Defying gravity through beauty and wellnessBy Tessa Prieto-Valdes
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Beauty and wellness are ageless issues. There is no shortage of options and variations to maximize the potential of being beautiful and staying healthy.
The concept of beauty is broadly encompassing. It is alluringly universal but ultimately personal. My bathroom counter is proof. The entire area is filled with lotions and creams in bottles and tubes of every shape and form known to man. Arranging them alone should retard my aging process! And yes, using those moisturizers helps, too.
As I enter into the wonderful world of “midlife-hood” where I discover that gravity can be an enemy, dramatic efforts are necessary to combat the downward forces of nature. As I do not have the nerves to resort to painful and expensive drastic measures, my number one aid is the new Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Cream.
This latest offering from the premium Olay Regenerist line reduces the appearance of wrinkles for smoother, younger-looking skin. Visible wrinkle reduction in just one application is a strong statement, but this Olay Cream has breakthrough research and technology to back up their claims.
Olay Regenerist contains micro-filler technology to fill up these valleys, thus changing the way light bounces back. A combination of B3 complex and advanced biopeptides provides long-term improvement on wrinkle reduction. Chronic wrinkles are addressed in 14 days. And all at an affordable price!
To visibly experience the instant results, the new Olay product was introduced to media through a series of intimate lunches and dinners. What better way to test the cream with our own hands?
As a brand ambassador of the Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Cream, I was delighted to do the demo. Deirdre de Padua, P&G brand external relations leader, provided the scientific background so that I could not just claim that Olay could cure it all.
There is no better place for an intimate launch cum delicious lunch than Atelier 317, the quaint restaurant of chef Steph Zubiri. Chef Steph whipped up a special menu with a delicious dessert, all in Olay colors.
Watsons carries the complete Olay line, and other beauty and body essentials at amazing prices. This beauty grocery recently launched its “Switch to Watsons Label and Save for Your Cosmo Dream” campaign at the SM Megamall with hosts Bianca Valerio and Amazing Race Asia winner Richard Hardin.
It was a joint celebration with Cosmo’s 15th anniversary, and it was indeed quite a party as the Cosmolicious Hunks manned the booths. Cosmo Dreams included Beauty Blow-out with Revlon and Neutrogena, Fashion Makeover with Forever 21, Leisurely Travel with Tiger Airways tickets to Singapore, and Priced-less Indulgence where Watsons gave away an iPhone 4S to the lucky game winner.
The Switch and Save family—Patty Laurel, Divine Lee, Victor Basa and me—also includes singer Stephanie Dan, model Kelly Misa, and “Brapanese” actor Fabio Ide.
Next week on TV5’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition Philippines,” Watsons generously donates Watsons Label products to the chosen family. It’s quite a show, as the family also helps out prison inmates, and Watsons helps them all out.
Beauty does come from within. One may have an extensive beauty regime but if they lead a stressful life and eat unhealthily, their skin condition may be affected. Here is where wellness comes into the picture.
The country’s pioneering wellness hub, The Spa Wellness, provides all-embracing relaxation with its multiple treatments and services. Seven boutique branches are dedicated to extending the ultimate in luxe rejuvenation. The Spa Wellness believes that total wellness is true beauty.
The Spa Wellness has become a significant and complete wellness haven. Each branch caters to luxury relaxation (The Spa), fitness (barre3) and beauty (SKIN dermatology & Laser Center) needs of its valued clients. (Check www.thespa.com.ph/spawellness for branch locations and bookings.)
The flagship outpost is The Spa Wellness in Bonifacio High Street. Various themed rooms are there for massage therapies, sumptuous body treatments, and sublime facials. The procedures include acupuncture, hilot massage and the best hot, volcanic stone massage I have ever had.
Also at the Fort branch is Skin Dermatology and Laser Center, The Spa’s state-of-the-art, dermatology area. It truly is a one-stop haven for beauty and wellness.
The Spa Wellness also has the groundbreaking barre3, a revolutionary exercise studio. It combines the grace of the ballet barre, the wisdom of yoga, and the strength of Pilates in one powerful workout. Classes are also held in Alabang, Eastwood, and Rockwell branches. My running buddy Leah Caringal has become shapelier thanks to barre3. She enjoys the relaxing phase of exercise.
Among the giants of wellness in the country, of course, is Fitness First (www.fitnessfirst.com.ph). As the market leader, it features a variety of workout programs. It is more than just exercise machines and dumbbells.
With over 15 Fitness First Clubs and three Fitness First Platinum Clubs in the country, more Pinoys have achieved their health and fitness goals with Fitness First than at any other club. Losing weight is easy with fun classes like Zumba, Body Jam and Sh’bam. Each high-energy class does not even feel like exercise but more like a fun dance workout.
Right after the super fun Sh’bam class of Arnold Waren, I tried out Muay Thai or kickboxing with trainer Chris. I have a long way to go with this martial art, though, as it seems designed for tall and long-legged people. But it was certainly energizing!
Next week I start my spin classes at the club to jumpstart my training for the Ironman Race in Cebu. Our Timex Team Valdes outfits are ready, so I really should hop on my bike as the biker of our Relay Team.
But that’s a whole new story that will just have to wait for next time. Happy Sunday!
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