Why Argan Oil is the Only Skincare Product You Need?

When we talk about argan oil, the first thing that comes to mind is shiny and bouncy hair. However, this ‘miracle’ oil also offers wonderful skin benefits, making it one of the key ingredients that cosmetics and skincare brands use on their products.

What really makes it so special? Why is it a common ingredient among beauty products—from make-up removers and face wipes to lipsticks and foundations?

1. It suits all skin types
Regardless of your skin type, argan oil works well for you. Dry skin gals can benefit a lot from its moisturizing properties. But what’s more amazing is that even oily skin girls can enjoy its skincare properties. It’s balmy and non-greasy texture makes it easy for the skin to absorb the oil without clogging the pores. Those with sensitive skin, as long as it is 100% argan, there shouldn’t be problems with pimples, textures and redness of the face when using this beauty oil.

2. It’s a natural eye cream
Because it’s natural, 100% argan oil can be safely used around the eyes—the most delicate part of the face. Its vitamin E content can help reduce fine lines and dark circles. While a drop of this oil is enough to cover both eyes, you can mix it with a drop of other natural ingredients to make a more effective eye serum.

3. It can be used day and night
Argan oil is light and moisturizing enough to be used as a daytime moisturizer, underneath your make-up; and hydrating and rich enough to be used as a night time serum. That’s two products for the price of one!

4. It also conditions the lashes
Argan oil is great for the hair, so why not use them on your lashes as well (and on the brows, too!)? It can serve as conditioner and growth-boosting agent to help your lashes grow longer and thicker. Warm a drop of argan oil between your fingers and rub it gently onto the lashes. If you have clean mascara wand, you can use it to comb and evenly apply the oil onto your lashes.

5. It’s a multi-tasker
Is your vanity overcrowded with bottles, tubs and sprays of different products for different purposes—all for the love of flawless skin? If so, invest in top-quality argan oil, which can replace most of your skincare products. Argan oil is an effective day and night serum, eye serum, anti-aging agent, aftershave balm, lip balm and acne-treatment—all in one bottle!

So go ahead! Run to the nearest Sephora or your favourite skincare boutique and grab yourself a bottle of this miracle, all-in-one oil.

6 Probiotic Foods That Aren’t Yogurt

Perhaps, you already know that yogurt is an excellent source of probiotics. However, it isn’t the only food that can provide you with your daily probiotic requirement. There are actually several other food options that are also sought-after for having high levels of probiotics. Here’s a list of them:

1. Dark Chocolate
Any chocolate, when made from pure cocoa, contains more flavanoids and antioxidants, which are all beneficial for the body. Add in probiotics, and you’ll have a wonder food from this treat. Compared to dairy products, chocolate can fit four times the amount of probiotics. More reasons to love chocolate, eh?

2. Kimchi
This popular Korean dish is a rich source of probiotic. Known for its sour and unique taste, Kimchi actually starts our as a fresh cabbage. When fermented, it produces all the gut-supporting probiotics like lactobacillus. Other than probiotics, it also contains calcium, iron, beta-carotene and vitamins A, B and C.

3. Pickles
As long as it is produced using the process of lacto-fermentation—means without adding vinegar—pickles become a breeding ground for probiotics. When consumed, the probiotic content of this food will help balance your gut health. This process not only creates n environment for the growth of nutrients, it also preserves and lengthens the shelf life of pickles.

4. Miso Soup
This famous Japanese dish is also abundant in probiotics—perhaps, the reason behind its medicinal effects on body metabolism. Brewed from fermented soybeans, brown rice, barley and other grains with fungus, the soup is jam-packed with good bacteria such as the nourishing bifidus and the anti-inflammatory lactobacillus.

5. Kombucha
This fermented black tea drink contains high amount of natural probiotics. The downfall, however, is that the probiotics in it cannot survive pasteurization. And although it can be consumed raw, there are some health risks associated with drinking kombucha this way.

6. Cheese
For all those cheese lovers, celebrate! Not only is cheese rich in calcium, but certain types of the are great sources of probiotics. Some of these cheeses are mozzarella, Gouda, cottage and cheddar cheese. Of course, it would still be helpful to read the label for live and active cultures.

Whether or not you’re a fan of yogurt, it’s nice to have a variety of food in your diet that contains the same amount of nutrient levels. Adding these six food items to your snacks and meals will not only bring a variety of flavour to your palate, but also ensure good gut health at all times.

5 Tell-Tale Signs You’re an Old Soul Stuck in a Young Person’s Body

In today’s world, there’s a special type of individual who finds themselves eerily different from others. It is likely that this person’s way of thinking is more mature and reasonable than most people of the same age. They do not have the same interests as the people of their same generation.

Do you feel isolated most of the times or feel like you can relate more to mature individuals? If this seems like a common scenario for you, you might be an old soul.

1. Your friends often call you ‘boring’
Well, not blatantly calling you ‘boring’ straight to your face. But you know that your friends see you that way. It’s not your fault that you feel like staying indoors and reading a book is more pleasurable than going bar hopping. You already know that they will wake up with terrible hang over, so why would you even want to be in the same awful situation?

2. You’re probably single
The fact that you think and act differently will make it difficult for a potential partner of the same age to relate to and understand them. There are exceptions, of course, but for most of them, it’s challenging to find a partner. The best news, however, is that you’re less likely be single when you get older, since people naturally develop ‘old souls’ in them over time. But during your younger years, expect the dating game to be tough.

3. Everyone asks for your advice
You seem to know how things work even if you haven’t done it before, and you often hear people say ‘how do you know that?’ The trust is, you just know but clueless how you knew it. Your friends having love problems or are in quarter-life crisis come running to you for advice. Although they always freak out by your prophetic powers to predict outcomes and provide impressive solutions, they trust your authenticity wholeheartedly.

4. You want meaning to the things you do
You desire for more understanding and seek meaningful reasons for things. You are not interested in buying the latest gadgets, waste your time on Facebook or go out clubbing with acquaintances. You see life as a mission to feel things more deeply and that it should be spent on more significant things.

5. You’re calm under pressure.
While everyone around you is stressed out, you’re not. When things don’t work as plan for you, you remain calm. You see everything as part of life and that everything happens for a reason. You know and understand that there’s something to be learned in every misfortune. Likewise, you do not want any drama and you know how to handle it when it does arise.

For old souls, it is not about getting into the bandwagon; it is about creating your own trail and dedicating your time and energy on more precious things—something that people of your generation won’t understand until another decade.

4 Foods You Should Never Eat Past Their Expiration Date

The smell and look of the food is sometimes deceiving, which is why expiration dates are stamped on the food packaging. From cheeses to jarred goods, it is always best to throw away these staples once they hit their expiration dates, unless you aim to call in sick at work.

1. Soft Cheeses
Harder varieties of cheese like gouda and cheddar have longer shelf life, because mold and bacteria cannot easily permeate them, allowing you to store them in the fridge for up to six months. However, soft cheeses like cream cheese, goat cheese and ricotta are susceptible to bacteria and should be tossed right away at first sign of spoilage or once they have reached their expiration date. As a good rule of thumb, soft cheeses should only be stored for a week inside your fridge.

2. Jarred Sauces and Spreads
Spreads and sauced in jars may look like well preserved, but just because they are stored in air-tight jars, kept inside the fridge doesn’t mean they are untouchable by harmful bacteria. Bacteria can contaminate and multiply the moment you open your jarred goods. For example, when making sandwiches, you dip your knife into the jar, spread it onto the bread and dip it in again to get more. By doing so, you are contaminating the food inside the jar, adding more and more bacteria each time you dip back in. A sign when you need to throw away your jarred spread? If you see discoloration or water floating on top.

3. Deli Meat
Those delicate slices of turkey and ham should only last no more than five days after buying them or cracking open its air-tight packaging, so make sure to only get enough you can finish for that period. Raw or half-cooked meat is susceptible to listeria—a bacteria that can thrive even in extremely cold environment like your fridge. So, even if you store those meat slices in the refrigerator, you cannot guarantee that it’s completely protected from disease-causing bacteria. Once the deli meat feels slimy or smells funky, it’s a sign to toss them away.

4. Cold Pressed Juices
Freshly pressed juices may be the secret to healthy digestion, but it will surely give an opposite effect when consumed past its expiration date. Unlike processed juices you often find in supermarkets, these raw juiced did not undergo pasteurization, making them prone to contamination. Only make yourself a few bottles you can finish in the next three days.

Sure, it is wasteful to throw away food, but getting ill is far more of a hassle and much more expensive than throwing away, say, a jarred condiment. If you have these foods in your cupboard and fridge, check to see if they are still safe to consume or they are past their ‘best before’ dates.

6 Interesting Facts about Rainbows

It’s hard to see a rainbow and not feel a little giddy inside. Some of us even pause on our track to appreciate and swoon over the beauty of the mesmerizing belt of colours.

Rainbows are naturally stunning, like Northern lights and shooting stars—they’re just magical. But regardless how much we believe that there’s a pot of gold at one end of the rainbow, there is really nothing else but a beautiful sight while it lasts. Here are some more facts that you ought to know about this candy-colored phenomenon.

1. It’s an illusion.
Same with mirage, a rainbow is formed when the light rays bend and creates an effect as if it’s visible, but cannot be approached or touched. In the formation of rainbows, light is refracted and reflected through droplets of water, separating the white light from the colors of the spectrum.

2. It can be full circles, too.
The horizon is the object that cuts the full circle shape of the rainbow in half. Without a horizon, such as when skydiving or your view from an airplane, it is possible to see the entire circumference of the rainbow.

3. It can also occur at night.
When the light produced by the moon shines through droplets of water, the result is called a moon bow. Because the moon’s light is fainter than the sun’s, the bow of colors may appear fainter as well, but advanced cameras with long exposure can catch the bow’s colors brightly.

4. Aristotle is obsessed with rainbows.
The ancient Greek scientist and philosopher Aristotle was among the first people to seriously study about why and how rainbows are formed. He even devoted a significant part of Meteorology, Book III to this topic, and stressed that rainbows are made only with three colors, which was then proven wrong by succeeding studies made after his.

5. It has no exact number of colors.
Although Aristotle insisted that rainbows are only made with three colors, the real deal is that rainbows do not have exact number of hues. Each color blends into the next color without boundary, leaving the interpretation to the person viewing it and the culture that defined it. (So, I say there are 32 colors in there, who would judge?)

6. It can occur anywhere where sunlight meets water in the air.
Rainbows can form in waterfalls, mist, fog and anywhere where light meets water droplets and the angle allows for visible formation of colorful arches. Same thing with moon bows, although our eyes see it as white instead of colored arches.

Rainbows are stunning to the sight and are great ice breaker. Wow your friends the next time you pass by a beautiful arch of rainbow with these ‘did you know’ facts.

What is Scabies?

Scabies can affect anyone in any part of the world if there is an infestation of the mite called the Sarcoptes scabiei on the skin. The mite will live and burrow in the skin, causing a maddening itchy rash.

How is Scabies Spread?
Scabies can be transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact and through infested furniture and bedding, because the mites can survive for up to 72 hours even without a human host. It’s most likely that an entire family can be affected by scabies because of the proximity of the members, and mites themselves can live in the human host for as long as two months. They can survive in both cold and humid conditions, that is why scabies isn’t just limited to one are in the world. There is a common misconception, however, that these mites can be acquired from pets, but the Sarcoptes scabiei is a human mite, and the mites on your dogs and cats cannot survive on human skin.

What are the Symptoms of Scabies?
Even after the home is infested with the mites, the symptoms will not show up for at least three weeks. The first symptom is an intense itch, which usually intensifies at night. This is followed by scabies rash which appear mostly on the skin covered by clothing and accessories. Therefore, you will usually see the rashes on the armpits, in between the toes and fingers, belt line, buttocks, genitals, and chest. Babies also get rashes on their head, neck, and soles. If the person has a weak immune system, the rashes can appear crusted. The lesions caused by the mites will also resemble symptoms of other diseases, that is why it’s important to get a proper diagnosis to get the right treatment.

How is Scabies Treated?
The doctor will have to take samples of the skin by scraping off the eggs and mites in the lesions and inspected under a dermoscope. When the mites have been identified, the doctor will prescribe a topical cream or ointment that must be applied on the affected areas and left overnight for at least 8 hours. There are also other topical medications that the doctor might prescribe depending on the severity of the symptoms, and antihistamines might be recommended to reduce itching. If the scabies rash for example covers a large part of the body, or if the scabies rash is crusted, it may be necessary to prescribe oral ivermectin. This is taken as a single dose and can be repeated after two weeks to see improvements. Finally, the doctor will ask the person to wash the bedding, linen, and furniture which might be infested with mites. It is recommended that the linen and other washable items be soaked in hot water or dried in high heat. Dry-cleaning can also get rid of the mites, because they cannot survive without a human host for 72 hours.

The 12 Best Graphic Novels for Teens

If your teenager enjoys reading and looking at illustrations, it would be a good idea to introduce him/her to the wonders of graphic novels. There are tons of notable titles to choose from, but the 12 graphic novels below from a variety of genres offer the best experience.

1. Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year (2013) by Ramsey Beyer
This graphic novel reads like a compilation of journals, stories, and lists of an 18-year-old girl who goes into the city to attend college.

2. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (1991) by Art Spiegelman
This tale of cats, pigs, and mice was inspired by the cartoonist’s father’s stories about the Holocaust. This graphic novel is notable for being the first of the genre to win a Pulitzer Prize.

3. Runaways (2003) by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona
A collection of graphic novels wouldn’t be complete without a volume about superheroes. This series features teenagers who band together to fight an evil organization.

4. Anya’s Ghost (2011) by Vera Brosgol
Anya became friends with Emily when they both agreed to make the former popular in school. Anya, however, doesn’t know that Emily is a ghost of a girl who died years ago.

5. Baba Yaga’s Assistant (2015) by Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll
Masha, the heroine of the story, isn’t intimidated by the famous Russian witch’s reputation and is willing to undergo the tests and trials to become an assistant.

6. The Evil Garden (2011) by Edward Gorey
In this frightful tale, a family enters a beautiful garden one sunny afternoon, but soon realize it was a mistake after hearing strange sounds and discovering that they could no longer find the exit.

7. Skim (2008) by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
A graphic novel with a more serious theme, it’s about a Japanese student who attends an all-girls Catholic school, where a tragic suicide changed the mood students.

8. Persepolis (2000) by Marjane Satrapi
This autobiography chronicles the events of the Islamic revolution in Iran from the point of view of a child.

9. Yummy: the Last Days of a Southsude Shorty (2010) by G. Neri and Randy DuBurke
Robert “Yummy” Sandier accidentally killed a neighbor after being involved in a gang initiation and has gone into hiding since the incident.

10. I Kill Giants (2008) by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura
It’s about a girl who’s having a difficult time adjusting to real-life problems finds solace in a make-believe world filled with giants, fairies, and other fantastic creatures.

11. Amulet (2008) by Kazu Kibuishi
When Emily found a magical amulet from her great-grandfather, her mother Karen was kidnapped by an arachnopod and taken to another world. Emily and her brother Navin decided to follow their mother.

12. Bad Island (2011) by Doug TenNapel
Reese finds himself trapped in an island after going on a trip with his family. He has to find a way to survive and escape the island using whatever resources he could find.

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