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Today, everyone is becoming increasingly aware of their health and beauty. After all, it is the first point of visual contact when communicating and interacting with others. You wouldn't believe the number and variety of health and beauty products out there for various concerns, skin types, skin tones and occasions. Stepping into stores like Sephora, Guardian and Watsons can be a very relieving process because everything you might need can usually be found in these stores. But at what cost? Health and beauty products can be very expensive (I should know, I'm a university student...) and furthermore, if you're lazy (like me) you might not even feel like researching and buying new products. "The best things are invented by lazy people for lazy people" This is a quote by yours truly, and I personally think it makes a great deal of sense. Hence, this article goes out to the lazy people who need health and beauty life hacks from the comfort of your home. From a lazy person to lazy people, this is my gift to you.


Health Life Hacks



1. Start your mornings right with a glass of lemon water!

There are so many benefits to drinking lemon water. It makes you feel like a fancy country club person that likes finger sandwiches and bubbly water. (Adding lemon into your the water makes it fancy) It looks much cooler than regular water. And on to the serious benefits, lemon water flushes the toxins from your system, alkalises your body and keeps your digestive system working as it should. Furthermore, it is anti-fungal and boosts your immune system, especially perfect in the mornings to give you that extra boost of energy and all natural health boost to conquer your day.



2. Feeling sore after an intense workout? Try munching on some ginger.

If you feel sore the next day after you've worked out, you know you definitely did something right. Feeling sore is normal after you've had an intense work out session but sometimes it can be a tad overwhelming and using certain muscles may hurt. (For example, I can barely climb stairs after leg day at my gym.) If this is a problem for you, try including ginger in your meals. You can add ginger into stir-frys, teas and even juices! Researchers at the University of Georgia found that consuming 2g of raw or heat-treated ginger per day can reduce post-workout muscle soreness by 25%. The reason this is so is because ginger has anti-inflammatory compounds and oils that exhibit painkilling properties. It couldn't hurt to give it a shot! (Pun intended)



3. Having trouble sleeping? Eat some kiwi.

I am sure everyone of you knows that kiwis are fruits (and birds but I'm talking about the fruit) and hopefully most, if not all of you, have eaten a kiwi at least once in your life. They are commonly found in all local supermarkets and they are loaded with Vitamin C. Kiwi has potent antioxidant properties, which help boost immune system functions and enhance cell protection and repair in our bodies. Researchers at Taiwan’s Taipei Medical University found that eating kiwi on a daily basis was linked to substantial improvements to both sleep quality and sleep quantity. People could sleep more, sleep faster and sleep soundly. Poor sleep is linked to low antioxidant levels in the body and kiwi has a high amount of antioxidants, its consumption thus replenishes what the body needs and provides us with better sleep.

Beauty Life Hacks

1. Use baby powder for greasy hair

In Singapore, or Asia for that matter, it can get pretty hot and humid and that leads to sweat and greasy oily hair. (It is virtually impossible for me to not wash my hair everyday because I feel utterly gross and dirty if I do not) I'm sure many of you face the same problems as well. If there are days that your hair is greasy and all kinds of nasty but for some reason you don't have a chance to wash it, use baby powder! Sprinkle some on your roots (and the bangs/fringe if you have them), and the powder will soak up the excess oil that makes your hair look greasy. You can do this at night so you can wake up with deceptively fresh looking hair.



2. Fresh out of plasters for your blisters? Use antiperspirant.

With new shoes, come new responsibilities. It takes a bit of time to break into your shoes (especially high heel shoes) and more often than not, you'll end up with some little devil kisses from your shoes a.k.a. blisters. These monsters are usually so small but they can be terribly annoying and painful at times. I have to fight the urge to remove my shoes and walk barefoot. To prevent this from happening in the future, dab some antiperspirant on the bits of your feet that rub against your shoes. The antiperspirant not only reduces friction, it also keeps the area dry. (say bye bye to sweaty feet)



3. Make your own DIY Lip Scrub

The lip scrubs sold in stores can be very expensive and essentially, if you can make the same thing at home which also serves the exact same purpose at a much lower cost, why not! Did I mention your DIY lip scrub will be edible? Just take 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of organic honey and mix well in a bowl until you achieved the desired consistency. So you might be wondering, why these ingredients?

The brown sugar acts as an exfoliator to slough off the damaged top layer of skin, exposing a new softer lip that allows for better penetration of hydrating products and makes your favorite lipsticks go on smoother and last longer.

Let's admit it, we all have that one friend in our lives that could have walked straight out of a L'Oreal advertisement. With long silky locks that move in slow-motion every time she flicks her hair, we can only watch in envy (and slight jealousy) as we admit to ourselves that we can never be her.

In the age of blow-drying, extreme bleaching and crazy dye jobs, being that girl requires a whole lot more effort that many of us do not have the time (or commitment) for. Before you despair over your frizzy hair, consider the following few steps that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine that may help to revive your hair. Regard these rules as the 'holy grail' to getting luscious locks, and you're on your way!


Wash your hair 2-3 times a week, maximum

The perennial question bugging experts: how often should we wash our hair? After much debate, the optimal number of times is determined to be 2-3 times a week. On days when you are not shampooing your hair, tuck your tresses into a shower cap as water can cause your hair to be frizzy and prone to breakage. Opt for dry shampoo to keep your scalp fresh and oil-free.

Washing your hair too often strips your hair of its natural oils which are produced to to condition and protect your locks, experts say. This can result in your hair over-producing oils, which can create a vicious cycle of oil-production and shampooing.

Thus, for optimal hair condition, shampoo your hair 2-3 times a week. This, however, definitely depends on how often you exercise and your hair type - so vary accordingly!

Be smart about your shampoo

Opt for sulfate-free shampoo for shiny and luscious hair. Sulfates can dry out your hair and strip it of essential oils, causing your hair to be dry and damage-prone. It can also remove shine from coloured hair, causing it to look dull. Thus, opt for a mild sulfate-free shampoo that will rejuvenate your scalp. Be sure to shampoo only your scalp and not the ends of your hair!


Avoid hot showers

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While hot water might be a great way to relax at the end of a long day, it is a big 'NO' for your hair. Blasting hot water at your tresses will damage it the same way heat styling treatments do - it dries out our hair and creates tangles that can result in breakage.

This rule applies especially when conditioning: rinse conditioner off with cold water to allow moisture from the conditioner to be better absorbed by your ends. Also, towel-dry your hair before conditioning, for excess water prevents the conditioner from being absorbed by your hair.


Brush/comb your hair the right way


Part of achieving healthy hair is brushing your locks regularly - but make sure not to tear through them. When your hair is wet, make sure to use a wide-toothed comb (NOT a brush!), working from the ends of your hair up, as it is more vulnerable to damage and breakage. Use a brush only when your hair is dry to work through tangles.


Save your old T-shirts


Instead of wrapping your wet hair up with your towel, use an old T-shirt instead. Cotton T-shirts are more gentle on your hair cuticles, so you don't have to work doubly hard to untangle your hair afterwards.


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