How To Ensure Healthy Kissable Lips All Year Long


Our lips are an invaluable resource at conveying emotion and helping us to be our most confident; scientists have even proven that the size and composition of our lips has a direct relationship with how attractive we’re deemed to be. Having a healthy, radiant, powerful pout can mean the difference between feeling on top of the world and feeling like you’d rather stay in bed – that’s why we’re collectively so obsessed with the power of a great red lipstick! However, it’s easy to become complacent when it comes to your lips (and neglect them in favour of anything from your under-eye circles to your cuticles,) as we don’t often notice there’s an issue until it’s too late. Whether that’s dryness, irritation, lack of plumpness (or god forbid a cold sore!) by the time our bodies tell us some things up we’re forced to go into full-on war room mode; so what if there were things you could do to make a long-term difference, ensuring your pout was always preened and perfect? Here are five of my top tips to ensure your lips are healthy and kissable all year long.

TO PREVENT COLD SORES
I’ve experienced my fair share of cold sores over the years and they’re never fun. Once they’ve appeared they leave your lips uncomfortable, sore, crusty and visually a little bit bleugh – and most importantly, they prevent you from applying the products you want to use. Cold sores can zap your confidence and leave you wanting to hide away, but thankfully we can find lip products that can help like carmax or some other medicated lip products. Applying a small amount around the edge of lips both morning and night can help prevent the appearance of cold sores, even up to that first tingle. The HSV1 virus that causes cold sores reactivates by sending signals between particles to ‘wake-up’ and start replicating so they can spread. Clever eh? Put it by your toothbrush so you remember to apply every time you brush your teeth!

USE A SOOTHING LIP BALM
Many of the lipglosses and lipsticks we use are enriched with ingredients that can irritate or dry out the surface of lips; if you’ve ever applied a red lipstick multiple times in one day, you’ll be very familiar with the sensation! Investing in a great lip balm that will help replenish lost moisture and inject goodness into the skin (through ingredients such as Vitamin E, coconut oil, beeswax or shea butter) will ensure you’ve always got a helping hand at your side. Drop one in your bag and on your desk so you can top up throughout the day.

BUFF THOSE LIPS ONCE A WEEK
Exfoliating away a build-up of dry and dead skin cells will help rejuvenate the skin beneath, while encouraging blood to rise to the surface (providing a more youthful and plump appearance.) Whether you want to make your own scrub with a touch of sugar and coconut oil, or opt for a store-bought version, make sure you buff the formula gently over lips once a week (or after you’ve been wearing lipstick) to leave your pout feeling fresh and smooth. Finish off with a bit of balm to soothe.  

TREAT & PAMPER OVERNIGHT 

Just like with our skin, our lips can benefit from a little overnight pampering. While our bodies are in ‘go slow’ mode they can focus more on repair, putting products to work effectively so you awake rejuvenated. Apply either a thick layer of your usual lip balm or moisturiser before bed, so it can work to soothe and hydrate as you sleep; if you’re a regular lipstick wearer then this is also the perfect way to ensure your lips are always the perfect blank canvas ready to be painted.

INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER  

Rather surprisingly, dry air can also dry out your lips – especially in the winter when the air can be dryer and our lips are exposed to cold winds. Investing in a humidifier to place in rooms where you spend a lot of time (such as your living room or bedroom) will help to infuse more moisture into the air; turning it on while you sleep will boost the performance of your products, while ensuring the delicate top layers are plumped full of moisture. I’ve had one of these in my bedroom for around a year and it’s definitely helped prevent dryness and left my skin feeling so soft and plump.

Although it’s a little late for resolutions, I’m definitely going to try and treat my lips a little kinder throughout 2017. One of my best friends suffers from horrendous cold sores and self confidence issues when they erupt, so I’m passing on my tips (along with a few tubes of my favorite lip balm) to see if it helps. Nobody should have to suffer with dry, irritated or sore lips – but luckily help is at hand, in your bag, in your pocket, and on the night stand, at your desk, ext!

 

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The Best Asian Beauty Products You Need To Try


Thanks to an array of cute and functional products, the Asian beauty industry is the biggest in the world. I’ve got my hands on some of the biggest exports to see what all the fuss is about.

Three Step Pore Minimiser

Each step gets you closer to airbrushed skin.
Step one is a deep clean, step two is similar to pore strips, and step three is an even deeper clean.
The combination of these three steps really does remove dirt and oils from the pores which would make it idea for use before a big event, but I do think in the long run, it’s better suited to Asian skin types, as my skin couldn’t take this amount of harsh cleansing too often.

Natural Tooth Whitening Powder

Who doesn’t dream of a whiter smile?
While most whitening products are either too abrasive, or contains harsh chemicals, I was delighted by this natural alternative.
Made from dried coconut powder, it gently buffs away stains and left my teeth feeling cleaner than ever before.

Collagen Jelly Face Mask

I love deep moisturising masks, but unlike some which need to be removed from the skin, this doesn’t! In fact, I’ve seen better results when I’ve let this Milky Piggy Mask sit on my face overnight.
It’s jelly-like texture melts into the skin, so it’s a good idea to apply a thick layer to really deliver a much moisture as possible.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Rich in hyaluronic acid, Wonder Essence is ideal for skin which needs a little more moisture.
Used immediately after cleaning the skin, it can hold up to 1000 times it’s one weight in moisture!
I like to apply this before my usual day or night creams to instantly plump skin.

Collagen Lip Balm

The delicate lip area doesn’t product it’s own moisturising oils, so it’s extra important to give your lips the goodness they need.
This collagen lip balm is one of the best I’ve ever used! It’s non-greasy and leaves no shine, just hydrates and plumps lips.

Moisturising Black Sheet Mask

Sheet masks are big business in Asian, and in Koran specifically there’s store after store selling nothing but face masks!
This is one of my favourites, not only because it’s jet black, but because it really works! Full of anti-aging ingredients, it brightens, plumps, and smoothes skin in one 10 minutes use.

Black Peel-Off Mask

The no iconic Black Peel Off Mask has taken the world by store, but it’s been big business in Asian for a few years already.
This is another product which looks great, but really is more suited to Asian skin types.
I find the peeling effect to be too damaging to my skin, and would rather focus on deep cleansing than tearing skin and damaging capillaries.
If you have oily skin or enlarged pores, it’s worth a try, just use once or twice a week as excessive use could lead to skin damage.

Have you used any Asian beauty products?
What were your thoughts?
Let me know how these products worked for you, or if you’ve tried anything different.

 

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Can LED Light Really Lead To Better Skin?


While getting a facial last year, my aesthetician introduced me to Colour Light Therapy – UV-free LED light which is clinically proven to treat acne and increase collagen production.
To say I was dubious of the potential results was an understatement.
My first thought was “I sit under LED bulbs in my home every single day, so why isn’t my skin already glowing?”.
Out of the 90 minute facial, 50 minutes was spent under the LED lamp, and I was pleased with the results, although I did feel that was down to the other 40 minutes.
However, after talking to some avid fans of LED Light Therapy, I decided to splash out on my very own LED mask to see if I could achieve all the promised benefits.

Each colour works in a different way:

Red: skin rejuvenation and spot removal.
Blue: deep sterilisation and helps balance oil production
Green: stimulates lymph drainage
Yellow: energises the skin cells and promotes collagen production
Purple: combines the benefits of blue and red light
White: improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

For the past six months, I’ve used this mask for 20-30 minutes daily with a combination of different colour lights, allowing me to enjoy all the benefits.
It did takes around 8 weeks to first notice a reduction in blemishes and minimised pores. After 12 weeks there was rescued puffiness around the eye area, and less redness in my cheeks.
After  months there’s now a huge difference in my complexion – skin is so much brighter, and I haven’t suffered breakouts in weeks.

As the LED chips are encased behind plastic, the mask is wipe-clean, allowing it to be used alongside other topical products.
I’ve recently been applying pure hyaluronic acid to cleansed skin, allowing it to soak into the skin with 10 minutes of yellow light, followed immediately be another 10 minutes of purple light.
I think this is the best combination for me skin, and adding a little product into the regime has only enhanced the results.

This type of skin therapy is 100% painless with no side effects.
LED chips don’t even produce that much heat, so the mask doesn’t even warm up. There’s no harmful UV rays, so no skin damage, and there’s no need to worry that a new product may “shock” your skin if you’re already comfortable with your current skincare range.

If you’re thinking about trying LED therapy, it’s important to remember that you don’t see instant results.
While these types of masks are fairly inexpensive, it’s all about investing time and experimenting with the colour combinations to find something that suits for skin type.

Available from Amazon.

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5 DIY Salad Dressings


Let’s Make 5 Easy and Delicious Salad Dressings with things already in your fridge and pantry!

DIY Salad Dressing (Each serves 4-5):

Asian Sesame Dressing
2 tbsp. Rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sesame oil
½ cup neutral oil / avocado oil
2 tsp. sesame seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp ginger, minced

Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsps kosher salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp italian seasoning (oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley)

Lemon vinaigrette
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp honey
2 tsp shallots finely minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Tahini
1/4 cup tahini
3 tbsp water
Juice from half a lemon(about 2 tbsp
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoon olive oil
¼ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp kosher salt
Black pepper, to taste

Ranch
1/4 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
2 tbsp whole milk
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp fresh chives minced
2 tbsp Juice from half a lemon
½ tsp dried parsley
¼ tsp dried dill

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D.I.Y. Febreze


I like to use Febreze on almost everything in my house — the couch, my kid’s shoes, the dog’s bed, and carpet  — you name it, I’ve probably sprayed Febreze on it.
But Febreze costs about $5 at my local grocery store.
That’s each bottle – no joke!
I’m frugal (my mom calls it being a cheapskate) and I refuse to pay that much for something I can make at home for 15 cents.
Fortunately, I discovered a variety of recipes that de-wrinkle and tackle odors just as well as the store-bought stuff.

Recipe #1:

1. Insert a funnel into the top of a 32 oz. spray bottle (I just use an old Febreze spray bottle if you have one).
2. Pour 1/8 cup of your favorite fabric softener into your spray bottle.
I prefer Downy, but you can even use the cheap dollar store stuff if you are feeling especially frugal (or cheapskate).
3. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the bottle.
4. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
5. Replace the cap and shake the bottle well.

Recipe #2:

1. Fill a spray bottle with hot water.
Leave an inch or so clearance at the top to allow room for the rest of the ingredients.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol.
3. Pour in 2 tablespoons of Purex pellets.
4. Cap the bottle and shake it up until the pellets dissolve.
Because this took a little while, I had my daughter get into the action.
She bonked herself on the head a few times but managed to have fun anyway.

Recipe #3:

1. Using a funnel, pour 2 tablespoons of fabric softener into the bottle.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (which is super-cheap at almost every grocery store).
3. Remove the funnel and add six to ten drops of your favorite extract (like almond or vanilla extract) or an essential oil.
I love the smell of lavender, so I use the lavender essential oils that only cost $5 at my local Walmart.
4. Fill the rest of your bottle with water.
5. Shake until well combined.

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Simple Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus


In a suitable environment, dermatophytes or fungi can easily spread under the nail, generating an infection, known as the mycosis or the nail—of nail fungus.

This fungus can appear on both the feet and hands and is known as onychomycosis.

Although not a serious health problem, nail fungus can weaken and break the nail.

It can also cause pain when wearing close-toed shoes and, over time you’ll notice that the nails turn yellow and ugly.

There are several over-the-counter medications that promise to treat nail fungus, but it can also be treated naturally through the use of turmeric, which has anti-fungal properties.

Turmeric has an active compound called curcumin that has medicinal properties.
It combats nail fungus and can also strengthen the nails.

Coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal substances that have helped stop the multiplication of yeasts, which cause nail fungus.

Ingredients

3 tbsp organic coconut oil
3 tbsp turmeric powder

Method of preparation

Put the coconut oil in the pan to melt it.
Add the turmeric powder and stir over low heat until creamy.
Separate to cool and store.

How to use

Apply the cream on the affected area by toenail fungus and leave it alone for a period of 30 to 40 minutes.
Rinse.

Apply every day until you notice a noticeable change in nails.

Disclaimer: 
The materials and the information contained on my channel are provided for general and educational purposes only and do not constitute any legal, medical or other professional advice on any subject matter. 
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. 
Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new diet or treatment and with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 
If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.

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This Is Why You Should Never Throw Away Orange Peels


There are many recipes for teas that help you lose weight and also accelerate your metabolism.

Most people think that these teas are a diet supplement for people who are trying to lose weight.

People often talk about orange juice when dieting.
Being a good source of vitamins and giving the body a filling sensation, many diets incorporate the use of orange juice, often at breakfast.

When we stay in a hotel or bed-and-breakfast, orange juice is always one of the options that accompany a healthy breakfast.

But, what happens after the orange juice is made?
The orange peel is normally thrown away.

What many people don’t know is that the orange peel is rich in medicinal properties, which help treat and relieve the symptoms of various diseases.

Tea made from the orange peel aids in weight loss because of its digestive and anti-inflammatory properties.

Besides being an ingredient of weight-loss teas, the orange peel can also serve as an ingredient for your beauty treatment in two simple and effective ways:

1. Body Peeling
2. Eliminate foot odor

 

Disclaimer:
The materials and the information contained on my channel are provided for general and educational purposes only and do not constitute any legal, medical or other professional advice on any subject matter.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.
Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new diet or treatment and with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.

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