There’s a Chinese saying when it comes to our hair – 三千烦恼丝 (san-qian-fan-nao-si) – literally meaning “three thousand strands of worry”. Evidently, our hair can be the cause of much worry to many of us. With the different hair treatments available in the market, the kind of hair products for different hair condition give us the problem of choosing the best for us, at times feel like rocket science. Besides choosing the right hair products, there are many other methods we can follow to protect our hair.
Protein and Omega-3 for Healthy Hair
Just like how protein and omega-3 are good for our body, it also promotes stronger and healthier hair, with a healthier scalp. It is important to eat healthily with leafy vegetables, beans, and carrots. Do not avoid eating just because you want to lose weight. Losing weight is not about eating less but is about eating right. If you often style your hair with hot tools — or you color, bleach, or perm a lot — you can damage hair’s protective outer layer.
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:
- Take short breaks to look away from the screen and look at a distant object.
- Get up from your seat and move around. This helps to maintain better blood circulation of your body
- 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.
- Get an anti-glare screen protector that covers your computer monitor to reduce the UV radiation exposure
- Wear sunscreen daily
- Use skincare products with anti-oxidants and also,
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.
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:
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,
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.
We all use these two words Sunblock and Sunscreen interchangeably because we thought they are the same. BUT do you know that they are actually different in their functions and purpose? Do you know how to identify the differences between sunblock and sunscreen? While both of them protect you from the damaging UV rays of the sun, sunblock reflects the light from your skin, blocking the rays from entering into your skin whereas sunscreen coats your skin, and acts like a sponge which absorb the UV rays to protect your skin, where it converts into less damaging form of radiation. Sunblock works immediately when you apply on your skin while you will need to apply sunscreen lotion 15-20 minutes before it can actively protect your skin from damage.
What is Sunscreen?
When you come across a product that says “SPF XX”, it is a sunscreen product which designed to filter UV rays from the sun. It typically contain chemical ingredients like PABA, which can be irritating for people with sensitive skin.
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.