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White this way

The long road to glowing white skin was never easy—emphasis on the word “was.” Because thanks to Sauviss Lab White—the world’s first whitening salon—they have finally launched their store in Taguig and they are the light that gives much-awaited hope to those who have taken the grueling path of skin whitening and have failed; Suaviss Lab White is truly a dream-come-true for those who are looking for the right way to achieve whiter, younger-looking skin. Believe it or not, Suaviss Lab White came from the concept of tanning salons in Korea. The idea: If they can establish a place where men and women can get a tan, then they can definitely set up a spot where they can achieve lighter complexion. With this, Suaviss Lab White focused on scientific research and …

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Dealing with dry skin

Let’s face it, while oily skin is common and unpleasant to see, so is flaky, scaly, dull, and peeling skin. What causes skin to be dry and how can it be prevented? Is there a cure for dry skin? What is dry skin? Dry skin is described as rough, cracking, flaking, and itchy skin. It can happen to anyone, young or old, and can appear in any part of the body. Dryness can be due to factors such as genetics. It has been proven that cases of skin dryness often runs in the family. Dryness can also be caused by a combination of environmental factors like age, weather, and temperature, and nature of work. As we grow older, dead skin cells move slower, and when not exfoliated properly, it builds up …

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Still a bestseller

Why is aspirin no longer routinely used for pain and fever? How come it is now prescribed to people with heart disease? —joseph2012@gmail.com Aspirin or acetyl salicylic acid (ASA) is one of the earliest medicines ever used by humans. Ancient Egyptians used willow bark, which contains salicylic acid, the natural version of aspirin to relieve aches and pains. So did the early Greeks. In fact, Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, wrote about using willow leaves and bark to relieve pains and fever. It was, however, only in the 1850s that acetyl salicylic acid was synthesized and it took another half a century (1915) before aspirin became available over the counter. Soon after it was introduced into the market, aspirin became widely used globally. Its popularity rose further when it was found to …

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Desperately dieting

People often succumb to fad diets that promise drastic weight loss, especially at the start of the year. In their desperation to shed those unwanted pounds packed over the holidays, they become vulnerable to diets and weight loss products that, often, do more harm than good. With a number of diet programs available worldwide, it is quite difficult to distinguish which ones are safe and effective from the ones that are just downright unhealthy. Here are four popular “methods” debunked. NO CARBS OR LOW CARBS I say this with indignation: “Why in the world should we remove the preferred and primary source of energy the body utilizes?” Inadequate intake of carbohydrates will lead to nutritional deficiencies, not to mention the high probability of increased food cravings. The body biologically looks for nutrients whose …

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Planning for a healthier me

The lights were dim, the music was loud. And as I heard the words “Let’s go up on third,” I pedalled hard and fast. Every time our instructor uttered these words, I just kept telling myself, “I can do this!” My sweat was pouring, I was breathing heavily trying to keep up with the beat of the music. This was one of those days that I asked myself “What the hell did I get myself into?” “I GOT THIS!” The year was ending and I was doing the regular self-evaluation that I impulsively do. The year 2015 was a difficult year for me in terms of health and fitness. As a common practice (and I would like to believe that I’m not the only one doing this), we set goals every beginning …

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Three things you need to be healthy

What sort of lifestyle changes should I adopt as a New Year’s resolution if I want to be healthier this year? I am 52 years old and an office worker.—edgar_enf33@gmail.com At present, the leading causes of death and disability worldwide for middle-aged people like you are heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis. These are brought on by the interplay of various genetic and environmental factors. That is why most people think they are difficult to prevent but the truth is, studies have consistently shown that there are only a handful of major risk factors for these conditions, namely, smoking, unhealthy diet, and sedentary lifestyle. Hence, if you want a healthier you in 2016, all you need to do is these three things: Stop smoking (if you’re a smoker), eat …

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Happy new skin!

The New Year is only five days old and it is still the time of the year to clear out the old and make way for the new! Although it looks like we are going to post and then forget the same resolutions every start of the year, it still helps to strive to be the best version of yourself every now and then.  It reminds us to become better by finding ways to improve ourselves not only with the way we look at life, but how our skin looks, too. Here, your skin resolutions for this year—and beyond! Profile your skin. Assess what your problems areas are and address them so that by the time big events come in, you’re good to go. Enlist the help of experts. Schedule a visit with …

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Heartbreak motivation

After all the holiday food gets consumed, all the Christmas get-togethers are done and all your aunts are finished asking you why you’re still single and all your more successful batchmates are done asking you questions about what you’ve achieved in life at your annual high school reunion, most of us are probably thinking the same thing: How do I lose all this weight that I gained? LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION Going on a diet is probably the hardest thing we have to do, up there with getting a law degree and figuring out who to really give the Miss Universe crown to. Let’s admit it, calories, sugar, and fat, they’re all delicious. What Filipino menu doesn’t have pork or beef or chicken in it? That delicious kare-kare sauce? Made of belly-inflating starch. …

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New Year manifesto

At the start of every year, we come up with a number of New Year’s resolutions which, most often than not, end up unresolved after a few weeks or months despite our good intentions. The problem, sometimes, is not just lack of commitment but also unrealistic promises. So don’t force yourself. Take baby steps and little by little, you’ll realize you’re doing what you thought you’d never be able to do. Here are five realistic, easy-to-do resolutions that will help you keep healthy in 2016. MAKE IT A HABIT TO DRINK WATER THROUGHOUT THE DAY.  We often wait until we are parched, a sign of dehydration, before we drink water. Stop that habit. Proper hydration is vital to the body’s metabolism and immune function. It also curbs food cravings and helps in …

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