I was invited to attend the Renascent King Lifestyle Expo held by Renascent Health, a brand that are (according to their website) synonymous with holistic health care, preventative wellness medicine and aesthetic excellence. I was quite intrigued to be invited to a men’s event but hey, the line-up looked interesting and focused on hot topics like diet, vitamin supplementation, fitness, aesthetics, skin care and styling. Figured I could learn a thing or two – even if it was aimed at the boys.
The event was held at a car dealership would you believe. However, the Auto Atlantic Mini Dealership defies any and all ideas pertaining. It’s amazing. There are some really hip spots in Woodstock that could learn a thing or two from how this place is decked out.
We were greeted with healthy snacks, some iced tea by Teapigs and some yummy sushi by the much talked about Nuri sushi (of course if you know me, you know I don’t eat seafood but everyone else was raving about it). Mister Barista were also available for some much needed coffee to warm up the cold evening.
There were several speakers. Leila covered so many topics! One very relevant topic was that of falling testosterone levels in men. All I can say is, google the symptoms and if you think you might be at risk or affected, consult a doctor. You can of course catch Leila at Renascent Health.
One of my favourite parts of Leila’s talk was the botox demonstration. Men and women are equally worried about ageing so it makes sense that we’d want to reverse (or rather stall) the effects of time. Botox works my friends – I’ve witnessed it.
Dourina from Innovative Skincare had us all wanting to get IS products. I’ve had the Fire and Ice peel personally and my skin was baby soft afterwards. I spotted her doing a demonstration later (free skin peel, hello?!).
Frances from Xymogen discussed male hormone imbalance and supplements that can be taken to help.
Belinda from Galderma discussed skin boosters that sound out of this world. I think I’m going to start saving up for it. As she said, the younger you start, the better.
The styling section of the event was really exciting.
Natalie Magerman, Renascent Health’s very own resident image consultant, discussed image therapy. Her philosophy can be summed up very simply, that people judge you within 3 seconds of meeting you, so it’s better to help them to a better impression! Interestingly, her consultations are not only for the rich and famous – us regular joe’s could also be fashionistas with her help.
We were treated to a mini-fashion show by the Nordien brothers uber-cool label, Urban Fluid. The roots of the brand run deep as the boys’ father is a designer himself and it shows! The models strutted their stuff with all kinds of panache, although it all happened so quickly most of my pics are blurry. Apologies; clearly I don’t attend many fashion events! Food is easier to photograph! Anyway, their outfits were stunning – very much deserving of the “Classic Man” track playing in the background.
Yaaseen Cader, a hair stylist/model/fashion designer, had a real fun session where he called on his friends and family and schooled us on how you can style your clothes up and down (with a few fabulous pieces of his own from #NoLabel – pronounced “Hashtag No Label”). I don’t think there was a man there that wasn’t drooling over the jogger pants (and the very nicely styled lady model!). I spoke to Yaseen during the break and I’m keen to check out his hair styling studio since he mentioned there’s a swing. What can I say, I’m a kid at heart.
Dr Jayvvant Bhagattjee, an Unani Tibb doctor also chatted to us. Really, fascinating stuff. I’ve never heard of Unani Tibb but it sounds like something worth finding out about. He also does cupping which I’ve heard great things about.
We had a talk from Johnny Eagleton who runs his own gym in the CBD (Eagleton Fitness); he spoke about the common mistakes we make as beginners (trying to follow an elite athletes diet plan, for example).
The two men, of very different height proportions I might add, also served as each other’s microphone stands!
I was really fascinated by the talk by Daniel from My DNA Health. Basically they take your saliva sample and send it to the UK. There, your genes are mapped out in order to reveal what diseases your body may be genetically predisposed toward. He also mentioned that your genes can determine what sort of exercise you are better suited to. What strides science has made!
There were many vendors to check out and so many things to buy! I especially enjoyed the neck and shoulder massage by Eternal Child Spa. Their products smell divine and I’ll be checking out their actual spa as soon as I can, so look out for that review when I get around to it.
Oh, and the prizes were insane! I really felt like I missed out when winners of training sessions, DNA analyses, style makeovers and amazing products were drawn out of the ballot en masse. It seemed everybody, but me, won something of tremendous value. Congrats to them all!!
After a long evening, we were treated to some equally insane goodie bags. I need to hide all of those chocolate bars and cookies to stop myself from eating the lot of them.
Can’t wait for the next event.
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