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Skin Tags: What Are They, And Should You Be Worried?

Skin Tags: What Are They, And Should You Be Worried?

Being healthy is about more than just eating well and exercising regularly. It’s even about more than making sure you’re well hydrated and getting plenty of sleep. Good health is also about awareness. It’s about taking the time to understand our bodies and know when something out of the ordinary manifests. For instance, checking your breasts regularly and properly is the best way to ensure that you catch the signs of breast cancer early. Likewise, we need to learn how to read our skin. Everything from poor hydration to diabetes and even cancer can be spotted early by understanding how your skin looks and feels under normal circumstances. 

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When something unexpected shows up on our skin, it can be a source of great worry and anxiety. However, when it comes to skin tags, it’s easy to get freaked out. They look unsightly to some, and because they are packed with tiny blood vessels, they can be prone to bleeding. Here, however, we’ll address the myths and misconceptions while helping you to better understand skin tags. 


First of all: It’s important to acknowledge what skin tags are not

Skin tags are not cancerous, and they will (in the overwhelming majority of cases) never be cancerous even if left untreated for the rest of your life. If you spot a skin tag, you may find it a minor irritation in otherwise unblemished skin, but they’re perfectly benign.

At least 25% of all adults will get skin tags somewhere on their bodies at some point in their lives. We tend to be more prone to them when we go above the age of 30. 

What does a skin tag look like?

Just so we’re all clear, a skin tag is a small flesh colored growth on the skin that looks a little like a wart. Unlike a wart, however, it often grows out of the skin on a little stalk. In some cases, a skin tag may be a darker color than the rest of the skin.

Where do skin tags come from?

Medical science has yet to prove conclusively where skin tags come from and what causes them. The most popular theory, however, is that it may happen when little clusters of collagen and blood vessels get trapped inside thicker pieces of skin. Because they are more common in areas where the skin creases or folds, it’s possible that they could be caused by skin rubbing against skin.

Where can you get skin tags?

Skin tags can occur anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found on areas like the armpits, neck and eyelids. They can also occur in more intimate areas. They may occur on the genitals or the anus and can be mistaken for genital warts. Here’s some advice on how to remove anal skin tags. Because skin tags can catch and bleed, there are many who would rather remove them for practical and aesthetic purposes. 

How do I remove skin tags?

Skin tags are not removed by regular skin care. However, they do not necessarily need surgery to be removed. Like warts, they can usually be removed by over the counter treatments. A skin tag may be an unwelcome sight, but if you don’t like the idea of removing it, you can rest easy that it will cause you no health problems. 

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What To Consider When Having Cosmetic Procedures

What To Consider When Having Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic procedures are something you should take very seriously. There can be many things that can go wrong, and it’s important you know what to expect so that you’re not disappointed. Here are some things to consider when having cosmetic procedures.

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Do Your Research

Doing your research when it comes to any cosmetic treatment is essential. Whenever it’s something new, you want to have an awareness of what the procedure is and what’s involved. That way, you know exactly what you are getting yourself into, so you won’t be unpleasantly surprised by anything you weren’t expecting. It’s also good for your own safety too because there might be something that they do that will have a reaction on your body or that you know won’t be appropriate. So make sure that whatever the procedure is, you’re getting the right amount of research done to be fully aware of what you’re diving into. Even if you’ve had it done before, it’s a good idea to remind yourself what’s involved, especially if you’re going somewhere new.

Know The Risks If There’s Any

Risks are something that can tend to come with many treatments when there are products used on it or tools that might end up with the skin or body reacting to it in some way. So whether you’re having injectable fillers or have a non-invasive fat freezing treatment, it’s important to know what the risks are. Whatever issues you’re trying to tackle, whether it’s micropigmentation or the appearance of wrinkles, it’s essential that you know what those side-effects might be and any risks that you might be taking when it comes to getting the procedure.

Do It For You And Only You

When getting a cosmetic treatment like anything you do to yourself, it must be for you and only you. A lot of people will get these cosmetic treatments because of what seems to be normal to have in society or perhaps friends or family have recommended you get it. But that’s something you don’t want to be doing, and instead, it needs to be something that you do for you, and that makes you happy. If you’re doing it for other people, then you are certainly going to regret it or not be the happiest when it comes to making those decisions.

Keep Up With The Aftercare

The aftercare of any treatment is important to follow up. Just because you’ve done the treatment, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need to do anything else. For some treatments like lipocontrast, you need to be drinking lots of water and maintaining a consistent level of fitness and healthy eating. Make sure you ask all the relevant questions before leaving the cosmetic clinic to ensure you know everything that is needed.

Cosmetic procedures are a common practice for many people in order to change the way they look or the way they feel. Make sure that you’re doing this for you and nobody else, read up on the procedure itself, and know the risks or side-effects that come with 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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Love Yourself Challenge

Love Yourself Challenge

We take time out of our daily lives to appreciate and show love to others that impact our lives. But do we take time out to show ourselves love?

Tiv Perfume, the fragrance of the Caribbean, has given us 7 challenges for us to love ourselves daily. Are you ready to begin the Tiv perfume Love Yourself Challenge?

Learn the 7 things you need to do to unlock self-love on a daily basis. And while you’re at it, unlock 10% off Tiv Perfume the scent of the Caribbean.

1. Do Something You’ve Always Wanted to Do

Think about it, we all have something that has been put on the back-burner. Maybe it’s time to make it a priority.

2. STOP Criticizing Yourself – And Start Saying Affirmations Instead

Daily mantas: Recite something to remind yourself that you are amazing. You probably have a plethora of talents. But if you can’t figure any of them out to start off with, try these simple mantras: I am good enough! I am worthy! I am awesome! I’m a good… (fill-in the blank) mom, …partner, …spouse, …friend!

3. Schedule Rest and Relaxation

Yep! You deserve it!

4. Invest in Building Quality Relationships

You’ve heard the phrase, you become what you surround yourself with… aim for quality, not quantity.

5. Move Your Body

If we stay still moss might grow. Get up, get moving. Start out small with a walk around your house or climb those stairs. But up endurance to achieve a good daily routine.

6. Get Crystal Clear On Your Goals

We all have dreams: Some big; Some small. Some dreams are etched in our hearts, while some are just pipe dreams. Get serious on what goals you want and need to accomplish and get started, Remember, grass is green where you water and feed it. Focus.

7. Find a Creative Practice

Check out the last challenge and all the other challenges in detail here

Be sure to find great ways to show appreciation to yourself on a daily basis. Even, if it something you already do like, washing your face or getting that extra shot of expresso… Tell yourself, you do this because you love and care about yourself. Self love and appreciation leads to a greater love and appreciation for others.

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How Complete Is Your Wardrobe?

How Complete Is Your Wardrobe?

If you are even somewhat interested in looking good, then it is probably likely that you are keen to have a wardrobe full of clothes and accessories that you love, and which you feel you can get a lot of use out of. If you find yourself ever feeling that you could do with a little more in your wardrobe, then the question becomes a matter of what are you missing out on. Actually, that is something that might be quite easy to get to the bottom of. In this article, we are going to look at some of the items that you will probably want in your wardrobe to feel that it is somewhat complete.

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Clothes For All Weathers

It’s no use if you only have a decent selection of clothes to wear during summer, or only during winter. Instead, you need to try and make it so that you have plenty of clothes to wear throughout the year and during all kinds of weather. That is not too hard to make sure of as long as you are conscious about it, and you might find that it is actually surprisingly easy to do so. When it comes to a new season, simply look for some new items of clothing for that period. Or you can look at the end of a season for the same time next year – a great way to scoop up items in the sales and save some money.

Useful Little Tools

Much of what you need in a good wardrobe is not clothing at all, or even accessories as such, but actually more like tools which you will find useful in one way or another. That might be a couple of different types of umbrella, for instance, or you might feel that you have a need for shoe horns in your wardrobe. Whatever it might be, these useful little tools are bound to make your life a little easier, and they’re worth thinking about.

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Something Fancy

Every now and then, you are going to have to attend some kind of special event. When you do, you want to be able to look the part, and that means that you need to have something fancy to wear for the occasion. If you don’t have anything of the sort in your wardrobe at present, you will find yourself in a last-minute rush to get hold of something just before your next big event, and that is not a situation that anyone wants to find themselves in. So it might be worth going out and treating yourself to something soon, so that you are much more prepared.

A Wild Card

Everyone needs one wild card in their wardrobe, some kind of item of clothing which is only going to be worn every now and then, but which is particularly standout in some way or another. It should be something that not many people can get away with and which suits you particularly, and which you can wear when you really want to impress. That is a great thing to have in your wardrobe.

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How To Become The New You

How To Become The New You

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2020 is on its way, and is actually almost here. This can make anyone excited and also apprehensive as to what the next ten years might hold.  It’s anyone’s guess. When we see how technology, culture and many other interesting elements of life have developed in ten years, anyone who can accurately predict what will happen in another ten will only be giving their best guess, despite what they say.

However, as always, worrying about the future is often left second to caring about the present. This means that becoming the new you before or as the new decade starts can help you segment yourself into productive new habits with this decade change as a milestone. It may seem overly optimistic, but there’s no reason as to why you should consider it so.

All you may need is an encouraging element of support and also someone gently whispering that yes, you can achieve this. With that said, please consider our advice to this end, as we hope to fulfil this role for you:

Stop Asking For Permission To Be You

We can often think that simply being ourselves is the greatest sin we can commit. Perhaps you like watching anime, or playing online games, or reading young adult fiction despite being 30 years old. Perhaps you enjoy baking in an apron as a 45-year-old buff security guard. Perhaps you enjoy learning full-contact MMA despite being a pleasant, middle-aged schoolteacher. Have we listed anything out of the ordinary here? Perhaps. Is that something to be ashamed of? Never. Stop asking for permission to be you. To use a cliched but always relevant phrase – the people who matter don’t mind, and the people who mind don’t matter.

Resolve Your Weights

Weights can hold all of us down. For some, it might be guilt for something experienced years ago. For others, it might be that they have been struggling with food addiction, or are falling back into terrible habits. It’s never as easy as clicking your fingers and being rid of the problem weighing you down, but the resolution process means taking a careful approach and doing your best to overcome the harmful issues you are facing. This means taking that first step, be it utilizing excellent substance abuse treatment, or even admitting that you need to speak to someone, allows you to find great inner strength and peace knowing you are making progress.

Don’t Force ‘You’

When we think of who we want to be, it’s easy to force ourselves into a singular version of who we think we are. But the truth is, you’re not that. You cannot force who you are. Moulding yourself into who you become is achieved through following what you are passionate about, through trying to live up to your highest ideals such as kindness or good faith. If you can approximate these measures, you feel much more alive than you have done prior. Because instead of living as an artificial version of you – you’re actually you.

With these tips, we hope you can find yourself, because you have and will always be enough.

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Four Ways To Boost Your Body Confidence

Four Ways To Boost Your Body Confidence

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It can be hard to love your body and all its unique features when the media is often presenting one idealistic view of beauty. The internet age has sparked a movement of self love but with it we have more access than ever to airbrushed images of supermodels and influencers that present an unrealistic idea of what we should look like. If you’ve found yourself looking in the mirror and not feeling any love towards the person looking back at you then before you start googling ‘plastic surgeon free consultation near me’ try these four ways to boost your body confidence and get back to loving the skin you’re in. 

1. Banish negativity and welcome positivity

Our mental state is so easily impacted by the things we surround ourselves with and body confidence is no different. Remove negative people or things from your life, unfollow Instagram accounts that make you feel bad and surround yourself with body confident influencers, people who champion natural beauty and online material that helps to bring you up rather than put you down. A few great body positive accounts to follow include @effyourbeautystandards, @roseybeeme and @honorcurves but try to find someone you can relate too. 

2. Adopt a mantra

As mentioned above, we have the ability to dramatically influence our own state of mind by thinking positive thoughts. Another great way to introduce positivity into our lives is to adopt a mantra. A mantra is a group of words or a simple phrase that is repeated over and over again; such as, “I am secure in myself. I do not compare myself to others.” or “I am a healthy, happy, positive person.”. A mantra can be anything you want it to be, and you can personalize one to suit you. If you want a few to get you started then check out this link

3. Study yourself and name the positives

You may dislike your nose or perhaps you hate the look of your stretch marks, but when was the last time you stood in the mirror, bared all to the world, and really studied yourself? Find some time when you are alone and look at yourself from head to toe, strike a pose, say aloud all the things you like about yourself. Be proud of the skin you are in. Get used to your naked body and see the beauty within yourself, learn to love your imperfections, they are what make you, you.

4. Power dress

If all else fails go the extra mile and adorn your beautiful body with all of the things that make you feel special. This could be your favourite pair of lacy underwear, or perhaps some bold statement jewelry, or maybe you have a pair of jeans that truly accentuate how fantastic your legs are. Whatever it is, our clothes and body image can have a big impact on our self confidence. If you aren’t in love with the skin you’re in then fake it until you make it and dress yourself with confidence.

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How Do People Actually Feel Attractive?

How Do People Actually Feel Attractive?

Do you sometimes have that feeling, when you look into the mirror, that attractiveness is for other people? 

We all have a bad day when we feel vulnerable; one of those days when all you want to do is to hide away until you’ve made peace with the reflection in the mirror. Bad days happen to the best of us. But they are not without consequences. Indeed, it’s hard to stand for yourself when your inner critic is stuck on a loop of ugliness. Attractive people never have self-doubts, you tell yourself. But that’s where you’re wrong. Attractiveness is in all of us, and that includes you even on your bad days. You need to find your way back to the real you. 

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They buy the clothes for it

There’s no denying it; you’re not going to feel at your most sensual when you’re wearing a pair of oversized joggers. What you wear plays a significant role in how you think. Feeling attractive is all about choosing a delicate lingerie set that revive your inner femme fatale. After all, you have to dress the part! It’s up to you whether you prefer a cheeky babydoll with a bow or a pair of alluring French knickers. There’s a moment when you have to give your mind a chance to look at yourself from the right angle, and that includes buying the clothes that make you feel like a woman. 

They look after their body

Your body is a temple. You’ve heard the saying countless times before, but you’ve never really thought it through. There’s a double meaning to the temple imagery. Indeed, it means that you need to treat your body with the utmost respect, in terms of how you feed it and look after it. But it also means that, like a temple, it has the potential to shine – aren’t temples filled with the most delicate decorations? If you’re the kind of person who lives primarily on takeaway and goes to bed without removing their makeup, the chances are that the temple might be in need of repair works! But ensuring you give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay strong and healthy and that you protect your skin, you’re guaranteed to feel like a goddess! 

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Skin Care at Any Age

Skin Care at Any Age


One of the biggest questions I receive is people wondering what is the best age to start taking care of your skin.


Skin is the largest organ we have and taking care of it starts from the day you were born.


The day you were born…



Gentle soaps and lotions are used on babies to hydrate and protect. Think of it this way… Your skin has been nourished since day one.


Terrible teen years…



Being a teen is rough on skin. Hormones are raging and marching across your face. Breakouts from poor diets and poor makeup can wreak havoc on our complexion. Introducing a good gentle cleansing program can be beneficial. Washing with honey and water can help clear up acne since honey had natural antibacterial properties.

Ah, twenties…


The twenties are for learning a lot about life. That includes learning what to eat and taking care of yourself. You become aware of the millions of makeup products that are available and have a top drawer full of them to prove it. Most important thing to remember is to clean your face. Use fragrance-free makeup wipes or cleanser before you go to bed. Sleep helps cells regenerate. And a clean face will allow your cells to do their job properly. Don’t forget to clean your makeup brushes as well. Bacteria grows fast, and you don’t want to slather bacteria all over your skin.


Moving towards your thirties…

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By your late twenties/early thirties, you should have a solid skin regimen. Cells are slowing down, which makes it harder for skin to bounce back like it used to. Using natural products like Nakin anti-aging eye treatment and lip balm can help skin stay plump without harmful ingredients. The eye cream is silky, not greasy. The lip balm is minty and cool, not sticky and dry. Natural products can be extremely helpful in maintaining healthy skin.


Over forty-plus and fabulous…



Collagen loss is a major issue after a certain point in life. A healthy diet can help boost collagen reproduction. Bone broth, B vitamins and amino acids can be a secret weapon against prematurely aging. As for skin care products, adding moisture to your skin is a must. Products with hyaluronic acid is a good way to hydrate.



Correction of skin issues are mostly possible. The most important thing to remember is, improvement takes time. Don’t get discouraged if using a product for a few weeks and you don’t see a change. Some products can make skin worse before it becomes better. This is the process of ‘purging’. Side note: purge can take about three months.

So, what is the best age to start taking care of your skin? I say, the best time to start taking care of your skin is when you ask yourself that question. And the first step to protecting your skin from aging poorly is to invest in sunscreen for your face. Your future skin will thank you for it.

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