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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Five (5) fastest healing piercings

June 27, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

If you are interested in getting a piercing, there is a lot of thought that needs to go into your decision.  Will it hurt?  How long will it take to heal?  These are just two of the many questions you might have.  Besides the initial pinch, there's one main downside to getting pierced: the healing process.  

Cartilage piercings are very popular.  Cartilage is a connective tissue that is harder than the skin but softer than the bones.  Any ear piercing other than lobe piercing is a cartilage piercing.  Each cartilage piercing has a different name based on the area of cartilage that is being pierced.  Some of these piercings are the snug, upper helix, anti-helix, conch, orbital, daith, and tragus.  If you want more information about ear piercings, click here!  The most common cartilage piercing is the helix piercing.

However, cartilage piercings can take a lot of time to heal, depending on the placement of the piercing, it can be anywhere from four months to a yearCartilage is avascular, meaning there are no vessels to carry blood to cartilage tissue.  This lack of blood supply causes cartilage to heal very slowly.

During the healing time, the jewellery should be kept in and the piercing should be cleaned morning and night.  Healing your piercings properly requires care and patience and might seem intimidating for anyone who is getting pierced for the first time.  If you’re looking for a piercing that won’t have you committing to twelve months of pain and TLC here are the five fastest healing piercings!


1.  Navel 

Belly button piercings are located in an area of flesh that has a rich blood supply.  
More blood supply = quicker healing time!

Healing time: 4 - 6 weeks for initial healing

Belly button piercing

Belly button piercing


2.  Septum

Nose piercings are very popular but technically they are cartilage piercings and they take a little longer to heal.  On the other hand, when piercing the septum you’re piercing a small strip of tissue (called a "columella") in the skin that separates your two nostrils.

Healing Time (with columella): 1 to 3 months for initial healing

woman with a septum piercing

man with a septum piercing


Oral piercings from the tongue, the webbing underneath the tongue and behind the lips, and even the lips themselves are some of the fastest healing parts of our bodies! 

3.  Tongue 

The tongue has a rich supply of blood, meaning it should heal up quickly and easily. 

Healing Time: 3 to 4 weeks for initial healing

couple with tongue piercing

tongue piercing


4.  Lips

Lip piercings come in a ton of varieties: regular rings and studs, Monroe’s, labret, Medusa/philtrum piercings and vertical labret piercings.

Healing Time: 6 to 8 weeks for some/a few months for others

Lip piercing

Lip piercing


Bonus: Other oral piercings

Lip frenulum piercings like the smiley or frowny, or the webbing under the tongue are also very quick to heal.

Healing Time: 4 to10 weeks

web piercing


Note: Piercings that come into direct contact with your teeth can damage your teeth and gums!


5.  Earlobe

It's the most popular piercing for a reason!

Healing Time: 4 to 6 weeks for initial healing

Earlobe piercing

multiple ear piercings


These healing times are only suggestions.  Actual healing time depends on the individual.


Do you have any of the piercings on this list?  How long did it/they take to heal?


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Body hair removal

June 24, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Methods of hair removal have been practised in virtually all human cultures since at least the Neolithic era.  These hair removal methods have varied in different times and areas, but shaving was and still is the most common method.  

women's legs

Body hair has long shaped gender dynamics, served as an indicator of social class and defined notions of femininity and the “ideal body”.  Today, most women feel like they have to remove body hair as if they have no other option.  There's something unsettling about that, however, perceptions are slowly shifting.  Removing body hair or growing it out is a personal choice!

If you choose to remove it there are two types of hair removal: depilation (surface removal by shaving, dissolving), or epilation (removal of the entire hair, such as waxing or plucking). 

I’ve written various posts about this topic in the past, today’s post is a roundup of my hair removal related blog posts.  This way you can find them all in one handy post.

  • For shaving tips and tricks, check out this post: Shaving tips
  • For more information about epilation, check out:  Using an epilator
  • Sugaring vs waxing: Sugaring is a vegan option; some waxes are not vegan you have to check before you buy.


One of the main problems associated with hair removal is ingrown hair!  Shaving is not the only way ingrown hairs can happen.  Depilatory creams can run a similar risk to shaving as it is also a form of depilation.  Because the hairs are being dissolved, rather than cut, the risk of having ingrown hairs can be far less than that of shaving.  Waxing and plucking hairs out can also cause ingrown hairs. 



I hope you found this post helpful, just remember that you do not have to remove your body hair, it’s completely your choice.  


Feel free to share your thoughts on hair removal in the comment section below!


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Femme Luxe 👕 👖 👚 | Fashion haul

June 18, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I'm here today with a new fashion post.  I treated myself to some new clothes and I want to show you all what I got!  There's no therapy like retail therapy, am I right?  As you might have noticed, I'm a huge fan of online shopping.  Where else can you comfortably shop in the middle of the night while in your pyjamas?  There are no lines to wait in or sales assistants to track down to help you with your purchases and you can do your shopping in minutes.  If you are like me and you hate crowds or waiting in line (particularly in these times of social distancing) you probably love shopping online just as much as I do.

One of my absolute favourite online clothing stores is Femme Luxe.  For those of you who are not familiar with Femme Luxe, they are a UK-based online store that offers high-quality clothing at very reasonable prices.  And, at Femme Luxe you can always find the latest trends!



This time I ordered three t-shirts because t-shirts are always a staple in my spring and summer wardrobe.  To be honest, I like to wear t-shirts all year round but especially in the warmer months.  I also got a pair of trousers and another loungewear set.  I’m obsessed with the large selection of loungewear available on Femme Luxe’s website.   And the delivery only took 5 days!




The first item in this haul is a Blue 'Santa Clara' Graphic-Print T-Shirt.   This tee features a luxe 'Santa Clara' slogan graphic print with short sleeves and a crew neck.  I love this t-shirt so much.  It’s very light and comfortable to wear.  It’s ideal to wear in our hot summer weather when the temperatures get quite high.   


The second item in this haul is another graphic tee.  This Coral 'California' Graphic-Print T-Shirt features a luxe 'California' slogan and graphic print with a crew neck and short sleeves.  I love to pair this t-shirt with denim shorts and either sandals or white sneakers, depending on the temperature.  When the temperatures hit or surpass 30°C I can only wear sandals and flip flops!


The third item in this haul is a Pink 'No Bad Vibes' Oversized T-Shirt.   This tee features a 'No Bad Vibes' slogan print in a luxe loose fitting style.  The fabric is a little thick, I love this t-shirt but I’m not planning to wear it during the hot summer days.  However it is perfect to wear for my evening walks with my Maltipoo, Rascal; especially, when we go for a walk on the beach, where it can get a little chilly in the evening.  It’s also ideal for evening BBQs that are so popular in the summertime here in Malta!  


The fourth item is a pair of trousers.  I already own a pair of black Cargo Slim Fit Trousers and I love them so much that this time I got the same model in a different colour.  The Stone Cargo Slim Fit Trousers features multiple pockets and elasticated ankle cuffs.  As I told you previously about the black pants, they fit perfectly and are very comfortable to wear.  These trousers are a very versatile item to have in your wardrobe; you can either dress them down by pairing them with trainers or dress them up by pairing with heels.


The fifth and last item in today’s haul is the Rose V-Neck Boxy Loungewear Set.  I love this set!  This two-piece features a matching comfy t-shirt and straight leg jogger trousers.  The reason I love these loungewear sets so much is that apart for being SO comfortable, the can be paired with flats or heels and the shoes change the whole vibe.  Therefore, loungewear sets are very versatile; you can wear them anywhere! 



And that is the end of this fashion haul.

What are your favourite items?  Leave a comment below and let me know!


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Six (6) teas I always have in my pantry ☕ 🍵

June 16, 2020 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

As I told you in my previous post: Effective ways to treat cellulite, I don't like the smell of coffee.  As a matter of fact, I never drank a sip of coffee in my life!  Conversely, I do love teas; I try to drink 3 to 4 cups a day.  But which teas or tisanes you might ask - there are so many to choose from.  

True teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant, while a herbal infusion, or tisane is any plant-derived drink other than true tea.  From berry blends to green tea to Earl Grey, the many versions of chai, black, breakfast, and whatever else.  There are so many options.

Healthy teas are nothing new to the world, but culturally, many of us have forgotten how to use them.  Irrespective of how we feel about holistic medicine, the power of tea is undeniable.

cup with loose herbal teas

These are the 6 teas I always have in my pantry and a little information about their benefits


Green

Let me start with one of the most well-known teas.  Essentially, green tea provides an overall health boost, which is what makes it so popular.  Full of powerful antioxidants, it strengthens our immune system, preventing and inhibiting health problems.  Green tea has a range of possible health benefits.  It can help us feel better, lose weight, and lower our risk of chronic diseases!  You may want to consider making green tea a regular part of your life.

Peppermint

Again, this tea is nothing unusual for tea drinkers.  While the refreshing taste is a worthy enough reason, peppermint tea offers other benefits worth noting, such as fresher breath, better digestion, and reduced pain from headachesIt can also calm nausea.  Peppermint tea also has antibacterial properties.  

Rooibos

Rooibos tea is also known as red tea or red bush tea.  Rooibos is a herbal tea and is not related to green or black tea. Because rooibos tea is naturally caffeine-free, it's an excellent alternative to black or green tea.  Rooibos also has lower tannin levels than regular black or green tea.  It is full of powerful antioxidants, which may offer health benefits.  It’s praised for general immune boosting but has also gathered particular attention for its anti-ageing properties.  When applied topically, it can help with skin concerns such as acne and eczema.  Due to high levels of the antioxidant glutathione, rooibos is also great for body detoxification.  This is my favourite tea!

Chamomile

Chamomile is another very popular herbal tea.  It’s the perfect night-time beverage; it has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years to calm anxiety and settle stomachs.  Chamomile contains amino acids that relax the body and relieve stress.  Several studies have also linked chamomile tea to reduced severity of menstrual cramps.

Fennel

Originally native to the Mediterranean, it grows all over the world and has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant.  According to herbalists, the fennel seed is an effective aid to digestion.  It can help the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal system relax and reduce gas, bloating, and stomach cramps.  The anti-inflammatory properties in fennel can help relax the muscles in the uterus relieving cramps and discomfort during menstruation.  Since fennel can relax your muscles you may feel more ready for bed after drinking it.  Ancient remedies called for the use of fennel to treat insomnia.  It increases the antioxidants in the body and may also act as a diuretic.

Ginger

A spicy beverage, ginger tea is a warming, invigorating, caffeine-free alternative, which has numerous health benefits.  To be honest, I don’t like the taste of ginger but my mum loves it!  Research has suggested that ginger consumption can be protective against heart diseaseGinger tea may also help alleviate headaches, menstrual cramps, sore muscles, and other types of pain.  It’s believed that the antioxidants in ginger can help strengthen your immunity and reduce stress.


These teas and infusions have many more health benefits, but it is impossible for me to list all of them in one blog post.  Stock up your kitchen pantry with these teas and tisanes to experience the health benefits behind simple, herbal remedies that have been used for centuries.


Are you a tea or herbal tea drinker?  What are your favourite infusions?



Sunday, June 14, 2020

Effective ways to treat cellulite | Tips & DIYs

June 14, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Lots of people all over the world are concerned with cellulite.  Anti-cellulite creams can be costly and/or full of chemicals.  Fortunately, there are safer and cheaper DIY recipes, which can be just as effective!  In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to make my favourite, effective homemade anti-cellulite cream.  Before you spend your money on expensive products, you should try this DIY recipe first.

woman's thigh with cellulite

Grapefruit anti-cellulite cream recipe

Ingredients:
  • 30 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 1 cup of coconut oil

Method:
  1. Mix grapefruit essential oil and coconut oil together
  2. Store in a glass container - Citrus essential oils are highly concentrated and are full of healthy acidic properties.  Because of this, you should always use glass containers when storing them.
  3. Rub into affected areas for 5 minutes daily

Coconut oil will help hydrate the skin while grapefruit essential oil contains large amounts of the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, which helps break down cellulite.  

Note: Coconut oil melts in warm temperatures.  The melting point of coconut oil is generally quoted as being 24 °C (76 °F).  If the temperature is above 24 degrees, the oil will be liquid.  If the temperature is below 24 °C, it will become solid.

If you want a creamier consistency, you can add grapefruit oil to an unscented body lotion.  However, I recommend mixing the essential oil and the lotion directly in the palm of your hand.  Just add a few drops to your lotion before you apply it to the affected areas.  Do not add the grapefruit oil straight into the body lotion bottle!

This is not my first blog post on this topic; I shared a recipe for an anti-cellulite coffee scrub, a few years back.  Here’s the link: DIY: Anti-cellulite scrub.  I prefer the grapefruit anti-cellulite cream recipe over this one, simply because I’m not particularly fond of the smell of coffee.  But other than that, the scrub is also a very effective anti-cellulite!

In another post, I also shared a list of tips that you can use to improve the appearance of cellulite.  You can find all the tips here: Fighting cellulite!


If you have any additional tips to treat cellulite, feel free to leave a comment below.

Have a great day!







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