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.

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.

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.

During holidays and their free time, some parents usually find it difficult to come up with tasks, games and activities to engage in with the children. Spending time and carrying out activities with your children have a lot of positive effects on the children. Apart from keeping them out of trouble and keeping them safe, such activities with your children usually help them learn more, improves their cognitive processes and boosts their confidence in solving real-life issues. The bond and trust it establishes between parents and their children can also not be overlooked. Seeing how important these activities are in fostering good relationships between parents and children, we have decided to enlighten you on activities and tasks that you could embark on with your children in your free time or during the holidays.

1. Hide And Seek
This game is dependent on the size of your backyard and can be more challenging and fun if you include the indoors of your house. Be sure to set ground rules and guidelines to guide the children during the course of the game, so that no one gets lost or hurt. This game can come in handy in cases of emergencies when the child’s life may be threatened and requires him or her to hide in safety.

2. Bike Riding
Can you think of something more bonding than biking with your family? We bet you can’t. It is always safe to start in restricted areas first where the safety of the kids can be guaranteed before moving out to larger areas to cover. One parent at the front, the kids in the middle and the other parent at the back is probably the safest and best way to go biking. In case you’re thinking of how to make the biking more fun, you can invite another family to join yours.

3. Gardening
Imagine the joy of teaching your children how to recreate life by planting. It’s on a whole new level. You can start by allowing them to pick the seeds or ready-made plants at the markets. Then the backyard of the house can come in handy for the planting. In a situation where you do not really have a backyard, you could do indoor planting with vases and nurseries. Fun games like plant racing, a competition in which the children compete with each other which of their plants will grow the fastest, can even be added to the gardening to make it more fun and challenging.

4. Monopoly
This is an indoor board game that basically teaches the kids a lot about spending in real life. It is just as time-consuming as it is fun and educating and would be an awesome way for parents to bond with their kids. The more competitive your family is, the more challenging the game will be and the more fun you’ll get from it.

5. Tug of War
This one game, as fun as it still requires a decent level of energy and physical strength. Families with a considerable of children can decide to play this game with both parents acting as the captains of both teams. It is advised that utmost care is taken while playing this game with your family as there is a slim chance of getting physically injured as a result of the tugging of the rope during the course of the game.

While nobody is an expert with children, many people have other ways to keep their children company and strengthen the bond between themselves and their children. In case you have any idea or suggestion that will come in handy in hanging out with kids, feel free to share them in the comment section for other readers to see and take note.

Almost everyone has an interest in growing long natural hair is real but sometimes, some people usually do not get the desired hair growth they want- their hairs appear to stop growing after a while. If after measuring your hair, it is still the same length as the last time you measured it (a couple of weeks before), we are displeased to tell you that your hair is suffering from stunted growth.

Chill! Before you start panicking and coming up with assumptions on why you’re experiencing stunted hair growth, there are a plethora of reasons why your hair may have stopped growing and also a myriad of ways to tackle and solve the issue of stunted hair growth. Not to worry, we are going to be bringing all of that to your knowledge in the subsequent paragraphs; it is why we are here for you.

Dirty Hair
Sometimes, why your hair stops growing is because your scalp is being suffocated by oil and dirt, giving very little breathing space to the scalp for the good of the hair follicles. It is advisable that you carry out deep cleaning on your hair at least once a week to get off any dirt that may be making its way to your scalp to block the pores and prevent the hair follicles from being healthy and functional.

Lack of Exercise and Healthy Diet
As absurd as it sounds, eating and exercising right actually help the hair grow healthily. Always drink enough water to avoid getting dehydrated and eat foods that are rich in omega-3s like fish and nuts. The importance of these to hair growth cannot be overemphasized and so, it is only right that you pay very close attention to them.

Lack of Protein or Too Much Protein
Depending on the situation, protein treatments can either be good or bad for your hair. Protein treatment can make your hair soft helping it to hold on to moisture and can also make your hair hard, making it break off easily, so it is important to always balance protein treatment with water-based treatments.
Do not jump into protein treatments because it is working for your neighbour. Both of you may not have the same hair type and so, your hair may not react to the treatment the same way your neighbours did. Monitor your hair while on protein treatment so as to know when to cut down or increase the treatment.

Styling and Maintenance
Harsh styling of the hair and treatment can also result in stunted hair. Avoid using styles that require excessive heating or tightening of the hair as they make the hair dry and are very unfavourable to the hair follicles.
Also, it is best to sleep with a silk or satin scarf or pillowcase to avoid your hair from getting broken. Pillowcases made from cotton and polyester usually dry out the hair and moving your head on it has more chances of making you snag your hair.

Wrong Regimen
Most times, people do not buy products that suit their hair types. If you have oily hair, avoid shampoos and hair products that are for dry hair. Always read the labels on products and make sure they suit you perfectly before buying.

Now that we have shared what we know about stunted hair growth, we are sure that some of our readers have experiences and suggestions that they would love to share with other readers. Feel free to take to the comment section to share your suggestions.

According to statistics, just 10% of the world’s population is left-handed, and as expected many theories and myths about this rare type of people. As attractive and scary as some of these rumours may be, many of them are false and have not been proven scientifically. Without further ado, here are some of the rumours you may have heard about left-handed people.

1. Left-handed People are More Creative
In 1995, a study showed that left-handed men tended to think more creatively when solving problems, but there was no difference in thinking between female lefties and righties. This, however, there still is no scientific proof that links creativity and being left-handed, and all the suggestions that left-handed people are more creative than right-handed people are merely a myth.

2. Left-handed People are More Intelligent
The world is not left-handed friendly and most of the things being used in it were designed for right-handed people, so left-handed people have to think of ways to improvise and make use of these things. This has led to the assumption that they are more intelligent than right-handed. However, no scientific link has been made between intelligence and being left-handed so far.

3. Left-handed People May Have More Sleep Disorders:
A study monitored the rhythmic movement of limbs of right-handed and left-handed people while they slept. While 69% of right-handed people had movement, a whopping 94% of left-handed people also did. This can be an indicator of periodic limb movement disorder which could also result in sleep disorders.

4. Left-handed People are Introverted
Among the most popular myths concerning left-handed people is that they are introverted. This stereotype doesn’t in any way affect reality as it is just a mere farce. A study carried out in 2013 went on to dispel this rumour, having found no differences across any of the five personality measures tested between right-handers and left-handers.

5. Lefties are More Likely to be Leaders
While many past leaders of top world countries like America were left-handed, it is purely coincidental and has nothing to do with facts that left-handed people have more leadership abilities.

6. Lefties are More Likely to Have Mental Disorders
Studies have shown that left-handed people are more likely to develop psychotic disorders when compared to right-handed people who are likely to suffer from mood depression more. Further studies have been dedicated to finding out the part of the brain left-handed and right-handed people use to ascertain why this happens to be so.

We know that look on your face, we have ruined your fantasies about left-handed people. We are sure you have heard some rumours about them too. Feel free to share them with other readers in the comment section.

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.

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.

There are so many reasons people visit the salon; to have their hair cut; to get a good pedicure or manicure; to condition their hair; to apply dye to their hair; to have their hair braided or made, etc. No sane person goes to the salon with the hope of contracting one disease or the other, but still, many people tend to unknowingly pick up diseases from hair salons whenever they go there for services. Most times, they have no idea that these diseases were gotten from the salon and continuously fall victims of the diseases.
You may be wondering what the possible diseases that one could contract from the salon are. Relax and continue reading, we are going to bring you up to speed.
1. Head Lice
Perhaps they are known the incessant itching they cause to the scalp and the sores that can get infected when you scratch a lot. Ironically, they are attracted to clean hair and are usually passed from one person to another by head-to-head contact. It, however, can be treated by shampoo which can be applied at home.
The key to preventing lice is by making sure the salon sterilizes combs and brushes before using them on you. It is also advisable to always carry your own comb and brushes along when going to the salon.
2. Burns and Blisters
Due to the harshness of some chemicals and the inability of some skins to tolerate them, skin treatments can cause burn and blisters or even chemical burns on the leg in a bid to treat leg veins.
Apart from staying away from such chemicals, one can also make sure that the cosmetician is an expert and has received enough training, so as to avoid getting burns and blisters after the skin treatment procedures.
3. Fungal Infections of the Nail
Some salons make use of the same tools for all their customers without properly sterilizing them and this, in turn, can cause some really nasty fungal infections. These infections are usually characterized by swelling of the skin around the toenails or fingernails, pain in the area or thickening of the nail.
To prevent this, you can ask your manicurist to avoid cutting your cuticles. Medical experts advise that the cuticles can be pushed back a bit but cutting them increases the chances of infection. Also, make sure your salon owner sterilizes all nail grooming instruments before using them on you.
4. Hepatitis
There are also chances of contracting Hepatitis through sharing of instruments like foot basins, razors, scissors and clippers used at nail salons and barber shops.
The best way to prevent this is to have your own instruments and bring them along to the salon. You can also ensure that these instruments are sterilized before being used on you.
5. Contact Dermatitis
When chemicals that are too harsh or chemicals that you are allergic to are applied to you, there are very high chances of you contracting contact dermatitis. Chemicals that pose high risks of causing this disease include fragranced products, acrylics and formaldehyde.
Always ensure to ask about the products that are being applied to your skin so as to be able to give full details of what was applied on your skin to the dermatologist in case any rash appears on your skin.
6. Staph Infections
People who treat themselves to pedicures stand the chance of contracting staph infection. The tubs in foot spas can be a source of infection when they are cleaned properly.
To avoid this, always make sure that the tubs in foot spas are washed and sanitized before use and the salon technicians wash and sanitize their hands before treating you to a pedicure.
In addition to the preventive steps that have been mentioned above, you should also always:
i. Try not to visit salons when you have open injuries or damaged skin as it leads to an increased risk of infection.
ii. Visit salons that are reputable and have up-to-date credentials for their employees.
iii. Ask the salon owners about the steps they take to make sure that their salon is infection-free.

In case you have suggestions and contributions that would be useful to other readers, do not hesitate to share them in the comment section.