Looking after your voice  
Your voice is one of your most important attributes. From people who use it professionally in choirs, to lecturers, to telephonists, the range of people who actively rely on their voices for their livelihoods is incredibly diverse.
Like any other part of the human body, looking after your voice is something that must be considered with appropriate emphasis. Here are our top tips for maintaining excellent voice care.
Warming up
Prior to any situation when you will be required to employ your voice, be that a speech or a musical solo, make sure that you keep your body warmed up with a series of stretches. This will help to ‘wake up the breath' before you actually get round to vocalizing. It is important that you keep your spine aligned, and release your knees and pelvis as you do your exercises, following this by releasing the tongue and jaw tension.
Looking after your body
It might not seem obvious but it crucial part of looking after of voice is to ensure that the rest of your body is adequately maintained. Sleep is nature's way of ensuring that we are always at our peak condition following day. If you are going to be in any situation at all where you are going to be required to use your voice, then make sure that you do get a good eight hours the previous night.
Avoid having to speak in loud environments, such as having to shout conversations against excessive background noise. Drinking plenty fluids will also help to lubricate your vocal chords. Avoid drinks that are extremely cold, fizzy or sugary. Cans coming straight from a vending machine are often extremely cold, but their heavy gas content is not ideal for thirst-quenching, let alone keeping your voice in peak condition.
You should always have one eye on the content of certain foods. Wheat products and baby are obvious examples of foodstuffs that can cause excessive mucus production. Avoid smoking, or at least cut down if you have this habit. This is one of the singularly most destructive influences on our voices. Leading on from this, it is best to try and avoid coughing excessively, or even having to clear your throat too much. This puts a lot of strain on your vocal chords. It is far better to try and gently lengthen the back of your neck, Keep your chin level and swallow slowly.
Vocal strain
The indications that your voice is under strain include the following:-
  • Do you feel pain in your throat when you swallow or when you speak?
  • First thing in the morning, do you have a sore throat that gradually disappears?
  • In the evening does your voice sound tired or is there an increase in the mucus at the back of your throat?
  • Are you aware of any rapid alterations in your voice pitch, or even loss of control of your voice?
  • Does your voice get easily tired?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes then you will have to consider what you can do to recover your voice. Rest is certainly the best procedure. Prior to any further public speaking or musical engagements hello your vocal chords at least a day to recover. Never be attempted to self-medicate by using sweets or medications apparently aimed at reducing your throat pain as a temporary precaution. Your voice needs a proper sensory recovery.
Looking after your feet  
Ensuring your feet are kept in tip-top condition is an important health consideration. Why should this be? It's actually fairly straightforward. Your feet are under a tremendous amount of pressure, from the moment you get up from any chair or your bed and begin to put pressure on them. As you run about from location to location on a daily basis, these appendages are constantly in demand, their muscles working overtime, their soles coping with the stresses of uneven ground or stairs.
For most of us, the only time we think about paying any attention to our feet is when we take our daily shower, first thing in the morning. If this is the case, then what you should also be thinking about is making a foot wash part of your regular routine when you return to your home at night. The first thing you want to do is to get your sort robbed vigorously between your palms in order to generate a lot of lather. Then you should be applying this lather directly to your feet, paying particular attention to the gaps between the tools. It is into these recesses that the worst of the grime and sweat accumulation gathers.
When you wash your feet you don't have to go back into the shower again. You can either purchase of a bespoke footbath, or simply utilize a conveniently-sized basin. In this way, you can be attending to your foot maintenance while you relax, watching television or listening to music. The latter can work really well, because as well as thoroughly cleansing your feet, you can give yourself a little bit of self-administered massage in time to the tunes.
Once you have concluded you wash, ensure that the surface of the feet is toweled afterwards. This is not just as a mark of good hygiene, it also insures that you do not step onto your bed sheets with dirty feet. This all guarantees you do not bring any dirt from the rest of the house into the place where you sleep.
Far from being regarded as an occasional luxury, why not consider giving your feet a pedicure on a fortnightly basis. Applying paint doesn't necessarily need to be part of each process, but the simple art of a pedicure will keep your feet soft, ensuring the skin remains free from dryness or rough textures. Your toenails will also be well maintained, keeping them neat and clean. Is toenails are allowed to go unchecked, then there is a very real danger they will start in-growing. This can be very uncomfortable and painful. Correcting any in-growing toenail is not can require surgical procedures.
The beauty of a pedicure is that you don't require going to an expensive salon, although that option is always open to you if you would prefer. It is something that can be carried out within the comfort of your own home. Firstly, you would soak your feet for about 10 minutes in a large bowl of water at lukewarm temperature. A few drops of oils or Dead Sea salts would provide an even more amenable cocktail. You have the option of relaxing for a longer period of time if you so desire.
Use a foot scrub to remove dead skin, massaging in circular motions and rinsing afterwards. Use a pumice stone for the especially hard skin on the heels or sole. Next attend to toenails, cutting them straight across as opposed to a curve. You can also apply cuticle oil prior to the finish touch of coating with nail polish.
Recommended fingernail care  
Before outlining the useful steps anyone can take to ensure their fingernails are kept in maximum health, it is worth going back to some basic considerations. It would help with your fingernail maintenance if you appreciated exactly what these parts of your body are actually made of. Your nails are made from laminated layers of a substance known as keratin. This is a protein that grows from the area around the base, under the cuticles.
During this process, as new cells grow, older ones become compact and hard, eventually getting pushed out towards the tips. When your nails are healthy, they should be nice and smooth. There should not be any grooves or pits and their colour and consistency should be uniform. Don't be alarmed if the surface of these nails does appear to have a certain amount of vertical ridges, running from the direction of the cuticle towards the tip. These bridges are perfectly harmless, becoming more prominent the older you get. Damage to the nails can also cause white lines or spots to appear, but these will eventually grow out towards the fingertips as the growing process unfolds.
So here are the crucial aspects of keeping your fingernails in optimum health. Firstly, keep them clean and dry at all times. This will stop bacteria and fungi from flourishing beneath your fingernails. If you're going to be in subjecting your fingers to excess temperatures, either through dishwashing, or perhaps handling chemicals, then always wear rubber-lined gloves.
Make sure that your nails are filed and trimmed on a regular basis. The best way to achieve this is to use a sharp pair of manicure scissors, or nail-clippers. When you attend to your nails, cut them straight across, and then around the fingertips in a gentle curve. By far the optimum time to be dealing with your nails is when they are slightly moist. Immediately upon exiting a bath or shower would be the perfect opportunities.
The use of moisturiser is also excellent for your fingernails. If you happen to use a hand lotion, then rubbing the lotion from the palms and upwards into your fingernails and cuticles should be an integral part of the process.
What you should never be doing is abusing your fingernails in any way. Many people have developed nervous habits that involve biting their nails. This will merely cause the tips of the nail to serrate, meaning they will be more likely to snag in objects, perhaps getting torn away completely. If you are in a situation where you have to delve into something, always use an appropriate tool rather than using your fingernail as a convenient but far too sensitive alternative.
Perhaps most importantly, if you suspect there is a problem with your fingernails, do not ignore it under the false hope that it will go away. Seek professional advice from your doctor or dermatologist. This is what they are therefore
Siam Discovery  

Siam Piwat introduces revolutionary retail concept to Thailand with opening of new ‘Siam Discovery' on 28th May as the ‘Biggest Arena for Lifestyle Experiments'.

Bangkok (13 June 2016) – Siam Piwat Co., Ltd., the owner and operator of prestige retail developments such as Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, and Paradise Park, as well as the joint venture partner of ICONSIAM, announced that Siam Discovery has opened its doors as Thailand's ‘biggest arena of lifestyle experiments' on May 28th 2016 after a US$112 million re-build.
The new Siam Discovery, spread across 40,000 square metres of space, is Thailand's largest lifestyle specialty store, placing special emphasis on allowing visitors to experiment by trying out new products and new ideas and giving them opportunities to to discover and re-discover themselves.
Mrs. Chadatip Chutrakul, Chief Executive Officer of Siam Piwat Co., Ltd. said: “Its innovativeness will reinforce Siam Piwat's reputation as a thought-leader in Thailand's retail sector capable of creating unprecedented destinations that compete with the best of the world as well as support Bangkok's appeal as the retail hub of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and a favourite shopping destination for the world.”
More than US$8.5 million is being spent on the grand opening event and opening promotions.
Mrs. Chutrakul added, “We have created a venue where thousands of lifestyle brands are brought together under a single universal concept that puts customers at the centre. That means everything presented at Siam Discovery is not organized by brand, or category, as in traditional retailing, but by visitors' interests, because our purpose is no longer just to sell products but to provide an extraordinary and emotional experience that allows visitors to discover and express themselves.
"We then enhance that experience by adding a very strong story-telling component. As visitors move through the various parts of Siam Discovery, they are immersed in the intangibles of a brand and a category. They are also drawn into stories relevant to their interests, their beliefs, as well as trends, rather than just being presented a selection of products.
“These experiences are highly interactive and with lots of opportunities for visitors to personalize their purchases. We also empower visitors to make statements about their life preferences, whether it be about sustainability or a love of nature, and to support those preferences through their purchases, and through occasions to interact with like-minded people and communities. And then we further enhance those experiences through the power of the most advanced digital technology. It's a totally new and an extraordinarily exciting way of presenting products and their associated lifestyles,” she said.
“Our role as a retailer has advanced to another level and become one of managing visitors' experiences and emotions, rather than just one of managing products, categories and displays,” she said.
“We target all genders and age groups, and estimate doubling Siam Discovery's per-square-metre sales within a year,” Mrs. Chutrakul said.
She expects the new Siam Discovery to attract, in the first year, 100,000 visitors a day, with around 35% being international visitors.
Products are presented are in five different categories including Everyday Products, Trend Products, Innovative Products & Services, Sustainable Products, and Collaborations and Absolute Siam Products.


Eco-Friendly Clothes  
With the increasing concern for preserving the environment due to the onslaught of natural disasters, it is no surprise that clothing manufacturers are deciding to create an environmentally friendly selection of clothing for the population. Some might think that eco-friendly clothing constitutes of wearing more green-colored outfits but it is more than just the question of color. As we are prompted to make more informed purchases of items to save Mother Earth, how much do we actually know of eco-friendly clothing options?
Choosing eco-friendly clothing may seem to be simple: check the tag to determine what materials are used to create it and how does one care for it. Although the clothing material is a major factor, one should not forget about the source of these clothing. Is an organic cotton material, truly 100% cotton? How can we be sure that there is no synthetic mix in it? In addition, the method in which the manufacturer process its raw materials and how the waste is managed, should factor in one's decision. According to Fashionista.com, a few terms such as ‘green', ‘eco' and ‘sustainable' creates a feel-good haze when one makes a purchase but it could also be a marketing ploy to which clothing manufacturers entice the unsuspecting buyer.
The website also provides a list of ten best environmental friendly brands mostly from the US – Study NY, Alabama Chanin, Feral Childe; and other countries such as Peru and Canada. Another brand that one can find online is Indigenous which commits to sustainability and fair trades. It may appear that one should research into a clothing brand to ensure an eco-friendly choice – if we put in similar efforts into decisions to purchase shoes, cars or houses, why not clothing brands too?
Skin care advice: the sun and smoking  
There are so many reasons to follow some basic house rules about looking after your skin. Not only will it help to keep you looking younger and healthier, in the longer-term it will protect you from a range of debilitating and potentially lethal diseases. So what are the most basic, crucial aspects of skin care you should be most concerned about?
Exposure to the sun
Of all the environmental issues that can have considerable impact on your skin, exposure to the sun's rays definitely tops the list. The importance of protecting yourself from the sun cannot be overstated. Sun exposure is at the root of a diverse range of damaging issues to your skin. It can cause age spots, wrinkles, blemishes, and various other skin problems. Needless to say, the worst of these is increasing your risk of developing skin cancer.
So what are the best ways to go about protecting yourself from this silent menace? The optimum method of avoiding damaging rays is to keep in the shade. No matter where you are in the country, the sun approaches its zenith between 10 am and midday, and stays potent until later in the afternoon. During this period its rays are at their fiercest.
If you do have to go outdoors then you should always employ a suitable sunscreen. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15, reapplying the lotion on a two-hourly basis. Should you happen to be on holiday in a climate that is particularly hot, as this will cause you to perspire you will need to reapply your sunscreen even more frequently. The same goes if you have been indulging in any watersport activity such as diving, sailing or swimming.
Protective clothing is another excellent way of combating sun exposure. You should cover your skin with long sleeved T-shirts and wear trousers that cover all of your legs. Wide-brimmed hats or baseball caps with a peak are also good choices. Laundry additives give your clothes an extra layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain period of time – but not indefinitely. Check the manufacturers' recommendations on the instructions.
You only have to look at seasoned smokers to see the destructive effect this habit has on their skin. Smoking has the effect of making skin look older, contributing to the wrinkles that can make even middle-aged people appear elderly. The reason for this phenomenon is that when people smoke it narrows the blood vessels in the outer layers of their skin, thus decreasing the blood flow to this part of their body.
Smoking also has the effect of depleting vital nutrients that are so important to the health of anyone's skin. It also starves the skin of oxygen. Adding to the negative effects of this habit, it damages the fibres that give your skin its elasticity and its strength – collagen and elastin. This is what makes your '20 a day' addicts such a leathery appearance!
If smoking couldn't get any worse, the action itself - pursing lips around the tip of the cigarette for inhaling, squinting eyes to keep out excess smoke, and repetitive facial expressions - all contribute to creating excessive wrinkles.
By far the best way to look after your skin in this respect is to not smoke. If you are seriously addicted to nicotine, you can refer to your doctor for advise about stopping.


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Shampoos for curly hair  
There can be no denying that long, curly hair looks striking. But what can probably be stated with equal confidence is that it is also very difficult to maintain.
If you possess hair that is curled and falls to you shoulders, there is every likelihood that you have tried out various hair products. You only have to walk into your local supermarket to look at all the beauty care shelves, containing seemingly endless possibilities, from the inexpensive to the downright extortionate.
If you possess hair that is curled and falls to you shoulders, there is every likelihood that you have tried out various hair products. You only have to walk into your local supermarket to look at all the beauty care shelves, containing seemingly endless possibilities, fromaFor all that you may well have chopped and changed between different options, the chances are that what you are looking for is something that will answer the ultimate question: will this purchase be the hair care solution I am looking for. Unfortunately, the most likely answer to this question is, in fact, no. The reason for this is fairly straightforward: there are no conditioning or cleansing ingredients that have unique properties for curly hair. the inexpensive to the downright extortionate.
The fact is, no-one washing with a shampoo exclusively labeled ‘for long curly hair' has ever achieved any better results than if they were using products which did not carry this targeted statement.
So when we are looking into the ideal hair treatments for curly hair, what should we be considering? Firstly, this type of here is usually much drier and therefore more prone to damage than any other hair type. This is particularly the case if the curly hair has also been dyed. The initial step that you must take is to employ a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for dry or damaged hair. This should be the overriding factor for your consideration, not whether or not there is any mention of curly hair on the label. Believe it or not, those shampoos labeled ‘for damaged hair' and ‘for curly hair' will more than likely share strikingly similar chemical characteristics.
Another Thing to be wary of, are those shampoos and conditioners which appear to be far more expensive than those nestling beside them on the shelves. There is actually very little difference in the combinations of formulas used right across the board. The variations in the price ranges tend to be down to marketing gimmickry rather than hard scientific facts! This is the case whether we are referring to products you see in department stores, sold under their own brand, and those available in more upmarket salons. All the bottom line is, when it comes to caring for a long curly hair, the old consumer adage that ‘you get what you pay for' is simply a myth.
Assuming you have settled on a shampoo that is aimed at dry hair, then the next question to ask yourself is how often should I be washing my curly hair? No matter what consistency your hair happens to be, you do not want to be shampooing it too frequently. This activity damages hair, no matter what the chemical formula of the particular shampoo might advertise itself as. Too much shampoo often keeps dry air dry, a situation that is exacerbated when towel drying and brushing is added to the punishment meted out on your hair! Less is undoubtedly best.
Basic Bits Summer Edition  
Girls loath the transition that the seasons bring, especially when there is only a certain amount of space in their cupboards. If you have made a resolution this year to spend less money on clothes when summer comes around and keep to the very minimal basics, this article is definitely for you.
Basic item number 1 is no other than your thinnest, most comfortable pair of jeans. We know how unpredictable summer plans are and if there is an impromptu short road trip, your pair of jeans will save you from having the entire world watch perspiration roll down your legs when you need to be out the entire day.
Basic item number 2 is an assortment of plain t-shirts: it is always advisable to have the colors white, black, navy and one bright-colored shirt which suit you. Think bright hues of orange, green, pink, or yellow. You wouldn't have to worry if the pattern or print matches your bottoms and it makes dressing up, a quicker affair.
Basic item number 3 is a pair of shorts. It should not be too short that bending over draws unwanted attention and try keeping to khaki, denim, navy or white colors. In fact, lets indulge a little, since it is summer and have 2 pairs available in your drawers!
Another important item for any girls in summer, which we have not forgotten, is skirt. Keep one plain-colored skirt (preferably high waist) and a flower skirt or striped/patterned skirt. Remember, we are trying to keep the items in your cupboard to a minimal so 2 skirts are a good number.
Also, a maxi dress and a short dress should be hung out for those special days with a special someone or for trips to the beach. It is also ideal for a lazy day when wearing a one-piece outfit is all the energy you can muster. Again, keep to bright colors and summery patterns.
To complete the look, do not forget that one pair of flip-flop, tan or white-colored strappy sandals, black ballet flats and your accessories: sun glasses, scarves, necklaces, watches and bracelets. Now who say your cupboard can't hold all you need?
Skin care advice: lotions and dieting  

Most people enjoy the basic human function of washing. It makes us feel refreshed and revitalised, and a shower or even a swift wash at the sink is often what kick-starts our day. But that daily activity of cleansing can take its tall. So in order to keep your skin in peak condition it is advisable to follow some basic precautions.
It can be very tempting to relax and soak in a hot bath for a long time, or just remain under your shower enjoying those soothing jets. However, in time, being blasted by all this water actually removes vital oils from your skin. What you should really get into the habit of doing is limiting the amount of time you spend in your bath or under your shower. Additionally, you can choose to employ warm rather than overly hot water.
Detergents and soaps can also remove oil from your skin. What you want to do is avoid using strong soaps, and choose milder cleansing agents instead. When it comes to shaving your skin, always apply cream gel or lotion in the first instance. For a close shave of legs or arms, employ a clean, sharp razor. Disposable razors are fine for a short term, don't keep on re-using them as they will eventually get blunt and the blade will not be nearly as effective. Also ensure that you shave in the direction that the hair grows rather than going against the grain.
Once you have bathed your skin you should gently blot or pat it dry with a towel. If you rub the skin too vigorously with a towel you will do subtle damage. Far better to employ the former technique that will ensure some moisture will remain on the surface of the skin.
If your skin is particularly dry, then seek advice about which moisturizer would best shoot your skin type. If you would like to use a moisturizer on a daily basis you should also consider whether or not it contains SPF.
DietAdopting a healthy diet has multiple benefits. Aside from the obvious effects on countering potential weight issues, your skin will certainly be affected. In order to look your best you don't have to starve yourself. Simply enjoy the food you like in moderation. There are numerous diets to choose from, but the common denominator in most is to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grain products. Scientists remain unclear about the link between acne and dieting, although certain research papers have suggested that any diet regime that is rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats will have a positive effect on skin.
People who do not adopt healthy diets run the danger of putting on excess weight. This can eventually begin to put pressure on areas of your skin, particularly around your midriff. As weight fluctuates it will have the effect of expanding and then contracting skin. This will not only damage the surface of the skin, it will leave unseemly stretch marks.

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