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Posts by Melissa Fann

Get to Know The Real Person #NoLabels

We are often judged by our appearances and labelled ‘fat’, ‘skinny’, or ‘short’. This certainly causes us to lose confidence with ourselves and our body images, which isn’t the real person behind each one of us. In our body positivity campaign, we interview a few men and women to show that we are often more than just a label.

As you can tell, many a times, some of the labels can be hurtful and down right ridiculous. Take the time to get to know the real person behind your label.

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Aqua Zumba Pool Party (Full Moon Edition)

Singapore’s first ever Aqua Zumba FULL MOON Pool Party!

Join the madness, or fitness, if you would prefer to call it, as we welcome the full moon on the 9th of June 2017 with an aquarium of Zumba and hot chocolates! As the full moon approaches, we shall create a new story for all you party animals!

*Kindly note that this is an aquatic event.
Please bring along enough towels for yourself and also a spare set of dry clothes to change into from your swimwear.

aqua zumba
Experience includes:
  • 60 minutes of Zumba party in the evening pool
  • Unwind over a complimentary cup of hot chocolate as we welcome the full moon at 21:09
  • Lockers and shower facilities available

Date:  Fri, 9th June 2017
Time: 7.45pm to 9.45pm
Price: S$29/person
Venue: To be revealed upon registration

To register, please click here.

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7 Home Remedies to Treat Eyebags

Having ‘panda eyes’? Puffy eyes or dark rings are often a result of your body being tired, an allergic reaction or simply because you’re ill. No matter what caused your chronic eyebag, having them will make you look tired and ill, which is not desired if you need to look sharp for that crucial business meeting or when you’re on a hot date.

eyebags

While you do need to focus on the reason for your puffy eyes – as they’re a symptom of an underlying problem – you can take steps to improve the look of your eyes. There’s no need to invest in expensive medication or constantly seek help from medical experts.

These seven home remedies have been used for years – in some cases centuries – to help improve the look of the eyes. They’ll work for redness, puffiness, and black circles under the eyes.

Cold tea bags

The great thing about this remedy is that there’s no waste! After you’ve drunk your cup of tea, pop the bags into cold water and then remove them to slightly dry them out.

The benefits from tea bags come from both the cold temperature and the tea itself. This method is especially beneficially if you opt for green tea bags instead of black ones since there are more healing properties in green tea.

Let’s start with how the coolness helps. When any part of your body is inflamed, it can end up hot and sore. You want to relieve the burning sensation, and that is just what the coolness of the tea bag will do. When you relieve the heat, you can help to reduce the swelling in the eye bags. The cold will help to dilate the blood vessels, pushing them further down into the body so that your eyes can stop swelling as much.

Green tea is full of antioxidants. Your skin will soak them in through some of the cold liquid, helping your immune system fight off whatever reason your eyes are swelling up and burning. Even if your swelling isn’t due to an illness, the antioxidants will help to reduce the inflammatory response that has occurred, helping to keep the puffiness to a minimum. The caffeine in the tea will also help to reduce the swelling and help soothe the skin under your eyes.

Place the tea bags over your closed eyelids and leave for 10-15 minutes. Repeat this a few times throughout the day, as often as you feel the burning need relieving. You should find the puffiness reducing throughout the day and into the first week of using them.

Do watch out for the tea. You want to avoid getting it in your eyes as it can cause irritation. Rinse out the eyes with cool water after using the tea bags.

Keep hydrated

Inflammation can occur when the body is dehydrated. Your body retains water, and this can happen all over. Of course, it leads to the unsightly problem of puffy and red eyes.

Your eyes will also be affected by dehydration. Your body takes fluid from wherever it can, which leads to dry eye and irritation. As you rub your eyes – admit it, we all do this at times – they become more irritated and start to redden and inflame.

The best thing you can do is make sure your body is as hydrated as possible. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of fluid throughout the day – no, this doesn’t have to be plain water! If you are ill, have exercised, or it’s hot, you will need to intake a little extra water to replenish the fluids that you are losing.

You can work on this by drinking a full glass of water before each meal. This won’t just keep you hydrated, but will also help you feel fuller before your meals. You’ll eat fewer calories, helping you to lose weight, which could contribute to inflammation in the body.

Try to avoid carbonated or caffeinated drinks. They dehydrate the body further. Water is the best, but green tea, cordials, or green smoothies can help you get the fluid intake.

Also, keep the amount of salt you must a minimum. High sodium levels in the body dehydrate you and lead to water retention.

Place cucumbers on your eyes

How many times have you seen people use cucumbers while wearing face masks? This isn’t just something quirky. The cucumbers have healing benefits for the eyes for multiple reasons.

Let’s start with the hydration. Remember that fact that dehydration causes inflammation? Well, cucumbers are mostly made up of water. When you place them on the eyes, your skin can soak in the water directly in the area that needs the help.

At the same time, cucumber juices have anti-inflammatory properties. The juices will encourage your body to reduce the swelling, helping you to see results by getting rid of the puffy eyes instantly. The juices also have skin tightening benefits. As you get rid of the puffiness, you can be assured that there isn’t any loose skin to form drooping bags, which tend to look worse than the red puffiness in the first place!

Make an egg white face mask

There is a ton of protein in eggs that your skin around the eyes will benefit from. In fact, the skin across your whole face will benefit from an egg white face mask as the skin cells will rejuvenate better through the addition of protein. The muscles tighten, and the tissues strengthen.

You only need to use the egg whites for about 15 minutes on your face. When the egg whites dry and pull the face in, it also moisturises the skin. Place your cucumber pieces over your eyes at the same time to add the benefits of both ingredients for your eye bags.

Wash off the egg whites with some lukewarm water. This helps to prevent the pores opening too much and the skin getting loose again.

You will need to use an egg white mask daily for a few weeks to see all the benefits. Once your eye bags disappear, it’s worth using the face mask on a weekly basis at least to help keep the skin tight.

Daily facial exercises

There are muscles on your face and they also need a workout – just like other muscles in your body. But of course, facial exercises are more like facial massages, which help to relax and improve blood circulation. Best part of facial exercises – you only need about 20 minutes and you can do this anytime, anywhere.

To improve your eyebags, simply concentrate more on the exercises around your eye area. Click here to view the full facial exercise.

Apply aloe vera

Aloe vera has become much more popular in recent years. It’s known as a powerful weight loss tool, but also offers various other health benefits. One of the health benefits is the reduction of  inflammation.

It’s the oils that you’ll mostly use from the plant. They are traditionally added to cream, which is then applied topically to the area that you want to improve. Aloe vera creams and oils make excellent night masks if you want to sleep through the work.

One of the benefits is in the vitamin E in the aloe vera. It helps to repair the skin cells and supports the tissues. This works with the antioxidants to help support the immune system and reduce the inflammatory response. Make creams help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, reversing the signs of aging.

You’ll also improve the blood flow to the eyes, especially if you massage the oils gently into the skin. Good blood flow helps to reduce inflammation around the area and will improve the tightness of the skin.

Change the way you sleep

The best remedy is still good ole ‘beauty’ sleep and if you’re tired despite sleeping 8 hours, it might be the quality of sleep or the position you sleep in that is affecting you.

When you sleep on your front or side, gravity will start to pull the fluid into your body downwards. While the blood keeps flowing, there will be more in the parts of the body that are closer to the ground. That means your eyes start to gain more fluid retention.

If you lie on your back, you get rid of the issue with gravity. The fluid is pulled away from your eyes and into the back of your head and body instead. There is more surface area for the fluid to spread out.

You can also help to keep the fluid away from your face by sleeping slightly upright. This is an excellent position if you have trouble breathing while sleeping. Gravity can’t pull your tongue back, causing a potentially blocked air pipe.

If you do struggle to sleep, it’s worth considering why that is. Unfortunately, no matter how much you try other home remedies, the eyes will suffer if you don’t get a good quality night’s sleep.

Time to try them!

Now it’s completely up to you. There are many home remedies that you can try to get rid of the eye bags and puffiness. Some of them can even be used together if you want to improve the look of your eyes quickly.

There are some more long-term efforts. This is especially the case with facial exercises and better sleeping positions. They’re worth the effort, but you need to start creating a habit right now.

While you focus on how to get rid of the eye bags, you can look at the reasons for the eye bags appearing. There will be an underlying reason. It could just be alack of sleep or poor quality sleep, which we’ve touched on with the sleeping positions. However, often, puffiness is due to some sort of allergy or immune response. Get to the bottom of it, and you won’t have to keep using home remedies to tackle the problem.


Article adapted from Positive Health Wellness.

Photo credits: Pixabay and Positive Health Wellness

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Singaporean Wins Second Runner Up in Mrs Top of the World 2017

Congratulations to 43 year-old Ice Sherry Lee who recently competed in the international Mrs Top of the World pageant in Riga, Latvia! The Singaporean mother of two was one of the few Asians in the competition and she bagged the title of Second Runner Up, beating 16 other contestants who were mostly in their early 30s. The cheerful Singaporean beauty also won the award for Mrs Photogenic.

mrs top of the world

According to Ice, she shared that the competition was “pretty intense” as some of the contestants had an entourage following them everywhere to ensure that they looked good all the time. Nonetheless, this beauty with the short cropped hairdo stood out from the rest with her ability to look outstanding plus confident through careful choices of colour and clothes that match her skin and body shape. It is hard to believe that Ice had never worn a stitch of make up until she joined SIA as a flight attendant at the age of 24 years-old!

The results of the pageant were determined through four factors: paid public online voting (including social media), beauty, poise and confidence. It’s no wonder that this former model scored high in all segments, as seen through her sizeable following. Ice is currently the founder of Aphrodite Image Consultancy as well as the owner of Shine Models, and she shared what her beauty secrets are: drinking sufficient water, getting at least 8 hours of sleep daily, a regular detox regime as well as a rigorous daily skincare routine.

The dedicated mother of a boy and a girl still takes the time to ensure that her children eat properly by cooking almost every meal for them.

When asked what this win in an international pageant means to her, Ice commented, “I want to show that even when middle age hits, it is possible for any woman to still be beautiful when one masters the art of dressing for success and takes good care of herself while putting her strengths to work.”

We’re certainly proud of Ice for clinching this international title for Singapore and we definitely want to look as good as she does when we hit our 40s!


Photo credits: Mrs Top of the World 

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Thinking About a Soup Cleanse?

The Chinese have always been promoting the nutritiousness of soups, as seen from the variety and how each type of soup is able to help soothe the lungs and other internal organs. However, with the recent trend in detox plans and juice cleanse, there is a new trend called – soup cleanse.

All of us here at The Wellness Insider are healthily sceptical about soup cleanses considering how little evidence there is about them, so we decided to ask the experts. Integrative Dentist and Health Coach, Dr Surinder Arora, said that the point of soup cleanses was to get “people to eat whole real foods if the soups are prepared themselves” and that “this is another way to get these good foods into the body.” However, she did mention that soup cleanses are “not needed if people have eliminated artificial and processed junk foods from their diet.”

So, in other words, it is not a total ‘don’t try it!’ diet regime and it might be a good way for you to try and cut back from sugar and other additives. Nonetheless, it’s not meant to be a long term diet but like most of us, it’s great to have a bowl of soup once in a while.

If you’re interested in doing a soup cleanse, then you may want to try out the following recipes by our friends at Gergich & Co. in this simple infographic.
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Soup up Your Lifestyle with a Soup Cleanse

 

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The Importance of Self-Defence

Especially in Singapore, it does not seem like learning self-defence is a necessary skill to possess. However, the statistics are glaring in our faces. In 2015, the rate of women being raped in Singapore alone was 4 rapes every 9 days as reported by The New Paper. And this has been on the rise since 2013. Moreover, there are more cases reported in the news about murder victims being killed by their spouses or even their parent.

Therefore, it is increasingly important to learn how to defend yourself in a life-death situation. Which is why Zackiee of U-Elite is so passionate about teaching women the basics of self-defence.

Through his experience as a police officer and even as a self-defence coach, he has seen many cases where the victim could’ve survived had he or she learnt the proper way to defend themselves.

That is why Zackiee will be conducting a special workshop during our inaugural Wellness Day Out to teach women some basic techniques on self-defence! Check out the video above where you can see some of the basic moves you’ll learn during the workshop on the 24th June and the best part about it all is that you get a bit of a cardio workout while developing a useful life skill!

Basic Self-Defence for Women

Date:  Sat, 24 June 2017
Time: 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Price: S$40 per person for a Festival Pass which allows you access to all workshops for the day (except the Batik workshop)
Eventbrite - Wellness Day Out

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Yoga From The Sky (ESPRESSO edition)

District 1 Yoga and Coffee Irony are proud to bring you our 2017 ESPRESSO edition of YOGA FROM THE SKY, an unprecedented yoga event in Singapore. This definitely is yoga with a view.

Imagine the scent of freshly-roasted coffee seeping from your kitchen, or a shot of espresso lifted to your nose to lift your mood at dawn.
All these being savored at 158m high with the inspiring views of iconic landmarks and skyscrapers in the most prestigious district of Singapore.
Enter our Yoga deck infused with the 100% natural aroma of coffee from our Organic coffee grounds, topping it off with a breathtaking view to add a new dimension to this peaceful workout.

Join us on Sunday, April 9, 2017 for something we promised you’ve never experienced before.
Perk your Sunday up, conquer your fear of heights while improving your flexibility.
Do them right here at YOGA FROM THE SKY.

* Please bring along your own yoga mat, towel and a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated.

Experience includes:
  • Holistic 60 minutes of yoga experience
  • 158m above the city
  • 360 panoramic view of the city
  • 3 soft-copies of keepsake group photo from our yoga deck for an additional $2 (OPTIONAL)

Date: Sunday, 28 May 2017
Time: Various sessions starting from 9.45am to 2pm.
Fee: S$19

To view session timeslots and to register, kindly click here.


Photo credits: Funzing

Manduka Spring '17 Yoga Mats
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Superfood Your Dessert with a DIY Acai Bowl

Superfoods is a recent term used on a whole group of foods that are high in nutritions but low in calories, perfect for getting your vitamins and proteins in without the popping of multiple pills. Not sure about you, but I much prefer to eat my vitamins and minerals.

The super berry Acai

The acai (pronounced as ah-sigh-ee) berry, is one such superfood and it comes from the Amazon forest. Prized as an important staple in the Amazonian diet for generations, did you know that the deep purple berry contains high natural antioxidants (the anthocyanin responsible for giving it the characteristic purple colour), essential amino acids, omega fatty acids, calcium, iron and even fibre. This means that the humble acai berry is capable of boosting one’s immunity and keep your body in balance.

acai bowl

Since we can’t get the fresh berries in Asia, the next best thing would be the freeze-dried powder as freeze drying still retains most of its nutritions. You can add the powder as a flavouring into your yoghurts, ice cream, smoothies or juices and the latest dessert trend is the delicious Acai Bowl. Making one is really not that tough and here’s the recipe which is vegan and vegetarian friendly:

Ingredients:

1 medium sized frozen banana
1-2 heaped tablespoons Nature’s Superfoods Acai Berry Powder
1 tablespoon nut butter (cashew, almond etc)
1/3 cup iced water

For garnish:
Fresh cut fruit of your choice, sweet cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds or chia seeds

Method:

Blend the frozen banana with the berry powder, nut butter and iced water until you get a smooth consistency. Top it off with your choice of fresh cut fruit and seeds as well as the cacao nibs to give it a chocolatey flavour!

 

For our bowl, we added kombucha instead of iced water to give it some probiotics and topped it off with pine nuts, chlorophyll powder, chia seeds, passionfruit and cacao nibs. You can also add in protein powder (use the flavourless or vanilla flavoured ones) or maca powder to make it a complete meal. Enjoy!


Recipe from Nature’s Superfoods.

Photography by Melissa Fann.

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