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I tried to use a face mask for 5 straight days and this is what happened

Will this help my skin?

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Imagine my surprise when I learned that there are women who do face masks as often as twice a day.

Yes, It’s true, and I’d normally dismiss this practice except this was top Korean skincare advice, and having quickly fallen in love with the Korean skincare ways, I was quick to give it a try. But, ain’t nobody got time for two daily face masks as that’s easily 30 minutes of the day without all the prep and cleanup that comes with it.


So, I planned to do one. And of course, since we live in the time of technology (and I still didn’t have an extra 15 minutes every day to do the actual face masks), I used the Foreo UFO to help me with this experiment — I’ll explain this later.

Time frame

What better time to try this out than the holiday season! I was basically running on little sleep (holiday deadlines and all) and a lot of stress. I was at the cusp of a breakout and tiny pimples had popped out on my forehead and chin. My face definitely needed the R&R.

I planned to do this for five straight days (a proper work week!) throughout the actual Christmas holidays because bad eating and staying up late is a sure eventuality at this time of year.

Also, I wanted my face to look fresh for the family photos. Duh.

Parameters

Attempt one face mask a day integrated into my routine, wherever it would fit.

And yes, I know that five days is such a tiny time frame to be able to see significant changes, but we’re doing this nonetheless because if it makes even a tiny difference, imagine what it could do long term.

Tools

We’re doing this the high-tech way. As mentioned, instead of boring, traditional face masks, I busted out the Foreo UFO which is an interesting little device that allows for the same face mask goodness in only a minute and a half.

Instead of a full face mask, you have these tiny masks circles that attach to the UFO

Yes, those mask circles are basically face masks in different sizes, also submerged in some face serum goodness.

Attach mask to the device like so

It also has a Foreo app and many different face mask options

The app will prescribe different treatments depending on the mask you use

This tiny puck vibrates (what people in the beauty world would call T-sonic pulsations), heats up (thermotherapy), or cools down (cryotherapy) for optimum mask absorption.

Additionally, the UFO adds LED light treatment that can help with acne, inflammation, or even collagen production — apparently, LED facials are a thing with celebs like Jessica Alba, and even the Kardashians are swearing by it.

Day 1

The whole thing seemed simple enough. Because these masks need not be on my face for 15 minutes (which is forever in precious before-bed minutes), it was an easy addition to my evening routine.

As with any device though, I needed a little time to get used to the Foreo UFO. First off, I didn’t realize it would be so messy. Adding the mask patch on the puck and squeezing out the extra serum (of course, we cannot let it go to waste!) meant my hands got goopy and some may or may not have ended up on the floor.

After initial apprehensions brought about by mess-making, the UFO was pretty straightforward to use: Pair the puck with your phone, pick the mask treatment, scan the mask barcode, and the app pretty much walks you through whatever it’s doing.

Immediately after a UFO session

The first mask I used is called the Matte Maniac which is designed for cleansing skin. I felt fully pampered before I went to bed that night as I wished the pimples forming on my forehead and chin away.

Day 2

Still at it and on this evening, I did Foreo’s Youth Junkie mask. If it wasn’t already obvious, Foreo has a whole line of masks for different skin issues. (I talk about these masks in a different article).

I’m feeling confident about the new addition to my routine now. Super easy! I could do this every time.

Day 3

I could feel my skin calming down, but this might also be a psychological reaction to knowing I’m spending more time pampering my face. Either way, it seems like the impending breakout was averted: My forehead and chin looked so much better compared to when I began the challenge.

I used the H20verdose mask because hydration is key, people!

Day 4

As with any challenge, there would always be a time when your resolve is tested.  This would be that time.

It was Christmas Eve and my poor scheduling skills ended with less than ideal time to get ready for a big family celebration dinner. I wanted to do a mask before said dinner so that I’d look great in photos (yes, it was happening on this day). Obviously, I was rushing and pissed that I had one extra step to do.

I attempted to do it, and failed miserably: My Foreo UFO had low battery, which was my fault — I did play with it a whole lot after I took photos for this feature and forgot to turn it off — so I had to charge. I plugged in the UFO and there it had to stay for at least an hour. I didn’t get to finish the minute and a half that was supposedly a whole cycle as I had to go to dinner; merrymaking was to be had mask or no mask treatment.

I was also pretty sad because I used the Shimmer Freak mask which was my favorite and it seemingly went to waste. This would never have happened with a normal mask. 😅

Day 5

Because I didn’t want to waste face mask sheets, I actually saved the one from the day before to use again (Ha!). I quickly learned that wasn’t possible as the mask dried up overnight. ☹️

On to the next mask, then! I used the pearl-infused Glow Addict mask. At this point, I was getting more and more tired — it was a late night for me — and more and more annoyed: Why do I even need to scan the mask barcode (which you have to do every time) when I can just choose the mask I’m using on the app? Why does it take 90 whole seconds and not faster? Why does the mask keep detaching? (I found out that the mask can sometimes detach from the UFO when you’re rushing and being careless.)

I have no photo because I was up late decking the halls with boughs of holly and even just getting the mask done took so much effort and willpower from me. I was so sleepy I couldn’t even. 🙄

Instead, enjoy this GIF of me, shot at another time, with the UFO:

Day 6

I know I said I’d do five days but despite the ups and downs of the last few days, my face actually felt nice so I decided to continue on.

No makeup!

It may not be as obvious in the photos but I had softer, more hydrated skin and no new pimples had popped up. I was rocking the no-foundation look by this time. What you see in this last photo is actual amusement at the end result.

My takeaway

I honestly don’t think I could’ve realistically done one face mask a day. Even with the gift that is the Foreo UFO, there were days when I just doubted why I was even attempting this (see Day 4 and 5). Then again, this extra hassle is the price I pay for better skin in 1.5 minutes, as opposed to 15.

Skincare takes so much effort, something I already knew. Adding one little thing to your routine can do a lot and although I cannot definitively say that it will improve your skin, I was happy with the results even after just a week. I felt fresher, skin looked less gray and dull, and I felt like the masks contributed to stopping my breakout in its tracks — if not via all the good ingredients it introduced to my face, via the calm minute or so the UFO sessions turned out to be. Honestly, I don’t think that vibrating puck would be as relaxing as it ended up being.

While I don’t think I’ll be keeping the one face mask a day rule, I’ll definitely keep on using the Foreo UFO — just not every day, to preserve my sanity and improving skin.

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9 gifts to enhance your kid’s multiple intelligence

There are more ways to learn!

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Every kid has its own potential. As grown-ups, we excel in different fields simply because we are smart in different ways. In Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, there are eight types of intelligence which are a big factor in how a kid learns.

Simply put, learning isn’t limited to school and there isn’t a single style of learning. The way your children play, interact and behave strongly shows how they learn differently, and what kind of field they will excel in.


Here are gift ideas for any occasion that you can get your children based on their intelligence:

For the word smart

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Kids exhibiting high linguistic intelligence are typically good at reading and writing. They’re also great storytellers and showcases strong memorization skills.

Help them enhance their verbal and written skills by giving them a Kindle Unlimited subscription, offering over 1 million titles and thousands of audiobooks. These can be easily accessed using your Kindle device, or through Kindle reading apps on your tablets or smartphones.

For the number smart

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Some kids are great at reasoning and critical thinking. Additionally, these are the kids that are great at logic, abstract, and numbers. In Gardner’s terms, these are the kids with logical-mathematical intelligence.

Let them polish their strategic and critical thinking by giving them an electronic chessboard, such as Square Off’s Chess Set.

For the picture smart

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Visual-spatial intelligence revolves around the ability to visualize and think through images. Kids exhibiting this style of learning are highly imaginative and creative, often they set on career paths related to arts and multimedia.

Hone their creativity by giving them a LEGO set, maybe The Rexcelsior ones? 

For the body smart

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There are kids who have higher energy compared to his/her peers. Most of them can’t sit still and would rather move around. Their learning style is a bit different, which requires them to use their bodies or observe someone’s movement. Kids like these exhibit bodily-kinesthetic intelligence.

Gift them a badminton racket and let them play to their heart’s content.

For the music smart

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If your kid recognizes sounds with ease, he/she probably exhibits strong musical intelligence. In other words, they have a good ear for music, and they can easily learn songs and melodies. Most of the time, they’re also gifted at singing, composing, and playing an instrument.

Support their talent by getting them a smart keyboard like The ONE’s Light Keyboard, which has keys that light up with sheet music, video lessons, and games when connected with The ONE Smart Piano app.

For the people smart

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Nowadays, technology makes it difficult for people to connect with someone. We’ve developed a culture where everyone would rather look down on screens than interact with the people they’re with. But there are kids who enjoy talking to people, and these are kids with high interpersonal intelligence.

Highlight the importance of engaging with people real-time and how fun it could be. Gift them a board game like Scrabble.

For the self smart

Some kids are more attuned to their self and have a far better understanding than their parents do. These are kids with high intrapersonal intelligence, and they are adept in figuring themselves out and knowing what they want.

Help them explore their inner selves by giving them a journal to write their thoughts down.

For the nature smart

Kids with naturalist intelligence are natural-born explorers, who know how to enjoy and appreciate nature. They love the great outdoors and they would thrive in activities that involve discovering the wonders of nature.

Next time you’re traveling with your family, instead of arcades and malls, bring them to a zoo or a botanical garden, like the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest in Singapore.

For the life smart

There are highly sensitive kids who have the capacity to tackle deep questions, and in Gardner’s theory, these are the kids who have existential intelligence. They ponder about human existence and they have a lot of questions about life (and even death).

Allow your children to be curious. Give them a book that makes them think and ask questions (and possible get answers), such as Stephen Hawking’s Brief Answers to the Big Questions.

What other gift ideas do you recommend for children? Sounds off in the comments below.

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These are the best cities for women entrepreneurs to thrive

Singapore ranks third in Asia Pacific, behind Sydney and Melbourne

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At the 10th annual Dell Women Entrepreneur Network Summit in Singapore, Dell announced findings of the 2019 Women Entrepreneur Cities (WE Cities) Index, ranking 50 global cities on their ability to foster growth for women entrepreneurs. Dell ranks cities based on the impact of local policies, programs, and characteristics in addition to national laws and customs to help improve support for women entrepreneurs and the overall economy.

Building on 10 years of research on women entrepreneurs, Dell partnered with IHS Markit to research and rank 50 cities on five important characteristics, including access to Capital, Technology, Talent, Culture and Markets.


The San Francisco Bay Area outranked New York for the No. 1 spot this year, mostly due to the city being one of the best places for women to gain access to capital. It also moved from 6th place to 2nd place in Culture, showing that the number of role models and public dialogue around eliminating the “bro culture” is making an impact.

Lack of funding, high cost of living, low representation of women in leadership roles and the lack of government-led policies that support women entrepreneurs were among the barriers globally.

Cities in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region are improving alongside all other cities globally, but still have a long way to go. Singapore, one of the only three cities from Southeast Asia to make it to the top 50, saw the highest improvement in the Talent pillar, as it benefitted from increasing its top school and business school rankings, as well as its pool of professionals needed to help scale businesses.

APAC cities mainly fell behind in the pillars for Culture and Markets. Despite making the top 50, Singapore’s Culture score was relatively low due to fewer female role models or leaders, although it’s still more advanced than majority of its neighbors in addressing gender parity issues.

Singapore ranks only No. 47 globally for the Markets pillar, because of the high cost of living in the city despite the lack of accelerators and relatively few female board members.

The WE Cities Index serves as a diagnostic tool to advise policy-makers on how to better support women in business.

“By arming city leaders and policymakers with actionable, data-driven research on the landscape for women entrepreneurs, we can collectively accelerate the success of women-owned businesses by removing financial, cultural and political barriers,” says Karen Quintos, EVP and chief customer officer at Dell Technologies.

The same way US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued in her landmark cases that gender discrimination hurts men and women alike, Singapore Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu also emphasized at the summit that it’s not only women who want a better work life balance; men also want to be able to spend more time with their families.

This is where technology comes in. Technology, as a gender-neutral enabler, helps drive progress in gender equality by creating a level playing field, says Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan, Global Digital Cities at Dell Technologies. It’s important to empower and invest in women not just because it’s been proven time and again that women help economies grow, but also because doing so benefits men and society as a whole.

SEE ALSO: Inspiring quotes from Dell Women Entrepreneur Network Summit 2019

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FaceApp goes viral again, raises security concerns

Taking social media by storm

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FaceApp is taking social media by storm once again. The popular editing app which went viral two years ago has resurfaced after celebrities, YouTubers, and even NBA stars posted elderly versions of themselves.

Quick to jump in the bandwagon, people followed and started posting their aged version on Twitter and Instagram. Fancy seeing a glimpse of yourself in the future, as well? Here’s how you can do it.


Easy, step-by-step guide on FaceApp

Download FaceApp via Google Play Store or the App Store. Open the app and select the photo you want to edit. Pro tip: Avoid using selfies with caps, sunglasses, and other accessories on.

After choosing a photo, you can then pick from an array of filters: Beauty, gender-swap, or the old age filter that everyone is obsessing over, and many more!

Using the old age filter, you can see how you’d look like when you’re over 60 years old. If you want to see how you and your partner look when you’re old and wrinkly, just apply the filter first on your face since you can only apply it one at a time. Then, save it, and upload the saved image to apply the filter once again.

You can do this with group photos, too, except you’ll need more patience. It’s an excruciating process but isn’t it worthwhile?

Is our security compromised?

FaceApp’s sudden virality has raised major privacy concerns, just like when Zepeto went viral last year. This is almost always the case when the app in question appears to be collecting data from its unknowing users.

A report on Fast Company indicates that the Russian company behind FaceApp saves the photos uploaded by transmitting it to their servers back in Russia. While it’s all fun and magic on your end, the report supposes your security may be compromised.

Moreover, the US government poses the app as a threat to national security, prompting the FBI to investigate the Russian startup. Will this be a similar saga between the US and China trade war? Let’s hope it won’t escalate into a bigger issue.

FaceApp has responded to these allegations claiming that images are deleted from their servers within 48 hours from the upload date.

At the end of the day, FaceApp is pretty much similar to Facebook and Google, who have taken more information from us than we realize. If you’re still afraid, the best course here is to stay away from photo editing apps and resist the urge to try senseless features for the sake of fun and likes on social media.

 

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