Facing the constant humid and hot weather in Singapore all year round means constant exposure to UV rays and high temperatures. This can open up the skin to a lot of problems such as skin dehydration, more sweat and increased oil production. When dead skin cells mix with excess sweat and sebum, this causes the pores to become clogged, thus there is the potential of acne breakouts to occur.
Spending extended time in the sun also increases your chances of developing sun spots and discolourations on the skin. When there is prolonged exposure to the sun, melanin is excessively produced by the body. They can appear as uneven darkened patches or spots on the skin, and can worsen existing hyperpigmentation – causing it to appear darker.
There are several measures you can take to beat the heat and have your skin look its best.
Combat the heat and hydrate your skin
Skin Boosters provide hydration to restore your skin from inside out. Made from Hyaluronic acid, this natural substance is also present in the body to support the skin’s architecture, facilitate passage of nutrients and hydrate the skin. When the skin is exposed to UV rays, there is an increased breakdown of Hyaluronic acid, thus causing dehydration to the skin. With Skin Boosters, they are injected into the skin’s surface to increase the level of hydration.
As opposed to traditional face fillers, Skin Boosters are not injected under the skin to form or volumise the face. The effects of introducing more Hyaluronic acid, however, help to stimulate your body’s collagen regeneration and keep your skin moisturized. Hyaluronic acid locks in moisture that is 1000 times its own weight – giving you dewier and firmer skin with a more radiant and youthful look.
Erase dark spots
You’ve already heard how important it is to protect the skin with the use of sunscreen on a daily basis. Frequent sun exposure can cause age spots to appear as melanin is overproduced, resulting in dark patches and uneven complexion. It can also worsen existing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which typically occurs after an acne breakout has healed and leaves behind a discolouration area behind.
The Q-switched Nd-YAG laser is able to break down the melanin pigment into microparticles by directing light of specific wavelength into the skin, which gets absorbed by the pigmented skin lesions. The microparticles are then naturally eliminated by the body, thus lightening the skin pigmentation. This can be effective in helping you get rid of acne scars as well as sun spots. Q-switched Nd-YAG laser also stimulates collagen remodeling which results in a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenate your complexion.
Control your acne breakouts
The hot weather combined with humidity is prime breakout time as sebum production is exacerbated and clogs your pores. You may also notice a bigger appearance of your pores and as you sweat more, it makes your skin vulnerable to excess oil, dirt, and bacteria to accumulate more in your clogged pores. This can make your skin inflamed and be prone to acne breakouts.
Q-switched Nd-YAG laser is also able to kill the P. acnes bacteria that causes acne and pimple breakouts. At the same time, it shrinks the oil glands in the skin which helps to reduce oil production. Another popular acne treatment is the AGNES treatment, which selectively targets problematic acne-prone pores that are responsible for recurrent acne breakouts. By reducing the oil gland’s size and oil production, blockages are less likely to happen which means no breakouts.
Once your breakouts are under control, you can start on acne scar treatments such as Infini Fractional RadioFrequency (FRF) which stimulates deep collagen production up to 3.5mm depth below the skin’s surface. Deep collagen fibers are necessary to produce a plumping, tightening and lifting effect, thus filling out of the acne scars and even wrinkles. Pitted scars will get less obvious and have a shallower appearance. Wrinkles are also reduced with smaller jowls and laughter lines – ideal for those seeking an alternative to face and cheek fillers.