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The Essentials of Female Grooming

When shopping for hair and skin care products, it’s easy to fall into the “the more

expensive, the better” trap of buying pricey products that don’t really do much for you. Just because it costs an arm and a leg, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting more; sometimes it just means you’re a sucker. Navigating the world of women’s grooming can be tricky, but if you follow our guide, it doesn’t have to be.

 

Hair Products

By now, you probably have your go-to shampoo and could pick it out of a grocery aisle with your eyes closed. But how can you be sure it’s really working for you? The wrong shampoo can strip oil, cause breakage and dandruff, even hair loss. Take a look at its ingredients and steer clear of these ones:

 

 

1. Sulfates – Strong chemical detergents that can cause scalp irritation, redness and itching.

2. Isopropyl alcohol – A petroleum-derived substance that cleans and dissolves oil. Can cause hair damage and hair loss.

3. Formaldehyde – A chemical preservative that kills bacteria but is also a carcinogen that can cause skin inflammation.

4. Propylene glycol – Helps cleaning ingredients penetrate hair but breaks down proteins in hair and irritates the skin and eyes. 

 

On the other hand, if you find any of these ingredients, give yourself a good ol’ pat on the back:

1. Glycerin – Helps retain moisture and protects follicles.

2. Nut and seed oils – Oils like jojoba, shea, and avocado add moisture and shin and also help remove oil build up.

3. Acidic ingredients like sodium citrate or citric acid – Keeps hair at the right pH balance and makes hair look smooth and shiny.

4. Panthenol – Helps hair retain moisture and thickens follicles because it’s a form of vitamin B.

 

Other Hair Care Essentials: 

Conditioner

Detangler

Shower cap

Brushes and combs

Leave-in conditioner

Wax or mud pastes to style hair

 

Skin Care Products

It’s never too early to begin taking care of your skin. Dermatologists recommend you start using eye cream in your twenties, before the fine lines and traces of aging show. Retinoid, which contains vitamin A, prevents and reverses sun damage and aging signs by increasing collagen production and shedding pore-clogging cells.

 

Skin Care Essentials:

  1. Eye cream – Choose one with antioxidants and soothing ingredients like calendula, which reduces puffiness.
  2. Moisturizer with SPF – Sun exposure can trigger long-term skin damage and even cause skin cancer. Remember to avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are at its strongest and most harmful. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure and re-apply after every hour.
  3. Facial cleanser – Just like hair care, more expensive doesn’t mean better. Stay away from ingredients like peppermint and eucalyptus. While they are natural, they can cause irritation.
  4. Exfoliators
  5. Face masks – Know the differences between them. A mud pack tightens the skin and softens lines, a clay mask gives deep pore cleansing, and a honey mask moisturizes skin.

The Importance of Exercise for 30-Year-Old Women

Gone are the days when you could get away with eating whatever you wanted without gaining a pound; when you could subsist on junk food, stay up late, and never have to deal with the consequences. That is, until now. After your twenties, the uphill battle of staying in shape without losing your sanity gets more difficult, but if you make exercise part of your routine, it can also pay off in spades. So, how do you know which workout is best for you? Knowing what you want out of an exercise is a good place to start. We've rounded up some workouts based on the type of goal you might have.

 

The goal: To lose weight

The exercise: Dance workouts like Zumba

What it is: A workout that combines dance and aerobic elements. It incorporates dances like hip-hop, salsa, samba, mambo, and merengue. It's a fun, high-intensity routine that you won't get bored of.

Calories burned: 500 to 1000 calories per class

 

The goal: To build and tone muscle

The exercise: CrossFit

What it is: Resistance training involving a perpetually changing mix of exercises, from deadlifts to burpees to squats. It burns maximum calories while building muscle at the same time. Don't be intimidated by the competitive nature of the workout. The people at CrossFit are very encouraging, fostering a spirit of community with everyone who participates.

Calories burned: 12 calories per minute

 The goal: To improve performance and endurance

The exercise: Boxing boot camp

What it is: A high-intensity workout that promotes optimal physical fitness. A typical session includes shadowboxing, plyometric drills, and jump-rope, to name a few. Got dreams of being as ripped as Manny Pacquiao (well, maybe not that ripped)? With boxing, the more you train, the more you'll benefit from each workout.

Calories burned: Over 400 calories per hour

 

The goal: Improve overall health

The exercise: Yoga

What it is: Not all exercising needs to be high-intensity. You can get the same benefits from low-intensity workouts like Yoga. While it doesn't burn as many calories as the ones mentioned above, it does improve flexibility, balance, posture, and overall health.

Calories burned: Up to 300 calories per session

Teething 101

Teething occurs when your child's first set of teeth, or primary teeth, break through the gums. This usually happens at six months but can occur earlier, anywhere from three to 12 months. By the time your child is three, she will have 20 primary teeth. 

Teething causes soreness and swelling in the area where the teeth is breaking through. It can last from three up to five days, and disappears when the tooth has broken the skin. If you're wondering what you can do to ease your child's discomfort, take a look at these ten tips:

  1. Make homemade teething biscuits.
  1. Use a clean toothbrush to rub his gums for two minutes. It helps circulate the blood and minimizes swelling.

  1. Make a popsicle of his favorite fruit and let him eat it when his teeth are bothering him.
  1. Give him kid-friendly (and clean) toys to chew on.
  1. Beef jerky is a fun and tasty way to help your child with teething pains. Just make sure you keep an eye on him so he doesn't swallow or chew too much of it off.
  1. Apply gentle pressure with your clean fingertips on to the swollen areas.

 

  1. Carrots are great for teething kids. Or better yet? A frozen baby carrot!
  1. Frozen objects or foods help numb the sore areas. Freezing a teething ring will be doubly effective in getting rid of your kid's case of the crankies. 
  1. Add a little chamomile tea to your little one's bottle to help soothe and relax him. 

  2. A mild pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen could help ease his discomfort.
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