Friday, 21 July 2017

The Negative effects of Apple Cider Vinegar

There is seemingly no end to the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. It is touted as an ancient remedy that has stood the test of time; it is believed to cure almost all diseases. Apple cider vinegar is a natural tonic made by combining apples with yeast. The yeast then converts the sugar in the apples into alcohol. Bacteria are then added to the mixture which ferments the alcohol into acetic acid. Apple cider vinegar is known to promote fat burning and weight loss, decrease blood sugar levels, increase insulin sensitivity and improve cholesterol level. Unfortunately, apple cider vinegar has been reported to cause some side effects. This is particularly true when it is consumes in large quantity. Drinking apple cider vinegar every day, especially, if you don’t dilute it with enough water, can increase your risk of developing side effects. It is also known to interfere with the absorption of nutrients as well as increase the side effects of some medications. Although small amounts are generally fine and healthy, taking too much can be harmful and even dangerous.
Some of the side effects of consuming apple cider vinegar in large quantity include;
Delayed Stomach Emptying: Apple cider vinegar helps prevent blood sugar spikes by reducing the rate at which food leaves the stomach and enters the lower digestive tract. This slows down its absorption into the bloodstream. However, this effect may worsen symptoms of gastroparesis, a common condition in people with type 1 diabetes. In gastroparesis, the nerves in the stomach don’t work properly, so food stays in the stomach too long and is not emptied at a normal rate. Symptoms of gastroparesis include heartburn, bloating and nausea. If you have diabetes, ask your doctor about how to take apple cider vinegar and monitor your blood sugar carefully.
Digestive Side Effects: Apple cider vinegar may cause unpleasant digestive symptoms in some people. Human and animal studies have found that apple cider vinegar and acetic acid may decrease appetite and promote feelings of fullness, leading to a natural reduction in calorie intake. However, one controlled study suggests that in some cases, appetite and food intake may decrease due to indigestion.
Low Potassium Levels and Bone Loss: Apple cider vinegar can cause potassium levels to fall, according to eMedTV. Low potassium can cause heart arrhythmias, muscle weakness or breakdown, constipation, fatigue or paralysis that can interfere with breathing. If you take medications that can cause low potassium levels, such as diuretics, do not take apple cider vinegar without talking to your doctor first.
Erosion of Tooth Enamel: Acidic foods and beverages have been shown to damage tooth enamel. Soft drinks and fruit juices have been more widely studied, but some researches show the acetic acid in vinegar may also damage tooth enamel, increasing your risk of developing cavities. Flushing the pills with lots of water or diluting the liquid can help reduce this risk.
Throat Burns: Apple cider vinegar has the potential to cause esophageal (throat) burns. A review of harmful liquids accidentally swallowed by children found acetic acid from vinegar was the most common acid that caused throat burns. Researchers recommended vinegar be considered a “potent caustic substance” and kept in childproof containers. There are no published cases of throat burns from apple cider vinegar itself. However, one case report found that an apple cider vinegar tablet caused burns after becoming lodged in a woman’s throat. The woman said she experienced pain and difficulty swallowing for six months after the incident
Skin Burns: Due to its strongly acidic nature, apple cider vinegar may also cause burns when applied to the skin. It is a skin irritant and should not be applied on open wounds. In one case, a 14-year-old girl developed erosion on her nose after applying several drops of apple cider vinegar to remove two moles, based on a protocol she’d seen on the internet. In another, a 6-year-old boy with multiple health problems developed leg burns after his mother treated his leg infection with apple cider vinegar. There are also several anecdotal reports online of burns caused by applying apple cider vinegar to the skin. It is important to seek medical advice before using apple cider vinegar on the skin.
 Drug Interactions: A few medications may interact with apple cider vinegar. People who take insulin or insulin-stimulating medications and vinegar may experience dangerously low blood sugar or potassium levels. This medication lowers your blood potassium levels. Taking it in combination with apple cider vinegar could lower potassium too much. Some diuretic medications cause the body to excrete potassium. To prevent potassium levels from dropping too low, these drugs should not be consumed with large amounts of vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar can provide several health benefits. However, to stay safe and prevent side effects, it is important to monitor the amount you consume and be careful with how you take it.

By Mercy Kukah  

Guidelines for Your Wedding Day Makeup

Ensure your bridal makeup is top-notch using these top tips shared by Sara Lucero, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist and the global creative director of Stila Cosmetics. In a recent interview conducted by Bazaar in London, Sara offers these guidelines for a better-looking makeup and we just can’t thank her enough. Here they are:

Match your body to your face
Apparently, this doesn’t only mean ensuring your foundation is properly blended below the jawline. Lucero says to also make “your shoulders and chest match your face so that the level of shine on your face matches the gleam across your chest and shoulders – this will prevent you from looking oily in photographs”.

Think beyond the portfolio
If you cannot summon the courage to do your own makeup yourself, Lucero recommends getting to know your make-up artist well in advance of the big day – and allowing her to get to know you as well. “I like to meet with them, find their comfort level, and then start thinking about a look for them – even small things like whether she’s a contact-lens wearer or if she’s likely to cry on the day,” says Lucero. Surely, your makeup artist is more likely to do what’s best for you on your big day if she knows more about you. So, have your first trial or meeting with your makeup artist two to three months ahead of the wedding; this also gives you plenty of time to change your mind over your look.

Keep sweat at bay
“Blotterazzi by Beauty Blender is a must-have in my kit”, says Lucero. “You can put them in your bra to prevent sweating, and they’re also amazing for blotting of greasy shine when used dry.” This should be in every bridal kit for sure; and is a big red-carpet trick on hot days too.

Keep it Monochromatic
“The quickest way to end up with a look you’ll regret for years to come is by pairing mismatched shades,” says Sian Ranscombe, beauty writer at bazaar, and Lucero agrees too; she says, “Sticking to a monochromatic look is very classic whether it’s all warm or all cool.  You want to go with a classic, beautiful, enhanced version of yourself which could have been yesterday”. So, do your makeup in such a way that you can look back at it someday and still love it, not something you will look back on and cringe.

In the event of an emergency…
Sometimes the skin protests when you undergo too much stress, and organising a wedding is a known stress-inducing activity. Luckily, dear Lucero has a few tips for covering any imperfections that may erupt in the days leading up to the ceremony. “Press the concealer on and then spread around the edges of the (blemished) area so it’s contained and looks edgeless. Then add a bit of powder and tap it on,” advises Lucero.


Source: hapersbazaar.com (Article by Sian Ranscombe)

By Akaomachi B

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Tips for Skin Care in Rainy Season

An oily and sweaty skin during the raining season attracts more dirt and chemical pollutants, leading to pimples, rashes, and all sort of skin condition. Therefore, for you to enjoy this rainy season thoroughly, you need to take care of your skin in order to avoid skin problems that are associated with the season due to dampness, chillness and wetness. Here are some simple tips to help you take care of your skin throughout the rains.

Getting wet is very common in this season. However, you need to take care to dry yourself and ensure that there is no dampness in skin folds, scalp and feet so that they do not become breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi.

Hot showers and a steam bath sound inviting in this season. However, they tend to remove moisture and damage delicate facial skin. Hence, it is important that you bathe and shower in lukewarm or tepid water.

Many people tend to feel sticky and oily during the rainy season. Though using wipes could be a quick solution, it is definitely not a permanent one. Make it a point to follow deep cleansing routines like washing your face regularly and following a strict shampoo & conditioning routine to avoid bacterial growth and skin break-outs.

Many people carry the misconception that sun protection is needed only in summer. In reality, in rainy season, you need to continue to use sunscreen lotions since the sun is still beating down and you might not even sense it that much because of the lack of heat.

Going on a crash diet and low-fat options could actually back fire during this season. Oily fish, eggs, flax seeds, walnuts and dark green vegetables contain essential fatty acids that are needed for proper skin repair mechanism and flexibility. Strictly avoid spicy and oily food.

Consuming increasing amounts of coffee & alcohol removes moisture from the skin and also leads to faster wrinkling. Coffee also aggravates acidity. As for smoking, we all know how it can destroy the body and skin; the hair is no less affected. And it further contributes to dehydration during this season. It must be avoided.

Drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day is essential to keep your skin hydrated and prevent skin problems by eliminating toxins. This is especially important during this season due to the constant sweating that leads to dehydration.

Many soaps, cleansers and lotions contain alcohol derivatives that irritate skin and leave it dry. Opt for organic alternatives that will effectively cleanse your skin by removing dust and grime while keeping your skin moisturized and free of bacterial infections at the same time.

In this season, the bowel movement could easily get disturbed which will ultimately show on your skin. Take some raisins, figs, or prunes which are mild and help to set right bowel movements by flushing out toxins and wastes from the body. Ensuring proper digestion is very important in order to have healthy skin.

Avoid heavy makeup during the raining season, instead opt for a water proof makeup to maintain that natural charm and beauty. Bleaching and facials should be avoided during this season, as they could do more harm than good for your face.

If there is rash, pimples or acne, wash the face with a medicated soap or cleanser twice a day. Wash the face several times a day with plenty of plain water. You can also apply a rose based skin toner, which not only completes the cleansing procedure, but also helps to close the pores and restore the normal acid-alkaline balance.

If there are blackheads, a facial scrub should be used on the blackhead-prone areas. But do not apply scrubs on acne, pimples or rash. Mix rice powder with rose water and apply it on the areas with blackheads daily. Rub gently on the skin with circular movements. Leave on for 5 minutes and wash off with water. This can be done after cleansing in the morning. 

Pay special attention to the feet. Fungal infections can lead to Athlete's Foot. After washing them well, dry them thoroughly and apply talcum powder. During hot and humid weather, wear open footwear, so that the sweat evaporates. This helps to avoid fungal infections like Athlete's Foot and ring worm which grow on moist skin. 

Try these simple tips this monsoon season and enjoy the rains without having to face hassles from skin problems.


By Mercy Kukah

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Lies You Tell Yourself That Keep You from Being Successful

Many people have formed the habit of blaming others for their failures. It’s always the society’s fault, the government’s fault or someone else’s. But in reality, the only person preventing you from being successful is you. Sure, some people’s start-off in life are a lot easier than others, but every single person, irrespective of who or what you are has the capacity to become successful. In a subconscious attempt to protect yourself from risk and potential failure, you may be talking yourself out of discovering and achieving your full potential. It’s sad to see many people not achieving their goals because of the lies they tell themselves. Timothy Sykes – entrepreneur, stock expert and VIP contributor at entrepreneur.com, says “If you can still breathe, you can still succeed. It might take you a little longer than others, but the only thing blocking you from success is you”. And I couldn’t agree with him more. Here are some of the biggest lies people tell themselves that keep them from success, according to Timothy Sykes:
I need a university degree to be successful
You may need a university degree to get a conventional 9am – 5pm job, but you do not need it to be an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, you’re your own boss. There are countless successful entrepreneurs who have been very successful without a university degree; example is the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg. What you need is to know where your talent lies and develop it.
I’m too old
 “You still have a working mind and you still have time. Until you’re in the ground you still have time to be successful”, says Timothy Sykes, and I completely agree. You are never too old to learn. Do not give up on your dreams just because you’re not in your early 20s anymore.
I don’t have enough time
Yes, you do. If you have time to think about how much time you do not have, then you have more than enough time to study what you love and to build up your business. You might have less time than the next person, but there is no competition. Even if you only make a small amount of progress every day, you know you’re going to get there in the end. Be ruthless with yourself.
I need money to make money
A lot of people mistakenly believe that you have to start out with a hefty sum of money to be able to become a millionaire. Of course, it helps to start with money, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. It will only take you a little longer to build up to a bigger bank balance.
It’s too hard to get started
There is a saying that the hardest part of starting any journey is taking the first steps out of your front door. Starting may prove very tough, but it is up to you to show some initiative and tough it out. Whatever business you want to venture in, you can always find mentors who can teach you wonderful things about how to succeed in your chosen field. In the end, you’ll see there was no reason to worry in the first place.
Stop talking yourself out of your success and take the first step today.

Sources:        Entrepreneur.com (Article by Timothy Sykes)

                        Timothysykes.com

By Akaomachi B

10 Good Reasons You Should Not Skip Breakfast


Are you tired of hearing “don’t skip breakfast?” This is because breakfast is the most important meal in the day, it should not be missed. The literal meaning of the word "breakfast," is to break the fast between dinner and the meal eaten after a person wakes up the next morning. About 18 percent of males and 13 percent of females between the ages of 35 and 54 are breakfast skippers, according to a 2011 study by the market research company NPD group.

For most people, it can be up to 12 hours since their last meal, and yet they are quick to skip it as they rush out the door. Here are 10 benefits of eating breakfast and why it should be considered the most important meal of the day:

Energy Boost to Start the Day

Every morning, you will wake up with an empty stomach, unless you are the type that stay up all night watching the television and eating late in the night at the same time. Everyone should start off their day right by taking a well balanced meal for breakfast. There are so many common breakfast foods that can be considered super-foods because of their nutrition value. They are:


Eggs: Including an egg or two for breakfast may require a few extra minutes of preparation time, but the potential health benefits make them worth cooking and eating. Not only are eggs packed with protein and amino acids, they are also one of the few significant sources of vitamin D, which is important for absorbing calcium for stronger bones. You can have two boil eggs with avocado and cucumber, and green tea; or have it fried with olive oil and enjoy it.
Whole grains: Whether you are taking them in the form of bread, cereal or oatmeal, breakfast is one of the best times to enjoy whole grains in your meal. This super-food is a great source of fibre, which is essential for a healthy heart and digestive tract, and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. You can top your oatmeal with strawberries or slice banana and pour nourishing almond milk in it.

Vitamin C: You can hit your daily intake of vitamin C in your very first meal of the day, whether it's in the form of a juice or solid fruit. Oranges, grapefruits and apples are common fruits on the breakfast table

Sharper Focus

Whether you are in class or on the job or even just going for a visit, the last thing you want on your mind is food, because once the thought of a hearty bowl of cereal with a side of fruit yogurt enters your brain, there is no use trying to focus on anything else. By eating breakfast every morning, you are able to be more focused and productive until it's time to refuel at lunch. But when you skip out on breakfast, it's hard not to think about food, especially with a noisy stomach that needs to be fed.

Breakfast Helps Reduce Morning Crankiness

Feeling cranky during the morning is understandable - you probably wanted to stay in bed for a few extra winks. You don't feel like going to work, and what most people forget, you're starving! Imagine going without food for 8 to 12 hours during the day; you probably won't be the most approachable person in the office or classroom. Do yourself, your classmates and your co-workers a favor by eating breakfast to help you deal with any morning moodiness and stress.

Metabolism Boost


When you sleep, your metabolism tends to slow down. The only way to jump start your metabolism for the day is to start off right with a healthy breakfast. This will allow your body to start burning through calories from the very beginning of the day, rather than in the middle of it after you have eaten lunch. Some people will even skip lunch after they must have had breakfast. But this depends on the kind of breakfast you ate.

Prevents Starvation

When you are asleep, your body isn't burning as many calories as you need to. If you delay your first meal of the day till lunch, your body goes into survival mode and starts storing calories, creating fat which many people are scared of. Do yourself a favour and take the time to have breakfast so your body doesn't think you are starving and needlessly store calories.

Keeps You from Overeating

One truthful fact about you skipping your breakfast is that you end up overeating. If you prolong the amount of time between dinner and your next meal of the day, it's only natural that you end up eating more than you should. The thought of food all morning will only cause you to gorge at lunch, eating extra calories that can lead to obesity and other health complications.

Allows You to Properly Portion Your Meals

You may not feel very hungry when you initially wake up, but eating a healthy, balanced breakfast can help you plan and portion out your meals for the rest of the day. That way, you won't be tempted to binge eat or snack unnecessarily, both of which are unhealthy habits that can lead you to ignore your nutrition by satisfying hunger cravings with fatty foods anytime you like.


Helps Lower the "Bad" Cholesterol

Eating breakfast every morning can help lower LDL cholesterol, also known as the "bad" cholesterol. When you skip breakfast, you are creating a chain reaction within your body:

First, you slow down your metabolism.
Second, fat is stored longer in your body.
Third, you have a higher tendency to overeat at your next meal.
Fourth, you gain weight and your LDL cholesterol goes up.

Obesity is bad for health and it can trigger heart problem. 


Breakfast Can Be Nutritious and Delicious

Don't let a shortage of time keep you from enjoying a bite to eat upon waking up. Start the day off with a healthy and delicious meal. You can even indulge a bit with some crispy bacon, sausage links or pancakes. Just make sure to have something with a high nutritional value on the side like a bowl of fresh strawberries.

Eat Breakfast to Lose Weight

One of the greatest benefits of eating breakfast every morning is you can lose weight by doing so. Numerous studies have also shown that an increase in weight is commonly associated with skipping breakfast. The best part is, even if you eat too much or have something a little unhealthy, you still have the entire day to make up for it. Eating breakfast every morning is one of the easiest ways to lose weight and eat healthier.

By Pupwaya Timothy Dibal 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

How old is Too Old to Start a Business


It is never too late to learn. It is never too late to begin. It is never ever too late to start your business. Here is an excerpt from Catherine Clifford’s info-graphic on entrepreneur.com. I hope it inspires you.

“Yes, Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook at 19. But Charles Flint Launched IBM at 61. While Hollywood may love the story of the college kid who starts a billion-dollar business out of his dorm room, that’s only one story. For many, life as an entrepreneur begins much later.


Consider: Legendary wedding-dress designer, Vera Wang didn’t start designing clothes until she was 39. Home decorating goddess and business tycoon, Marther Stewart didn’t get into home decorating until she was 35. And San Francisco-based angel investor and founder of business incubator 500 Start-ups, Dave McClure didn’t invest in a single start-up until he was 40.

When it comes to launching a business, what a person may lack in youthful energy comes back multiplied in experience. Reid Hoffman started the ultra-popular career networking site LinkedIn when he was 36; Sam Walton started Wal-Mart when he was 44; and Joseph Campbell started Campbell Soup when he was 52”.
Be inspired. Stop counting the grey hairs on your head!


Source: Entreprenuer.com (Inforgraphic by Catherine Clifford)

By Akaomachi B

5 Misconceptions About Stay-At-Home Dads

The socially accepted norm in Nigeria is that a man wears the trousers and provides for his family. He is expected to fend for his family. He is also expected to find a good job that will make him leave the house every morning and return later in the day to meet food at the table, with the house neat. He has no business taking care of the children because it is believed that the woman’s place is in the kitchen, and to take care of the children. He cannot be the primary caregiver, that is why he has a wife.
But what happens when there is a domestic shift? He completely flips this expectation, and instead of being the one earning, wearing suit every morning to go to work, the suit-wearing breadwinner husband or father becomes the stay at home dad, the one doing the cooking and diaper-changing; the stay-at-home dad!
Nigerians are raised with the notion of mothers staying at home with their children. As such, they are largely supportive of the idea. They cannot even bear the thought of a stay-at-home father. They thrive on so many misconceptions about men who choose to stay at home and play the role of “wife”. They do not understand that the social-economy of parenting is changing; hard-working women in demanding careers have less time for parenthood, and it seems only natural that we should be seeing more stay-at-home dads.
Here are some of the misconceptions they have about stay-at-home dads:
He is out of  job
One will be wondering what a strong grown man will be doing at home instead of working to feed his family. Certainly, he must have quit a job situation that is not promising, or he was fired and is now making the most of his time between jobs to help his wife with the children. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some men actually prefer to take care of the home and kids. Some even do a better job at it. They make the conscious choice to take on this ‘wife’ role, on agreement with their partners. This will even create a bond between the dad and his child, because children are known to be closer with their mother.
He is not ambitious
The assumption is that a man who would easily give up the corporate world to stay at home to raise children is not ambitious in any way. But what exactly is the definition of ambition? The fact that he is staying at home all day with the children does not mean he is whiling away time doing nothing. He might be doing some contract job that is earning him millions while he stays at home with his children. Playing the role of a full-time dad could be a temporary move – a necessary step in a much larger scheme.

He is lazy
A stay at home dad will be considered as someone who is lazy and prefers to stay at home with his children. On a second thought, people are quick to judge without finding out why a man will take such a bold decision about staying at home. It might be due to the fact that he has earned a lot and wants to spend more quality time with his children, or even maybe due to health problems. 

He is not a good role model
There is the argument that a stay-at-home dad will not be good role model for his child, as he will confuse the child on what a ‘proper’ man should be like. The child, if male, would probably grow up having gender identity issues, because he has a father who plays the role of a woman. This is one of the most unfair misconception. If anything, being a stay-at-home dad shows the child that a father is one who is always there for his child, and one who caters to his child – a good example for any child.
Their wives wear the pants in the family
The misconception is that the wife is the breadwinner, therefore she has also taken on the power that comes with being the head of the family. Unfortunately, being a stay-at-home dad does not, in any way, imply the man has become a weakling, or he has surrendered his authority as husband to his wife. He still leads the family, champions the vision, makes the necessary decisions and protects his wife when need be.
Are you a stay-at-home dad? What are some of the struggles you have had to deal with? Ignore what people say about you and be the good father that your child knows you to be.


By Pupwaya Timothy Dibal 

Signs you are dating a liar

Lying is a part of almost all humans on earth. There is no point trying to deny this fact, and if you are still trying to, then you are already lying. Lying has become a part of our everyday lives, and there is no way around it. Lies can be small or big, but regardless of its size, a lie is a lie. Lying does more harm than good in relationships. One lie usually leads to another lie, and continues in an endless chain of trying to cover the first lie, which eventually turns into a mess and disaster with time. We develop morals often after making huge mistakes, and we decide lying is not worth our time. As always, though, there are exceptions. There are people who learn lying is wrong, but they still do it. It is not that they don't have morals, but something just does not click, and some may be scared of telling the truth for the fear of losing or hurting somebody they care about. As it is often said, the truth is always bitter; so people prefer to lie to protect a relationship or something they care for. Some people enjoy lying and they become masters at lying, and they trick you into believing their lies. Whatever your reasons for lying maybe, the truth is, an addiction is an addiction; whether it is drugs, smoking or lying.
Here are the signs of liars:
They lie frequently: If your immediate thought is that the person you are talking to is lying to you, you are probably right. Trust your gut feeling or instinct. Compulsive liars will lie about anything and everything. Their lies are subtle and small, so they often go unnoticed. This can make it difficult to decide if they are telling the truth or not.
They are always seeking attention: If the person you are talking to seeks attention in an overwhelming way, he or she is probably a liar. Liars will often bend the truth as a way to try to impress you. They want you to notice them, and they will always fish for compliments.
They have self-esteem issues: Often, the reason people lie is because they want to avoid certain realities or perceptions about themselves. Lying gives them a sense of ego-boosting. They can be whoever they want to be, if they lie about it.
Their body language is telling: You can learn a lot about a person solely through his or her body language. For “beginner” liars, they won't look you in the eye. They will look at the floor or the ceiling, but they won't make eye contact. However, for more “advanced” liars, they will look you straight in the eyes and still lie to you. Some other body language signs are if they stand with their arms crossed, or if they turn away from you because they don't want to look at you. In extreme cases, people will start to sweat because they are so nervous about lying. If they are fidgety and unable to look at you, they are probably lying.
Their stories always change: The problem with liars is, even they don't know their own stories. The stories they tell you and the stories you hear them tell their friends sound like completely different scenarios. Or, they will tell you a story today, but that same story will be different tomorrow. After all, liars are great storytellers.
They are unable to confront the truth: Compulsive liars have an inability to confront the truth. They won't admit to anything, even if you beg them. Once they have told one lie, they feel like it is their rightful duty to stick to it. Even if you know the 100 percent absolute truth about something, they will still convince you that you are wrong and they are right. They don't want to confront the truth and admit they lied.
If these signs sound familiar, then go ahead and run as fast as you can. Walking away won't be enough because every time you try to leave, their lies will convince you to stay. Don't wake up one day and realize everything you thought was real was a lie. Don't let yourself fall into the trap of living in a false reality. Trust your gut, trust your instincts and trust yourself because sometimes, those are the only things that are true.


By Mercy Kukah 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Beauty Trend: “The Lobe Lift”


For a long, long time, people have been coming up with new and creative ways to “fix” everything they perceive to be wrong with their appearance. Fillers, which typically refer to injections of Restyling or other Hyaluronic acid, are widely used to plump any area of your face you feel is lacking. At first, we were in awe, but now we’ve gotten rather familiar with seeing, or at least, hearing about lips and cheeks fillers to help plump up the lip or smoothen the cheeks. However, there is now some new place women are filling, and it may surprise you. (It definitely surprised me). It’s the earlobes! Yes, earlobes!

According to Allure.com, earlobe fillers are a growing anti-ageing trend, and while it may be shocking, one could see the sense in filling the earlobes. The face isn’t the only area that shows signs of ageing after-all. Many times, due to heavy chandelier earrings or just the natural ageing process, the earlobes lose their elasticity, which makes them droop, wrinkle and begin to look flappy, making it harder to hold earrings. But thanks to new and ever evolving beauty trends, fillers are now injected into the earlobes too, to “restore a more youthful, less shrivelled lobe,” says Dr Kenneth Beer. One Dr Francesca Fusco, a New York City dermatologist had this to say about this growing trend, “We’ve mastered the face, neck and chest, so it’s only natural that the ear area would be next”. This non-surgical procedure is called the earlobe rejuvenation or a ‘Lobe Lift’, which can restore volume and help to keep earrings in place. According to Jenna Rennert, writer at Vogue.com, the injections prevent delicate lobes from ripping and provide extra cushioning for heavy jewellery.

But if you’ve never been one to worry about your earlobes, there’s no need to start now. However, if you have been insecure about your ears, or thought you were forever doomed to that earring-induced sagging, a little plump just might be the solution you’ve been waiting for. You no longer have to retire those runway-worthy earrings just to save your skin, but please, do give them a rest once in a while.  Filler or not, your earlobes will thank you in the long run.

Sources:        vogue.com (Article by Jenna Rennert)
                        Hapersbazaar.co.uk (Article by Emily Thornhill)

                        Allure.com (Article by Macaela Mackenzie)

By Akaomachi B

Easy Homemade Face Masks for Glowing Skin


Give your face the love and care it deserves by trying these homemade facial masks recommended by many skincare experts, and made from natural ingredients. They’ve been tried, tested and proven to work wonders on the skin!
·        Avocado and Cocoa Hydration Mask
Ingredients: Quarter avocado
                        Cocoa powder
                        Honey
                        Warm water
Method:
i.                    Mash 1 quarter of avocado
ii.                  Stir in 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1 table spoon of honey
iii.               Apply to clean face for 10 minutes
iv.                Wash off with warm water

·        Strawberry Facial Mask
Ingredients: 3 Strawberries
Lemon juice
Honey
Greek yogurt
Method:
i.                    Blend the 3 strawberries and 1 oz. lemon juice. Pour into mixing bowl or storage container (Do not use tinned or frozen strawberries. Use fresh ones)
ii.                  Add 1 container of personal size Greek yoghurt and 1 oz. honey, and then mix everything together.
iii.               Place the mixture in a freezer for 20 minutes
iv.                Apply to clean skin and leave for 10 minutes.
v.                  Remove with warm cloth

·        Banana Face Mask
Ingredients: Half a banana
Orange juice
Honey
Method:       
i.                    Mash one half of a banana
ii.                  Mix in a tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey
iii.               Apply mixture to the face and keep on for 15 minutes
iv.                Rinse with lukewarm water

·        The Breakfast Mask
Ingredients: egg yolk
Honey
Olive oil
Oatmeal
Method:
i.                    Mix one egg yolk with a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of olive oil and half cup of oatmeal.
ii.                  Apply the mixture to the face for 15 -20 minutes.
iii.               Rinse with lukewarm water

·        Papaya Face Mask
Ingredients: A small piece of papaya (paw-paw)
Honey
Method:
i.                    Mash the papaya and add the honey to it
ii.                  Apply the mixture directly on your face and wait for 15 to 20 minutes
iii.               Rinse with lukewarm water

In conclusion, using homemade face masks to make your skin glow might seem a little time-consuming, but the results are definitely worth the effort. Use any of these facemasks regularly and see your skin become healthier, softer, suppler, and more radiant in just a few weeks.

Sources:        Stylecraze.com (Article by Kushneet Kukreja)

                        Cosmopolitan.com (Article by Alanna Greco and Lori Keong)      

By: Akaomachi B