7 Foods For Shiny, Healthy Hair

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Hey Everyone,

Besides using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair, the food that you eat plays an important role to leave your hair shiny and healthy too.

1. Protein

Prevents: Dry, split-ends, weak

Food to eat: Chicken, steaks, fish, eggs, nuts

2. Carbohydrates

Prevents: Hair loss, dull

Food to eat: Rice, wholegrain bread, oats

3. Iron

Prevents: Hair loss

Food to eat: Red meat, chicken, fish, vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli, salad greens)

4. Omega-3

Prevents: Dry

Food to eat: Salmon, herring, sardines, trout, mackerel, avocado, walnuts, pumpkin

5. Multivitamins & Minerals

Prevents: Hair loss, split-ends, weak

Food to eat: 

Vitamin C (produce collagen to strengthen your hair) – Orange, kiwi, blueberries, papaya

Vitamin A (promotes cell growth) – Carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, green vegetables

6. Biotin

Prevents: Hair loss, dry

Food to eat: Eggs, yogurt, wholegrain cereals, chicken

7. Zinc

Prevents: Hair loss, dry, dandruff

Food to eat: Wholegrain cereals, eggs, kidney beans

Last but not least, don’t forget to drink plenty of water and take your daily supplements everyday.

x,
Leanne

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Healthy Snacks to Snack On When You’re (Still) Hungry

Hey Everyone,

One thing about living in Malaysia is that we are surrounded by delicious local food. And best part is, most of them are opened till late up to 24 hours! From restaurants or hawker stalls place like in Jalar Alor that serves nice local foods (bbq chicken wings, fried noodles, fried rice, etc.), and 24 hours mamak restaurants (roti canai, roti telur, etc) to fast food chain restaurants like McDonalds and KFC (although only a few open 24 hours).

Sometimes when we feel hungry at night (after dinner), we would start craving for yummy Nasi Kandar Kayu’s roti canai, McD’s french fries and instant noodle Indo Mee. I know, this is so not healthy.

That is why I want to share with you today on healthy snacks to snack on when you’re still hungry. This was what I would normally eat when I’m still hungry:

1. Oatmeat

Quaker-Oats-OatmealI normally take oats with milo because oats are tasteless. You can also mix with milk, honey and fruits. Take it warm so that you can have a good night sleep with warm belly. I would normally take up to 2 – 3 scoops. You can take more if you want because fret not, oats are free from fats, sugar and cholesterol.

2. Milo

MiloNot the 3-in-1 sachet please. You should swap those 3-in-1 with the one straight from the Milo tin. In case you didn’t know, the normal Milo tin already have milk and sugar compared to 3-in-1, they have higher sugar contain in it. So you should skip that and take the original one.

3. Fruits

FruitsApples, grapes and bananas. Or any other kind of fruits that you like. They are all water-based and fat free. Plus, they are healthy too.

4. Yogurt

Yogurt-Fat-FreeYou can buy a plain yogurt and mix it with honey and berries, or you can get a low fat or fat free yogurt. They have many flavours but I like the one with mixed berries.

5. Cereal

CornflakesI take cornflakes original. This is a good substitute if you are craving for potato chips or french fries, or if your mouth are feeling “itchy” and you just want to munch on something.

6. Wholemeal bread

Massimo-Whole-MealI don’t enjoy eating wholemeal bread but if I’m really that hungry, I would either dip it in my milo or I would spread my bread with fat free butter. You can spread it with peanut butter, jam or kaya. Just make sure that whatever you spread on is fat-free and low sugar content!

We can still enjoy all the Indo mees, roti canais and McD french fries mentioned above,

ONCE IN A WHILE *LoL*

Just don’t forget to stick to your routine: drinking at least 3 litres of water in a day because water helps to boost your metabolism, cleans bowels and flushes out all the unwanted toxins. Drinking lots of water also makes you feel full in a way, so that you won’t crave for more food. You can read about benefits of drinking lots of water here.

How about you? Any other ideas or advice that you would like to share? Let me know on your thoughts below!

x,
Leanne

Do You Facial?

Facial-Massage

Hey Everyone,

Last week I finally had my facial treatment. And my last facial was in February after Chinese New Year (3 months ago, eek!!) I wasn’t being lazy, I was busy working and I’ve got no time to make appointment. Every time when I want to make appointment, they are always full and I would always be placed in their waiting list. So now, every after facial I would immediately book my appointment for next month, together with my hubby!

How often do you facial?

It is strongly advisable to go for facial at least once a month. I have been doing that every year since I sign up the facial package. For me, it is part of my beauty routine to include facial as facial is consider a “full facial treatment” because it helps to:

1. Deep cleanse your pores to remove all the bacteria that clogs up your pores which leads to whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. How it causes the clog is because of your face oil and also because of your make up. That’s why getting the right product to remove your make up is also important, but sometimes this product does not remove 100% entirely. Professional facial centres has the proper tools (not to worry, no needles involve here) and products that can help not only to clean your pores, but also the restore them the way it should be.

2. Boost your skin hydration. Everyday we are exposed to air conditioning be it at workplace, shopping malls or home. But most of the time is at workplace. Air conditioning tends to dry up your skin and can lead to clogged pores too because of the facial oil. These facial oil here means the oil is produced from your face, which leads to oily skin. How it leads to oily skin is because of clogged pores. And when the pores are clogged, thats when all the blackheads and pimples pops out. Most facial has a hydration treatment that feeds your skin with water! Plus with their professionally trained beauticians they know how to massage your face correctly and the products that they use helps to hydrate your skin and repair all the dead cells.

3. Relaxation is the key. While facials may take up to 2 hours, it is a great time to relax and enjoy the facial massages. With all the massages in placed, these beauticians already know the methods on how each facial massages can help to make your face slimmer, tighter, and radiant all over again. They would also play soft relaxing music and apply lavender essence oil for the massage, how not to relax and fall asleep?

The package that I would always take is the hydration package and stem cell package.

Hydration package includes moisturising your face with extra boost of water which will leave your skin dewy, soft, supple and radiant.

Stem Cell package is an anti ageing treatment which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves collagen and hydrates skin intensely. I love love love this Stem Cell package because it helps me to shape my face by making it look slimmer and sharper too. It has given me a proven result the first time I did this Stem Cell treatment, and till now, it never fails me. I have just sign up another package for this again. Though its on the high price side, but it was worth it for me and it has proven me results.

My husband did facial with me too, but of course in a separate room. They have dedicated space for females and males. My husband also love their facial treatment. The package that I got for him is a Cleansing package. He has a very nice smooth skin, but the problem is the blackheads around his nose. This package is suitable for him because it helps to clear up the clogged pores and blackheads, and eliminates dead skin cells. At the same time, it will help to tighten up the pores and maintain the moisture which will result in healthy and revitalized skin.

Before you make any decision, there are few tips that I would like to share with you before signing up for facial package:

1. Google up that professional beauty centres near you and read what other customers’ view of them

2. Before signing up a package, the beautician will have to check and analyse what type of skin you have first: normal, dry, oily, sensitive or combination and will then recommend you which package is suitable for you. Share with them your concern and ask for their advice on how to go about it. For example I have combination skin (oily and sensitive). So first they would recommend me to fix up my skin, so they recommended me hydration package. After few sessions with this package, they would then check the condition of my skin. My skin gradually improves so thats when then they allowed me to take Stem Cell package because that was what I wanted: an anti ageing treatment. If the beautician was being too pushy and simply sell you the package, they are not doing the right thing because you would never know whether the product that they using are suitable for your skin, right?

3. Buy that facial package in small quantity. Or if they are having “ala carte” promo, just take it. Like I mentioned above, you don’t know whether their product is suitable for your skin. At the same time, whether you like the way they do the facial massages and the method that they use. But of course you can always request for another beautician on your next facial appointment if you are not pleased with the previous one.

4. Consider facial as your lifetime investment. At least once a month will do. If you don’t do it often, you will not see the result. Plus, this is a natural beauty regime compared to having botox and injections to your face. One of my beauty motto is to age gracefully. Confidence is the key! Look at other celebrities who aged gracefully, like Michelle Pheiffer, Tina Fey, Sandra Bullock to name a few.

I hope that this posts about facial helps you in a way. All this are based on my thoughts and opinions only. If you have any advices or questions, kindly feel free to comment below!

x,
Leanne