In our last publication, we gave you tips on how to set up a basic skincare routine. For many people, following the simple tips to creating a good skincare routine and having an awesome skin is not the problem. The problem is that their skin is not like others’ so the therapy doesn’t work the same way on them because they either have oily skins or dry skins. Not to worry, in today’s publication, we will be giving you tips on how to handle and control oily skin to give you a perfect skin.
In order to control oily skins, you’d find the following tips very useful;

1. Get a foaming cleanser
This is the best choice for oily skins as foamy cleansers remove oil gently from the skin. You do not need to apply much to your face, just a little is enough. They come in gel, pump and cream forms, so whichever one you prefer to make use of.
Be careful to wash your face only twice a day as washing it too often can actually cause the skin to produce more oil and pimples.

2. Go for ingredients that battle acne
If your skin is acne-prone, then it is best you use tougher ingredients that will reduce oil and pimples on your skin. Such common and effective products include; Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur, retinoid, etc.

3. Use a water-based moisturizer
Using heavy moisturizers will do more harm than good to your skin as it only tends to make it oilier. To avoid this, make use of water or gel-based moisturizers instead. To easily recognize these moisturizers, they are the ones that usually have water listed as the first or second ingredient.

4. Do not ignore clay masks
Clay masks are awesome friends for people with oily skins. Always smear them on your face after cleansing, then leave them on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off. Apply moisturizers afterwards.

5. Keep your hands away from your face
There is no easier way to transfer bacteria to your face than touching your face with your hands. If you must touch your face, then make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water first to avoid causing pimples on the face.
Never pick, squeeze or pop your pimples. It would only make it hurt more and look worse and may eventually leave an ugly scar there.

In our next publication, we will give you tips on how to control dry skin.
We do hope these tips work for you, and we anticipation your positive reviews and testimonies. If you have any suggestion on any other ways people with oily skins can control it, please do well to drop in the comment section, so other readers can read and learn as well.

With the numerous number of skincare products we have in the market, it is usually difficult to choose the right combination. Nevertheless, creating a skincare routine can be absolute fun. Identifying the type of skin you have is very necessary in making sure that the skincare routine is effective. When you are able to tell the type of skin you have, putting together a personal ‘arsenal’ of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, exfoliants and masks will be very easy, and within a few months, your skin will reward you for the efforts and steps you have taken to give it a glow.
Steps to take in setting up a basic skincare routine include;

1. Removing makeup before going to bed
Makeup wipes or removers are easy and convenient in removing makeup. All you need to do is use a soaked pad to wipe off the makeup until it is gone.
Sometimes, eye and kit makeup are usually harder to remove. So it is best to use special makeup remover meant for those parts.

2. Cleanse your face twice a day
This should be done once in the morning before you put on makeup and once at night before you go to bed. Use warm water instead of hot water as warm water will remove the dirt on the face, but hot water will leave the skin dry.
Apply cleansers and massages it onto your skin in upwards, circular motions. Then remove completely by using a sponge of splashing warm water. Dab your face dry with a clean towel afterwards.

3. Yes, you need to apply a toner too
Pump a little toner unto a cotton pad and apply on your skin while avoiding the eye area. Allow the toner to dry on your skin, do nor t rinse it off.
For those with dry or sensitive skin, find a toner that is alcohol-free and use.

4. Moisturize your skin
After applying toner to your face, the next thing to do is moisturize the face. Apply the moisturizer the same way as the toner. You can alternatively apply it to your clean palms and gently pat it in.
If you have dark eyes or are bothered about wrinkles around your eyes, you can use a separate cream for eyes. Carefully apply the cream around your eye with your finger.

5. Exfoliate your face once or twice a week
This should be done only once or twice in a week or else you may cause damage to your skin. Rub the face gently during exfoliation as vigorous rubbing or scrubbing can be harmful.
For those that have active acne breakouts or hyperpigmentation, you should avoid exfoliating as it could worsen your condition.

6. Make use of sunscreen daily
Exposing your skin to the sun daily can cause premature ageing, hyperpigmentation and other problems, so it is necessary to wear sunscreen before leaving the house. The sunscreen should be SPF 30 or higher and should be applied fifteen minutes before leaving the house.
Sunscreen should be applied as the last step of your routine after you have put on moisturizer but before you have put on any makeup.

In case you still have tips that we didn’t mention and you feel may be useful, do not hesitate to share them with us in the comment section for others readers to read and learn as well.

Often times, we find it difficult to settle on what we want for vacation, or where to go, or what to do during the vacation. Most times, the vacation ends up not being what we expected because of probably poor planning or going on the wrong vacation at the wrong time. We, however, have decided to help you figure out how to go about planning that perfect vacation, so that you enjoy, relax and learn one or two new things about wherever you are planning to visit. We’ll leave you with few tips to help you prepare for your next vacation.

1. What do you want?
What do you aim to achieve by taking a vacation? Relax? Explore? Or just see someplace completely different? There are over a million places that one can choose to visit, but what really matters is choosing a place that suits your intention of travelling. Some people do not like travelling to places that are very and different from what they are used to because it makes them uncomfortable and unable to relax. In such a case, settling for somewhere close by but still with as strong an effect as travelling to a distant place would work for them. Some, on the other hand, would prefer going to really distant places, as a nearby place would make them feel like they are taking a stroll in the neighbourhood. So the first step is to get an idea of what you want, then you move on to the next step.

2. Plan
After settling for the spot to visit, start planning. It is always advisable to not book a flight or hotel too early as there might be some mouth-watering last minute deals. Use the internet or travel brochures to find out the local tourist attractions in the place. Find out what the locals there are like because some people in some places can be dangerous and unwelcoming. Always make sure to read reviews of the place before you go. And in case you have the chance to choose someone to travel with, make sure to choose carefully because the person you travel with usually affects your travelling experience.

3. Go on and book a flight and a hotel
These two have the ability to completely ruin your vacation. If you’ve had a not-so-good experience with an airline before, avoid them. Don’t make a second mistake with them. Then make sure that the hotel you book is not too expensive and is close to many of the attractions that are taking you to the city so that it would be easy for to navigate to and from those attraction centres. Of course, the hotel may be flawed but make sure it is something you can manage. If it is unbearable, then make sure to let it go and look for somewhere else instead.

4. It is time to pack
It is not necessary to bring all your belongings with you. Only take the necessities like mp3 players, toiletries, clothes, etc. For items that you use very often, put them in your backpack, not your travel bag for easy access. Try not to use a really expensive looking suitcase or travel bag, as they stand more chances of getting stolen or opened.

5. Let your expectations be realistic
We all want the perfect vacation, but it is pertinent to note that the world may not always agree with us. It is normal for things to not go exactly as planned, so do not let the little mishaps ruin the whole vacation. Include a few flaws in your expectations so that you get prepared and don’t get too disappointed when they finally happen.

There you have it- in 5 tips on how to prepare for the perfect vacation. We do hope to get reviews and testimonies from you on how it worked very well for you when you take your next vacation.

In case you still have tips that we didn’t mention and you feel may be useful, do not hesitate to share them with us in the comment section for others readers to read and learn as well.

The most common talk you would see about skin glow is “drink enough water”, closely followed by “use this cream” or “take this supplement. In reality, while these may actually have effects on one’s skin, they are mostly overrated and sideline the other more effective and scientifically proven ways of improving skin glow.
As we are concerned about your all-round wellbeing, we are going to bring to your knowledge simple tips that could raise your skin glow in a short time. Just sit back, relax and read along.

1. Let that pimple be
Simply put, stop touching your face! There are bacteria all over your hands, as a result of the many things you touch daily. Adding the bacteria on them to the inflamed infection on your face is only adding to the pimple and prolonging its death.
Popping a pimple doesn’t do good to your skin or the pimple, especially if it’s a swollen large cyst without a white head on top, which will only get worse when you try to squeeze it.

2. Less is more
Instead of trying out different products on your face, it’s best to stick to one or better still, leave the face natural. Sometimes, there is this overwhelming temptation to apply a different product on your face every night and day, so as to get the best out of your face. While too much products can clog pores, certain ingredients from different products may not go together and end up damaging your face. For example, retinol and other exfoliating ingredients should not be used at the same time because it can get the skin really dry.

3. Do more during bedtime
Dermatologists have observed that the skin repairs itself overnight, so it is best that skin care routine is carried out in the evening. They advised that things like retinol and thick moisturizers be used in the evening to get the best results out of them.

4. Start from the thinnest to thickest products
In terms of texture, it is best to start from the thinnest products, then move on to the thicker ones to seal everything in oil. For example, have occlusive properties that create a barrier between the skin and air. So anything applied after oil has been applied on the face is being done in vain.

5. Your face loves a good massage too
One of the quickest ways to get a gorgeous natural flush is by carrying out a facial massage. You can use a jade roller, or even your fingertips to carry out the massage. Just make sure you use a serum or oil so as to gently glide over the skin without too much friction.

These tips mentioned above are one of the most effective yet ignored ways of having an effective skincare routine. They work like magic. If you have any other tip you’d love to share with us, feel free to drop them in the comment section below, so other readers can read and learn from it too

Everybody likes an intelligent person. Everybody wants to be friends with an intelligent person. But how can you tell if one is really intelligent? Is it by looks or hairstyle, or accent or carriage? Are there other pointers that reveal a person as being intelligent? Well, scientifically, studies have been carried out on intelligent people to know what they have in common and what sets them apart from others. Here are some of these traits that intelligent people tend to possess:

1. They spend time to improve on themselves
Being intelligent takes a lot of work to maintain. In simple terms, being intelligent or smart os earned. Intelligent people often read up a lot or try to learn new things to expand their knowledge and be well versed in different areas, which give them the advantage of being able to fit into any conversation.
That one is well versed in an area doesn’t make one intelligent. True intelligence cuts across numerous topics and areas.

2. They are mostly nocturnal people
Sleep researchers divide people into two groups, based on whether they exhibit ‘morningness’ or ‘eveningness’. According to a recent study, eveningness is an evolutionary advancement that marks out ‘more intelligent individuals’. Those with low or average IQ tend to restrict their activities primarily to daytime.
This, however, hasn’t been accepted generally and doesn’t mean that there aren’t some intelligent people that are daytime people.

3. They are very open-minded and adaptable
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Adaptation involves making a change in oneself in order to cope with the environment, but it can also mean changing the environment or finding an entirely new one.” Intelligent people exhibit this trait a lot, and thus, can be said to be quick to adapt.

4. They are skeptics
Adaptation is not the only thing intelligent people know how to do, they also resist anything and everything. Although, both traits (adaptation and resistance may be contrasting), smart people know how to accommodate both of them. They only believe or accept when they have been presented with enough facts.

5. They ask Thought-provoking questions
This should not come as a surprise. Intelligent people know how to ask the right questions because of how fast their brains processes and accepts information. It shows that they have a working knowledge of things and are highly observant.

6. They like being factual
When in an argument with an intelligent person, best believe that you’d need more than just hearsays or beliefs to topple them. They have a very high level of skepticism and so, do not take things on face value unless they are presented with hard facts.

There are still a lot of things that one can use to recognize intelligent and we have only given you a few here. Do you have any other tips on how one can tell a person is intelligent? Feel free to share it with us in the comment section, so other readers can read and learn as well.

Everybody wants to be rich. If not rich, at least, everybody wants to be comfortable and financially independent. In truth, not everybody will end up being rich, not because certain people are not destined to be, but because of the mindset they possess and the habits they have developed. Yes, there are habits that prevent people from becoming financially independent and keep them poor. We are going to be telling you 6 of those habits today, so you can avoid them and be mentally and financially free.

1. Thinking it’s too early to start saving
It is very easy to assume that it is too early to start saving and spend all your money instead. Young people are usually victims of this habit, as they are vulnerable to spending to all their income on the various pleasures life has to offer. So they just decide to spend first, then save later and this style does not always work out.
On the contrary, savings should come before spending. According to experts, when you earn, keep a percentage of the income aside first for saving, then go on and spend the rest.

2. Not keeping a record of your expenses
It is normal to believe that you have absolute knowledge of how you earn and spend your money. While the major expenditures may be clear to you, there are still some small expenses that you make and overlook that eventually end taking a toll on your income.
So it is best to have a record of your expenses- what you buy, the services you pay for- this will help you keep a track of your money and control your finances.

3. Ignoring your debts
In today’s world, interests eat up the majority of most people’s money. It is a painful reality and a cycle that most people still do not know how to leave. They keep on borrowing and leaving very little or no savings for themselves at all.
Make paying all your debts a priority in your to-do list. Draw a plan and stick to it, no matter what. Then, sit back, relax and watch you break free from the shackles of debts.

4. Lack of good budgeting
No matter how well you keep the record of your spending, all the efforts are going to be in vain if you do not have a good budget to keep you in line.
From personal experience, budgets help you spend right and make a huge difference in your financial life. In the absence of a budget, you will most likely spend your money on unnecessary things and have very little savings at the end of the day.

5. Not making plans for the future
Most times, the escape route people find for problems is ignoring them totally. Sadly, this same mindset is usually applied to financial matters. People spend all they have on the present while believing that the future would take care of itself. Then when the future eventually arrives, they start running around for a way out. This is why many people do not move above the financial level they are in.
While spending, always find a way to keep some for the future too, either by budgeting or by saving.

6. Increasing your expenses as your income increases
“More money, more problems”- this saying is not always true and have mis-led a lot of people. It is fine to want to upgrade your lifestyle every once in a while, but if you’re constantly looking for what to spend your money on whenever you get an increase in income, you would soon find yourself in a difficult financial situation.

Try to maintain constant expenditure while looking for ways to increase your income. This will surely lead you to financial success.

Everybody wants to have the perfect eyebrows; not too bushy, not too empty, just perfect with the right curves. Well, since you looking good and your wellbeing is our concern, we are going to share tips with you on how to achieve those perfectly carved eyebrows. Do you know the best part about it all? The steps to achieving this are very easy. Just relax and read along.

1. Leave them to grow
Allow your brows to grow to the fullest. Experts recommend that you let the brows grow for six to eight weeks to its full potential. This gives the opportunity to see the natural shape of your eyebrows and know how to go about with the shaping.

2. Find the shape
You can find the shape of the eyebrow by using a brow pencil. If properly done, you should be able to tell where your brows start from, the arc and the end of the brows. You just have to hold the pencil vertically at the middle of each nostril and then mark that spot for later reference. You then pivot the pencil to the outside of your iris to find the arch, mark again. Finally, still having the pencil at the middle of your nose, you slant it till it grazes the outer corner of your eye, then mark it again.

3. Trim them
You should trim the brows while repeating the steps mention in number 2. To easily cut down the long hairs without shaving off too much, brush the hair up with a spoolie and then trim only the very long hairs, one hair at a time.

4. Prep them for plucking
It is recommended that to prep for plucking, a generous amount of your favourite facial oil be massaged on the brow bone. This will help to lubricate your skin and prevent the hair from breaking while taking the edge off the skin’s sensitivity from tweezing.

5. Pluck away
For eyebrows that are not fussy, skip hot wax and make use of a set of tweezers, Rubis preferably. To get the most painless pluck, tweeze the hairs in the direction of the hair growth while holding the skin. Make sure to always natural light and avoid magnifying glasses. Pluck the eyebrows in a way that removes the hairs out the marked area, so that the real shape of your brows can be achieved.

6. Calm your skin
The plucking may really have effects on your skin, so be sure to resolve any irritations and tighten your pores by applying a cooling gel to the brows.

7. Perfect it with a brow pencil
If after the whole process, you still have some spots that are sparse, you make use of a brow pencil to fake a bolder brow by feathering in some ‘hairs’ in a shade that matches your naturals brow colour on those areas and then comb through with a clear brow gel.

8. Repeat Step 1
After getting this perfect shape for your brows, you keep all tweezers away from them for six to eight weeks again to allow them once again grow to their full potentials. Then you repeat from steps 2 to 7 again.

Have you found this article helpful? Do you have any or tip or suggestion that other readers may find useful? Feel free to drop them in the comment section below.

Ever wondered why you always feel your hair is better washed whenever you take a trip to the salon to have it washed than when you wash it yourself? The answer is simple. It is because the pros who handle your hair know the right steps and follow them judiciously to make the hair well shampooed. Since we have a team of the pros with us, we decided to consult them to share these tips with us, so that we can in turn, share them with our dear readers to take your shampoo game to the next level and leave you with silky shining beautiful hair.

1. Avoid washing your hair often
Contrary to popular belief, those with the best hairs do not actually wash their hairs as often as you think they do. Sometimes, the reason you feel unsatisfied after washing your hair is actually not because you do not wash it well, but because you wash it too often. According to studies, your hair produces more oil when you wash it too often, so the best way to wash your hair may actually be by not washing it too frequently.

2. Always make use of lukewarm water
We know how relaxing a steaming shower can be and we also know how dangerous it is to your hair. Apart from the fact that the high temperature makes the hair look dry and lifeless, they also make dyed hair fade faster. Though the ideal temperature for the hair has not been ascertained, it’s best to use cool water because while warm water opens up the cuticle, cool water seals it shut, helping in locking the moisture and benefiting the hair in the long run.
Also, avoid using water that has chlorine and synthetic materials to wash your hair. If possible, invest in water filters. It won’t only leave your hair healthier, but also give you skin the glow it deserves.

3. Massage the scalp and roots of your hair gently
The health of the hair begins at the scalp, so it is only right that you exercise the utmost gentleness when washing the root and scalp. Avoid using your nails or massaging the scalp too harshly. Your scalp may feel like it needs the pressure, but trust us, it usually isn’t as dirty as you think. So when next you are washing your hair, dedicate one or two minutes to massaging your scalp. It also helps boost blood flow to the scalp, thereby stimulating hair growth.

4. Select a shampoo that suits your hair type
Always know the type of hair you have and go for the one that suits your hair type the most. Contrary to popular belief that the shampoo leaves the hair immediately it is washed, it actually stays on for a bit longer than you think. So if you have a dry hair, go for shampoos that are smooth, moisturizing formulas. You don’t want to use shampoos that are not hydrating for your hair. If you have fine hair, a gentle shampoo should work just fine for you. And for those with bleached hair, a clarifying shampoo would work best for you, as it prevents unwanted yellow tones.

5. Give your conditioner enough time in your hair
The key to properly conditioning your hair is patience. Unlike shampoo, it doesn’t require a quick massage and rinse. Leave the conditioner in your hair for about 5 to 7 minutes to condition it properly. You can also use a comb to detangle the hair while the conditioner is still in. Getting the timing right is really important, as leaving it longer than that will leave residue in your hair.

6. Properly towel-dry your hair and apply protectant
After washing the hair, always endeavour to towel-dry it properly and apply some sort of heat protectant to it, especially if you plan on using a hot tool afterwards. It is no news that your hair needs to be totally dry before applying any heat on it. Never make use of any hot tool is the hair even slightly damp, you have no idea the harm you’re causing to your hair and the follicles if you do.

While we assure you that these steps we have given you above will your hair washing game a facelift, we also believe you may have some other potent tips that we did not mention in the article. Kindly do well to share them with us in the comment section, so other readers can see and learn from it too.

Having a conversation is something that every living human must do during the course of living. No man can stay without having a conversation with the next man throughout his life. And sometimes, during very sensitive conversations- like conversations with suicidal people or people going through tough times, we run out of things to say and the atmosphere becomes very awkward. How does one deal with that so as not to end up saying the wrong thing? How does one scale through such a situation? What does one say to salvage such a situation and take away the awkwardness? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Today, we’ll be telling you things you can say when you find yourself in such a situation.

1. Use open questions
Open questions are questions that do not give room for a yes or no answer. They give people to say more. So when next you’re struggling with what to say, try asking them an open question for them to reveal how they feel. Questions like, “What’s going on for you at the moment?”How are you feeling?” usually help to salvage certain situations when you run out of things to say. It also shows that you care about the person. This style of saving a conversation is not guaranteed to work every time too.

2. Summarize and repeat what the person is saying
It is usually best to let someone know that you really have been paying attention all he has been saying because it goes a long way in making them feel better. One of the ways to do this is to summarize the person’s comment and reflect it. Something like, “It sounds like you really have a lot on your plate and have no idea how to deal with all of it, is that?” should do the trick.

3. Know your limits
You cannot have a solution to everybody’s problem. Neither can you have the ability to pull everyone from whatever situation they are in? In such a situation, you do not need to put yourself under pressure to keep on talking. It is okay to not know how to help certain people sometimes. All you have to do is recommend someone that you think would be able to help them pull through. “You really have me worried now and I want to make sure you have all the support that you need the moment. Please, consider contacting any of the organizations that can help” is usually a very useful thing to say when you don’t know what direction to keep the conversation going or when you feel the depth of the conversation is too much for you, or when the person is suicidal. Remember, it’s okay if you don’t know how to help the person. Just make sure you get the person help elsewhere.

4. Say short words of encouragement
Letting someone know that they are not alone in what they are going through and you care for them will go a long in making them feel better. Telling them that you have heard what they have said and that you have them in your heart can be a magic worker sometimes.

Also, try to build a context around the comment you’re making, so the person feels more assured of what you’re saying and why you are saying it. “Sending you big hugs. You’re stronger than you know and I know you’ll get through this.” is enough to warm a person’s heart and get them to be more confident about themselves.
We hope you find these tips very useful in your conversations with people who are walking on a rail.

In case, you have more suggestions that could be of help, feel free to share them in the comment section for other readers to read and learn.

Just when men think that they have gotten the most knowledge of women, women somehow always come up with new ways to surprise them and leave them astonished. As awesome and relevant as women are to life and mankind, there are some fun facts we have discovered about them and would love to share with you- just for fun.

1. It is believed that the word ‘woman’ was derived from ‘wyfman’ which means the wife of man. The word ‘wyfman’ is a Middle English term which was used to describe women and ‘man’ was used to describe a person. So next time you hear the word woman, say a quick thank you to us for letting you know where the name was gotten from.

2. ‘Maiden’, ‘Mother’ and ‘Crone’ were all terms that were used to describe women at different stages of life. A young girl who was not married was referred to as maiden, a woman with children still in her child-bearing age was referred to as mother and a post past menopause was referred to as crone.

3. As absurd as it sounds and as hard as it is to believe, women are usually excited by the smell of a newborn baby. This excitement can be likened to an addict’s excitement for drugs and the excitement men have at the mention of football or machines. Now, you know why women are quick to say “Oh, my ovaries” whenever they see babies whether in pictures or in real life.

4. Now this one is going to sound very weird, but in the 1600s men used to wear high heels and were the first to wear them. Women only started wearing them in a bid to look more masculine. Today, all over the world, high heels are associated with only women and seeing a man wearing high heels would only make one raise eyebrows.

5. As a woman, it’s best if you do not snore while pregnant. Why? Studies have shown that pregnant women who snore are very likely to give birth to small babies. So when you see a woman with a small baby, you’ll have a possible reason why the baby is small.

6. Have you noticed that men suffer from heart attacks more than women? Want to know why? It is because women have more chances of suffering from indigestion, nausea and shoulder aches more than men. While men are more prone to heart attacks, women are prone to indigestion, nausea and shoulder aches.

7. This one doesn’t need even any scientific proof as it is very obvious and is not even debatable- Women cry more than men. On average, men cry between 6 and 17 times a year, while women cry between 30 and 64 times a year. We wonder why men find it difficult to cry.

8. According to studies, women speak more than men. Women speak about 20,000 words a day which is even 13,000 words more than the average man. What activity do you think gives women the avenue to speak more words than men?

We bet you found most of these facts on women interesting and funny. However, there are still some facts we have probably failed to mention above. Kindly do well to point them out in the comment section for other readers to see and react.