Mix and Match Products for Awesome Hair

Woman choosing hair productsYou always buy a hair styling product in the hopes that the moment you put it on your hair, your world shall change and you will finally be able to get rid of your unruly, flat or frizzy hair. However, a single product is never going to cut it when it comes to your hair. Since the texture and color for every woman is different, the product routine needs to be altered from case to case. Having beautiful looking hair is all about managing to assemble the perfect pairing for your tones and your textures. Actually, getting beautiful looking hair is quite similar to getting that perfect smokey eye look. You need several shades of gray to get the perfect smokey eye look. Similarly, you need different types of sprays, serums and conditioners when it comes to having the perfect finish for your hair. Here are some of the best mix and match products for awesome hair.

Heat Protectants and Argan Oil – To get the perfect shine

Heat protectants are very important when it comes to preventing damage on your blow dried hair. However, a protectant will not always give you the shine you want. In order to get shiny looking hair, you need to pair a protectant with some argan oil. Start the process by spraying the protectant all over your hair and then apply some oil on your hair by putting it on your palms and running them through your hair. This helps to make the hair smoother and shinier and also gives you a frizz free look.

Volumizing Spray and Straightening Balm – Best for those with curly hair wanting to get a beautiful blowout

Volumizing sprays are an ideal solution for those looking to create some body and volume to their hair. However, when it comes to curly hair, you still need something more to get a smooth blowout. The best solution is to use some straightening balms that help you get the perfect finish. Start off by spraying volumizing spray on your hair. The next step involves putting some straightening balm on your hair and spreading it right from your tips to your roots. The sleek shape is likely to be good enough to leave you spellbound.

Volumizing Spray and Detangler – For those wanting some natural volume

Volumizing sprays are the best when it comes to adding volume to your hair, but you would also want them to have some movement. That is why a detangler is so important. It helps you to bring out the natural texture of your hair without weighing down the hair. The best way to combine both is to spray detangler all over the hair. Once this is done, you can apply the volumizing spray to your roots and run a blow dryer through your hair.

Dry Shampoo and Hairspray – For those with oily hair wanting to get fuller and fresher strands

Dry shampoo is your go to product if you’re suffering from oily hair. You can carry it with you all over the place and it offers you with an instant fix to those messy looking strands. A dry shampoo can also be used to get fuller and fresher strands when used with a hair spray. Start off by spraying some dry shampoo on your hair. Then apply the hair spray and flip your head upside down for a while to ensure that you get more movement and texture.

Volumizing Hairspray and Styling Wax – For those wanting soft and touchable waves

Getting soft and touchable waves doesn’t require hours of handiwork. All you need to do is apply some volumizing hair spray and combine it with styling wax. This should help you to get soft and touchable waves within minutes. This solution is an ideal option for those with fine, limp or frizzy hair. Make sure that you work on 1-inch sections at a time. Start off by spraying the volumizing hair spray on the back of your hair and blow it dry. Then dip your finger in some styling wax and apply it to the ends of your hair as well as to flyaways. If you’re looking for a firmer hold, you need to apply the wax before blow drying.

Leave In Conditioners and Styling Wax – For those with frizzy hair wanting to create beachy waves

If you have thick and frizzy hair and you’re looking to create a beachy wave look, you need to combine leave in conditioners with styling wax. The problem is that your hair tends to become puffy, particularly when there is a lot of humidity. Therefore, using this combination of products can help you to get frizz free beachy waves. Start off by applying the leave in conditioner on wet hair and running a comb through it. Then allow your hair to dry before applying a bit of wax on your dry hair.

Anti Frizz Shine Serum  and Leave In Conditioners – For those wanting tight and glossy ringlets

Ever fell in love with that coiled and shiny look that your wet hair sports? Unfortunately, leaving your hair wet isn’t an option. But, what you can do is recreate the same look using some leave in conditioner and anti frizz shine serum. The secret of getting this look is to start off slowly and work on your hair layer by layer. Use your fingers to apply both products on your hair.

 

In the end, getting perfect looking hair is all about mixing and matching different techniques, blending and balancing your products and choosing the option that is the best for the type of hair you have and the look you want.

 

 

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Tackle Mixed Prints

Mixing prints is not easy. It is an art, an entire thought process in itself that requires you to have some sort of idea of what to look for and a basic idea of the fashion industry. Mixing prints correctly can help you create an exquisite outfit that easily becomes the center of attraction. However, getting your execution wrong can make you look pathetic and out of place. So before you move on to mixing prints, here are a few tips and ideas that are worth exploring.

Model going down runway in mixed printsIf you’re not comfortable with mixing patterns, you can simply mix a single print in two different colors. There’s no need for you to mix and match florals and plaids and other complicated pairings if the idea doesn’t make you feel comfortable. Remember, the main reasoning behind mixing your prints is to look cool, not uncomfortable. So make sure that you never go beyond your comfort levels when it comes to mixing prints.

Florals, geo-patterns, polka dots, stripes – it’s very difficult to understand what goes well with what. One of the best ways to understand the art of mixing prints is to check out ideas in online blogs and magazines. There are a number of experts who showcase their styles and collections of how to mix prints. By checking out their collections and understanding what they have to say, you can actually create masterpieces for yourself.

Model walking runway at fashion week; Mara Hoffman mixed printsIt also helps to keep the rest of the outfit neutral when mixing prints. For example, a pair of jeans or a solid blouse can prove to be excellent options for anchors. This allows you to mix your shirts with checks that are proportionately sized. The solid and neutral looking outfit makes your mixes stand out, thereby boosting your overall appearance.

One of the best options is to mix polka dots with black and white minis and pair them with a bold blazer. Another solution is to sport a casual look by mixing a blue colored plaid shirt over your red one. The reasons behind the wonderful look in both these cases? Similar prints and colors that complement each other.

Model in mixed prints going down the runwayAnother mixing worth trying is to mix two prints with subtly different hues. Use a darker tone for the belt. This helps to break up the patterns and define your waist. Finally, add some jewelry and a neutral colored bag to complete your look.

If you’re not a fan of simplicity, you could take a few tips from Diane Kruger. Diane recently sported a unique look which might have seemed to be risky at the time, but transformed into a brilliant move. She sported a look that consisted of multiple patterns which did not fall in the same color combination. The secret behind pulling it off? The polka dots on her top complemented the polka dots on her skirt. Moreover, by wearing a toned down print, she also managed to choose a more imaginative color for her top.

Remember, mixing the prints shouldn’t be forced. They should always be impulsive and enjoyable. The moment you stop having fun while mixing prints, take a break. Stop mixing them until you feel confident of being able to do so once more.

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Indulge: Best Hotels in Singapore

Marina Sands Hotel view from the pool of downtown SingaporeNonexistent traffic jams, graffiti free streets, rich cultural attractions, neat and clean looks and mouth watering food. Definitely sounds like one of the many Western powerhouses. But, we’re actually talking about Singapore here. Singapore, one of the greatest cities and unlike any other city in Asia, is full of luxurious delights, picturesque wonders and breathtaking beauty. Ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world, Singapore never ceases to amaze the travelers with its multicultural society and cultural delights. The hotels and resorts of Singapore also play a huge role in maintaining its status as a tourist mecca. The city state is full of all sorts of hotels that come in all shapes and sizes. Here is a list of some of the very best hotels in the city.

Marina Bay Sands

The Marina Bay Sands is considered to be the leading business, entertainment and leisure destination of Southeast Asia. It boasts of 2561 rooms and suites, a museum, the best shopping mall in Asia, award winning restaurants, a casino, an outdoor event plaza, conference and exhibition facilities, celebrity chefs and theatres that feature classic hits like The Lion King. The main charm of the Marina Bay Sands is its picturesque 150m infinity swimming pool and the gravity defying Sands SkyPark that is located at a height of 200m above the city.

The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore

The Ritz-Carlton  Millenia is a 608 roomed hotel that boasts of offering unobstructed views of the picturesque Marina Bay. The hotel features world class dining and a luxurious spa. Being located in the heart of Marina Centre, the hotel also lies within walking distance to the popular Integrated Resort. Each of the 609 luxuriously appointed guestrooms at the hotel consist of a wide range of amenities such as 46” LED TVs, WiFi and beautifully  decorated bathrooms. The hotel also consists of indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, whirlpools, fitness center, business center and golf.

Raffles Hotel Singapore

The Raffles Hotel ranks among the most luxurious hotels in Singapore. It has been serving guests for more than 125 years and its property has also been marked as a national monument. The hotel is located at a 5 minutes walk from the City Hall MRT and the Raffles City Center. It features antique furnishings, spacious interiors, luxurious guest rooms and fine dining. Each room and suite at the Raffles Hotel offers a private balcony, WiFi, cable TV, separate dining, bedroom and dressing areas and luxurious amenities. Other facilities offered by the Raffles Hotel include an outdoor swimming pool, 24 hour butler service, a Victorian era theatre, a personal museum and a state of the art fitness center.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Fullerton Bay Hotel joined the hotel industry of Singapore in the year 2010 and has been ranked as one of the best hotels in Singapore ever since. It offers guests with rooms and suites that consist of beautiful views of the Clifford Pier, Merlion Park or the Customs House and a balcony or a sun deck. The Bay-View rooms at the hotel also offer beautiful terraces that are an ideal way of checking out the delightful Marina Bay Sands across the waters. Private Jacuzzis are also offered in the Premier Bay-View rooms. The hotel is most famous for its 25m rooftop pool, beautiful decors and a pleasant atmosphere.

Conrad Centennial Singapore

Any list of the top hotels in Singapore is never complete without mentioning The Conrad Centennial Singapore. The hotel  is located quite close to the liveliest  and busiest districts of Singapore. It is an ideal stop for business and holiday travelers and offers 509 beautifully furnished guest rooms that are known for their panoramic views, luxurious amenities and personalized services. The hotel also offers state of the art AV  equipment, a grand ballroom that can host up to 500 people, meeting  and event space, high speed WiFi, theatre style function rooms, business center and child care services.

Singapore Marriott Hotel

After undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation, the Singapore Marriott Hotel has transformed into one of the best 5 star hotels in the city, both from the outside and the inside. Each guest room has been smartly redesigned and equipped with state of the art amenities such as signature Eames Desk Chairs, Full-HD Smart TVs, walk-in rain showers and extended vanity areas. The hotel is also home to award winning restaurants such as the Marriott Cafe and Wan Hao as well as a luxurious spa, fitness center, business center and outdoor swimming pools. The hotel is completely smoke-free and it is linked to 4 major shopping malls in the city via the Underpass.

Four Seasons Singapore

The Four Seasons Singapore is a beautiful garden enclave located extremely close to Orchard Road. Each and every inch within the hotel offers intimate and exclusive surroundings, a peaceful atmosphere and luxurious decors. The hotel is home to more than 1500 pieces of Asian art, spacious rooms, high ceilings and picture windows. Each of the 255 rooms and suites at the hotel has been decorated with soothing earth tone furnishings, contemporary elegance, 21st century luxuries and all modern amenities. Moreover, the service at the Four Seasons Singapore is also considered to be among the best in the city.

Grand Hyatt, Singapore

The Grand Hyatt, Singapore is considered to be an oasis for leisure and business travelers alike. It boasts of a brand new wellness center named Damai which stretches over 78000 sq. ft. and includes facilities such as fitness centers, badminton courts, tennis courts, spa and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is located at a distance of 10 minutes from popular attractions such as Clarke Quay and the Suntec Convention Centre. Each of its 677 rooms also consist of flatscreen TVs, laptop safe, WiFi, luxurious bathrooms and toiletries and goose down pillows.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore

The Mandarin Oriental is located in the heart of Marina Bay and is popular as one of the best hotels close to the Central Business District. Each of the 527 stylishly appointed guest rooms offers marvelous views of the city, the Ocean or the picturesque harbor. Some of the main amenities at the hotel include WiFi, surround sound systems, tea and coffee makers and bathtubs. All rooms also feature floor to ceiling windows that treat guests to tantalizing views. Other facilities at the hotel include a 25m outdoor pool, a luxurious spa, fitness center, child care services, business center and fine dining.

Shagri-La Hotel Singapore

The Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is an oasis of green located right next to the Orchard Road shopping district. The Shangri-La boasts of offering a tranquil resort setting and has consistently been ranked as one of the top hotels in Asia. The hotel offers 750 rooms and suites in three wings – the Tower Wing, the Garden Wing and the beautiful Valley Wing. Some of the main features at the hotel include free-form swimming pools, delightful gardens that house more than 133000 plants, fine dining, state of the art gym and child care services.

The Stamford, Singapore

The Stamford is famous as one of the tallest Swissotel properties in Southeast Asia. The hotel consists of 1261 rooms and suites, each decorated with modern amenities, luxurious facilities and beautiful decors. The hotel also offers 16 different dining venues to choose from, access to world class shopping and excellent business facilities. Some of the main features of The Stamford include two free-form outdoor swimming pools, state of the art fitness center, Jacuzzi, yoga studio and a strength training area.

Pan Pacific Singapore

The Pan Pacific Singapore consists of 778 guest rooms and 26 meeting and conference venues. The hotel is an ideal option for business travelers in the city and it also offers meeting and banquet space of more than 2900 sq. m., high tech AV equipment and state of the art screens and projectors. The rooms are known to be cozy and soothing and each room offers a unique sense of style with designer Herman Miller fittings, Artemide Tolomeo lamps and ergonomic task chairs.

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Indulge: Top Restaurants in San Diego

Restaurants in Gaslamp District of San DiegoLooking for the top restaurants in San Diego? Well, you don’t need to have a meal to find out which ones rank among the best. We’ve already done that for you. Whether you’re looking for a romantic ambience for that perfect date or soothing decors for an ideal business luncheon or a place to hang out with your friends, you’re likely to find something suitable in this list. San Diego is home to some of the tastiest ingredients, freshest decors and the very best ambiences when it comes to restaurants. There is no doubt that the restaurant scene in the city is bursting and you can always hope of treating yourself with unique experiences and amazing flavors. Here is a list of the top restaurants in San Diego.

Chandler’s Restaurant and Lounge

Don’t go in expecting to see Chandler Bing from the epic sitcom Friends welcoming you into the restaurant. But, if you’re looking for an amazing ambience and coastal cuisines, it truly doesn’t get better than Chandler’s Restaurant and Lounge. The four seater tables, tables 146 – 149, are among the most popular dining spots in the restaurant and the best time to grab one of these tables is about 30 minutes before sunset.

Sushi Ota

Sushi Ota is considered to be one of the best spots in the city for sushi lovers. It offers its patrons with all sorts of delicacies – right from sushi rolls to tempura filled with the freshest fishes to sashimi. Sushi Ota is also known to be a SoCal sweetheart.

Brockton Villa

Brockton Villa was once known to be a beach cottage that transformed into one of the most popular restaurants in San Diego. Brockton Villa has always commanded some of the best views of the La Jolla Cove. The best spot in the restaurant are tables 5 – 10 as well as table 32 as these tables usually offer the most picturesque views of the ocean.

Nobu

The Nobu Restaurant is located about 2 blocks away from the Petco Park. Nobu features an upscale setting, earth toned silks, modern fixtures, beautiful stone tiles and dark colored leather booths. Nobu is famous for its excellent variety of Japanese dishes such as eggplant miso, sushi rolls and lobsters with wasabi.

Bread on Market

The Bread on market Restaurant is located in the Gaslamp Quarter and is famous for its highly affordable soups, salads and sandwiches. The restaurant offers a bakery that churns up delicious treats such as cakes, brownies and cookies as well. Beer and wine are also available at the restaurant.

The Poseidon Restaurant

The Poseidon Restaurant features an informal dining atmosphere and a relaxed ambience. It is an ideal place for a casual get-together with your friends for a Sunday brunch or some alfresco lunch.

The Sandwich Shop

The Sandwich Shop is located in Midway Drive and is most famous for its sandwiches and Italian dishes. As simple as the restaurant might seem to be, it is no ordinary sandwich shop. It is known to take rolls, hollow them and then fill them with amazing Italian dishes such as ravioli, lasagne and meatballs.

Bertrand at Mr. A’s

Bertrand at Mr. A’s is located on the 5th Avenue Financial Center. This exquisite French restaurant dates back to more than 45 years and is known to offer panoramic views of Downtown San Diego. Watching jets soar by at eye level, feasting on homemade pastas, oak wood oven pizzas, fresh salads and grilled meats and sampling a wide variety of desserts are some of the best things to do at the restaurant.

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto is located in the Little Italy district of San Diego. It opened way back in the year 1950 and has been ranked as one of the best Italian restaurants in the city ever since. The restaurant offers its patrons with a wide variety of pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, wine and beer along with candlelights, Chianti bottles and beautiful looking red and white colored tables. One of the most unique aspects of the restaurant is the countless hand decorations that hang from the ceiling walls. Each of these decorations have been made by past customers. Talk about being loyal to a restaurant.

Cusp Dining and Drinks

Cusp Dining and Drinks is an amazing rooftop Mediterranean restaurant that has been created in a unique way in order to allow diners to face the Pacific Ocean instead of facing each other. The best views at the restaurant can be found on tables 37 and 38.

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Indulge – Top Spas in Palm Desert

Woman receiving massage treatment at a spaSpas aren’t just places of pure bliss and pampering. They are designed to address a range of issues and problems using life enhancement programs. So for all you businessmen and women, moms and dads on the go and extra busy youngsters, an afternoon at the spa might be an afternoon well spent, especially when you have all sorts of beauty and skin treatments to choose from. The top spas in Palm Desert, California ensure that their guests have the very best of everything when it comes to getting pampered. So whether you want a deep tissue massage or a mud bath, there is always something just right for you in Palm Desert.

All About Massage

All About Massage boasts of being the winner in the Best of the Valley Awards offered by Desert Magazine for 2 straight years. As the name suggests, this parlor is all about massages – from deep tissue massages and aromatherapy to hot stone massages, shiatsu and pregnancy massages, All About Massage has it all. You can also find the spa offering Thai, Swedish, medical and sports massages as well as reiki, reflexology and acupressure.  The average sessions run for intervals of 30 minutes, 60 minutes and 90 minutes.

Spa Esmerelda

Spa Esmerelda is a luxury spa located in the Renaissance Esmerelda Resort  & Spa in Indian Wells. It greets its guests with glass corridors, marble floorings and the peaceful sounds of a stone fountain. Some of the most popular therapies at the spa include body wraps, slimming treatments, couple chocolate massages and detoxifying body wraps.

Agua Serena Spa

The Agua Serena Spa is often referred to as a 30000 sq. ft. floating paradise inside the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort. This unique spa offers its patrons with specialty treatment rooms, sauna, 18 private massages to choose from, Swiss showers, plunge pools, steam, state of the art locker rooms, a wide range of treatments that include traditional massages as well as progressive therapeutic services and outdoor gardens.

Marriott’s Desert Springs Resort & Spa

The Marriot’s Desert Springs Resort & Spa is considered to be the Godzilla when it comes to spas in Palm Spring. The resort is home to a 30000 sq. ft. spa that consists of a 54 station cardio gym, full service salon, world class aerobic walking classes, jogging paths, a whirlpool, a swimming pool and hot and cold plunge pools. The shrimp stuffed artichoke found at the Spa Bistro is a must have.

The Well Spa

The Well Spa is a household name in Palm Springs. It has been around for generations and has been treating its patrons for as long as the locals can remember. Today, this historic spa is located in the Miramonte Resort Watsu and is famous for its Vichy showers that are located on tables built from Acadia cedar dating back 100 years and wine baths. The Well Spa also offers a number of wellness classes such as hydro-yo-chi classes, fitness classes, yoga and tai-chi.

Vine Vera Palm Desert

If you find yourself desiring to look younger while being pampered at the same time, check out Vine Vera. Vine Vera Resveratrol Skincare offers products back with the anti-aging power of the cutting edge ingredient Resveratrol. Turn back aging by years with a complimentary facial at the luxury location on El Paseo Drive. It not only offers facials in a comfortable and sumptuous environment, but also boasts of a private VIP room to offer high end clientele privacy as well as extra plush full length loungers.

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Benefits of Chocolate

Dark chocolate bar and spoon with chocolate shavingsThose silky and mouth watering chocolates have always been famous for being delicious, now they’re known to be healthy too. Turns out that there are a number of reasons to indulge in yet another round of chocolates. And when you learn about the various befits of eating chocolate, who cares about an extra pound or two.

The Dark Chocolate Study

According to a group of German researchers who had studied dark chocolates to determine if it really contained substances that helped in protecting the skin, eating dark chocolates can allow you to increase 11% skin thickness, reduce 42% scaliness, increase 16% density, reduce 30% roughness, increase 13% moistness and reduce 25% UV induced reddening. This study was conducted on 24 women between the ages of 16 – 65. Talk about your smoother and silkier skin fantasies coming true by indulging in another one of your fantasies – chocolates.

The Cacao Bean

Chocolates are made from beans derived from the cacao fruit. Cacao beans are famous for their medicinal properties for centuries. These beans are considered to be extremely rich in antioxidants and can therefore help in protecting the skin from the free radicals present in the environment as well as the harmful UV rays of the sun. Given that 100gms of cacao beans contain 10000mg of flavanol antioxidants, they’re definitely the best sources of antioxidants for the human body.

The world is full of skin damaging problems such as chemicals, smoke, pollution and smoke. All of these issues give birth to free radicals that steal electrons from the stable molecules located close by, thereby transforming the formerly stable molecules into free radicals. They hurt the human body by leading to skin damage, loss of elasticity, wrinkles and cancer. Antioxidants are the best way of combating these free radicals because they donate one of their own electrons in order to neutralize the unhealthy chain. Moreover, even after donating their own electron, antioxidants remain stable and unaffected from the entire process. And what’s the one thing that gives you a lot of antioxidants? Yes, go grab a chocolate.Cacao pod, beans and powder

Benefits of Eating Chocolate

It’s not just about offering antioxidants. If it was just that, you’d still debate between gaining a pound and getting some antioxidants. But, chocolates are known to offer you with a world of goodness. Here are some of the main benefits of eating chocolates.

  1. Beautiful looking skin. Most people used to believe that eating chocolates could end up harming the skin. However, studies have proved that chocolate is actually extremely beneficial for the skin. As mentioned before, they are rich in antioxidants, thereby helping to make the skin smooth and firm. They also help in nourishing dry skin and contain flavanols that can protect your skin from the damage caused by the harmful UV rays of the sun.
  2. Good for the heart. Studies have shown that chocolates offer a number of cardiovascular benefits such as reducing the chances of having a stroke and lowering blood pressure. However, you need to ensure that you balance your chocolate intakes with proper exercise and workouts.
  3. Rejuvenate your hair. Chocolates are made from cacao, a pure form of cocoa. Cacao is considered to be excellent for the hair as it helps it to get back its shine and rebuild its structure. Cacao butter is already used as a common hot oil treatment to condition the hair.
  4. Reduce stress. A Choco bar is considered to be one of the best stress busters in the world. Scientists actually managed to prove that people eating chocolates had lower stress hormone levels. Since stress affects your skin and body in many negative ways eating chocolate can also lead to better health and looks.
  5. Become happy. Eating a chocolate can give you a world of happiness. No wonder, you always want  chocolate after a bad breakup or when something goes terribly wrong.
  6. Prevent signs of aging. Chocolates defend your skin against free radicals and therefore help to negate the damage caused. This allows the body to prevent and/ or delay common signs of aging such as discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles.
  7. Protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Studies have also shown that chocolates offer a natural form of sun protection that can reduce the redness caused by sun damage.

Scientific Proof

According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, participants who drank cocoa that consisted of 326mg of flavanos – the same amount that is found in a Hershey’s Dark Chocolate bar—for a period of 3 months managed to boast of having a stronger resistance to the harmful UV rays as well as better and stronger skin texture. Even though this study was considered to be preliminary, the findings have already been endorsed in other studies. The study also backs up studies that claimed similar results for chocolate consumption in the past.

Furthermore, the Chemistry Central Journal had also shown that chocolate is an excellent source of antioxidants as it contains a greater number of flavanols and polyphenols when compared to fruit juice. Researchers also determined that when consumed in moderation, chocolates are actually extremely healthy for the human body.

However, these findings do not imply that you can benefit from drinking cocoa. All you need is a few ounces of chocolate each day in order to boast of silkier, brighter and smoother looking skin.

Getting Benefits From Eating Chocolates

Before you rush off to the supermarket to stock up on chocolate bars, you need to understand that when milk and dairy products are mixed with cocoa, the antioxidant absorption is reduced. Therefore, you need to look for chocolates that offer you with a minimum of 50% cacao (commonly present in dark chocolates). Furthermore, you also need to make sure that you don’t consume more than 3 – 4 ounces in a given day. Many might prefer dark chocolates for its woody and intense flavor, but many people hate the taste of dark chocolates as well. And when it comes to deriving the benefits of eating chocolate, dark chocolates are your only option. So, if you’re one of those who don’t like dark chocolates, simply stick to your skin care products instead.

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All About Skin Pigmentation

Flawless skin has emerged as one of the most discussed subjects across generations. Irrespective of which era you belong to, flawless skin is something that has always ranked as one of the major topics of discussion. Despite the entire stigma surrounding perfect skin, it is actually quite easy to have beautiful looking skin. Things like pigmentation, freckles, uneven skin tones and dark spots are some of the most common problems that affect your skin. All you need to do is offer your skin with natural remedies to these problems and you should be able to boast of flawless skin over time. Yes, the process that is required to be followed everyday and the time taken might test your patience to its limits, but the results are well worth the effort.

 

Types of Skin Pigmentation

Exposing your body to the harmful UV rays of the sun means that your body begins to produce more melanin. A number of other environment related issues can also lead to an increase/ decrease of melanin production in your body. There are 2 main types of skin pigmentation that you deal with on a day to day basis –

  1. Hyperpigmentation – Hyperpigmentation, also known as Melasma, refers to the increased levels of melanin production makes brown spots appear on your skin.
  2. Hypopigmentation – Hypopigmentation, also known as Vitiligo, refers to the decreased levels of melanin that makes your skin lose its color in places. This leads to a person having patches of lighter skin.

Hand with vitiligo

Reasons Behind Skin Pigmentation

Skin pigmentation can usually be attributed to 5 major factors.

  • Medication. Certain types of medicines are known to lead to skin pigmentation as a major side effect of their use.
  • Injury. There are times when the wound causes a mild inflammation during its healing process. The inflamed area can become susceptible to pigmentation later on.
  • Heat. Exposing your skin to heat is considered to be one of the most common reasons behind pigmentation. Apart from exposure to the sun’s rays, over exposure to thermal radiation can also lead to hyper-pigmentation.
  • Emotional problems. If you’re under a lot of emotional stress, the production of melanin in your body can become affected.
  • Diseases. There are a number of diseases such as cyanosis and jaundice that lead to discoloration of the skin.

How to Rid your Skin from Pigmentation?

There are a number of ways by which you can reduce your skin pigmentation ranging from laser treatments to natural remedies. Methods employed by dermatologists or licensed professionals will usually provide the best results but DIY home treatments are an option as well.

Conventional MethodsWoman receiving laser treatment from a technician

  • Laser treatments. Lasers can target the areas with high concentrations of melanin and stimulate the body to eliminate the unsightly excessive pigment. The laser is designed to be absorbed by the cells containing large amounts of pigment while having no negative effects on normal skin. Two of the most popular options include IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and laser skin resurfacing.
  • Chemical Peels. Chemical peels use different ingredients to remove the upper most layer of skin and stimulate the growth of new cells below. There are many different types of chemical peels made with different ingredients, some popular ones include Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid and others.
  • Cosmetics. Many skin care products now offer formulas which assist with evening skin tone. Several ingredients have been found to be the most helpful including: Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, and Mandelic Acid.

Natural/ Home Remedy Methods

  • Rub a slice of potato on your skin. Rubbing a slice of potato on your skin allows you to get rid of blemishes, pigmentation and dark spots.
  • Apply a combination of lime and honey on your skin. Lemons are considered to be an excellent solution to all your skin care problems. They have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. When you combine them with organic honey, you can also make the most out of honey’s moisturizing properties. All you need to do is squeeze out some lemon juice, mix it with 1 tablespoon of honey and apply the mixture on your face once every day.
  • Apply a combination of lime and turmeric powder on your skin. Mix one tablespoon of turmeric powder with lemon juice and apply this to the problematic area of your skin. Leave it in place for about 15 minutes and then wash it with cold water. Make sure that you do this just before sleeping to get best results.
  • Use some red onions. You can use red onions to deal with blemishes, freckles, dark spots and pigmentation as well. Slice up a red onion and rub it on the affected area. You can also squeeze out the onion juice and apply the juice directly. Let it sit on your skin for 10 minutes before washing with cold water.
  • Use a cucumber mixture to beautify your skin. Cucumber juice works equally well with blemishes, pigmentation and freckles. All you need to do is take 1 tablespoon of cucumber juice and mix it with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply it evenly on the infected area and wash it off after 10 minutes.
  • Apply Aloe Vera on the infected area. Aloe Vera is extremely soothing and healing for your skin. It takes care of a number of skin problems and also treats your dark spots, blemishes and pigmented skin. All you need to do is apply some Aloe Vera gel 30 minutes before sleeping.
  • Use a combination of yogurt, tomatoes and oatmeal on your skin. Tomatoes and yogurt are a natural bleach and yogurt is also considered to have skin tightening properties. Oatmeal works as a natural exfoliator. When you mix the three together, you have one of the best remedies for treating skin pigmentation.
  • Vinegar. Vinegar is popular in skin care routines because of its astringent properties and the fact that it helps with skin lightening. All you need to do is mix some vinegar with water and wash your face with it on a regular basis.
  • Avocados. Avocado fruit is an excellent way of getting rid of pigmentation. All you need to do is mash the fruit and apply the paste on the problematic areas. Leave the paste for 15 minutes before washing it off. Remember, avocados can lead to allergic reactions among certain people. Don’t forget to test out the product on a small area of your skin before applying it all over.
  • Use a mixture of bananas and guavas. Banana acts as a natural exfoliator and guava consists of lycopene. When mixed together, they transform into one of the best skin lightening products available. All you need to do is mash the guava and the banana together and apply the paste on the areas of your skin that need to be cared for. Leave the paste on for about 15 minutes before washing it off with cold water.

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