Thursday, September 30, 2010

How to Remove Acrylic Nail with Acetone

Things you'll need to prepare to remove acrylic nail:

SUPERNAIL Professional Pure Acetone Nail Polish & Residue Remover 16oz/473ml

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Petroleum jelly (e.g. vaseline)
Vaseline 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, Baby 13 oz (Pack of 3)

Glass bowl
Pyrex Prepware 4-Quart Rimmed Mixing Bowl, Clear

Cuticle Oil 

Hand cream / moisturizer (optional)
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Fragrance-Free, 2-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 4)(Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream)

Steps to remove acrylic nail safely:
  1. Prepare all the things mentioned above. Place a thick layer of newspaper on the table to protect if from damage from acetone nail polish remover if it spills.
  2. Cut your acrylic nails as short as possible to ease the removal process.
  3. Pour the acetone nail polish remover in a glass bowl just enough to cover your finger tips when you dip your finger in it.
  4. As acetone can cause skin to dry up, therefore, coat the skin part of your finger tips (avoiding the nails) with petroleum jelly to protect it. You need to avoid coating your nails with vaseline as this will block the acetone from loosening the glue that holds the acrylic nails.
  5. Once done, dip your nails into the bowl and soak it for about 30 minutes till you are enable to peel off the acrylic nails easily. If there is any resistance in peeling it off, DO NOT force it. Just dip your nails again for another 5-10 minutes. Otherwise, you can damage your natural nails which is connected to it.
  6. After removing the acrylic nails, there might be some acrylic residue. Just use nail buffer to remove it gently.
  7. Once you manage to get all of the acrylic nails off, wash your hand with soapy water and use hand cream or cuticle oil to your finger tips. Also, gently massage cuticle oil on each nails to finish.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Posture Correction Exercises Video

Here are some good exercise video for good posture from youtube you can try at home.

Thing you might need:

Thera-Band Exercise Balls - Green - 65 cm (26") - For Body Height 5' 6" - 6' 1" Exercise Balls

YogaAccessories (TM) 1/4'' Extra Thick Deluxe Yoga Mat - Dark BlueYoga Mat

Valeo HW2 2-Pound Neoprene Hand Weights Hand Weights

Video 1: Posture exercise for shoulder

Video 2: Posture exercise for middle body

Video 3: Core strengthening exercise for good posture

Simple Steps to Correct Poor Posture

Did someone (probably your mom) ever pat you on your back and said "Stand up straight. Don't hunch."? Well, thank them. It is really for your own good. But for somehow, if you are like me, my body normal relax position is actually bad body posture. Yes, I like to hunch and do feel like I look like a cave-man walking... yikes..
Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting: An Insightful Guide for Yoga Teachers and Students 
In order to correct my poor posture, I did  a lot of posture exercises and practice yoga. Yoga is really beneficial to correct your posture. Below is what my yoga instructor will always instruct us to do to stand with correct posture.

1. Stand up tall

2. Bring up your navel upwards

3. Now some might probably curve the backbone outward too much. So pull your tailbone downwards or inward.

4. Roll your shoulder from front to up to back and open your chest.

5. Ensure that your neck and head are held high and look forward. Also, ensure that your shoulder is not tight a bring it down away from the ears.

Yoga For BeginnersValeo Yoga Kit

Friday, July 16, 2010

Leg Cramps Causes and Remedy

What is leg cramps definition?
Leg cramp is a sudden, involuntary, painful contraction of the leg muscles. Leg cramps usually occur at the calf, hamstring and / or quadriceps. This muscle cramp pain will last about less than a minute to about a few minutes before it subsides. Leg cramps more common with older people (>50 years old), pregnant women and people with heavier weight. One of the more common leg cramps is Nocturnal leg cramps which is a term use to define leg cramps that happen when we are sleeping and jolting you awake.
Nocturnal leg cramps
Nocturnal leg cramps

Leg cramp causes?

  • Muscle overexertion
  • Dehydration
  • Low potassium (a mineral that is important in rregulating body chemistry. Can be found in salt.) 
  • Alcohol
  • Medication

How to remedy leg cramp fast?
Massage the affected leg muscle. Don't point your feet downwards. Instead, make you leg straight and gently point your foot upwards toward the knee. You can also apply a cold pack on the affected area or take a hot shower to relieve the pain.

How to prevent leg cramps?
Always drink at least  8 glasses of water per day. If you sweat a lot due to exercise or work, drink more to replace the lost fluid.

Always stretch and warm up your  whole body before an engaging in any sport or exercise.

Avoid sleeping in the bed cover tucked tightly at the foot of your bed. Loosen the bed cover, otherwise, this might cause you sleeping with the foot pointing downwards which increases the risk of getting leg cramps.

Stretch your leg muscle or ride on a exercise bike for a few minutes before sleeping.Genuine Magnetrainer ER (Extended Range) Mini Exercise BikeMini Exercise Bike

Drink a cup of warm milk before sleeping.

If you always wear high heels, try to use better support shoes instead.

When to consult doctor?
If you often experiencing leg cramps, visit your doctor. Thorough medical examination could find the underlying root cause of it.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Best Anti Cellulite Cream Review

With so many anti cellulite cream in the market, which one works and which just don't. Also, some are even skeptical that anti cellulite cream would help to reduce the cellulite at all. The reasoning is that they doubt tropical creams are able to penetrate the skin deep enough to work on eliminating cellulites.

However, before selecting or buying any anti cellulite cream it is best to do some research and read user reviews first. Also, using purely cellulite cream to get rid of cellulite would not work without maintaining low fat diet, exercise and drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day.

Below my Top 3 anti cellulite cream:
Cellulean (6 Oz) Topical Cellulite Reduction Gel
Cellulean Topical Cellulite Reduction Gel is still new in the market but fast gaining popularity. What makes the product work is their main active ingredient, Aminophylline, a common asthma treatment drug that was found to have a unique capability to reduce fat cells below the skin. They have done 9 clinical trial in major universities to prove the effectiveness of the cream. The test concluded to reduce 78% of the dimpled cellulite appearance within 1 month. Here's another great new, they are giving out free trial for you to try as part of their promotional offer. Get your FREE Cellulean Cellulite Cream here.

Neutrogena Anti-Cellulite Treatment, Retinol Formula, 5 fl oz (148 ml)Neutrogena Anti-Cellulite Treatment, Retinol Formula, is also another good product with great review from users in Amazon. Rated 4.5 star at the time of writing. It has be clinically test to able to reduce the cellulite by 29% in 4 weeks, 39% in 8 weeks and 50% in 12 weeks. It has light oil free cream texture and it main active ingredient is retinol (purest form of vitamin A) with seaweed and caffeine to work deep in the surface of the skin in getting rid of the cellulite.  

Bliss FatGirlSlim(TM) Super-Sized 16 oz

Bliss FatGirlSlim(TM)   diminishes cellulite with its main active ingredient of qusomeE-encapsulated caffeine. Based on independent clinical study, 87% saw a firming effect, 85% felt a slimming effect, 73% noticed a reduction in the appearance of cellulite after a 28-day period. 

How to Get Rid of Cellulite in Thighs

Cellulite basically forms due to accumulated water toxin, fat and fluid in certain parts of the body. These fats, toxin and fluid are trapped between skin and muscle gives the lumpy orange peel texture to the outer skin. Most common problem area where cellulite forms is in the thighs. Currently, my cellulite is only at first stage. But this still worries me. Read more of stage of cellulite here: How to get rid of cellulite: Introduction.

Upon knowing that cellulite is forming, actions must be taken in order to get rid of cellulite permanently or at least control it so that the cellulite condition does not worsen.

How to get rid of cellulite in thighs tips:

Anti cellulite exercises
Muscle toning and strengthening is the key. Also exercise more on the targeted problem area. If there is cellulite in your thigh, try doing side leg lifts, squats and lunges. You can also opt to use specialize leg execise equipment as shown below.

Stamina 15-9003 Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent / Rower 
Stamina 15-9003 Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent / Rower 
Leg Magic Exercise Machine 
Leg Magic Exercise Machine - rated 4 star in Amazon (click for user reviews)

If possible add some weight about 5 pounds on your ankle will do. Aerobic, cycling, yoga and swimming are also good form of exercise to reduce cellulite. 
Cando Econocuff Wrist/ankle Weight - 2 Lb. - Yellow - Sold By the Each

Prevent cellulite through diet
Choose low fat and low calorie diet. Cut down on fried oily food and red meats. These are high in saturated fats. Increase the amount of fresh vegetable and fruits intake.Mind what you eat. Eating a balance diet is important. Also you can take 5 small meals distributed through the day instead of just 2 or 3 big meals. These method can help to increase metabolic rate and thus burn more calories or fat. Below is a good recipe book to help you out :)

Wash down the cellulite with 8 glasses of water
Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. By drinking more water, body will be more easily flush out the toxin in the body and this will help in losing those cellulites. Also, you need to drink more water and less sodium in your diet to prevent water retention.

Message with essential oil 
Through messaging cellulite problem area, it will help to slowly minimize the appearance of cellulite. Kneading and gentle rubbing from the message helps to improve circulation. It breaks up the fatty deposit and drains the retention of water and toxin which causes the lumpy fat appearance. Juniper, rosemary and lavender essential oils is commonly used to while messaging as it helps to stimulate fat cells.
Essential Oil - Cellulite Wellness Oil - 2 Ounces - Certified Organic - Made in USA