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Simple Steps That Will Keep Your Home as Safe as Possible

Simple Steps That Will Keep Your Home as Safe as Possible

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Over the past few months, many of us have spent much more time in our homes. The coronavirus pandemic has seen us following lockdown measures to slow the spread of the virus, staying indoors and minimising contact with others. This has given us an opportunity to realise just how important these spaces are to us. Chances are, you want to make sure your home is as safe as possible while spending increasing amounts of time in it. To achieve this, there are various home maintenance checks that you need to carry out. These will help you to ensure that your property is as safe as can be at any given time. Here are a few that you should take into consideration!

Remove Anything Potentially Harmful

There are aspects of your home that may have been fine by building regulations when the property was built, but may be banned now. Asbestos is a prime example of this. At one point, it was a common building material. But nowadays, we are aware that it can potentially cause cancer. If your home has asbestos in it, it’s essential that you don’t try to remove it yourself. Instead, use professional Asbestos Removal services.

Check Smoke Alarms

This next check is simple but can quite literally save your life. Checking your smoke alarms on a regular basis will ensure that they’re always in working condition and that the batteries are working. This can prevent fires, as you will be alerted as soon as any smoke is detected and you can tackle the issue right away. Checking your alarms regularly really is essential, so add it into your routine.

Repair Any Faults Immediately

Everyone’s home will face some sort of fault at some point or another. Things wear down and need repairing or replacing and it’s important that you actually face up to these issues, rather than attempting to just sweep them under the carpet. Issues don’t tend to rectify themselves. Instead, they worsen, becoming more costly to fix and eventually causing major damage to your property that will be much more difficult and expensive to rectify in the long run. A good example is a leaking tap. Many of us will ignore this and become used to the dripping noise for months or even years. At some point, however, the leak could become much more severe and cause flooding or water damage. Then, rather than paying for a small repair of a leaky tap, you’ll have to call out an emergency plumber to stem the flow and then further services to repair the water damage to your home too!

These, of course, are just a few different areas you might want to focus on when it comes to home repair. Hopefully, our advice can come in pretty useful to you at some point or another. Remember, prevention is better than cure! Tackling something when it first establishes itself is much easier and much more cost effective than tackling a major issue that results from it!

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How to Stay Safe While Whitening Your Skin

How to Stay Safe While Whitening Your Skin

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Even if all dark-skinned people are being encouraged to love their natural skin color and be proud of it, some of us still prefer a lighter skin tone, which isn’t a bad thing to desire – after all, to each their own. In Asia, fair skin is widely promoted as a beauty standard, so whitening products are big everywhere and some people even go to extreme lengths and pay hefty amounts of money just to have their skin lightened.

But health concerns have been raised as the skin whitening trend continues. Risks of cancer and other skin conditions are brought to light after some whitening methods are introduced, such as skin bleaching. Doctors also enumerated ingredients that should be avoided in order to stay cancer-free while having your skin whitened.

That said, let’s talk about how to stay safe while whitening your skin.

How Skin Whitening Works

Our skin has special cells called melanocytes, which is responsible for producing pigment, a.k.a melanin. If you have dark skin, it means your melanocytes produce more melanin compared to those of people with fair skin. In skin whitening or bleaching, this function of the melanocytes is blocked, reducing the amount of melanin they normally do, so that you’d have lighter skin in turn.

Safe Ingredients

If you wish to lighten your skin, only stick to products that use vitamin C, vitamin A, or vitamin B3 to reduce melanin production. These vitamins are safe blockers and you can find them in over-the-counter skin whitening toners and other topical products. Herb ingredients such as licorice and emblica, as well as fruit acids such as glycolic acid, are also safe for the skin and health.

Unsafe Ingredients

If you’re not careful when you shop, you may end up purchasing affordable but harmful products that increase your risk of developing cancer and other skin conditions. Every time you look for whitening products, always read their ingredients list, and avoid anything with the following:

  • Hydroquinone

Only 2% or less hydroquinone content is considered safe. Anything above is toxic to the body, so it’s best to stay away from this ingredient.

  • Mercury

Applying anything with mercury on your skin is one of the worst things you can do to your body. It’s a toxic metal that can cause kidney failure and problems to the nervous system.

  • Steroids

Steroids thin your blood vessels and reduce blood flow, making your skin look paler and thus fairer. With prolonged use, complications may occur in blood pressure levels, blood sugar, and even in mental health.

  • BHT or BHA

Butylated Hydroxytoluene andButylated Hydroxyanisole are proven to cause cancer in animals as per tests. If that’s the case, it’s best to steer clear of these ingredients.

  • Dioxane

This is unregulated in most countries because of its toxicity, so stay away from dioxane as well.

  • Fragrances

If you have sensitive skin, fragrances may give you allergic reactions such as irritation, itchiness, or inflammation, so it may be better to avoid them.

DIY Skin Whitening

If you’re super health-conscious but would still love to whiten your skin, you can try a DIY bleach formula. It only consists of pure lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide, but be extra careful when using them, because they may get in your eye and irritate it. If you have dark spots you wish to eliminate, safe home remedies include apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, and green tea extract, so opt for any of those.

Remember that all skin colors are beautiful, so even if you wish to lighten yours, keep in mind that your darker skin still makes you beautiful and it also deserves your love and praise. Treat your skin with care by using only products that are proven safe and effective.

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