What You Need to Know About Botox

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Published on: July 28, 2017

You will often hear the word Botox as a cosmetic for removing wrinkles and as a treatment for muscular conditions. It’s a product name for botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

How does it work?

The toxin works by paralyzing the muscles temporarily. The source bacteria is inactive in a natural environment and become harmful when when its spores become vegetative cells and they begin producing botulinum toxin excessively. An infection of the botulinum toxin is called botulism. It can cause respiratory failure by targeting the signals in the nervous system. It is considered one of the deadliest substances.

In very small concentrations, botulinum toxin can stop signals from the nerve cells by preventing the release of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter. The muscles are paralyzed for a while because they don’t receive instructions. There are currently eight types of these neurotoxins.

What is it used for?

It’s used for the following medical conditions: muscular disorders, bowel and bladder disorders like urinary incontinence, chronic migraine, excessive sweating, eye squints or spasm of the eyelids, crossed eyes, severe neck and shoulder spasms, post-stroke upper limb spasticity, hemifacial spasm, esophageal issues, anal sphincter dysfunction, allergic rhinitis, cerebral palsy, contraction of jaw or vocal chords, and hypersalivation.

For cosmetic purposes, they remove frown lines and crow’s feet. The toxin is diluted sodium chloride and injected directly into the neuromuscular tissue. It usually takes three to five days to take full effect. An injection relaxes the muscles causing the overlying skin to become smooth.

Is it safe?

Don’t worry, botulinum toxin is safe at correct dosages, but it should not be administered to people who have allergic reactions to the drug or to pregnant or lactating mothers.

Its side effects include pain at the injection site as well as edema; headache; transient numbness; temporary weakness of muscles, weakness or drooping of eyelids; dysphagia; nausea; brachial plexopathy; blurred or double vision; dry mouth; rashes or hives and swelling; fatigue and wheezing. There is a danger that the effect can spread to other parts of the body.

Botox treatment for wrinkles are effective for at least four months, so the injections can be repeated when the effects wear off.

If you’re considering getting one for cosmetic purposes, consider the proper labeling, naming and dosage of the types of botulinum toxin used for the procedure. The most common brand names are the following: Botox Cosmetic is named onabotulinumtoxinA, while Myobloc is called rimabotulinumtoxinB. Dysport is called abobotulinumtoxinA while Xeomin is named incobotulinumtoxinA.

What should I remember?

When considering getting a Botox for your wrinkles, tell your doctors about your medical history such as allergies, nerve and muscle conditions, your medicines and supplements, and the side effects after the treatment. Remember that these injections should only be done by licensed doctors and treatments are spaced at least three months.

Before doing injections, the doctor will do a facial analysis and interview. During treatment, the specialist will inject three areas of the muscle at the side of each eye, while five injections are done on the forehead muscles.

Eye Cream Hacks Worth Trying Out

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Published on: August 22, 2015

We all know that using eye cream is essential for keeping the delicate skin around our eye area looking youthful and fresh. But did you know that your favourite eye cream can be a great multitasker too? Yes, you can use this daily skincare staple in ways that exceeds its normal purpose. So grab your trusty eye cream now and try out these five new uses for your favourite eye product.


  1. Eyebrow Smoother. While applying some eye cream underneath your eyes, also dab some leftover product to smooth out any fine lines between your eyebrows. With this, you’ll finally bid goodbye to the angry-looking lines between your brows.


  1. Concealer Enhancer. Concealer, on its own, is already enough to cover up under eye circles, but did you know that mixing it with your eye cream will give you better spot-covering results? If not, then it might be time to try mixing this two products together. Just a bit of your eye cream is already enough to make your concealer smoother and creamier. Aside from that, it’ll also help in cutting down on creasing and prolonging your concealer’s wear.


  1. Cuticle Moisturizer. Eye cream on hands? Why not. In fact, your eye cream’s extra-hydrating properties can serve as an excellent moisturizer for your cuticles when they become damaged and dry. So next time you feel like picking at your hangnail, reach for your eye cream instead.


  1. Lip Line Hydrator. Whether it’s caused by excessive sun exposure or use of drying products, masking your dry lip line now became easier thanks to your hydrating eye cream. It works faster and better than your waxy ChapStick and infuses time released lip hydration.


  1. Radiant Skin Provider. Felt like your foundation isn’t looking as radiant as it’s supposed to be? Then simply dab a thin layer of your eye cream over your foundation, concealer and translucent powder. Not only will this trick give you a healthy glowing skin, it’ll also add moisture to areas where it’s needed most. Apply it on the centre of your forehead, on the highest point of your cheeks and on your chin to get that instantly fresh-faced sheen sans too much shine.

Eye creams are perfect for keeping the skin around your eyes healthy, but the product is worth and capable of more than that. So next time you apply your eye cream, try experimenting on any of its other beauty uses to achieve better beauty results.


5-Step Guide in Managing Unruly Curls

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Published on: August 3, 2015

If you’re blessed with naturally curly hair, you know all too well that it’s a love-hate relationship. You get endless compliments, but you also struggle with endless tangles and frizz. But despite that, maintaining curly hair isn’t actually that hard. It can be a hassle at first, but once you find the haircare routine that works for you, you can already just hop out of the shower and go. Discover your routine now and manage your unruly curls using this 5-step guide.


  1. Use a moisturizing formula when shampooing and conditioning your hair.

If you have curly hair, there’s a big chance that your strands are pretty dry. Remedy this by using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to fight frizz, define your curls better and make them look shinier and fresher. Just make sure that you let your leave your conditioner for a couple of minutes to detangle the pesky snarls.

  1. Gently comb your hair using a wide-toothed comb.

For people with straight hair, brushing wet hair is the same as committing a crime, but it’s an entirely different story when you have curly hair. Using a wide-toothed comb, gently brush through your hair once you’ve rinsed your conditioner to manage all the remaining tangles. As much as possible, avoid brushing it our while drying because you’ll only cause more frizz.

  1. Wring your hair out and apply a generous amount of hair mousse.

Just before you hop off the shower, make sure that you wringed all the excess water off your hair. After that, apply a generous amount of curling mousse from root to tip and scrunch it using your fingers. Ensure that you’re using a curling mousse that has a strong hold to it to make your curls longer-lasting.


  1. Throw your curls up in a towel and just leave it be.

Instead of rubbing your hair as you come out of the shower, just put it up into a towel and leave it be. Rubbing it with your towel will only bring about more hair frizz. Just do your usual beauty routines and let it sit for another 10 to 15 minutes before removing the towel.

  1. Apply a curling cream and let it dry on its own.

Once you’re done leaving your hair to sit in a towel, apply a quarter-sized amount of curling cream from root to tip and scrunch it. This will help in giving your curls more definition, holding it and controlling hair frizz. Once you’re done scrunching, just let it dry on its own, or use a diffuser if you’re in a hurry.

Maintaining a curly hair isn’t that hard. All you’ve got to do is use the right hair products and find the haircare routine that can help you manage frizz and make your curls look like they’re on their top shape.


5 Terrible Makeup Mistakes Most Women Make  

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Published on: May 4, 2015

Perhaps, we’ve all experienced that time in our life when we’ve browsed over our Facebook photos and feel disgusted at our own face. Maybe because you dread your face caked up in foundation that’s too light for your skin or your cheeks drenched in bright pink blush? Whatever the reasons may be, you know that you’ve been in a horrible makeup disaster.


However, there are still some mistakes that many of us are completely unaware of and probably still doing it every day. What are these makeup mishaps we’re talking about? Read on and find out.

  1. Applying Foundation with Flat Brush

Although this isn’t necessarily wrong, applying foundation with a flat brush can cause streaks and is not enough to thin out the foundation and make it look natural. The best way to apply foundation, making it look like real skin, is with the use of synthetic brush or duo fibre brush. Use the brush to buff the product in circular motion into the skin for a flawless finish.

  1. Using Bronzer to Contour

Bronzers tend to look quite shimmery and orangey to lend that sun-kissed look to the skin. When used as contour, the face can look muddy instead of sculpted, which contouring is aiming for. For face contour, use a matte bronzer in grayish undertone and make sure to hit the right spots—hallows of the cheeks, sides of the forehead, and jawline—for a believable definition.

  1. Matching Your Eyebrow and Hair Colour

Unless you aim for a mannequin-like look, never match your eyebrow with your hair colour. Naturally, our eyebrows have completely different shade than our hair. When on the hunt for the perfect brow pencil, follow this rule of thumb: For lighter hair, go one or two shades darker; for darker hair, go one or two shades lighter.


  1. Applying Mascara in a Single Upward Stroke

If you want to make your lashes look thicker and longer, a bit of effort goes a long way. Oftentimes, the biggest mistake women make is to apply a coat of mascara in one upward swipe, which doesn’t maximize the capability of the product. To achieve that vavavoom lashes, apply two to three coats, doing a few pulses of zigzag motion from the base of the lashes to the tips every time.

  1. Layering Powder to Set the Makeup

It doesn’t only make your face look dry and cakey, but also clogs the pores. While this is a popular way to make makeup last, another way—and a much better way—is using a few sprits of finishing spray. These makeup setting sprays are designed to control shine and keep the makeup intact to last all day.

With the makeup industry continues to evolve, these common makeup mishaps may change overtime. Who knows, what might be wrong today might be the most beautiful technique tomorrow. Just don’t be afraid to experiment and see what looks best on you.


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