Category: BEAUTY

Can Deodorant Give You Cancer?

Many are concerned as stories fly from inbox to inbox a few years ago, giving many readers reason to pause when they read the message on the use of antiperspirant can cause cancer. Dr. Philippa Darbre, an oncologist at the University of Reading in the U.K., has published more than 30 research papers on those substances found in underarm antiperspirant products. Her research has detected parabens – a category of chemical that acts as a preservative in some underarms and personal care products. Dr. Philippa’s experiments suggest that combining parabens with human cells create activity that may contribute to the development of cancer. However, her attempts to find these links in human have produced inconsistent results. Current evidence from reputable organisations like the American National Cancer Institute and Cancer Research U.K. suggest the link between deodorant and breast cancer is unconfirmed. But it seems despite the absence of evidence to support the correlation, their search to prove the theory persists. So why take the risk? Well, regardless, don’t sweat it! Continue Reading

4 Cleopatra Beauty Secrets We Can Learn From

The fabled Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra, famed for her intellect and her beautiful, flawless skin. While we can’t quite live like the Queen, we can certainly look into her beauty regime and perhaps create that same seductive glamour that will keep heads turning. Here are 4 of her beauty secrets that helped this beauty legend make her mark in antiquity that we can all try to emulate.   1. Milk Bath     The secret to Cleopatra’s glowing skin was daily milk baths. It was said that she used to mix milk of a young donkey with fresh honey and almond oil. Now that’s fit for a queen, but not quite for the urban dweller like you and me who will have to clean up our own baths and basins at the end of it. Read More: Is There a Magic Formula for Achieving Perfect Skin At Any Age? Try: Lush Milky Bath Bubble Bar     This vegan moisturizing milk soap bar is a blend of soya milk powder, Continue Reading

3 Reasons To Start Lasers In Your 30s

In your teens and 20s, good skin health is usually a given. A decade ago, I could afford being lazy at times and jump into bed without really cleaning off my makeup, my skin seemed to forgive me quite easily the next day. Fast forward to 33, my skin has turned into the pettiest thing I know. A blemish takes a little longer to heal, and a little too much alcohol makes me regret the puffiness the next morning. The truth is, in our 30s, collagen production slows down and this is the age when neglect in the past starts to creep up on us. Needless to say, any further lack of love and nurture for it and you will see how it will wage war on you in later life. If you have not had the opportunity to start on simple lasers earlier, it is definitely not too late to start it in your 30s. Here are the top 3 reasons why you should get started.   Keep It Continue Reading

Korean Beauty Pageant Or Clone Parade?

If Stepford had a beauty pageant, it might have looked like Miss Daegu 2013. “Korea’s plastic surgery mayhem is finally converging on the same face.” – This caption to the above picture by blogger ShenTheWise fuelled a firestorm of speculation that the Korean plastic surgery craze is causing these 18 different women to look like clones. Keen eyes spotted bad airbrushing with Photoshop, which could have accounted for the stark similarities (down to the same smile) we see in the picture montage. Others argued that any group of pageant participants, no matter which country, tend to fit a certain aesthetic or narrow ‘standard’ of beauty, as seen in the Miss USA contestants. Same Stylist? Same Surgeon?: In case you’re wondering, they’re not the same person. These Miss USA beauty contestants show uncanny resemblance to each other even though the country is ethnically diverse.    It remains a well-known fact that South Koreans have more plastic surgery than any other nation, says data released in January. A surprisingly high number of women Continue Reading

All You Need to Know About a Non-Surgical Facelift

As you age, you will see one of the following signs of aging on your face and neck such as: Relaxation of the skin of the face causing sagging Deepening of the fold lines between the nose and corner of the mouth Fat that has fallen or has disappeared Jowls Loose skin and excess fat of the neck that can appear as a double chin or “turkey neck” The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to variety of factors, including thinning of the skin, loss of facial fat, gravity, sun damage, smoking, as well as heredity and stress. Types of facelifts There are two main options to correct the aging changes in the face and neck— surgical facelift and non-surgical facelift. A surgical facelift aims to correct the aging changes of the face and neck through surgery.The vast array of facelift techniques can be bewildering: deep plane, high SMAS, short scar, skin only, MACS lift, SMASectomy and the list goes on. Other procedures that might be Continue Reading

Do You Have Chin Envy?

Is your chin giving others a weak impression of you?   In the world of boxing, a fighter’s chin is a term that refers to the ability to withstand trauma to the chin or jaw without being knocked unconscious. Terms like Rocky Balboa’s ‘granite chin’ and being able to ‘take it on the chin’ imply strength and resilience. Superheroes such as Captain America Chris Evans and Superman or Man From U.N.C.L.E Henry Cavill look like they have chins forged from steel. So do some others, such as George Clooney and Brad Pitt, or world’s hottest felon, convict-turned model Jeremy Meeks.     From an aesthetic standpoint, the chin frames the lower face and is a prominent facial feature, yet it is frequently neglected. While it doesn’t strike most people as important, a short or weak chin makes the whole face seem flat and incomplete. Good chins provide facial definition, makes one appear slimmer, gives one’s face character and is definitely a must-have for an attractive (and dare we say, sexy) Continue Reading

Peak Performance – Bringing Out the Best in your Cheeks

  “A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” – Oscar Wilde. If that was true, her cheeks would have been a crucial plot device. Whether you are thinking of a fresh-faced Lolita or a sleeping princess, she’ll always be blessed with a set of full, softly blushing cheeks – a symbol of youth, good health and nutrition, and wistful young love. Unfortunately, cheeks are frequently neglected by most women even though those soft creamy peaks take up much more of the face than bright eyes or pouty lips. In fact, the midface forms an important structural support for the face. As fatty tissue over the cheekbones gets gradually depleted by the late 20s to early 30s, cheeks slowly deflate and curvy feminine facial contours fade away. With less fat to fill out the overlying skin, skin sagging, laugh lines and wrinkles become more pronounced as well. It’s no wonder that increasingly, the area of the body plastic surgeons and doctors are making more voluptuous is the cheeks. After all, Continue Reading