Learn about the Symptoms of a Liver Cyst

Learn about the Symptoms of a Liver Cyst

A person will not right away know if he has a liver cyst. Medicine for fatty liver in Malaysia is because when the cyst is still too small, it will not cause any symptoms. However, as it grows, it will start to produce discomforts. Thus, when this happens, one is advised to see his doctor so he will be instructed on what to do.

Symptoms of a liver cyst:

1. Protruding stomach
2. Bloating and fullness
3. Pain in the upper right part of the abdomen
4. Heartburn
5. Nausea and vomiting
6. Shoulder pain
Note that these mentioned symptoms can also be caused by other conditions. This is why it is best to see your doctor once you experience most of them. Though it will really happen, most of the times, a liver cyst will not multiply or cause any discomforts.
Usually, liver cysts are not cancerous though 5% of these are cystic tumors. Your doctor should know though if the cyst is suspicious. But note that most of them are just benign as they are just filled with water.
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Your liver is the biggest organ in your body, thus it is best to take good care of it.

 

Why Buy a Property and Settle in Malaysia

Why Buy a Property and Settle in Malaysia

Do you have a friend who is not living in the same place as he used to be?

As of now, you only interact in Facebook or any other social media platform? I am pretty sure you do and right now, your friend is already settled in a faraway land that is not his native. Actually, this does not happen to your friend only, but to a lot of people. Each of us is not confined to our native land. We have the choice to choose which we think can be a greener pasture for us. Check out project outlook for all the properties available in Malaysia.

The world is quite huge and if you think you will never do well in your native land, it does not mean that you will never be successful as there are so many opportunities in other lands. That is right and in fact, one of the best places to try your luck with is Malaysia. It will not be the only one who will be trying to find opportunities in this land as this is always swarming with tourists. The best properties around are the Bandar Mahkota Cheras project outlook, Bertam Perdana project outlook, Taman Lestari Puchong project outlook, Vista Mutiara project outlook and Flora Damansara project outlook.

One of the reasons why Malaysia can be a promising land for you is because of its booming real estate. So, if you are a business minded person, you can easily find a property in Malaysia you can use as a tool to settle in this country. Finding tenants will be as easy as 123 here because of its stable economy as well. But before we talk about the booming real estate in Malaysia, let us first talk why this country should be one of your options and what you should know about in this land.
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* This country is composed of diverse ethnicities. And while there are benefits in being a part of a group, you can say that there are also disadvantages. You will find that almost a third part of the Land in Malaysia is classed as Malay-reserved. When you are in this land, you can never own a land or a property even if you have the money to buy. Only you can own the land in this part, and you can only rent if you want to continue living here.
* There are many in Malaysia in which the dominant groups speak Malay, Tamil or Chinese. Though one can attend any language school he wants, but it is quite rare to see someone attending a language that is not used in his group.* Malaysia is undeniably a democratic country. But you will be surprised to know that ever since 1957, the government here is still the same.* When you are in this country, you have to be careful even when posting in your social media accounts. Yes, as they don’t tolerate foul languages here, especially when it comes to their religion the Islam. In fact, it is not unusual to hear that someone is arrested because of indiscreet posts online. This does not mean though that you are restricted to say whatever you want as long as you are not criticizing their government as well as their religion.
* One of the best things about settling in Malaysia is the fact that their healthcare facilities are almost free. Yes, which is not the case in other countries in which a patient cannot be admitted without giving a huge amount. In Malaysia, getting sick is just affordable, you won’t have to starve just to be well.
* Do you hate rainy days? Then come to Malaysia as it is usually hot here. Their usual temperature is 30 to 34 degrees. It does not mean that it will never rain, but when it does, it means that it is not their usual weather.
* Because the weather is never an issue in this country, it is an unusual topic for the Malays. Instead, they usually talk about food in this country as most of them, have really sweet tooth and you will find out why if you will decide to settle in this part of the world. They are quite proud of their culinary heritage and I tell you that you would be as well if you are in their shoes. That is right and if you love to eat as well, you will surely love to be in Malaysia.
* When it comes to their infrastructure, they are on top of the list. That is one of the favorite of most tourists. Their roads can be rivaled to the first class countries in this globe. Not only that, you can also enjoy a free wifi in almost all areas, you will always be connected for sure.
* Are you a nature lover? If that is the case, weekends will never be boring for you. You can tag along your family and enjoy the views in Malaysia. For sure you have a lot to post in your social media account then.

There are still a lot of interesting things about Malaysia that you will surely find fascinating. And if you try settling here, you will learn about them in no time. When it comes to the properties in Malaysia, you have a lot to choose from. While you can hire a real estate agent to orient you about the condition of their real estate in this country, you can also get more information online. You can even find some sites where you can see a lit of the updated properties in the different areas of this country. Whether you are looking to buy a residential, commercial, apartment or condo, you can find it there. It will be easy to find, and you just use the right keywords and you will be directed to it.

Owning a property, wherever it is can be quite rewarding. It can surely generate financial freedom in the latter years, especially at some point in your life where working is already too tiring. So, while you are still able, you should start delving in real estate as it is one of the most rewarding industries.

Owning a property might not be easy, but once you had it, you will surely feel satisfied like you have achieved something great for your family. That is right as this is not just for your future, but also for your kids. If you will just take care of your property in Malaysia, it will surely give you a lot. At the start, you might just have one single unit. But in time you can double it and triple it. It is all about how you manage your funds and how you can save up for your next property. A few properties that you can consider is the Bandar Seri Alam project outlook, Taman Pandan Indah project outlook, Prima Regency project outlook, Bayu Tasik Condominium project outlook, Mont Kiara Aman project outlook, and Kuchai Avenue Serviced Residence project outlook.

Yes, there are other alluring places other than Malaysia, but because this country is not that huge, life here is still not that expensive if you ratio it to its opportunities. This is why you will find that just like you, there are also others who want to settle in this country and because of that, it is most likely that a rental property will never be vacant here. So, head on and start achieving your goal of becoming a landlord. I am pretty sure you will easily find a lot of people who are willing to help so your dream will be realized.

Lemon & Milk Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Homemade Face Mask

Lemon & Milk Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Homemade Face Mask

Cleopatra definitely knew what she was doing when she filled her tub with milk and bathed in it.

Milk is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and AHAs are commonly used in skincare to reduce wrinkles or signs of aging, and improving overall skin texture and smoothness. How does it work? By exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin, leaving a blemish-free skin that’s smooth like a baby’s bottom.

Now, as much as I wanted heavenly smooth skin, reenacting what Cleopatra did seemed a bit extravagant and a waste of good milk. So, I scouted for something easier and of course, more practical. Stumbling upon this homemade face mask recipe, I was overjoyed to find that it consisted of just milk and lemon (another natural source of AHA), both of which I already had lying around. Ahhh, joy!

So, without further ado…

How To Make A Lemon & Milk AHA Homemade Face Mask

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon full cream milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 small slice of lemon

Steps:

  1. Mix the lemon juice and the milk. Stir well.
  2. Throw in the lemon slice. It will curdle slightly, but don’t worry — it’s supposed to look funny.
  3. Leave it for 3-4 hours on a table somewhere, away from the cat and not in the fridge.
  4. Apply it very carefully on a clean face, taking care to avoid the eyes.
  5. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse well.

(A word of caution — this face mask may cause photosensitivity, so avoid the sun after using this.)

Didn’t I say it was easy-peasy?

How Did It Go For Me?

I whipped this up right before going out for dinner. After leaving it for close to 4 hours, the consistency of the face mask was still quite liquid and it didn’t curdle as much as I thought it should have, but I decided to go ahead with it anyway.

Pouring the mixture into my hands, I patted my very liquid homemade face mask gently on my face. The lemon juice may sting your face slightly (it sure did for me!), so make sure it’s far away from your eyes!

Now, because I was such a greedy little thing and overestimated the size of my face by maybe fifty times (I pretty much quadrupled the recipe above), I had quite a lot leftover so I decided to use the rest of it for my arms and legs.

And the results?

My face was so insanely soft, I couldn’t stop touching it!

And while there wasn’t a noticeable brightening effect on my face, it was certainly obvious on my legs as I have some scarring on them from scratching mosquito bites (whoops, yes I know I’m not supposed to do that!). Those areas of my skin definitely lightened up from just fifteen minutes of this concoction. So, if you do have some parts of your face with uneven skin tone, this could work well for you.

Verdict? I’ll definitely be repeating this mask again! It’s super easy and quick, and the immediate outcome is pretty darn great for a homemade recipe!

Miacare Acne Patch Review

Miacare Acne Patch Review

Why did they not discover acne patches earlier?!!! WHYYY?!!

I could’ve gone through a blissful and happy teenage life completely pimple-free, and not having to panic when it’s photo day and a huge zit has just popped up overnight.

What Are Acne Patches?

Acne patches are essentially made from hydrocolloid dressing. Hydrocolloid dressings are commonly used in hospitals as adhesive gels to promote wound healing by absorbing pus and decreasing swelling.

What Is Miacare Acne Patch & How Does It Work?

Miacare Acne Patch is an invisible patch that absorbs pus for lightning-quick healing of pimples, and works best with pimples with “heads” (i.e. pus). It also provides a protective layer to avoid bacterial infection of your pimple.

 

When you get pimples, you don’t really want to poke / pick / burst it; otherwise, you’ll suffer from acne scars. How I wish I knew of the existence of this back when puberty hit. I will now have to live with the battle scars of raging acne forever (or until I decide to undergo laser surgery in Korea? :P)

Now, if you are of those people where your pimples stay deep in there for a long, long time, I personally feel that this product helps to draw the pus closer to the surface, although nothing comes out on the patch. It is really satisfying when you peel off the acne patch to see a whole load of gunk stuck in the patch — trust me on this.

Initially, I was disappointed when I saw nothing on my acne patch for one of my “deep buried” pimples but I felt that it “cooked” faster than usually. I will give the credit for Miacare Acne Patch for doing that as I didn’t do anything differently to my regime.

But What If I Just HAVE To Pop Them?

If you are one of those who just get some unexplainable satisfaction from picking at your pimples (like yours truly), this product is still for you!

I popped this pimple that was already “ripe” and slapped on Miacare Acne Patch. I find that it reduces the swelling and redness much quicker than usual. It also helped to absorb the remnants of the pus that did not come out in the initial popping and seals the wound and prevents the spread of bacteria. The wound was flat the next morning and looked quite faded. Awesome!!

How Do I Use An Acne Patch?

All you have to do is to put the patch onto your acne, gently press it in and you’re done!

Here’s a more comprehensive guide, which can be found on the pack itself.

 

The Acne Patch that I tried was for Day use.

Since the Day patch is very thin and quite unnoticeable, it can be worn under makeup. You can see that the patch is quite invisible against the skin, and can be easily hidden with some concealer.

 

Nobody commented but personally, I was still very conscious wearing it out during the day, so I would probably only wear it at home.

Miacare also has acne patch for night which has a thicker hydrocolloid dressing (so more absorption), but is less transparent.

My Verdict?

This product gets full marks from me! It really does what it claims to do and seeing the results are very satisfactory. I have stocked up on a few packs already and I recommend that you should too!

7 Dry Shampoos You Can Buy In Malaysia

7 Dry Shampoos You Can Buy In Malaysia

My hair does not have a good relationship with the humid weather in tropical Malaysia.

Despite washing it EVERY single day, my hair still manages to look like a pile of greasy, oily mess as I get off work. Not cool if I have to work late, since it starts to get itchy and unbearable. Even worse if I have an after-work dinner appointment. I can just imagine the poor fella sitting across the table wondering if there was an oil spill somewhere.

So what’s a girl to do?

Cue dry shampoos to the rescue! Where have you been hiding all my life?

These hair saviours help to absorb excess sebum, grease and dirt without me needing to get my hair wet. What’s amazing is that they also give the hair instant volume, so it looks like I’ve just waltzed out from the hair salon.

Unfortunately, they can be pretty hard to hunt down in Malaysia. Goodness knows why, because I’m pretty sure most oily-scalp girls like me are on the lookout for it. Not to mention ladies who in confinement, since there’s a Chinese tradition where you’re not supposed to wash your hair for 30 days. Truth be told, I’m not sure if I can survive that.

Anyway, for your benefit (and mine!), we’ve hunted down some pretty awesome dry shampoos that you can buy in Malaysia. Enjoy happy, grease-free hair!

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1) Sephora’s Express Dry Shampoo

A dry shampoo from the Sephora Collection, this absorbs excess sebum and cleans and freshens hair in just a few sprays. It has a fresh, floral scent that helps to get rid of any unpleasant smells that get trapped in your hair (smoke, coffee shop grease, etc.). It comes in a small, travel-friendly bottle, great for those who are always on the go!

(Available at Sephora @ RM29 for 75ml)

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2) Percy & Reed’s Radiance Revealing Invisible Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo from UK-brand Percy & Reed instantly removes excess oils and revitalises hair and scalp, all without leaving any residue at all (hence the name, “invisible”!). It also gives your hair a slight salon shine, so it’s the perfect choice to freshen up for after-work events!

(Available at Sephora @ RM65 for 150ml)

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3) Shaire London’s Hair Perfume (Dry Shampoo)

Unlike the other dry shampoos in this list that are in powder-form, this is a “wet-dry shampoo” which uses fast evaporating liquids (e.g. rubbing alcohol) to absorb the oil from your scalp. It’s enriched with seaweed extracts and minerals that not only works to remove the grease from your hair, but also acts as a hair tonic to repair and strengthen roots. A fantastic multi-tasker!

(Available here at Modbox @ RM35.90 for 60ml)

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4) Fudge’s Dry Shampoo

Hailing from the land Down Under, this dry shampoo instantly cleans your hair while prolonging the life of your blow dry. It’s enriched with apricot kernel oil that helps to moisturise the hair, leaving it soft and smooth. Great for adding body and bounce to second-day hair!

(Available at Shins @ RM59 for 230g)

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5) Etude House’s OMG! Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo from Etude House gets bonus points for having the cutest packaging ever! It soaks up all the excess oil, removes impurities and gives your hair volume, so you won’t be caught in limp, sad-looking hair. It also has a floral fruity scent that makes your hair smell fantabulous!

(Available at Etude House @ RM49.90 for 50ml)

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6) Comfy Care’s Dry Shampoo

A popular brand amongst new mommies in confinement, this dry shampoo works to absorb excess oil and reduces scalp irritation. Unlike most of the other dry shampoos, this doesn’t have an aerosol nozzle, so you’ll need to sprinkle the powder onto your hair. This means that you have to brush your hair properly to remove the excess powder. Very accessible, since it’s available in many pharmacies.

(Available at Caring Pharmacy @ RM20.95 for 50g)

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7) Alterna’s Bamboo Beach Mango Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo

This talc-free hair powder is great for refreshing hair and on-the-go styling to create a tousled texture. Complete with an exotic, fruity scent, it’s enriched with Organic Bamboo Extract to boost hair strength, and also Tahitian Coconut to moisturise dehydrated, sun-parched hair.

(Available at Sephora @ RM78 for 37g)

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[NEW]: Batiste’s Dry Shampoo

Finally, the ever popular Batiste Dry Shampoo is now available in Malaysia! Many beauty addicts swear by this dry shampoo, touting it as one of the best dry shampoo around. It doesn’t leave any white residue behind, and gives your hair some great volume too!

(Available at selected Village Grocer and AEON Big outlets @ RM24.90 for 120g)

[BONUS]: DIY Homemade Dry Shampoo

If these dry shampoos aren’t easily available for you, try making your own at home!

Homemade dry shampoos can work pretty well in a pinch, and you’re almost certain to have these ingredients lying around in your house.

What You Need:

  • 3 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

What To Do:

  • Mix the cornstarch and unsweetened cocoa powder, making sure they’re well mixed.
  • Keep the mixture in a shaker jar or an old powder jar.
  • To apply, shake it directly onto roots and oily parts of your hair, or use a clean makeup brush.
  • Massage into roots with fingers.

Why It Works:

The cornstarch helps to absorb the oil and grease, while the cocoa powder helps to camouflage the white powder so you don’t look like you have white-grey hair.

Instead of cornstarch, I’ve personally also tried using talcum powder and baby powder, and even a rice baby powder (it was an emergency and I was desperate!), and they worked pretty well too!

In fact, the main ingredient in most dry shampoos, including the best-selling and hugely popular Batiste Dry Shampoo, is actually rice starch! So, the rice baby powder is a pretty nifty alternative. Now you know!

9 Heavenly Handmade Soaps In Malaysia You Need To Try Right Now

9 Heavenly Handmade Soaps In Malaysia You Need To Try Right Now

Did you know that most commercial soaps are basically detergents?

Yes. Detergents. You know, like what you use to wash your clothes.

Commercial soaps are harsh, drying and strips your skin of the natural oils that protect, heal and moisturise your skin.

This is because they usually lack glycerin, a moisturiser that naturally occurs as a by-product of traditional soap-making process. Large-scale soap manufacturers prefer to remove glycerin from their soaps and use them in body lotions and moisturisers instead, since these fetch a higher price.

Sneaky, huh?

Handmade soaps have none of that hanky-panky.

They’re made with natural oils, have a high glycerin content and are typically enriched with essential oils and other skin-loving ingredients, such as goat’s milk, volcanic clay, honey and yoghurt. Most are super gentle on the skin, so you can use them on both body and face!

Because we’re SO obsessed with handmade soaps, we’ve hunted down some of our favourite handmade soaps in Malaysia. Enjoy!

1) Claire Organics – Guinness Stout with Organic Raw Honey Soap

Star Ingredients: Guiness Stout, Organic Raw Honey
Best Used For: Deep Cleansing, Anti-Acne

This soap sounds like it could get you drunk but the truth is that it has no alcohol content whatsoever.

During the soap-making process, all the alcohol is evaporated, so what’s left of the Guinness Stout are hops, barley and brewer’s yeast — great for your skin because they’re antibacterial & anti-inflammatory.

Best for those who are battling with acne.

(Available here at Modbox @ RM29 for 100g)

2) Earth Care – Goaty Melons Goat’s Milk Soap

Star Ingredients: Goat’s Milk, Honeydew
Best Used For: Moisturising, Nourishing

Rich in minerals, nutrients and antioxidants, goat’s milk is a godsend to your skin because it’s so wonderfully nourishing and moisturising.

In fact, with prolonged use, you may find yourself reaching less for that after-shower body lotion because your skin is already soft and supple!

And while many commercial brands use powdered milk, Earth Care uses only fresh goat’s milk, so you’re getting really good stuff here.

(Available here at Modbox @ RM18 for 100g)

3) Yuan Soap – Wild Mugwort Soap

Star Ingredients: Wild Mugwort, Green Tea, Verbena
Best Used For: Relieving skin problems, e.g. eczema, itching and scaling

Hailing from Taiwan, Yuan Soap honours the traditional wisdom of using natural herbs as remedies in their handmade soaps. This Wild Mugwort Soap is their bestseller and works like a charm to heal itching and skin problems like eczema. But be warned — if you don’t like strong herbal scents, this may not sit well with you.

(Available at Yuan’s Soap @ RM33.90 for 100g)

4) Claire Organics – Mother’s Breast Milk Soap

Star Ingredients: Breast Milk (yes, really!)
Best Used For: Nourishing, Gentle Protection

Yes, we know. This one’s pretty unconventional, but a mother’s breast milk is packed with so much good stuff, it’s almost a sin to let them go to waste.

So what’s a mommy to do with extra breast milk? Turn them into natural handmade soaps!

They make wonderfully nourishing and gentle cleansers, great for yourself and your baby too! You can choose to enrich them with sweet almond oil, shea butter, bamboo charcoal and also purple gromwell — all great stuff for your skin!

(Get in touch with Louise from Claire Organics or contact us for more details)

5) Soap Artisan – Mt St Helens Soap

Star Ingredients: Volcanic Clay
Best Used For: Anti-Ageing, Anti-Acne

A mineral-rich anti-ageing soap, this handmade soap from Soap Artisan helps to moisturise skin, reduce fine lines and also reduce acne. Enriched with volcanic clay from Mt St Helen, it works to purify the skin, control oil secretion and stimulate skin regeneration.

(Available at Soap Artisan @ RM25 for 100g)

6) Lullabelle – Ginger Kisses Hair & Body Soap

Star Ingredients: Ground Ginger, Cedar Wood, Grapefruit
Best Used For: Relieve Itching, Stimulate Hair Growth

This ginger-infused handmade soap can be used for both body and hair. Packed with a dream team of anti-hairfall ingredients, such as ginger, cedar wood, grapefruit and rosemary, this soap helps to balance hormones to supply the necessary nutrients to stimulate healthy hair growth and also to heal scalp conditions.

(Available at Lullabelle @ RM22 for 150g)

7) Kindersoaps – Spiced Coffee Soap

Star Ingredients: Ground Coffee, Fresh Yoghurt
Best Used For: Mild Exfoliation, Moisturising

This handmade soap is loaded with ground coffee beans for mild exfoliation, and also features fresh yoghurt to soften and moisturise your skin.

With a therapeutic blend of ginger, lemongrass and lime essential oils, this will rejuvenate your senses to lift your spirits and soothe mind, body and soul.

(Available at Kindersoaps @ RM20 for 100g)

8) Kalleo Soaps – Royale Turmeric Soap

Star Ingredients: Turmeric Oil, Turmeric Leaf Extract
Best Used For: Relieve Congested Pores & Acne

This may look like any other normal soap, but it’s actually packed with a lot of natural goodness.

Made with the leaves of turmeric and lemongrass extract, this citronella-scented handmade soap helps to relieve congested pores and acne. Both turmeric and lemongrass have antibacterial and astringent properties, so they’re amazing for your skin.

(Available at Kalleo Soaps @ RM18 for 110g)

9) Bisou Bon Bon – Printemps Soap

Star Ingredients: Tea Tree Oil, French Green Clay
Best Used For: Anti-Inflammatory, Oil Control

This delightful soap from Bisou Bon Bon is especially great for those with oily, congested skin. It has Tea Tree Oil, which is a potent antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral agent, and also Geranium essential oil, another ingredient that’s prized for its anti-inflammatory properties. Together with French Green Clay that works to detoxify and draw out impurities, this handmade soap will leave you with softer, clearer skin!

(Available at Bisou Bon Bon @ RM20 for 100g)

Making The Switch From Chemical To Natural Products

In this day and age I believe most, if not ALL of us, are actively trying to minimise and reduce the amount of toxins in our life – be it in our food, water, air (and even social circle!).

One area that most people tend to overlook is that toxins can be absorbed into our body through our largest organ – the SKIN!

As such, it is of utmost importance to make the right decision on what soaps, shampoo and lotions you use.

The Dark Side of Chemical Products

Just look at the loooooooong list of ingredients in your favourite bottle of shampoo or soap. It probably contains a lot of questionable chemicals, artificial dyes and fragrances.

Remember that fancy overpriced triple-milled soap you got for Christmas? After a few days in the soap dish, was it turning flaky and looking dried out? If it’s going to do that all by itself, it could very well do the same thing to your skin.

Dangerously, I used to think that antibacterial soap was good for me. Hey, it kills off the bacteria right? But truth is, it is SO strong that it kills off everything — even the “good” bacteria that live naturally on our skin! This leads to over-stripping and leaves our skin overly dry, thereby resulting in cracked skin that’s vulnerable to bacteria and germs.

Some soaps and shampoos/conditioners are labeled as “moisturising”. No doubt, they DO make your skin and hair feel and look moisturised, but what’s really happening is that a myriad of synthetic products are used to artificially coat the skin and hair with plastic or protein polymers.

They do nothing in terms of actually healing or restoring your damaged, porous hair.

What’s scarier is that the more damaged the hair, the more porous it becomes; the more porous the hair, the more it absorbs these synthetic “protein” polymers. This could also be why your hair feels “greasy” very quickly.

Why You Should Try Natural Products

Many people with sensitive skin do not respond well to chemical soaps/shampoos. By using natural products, you might be able to avoid, or at least reduce, the skin problems that are caused by irritating chemical ingredients.

Even if you do not have sensitive skin and do not suffer from any breakouts, the chemicals used in commercial soap will most likely dry-out your skin, since chemical soaps usually do not contain glycerin (a moisturising agent). Unfortunately, many people wait till itchy, dry skin is a problem before making the switch to natural soap. Regretfully, I’m guilty of this as well!

Natural products use natural essential oils and botanicals for fragrance, which are also beneficial to the skin. They’re generally heavier because of the real fats in it that keep your skin happy. Natural soaps & shampoos and their bubbles generally feel silkier in texture, compared to their chemical counterparts.

Making The Switch To Natural Products

Patience is the key when making the switch from chemical products to natural products.

There is often a “detox” period where your skin/hair may feel “unclean”, sticky or dry. This could be because the residues of the petrochemicals and plastic polymers are still coating your skin/hair and your body will need some time to heal from the chemicals. During this transition period, you may feel your appearance a little less than ideal but if you hang in there, the end result is worth the wait!

You will be able to tell the difference once new hair grows to replace the damaged hair when changing from chemical to natural hair care products. For natural soaps, you will most definitely be able to notice the positive difference after a few baths when the natural oils penetrate your skin keeping it moisturised even without applying body lotions.

So, if you are considering to make the change today for you and your family, try out some lovely handmade natural soaps and haircare products without breaking the bank. I myself have made the change to these products as they are so effective and long lasting but the best part is, I feel I am doing my little part in preserving Mother Earth too! 🙂

7 Things You Need To Know About Popping Pimples

Regretfully, I’m a bit of a goody-two-shoes.

I never speed up at yellow traffic lights, I pay all my bills on time, and I religiously dot all my i’s and cross all my t’s.

But when it comes to pimples, I somehow lose all sense and sensibility. Whenever a huge pimple stares back at me, mocking and taunting me, my self-discipline takes a nosedive and all I can think of is to quickly go for the kill.

“That’ll show him,” I’ll say in triumph as I squeeze the life out of it.

Then, almost instantly, a wave of panic and regret will rush over me as I frantically try to clear the bloody murder scene before me, hoping and praying that I won’t be left with a scar.

And every time this happens, I’ll swear to myself that this will be the last, but it never is.

Over the years, I’ve learned the do’s and don’ts of pimple popping – from how to pop pimples safely, to healing and after-care to avoid pimple scars. Read on to find out more!

WARNING: Gross images ahead. Proceed at your own risk!

1. Know Your Enemy

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Don’t go on a killing spree and eliminate all pimples.

Only pop those that are “ripe” and have a big, white or yellowish head. These are generally safe to be popped, and doing it right will speed up the healing time.

But what about pimples without a head, or what are called “blind pimples”? Don’t even think about it! You won’t be able to get rid of them, and may even cause scarring or other pimples to pop up nearby.

For blind pimples, there are plenty of things you can use to dry them out before they grow into full-blown pimples: tea tree oil, honey (good quality UMF Manuka Honey works wonders!), clay masks, or my personal favourite — good old-fashioned “bedak sejuk”!

2. Don’t Attempt With Dirty Hands

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This is a dirty job best done with clean equipment.

Make sure you your hands and the affected areas are cleaned thoroughly. You’ll be at risk for all sorts of infections and additional blemishes if your kill zone isn’t clean.

Consider yourself warned.

3. Weaken The Enemy By Using A Warm Compress

To soften your skin and the pimple area, use a warm compress on your pimple for several minutes.

You can also gently massage the area to remove dead skin cells, but be careful not to overdo it as it may further irritate your pimple.

4. Squeeze Gently To Avoid Scarring

Now that you’ve set the scene, you can now execute your master plan.

Wrap your fingers in tissue and gently squeeze around the white tip. If your pimple is ready to be popped, all the gunk will come out pretty easily. Otherwise, stop and wait a little longer!

When squeezing, make sure you get it all out so that the pimple doesn’t come back the next day. Don’t overdo it either, or you will risk scarring. The goal here is to be gentle without damaging the surrounding skin.

5. Heal Your Wound

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Now that your enemy has been eliminated, you will need to help your skin heal.

Apply an emollient to help form a protective seal over the wound. You can use an antibacterial cream, or even petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline) in a pinch.

6. Keep Those Fingers To Yourself

Your fingers and fingernails harbour a ton of bacteria, so you don’t want them anywhere near your face, much less your wound.

It can be really tempting to pick at the scab, but don’t give in. You’ll want the scab to stay there in order for the area to heal without future scarring.

7. Take Care When Applying Makeup

Don’t apply foundation or concealer directly to your skin if it’s broken, as it may get infected.

Apply a gel spot treatment or serum that will form a film over the affected area. Once your skin is closed, you can then apply your foundation and concealer to hide your blemish.

Some Final Notes…

Remember that it’s NEVER advisable to pop those wretched things. Exhaust all other options before resorting to pimple popping — there are acne patches, acne-fighting treatment with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, or natural home remedies like lemon juice or honey.

However, if you’re like me, it’ll be unavoidable at times and you’ll find yourself popping your pimple. Keep in mind these seven tips, and you’ll never have to worry about pimple scars again!

5 Natural Deodorants You Can Buy In Malaysia

5 Natural Deodorants You Can Buy In Malaysia

Sweating is completely normal, but no lady wants to smell bad. Ever.

And in hot, humid Malaysia, trying not to sweat is like searching for water in the desert.

Deodorants are a great way to battle foul-smelling underarms. They help kill off the bacteria that’s multiplying in your underarms, which is the cause of that unpleasant smell.

As someone who has decided to switch to natural deodorants without parabens, aluminium salts, phtalates and triclosan, it has been a challenge to hunt down effective, natural deodorants that actually work.

While the jury is still out there with regards to how safe these ingredients really are (there is no conclusive evidence that using deodorants cause cancer), I’m one of the paranoid ones who prefer to err on the side of caution. Why risk it when there are more natural alternatives out there that work just as well, or if not BETTER, than conventional ones?

Here are 5 effective, natural deodorants you can buy in Malaysia, all of which are without aluminium salts.

1) Human Nature – All Natural Women’s Roll-On Deodorant

Completely free from harmful chemicals, this all-natural deodorant fights odour-causing bacteria without leaving ugly white streaks on your shirts.

Even though it’s not labeled “whitening”, many have reported that this deodorant has helped to lighten and smooth their underarms because it’s enriched with Sunflower Oil. How awesome is that!

(Available here at Modbox @ RM15.90 for 50ml)

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2) MooGoo – Fresh Cream Deodorant

This Fresh Cream Deodorant sounds good enough to eat, and it’s because MooGoo is obsessed with making their products as food-like as possible.

It contains Milk of Magnesia that’s antibacterial, and while it isn’t an antiperspirant, some have found that after using this for a couple of weeks, they sweat with almost no odour!

(Available at Moogoo @ RM29 for 60ml)

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3) Organic Formulations – Biologika Live It Up Deodorant

This certified organic deodorant from Australia contains a blend of amazing herb extracts, including lavender, calendula and rosehip, as well as rose geranium essential oil. It’s also enriched with jojoba and avocado oils that help to moisturise your skin. Smells amazing, and works great too!

(Available at TNS Skin Lab @ RM49 for 70ml)

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4) Melvita – Purifying Roll-On Deodorant

Another certified organic deodorant, Melvita’s Purifying Deodorant helps combat body odour using a blend of purifying essential oils, Vitamin E plus absorbent microporous silica.

Gentle on the skin, this deodorant has a very natural, fresh scent which many love!

(Available at Melvita @ RM80 for 50ml)

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5) Aubrey Organics – E Plus High C Roll-On Deodorant

This herbal roll-on deodorant from Aubrey Organics contains natural Vitamin E, organic aloe and other skin soothers that makes it gentle on the skin, while battling body odour at the same time. Keeps you feeling clean and fresh throughout the day!

(Available at TNS Skin Lab @ RM52 for 90ml)

Disappearing Makeup? 3 c Tricks That Will Save The Day

Disappearing Makeup? 3 c Tricks That Will Save The Day

Do you suffer from Disappearing Makeup Syndrome (DMS)?

You know, the condition where you spend a huge chunk of your time in the morning primping and prepping, only to find all your hard work disappearing by lunch time?

Because I do.

My makeup slides EASILY off my face, and by the end of the day, I’m sporting a no-makeup, greasy, shiny appearance that looks like you could fry an egg on my face.

Urgh. Not cool.

I blame it on Malaysia’s hot and humid weather that does NOTHING for makeup longevity.

Luckily, there ARE some neat little tricks to keep the shine at bay and for longer lasting makeup. These tricks are tried and testedfast (because who reaaallyyy has time in the morning to wait 5mins between skincare and makeup), and inexpensive to incorporate!

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Trick #1: Always, ALWAYS Use a Primer

Do not EVER skip this step, especially if you have oily or combination skin.

Makeup is an art. And just like how artists prime their canvases to create a smooth surface and extend the longevity of their paintings, the same applies to makeup too!

Primers help to smooth out unevenness, pores and fine lines, giving you a nice, silky smooth base to help makeup stay in place and increase the durability of your makeup.

We love Dermacol’s Satin Makeup Base that’s super smooth and satiny, but you can use any base or primer that you like.

Just don’t skip this step. Not even if your grandmother told you to.

Trick #2: Apply Powder BEFORE Foundation

No, that’s not a typo. I really do mean, powder before foundation.

I first heard about this neat trick from makeup artist and popular YouTuber Wayne Goss.

It seems that powdering with a translucent powder (or even a coloured loose powder) will add a small amount of coverage, and help your foundation stay on for longer. You’ll also use less foundation in the process! #win

Intrigued by this totally unconventional beauty tip, I’ve been testing this for a while now, and I have to say that I really love it!

It really does help my makeup stay on longer (hours longer, in fact!), which is pretty much all I care about. Another bonus was that I found my face feeling a lot less greasy towards the end of the day.

There is one downside to this though — the finish does cake-up slightly. Sometimes, it’s because of the amount of powder, and sometimes, it could be the formulation of your foundation. It took me several tries before I finally got it right, but be patient. The results are well worth it!

Overall, unconventional as it may sound, it’s a great trick to help your makeup last longer!

Trick #3: Keep Blotting Papers At Hand

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Blotting papers are genius, because they lift the oil from your face, taking away the grease and shine.

The most critical thing about blotting papers is NOT to wipe the oil away. Rather, you need to press the paper onto the oily parts of your face (usually your T-zone area), and roll it off gently.

And if you didn’t like the earlier tip and still prefer powder after foundation, here’s another neat trick.

Most foundations are made up of pigments for the colour, and a carrier oil to allow it to spread onto your skin evenly.

Because all you want is the pigment, you can use blotting papers after applying your foundation to soak up the excess oil, but not the pigment. This will help your makeup last longer!

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I hope you enjoyed some of these tips on how to make your makeup last longer! I personally use these techniques on a daily basis, and I love how they really don’t take much time, nor are they overly expensive to incorporate and don’t forget always clean and remove your makeup after a long day of wearing it in orer to prevent from breaking out!