In our last publication, we promised to give you tips on how to handle and manage your dry skin so as to have the glow you desire in case the basic skincare routine doesn’t work for you. Well, this is us keeping to our promise and bringing you tips on how you can best soothe your dry skin. We are sure you will find these tips very useful.

1. Rinse your face in the morning
Cleansers are known to remove good oils from the skin, so it is best you avoid them in the morning. Settle for warm water instead. Rinse your face with warm water and pat it dry. It is however okay for you to make use of the cleanser before going to bed at night.

2. Remove your makeup with oil cleansers
Most makeup products comprise alcohol and other harsh ingredients that can dry out your skin and cause irritation. Oil cleansers remove makeup more gently than makeup removing wipes, and you don’t even get to stress yourself. All you have to do is apply the oil to your dry skin and wash off with warm water.

3. Wait! Apply the serum before the moisturizer
Serums are water moisturizers that give an extra boost of hydration to the skin. Since you have dry skin, it is best to leave it as hydrated as possible to avoid your skin from getting irritations. Use a cotton ball to dab the serum onto your face and allow it to absorb well into your skin before you apply moisturizer.

4. Make use of creams that contain oils
For those with dry skin, oil-based products are the best friends you can ever have. They do not only keep your skin hydrated but also seal the moisture into your skin. Oil-based products usually have oil listed as one of the first ingredients.
While mineral oil or petrolatum may come in handy to those with cracked skin or flaky patches, Rosehip oil and jojoba oil can help lock moisture in your skin by preventing it from going out.

5. Settle for soothing ingredients for your irritations
Those with dry or sensitive skin are usually prone to irritation or flaky skin and will need products with moisturizing ingredients like aloe, chamomile, green tea extract or Vitamin C to take care of it.
However, be mindful of the amount of Vitamin C that you apply as too much of it can cause dryness. In case you start experiencing the dryness, resort to using Magnesium ascorbic phosphate to remedy it.

6. Stay away from products that contain alcohol and other astringents
Alcohol can dry out the skin and cause irritation to sensitive skin, so be sure to read the ingredients of all the products you use, so you can avoid alcohol. Apart from alcohol, other irritating ingredients that you should avoid include; Witch hazel, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, fragrance and acids.

We are pretty sure that if you follow these tips religiously, you would begin to experience a positive difference in your skin and attain the glow which you have always desired. In case you have more suggestions that people with dry skin can follow to give their skins a facelift, do well you drop them in the comment section below, so they can read and learn from it.

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 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.

There are many theories about success and everybody seems to have an idea of how success can be attained, but ironically, not all of these people have been able to achieve the said success. It is true that there is no particular formula to success; there is no laid down rule that one can follow to ensure that he or she is successful, but then there are traits or habits that successful people share. If these habits are why they have managed to attain success, we can’t say for sure but we are going to be exposing to these habits, so you could try them and see if it works.

1. Focus
This is perhaps the most common trait among successful people. They get ideas, make plans to bring the idea to fruition and then stay dedicated to the cause. The drive to succeed is always there. Obstacles are only stepping stones to them and unlike other people who usually get distracted from their ideas a few days or weeks after conceiving them, successful people pursue theirs to the end.

2. Passion for Success
Successful people are always hungry for success. They are always enthusiastic about embarking on new projects and succeeding at them. The thought of success always motivates them to work hard and bring thought to life.

3. Time Consciousness
Successful people are adept at time management and are highly time conscious. Since they always work with a plan, time is a luxury to them and so they do all that they can to make the most of it.

4. Eager To Learn
Successful people are always open to new tricks and ways to get to their dreams. They are usually very open-minded and are looking for new ways and things to learn. Little wonder why they are very knowledgeable about a lot of things and find it easy to surmount obstacles.

5. Proactive
Successful people never rest on their oars, they are always working towards something new that would bring them success instead of waiting for it to come them. It is part of what sets them apart from normal people. This trait helps them get ready for whatever opportunity that comes their way and make the most out of it.

Like we mentioned at the beginning of this piece, no one has the definite formula for success, but there are traits or habits that successful people have in common. And if you adopt them, you just may find yourself being successful as well.

A popular nursery rhyme says “Early to bed, early to rise. Makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.” The importance of sleep and its health benefits have even been disclosed to us since as way back as our childhood. Many people feel that sleep is mostly for those who work extra hard and are badly in need of help, but in truth, sleep is necessary for everybody as even scientists have recommended an average of 8 hours sleep per day for healthy living.
However, as important as sleep is and with its many benefits, there are certain factors which pose a threat to some individuals enjoying this benefits as they prevent them from sleeping. This inability to sleep properly is usually caused by conditions that are known as Sleep Disorders. How does one know that he or she is battling sleep disorders? Are there any symptoms to show? How does one go about solving this issue of sleep disorder? These and many more of the questions in your mind will be answered in the subsequent paragraphs.
There are several ways to know if you are suffering from sleep disorders. Like so many other disorders and sicknesses, it also has symptoms. These symptoms include:
1. difficulty falling or staying asleep
2. daytime fatigue
3. strong urge to take naps during the day
4. irritability or anxiety
5. lack of concentration
6. depression.

These symptoms do not just appear without causes as there is no smoke without a fire. There a plethora of reasons why one can develop a sleep disorder. These causes include:
1. Stress and Anxiety
When one is extremely stressed or emotionally disturbed, it is usually difficult for one to sleep at night as they usually have a negative effect on sleep, preventing one from falling and staying asleep. All these could come in form of nightmares, sleepwalking or sleeptalking to disrupt your sleep.
2. Chronic Pain
Extreme pain can undoubtedly keep you awake, wake you up or prevent you from staying asleep. Chronic pain as a result of arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, persistent headache, inflammatory bowel diseases and fibromyalgia can prevent one from sleeping right. In a situation where one already suffers from a sleep disorder, chronic pain can go on to worsen the sleeping condition of the person.
3. Allergies & Respiratory Problems
Allergies, cold and other respiratory issues make pose as breathing problems and prevent one from sleeping. When one cannot breathe properly, one finds it challenging to sleep and thus, could be said to be suffering from a sleep disorder.
4. Nocturia
Hormonal imbalances and infection of the urinary tract can cause frequent urination, hence disrupting sleep by making one wake up at night. Ensure to visit a doctor if the frequent urination is accompanied by pain or bleeding.
Sleep disorders come in many types. They include:
1. Insomnia
This is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. It usually caused by jet lag, stress, hormone, anxiety or digestive problems.
2. Parasomnia
This is a class of sleep disorder that causes abnormal behaviour or movement during sleep. This behaviour includes; sleepwalking, sleeptalking, groaning, nightmares, bedwetting, etc.
3. Restless Leg Syndrome
This is usually as a result of a sensation in the legs which gives an overwhelming urge to move the legs. Although it happens during the day, RLS is prevalent at night.
4. Sleep Apnea
This is a serious medical issue that results in pauses in breathing during sleep. It makes the body takes in less oxygen and thus, causes one to wake up at night.
5. Narcolepsy
This is characterized by sudden periods of sleep during the day. One suffering from this disorder usually gets extremely tired and falls asleep without warning. It could also lead to sleep paralysis; the inability to move right after waking up. Although this disorder can happen on its own, it also sometimes associated with certain neurological disorders.
Sleep disorders are usually cured with either of two processes or a combination of both; medical treatment or lifestyle changes.
Medical treatment for sleep disturbances might include any of the following:
1. sleeping pills.
2. melatonin supplements.
3. allergy or cold medication.
4. medications for any underlying health issues.
5. breathing device or surgery (usually for sleep apnea).
6. a dental guard (usually for teeth grinding).
Lifestyle adjustments can greatly improve your quality of sleep, especially when they’re done along with medical treatments. You may want to consider:
1. incorporating more vegetables and fish into your diet, and reducing sugar intake.
2. reducing stress and anxiety by exercising.
3. creating and sticking to a regular sleeping schedule.
4. drinking less water before bedtime.
5. limiting your caffeine intake, especially in the late afternoon or evening.
6. decreasing tobacco and alcohol use.
7. eating smaller low carbohydrate meals before bedtime.

If you have any other suggestions that we left out here, feel free to share with the other readers in the comment section.

Hair is a very important part of the human body. It is one of the defining characteristics of mammals and a very important part of the body as it serves several purposes. Some of which include: warmth, protection and beauty.

The growth of the hair begins inside the hair follicle (a dynamic organ found in the mammalian skin) which follows a specific growth cycle having specific characteristics that determine the length of the hair. The hair follicle is fed by nutrient-rich blood supply and as such, poor diet disrupts the nutrient supply to the follicle thereby affecting the growth of the hair. An overall balanced diet is essential for a shiny, lustrous and strong hair.

Research shows that there are about 100,000 to 350,000 hair follicles on the human scalp, with each growing an average of 1000 days and rests for a period of around 100 days before being shed and new hair begins to grow. This varies from person to person and can be influenced by age, diet, weather and state of health. If kept in a good and perfect condition, your hair would grow an average of half an inch every month.

While human beings have devised several means of staying warm during outdoor activities by making use of different head wears and jackets, the hairs found on the human body primarily serves as a source of heat insulation as it helps to keep the internal body temperature regulated while protecting the body from ultra-violet radiation exposure. In many mammals such as hedgehogs and porcupines, hair can be very dense and then is referred to as fur. These have been transformed into hard spines or quills and these are covered with thick layers of keratin which serves as a form of protection against their predator. In humans, body hair is mostly reduced as it doesn’t play a major role in temperature regulation as it does in other animals.

The hair on the human scalp provides both protective and adornment functions as it protects the head from various elements by serving as a thermal insulator. It also protects the scalp from sunburn and other effects of light radiation. Hair on other parts of the human body also provide related protective and adornment functions. The eyelash which grows at the edges of the eyelids protects the eyes from dirt. They are used to sense when sweat, dust, dirt and any other potential substance that is harmful to the eyes are very close to the eyes, that is why the eyes reflexively close as a result of the sensation and also, it helps to reduce the amount of light that enters the eyes. Eyebrows, which are the hairs found around the eye area also serves as a shield to the eyes as it prevents dirt, sweat and water from making its way into the eyes. They also play an important role in non-verbal communication as they are able to display several emotions like excitement, sadness, surprise and even anger. In animals, the hairs (fur) on their body are connected to the nerves and also serve as a transmitter for sensory input.

Apart from giving warmth to the body and serving as a protection to the body, hair also serves as a great social significance for human beings as it is mainly cosmetic and contributes greatly to the way a person looks. Hair grows all over the body. The only places it does not grow are the lips, the soles of our feet, the palms and the fingers.

We all tend to pay extra attention to our hair when an event is around the corner. Like our birthdays, Christmas holidays, vacations, notable milestones etc.

This does not have to be the norm this year; when you nurture and care for your hair, it will blossom in due time.

Let’s start 2018 right, pledging to treat our hair better than we did the year before; below are a few things you will need to do for your hair to be healthier, Stronger and longer.

 

Washing Regularly ( Weekly or Biweekly)

 

Deep Condition- with the right hair product for your hair type and texture.

 

Moisturize your hair daily

 

Trim When Needed

Drink Water Regularly

 

Excercise Often

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