Dry brushing, what is it and what does it do for the skin?

With dry brushing make in a relatively straightforward way your skin a lot better. You do not use creams, only a brush. This brush is tailored to your face and body skin. You can apply it at home, but also to do in the salon. It only works if the skin is dry, e.g., not on a still damp skin after showering or even if you have been for some time in a wet room. How does it work and what does it produce?

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HPV: the new cervical cancer screening

The Netherlands has one of the best screening programs for cervical cancer in the world. This study by January 1, 2017, will change dramatically. In contrast to the known smear, which is taken every five years, and decreased where the individual cells are investigated in the laboratory, the survey will be based on screening for the human papillomavirus, known as HPV. This virus is there to be the well-known cause of most forms of cervical cancer.


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Stay Away From These Common Mistake When Frothing Milk

common mistakes when frothing milk

Frothing milk is actually not difficult to do, unless you aim to do it for a living. Generally, you will get used to the technique after several tries. To take a short-cut and avoid common mistakes while frothing, take these following tips:

  • Keep moving the jug

Don’t shake or move the jug when frothing milk or you will end up with lots of unwanted big airy bubbles. Hold it still instead.

  • Fill the wrong amount of milk

When frothing, it is important to fill the right amount of milk in a jug and also use a jug of appropriate size.  With an under-filled or over-filled jug of milk, you can’t produce the right texture of froth. It is recommended to use a jug with 300-400ml in capacity for one cup of coffee; about 600ml will do for 2 cups. Make sure you using the best milk frother which will guide you how much milk you need to pour in with the indicator.

  • Heat the milk rather than froth it

The “sweet spot” is a term that refers to the point at which milk foams start to form properly (without big bubbles). You need to find that spot rather than just move the wand aimlessly or you will just heat the milk and not froth it. Dip the wand 1-2mm below the milk surface, slightly off the center to find the point where a whirlpool starts and a ch-ch-ch sound is produced.

  • Apply wrong wand tip position

The tip position of the milk frother wand is very important. Too deep below the milk surface and you may hear squealing sounds; the milk gets hot but you don’t end up with a creamy micro-foam texture you wish for. Too close to the milk surface and you will have big air bubbles in the milk that fill the jug capacity; after you raise the tip a little bit to add air to the milk, you have to lower it again to stretch the milk.

  • Don’t clean up the wand well 

If you want good quality froth that smells nice, taking care of your wand is a must.

After each use, you need to wipe it down to the bottom. Letting the milk build up  on the wand is not a good idea: milk residues/build-up will eventually fall into the new batch of milk and affect the taste.

You also must remember to purge the wand.  The wand is often left with its tip in the milk jug and once they cool off, milk can get into it. Or, between uses, water can gather in the one. If you wand big milk bubbles in your froth, open the wand valve to purge water or milk out

  • Block the air intake of automatic frothing wand

For wands that come with an air hold, don’t let it blocked or you get little to no froth because no air is introduced into the milk. Make sure the wand is clean.

  • Apply the wrong milk temperature

Try touching your milk pitcher and see if it is too hold for you to hold: that is a sign that the milk is heated up or boiled too much. The milk temperature should be in the range of 135-160 degree. Above 165 degree, the milk will lose its sweetness or even get scalded so you must avoid overheating it.

  • Do not use fresh milk for frothing

Milk quality will affect how the froth turns out. If you use stale milk, don’t expect good froth quality and taste. Use fresh, cold milk that is taken straight from the refrigerator within 5 days of purchase for the best froth quality.

  • Froth milk too long or not long enough

Knowing the right time to stop frothing is important. Too long and you get tasteless, thick and stiff foam that is hard to consume. Not long enough and you get a watery texture that is far from the creamy, velvety texture you expect.

  • Let the frothed milk sit long before use

If you leave your frothed milk settle in the pitcher for 5-10 minutes, you will find it look very differently when you come back.  The foam get separated, making it hard for you to pour it in the coffee cup. It is best to serve the milk right after you finish frothing; if not, you have to try swirling the milk or pour it into another warm jug to remix foam.

6 Common Ways To Deal With Foot Pain

Your feet suffer from a lot of strain and tension on a daily basis. Without proper care and fitting shoes, various types of foot pain can occur, making it difficult for you to carry out even basic activities like running or walking. For example: plantar fasciitis, bunion, athlete’s foot, corns and calluses, toenail fungus, blisters, hammertoes. Unhealthy body conditions also directly affect foot health.

There are types of foot pains you can try to deal with by yourself but some can be too serious that seeing a doctor is mandatory and surgery is required. Here is the list of common ways to deal with foot pains:

1. Wear fitting shoes


When there is something wrong with your fee, check if it is because you wear shoes that don’t fit you feel? Is it too tight? Do you walk in high heels often? The last time you bought your shoes, it might it completely but your foot size can be different now due to stretching of tendons and ligaments.

Wearing well-fitting shoes is always recommended for your feet health. Choose breathable footwear with good support and stay away from high heels if you can. Have your feet measured to make sure the shoes fit perfectly. Think about your pain conditions when choosing footwear; for example the toe box must be of suitable width and depth if you have hammer toes or bunions.

Basically, your shoes should allow proper blood circulation and make you feel comfortable; they should not put additional pressure on strain on your foot parts.

You should also consider over-the-counter arch supports. This is an effective way to treat various feet issues, especially for plantar fasciitis. They help take pressure of the foot’s ball.

If they don’t work, you really should see a podiatrist and consider having custom-made arch supports.

2. Carry out foot exercise

feet exercises

Foot exercises are very useful for tired feet; they help alleviate pains and loosen tense muscles. There are various exercises, for example: squeeze the toes, try to pick up and move object with toes, do some stretching…They can be very simple but you will be amazed to see how your feet become more flexible.

3. Give your feet a foot massage

foot massage

Even your feet love a good massage too. Massage helps improve blood circulation, alleviate pain, bring back energy and relax sore or tense muscles.

Giving your feet a massage is quite easy. Squeeze your toes first, knead of the balls of your feel and gradually move down to the base. You can apply lotion or soak your feet in warm water with bath salt or essential oil for extra relaxation.

For enjoying the maximum benefit of massage at home, you can use a foot massager which is especially designed for giving feet comfort and relief. An electric foot massager can automatically massages your feet and focus on pressure points to treat your foot pain effectively. Vibration, shiatsu and infrared heat massagers are available to provide deep and intense treatment. Consider a foot spa that provides extra comfort and works more effectively in relieving chronic pain and swelling or a foot and leg massager if you wish to enjoy treatment in more than just your feet.

4. Use orthotic products and devices

orthotic products

Anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce swelling and pains, especially if you suffer from arthritis. Remember to take them according to the doctor’s prescription.

There are also various orthotic products that you can use according to specific foot problems: splint, aid split, toe spreader, support stock, canes…

5. Applying acupuncture

foot acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture – a Chinese medical therapy – targets acupressure points located on the legs and feet. They can help with relieving pain. There are also studies about the benefit of using this therapy for diabetic neuropathy treatment.

6. Perform surgery

When the foot pain prolongs and other treatment options don’t work, you may have to resort to surgery. Metatarsal osteotomy, for example, is done to alter bone structure and relieve pain symptoms.

Recommended Home Appliances For Improving Indoor Air Quality

Having nice indoor air quality is beneficial for maintaining good health, good immune system or alleviating conditions related to breathing. It is especially important if there are old people or babies in your family or you and/or your family member suffer from asthma. Two recommended appliances for maintaining good indoor quality are the air purifier and humidifier. It is advised that you know how to choose the best air purifier, depending on your particular conditions.

1. Air Purifier


  • Benefits

Air purifiers are used for removing contaminants from the air. Depending on the type of technology applied, air purifiers can filters airborne particles, bacteria, viruses and even unwanted odors (like gas, secondhand smoke…)

  • Types

The most common types of air purifier use filters to trap particles when the air passes through and then release clean air back into the room. There are various types of contaminants or allergens that can be capture: pet dander, pollen, dust mites, dirt, mold…These substances can trigger allergic reactions and worsen the conditions of people suffering from asthma. HEPA filter, hailed as the best filters available in the markets, are those that can capture at least 99.97% of airborne particles from 0.3 micron in diameter or more.

These are other types of technologies like activated carbon, UV light, ozone, and negative ion. Activated carbon and UV light filters are often used together with HEPA filters for the best effect. Negative ion generators do not actually remove contaminants but make they drop out from the air instead while ozone air purifiers are under great concerns due to the potential harmful effects of ozone on human health.

Air purifiers are available in portable and whole-house forms.

  • Usage note

Air purifiers require maintenance to function effectively. The filters need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Whole-house air purifiers are installed into the ductwork of the HVAC systems and provide clean air for the entire house; they require less regular maintenance but are much more expensive and require installation cost.

Not all air purifiers work the same. Some perform well in absorbing odors; some excel at trapping airborne particles and some work best in creating a bacteria-clean environment. It is important to select the right type of air purifier for your asthma conditions.

Also, having an air purifier does not mean that you do not have to clean up the room anymore. It can capture contaminants in the air but not those that are settled on the carpet, furniture or desk surface. Before considering an air purifier for your home, you need to find ways to eliminate contaminant sources first; it will help the appliance work more effectively.

2. Air Humidifiers

Air Humidifiers

  • Benefits

A humidifier helps maintain the balanced humidity level in the house by putting back moisture into the air (in the form of cold or warm mist, depending on the type used). Naturally, it is needed when the indoor humidity level is too low (for example: in dry fall or winter)

During warm months, it is recommended to have an indoor humidity level of 40-50 percent; for cold month, the range should be 30-50 percent. Having the right indoor humidity level is important not just for human health but for furniture as well. There are common symptoms caused by low humidity levels like bloody nose or chapped lips. Healthy people may not be affected much by low humidity but old people, babies and those with by respiratory illnesses easily respond to these conditions. You can also notice cracks in your furniture of wall paint.

  • Types

Similar to air purifiers, humidifiers are available in portable and whole-house forms.

There are several types of humidifiers to choose from. One of the most common types is the ultrasonic humidifier (warm or cool mist). It is very quiet and work very effectively in humidifying a large space.

Evaporative cool mist type is more affordable but can cause mold growth in case it disperses too much moisture into the air. It is not recommended for people with asthma.

A steam vaporizer is very affordable but can cause burns; that is why parents are hesitate to use them in children rooms.


As you can see, these appliances work differently: one is used to put back moisture into the air to deal with issues related to dry air but does not clean the air; one is used to remove contaminants and make the indoor air cleaner but does not affect the indoor humidity level at all. As both can benefit people with asthma in different way, it is best to consult a doctor before deciding what appliance (and its particular type) should be used.

Protect your baby in summer

Dress your baby with Cotton


Dress a baby with cotton material clothing is really ideal. We should forget the plastic as they trap heat and are uncomfortable for baby. If your toddler is too hot, the contact of this material may sting, scratch. Choose lightweight fabrics and avoid that the sun’s rays are not in direct contact with the delicate skin of your child. Choose a sunscreen by asking your pharmacist. Choose a strong protection against UV to avoid sunburn. If you make him wear a hat, choose a sufficiently wide brim and size. Models with elastic straps should be avoided as they can compress the upper neck, the baby’s chin.

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Hair-drying tips for shiny and smooth hair like a Pro

If you still think blow-drying is a familiar work and doesn’t need to be fussy, you’ll definitely regret when you realize your hair is getting ragged and never looks neat or on the lines of themselves.

Whether you ever wonder why your hair will look much smoother, shinier when you have your hair blow-dried in salon than when you dry it by yourself at home? In addition, your locks also keep lines longer even for several days if your hair is not too much oil. It’s because the hairdresser all know the secret of perfect hair-drying and hair care. However, every girl does not have enough economical capacity to get their hair dried in salon every day. So why don’t we “imitate” the great blow-drying tips in the hair salon?

The first thing you need to bear in mind is that you should choose the right type of blow-dry machine based on your hair. For fine hair, find the best hair dryer for fine hair; for curly hair, try your best to select the blow hair dryer for curly hair, and so on. Secondly, remember that you should blow-dry within just 15 to 30 minutes depending on the length of your hair. If it’s longer, you’ll lose all the hair moisture, leading to dry fiber, split ends. Then perform the following steps respectively!

Hair Dryer


If you are not lucky due to having dry hair, you should wash off your hair then take conditioner incubation during the rest process of bathing. If your hair gets good quality, then you should only add conditioner in the final stages of bathing. Gently towel partially soaked hair until no longer soggy, don’t rub your hair with the towel, because it will make your hair lose moisture and damaged by strong rubbing.

Use hair conditioner

Good hair conditioner is “key” to help you successfully blow-dry like a pro. Choosing the suitable hair care products will make locks becomes shiny, without split ends, and curly hair will get fly-always as your expectation…

Hair Conditioner

With dry hair, you should choose nutrition-and-serum-based products that make locks shiny. Apply conditioner to hair ends and begin drying in the longitudinal direction from the top. Finish by swiping conditioner or serum to make it absorb through each layer of hair. If your hair is weak, thin and broke, remember to stay away from the gels and try conditioner-spray.

Divide the hair into small layers

Dividing the hair into small layers will help you dry regularly, the hair layer becomes smoother and fluffier. Of course self-division of the hair will not be easy as you see in salon. So let’s start by dividing into many hair layer longitudinal, 2 layers at the back and the rest at two sides. If your locks are too thick, then continue to divide them horizontally, roll and keep on the top.

Use fingers to roll the hair

Using round brush to blow-dry is not always a perfect solution. You can absolutely do this by hands. It makes you feel more comfortable, you no longer have to suffer “pain” and hair drop. In addition, you can use hands to slip into each hair, especially the roots so that hot or cool air from dryer can head toward this position, and make locks dry faster and more regularly. This is an obvious job that a brush could never do. To get a hair in curl, consecutively take a hand-rolling in the inside direction until it is dried. And then you just need to roll gently and let them on your palms, use a hair dryer to blow-dry this part, you will have a bobbing and curly hair supernaturally already!

Blow-drying with brush


Of course, drying hair by a brush is a basic solution for every girl. When drying with a round brush, remember to choose the size that corresponds with your hair’s thickness. Put the brush into locks to put each curl up, then drying the roots from the inside. This approach will make the bobbing roots, as well as retain moisture for hair layer outside.

Continue to pull brush downward and start rolling for curl or … style. Roll the brush to the roots if you want to make curly hair, and only lightly roll the tail if you want to get gentle curl. Note: pull dryer parallel brush’s direction.

Change into cool drying to get fixed hairstyle.

The final step in drying is “locked” fixed hairstyle by cool drying conditions. This way helps your hair look more natural bobbing and also soothe fast the heat in minutes of drying.

How to cut your baby hair?

Baby’s hair grow? Is it better to cut them or leave them gently push?

Some babies are born without hairs on the stone, others against already have pretty brown hair around their face. Should we cut quickly? How to treat? Here are answers of how to take care of your baby hair. A scissors!

The first cut


Generally, you start cutting the hair of a child just before his second birthday. for a baby, obviously it prefers a quiet time to do this and avoid that a bad stroke of the chisel is not lost in the bustle. If you are afraid of being clumsy, do not hesitate to take it to your hairdresser who will be happy to cut off a few locks (and often free of charge).

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