Friday, February 5, 2016

Expressions 3-Day Detox Kit: Click that Reset Button

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The word 'detox' has been commonly associated with the term 'weight loss' and 'slimming' because during a detox, you have to abstain yourself from eating normally and this often results in weight loss. However, the meaning of the word 'detox' simply means removing toxins from your body - you could deem it as a cleansing process where your body returns to homeostasis.

And detox can take place through many forms - water fast, juice fast, raw vegan diet or lemonade diet. Some of these detox diets are supplemented with vitamins or mineral tablets to provide sufficient and balanced nutrients to the body. It can range from 1 to 7 days. Personally, I've done a few detoxes and enjoyed the after effects and benefits.

This is my second time trying Expressions' 3-Day Detox kit which comes with a bottle of pure maple syrup and 3 different types of health supplements. Read about my first detox experience with Expressions here! It can be quite challenging to stay away from solid food for 3 days so it is important to prep the body before a detox if you want to witness a successful detoxification.

Hunger pangs may set in but it isn't as bad because you can still sip some maple lemonade if you are feeling hungry. There may be temptations but if you are reminded of how much you have already given up to go through this diet, you would be less tempted to cheat.

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Health Supplements

Formula C Natural Herb : Cascara Sagrada, Ginger, Fennel, Clove, Marshmallow, Licorice, Yellow dock, Butternut 

(Huh? Marshmallow? No, it isn't that white cotton candy but an african herb which is scientifically known as Althaea officinalis.)


Formula D Natural Herb : Red clover, burdock, Dandelion, Quassia extract, Sarsaparrilla, Ginger, Buckthorn, Prickly Ash Bark, Yellow Dock



This supplement provides your body with dietary fibre and keeps you full for a long time. 


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I had received a couple of questions on how I prepare my maple lemonade. I like to drink it concentrated and drink cups of plain water throughout the day. From the previous detox, I learnt that I have to take in more maple syrup to prevent the hunger pangs from setting in. It wasn't that bad on the first day but it gets progressively more challenging on the second and third day.

I would add about 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and one-third of lemon juice into my glass of water and drink it in the morning together with the supplements.

I am not sure why but I actually lost more weight previously as compared to this recent detox I had. Probably I didn't drink enough water or maybe I wasn't eating clean before the detox. But I did experienced the detox symptoms on the first day when I had to make several visits to the toilet to clear out my bowels. I felt so much lighter and better after!


In the previous detox which took place about one month ago, I lost about 2.5kg and this round, I lost only 0.5 kg. Not so obvious in the figures but my body felt much cleaner and my mind becomes sharper after the detox. I might consider going for another detox but perhaps maybe after a few months later. It would be great to do it at least once a year. I promise you - it will be a good break for your digestive system.


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Orchard
121 Penang Road #01-02 Regency House
Singapore 238464
6235 9890
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10:30 am - 8:30 pm Mon - Fri
10:00 am - 5:30 pm Sat - Sun

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2 Sin Ming Road #01-06 Sin Ming Plaza
Singapore 575583
6358 1555
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Body Treatments Aren't Just for Fat People

If you've been following my blog for quite some time, you'll know that I've tried several body slimming treatments now. And it is true that I am constantly in seek of losing more kilos to get to my ideal weight and achieve that slim figure but slowly, I'm starting to discover the other side of slimming treatments. In fact, I am starting to see the therapeutic and health benefits of such slimming treatments with the use of machines.

I've tried using several slimming machines but I have not gone through the full cycle - some are effective and some were less obvious in terms of producing results. Nevertheless, I enjoy going for such treatments because I felt that body is starting to work at its optimum.

If you think about it this way, a healthy body with a good metabolic rate shouldn't result in weight gain or water retention because it is able to regulate itself and achieve balance within. That is to say that I am not at my healthiest state now as I am still encountering such problems. And to achieve that good state of health, I believe in exercise, nutrition and if fast results is desired, body treatments is an option.

So the question is, are body treatments just for fat people?

Obviously...

NO.

Take for instance, exercise. Exercise is not a medicine or solution for overweight people but an essential activity for everyone. Slim people got to stay active and eat right in order to be in the best state of health. Likewise, healthy people needs to continue what they have been doing to maintain their weight. Once of they got off track, they got to exercise a little more, watch what they eat or even go for body treatments to sustain that level of health and wellness.

So, body treatments are for everyone who wants to see better results through a safe and efficient way. Thus, I always considered body slimming treatments as part of this body wellness program in 'programming' your body to function better which will eventually help in weight loss. And when you lose weight, you not only feel lighter but healthier and happier as an individual.

Before trying out all these slimming programmes, I used to think that body slimming treatments are for lazy people and for people who lost hope in exercising and nutrition. But it isn't that case. There are much more benefits to these body slimming treatment that people do not really know.


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I am glad to invited to Expressions to try out the Expressions VIP body systems treatment as I still wanted to get rid of some stubborn fats at my thigh area and arms. Also, I hope to tone up my body further with the combination of exercise and to get rid of water retention in my body.

The machine they use (as shown below) as two major features - the muscle firming and metabolic activator that is used to burn fat and increase metabolic rate. The activator releases infra-red light which penetrates into the skin deeper and this allows the tissue to be stimulated and thus resulting in greater blood circulation. The other is the electrode pads that sends electrical waves through the body which induces the bundle of muscles to contract. This enhance the energetic consumption and the eliminate the fluids in excess in the area.  So when I was on this machine, I felt a strong contraction in my stomach and thighs that come in a form of pulses.

One session of therapy is about 30 minutes and it is equivalent to 300 sit ups!

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I've completed 3 sessions to so far and I am really loving the result especially after my second session. There was much noticeable changes after my first session but right after the second session, my tummy muscles felt tight and my legs looked less swollen.

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The amount of current that flows through your body can be adjusted. Of course, the greater the current, the greater the muscle contraction which will lead to better results - more toned muscles and firmer skin. So this treatment not only help in weight loss but it tones the muscles, firms the skin, increase your metabolic rate (which I totally needed it!), improve blood circulation and reduce fluid retention. All these leads to an improvement in overall body health and wellness.

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I also spend the next 30 minutes lying down while they used the machine on my arms to tone it up. Your muscles will be stretched through periods of muscle contraction and relaxation.

What I like about this treatment is that there isn't much discomfort and it is also non-invasive. It is fast, safe and comfortable. I like to sneak in a quick nap during the treatment before I had out for events or to the gym for a work out session.

I doing this treatment about once every week and I really hope to see a healthier, sexier and confident me.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Innisfree Haul #2: Orchid Gel Cream, Green Tea Mint Fresh, Eco Safety Aqua Perfect Sun Gel, Green Tea Mint Fresh Scalp Scaler, Green Tea Seed Serum


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It's time of the year to invest on some good skincare products that would suit my mature skin as youthfulness slowly slips away. I am no longer using drugstore skin care products for teens. Neither am I using over-priced skincare products that is way out of my budget. I still go for brands that offer great quality and effective products at pocket-friendly prices. As I've come to discover, that has got to be Innisfree. Also, I was looking for a brand that supports the environment and uses largely natural ingredients as its key ingredients. Innisfree fits the bill.

So that explains for this haul. It costs me about $120 for 4 products with an average of $20 plus per product. Affordable? Yes!

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They love to throw in free samples and gifts which you spent more than $50 or $100. They even reward you with credits whenever you shop there! The perks are pretty awesome.

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They gave a different sample every month. Last year, I received a sample pack of the best selling products. This month, I received their sleeping packs that comes in small sample sizes. And if you like it, you can buy the full-sized product the next time you visit Innisfree. That's a good marketing strategy for us idiots.


Innisfree Orchid Gel



Innisfree Orchid Gel Cream was proclaimed to be the best beauty buys by a reputable local magazine. How great is this? Excellent! I am loving this moisturizer now and I've stopped using bamboo gel by The Face Shop as a moisturizer.

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Jeju orchid has its oustanding antioxidant effects and it makes this a good anti-aging product for mature skin. Some of its stated benefits includes wrinkle correction, elasticity, skin tone and pore care.

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I love it that it is a gel-based product that is not too thick or rich. I was contemplating about getting this because I saw that the Green Tea series also has a gel moisturizer but I knew this would be more suitable for my dry skin as it is a little more richer. It's creamy but not too creamy.

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See what I mean?

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It glides gently across the skin and gets readily absorb in 5 seconds.

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Innisfree Eco Safety Aqua Perfect Sun Gel 


I was dissapointed in their sunblock which is cream/lotion-based as it clogs my skin. Now that they've got the gel-based version, I was also quite weary but I decided to give it a try. So far, it is okay but I am not too sure if my current breakout is caused by this product so I am still using it sparingly to test it out. Keeping my fingers crossed.


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The sunblock is formulated with sunflower oil and hyaluronic acid so it has a nice refreshing floral scent.

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Innisfree Green Tea Mint Fresh Scalp Scaler 


I am still struggling with my scalp issues so when I saw that Innisfree has their own scalp product, I decided to try. There aren't many scalp products in the market by the way.


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It contains natural essential oil complex and Jeju green tea and mint extract which deeply cleanse the scalp. Remember to read the directions before using. I regretted not reading it beforehand because you are actually suppose to rinse it off! I guessed my scalp is heavily clogged now.

Directions


1. Apply evenly onto your entire scalp.

2. Leave the formula on your scalp for 3 to 5 minutes and gently massage the formula into your scalp.
3.  Rinse off the formula with warm water and use a little more shampoo than usual to wash off the formula.
4. Thoroughly rinse after shampooing.

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It comes in 3 bottles with markings on each bottle to indicate the amount you should use each time.

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Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum

I tried the sample previously and that's how I came to know this green buddy.

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It is enriched with fresh green tea seeds and freshly squeezed Jeju green tea. I promise you will dance and swirl as if you are in the fields as you are massaging the serum into your skin. Another favourite! Mark this product down people.


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I like that Innisfree would mark out the expiry of each product so clearly on its packaging. Most of their products have a shelf life of 12 months once opened.

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The drop of heavenly green tea essence!

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Innisfree promotes recycling and reducing of wastage. Just emptied an Innisfree product? Keep the bottle and bring it to the store on your next visit and drop it into their recycling bins!

Even their packaging are printed using soyink and made using eco-friendly material. But it would be even better if they can think of ways to reduce their packaging.

Have you tried Innisfree products? From the land of Korean dramas and Kpop? Let me know.