Stretching can give your muscle the flexibility to prepare for exercise and is especially useful for dealing with joint stiffness. There are many stretching exercises that you can follow, “hamstring stretches” is one of them that you may want to try...


Blackheads Free Face

Squeezing blackheads out of our skin isn't just painful, it can leave us with unsightly scars, right? What can I do about blackheads?

Blackheads, or open comedones are a type of acne characterised by small bumps embedded in the pores of skin. In this condition, the surface of the skin remains open, hence the name open comedones. You may want to know that in open comedones, the surface of the plug lodged in the follicle is black in colour due to melanin, and not dirt.

Closed comedones, on the other hand, refer to whiteheads, in which the sebaceous follicles are completely blocked.

So what can be we do about blackheads?

SQUEEZING Start by steaming your skin for several minutes to loosen the pores, then press each blackhead gently. If a blackhead refuses to come out despite gentle pressure, stop at once as extra force will not help. In fact, it may lead to an infection if your hands are not clean. A better option is to use an extractor. For your information, there are conflicting opinions about the squeezing out of blackheads.

EXTRACTING A blackhead extractor is a metal wire with a loop at one end (you may have seen it if you have been for a facial). Blackheads can be removed individually with an extractor, but the procedure has to be done with extreme care to prevent scarring.

EXFOLIATING Exfoliating gels remove dead skin cells, thus preventing blackheads in the first place. Use a gentle exfoliator that is designed for your skin especially if your skin is sensitive, and follow the instructions carefully. Do not over-exfoliate for an unwanted blackheads free face!

BLACKHEAD REMOVAL STRIPS These strips provide a temporary solution by removing surface blackheads, most commonly from the nose. The strips are placed on the nose and pulled off after about 10 minutes. There are some strips that can be placed on the forehead and chin as well. Be sure to read the instructions carefully before use.

DIET Eating the right foods may help in the long run. Drink lots of water and include plenty of fruits of vegetables in your diet. Steer clear of foods that are high in saturated and trans-fats. Your skin, and your heart will definitely will thank you!

COSMETICS Use products that say 'non-comedogenic' on the label as they will not clog your pores. Invest in a good makeup remover, and follow it up by cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin. Wash your makeup applicators thoroughly after use for a blackhead free face!

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How to Wear Wedges to Look Your Best

Do you think this sturdy invention, i.e. wedges as seen on the runways can make or break your look? I hope by following the tips below, you are able to pick just the right one for you.

Generally, wedges are sturdy and I don’t think we have to fight for balance. Pick complementing styles to suit your skirt, like I do here:

  • If you have chunky calves, avoid wearing chunky wedges as that would add bulk to your feet making you look unproportionate. Try slim wedges instead to make your legs appear slender overall.

  • If you have short legs, a platform wedge heel streamlines your look and add miles to your legs.

  • For a casual day look, strappy wedges are your best bet but make sure that the straps end at your ankles so as not to appear cluttered.


Pick a wedge with an interesting detail like this for instant glamour on a simple work outfit. The pointed toe elongates your legs while the patent finish gives it an edgy feel.

Pair coloured wedges with a denim mini for a casual, cool look. The skirt length flatters the legs while the low heels ensure lasting comfort for after-work hours.

I hope you like the above tips on how to wear wedges to look your best!

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