Singaporean actress Rebecca Lim is known for her glowing complexion (read: the SKII ambassador has oft been quoted for crediting the brand’s Facial Treatment Essence), but the secret behind her luscious locks has been unknown – until now.
The 28-year-old swears by a beauty supplement which she has been taking for two years now: Swisse Ultiboost Hair, Skin, Nails – which contains vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, biotin, iron and zinc.
At the launch of Swisse in Singapore this March, I stole five minutes of Rebecca’s time to find out why she’s putting her name behind the Australian supplement brand, and what else she’s doing to look so darn good.
Shape: So how did this partnership with Swisse come about?
Rebecca Lim: It was a relationship before a partnership. I was first introduced to Swisse by my sister, who studied in Australia. My sis is the closest person to me on earth, so while she was there, we would whatsapp regularly. We’d chat and share tips, like how to get abs fast – and stuff like that. One day, she took a shot of a shelf in the pharmacy. And she said, “hey check out this brand – it’s Australia’s most famous. All my friends like it. I’m going to try and I’ll also buy one [supplement] back for you to try.” It was Hair, Skin, Nails, because she knows I’m vain. [Laughs]
Shape: When was this?
Rebecca Lim: Two year-plus ago. At that time I was having quite a hectic schedule. She brought it back, I tried it, and it wasn’t an immediate thing. It took two weeks before I noticed there was less hair fall and breakage. I use a hot iron on my hair every day when I’m filming. I have to do that. And it resulted in a lot of hair breakage. It was a significant decrease in hair damage [after taking the supplements].
Shape: What other supplements do you take?
Rebecca Lim: I takes a multivitamin and krill oil. I used to take fish oil before I made the switch. I read that krill oil contains three times more antioxidant. That got me sold. These are my basic three, and I adjust accordingly. If I know I’m going to have a long day, then I’ll also take more vitamin C. And of course, I keep hydrated. That’s the most important thing. Drink lots and lots and lots of water. I also try to exercise whenever I can.
Shape: What’s your exercise routine like?
Rebecca Lim: It’s been difficult. Some days I come home and I’d rather sleep than exercise. Whenever I have an off day, I make it a point to exercise and sweat it out. I switched to yoga two years ago after a knee injury. I was jogging quite a bit then. Recently, I got into interval training. It’s a lot of aching afterwards, so I think that’s good. I’m going to rotate between the two – when I can.
Shape: Have you always been health conscious, and conscientious about taking supplements?
Rebecca Lim: Taking supplements has been a habit since I was young. My mum is quite an avid supplement user. When I was younger, I had bad menstrual cramps. She’d give me primrose oil for that, as well as vitamin C and some gingko for the brain during the exam period. Supplements were a part of our daily life. We’ll have breakfast and then pop the pills that mum put in the soya sauce tray. Swisse Hair, Skin, Nails is the first beauty supplement I’ve tried, though. And it works!
Shape: What other beauty tips do you swear by?
Rebecca Lim: For hair, if you style it every day like I do, use a hair mask whenever you can. If you can’t, then you use it like a conditioner and rinse it off after two minutes. Every little bit helps. And, never sleep with your hair wet. It’s bad for your hair and your being. I believe in TCM, and everything my grandma told me when I was young. Also apply serum before styling hair. As for the skin, I would never leave the home without sunscreen. Even if I’m just going down to walk my dog, I would apply it. I also drink a lot of water. Every morning when I wake up, I would drink a glass of warm lemon water – and it’s been a habit for years. I feel that it helps me with my digestive system. I carry two 1.5 litre water bottles to work every day. I deliberately carry big heavy bottles to force myself to drink and lighten my load. Except when I’m filming in the forest – I don’t want to ‘go’ there!