Centrum® Women: The All-In-One Multivitamin Specially Designed for Us!

Hello everyone!

Many people would agree that turning 21 is the biggest milestone in life. After all, it’s the age of majority in Singapore, our gateway to adulthood as we finally meet all age requirements at the cinemas, polling station and not forgetting – if you’re a Singaporean – for receiving the annual GST voucher (this was the greatest deal to me, man! But being born in November meant that I’d only usually be eligible for anything in the following year 😒).

*cough* You know, I know

*cough* You know, I know (source)

Sadly, life also starts going downhill from then on. From the increasing prominence of  dark circles and saggy jowls to declining energy levels and metabolic rate, my body has been inevitably experiencing a multitude of degenerative changes as I inch towards my 30s. Even without looking at the mirror, I can already feel age creeping up on me as I squint my eyes more often than not to get a better view of things (crow’s feet very soon?) and notice how brittle my nails have become.

Granted, we can’t play God and stop the ageing process, but we certainly can slow it down by eating a healthy, balanced diet that promises all the essential vitamins and nutrients we need. But seriously though, who has the time (and money) for that? The last thing I want to do after a hard day’s work is to fret about what should be on my plate instead of indulging in the food I love (which more often than not are practically void of any nutritional value 🙊 *cough* bubble tea and fried chicken *cough*). And honestly, I don’t know how some people do it but damn, it takes an insane amount of discipline to resist all the temptations in a food haven like Singapore!

That's not to say that I condone unhealthy lifestyle habits but there are times when we need to give ourselves a pat on the back, y'know? Like today, I wrestled with my dog just so that I could brush his teeth. Surely I deserved a bowl of laksa as reward?

That’s not to say that I condone unhealthy lifestyle habits but there are times when we need to give ourselves a pat on the back, y’know? Like today, I wrestled with my dog just so that I could brush his teeth. Surely I deserved a bowl of laksa as reward?

And while doing so, how do we ensure that we still meet our nutritional needs? That’s when multivitamins like Centrum® come into play!

Centrum for Women

Centrum for Women

A household name to even the least health-conscious Singaporeans *raises hand* (I mean, they’re not lauded as the world’s number 1 multivitamin brand for nothing!), Centrum® may have been around for as long as I can remember but it was only recently that I started taking the multivitamins (all the HPB infographics have definitely gotten to me). Unlike many other brands I’ve seen, Centrum® does not seem to take a one-size-fits-all approach – they have multivitamins catered to the various needs of each gender and age group (i.e. kids, teens, adults, elderly) specifically. Therefore, if you’re pushing 30 like me, Centrum® Women would be the ideal choice.

NEWSFLASH

Dear 90’s kids, you are old. 

What is Centrum® Women all about, though?

Simply put, it is the complete multivitamin (A-Z!) that helps fill the specific nutrition gaps of women below 50 (hit the golden age? Here’s something else for you!).

Double the protection layer! Child-resistant caps and a protective seal which was a pain to peel in its entirety 😅

Double the protection layer! Child-resistant caps and a protective seal which was a pain to peel in its entirety 😅

Since men and women have different body compositions and nutritional needs, it would be ludicrous if we shared the same dietary supplement.

Since men and women have different body compositions and nutritional needs, it would be ludicrous if we shared the same dietary supplement.

So what’s in it for us? Based on the latest findings in nutritional science, Centrum® for Women has more Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D, as well as over 20 other important nutrients* to support optimal health for modern women from the inside out. Besides fostering a healthy immune system and maintaining bone strength, the multivitamin is also made up of the essentials that keep our eyes (great for OLs who need to spend hours in front of the computer screen), nails (hear ye, manicure addicts!), skin and hair functioning strong. Never seem to get adequate rest no matter how early you hit the sack? Perhaps the B vitamins (e.g. Vitamins B6, B12, and Folic Acid) and iron present in each tablet would be the answer to your tiredness and fatigue!

TL;DR in colour for you (you’re welcome!)

Let’s not forget the fact that women in my generation would also be in their childbearing years now. Getting enough of Folic Acid can greatly reduce the chances of neurological birth defects too!

*be sure to check if you are allergic to any of these vitamins or minerals
The so-called "ingredients"..

The so-called “ingredients”.. Sorry for the terrible lighting. Click here for the full list!

The other side of the packaging

The other side of the packaging

Each bottle contains 60 tablets which would essentially last you 2 months. And don’t you hate it when you miss your dosing schedule? Well, this hardly happens to me with Centrum® Women because there isn’t a strict regimen to follow per se. Pop one tablet a day with (optimally) or after any meal (but I usually take it with breakfast or lunch because kiasu) and you’re good!

If only these are grape flavoured!

If only these are grape flavoured!

Having only been on Centrum® Women for a month thus far, it is still too early to tell if it has improved my overall health (I’m not really in poor health to begin with lah.. I think.. hahaha hope I’m not jinxing myself). But one thing I know for sure is that my energy level has restored quite a bit. I guess that’s a good sign, eh? 😁

If you’re fortunate enough not to feel the effects of ageing yet (yet hor!), it won’t hurt starting on some of these multivitamins because it’s never too early to power up your life! So watcha waitin’ for?! Visit your nearest Watsons, Guardian or Unity Pharmacy outlet now!

Thanks for reading!

This post was done in collaboration with CENTRUM SINGAPORE.

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Get Crunching with Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies by BHP

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Hello everyone!

You can probably remember my post on the Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea published a few months back where I highlighted the health benefits of buckwheat (or soba in Japanese). Many diabetic and cancer patients, upon my recommendation, have tried either the green tea or the coffee to incredible results. It had even astounded and piqued the interest of a doctor who had noticed the consistently healthy blood pressure level in a diabetic patient ever since she started including at least two cups of freshly brewed Roasted Buckwheat Coffee in her daily diet. The last time she met her doctor, he also enquired about how he could get his hands on the coffee too!

In fact, one of the co-founders of the Buckwheat Healthcare Products (BHP) is also testimony of the effectiveness of buckwheat in bringing about health changes. Being a serious diabetes, liver cancer and kidney disease sufferer previously himself, not even the maximum dosage of insulin prescribed by his doctor at the Singapore General Hospital was able to help his condition. He was delivered the bad news that he would not be able to make it past 3 months in May 2007 by several experienced doctors he consulted. But instead of resigning to his fate, he remained optimistic and continued to seek alternative solutions. Then one day, he stumbled upon an article about buckwheat and decided to give Buckwheat Roasted Green Tea a shot. Even though he is still on medication for his kidney failure today, his other damaged organs have reverted to normal conditions, much to the amazement of his doctors. That’s right, he managed to fully recover from liver cancer and diabetes without undergoing chemotherapy!

Due to its unsweetened and slightly bitter taste, many, especially children however, may find it hard to adjust their taste buds. That’s why BHP had come up with other variations like coffee and honey, as well as in cans. Now, it has also come in cookie form! So cookie lovers, REJOICE!

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

Apart from buckwheat, the powehouse cookies are also packed with the wholesomeness of chia seeds, one of the most nutritious foods on the planet that’s loaded with fiber, protein, antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients (source).

Ingredients of Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies:

Wheat Flour, Butter, Buckwheat, Chia Seeds, Egg, Sodium Bicarbonate, Baking Powder, Sugar, Salt, Milk Powder, Vanilla Essence.

Store in a cool dry place. Contains wheat, gluten, eggs, milk. Processed in a facility that uses nuts.

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

The adorable golden-brown heart-shaped cookies are baked in bite-sized pieces that melt in your mouth. They are crunchy to the bite (you can even hear the satisfying crunch of the chia seeds in your mouth, no joke!) and are absolutely flavourful – a little like Suji cookies. Not only is it a great choice of snacks for in between meals (hear ye, hear ye, office workers!), it’s also a very healthy nibble for your kids. Who said cookies can’t be delicious and nutricious at the same time, eh? With the buckwheat chia seed cookies, you can now turn your guilty pleasure into a guiltless one! 🙂

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

As these cookies are still at the trial stage to gather more feedback on the taste, each packet is only limited to 25g with 5 pieces of cookies. Plans to have more quantity (40-60 pieces) in a bigger, better-designed packaging (200-300g in a heart-shaped tin) are well under way. I will update this post again when the time comes.

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies (S$3.50/pkt)

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies

Feeling the munchies? You can now order the all-new Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies from BHP! Click here to be directed to the product page.

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Or, you could join my giveaway! 😉

** SECOND BHP GIVEAWAY **

From now ’til 15 November 2015, I will be selecting 10 lucky winners to receive FIVE packets of the Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies. On top of that, I will also be giving away TWO boxes of Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea (25 sachets each) and TWO boxes of Buckwheat Black Coffee (30 sachets each). How does that sound?

TL;DR

WIN 5 x Buckwheat Chia Seed Cookies + 2 x Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea (25 sachets) + 2 x Buckwheat Black Coffee (30 sachets)

To join this giveaway:

  1. Simply share this post on Facebook. Your privacy settings must be set to “public”.
  2. Then, comment here with your e-mail address or or e-mail me at askme@fionaseah.com with “I want Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea!” as your subject. Alternatively, you can use the contact form below if you’d like to maintain your privacy 🙂

As product is bulky, self-collection is advised at the following MRT stations: Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Gombak, Bukit Batok, Jurong East, Serangoon, Orchard and Dhoby Ghaut. All are welcome to participate in this giveaway (even those who have won the first giveaway) as long as you’re able to meet me at any of the above-mentioned locations! 🙂

Remember, contest closes on 15 November 2015 or earlier if response is overwhelming. Share this with your family and friends whom you think will benefit from these products! Good luck and I look forward to meeting some of you when you collect your prizes! 🙂

Giveaway has ended on 15 November 2015! Thank you for your e-mails and comments. Winners have been notified via e-mail! Do check your inbox/junk to see if you’ve won the giveaway! 🙂

Together, let’s all work towards a diabetes-free nation!

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Get Your Customised Health Report from Eu Yan Sang

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Hey everyone!

What comes to your mind when you think of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? Having relied mostly on Western medicine to treat my illnesses all my life, I admit my perception of TCM had always been pretty warped and shallow even as a Chinese myself. Apart from the unusually bitter herbal tea my Mom occasionally makes to nourish the family (and I’d always have to pinch my nose while forcing the tea down my throat so as to avoid tasting the bitterness), I had also personally seen how cupping works at a makeshift sinseh’s stall. Although the man being cupped never showed any signs of distress (he probably was already accustomed to the pain. Who knows?), it still looked scarily painful enough for me to generalise that all TCM modalities of healing are a form of torture.

The various types of treatment available in TCM, chosen based on what's most suitable for your body

The various types of treatment available in TCM, chosen based on what’s most suitable for your body. Do note that foot reflexology is a part of acupuncture but it’s not a treatment used in TCM.

But after an excruciating session of facial extraction last month, that kinda got me thinking again. If people are actually willing to undergo the process of extraction despite the pain, surely there must be some benefits to it. Likewise, the same for TCM treatments, except that they are a lot less painful, perhaps causing only brief discomfort or tingling sensation which will go away before you know it.

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There are many TCM practitioners in Singapore whom you can seek medical help from but Eu Yan Sang is unarguably one of the most trusted and reputable clinics (more on this later!) around given their long history in the business of TCM and large customer base.

Luckily for me, I was given the golden opportunity to consult one of their physicians with regards to my health concerns at their Novena Specialist Centre outlet and I’m very excited to share my experience with you guys!

Getting to know Eu Yan Sang (余仁生)

Contrary to popular belief, the household brand isn’t homegrown nor was it from Hong Kong. It was actually founded in Perak, Malaysia by Eu Kong in 1879 to nurse tin miners battered by illnesses and poor living conditions back to health. Currently managing the enterprise is Eu Kong’s great grandson, Singaporean Richard Eu, who wanted to keep the last family business alive.

The Eu Tong Sen street along Chinatown was named after Eu Kong’s eldest son in recognition of his generous contributions in World War I to further the British efforts, as well as in social causes. After his death, Eu Yan Sang continues to be actively involved in community works under the helm of his successor.

Health screening at Eu Yan Sang Wellness Clinic

That’s right, besides the many stores which stock up raw and packed herbs islandwide, Eu Yan Sang also has its own chain of clinics! I honestly didn’t know about that until I was invited to a one-on-one health consultation with Physician Neo Min Jun. I’ve been seriously living under a rock -_-

Eu Yan Sang TCM Wellness Clinic at Novena Specialist Centre

Eu Yan Sang TCM Wellness Clinic at Novena Specialist Centre

As I was running a little late for the appointment at 6pm (due to work), I hastened my pace from Novena MRT to Novena Specialist Centre, which is fortunately just a stone’s throw away from each other. As a result, my temperature and blood pressure skyrocketed and kinda puzzled the clinic assistant who took the readings for me a little. Hahaha!

Physician Neo is effectively bilingual. Upon entering her room, she asked if I was comfortable with conversing in Mandarin or English, to which I chose the latter because I jiak kantang (or rather, I wouldn’t be able to understand all the TCM terms that she’d most likely bring up). Following that, she went on to seek more information about my sleeping habits, eating habits, lifestyle and so on. I could see the subtle shock in her eyes (the only facial features visible on her partially masked face) when I told her that I had been sleeping at 6am for the past 2 months. On top of that, she also checked my pulse and tongue.

As she was busy punching the keys on her computer keyboard, I was silently enjoying the soothing sound of the trickling fountain water in the background. Soon after, my first TCM health report was printed!

Physician Neo Min Jun

Physician Neo Min Jun

My TCM health report from Eu Yan Sang

My TCM health report

My TCM health report

My folder consists of a 4-page introductory section that explains the purpose and features of TCM, and a 9-page customised health report (with my full name and NRIC number indicated on every single page) detailing the healthy living do’s and don’ts in both English and Chinese languages.

TCM health report

TCM health report

Name and NRIC on cover page

Name and NRIC on cover page

For those not well-versed in TCM terms like me, basically everything in the universe – including our body – has both Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) attributes which are opposites and interdependent of each other. The example my physician gave me was the presence of “water” (yin, our bloody and bodily fluids) and “fire” (yang, our Qi or energy) elements in our body. We have to keep both in balance because failure to do so will either extinguish the fire or evaporate the water (水能灭火,火能烧干水). When one of these energies diminishes (阴阳失调), the body suffers and becomes more susceptible to falling ill.

5 elements of TCM

The 5 elements of TCM are Mu, Huo, Tu, Jin and Shui. The cyclical of the 5 phases tells you what the preceding elements are (e.g. Mu gives rise to Huo, Huo gives rise to Tu and so on. More info here). Each element represents a part of our body. For example, Mu represents our liver and Huo represents our heart. The direction of each line of the star in the middle links two opposing elements

And because of all the late nights, my “fire” has been constantly drying out my “water” to keep my body going (and it’s not easy to replenish these Yin and Yang energies). Therefore, Physician Neo had diagnosed a Yin-deficiency in me, based on my physical characteristics and what she had derived from my pulse rate, tongue texture and possibly other factors. Many general characteristics of a Yin-deficient individual resonated with me. Having too little bodily fluid, for instance, is one because I hardly drink up. I also have yellow urine, hard and dry stools and feel constipated. Most importantly, I am very easily agitated! My poor boyfriend and loved ones are often on the receiving end of my bad temper 😐

Physician Neo also went through the report with me and gave valuable advice on how to turn my health around at the same time. I learnt that TCM studies the body as an organic whole. In other words, an external problem (e.g. red eyes) may be of internal origin (e.g. liver issues). TCM doesn’t just treat the symptoms – it actually gets to the root of the problem. However, some people (especially youths like myself) may not notice these symptoms because prior to that, conditions have not yet developed into diseases. Even if they do experience certain discomfort such as chronic fatigue, headaches and poor quality of sleep, these sub-health issues are often neglected or overlooked.

Watch the video to learn more about sub-health issues!

In my case, I don’t present any symptoms on the surface due to my young age. But through the hassle-free health screening, my physician was able to identify my problem, which was a Yin-deficiency caused by my late nights. To resolve this issue, I’ve got to sleep early, preferably by 11pm, or 1pm latest because that’s when the liver (the organ with the most stressful job because it monitors all our 7 emotions) detoxes. Once I’ve missed the organ’s repair timing, I will have to wait til the next day!

The healing power of sleep
Organ’s daily repair/maintenance schedule

♦ 11pm – 1am: Gall bladder – time to sleep
♦ 1am – 3am: Liver
♦ 3am – 5am: Lungs
♦ 5am – 7am: Large intestines (or colon) – wake up and poop!
♦ 7am – 9am: Stomach – have breakfast
♦ 9am – 11am: Spleen
♦ 11am – 1pm: Heart
♦ 1pm – 3pm: Small intestines
♦ 3pm – 7pm: Kidneys and Bladder
♦ 7pm – 9pm: Pancreas
♦ 9pm – 11pm: Blood vessels and Arteries

Source: Physician Neo and additional info from healthreviser.com

Note: The human body functions according to the meridian clock,
not the body clock! So don’t have the silly thinking like me that the body would grow accustomed to your unhealthy sleeping habits XD

It’s gonna be tough resetting my body clock but for the sake of my health, I’ll try. *fingers crossed* I definitely don’t want to look older than my peers 10 years down the road and be menopausal earlier than anyone else!

Do you know?

Women age faster than men.

In the olden days, females underwent puberty at 14. However, with GMO foods embedded in our food system these days, the age has been lowered significantly over the years. The child-bearing years for women is between 21 and 35 years old. Thereafter, female fertility deteriorates and women start to age and subsequently go through menopause after 49 years old (7×7). Men only experience andropause after the age of 64 (8×8).

Another thing I was told to avoid was overly warming and drying food such as glutinous rice (an exception for me), chili, garlic, leek, cinnamon, dried ginger and mutton because they deplete my bodily fluids. Adding on to the list are fried food (which I’d be permissible to eat – in moderation – so long as I sleep early *sigh*) and *drums roll*…. my favourite BREWED GREEN TEA because it’s too cooling for my body system 😥 I should instead consume food such as lotus roots, black fungus, sugar cane, pear, wolfberry and red dates because they are more moisturising in nature.

Omg…… so much sacrifice to make. I’m not going to lie. I need time to get used to this lifestyle. I will certainly cheat a little, for now. Haha!

Get your own TCM health report!

After my session with Physician Neo, the ignoramus in me was tremendously enlightened. The purpose of TCM is to protect us from illnesses and it’s advisable to take care of our health now while we’re still young. Internal problems that arise now can still be reversed but it will be too late by the time symptoms start to emerge.

The best way to prevent these sub-health issues from developing and becoming emergencies is early discovery and of course, to treat them at the root before they worsen. You can begin by getting your health screened at Eu Yan Sang and obtaining your very own TCM health report… at a special rate!

That’s right, it’s not gonna burn a hole in your pocket! 🙂

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Get your own TCM Health Report at Eu Yan Sang.
Simply call the clinic to make an appointment and quote “My TCM Health Report” to enjoy Health Report service at $38 (Usual price: $48),
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How do you find TCM in general? Have you consulted any TCM physician? Do share your experience with me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Eu Yan Sang TCM Wellness Clinic

Novena Specialist Centre @ 8 Sinaran Drive
#07-09, Singapore 307470
Nearest MRT: Novena
Tel: 6268 9611
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5 Tried and Tested Beauty Hacks

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Hey everyone!

When it comes to caring for the skin, I know some can be really relentless and wouldn’t hesitate spending exorbitant amounts of money on upscale skincare products and other ways to enhance their appearance. But do you know that by piling up products over products on your face, you not only clog up your pores which can lead to greater skin problems, it also robs the skin of its natural ability to recover? Likewise for your hair, frequent visits to the salon to get them chemically treated causes more damage to your once-beautiful locks than you think.

We often get so caught up with our complicated beauty regime that we forget that “less is more”. It is definitely possible to achieve a healthier and more radiant-looking skin with just a fraction of your usual expenses or better yet, at absolutely no cost. You don’t need to spend a fortune on spas packages to relieve stress, or expensive hair treatments to get enviable tresses because – believe it or not – these are achievable at the comfort of your home using everyday products!

I’m sure you’ve seen many beauty hacks floating around the internet so I’ve shortlisted and personally tested out five (also swore by some of my beauty enthusiast friends) that have proven to be rather effective. Do note that these hacks may react differently to your skin so do exercise caution when trying them out.

For reference, I have combination skin and do get breakouts from time to time. To find out what skin type you have, click here.

1. Apply baby lotion on your hair to make it softer and shinier

Forget about getting your hair rebonded which can be really damaging in the long run with the harsh chemicals used in the process. As crazy as it sounds, this method works like a charm. I was taught this technique by a schoolmate (turned beauty pageant contestant and now a popular actress) whose long beautiful thick curls often drew compliments. I tried it for a few months (until my lotion ran out and I got lazy, heh) and my hair did turn out to be silkier and softer, like baby hair.

Directions

  1. Apply a small amount of baby lotion on your palm
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  2. Rub it and then dab it on your hair to give it moisture. Do not apply on your scalp.
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Do apply sparingly because too much would make your hair look super greasy and you wouldn’t want that, right?

2. Fix chapped lips with petroleum jelly

This needs no further explanation because many of you might have already read or heard about this widely-used remedy somewhere. For those who haven’t, petroleum jelly is one of the main ingredients in lip balms. Studies have shown that petroleum jelly soothes skin by locking its moisture and that it won’t clog pores. It has miraculously healed my dry lips a couple of times and prevented me from picking my lips (bad, bad habit) although I only wore it to bed.

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Petroleum jelly can be found in most pharmacies 🙂

Directions

  1. Apply a THIN layer on your lips. That’s it!

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However, this method is not recommend to those who make out *shifty brows* or have the tendency to lick their lips a lot because apparently, consuming little amounts of petroleum jelly over prolonged periods can cause lung inflammation.

3. Place cold towel on your face to minimise pores

One lesser known beauty tip is putting ice cubes on the face to tighten up the pores. But as you know, ice cubes melt and can become a messy affair when it does. Hence, another way I’ve come up with would be to place freezing cold towel on the face instead! Dubbed the “cold towel treatment”, it’s fuss-free, easy and most importantly, it doesn’t drench your top in the process. Moreover, with such scorching hot weather in Singapore right now, applying something cold onto your face (and other parts of the body) can bring much relief to your skin. I’ve been doing this every morning for the past decade and I seriously attribute my youthful look (a bit buay hiao bai/shameless but I’ve been told many times that I look younger than 25 even though I have terrible sleeping and eating habits LOL) to this practice. Try it!

Directions

  1. Wet your facial towel
  2. Place it in the freezer overnight (or at least 3 hours for it to be entirely frozen)
  3. Remove it from the freezer the next morning and cover your entire face with the cold tower for about 20 seconds (or until it cools to room temperature). You may also put it behind your neck for an added pleasure.
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Frozen towel – you can’t really tell from this picture but it’s hard stiff!

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Brrr! It’d trigger brain freeze the first few times but don’t worry, you will get used to it!

Alternatively, you can also use the Facial Cool Putter EH-SQ10 by Panasonic which works just like putting ice cubes on your face. I have a set, courtesy of Panasonic, and I can tell ya – it instantly cools down your skin and shrink your pores. But unlike the cold towel, it does not require 3 hours to cool. Simply plug in the device to the power outlet and give it just 30 seconds to turn cold (reaching about 10°C when room is 25°C) and then it’s ready for use! This product is especially useful for white-collar workers who are in dire need of something to perk them up after lunch (y’know, food coma) and using the cold towel treatment would be inappropriate (and unglam). You can also use this after shower when the skin is still warm to get better facial tightening and cosmetic effect. How awesome?!

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Panasonic Facial Cool Putter

It has a relatively small cold-plated surface which allows you to target specific areas of your face.

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Panasonic Facial Cool Putter

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First touch was very ticklish to the skin lolol

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Use the entire cold plate for wide parts of your face such as the cheeks, forehead and… ears?

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Ahhhhh this is heaven 🙂

4. Place cold metal spoons on your eyes to rid puffy eyelids

If you wake up to really puffy and tired eyes after a late night, you can quickly de-puff them by placing a cold metal spoon on the bottom of each eye. Massaging the area with the spoons while the icy temperature cools constricts the blood vessels and reduces swelling, hence helping to rid under eye dark circles and eye bags. It also tighten up your skin before you apply makeup.

Directions

  1. Wet 2 metal spoons (optional, but I do this to make it even colder hehe)
  2. Put both metal spoons in the freezer overnight (or at least an hour)
  3. Remove spoons from the freezer and place each spoon on the area beneath your eyes
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Frozen metal spoons

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And yes, the Panasonic Facial Cool Putter that I’ve mentioned earlier can also be used on your eye area! It works just like the metal spoons because it has similarly small cold metal surface. Once again, it only takes 30 seconds to cool, not 3600 seconds!

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Beneath the eyes

5. Enjoy aromatherapy while steaming your face

This only applies if you already own a face steamer. I use the Facial Ionic Steamer, also courtesy of Panasonic, to help me open up my pores, cleanse them and aid circulation in my face. My face feels clean and refreshed after every steaming session.

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Panasonic Facial Ionic Steamer

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The steam evaporates from the water you filled into this container!

Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy that treats the mind, body and spirit using essential oils. Essential oils are packed with numerous health benefits that differ from one type to another. I particularly like lemongrass because it calms me down and relieves my stress and insomnia.

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What my room smells like now. This contains lemongrass essential oil 🙂

But who would have thought of incorporating aromatherapy into your (boring) face steaming sessions at home? Thanks to Bryan Gan 老师’s innovation, all the lucky ladies at the recent Panasonic beauty workshop he fronted now know that it’s possible to enjoy the steam and our favourite scent at the same time! How?

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Things you need

Directions

  1. Dab a little bit of essential oil onto a square puff/cotton puff

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    Dab dab dab. You can use a dropper too!

  2. Stick a sticky tape onto the puff and attach it to the steamer

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    Stick it up!

  3. For maximum pleasure, dim the lights and play your favourite songs in the background. Not sure what to listen to? Pick one of my favourite Spotify playlists below:The Very Best of Enya | Lisa Ono Best 1997-2001 | English Oldies
  4. Leave the steamer on for about 6 minutes and inhale the scent ^_^
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Yay, who needs to go for spa when you can do something similar at home?

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Caught in the act! Boyfriend loves the steamer too 🙂

Psst.. The steamer can also be used in conjunction with the Facial Cool Putter as a final step of moisturising or to better cleanse your pores (hot to open, cold to close). Just follow these steps:

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Wanna lay your hands on the Facial Cool Putter and Facial Ionic Steamer by Panasonic?

Great news!

Panasonic Singapore is extending a very special offer to my Singapore resident readers from now till 5 July 2015! The Facial Cool Putter EH-SQ10 is now going at $109 (RPP S$129) and the Facial Ionic Steamer EH-SA31 at S$174 (RPP S$199). Prices for both include delivery and GST with ONE-YEAR warranty.

How to order?

1. Email to hanwei.chew01@sg.panasonic.com with subject: “Blog readers’ promo – Panasonic Beauty (omy.sg)”
2. In the email, indicate product name, model, and quantity of purchase.
3. Indicate which blog you saw this promo from (fionaseah.com).

This is my final post for the Singapore Blog Awards and I really wanna thank you guys for all your support! 🙂 If you like this post, please cast a vote for me! You can vote once everyday ’til 6 July.

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Signing off with a group picture with Bryan Gan 老师 who inspired me to pen this post!

Thanks for reading<3

Panasonic Singapore

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6 Vital Points to Massage for Health and Beauty

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Hey everyone!

In this day and age of face-paced living, it is almost impossible to relax yourselves especially when you’re residing in Singapore, where one in four workers here reported being highly stressed in a poll conducted by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) in 2013. Fortnightly pampering sessions like trips to facial spas, massage or nail parlours are reduced to once a month (none, for some) as you rise through the ranks with heavier responsibilities to shoulder because there’s just no time for that. As a former supervisor in a popular tuition centre who had to juggle work, study and love life, I can totally understand the fatigue from working long hours with little time to recuperate. At work, I had to run 3 outlets and be at my ex-bosses’ beck and call, sometimes even working past midnight to tie up loose ends. I worked over the weekends due to lack of manpower and hardly had time for leisure because most shutters would be down by the time I knocked off. With such hectic lifestyle (as with what most working adults are experiencing here, albeit I’m sure not as demanding as mine – that’s why I’m now out of there 😐 ), who would have the time for relaxation?

But do you know that it is very important to relax your body? Not only does it “trigger a flurry of genetic activity that is responsible for some important health benefits“, it also rejuvenates your body and slows down your ageing process! You don’t know how chao lao (old and haggard) I looked when I was slogging at the tuition centre three years ago. I looked frail with terrible complexion, had my hair falling out and fallen sick a couple of times in a short period. All these could have been avoided if I had found a better job hadn’t put so much unnecessary pressure on myself (trying to perfect myself at work) and relaxed. Ex-colleagues used to describe me as a kan chiong spider, overly anxious about everything.

Since I left my job, I had all the time in the world to pamper myself. I started indulging myself with full body massages (occasionally, coz so pricey omg) and foot reflexology and really felt the difference in my general health (slept better, getting sick less often, etc.). I did the latter typically weekly. Even so, you know how expensive such massages are in Singapore. Each 40-minute reflexology session costs at least S$30 at some places and doing it long term will make me go miserably broke.

Then one day, I had this sudden realisation that I could do the massage myself (learnt by secretly observing the masseur’s techniques ohohohoho!!). It’s a bit troublesome lah but I could save LOTS of money in the long run, so why not? And it works even better with this Warming and Facial Body Roller I had received from Panasonic to review as part of the requirements for being a finalist of the Singapore Blog Awards.

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Warming Facial & Body Roller EH-SP32 (S$189)

The Warming Facial & Body Roller is such an amazing tool – it comes with two detachable rollers (squeezing and stroking rollers) to suit use and preference and even has a heating element to create warming effect on skin! I largely enjoy using it because of this feature. It’s like putting a warm towel on your body.

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Detachable rollers for squeezing and stroking

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Adjustable temperature – Hi (approx 48°C) and Low (44°C) available

So now I’m going to share with you guys the areas on your body to massage, as well as some really simple (yet very beneficial) massage techniques I’ve acquired by observation and research combined with my takeaway from my recently attended workshop conducted by top health and beauty guru, Bryan Gan 老师!

IMPORTANT NOTES!

▪ Do not use the device with any lotions, oils, creams or alcohol wipes as doing so may damage the roller.
▪ Do not soak product in water or use in locations with high temperatures and levels of humidity as it is not waterproof.
Do not use the roller while wearing makeup as the makeup can get into the gaps in the roller and damage it.
▪ Do not wash the product. Wipe with baby wipes (no alcohol wipes) after use.

1. Face

Facial massages, although easy and intuitive, are often overlooked but do you know that by relaxing your facial muscles and connective tissues, you’re actually softening your expression-induced lines around your eyes, lips and brows, helps expel acne-causing toxins and de-puffs and brightens the eye area [1]? That’s right! By massaging your face often, you not only get a face lift naturally, you also save money on Botox! But remember, all facial massages are to be done in an upward direction. You don’t want your skin to sag as a result of the massage, right?

Psst.. If you don’t have a roller, just stroke with your fingers or massage in rotational movements 🙂

  • Set your temperature to ‘LOW’. Beginning with your contour lines, move the squeezing roller from the bottom of the chin to the bottom of the ears so as to squeeze and lift. Also, clench your jaw and roll onto the masseter muscles (a.k.a jaw muscles, the upper part of your jaw that’s protruding out, both sides) 10 times. Push one end of the diamond roller into the masseter muscle and rotate around it. Do it 5 times for the first time and gradually increase it to 10 times. This can help to relieve constipation and migraine.
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Hehe like my illustration? Face modelled after mine with some modifications of course. Purposely added blush and bronzer to the face (contours) because I’m a beauty blogger after all mah

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Contour lines

  • Switching to the stroking roller, move it toward the outer side of the face so as to pull the corners of the mouth upward. Do this 10 to 15 times.

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  • Move the roller from the side of the mouth to the cheekbones. Do this 10 to 15 times.

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  • Move the roller from the corner of the nose to the ear and slowly move upwards to the area under the eyes. Do this 5 to 10 times because the skin there is more tender. This will help to soothe puffiness and relieve muscle tension under the eyes.

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  • Move the roller to your forehead in an upward direction. Do this 10 to 15 times. This will help to even out the skin (no more wrinkles!) above your brows.

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  • And finally, move the roller up from the bottom of the chin to the bottom of the lower lip. Do this 10 to 15 times.

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2. Scalp

If you’ve been to salons to get your hair washed, you might have experienced having your scalp massaged for a few minutes. It’s one of my favourite moments in the salon because the feeling is so orgasmic and I’d sometimes fall asleep unknowingly. Well, scalp massage actually helps to increase blood flow to the hair follicles, thus promoting hair growth. It can also ease the tension you feel in your neck and behind your eyes.

I’d sometimes rub and knead the skin of my scalp with my bare fingers which can get tiring after a while. Now that I have the roller, it makes my life even easier! A technique that I’ve come up with, it’s not as enjoyable as having your scalp massaged by a professional but it’s still better than nothing. Use the roller with a teeny weeny bit more strength.

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Start with your hairline

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Then to your main scalp area

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Move the roller up and down towards the crown

3. Neck

If you have neck stiffness, this is something you should try! Neck stiffness is caused by stress, excessive computer use, head and neck trauma and bad posture. This in turn reduces the blood flow to cause fatigue, headaches, dizziness, panic attacks, insomnia, and poor functioning of the immune system. Hence a good neck massage would help relieve that stiffness and rectify or prevent the above problems [2].

Using the squeezing roller, move it up and down and enjoy the grip! Then, move the roller down to the shoulder and back up to your neck again to give it a good massage! Feel the warmth of the roller, it’ll make you feel so good!

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Back

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Side

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(optional) I use the stroking roller to “roll down” my double chin. HAHA!

4. Stomach

The appliance also helps to tone your stomach and at the same time, activates the acupressure points around the stomach area to ease indigestion and bloating (have to be followed by peppermint oil), rid water retention and boost your immune system. Switch to the stroking roller, turn the temperature to ‘HI’ and move the roller up and down. As it’s going to get very comfortable, it’s best to do this exercise on your bed. Do this 30 to 50 times before sleeping 😉

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No supermodel abs to show sorry

5. Arms

If you’re a victim of bye-bye arms like me, this roller can help tone them! It also makes you feel so awesomely good and at the same time, invigorates your tired and aching arms (maybe from carrying all the heavy shopping bags! GSS mah)

  • Going back to the squeezing roller, raise your arm and move the roller up and down your underarm about 50 times (following the stomach exercise) or for around 3 seconds. You will feel the device gripping onto your flabs.

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The product can also be used on your wrist and elbow but I personally use it around my wrist to improve my lung circulation. In Chinese medicine, massaging the wrist (内关 nei guan) ensures smooth flow of Qi (oxygen) in chest and it is good for relieving pain when breathing. It also, among many other benefits, improves cardiac functions; prevents cardiovascular diseases such as angina, stuffy chest, palpitations. Perfect for asthma sufferers like me!

  • Move the roller from the wrist toward the elbow. There is a “point of sleep” on your wrist where massaging it would make you feel drowsy (great if you’re insomniac). It’s located at the point where your ring finger and index finger meet when a line is drawn vertically downward from the fingers to the wrist.

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6. Legs

Despite being the most used part of the body, your thighs are sadly the most neglected part of your leg which you walk on all day. Unless you’re in for a full-body massage, no masseur (especially if he’s a guy) would dare to touch your upper thighs during a reflexology session. It’s a very sensitive area and touching it would give you goosebumps instantly. So yes, you are solely responsible for your poor overworked thighs.

  • To relieve muscle tension around the thighs, move the roller from the knee towards the upper thigh. Do it for about 2 seconds. I like to do it around my inner thigh though ^_^

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Like runners, ladies who love wearing high heels would often experience sore calves. The calves most likely get injured more often than not due to very intensive calves workout or running. Calf muscle injuries can greatly hinder your mobiliy because they are what help you walk, run or jump  so it’s important that you take great care of them.

  • To improve your systemic circulation and reduce scar tissue (happens when your calf injury is left untreated), move the roller from bottom to top. Do this for around 2 seconds.

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Last but not least, alright, this will probably disgust some of you clean freaks out there but hey, I realised that it can also be used on your feet! For obvious reasons, please only do this step after you’ve completed your facial massage haha. And of course, after you’ve washed your feet thoroughly. Feet massage has a truckload of benefits including promoting better sleep, improving blood circulation and relieving aches and pains and many more. After all, your feet are packed with nerve endings connected to every part of your body.

  • Use your squeezing roller and target different points of your feet. Since the diamond roller is quite huge, you can probably only massage the centre of your foot, grip the sides and the area beneath your toes (press the diamond against it – your Tai Yang acupuncture point is somewhere there). If you don’t have the roller, you mainly use your thumb.
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Side

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Press against the middle

There are in fact other areas of concern mentioned by certified massage therapists, like on the buttocks, spine (actually this is worth trying!) and collar bones but I’ve yet to explore them. Essentially, it’s the same massage technique using the squeezing roller – just move the roller up and down and enjoy the warmth and grip!

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In a nutshell… (tl;dr version)

It’s super easy and since the appliance is so portable, you can do it any time, any where, even in your office, in your car, while watching your favourite Korean drama on the computer screen.. you get the gist. What’s more, if you have aged parents at home, you can also help massage their hands or legs with the roller. But be warned, they’ll probably request for MORE sessions like this in the future because it’s seriously very comfortable. (Never mind lah, they like can already. Filial piety mah!)

Like this Warming Facial & Body Roller
by Panasonic?

Great news!

Panasonic Singapore is extending a very special offer to my Singapore resident readers from now till 5 July 2015! The Warming Facial and Body Roller EH-SP32 is now going at $159 (including delivery and GST) with ONE-YEAR warranty. Its usual RPP is S$189. It’s really a great offer and investment, don’t you think? 😉 Better than paying S$60 a month for foot reflexology!

How to order?

1. Email to hanwei.chew01@sg.panasonic.com with subject: “Blog readers’ promo – Panasonic Beauty (omy.sg)”
2. In the email, indicate product name, model, and quantity of purchase.
3. Indicate which blog you saw this promo from (fionaseah.com).

I will be back again to talk about another product range by Panasonic so do stay tuned for it!

If you guys like this post, do remember to cast a vote for me! Thank you so much 🙂

Thanks for reading ❤

Panasonic Singapore

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Combating Hair Loss with Plantur

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Hey ladies!

What do you consider to be some of your best physical features? According to a recent study conducted by Nielsen, most Singaporean women regard their eyes to be their pride and joy – not for me, however, because I have slit eyes and eyelids with irregular creases that always interfered with my eye makeup application. For me, apart from my 瓜子脸 (oval-shaped face), I’d say my hair comes second and I believe many people share the same sentiment about their mane, which made the top 4 in the research. Countless advertisements for hair products (shampoo, hair dye, hair supplements, hair loss clinics and whatnots) flash across our TV and computer screens every day in between shows and video clips, sometimes even on our movie screens, proving the great emphasis we place on our hair in our daily lives.

It’s understandable. I mean, we all know that hair plays an essential part in our social lives. It’s your hair (other than your face) that matters most to first impressions and it’s also what completes your appearance (that’s why we have “bad hair days” and not “bad eyes days” or whatsoever.. right?). Hence, it’s not surprising when the study revealed that most Singaporean women think that looking ugly is the greatest concern related to hair loss. A staggering 9 in 10 Singaporean women also felt that hair loss affects their self-confidence and mood tremendously and out of these respondents, 58% and 51% of them felt helpless and depressed respectively.

My struggle with hair loss

In fact, even though I consider my hair to be one of my best assets, I’ve too got my fair share of hair woes. Just five months shy of turning 25 and already I’m experiencing thinning hair at my crown. It’s a perpetual problem. My hair has always been under constant strain and tension from regular braiding and having tight ponytail (it’s part of the rules in all Singapore schools to have the hair tied up at all times if it extends beyond the uniform collar) since my primary school days because I absolutely detest wearing my hair back loosely and needing to retie over and over again. This habit had caused me to lose a substantial amount of hair along my frontal hairline (became more visible when I was in Secondary 3 and was even taunted in class for that. Humiliating much :\ ) and sometimes even my scalp would hurt when I let it down.

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May 2014 – before the cat fight

Like the 7 in 10 women who responded to the survey, I also wish I had naturally full hair so that I wouldn’t have to rely on artificial fixes. I’ve always felt ashamed of my brittle and lifeless locks. In recent years, I’ve rebonded and dyed my hair and treated my scalp a few times, as well as tried various volumising and hair setting products – which ironically cause more damage than good to my hair (and wallet) – just to “revive” it or conceal my flaws. Not wanting to spend more unnecessary money, I’ve now resorted to bunning up my hair whenever I’m heading outdoors (no thanks to the hot weather). My condition became worse last year when I got into a cat fight with my sister (lolz) and a couple of hundred strands of hair fell out as a result of all the hair-pulling, leaving a 3cm bald patch on my head on top of my existing ones. I attempted to cover them up by combing my hair around but most of the time it just reverted to its normal position unknowingly. :\

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Also May 2014 but after the cat fight 😡

I’ve tried…

Following my uncle’s advice, I hang my head over the edge of my bed while I blow-dry my hair every night for up to 5 minutes to “stimulate blood flow to the head and encourage hair growth” and have also reduced my salt and oil intake. Although I did see improvement in my hair by the second month, the central part of my crown is still noticeably widened especially in pictures where I am facing downwards and my scalp in full view. So embarrassing 😥

Another advice given involves massaging the scalp with honey (or aloe vera). I haven’t personally tried it because I cannot stand the thought of putting sticky substance on my hair. Ewwwww…

But how credible is my uncle’s advice?

Plantur Talk at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

I had the opportunity to clarify my hair loss doubts with some experts in that field – Dr Pirkko Brusila, a specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics from Germany, and Dr Alvin Wong, an aesthetic doctor from SKN MediaAesthetics at a talk about female hair loss for Plantur last week. I asked if there’s any scientific basis to the advice given by my uncle and apparently both doctors agreed that they’re baseless. Therefore I cannot explain how hanging my head upside down helped me to regrow some of my lost hair (could be due to other factors like my higher magnesium and iron diet which are great for overcoming Alopecia). But both doctors were on the same page about letting the hair down (and not tie it/bun it all the time like me) to let the scalp breathe. This will help to reduce hair fall.

Did you know?

It is perfectly normal to lose up to 150 strands of hair a day.

In addition, speaking to the doctors also helped to debunk some common hair misconceptions I had, including the correlation between high salt (sodium) intake and hair loss. There is absolutely no medical evidence that eating too much salty food would cause your hair to fall (but of course too much salt is bad for your health la). Similarly, hair cream marketed to prevent hair loss do not have any scientific evidence behind their claims. However, what may actually promote hair growth is scalp massage using combs, hairbrush or anything that is not too harsh on your scalp.

Did you know?

Natural ageing, bad genes, medical conditions (e.g. irregular periods, acne, thyroid disorders, eczema & dandruff), pregnancy, menopause, stress, poor diet (e.g. anorexia) and external environment (humidity, heat & pollution) are some reasons why women lose hair.

During the talk, the audience was also advised on how to combat hair loss, including having a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, reducing stress and anxiety, not smoking, avoiding tight ponytails and.. (you wouldn’t believe the last one)

Applying caffeine to your hair!

“Whaaaaaaat??”

That’s right. It is scientifically proven that caffeine helps to halt hair loss!

However, it’s not the same as drinking coffee because not everything from there goes to your hair follicles. You’d have to apply the caffeine directly to your scalp for it to be effective as a hair loss treatment. But how?

The Plantur series

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Plantur series

By using hair products with caffeine, of course! And Plantur is just about the right product for the purpose of preventing hair loss. Developed by Dr Wolff Research in collaboration with the dermatology department of university clinics, the products – Plantur 21 and Plantur 39 – contain the Nutri-Caffeine Complex and Phyto-Caffeine Complex respectively.

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Plantur 21

The Nutri-Caffeine Complex in Plantur 21 helps protect against an energy deficit in the hair roots and prevents degradation of the important energy carrier cAMP while Phyto-Caffeine Complex protects the hair roots from premature exhaustion of hair growth and at the same time, provides the hair roots with sufficient energy to grow.

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Plantur 39

From the above, you should be able to guess the distinction between the two ranges of products: Plantur21 is targeted at younger ladies between the age of 21 and 39 while Plantur39 is for women from the age of 40. Both of them are available in three formulae.

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Plantur 21

Products under Plantur21: Nutri-Caffeine Elixir, Nutri-Caffeine Shampoo & Nutri Conditioner

Products under Plantur 21: Nutri-Caffeine Elixir, Nutri-Caffeine Shampoo & Nutri Conditioner

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Plantur 39

Products under Plantur39: Phyto-Caffeine Tonic (for massaging into the scalp), Phyto-Caffeine Shampoo & Conditioner

Products under Plantur 39: Phyto-Caffeine Tonic (for massaging into the scalp), Phyto-Caffeine Shampoo & Conditioner

Since I fall in the targeted age group of Plantur 21, it’s only apt that I explain in more detail about it 😉

An additional effect of the Nutri-Caffeine Complex comes from the valuable micronutrients biotin, magnesium, calcium and zinc. All these were mentioned by the doctors as beneficial for healthy and vigorous hair growth.

Caffeine activates the hair roots and improves hair growth

Biotin regulates the hair roots’ energy levels and contributes to maintaining healthy hair growth

Zinc is the most important trace element in the hair and a growth factor for healthy hair roots. (Another source of zinc is dark chocolate yay great news for chocolate lovers!)

Calcium and magnesium improve the hair roots’ resistance

Plantur 21

The Nutri-Caffeine Shampoo was developed for colour-treated and stressed hair and it also contains conditioning agents that repair the externally stressed hair. The Nutri-Caffeine Elixir, on the other hand, provides protection from an energy deficit in the hair roots, thereby preventing premature hair growth disruption. It is to be applied and massaged into the scalp once a day (daily) without rinsing it out.

Plantur 21 Conditioner

Last but not least, the Nutri Conditioner is formulated especially for dull, colour-treated and stressed hair caused by frequent bleaching, colourations and heat treatments (e.g. blow-drying, straightening – argh, guilty as charged!) It contains micro-nutrients and caffeine (duh), which prevent the valuable ingredients absorbed during application of Plantur21 Shampoo from being rinsed out.

If you have poor hair growth and premature hair loss, it’s recommended that you use both the Nutri-Caffeine Shampoo AND the Nutri-Caffeine Elixir. The latter is more suitable for women who do not wash their hair every day (but omg, why wouldn’t anyone wash their hair every day in this hot and humid country? O_O).

Based on the description above, the order of application would first be the shampoo, followed by the conditioner and then the elixir. That was also the exact sequence used at my Plantur Hair Wash Experience after the talk ^_^ The lady who washed my hair spent a good 10 minutes massaging my scalp with the Elixir! *secretly beaming with joy inside*

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Pre-hair wash. Smiling broadly even though I suffered from major food poisoning that morning v_v

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Post-hair wash!

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Celebrity treatment hahahahah kidding. Blow-drying time!

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Love my post-blow dry hair ❤

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After applying the elixir and getting my hair styled (wavy) by the talented stylists at J’s Salon, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel (address below)!

My hair definitely felt a lot healthier and lighter after the wash!

And there you have it – the Plantur series 🙂

Plantur 21 and 39 hair care product range are available in selected Watsons, Guardian, Unity, NHG pharmacies and independent pharmacies as well as NTUC Fairprice, Cold Storage and Giant supermarkets islandwide. Prices are S$18.90 for a shampoo, S$12.90 for a conditioner and S$19.90 for the tonic/elixir. Pretty affordable eh? 🙂

Plantur is strictly only for the ladies, by the way! But fret not guys, there’s also another range of products formulated just for you! It’s the Alpecin series which also uses the special caffeine formula to prevent hair loss. Prices for that are also rather similar to Plantur – S$12.90 for Alpecin C1 Shampoo (hair loss shampoo), $15.90 for Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo (hair loss and dandruff) and $17.90 for Alpecin Liquid (hair loss tonic).

Dr. Kurt Wolff GmbH & Co. KG          Johanneswerkstr. 34-36         33611 Bielefeld, Germany          Sitz der Gesellschaft ist Bielefeld. Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Ing. Eduard R. Dörrenberg, Ass. jur. Christoph Harras-Wolff, Dipl.-Kfm. Carsten Heins.

Thanks for the awesome experience, Plantur, Golin PR and J’s Salon! If you’re at J’s Salon, you’ve gotta try their specialty drink Longan with Red Dates! It’s SO GOOD, I tell ya!

Alright, hope this is informative for you ladies 🙂

Thanks for reading! ❤

J’s Salon
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
392 Havelock Road Level 3
Singapore 169663
Tel: 68340012

Achieve Your Ideal Body Shape with EnzSerum

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Hey everyone!

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I am now about 5 months into my low-carb diet and so far I’ve managed to maintain my physique despite gorging on food lately (no thanks to all the SG50 dining deals around). Of course, that’s only possible with the help of fat burning/weight-loss products because I’m just too busy for intensive workout as for now.

If you recall, it all started with a strict low-carb diet whereby I would totally abstain from refined carbohydrates like white rice, noodles and bread. Foreseeing that I wouldn’t have time for any workout due to my internship, I initially planned to stick to this diet until the end of my stint in June but sadly, it only lasted for two months because the radical changes I made to my eating habits visibly affected my immune system negatively. I found myself more susceptible to illnesses, falling sick really easily and my period also became really irregular. So I started ingesting little amount of carbs – usually bread – mainly to get my menstrual cycle back on track. But I gradually became more and more liberal in my diet (doesn’t help that lunches with colleagues are always at amazing cafés) and had put some weight back on. It may seem like a measly 2kg increase on the weighing scale but the fats around my waist had in fact thickened twofold (like literally 2 foldable layers of flab, haiz).

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Belly pre-EnzSerum: flabz not fabz, can’t even see the vertical line on my stomach anymore 😥

My body insecurities

Well, granted, I’m not exactly fat (the last time I measured I was a UK10 which is considered a “small” in some countries *chuckles*) but I’m definitely borderline chubby by Singaporean standards (or Asian in general) with lots of stubborn excess fats on various parts of my body – more specifically my arms and tummy. Despite being a rather active jogger since 3 years ago, I had only managed to squeeze into a UK8 dress at the minimum at one point (also caused by poor appetite during my busy days which made me lose a few inches of belly fats). Still, unsightly flabs would still be hanging from my underarms no matter how much exercise I do. I used to shy away from sleeveless tops because of this reason. I would feel so self-conscious in them and too ashamed to wave goodbye or hold on to the handgrips on the train. Although I’ve outgrown this insecurity a little, I still wish for toned arms to look good in pictures.

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Arms Pre-EnzSerum: fatfatfatfatfatfatfat

While running does play a great part in weight management, it is after all a whole body activity and it doesn’t really tone up or burn fats at targeted areas apart from my thighs and calves. Moreover, my ongoing internship makes it impossible for me engage in long vigorous exercise because I’d be too burnt out for anything else by the time I get home. I could only spare about 20 minutes each day for a quick workout (consists of 60 sit ups, 4 sets of 50 crunches, abdominal exercises like plank and etc.) which to be honest hadn’t shown much noticeable results on my concerned areas if not for a fat burning product.

Introducing EnzSerum

So what is this fat burning product that I mentioned? Thanks to JBeauty, I was given the opportunity to try out EnzSerum, a fat blasting serum essence, which can be used in conjunction with my workouts to help slim and tone the body by reducing unwanted fat. What’s amazing about this product is that it allows localised fat loss (burning the fats of a targeted area) which is exactly what I was hoping for.

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Formulated in France, the main ingredient of the product is Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine and it is derived from soy lecithin, a natural ingredient which is absolutely safe to use since it is obtained during the process of soy beans. It is capable of destroying the fat cell membrane and removing the triglyceride to kill fat cells. For those who don’t know what triglyceride is, it’s the end product of digesting and breaking down fats in meals (e.g. carbs) and essentially the main form of fat in the body. It’s not entirely a bad thing because everyone needs some fats to stay alive. But it’s definitely not good if your triglyceride level is sky-high because that may lead to heart disease and could multiply the bad effects of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. [source] It’s like having high cholesterol level, y’know?

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But having said that, this product is not a health or dietary supplement of some sort for lowering triglyceride levels. It’s used purely to combat stubborn fats in your body and can also be a weight-loss supplement for your diet and fitness goals.

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Thighs pre-EnzSerum: not too bad but can be leaner hehehe

What’s more, this product is strictly for external use only so nothing of it is to be taken orally (yay for the sceptics). All you need to do is to apply the product evenly on the surface of your targeted flabby areas and massage until the serum is fully absorbed by the skin. The product utilises the latest Nanotechnology to break down its active ingredients so that it could penetrate the skin cells easily. For better results (I think so la, haven’t tried it yet though!), it can also be used with body wrap for approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

My results

I have personally trialed EnzSerum for 2 weeks and already I can feel the effects of the product. My skin (especially tummy) now feels tightened and less flabby. I use this prior to my workout at night (daily before bedtime) and after my morning shower on my underarms, tummy and thighs.

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Arms

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Tummy

No change in thighs.

But to be honest, 2 weeks is too short a duration for me to realise its full advantages. I believe I would be able to see better results with prolonged use (especially with body wrap). Personally I think it will work way better with exercise (as always!)

Every application leaves a tingling sensation on the skin (something like that of Prickly Heat Snake Powder hahaha) that can last for up to 3 hours so as much as I’m tempted to apply lots of it at one time (not like it’s going to speed up the fat loss process but yeah kiasu is like that), I try not to because I don’t want to feel like I’m being burnt alive. But it provides extra cooling (on exposed areas) on windy days! 😀

Each bottle of EnzSerum should be able to last you for three months (or more if used sparingly hehe).

Why you should get EnzSerum

If you’re troubled by regional fat bulges (belly, waist, shoulder, armpit, hip, upper thighs, back and and unable to reduce fat despite restricted diet and regular exercises like me before, this is the one product you ought to try for a quick, easy and non-invasive way to eliminate unwanted fat.

Besides hastening the breakdown of fats (the primary use of EnzSerum), it also helps to increase your body’s metabolism rate and skin’s elasticity and tighten your body into the highly desirable ‘S’ shape. When used long-term, it reduces cellulite and moisturises your skin. Other benefits include water retention reduction, orange peel skin elimination and skin nourishment.

Here is the list of the ingredients and their functions:

Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine – destroy fat cell membrane and remove excess triglyceride (unwanted fat)

Coenzyme A and Vitamin BT (Carntine) – gently eliminate fatty acid and excess fat and reshapes the body

Carnosine – counters the effects of free radicals, provides oxidation, glycation and anti-aging properties

Borage Seed Oil – used to treat eczema and nearly any kind of dermatitis or rash

Gotu Kola Extract – decreases inflammation and blood pressure in veins, increases collagen production

And yup, that’s about it! 🙂

Give EnzSerum a shot if you want a trim body fast and (almost) effortlessly!

 

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