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5 foods for fabulous skin

Its not only the pizza and the soda which are to be blamed for skin breakouts and a dull, uneven complexion. Read on to know the foods that dermatologists recommend feeding your skin.

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Green Tea: Skip your morning coffee (yeah, i know thats a toughie) in place of the skin-boosting drink, for great skin.  Tea itself is great for hydration, which is paramount for skin health. Hydrated skin looks healthier and shows fewer wrinkles than dehydrated skin. The added benefit of green tea, rather than just water, is the remarkable ingredient called polyphenols  that neutralize free radicals and help maintain collagen and elastin, which is the basis for healthy skin. You cannot go wrong with green tea.

Citrus fruits: These contain high levels of Vitamin C- which keep the skin firm and fight free radicals.  Research suggests that vitamin C supplementation might increase collagen protein synthesis, thus helping repair damaged skin. So grab those oranges and lemons from the vegetable aisle.

Carrots: Tossing a carrot into your food could have ample of skin benefits. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which helps reduce oil production, acne, and prevents wrinkle formation. It is recommended  adding it to a regular diet of two to three servings per week to promote better skin.

Yogurt: Dairy freaks can rejoice. Yogurt does not  wreak havoc on your complexion. Infact Probiotic foods such as yogurt have  skin-calming bacteria that maintains the ideal pH balance and  improves the quality of your skin. Not to mention the great effects on your gut. Harsh skin products can tilt this balance, just like bacteria-disrupting oral medications and stress—all leading to inflamed, irritated skin.

Pomegranate: Fruits that contain high levels of antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatories help fight free radical damage and premature aging of skin.  Pomegranate is a great skin-booster. Even a small amount of pomegranate packs a dense amount of antioxidants, making it an effective source for better skin. It is important to eat the actual fruit to reap the benefits. This helps ensure that you’re not diluting the  amounts of antioxidants.

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8 Things To Remember Before Your Next Bikini Wax

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Summer is here and that means the swimsuit season is upon us. And that also means scheduling a bikini wax appointment (yeah, i know its not one of the salon visits to look forward to, atleast for moi). You don’t need to be embarrassed or self-conscious when it comes to getting your bits stripped, but you do need to know what’s what to get a safe and smooth wax. So here is my list ladies, to make it easier for you.

1- No Shaving:  You have to let it grow out wild n free (atleast for 4 weeks) before your appointment. If the hair is not long enough it means more pain and an uneven finish. And we don’t want that, do we?

2- Hot Wax Only: Check that your salon uses only HOT wax on sensitive areas-  Some salons will say they do and when you get there they use strip wax. Hot wax is a thick wax that they apply and then remove with just their hand. Strip wax is wonderful but shouldn’t be used on the areas mentioned as it’s notas gentle, and can leave you feeling sore. If they don’t use hot wax on bikini, Hollywood or Brazilian waxing then run for the hills.

3- Chocolate Wax is better: My personal experience again. Chocolate wax is better, smoother and actually prevents growth for a little bit longer than regular, honey wax. It is worth splurging a bit more of cash on.

4-  Exfoliate before you bare: To get the best results and to achieve silky soft skin, you need to prepare it pre-wax. Gently exfoliate and moisturize a day or two before your salon appointment as this will help the hairs break through, and be easier to be pulled out from the root. A regular body scrub should do.

 5- Don’t swim for 24 hours After: If you’ve just been waxed,  keep up the moisturising but stay away from pool & sea as pool and seawater can be very drying. Follow your salon’s aftercare advice and don’t go swimming until 24hrs after your waxing to avoid infections.

6- Careful while Sunbathing: Whatever you do, DO NOT expose the waxed body parts to the sun until 24-48 hours after your waxing as this sensitive skin will easily burn and you could be left with permanent pigmentation marks (dark brown patches). If you start to feel freshly waxed areas tingling when sunbathing then apply a higher SPF.

 7- Choose a skilled waxer: Again from personal experience – ALL salons offer waxing but not all of them do it well. A Brazilian wax shouldn’t be intimidating, but you’ll want to find a therapist who’s had proper training – you might realise (like i did) shockingly, that a lot of “specialists” have had no training in Brazilian waxing at all. You shouldn’t have to ask for thoroughness – an expert will know what she’s doing and you’ll know that she knows what she’s doing.

8- Moisturise Moisturise: Cant stress this enough. And coconut oil works wonders to reduce post-wax discomfort. Oh! And please do not try to do this yourself at home. There are some things we have to depend on the specialist for and this happens to be one.

And remember to BREATHE through it ;)))

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Kim K takes it a bit too far

Kim Kardashian has been known to take fashion risks. But this latest look on a night out in LA left me a little perplexed. Here’s why:

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Am i the only one who thinks that a satin bra with lace underwear is NOT cool? Its like she didn’t have the time to throw on the main outfit so she tried to make underwear look like an outfit. Or maybe she wanted to show off the effects of the “flu-diet”, which got a lot of people a whole lot upset. She took the post down later after coming under fire.

Next time dahlin, try to look a little put-together. Its not too difficult. Believe me.

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Korean Skincare Secrets Revealed!

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1-Give your face a steam massage in the shower. Use circular motions with your fingers, but also tap in rotating motions—starting on the forehead, then the cheekbones, cheeks, and working down to the jawbone. Massaging increases circulation and creates a dewy complexion. For added benefit use an oil cleanser to maximize hydration.

2. Use a charcoal sheet face mask. Buying sheet masks are as common as getting Kleenex in South Korea. And all the rage ingredient? Charcoal. It detoxes and exfoliates your skin, and all you have to do is let the sheet sit on your face for 15-20 minutes while you relax.

3. Exfoliate with a washcloth soaked in hot water. An old South Korean lady I know has no wrinkles. Her secret? She uses a thick washcloth to massage her face every day, using upward moving, circular strokes.

4. Blurring to create HD perfect skin. Some days when roll out of bed and think OMG, how do I just hide all of this? Well…You can. Try the Korean blurring trick, which basically means using one or several smart coverage products with a makeup brush to wipe out and “blur” unwanted imperfections. If you use an air-cushion foundation, a signature Korean cosmetic, you can blur like a pro, without looking heavy.

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5. Use an overnight sleeping mask.  This is the best time to hyper-moisturize and work on a tired complexion. Apply an intensive sleeping mask to correct any dullness. When you wake up, weeks of wear and tear will have come off of your face. Trust me on this!!

6. Apply a facial essence between two layers of moisturizer. Many women feel essences are the key to sealing in all the goodies of your daily cleansing. Essences are mild, skin nutrient filled solutions (not toners) that hydrate your skin and are applied after cleansing. The next step is to add a serum, and then you can add your moisturizer for maximum skin  hydration.

9. Drink barley tea. Have you ever been to a Korean restaurant and tried the tea? Its roasted barely tea, which is what is served to Korean babies from birth to fortify their skin and overall well-being. Barley tea is rich in anti-oxidants and one study showed that drinking it can improve blood circulation. Some suggest it may even double as a weight loss drink. There you go!!

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The Only Vitamins A Women Needs

Choosing the right vitamins can seem like a task. And once you finally find the perfect one, how can you tell if its actually working? Here are the best vitamins, minerals and herbs for every health and beauty need.
Hair, Skin and Nails
A good multivitamin with active B Complex is best. B vitamins help your hair, skin and nails grow effortlessly. Do you have a moon on your fingernails? If not, that can be a sign of B12 deficiency and lack of circulation.

sexy_strawberry1Vitamins to take:
Biotin: The #1 B vitamin for hair growth.
Zinc: When we are deficient in zinc, our hair loses its color, leading to gray hair.
Vitamin D: Opens follicles for hair to grow.
Vitamin E: Gives hair shine, bounce and growth.
Niacin: Increases circulation to allow hair growth.
Magnesium: Gives stronger hair.
Iron: Encourages hair growth.

Energy

These vitamins increase energy an stamina:
Active B12
Folic acid
COQ10

Memory
Each day we want to be able to make a sizable deposit into our memory bank so enhancing it by increasing our omega 3 and taking the following herbs will help.
Phosphatidylserine
Omega 3
Vitamin A
L-Tyrosine
L-Carnitine (burns fat)

Sleep
A few hours of deep restorative sleep is better than hours of tossing and turning. Certain deficiencies of vitamins and minerals can interrupt a night of sleep
Vitamins to take:
Melatonin
Magnesium
Vitamin B3
Vitamin D
L-tryptophan
GABA-(Kavinace; helps with anxiety)
Diet/Immune System
When it comes to our diet, it’s not just about what we put in our mouth, but what we actually absorb and eliminate eventually.
Vitamins to take:
Vitamin B1
Vitamin B3
Vitamin B6
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin A
Vitamin D
Iron
Selenium
Zinc