How to Choose an Ophthalmologist?

eyes sight examine

When people think of medical care, they almost never think of eye care but in fact, the vision is the most important perception. Choosing ophthalmologist, finding the difference between ophthalmologist and optometrist, finding what is an optician – all these things are essential, so we will dig deeper into this subject. But first, let’s find out what are different eye specialists and what they can and can’t do.

What does optometrist mean?

Types of eye specialists differ from their degree. Some of them have a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree, while others have a higher degree. Doctors of Optometry have the ability and education for making a full examination of the vision, prescribe glasses and treat refractive errors. Vision therapy is also something optometrists do. They can prescribe contact lenses also, instead of glasses. Mostly depends on how worse is the vision and what are patient’s preferences. They can prescribe medications, eye drops and other pills.

Although, optometrists can’t do eye surgeries they can take care of you before and after the intervention. Optometrists get the education like other general practitioners – 4 years college education and 4 years professional training. However, not only optometrists but also ophthalmologists need the following education, so they visit seminars, workshops and symposiums while they practice.

What does an ophthalmologist mean?

The short answer is Doctor of osteopathic medicine who is expert in vision. He could do everything that optometrists can do plus more. If you need an eye surgery you should look for an ophthalmologist. Their education is longer with 3 more years in ophthalmology. If you need a regular exam of your eyes, you might choose between ophthalmologist or optometrist. Both of them, have the expertise to do it and prescribe you glasses if needed.

Who is an Optician, then?

Opticians are not medical doctors. They are specialists who don’t have full medical education. They can read special prescriptions and give you proper eyeglasses according to them, but they can’t write you a prescription. Around the world, requirements for opticians are different – with or without training program and licenses.

woman holds eye glasses

What you should have in mind when you are choosing an Ophthalmologist?

Some ophthalmologists in Singapore work as a team with optometrists so depending on your case you might get two specialists instead of one. If you have serious eye disease like glaucoma, for example, better book an appointment for an ophthalmologist. If you already have optometrist then he might prepare your medical history and examinations so you can easily explain what’s going on with your vision. In addition, if you need eye surgery, then your optometrist might work together with an ophthalmologist. Both of them will take care for you.

Have in mind that some insurance plans in Singapore cover eye care while others not. Some ophthalmologists work with insurance, while others not.
Another important thing is that most insurance plans don’t cover routine examinations, but they cover if there is necessary eye care. They don’t cover correcting vision with glasses, but they can partly cover macular degeneration or detachment of the retina. If you need more information, you have to ask your insurance company and your ophthalmologist. Have in mind, you might have to pay the whole tax at first, later the insurance company will give you back a part or the whole amount.

You might get vision care add-on on your already created insurance plan. If you do this, you might get some benefits and free eye exams. Most insurance plans don’t include corrective eye surgery because it is not a necessity but more like cosmetic surgery.

Consider and discuss with your eye specialist what will happen if your exams are worse and you need another specialist with higher expertise. Ask about, specialists your eye doctor works with and how experience they have. In addition, you could ask where they are located.

Paying attention to your vision and knowing exactly where to seek help when you need one is important. Human eyes are a big treasure, and we don’t have to ignore small problems because behind them might hide bigger ones.

Lower back pain exercises

toe touches extensions

No one is safe from back pain. It can occur early in the childhood or later in life due to bad posture or too many stress on the back. However, we know that human back is a serious structure, and we shouldn’t ignore the back pain. That’s why we made this article to define some exercises that are able to help people to get rid of back pain in a few weeks. If you have performed already back exercises, and they don’t help at all you should probably get in touch with your doctor. Do that if the pain becomes worse or you are not able to perform your daily activities normally.

When it is time to start with exercises?

Have you ever feel like the world is suppressing you? Sometimes it is not the world – it is your back. If you have spent the last 10 hours in front of a computer in a bad posture you shouldn’t be surprised if you are looking the world from below. Literally, when you straighten your back after a long day you will feel like you have seen the sky for the first time. We know that you think you need to lie down and the pain will go away but in reality, your back needs a movement – a proper one. So keep reading and you will learn how to perform the best lower back pain exercises.

What you should do when you have lower back pain

Child pose and camel pose

Sit on your legs on the ground. Your knees should lie steady on the floor. Bend your body, like you want to kiss your exercise mat but instead, that touch it with your forehead. Extend your arms and stay in this position for 3 seconds. Next thing is to slowly straighten as moving vertebrae after vertebrae. The last thing should be your neck and head. Now, you should do the opposite bending – bend your back and look the ceiling. Your arms should point and touch your heels and your back should be bent like C letter. Knees are still on the ground. Stay in this position for 3 seconds and repeat the Child pose after that. Repeat the combo 3 or 5 times.

asian woman doing child pose stretching her lower back

Abs and lower back are connected

Most people who focus their training on abs know that lower back should be fortified also. If you are new in this just lie on the ground with legs up straight and feel how your lower back and abs are moving while you move your legs. This was only for example, now the real exercise that will help you straighten your lower back. Lie on the ground and straighten your legs up to the ceiling. If this is too much then bend them a little in knees. Your arms should be calm on the floor providing a support for your body. While performing this exercise try not to lift your lower back from the mat. Next step is to roll your knees to the left slowly. Keep them together. Stay there for 3 seconds and repeat in the opposite direction. This exercise will help you relieve the pain.

Extensions

Back extensions are good for relieving pain. The important thing is that your body should be supported while you are performing them. For example, lie on your belly and keep your neck straight. Your arms are bent and you are supporting your torso with your elbows on the floor. Straightening your arms will force your back to arch. It is similar to camel pose but in this position, you lie down not standing on your knees. Don’t stay in this position for too long – 3, 4 seconds are enough. Then slowly reverse to the start position.

What you shouldn’t do when you have lower back pain

Extensions are bad when they put additional stress on the lower back. You should avoid:

  • Toe touches – Imagine that you are standing tall and try to extend to your toes – this is bad for your lower back and hamstrings;
  • Sit-ups – They put stress to your spinal disks and traumas might occur. Some athletes use them because they are good for abs but in fact, if you don’t pay attention to your lower back, it won’t matter how good your abs are;
  • Leg lifts: If your core is really strong then leg lifts are allowed but If it is not as hard as you want better skip this exercise;
  • Lifting heavy objects is not the best thing for your back. If you need to do it then squat and lift from your knees, not from your waist.

One general piece of advice is to warm up before performing these exercises. Warming up means literally that your muscles and ligaments will increase their temperature thanks to increased blood flow. In result, you will be able to straighten your muscles properly.

How to have the slimmest face ever!

cheek lifts

We always look people in the face. No matter we don’t focus on a certain feature we look them in the face. Some people claim that eyes are a magnet, but we often look in this direction without noticing exactly them. A recent study shows that most people remember the whole appearance without separate facial characteristics. For example, we might think that someone is cute without realizing that he has dimples and that was the reason for our sympathy. In the world, where everyone tries to be as slim as possible, the face should look slim at any cost. Cheekbones define if the face has a tempting shape or not. However, not everyone might afford cheekbone fillers or surgery so we hunt for the best methods that can slim down your face. If you don’t believe that facial exercises might give your face leaner look, keep reading.

Jaw exercises

Thanks to our sources, we have found two amazing exercises that will give tension to your cheekbones and muscles in this area. The first one is easier one. Open your lower jaw as wide as you can and stay like this, 10 seconds. Repeat it 8 times. The second exercise is a tough one. Open your lower jaw again but this time try to be forward. Jutting it out will strengthen muscles under the ears so don’t give up and stay like this for 10 seconds. The repeat it 8 times.

jaw movements for face excersises

Smile in the mirror

Do you remember how at family photos someone always tells you to show your teeth? Don’t do that when you are exercising your cheekbones for leaner look. Smiling with a closed mouth will give you the right amount of pressure onto your cheeks. Later when you go out, you will smile naturally, now you are exercising. In addition, studies point out that every type of smile increase good mood so you are getting something extra.

Repeat after me

X and O are two letters that can save your cheekbones from fats. You have to repeat them with as widely open mouth and pronunciation will work out your cheeks. Try to alternate the sounds and repeat it at least 20 times.

Tongue exercises are the most fun

In order to have the best cheeks, you should work out your face muscles. Unfortunately, there is no other way except different facial expressions. Stretching your tongue out, for example, will strengthen muscles that are below your cheeks. Yes, we know, you look funny, don’t do that in front of people and you will be all right.

Cheek lifts are important

Try to pretend that you are looking something you really hate and make your evil eyes. Your upper muscles will tighten a lot. Don’t move your lips. Next step is lifting your lips from the angles. This movement will also lift your cheeks. Are you surprised how many muscles do you have on your cheeks?

You have to repeat this exercise at least 10 times if you want to have some effect.

Duck face

Don’t pretend that you don’t know how to do that. The difference is that you will need to suck your cheeks while you are doing duck face this time. If you manage to do that, try second part and try to smile while your lips are pursed. Hard, right? We promise that you will feel great tension into your jaw and cheeks. Don’t hold it more than 20 seconds or you will get muscle strain.

Make a puffy face

Puff your cheeks with air or with water and you will feel how they become stronger. Stay in this position for 10-15 seconds. The second level of this exercise is moving the air or water into different cheeks for another 10 seconds. Rest.

The perfect cheekbones are hard to get so you have to work out every day. If you eat healthily and spend at least half an hour exercising your body then you will get them in no time. We promise you, that you will love your face shape when you look it in the mirror. The most important thing is to go on when you want to give up. If you do that, you will be proud of your achievements.

Massages for Sports Injuries

sleeping woman during massage therapy

Being an athlete means that you will have at least a few sports injuries. Sportsmen and women know risks, and they have chosen to work out hard. However, sometimes working out is not enough and athletes need massage therapy. Everyone who has ever engaged in sports know that muscles and ligaments can’t stay under stress all the time – they need rest. Modern sports training regimens include training, healthy eating and massages. If one of these three parts is missing, then the athlete will not perform at 100%. Fortunately, massages help for one thing more – they reduce the chance of sports injuries. Sportsmen who have regular massages and warm-ups tend to avoid the most common injuries that occur in sports or at the gym.

Exercising regularly is equal to healthy living. What you probably don’t know is how the human body reacts to all this stress. Why is exercising healthy? It improves a few things:

  • Muscular endurance;
  • Muscle strength;
  • Body flexibility especially if you stretch after working out;
  • Improving respiratory function;
  • Improving heart activity.

The best ability of the human body is adaption. That’s why exercising regularly forces the body to adapt to the new regime. The conditioning includes 3 stages – the tearing down stage, the recovery stage and the build-up stage. The first one is when you try where your limits are. The second one means recovery and the third – adapting. The tearing down stage is when the injuries might occur. That’s why here is when massage is needed.

Another time for massage is after warming up. Then the muscles and ligaments are warm and athlete can easily avoid injuries through the right massage. Avoiding injuries is essential especially when people work out harder before an important competition.

physiotherapy massage back

Why does massage help prevent injuries?

Do you know what muscle knots are? Their second name is trigger points, and they are extremely painful. People who work out hard and regularly have them because the muscles experience a hard time to adapt. The only thing that can save a patient from muscle knots is a massage. It easily relieves the pain and relaxes the muscles. The specialist applies finger pressure techniques to accomplish this. Other benefits from the massage are decreasing the hypersensitivity, reducing muscle spasms and improving blood circulation. A good blood circulation means fast healing and increased oxygen supply.

Why do massages help after an injury?

Physical rehabilitation is a scary thing. People have suffered some trauma or injury and their muscles or ligaments now don’t have flexibility or strength. Massages can’t be the main part of the rehabilitation, but they can be a supplementary one. What exactly could one massage do? Massaging is actually pressuring the injury place and forcing the body to send there more blood and oxygen. That is the big deal. The blood, oxygen, nutrients give the injury everything it needs to heal faster. The massage after sports injury includes muscle warming and stretching. If there are any adhesions, the proper massage will break them down. Often people have injuries in their hamstrings, back and neck. For these areas, massages can accomplish miracles. If there are some spasms or painful nerves then the massage can really help a lot. Actually, it can relieve pain and make swelling disappear. Patients should ask about Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage.

A simple massage can’t heal a broken bone but it can help. It will decrease the level of stiffness and bring relaxation. If you feel relaxed, you will easily restore your mobility. Of course, don’t think one massage will make you jump but it will improve your condition with at least 10%. Other patients who can benefit from massage therapy are burn patients. A study shows that people with skin burns heal faster and their level of depression is lower if they have massages regularly. Except for sports injuries, massages might be helpful with anxiety, back pain (both lower and upper), neck pain, arthritis (all types), headaches and insomnia.

Recovery process needs patience and comfort. Massages increase healing and give people the level of comfort and relaxation they desperately need after a trauma or injury. Signing for a massage programme will give you the chance to improve your condition and to accelerate your recovery without pain relievers.

What You Should Know About Nose Reshaping Surgery

symmetrical nose

What does it mean exactly “beauty”? Some people claim that beauty is in proportions, other – in the chaos. Aesthetic laws try to convince people that the beauty is in harmony and equality. They have succeeded. You can notice that in fashion shows participate only girls with symmetric faces. Cheekbones are perfectly high, eyebrows are with equal hard angles and everything is in perfect harmony. What is the role of the nose in this harmony? Let me say this, noses are altered in every possible way – people hide them under tons of makeup, surgeons operate them, aestheticians inject them fillers. All this, in the sake of the perfect shape. Nose reshaping surgery is popular all around the world. Skilled plastic surgeons refine natural beauty and give their patients the symmetry that they desire.

What exactly is nose-reshaping surgery?

nose surgery

Another name to call it is Rhinoplasty and it has a long history. People from early ages try to change their noses through piercing, for example. Today having a nose that is not the same proportion as your face could be glory ruining. Having a perfect nose is a blessing, so people who undergo a nose reshaping surgery have their reasons. The surgery might change many things, not only the shape. For example, rhinoplasty might change the cartilage, the nasal structures, the skin and the bone. Most people just know they want different nose but don’t know exactly what surgeon will change. That’s why it is so important to have a good surgeon who will explain you everything in details. He should pay attention to your goals and offer you a solution. People don’t want to have straight nose, bumps or big nasal tip. Probably, you don’t like your nose, too.

Who can undergo a nose reshaping surgery?

As long as you are at least 16 years old and your nose is fully developed, you might book an appointment for a consultation and see what surgeon will recommend you. Sometimes people think they want to have a plastic surgery but soon after that, they change their mind. That’s why being sure about something big is not easy. If you are emotional right now better calm yourself down and then make a decision. You should have in mind that plastic surgeries change you forever and you can’t reverse the process. Every surgeon will ask you at least 2 times if you are sure that you want to undergo a permanent procedure. If you are not or have some doubts, it will be better to share with him.

Another thing every expert surgeon will want to talk about your expectations. If he thinks some change is too drastic or you won’t look good with it he will tell you. Most plastic surgeons are delicate and try not to convince patients in their opinion, but they will say it loud and clear.

Is it easy to find a good surgeon?

how to choose nose surgeon

Depends on your country and your financial preparation. Don’t think that the most expensive always is the best. Choosing a plastic surgeon that has an expertise in nose reshaping surgeries is tricky. Some countries, like Singapore, have many specialists who have international experience and enough practice. Some other countries don’t have so developed aesthetic medicine and it could be really tricky to find the one surgeon who suits you. Many people travel to Singapore to undergo their aesthetic procedures and after their recovery, come back where they live.

Another good piece of advice is to choose at least a few surgeons and go talk with all of them. When you communicate with them you will feel who is the best one for you. Don’t hurry with your choice because it is not something that you can mishandle without consequences. Your plastic surgeon will choose what type of rhinoplasty is for you – open rhinoplasty closed or triplasty. He will tell you what you might expect as results. He will show you photos of his previous patients and their results. There is a chance to ask you about non-surgical nose jobs if you are willing to do that instead of the plastic surgery. Some noses are not suitable for dermal fillers so surgery is the only option but yet you should consult this with the expert.

How to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

hand rheumatoid arthritis

People with rheumatoid arthritis experience pain and weakness in their bodies without knowing why. The health condition has similar symptoms like at least 20 other diseases, that’s why it is so hard to be diagnosed. In addition, rheumatoid arthritis can interfere with the patient’s daily life. The patient won’t be able to participate in the daily activities so depression and anxiety appear immediately. Helplessness might cause low self-esteem eventually. As you notice, having a disease like that is not like a walk in the park. Of course, as you can read in this rheumatoid arthritis treatment article by Doctor Dwight, if the condition is caught and diagnosed early it is manageable so let’s see how doctors diagnose this condition. It is impossible for one test to determine if the patient suffers from it exactly. There are a bunch of tests and examination until a complete diagnose is ready.

What are the tests that diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

Every time when you don’t feel healthy, you probably visit your GP. You tell him your symptoms, he defines your diagnose and prescribes you pills. That’s how things work if you have something simple, like flue or a cold. If you have something that your GP is unable to define but he doubts in RA then he sends you to a rheumatologist. This doesn’t mean that your GP is not an expert; this means that there are experts in this medical area who are focused in arthritis only. Referring is not a bad thing so don’t panic.

Test 1 – Blood test

A blood test is only the first one that will show whether there is an inflammation. For those of you who have already had a blood test, you probably know that it could measure different things. For example, people with rheumatoid arthritis have higher C-reactive protein and higher erythrocyte sedimentation rate. Red cells are signed for anemia so there is a test for them, too. You might have anemia but this doesn’t mean you have rheumatoid arthritis. Let’s summarize, you will need to examine:

  • Red blood cells;
  • Levels of c-creative protein;
  • Levels of erythrocyte sedimentation.

Test 2 – Do you have a Rheumatoid factor

This factor is an antibody that appears in people who have RA. However, its presence doesn’t mean that you have rheumatoid arthritis. Almost 20% of people who have this antibody don’t have arthritis. However, there is another antibody, which is a certain factor for the existence of the disease – anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide. This is the stronger clue that doctors can rely on for a prove.

Test 3 – an Imaging test

Probably you know that RA affects bones, joints, and cartilages. Narrowing joint space can be painful because it suppresses nerves. Imaging test will show amendments in bones and joints. That’s how rheumatologist will find out if your disease is advanced or not. The bad thing about these tests is that if the RA is still, in the beginning, there won’t be any visible damages. Imagine tests include:

  • Ultrasound scan;
  • Magnetic resistance scans. MRI scans use radio waves and magnetic fields to make a complete image of the integrity of the body;
  • X-rays use radiation so it is not the healthiest one.

rheumatoid arthritis x rays

Test 4 – Physical exam

Inevitable, you will reach that point where the doctor has to check your joints manually. He will want to see if there is a swelling and pain so you have to answer honestly to his answers. An interesting fact is that rheumatoid arthritis will cause pain not only in the left or right knee, it will cause pain in both knees. Physical examination will reveal if there are fever and rheumatoid nodules also so you don’t have to underestimate it. In addition, your doctor might want to check if you are dealing with your daily tasks. He will want to observe your movements and strength. Probably, you have changed your movements because of the pain but don’t realize it. Sometimes, people managed to adapt without paying attention to the change.

What are the most common symptoms of RA?

  • People with RA have numbness and stiffness in feet and hands. The pain is stronger in the mornings and is symmetrical – both hands will be weakened. However, sometimes one of the hands will be dominant and the pain will be stronger there;
  • Swelling will appear in the joint membrane and the joints will be soft on touch. In addition, they might be full of liquid because of inflammation;
  • People feel tired all the time. The reason is for inflammation and pain;
  • People can’t maintain little things with their hands – for example, buttons are extremely hard for fastening. Cup holding is another hard task.

All these symptoms might lead to RA but as we mentioned all tests should confirm it. If you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, don’t panic and follow your doctor recommendations.

Which Hair Fall Shampoo Works Best?

coffe to prevent hair loss

Are you suffering from hair loss?

Many people desire to have dense hair that never falls but in reality, this is not possible. Rapunzel is not a real example so don’t think about her. Losing hair might be due to genetics or bad hair treatment. Of course, different causes require different care so your best friend’s treatment might not be suitable for you, at all. The market offers many hair loss shampoos and conditioners that are going to work for some people while others won’t feel the difference. However, almost 70% of men in Singapore look for a treatment for hair loss right after they reach 40 years old. The percentage of women is smaller – 40%.

 

 

Dermatologist for Hair loss

If you suffer from hair loss, you should go and see a dermatologist. He will be able to find out what the exact cause is and to prescribe you treatment or medications. Our dermatologist always recommends reading what you are buying. No matter how fast you want to complete with your shopping, stop for a second and read the information about the hair fall shampoo. Medicines that cure hair loss are minoxidil and Propecia. Another thing that you should be careful is hair growth. There is no chance one treatment to be the best for male hair loss in Singapore and not to encourage hair growth. So pay attention if it is written that shampoo will help hair growth, too.

Products To Try If You’re Worried About Hair Loss

You can heal your hair loss if the reason is not in genetics. If it is in genetics, then hair masks and shampoos won’t help. However, if you want to improve your hair condition, start with your scalp. If the scalp is damaged or clogged then the shampoo will not be able to stimulate the cells. Have you heard of coffee peeling? Yes, that is a perfect hair treatment for hair loss and a clogged scalp. Anagen is growing phase of the hair and caffeine has the ability to prolong it with few weeks. Unfortunately, if you drink more coffee during your day, your hair won’t benefit. There are many products with caffeine on the market so you will have choices. Another popular hair mask and skin peeling mask is coffee sludge so if you gather it in some mug you can use it later.

Sometimes hair loss has a specific reason – zinc and biotin deficiency. Another name of biotin is Vitamin B7 so as part of the group of vitamins it is a necessary ingredient. The best accomplishment of Biotin is his ability to strengthen the skin cells. As you may know, hair follicles are attached to skin cells so it matters.

Don’t use oils for your scalp, when you are not sure, what is causing the hair loss. Most people think if one substance is useful for their skin, it will be useful for their scalp, too. Unfortunately, it is not true and scalp needs more delicate care than the skin.

What type of shampoos should I use?

Find one with caffeine ingredient, which encourages hair growth. Use it 2, 3 weeks and if you don’t see improvements, leave it. Ketoconazole is another substance that is able to help hair loss so if you see this written on the bottle – try it. If you have troubles with dandruff then your shampoo is Nizoral. It has anti-fungal properties so it helps hair loss. People with too sensitive skin shouldn’t use this shampoo because it will cause irritations and rashes.

How does hair loss effect?

Most men fear that they will lose their hair but women are those who are devastated by the idea. Women today have bad times realizing that ageing can’t be fully stopped so hair loss is just one bullet more. Female Hair Loss Treatment Salon in Singapore offer a diversity of procedures that can reverse the process of hair loss and ageing hairs. Of course, the procedures are suitable for men and women, both. Long lasting natural results allow people to start dreaming again about their beauty and youth. Medical treatments and cosmetic procedures not only in Singapore but all over the world should give hope to people who are ready to fight ageing.

The best credit card – Standard Chartered

Prudential Credit Card

A credit card gives you the certainty that you will be able to get what you want when you want it. It is not a mania or a problem, it is one of those things that make your life easier. Although there are thousands of aspects, and people have different opinions, about should we use them or not it is a fact that the credit card usage is increasing every year. Not only this, but banks become more and more convincing in their offers.

Banks have always existed in people’s society to support financial balance. In modern days there are too many banks and too many competitions between them. The struggle is who will offer the best deposit, the best credit card, etc. Most of their offers are so inexpensive that people save half of the money that they are spending through credit cards. Of course, it is not always cash, more often – discounts, rebates, points and miles. If you have a certain way of life and regularly visit the same shops there is a big chance one of the banks to have a contract with them so you can benefit. It is worth checking, what are discounts and rebates of your credit card, and do you need another one, that will have better privileges. We will take a look into different Standard Chartered credit cards from Finty. Standard Chartered PLC is a big British bank but it exists in Singapore for decades and the biggest shareholder actually is Singaporean government.

A brief history of Standard Chartered

In order to understand their generous offers, we will take a look into their history and success during the years. This way you will be able to trust them that they offer real discounts and you will be able to save a big amount of money. In 1969 2 big banks are uniting to form Standard Chartered and they unite the names, too. That’s why Standard comes from the first one and Chartered from the second one. In 1859 they open their branch in Singapore. From the beginning, the bank has managed diamond fields and gold fields so they were secured from big losses. At first, billionaire Khoo Teck Puat, famous hotel owner and banker own more than 11% of the bank but after his death, Government of Singapore got the stake. That’s why Standard Chartered today is one of the most important banks in Singapore. Amazing innovation is ‘The eXellerator’ lab, Standard Chartered’s project for data science about business solutions.

What types of credit cards do they offer?

Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card

If you order this credit card you will get $30 cash from Finty even if you already have a credit card of the same bank. The bank promotion includes $20 cash back if you already have another credit card, which means $50 in total. If you are not an existing cardholder then the cashback may reach to $100 which is amazing! If you love traveling and you are spending money at foreign countries then this card is for you because it has 3% cashback first three months when you get it. Then the percentage is a lower one but it still exists. The big advantage of it is that there is no minimum spend. Because it is travel card or at least its discounts are encouraging travellers – it has more than 20% discounts for petrol. The disadvantage is that you have to have more than $30,000 annual outcome and the third year you will have card tax – $192.60. Bank promo will be yours only if you apply for the card online and you activate it in a month. As you may see there is cash back but there are conditions, too.

Standard Chartered Reward+ Credit Card

The Finty gift is the same as Unlimited Cashback Credit Card gift and the bank promotion is again $100 for non-existing cardholders and $20 for existing. A special bonus is American Tourister 30″ luggage which worth is more than $200. This card is for winning points so you can win 10 points for every dollar spent in another country, for dining and travelling. When you gather enough points you can convert them into miles, vouchers and items. That credit card gives you Platinum Movie Suites Tickets with Cathay Cineplexes and 50% discount for The Fullerton Bay Hotel and Fullerton Hotel Singapore restaurants. Of course, you should have at least $30, 000 and points lasts only 3 years. If you don’t spend them during this time you will lose them.

Standard Chartered Spree Credit Card

This one is suitable for a shopping spree as you can see from the name. The Finty reward and the bank promo are the same amounts. You will have 3% cashback on all online payments and 2% of contactless payments. If you had purchased something and then you find it with a better price on another website, the credit card will give you 50% cashback. The catch is that your cashback is limited to $60 per month and your minimal annual income should be more than $30,000.

Standard Chartered Prudential Platinum Credit Card

The difference form the rest credit cards of Standard Chartered is that you can win 1 point for every dollar and you can convert them into Prudential insurance premium payments. Another difference is that you have travel concierge every day of the week 24 hours.

Standard Chartered Business Platinum Credit Card

Unfortunately, this credit card doesn’t have bank promotion and the awards are equal to awards of Prudential Platinium without the insurance payments. You will have 1 point for 1 dollar and you can use them for travelling, miles, discounts and cash. The advantage is that the card is free of taxes first three years but after that, it comes with $160. Again, points last 3 years only.

 

Art classes could change child’s life.

painting class

Painting and art are an amazing way to develop your child’s imagination. Have you thought there is something more than just imagination that art for kids improves? Last week we found an interesting data that shows a significant difference between kids who attend painting classes and who don’t. let’s dig deeper into this topic and find out what are the reasons.

What artful living gives us?

If you ask different people, they will give you numerous answers but the truth is that art is helpful in many ways. Many researchers and studies have shown that art activities improve children’s motor skills and problem-solving capabilities. In addition, children who are attending a painting class are better at reading and writing. Parents are of the same opinion as they add that creating an art makes everyone at home busy and occupied so it is a good thing. Psychologists report that art could improve expression skills and the ability to absorb bad and good emotions in a healthy way. Kids like it because it is fun. Art for kids is equal to creativity and children who participate in painting classes become successful parts of society. If any of this peaks your interest and you’d like to look into signing your kids up for a junior art class, you can take a look at one of the best course-programs for children in Singapore here – http://muzart.com.sg/art-courses/junior-art-class/. If you’re not 100% sold on the idea, keep reading to learn even more about the amazing benefits that art education can provide!

Does art improve brain activity?

In some way, art for kids can improve their brain development. Toddlers don’t know the world the way adults do so they learn everything in the process of education. Recognizing all colours and substances is a new thing for kids so they need to touch and explore everything they can. Brain synapses need challenges and art activities are the best tools for this. Imagine your child exploring how colours mix and water enlighten them. The magic of painting will widen his world the way that nothing else could.

 

 

Will painting classes help my child to move his hands more accordingly?

Painting classes improve motor skills in the process of drawing. Children learn how to handle pen, brushes, how to draw lines and circles. In addition, they learn how to erase things with rubber, how strong they should squeeze tempera paints to have the amount of paint they want. They will get familiar with glue and scissors. Controlling hands is essential because it will determine the ability of the child to write in the future. Scribbling is the first step to writing so controlling your hand will give them better scribblings.

Will art class help my child behave better?

Behaviour depends on many aspects and discipline is one of them. Painting classes in Singapore develop a great discipline and exit for many emotions. Art classes have the good benefit of making kids express themselves. All painting tools, like brushes, pencils, are tools for expressing thoughts and desires. Drawing is an old method of expression because kids find it easier to draw something than saying it. That’s why the best opportunity to see what your child is thinking is to look carefully what he or she is drawing. Encouraging one child to learn how to draw and how to read art gives him the opportunity to show creativity in every aspect of his future life.

As you may know, creativity in modern life is essential ability. People bump into an unexpected situation at least 3 times every day, and they have to be creative and flexible. Painting classes in Singapore can teach kids how to do that no matter they still have time to become adults. Of course, there are many aspects, which influence on them but art education is one of them.

Coolsculpting & Fat Freeze

Singapore woman getting coolsculpting (fat freeze)

Answering Your 13 Most Burning Questions about Coolsculpting

With bikini season on the horizon in some parts of the world, people obsess about slimming down. Some resort to cleaning up their diets and others think big – fat freeze. The technology has been around for many years now and there is a chance that you’ve heard of it already. What is it about, is it safe, and does it work? Shortly, you will be getting the answers you’ve been looking for.

But before we look into this, let’s get one thing straight. When you lose weight, you don’t really part with your fat cells. Yeah, that truth must have derailed a number of diets when it came to light a few years ago. Scientists have found that fat cells shrink in size but they don’t disappear. So, when you start to gain the weight back, the ones you already have become larger. It’s not the other way around.

With that in mind, scientists created a technology that can destroy fat cells. That way when you add pounds after a while, they won’t show in the areas that have been treated with the device.

Rumour has it, the idea that cold can help lose weight was first conceived a few years back. Some doctors observed that fat is temperature sensitive. What they noticed was children’s cheeks got smaller when they ate heaps of ice pops. Then the doctors discovered fat cells die sooner than skin cells when exposed to cold, and figured out how to take advantage of that.

What is a fat freeze?

Fat freezing means exactly what it says – fat cells in problematic areas are frozen for a definite period. How? With the help of special devices. The aim is to reduce fat and improve body shape. It is a great non-invasive alternative to liposuction targeting fat on the arms, thighs, tummy, and chin. Note that it should always be done by a professional.

What is Coolsculpting?

Let’s clear up any possible confusion here. Unsurprisingly, we have come across works online where these two terms are used interchangeably. But that’s incorrect. Coolsculpting is a major manufacturer of devices for fat freezing. In fact, it is one of the most trusted brands on the market when it comes to this type of treatment. And as an added bonus, it is FDA-approved. A lot of people think that fat freezing and Coolsculpting are synonyms, but they are not. The former is a cosmetic procedure, and the latter is a company selling devices that aid in the process.

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How does it work?

A fat freezing machine like Coolsculpting comes with a bunch of cooling applicators (pads, paddles) that go to different parts of the body. They vary in size and are designed to treat certain areas. Patients have to take a seat and wait patiently as the cooling handpieces work their magic for up to two hours straight. That’s roughly speaking. Normally, a session lasts from 35 to 70 minutes, depending on the device used. Throughout the whole time, the pads work hard to crystallise the fat cells in the treated area.

Who can operate a Coolsculpting device?

Only certified experts are allowed to use the technology. The devices are normally sold to healthcare facilities.

Are there any risks?

Like we already pointed out, the procedure is non-invasive. This means the risks it bears are low compared to other treatments. Yes, there may be a little bit of swelling following a session, however, it will go away quickly. A great advantage of the Coolsculpting machine is that it has its own built-in safety feature which keeps the risk to a minimum.

Coolsculpting clinical efficacy and patient satisfaction

Notice, though, that if fat freezing is not performed correctly, you risk getting a scar instead of the desired results. This is why you should choose your clinic and physician with utmost care. Make sure they have either Coolsculpting or another device from a renowned manufacturer.

Who is it for?

Fat freezing is great for people with minor fat deposits. Your physician will take into account a lot of factors. As in how pinchable or thick your tissue is. Or whether your skin is capable of rebounding. And, of course, your age. Put another way, they will want to know if your skin will look good after all the fat is removed.

Is it painful?

No. During the procedure, you may experience a mild discomfort in the area being treated, but that should be easy to tolerate. What you will actually experience is cooling sensations coupled with suctioning. It’s not a big deal and in fact, it will make you feel so relaxed that you may doze off. Patients can even bring in their laptops and get some work done if they want.

When is the right time to start it?

It is important to note that results will not show for at least a month after the fat freezing procedures are over. This is why the best way to go is to schedule your appointments three to six months in advance. Do keep in mind that a single session will probably not give you the results you’re looking to get. Also note that each session has a downtime, so an ideal timeframe would be a few weeks in between procedures.

What happens to the fat cells once they are treated with a Coolsculpting device?

Long story short, they die. The process is called apoptosis. This is the main goal of the treatment and the results are permanent. After each session, the body’s natural mechanism of dealing with dead cells steps in. The liver does its thing flushing the waste out of the body. And when the fat is gone for good, usually within three weeks after the procedure, you will notice an improvement.

How many sessions are necessary?

It depends on the case and the results you are after. For maximum effectiveness, you want to receive the treatment a few times.

Will you lose weight?

That’s a tricky one. You will definitely get rid of some fat, but that won’t necessarily show on the scale. The thing is, fat is lighter than muscle. And even though you will be shedding fat, it may not result in you actually losing weight. But what matters is that you will be able to see it and feel it on your tummy, love handles or hips. What is more, you may even drop a couple of sizes in clothing.

Will fat freeze help with cellulite?

Not really. Fat freezing does not work for cellulite. The reason is that the procedure is used to treat fat beneath the skin, whereas cellulite happens to be a skin-related problem.

How much does it cost?

A single session with a fat-freezing device costs between $350 and $750.

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Now that we’ve answered all these questions, we hope you will schedule your procedure armed with knowledge and confidence. But don’t just take our word for it. Consult with a specialist about fat freeze and remember to discuss your concerns with them before you dive into it.