Tuesday, 11 March 2014

LIFESTYLE@LXG: Finally, A 24hr Sunscreen!

We covered EHA Clinic's Japan-made 24hr Sunshield a while back when it was first launched in Singapore. Today, we are giving it another shout out because its got itself a brand spanking new look and plus we really love this product!

Many of the high SPF sunscreens available on the market today use chemical filters to block UVA rays, but these have been shown to only offer marginal protection. That’s because commonly used UVA filters like avobenzone and Mexoryl, break down quickly and lose effectiveness in the sun unless stabilized. This stabilization process is difficult and few companies have been able to prove that they can do it.

Therefore in the past, the best way make sure you were protected throughout the day was to reapply sunscreen often – at least once every two hours. Even if it offered the best UVA protection, it’s efficacy soon disappeared.

EHA’s Sun Shield 24hr has been proven to block both UV-A and UV-B rays by 99%, for a period of 24 hours, with just one application. Even when applied thickly to the skin, the base - which is equivalent to an SPH factor of 30 - still appears transparent – giving a natural look without the feeling of any make-up application.   

The protecting ingredient also prevents spot generation, keeping the skin cool and resistant against sunburn. Sun Shield 24hr can also be used as foundation base before make-up application. I personally use it in place of foundation or concealer. I love the fact that its subtle tint evens out my otherwise patchy complexion and leaves my skin looking matte and clean.

EHA Sunshield 24 hr is available at EHA Clinic. 1 Scotts Road. #15-01 Shaw Centre.
Singapore 228208. Tel: 6235 3325

EHA Sunshield 24HR is priced at:

30 Ml bottle $98.00
5 ML travel size tube $38.00

WELLNESS@LXG: A Review of Centrum Multivitamins - for Men and Women

Long working hours? Check.
No time to eat three full meals a day? Check.
Have trouble sleeping? Check.

- And I don’t think I’m the only one…

Work rules your life; everything-else comes in second.  And although you’ve had the best intentions to turn your life around – taking time to eat and cook healthily, exercising, and putting in the correct amount of sleep-time – these often end up failing miserably.  Am I right?

Welcome to the Club. And don’t worry, because there is something you can do to help reverse this unhealthy trend.

There are lots of good reasons to take a multivitamin. Even if you do manage to tidy up your act and improve your diet, even the best eating plans can fall short of meeting all of the 40-plus nutrients you need each day. So taking a once-daily multivitamin is an easy way to fill in those nutritional gaps.

But with so many different brands and varieties to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin. Which is a reason why I personally used to give up altogether and just pray that what I was eating was good enough.

But when I started to notice the increased frequencies in which I was getting ill, catching the flu, and having sleepless nights, I realized that perhaps there was something lacking health-wise.

Yes, I could just blame it on work, but when my better-half began to observe my drop in energy and enthusiasm for life in general, it was a situation which could no longer be ignored.

Many studies have also found that men are less likely to have a healthier eating pattern. We eat less fruits and vegetables, and ahem, also have a higher consumption of alcohol compared to females.

So when Centrum introduced a multivitamin designed just for men, I really couldn’t make any more excuses.
But why a multivitamin specifically for men?

Well, the greatest difference between the genders is that the average guy is bigger in size than the average woman, and so uses up more energy going about his daily activities. And in particular, his higher muscle mass makes it crucial that he receives higher magnesium to ensure proper muscle function.

Turns out that Centrum for Men is specially formulated for a man’s nutritional support - with the following key benefits: energy release, healthy muscles, and heart function. You could call it the life support system we need to improve total body wellness in a fast paced lifestyle.

Complemented with a variety of B-vitamins to promote cell metabolism, and along with a higher zinc content, Centrum helps boost a guy’s vitality ensuring he has enough energy to conquer his grueling day. A higher number of body cells, due to body size and muscle mass also mean that the demand for Vitamin E is higher to protect against oxidant attacks.

Like its female counterpart, it contains 24 essential vitamins and minerals, complete from A to Zinc – but these are offered in different proportions to cater to each gender’s needs.

After a couple of weeks of taking Centrum for Men daily – c’mon it’s just one pill a day; (how easier could it be to stick to a health plan!) – I can honestly feel an improvement in my total body wellness – and I’ve certainly got more energy to deal with the stresses of work. I also have it from a very reliable source,  that I’m no longer such a grouch in the mornings either!


  Centrum for Women: A review by LADY@LXG

While a balanced diet is important for every woman to look and feel her best, how realistic is it for us, in this day and age, to get all the nutrients that we require through our diet? Most of us get through the day by mainlining huge doses of caffeine. This is why I am a huge fan of supplements; multi vitamins in particular!

What makes Centrum for Women special, is that this new complete multivitamin, is formulated to address the unique nutritional demands of today’s woman. You know, the sort that works her butt off at the office, mainlining espressos as she dodges a mine-field of back-stabbing colleagues and demanding clients, then gets home, only to play master chef, seductress and super mummy to her two-legged or four-legged offspring, making it a tad bit impossible for her to fit in her daily dose of assorted fruits and veges.

In Centrum for Women you’ll find more calcium, magnesium and vitamin D – which help with bone health – as well as over 20 other important nutrients based on the latest findings in nutritional science. So what you essentially get is a supplement that is custom made for us women, how awesome is that!

In the past, I used to pop between 10 to 15 tablets a day. But now, thanks to Centrum for Women one tablet with food together with my oral sunscreen capsule is all I need to keep me going for the day. Most importantly, it leaves me with a sense of security, especially when I forget to include greenery in my diet.

Centrum for Men and Centrum for Women both retail at $42 for 60 tablets, so go grab yourself a bottle today!