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Carrots – the orange crunchy powerfood

Forget about your Vitamin A supplements. Get the natural vitamins from fruits and vegetables available in the supermart. With this orange crunchy powerfood, you can get abundant amount of Vitamin A and other powerful benefits. Carrot provides ultimate protection against several skin problems, helping in maintaining your skin healthy, cancer prevention and anti-aging.

Do You Know…? Fun Facts on Carrots

1) Carrots are second most popular vegetables, followed after potato and there are over 100 different types of carrots.

2) Women in the 1600’s use carrot leaves as part of the decoration for their hats.

3) An average American can eat 5.44kg of carrots in a year

4) The greek word of carrot is “karaton”.

5) Rabbits love eating carrots. When rabbit eats one carrot, it is like us eating over 23 carrots. Rabbits like the sweetness from the carrots but they should not take too much as it will cause digestive problems and diabetes.

Health Benefits of Carrots

1) Improves vision

In my earlier post on eyecare,

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Prevent premature aging

8 tips to prevent premature aging while at office

Aging is inevitable. We start to age when we first come to this world. We can’t stop aging but we can prevent premature aging due to the external causes determined by our health and lifestyle. We wear sunscreen to protect the UV rays from damaging our skin. Besides the UV rays from the sun, fluorescent light bulbs also emit UV radiation, further exposing our skin to potential damage and premature aging while at the office. Here are some tips to prevent premature aging while at office:

  1. Take short breaks to look away from the screen and look at a distant object.
  2. Get up from your seat and move around. This helps to maintain better blood circulation of your body
  3. Do some stretching exercise after every 45 minutes. You can stretch your neck by looking at the ceiling, to the left, to the right and hold for 20 seconds.
  4. Get an anti-glare screen protector that covers your computer monitor to reduce the UV radiation exposure
  5. Wear sunscreen daily
  6. Use skincare products with anti-oxidants and also,

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Adverse effects of computer rays on your skin

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If you were told to surrender your computer and smart phone for a day, what will be your reaction? Will you panic because these gadgets have become part of your life that you can’t live without? We spend on an average 10-12 hours a day in front of our PC/ smart phones due to work, leisure etc. Do you know the adverse effects of computer rays on your skin? Can you imagine the extent to which these computer rays are adversely affecting our skin?

In the past, I do not really care much about UV rays, let alone how computer rays and radiation can affect our skin. Ever since I join the beauty industry two years back, my colleagues have been sharing with me beauty tips, anti-aging tips. Due to the nature of my work, I read online articles, beauty magazines and health reports and realised how important it is to at least apply sunscreen on my face before stepping out of the house. But I did not know the harmful effects of the computer rays to my face. 

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10 Triggers for Pigmentation You May Not Know About

Have you ever wondered why that no matter how much you avoid the sun, you will get your skin pigmented? Is it because your sunscreen is ineffective? Though it is true that excessive exposure of sunlight is the main cause for dark spots on the face, there are other reasons why you face will get pigmented. Here are some triggers for pigmentation you may not know about:

1. Acne

You may or may not know that your acne marks can become a permanent pigmented spot, also known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Other injuries caused by microdermabrasion, chemical peels or laser-therapies can also trigger skin pigmentation. So if you have acne problems, be careful in the way you handle your skin. Do not squeeze the acne or aggravate the area.

2. Heat from hot steam bath and cooking

Not just the scorching sun will give you pigmentation, but also the heat from your daily cooking or hot steam bath can also stimulate your pigment cells. So avoid your face being exposed to high heat,

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Myths about Sunscreen Debunked!

Myths about Sunscreen Debunked

Without a proper understanding of how UV rays can be harmful to you, you may not know the importance of using sunscreen and your health could be on the line. Without proper sun protection, it increases the risk for sunburn, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Thought you knew about protecting your skin from sun damage? What you do not know will surprise you. Get the facts on sunscreen to keep your skin safe. Myths about sunscreen DEBUNKED!

Myth #1: As long as your moisturizer or makeup products has sunscreen, you do not need to apply extra SPF.

It is not enough to fully dependant on the makeup products. You will need to apply extra sunscreen on top of your make up.

Myth #2: People who darker skin are immune to skin cancer.

Everyone regardless of skin color can be a victim to skin cancer. Many people have the misconception that Caucasians are the primary victims of skin cancer and non-Caucasian people are immune to it. This is why people of darker skin color diagnosed that they have skin cancer at a later stage.

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Restoring your skin radiance

According to a survey done in 2014 by STJobs.sg, Only one out of ten people in Singapore claims to be stress-free. It was found that for every person who is stress-free and happy, there are 2.5 persons who feel stressed and 6.5 persons who are neutral (with manageable stress levels) and have work-life balance. Whether we are still schooling, or working in the corporate world, we all (inevitably) face different sets of challenges and demands in life. Such stressful lifestyle has taken its toll on us, that we do not have proper diet and sufficient rest. This causes our body unable to rest, restore and rejuvenate. Before the wrinkles start forming, the face turns flaky and dry, here’s some SOS tips to restoring your skin radiance.

One way to restore your skin radiance is to apply mask on your faces. Radiance face masks are face masks that uses vitamins to moisturise and tone your skin, making it look luminous and glowing.

Banana and Honey Mask

What you need: ripped mashed banana, honey and sandalwood powder.

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Boost the antioxidants in your body

You often hear from people around you about antioxidant but you have no idea what is it. Before we understand what antioxidants are, we need to know about free radicals. In our daily life, our body produces free radicals. It can also be found in the air, the materials around us. They are molecules with unpaired electrons and they are searching for another electron to stabilize the molecules. Under normal body condition, our body is able to handle the free radicals. However when we do not have enough antioxidants in our body, or if our body produces too much free radical, cellular damage may occur. This is because the free radicals are reactive in nature and it will damage the surrounding molecules. Problems such as aging, damaging our immune functions, cell mutations will occur due to the presence of too much free radicals. They are the contributing cause to many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and others.

Antioxidants can be found in the fruits and vegetables found in our daily diet. Here are some food you may consider to boost the antioxidants in your body:

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate contains flavonols,

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The basics you need to know about sunscreen

Even a dog knows the importance of wearing sun shades. What about us? You know that it is very important to apply your sunscreen on a sunny day but do you know that it is as important wearing sunscreen on cloudy days and to reapply the cream after a few hours? How much do you know about the basics of sunscreen? Most of us know that sunscreens help to filter out the UV light from the sun and the higher the SPF the greater the protection. There are two types of UV light that will cause skin damage. UVA will cause premature aging and wrinkles, while the short wave UVB is primarily responsible for sunburn. Broad-spectrum lotions covers overall protection against both UVA and UVB radiation.

The SPF, or sun protection factor, is an indication of the ability of protecting the skin from UVB. The best sunscreen is the one having the highest SPF number. The sunscreen with SPF of 30 provides a better protection than one with SPF 15. It tells how long it will take for the skin to be sunburned.

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Home Remedies for Skin Pigmentation – Part 2

Skin pigmentation disorders are conditions that cause the skin to appear lighter or darker than normal, or blotchy and discoloured. They include freckles, melasma, sun spots. Whether you are white or black, we all face skin pigmentation disorders. Skin pigmentation disorders occur because the body produces either too much or too little melanin. Melanin is a pigment found in our body which gives the color of our hair, skin and eye. Melanin protects our body by absorbing the ultraviolet light.

There are products out there in the drugstore that targets skin pigmentation, products that contain hydroquinone. It is the most effective ingredient that helps reduce and eliminate brow skin discolorations known as melasma.  If you would like to try some home remedies for skin pigmentation, you may try the following methods. I’ve not tried them personally but they are the few common ones that people have been trying all these while.

5. Guava contains lycopene which is an ingredient that treats the darkening of skin due to sun exposure. Banana contains Vitamin A that gets rid of dark spot and blemish.

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Home Remedies for Skin Pigmentation – Part 1

Skin pigmentation disorders are conditions that cause the skin to appear lighter or darker than normal, or blotchy and discoloured. They include freckles, melasma, sun spots. Whether you are white or black, we all face skin pigmentation disorders. Skin pigmentation disorders occur because the body produces either too much or too little melanin. Melanin is a pigment found in our body which gives the color of our hair, skin and eye. Melanin protects our body by absorbing the ultraviolet light.

There are products out there in the drugstore that targets skin pigmentation, products that contain hydroquinone. It is the most effective ingredient that helps reduce and eliminate brow skin discolorations known as melasma.  If you would like to try some home remedies for skin pigmentation, you may try the following methods. I’ve not tried them personally but they are the few common ones that people have been trying all these while.

 

1. I love aloe vera. Many people has been saying how aloe vera helps in the complexion. It also helps to lighten the dark spots as aloe vera contains mucilaginous polysaccharides.

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