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The miracle of birth is one of the most beautiful things to

The miracle of birth is one of the most beautiful things to behold, but it sure does leave a toll on one’s body. A mother’s body is literally an incubator for nine months, growing, and supplying nutriance to form a human life. In all of that change, what does your body look like after the birth? How does one prevent stretch marks and scarring?

Prevent Stretch marks:
1.​ ​Gelatin
Gelatin helps prevent stretch marks because collagen improves skins elasticity. So, in that case it is important to get more collagen in your diet. Ways to do so include: bone broth whether in soups, sauces, rice, etc., or gelatin powder to make fruit gummies or jello.

2.​ ​Hydration
Water, water, water. It is really good for you! When pregnant the body has an increased demand for hydration, which also aids in skin elasticity. Even though you will have to pee all the time, it is so worth it.

3.​ ​Coconut Oil
Coconut oil or coconut oil lotion is chalked full of saturated fatty acids that are good for your body. Apply coconut oil after taking a bath so it soaks in. You can use coconut oil anywhere… and yes we mean anywhere *wink*.

4.​ ​Vitamins
Take your vitamins! Vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, etc. Your body needs vitamin and most people’s diets are lacking in supplements.

5.​ ​Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
Shea butter and cocoa butter, a natural fat extracted from the cocoa bean, are exceptional at keeping the skin moist and hydrated. The reason these two creams work so well are because they simulate the skin’s renewal process which helps reduce stretch marks and leaves you with soft, silky skin.

For Scarring:

Mederma is a counter topical gel. onion extract, one of the main ingredients, helps realign the skin’s collagen and smooth out scars. Not to mention, mederma is safe to use when nursing or pregnant. Be mindful, like most things, it is more affective the sooner you act on it.

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How to sun proof your mien

We already know that the sun is the biggest culprit for

We already know that the sun is the biggest culprit for premature ageing so what can we do about it? Dermatologists will have you know that wearing sunscreen is the single most effective way against sun protection, not to mention that it is the basis of proper skin care.

Often you’ll find sun protection formulas differentiated by SPF denominations. SPF essentially stands for ‘sun protection factor’, a measure of how well the sunscreen protects the skin. A minimum of 30 SPF is recommended by dermatologist.

However, if you’re swimming or perspiring, it is advisable to reapply as often as every two hours to optimize sun protection. A broad-spectrum formula that helps block out UVB and UVA rays which are the primary causes for sunburns, wrinkling and ageing.

Using the right amount of sunscreen is vital. A rule of thumb would be that you need approximately a dollop the size of a quarter to cover the face. Don’t step out right away after applying sunscreen, give it at least 20 minutes to get absorbed into the skin. Wear makeup over sunscreen as the finishing touch.

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A modern take on an age-old nail favourite

French Twist

French Twist
A modern take on an age-old nail favourite

Updated and thoroughly modern, the classic nude-and-white French isn’t exactly making a comeback, rather it’s being reimagined and the possibilities are endless.

French manicures of now are an art on its own thanks to colours, metallic, graphic sharps and negative space. They are anything but basic. French tips work best on nail’s natural oval or round shapes but that’s not to say square tips cannot benefit all the same. Simply move the tip to the side for a funky asymmetrical slant.

Take border nail art all the way lining the entire nail from the tip to sides to wrap around the nail bed for a bold take on graphics. Play up on colour contrast to push the style envelope further.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model backstage at Michelle Helene Presentation September 2016 during New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

For a more painterly approach, use a nail art brush to create lines from the French coloured tip. Set the lines with a dry brush to blend the lines with the tip. Allow design to dry for five minutes before applying a top coat.

The cornerstone of nail art, French manicure has always been, and will continue to inspire nail art.

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Frame It Up

Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is

Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is at hand. Fix them in 4 simple steps.

1.​ ​Let It Grow
Give it three to four weeks for eyebrows to grow back though some may take even longer. Resist from tweezing even if you spot strays. Apply clear gel over brows to help them look groomed even when they are not on their best behaviour.

2.​ ​On Speed
Rub on growth serum just before bed to hasten regrowth. Ayurveda insists that applying castor oil speeds up hair growth.

3.​ ​Shape Up
A balanced brow that perfectly frames the face is just what the beauty doctor ordered. Angular faces will benefit from a round, soft brow to play down its chiseled jawline while a long face with look considerably shorted with a straight brow. Rule of thumb to operate off – the brow should peak where the brow bone protrudes the most. Follow your bone structure for a natural arch.

4.​ ​Improvise
For brows to look fuller, use a pencil or a gel to intensify the natural arch of the brow. Choose a colour that is two shades lighter than your eyebrow hair.

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