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Achieve Korean Glass Skin

Nowadays, more and more people are giving skin care attention and one of the spotlights is (and has always been) on Korean Skin Care. There is just something different with how Asians care for their skin. Meticulous and routine; those who aren’t dedicated to it will quickly lose interest. Have you heard of the Korean 10 Step Skin Care? Yes, 10 step skin care. The 10 step is especially done at night time.

 

 

Koreans have been able to mix innovative technology and their rich culture and traditions. Compared to your average skin care, the Korean skin care takes much longer, however the effects are astonishing. There’s even a Korean Day Skin Care Routine and a Night Version.

Just to give you a gist of it, there are ten steps that you have to do:

  1. When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you should do would be to wash your face. Don’t use any product during this step, just plain tap water. This will help remove the impurities that have settled on your face at night time. Also if you do a nightly skin care ritual, this will also cleanse your skin of those products as well.
  2. After washing your face, you are now ready for the toner. This is a quick acting liquid that helps remove excess dirt, traces of oil and make up on your skin. Not only that, it will also correct and balance the pH of your skin. This is great for acne-prone skin.
  3. Now that your skin is super clean, you are ready to apply some essence. If you aren’t familiar with what an essence is, this is a concentrated formula that specifically targets the wrinkles, fine lines, dull, and uneven skin tones on your face. This step isn’t really what other people would call essential. It is more like a bonus. Another benefit of this would be to add an extra layer of hydration and it is great for preparing the skin for make up.
  4. Ampoule time! This is a super-charged serum with higher concentrations of active ingredients. Most people use an ampoule especially if they are experiencing a skin crisis, like pimples or rashes. These usually comes in small bottles with droppers.
  5. Serum, serum! If you are going to apply an ampoule, it would be best to do it before a serum. Remember to let your skin absorb the products you apply first before you apply the next one. A serum is a concentrated formula that targets specific skin concerns like wrinkles, dark spots, and dehydration.
  6. Most people neglect the eye dream, but for Koreans it is a must. What you’ll do is to smooth a light eye cream across the brow and socket bone moving from the inner to outer corner of the eye. Be careful when putting stuff here because this is the area where the skin is most thin. There are no sebaceous glands here to product natural oil so it’s important to keep this area hydrated and protected all day long.
  7. Moisturizer is the next step. I am sure most of us are familiar with what a moisturizer does. This step will give you a long lasting all-day hydration.
  8. People never think sunscreen is important especially during the cold season, but Koreans include this as a part of their daily routine whether it is hot or cold. This product protects the skin from UV rays and will avoid or slow the development of dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines.

Another addition to that skin care routine would be to use face masks. You’ve probably seen this being worn by women, and even some men.

 

These face masks are special because they will be able to perfectly rest on the curves of your face. The masks have active ingredients infused in them and you will be able to see the results in just a few days. The face mask also works by making sure that these active ingredients stay in your skin, and won’t evaporate. This allows more of these good skin food to actually do something before going away.

The bad side with Korean face masks is that their effects are only on the surface. That’s why to keep the good effects going, you are going to have to apply them every now and then. Some even apply them daily.

So what do you think? Are you going to get into the Korean Skin Care? We all want that shiny, flawless “glass skin” that Asians keep raving about. Of course, it is something that has to be worked for. But don’t forget to eat healthy food and have a good nights sleep.

 

How To Stay Sane During Home Quarantine

The infamous COVID-19, with the official name of SARS-COV-2, is an infectious disease that originated from Wuhan, China. As of July 4, 2020, there are more than 11 million cases across 188 countries and territories. A result of 525,000 deaths. The government is urging everyone to stay at home, maintain a social distance away from people of about 6 meters apart, and wear masks.

 

The common symptoms of those infected with COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness, but there are also those who report aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhea, conjunctivitis (pink eye), headache, loss of taste or smell, and a rash on the skin (most common: discoloration of fingers or toes, nicknamed “covid toes”).  It’s a little hard to know if someone near you has COVID-19 because there are some people who don’t show any symptoms at all. One sure way to avoid being infected by it would be to isolate oneself but humans being social creatures, it is quite understandable to find this challenging. After all, no man is an island.

 

Lucky for us, there’s technology that we can use to still maintain contact and socialize. Imagine if we were born around the times where there is still no internet and we would be relying on snail mail.

 

Here are some ways we suggest that can keep you sane while we are encouraged to stay at home.

  1. If you enjoy reading, catching up on your list of books to read or finding new books to read would be great to do during this time.
  2. Exercise. Now that we are stuck at home a lot, the temptation to sit down, eat, and watch TV, by the time the quarantine is over and we all go back to normal, most of our weights would have doubled. At home, we can still maintain our shape by doing home exercises. Jump ropes are fun, and so is getting into yoga. There are a lot of informative Youtube videos, and also online classes for yogas are available.
  3. Learn a new skill. As I said, there are a lot of online classes that you can take. There are even programming classes, web designing classes, art classes, and Do It Yourself classes that you can join.
  4. Schedule online catch-up sessions with your friends and family. There’s Facebook Messenger, Zoom, Skype, and other social networking services that you can try.
  5. Once in a while, take a walk but make sure to practice social distancing, washing hands, and wearing of masks.

I understand that it is quite tiresome to be stuck at home, everyday is like a repetitive cycle. We all wonder when this pandemic would end and we could all go outside again and meet friends and family. However, as of the moment, it is best that we keep our distance so everyone can be safe, especially the young, old, and vulnerable. Let us not use the excuse that “humans are social creatures” to disobey quarantine rules, and social distancing rules. If we can’t do it for ourselves, let’s try to do it for those who are vulnerable to the pandemic.

 

Have a great day!

Finding Passion and Purpose

Passion is defined as a “strong and barely controllable emotion”, while purpose is defined as “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists”.  It is such a beautiful thing when your passion and your purpose merges into one. Imagine being a person who enjoys making music, like me, and actually makes a career out of it. Everyday you wake up doing the thing you love, the thing that ignites a fire in your soul, and send shivers down your spine. Every single day, you wake up and you can’t believe how lucky you are – to do the thing you love and be able to make a living out of it. It’s amazing! You keep pinching yourself to check if this is all just a dream that you will eventually wake up from.

 

But what people seldom talk about is the burn out that comes with it. The feeling of being trapped, doing what you love every single day and yet feeling so exhausted from it. There’s nothing else you can imagine yourself doing, and you know you are one of the lucky ones, but you can’t help but feel that you need a break. You need to escape for a while, and do something else. Let me tell you: It’s fine. It’s normal. It’s human to feel this way. In fact, a break might be just something that you might need. A break to refresh your mind and your soul, to give you rest and let you recharge, so you can bounce back better and stronger, to fix the inspiration or idea light that keeps on flickering.

 

It’s okay to remember that we need to step back and doing so does not mean that we aren’t grateful for the path that we have. We are grateful and we want to give it our best by taking a break.

 

Here are some ways you can take a quick break:

  • Read a book that you are interested in.
  • Go online window shopping.
  • Go out and have a quick walk in the park.
  • Meet with friends and family.
  • Keep yourself busy with things other than your work for a few days.
  • Go have a quick vacation somewhere else.
  • If you can’t go anywhere far, a staycation at a local hotel would be nice too!
  • Catch up on TV shows you missed!
  • Eat out
  • Enjoy some alone time
  • Take some time to reflect
  • Find a new hobby!
  • Go to the beach or go on a hike!
  • Start gardening.
  • Walk around the town or city, find out what’s new.
  • Go on a museum.
  • Join a cause.
  • Try meditation and yoga
  • Meet new people and learn their stories. You might go home inspired.
  • Listen to new music.

 

Whatever it is that you need to do, make sure that it will relax you! And don’t pressure yourself too much! You are doing the best that you can. Enjoy it, and don’t be guilty to take a break.  Have an awesome day! Stay inspired!

Pride Passion

Photo by Mercedes Mehling on Unsplash

June is officially the Pride month. This is the time where the LGBTQ community takes to the streets to promote self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of the community. However, due to the recent pandemic that has seemed to halt the world, a lot of people are discouraging individuals to head down to the streets to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19. However the community’s passion and drive for their cause just refused to back down and be defeated by the pandemic… so they took their pride online.

Physically gathering is definitely not an option this year but the LGBTQ community has once again proven that if “there is a will, there’s a way”. It is also an important time for voices to be heard due to recent significant events with George Floyd’s death and the police brutality happening, this year’s pride march is considered to be very significant.

Thanks to modern technology of smartphones, the internet, and social medias, people were able to gather, seek comfort and strength, and speak up. Personally I believe this is amazing, to see the world being divided by COVID-19 but being brought together again to support each other’s cause, and to just support each other.

Let’s take New York for example. The held a virtual rally on June 26, 2020 from 5 in the afternoon until 8 in the evening. It was a simultaneous stream on Facebook and Youtube (two famous social media platforms).

 

For Brian Michael Smith, he said believes that “Visibility is also a form of activism. For so many people just living in your truth and stepping outside takes courage, that is a protest and of itself. … I hope to provide a space of comfort at a time when we need to be there for one another.” He was one of the co-hosts for the said event.

 

On June 27, 2020, San Francisco also gather one of the America’s largest gatherings online. It was a 13 hour suite of live and pre-recorded musical performances, reflections on the past 50 years of Pride, and chosen greetings from elected officials.

 

On the same day, Los Angeles also held their first virtual parade. It wasn’t as long as San Francisco’s, for it only went on for 90 minutes but there were a lot of guests namely Mj Rodriguez, Erika Jayne, Leslie Jordan, the Pussycat Dolls, among others.

 

However, it doesn’t just stop there! Other countries such as Ireland held their own Dublin Pride online as well on June 28, 2020. There was an interactive virtual parade at 9 in the morning and a concert around 2 in the afternoon.

 

Despite having high cases of COVID-19, it didn’t stop United Kingdom from celebrating as well. It’s heartwarming to see so many people united for a common cause, and to promote equal treatment of all. It’s inspiring to see people burning with passion for their beliefs despite all that is currently happening to our world.

It really just goes to show that when humanity unites, it’s  unstoppable.

Have a great day! And don’t stop fighting for what you believe in!

Trust – Kendrickk Superstarr Youngg(prod. JacobEsteban)

Trust is a fragile thing, something precious that requires protection, so fragile that a single drop of doubt could mean its destruction. A hooded look, averting gazes, lying through your teeth, deleted texts… something so undetected once detected can turn the whole story upside down. 
A single lie once found out can create a domino effect on all truths expressed and once it has started, it will be hard to stop its motion. It could ruin families and relationships. One would think a little white lie wouldn’t hurt, “just this one time” would be alright but mind the effects of your actions. It could be the blade that will kill any kind of relationship.