Stop Putting These Foods In the Fridge!

From tomatoes that are getting a bit too squishy to leftover avocado slices you had from breakfast, we often think that it’s safe to store them in the fridge to keep them fresh and free from harmful bacteria. However, it turns out that when it comes to storing food in the fridge, not all are treated equally.

The following items, which most of us often store in the refrigerator, are best kept at room temperature to keep them fresher for longer.

1. Tomatoes
Whether you bought plum, cherry or salad tomatoes, you probably keep them in the fridge to have them nice and cold. Surely, cool, crisp tomatoes are delicious for your salad, but it isn’t the best storing option if you want yours to remain sweet and juicy. The cool temperature of the fridge actually damages the membranes of the fruit, altering its taste and texture. An ideal option is to keep them on the counter to develop more flavour over the days.

2. Bread
Many people falsely believe that keeping bread inside the fridge will make it last longer while keeping it fresh. However, in fact, the low temperature causes the starch in bread to crystallize more rapidly than it normally would at room temperature. Store it in a cool, dry place, unless you want stale and dried out loaves for your sandwich.

3. Watermelon
There’s nothing more refreshing than biting into cold watermelon, but we recommend storing the fruit elsewhere—but only when they’re still whole. Once you’ve had your watermelon cut, wrap it in cling plastic film and store it inside the fridge.

4. Bananas
Bought a big bunch of bananas? You would probably stick them straight into the fridge. However, keep in mind that bananas are grown from tropical places and they aren’t designed to endure cold temperature. If they haven’t ripened yet, storing them in the refrigerator won’t ripen them at all; instead, they’ll turn black and mushy.

5. Potatoes
According to nutritionists and food experts, potatoes are one of those edibles you should never keep inside your fridge—as they can be harmful. When kept in the fridge, the starch content of the produce turns into sugar. When fried or baked, the sugar combines with asparagines (an amino acid) and produce acrylamide, a harmful chemical for your body.

6. Avocado
There is nothing more annoying than an unripe avocado. Sticking it in the fridge won’t even help as the cool temperature hinders its ripening process. Since you want them to be ready for your salad faster, keep them in brown paper bags together with a banana, instead. The ethylene in bananas will help speed up the ripening of your avocados.

Refrigeration goes a long way to preserving your foods. However, for some, it can lessen the quality. When storing food after a trip to the grocery, make sure to store every item at the appropriate storage to keep them fresh for longer and, therefore, cut down on food waste.

All About the Base: Why You Should Try Stick Foundation

When talking about stick foundations, thick and cakey make-up immediately comes to mind. Though they are often used for heavy duty make-up, like for photoshoots and theatre acts, more and more cosmetic brands are reformulating their products to suit the needs of everyday make-up wearers.

Today’s generation of stick foundations guarantee to provide all day full-coverage, minus the creasing and caking. Incorporating this product to your make-up routine may just unlock many benefits. Here are some of our favourite reasons why we think your should try giving these products a go.

1. Better Coverage for Lesser Product
Stick foundations are particularly made compact, unlike liquid foundations which are in aqueous form. The density and pigmentation of the product even allows it to double as a concealer during those days when you don’t feel like going full glam. You can get similar coverage as your favourite liquid foundation with lesser amount of product—think four swipes instead of one full pump to cover the whole face.

2. Quick to Apply
Unless you need heavy-duty make-up that will provide full coverage whole day, you just need light, quick swipes across your T-zone and cheeks, and you are ready to blend. Stick foundations are life savers for those who are always on the rush in the morning. Use a beauty sponge instead of a brush or your hand to help melt the foundation into the skin, giving the make-up an airbrushed finish that’s less prone to caking.

3. Easy Touch Up When On the Go
Liquid and cream foundations are not the best products to use for mid-day touch ups. They are often contained in glass containers, which make them less travel friendly. Neither are they the ideal products to layer on a face that’s already set with powder. However, stick foundations layer beautifully and are easy to carry for touch-ups on the go. They also come in plastic twist containers, so it’s quite rare you will run the risk of breaking your stick foundation.

Stick foundations have formerly had bad reputation. While it may remind you of unpleasant memories of backstage make-up back in the days, do not shrug off trying the latest releases available in the market today. Many drugstore and high end brands have released their own versions of stick foundations, so you’re sure to find one that will suit your skin type and shade and the type of finish you want in order to achieve a more natural make-up look.

5 Amazing Beauty Uses of Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly isn’t the first thing that would come to mind when you’re thinking about makeup bag essentials. It’s one of the unsexy beauty products that we don’t remember buying, but we all have a jar of it lying around our room. While it might not be the first thing you’ll reach for in your daily routine, it’s certainly one of the best multitaskers in the beauty department. From smoothing your strands to taming your eyebrows, we listed down some of the best ways on how you could incorporate this versatile item into your beauty regimen.

1. For Creating New Eyeshadow Shades

Tired of using the same eyeshadow palette every day? Create new shades by mixing two to three eyeshadow colours with your petroleum jelly. It’s a cheap and easy way to get pretty new shades, or even an entirely new palette.

2. For Getting Rid of False Eyelashes Glue

Taking off false eyelashes requires extra care so as to avoid ripping off your real lashes. However, the adhesive glue that’s keeping your falsies in place can be quite difficult to remove – and that’s when your petroleum jelly enters the scene. All you’ve got to do is apply a bit of jelly over the glue, wipe it off with a damp cloth, and you’ll be falsie-free in just a snap.

3. For Removing Eye Makeup

Removing eye makeup often takes a considerable amount of time since you need to repeatedly wipe your eyelids until there’s no single trace of eyeshadow left. To remove your eye makeup faster, simply dot petroleum jelly on your lids, then wipe it off using a cotton or facial tissue.

4. For Making Cream Blush

Cream blush is capable of giving your skin a dewy finish, which is why most makeup junkies prefer using this formula to nail that au naturel look. But instead of purchasing a new blush, try making your own. All you need to do is mix a good amount of petroleum jelly with your favourite lipstick shade, and you already have a cream blush in a unique shade.

5. For Highlighting Your Cheekbones

Dreamt of having cheekbones like that of a supermodel’s? Well, you can achieve just that by dabbing a bit of petroleum jelly across your cheekbones. Whenever the light hits your face, you’ll achieve a gorgeous contoured and dewy look.

After knowing the greatness of petroleum jelly, we suggest that you incorporate it to your beauty stash ASAP and give the aforementioned tricks a try. Just make sure that you purchase a hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic petroleum jelly to ensure that it’s perfectly safe to apply on your face.

Every Girl’s Guide to Disposing Their Empty Beauty Products

For every woman, the satisfaction you get from emptying your beauty product is just incomparable. There’s a sense of accomplishment that only a true beauty junkie would understand. But how do you exactly dispose the product’s container once it’s emptied? Well, it certainly won’t make sense if you’d still keep them on your beauty stash. To help you deal with that, here are some simple and eco-friendly ways to get rid of your empty beauty products.

1. Ensure That the Container is Empty

One of the basic rules in recycling is cleaning an empty container before tossing it away. Before heading straight to the sink, however, you should first ensure if the product you’ll be discarding is safe to be flushed down the drain. So unless your beauty product is all-natural or non-toxic, it’s better to just use it all up than mix unknown chemicals into the waters.

2. Think of an Alternative Use for Them

That pretty tub of moisturizer should look cute as something else –an earrings jar or a pencil holder, you decide. The possibility is just endless. Your used lipstick? You can depot it and recycle its tube. If you’ll just clean it, you can definitely reuse it.

3. Check the Recycling Logo on the Packaging

Most brands place the recycling logo on their products if they’re recyclable. Once you’ve confirmed that a particular product is recyclable, you can simply surrender it to a recycling facility near your area in Singapore – or just toss into the right trash bin.

4. See if its Compostable

Compostable products refer to anything that’s biodegradable, such as cardboard and paper. This can be the packaging or the product itself. Some brands have biodegradable makeup wipes, cotton pads and other compostable tools, which you can throw in the trash without a second thought. Just ensure that they’re thrown in the right trash bin, though.

5. Return the Containers to Its Store

Being conscious about your beauty consumption has its own perks. For instance, surrendering a certain number of product containers to its store could get you a free beauty items like face masks. Some brands also accept containers as a part of their outreach program for local communities.

6. Sell Them to a Junk Shop

If the brands you’re using don’t practise recycling programs, you can simply collect and clean your empty product tubs or bottles to get extra bucks. All you’ve got to do is sell them to a junk shop or a recycling plant and you’ll get some money in exchange.

Knowing how to properly dispose or recycle your beauty product containers will definitely help improve your beauty practises. So be sure to keep these recycling tips in mind to enjoy a more eco-friendly beauty experience.

Hair Treatments You Should Do for Your Strands

 

If you think that shampooing and conditioning your hair is all it takes to achieve gorgeous, shiny tresses, then you’re wrong. Achieving perfect-looking strands need a lot work, but by using the right hair products and getting the right hair treatments, making your hair look stunning should be easy. With that in mind, we listed down some of the hair treatments that you could do on your own to give your strands its much deserved TLC.

  1. Hair Mask

Unlike the conditioners you use regularly, hair masks are capable of penetrating deep into the hair cuticle to bring back moisture and repair damage. Just keep in mind though that not all hair masks are the same, so be sure to purchase one that’s specifically made for your hair type. For best results, use it once a week or every two weeks.

  1. Hair Spa

Whether you’re dealing with hair loss, dandruff or just want to get soft, shiny tresses, giving yourself a hair spa treatment should already do the trick. Similar with hair masks, hair spa products are made for different uses so make sure that you get the right product for your hair care needs. All you’ve got to do is generously apply it on your scalp and hair after shampooing, leave it on for 15 minutes then rinse. You can also use it as an alternative for your daily conditioner to get amazing results.

  1. Hot Oil

Tired of managing your dry and frizzy hair? Then give your tresses the hot oil treatment it deserves. Apart from restoring the moisture of your strands, hot oil treatments also fight dandruff, prevent split ends, and promote hair growth. Simply apply coconut or olive oil on your hair, cover it with a shower cap and rinse after 15 to 20 minutes. For ladies who are always on the go, those one-minute hot oil treatment products would be your best bet.

  1. Hair Cellophane

Give your locks a subtle hue and a boost of shine with cellophane treatments. This process helps by locking in the moisture in your hair cuticles, as well as restoring the normal texture of your hair. Its colour will only last for several months, making it less damaging than semi-permanent hair dyes.

By performing these hair treatments, achieving shiny and gorgeous locks is now easy. So make sure to give your strands all the extra TLC it needs, so you can enjoy that stunning hair whenever you want.

Breast Cancer Prevention Tips

Breast cancer is one of the most feared diagnosis a woman can get. Just the mere mention of the disease already conjures images of despair, death, and at best, disfigurement. According to studies conducted by Singapore researchers, one in eight women develops invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, and about 40,000 lose their lives to the illness each year. Luckily, even with these odds stacked against you, there are still some measures that you can take to help you decrease your risk of developing the disease.

1. Detect the Disease Early On
When detected early, the prognosis is usually excellent. In fact, the survival rate for a breast cancer that’s detected during its earliest stage is at 99 percent. Here’s what you need to know to promote early detection of the disease.

• If you think you’re in average risk or doesn’t have any family history, experts recommend having a quality breast cancer screening in Singapore and a mammogram test every two years when you reach 50 years old. Some oncologists, on the other hand, recommend starting mammogram tests in your early 40s. Just consult with a specialist to determine an ideal plan for you.

• Be familiar with the look and the feel of your breasts, so it would be easier for you to detect and report any changes in texture or appearance to your doctor. Make sure to notify your specialist if you ever notice any crusting or bleeding of the nipples and any pain in your breast area.

• Women with higher risk should start getting breast cancer screening much earlier, and consider undergoing an MRI screening as well.

2. Figure Out Your Breast Density
One way to protect yourself from breast cancer is to find out if you have dense breasts. For breasts with more tissue than fat, it makes cancer harder to detect on mammograms. More importantly, having dense breasts make your breast cancer risk six times higher.

When having a mammogram, ask the radiologist whether or not your breasts are dense. But even if you have low breast density, you’ll still need to undergo regular check-ups. If it’s high, ask your doctor to add ultrasound or MRI tests to your screening tests, or to switch to digital mammography from the traditional one to make it easier to detect any abnormalities in dense breast.

3. Lessen Exposure to Radiation
Sounds ironic, right? Mammogram tests are staple physical tests against breast cancer, but using ionizing radiation can put you at risk for the disease, since it causes DNA mutation in cells. Still, that doesn’t mean that you should skip mammogram tests from now on. Mammogram tests deliver very minimal amounts of radiation, and as long as you follow the general guidelines, there shouldn’t be any issues.

The same thing is true for airport security screenings and dental x-rays – and the likelihood of discovering a potential health problem still outweighs the risk of minimal radiation exposure. However, Singapore health experts say that x-ray tests must only be performed when the physician deems them necessary as a part of a treatment for a particular disease. Make sure that you know the reason why you need to have an x-ray; if you’re uncertain whether you need one, we suggest getting second opinion.

4. Know Your Maternal and Paternal Health Histories
About five to 10 percent of breast cancer in Singapore is hereditary, passed from one generation to another through various mutated genes. Your father’s family history matters as much as your mother’s so ensure that you know both the family history of your parents. Also, look at your family’s history of other cancers as well.

Apart from your family history, it’d also be best for you to know the medical and health history of your second- and third-degree relatives (uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, and grandchildren). If you found something that bothers you, seek professional help of genetics expert.

5. Breast-Feed Your Baby
Women who chose to breast-feed their babies on the first six months after birth are said to have 10 percent lesser risk from breast cancer Singapore. One reason: Since breast-feeding moms do not menstruate, it lowers the number of menstrual cycles they experience throughout their lifetime, thereby reducing the oestrogen levels that their bodies produce. This just proves that breast-feeding isn’t just good for the babies, it is ideal for mothers, too.

6. Develop an Active Lifestyle
Exercise is believed to protect against breast cancer in various ways. First, it helps controlling one’s weight. A study found that females who gained 20 to 30 pounds from the age of 18 were 40 percent more likely to develop the disease than those individuals who hadn’t gained over five pounds. The reason? Increased oestrogen production, which stimulates cell overgrowth and breast cancer. The more fat a woman has in her body, the more oestrogen she’ll produce.

Second, exercising alters oestrogen metabolism. For women who exercises, the ratio of good to bad oestrogens increased by 25 percent. You don’t have to start training for an Ironman race though. Performing a moderate-intensity exercise each week is already enough to protect yourself from breast cancer, and any other cancers.

Through early detection and these tips, it’s now possible for women to protect themselves from breast cancer. So ensure that you live a healthy lifestyle, and undergo all the important tests regularly to keep yourself protected from the said the disease or any other illnesses.

Misleading Words Used By Marketers

 

For any product consumed or applied, consumers deserve to know whether it is safe or not. This is the reason why the government regulates all that is consumed and applied but sometimes, marketers and manufacturers find way to sell products or services. Knowing this, you have to be careful with the things that you are buying.

Here in Singapore, you will see labels claiming that a product is “nontoxic” or maybe “organic”. When they claim it, it is always best to look into the label and see if that is true. The ingredients or contents are undeniable so always look for it. Sometimes when marketers are too keen on advertising, you won’t bother checking the label. Do you know that sometimes they use misleading words? What are these words that you have to avoid when buying products?

Here is the list:

“Dermatologist Tested” or “Hypoallergenic”

Sometimes when you buy a cosmetic, you prefer labels saying “dermatologist tested” or “hypoallergenic” but in truth, manufacturers are not obligated to conduct any tests to provide that the products work. There is actually no organization behind this claim and if you notice, the company that is making the product only claims it.

“Environmentally Friendly”

When you see a product claiming that it is “environmentally friendly”, you consider it immediately because you think you are helping the environment. The truth is, the government does not encourage the usage of such words because it is vague and broad.

“Fragrance Free”

There are those people who are allergic to synthetic oils that give fragrance. For these people, products claiming “fragrance free” are preferable but they have to be careful. “Fragrance free” label does not mean there is no fragrance at all. The fragrance is just being covered up by synthetic ingredients which are more dangerous to you.

“Natural”

You often look for this word on the label thinking that it is pure and comes from nature. But sometimes, these claims are baseless. For example, a company may claim that their moisturizers are “100% natural” but it is not. Moisturizers have synthetic preservatives and fragrances that can take a toll on your health.

“Organic”    

This is another misleading word because major or top brands easily claim that their products are “organic” but in fact it only contains little or no organic ingredients. For example, a shampoo company claims ingredients used are purely “organic” but wait till you read the label. There is actually no “organic ingredient” instead synthetic like glycol and propylene which are damaging to your health.

Now that you are familiar with the words, you should remember it and caution others too.

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