries, facial flushing and other unattractive side effects that come with it.

Fix:

Reduce stress levels with some clever techniques. Meditation even for as short as 5 minutes a day has been shown to drastically reduce stress levels within a week.

Switch from stronger tipple to lighter mixes when enjoying cocktails with your friends. Designate at least two alcohol-free days a week, enough time for your liver to detox fully.

Treat:

Tightening the skin with FDA approved Ulthera has been shown to leave face looking visibly younger and in some cases, slimmer around the jawline. Ulthera’s deep focused ultrasound targets collagen, firming the face in just one session. “I find that patients with heavy set faces do best with Ulthera, as this deep skin lifting therapy not only tightens but also slenderizes faces” says Dr Kenneth Lee. “Combine it with a touch of BOTOX at the jawline and the effect can be stunning,” he adds.

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3. THE WRINKLED PRUNE

Likely reasons:

The sun may disguise itself as a good time, but in the long run, its true colours will show as solar elastosis or deep skin damage. If your skin resembles a leather handbag, then you’ve only got the sun to blame.

Fix:

A good sunscreen is a must. Whether you prefer it on its own, or incorporated into your makeup as a SPF factor, you must keep your skin protected at all times, even on cloudy days. Unfortunately, not all sunscreens are made the same; choose one that shields both UVA and UVB without clogging skin. I love Ultralite Clear Finish Sunscreen SPF50 for its satin feel and its translucent finish. As the skin around your eyes is much thinner and delicate, don a pair of sunglasses for added defense.

Treat:

To repair skin that has been damaged by sun, sea and time, look no further than a skin renewal laser that can strip your skin of its blemished past and replace it with a fresh new coat. Brilliant Skin Program which features the no-downtime Fraxel Light does just that, and converts lackluster skin to a more youthful state.

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4. THE PARCHED PAPER

Likely reasons:

Not only does dry skin look bad, it also ages much faster. Poor nutrition is one of the key reasons why skin looks and stays dehydrated. If you lack vitamins and minerals, your skin won’t be able to build essential collagen to keep your skin strong, supple and hydrated.

Fix:

Make sure you consume fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors, and soon, you’ll notice visible results. You also have to make sure to drink enough water daily. Dehydration can wreak havoc on your skin.

Treat:

One good way to rehydrate skin is through a clever home care regime. Use organic oils on your skin such as rosehip or argan, touted to have a spectrum of regenerating and free radical fighting benefits.

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5. RED TOMATO

Likely reasons:

Drinking too much coffee can cause irritated and red skin. Caffeine dehydrates the cells, causing inflammation and dryness. Also, if you work at night and sleep during the day, you may lack vitamin D simply because you don’t go in the sun enough.

Fix:

Cut down on your caffeine consumption, or replace coffee with another tasty drink, such as a nice cup of Japanese Green Tea. To get enough vitamin D, try to get some sun everyday — but don’t forget your sunscreen!

Treat:

A redness-busting therapy that has garnered a loyal following amongst the jetset is Balancing Program, offered only at Holland Village’s branch of The Sloane Clinic. This skin-restoring, red-neutralising program is a godsend to fix broken capillaries, get rid of flushing, and send active acne packing for good.

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6. PANDA EYES

Likely reasons:

If you suffer from insomnia and have an unhealthy diet, you’ll find it harder to fight those dark circles under your eyes. Tobacco and alcohol consumption can also be negative contributors to puffy eyes.

Fix:

You should get enough sleep (approximately 8 hours), and get rid of your other bad habits. Exercise and a well-balanced diet will do wonders for tired skin.

Treat:

This is one area where eye creams don’t help, no matter what the ads say. The only thing I’ve found that works is Eye Revival Program that combines undereye Revitalift fillers, special fillers designed to increase skin health and thickness of skin around the eyes. It really works wonders to fade darkness, and fill out fine lines. Regular sessions will even help in camouflaging unsightly eyebags and bulges for a smooth eye-to-cheek transition.

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7. THE SPOTTED DOT

Likely reasons:

If your diet is rich in fat and sugar, it may be the reason for your acne problem. Other times, hormonal changes are to blame.

Fix:

No matter what the cause is, always keep your face clean and detox your skin from the inside out by eating healthy. Cut down on sugars (found in processed foods and sodas), and keep your diet rich in naturally-sourced food.

Treat:

The three pillars of acne treatment are acne creams, anti-acne lasers such as the FDA approved Smoothbeam, and medicines. Whichever option you choose, make sure to discuss the pros and cons with your doctor first.

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