Guest Blog: 3 Tips For Choosing The Right Luxury Swimwear

Since summer has arrived, going to the beach and swimming is probably all you can think of, isn’t it? If you are like most people, you’ll take some time off work and go somewhere where you will be able to enjoy the warm sand beneath your feet and crystal clear water that makes you not want to get out of it. You probably cannot wait for the day of your departure and picturing yourself sunbathing only encourages your impatience.

Speaking of sunbathing, here are a few benefits of that activity: https://www.healthline.com/health/sunbathing#benefits

There’s only one thing left that you need to do. You need to find yourself some great, luxury swimwear. Picture yourself in your idea of the perfect bathing suit right now. It doesn’t only look good in the mirror, but on your photographs as well, am I right? In fact, you’re probably falling in love with the model that you’re imagining.

Ladies all over the world choose their swimwear based on how it looks. There’s nothing wrong with doing that and wanting to look amazing in the swimsuit that you buy. That’s not, however, the only factor that you should consider. If you want this summer to be perfect, you’ll have to make it perfect and you can start with finding the right luxury swimwear. Let me give you a few tips on how to do that.

Remember To Be Comfortable

Is there anything worse than having to adjust your swimsuit every single time you want to take a walk from the beach to the water, or vice versa? Yes, there is. Having to adjust it frequently while you are simply lying down and sunbathing is much worse. Okay, okay, both these situations aren’t really pleasant, neither to imagine nor to experience. Well, it’s your responsibility to avoid those situations and this useful source will help you learn how to do that.

Comfortable luxury swimwear will make you feel amazing. You’ll be confident and you’ll stop looking around yourself in order to see if the time is right to adjust a little something on your bathing suit. Instead of doing that, you’ll be able to enjoy the water and the sun without worrying that something is not right with your bikini or another type of swimwear. When you find a comfortable model, you’ll probably feel as if you were naked, but you’ll be perfectly covered.

Consider The Tan lines

I’m pretty sure that a lot of you want to get tanned when summer comes. Depending on your pigmentation, this might either be a pretty easy, or a pretty difficult task for you. One thing is for sure, though. Most of us will get annoyed by the tan lines that are caused by the clothes we wear. When the tan lines aren’t visible once you get dressed in your usual outfits, then you don’t have a problem.

If your usual outfits, however, reveal the tan lines, you might get frustrated. Remember that this is the summer we are talking about and that means that you’ll probably be wearing pretty revealing clothes. Make sure to consider the tan lines while choosing your luxury swimwear, so that you don’t get all discouraged and annoyed afterwards. You want to look great on the beach, but you also want to look great afterwards.

Think About How It Makes You Feel

When you try on different swimsuits and take a look in the mirror, your brain will react to those models differently. As you can see at Amaio Official Luxury, there really are different models and types to choose from, but not all of those will cause a positive reaction from your brain. In other words, you won’t feel perfect in every single model, which is completely normal and it depends on your body type.

Do you really want to get swimwear that doesn’t make you feel perfect? I wouldn’t suggest doing anything like that. This is your vacation we are talking about and you definitely don’t want to wear something that will constantly make you look in the mirror and evaluate yourself. Looking in the mirror while wearing your bathing suit should make you feel confident and proud of the way you look.


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Hair By Roxanne Webster- Guest blog on dandruff

HAIR CARE AND ADVICE

 

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Have you ever googled ‘how to get rid of dandruff’ we’re all in the same boat, we all want a solution that clears out every possibility of an irritable scalp with dandruff and replaces it with a healthy, nourished one. Dandruff can be an extremely embarrassing condition to deal with. You skip out on wearing darker colours, continuously feel self-conscious.

Getting rid of dandruff might be a longstanding problem for some, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this condition can get difficult to deal with. Especially when advertisements on television are selling you anti-dandruff shampoos left, right and centre.

WHAT IS DANDRUFF

Most adults have a yeast present on their scalp. Your hair follicles and oil glands naturally produce an oil called sebum. You might notice this oil as the third-day grease that starts to form. Or for some of us, dry shampoo cans come out. Dandruff occurs when excess production of this oil (sebum) reacts with the yeast present on your scalp, causing it to multiply rapidly, resulting in an itchy, inflamed, irritable scalp. If not taken care of properly, this can lead to more serious skin conditions.

This could happen due to a number of reasons ranging from hormones to stress, your environment, the weather and more. But We often mistake dandruff for a dry scalp and begin to treat it without understanding what the problem even is.

WHAT CAUSES DANDRUFF

Dandruff can happen to anyone, but there are certain habits, environments and situations that can trigger this condition further. If you’re suffering from those dreaded flakes, your next step would be to identify what is causing dandruff and/or what factors in your life are triggering it further.

The following causes -

•Not washing hair regularly - wash twice a week if you can

•your diet - fatty yeast product’s

•stress- home life, family issues, work-life
(Try yoga, this is a fantastic way to level your mind at stressful times.
learn to breathe this is such a powerful tool.
Remove yourself from the stress go for a walk.
less time on mobiles

•hormones -
-period
-Try taking evening primrose oil this can level the hormone out around this time of the month

•genetics - family genetics

•the environment -
-weather is a big reason our skin and hair suffers so swap shampoos And conditioners inline with the time of year.
-Central heating can also dry scalp and skin out so be mindful to moisture more

•reactions to products -
- stop using any product that is making the issue worse and start back to basics
- Less is more

A FEW WAYS TO IMPROVE DANDRUFF

•change hair care routine -
-shampoos not too drying on the scalp
-more conditioning products like hair masks would be a good idea twice a week at 1st

•use the correct PH level -
0-7 acidic
7-14 alkaline

•change your diet -
-Fresh foods
-smoothies
-vegetables
*stay away from sugary foods and yeasty foods

•exfoliating the scalp -
-brown sugar & honey

-coconut oil
Sugar
Apple cider vinegar
Honey
Rosemary essential oil

•home remedies -
-essential oils
Tea tree oil
Aloe Vera gel

-Olive oil & egg whites

 

Guest blog by Norwich hairdresser Roxanne Webster.

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Tropic products with Georgia in Norwich

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Hello, I’m Georgia and I have been a client of Lizzie’s for 8 years now. I live in Norwich, Norfolk and have a little girl, who is 6 months old. I had heard about Tropic Skincare before, I had flicked through the catalogue at the hairdressers but never tried any Tropic products. A few weeks before my daughter was born, my friend brought me a Skincare Discovery Kit, containing four mini Tropic products including a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and serum. I was hooked and these Tropic Skincare staples even made it into my hospital bag.

After a few months of using the products, (even with a newborn), I decided I wanted more. I attended a Tropic Roadshow at Norwich North Holiday Inn and heard first hand from Tropic’s founder, Susie Ma. I learnt that the ingredients in the products you use, have an effect on your overall health when absorbed into your body. I was shocked by how many chemicals were in products designed especially for babies. I also met other Norwich Tropic Ambassadors who are also within my team.

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I had never thought about what I was putting on my skin and the affect it was having, not only on the planet and my body, but most importantly, my baby.

Tropic believe in cleaner beauty. All their products are verified safe by “Think Dirty”. They are cruelty-free and vegan, as well as being sustainably sourced and environmentally friendly.

Tropic partner with United World Schools, each Tropic purchase funds education for children in some the worlds poorest communities.

Then I became a Tropic Ambassador, purchasing my starter kit for £198. Within this kit was over £500 worth of Tropic products, most of which had been on my wish list. Anyone can host a Tropic Pamper Experience from the comfort of their own home. As a hostess, you’ll receive up to 15% of the total pamper sales to spend on your new favourite Tropic treats. If you live in Norwich and would like to find out more about hosting a Tropic Pamper Experience or becoming a Tropic Ambassador, please pop me a message.

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georgiabrandon.tropic@gmail.com
https://tropicskincare.com/pages/georgiabrandon

 


Where to find the Best Cooling Mattress Topper

Waking up in the middle of the night, the covers have been kicked off and you’re being strangled by your pajamas because they’re glued to your skin with sweat. This is not a pleasant sight, not for hubby who you pray won’t wake up, or for you, as you stroll to the bathroom mirror and look in shock at the state of you. 

Thankfully this is easily solved, and you’ll kick yourself for not having invested in one earlier. What am I talking about? The glorious cooling gel mattress topper, in all its comfort and chilliness.  It might keep you in bed on those hot summer mornings when usually you’re up at 6 am with the sun.

We’ll discuss more on them later in the article, but if you are new to them and what they’re all about, then check out the ultimate cooling gel mattress toppers and stop being out the loop. The last thing we want is to be the last sweaty man standing at the end of the day, even more so when it is so easily avoidable.

What are gel toppers?

They are those wonderful layers that help you not spend a fortune on a full-blown mattress when there is no need. There are, of course, many options to choose from so doing a bit of research is essential.

When using a gel mattress, as you lie on it, it should shape to your body, this then distributes you weight evenly relieving any pressure points such as shoulders and hips. If you’re like me then waking up with achy hips is a nightmare, limping around in the morning and trying to get the joints moving.

Another key factor to look into is the firmness of the topper, the higher the density count the higher the firmness. Go into a shop and lie for a few minutes on the various toppers and see which feels easiest when getting back up. If you’re not puffing, then that’s the one for you.

Many people complain about being hot with a regular topper, but with a cooling gel topper, this is no longer an issue. The topper will have large pockets with an open-cell design to allow the cool air to flow freely, and preventing any hot spots from occurring.

 

5 Advantages of using a gel topper.

 

  • Durability. Besides lasting longer than your average topper, they are for sure more comfortable. And with memory foam motion transfer resistance, you won’t be woken up by your partner rolling around in the bed. Sign me up, please!
  • Air circulation. With the open-cell design instead of trapping the heat given off by your body, it is dissipated through the gel and you’re kept cool and comfortable.
  • Pressure relief. This is aimed at the side sleepers, continuous tossing through the night due to throbbing hips or numb shoulders and you aren’t getting the rest you need. Gel toppers are made to cradle you and keep your sensitive areas free from tension.
  • Support. With even distribution of the cells inside there is no chance of having a mattress with a dip in the morning as is with regular toppers. I know I’ve experienced this on my husband’s side, as I climb into bed, if he isn’t there I roll straight to the middle. Let’s just say that mattress and topper didn’t last long in our house.
  • Spine. As you lie down the vertebrae align themselves and stay that way with the gel toppers, and you wake up fresh rather than the usual ‘get me a coffee now’ mode the family is used to seeing.

 

 

The different layers that can go on top.

People tend to get confused when mattress ‘jargon’ is being thrown around in-store and suddenly you’re overwhelmed when all you came in for was a topper.

So many layers, some you weren’t even aware of, others have evolved so much they’re unrecognizable. Let’s break it down quickly, but you can read more info here https://www.nosleeplessnights.com/how-to-choose-a-mattress-topper/ to back up what you already know or learn something new. 

An Encasement is when the whole mattress is covered, completely, thus protecting you from any potential bed bugs or mites, and also damage if there was to be any. Then there is the protector, and it does what it says on the tin, protects. Everywhere besides the underneath and still providing some relief from allergies.

One option is the pad, while not as popular a choice, it does give a decent amount of comfort and aids temperature regulation through the night. 

Then for the grand finale, the show we bought tickets for, the topper. Undoubtedly the nations’ first choice, it’s thick, provides a high level of comfortability and it supports our body in a way we didn’t know how we ever lived without it. 

Blog by Sleep Rex.


Guest blog: A Guide on How to recognise your skin type

A Guide on How to recognise your skin type

Do you know what skin type you have?

As we are unable to get to our Beauty Skincare Specialist we are having to do DIY beauty.
This is essential to know your specific skin type to ensure you are using the correct skincare routine at home, using the wrong skincare products can actually give you additional and preventable skin problems, such as over sensitising your skin – resulting in tight or itchiness , over stimulating sebum production and oil – which can cause spots, dehydrating – dull appearance, or causing blockages resulting in milia.

This guide will enable you to give yourself a skin analysis

As a professional skin specialist at the beginning of every facial I carryout a skin analysis, this enables me to determine which products would most benefit your skin or your individual concerns.

First Cleanse the skin, you need to be able to see your skin

Remove all make up, Double cleansing is a must, the first cleanse removes make up and surface dirt and oil, while the second cleanse actually cleanses the skin removing dirt and oil that has collected during the day.
We then use a skin toner, make sure this is suited for your skin type, A toner will remove any residue of cleanser, tighten the pores, mattify the skin and if using the correct toner leave a natural antibacterial film to help stop spots forming
When you carryout your skin analysis it is useful to do it in good light, A magnifying mirror will help you see close up and determine pore size.
There are four main skin types
*We look at pore size
*Fines lines or wrinkles
*colour of the skin
*texture of the skin

Normal Skin

*Small, fine pores
*Even texture
*No blemishes
*Good balance of oil
*Healthy colour

Dry Skin

*Fine pores
*Fine lines and wrinkles
*Matt & uneven texture
*Dry patches
*Can have redness dilated capillaries across cheeks

Oily Skin

*Enlarged pores
*Thicker coarser skin
*Spots or blackheads
*Shiny / Oily appearance
Combination
*Any of the above together
*i.e. Oily t zone, dry cheeks

A skin can also suffer from the following conditions either temporarily or consistent.
Dehydrated Skin
*Skin lacking in moisture, superficial flaking
*May feel tight and itchy
*Can be temporary

Mature Skin

*Lack of firmness and suppleness
*Lack of muscle tone
*Pigmentation areas
*Lines and wrinkles

Sensitive Skin

*Flushes easily
*Dilated capillaries
*Itchy skin

Congested Skin

*Infected pussy spots
*Red hard lumps/spots
*Black heads – Blacked blocked pores
*Infected skin

Factors that can affect skin type

*Age - As we grow in years our skins natural production of collagen and elastin slows down resulting in fine lines and wrinkles
*Hormonal imbalance – The over production of different hormones (progesterone or oestrogen) can cause spots
*Incorrect skincare – Using the wrong products can result in dehydration or over stimulating the sebum production
*Climate – The sun can dry the skin, or the wind can sensitise the skin and cause broken capillaries
*Diet – intake of water and food – Water and vitamins are vital in producing cell regeneration
*Smoking & Alcohol – Robs the skin of essential vitamins and can dehydrate the skin

Some Technical Terms For Common skin disorders

Acne – Vulgaris
A bacterial infection of sebaceous glands. Usually caused by hormonal imbalance but can also be aggravated by stress or poor diet. Pustules, which are spots that contain pus and papules which are blind spots so have no head, can be sore and painful, and may be present on the face, neck or back.
Acne – Rosacea
Rosacea is recognised by persistent flushing, which can be aggravated by spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, stress or extreme changes from hot to cold. Papules are usually found and give the skin a lumpy appearance.
Comedomes– Blackheads
A grey spot caused by hardened sebum blocking the hair follicle. It is of black appearance due to oxidation of keratin in the sebum that changes colour when it comes into contact with the air.
Milia – Whiteheads
Milia are small cysts which are white hard pearly lumps under the skin, which can include sebum. Common around the eye area as the skin is thinner. Can be caused by incorrect skincare containing high mineral oil content. Milia can be removed with a sterile micro lance, but must be done by a skincare specialist

Helpful Information on products suited to different skin types

Cleansers
Cleansing milks are usually oil in water composition, making them light in texture; they will benefit a sensitive or Normal skin type. These can be removed with water and face cloth, sponges or damp cotton wool pads.

Cleansing creams are higher in oil to water content and thicker in consistency, these makes them effective in removing oil based make up. Because they have higher oil content they will benefit a mature, dehydrated or dry skin type. These are better removed with a muslin cloth or face cloth.

Foaming cleansers are gel based with a mild detergent that when mixed with water produces foam. This is idea for clients who like the feeling of washing with water, and suitable for an oily or combination skin type.

Skin toners generally contain a small amount of astringent or alcohol which gives the slight feeling of tightening; it also removes any residue of cleanser and closes the pores. Toners are applied to the skin on cotton pads.

Masks are applied to the skin in a thin layer to aid easy removal. Masks may contain ingredients such clay for oily combination skins which set on the skin, or non-setting masks which may contain oil or cream for Mature, dry or sensitive skins. Masks are deep cleansing and can be used to push in moisturisers and oils for a more nourishing effect. Masks can be applied with a facial mask brush or the fingers, they are removed with water.

Moisturiser lotions are light in texture and are usually a high water to oil content, making them a good choice for oily, combination or sensitive skins.
Moisturising creams are richer in consistency and texture because of higher oil content, so perfect for Mature, dehydrated or dry skins.

Written By Louise Baxter
www.templespa.com/louisebaxter
Louise Baxter Skincare And Beauty Specialist


Advantages of a Custom Suit for Ladies

Advantages of a Custom Suit for Ladies

Suits are a great indicator that the limit in 'male-female' clothing combinations is almost lost. Today, ladies are thrilled to opt for this piece of wardrobe, and not just to wear it for work. Increasingly, women in fashionable suits can be seen in restaurants, nightclubs, or relaxed Sunday brunch with their friends.

Every famous brand has women's suits in their latest collections. However, if you want to jump from the pattern of uniformity, opt for a custom suit. True, this fashion adventure may cost you more than buying ready-made clothing, but once you try on bespoke clothes, you'll see why they are worth every penny.

Tips on how to find a reliable tailor see below: 

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Ladies' suits have certain similarities to men's outfits, but they differ in the designs, materials, but also the wardrobe pieces. While men exclusively wear pants as part of the suits, ladies can choose between skirts and pants of different lengths and models. The blazers are waisted, lapels on them are deeper, with or without buttons. With so many choices of creating an outfit, every lady can find something for herself.

No Wandering to Find What You Want

 

Even though ladies enjoy shopping, the hours spent touring the boutique can sometimes be tedious (although no women will admit this). In one fashion store, they will see a lovely model of the suit, but they will not like the material. In the second boutique, they may like the jacket, but they will not be impressed by the lower part. 

The probability of finding just what they want is quite small since those desires generally do not fit the standard commercial models of well-known brands. If you want your piece of high fashion (but at a far lower price), a good tailor can make your dreams come true. Off-the-rack suits will never fit you as well as a suit tailored to your measures. The tailor makes unique clothing for you, not for mass production.

As for the choice of materials, their quality justifies the price. Also, an understanding of the textures and colors will be beneficial in finding the perfect fit for you. Tailors possess extensive knowledge of the materials and process of making clothes. They'll explain to you how to maintain and store your suit correctly. No label can compare to an experienced stitcher.

It Shows Your Style More than Anything

 

The style is about the details, not about wearing something that anyone can have. You can buy a blazer and pants of a well-known fashion brand, and give it your unique mark by putting details like jewelry or scarf. But it is entirely different when you design your own outfit, based on something you saw on the fashion shows.

Maybe you find an off-the-rack suit that seems nice, but you think the blazer probably would look better with peak lapels. Or you prefer a pencil skirt as a part of your costume, instead of tight pants. Skilled tailors can turn any idea of yours into reality, as seen on any website related to bespoke tailoring.

You can ask for lapel embroidery, an eccentric collar, colorful stitches, or buttons of unusual shape - anything that fits your style and personality. These are just some of the details that can make even a casual outfit unique.

 

Tailor’s Advice Are Worth of Gold

 

The bespoke tailoring is about creating something unique and everlasting. The custom-made clothing should be like a second skin, to fit you perfectly and to make you look and feel good about it. But often, women have unrealistic expectations when it comes to clothes.

An established tailoring company or an individual stitcher will do their best to fulfill your wishes about how you want your measure-to-made suit to look. But they also have useful suggestions on how ti fit clothing to your style, anatomy, or even your personality. The tailors, in addition to making clothes, are here to help with the advice.

Professional suit makers will help you understand that, for example, a wide-cut suit won't fit you if you're short. They will suggest a different cut, color, or pattern that better matches your body shape. A bespoke suit should flatter to your figure, not to make you look silly in an expensive piece of clothing.

You Get Value for Your Money

 

You may not have thought about it, but going straight to the tailors instead of endlessly touring the boutiques can save you time and money. In the beginning, you will pay a bit higher price for a bespoke suit, but at least you won't waste time trying out a bunch of clothes (that you actually don't like) in search of what you want.

When you put handmade suit on for the first time, you'll see why going to the tailor was a good investment. This costume will always take a special place in your wardrobe, and you will wear it for many years (if you take care of it properly). Tailors make clothing to last - among other things, the quality of the materials and the craftsmanship justify the cost.

 

Having a custom-made suit is, to some extent, a matter of prestige. In addition to being a clear indicator of style, it also shows that the person wearing it does not fit into fashion patterns. Women in suits can be seen everywhere today. In a handmade outfit, you will surely be noticed, even if you opt for suits of simple cuts or neutral colors with no accessories.

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Benefits of The Amaira Skin Lightening Serum

Benefits of the Amaira Skin Lightening Serum

Who wouldn’t wish to have flawless skin? And yet, due to many factors, including our lifestyles in general, this goal seems to be hard to achieve nowadays. If you take a closer look at yourself, you will definitely find some spots that you feel could be improved. You might have some scars you wish to remove, or certain color irregularities that grab your attention.

One of the most common skin conditions today is hyperpigmentation, known as the darkening of skin. It can occur on small patches, or cover the entire body. Caused by various factors, such as excessive sun exposure, or medications, it can affect the skin color of people of any race. In addition to that, there are several different types known to occur. Learn more.

This condition is generally regarded as harmless, but some people are not happy with the way it affects their appearance. Luckily, there are successful ways to treat hyperpigmentation. These are called skin lightening treatments.

Sure, if you type that phrase in your browser, you will be swamped with results. You will find lists of possible causes and even more treatment tips and tricks. Nevertheless, when it comes to something as important as your skin, it is best not to trust everything you read. This is why, while you are online, it would be best to find some real people reviews and hear their experiences with different products.

For that purposes, I will try to offer my insight into the Amaira Skin Lightening Serum, which is one of the most popular ways of treating hyperpigmentation. For those of you who are not familiar with it, don’t worry. I will cover the basics of how it works and outline its benefits.

What Is The Amaira Serum?

If you want to avoid clinical treatments, but are still looking for a way to solve your pigmentation issues, then topical products might be the real deal for you. As any other Amaira review, mine also starts with explaining what this product is and how it is used. After that, we will get to see if the serum really works.

Basically, the Amaira Skin Lightening Serum is a cream used for whitening delicate parts, such as underarms, inner thighs, nipples and genitals. Made with no parabens, harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances, it is considered completely safe. And to top it all off, it has proved effective in making skin 3 shades lighter.

In addition to that, it is rather easy to use. After cleaning and drying the problem area, you simply apply the serum. For the best results, it is recommended to be used twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime. Although a 6-week treatment is suggested, depending on the condition of the area you are treating, the first results might be visible even after the first two weeks. But, remember, the more the patch is affected, the more time it takes to be treated.

What Is It Made Of?

This serum is completely plant-based and Hydroquinone-free. It is made of a mixture of natural ingredients that work together to get yourself rid of hyperpigmentation. Some of those main ingredients are:

  • Mulberry Leaf Extract 
  • Mulberry Root Bark 
  • Asian Orchid Extracts 
  • Kojic Acid 

All of these play their own part in the overall efficiency of the product. Most affect the production of melanin by reducing it. However, some also have moisturizing effects and help in making your skin look more youthful and stay healthy.

As a result of mixing these ingredients together, the Amaira Skin Lightening Serum has a natural yellow color, although it might turn brown over time. This can be avoided by storing the product in the fridge. But, don’t worry if you see the color becoming darker over time – that is completely normal.

Does It Actually Work?

If you are a mere mortal such as I, the whole list of ingredients and the complete production process explained would not mean much to you. When using any skin product whatsoever, the one thing you want to be sure of is that it actually brings results. As I have already mentioned, the only way to be sure of its functionality is to hear what previous customers have to say. 

Since there are numerous forums today where people can share any kinds of experiences, I am sure that, if you conduct a thorough research, you will come across many reviews of this particular product. The ones I have found were rather positive, claiming that this serum brings quick results, while causing no skin irritation whatsoever. You can even find photographs of people showing off their achieved results.

Overall Benefits

From what we have learned so far, people struggling with skin discoloration can certainly benefit from the Amaira Lightening Serum. It appears to be efficient and give quickly visible results. And, hey, if you can solve your issues without clinical treatments, that is always the option to go for.

Another crucial advantage of this serum is the fact that it does not contain Hydroquinone and is made of natural ingredients. Owing to this, it is perfectly safe to be used on the most intimate areas. As a result, you don’t have to worry about damaging your skin while you are actually trying to repair it.

Possible Side-Effects

Even though this serum is generally safe, one can never be cautious enough. After all, it is a melanin inhibiting product, which essentially implies that it makes your skin a little bit more sensitive to UV rays, which can eventually lead to sun burns. Because of this, you should apply sunscreen whenever you expose the area you are treating to sunlight.

Furthermore, you should be aware that using the product on open wounds, broken, or freshly shaved and waxed parts can cause rashes and irritations. Therefore, it is best if you avoid those areas. Similarly, the serum is not recommended to be combined with other beauty treatments and products, since a combination might lead to negative effects.

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A Guide For Feeling Healthy & Beautiful From Head To Toe

A Guide For Feeling Healthy & Beautiful From Head To Toe

In this fast-paced world, we can sometimes be guilty of not taking care of ourselves. We very often put our jobs, family, friends and other responsibilities before our health. If you are feeling tired, restless and you are lacking vigor all the time, it's high time to change something. Our beauty comes from the inside. If you are taking care of yourself and your body, it will show on the outside. You will feel healthy, happy, and generally better about yourself and everything around you. It's not as difficult as it sounds. There are many small steps you can take to start your journey of better health and happiness. Choose what works best for you and make a change. Read on for our guide for feeling healthy and beautiful from head to toe.

 

Head

Life can get chaotic and it can be very stressful for us. This means our mind is in constant overdrive to handle all of our responsibilities. This can create unnecessary stress and tension in your head. What we eat in a day can tremendously help us in overcoming many illnesses and problems we collide with. Including a lot of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can help you gain mental sharpness and aid in reducing stress. These fatty acids are found in salmon and nuts.

 

Hair

Our hair is our crown and you should proudly display it. For any part of your body, there is a specific vitamin or mineral that can help ti most. For your hair that is zinc. It's essential in helping your hair grow. It also makes your hair follicles work properly, which means no dandruff and a beautiful sheen from your hair. To get zinc in your body, you should eat lean beef, chicken, peanut butter and chickpeas, which also include protein. Another vitamin that is amazing for hair growth is vitamin B.

 

Ears

We need our ears and we need to keep them healthy. In our busy urban lives, this can be quite a challenge, as we are constantly surrounded by noise. If we are constantly exposed to sounds that are above 85 decibels, this can over time lead to hearing loss. Set aside some amount of your time during the day to sit calmly in complete silence to ease and relax your ears and brain. This will greatly help in reducing stress and the strain on your ears. Many people suffer from tinnitus, which is constant buzzing and ringing in your ears. Doing this may help ease it a bit.

 

Eyes

A big problem in this time and age is that we spend most of it looking at a screen of some sort. Many jobs require looking at your computer screen for many hours on end. This can lead to eye strain and worsening of your eyesight. Make sure your laptop or computer screen is far away and at an angle, so you are not directly looking at it. There are apps and programs on our gadgets that reduce the blue light that the screens emit. The blue light can offset our sleep schedules, making us less sleepy when we should be naturally preparing for sleep. These apps and settings reduce the blue light or emit yellow light that reduces eye strain and makes looking at screens a lot easier. After every hour, spend a couple of minutes moving your eyes around or looking outside to relax your eye muscles. For good eyesight, including enough of beta-carotene like spinach and kale can help in vision retention.

 

Teeth

Having healthy teeth means having better overall health of your body. The worst enemy to teeth health is acidic food and drinks like soda, coffee, and wine and smoking. They can destroy your enamel and it can erode and make your teeth discolored. Your teeth also become more sensitive and prone to decay. Try to eat acidic food when you have a big enough variety in your meal to neutralize it. For drinks like soda, it's best to always use a straw. It minimizes the direct contact with the bad liquids from contacting your teeth. Drink plenty of water to dissolve sugar and acidic food you take. Brush your teeth two-three times a day for optimal gum and teeth health. Oral care solutions from Caredent like floss, toothbrushes, and toothpaste are essential to keeping your mouth healthy. Try to use natural toothpaste as they are healthier for your teeth and whole body. Don't forget to go to the dentist regularly.

 

Skin

Skin is our body's biggest organ, and it needs much care and attention. Use natural body showers and soap to avoid dry and itchy skin. Our skin needs hydration, so apply lotion or body oil after showering to lock in the moisture. A lotion with hyaluronic acid is perfect for this. Drinking plenty of water during the day is key. Our body is made of mostly water, so we must keep hydrated. Keep a bottle of water on hand so you don't forget to drink enough. If you are going outside, remember to use sunscreen, as the sun rays are there even if it's cloudy outside. This will prevent premature aging and possible skin cancer like melanoma. Vitamin C is key for replenishing collagen that is broken down by sun exposure.

 

Back

Most of us are spending many hours a day sitting in a desk chair, for work or school. If you spend most of your time sitting down, you risk having severe back problems. Sitting slowers down our body and makes us retain more fat. Aim to stand up and move a little every hour of sitting and working at a desk. This can greatly improve your back health and shape. Sit upright in your chair with feet planted on the floor. Make sure your chair is high enough so your arms are lowered or leveled with your shoulder. This will help in preventing slumped shoulders or tense positions. Include enough exercise in your day to day life, even if it's just walking. Your spine is supported by your back muscles, so if you have strong muscles you will less likely have back problems. Sit-up is a simple exercise you can do to strengthen your core muscles, which also support your spine.

 

Heart

Our heart is the center of our body, and we should keep it as healthy as possible. Living busy and fast lifestyles can have a big impact on our heart, and not in a good way. Eating junk food, not sleeping enough and avoiding exercise can add up to many heart problems that can be detrimental. Avoid smoking, exercise and eat healthy food to keep your heart in great shape. Grapes contain powerful antioxidant resveratrol which reduces the risk of heart disease. A glass of good wine is very good for your heart. If you quit smoking, it reduces the risk of getting heart disease by 50%. Omega-3 fatty acids can greatly improve your heart health, so try to include fish as often as you can in your diet.

 

Lungs

To improve your lung health you should have regular exercise, especially cardio. Running, jumping, dancing can increase the capacity of your lungs and make them healthier. By exercising you get your heart rate up and you need more oxygen. With regular exercise, your lungs won't feel out of breath as often. It's a given, but it's important to mention that avoiding cigarettes can greatly impact your overall health. A Mediterranean diet is perfect for your heart and lungs. It includes a diet rich in vitamins C and E, betacarotene, omega-3s, and flavonoids. They all contribute to a body without lung problems like asthma and chronic bronchitis. This diet also reduces cancer risks.

 

Kidneys

Many people have kidney problems like kidney stones or sand. They can be very dangerous and painful. They are created by bad water and processed food, specifically salt in them. Avoid eating processed food as much as you can for overall body health. The salt can affect your heart also, creating problems with high blood pressure. Drink lots of water, especially in the summer months. You sweat a lot during summer, and your body needs enough hydration. This is the time most kidney stone cases occur, so be careful.

 

Stomach

Fatty food, and not the good kind, is one of the biggest food problems we face nowadays. Processed and fast food is becoming detrimental to our health, and it's best to avoid it at all costs. Eating fatty food also produces uncomfortable heartburn and acid reflux. If you tweak your diet even a little bit, you will see great results. Exercise plays a key role in reducing your body weight and fat and improving your health. Go to the gym two times a week at least, or enroll in dance classes. Moving your body will use up energy and stored fat. If you combine exercise with healthy food options, you will feel healthier and look better in no time.

 

Legs

As little as 15 minutes of walking or running every day can help in your general health and in protecting your knee cartilage from degeneration. Knees are supporting our whole body every time we walk, so we should take care of them as best as possible. More people are suffering from osteoarthritis every year, and doing exercise and moving can help in reducing the possibility of this disease. Having strong leg muscles can support your legs and body, and make it easier to walk for longer periods. If your feet hurt, it's probably due to uncomfortable shoes you are wearing. Find anatomic shoes or shoe soles that will make it easier to walk and reduce feet pain. Massage your feet every day to relax them.

 

Breakfast

If you start your day right, your whole day will surely be good. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same hours every day, to give your metabolism a proper sleep schedule. When you wake up, start your day with a nutrient-rich meal like eggs, cereals, and fruit. This meal has a high dose of protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins that will keep you energized until lunch. A good breakfast will normalize sugar levels in your body, making your body balanced throughout the day. It will also keep your weight under control while helping you lower your cholesterol. A good, healthy breakfast regulates the insulin and glycogen levels, which gives you proper energy and makes you feel good. You will not feel cranky or have any snack cravings during the day. Start your day with a good glass of water to wake your metabolism up and keep everything running smoothly.

 

Be in the sun

A natural way to feel better and energized that we often neglect is spending time outside and in the sunshine. Spending time outside and in the sun boosts dopamine and produces vitamin D. Vitamin D is very difficult to produce and it's one of the key elements in reducing depression. Just by sitting in the sun a bit may improve your happiness and wellbeing. Having a good attitude towards life can help combat many illnesses and challenges we face. Being outside in the fresh air keeps our stress levels lower. Have a morning walk or a run and see how your energy boost and how much happier you can feel. On the other side, having enough sleep can also help in reducing stress and anxiety. Try to keep a regular sleeping schedule for optimal health.

 

Keeping every part of our body in check and good shape may seem like a lot of work, but it's very worth it. Nothing is more important than having good health and being happy. Change your diet, have enough sleep and exercise regularly to create the best and healthiest version of yourself. Being happy, smiling more and being grateful can have a big impact on your life. Spend time with your loved ones and cherish your body and wellbeing.

By Helen Bradford

 


How to care for sensitive skin

How to care for sensitive skin

Dermatologists are saying that 70% of their patients believe they have sensitive skin. This is a common problem and unfortunately, it is not something that you can get rid of with a simple pill. Caring for sensitive skin can be difficult and tricky, especially if you don’t what products to use and what are the best practices. Here is where we come in. We have scoured the web and talked to professionals in search of the best ways to care for sensitive skin and we are going to present it all to you. Without any further, let’s get into it.

What causes the skin to be sensitive?

The first thing that you need to understand is that sensitive skin is a common condition and anyone can have it. There are different types of sensitive skin and the main culprit that causes this is dryness. Skin becomes dry when it starts losing too much water and oil. This is going to make the skin itchy, crack, appear red and even ashy in some cases. Follow the tips below and your skill will fee brand-new in only a couple of days.

#1 Heavy-Duty Moisturizing

The skin becomes more sensitive over time if it is not moisturized well. This can lead to many problems and you should make it your top priority to use a moisturizer daily. Even though this may sound like a basic tip that is not going to have a big impact on your skincare, you will be surprised by how fast your skin will start healing after amping up the moisturizing. In fact, dermatologists from all over the world are advising people to hydrate their skin as much as possible.

#2 Use Micellar Water to Clean Your Skin

We previously talked about using moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and now, we want to show you how to clean your skin. Foaming cleansers are some of the worsts things that you can use on sensitive skin and the reason behind this is that foaming cleansers will cause the skin to appear red. No one wants that! Here is where micellar water comes in and saves the day. This special water is powered by tiny micelles (oil molecules) that will work similarly to a magnet and lift all the makeup, oil or even dirt from your skin. To make things even better, micellar water will also hydrate the skin.

#3 Stick with Basic Products

Even though you might think that using lots of expensive products will heal your skin faster than normal, this is not the case. Dermatologists are advising people to stick with basic skincare products that don’t feature a mix of many ingredients. “Generally speaking, when dealing with sensitive skin I follow the principle that less is more,” said Christopher O’Connell, MD. The fewer ingredients your products have in them, the fewer the chances for your skin to have an allergic reaction.

#4 Patch Test New Products

There is nothing else that will make your skin feel itchy and appear red other than an allergic reaction to a new product that you just bought. You need to be careful about what ingredients you put on your skin and the best way to check for allergies is to patch test each new product. Patch testing will make sure that the new product you are interested in purchasing will not do any harm to your skin. Another good idea here is to use patch tests on the inside of your arm right before falling asleep. If the arm looks normal when you wake up, then you can use the product on your face.

#5 Facial Cleanser

The biggest problem when it comes to sensitive skin is getting a rash or itchy feeling on your face. This is mainly caused by bad products that contain ingredients that provoke allergies or harm. You can prevent this from happening by using facial cleansers that do not contain SFL (sodium lauryl sulfate). SFL is known for irritating sensitive skin but despite that, this type of facial cleanser is still being sold. Nonetheless, you should avoid them at all costs.

By Madison at Mon curls


The Sights of Manila, Philippines

The Sights of Manila, Philippines

 

From the beautiful beaches in Thailand to the untouched gorgeous greenery in Vietnam, Southeast Asia is a melting pot of countries that are all abundant in attractions, culture, and history. One of its most captivating countries is the Philippines.

 

Comprised of 7,641 islands, you must visit at least one of them in your lifetime. And if you're not sure where to start, then let the capital city of Manila capture your heart first. Read on to find out our top three sights of the marvellous city of Manila, Philippines.

 

Go back in time at Intramuros — The Walled City

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Behind every name, there's a story. And we learned that the Philippines has a deeply profound one when we visited Intramuros in Manila. Since we were intrigued by this historical fortress in the heart of a modern city, we booked a guided bamboo-bike tour around Intramuros. Here, our tour guide shared with us that the country was named after King Philip II of Spain, and this area was home to the most prominent Spaniards when they occupied the country for 333 years.

 

The Spanish influence, which started as far back as the 16th century, is certainly still strong in the country, as we were amazed by the European architecture evident in sites such as the San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the historically rich citadel Fort Santiago; and the beautifully preserved Casa Manila Museum. Also known as the Walled City, the Spaniards did a good job at protecting it, as Culture Trip reveals that it was built to be Spain's political and military base in all of Asia.

 

See the sights in the 'Las Vegas' of Manila — Pasay City

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From the undeniable sophistication at Solaire and the sleek Japanese touches at Okada, to the vast premises at Resorts World Manila and the golden exteriors at City of Dreams, Pasay City is Manila's Las Vegas because of these international casinos. This area is also known as the host to a number of events that attract people from all over the world, such as the PPPoker Festival was held there last year. The PPPoker app is available in over 100 countries and offers players from those countries a chance to participate in the tournament, where last year teams from Malaysia, Australia, Norway, and Brazil battled their way to a $133,650 (£102,858) cash prize. Not to mention, the famous World Poker Tour (WPT) Philippines Tournament will be held at Okada this coming February for nearly 2 weeks.

 

Whether it was participating in the thrilling casino games or witnessing experienced and world-class players show off their skills, Pasay City definitely gave us a delightful dose of adventure when we came to see its bright lights. Before we forget, be sure to book a karaoke room in one of the casinos, since this favourite Filipino pastime will surely be enjoyed by everyone — whether or not you sound like the Olivier-award winning Filipina singer, Lea Salonga!

 

Explore the world's oldest Chinatown — Binondo

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Although the Spanish colonised the Philippines in 1521, Esquire notes that the Chinese came to these islands first as traders many years prior. Yet, the relations between the Spaniards and the Chinese weren't friendly, with the former separating the latter to their own area called Binondo, which is the world's oldest Chinatown.

 

Our tour guide in Intramuros shared this tidbit, which made us pay a visit to this Chinese community. Coming from Intramuros, we pictured Binondo to be just as preserved, but what we found that it was a lively marketplace. Moreover, what we thought would be a historical tour turned out to be a foodie adventure, as we feasted on an exquisite plate of Peking duck at President Grand Palace, and delicious dim sum at Ying Ying Tea House. Plus, did we mention that you can purchase inexpensive yet charming trinkets at almost every corner? Amidst the hustle and bustle of the district, we also got to stop by 400-year-old Binondo Church.

 

Written by Molly Owens