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How to choose the right sunscreen for your skin II

Sunscreen is one of the most essential cosmetic products one should have as it helps prevent the sun’s ultraviolet radiation from reaching the skin. SPF stands for sun protection factor and is the measurement of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. Excessive or unprotected exposure to the sun can lead to sunburn, wrinkles, skin degeneration and even skin cancer. It is important that you protect your skin from sun exposure on a daily basis to prevent dangers. There are many different types of sunscreen that are designated by the sun protection factor (SPF), ingredients, resistance to water and whether or not they block UVA or UVB rays. Many sunblocks are also designated by age groups, such as those that are to be used by children, teens and adults. Choosing the correct type of sunblock for your type of skin is important to maintaining a healthy skin. 

Its believed that sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher do an excellent job of protecting against UVB, however the numbers do not indicate how much time you can spend in the sun without getting sunburned. It actually means that if it takes 30 minutes for your unprotected skin to start getting red, using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 should protect your skin 15 times longer. A sunscreen with an SPF of 15 has the capacity to filter out 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays. Similarly 97 percent of incoming UVB rays can be kept out by a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and 98 percent by SPF 50. While the differences might seem to be negligible, it can make a huge difference if someone has a history of skin cancer or if you are light-sensitive. No sunscreen is capable of blocking all UV rays.

Many people are not sure if they should use sunscreen. A sunscreen should be used daily by everyone over the age of six months. Everyone is exposed to ultraviolet radiation for some period of the day, even those who work inside. If someone works near windows, they need to use sunscreen as windows generally filter out UVB but not UVA rays. It is important to know which SPF is right for you. The SPF you choose should depend on how much time you spend in the sun, sunscreens with higher SPF block more rays and enable the user to spend more time outside.

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How to care for your makeup brushes II

Brushes are a necessary part of your beauty routine, but when cared for incorrectly, these makeup heros can become your worst enemy. First of all, brushes can be expensive. If you invest in a great set, you have to wash them properly or they will quickly deteriorate. The other downside to dirty brushes is that in addition to applying makeup onto your face, you will also be spreading germs and bacteria. That is a recipe for breakouts! Clean brushes mean clear skin.  

Washing natural bristle brushes 

Brushes that are used for dry products, like powder, bronzer, and blush can be cleaned just once a week with a moisturizing white bar soap, like the Dove Beauty Bar. These brushes can last for years.

You can also use a gentle shampoo to clean brushes. Massage through it and be sure to clean all of it, not just the tips. The same goes for if you are using shampoo. Pretend youare massaging your hair! Make sure to rinse until the water runs clean. 

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Essential grooming tips for men II

Gone are the days when being unkempt was a sign of masculinity. Women desire a well-kept and groomed man, but you don’t have to get’ mani-pedis’ for this. There are the more nitty-gritty aspects of grooming, involving places where the sun doesn’t shine and even some you have probably never considered before.  People instantly judge you based on how you look. You could be a successful professional raking in naira notes and having recently acquired a swanky car, but if you are dressed shabbily with food stains on your clothes and with two days’ growth of stubble on your face, then you will be judged accordingly. Read on and get a grip on how to make a great first impression.

Sticking to basics

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Home remedies for treating chapped lips III

Chapped or dry lips can be painful and unattractive. Common symptoms are dryness, redness, cracking, flaking, and tender or sore lips. Some of the main causes are vitamin deficiency, allergic reaction, dehydration, smoking, excessive licking of lips, sun exposure and harsh weather. Lips can become chapped or dry when they are exposed to the sun, wind, cold or dry air. A lip balm containing petroleum or beeswax will provide a barrier and help seal in moisture.

More moisture is lost through the lips than through any other part of the face or body.

When the lips lose moisture, the skin covering them become tight and start to split. The best thing to do for dry or sore lips is to regularly apply a lip balm containing petroleum or beeswax. Choose a balm with an additional sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to help protect your lips in the sun.

A lip balm will act as a shield to protect your lips against the sun, wind, cold or dry air. It will trap in moisture and seal cracks against infection.

There are many commercial products available to treat chapped lips. But you can save money and easily get relief with some easy-to-follow natural remedies. 


Exfoliating dead cells off your chapped lips will help restore their natural softness faster.

 1.Mix two teaspoons of sugar with one teaspoon of honey. Apply the paste to your lips and let it sit for a few minutes. Then use your fingers to gently rub the mixture on your lips to loosen the dead skin cells.

Wash it off with lukewarm water.

Honey; Honey is a great moisturizer that also has healing and antibacterial properties to treat chapped lips. Simply apply pure organic honey on your chapped lips several times a day.

•You can also make a paste of honey and glycerin and apply it before going to bed.

1.Rose petals; The rose plant in your garden can also come to your rescue when suffering from chapped lips. This remedy will help your lips stay moisturized while also enhancing their beautiful colour. Wash a handful of rose petals thoroughly in water. Soak the petals in milk for a few hours. (If you have issues with dairy products, you can soak them in glycerin instead.)

2.Mash the rose petals into a thick paste.

 Apply the paste on your dry lips two to three times a day and every night before going to bed.

Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that heals chapped lips caused by cold or dry weather. Simply apply pure coconut oil several times a day on your lips to keep them moist. You can also use olive oil.

Castor Oil: Castor oil is another good treatment for dry and chapped lips. Simply apply it on your lips several times a day.

•You can also make a soothing treatment using one teaspoon of castor oil, one teaspoon of glycerin and a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Mix it well and apply it on your lips before going to bed. In the morning, wash it off with a cotton ball dipped in lukewarm water. Repeat this daily until your lips are healed.

Milk cream; The high fat content of milk cream makes it a great natural lip moisturizer.

1.Apply fresh milk cream on your lips and leave it for 10 minutes. Then gently wash your lips with a cotton ball dipped in lukewarm water.

2.Do this daily to help your lips heal faster.

Drink plenty of fluids. Having 8-10 glasses of water per day is ideal. When your body is dehydrated, it often shows first in your lips. The more water, the better.

Don’t lick or pick at your lips. These two common habits can dry out your lips more and lead to an infection or a cold sore. When your lips are chapped, avoid the temptation to lick them constantly or pick at them.

Exfoliate your lips. Before applying any sort of ointment, remove the dead skin using an exfoliation method. This will expose the fresh skin and help your lips heal. Don’t rub your lips too harshly that could make things worse. Gently massage them. You can exfoliate your lips using the same items you use to exfoliate other areas on your body.

Apply an ointment. Be careful which over-the-counter ointment, or chapstick, you use to heal your cracked lips. Many chapsticks and ointments contain ingredients that can dry out your lips even more, forcing you to reapply them over and over.

•Look for a lip balm or chapstick that contains beeswax, shea butter, coconut butter, almond oil, and other natural moisturizers. Don’t choose a lip balm with an extra-long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce.

•A vitamin E or glycerin-based ointment containing other natural ingredients could also be helpful. 

•Avoid using lipstick to moisturize your lips. Lipstick can be drying - you need a protective ointment underneath.


A lip balm will act as a shield to protect your lips against the sun, win

Home remedies for skin pigmentation II

Do you have dark patches on your skin, especially on your face? Skin pigmentation is as a result of extra melanin in the body. The excessive production of melanin can be attributed to various factors such as hormonal issues, pregnancy, certain diseases, exposure to sun’s UV rays, injury, or even emotional stress. Sometimes when your skin comes in contact with harmful chemicals like those in cosmetic products or soaps etc. then you may get hyperpigmentation. Medical treatment is expensive. Below are some effective home remedies for skin pigmentation without spending lots of money.

Though these natural products can help reduce or eliminate pigmentation, always consult a doctor before using these if yours is as a result of pregnancy, it is not advisable to try any remedy while pregnant without first making sure that they are safe for your baby. 



Aloe vera’s pure gel has been used for thousands of years to cure many ailments. Create a mask made of pure aloe vera, seaweed and raw honey. Mix it, allow it to settle for 10 minutes and then apply to the pigmentation. Rinse with lukewarm water. This treatment will soften the skin and encourage old skin cells to slough away, leading to new skin growth.

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