Parents' Smoking Raise Future Heart Risks for Kids

By Amy Norton

MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When parents smoke, their kids may face a higher risk of a common heart rhythm problem decades later, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that adults who grew up with smokers were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, versus those with nonsmoking parents.

Atrial fibrillation (or "a-fib") is a heart arrhythmia in which the atria -- the heart's upper chambers -- periodically quiver instead of contracting normally.

A-fib episodes are not immediately life-threatening, but over time they can lead to a stroke or heart failure.

"It's pretty well-established now that smoking is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation," said Dr. Gregory Marcus, the senior researcher on the new study.

Much less is known about whether secondhand smoke can raise the risk. But in an earlier study, Marcus and his team found hints that childhood exposure to secondhand smoke might contribute to a-fib.

The new study bolsters that evidence. It was published online Sept. 23 in the .

The researchers used data from two large health studies that followed families over two generations. That, Marcus said, gave them reliable information about parents' smoking habits -- and their adult children's exposure to secondhand smoke when they were growing up.

Of more than 2,800 adult offspring, about 14% were diagnosed with a-fib over 40 years. That risk, the study found, rose in tandem with their childhood exposure to parents' smoking.

For every pack of cigarettes parents smoked per day, their children's risk of eventually developing a-fib rose by 18%, the investigators found.

Of course, parents who smoke may also have kids who smoke, Marcus noted. And that was often true in this study. Those smokers, in turn, had a 32% higher risk of a-fib than nonsmokers.

Still, that appeared to explain only part of the link between parents' smoking and their kids' a-fib risk.

"That suggests there may be something about secondhand smoke exposure, itself, that contributes to atrial fibrillation," said Marcus, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Top 10 Natural Hair Treatments To Try This Monsoon

It’s never simple to look and mean business during extreme rainy weather cases. While the monsoons majorly dampen daily activities, it does also ruin our overall look. And the rains aren’t forgiving towards our hair either. While daily work doesn’t hinge on how fabulous your hair is, still the damage done can blow us off. Certain problems like hair loss, dandruff, oily scalp, and frizz crop up during the season. And we certainly don’t want them. Keeping these setbacks in mind, here are 10 hair treatments to try this monsoon season.

Monsoon Hair Care Remedies For You:

Piping hot coffee, smell of wet earth, roasted corn….sounds like monsoon! But soaked hair? You don’t want that, do you? For this reason you should try these natural remedies for best hair treatments:

1. Amla, Reetha, And Shikakai Mask To Control Hairfall:

Wet hair is highly susceptible to damage. So keep your hair extra protected from the rains! When hair is damp it tends to swell and hence it becomes easier for breakage. To prevent this, try a natural remedy for hair treatments using amla, shikakai, and reeka hair mask twice a week.

Soak these three ingredients in hot water overnight. Next morning, grind the ingredients into a smooth paste. Add water for consistency. Apply this paste onto scalp and hair. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with water. This makes for a great substitute of shampoo.


2. Honey And Milk Mask For Scalp Nourishment:

Honey is a natural antioxidant that adds nourishment to hair and scalp and stimulates growth. While milk smoothens dry hair and leave a natural shine. Using a hair pack using both these ingredients during the rainy season makes for a great choice.

Mix equal parts of honey and milk and apply along hair length and scalp. Gently massage giving extra attention to scalp and hair ends. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse off using a mild shampoo. Applying this pack can deeply nourish the scalp and cleanse off dirt, which is a major concern during the season.


3. Fenugreek Seeds Pack For Adding Hair Volume:

Fenugreek seeds are a miracle ingredient for treating hair loss and boosting hair growth. It contains compounds that boost hair re-growth to a great extend. Using a methi hair pack during the monsoons can be extremely beneficial.

Here is how you can use it. Soak some methi seeds overnight in a bowl of water. Next day, grind the seeds into a fine paste. Add water to add consistency. Apply this paste onto your scalp and hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse off.

4. Olive Oil And Yogurt Mask To Maintain Shine:

During monsoons hair tends to lose its shine and turn dull. Using an ingredient like olive oil can help in retaining the moisture back into scalp. For best use, mix required amount of olive oil to two tsp of yogurt. Massage the mixture well onto scalp and hair. Allow it to stay for few minutes and rinse off.


5. Egg Whites And Olive Oil Pack To Treat Frizz:

Egg whites are effective in treating dry and frizzy hair with its presence of rich vitamins and nutrients. It adds volume to hair naturally and adds shine. Using an egg white hair pack is great during monsoons as it prevents most of the hair problems. For best use, beat two eggs and separate the egg whites. Whisk well until you get a thick consistency. Apply the mixture on your hair. Leave it for few minutes and rinse off using a mild shampoo.

Alternatively, you can also add few drops of lemon juice to the egg whites to better nourish and protect hair against humidity during monsoons.

6. Amla, Lemon, And Coconut Oil Pack For Smoothing Dry Hair:

Amla is packed with nutrients that help to strengthen hair roots, soften dry hair, and prevent premature graying. This is the reason why using an amla hair pack during monsoons makes sense. Blend the fruit to extract out its juice. Mix equal parts of coconut oil and lemon juice. Use this mixture to massage scalp and hair. Leave it for half an hour and rinse off using a shampoo.


7. Vinegar Treatment For Itchy Scalp:

An itchy scalp is a common problem during the monsoons. Vinegar is a great solution for treating the same. Add one tsp of vinegar to a cup of water. Use this as a final rinse after shampooing. Leave it for five minutes and rinse off.

8. Yogurt For Deep Conditioning:

During monsoons you hair is prone to dryness, hair fall, and oily scalp. To treat all these problems, try yogurt. This acts as a deep conditioning hair treatments for treating dandruff, balance sebum production, and removing dirt. For best use, massage yogurt on your scalp once a week and rinse off with cold water.

If you have an oily scalp, then mix the yogurt with a squeeze of lemon for best results.

9. Baking Soda For Flake-Free Scalp:

Dandruff tends to increase during monsoon season. To tackle the problem, make use of an effective anti-dandruff shampoo along with other ingredients straight from your pantry. Baking soda for instance is an effective remedy for eliminating flaky scalp. First wet your hair and rub a handful of the ingredient into your scalp. Avoid using shampoo and directly rinse off. You may experience dryness in the first few washes, but your scalp will begin to produce natural oils after that. This process can leave your hair dandruff free and smoother.

10. Lemon Juice And Aloe Vera Mixture To Control Sebum Production:

During monsoons our hair tends to get oily because of the high humidity. To balance off sebum production at home, mix two tsp aloe vera gel and one tsp lemon juice to a cup of water. Mix well. Use this mixture as a last rinse after shampooing. Leave it on for 5 minutes and wash off as normal. Repeat once a week. This solution acts as an astringent for hair to balance sebum production and to make hair silkier.

Other Tips To Follow for Hair Care during Monsoon:

Here are few other tips that you shouldn’t skip during monsoons:

  • The monsoon season tends to get windy and humid. Both these factors majorly contribute towards tangled hair. We would suggest using two types of combs-wide tooth option for de-tangling hair and a teasing comb for adding volume to hair.
  • Oiling is a must during the rainy season but you shouldn’t overdo it as it damages the hair. If you oil your hair too often, you may end up over-shampooing your hair for removing the oil. This does more damage. Instead massage a little amount of oil onto scalp and massage off using a mild shampoo.
  • We recommend using a shampoo and conditioner suitable for weak, brittle hair. This can help in strengthening the surface layer.
  • Always use lukewarm water to wash off hair.
  • And last but not the least, eat right. Increase your intake of veggies and fruits like eggs, fenugreek, spinach, yogurt, paneer, and kale.
  • These are some of our tips to maintain damage control during monsoons. Identify your hair problems and treat them early with these natural hair treatments.

    Can Skin Care Go Bad? How To Avoid Ruining Your Skin Care Products

    We know it’s hard to say goodbye, but tossing your products when they’re past their prime is part of a healthy skin care routine. Just as you nourish your body with fruits and veggies at their peak freshness, the same goes for your skin care. Follow this guide for tips to keep your products fresh for longer and know when it’s time to toss them.

    Can Skin Care Products Go Bad?

    Sadly, your skin care products won’t stay fresh forever. Over time, exposure to air, light, moisture and bacteria breaks down products and causes them to degrade. While this won’t do serious harm to your skin, it doesn’t do it any favors. 

    When a product is past its prime:

  • Bacteria and mold grow
  • Active ingredients lose their potency
  • Oils become rancid
  • Ingredients like retinol and Vitamin C oxidize
  • In some cases, expired products can cause skin irritation and breakouts. In most, it simply means the active ingredients that were tackling your skin concerns won’t be as effective. For your skin care routine to work its magic, it’s important to keep your products fresh.

    How To Keep Skin Care Products Fresh

    Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks you can follow to keep your skin care products fresh for longer.

    Use Clean Hands

    Rule number one: Always use clean hands before handling your skin care products. Fingers carry plenty of dirt and grime, and the last thing you want is to transfer unwanted bacteria to your complexion. Eminence Organics makes this easy by including an easy-to-use spatula with many products. This handy item not only keeps your skin care clean but also scoops just the right amount of product for a perfect application. 

    Avoid Exposure To Water

    Certain products should be kept away from your steamy shower. Anything with a powder base - like our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant and Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant - should be kept dry. When water mixes with a dry product, it can create a favorable environment for bacteria and mold - two things you want to keep far away from your skin care.

    Store Skin Care Products In A Dry, Dark Place

    The best place to store your products is in a dry, dark place. Direct sunlight and heat can accelerate the aging of a product and break down its active ingredients. Countertops and vanities that are away from a window are passable, but it’s usually best to store your skin care products in a cabinet or drawer where the sun’s rays can’t reach them.

    Ensure Your Products Are Properly Sealed

    Depending on the product, your skin care can dry out and harden when left open. Just think about what happens when you forget to put the top back on your toothpaste: Its smooth texture can develop a crust as soon as fresh air hits it. As a general rule, you should properly seal your products in order to maintain their consistency and protect them from air, water and unwanted germs. 

    Keep Products At A Consistent Temperature

    A surefire way to ruin your products is to flip flop between temperatures. One of the best things you can do to help them keep is avoid extremes - whether hot or cold. Maintaining a consistent temperature will help preserve the active ingredients in your products and keep them fresh for longer.

    That said, there’s no harm in storing a few of your favorites in the fridge. Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Alicia Hawthorne tells us: “Using a chilled eye cream can help with puffiness and encourage circulation.” Just remember that consistency is key - if you choose to keep your skin care products in the fridge, allow some buffer time before toting them on a tropical vacation.

    Avoid Stockpiling Your Skin Care Products

    While we love a good #shelfie, be sure you aren’t stockpiling old skin care products. It can be easy to hang onto products for too long, especially if they aren’t in regular rotation. More isn’t necessarily better and if you’re using a product just a few times a year, odds are it’s time to toss it. As for the products you apply regularly, it’s likely you’ll use them up before they have a chance to expire!

    When To Toss Your Skin Care Products

    Even natural and organic skin care products eventually lose their freshness. While products that are past their prime won’t necessarily harm your skin, they also won’t be doing it any favors. In general, Eminence Organics products are the most fresh in the first 12 to 15 months after the time of purchase. 

    Signs A Product Has Expired 

    Unsure your product has started to expire? Here are a few signs your skin care has gone off:

  • It has started to separate
  • It has a funky odor
  • Its texture has changed (it becomes lumpy, runny, etc.)
  • With natural and organic ingredients, it is common for there to be color, scent and texture variance from batch to batch. If you aren’t sure about the state of your skin care product, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help guide you!

    For more advice on how to keep your skin care fresh, chat with a licensed esthetician at an Eminence Organics partner spa near you!

    Gender Reassignment Surgery Benefits Mental Health

    MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Transgender men and women who undergo gender reassignment surgery are much less likely to need mental health services later, new research suggests.

    The researchers, Richard Branstrom and John Pachankis of the Yale School of Public Health, said the finding "lends support to the decision to provide gender-affirming surgeries to transgender individuals who seek them."

    The conclusion is based on the tracking of more than 2,500 Swedish patients who were diagnosed with gender identity disorder at some point between 2005 and 2015.

    In that timeframe, just over 70% of the patients were offered hormone treatment, while almost half (48%) underwent gender-affirming surgical treatment. Almost all of the surgical patients (97%) also underwent hormone treatment. Less than one-third opted for neither treatment.

    The investigators found that those who underwent surgery were 8 percent less likely to reach out for mental health care services in the first year after surgery. Those services included mood and anxiety disorder treatment, antidepressant and anti-anxiety prescriptions, and/or hospitalization following a suicide attempt.

    The declining trend among post-op patients continued unabated for a decade, dipping an additional 8 percent each year, the findings showed. No similar benefit was linked to undergoing hormone treatment alone, however.

    The findings are important given the greater overall need for mental health services in this group, compared to the general population, the researchers stressed in a news release from the American Psychiatric Association.

    For example, these patients are roughly six times more likely to seek care for a mood or anxiety disorder. They are also more than three times as likely to seek prescriptions for antidepressants and/or anti-anxiety medication.

    However, gender reassignment surgery did not serve as a cure-all. In fact, the study authors warned that even after surgery, transgender patients remained more in need of mental health services than their general population peers.

    The findings were published online Oct. 4 in the .

    -- Alan Mozes

    Natural Organic Face Masks For Glowing Skin | Botani

    A natural, vegan face mask can unleash your gorgeous inner glow at home. There’s no need for expensive spa treatments when you have access to gorgeous products designed for home use. We hear from so many lovely ladies who aren’t quite sure how to use a mask so we’ve covered it all in our latest piece. From how to use one, to what it does, how you can apply it and importantly, when you should exfoliate – pre or post mask? 

    Choosing a face mask can be daunting, there’s so many on the market. For us, you can’t go past natural, nourishing, plant-based skincare. Harsh chemicals such as silicone, parabens and fragrance are toxic to your health and skin. Instead, opt for natural, vegan, organic ingredients which will work with your skin, not against it.

    Our Radiant Rose Mask is a relaxing, pampering salon treatment in a jar! It is made of nourishing botanicals which combine to give you a rose geranium scented vegan face mask. It works to revive dry, lifeless skin and reveal a soft and luminous complexion. Using this gorgeous mask a few times a week has been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pore size and strengthen your skin from the inside out.

    What Does A Rose Face Mask Do?

    The naturally derived ingredients in our Radiant Rose Mask have been formulated specifically to promote healing and skin renewal. Betaine, Crambe Abyssinica and Olive Oil locks in moisture and strengthens the skin’s barrier. We use concentrated rose geranium oil which is one of nature’s super ingredients.

    Our Radiant Rose Face Mask is:

  • Antibacterial: the natural ingredients found in rose essential oils can help treat acne-prone skin. 
  • Anti-inflammatory: Rose oil can help treat rosacea, calm redness and soothe swelling in the skin. 
  • Hydrating: The combination of Shea Butter, Rose Oil and Olive Leaf Extract make this formula a powerful hydrating agent. 
  • Toning: Rose Oil helps to minimise pores and smooth the skin’s complexion, naturally. 
  • Relaxing: The beautiful aroma of rose oil calms the mind and helps centre your busy mind. While this isn’t a direct treatment for your skin, relieving stress is. Beauty starts from the inside out after all.
  • Our Radiant Rose Mask will:

  • Calm your skin
  • Cleanse your pores 
  • Improve skin tone 
  • Hydrate your skin 
  • Brighten dull skin 
  • Remove excess dirt and oil 
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines 
  • Improve skin appearance 
  • Treat acne
  • Our natural face mask is a gorgeous product and we’re truly proud of the benefits it offers our beautiful customers.

    How Often Should You Put A Fresh Face Mask On?

    The beauty of our Radiant Rose Mask is in its formulation. The natural ingredients don’t strip your skin of its natural oils (sebum) meaning you can use this product more frequently than you would say a heavy clay mask.

    The delicate nature of rose geranium will replenish your skin rather than fight against it. For this reason, we suggest using our natural face mask 3 times a week or as desired. Any more than 3 times weekly will minimise the effectiveness and irritate your pores. 

    “The Radiant Rose Mask is my favourite product from Botani. I leave the mask on overnight 3 nights a week and the other nights I use the olive serum. In the morning my skin is soft and glowing. The fragrance is delightful. Thank you Botani for making such beautiful products.” – Helen63 – 26/02/2019

    Do You Exfoliate Before Or After A Mask?

    Exfoliation is a crucial step that should never be skipped. Exfoliating your skin works to remove excess oil, increase blood flow and circulation and it improves the absorption of skincare. Think of it this way, older skin blocks pores and makes it difficult for skincare products to penetrate your pores. Exfoliating leaves you with clean, new skin ready to be treated effectively.

    You may also like: Here’s Why You Need To Exfoliate

    How Do You Use A Fresh Face Mask?

    Firstly, you should analyse your skin type to ensure you’ve chosen the right product. We love the Radiant Rose Mask because it suits the majority of skin complications. It works to treat normal to combination skin, revive dry and mature skin and control oily skin. Our versatile rose mask is a must-have in your beauty kit.

    Before applying the mask, we suggest cleansing your skin to remove any make-up and grime.

    When choosing a cleanser, ensure it’s tailored to your unique needs. If you have normal, oily or acne-prone skin, our Purify Facial Cleanser is sulphate-free, pH balanced and poised to remove any impurities in your skin without stripping away your natural oils.

    For dry, mature or ultra sensitive skin, you can’t go past our Olive Soothing Cream Cleanser. This nourishing, creamy formula has been designed to calm irritated skin without compromising hydration. The olive element activates while cleansing to leave the skin feeling soft and supple.

    Once you’ve cleansed, prepare your skin for our natural face mask. Exfoliate to ensure all old skin cells and grime are removed. Follow up with our Soothing Facial Mist which acts as a toner and provides instant hydration to tired dull skin. By applying this first, you are opening your pores and preparing them for treatment. The rosewater and chamomile ingredients smell delicious but also work as a calming agent for your skin.

    Now you’ve prepared your skin thoroughly, it’s time to apply your mask. You can use clean fingertips, a paintbrush or an unused cotton cloth if you desire. Apply a thin layer evenly, ensuring you’ve reached under the chin. Avoid the eye area.

    Next, relax while the organic ingredients work their magic. Brew a lovely herbal tea, listen to some calming music and take a moment for yourself. Remove after 10 to 15 minutes using a warm washcloth or new cotton pad.

    To complete your treatment, finish off with a gorgeous face serum which will hydrate and treat your skin from the inside out. Our Olive Skin Serum contains olive squalene which is an essential hydrating liquid designed to mirror your skin’s natural oils. Our Acai Berry Active Antioxidant Serum will speed up your skin’s natural repair systems by promoting cellular regeneration, leading to brighter, more even-toned skin.

    The Radiant Rose Mask is part of our rejuvenate range which is protective, hydrating and restorative. Boosted with antioxidants, cell-renewing and ultra-hydrating botanicals, this range prevents and treats signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and dehydration.

    Botani Skincare is formulated using premium active botanicals, food grade and superfood ingredients to deliver real skin results. We say no to artificial colours, animal testing and animal derived ingredients, synthetic fragrances and toxic chemicals. Utilising a clever blend of healing, anti-inflammatory botanicals, our products soothe and nourish the skin.

    Read more about Rose Essential Oil Benefits:

    Why Replacing High Starch and High Carb Food Items Is Important To Lose Weight

    Today, we have decided to discuss a topic that we are confident will find agreeable resonance amongst most of us, thereby bearing testimony to the fact that it is of ubiquitous pertinence. All of us, irrespective of our shapes and weight, at one point or another, have experimented with new dieting techniques, trying to figure out which could be the one that would enable us to achieve that super hour-glass figure. The most notorious words that you often hear in diet programs are – “carbs” and “starch.” Health experts and dieticians have suggested to avoid carbs and starch like plague if you want to lose weight, but why are carbs and starch considered road blocks in the weight loss journey, let’s find out why replacing high starch and high carb food items is important to lose weight.

    What are Carbohydrates?
    Let us set tone to the piece by shooting off a discussion on what are carbs in the first place. Carbs or carbohydrates have been medically defined as one of the three macronutrients – the other two categories being fat and protein. Since no naturally-occurring food item can contain just one macronutrient, it is understandable that carbs are one of the most abundant and naturally found substances in the world of human edible food items. It is thereby classified as an important nutrient that is essential to the proper growth, development and sustenance of the human body. However, multiple recent studies have conclusively established that consumption of excess amounts of carbs can cause serious health issues and as such it is of major concern, especially given the vital nature of the macronutrient in our daily food items.
    Now, let us try to understand as exactly how consumption of excess amounts of carbs is detrimental to our overall health and how it adversely affects our earnest efforts to lose weight.

    But even before we venture on or attempt to enlist the varied means by which carbohydrates actively contribute to weight gain/make it difficult for us to lose those pesky pounds – we must explicitly mention that by carbohydrates we mean sugars, starchy food and fibres as well. All three of the latter are medically categorised as types of carbohydrates and health experts, professional dieticians and certified physicians the world over agree on this classification.

    How Carbs Contribute to Weight Gain?
    Carbs in excess directly contribute to weight gain. It is quite difficult to lose weight especially if you are one of those people whose bodies’ are in the habit of retaining body weight. There is not much to do for people who have a somewhat genetic/ hereditary tendency to gain body weight- all they can do is exercise harder, stick to a healthy diet, follow a strict workout regime and cut back on excess carbs as far as possible. And many popular dieting varieties such as “keto” and “Whole 30” have vilified carbs as the root of all obesity related health problems – and there are plenty of those to lose our sleep over. However, it is a tricky situation indeed. One cannot cut down all carbs altogether from our diet as some diets would have you do it- for that might wreck a greater havoc on your health. One can forget about losing weight, the situation may turn bad for you because lack of such a macronutrient can adversely affect your health.

    Carbs biochemically are designed such that they lower your metabolism and consequently put those tyres around your tummy. So, it is understandable to feel the urge to cut carbs out of one’s diet altogether, but you must be careful that carbs are nevertheless our primary source of energy. While the idea of cutting out sugar from our daily diet is quite feasible, it would be difficult to imagine a diet that can entirely replace the calorific importance of carbohydrates. And while it is a well-known fact that the human body can draw energy from proteins and fat, it shall never be a feasible alternative to carbohydrates in light of long-term health benefits.

    Carbs are chemically predisposed to affect your digestion such that you end up storing a lot of fat in the body that in turn goes on to add those extra pounds to your body. Many alternative diets stress the importance of fiber in the human body and consistently reiterate that a high-fibre diet would prove highly beneficial, especially to those who are fighting obesity and excess body weight. Fibres are essential to our body’s overall growth and good health; however, we will be hard pressed to find a source of fibre that is without carbs. That’s right, carbohydrates, by their very ubiquitous nature have more or less solidified its position in the realm of human consumables. Essentially, fibres are also classified under carbohydrates along with sugar and starch, and as a result finding a carb-free fibre source would be chemically impossible.

    In other words, medically approved and scientifically endorsed methods need to be incorporated into our diet so that we may judiciously cut back on our carb intake, thereby ensuring that we do not get obese on account of excess amounts of carbohydrates.

    In conclusion, it is best to underline the principal contention that was just discussed – carbohydrates are not the cause of weight gain – they are just one of the causes of weight gain.

    The next big culprit in our list is starch, or more specifically, starchy food- a type of carbohydrate. Starchy foods are notoriously fattening and it has been alleged that they are responsible for the ill health and obesity of more than 50% of our native population. And with excess quantities of starchy food in our system, evidently our digestion and metabolism goes for a toss, consequently contributing to weight gain and obesity.

    And the issue surrounding the intake of starchy food shall follow along the footsteps of all that has been stated till now. Sugar is one of the most popular forms of starchy food items amidst human edibles and as has been mentioned earlier, it is a subtype of carbohydrates. Excess sugar in the human system leads to the medical condition labelled as high blood glucose level or hyperglycemia, which can cause irreversible damage to your liver and kidneys and can irreparably affect your cardiac system causing amongst other cardiac conditions, viz hypertension or high blood pressure.

    From all that has been discussed so far, one thing must have become totally clear by now, which is to simply put the obvious in categorical perspective; unbalanced diets are the root cause of all health problems. It is indeed wise to cut back on all types of carbs and starchy food. It would be doubly unwise and certainly counterproductive if one were to injudiciously cut back on essential carbs and fibres sans which normal and healthy lifestyle is impossible. Under the circumstances, it might do more harm than good. In the quest to lose weight, we might end up upsetting our entire physiology and body system.

    So dear readers, we hope that you found this article both instructive and useful. We hope that you shall attempt to follow what little we have tried to upheld and briefly present here. And we would like to conclude with the very important disclaimer that before you decide to embark on any diet in the future, you shall take the proper care and consult a professional dietician or medical practitioner to build a diet chart that would suit your physiology and assist you in gaining that desired figure.

    Popular Starch and Carb Foods To Avoid on Weight Loss Diet:

    • Bread.
    • Corn starch
    • Refined flour.
    • Potatoes.
    • Pastas.
    • Cakes.
    • Pastries.
    • Muffins.
    • Green peas.
    • French fries.
    • Sugar.
    • Maple syrup.
    • Beer.
    • Flavoured yogurt.
    • Alcohol.

    Do share your thoughts in the comments section below. Stay healthy and pretty.

    Evvverything I Do In My Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

    Taking care of your skin at night is SO important– it’s the time when your skin heals and repairs itself so it’s essential that you nourish and hydrate to help it recover. I’m always switching up the products I use – it’s literally my job to test skincare – so I wanted to share my updated routine with you guys.

    Step 1: You have to double cleanse every night, it’s literally the most important thing you can do. If you don’t double cleanse, you’re not going to get deep into your pores or remove all of your makeup or the grime that’s built up during the day.

    I always start with a balm or oil makeup remover, which melts away makeup and SPF. I’m using our super gentle but very powerful Huda Beauty Makeup Remover Balm, $15. After that’s washed off, I use a water-based makeup remover, like a foaming or gel face wash, to cleanse deep into the pores. The first step essentially removes makeup, whereas the second cleanse is able to actually penetrate the pores and work its magic. Right now, I love this slightly exfoliating wash from Tatcha, The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser, $38. It’s super invigorating and helps to purify and detox pores with amino acids and exfoliating fruit extract, while Japanese wild rose helps tighten pores and smooth skin texture.

    I sometimes like to use cleansing brushes or devices like the Foreo with my last cleansing step, and I also love to use a muslin cloth in my routine to remove cleansing oils or masks.

    Step 2: Once I’ve double cleansed, I always use toner. This helps get rid of any last traces of makeup that might have been missed around the hairline and also help balance and prep the skin for the next skincare steps. I’ve been a longtime fan of the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2, $17, which has witch hazel and hydrating sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid). It’s strong stuff and I feel like it really helps keep my skin clear – I’ve been using it for years!

    Step 3: The next thing I use is the 111SKIN Antioxidant Energising Essence, $100, which has this really silky formula that melts into skin. I honestly feel like essences are such a skincare game changer and this is one of my fave formulas. Find out more about using essences in your routine here.

    Step 4: To ensure my skin is hydrated to the max, I use a hyaluronic acid serum to penetrate deeply and plump the skin. Right now, I’m obsessed with the Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum, $300, which plumps up my skin and the texture feels amazing. However, it is a huge splurge, and I’m also a big fan of the Dr. Jart+ Peptidin Firming Serum With Energy Peptides, that has a major plumping effect as well. The Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100, $15, is also a great affordable option and I really like the texture and hydration this gives.

    Step 5: To lock in all that goodness, I apply a moisturizer. I also like to do a little lymphatic drainage (when I have time) with either a Gua Sha or an eye massage tool, which helps remove toxins via the lymphatic system while it also helps with product penetration. Read more about using a Gua Sha for lymphatic drainage here.

    Step 6: Finally, I use a face oil to nourish, soften and feed my skin. I’m a big fan of the Ren Skincare Rose O12 Moisture Defence Oil, $80, but check out these amazing facial oils to find one that’s perfect for your skin type here.

    Extra steps:

    Light therapy: Depending on what’s going on with my skin, I like to use light therapy to target different things. Blue and purple light are great for getting rid of breakouts and preventing them as the light kills bacteria, while red light helps to give my skin a major glow as it boosts collagen and promotes healing.

    Lash and brow oil: I have super sparse lashes but if there’s one thing that helps them grow thicker than ever, it’s the Tropic Isle Living Red Pimento Hair Growth Oil, $11, which also has Jamaican Black Castor oil. I apply it to my brows and on my lashes and lash bed so that it nourishes the lashes to make them strong, but also gets to the skin where it can penetrate and boost lash growth.

    Check out a slightly different variation on my nighttime routine below – of course, double cleansing and my Clinique toner are there too!

    What does your nighttime skincare routine look like? Let me know what you do in the comments below!

    Ponds Juliet Rose Moisturising Lotion

    Fillers: Everything You Need to Know Before Getting Injected

    We wouldn’t be surprised if you knew someone who openly talked about getting filler. And we wouldn’t be surprised if you knew and interacted with people who had filler without even realizing they’d “had work done.” In 2017 alone, there were 2.69 million soft tissue filler procedures, which is a 3% jump from 2016. And here’s the thing: the filler forecast only calls for more. Medispas are a $4 billion dollar industry, and they’re expected to grow 8% annually.

    Despite filler’s popularity, there’s still some confusion surrounding it. Like, what are fillers even made from? Does it stay stuck under your skin forever? Where can you inject the stuff? And how much does filler cost? With help from a dermatologist and physician assistant, we’re answering all those Q’s and more.

    What is Filler?

    The majority of fillers – including the two most popular brands, Juvederm and Restylane – are made out of hyaluronic acid, which is a gel-like substance that’s naturally found in the body.

    Filler Material, Aka What Are Fillers Made Of

    “There are many different hyaluronic acid fillers, and different products are ideal for different locations of the face,” says Dr. Hadley King, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City. “For example, a thicker filler like Juvederm Voluma is ideal for the cheekbone area, while a thinner filler like Restylane Silk is great for natural-looking enhancement of the lips.” In addition, medium viscosity fillers are ideal for nasolabial folds (lines from the side of the nose to the outer corners of lips) and marionette lines (those lines that run from the corner of the lips vertically down the chin).

    The difference between these products is the molecular weight, and how the hyaluronic acid molecules are cross-linked. The tighter the “cross-linking,” the higher the percentage of molecules and the thicker the gel. A reputable injector will know exactly what type of filler to place and where.

    Other Types of Dermal Fillers

    While hyaluronic acid filler is the most common type, there are a couple of other forms used on the reg:


    This type of filler is made from a substance called calcium hydroxylapatite, which is a mineral-like compound naturally found in human bones. (It’s synthetically produced for Radiesse, which means zero animal products are used.) “The benefit to this filler is that it can address immediate volume depletion and will stimulate collagen production in the area of injection,” says Dana Kirk, a physician assistant working under Dr. Jessica Wright at Rejuvenate Austin


    This form is made of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic, non-toxic, biodegradable substance. “Sculptra is unique in that it is a particulate filler, meaning that it consists of particles of poly-L-lactic acid suspended in water. It’s also unique because it stimulates the body’s own production of collagen. For that reason, this type of dermal filler is known as a stimulator,” says Dr. King. “Note that Sculptra is unlike the other fillers in that it does not produce immediate results. Instead, it stimulates your own body’s production of collagen, so results appear gradually over a period of a few months. This makes the results very natural looking and longer-lasting.

    Where Can You Inject Filler?

    Filler is primarily used to smooth wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and brows, to lift and enhance cheeks, to plump lips, and to soften nasolabial folds. It can also be used to smooth chin wrinkles, rejuvenate hands, and even fill in deep acne scars. Some injectors also use filler to change the shape of a patient’s face, including filler nose jobs and chin augmentation. 

    Check out the process of having cheek fillers to plump the cheeks with hyaluronic acid:

    Is Filler Going to Give Me an Instant Boost?

    Unlike Botox, which takes about a week to two weeks to start working, the visual effect of fillers can be seen immediately (except for Sculptra, as noted above). “This is why so many people get addicted to fillers,” says Kirk.

    How Long Does Filler Last?

    How long filler lasts depends on what type you’re getting and where it’s going, but in general, you can expect it to last anywhere from six months to two years.

    “Radiesse provides instant results and stimulates collagen production in the months following injection, so results last for quite a while, and Juvederm Voluma has a special cross-linking that allows it to last up to two years,” says Kirk. “Lip fillers typically last six or so months, and Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Silk last about six to nine months in fine lines.”

    Two additional factors that affect how long the filler lasts is how frequently the injected area moves and your unique metabolism. For instance, your mouth moves a lot so the filler doesn’t last as long here compared to other areas. And your body may absorb the filler more slowly or more quickly compared to other people.

    How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost?

    The answer to this also depends on where you’re getting filler, what type of filler you’re using, and how much your injector recommends.

    Prices generally range between $500 and $1500 per syringe, with one to three syringes recommended for your first visit. Touch-up visits are less expensive since you don’t need as much. Dr. King says, “On average, you might want to repeat filler injections every six to 12 months for shorter-duration fillers, and every one to two years for longer-duration fillers.”

    Can Fillers Make People Look “Done”?

    Kirk says this is the filler myth that frustrates her most. “I hate that people feel like any amount of filler will make you look fake. The best injections are not even detectable,” she says. “My goal is for my clients to look rested and refreshed. You should look younger – but never ‘done.’”

    The key to avoiding an over-filled “fake” look is to seek an injector that’s on top of their A-game. Read up on all their customer reviews, check out their before and afters, and never go to someone who doesn’t seem 100% legit. Kirk says, “The truth is that improper depth of injection, improper choice of filler, and improper dosages can all lead to an overfilled look.”

    Face Filler Side Effects

    Filler is obvi a popular way to enhance your appearance, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be taken seriously. Fillers are a medical procedure and ought to be treated as such.

    “They offer a great non-surgical option for volumizing the face, but they are not without serious possible adverse effects, including infection and vascular occlusion that can lead to skin necrosis, stroke or permanent blindness,” says Dr. King. “This is why it is critical for patients to see a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is well-trained and experienced in these procedures.”

    Again, do your research and go to someone who knows their stuff and you’ll be in good hands. If you’re not sure about fillers, check out these amazing lifting and tightening treatments that are the perfect alternative to Botox and fillers.

    I Need Your BEST Recipe for Holiday Baking and Food Holidays - Run Eat Repeat

    I made Cinnamon Rolls from scratch to give out as Christmas gifts a few years back. They were AMAZING and from the Pioneer Woman’s famous recipe. [ read it here: The time I made cinnamon rolls from scratch ]

    It took a very long time to make them and even longer to clean up (imagine flour everywhere because I’m like Stitch in the kitchen). But I still recommend making them at least once. (And feel free to invite me over as an official taste tester!)

    I’m sharing because you seemed to enjoy when I posted last week’s Food Holidays and this week features cinnamon rolls!

    PLUS I like to bake something special for the people in my life that don’t need / want gifts and I’m not sure what I’m making this year.
    Any suggestions?

    I usually don’t plan out this far in advance but I know you shouldn’t make a new-to-you recipe for the first time to serve to others. This is definitely a situation where I’d want to do a few test runs to make sure it’s good and keeps for a few days (so I have some time to deliver it to my people and in case they don’t eat it right away).

    My family also makes tamales for Christmas. That makes me think… should I consider something savory? Ben’s grandmother used to sent an epic container of homemade Chex mix because his dad loved it. I made it once for his fam when she couldn’t make it any more and they really loved it.

    Should I consider something savory?? Hmmm…

    Food Holidays for This Week

    Mon – Hot Cider Day
    Tue – Homemade Cookie Day
    Wed – National Kale Day
    Thur – National Soft Taco Day
    Fri – National Cinnamon Roll Day
    Sat – National Apple Betty Day
    Sun – National Noodle Day

    Wait – what is an apple betty? Is it an apple pie kinda??

    I had to look it up. Apparently it’s more commonly called ‘Apple Brown Betty’ which is similar to an apple crisp. And it can be made with other fruit (as in Strawberry Betty).

    Question: What should I bake as edible gifts this year? Any suggestions?

    If you have an amazing recipe of your own or one to recommend…
    Please paste the link here or email [email protected] and I’ll share it in an upcoming post.


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