Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lip Love

While the eyes are the mirror to the soul, it is the lips that help two souls make a connection. Soft, kissable lips help set the mood for romance. It is thus important that we take proper care of the lips. Here are a few tips how:

1. Hydrate. Lips dry out faster than the skin in our face and body. Drink lots of water to keep it hydrated.

2. Exfoliate. Gently scrub your lips with a soft toothbrush once a week to take out the dead skin cells on your lips.

3. Moisturize and protect. Apply lip balm as needed to seal moisture in your lips. Choose one with sun protection to combat the harsh effects of sun exposure.
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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fruity Facial Mask

A mix of orange and yogurt provides a relaxing and refreshing facial mask on those oh-so-sluggish moments. Yogurt cleanses and nourishes the skin, while oranges are full of Vitamin C and AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) that help reduce wrinkles and give skin a healthy glow.

1 tsp plain yogurt
juice of 1/4 of an orange

Stir to mix yogurt and orange juice. Dip fingers into mixture and smooth onto face. Leave on for five minutes then rinse.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Let's Help Fight Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Being a woman myself, breast cancer awareness is one of the campaigns I staunchly support. I feel it's my responsibility to help, not just by spreading information about this disease, but also by actually getting women with limited resources to get themselves tested.

Doctors always emphasize that early detection is crucial in treating breast cancer. They suggest doing monthly breasts self-examinations, but sadly, not many women do this. I'm not even sure if all women know how to do this properly. There is, of course, mammography, which is said to be the best method for detecting breast cancer. But again, not many do this regularly, and there a lot who cannot even afford to get this done.

I stumbled upon The Breast Cancer Site and they have an ongoing campaign soliciting clicks to help raise funds for free mammograms. Yes, all you need to do is to click on the button every day, and their sponsors will pay for every click they get. 100% of the money they raise through this campaign will be used to provide free mammogram tests for women in the low income bracket. The more clicks you give, the more women they can help.

To start supporting this cause, please visit The Breast Cancer Site. I've also added a permanent link on my side bar and I hope that you'll click on it whenever you visit this blog.

If you want to know more about breast cancer, please click here.
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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Olive Oil & Beauty

I love olive oil. Aside from the fact that it's good for your cooking, it's also one of the best home remedies for your skin and hair.

Olive oil is rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. It is easily absorbed by the skin, and it's non-comedogenic so you wouldn't have to worry about clogging your pores.

Here are some ways you can use it in your beauty regimen:


Apply olive oil on your skin after bathing. Pay special attention to the elbows, knees, hands, and feet, which are more prone to dryness.

Extra dry feet and hands? Apply olive oil right before bedtime, wear socks and gloves, and leave them overnight.

Hair Care

Warm olive oil in a pot for a minute and massage it onto your hair and scalp. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes with your hair covered in a shower cap. Shampoo your hair as usual. This treatment helps not just to moisturize your hair, but also to prevent split ends and dandruff.

On a daily basis, olive oil can be used as a leave-in conditioner. Depending on your hair length, put 1-3 drops on your palm, rub your hands together, the apply it on your hair.


Mix olive oil and brown sugar. Apply it on your face or on any part of your body you'd like to exfoliate. Remember to scrub gently, especially if you're using it to exfoliate sensitive areas.


Use olive oil when you get a massage. I personally prefer this over coconut oil because of its scent and non-comedogenic properties. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to enhance your massage experience.

Make up Remover

Apply a few drops of olive oil on a cotton ball and remove make up before washing your face with a cleanser.

Lip Care

Put a drop of olive oil on your finger and dab it on your lips to soothe dry, chapped lips.

Nail Care

Soak nails in a cup of warm olive oil for a few minutes to strengthen weak nails and soften cuticles.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Trouble Sleeping? A reader's reaction...

I received a comment from Azure Island Designs which I thought was worth posting on my main page. Just in case you don't have time view the comments page. She gives us this tip...

I endured many years of difficulty falling asleep...then waking up in the middle of the night not being able to go back to sleep...I've tried everything you suggest and more...the only thing that helps me is to stop the caffeine intake...that includes coffee, tea, chocolate anything with caffeine...it has made a tremendous difference for me!! Worth the sacrifice...cheers

Thanks Azure Island Designs! I'm sure other readers would benefit from this.

Just a quick note -- the teas I mentioned in my original post are herbal ones that contain lavender and chamomille, and these do not contain caffeine. I also found a tea called "Nighty Night" by Traditional Medicines specifically formulated to promote nighttime relaxation. So if you must drink coffee or tea, go for the decaffeinated ones.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Lip Licking: Did you know that...

Licking your lips frequently can cause dryness and chapping? If you think that licking your lips can help hydrate them, think again. Saliva can leave your lips even drier. It would be best to apply a lip balm as frequently as needed.
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Monday, May 19, 2008

Back Acne

The summer weather makes my back prone to acne, or bacne as it's commonly called. I’ve tried several antibacterial soaps, bleaching soaps (to fade the scars), and topical medications, but I found the best products for this condition at Mario Badescu.

For bathing, I use the A.H.A Botanical Body Soap. It’s mildly scented and contains fruit extracts that help exfoliate, rejuvenate and soothe sensitive and irritated areas. I follow this up with the Special Cleansing Lotion “O” which is formulated specifically to control breakouts on the back and chest. I put on a piece of cotton and apply to my back after bathing. The cleansing lotion should be applied repeatedly to the back until the cotton is clean. Do this on a daily basis and you’ll notice that your bacne will dry up in a week. It will also prevent future breakouts and scars will appear lighter after 3 weeks.
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