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All that glitters
Precious metals and pearls are the latest ‘it’ ingredient in high-end skincare. And for good reason – these brilliant stunners have endless skincare benefits from anti-ageing to anti-acne.
Five nail-art trends for autumn
For the last couple of seasons, nail experts have been opting for a simple, nude nail rather than an over-adorned, nail-art-laden look. Autumn 2014 is similarly uncomplicated, but colour (especially jewel tones, vampy violets, and oxblood) is definitely back.
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Five ingredients for healthy hair
It’s no secret that chemicals are bad for the hair, causing weakening, split ends, dulling, and even hair loss. These five ingredients will make any hair product infinitely more effective. What’s more, they can even be used in their natural form as a fun DIY home hair treatment.
Based on the virtues of age-old ingredients and minimally invasive to the environment, these eco-friendly brands draw from nature while protecting the planet.
The Tour de France is watched by millions in complete admiration as cyclists battle through 21 gruelling stages, burning thousands of calories each day as they go in search of that coveted yellow jersey.
How fragrance lifts mood
As it turns out, we don’t just like fragrances for their sweet smell: they also make us feel a certain way. The sense of scent requires the least amount of processing through the various nerves of our senses its like direct dialling right to the brain. Pleasant smells lower the heart rate, while volatile substances, like those in the scent of lemon, stimulate us when molecules quickly evaporate as they hit our olfactory nerves.
What to eat this Ramadan
Contrary to popular belief (and cravings after a long day of fasting), it’s not advisable to indulge in sugary, fatty foods during Suhoor or Iftar. It’s important to follow a diet similar to one’s non-Ramadan diet to avoid drastic weight gain or unhealthy side-effects. What’s more, Ramadan is all about modesty, discipline, and cleansing your body, and these foods and tips for healthy Ramadan eating will ensure optimal health during the Holy Month.
The ABC of Vitamins
During the month of Ramadan, be sure to stock up on these vitamins for energy and proper nutrition. But do keep in mind that it’s always good to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements – they will be able to best advise you on just what, and how much, your body needs.
What to eat this summer
Along with being one of the most fun seasons of the year for outdoor activity, summer can also be one of the most dangerous for the body, due to exhaustion, dehydration, and sun damage. It is often said that you are what you eat, so this summer, make these summer superfoods (and drinks) a mainstay in your kitchen.
Fighting the summer frizz
Frizz isn’t fun, and the summer inevitably brings out untamed locks and those annoying fly-aways that can’t be calmed. The first step to combating any problem is understanding what causes it, and in the case of frizz it’s all about the hair cuticle and moisture. When hair is dry, its cuticle, which is shaped somewhat like a shingled roof, will puff up (the shingles will lift) to soak up any moisture from humid air.