Thursday, November 20, 2014

5 Tips to Clear, Carefree Skin

skin care at home, sandara park

Beautiful, carefree skin is what everyone desires. Some people are lucky enough not to have to try so hard, whereas others have been faced with a constant battle their entire lives. No matter who you are, or what state your skin is in at the moment, try incorporating the following five tips to get you on track to clear, carefree skin.

1. Keep it Natural

Often the products that make skin irritated are the ones filled with too many additives and artificial ingredients. Natural products such as soaps, oils and creams from an eco-friendly retailer such as Biome could be just what you need if your skin needs more earthy influence rather than highly manufactured goods. Honey, coconut and rose-hip oils are common natural choices all aimed at repairing and revitalising your skin.

2. Wash and Scrub

Each day your skin will build up countless surface germs, none of which are particularly healthy for it. The longer you leave things like sweat and dirt on the skin, the more likely it is to cause irritation. For shower time, avoid wash products with too many additives, and use a natural fibre loofa brush to scrub away.

3. You Are What You Eat

You may have heard this countless times, but what you put into your body affects your overall health, including what your skin looks like. Foods high in vitamin A, C and E are a must for healthy skin. These power houses are responsible for things like collagen production, protecting your skin cell membranes, and even repairing skin tissue. Look for foods like almonds, oranges, broccoli and carrots to get you started. Vitamin supplements won’t go astray either, and make sure to drink plenty of water every day.

4. Protect It

UV radiation is one of the worst things you can expose your skin to, and it’s made even worse by the fact that a lot of the damage doesn’t show itself until years later. It’s not uncool to wear sunscreen anymore, so make sure you put on plenty when you’re outdoors, and reapply it regularly. It only takes a few minutes of direct sunlight during peak hours in summer to start causing damage.

5. Moisturise

If you ever want to have subtle, glowing skin, you have to moisturise, from head to toe, every day. Don’t just use any moisturiser though, as everyone has different skin types and sensitivities. Try a couple of different products on small sections of your skin first to see which feels the best. It’s also important to note what the season is, as thicker moisturisers are usually needed in winter to cope with drier skin.
Lifestyle habits and genetics do play a significant role in whether or not you have good skin, but it doesn’t automatically mean all is lost if you happen to be sitting in the negative category. By following some of the above tips you will find your skin more in balance and your overall confidence boosted because of it.
What do you feel might be some of your worst lifestyle habits that are contributing to your bad skin? Write your answers below.

Monday, October 27, 2014

No Rice Diet, Is It Effective?

The no rice diet.

Most of us have tried every measure to lose weight and I am no exception for that. I’ve been trying this kind of diet for almost 5 months now but I sometimes failed because the temptation is very high especially if you were eating together with friends or relatives. Luckily for me I still loss some inch and of course weight too but not really drastically. I started 60 to 62 kilos before doing this diet and now I am ranging from 54 to 56 kilos and sometimes fall into 52 kilograms too, and yes for me it is effective.

In Asian countries like us, rice is the staple food in the table and it gives us energy for day to day needs of our body. But too much consumption of rice can lead to weight gain and other health complications like diabetes and etc. And according to Doc. Willie T. Ong lessening the intake of rice is advisable for our health and for diet too.

The simple rule in no rice diet is to eat anything other than rice and you can still have the energy you need from your other food intake. Of course you should not exceed in the calories your body needs in order to maintain your weight or lesser calories to lose some weight. So if you need 1200 calories everyday to lose weight you should eat any foods that can fill this calorie. There’s a calorie counting app that you can use to monitor your calories which is MyFinessPal.

Celebrity who practices this diet is Kris Bernal who practically eliminate rice in her diet resulting her to a very thin physique than she used to be. 

Kris Bernal before no rice diet
Kris Bernal before no rice diet
Kris Bernal after no rice diet
Kris Bernal after no rice diet

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Detoxify with Juices

Toxins are everywhere — the food we eat, the water we drink, even the air we breathe. Hence, many people do detoxification as a form of cleansing.


Juices are the best and popular way to detoxify. There are several nutrition-rich detoxifying juice recipes that you can try when doing a juice cleansing. You can make a high-fiber smoothie by combining ginger, beet, carrots, and apple. Put them in a blender and strain the juice. High-fiber fruits and vegetables keep things moving around the digestive tract while ginger soothes the stomach.

You can also make watermelon mint juice by adding slices of watermelon and mint leaves on a blender. Blend them together until juice is produced. Watermelon contains a substantial amount of water, which helps the body get rid of water retention. Furthermore, watermelon is an excellent source of lycopene, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, magnesium, and fiber, which helps eliminate body wastes and maintain a healthy weight. If a watermelon is out of the season or you simply don’t prefer watermelon, you can use pineapple and concoct your own pineapple mint juice.

Get a fitter body. Achieve a healthier lifestyle. Eat fruits and vegetables. Choose detoxifying juices.

Friday, August 15, 2014

How Girls is the Modern Day Sex and the City

Premiering in 2012, Warner Bros and HBO’s Girls was heralded as the best new show of the year - a fresh, uncompromising and very funny look at life as a 21st century woman. It immediately drew comparisons with Sex and the City, a show that also spoke frankly about being a woman in the late 20th century, with some regarding the two shows as pre- and post-recession versions of the same story. Some have called these comparisons unfair, but it’s actually their differences that make them similar. For instance:


Both shows feature entirely different views on sex. Sex and the City’s characters never really find themselves having bad sex. The show would play “bad sex” for laughs, a healthy reaction to actual bad sex, but not indicative of the confusion and embarrassment of a bad sexual experience. Girls, on the other hand, presents us with Hannah Horvath’s parade of uncomfortable sexual encounters. Sex and the City glamourised sex - it was fun, naughty. Girls prefers to show it as it often truly is - ungainly and confused - and with male and female bodies that are far from the Hollywood ideal.


Both main characters are writers. Carrie’s writing is a way for her to have the last laugh. When she begins dating a politician, he asks her to indulge his urination fetish. She refuses and he dumps her. Carrie then tells all in her column, exposing his behaviour and, presumably, destroying his political career at the same time. Hannah, comparatively, writes things like, “The worst stuff that you say sounds better than the best stuff that some other people say”, and makes veiled and obscure references about her having HPV in her Facebook statuses.


Carrie was a driven, self-assured woman. She exuded confidence and could defuse unpleasant situations with a perfectly-timed one-liner. Hannah is depressed, uncomfortable with her body and always seems to be hoping someone else is in on the joke that is her life. She casts around, praying someone will come to her rescue, cracking unfunny or downright strange jokes, desperate for any levity.


Sex and the City’s biggest focal point is Carrie’s relationship with her unfailingly supportive circle of friends, meeting with them to deconstruct their various issues over cocktails. Hannah frequently eschews her friends to hang out with her terrible boyfriend, knowing that makes her a bad friend. Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda are all glamourous, independent women in their own right. Hannah’s friends are as varied as they are unsure of themselves. Some are fickle, others drug addled bohemians; yet another is a naive maths major (and a big SatC fan, in one of the more overt ways Girls tries to distance itself from its network cousin). They are the antithesis of Carrie’s brood but, despite their bickering and unsavoury behaviour, are resolute in their friendship.


The biggest difference between these shows is also their biggest similarity - they are about women of different generations and that extends to their fan bases too. Carrie’s girls are in their 30’s. Hannah’s rabble are in their 20’s and Girls’s popularity indicates an entirely new generation of women have found their Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha. They can relate to Hannah’s problems, friends and bad decisions. They can relate to her extremely unsatisfying, embarrassing sex life. And that’s the precise effect Sex and the City had on its fans - they were able to see themselves in these four feminine paragons and it brought them into that world in a way other shows could not.

Those are just a few thoughts on how alike Sex and the City and Girls really are when you start to boil it right down. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Are you a Hannah or a Carrie? Sound off in the comments below! Sex and the City Seasons 1 - 6 and Girls Season 1 and 2 are available now on DVD from Warner Bros.Home Entertainment.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Classy Gifts for a Classy College Graduate

Graduating university is no small feat. At the very least, it means four extra years of education, and it’s usually intensive, stressful and focused toward a future of success. When your son dons his square cap and receives that degree, you know that the investment y you made in his future will pay off. How could you not be proud on a day like graduation day? When a milestone of this magnitude is met, the recognition must be in kind. That means presents, parents. I’m not talking about Christmas or Channukah style presents, I’m talking about a gesture that encompasses his achievement, your pride, and token to his future. Here are a few ideas that will help guide your way. 


 A briefcase 

 Depending on what your son majored in and what his ambitions are will affect likely gifts you might offer. For the blossoming businessman or lawyer, a classy briefcase is perfectly suited. It isn't just an organizational tool, or a means to carry papers, it is a status symbol. His new boss and colleagues will notice how he carries himself and how he carries his things, and they will take him more seriously if he takes himself more seriously. A great briefcase is just that. It’s a message. It’s part of a uniform that advertises excellence and attention to detail. A great one doesn’t have to cost a lot, but it certainly can. One of the great things about getting a briefcase is that you can really find one for any price range. 


 A Rolex 

This isn't for just any graduate. If it were, our GDP would be through the roof and the housing market would never have crashed. In all seriousness though, a Rolex is designed for excellence and it deserves only that. Not only is a Rolex fairly pricey, it is more appropriately gifted to something more elite than a degree. This is in no way me putting down a college degree, I know from experience how difficult they are to attain. However, a Rolex is so exquisite, that it must be relished for the most sacred of milestones. Perhaps a PhD. If you think that your graduate is deserving of such exclusivity, by all means, go to rolex service center or and start your search for the specific one that best suits your boy! 


 The right graduation gift is a far more than a gift. It’s a statement and a gesture that shows more than pride. It shows hope and optimism for the future as well as confidence that your son has grown into more than just a man but a fully capable adult, ready to excel.