Friday

vintage handwatches
Photo: Alex Guillaume

Are you familiar with the Radium Girl story? The first time I heard about it was a few years ago when I stumbled upon the 'Radium Girls' movie trailer on Youtube. Only a few years later, I could enjoy the movie and take a deeper look into this heart-breaking story. However, there is always a ray of light at the end of the tunnel, even in a story like this.

collage from vintage newspaper articles about radium girls

Who were Radium Girls?

Radium Girls were a group of female workers hired by the United States Radium Corporation in the early 1920s. In these factories, women performed various tasks. They included handling the chemical element radium and applying radium paint onto dials for a glow-in-the-dark effect. Unlike owners of the factories and scientists, who were familiar with the effect of radium, women workers were not aware of the danger.

But radium and its wondrous properties, discovered by Marie Skłodowska-Curie, were used not only in the production of watches and airplane instruments. It was aggressively promoted as a miraculous beauty ingredient. Soon, radioactive face creams and the famous energizing tonic Radithor overwhelmed drugstore shelves. Beauty and medical brands couldn't miss a chance to capitalize on this discovery.

a picture of energy drink radithor

As a result of the "lip, dip, paint" technique, which Radium Girls used to paint dials, more than 50 women had died of radioactive poisoning. Although, the exact number of people, who suffered from the impact is unknown. The radiation sickness and even death caused by the radium exposure didn't affect the popularity of radium watches and other radioactive products.

The final dot in the case was put in the spring of 1938 when the justice ruled in favor of workers. The whole case of Radium Girls holds a revolutionary place in labor in the field of human health and the movement of labor rights. It turned the system upside down, establishing the right of the individual worker to sue big corporations and the occupational disease labor law. All thanks to the courageous women, human rights activists, and other caring people, who were not afraid to fight for their rights.

a cast of the Radium Girls movie

In 1938, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act finally outlawed several dangerous products and fake medical devices, including radium-containing drinks. The Center for Human Radiobiology was founded thirty years later in 1968, where scientists collected medical information, and samples, and provided examinations for living dial painters. This research made an extensive contribution to health physics and radiology.

The Takeaway

What is the takeaway of this story? I believe there are multiple things we have to learn from it. First, we should fight for our rights no matter if we are going to win. It is important to stand up for yourself, and for the people around you who need protection. Second, capitalism has its own ways and morality, when it comes to financial interest. We should be smart and responsible for our health. And, third, even the saddest story can teach us something important. The Radium Girls epopee must become an unfortunate example that can guide millions.

Thursday

a close-up picture of two hands which are holding an apple in one hand and bitten donut in another
Photo: Andres Ayrton

It isn't new that you must eat good food to look great and be healthy. The beauty and health of your skin are strongly dependent on the quality of the food you regularly consume. Fresh vegetables and fruits, various nuts, and some fish will be beneficial for your complexion, while junkie food plays the main antagonist of your skin's health. So, I invite you to dive deeper into the world of nutrients and superfoods.

What should I eat for good skin?

A well-balanced diet that includes a healthy amount of calories and nutrients is considered to be the best for the overall health of the body and skin. At least, it is what most healthcare professionals and medical dieticians claim to confer health benefits. Here is what a healthy diet for glowing skin should include, according to the WHO (World Health Organization):

  • Fresh Fruits & Vegetables:

Fruits and fresh veggies contain most of the vitamins, microelements, and fibers for healthy skin. That's why they should be a key part of your daily diet. Generally recommended to consume at least 400 g. of vegetables and fruits per day, excluding starchy roots (potatoes, turnips, parsnips). They include vitamin A, also known as beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and folic acid, which reduces levels of homocysteine. Fruits and veggies also include magnesium and zinc.

a close-up picture of a cut in half fruits laying on a silk
Photo: Sunsetoned

Why is vitamin A good for the skin? 

  • Vitamin A normalizes the function of the cells;
  • Normalizes oil production in the skin, improving its condition;
  • Assists in collagen production;
  • Reduces skin pigmentation by normalizing tyrosinase.

You can find Vitamin A in carrots, mangoes, papayas, and leafy vegetables, such as spinach, and maize.

Why is vitamin C beneficial for the skin?

  • It is a potent antioxidant, so it protects skin from free radicals damage;
  • Reduces pigmentation by inhibiting melanin production;
  • It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

The best sources of Vitamin C are red peppers, spinach, broccoli, strawberries, and citrus fruits.

a picture of three wooden spoons filled with different grains
Photo: Roman Odintsov
  • Nuts, Oils & Unprocessed Grains

Whole grains, healthy oils, and nuts are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fats, zinc, selenium, antioxidants, and other advantageous elements. Unlike refined carbohydrates contained in white flour, popcorn, and rice cakes, unprocessed grains can improve your skin complexion by combating inflammation and skin damage. And nuts like almonds are filled with antioxidants, which, as you already know, combats skin-aging free radicals.

Are healthy fats good for your skin?

Particular fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6 play the role of building blocks for our body and skin. They also help our bodies to absorb other nutritional elements like vitamins A and D.

  • Omega-3 keeps the skin elastic and thick and moisturized;
  • It reduces inflammatory processes, improving acne and skin irritations;
  • Fatty acids make the skin less sensitive;
  • Omega-6 helps stimulate skin and hair growth;
  • They also help to regulate the activity of skin oil glands.

Healthy fatty acids can be found in seafood, walnuts, soy, algae, vegetable oils, and avocado dark chocolate.

a close-up picture of a cake with a fork in it
Photo: Polina Tankilevitch

What foods are bad for your skin?


While some types of food are good for the skin, other types of food might contribute to several skin and health conditions. When choosing your diet, it is best to avoid certain foods that aren't good neither for the skin nor for your health in general. Here are foods, that ruin the beauty of your skin:

  • Sugar, sugar-sweetened drinks;
  • Natural sweeteners like honey, syrups, and agave;
  • Paste, white flour, refined grains, pastries (refined carbs);
  • Salty snacks;
  • Fatty meat, butter, cream, cheese (unhealthy fats);
  • Caffeine;
  • Alcohol.

Is sugar harmful to the skin?

The short answer is yes. Consuming a lot of sugar can be harmful to the skin. However, most people are unaware of the negative effects of sugar on health in general, and skin in particular. Sweet food and refined carbohydrates instantly absorb into the blood and facilitate insulin production. And high levels of insulin aren't good for those who struggle with acne

Hormone insulin activates another hormone — androgen, which accelerates skin cell growth and boosts sebum production. A well-balanced diet, which includes low-glycemic food and doesn't raise sugar levels in the blood, may reduce inflammation and the appearance of acne.

How do "Bad" Fats Affect the Skin?

Saturated and trans fats are considered to be bad for the skin. These enemies of good health increase the risks of various heart diseases and inflammations (redness, acne, eczema.) Doctor Doug DiOrio states that foods that contain processed flours and trans-fats cause inflammation in the body, making the skin more vulnerable to damage.

a close up picture of three caffeinated drinks on a table
Photo: Nathan Dumlao

Why are Caffeine and Alcohol Bad for the Skin?

Most people know the feeling of thirst after a noisy party the night before. We experience a similar feeling after a shot of a potent caffeinated drink. It is all because caffeine and alcohol dehydrate our bodies and skin. Alcohol is a known diuretic — a substance that increases the production of urine.

Dehydration is the main reason for skin sagging and premature aging. Thirsty skin appears less thick and youthful, it loses its natural glow and elasticity. The loss of moisture leads to regeneration difficulties, making it harder for the cells to grow and develop properly. Therefore, it is best to avoid overconsumption of alcohol and caffeinated drinks.

The Takeaway

We are what we eat, and so is our skin. The food we love and want may not be what your skin needs at this moment. It will be beneficial for you and your skin to find a healthy compromise, which will make a dramatic difference in the appearance of the skin. Try incorporating healthy foods for skin and other healthy skincare habits slowly, but surely. In a short period, you and your skin will experience the first positive changes, and you will not want to go back to fast food and pastries.

bride and groom are hugging and posing in a filed
Photo: Trung Nguyen

2021 has changed the wedding scenario for all of us. Nonetheless, we all desire to look uber-chic in the wedding gown. If you’re planning to get married soon, then we’re here to show you the best 8 Bridal Trends for 2021 Weddings so that you can shine on your D-day!

1. Short Dresses

This dress is perfect if you’re planning to have a casual and intimate ceremony, and want to look chic. Also, you can flaunt your shoes wearing this dress. It’s suitable for all types of functions, be it a reception, dinner, or bridal shower.

2. Ruffles

If you like carrying something voluminous, then this is definitely going to have all your guests hooked. Opt for frills with extra detailing. You can go with a ruffled skirt as well, which could be a great addition to your mermaid silhouette. Well, if you don’t want to dive in maximalist ruffled gowns, then you can opt for a streamlined ruffled gown.

3. Florals

Absolutely nothing can beat a floral gown. They’re so colourful and pretty, that will definitely make you look gorgeous. Pastel florals are the best and can subtly enhance your overall wedding look. And if you’re planning to have your wedding in spring, then florals can be a great option to consider.

floral wedding dress hanging on the balcony
Photo: Fidel Hajj

4. Off Shoulder Sleeves

If you want to look classy and attractive and want to look graceful, then definitely try this out. This comes in every wedding gown style, be it a mermaid gown or a grand ball gown. It’s perfect if you want to show off your neckline or your collar bones.

5. Pants

If you want something sleek to flaunt your figure and want to look different, then this can be a perfect choice. It can be carried well with a crop top. If you’re looking for classy pants or jumpsuits to wear to the wedding, then you really need to check this out!

6. High Slits

Well, if you want to show some skin, then these high slits can become your wedding dress. And if you want to opt for a more daring option, then you can go with a thigh-high slit. This will highlight your best features and make you look glamorous.

a close-up picture of a wedding dress embelished in feathers
Photo: Sophie Wust

7. Feathers

This design can never go out of style and has always been in trend! An embellish designed feather gown will make you look ethereal and classy. Its gorgeous detailing will add glamour to the entire look.

8. Transitional Pieces

If you’re confused and don’t want to splurge on something extra, then this can be a great option. These transitional pieces are there in the designers’ store everywhere. It allows you to get two unique looks to carry off at two different functions at no extra cost. Win-win!

The Takeaway

I hope these wedding dresses will give a glimpse of the current wedding trends. Besides these trends, pick something which actually fascinates you and are eager to wear it at the wedding! What’s your favourite 2021 wedding trend and why? Tell us in the comments section below!

Author Bio:


Aayushi is a content writer at F and B Recipes. When not writing, she can be found creating a list of “Things That Make Me Happy” or coming up with creative Food Blog Names.

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Guest Post

Tuesday

woman is laying in the bed and looking to the camera
Photo: Monstera

You've probably heard about the "beauty sleep" so many times that this phrase stopped making actual sense to you. But, despite all the prejudice, the "beauty sleep" saying is a real thing. Sleeping the right amount of hours per day is an important ritual that will help you to maintain both internal and external health. And, as you know, the key to external beauty lies deep within.

What is the "Deep Sleep" Phase?

Sleep is a state of full relaxation to your muscles and mind. Still, during this time, your body does a very important job of cleaning and repairing your systems, including your internal organs and skin. The deep phase of sleep is characterized by the natural rise of growth hormones, especially in children and young adults. As a result of the hormonal rise, the cells also show an increased production, repairing stress and UV damage. 

As you can see, the "deep sleep" phase can also be called the "beauty sleep". It is the holy grail phase of the whole night, as the skin repairing processes happen only during this time. Other benefits of the "deep sleep" phase also include strengthening the immune system, stress relief, and restoration of energy levels.

a close up picture of woman's feet
Photo: Владимир Гладков

How Long Should the "Beauty Sleep" Last?

The naturally occurring question is how long should you sleep to get the necessary amount of beauty rejuvenation? It all depends on your age and lifestyle. Healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of nighttime sleep. But it is not only about the quantity, but the quality of sleep matters as well. Building healthy sleep habits are just as crucial for your appearance as sleep longevity. Sleep hygiene includes going to sleep and waking up at the same time, before bed relaxation, limit caffeine and alcohol intake.

Sleep deprivation is one of the worst enemies of your skin's good looks. It leads to premature skin aging, puffiness, dark circles under your eyes, and fine lines on your face. Not getting enough sleep may also be the cause of increased levels of cortisol in your blood, which also has a negative impact on your overall health.

a picture of a woman in the bed
Photo: cottonbro

How You Sleep Is Also Important

The way you lay on your pillow at night also affects your skin. The horizontal position negatively affects the fluid flow in the body, that is why we all struggle with swollen faces in the morning. Although side sleeping is good for column relaxation, it can lead to fine lines and wrinkles on your face. It is also bad for the décolletage area. 

The best position for the face is to sleep on the back. This way you won't be touching your pillow with your face skin, so it will stay cleaner, fresher, and won't be strange-looking in the morning. A silky-smooth, clean pillowcase can also minimize the negative impact of rubbing on your skin. It is not as harsh as cotton and may prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

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