Beauty boost, inside and out

Beauty boost, inside and out
Dr Komathy Rajaratnam, a general practitioner, meditating in her gym at her condominium.

What do you do to keep fit?

I work out on the cross trainer four to five times a week for about 20 minutes each time and end the session with yoga or weights training. I do yoga for about 15 minutes, mainly stretches.

I learnt to mix it up from a personal trainer who taught cross training with yoga, which is good as it combines a workout for the heart with endurance and strength building for the muscles.

That is why I sometimes do weights training after being on the cross trainer, instead of yoga.

Soon, I will also start to practise qigong - a traditional breathing exercise which involves slow, measured movements - to increase my stamina and mental alertness. I have found someone, who learnt the technique from a qigong master, to give me one-on-one lessons once or twice a week.

I want to build on my inner mental strength.

Life is worthless without good health, so I want to be mentally alert and physically fit till the very end.

What is your secret to looking so fabulous?

I am not sure about the fabulous part, but I have always loved anything to do with fashion - beautiful clothes, shoes, make-up and hair.

I watch my diet and exercise in order to fit into fashionable clothes.

As I age, I have been more diligent in looking after my skin, especially on my face, neck and hands.

I never go to sleep with make-up on.

I apply treatment creams and have had chemical peels to maintain clear and radiant skin.

This is more so in the last few years due to problems with melasma and acne.

I also do a medical facial once a month to maintain the skin's glow.

This facial, available only at doctors' clinics, infuses medical-grade serum deep into the skin for hydration purposes.

And I do a skin tightening procedure once a year using the Thermage radiofrequency machine.

These are the perks of my job.

Has there ever been a time when you were not fit and fab?

I was un-fabulous the first six months after giving birth to my first child.

It was just me and my baby, so there was no impetus to dress well.

I just slouched around in a pair jeans and T-shirt, without any make-up on.

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