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Six red flags in skincare products you should avoid



In recent years, the skincare industry has witnessed an influx of brands that sell organic and natural skincare products. However, most of these products end up being unsafe for the skin.

A 2022 report ranked Nigeria’s women as the highest consumers of these creams and products; some of which have also been proven harmful to the skin and health generally.

While getting your skincare products, here are red flags to avoid.

  • Products with missing ingredients list

Skincare products that do not have a clear ingredient list raise significant concerns and should be avoided.

If a product is legitimate, there should be an ingredients list that provides information about how it is formulated — what is there to hide?

Without an ingredients list, it will become quite difficult for you to know if the product is suitable for your skin or has any harmful ingredients. This can further lead to skin reactions, allergies, and other adverse effects.

  • Skincare products without regulatory approvals

Steer clear of products that have no regulatory approvals or certifications from relevant health authorities like NAFDAC, if the product is produced in Nigeria.

If a product is approved, it means it met the safety and quality standards set by these authorities. So the absence of regulatory approval means there is no guarantee of the product’s effectiveness and can cause adverse effects when used.

So make sure to check for the NAFDAC number of Nigeria-made skincare products when purchasing. As it is now very easy for anybody to set up a social media account as a skincare brand or vendor without following the necessary guidelines.


  • Skincare products with unrealistic or magical result claims

‘It clears acne in 7 days’, and ‘It brightens your skin in 3 days’ — these tend to be the trending marketing strategy of most ‘organic’ skincare products.

However, it should be known that perfect glowing skin cannot happen overnight, it is a gradual process that requires patience and commitment.

So be careful with those products that promise magical results as they lack research and evidence.

Rather choose skincare products that align with your skincare needs and are backed up with realistic claims.

  • ‘All in one/ Multipurpose’ skincare products

This is a major red flag in any skincare product and should be avoided.

A product serving different purposes may seem convenient for you probably economically. But in reality, it is suspicious, just one product caters to acne, hyperpigmentation, sun protection — how?

Combining multiple active ingredients in a single product can reduce the efficacy of a product and even cause adverse reactions when used.

  • Skincare products that claim to change your complexion

The primary reason for skincare is to have a radiant and even skin tone, so products that promise drastic changes in complexion should raise red flags.

Most organic skincare brand now sells skin whitening or lightening products instead of products that make the skin tone even.

It should be known that these skin-lightening or whitening ingredients have adverse effects. For example, hydroquinone and mercury have been proven to be associated with skin irritation, sensitivity, and even serious health risks.

  • Skincare products without expiry date

Skincare products that do not have necessary information like expiry can be harmful to the customers.

The expiry date is crucial to know the product’s shelf life and ensure its effectiveness and safety.

If a product does not have an expiry date, it becomes hard to know if they are still safe to be used.

Also, using skincare products when they are expired can lead to skin irritation and allergic reactions.

To get your desired skin goal, prioritize products with proven efficacy, genuine ingredients, and transparent marketing practices. Also, seek the help of a dermatologist when necessary


Why you’re not losing weight even though you work out




Working out is usually seen as the go-to solution for weight loss. You put in the effort, sweat through the workouts, and expect the scale to show your hard-earned results.

However, many find themselves frustrated when the weight doesn’t come off as expected. This common issue can be disheartening, but understanding why you’re not losing weight despite exercising can empower you to make the necessary adjustments and continue your fitness journey with confidence.

Let’s explore the key reasons why your workout might not be reflecting on the scale.

One of the most positive reasons for not seeing a drop in weight is muscle gain. Muscle is denser than fat and takes up less space in your body. Therefore, as you lose fat and gain muscle, your overall weight might not change, but your body composition is improving. You might notice your clothes fitting better or see more muscle definition​​.

Hydration is crucial for weight loss. Water helps suppress appetite, boosts metabolism, and aids in digestion. When you’re dehydrated, your body might retain water, making you feel heavier. Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily, especially if you’re increasing your fibre intake​.

3. Eating more than you burn

Exercise can increase your appetite, and without mindful eating, you might consume more calories than you burn. Even healthy foods can contribute to weight gain if eaten in large quantities. Tracking your calorie intake can help ensure you’re in a calorie deficit, which is necessary for weight loss​​.

Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) plays a significant role in weight management. NEAT includes all the movements you do outside of structured exercises, such as walking, cleaning, and fidgeting. If your workouts leave you too exhausted to move much for the rest of the day, your overall calorie burn might decrease. Incorporating more daily movement can boost your NEAT and aid in weight loss​.

Sleep is essential for regulating hormones that control hunger and metabolism. Inadequate sleep can increase levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone, and decrease levels of leptin, the hormone that makes you feel full. This imbalance can lead to increased appetite and weight gain. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night to support your weight loss efforts​.

Chronic stress can lead to elevated levels of cortisol, a hormone that promotes fat storage, particularly around the abdomen. Additionally, certain medical conditions and medications can affect your weight. If you suspect stress or a health issue is hindering your progress, consider consulting a healthcare professional for guidance​​.

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What to eat and avoid when treating malaria




Malaria is a serious disease that affects millions of people around the world. It is caused by parasites transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

When someone gets malaria, they often feel very sick with symptoms like high fever, chills, headache, and muscle pain. If not treated promptly, malaria can become life-threatening.

However, with proper medical care and attention to diet, patients can recover.

Malaria is transmitted through the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito infected with Plasmodium parasites.

When this mosquito bites a person, the parasites enter the bloodstream and travel to the liver, where they multiply. After leaving the liver, they infect red blood cells, causing the symptoms of malaria.

The primary treatment for malaria is antimalarial medication prescribed by a doctor. The type of medication and length of treatment depend on the type of malaria parasite and the severity of the disease. Early diagnosis and treatment prevent complications.

Patients should follow their doctor’s instructions carefully and complete the full course of medication even if they start feeling better.

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the recovery from malaria. Here are some foods that can help:

  • Fruits and vegetables: Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system. Oranges, apples, carrots, and leafy greens are excellent choices.
  • High-protein foods: Protein is essential for healing and rebuilding body tissues. Include lean meats, fish, eggs, beans, and nuts in your diet.
  • Whole grains: Whole grains like brown rice, oats, and whole wheat bread provide necessary energy and fibre, aiding digestion and overall health.
  • Hydration: Drinking plenty of fluids is crucial. Water, fresh fruit juices, and coconut water help keep the body hydrated and flush out toxins.
  • Soups and broths: Light soups and broths are easy to digest and can be nutritious. Chicken soup, in particular, is beneficial.

Certain foods can hinder recovery from malaria and should be avoided:

  • Fatty and fried foods: These can be difficult to digest and may cause nausea or discomfort. Avoid fried snacks, heavy sauces, and greasy meals.
  • Processed foods: Processed and packaged foods often contain unhealthy fats, sugars, and preservatives that can weaken the immune system.
  • Caffeinated drinks: Coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages can lead to dehydration, which is not ideal when dealing with malaria.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol can interfere with the effectiveness of antimalarial drugs and can also dehydrate the body.
  • Spicy foods: Spicy foods can irritate the stomach and should be avoided, especially if the patient is experiencing nausea or vomiting.

Malaria is a serious disease that requires prompt medical treatment and proper care. Along with taking prescribed medication, eating the right foods can significantly aid in recovery.

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What causes fibroids to regrow in women after surgery?




Following Nigerian actress Ini Dima-Okojie’s announcement about her fibroids recurring after surgery, it’s important to understand what causes their recurrence.

Uterine fibroids, or leiomyomas, are noncancerous uterine growths that affect 70–80% of women between the ages of 35 and 54.

Fibroids is a risk factor of infertility in women. Some form before the age of 35 and continue until menopause, resulting in a range of very incapacitating symptoms.

  1. Heavy periods: You might soak through pads or tampons more frequently than usual.
  2. Painful cramps: Intense cramps may occur during your period or even throughout your cycle.
  3. Pelvic pressure or discomfort: a feeling of heaviness or fullness in your lower abdomen.
  4. Longer periods: Your periods might last longer than a week.
  5. Pain during sex: Intercourse can be uncomfortable or even painful.
  6. Urinary issues: frequent urination or difficulty emptying your bladder.
  7. Abdominal changes: bleeding, swelling, or a feeling of tightness in your lower belly.
  8. Bowel issues: constipation, diarrhoea, or discomfort in your rectum.

There are three basic treatments for fibroids.

A hysterectomy is a type of fibroid surgery when the fallopian tubes and uterus are removed, depending on where the fibroid is located.

A myomectomy preserves the uterus by removing only the fibroids that are causing the symptoms.

A non-surgical procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolisation (UFE) stops the fibroids’ blood supply, causing them to shrink and eventually die.

According to the Fibroid Institute of Texas, the symptoms of fibroids usually get better following treatment; however, research indicates that depending on the method, uterine fibroids may recur or develop.

Here’s why they might come back:

  1. Microscopic cells: During surgery, some tiny fibroid cells might remain undetected. These can grow into new fibroids over time.
  2. Hormonal influences: Oestrogen and progesterone hormones can stimulate fibroid growth. Even after menopause, when these hormones decrease naturally, some women may still have residual levels that can trigger new fibroid development.
  3. Genetic factors: A genetic predisposition to fibroids can increase the chance of new ones forming even after surgery.
  4. The type of treatment: According to a study on myomectomy, up to 20 out of 100 women experienced regrowth of fibroids in the first few years following the treatment.

A woman’s future risk of developing fibroids increases with her age and the number of fibroids she had at the time of the treatment. Because myomectomies concentrate on eliminating pre-existing fibroids while sparing the uterus, they may have a higher recurrence rate.

On the other hand, hysterectomy—whether whole or partial—is uncommon since there is no uterus. The hazards involved in hysterectomy prevent many women from having one.

When compared to fibroid surgery, UFE does offer a rate of 90% success. Although it is possible, after this type of treatment, women’s fibroids usually do not grow back.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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