Beauty DIYs are some of our favourite (and wallet-friendly) things to do, but did you know that some ingredients should either never go on your face or be used sparingly? Poon Li-Wei lists them out.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
If there’s one natural ingredient that the Internet swears by, it’s ACV. We’ve seen it pop up everywhere on the Internet – whether as a face rinse, deodorant (true story!), hair rinse or face mask – but is it really as great as it’s touted to be?
FACT OR FICTION?
According to dermatologist Dr Jonathan Wolfe, “Scientifically, the use of ACV (which can lower skin bacteria by changing the pH of your skin) can help.” Additionally, Dr Mary Jihn agrees that it may help with dandruff as “the acidity could increase the sloughing of the skin on the scalp, and it does have some anti-fungal properties.
However, ACV on its own can be overly acidic. As explained by dermatologist Dr Michael Lin, “One terrible example was a man trying to treat genital warts. When he came into the office, the entire area was raw, burned by the vinegar. I don’t know if he was using it full-strength, but whatever he was doing, it was too strong.” So, if you really want to give it a whirl, he advocates buying one from a reputable brand that states the acidity level and to never use it undiluted.
Due to its vitamin C and citric acid content, lemon juice is a highly popular ingredient in concoctions meant for a brighter complexion and to keep pimples at bay. Not to mention, you’ll find convincing before and after pictures of lighter underarms after applying lemon juice to them.
FACT OR FICTION?
“Healthy skin has a slightly acidic pH, which helps ward off unwanted bacteria and yeast,” says Amy Kassouf, a dermatologist. In terms of attaining brighter skin or lightening scars, Dr Macrene Alexiades expresses, “Acids can dissolve skin cells, and when you (use them) in a small dose, (they) will take off the dead skin layer to give you brighter, smoother skin.” And citric acid, specifically, “is a well-tolerated, all around friendly acid for normal skin and has great brightening effects.”
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YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME
“More than half of my time is spent with animals, but I enjoy it,” enthuses animal rescuer, Aileen Lee. The story of this selfless lady’s dedication and love for the fur kids she has saved will warm your heart.
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THE ONE WHO'S TAKING ACTION
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A PAWSITIVE' Life
Like in many parts of the world, pet culture has seen exponential growth in Malaysia. In this issue, Lorraine Chai discusses pet therapy, a method of treatment that is gaining traction, and also some of the pet trends you don’t want to miss out on.
The Healing Power Of Unconditional Love
There’s a saying that goes, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” For one woman, these words resonated deeply. An unlikely companion came into her life at her lowest point and changed everything.
Even Pets Need Tummy Care?
For many, keeping a pet is more than just caring for an animal; pets are family members, too. We speak to veterinary surgeon, Dr Wafaa Abdul Washefffrom Pets Corner Sdn Bhd, to find out how your pets can stay healthy with a suitable diet
Beauty The Natural Way
With climate change rapidly threatening the future of Mother Earth, we urgently need to curb further acts of destruction. We speak to Law Hong Mei, founder of The Olive Tree, about building a beauty brand that is sustainable from the core.
WE KNOW LESS THAN WE THINK
And that’s a good thing! The greatest lesson from the pandemic is this: Possibilities are endless.
CHAIRMAN AT THE BOARD: RECORDING THE SOUNDTRACK OF A GENERATION, by Bill Schnee. Backbeat Books, 2021. 219pp. $24.49, hardcover; $21.49, Kindle e-book.
A True Blessing
When a Colorado horse rescue went to pick up a new trailer, they had no idea they’d be using it that very day.
When teenager Rebecca Kennedy decided to sign up for the Extreme Mustang Makeover, she did it because she wanted to challenge herself as a rider. But she ended up learning so much more after working with her untouched mustang.
Equine Foster Care: Do You Have What it Takes?
Have you ever dreamed of nursing an abused or neglected horse back to health and finding him a forever home? Learn what it takes to make that dream come true.
BEYOND THE SHOW PEN
Learn how youth can develop valuable life skills, become more self-confident, and gain educational opportunities by getting involved in the horse industry.
HOW MANY DAYS ARE ENOUGH?
When you send your young horse off for training it can be challenging to understand how long he needs to be there. Is it 30 days, 60 days, or 90 days? Jacob Barry breaks down the basics of colt starting and what to expect within these timeframes so you can make the best training decision for you and your horse.
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A farmer looking for a source of water for his farm bought a well from his neighbour. The neighbour was cunning, though, and refused to let the farmer take water from the well.