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Monday, October 30, 2023

More Than a Temporary Home: The Lasting Impact of Foster Care

The UK’s foster care system is a robust network of dedicated individuals and organisations working tirelessly to provide children in need with safe and nurturing environments. While the role of a foster carer is often viewed through the lens of short-term provisions, the long-lasting impact they have on a foster child’s life can’t be overstated. Let’s explore the enduring effects foster care has on children and their foster carers alike.

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Building Stable Foundations

When children come into the care system, they may have experienced instability, trauma, or neglect. A crucial part of the fostering journey is offering these children a stable environment. Stability, often for the first time in their lives, allows foster children to rebuild trust, form lasting relationships, and develop a sense of security. 

While the world ‘temporary’ is often associated with foster care, the stability and grounding you can provide as a foster carer with Foster Care Associates may play a permanent role in a child’s growth and development.

The Emotional Imprint

Being a foster carer is not just about providing a roof over a child’s head. It’s about emotional investment, patience, and understanding. For many foster children, this emotional support helps heal wounds from their past, helping them grow into emotionally resilient individuals.

A foster carer often becomes a child’s confidante, guiding light, and sometimes, their biggest cheerleader. This emotional connection, once established, stays with the child long after they leave the foster home, shaping their relationships and interactions in the future.

Developing Key Life Skills

Beyond the emotional realm, foster carers play a pivotal role in equipping children with essential life skills. From managing finances and cooking meals to navigating social interactions and academic challenges, these skills are indispensable.

A child in care, with the support and guidance of their foster carer, learns not only to survive but to thrive. These skills, which many of us take for granted, serve as a toolbox that the child can draw from throughout their life.

The Reciprocal Relationship

The benefits of foster care don’t flow in one direction. Foster carers frequently share stories of personal growth, enriched lives, and the profound joy of making a difference. By opening their homes and hearts, they gain a renewed sense of purpose and often form lifelong bonds with the children they care for.

This reciprocal relationship strengthens over time. It’s a testament to the fact that foster care is more than a mere arrangement; it’s a partnership that enriches both parties involved.

The Broader Community Effect

The ripple effect of foster care extends beyond the foster child and carer. Schools, neighbourhoods, and broader communities also feel the positive impact. As foster children integrate, grow, and achieve, their successes become a source of pride for community. Their stories of resilience and triumph can inspire and provide hope to others facing challenges.

The foster care system in the UK, underpinned by the love and dedication of foster carers, leaves a positive mark on the lives of countless children. While foster care placements might be temporary, the lessons learned, the bonds formed, and the memories created are everlasting.


Sunday, October 29, 2023

Elmer's Chee Wees Snacks For Halloween Trick-Or-Treater's

Not Sponsored: About a month ago ... I was trying to decide, what type of candy to buy the Trick-or-Treaters, that would be stopping by my house on Halloween night. I went to the store and faced sticker shock! The price for a bag of chocolate candy was ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS! I said to myself, there has to be a better way. So I thought, maybe if I bought sacks of variety bags of chips (ex Lays), I would make out better economically. But could I do better than that? I DID! 

I ended up looking up local companies, here in New Orleans. The very first site I visited, was Elmer's Chee Wees. As soon as I went to their website, I saw the cutest mouse dressed in his finest with a Halloween pumpkin at his foot. The bag was orange, said Happy Halloween, had a New Orleans lamp post with a full moon and array of bats on the bag. I kept saying WOW! WOW! How Halloween can you get? Elmer's offered a case, at an amazing price and even offered a BOGO (Buy One, Get One) option plus FREE SHIPPING. I placed my order and my work was done for Halloween. The kids will be tickled (ahem) ORANGE.

Not only was everything packaged and shipped perfectly, they also gave me a little lagniappe (something extra). Elmer's makes a variety of snacks! They included a bag of their caramel popcorn, green onion Chee Wees, BBQ Chee Wees and Cheese Popcorn in my order. What an excellent business idea! They now have a customer for LIFE, because I will be placing an order for snacks, just for my household. I supported a local business. Local employees. A small business. AND, I got a treat for my trick-or-treater's that stands out from the usual candy.

The art work on the bag was ALSO done by local artists here in New Orleans (so your purchase also helps them and gives them recognition). Josh Porea @chvck_chvnge and Kelli Mascaro at Shear Grafix @sheargrafix

So, I share my story in the hopes that you will do the same. Find out if the local companies in your area, do anything for Halloween (or any other holiday) and buy from them. You will get a product much more meaningful, while helping a local business.


Types Of Clothes To Wear, That Will Always Make You Look Good

We've all been there! You're not feeling or looking your best on a particular day. There's something you want to camouflage, hide or disguise. As a beauty enthusiast, we all know concealer is the trick to hiding blemishes on your face, but what about your body? There's not a magic wand for your body. Well, there is ... but surgery is not cheap (nor do I promote it). What's a person to do!?! Well, there are some simple things that you can wear, that will always make you look good. They're classic! I learned a lot of these from my years blogging. Let me share them with you.

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1. Monochrome (Monochromatic) from head to toe

What does monochromatic mean? Monochromatic is defined as containing or using only one color.  Wearing one color from head to toe will make you look uniform, neat, polished and put together. Not only that, but dressing in one color can make you look taller, slimmer and streamline your appearance. So whether you choose a strong pop of color, such as pink, purple, blue, yellow or a neutral such as white or gray, try staying in the same color family.

2. Wear all black

This ideology comes straight from New York! Wearing all black ALWAYS looks good! I have invested in a number of black dresses, tops, trousers, skirts, shoes and accessories. When shopping and in doubt, BUY IT IN BLACK! Black makes everything look better (even if its cheap). Black doesn't have to be boring. Play with various textures and materials. Pair a black knit sweater with leather leggings.

3. Wide leg pants

I want you to repeat after me! Wide leg pants won't make you look wider!!! HaHaHa There's such a misconception with wide leg pants. If you don't oversize in your size, they will not make you look bigger. If you're busty, have a plump rump, wide leg pants can help even those things out. I just purchased some in navy, black and gray. I'm a neutral girl. 

4. Wear a dress, instead of a skirt & top

Skirts and tops are nice, but they can split your body into sections. To avoid this, you should really watch the material you buy these pieces of clothing in. A dress is a lot simpler. You can step into a dress or put it over your head. It will give you uniformity, whether its solid in color or a print.

5. Do not tuck

Tucking your top/shirt/blouse can be a catastrophe, if you have a (ahem) plump stomach. I have a roll or two in my middle area. I stopped tucking years ago. HaHaHa I wear a lot of cotton tops. I simply wear them over my pants. They stop short (not long) and look really nice.

6. Wear tights or trouser socks

If you wear a dress (and its cold), consider wearing tights in the same color. Same thing for trouser pants. Wear the same color trouser socks. Your goal is uniformity! Stay in the same color family. For anyone that is on their feet a lot or if you have to drive a distance, consider wearing compression tights or knee-hi's. I just started doing this, and my legs feel so much better. You can find them on Amazon for cheap. Consult with your doctor as to what level of compression you should buy.

7. Invest in shapewear

What you wear underneath (intimates/foundations) can make a difference in how your clothes will look on you. They are not cheap! They are an investment! But your body will look so much better. Invest in good supporting bras and brief panties. Invest in a really good bodysuit, mid-thighs/shorts and even footless capris. You need shapewear sometimes when you wear dresses or pants. Shapewear keeps your body together. You won't get out of whack! You won't look lumpy and bumpy underneath your clothing.

8. Wear 3/4 or long sleeves 

Are your arms not ready for short-sleeved or sleeveless tops yet? Consider buying tops that are 3/4 or have long sleeves. I wear long sleeves, even during the Summer months. The material is thin. I have no problem. Most of my tops are either 3/4 or long sleeve tops. They give me the coverage that I need and you always look perfect.

9. A great suit

You should have a couple of great pant and skirt suits in your closet. You may be saying, Kim I work from home! You still need them. A funeral, christening, baptism, meeting etc. could come up and you will need a nice suit or dress. They're just good to have in your closet.


Halloween Party For One To Two People At Home

Halloween is approaching. What are your plans? You don't have to do things with a group or attend a party, to have a great time. How about celebrating Halloween your own way? Make it your own. Let me give you some suggestions.

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Halloween Dinner

What are you going to eat? You can prepare a meal for yourself, but that takes precious time away from enjoying the holiday. Let me suggest that you place an order with your favorite restaurant, for your favorite food and have it delivered by Uber Eats, Grubhub, Doordash or ASAP. These food delivery places don't just go to fast food joints. Delicious food from high end restaurants can also be found on their menus. So whether you want sushi, Chinese, seafood, Mexican, BBQ, Thai, pizza, Greek, steak, southern, Cajun, Italian, Mediterranean, Latin, Indian, middle eastern, Caribbean, Hawaiian, African or Jamaican, the possibilities or endless. Choose something you've never tried ... something different! Don't forget dessert! Most of these food delivery places also connect with local bakeries etc. You can order ice cream, cakes, cupcakes, candy and all kinds or treats for yourself. Order as soon as you get home!

Turn Off The Lights Or Not To Turn Off The Lights ... That Is The Question!

Decide early-on, whether or not you want to hand out treats to the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood. If you don't want to, turn off any outside lights so they will not to disturb you. If you want to pass out candy, keep outside lights on. Now, just because you want to give them a treat doesn't mean you physically have to do it yourself. Place a bowl filled with treats outside and place it on a table. Anyone that passes your house can get a treat without worrying you. 

Watch Spooky Movies

While enjoying your delicious Halloween dinner and dessert, watch your favorite Halloween movies. I've DVR'd a multitude of Halloween movies to watch. I've been watching them all month. But many now, are available ANYTIME on many streaming services. Many movies can be found on FX, TNT, SYFY, Turner Classic Movies, AMC, Hallmark, Freeform, Netflix, Disney+ and Paramount. Several years ago, I put together an extensive popular classic and vintage Halloween movie list together. Check out that list and see if you would like to watch any of those. 

Watch Fall Themed Movies ... Get Inspired!

There are a multitude of Fall and Autumn themed movies on the Hallmark Channel. If you love to decorate, you can get a lot of inspiration from watching these movies. I have gotten inspiration from seeing how they decorate various sets: home, bakery shops, festivals, weddings etc. They're usually filmed in various cities and small towns. Watching them may give you some ideas on future things you want to do, things you want to incorporate in your home or where you may want to travel next. You can also get inspired by some of the great winter wear they wear in these movies (such as pairing certain color clothes together etc.)

Dress For Halloween, But Be Comfortable

You don't have to wear a Halloween costume or put on makeup to get into the Halloween spirit. Depending on the weather, put on some black leggings with a cute Halloween T-shirt and some socks. Pair a t-shirt and shorts together. You'll be both comfortable and festive. This will definitely get you into the spirit of things.


Saturday, October 28, 2023

Intelligent Ways To Prevent Your Business Becoming A Burden

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If you’re finding running a business overwhelming, you’re not alone. Becoming an entrepreneur and earning the big bucks is challenging for everyone. We tend to hear about the success stories but we never see the countless people struggling to make their personal enterprises work.

If that sounds like you, this post can help. We take a look at some of the strategies and techniques you can use to prevent your business from becoming a burden on you. Here’s everything you need to know:

Conduct Regular Self-Assessments

One of the best ways to prevent your business from becoming a burden is to conduct regular self-assessments of your role. Instead of assuming your job is fixed, see it as something that can change and evolve as your firm develops.

Start by asking whether a trained professional could do some aspect of your job instead. For example, if you’re currently doing the accounts, could a professional do this faster and cheaper for you?

Then move on to more detailed tasks. Could another person with executive experience guide you in making decisions or help manage some aspect of the firm?

Adopt More Efficient Processes

You can also try streamlining your business by adopting more efficient processes. Reducing unnecessary workloads and freeing up time can have a tremendous effect on your personal well-being.

The efficiency of your processes depends mostly on the technology you use. If you find yourself currently spending a long time doing something, ask if there is a way you could hand tasks over to a machine or software. Remember, self-directed AIs now exist and can carry out numerous tasks provided you give them the correct prompts.

Eliminate All Physical Labour

Another way you can make your business less of a burden is to eliminate all physical labor. In today’s economy, there’s no reason for any entrepreneurs to do manual work themselves.

For example, you could hire commercial cleaners to come in and clean offices in the mornings. This way, you can avoid doing it yourself or annoying your regular staff by getting them to do it.

Look for instances of physical labor in your organization and ask whether you could outsource it. Don’t assume that services don’t exist.

Adapt Your Goals

You could also try adapting your goals to your changing needs and circumstances. If you’re finding it too hard to build a certain type of business, you could try pivoting to another.

Entrepreneurship isn’t just about grinding away and working hard. It’s also about making the best decisions for you, your customers, and the people who work for you. If you see a better opportunity elsewhere, switch paths.

Plan For Contingencies

Finally, it’s a good idea to plan for contingencies. The more prepared you are for things like market shifts, economic downturns, and emergencies, the less of a burden your enterprise will be.

Contingency planning involves keeping one eye on the worst-case scenario at all times. Eventually, something will go wrong and you want to be ready for it when it happens.


Friday, October 27, 2023

Are You At Risk Of Heavy Metal Poisoning?

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No, we’re not talking about the music. ‘Heavy metals’ are a type of element with a high density that can be found in practically everything from the soil below us to the food we eat. Our bodies need certain heavy metals like iron and zinc to survive - but only in certain quantities. Too much of these metals can cause damage to our body. And there are certain heavy metals like lead and mercury that our body doesn’t need at all.

These metals can get into our body in a variety of ways. To prevent heavy metal poisoning, it’s important to know where these metals come from and how to limit exposure so that you’re only consuming the right metals and the right quantity.

What causes heavy metal poisoning?

Heavy metal poisoning can occur for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Eating too much fish: Fish has many health benefits, but if you eat too much you can put yourself at risk of heavy metal poisoning. This is because fish contains small traces of mercury (some fish like bluefin tuna and swordfish contain larger amounts).
  • Drinking water from old pipes: Old pipes were often made from lead. Some old properties are believed to still have lead pipes, and once these pipes corrode it can affect the water supply. Corroded copper pipes can also be a danger.
  • Taking certain medication/supplements: Many drugs - including over-the-counter painkillers - contain toxic heavy metals like arsenic and cadmium. Overdoing these medicines can put you at risk of heavy metal toxicity. Meanwhile, taking too much of certain supplements like iron tablets can also have risks.
  • Handling products containing lots of metal without PPE: Many products like paints, pesticides and heavy duty cleaning products contain heavy metals. Fumes can result in these metals being inhaled - which can become a problem if you’re using these products daily.
  • Using certain types of make-up: Heavy metals are also found in many cosmetic products ranging from lipsticks to eyeshadow. These metals are absorbed by the skin and can become a health risk if you are wearing these products regularly.

What are the effects of heavy metal poisoning?

Our body is able to filter out small amounts of metals that we don’t need, however it struggles with larger quantities. Our kidneys and liver are the organs that are in charge of filtering out these metals and these organs can become quickly damaged once metals start to build up in the bloodstream - potentially leading to liver or kidney failure. Excess heavy metals in the bloodstream can also damage other organs, including the brain (a potential cause of dementia).

Heavy metal poisoning can also increase your risk of developing cancer and lead to an increased risk of fertility issues. Inhaling too many metals can meanwhile lead to respiratory problems, while exposing the skin to too many heavy metals may lead to dermatitis and eczema.

Some of the most common symptoms of heavy metal poisoning are listed below:

  • Headaches
  • Vomiting/nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation/diarrhoea
  • Poor appetite
  • Low body temperature
  • A scratchy feeling at the back of the throat
  • Prickly/numb feeling in the hands

A blood test will be able to determine if you are experiencing heavy metal poisoning.

How can I reduce the risk of heavy metal poisoning?

There are treatments like chelation therapy that can remove excess heavy metals from your bloodstream. This is sometimes known as a heavy metal detox and can be performed by doctors or at IV therapy clinics. It is important to undergo this detox before heavy metal levels get too high.

To prevent heavy metal poisoning, there are several lifestyle changes that you may be able to make. This includes:

  • Eating a well balanced diet. Feel free to eat fish regularly, but do not eat it every day - and be particularly wary of fish that is high in mercury.
  • If you live in an old property, test your water supply for lead. Get your pipes replaced if there is lead in them. There are read test kits you can buy online.
  • Do not overdo painkillers or supplements. Stick to recommended doses to avoid heavy metal poisoning.
  • Wear PPE while handling products like paints and pesticides. This includes a facemask and gloves.
  • Check whether your makeup contains high levels of heavy metals. Opt for different brands if the metal content is high, or try to wear makeup less often (wearing makeup every day will increase your risk of heavy metal poisoning).

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Personality At The Prom: How You Can Dress To Impress

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Prom night is approaching and you’re rightly beginning to think about how to look your best on the big night. Thankfully, you still have plenty of time to perfect things.

Feeling comfortable and confident in your appearance will undoubtedly improve your prom night. So, building a look that reflects your personality and works with your natural beauty rather than against it should be on the agenda. Focus on the seven steps below and you won’t go far wrong.

Choose colors you love

When building your perfect style, looking at luxury prom dresses will be the first item on your checklist. There are many attributes to consider, ranging from material choices to lengths. It is the color and pattern of the design that truly stand out, though.

The 2024 color trends offer many choices. Jewel tones, pastel hues, black and white, metallics, earthy tones, and bold monochromes will all be popular. So, you should not struggle to find a dress in your favorite color that feels right for the big night.

Your footwear and accessories will offer the chance to add a burst of color too.

Make a statement with jewelry

While finding a prom dress that suits you is vital, you probably won’t go too crazy with your choices. Thankfully, there are plenty of additional ways to personalize your look. Jewelry offers a fantastic opportunity to do this. Do not ignore it.

If your dress has a floral design or your shoes have a butterfly strap, your earrings or bracelet could match this. Alternatively, incorporating your initials or the date of the prom can work well, especially if you plan to keep your outfit for memories.

His and her jewelry is another option that can add meaning to your look.

Opt for practical shoe choices

A great pair of shoes can take any outfit from an eight to a 10. When planning your prom night attire, though, you must not overlook the need for comfort. Your look would be severely compromised if you were to be left hobbling through the night.

One of the big questions to ask is “How high should my heels be?”, and this will be influenced by your height and other factors. Meanwhile, you want something sturdy enough to help you dance all night while still adding elegance to your look.

Footwear is one of the first things people notice. So, a winning style is essential.

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Think about your hair

Hair and makeup choices are essential features of your prom night look. It’s best to plan ahead and get used to makeup products and application techniques. This will allow you to act with confidence, although you may hire a make-up artist instead.

However, even the best makeup application will rely heavily on your hairstyle to bring your look to life. Checking out the most popular prom hair trends should provide inspiration. Meanwhile, the color can make a huge statement about your personality.

Whether it’s a complete color transformation or adding highlights, you will see the difference.

Create a personal accessory

The prom dress itself might be too important to upcycle or create from scratch. Nonetheless, wearing at least one item that you have customized to reflect your personality will help. You'll stand out for all the right reasons. It’ll certainly make the outfit more memorable too.

You could easily update a bag by making a small embroidery relating to your school year. Or you may wish to personalize a piece of jewelry or modify the jacket that you will wear. But you should complete the project ASAP. Rushing nearer the time will compromise the results.

Another option is to match your accessories with a friend. Twinning is winning.

Make a grand entrance

Of course, you want to look and feel your best throughout the entire prom. However, making a big first impression will set you up for the night of your life. Hiring a limo for you and your friends to make a grand entrance could be the perfect choice. It delivers many benefits.

The car itself will turn heads while it also saves you from having your hair ruined by the wind. More importantly, though, this is an experience that you will treasure forever as you look back on the prom with your friends. Naturally, it is the perfect time to take photos.

To make your grand entrance, you should also practice your walk.

Enjoy it

Finally, nothing makes you look better than a smile. This is a special night, so enjoy it. You’ll look better and have the magical time that you deserve. Perfect.


Wednesday, October 25, 2023

The Final Strand: Do Hair Supplements Really Work?

By age 35, about 40% of men and nearly 40% of women by age 60 will experience visible hair thinning. Given this prevalent concern, many are turning to hair supplements as a potential option to solve it.

Do hair supplements genuinely deliver? This article examines the scientific evidence supporting these supplements, evaluates their effectiveness, highlights potential side effects, and offers guidance on achieving lustrous locks.

Understanding Hair Growth

Before discussing hair supplements, it's essential to understand the basics of hair development. Every strand on your head goes through a life cycle: growth, transition, resting, and shedding. Factors like genetics, diet, and overall health can influence this cycle. For instance, some of the best hair supplements in Singapore tout ingredients that align with a balanced diet, promoting healthier hair growth.

But what about hair loss? Its culprits range from uncontrollable factors such as genetics (male pattern baldness) and age to conditions like alopecia and even temporary factors like stress. Other factors contribute to hair thinning, such as:

  • Compulsive hair pulling
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Excess of Vitamin A
  • Protein deficiency
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal changes
  • Chemotherapy
  • Over-styling the hair
  • Certain hair care products
  • Side effects from medication

If you're seeing more hair fall than usual, seeking advice from a healthcare expert is a wise decision. It's crucial to avoid guesswork when looking for methods to treat hair loss.

What Are Hair Supplements?

Hair supplements, often in pill or powder form, are specifically designed to support and enhance hair health. They're commonly packed with various vitamins, minerals, and other elements beneficial for hair well-being.

It's worth mentioning that although supplements suggest healthier hair, they're not guaranteed to work for everyone. Their effectiveness varies based on individual needs, existing deficiencies, and overall health.

It's wise to set realistic expectations and refrain from consuming multiple supplement pills all at once. Overdosing could lead to adverse effects, especially when it involves hair supplements containing vitamin A.

Types Of Hair Supplements

When considering hair supplements, it's essential to understand what's on the market and why certain ingredients have gained popularity. Here are some of the most common types you’ll see:

1. Biotin

Often labeled as the "hair growth" vitamin, biotin plays a role in producing hair keratin. Some people claim biotin supplements strengthen their hair, leading to less breakage and fuller locks. While biotin deficiencies can cause hair loss, most people get enough from their diet, so supplements might not be necessary for everyone.

2. Collagen

Your skin loves it, and so does your hair. Collagen is a protein that provides structure to hair, skin, and nails. As you age, collagen production decreases, reducing the strength and firmness of particular body parts. Taking collagen supplements can provide the amino acids your body needs to produce more collagen, potentially benefiting hair health.

3. Iron

Hair loss can sometimes be linked to iron deficiency, especially in women. It's wise to undergo testing first when considering iron supplements. Overloading iron can harm your body and hair, possibly leading to conditions like hemochromatosis.

4. Niacin

Also known as vitamin B3, niacin helps bring oxygen and nutrients to the scalp through increased blood flow. This can support hair growth and thickness. However, moderation is essential, as with all supplements.

5. Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5, is believed to strengthen hair follicles and aid their growth function. Aside from maintaining healthy skin, it also helps manage dandruff and could improve hair texture.

6. Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is an interesting plant that's sometimes considered a natural option to address male pattern baldness due to its potential to inhibit a hormone linked to hair loss. This ingredient might inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, contributing to some hair-thinning patterns. Additionally, saw palmetto can deter the change of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone linked to male-pattern baldness.

7. Zinc

This mineral helps regulate hormone levels, which is crucial for many body functions, including hair growth. Foods like beef, pork, legumes, and oats contain generous amounts of zinc. However, be careful when consuming it – too much zinc can lead to hair loss.

8. Other Hair Supplements

Alternative hair supplements are available for those who prefer to treat their hair loss naturally. Oils such as castor and jojoba, along with essential oils from rosemary and peppermint, are thought to promote hair thickening. Certain studies also suggest rice water and melatonin. There are many other natural remedies to explore, from fish oil to ginseng and other products in hair care routines. Remember to research each one and, ideally, consult with a healthcare professional.

The Science And Research Behind Hair Supplements

Scientific research reveals a mix of findings about hair supplements. Some studies have shown positive effects, especially in individuals with specific deficiencies. For instance, a deficiency in biotin or iron can directly link to hair loss, and supplementing might improve hair health.

On the flip side, many studies on hair supplements are limited, with small sample sizes, short durations, or potential bias. While evidence suggests certain nutrients can benefit hair health, claims about hair growth and loss prevention are not consistently supported by comprehensive scientific research.

The Placebo Effect

Believe it or not, your perceptions can impact the results you observe. The placebo effect occurs when an individual's condition appears to change based on their beliefs rather than the real effects of a treatment.

In the case of hair supplements, if someone believes they're seeing improvements, that positive reinforcement might lead them to view the results more favorably, even if there hasn't been significant change. While the placebo effect isn't inherently bad, it can muddle your perceptions of a product's effectiveness.

Potential Side Effects Of Hair Supplements

Like other treatments, hair supplements come with potential risks. Some individuals might experience side effects from hair supplements, particularly when taking excessive amounts. Too much biotin, for example, could lead to skin rashes or digestive upset. Excessive iron consumption might cause constipation or nausea.

There's also a risk of drug interactions. It's always essential to be cautious, start with lower doses, and monitor how your body reacts.

Choosing The Right Hair Supplements

If you're considering supplements, do your research. Check for proven ingredients and reputable brands. Be wary of exaggerated claims or scant evidence. Extremely cheap hair supplements may also be too good to be true. Consulting a dermatologist or nutritionist can provide insights tailored to your situation.

How To Use Hair Supplements Effectively

Supplements can sound like an easy answer, but there's a method to the madness. Here's how to maximize their benefits:

1. How Much To Take

Always adhere to the advised dosage. It's tempting to take more, thinking it'll speed up results, but this can backfire. Overconsumption might result in further hair thinning or other medical concerns.

2. When To Take

Most supplements are best absorbed when taken with a meal. This helps your body process them effectively, maximizing potential benefits.

3. How Long To Take

Don't expect overnight success. Hair growth takes time; supplements can support this process, but they often require months to show effects. On average, you might observe differences between three to six months.

Lifestyle Factors For Healthy Hair

Hair supplements aren't the sole solution. Apart from consuming them daily, achieving shiny and strong hair requires a few lifestyle changes:

1. Balanced Diet

Diet plays a significant role in hair health. Consuming foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamins like A, C, and E can promote faster hair thickening, leading to fuller locks. Consider salmon, nuts, spinach, and bell peppers as part of your hair-healthy menu.

2. Hydration

Do you have dry and brittle hair? Your daily water intake might be lacking. Keeping yourself hydrated can help maintain hair's natural shine and prevent breakage. If you tend to forget, use an alarm to remind you when to drink or invest in a water bottle with time markings.

3. Sleep

Never underestimate the power of a good night's rest. Sleep is essential for the body's recovery and repair processes, including hair regeneration. For people with long hair, consider using a silk pillowcase or a bonnet to prevent tangles and breakage.

4. Stress Management

Excessive stress can be a hair growth inhibitor. Discover stress-reducing methods you enjoy, be it yoga, reading, or a stroll in the neighborhood or local park. Stress may also compel you to pick on your scalp or pull your hair subconsciously. A mental health professional could help you find ways to keep you from doing these habits.

5. Overall Wellness

Smoking, excessive alcohol, and even tight hairstyles can negatively impact hair health. Try exercising more and giving your scalp a regular massage. Adopting a healthier lifestyle overall can have positive ripple effects on your tresses and may enhance the effectiveness of your hair supplements.


Hair supplements may offer benefits for some individuals when it comes to hair health, but they're not magic pills. The evidence is varied, and what works for one person might not work for another. A holistic approach, which considers both supplement use and lifestyle change, is likely your best bet for a fuller mane. As always, turning to professionals for guidance is wise before making any changes. Here's to healthier hair!


Tuesday, October 24, 2023

5 Of The Most Common Dental Procedures In The US

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Correct dental hygiene and dental treatments for perfect teeth aren't just for kids. And with 90% of Americans having one or more cavities and a quarter of adults having untreated cavities, improving oral health has never been more important.

As you age, it's natural for your teeth to move and shift, and you will likely experience a change in your dental health in conjunction with any movement from your teeth. Along with environmental factors, your diet, smoking, and alcohol consumption to name a few, there are many contributors to poor dental health. It's little wonder that from time to time, even with the best oral care routine, some people will require dental treatment to help them retain that perfect smile and keep their mouth looking and feeling fresh and healthy.

Read on for some of the most common dental treatments in the US right now.

Teeth Cleaning

It should come with little surprise that teeth cleaning is the country's most commonly performed dental treatment. Dentists recommend that every adult has a tooth cleaning every six months. Even if you have a stringent routine, the reality is that home products are rarely as effective as the equipment a dentist has, and they can help to remove any plaque build-up you might have missed.

Teeth Whitening

Coming in next is the ever-popular teeth whitening service provided by dentists. While you can purchase whitening kits at home, it is easier to have it carried out by a dentist. Many people opt for teeth whitening because foods, drinks, smoking, and poor dental hygiene can cause discoloration, so this procedure is increasingly popular.


Braces aren't just for children, and many adults see the benefits of wearing apparatus that can help realign teeth to reduce gaps, overbite, and crooked teeth from childhood or that have appeared during adulthood. Straighter teeth are not only more visually appealing, but they're also easier to clean, meaning you can maintain your oral health easier than before. If you have crooked teeth or other dental concerns, why not talk to your dentist about braces?


If you have any type of dental concerns, veneers could be the answer to your woes. Veneers are a thin covering placed on top of your existing teeth and are usually used for corrective purposes. It is a simple, painless procedure; most people instantly see the benefits.


With the figures about cavities from above in your mind, it's little wonder why extractions are a common dental procedure. Rotten or damaged teeth can cause many issues inside your mouth and contribute to a range of problems. From increased oral pain to food being stuck and plaque build-up, living with a tooth that needs to be removed can be harmful to your health. An extraction will usually involve you being sedated or the area being numbed so the dentist can remove the tooth fully.

These five dental procedures are some of the most common treatments in the US. If you experience any dental concerns, talk to your dentist about the cause and how you can correct any damage caused.


Nursery Essentials: Must-Have Items for Your Baby's Comfort

As a new parent, you've probably already begun thinking about all the baby necessities you'll need. From clothing to toys to car seats and strollers, the list can feel overwhelming. But don't stress - we're here to help! We've compiled a list of must-have items for every new parent.

However, some essentials are obvious, like clothes, baby crib, etc. But there are some other essentials available that are also important to look for. That's why we have created a list that may help you find those things that you might still need to add to your list.

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15 Nursery Essential Items For A Nursery

Here is a "must-have" list of nursery essential items for a nursery. Ensure you make a list of these items before you head to the market to shop for your newborn.

1. Clothing:

A baby needs a lot of clothing, including onesies, jumpers, pants, socks, and shoes. A wardrobe with at least 12 quality baby clothes is recommended. The quality and sustainable baby clothes are comfortable and also help prevent baby skin rashes. Such clothes are gentle, smooth, and soft to touch on the baby's skin.

A rocking chair or glider is also helpful for calming the baby. However, if you already know the gender, then you can easily buy colors; otherwise, choose neutral colors such as blues, greens, and yellows. Make sure to also purchase a few hats, mittens, and scarves for the baby.

2. Baby Crib:

Look for a sturdy crib to give you years of convenience. It should also have an adjustable mattress, crib bedding sets, and firm railings. Look for a crib with a removable mattress for easy cleaning. Ensure the crib is easy to assemble.

3. Swaddling Blanket:

A swaddling blanket is essential to keeping your baby safe and comfortable. It should be made of breathable material and large enough to swaddle your baby completely. Ensure to have a blanket that comes with an adjustable velcro closure for a perfect fit.

4. Diapers:

Newborn babies need diapers that can hold them securely and help them stay dry throughout the night. Look for diapers that are soft and absorbent, with adjustable waistbands and elastic leg bands for comfort.

5. Baby Sling

A baby sling is a great way to keep your little one close and secure. Choose a sling that is comfortable and has a secure strap. Look for slings with adjustable straps and breathable fabric. Make sure the sling you choose is adjustable to fit your body size and your baby's weight.

6. Bathing Accessories:

Look for bathing accessories, including shampoo, soap, baby oil, moisturizing cream, and soothing gel. These can help to keep your baby's skin soft and healthy. Make sure to use gentle products that are not too harsh for your baby's delicate skin. Always test new products on a small area of skin before applying them all over.

7. Changing Table:

Baby needs frequent diaper and clothes changing, and for this, you need to be sure to have a changing table. Changing tables should have a sturdy base and a comfortable height for an adult. It should be safe and clean, with an easy-clean surface. It should also have a place for storage of diapers and other supplies.

8. Baby Wipes:

Baby wipes are essential for changing diapers. It is important to have a supply of them within easy reach of the changing table. They should also be stored in a container that is out of reach for young children.

9. Rash Cream:

New parents sometimes forget to add a rash cream to their nursery list. This is the most important thing to have for a newborn baby. When a baby wears diapers for 24/hours, it can create rashes on the skin, which can hurt them. That's why having a rash cream can provide an immediate soothing effect and also treat the rash area.

10. Rocking Chair:

A rocking chair is essential for taking care of a newborn. It helps to relax the baby and also helps the parents calm the baby down. There are numerous baby rocking chairs available in the market that also help the baby to develop its motor skills, as the baby can learn how to rock back and forth.

11. Baby Stroller:

A baby stroller is for transporting a baby or young child safely and comfortably. You typically need a baby stroller for traveling purposes.

12. Baby Monitor:

Baby Monitors are devices that allow you to monitor your baby while they're sleeping. They provide you with a clear audio and visual feed, allowing you to see and hear your baby from anywhere in your home.

13. Toys: 

Your whole nursery shopping is complete with toys. Collect plastic toys for your newborn with more vibrant colors. Make sure to purchase age-appropriate toys that are safe for your newborn. They should also be lightweight and easy to clean. You can look for toys that stimulate your baby's senses and help with their growth and development.

14. Baby Towel:

A soft and absorbent baby towel is essential to keep your newborn warm and dry after a bath. You can buy bundles of baby towel sets, which are more budget-friendly and give you comfort for daily usage. Make sure to purchase a baby towel that is gentle on your baby's skin. It should also have the right size and thickness for your baby's comfort.

15. Bibs:

Newborn babies often split out some milk; having a bib can easily clean out those splits. Bibs can also be used to clean out any leftover food from the baby's mouth. It is important to keep the baby's mouth clean to prevent tooth decay and other infections. Bibs can be used to gently wipe the baby's gums and mouth.


These are the “must-have” baby nursery essentials. Make sure to add these items to your list if you didn't make anyone for your baby. These are some basic items that should be added before the baby's arrival. Decorate your baby's nursery room with all these essentials so that you won’t face any difficulty when you are holding your baby in your arms. Also, collect clothes in neutral colors, as they are suitable for both girls and boys. No need to collect too many things as the baby grows too faster; you can purchase things for the timeschedule of 3 months.


What Does Your Jewellery Say About You?

The clothes we wear can say a lot about us. It might indicate our allegiance to a particular subculture or group; it might be a show of religious devotion; or it might simply be an outlet for self-expression.

Jewellery can be a particularly powerful means of doing all of these things. We can often find ourselves wearing the same piece of jewellery on successive days or weeks. It might be the stylistic glue that helps an entire wardrobe cohere. Whether you’re lounging beside a pool, trekking through a snowbound wilderness, or doing the weekly grocery shop, your jewellery can help you to feel like you.

But if our choice of jewellery is incredibly personal, what do those choices say about our personalities? Let’s look at a few variables.

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The choice of gemstones

Gemstones, for one reason or another, are suffused with symbolism. You might simply pick the gemstone associated with your birth month – but only if the gemstone appeals to you. It’s worth thinking also about the connotations of each stone and colour. Sapphires, being blue, tend to be linked with colder, intellectual qualities like wisdom and self-restraint. Rubies, on the other hand, tend to evoke fierce passions: anger, zeal, and love. Diamond rings, being clear and straightforward, tend to work with every sort of personality!

Metal matters

Gemstones might be a visual highlight, but (most) jewellery is made (mostly) of metal. Historically, this meant gold and silver. But in recent times, alternatives like titanium and stainless steel have come to the fore. If you’re a practically-minded person, then you might seek a metal that reflects this. The physical properties of the metal might reflect your personality. Weight, ductility, strength and resilience can all make a difference.

One practical consideration is the effect that a given metal has on your body. If you’re allergic to, say, nickel, then it makes sense to choose an alternative – regardless of the symbolism.

The art of customization

If you’d like to take things to the next level, then you might alter a given piece in a specific way. Engravings can ensure that sentimentally significant names and dates are kept literally pressed against your skin throughout the day.

Certain items might also connect you to your family history. If a distant ancestor carried a specific ring with them while serving in the Napoleonic wars, then wearing that ring now might help to cement your bond with your family’s past.


What To Consider Starting Your Skincare Business

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The skincare industry thrives as more people seek a youthful appearance. High-quality products are in great demand, and there is no doubt that skincare will always be set up for success. Whether you have toyed with the idea of developing a product or are getting ready to launch your brand, it is essential to plan thoroughly and strategically. The goal is to create a blend that meets your consumer’s expectations. Here are three essential things to consider before starting your business.

1. Market research

The skincare world is diverse, and numerous products cater to specific needs. To start your company, you must conduct an in-depth market analysis to identify the skin problems or concerns your product can solve. While certain big companies may have already filled the gap, it is vital to identify which products are not meeting the consumer’s requirements. This will help you dominate this area. For instance, you can formulate a matte sunscreen product for oily skin types if the ones on the market give them extra shine. Also, figuring out your niche will aid you in identifying your target market and crafting your marketing strategy. It would be helpful to study your competition. Further, market research will help you to stay updated on current trends and in tune with the ever-evolving needs of consumers.

2. Safety

Mixing various ingredients without testing them can lead to serious implications that will land you in trouble. The last thing you want is to spend millions in lawsuit charges due to a chemical burn or a severe allergic reaction. It would be best to work hand-in-hand with chemists or professional formulators. If you prefer to make your products yourself, ensure you get the proper knowledge and training. While using active ingredients, ensure you don’t exceed the manufacturer’s recommended dosage or measurements. Use research to study how various chemicals react to each other. Also, ensure you are well-informed of the legalities associated with producing skincare. Label and package your products according to FDA standards and use the available guidelines to ensure your manufacturing facilities are free from hazards and organized. For instance, ensure your raw materials are stored safely in a biosafety cabinet and away from environmental hazards, microorganisms, and degradation.

3. Finances

Researching and bringing your product to life might be exciting, but your finances are the most important piece in your success. Starting this business can be capital-intensive, and you need the funds to promote and push your products to the market. This is where a business plan proves valuable. This way, you can draw a reasonable budget showing your current financial position and secure funding from other investors or financial institutions. In addition to this, you need good credit scores and a compelling campaign. Whether you plan on self-funding or not, weighing the pros and cons of each finance model before diving in is important.

Firing up a skincare brand can be thrilling and challenging. Don’t hesitate to seek professional guidance from experts or industry peers to ensure a smooth kickoff. Happy launching!


Monday, October 23, 2023

Pruning Perfection: The Art of Shaping Your Garden With Trimmers

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You've got the green thumb, but do you have the knack for pruning? Don't fret! With the right trimmers and techniques, you'll transform your garden into a masterpiece.

Whether you're trimming roses or shaping hedges, this guide's got you covered.

So, grab your gloves, pick up your trimmers, and let's dive into the art of pruning.

Here's to achieving garden perfection!

Understanding the Basics of Pruning

Before diving into the art of shaping your garden, you'll need to grasp the basics of pruning, starting with an understanding of why it's crucial for your plants' health and growth.

Pruning isn't just about aesthetics; it's a vital maintenance task. By selectively removing branches, you're helping your plants grow stronger and healthier. It allows increased light and air at the plant's center, promoting growth and preventing diseases.

It's also about control. Overgrown bushes or trees can take over your garden, overshadowing smaller plants. Regular pruning keeps them in check, ensuring each plant gets its fair share of sunlight and space.

Choosing the Right Trimmers

Choosing the right trimmers can make a huge difference in your pruning tasks, so it's critical you understand the different types available and what they're best suited for.

  • Hand shears are perfect for small branches and precision work.
  • Loppers, with their long handles, are ideal for thicker branches.
  • Hedge trimmers, both manual and electric, are great for shaping your shrubs.
  • Pole pruners can help you reach high branches without a ladder.

Consider your garden's needs. Do you have thick branches or tall trees? Maybe you've intricate shrub designs? Match your requirements with the trimmer's capabilities.

Don't forget comfort and safety. Choose trimmers with ergonomic handles and safety features.

It's all about making pruning an efficient, enjoyable task.

Techniques for Effective Pruning

With the right trimmers in hand, you're now ready to dive into techniques for effective pruning. Mastering this art isn't just about hacking away at unruly branches. It's about understanding your garden's needs and helping it thrive. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Timing is key. Pruning at the wrong time can cause more harm than good. Research the best time to prune your specific plants.
  • Sharp tools make clean cuts. Dull blades can hurt the plant and hinder its recovery.
  • Less is often more. Over-pruning can stress your plants. It's better to prune a little at a time.
  • Prune for shape and health. Remove dead or diseased branches first, then shape your plant.
  • Patience pays off. Your garden won't transform overnight, but with consistent care, you'll see it flourish.

Maintaining Your Garden Trimmers

Keeping your garden trimmers in tip-top shape isn't just about their longevity, it's also crucial for the health and appearance of your plants. Dull blades can damage your plants, causing harm that goes beyond aesthetics. Regular maintenance keeps them sharp and ready to make clean cuts.

Clean your trimmers after each use, removing any plant residue or sap. This prevents rusting and keeps the blades moving smoothly. Don't forget to sharpen the blades regularly. If you're not comfortable doing this yourself, many garden centers offer this service.

Lastly, always store your trimmers in a dry place to avoid moisture-related issues. By following these simple steps, you'll ensure your trimmers are always ready for the task at hand.

The Power of the Weed Eater

Adding another powerful tool to your arsenal of garden equipment, the weed eater, also known as a string trimmer (here you can learn more about Dewalt weed eater string), is an essential tool for every gardener. Ideal for efficiently clearing out and maintaining areas that are hard to reach with a lawnmower, the weed eater plays a key role in keeping your garden clean and trimmed.

A weed eater is designed to reach spots around fences, trees, rock walls, and other obstructive areas where lawnmowers cannot reach. The standard weed eater uses a monofilament line rather than a blade for cutting grass and other plants near objects, reducing the risk of damaging them.

This makes it a safer and more versatile tool for trimming and edging your garden.

When choosing a weed eater, consider your garden's specific needs. Electric weed eaters are quieter and require less maintenance, making them ideal for small yards. 

On the other hand, gas-powered weed eaters are more powerful and perfect for large gardens and heavy-duty tasks.

Rotating the weed eater 90 degrees allows you to use it as an edger, giving your garden crisp and clean lines. By leveraging this functionality, you can create a neat and professional look in your garden.

Creative Garden-Shaping Ideas

Armed with well-maintained trimmers, you're now ready to dive into the world of creative garden shaping, transforming your garden into a work of art. This is your canvas, awaiting the strokes of your imagination.

Here are some stimulating ideas to get your creativity flowing:

  • Crafting a whimsical topiary that'll make your neighbors green with envy.
  • Creating a cozy, secluded nook circled by neatly trimmed bushes, perfect for afternoon tea.
  • Designing an elegant rose arch, a romantic backdrop for evening strolls.
  • Shaping your hedges into a maze that'll thrill the kids and inject fun into your garden.
  • Sculpting a wildlife-friendly habitat, offering a sanctuary to birds and insects.


So, you've got the basics of pruning down, chosen the right trimmers, mastered effective techniques, and learned to maintain your tools.

Now, it's time to get creative with your garden shaping! Remember, your garden's an extension of you. Don't be afraid to experiment and make it truly unique.

Pruning's not just about maintenance - it's about crafting a living, breathing work of art. So, let's get those trimmers buzzing and create something beautiful!


Sunday, October 22, 2023

Lancome Advanced Genifique Yeux Eye Cream Review

Disclosure: I was sent Lancome's 2023 Advent Calendar for review in October. There were some products in the calendar, that I've never tried. I've decided to review those products this month. All opinions in this blog post are 100% my own and honest. This post contains affiliate links. I get commission for purchases made through the links in this post.

PR Sample: As mentioned in my previous post, brands make different moisturizers to fit different needs. Same holds true for eye cream! I've tried several eye creams by Lancome. All of them have scored a Supersweet rating in my book, but all are different! You have Lancome Absolue Eye Cream (smoothing & depuffing) and Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Eye Cream (hydrates, reduces dark circles, depuffs eye bags). Another eye cream from Lancome is their Advanced Genifique Yeux Eye Cream (Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus). 

The Advanced Genifique Yeux eye cream HYDRATES and BRIGHTENS! It also smoothes fine lines, improves eye wrinkles and reduces dark circles. Wow! That's a lot, huh!?! HaHaHa It does all of this because of these ingredients:

The skin around your eye area is more delicate and thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, making it more susceptible to wrinkles & dark circles. Advanced Génifique Eye Cream is specially formulated to target the unique skin around your eyes and is clinically tested to visibly reduce dark circles & wrinkles under eyes over time**.

Bifidus Prebiotic: Helps provide a favorable environment for good bacteria that is present on the skin’s surface, promoting a more balanced skin barrier.

Hyaluronic Acid: A naturally occurring polysaccharide that is found throughout the skin, known for its ability to enhance moisture retention and skin hydration.

Formulated with Bifidus Prebiotic and Hyaluronic Acid, Advanced Génifique Eye Cream helps to accelerate skin’s moisture barrier recovery*. A strong skin barrier helps to lock in hydration and defend against external aggressors including pollution, cold and dry weather.  Advanced Génifique also helps improve the appearance of fine lines caused by dehydration or due to thinning skin, which can eventually deepen into wrinkles.

Vitamin C: An antioxidant known to help neutralize free radicals, brighten, and smooth the skin. This formula uses Vitamin Cg, a water-soluble, stable Vitamin C derivative that is known to be gentle on the skin and that will not degrade when exposed to air, heat, or light. 

After trying this eye cream, I give it a Supersweet rating as well. In my humble opinion, I love using this eye cream at NIGHT. It's a healing eye cream with MANY BENEFITS. And as we all know, the skin repairs itself the best AT NIGHT. Lancome doesn't make this claim. It's just what I feel. Ok, I just looked at their website. You can use this day or night, BUT their is a picture that says Advanced Genifique Nightime Skincare Routine and this is one of the products. Not to toot my own horn, but TOOT TOOT! It just seemed logical. It's a rich cream. It's very hydrating. I have noticed depuffing of my undereye area (even though I don't have a serious problem with that). My eyes look more rested upon awakening. I don't have fine lines (yet). So, it's really good. I've been using Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Eye Cream. It moisturizes the undereye really well. But I'm finding that Lancome's Renergie and Genifique are even better. Absolue is excellent as well, but I think those two are more beneficial to my needs. So those are my thoughts. Depending on what you need, give them a try. 

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  Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Eye Cream is Supersweet


Lancome Renergie H.P.N. 300 Peptide Cream Review

Disclosure: I was sent Lancome's 2023 Advent Calendar for review in October. There were some products in the calendar, that I've never tried. I've decided to review those products this month. All opinions in this blog post are 100% my own and honest. This post contains affiliate links. I get commission for purchases made through the links in this post.  

PR Sample: I've really enjoyed trying the various moisturizers in Lancome's 2023 Advent Calendar. Overall, you may wonder why a brand offers so many? It's because everyone needs something different. One type of moisturizer doesn't fit all. For example, I have VERY DRY SKIN ... Lancome's Hydra Zen Gel Cream although really good, is just not enough for my dry skin. Then I tried Lancome's Absolue Soft Cream. It's more a brightening & revitalizing moisturizer. So that formula is not for me (but guess what, my mom is loving it). But Lancome does make an Absolue Rich Cream moisturizer that I can't wait to try (tailored to dry skin types). So, the next moisturizer I tried was Lancome's Renergie HPN 300 Peptide Cream (Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Selfridges). 

I LOVE the Renergie Collection. I've tried the Lancome Renergie HCF Triple Serum, Renergie Lift Multi-Action Night Cream, and Renergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Eye Cream. So what is the Renergie HPN 300 Peptide Cream? It is a High Performance Anti-Aging Cream, that contains the following (which will explain the HPN):

Hyaluronic Acid: Ferment-based and obtained using biotechnology, hyaluronic acid is known to absorb several times its own weight in water, helping to smooth and re-plump the skin. Lancôme’s Hyaluronic acid offers enhanced skin penetration and additional benefits on wrinkles and skin roughness.

300 types of Peptides: Ultra-concentrated and potent, this combination of more than 300 types of natural peptides helps the skin appear renewed by helping to improve firmness, elasticity, and wrinkles.

Over 300 Different Peptides: With the launch of Rénergie H.P.N. 300-Peptide Cream, Lancôme sheds new light on the power of peptides for skin surface renewal. Peptides are well known for their key role in skin renewal and are among skin’s best ally against visible signs of aging. An unprecedented number and variety of peptides have been formulated into this unique anti-aging face cream: the complementary effect of the 300 peptides stimulates faster and enhanced skin renewal. A few peptides are good, 300 are revolutionary.

Niacinamide (or vitamin B3): Known to soothe the skin, contribute to skin tone management and help visibly reduce dark spots.

My dry skin, LOVES this stuff! It's a creamy white moisturizer that when applied to the skin feels so good. My skin felt so nourished, soft and hydrated when I used this cream. I can use this both day & night. It didn't conflict with my makeup application or anything. It gives just the right amount of moisture. If you need a bit more moisture, then go with the night cream at night. I think ALL SKIN TYPES except for oily types will reap the benefits of this cream. Right now, my favorite moisturizer is Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base. So I will be comparing the two next year to see which one I will stick with. This is definitely going to give it a run for its money. But know, this cream is an anti-aging face cream that visibly reduces the appearance of lower face sagging skin, wrinkles, & dark spots. Maybe I need to use BOTH types of moisturizers! HAHAHA But this cream is a definite winner in my book. I LOVE IT!

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Lancôme Rénergie H.P.N. 300 Peptide Cream is Supersweet

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