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[Material World x Sulwhasoo] Best Running Event, Found! – Tan Lili

I was almost certain I would miss this year’s Jurong Lake Run. A flu bug appeared out of nowhere and struck me two days before the running event, leaving me a sniffling, coughing wreck. In fact, just the night before, I was half-contemplating giving the run a miss. I mean, as much as I love to revel in that yes-I-have-made-it moment when I cross the finish line, I wouldn’t want to put my health – and my life! – at risk.

Needless to say, I was bummed. I had been looking forward to the race, especially since it’d be my first Jurong Lake Run.

However, I must have successfully willed the damned bug away because, as sudden as it had appeared, it more or less abated by the morning of the run! I met up with my boyfriend and my pal –my usual two running-event companions – at the ungodly hour of 4.30am, eager to get to the front of the starting line (the flag-off for the run was 7am).

I was still self-monitoring, of course. I tend to get dehydrated easily when I’m out in the sun for a long period of time, which would lead to a head-splitting migraine. Since I’d be running for around 1.5 hours, I made sure to stay well hydrated by drinking sufficient water before the race.      

Another thing I’m not particularly fond of when it comes to morning runs: the unbearable, blistering heat. Apart from the fact that it translates to me perspiring profusely, heat also causes something else I learned recently: it accelerates ageing.

Heat And Skin Ageing
Based on a ten-year study by Korean skincare brand Sulwhasoo and researchers at Seoul National University, skin that’s exposed to the sun for just 15 minutes can result in your skin temperature to rise from the normal 31°C to up to 43°C! The rise in skin temperature is not the only cause for concern; the research also found that when skin temperature exceeds 37°C, the number of blood vessels increase as collagen and other elastic fibres are destroyed. In other words, heat is one of the primary causes of skin ageing.

The discovery led Sulwhasoo and the research team at Seoul National University to develop Thermal Protection Factor (TPF), which not only protects your skin from UV and infrared rays, but also helps keep your skin temperature 5°C lower than your body temperature. This first-ever heat protect technology can be found in Sulwhasoo’s new anti-ageing day cream, Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream.

Not surprisingly, the sun was unforgiving yesterday morning. Knowing that I’d be running outdoors for at least a couple of hours, I didn’t want to take any chances. Before the run, I applied Sulwhasoo Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream liberally over my face – even before the sun was up!

Applying the Sulwhasoo Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream even before the sun was up!

Applying the Sulwhasoo Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream even before the sun was up!

Surprise, Surprise
Time: 7.00am. And so the run began. My boyfriend, a mad-fast runner, took off sprinting the second the flag was waved. My buddy and I started slow and steady, as we always did in our past runs. Because I wasn’t 100-percent well, I made sure not to overexert myself. What with the overbearing heat (good thing I applied Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream!), we stopped several times to walk – and even took a picture of the beautiful Jurong Lake!

scenery jurong lake

When my friend and I were nearing the finish line, I was shocked to see the timing on the board – despite resting several times throughout the run, it was actually my best timing yet! Fueled by what we saw, my friend and I picked up our pace and powered through the last 100m before we finally crossed the finish line.

See You At Jurong Lake Run 2014!
After a big run, my friends and I would be on a mission … to stuff ourselves with glorious food. But before that, we desperately needed to get out of our sweat-soaked attire. The heat was still pretty strong, so after cleansing my face, I applied another thin layer of Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream.

Yep, I wasn't taking any chances.

Yep, I wasn’t taking any chances.

Going by this year’s Jurong Lake Run, I’ll definitely be back next year. I enjoyed the scenic route, and that the terrain was relatively flat throughout with zero bottlenecks. Plus, unlike the bigger, more popular running events, this one gives off a refreshing no-frills vibe. Definitely my favourite running event so far this year!

Three happy campers, post-run!

Three happy campers, post-run!

My Thoughts On Sulwhasoo Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream
Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream is formulated with three traditional Korean ingredients – red ginseng, which is rich in antioxidants to block UV rays; winter cypress polysaccharide, to reduce irritation caused by heat; and prunus mume fruit, to reduce body heat. These three active ingredients work in synergy to help cool your skin temperature, protecting your skin from external heat.

Renodigm textureDespite its slightly rich texture, it is easily absorbed by the skin – on days when I go out, I could put on my makeup immediately after applying Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream. Designed to be used as the final step in your skincare regime, Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream is a moisturiser and a sun/heat-protector in one. However, because of my super-dry skin, I have to apply a very thin layer of moisturiser before this so my skin feels sufficiently hydrated.

I must say, it seems to work well to protect my skin from the heat. When I looked into the mirror after the run, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my skin wasn’t spotted with red blotches like it usually would after an intense workout. While it’s too soon to tell its anti-ageing effects, Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream was certainly made for our hot and humid weather.

Sulwhasoo Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream, $180 for 50ml, is available exclusively at TANGS Beauty, TANGS Orchard and TANGS VivoCity.

Material World worked with Sulwhasoo to review its product. All reviews are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. You may read our advertising policy here.  

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as (now, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets

We’re Giving Away One Sulwhasoo Renodigm EX Dual Care Cream, Worth $180!

Renodigm EX Dual Care Cram

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Contest ends July 12, Friday, 2013.