Health apps you need to filter skincare noise

Buying a good moisturizer is a quest that involved multiple tabs on Google, crosschecking ingredient lists, potential health implications, product reviews from your favorite influencer, company brand image. However, more often than not, the chemical jargon leaves us feeling more confused than ever. (RIP mental health)

Everyone should use health apps!

Glycolic acid. Titanium dioxide. Niacinamide. These are some common ingredients in skincare products but what do they mean? It feels like we need a degree in chemistry just to understand the ingredients in our everyday beauty products. Why make it so complicated? The cosmetic line makes it compulsory for products to label their ingredients according to the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) system to standardize the naming of ingredients globally. The results? It makes no sense to shoppers.

If we are allergic to eggs, it is easy to avoid all products with eggs on their ingredient label, but for skincare products, it is much more complicated than that. What’s the purpose of having chemical compounds on a tiny ingredient label if we do not understand them?

You have the right to know what’s in YOUR products

Consumers have the right to know and understand individual contents of products they purchase. There is a need for complete ingredient transparency to raise awareness around consumer rights in the blur of marketing hypes and ambiguous labels. This is crucial as consumers need to be able to understand what’s in their products in order to choose the least harmful products.

health is a priority!

How do we decode cosmetic ingredient labels?

Health apps and websites. Fortunately, there are many apps that function as ingredient analyzers to determine the components of your product and a thorough analysis and summary of its ingredients. They do the hard work for you of looking into science journals to come up with a paragraph long summary explaining the functions and features of the ingredient/ product.

Jump to:

1Source
INCIDecoder
Code Check
Think Dirty

1Source

Ingredient analyzers have popped up over the years to accumulate a database of products and ingredients to breakdown the ingredients into lay man friendly, bite sized factoids.

With a database of 500,000 ingredients and consumer product data, 1Source breaks down complicated chemical jargon into page long summaries about main features of ingredients, and backs it up with links from medical and scientific journals for those who intend to have a deeper understanding of the ingredients. Product can’t be found on the database? Just take a picture and upload the product to our website / app in just a few clicks!

Other Features:

Potential Risk Index

Furthermore, 1Source curated its very own potential risk index to determine the harmfulness of a product. An ingredient will be assigned a level 1 rating (green) to level 10 rating if it has been banned or classified as a carcinogen by the IRAC. The rating of green, yellow and red make it easy to determine the safety of the product.

Health ratings

Health Filter

Besides being an ingredient analyzer site, 1Source is the only site in the world that screens products based on personal health conditions. Our app also allows users to quickly scan barcodes of products and alert them if any hazardous chemicals are found. Simply by inputting your own health profile our website, the app can help filter and find products which will not trigger your health conditions and warn you of those that do.


INCIDecoder

This soft purple and white color scheme with simple infographics is cute and easy on the eyes. The website contains basic functions, making it user friendly and easy to navigate. Highlights of its functions include searching for a product or ingredient, showcasing products and cute infographics featuring different chemical compounds.

Product / Ingredient Ratings

INCIDecoder contains rating system from ” no rating” (functional ingredients) to “superstar” ingredients which does good things for the skin and is backed by research. After looking at this rating, INCIDecoder makes it possible to look for products with or without certain ingredients. Product not in the system? Create an account and upload it.


Code Check

Code Check is an app only platform that scans product barcode and rates ingredients based on scientific sources. The app is first ever ingredient analyzer in the industry and aims to help people discover cleaner and healthier product alternatives. Ratings can be adjusted according to preference. However, the rating system is a little impractical and hard to decipher as the overlapping ratings make it hard to understand at one glance.

Courtesy of Code Check

Think Dirty

This app only platform contains over 850,000 cosmetics from Canada and the US. They have a rating called Dirty Meter which comprises of ingredient information, certifications and health impacts.

My Bathroom Rating:

Keeps track of what you already have in your bathroom. Figure out your current bathroom rating, and track your process on “cleaning” it up.

Shopping lists:

Identical to Amazon or other E-commerce websites, save products to a basket to make shopping easier.

Shop now:

Want a particular product? Buy them directly from Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Well.ca, Sephora.com and more!

UPC Submission: Can’t find your product on the database, scan the barcode of the product and submit it to the app.

Courtesy of Think Dirty on google app store

A more sustainable world

If consumers were to understand individual components in their products and its toxicity, consumers will start making smart, informed decisions and choose less harmful and toxic products. The whole cycle changes.The supply chain and the environment becomes cleaner. What we need for a more Eco friendly and sustainable world is lesser marketing hypes, smarter consumer choices and a world of ingredient transparency.

Caffeine: How Much Should You Be Drinking?

Do you find yourself reaching out for a cup of coffee to kick start your day? Do you stock up energy drinks and soft drinks with high caffeine levels to pull an all nighter for college exams? Do you follow it up with high caffeinated beverages throughout the day to stay sharp?

80% of the world’s population consumes at least one caffeinated product daily, and this number increases to 90% for adults in North America. Businesses seized the opportunity to churn out energy drinks, traditional coffee and soft drinks laden with caffeine, but what is caffeine and why is it such an indispensable part of our daily lives?

How does caffeine affect you?

Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in coffee, tea, and cacao plants, kola nuts and guarana berries. Caffeine stimulates the the brain and nervous system and keeps us awake by binding with adenosine receptors without activating them. Fun fact, adenosine receptors the brain and is the culprit of making us feel tired.

Daily dose of caffeine!

How much caffeine should you take?

According to the studies at the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA), caffeine can be part of a healthy diet for most people, but too much caffeine may pose dangerous effects to our health. The FDA recommends a maximum intake of 400 milligrams a day (that’s about four or five cups of coffee).

However, the amount of caffeine in beverages vary depending on the type of beans used to how the product was processed. As a general rule of thumb, the FDA compiled a rough list of reference on caffeine content in selected beverages.

  • 12 ounce can of caffeinated soft drink: 30-40mg
  • 8 ounce green or black tea: 30-50mg
  • 8 ounce coffee: 80-100mg
  • Caffeine in energy drinks per 8 ounces: Ranges from 40-250mg

FDA listed common symptoms of overconsuming coffee as :

  • insomnia
  • jitters
  • anxiousness
  • fast heart rate
  • upset stomach
  • nausea
  • headache
  • a feeling of unhappiness (dysphoria)

1Source decided to take a closer look at popular caffeinated beverages consumed by the public and empower consumers by listing out their caffeine content. Check out Caffeine Informer to find out the caffeine content in your fancy cup of coffee.

Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks coffees are ultra strong, with up to 270mg of caffeine packed into a single small cup. 2 cups and we would be over our daily limit.

McDonalds Coffee

A 12 ounce cup of McDonalds coffee contains 109mg of caffeine. Handy if you prefer something to sip on throughout the day!

Latte

A shot of espresso contains up to 71mg of caffeine. These pack a punch!

Black Tea

Contrary to popular belief, not all teas lulls us to sleep. Black tea packs about 67mg of caffeine, less than coffee or a can of Red Bull.

Red Bull

A single can of red bull contains 80mg of caffeine, which is less than a standard cup of coffee and roughly one third of the caffeine level in a 12 ounce Starbucks according to Business Insider.

Coca Cola

Caffeine in coke? What?

A can of coke contains 34mg of caffeine. Do not be fooled by the low amount, drink a few of these in a day and it all adds up!

5 Benefits of Walking

Face it, we’ve all judged those who spend hours on the treadmill critically. Unbeknownst to us, walking actually provides a plethora of health benefits. Besides increasing oxygen flow within the body, walking results in increased levels of cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine, a cocktail of hormones that help elevate energy levels.  The plethora of health benefits led Dr. Thomas Frieden, former director of the Centres for  Disease Control and Prevention to describe walking as the “closest thing we have to a wonder drug”. 

It halves the effect of weight producing genes

Harvard researchers conducted an experiment with over 120,000 people and focused on 32 genes linked to body mass index (BMI), a ratio of height and weight used to determine obesity. Besides the obvious burning of calories, researchers found out that the effect of weight producing genes was reduced by 50% by those who walked briskly for up to an hour a day.

Chromosomes

Strengthens the heart

Walking up to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week is reported to be able to reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease by about 19%. The risk is reduced when the duration or distance walked per day increases. 

Eases joint pain 

Several studies found that walking reduces arthritis- related pain, as walking helps lubricate and strengthen muscles that support the joints. Studies show that walking up to five to six miles a week can even prevent arthritis from forming in the first place. 

Reduces the risk of developing breast cancer 

The American Cancer Society study focused on walking found that women who walked more than seven hours a week have a 14% lower risk of breast cancer than those who walked less than three hours per week. 

Boosts immune function 

A study of over 1000 men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once or less than once a week. Studies reported that even if they did get sick, it was for a shorter duration, and their symptoms were reported to be milder. 

How to get started 

Better Health Channel reports that at least 30 minutes of walking needs to be done most days of the week for one to feel the health benefits. However, if 30 minutes is too strenuous, feel free to break it down into smaller walks of 10 minutes a time, three times a day. 

  • Pick a scenic route and commit to taking a morning / evening stroll 
  • If you commute, get off the bus or train one stop early and walk the rest of the way 
  • Park further away from your office or grocery store to get extra steps in 
  • Consider walking to get from one place to the other 

To get started on walking, all you need is a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Choose a walking route or daily step goal that’s appropriate for your age and level of fitness. Reevaluate your daily routine and try to figure out when you can incorporate walking. 

Takeaway 

Walking is a form of exercise that can be easily done by people of all walks of life and all fitness levels. It is a good idea to get fit and reap the plethora of health benefits.

Skin Whitening – The Damaging Truth

One of the world’s biggest cosmetics company, L’Oreal has announced that they will remove the words ‘white’, ‘fair’ and ‘light’ from its skin products. Neutrogena and Clean & Clear brand, which is under the giant company Johnson & Johnson also announced it would stop selling skin whitening creams sold in Asia and the Middle East.

L’Oreal Backlash

L’Oreal has been accused of hypocrisy for dropping British model Munroe Begdorf from its brand in 2017 for comments she made about systemic racism. Earlier in the month on Twitter, L’Oreal posted the statement, ‘it stands in solidarity with the Black community, and injustice of any kind’, facing huge backlash.

Begdorf recently agreed to serve as a consultant on the L’Oreal’s UK Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board. Following her appointment, she received racist and trans-phobic abuse. Before her announcement, she posted a message on her social media stating:

“Excuse my language but I am SO angry. F**K YOU @lorealparis. You dropped me from a campaign in 2017 and threw me to the wolves for speaking out about racism and white supremacy. With no duty of care, without a second thought,”

Her reconciliation with L’Oreal is the latest example of the Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by the death of George Floyd, are forcing companies to take a hard look at their policies.

Are Skin Whitening Products Safe to Use?

Skin whitening products have been highlighted as a problem due to their branding and marketing concepts recently. Although, the bigger problem lies beneath all the packaging, the ingredients. Are skin whitening products generally safe to use? Or are we putting on a cream that is potentially harmful to our skin.

In this case study we will look at the major brands in the market today, L’Oreal and Garnier, which is valued at 4 billion USD.

L’Oreal Paris White Perfect

Achieve clear, translucent and radiant skin with White Perfect. It fades dark spots and brightens skin to give you the fair, flawless complexion you desire.

The description L’Oreal provides when describing their White-Perfect skincare line. But how well does it fair with our Potential Risk Index rating? In all of the products, there are some harmful ingredients that are identifiable.

To many, just like myself, have no knowledge of what these ingredients do. Just how harmful are these ingredients? To list a few of the safety and hazards of them;

  • Skin irritation
  • Allergic skin reaction
  • Serious eye damage and irritation
  • May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways

Mental Effect

In South Asian culture, fairer skin can be regarded as superior. For many, it has a negative effect on them, making unhealthy comparisons. Karishma Leckraz, a free-lance make-up artist, stated “it’s so deeply rooted in our culture that if you’re lighter, you’re so much prettier.”

One of the major influences for India is Bollywood, whose stars endorse many of the skin whitening products that are on the market. Adverts have included men being more attracted to women who became lighter-skinned.

In recent weeks, Unilever dropped the word “fair” from its skin-lightening cream in India. A skin tone filter has also been removed from Asian marriage website Shaadi.com because of the uproar of George Floyd’s death.

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We should be comfortable in our own skin. Skin whitening products have harmful ingredients that can do more harm than good. Check the ingredients before making any purchase.

Phenoxyethanol for example can cause a localized toxic sensation of burning and itching through the exposure of dermal tissues. It is a controversial chemical that can be detrimental to marine lives including corals, therefore adversely affecting our environment and our lives. Pregnant women should consult their doctors before using products containing Phenoxyethanol.

5 Impacts of Long-Term Isolation

The coronavirus epidemic continues to dominate attention across the world. The lockdown has been a key feature of the pandemic. In the U.S., one report estimates that the entire crisis could take 18 months to resolve. While lockdowns shouldn’t last as long as that, it does give a taste of what’s to come. Isolation can bring with it a few negative side effects that can have a serious impact on long-term health. Being vigilant to these stressors and the signs that they are becoming a problem will be important as lockdown continues.

Cognitive Decline

The most pressing health problem associated with long-term isolation is cognitive decline. According to the American Psychological Association, studies in older people have shown loneliness and social isolation causes accelerated cognitive decline, noticeable in dementia-like symptoms such as a particularly short memory. The best way to combat this is to keep the brain active. Stay in touch with friends and family, and look into a hobby. Hobbies are one of the best ways to combat cognitive decline and are simple to pick up. Drawing, for instance, can be started using only the internet and pens and pencils. Try simple subjects at first, like drawing a dog, and then build your way up.

Mental Health

In addition to cognitive decline, isolation has been linked to a decline in mental health. According to the BBC, this is linked to a lack of social contact and the perspective that social contacts bring. Other people may struggle with having so much time alone and without ‘keeping busy’ with work. As much as time can exacerbate mental health problems, it can be an opportunity, too. Find more time for meditation and mindfulness to help your mental health.

Physical Illness

According to one report studied by The New Yorker, loneliness and isolation can cause serious health effects. These are largely centered around heart disease, with stroke and obesity also among the most widely reported illnesses. This is from a combination of two factors – the impacts of loneliness and depression on the mind, and the likelihood of isolated people to follow poor nutritional habits. As with mental health, the key here is to be vigilant as to what your daily routine brings.

Poor Nutrition

Nutrition creates a catch-22 situation with mental health. When isolated, it can be difficult to obtain good quality, natural foods and drinks; this is especially pertinent currently, as coronavirus has seen shop shortages globally. However, this can cause adverse mental health, which in turn can lead to poor eating habits. Make an effort while isolated to take stock of your diet and try to cook from scratch, no matter how simply – your brain will stay engaged this way.

Difficulty Adapting

Relevant both for going in and out of long-term isolation is the prospect of re-adaptation. An issue commonly associated with prisoners and military personnel, it can and will effect those who have been isolated from wider society for other reasons. Finding a strong support network to rely on and ways to gradually get back into the flow of day-to-day life is key.

Coronavirus has brought problems like long-term isolation to the fore. While once largely restricted to certain demographics, now, millions of people are experiencing isolation. Loneliness can do more than you think to hurt your health; be ever vigilant as to how you’re feeling, and always seek help.

Credit to freelance writer, Jane Bennett

Conquering Eczema

My Battle with Eczema

Throughout my life I have suffered from quite severe eczema that has affected my body self-confidence. Eczema is a condition that makes your skin itchy and red, with a dry and rough consistency. The severity of my eczema has varied over the course of my life, ranging from mild to severe. I will go through my battle with eczema and how I managed to contain it. All the information regarding products is based on memory alone. Some creams may have been reformulated and may not have the same effects that I mention in this article.

Childhood Years

I was born in Singapore and moved to Scotland just before the age of three. I came into this world with some skin complications, with the main one being eczema. I was diagnosed with an allergy to G6PD, a common symptom when having eczema. My two brothers also suffer from eczema, with each of us having unique cases. I have a fuzzy memory and I can’t remember much about the condition of my skin as a child. I can recall it being quite mild based on the photos that I have seen of myself at that age.

Primary school was when my skin deteriorated. Not much changed in my daily routine, although I did get a dog at this point! His name was Jambo and was dear to my heart. Looking back, his molting hairs were probably a trigger for my eczema. At the time I was scratching excessively and wasn’t in control. I’d scratch without thinking about it as it was a form of relief and comforting for me. I remember how rough and dry my skin was, to the point I looked like a burn victim. It wasn’t a pleasant sight and it was very concerning for my parents. I’d go to school in bandages to maintain the cream that was put on but the temptation to scratch was too much to bear.

My skin wasn’t the best during my childhood. It was mainly on my joints and I’d say it was on between 20% of my body. My legs were my worst location along with my neck and face. For the creams I used, it came from the NHS at the time. I used a mixture of creams, bath oils and steroid creams to try and control my eczema.

Product1Source

E45 Moisturising Lotion

E45 Dermatological Moisturising Lotion

potential risk index 7
Methylparaben
Propylparaben
Paraffinum Liquidum
Phenoxyethanol

Oilatum Bath Oil

Oilatum Emollient Bath Additive 500ml | Medical Dressings
 
potential risk index 6
Paraffinum

Aqueous Cream

Amazon.com : AQUEOUS CREAM 500 G : Beauty

potential risk index 6
Phenoxyethanol
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Hydrocortisone Ointment

Hydrocortisone Ointment 1%

potential risk index 6
White Soft Paraffin

Johnson’s Body Wash

Johnson'S Baby Regular Bath 強生嬰兒特溫和沐浴露

potential risk index 6
CI 42090
Sodium Laureth Sulfate Parfum

PH 5.5 Body Wash

Johnson'S PH 5.5 2 In 1 Body Wash With Moisturizers

potential risk index 10
Methylisothiazolinone
Ethylparaben
Methylparaben
Propylparaben
Phenoxyethaol

Teenage Years

As a teenager I was more active and my skin got better as I aged. My joints were still a victim, especially my legs. I loved scratching my legs as a form of relief and it still continued into my teenage years. My skin was more controllable at this age as I was more educated about how to maintain it. I still used a variety of creams because it was always my goal to try and get rid of it.

The creams I used during my teenage years were prescribed by the NHS (National Health Service in the UK). I did not source my own creams however my mum would give alternatives to try out, but my core treatment were my prescribed selections. At the time, the cream settled my skin and was able to maintain my eczema to a more controllable state. I can’t remember what soap I used, but it was usually an unscented brand of soap. I remember experimenting with coconut oil as it had healthy nutrients that were proven to be great for skin. I did see some improvements, but all it really left me was a dirty bath tub and me smelling like coconut! 

Product1Source

Diprobase

Diprobase® ECZEMA CREAM

potential risk index 10
Chlorocesol
Paraffin
Paraffinum Liquidum

Oilatum Bath Oil

Oilatum Emollient Bath Additive 500ml | Medical Dressings

potential risk index 6
Paraffinum

Aveeno Moisture Daily Lotion

Aveeno Essential Moisture Daily Lotion | 艾惟娜水润保湿乳

potential risk index 4
Chlorxedine Digluconate

Neutrogena Norwegian Body Lotion

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Deep Moisture Body Lotion Sensitive

potential risk index 5
Phenoxyethanol
Mineral Oil
 

Hydrocortisone Ointment

Hydrocortisone Ointment 1%

potential risk index 6
White Soft Paraffin
Betnovate Cream

Betnovate Cream

potential risk index 10
Chlorocresol
Liquid Paraffin
White Soft Paraffin

Coconut Oil

potential risk index 2

Adulthood

Throughout my adulthood my skin has been at its best and worst. Currently I can gladly say it is at is best; however this wasn’t always the case.

During university I had many complications with my knee. I had a total of five surgeries in the time period of 4 years which is quite excessive. I had to take a lot of antibiotics and painkillers when I was undergoing my physio therapy. My social life was different, as I indulged myself in what adults can do, like drinking alcohol. I was working in kitchens at the time, exposing myself to many different kinds of cleaning products that contain chemicals that were potentially harmful to my sensitive skin.

My skin condition varied. When I was working in kitchens during my time at university, my face was my main area of concern as it was my most exposed area. I was too reliant on steroid cream to try and get a ‘quick fix’ to the conditioning of my skin. I wanted to go out, so I wanted to have clearer looking skin every time. This was a bad practice; it made my skin on my face very fragile and thin. My joints on my legs especially were still the same as, like I mentioned before, was my comforting location to scratch. When I lost weight, my skin got better as I was healthier than before.

Hong Kong

I moved to Hong Kong in 2016 and the humidity did wonders to my skin. Although I did have a complication as my eczema took another turn for the worst in 2018. It became very raw and to the point that it started oozing out what can be described as skin discharge. I never saw a dermatologist or went to a doctor as I was confident with my knowledge of my body and past experiences with products that I could solve the situation myself. Cost was another big factor; there wasn’t a guarantee that a specialist can cure me.

My eczema was towards the severe scale. It covered 30-40% of my body and parts of my skin were oozing out discharge, mainly in my legs. My whole torso excluding my chest was covered to what can be described as a rash. I didn’t get any allergy test as I thought it was only a temporary thing. My lifestyle didn’t really change and it came at a shock. I was living in a new place and it had some mold problems. My skin started deteriorating when the temperatures and humidity were rising, around spring time. My skin was at its worst during summer and I had to take serious measures when it became unbearable to look at and affected my joint movements.

During this stage of my life I took great care in my daily routine. I became aware of what I was eating, the products I was using, how active and fit I was and the cleanliness of my surroundings. This is what I changed in my lifestyle that helped me get to my skin to the best condition it has been;

  • When showering, a full scrub down with sensitive soap that worked for myself
  • Cool down then apply my moisturizing cream
  • Increased my activity to at least 5 workouts per week
  • Limited the amount of junk food I had, increased my fruit and vegetable intake
  • Santized and cleaned my living area multiple times a week (bed lining every 3 days and towels everyday)

It wasn’t an overnight fix. It took months of a fixed routine but it was important to have that consistency. It worked for me and now my eczema is at a level that doesn’t require as much treatment. My cream consumption has gone down considerably and my new fixed routine has allowed my body and skin the chance to flourish.

Product1Source

Childs Farm Sensitive Skin Moisturiser

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser, 250 ml, Shea and Cocoa Butter ...

potential risk index 6
Alpha-Isomethyl Lonone
Benzyl Alcohol
Parfum

Zerobase Emollient Cream

Zerobase Emollient Cream

potential risk index 10
Chlorocresol
Liquid Paraffin
White Soft Paraffin
 

Aveeno Moisture Daily Lotion

Aveeno Essential Moisture Daily Lotion | 艾惟娜水润保湿乳

potential risk index 4
Chlorhexidine Digluconate

Cetaphil Moisturizer Lotion

CETAPHIL MOISTURIZER LOTION | 丝塔芙保湿润肤露

potential risk index 5
Benzyl Alcohol

DML Moisturising Lotion

DML Moisturizing Lotion 16 Fl Oz (Pack of 2) - Buy Online in Aruba ...

potential risk index 6
Benzyl Alcohol

Hydrocortisone Ointment

Hydrocortisone Ointment 1%

potential risk index 6
White Soft Paraffin

Betnovate Ointment

Betnovate Ointment

potential risk index 6
Liquid Paraffin
White Soft Paraffin

Dettol Body Wash

Dettol Original Antibacterial Ph-Balanced Body Wash 滴露 經典松木沐浴露

potential risk index 10
Methylchlorisothiazoinone
Chloroxylenol
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Parfum

Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash

Amazon.com : Dove Body Wash for Softer and Smoother Skin Sensitive ...

potential risk index 10Methylisothiazolinone (10)
Phenoxyethanol
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Fragrance

What Products I Use Now

These are the products I use every day to maintain my conditioning of my skin. It works for me but it may not work for all. I’d say the products I use along with my daily routine have allowed my eczema to in a more controlled state.

Product1Source
DML Moisturising Lotion

DML Moisturizing Lotion 16 Fl Oz (Pack of 2) - Buy Online in Aruba ...
potential risk index 6
Benzyl Alcohol
Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash

Amazon.com : Dove Body Wash for Softer and Smoother Skin Sensitive ...
potential risk index 10
Methylisothiazolinone (10)
Phenoxyethanol
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Fragrance
Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo

Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo C1 Hair Energizer | 欧倍青咖啡因洗发露C1
potential risk index 6
Methylparaben
Propylparaben
Phenoxyenthanol
Sodium Laureth 

Reflection

The information that has been provided by 1Source has highlighted that the products I have used in my lifetime have a high potential risk index. After reviewing my results, I can pinpoint what products and ingredients may have contributed to the severity of my eczema. By exposing these ingredients, I can research more into how it may be affecting my skin and look for alternative products that are considered to be safer in terms of ingredient safety.

The products that I use now currently work for me and I have seen great results. However 1Source is a platform that has allowed me to further my knowledge of ingredients in products and how potentially harmful they may be. I highly recommend anyone with skin problems like myself to check the products you have been using and to see if there are ingredients that may be considered harmful.

9 Ways to Improve Survival in COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Currently, there are a large number of people who are being affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic in different countries.

The situation will likely overwhelm medical systems in many localities. Many people tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus but with mild symptoms will not be admitted into hospitals or medical facilities for treatment, but are told to administer self-quarantine at home. We would like to provide important tips for you to have the best chance of recovery

1. Do Not Drink Too Much Fluid

When we suffer from a viral illness, our body will gradually develop immunity to fight the virus and recover. The main reason people die in Covid-19 and SARS is when the illness progresses into severe viral pneumonia. The most common problem when treating severe viral pneumonia is that it was treated like bacterial pneumonia. In bacterial pneumonia we want the patient to have ample fluid intake so that the antibiotics can be carried by the blood to kill the bacteria. However, in the case of severe viral pneumonia, it is the opposite. The amount of fluid intake should be decreased because the virus does make holes in the vascular alveoli junctions in the lungs and causes body fluid leakage into the lungs.

This leads patients to be literally drowned in their own fluid, which is primarily responsible for the ugly chest x-rays at the early stage. Fluid leaking into the lungs’ alveoli causes the patient to not get enough air and is followed by further secondary inflammatory damages. Using ventilators, doctors can attempt to push air into the lungs to keep the alveoli of the lungs open for a while. But keeping the alveoli open becomes more and more difficult, and hence results in subsequent death. Hence, the most important KEY is to keep the lungs dry by keeping the fluid intake on the low side.

When your mouth and tongue feel dry, you are probably 5% dehydrated. But keeping the lungs dry will give the best chance of survival in a severe viral pneumonia. Thus, the key is to avoid drinking large volume of fluid. Nevertheless, In order to avoid too much dehydration, taking small sips of liquid is okay to relieve the dry mouth discomfort. This fluid overload problem also explains why some doctors found some of their patients who appeared to be getting better clinically during recovery, suddenly deteriorated. This is because Instead of just receiving intravenously previously, the patient was allowed to start drinking a lot of fluid orally.In the event you begin to have breathing difficulty, you should immediately go to the hospital.

2. Keep Your Body Warm

Increase in body temperature to 39C (102.2F) will increase the production of interferon by our lymphocytes by a multitude of 10 times. Interferon is what our body produce to defend against virus. So unless you fever is making you feel very uncomfortable, you may want to tolerate a little bit of fever in your body which is a natural response to combat the virus. You may consider taking antipyretics that you are not allergic to, e.g. Paracetamol (Panadol or Tylenol) when you feel discomfort, or when your body temperature reaches 38.3C (101F) or higher, so that you may feel better.

3. Take a Warm Bath

Taking a warm bath not only makes you feel better but also does 3 things for you:

1. The increase in body and skin temperature to 38-40C (100.4-104F) will increase the number of circulating lymphocytes in your blood

2. The increased body temperature will increase the production of Interferon by the lymphocytes 10 times

3. Gentle massage of your skin will activate the body immune system which is heavily stationed under your skin

After the warm bath and shower, you may want to drink a cup of hot coke with 2-3 pieces of lemon in it. The lemon will give you Vitamin C. The caffeine in the coke will ameliorate your negative feeling from the illness.After the hot bath and the coke, take a nap under a warm blanket. You may sweat after the nap. If that occurs, change you wet clothes to dry, clean clothes. The wet clothes will have to be washed with laundry detergent and in hot water because they may contain virus and toxins excreted in the sweat.

4. Plenty of Sleep

Our body repairs itself during rest and sleep. Sleep not only raises your body temperature but also raise your immunity. In additional to the pituitary adrenal axis, there are substances called neuropeptides which are secreted by our brains like messengers that regulate the body’s immunity function. During sleep and generally around 4 a.m., the brain also secretes a small amount of growth hormone which is responsible to help our body to stay young. Another benefit for those who are always at peace in their heart, the energy system of the meridians called yin and yang will try to connect with each other and run through a small or large cycle (小周天, 大周天). If this is successful, a person’s energy system is revitalized and becomes a stronger field in defending against the negative energy of the virus.

5. Be Calm and Peaceful

Try to resolve your emotional conflicts, stress and let go of your anger, grief and fear. You may want to realize that 45% of people who contacted the virus do not get the COVID-19 disease. And even if you become a confirmed case, 85% of people do not develop into severe cases that require intensive care. Try to understand that worry and fear will not help the situation at all. Instead, negative emotions increase your stress hormone such as adrenocortical steroids and will lower your immunity. Try to be hopeful and have positive thoughts. Research has shown that the most effective stress relief method includes prayer to your God and meditation.

6. Avoid Chicken or Fatty Food

Try your best to avoid chicken, chicken soup, fatty food, or deep fried food. These kinds of food will supply lots of phospholipids which will provide the raw material for the virus to synthesize large amount of viral capsular materials for their reproduction and hence to attack the host’s body. Just forget about the erroneous belief that chicken soup is good for common cold.

7. Practice Good Hygiene

Practice good hygiene so that you do not spread the virus to those who come in contact with you or take care of you, particularly your family members:

1. Always wear 99% Viral Filtration Efficiency face mask unless you are eating or on a ventilator

2. Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and hot water for 20 seconds or more each time, or use a 70% alcohol hand sanitizer

3. Spray 70% alcohol or antiseptics onto the bottom and top of your shoes that you wore outside your home. Avoid bringing your street shoes into your home. Sanitize things your bring home, such as your brief case, after going out.

8. Food and Herb

1. Include ginger, garlic, green onions and onions in your food.

2. Do NOT take Ibuprofen (Brufen) because it will block the ability of the body to combat the virus when the virus enter into the lung.

3. You can take N-acetylcysteine 600 mg twice daily which improves immune function via increasing glutathione in the body. Take Vitamin C and Vitamin A daily.

4. China has used oriental medicine (3 tablets and 3 herbal tea prescriptions)[ 金花清感颗粒、连花清瘟胶囊、血必净注射液、清肺排毒汤、化湿败毒方、宣肺败毒方] in combination with western medicine, and the herbs has shown to decrease the progression of the disease and hasten recovery.

5. China has also created a herbal formula of Q-14 to treat the COVID-19 with a 90% response rate. http://www.scio.gov.cn/xwfbh/xwbfbh/wqfbh/42311/42768/index.htm

9. Pray

Last but most important of all, pray to the God you know, for his mercy and grace!

May you have good health!

© 2020 Dr. Yeung DW
Health Consultant
Hyatt International Holdings Ltd.

Date: 31 March 2020

Credits: Hyatt International Holdings Ltd.

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9 claves para sobrevivir a la pandemia de coronavirus Covid-19
9 کلید Survive Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
9 Schlüssel zum Überleben von Covid-19 Coronavirus-Pandemie
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5 Easy Changes You Can Make to Improve Your Overall Wellbeing

With all the medical findings linking stress to an unhealthy quality of life, it has somehow become a movement to make one’s wellbeing a top priority. After all, what’s the point of working hard and making a lot of money if you’re physically and mentally unhealthy?

Over time, all that money will just go to finding a cure for all the aches, pains, and sleeplessness you experience.

Chinese action star Jet Li hit the nail on the head when he said, “You are killing yourself for a job that would replace you within a week if you dropped dead. Take care of yourself.” Indeed, you should matter the most to you because your contribution to this life is rooted in how much you value your essence as a living creature.

If you are ready to put yourself first and regain not just physical and mental balance but also achieve the best quality of life, below are five changes you can easily make.

1. Be more mindful of what you put into your body.

Eat right and eat well. This means knowing what you should be putting in your body and consuming it in the right amounts to boost your health. Do not just eat to satisfy hunger or to delight your taste buds. Make sure that you are nourishing your body with everything you put in it.

For example, eat more superfoods. These are foods that do not just offer the best nutrition but support the proper functioning of your immune system as well. Some of the top superfoods are those loaded with probiotics, which are mostly fermented vegetables and soybeans.

Probiotics are so important for health because they aid in the body’s elimination process, which is crucial in preventing the proliferation of cancerous cells. Probiotics also help control the buildup of harmful elements in the body that can lead to diarrhea, which depletes the body of essential nutrients.

These do not only come in superfoods though. There are probiotic supplements and medicine like Enterogermina, which contain millions of good bacteria for gut flora balance.

2. Cook for yourself.

This second change goes hand in hand with number one. The best way to uphold number one is to prepare your meals. By doing so, you can be sure that you are only using not just the best ingredients for your meals, but also the foods that meet your nutritional needs and prevent illnesses.

Again, if you need more probiotics for a stronger gut, you can make your own probiotic-loaded fermented food like kimchi, sauerkraut, and miso-based dishes. If you prepare your food, you never have to miss out on probiotics in every meal.

3. Automate as much as you can.

One of the leading benefits of today’s automated technology is time savings. For example, if you have an Alexa or Google Assistant, multi-tasking instantly becomes a breeze. You can get more things done by using voice commands.

Also, automation can lower your stress levels because you can set up appointments, reminders, and other things to do in a single go. You can forget about them until the most convenient time to take care of them comes and you get an alarm.

Additionally, with automation, you can forget about the brain critters that suddenly pop up and worry you such as whether or not you turned off the stove, the AC, and other appliances. Through efficient automated systems, you can check the status of these items and turn them off or on as scheduled, or remotely.

4. Be productive with your free time and when you are alone.

The best cure for loneliness is to be productive when you are alone. Find great use for the rare moments you get for yourself. Read and learn something new. Take a cue from Oprah and other successful personalities by meditating, especially when workdays are stressful. Or, work on little projects at home that bring you joy.

Spending intentional time by yourself can be difficult initially. You’re left to your thoughts that can easily wander into dark places. However, psychologists say that everybody can learn to fight the inclination to dwell on negativity. You can do this by empowering yourself with affirmations about the good things that you have and are capable of doing.

5. Be active.

If you work eight to nine hours a day in front of the computer, you must balance it out by avoiding sitting too much afterward. Get your body moving in any way that you can.

Wellness experts say this is perhaps the easiest thing to do out of all the changes for improved wellbeing. You just need to outwork the tendency to be lazy. One of the top ways to stay physically active is to walk to places more often instead of driving. Another is by choosing to take the stairs. The third is by performing chores around the house every day.

Staying physically active will make you stronger and more flexible. But, that’s not all; it can also help regulate your weight and bodily processes. Studies show that there’s an improvement in the condition of people who get constipated often when they become physically active.

To a better, healthy you

These changes may all seem too simple, but these have been proven effective in elevating people’s quality of life. So, do not think twice about implementing them for yourself and enjoy all their promised benefits.

Living with Eczema

Eczema….. Don’t you just hate it?

It is heart wrenching to see people suffering with it, and it is especially difficult to watch if it is your own children.  

So how do we help them?


Eczema refers to a group of medical conditions which affect the skin and cause sore, itchy, scaly dry patches to form.  There is no one cause for eczema and it can be triggered by anything from the metal in a zipper to changes in weather. It’s common in babies and toddlers, and those with compromised immune systems. There isn’t necessarily a cure but many find ways to keep it under control and many outgrow it.

Certain ingredients have been linked to flare-ups and avoiding them may help minimize the chance of outbreaks.  

Here are a few common ingredients that are skin irritants:

  1. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) – an antimicrobial Preservative
  2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – used as an emulsifier, gelling agent, and surfactant. This is what makes a lot of soaps bubbly
  3. Fragrance – Not a single ingredient but a group comprised of almost 5000 different ingredients
  4. Triclosan – A antimicrobial preservative and disinfectant
  5. Nickel – Metal found in jewelry, snaps, buttons, zippers and so on.
  6. Methylparaben – A antimicrobial preservative

The hard part in helping children beat eczema is rooting out the cause.  Pay close attention to everything your child comes into contact with, eats and drinks. Look at all the ingredients and see if any are linked to common allergies or skin conditions. A quick way to do this is by using the 1source app which allows you to enter a health condition and then scan products to reveal which ingredients are good and which are not and which will affect their health condition.  If you don’t have the app you can download it here for Android or Iphone.  

Other things to consider when trying to identify the cause is that you’ll need to think a bit outside the box. What things are they contacting indirectly? Things such as the cleaning agents which were used to wipe the floor, the type of dryer sheet used in the dryer, or the air freshener used inside the home.

When a child is suffering from eczema you may feel helpless and figuring out the cause may feel overwhelming. But this process of going through everything and really understanding the amount of chemicals and objects we come in contact with is really an eye opening experience. It is also a great chance to form healthier and more eco-friendly habits.  

I suggest whether or not eczema is a concern in your home that you take a moment and list all the things you come in contact with daily, and see if there are ways to reduce the amount of chemicals and compounds you come in contact with daily. I think you’ll be surprised. I know I was.

你想要財務自由嗎?

你對現有的生活方式滿意嗎?

你有沒有想過, 如果朝早睡醒起身可以返工又得,
唔返工又得, 都無需要擔心會不會有收入,  你覺得這種感覺好唔好呢?

什麼是財務自由?

財務自由,意味著您可以在沒有定期收到薪水的情況下保持理想的生活方式。

財務自由,令你有绝對的自主,去用你的時間、你的人生來做你真正想做的事。

你和我,像大部份人樣(除非你是富豪的後代,所謂的含著銀匙羹出世的富二代),都是要經過一個努力奮鬥的階段,才能達至財務自由的。

階段1)沒有自由

每個人都可以通過尋找工作來換取薪水這個階段來開始旅程。在這個階段,每個月都需要一份工作和可靠的收入來支付我們生活所需。

階段2)臨時自由

要想進入財務自由的臨時階段,你必須控制自己,令你花的錢少於你的收入,並創造一個儲蓄池。否則,您將被迫無限期地繼續工作,因為你的生活方式取決於您的就業收入。當您開始節省一部分收入時,你可以將你的儲蓄投資於多元化的投資組合,以產生固定的收入來源。或者,你可能會創業,創造另一種收入來源。

你的自由與你的儲蓄一起增長。最終,你將獲得足夠的資金,以便能夠輕鬆地轉換工作,開創企業,返回學校進修,或去環遊世界旅行一年,這個財務自由階段可能包括重大的生活變化,但仍不是永久性的。你的自由是暫時的,因為你的儲蓄會隨著時間而耗盡,迫使你再次工作以賺取收入。

階段3)永久自由

在此階段,你的非就業或被動收入總額超過您的總開支,你不再需要雇主的穩定薪水!
你可能擁有可靠的副業和/或投資組合,可產生足量收入。

對的,副業仍是勞動收入。你仍是在用你的時間換錢。但是,我的假設是:  到這個階段,你的副業是你喜歡做的事,是令你感到滿足或你覺得有意義的事。

被動收入 ≥ 支出  =  財務自由

這個的公式中有兩個變量:  1. 被動收入  和  2. 支出

說出來很容易, 很簡單:  就是當你的被動收入大過或等如你的支出的時候,你財務上面就已獲得自由了。               

舉一個例,阿德每個月要用的錢是2萬5千,那麼一年就是30萬,如果阿德做到
10% 的投資年回報 , 而阿德有300萬本金的話,就像有一隻金鵝,每年可以為他生出足夠的金蛋,
令他再沒必要為生活上的需要而擔心。

有什麼可以為我們產生被動收入, 使我們可以不需要工作,
甚至在睡覺時, 都在賺錢的呢? 舉個例, 如收租物業,
收租的車位, 或者有個的士牌可以租出去, 或者是持有一些債券,
或一些穩定派息的股票, 與房地產信託基金等等, 都是一些能夠提供被動收入的工具。 當你的被動收入, 到一個價值, 已經高過你的開支時,
你就會像阿德一樣, 財務上面可以自由了!

 你可能在想:誰不想擁有出租物業? 但擁有租賃物業需要很多錢,而我的收入微薄。
如何能夠購買產生被動收入的資產呢?

  一步步致富

所謂「萬丈高樓從地起亅, 你想開始養一隻會幫你生金蛋嘅金鵝,
簡單來說, 有兩個方法:

  1. 增加你的收入

巴菲特年輕的時候 , 就是靠清晨出去派報紙,  來開始賺他的第一桶金的。 想想看,
你有沒有一些才能或者是多出來的時間, 可以用來做一些副業,
去增加你收入的呢?

除了增加收入之外,
還記得 我們的財務自由公式裏面,
其中一個變量就是我們的支出。 如果我們有辦法可以減少我們的支出,
那麼我們每個月省下來, 可用於儲蓄和投資的資金就會更多:   

  •   減省你的開支       

來,
試試給自己一個挑戰: 想想看,你有沒有辦法, 可以減低你的消費,
而不降低你的生活質素的?  

每天離家出外工作時,
會不會讓家裏的電腦一直在運行而沒有關掉呢? 香港的電費很貴,
這樣一來, 每個月花費在電費上的不必要開支, 其實是可以省下來作為你的儲蓄的。

思考並找出一些方法,
如果每天能省下100元, 一個月就能夠節省3,000元,
這樣的話, 你就可以開始建立你的資金池, 有彈藥開始作你的投資,
為你的將來作出更好的準備了。

在下面的圖1裏, 可以看到,
如果阿德從26歲開始, 每月儲蓄5,000元,
而每年有 8% 的年回報,  10年之後, 即阿德36歲,
他已經擁有超過100萬的資產 但係同樣地每月儲5,000元,
如果遲了10年開始, 即是36歲才開始的話,
到65歲退休的時候, 第一個情況, 他會有超過1,600萬的資產,
而遲了10年開始, 所累積的資產就只有700多萬,
你看, 相差了一半也不止呢!

反過來說, 如果我們等待我們的收入更高時才開始,
比如說等到46歲, 晉升為高管才每月儲蓄雙倍(1萬元)
的話, 這樣到65歲退休時, 所能累積的資產,
就連600萬都不到。 其實時間是可以幫我們大大增加財富累積的威力的,
這就是我們經常聽到的Compound Effect複息效應的威力了。

可能你心裏會問, 在哪裏可以找到每年8%
的回報呢? 由於篇幅的關係我們留待下一次再探討這個問題, 不過可以簡單的告訴你,
其實要做到這樣的回報, 並不是太困難的。 其實最困難的,
是我們要有這個恆心每個月去儲蓄, 我們才有彈藥可以去做投資, , 才可以讓我們的財富,
好似雪球一樣, 越滾越大。

如果我們每個月有定期儲蓄和投資的良好習慣, 我們會發覺,
我們不只會有長遠的財務自由, 好快, 我們便會有消費的自由。 意思就是, 我們所儲蓄的錢,
我們的金鵝, 會愈養愈大, 幫我們生的金蛋,
也越來越多。 舉例來說, 如果你喜歡旅行,
你有每月儲蓄5,000元的習慣的話 從第二第三年開始,
你已經可以每年去一個免費的旅行, 這就是你養的金鵝, 送給你的禮物。 每年能夠免費去旅行, 你你會開心嗎?

投資的最佳建議是盡早開始。 當然,每個人在財務上的處境不同,並不是每個人都準備好開始投資。 例如,擁有信用卡債務的人在投資前應專注於償還債務。但如果你已有一些可以投資的資金,你最好盡快開始。

當你意識到你的生活已經不再受金錢限制時,是一種多麼美妙的感覺! 

實現財務自由, 你的人生, 自己掌控!

 

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MBA, MSc, CFP, CPB, CWM

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