Tips on Repairing Your Damaged Hair
Monday, 6 February 2017

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With our hair often being touted as our crowning glory, there’s no doubt about the fact that getting it to look great is massively important. To do so we often run it through a daily routine we’ve set up, some of which may entail heat styling, complicated braiding, or even tight tying.

And while all that may end up making our hair look absolutely impeccable, the cost can be high – subjecting your strands to such abuse on a regular basis is likely to cause it to develop some sort of damage! Luckily, though, the cure isn’t that hard to attain.

Here are our fresh tips on how you can treat your damaged hair and get it back to its full glory:

 Do it DIY style

Do it DIY style

As the old saying goes, “If you want it done right, then do it yourself.” It may seem far-fetched for some, but it is wholly possible to create your own hair treatments. The best part about it all is that you don’t need fancy ingredients – even normal, everyday foodstuff in your kitchen will suffice. Take a look at how you can do so:

 

Create an avocado mish-mash

Sounds delicious, but no, it’s not a snack. Rather, it’s a mask you can apply to your wet hair. Doing so will allow your strands to absorb the ingredients’ many vitamins and fatty acids, all of which are needed by your hair to maintain a lively appearance.

Here’s what you need to do to make your own (don’t worry, it’s super easy!):

–       Take one whole small avocado and remove the pit. Place it in a medium sized bowl and begin squishing it together until it turns into a chunky mush.

–       Add one to two tablespoons of freshly extracted lemon juice, depending on hair length.

–       Add ¼ cup of olive oil or until the mixture is sloppy in texture.

Once your ingredients are sufficiently integrated, apply it onto your damp hair and let it be for 20 minutes to half an hour. You could also tie your hair up into a topknot and then cover it up with a shower cap.

After that, wash it off as you would regularly with shampoo and conditioner. The effects are instantaneous – once you start brushing, you’re sure to feel the difference! Your hair will be smoother, easier to handle, and glossier than ever before.

Create a honey-milk mix

This one’s much easier to make. Mix 1 cup of whole milk with 2 tablespoons of natural honey. You could also add a raw egg in too. After that, apply it to your hair and let it work for about an hour, then rinse it off – done!

The best part about this hair mask is that it doesn’t leave your hair greasy; instead it gives it a soft feel and a healthy shine. All that for just 2 ingredients!

 
Let your hair down

Let your hair down

Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest ones. Refrain from styling your hair in overly complicated patterns and opt to let it fly naturally instead. For those occasions when you really need to tie it up though, a simple ponytail or a quick bun can do the job.

 Get a haircut

Get a haircut

If you feel like your hair is taking on a straw-like texture, especially when near the roots, then that’s a clear signal that it’s time for a trim. Chop it all off in one fell swoop by getting a bob or a pixie, or if you want to keep your locks long then just make sure you cut enough to get rid of your split ends.

 Refrain from harsh treatments

Refrain from harsh treatments

Straightening, rebonding, perming, or coloring your hair is now a thing of the past. If you want your hair to recover then you should definitely keep it away from chemicals that could cause it to dry out in the first place. Don’t worry, there are alternatives – for example, you could use ammonia-free or demi-permanent formulas for coloring your hair if you really need to.

Shampoo and condition

Shampoo and condition

There’s nothing quite like the good ol’ shampoo and conditioner combo, though this time you should get sulfate-free kinds to maximize its healing potential. Going organic doesn’t hurt either; look for brands that carry moisturizing elements such as aloe vera, glycerol, or panthenol, as they’ll play a large role in keeping your hair from drying out.

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With the hustle and bustle that comes with everyday life, it’s easy to forget about having to do our daily skincare routines. Oftentimes we may find ourselves even cutting it down to save ourselves time, thinking that our skin will be fine without it. While that may be true to some extent, a little maintenance every now and then never hurt, and the same goes for the condition of our skin.

Now, skin care isn’t limited to only using the best reviewed moisturizer in the Philippines every day. It’s much more than that – our skin’s health is dictated by a number of factors that are related to the other activities we do, such as eating or exercising.

In this article we’ll discuss how these “other activities” can actually contribute to keeping your skin looking healthy and young. Learn how you can keep your skin smooth and glowing naturally:

 

Eat and drink well

Eat and drink well

Skin hydration, while often done with body lotion, is also best done from within. That said, make sure to ingest a good amount of water daily. The normal 8 cups a day are a good start! You could also go for natural teas or fresh fruit juices to mix it up. Better yet, you could even try your hand at whipping up a natural smoothie for a refreshing beverage perfect for any time of the day.

On the other hand, you could also ingest foods that are rich in water content to further satisfy your body’s needs. Have your fill of fruits and vegetables such as:

–       Carrots

–       Cucumbers

–       Tomatoes

–       Oranges

–       Apples

–       Kiwi

–       Watermelon

–       Coconut

Not only are they delicious and healthy, but they also contain a myriad of vitamins and minerals that are essential to our body’s daily function. It also helps that food such as these contribute to our body’s efforts in producing elastin and collagen, which are proteins in our skin.

 

Avoid toxins

Avoid Toxins

Toxins – particularly irritants and allergens – must be avoided at all costs as it may trigger sudden flare ups, especially if you’re already suffering from a kind of skin-related malaise. One of the best ways to do so is to check for your products’ ingredients, and this goes for food, personal, and hygienic items.

If you want to learn more about what kinds of possible toxins you have to look out for, check out this helpful list on the Huffington Post.

 

Take general care of your skin

Take general care of your skin

It is universally agreed among beauty gurus that moisturizing is best done during the night as it will undo some of the damage that your skin has suffered during the day. When doing so, make sure to impart special attention onto your knees, elbows, and feet, as those parts of the body tend to dry out faster than the rest.

However, take note that no matter how much moisturizer you slather on your body, it would all be for naught if you fail to remove the dead cells that clog your skin. That said, wash your body well before beginning your skincare regimen.

 

Use DIY home remedies

Even the application of simple ingredients such as honey, egg whites, lemons, bananas, and olive oil can do a lot to maintain one’s skin, especially when done in the face area. You can rub these ingredients on your skin separately or create a custom cocktail of items to form a custom, home-made lotion! All you’ll need is a little bit of beeswax to do so and you’re good to go.

5 Beauty Resolutions to try this 2017!
Thursday, 5 January 2017

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It’s already a week into 2017! Do you already have your New Year’s Resolutions prepped for the year? If not, you’re in luck! This blog post will give you 5 beauty and health related resolutions to try as we turn over a new leaf.

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1. I promise to wear sunscreen every day
Contrary to popular belief, summer time is not the only time to apply your trusted sun protection products as UV rays are present all year round! And FYI, these UV rays are the ones responsible for premature skin aging. Eeek! Don’t let your skin age faster than it should! Protect your face and body by using sunscreen every day.

And to help you start this new habit for 2017, you can get the Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF40 and PA+++ and the Belo SunExpert Tinted Sunscreen SPF50 and PA++++ for free at our products page!

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2. I promise to drink more water
Dehydration is a no-no if you want to take care of your skin and body! Make sure you keep yourself hydrated! It doesn’t only help you skin-deep but your whole body will thank you for it!

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3. I promise to take off my makeup before I sleep
Removing your makeup before going to bed is a must if you don’t want your pores to get clogged! Make it a habit of spending at least a minute of your evenings to remove your makeup and cleanse your face.

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4. I promise to eat more nutritious food
If your diet is still unhealthy, maybe it’s time to inject some greens and nutrients to your meals! The internet is a goldmine of information for healthy and yummy recipes. Search for ones you find appealing and try it at home! Explore your city’s farmer’s market or restos that serve healthy food. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to take a step to a healthier you.

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5. I promise to move more
This resolution is probably the most common in the history of New Year’s Resolutions year after year but why do some people still fail at it? One reason I know is that they quit and give up after a few months due to tight schedules or they never really tried at all! (Yes, I’m writing from experience) If you can’t commit full-time to a workout sesh in the gym or at home (like me), try incorporating small doses of extra movement in your everyday routine. If your office is just a few floors up, try taking the stairs. If the convenience store is just a few blocks away, walk. No matter how small, these steps of extra effort to move can help you over time.

Remember roommates, no matter how long or short your New Year’s Resolutions list is, consistency is the key. Start small and work your way from there. It’s all about building the habit and sticking to it to be able to see and feel the effects of the changes in your routines.

Good luck!

6 Tips for Having Good Hair Days
Monday, 12 December 2016

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There’s an old saying that goes ‘a woman’s hair is her crowning glory’. While not true for all, the saying does have merit, as hair is one of the first things we see in people aside from their eyes. As such, it takes a lot of effort to ensure that our hair looks presentable every day.

However, as every girl would know, sometimes bad hair days simply can’t be helped. Whether it’s the weather outside, the activities that have to be taken part in, or just your locks feeling uncooperative, some days truly are better than others.

But no more! By following the steps below, you’re likely to minimize those bad days to pa point where they’re practically gone. Check out our tips on how to keep hair nice and healthy:

use cool water

Use Cool Water

Washing your hair with hot water may feel luxurious, especially during these chilly December days, but in in the end it may not be doing your locks any favors as heat tends to remove your hair’s natural volume, leaving it limp and lifeless all throughout the day. It can also cause serious frizzing.
Avoid this by washing only with cold water and using only the best-reviewed conditioners in Manila that’s tailored to your hair type, whether it’s dry, straight, damaged, etc.

Shampoo and Condition Your Hair Right

 

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Shampoo and Condition Your Hair Right

Building on the previous point: aside from using the proper conditioner, couple it with a proper shampoo as well. There’s no use in using a shampoo that does not address your needs.

Also consider that when washing your hair, you should never douse your hair in too much shampoo; concentrate on applying it on your scalp instead then spread it out from there. Remember, your goal is to get clean while allowing your chosen hair product to work its magic, so don’t overdo the whole process. Use only what’s needed, apply it, keep it on for a while – about a couple minutes is enough – then rinse thoroughly. You’ll feel the difference instantly!

Side note: When applying conditioner, begin from the mid-shaft of your locks then work your way to the tips first. That’ll help immensely with the dryness and the split ends.

Limit Sun Exposure

Limit Sun Exposure

Your hair needs to be protected from the sun just as much as your skin does. Avoid extensive sun exposure to your hair by simply using an umbrella or by wearing a hat. If you plan to go to the beach, make sure you apply a large amount of heat protectant with SPF that will ensure your hair to remain healthy under the sun’s harmful UV rays. It’s that easy.

Moisturize When You Can

Moisturize When You Can

Riawna Capri, hair guru, explains that your scalp must remain healthy for it to produce beautiful hair. She states it needs to be moisturized even after you apply conditioner; perhaps try leave-in conditioners which are now gaining more and more popularity for their convenience in providing you hair moisture, split end reduction, and minimizing frizz.

Clean Hair

Clean Hair

Having clean hair plays a major part in having good hair days. Make sure you do not skip out on hair products like shampoo and conditioner just because of a new hair trend (like the no-shampoo movement). Choose high quality products that are meant to give you a nice, clean, and shiny look.

Determine how often you should wash your hair by reading this article.

Avoid Heat Styling

Avoid Heat Styling

Hot tools such as hot rollers, flat irons, wands, curling irons, and blow dryers should be avoided as much as possible. Initially they can give you great hair, but you have to realize that they can cause almost irreparable damage to your locks especially when you use it regularly. If you must use them during special occasions like weddings and anniversaries, make sure you apply spray-in heat protectants on your hair first so it can have proper protection from the heat.
So, after reading all that, have you gotten the secret to having good hair days every day? It’s quite simple: if you have healthy hair, then you’ll have a healthy look. Try it today!

To ace your hair game, check out the free samples we have in store for you on our site!

In the Philippines, the best BB cream reviews always mention how it’s always important to keep your skin well-hydrated and cared for through the use of a combination of products and lifestyle choices. And while it is the largest organ on our body, caring for it is never an exercise in patience because it is a very easy task.

That said, here are our top 8 care tips for having healthy skin:

Use natural skin products

Use natural skin products

Of course, no skin beauty routine would be complete without the use of lotions and creams. Pick those that match your needs and do your best to stick to a routine every day to ensure that whatever products you’ve chosen will work well.

When you can, pick natural or organic products as they tend to be less harsh than its synthesized counterparts. Remember that despite the fact that our skin is the front line when it comes to our bodily defences, it’s not invincible – constantly exposing it to potentially damaging products will eventually wear it down.

Check out our latest samples from Zenutrients to give you a briefer on using natural skincare products.

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Exercise: nature’s basic detox

It may not seem like exercising would have a direct effect on your skin, but the truth is it actually plays a large part in keeping it fresh! Not only does it boost blood circulation, keeping your skin supplemented, but it will also cause you to sweat out whatever toxins you may have built up on it over time. This makes your skin firmer, clearer, and less prone to develop mishaps.

The best part about it is that it affects your whole body automatically, too. It’s a great all-natural way to stay healthy both inside and out!

Sleep well

Sleep well

Barbara Reed, a dermatology clinical professor in the University of Colorado, states that when our bodies are sleep deprived it becomes stressed, which then catalyses it to release hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. They in turn can trigger skin issues such as pimple breakouts and the like. Sleep itself is also important because a majority of our bodily restorative processes happen during this time – that includes skin repair and rejuvenation.

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Relieve stress

Stress is not only bad for your mind, but for your skin as well. But, good news! Its capacity to compromise your skin’s health can be offset by relaxing activities such as yoga, meditation, or naps. It’s not all physical though – having a journal, writing a blog, or even talking to your friends about your life can also have a profound impact on your stress levels. Make sure to do these every now and then!

Have indoor plants

Have indoor plants

How much more natural with this can you get?
Now, a lot of people spend most of their time indoors which is not in itself a bad thing. However, little do most realize that the air inside their homes and offices can be just as polluted as the outdoors. That said, consider having indoor plants not just for aesthetic purposes but also for practical ones too – they’ll filter the surrounding air naturally and ensure that you’re always surrounded by fresh air.

Those who can’t have indoor flora can opt to use air purifiers instead.

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Wear sunscreen all the time

Getting your daily dose of Vitamin D is always a good thing – just make sure that you don’t overexpose yourself too much. Allow yourself only an ample amount of sunlight and take care not to get burned. But, if you’re one of the people who need to stay outdoors constantly, then wear sunscreen. We can’t stress this enough. It will keep your skin healthy despite exposure to the outdoors.
Supplant your sunscreen use with umbrellas, hats, and long clothing too.

Consume antioxidants

Consume antioxidants

Consuming antioxidants is beneficial for your body. They will not only help fight numerous diseases, but it will also reduce skin damage and inflammation. The best sources of antioxidants are: green tea, dark chocolate, spinach, purple grapes, and blueberries. Tasty, natural, and healthy – the complete package!

Drink water

Drink water

Dehydration is a real issue for those who don’t prioritize their water intake. That said, always drink 8 to 10 glasses of it a day and try to keep away from arid environments. Doing so will keep your skin from looking loose, becoming saggy, turning dull, and getting flaky. It’s one of the best ways to maintain one’s skin, and luckily enough, it’s also the easiest. Try it today and see the difference for yourself!

#SampleRoomTips: Going Natural
Saturday, 29 October 2016


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Today, the need for beauty products has reached an all-time high, and with it has come the demand for naturally made, organic variations. That’s not to say that there’s something wrong with using chemically – produced makeup seeing as manufacturers always do their best to ensure that their products are safe for daily consumption, but going the organic route has the added benefit of being much more secure in terms of ingredients used.

Other than that, take a look at the other benefits that natural beauty products bring:

theyre safe and gentle

They’re safe and gentle

Because they’re made from biological material, it comes as no surprise that they’re easier on the skin, no matter the type. There are fewer chances of there being side effects or undesirable developments. Chemical products, on the other hand, have a tendency to cause breakouts, rashes, or even irritation when used improperly.
This is especially true for facial products. Due to our faces having thinner skin that the rest of our body, makeup can seep in deeper and as such, cause more pronounced effects – regardless of whether it’s good or bad.

If you’ll notice, the best reviewed products here in Manila – conditioners, soaps, lotions, or what have you – are those that are not too harsh. Gentle, subtle cosmetics are always preferred over their bombastic, easy-to-identify counterparts.

They have no strong scents

Aside from keeping your skin safe no regardless of skin type, natural products also don’t need artificial perfumes to be fragrant. They simply smell like what they’re made of, and they’re often not very pungent. They stay as the day goes on, too. This is in stark contrast to chemical products which, for one, need the artificial scents, and two, may sometimes overwhelm its users from the overuse of strong synthetic perfume.

theyre environmentally friendly

They’re environmentally friendly

The best part of using natural cosmetics is that it doesn’t negatively impact the environment as hard as chemical cosmetics do. When natural products are manufactured, the ingredients are fully biodegradable, which makes it easier for Earth to digest product waste. While some may argue that chemical variations are undoubtedly cheaper, the toll it takes on the environment, especially when not managed properly, is something not even an infinite amount of money can buy off.

Conclusion

Using naturally made products has a lot of advantages. They’re safer, easier on our body, and they’re environmentally friendly. While there’s nothing wrong with using their synthetic counterparts, try out organic products too and see if they retain the same level of effectiveness without sacrificing quality.

You can try your hand on the organic route if it suits your lifestyle with products from Zenturients available here at Sample Room.

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Skin Care: The Basics
Friday, 21 October 2016

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Contrary to popular belief, skin care isn’t just all about a wash here and a bit of cream there. No, even the exclusive use of the best-reviewed moisturizers in the Philippines won’t help you. In actuality, it’s more of a delicate balancing act that requires one to maintain their skin at just the right conditions in order for it to flourish.

That said, here are our top 3 skin tips you can use to get smoother, healthier skin!

Be mindful of the Sun

Be mindful of the sun

If you’re one of many who enjoy spending their days in the great outdoors, then you should be careful when it comes to your exposure to the sun’s rays. A little bit is okay, of course – the sun’s UVB rays are known for aiding our body in the production of Vitamin D. In addition, according to an issue of Dermato-Endocrinology, it was found that the sun also helps us by:

-Enhancing our mood and energy levels through the release of endorphins, making us feel more awake and alert.
– Synchronizing our biorhythms, allowing us to regulate our internal functions in accordance with how our days progress.
– Treating skin-related diseases such as vitiligo, stopic dermatitis, or scleroderma.

On the other hand, overexposure is a whole other issue – and a bad one at that. It can cause the formation of wrinkles, age spots, and other a whole host of other unsavory symptoms. It can even develop into serious medical conditions such as skin cancer. Luckily, it can be very easily avoided by following these steps:

1. Use sunscreen. It should come as no surprise that this is our first suggestion. Time and time again sunscreen has proven itself to be the best form of defense against the sun’s rays – just make sure that you get the right one. As a rule of thumb, pick a kind that’s labeled as “broad spectrum” and SPF 30 above, then apply liberally.

2. Utilize shade. Never expose yourself to direct sunlight for long periods of time, especially within the hours of 10am to 2pm as the sun burns the hottest then.

3. Wear appropriate clothing. Cover your skin wherever you can or use an umbrella.

Maintain your body

While keeping clean should always be a priority, there is such a thing as being too clean. That is, ridding the body of all its natural oils and fats so much that the skin becomes fully deprived of them. Here are ways you can stay hygienic while also keeping your body naturally healthy:

Avoid strong products. Daily cleansing routines should be gentle and unimposing. This is because continual application of potentially destructive material on your skin will eventually erode and damage it.
Bathe properly. Use only warm water and do not bathe for too long. Doing so will wash away all your skin’s oils. Also, don’t dry yourself too hard either. Instead, only gently pat or blot your skin so a little bit of moisture remains on the skin.
Moisturize constantly. Use appropriate creams or masks as often as you can.

Eat Well

Eat well

As the old adage goes, “you are what you eat.” With that in mind, do your best to add healthy, skin-friendly foods to maintain your skin’s natural beauty. Take almonds for example – they are rich in essential fatty acids which aid in preventing the onslaught of wrinkles, blotches, or fine lines. Other similarly healthy foods are fish, vegetables, and fruits!

Takeaway

Keeping your skin healthy doesn’t have to be an exercise in patience. A healthy balance of sun, cleanliness, and diet should keep it glowing nicely all the time.

You can check out our latest offering in Sample Room, the Silka Premium Moisturizing Milk Soap and Lotion with Avocado Oil to add an amp of nourishment for your skin care. Get these samples for free now by clicking here.

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5 Dyed Hair Care Tips
Friday, 7 October 2016

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There’s a new trend in town, and dyed hair is all the rage. Not that it hasn’t been already for the past few years, but recent innovations and creative solutions to the past ways of plainly dying one’s hair from one shade to another has boosted it to mainstream style all the more.

Free cosmetic samples and paid products alike can do a lot for those who want to experiment, but there are common, undeniably fashionable trends one can try out, too. Some of the most famous hair trends this year include the dip-dye, rainbow bangs, brightly colored locks, and gradients. But remember, no matter which one you pick, it won’t be any good without maintenance!

Take a look at our hair care tips for those with dyed hair:

Choose a Colour-Protecting Shampoo

Hair colour consultants from all over the globe agree that those with dyed hair need a special kind of shampoo for maintaining its color, shine, and vibrancy. Regular shampoos cannot be substituted as they may contain elements that may contribute to the detriment of the colored hair, resulting in a botched – and wasted – job.

Avoid Washing Your Hair Frequently

Avoid Washing Your Hair Frequently

Constant contact with water will understandably wash the color out of your hair eventually, especially if it’s new. That said, don’t wash too often and let the color “stick” for a while first.

You may also want to use only cool or lukewarm water when showering, as hotter temperatures will lead to an easier removal of your hair’s tint.
So, in lieu of washing it every day, you may refresh your hair by applying dry shampoo instead. They’re just as good as the real thing, only quicker!

Use Conditioner after Your Shampoo

Dry hair is public enemy number one. This is because having dry and colored hair will make your locks look more artificial than appealing, so avoid this at all costs. Luckily, the remedy is simple – apply conditioner every time after you shampoo. That’s all it takes. Make sure to leave it on for at least 3 minutes before rinsing off to ensure that your hair gets enough.

Shy Away From Using Hot Tools

Shy Away From Using Hot Tools

The use of hot tools such as hair dryers and curling irons can lead to dry hair as they burn away essential proteins which keep your hair smooth and soft. That said, make sure to apply hair sprays specifically designed for heat protection when before using them! Also, try not to forcefully style your hair every day, as it can lead to serious long-term damage.

Enhance with a Serum or Shine Spray

Think of it like adding topcoat on your nails, or a little gloss on your lips. A bit of extra shine never hurt, and the same goes for your hair. Apply some hair polish to give your locks that natural, lively look while also protecting it from drying out.

Remember, no matter what kind of color you tint your hair, it won’t be any good if you don’t maintain it. Make sure to always keep your hair moisturized, clean, and well-kept without subjecting it to harsh treatment. Do that, and your lovely locks will do just fine.

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