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How to make a homemade facial mask

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Women everywhere love a good facial mask. They have so many health benefits and can be very therapeutic.

The first facial mask was invented in England in the 18th century, so this beauty regiment goes way back.

Facial masks are a sheet, creamy or thick paste applied to your skin that contains minerals and vitamins.

Facial masks can be used to rejuvenate your skin, to tighter pores, unclog pores, exfoliate, reduce inflammation, reduce wrinkles and moisturize the skin.

Some masks can be washed off easily and some are peeled by hand, it all depends on the specific mask you use.

Facial masks can also vary with the duration of how long to keep the mask on, some can be 3 mins, some can be 30 minutes while others can be left over night.

Homemade masks are extremely popular in the modern age, as they are a lot cheaper that clinical facial masks and you can use ingredients that you already have and are easy to get.

Here are three examples of homemade masks you can apply at home:

1. A Homemade facial mask to hydrate your skin

What you’ll need:

– ½ Avocado

– 1 Tablepoon of honey

– A handful or oats 

Mix all the ingredients up in a mixing bowl and apply to your face with a clean brush or with clean fingers. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water.

Honey contains a substance called humectant which retains moisture; honey will help your skin retain moisture without feeling oily. Oats has healing properties of nourishing, calming and soothing skin. For the extra boost of natural oils, avocado will help your skin retain moisture.

2. A Homemade facial mask to improve uneven skin tone

What you’ll need:

– 1 Tablespoon of plain yogurt

– 1 Tablespoon of honey

– 1 Tablespoon of turmeric powder

Mix all the ingredients up in a mixing bowl and apply to your face with a clean brush or with clean fingers. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water.

Yogurt contains a substance called lactic acid which helps the skin clean the rough dead cells on your skin. Honey will help your skin feel soft and turmeric is good for fighting pigmentation that the skin has damaged on your skin, helping to give you an even skin tone.

3. A Homemade facial mask to help fight acne and blemishes

What you’ll need:

– 1 Tablespoon of Manuka honey

– 1 Teaspoon of turmeric powder

– ½ Teaspoon of Dead sea salt

Mix all the ingredients up in a mixing bowl and apply to your face with a clean brush or with clean fingers (Paying extra attention to your T-zone). Leave the mask on for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water.

Manuka honey and turmeric have great healing properties that will help bring down the redness that comes with acne. Turmeric is also great as it is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Dead sea salt will help clean and reduce inflammation and infection.

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Facts about condoms you might not know about

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Latex condoms last an average of 5 years after the date of manufacture

Condoms are typically made from latex, polyurethane and lamb skin

A condom can hold about 3.8 liters of liquid
Change a condom every 30 minutes, friction weakens it.

When used correctly, condoms are 98% effective at preventing STI’S and unplanned pregnancies

When it comes to HIV, condoms make sex 10 000 times safer

The first rubber condom was manufactured in 1855

There are more than 50 different names of condoms e.g raincoat, nightcap and lovesock. 

DO’S

Store in a cool dry place
Use silicon or water based lubricants
Use a new condom everytime you have sex

DON’TS
Use two condoms at once

Expose to high heat

Flush used condoms down the toilet

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Here is why you should not relax your eyebrows

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A lot of women of colour have been letting go of the relaxer and embracing their natural hair but it seems there is more that needs embracing. 

A Youtuber from the United Kingdom, Dolita Shaw, took to Twitter to share before and after pictures of her eyebrows after she put relaxer on.

Many Twitter users questioned this as it seems that this chemical concoction might be making a comeback as people are spotted with their relaxed eyebrows on social media.

Most comments were against using relaxer on your facing, with some stating that relaxer has been linked to predispose to fibroids hence its prevalence among the black population.

relax your brows guys pic.twitter.com/voO9I0a4nT— Dolita A S (@dolitashaw_) January 16, 2019

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Interesting facts about alcohol

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Alcohol is arguably one of the most loved and socially uniting beverage of them all.

Like the famous Christmas biscuits, it comes in choice assorted tastes – ranging from beer, cider and champagne to whisky and gin.

Whichever one tickles your taste buds, alcohol remains one of the most popular beverages in the world.
And even with the health implications that come with excessive drinking, this beverage has some fascinating facts and insights.

According to ADT Breathalysers, these are some of the most interesting facts about alcohol:

1. It takes six minutes

Yes, it only takes six minutes for the brain to start reacting to alcohol.

According to Science Daily, it takes six minutes for the reaction after consuming about three glasses of beer or two of wine, leading to a blood alcohol level of 0,05% to 0,06%. Changes then take place in the brain cells.

2. Milkshakes originally contained alcohol

The term “milkshake” was first used in print in 1885 when it was an alcoholic whisky drink. It was described as a sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink with eggs and whisky, and served as a tonic and treat.

3. Cenosillicaphobia is real

Ever wondered why people cry after downing their favourite drink? This could be that they are suffering from cenosillicaphobia – the fear of an empty glass. This phobia, according to alcohol experts, can pertain to glasses lacking in beer, wine or a cocktail.

4. At least 600 grapes

According to farmers and experts, one needs around 600 grapes to make a bottle of red wine. All of this, however, is dependent on vine and row spacing, vintage conditions as well as the variety and age of grapes.

5. At least 49 million

Talk about a million reasons to be happy. A champagne bottle has about 49 million bubbles in it. According to Glass of Bubbly, tinier bubbles are better and the mark of good-quality champagne. This beverage has three times the gas content of beer.

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