As a busy mum of four, it’s a challenge to take time off for myself. In between work and my kids’ busy school lives, every spare moment is precious.
But when it came to the Simply Her Beauty and Wellness retreat on 23 April, 2016, I decided it was time to take a whole day out, instead of making do with stolen moments. While I love being with my kids, they don’t need me there, cramping their style all the time.
Held at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, the day-long retreat was an opportunity for readers – busy working mums who lead hectic lives – to wind down and focus on their health and well-being for a few hours, something which many women tend to put aside. It saw 100 Simply Her readers joining in the day’s activities.
Happy readers at the Simply Her Beauty and Wellness Retreat.
Getting things off to an energising start was an introductory Pilates mat work session by Lila Roosmalia from Focus Pilates. Lila demonstrated exercises to help tone the muscles, improve flexibility and help the posture.
The pilates session.
I learnt that pilates can help you develop stronger pelvic floor muscles, which has a number of benefits, from increasing pleasure in the bedroom to improving urinary incontinence and helping with labour and childbirth.
The retreat then followed with a series of talks, starting with one by Dr Siew Tuck Wah, a general practitioner with an interest in aesthetic medicine, who shared the secrets to radiant, glowing skin. Collagen is the key, he said, and to help slow down its breakdown and boost production, you can take oral supplements such as Omega-3 oils, coconut oil, vitamins C and E, folic acid, lycopene, grapeseed, coenzyme Q10 and chlorella.
Dr Siew Tuck Wah discussed how you can keep skin looking youthful.
Dr Israr Wong, medical director of Knightsbridge Clinic, an aesthetic clinic, explained what chemical peels are and how they work. Made from sugar cane or sour milk, chemical peels help to regenerate skin cells, brighten skin tone and smoothen skin texture.
Dr Israr Wong spoke about the benefits of chemical peels.
Dr Junwoo Park, R&D director of CNP Cosmetics, also shared how the beauty brand’s cosmeceutical-quality home peels make for a gentler, zero-downtime option for your skin. I learnt that unlike facial scrubs, which scratch and irritate skin when exfoliating it, home peels gently exfoliate while brightening and moisturising the skin.
Dr Junwoo Park talked about how peels for great skin.
Eye care was also discussed, with Dr Cordelia Chan, consultant eye surgeon at Eye Surgeons@Novena, at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre. To keep your eyes healthy, remember the 20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes you spend looking at a computer screen, take a 20-second break to look at something that’s 20 feet away. It’s so easy.
Dr Cordelia Chan shared tips for healthy eyes.
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