It’d be an understatement to say that 2020 hasn’t been a walk in the park. With words like “new normal”, “social distancing” and “maskne” making their way into our everyday vocabulary, the year has been challenging in many ways.

That’s why we could all use a reboot, as we move towards the end of the year. And what better way to hit reset than by indulging in these treatments that promise to improve and transform your skin and looks?

Here is aesthetics clinic SW1 Clinic’s cheat sheet to treat your skin, so you can have your cake and eat it in December.

Under $250

Invest In Daily Renewal

What: SW1 Age Defy Rejuvenating & Anti-Aging Lotion, $149.80

Sometimes, the most important skincare investments are the little ones, such as this luxurious night lotion that melts into skin, helping to activate its natural healing abilities. The powerful retinol formula super boosts collagen production, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamins C and E fend off oxidative stress and brighten skin, while hyaluronic acid and collagen plump skin for a toning, lifting and firming effect.

Energise Every Skin Cell

What: Deep Red Facial, $235.40, 60 minutes

Activate sluggish skin with this facial. It starts with a microdermabrasion scrub to slough off dead cells and promote lymphatic drainage, followed by deep sonic cleansing to purify and clarify skin. Once skin is optimally prepped, LED red light therapy is used to boost cell metabolism and healing, followed by iontophoresis to help the vitamins in the serum penetrate deeper, to help fight free radicals and energise every skin cell. The high-tech session ends with a collagen whitening mask, so you’ll walk out with firmer, plumper, brighter and more youthful-looking skin.

$650 & below

Renew Your Looks

What: Botox, $535 per area

Heard a lot about botulinum toxin but not tried it? The treatment is actually a lot more affordable – and safer – than you might imagine. How it works: A purified protein is injected into the muscle via a tiny needle to block the nerve impulse that causes contractions. This relaxes muscles and softens wrinkles and frown lines, so you look younger and refreshed. P.S. It can also be used to slim the jawline for facial contouring. And it comes with little downtime, with effects that last for three to six months.

Smooth Out Skin

What: Pico Smooth Laser, $642

The laser treatment uses ultra-short bursts of energy to help reduce the appearance of lines, old scars and lax skin. It creates micro-injuries that trigger the skin’s healing response, boosting the production of collagen and elastin, to reduce the look of scars, wrinkles and pore size, without damaging the surrounding skin. Each pulse feels like a tiny ant bite, but the discomfort is bearable. Three to six sessions are recommended, although you should see improved radiance after the first session.

$1,700 & below

Reduce Pigmentation And Increase Collagen Production

What: Fraxel Dual Laser, $1,605

For a dramatic reboot, this treatment, which has little downtime and discomfort (just a mild heat sensation), does so by remodelling collagen and reducing pigmentation. The state-of-the-art laser refines pores, reduces the look of dark spots, scars and wrinkles, and gives skin a glow. It can even be used to treat challenging skin problems, such as crow’s feet and melasma. The best part: The results last up to a year.

SW1 Clinic has two outlets: #02-19/20 OUE Downtown Gallery Tower 2, tel: 6817-8882, and #13-03 Paragon, tel: 6817-8888. Visit www.sw1clinic.com for more information.

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