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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A concise guide to summer skincare

Winter is over, so throw out your thick, greasy moisturiser and opt for one that is oil-free, has plenty of SPF, and evens out your skin tone as it naturally darkens with the sun. Since even the best foundation gets oily as summer heat takes its toll, your best option may be a tinted moisturiser. However, if you must use foundation, opt for an oil-blocking primer.  Below are three essential summer products that are ideal for travel.

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The key to a good night’s sleep

Time and time again we read about the importance of a good night’s sleep. A good eight hours can leave you refreshed, whereas a choppy, interrupted night can leave you exhausted and sluggish.

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A concise guide to exfoliation

Nowhere do the rules of the Circle of Life apply more to beauty than in exfoliation. Only by buffing away dull, dead skin cells can you reveal the beautiful young cells waiting to shine through. Scrubbing is especially beneficial to those with oily skin, as oil acts as a glue of sorts, preventing the body’s natural process of desquamation, or shedding dead skin cells. Buffing the body once or twice a week is ideal, especially before shaving (to achieve a closer shave) and before applying any self-tanning creams. Here are some products that provide the best results. Be sure to follow up with a body lotion or facial toner and cream.

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Latest colour trends for nails

One of the easiest (and most affordable) ways to update any outfit is a fresh manicure in one of the season’s must-have shades.

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