BODY GOALS: Nigerians And Their Struggle For Flawless Skin

Everyone wants to come off looking fresh with flawless and glowing skin all the time.

Unfortunately, all that yummy goodness from the Pepperoni Pizza you love all too well would not let your smooth skin be awesome due to the saturated fat in the cheese.

The face which is more often than not the first point of contact in our interaction with others is usually the body part that gets a bashing from skin breakouts.

Imagine what it could do to your self-confidence striking up a convo with a damsel at work or at an owambe party having an unsightly bump somewhere across your cheek?

More worrying are the scars and blemishes the pimples and other skin diseases leave behind after clearing out as this detailed article by a skin specialist points out.

Pimples breakout (Photo credit: Nigeria Galleria)

Some folks attribute the constant breakouts on their face to hereditary factors so much they give up fighting, seeing it as their fate.

Then there is the other factor asides diet which involves misguided application of certain creams on the skin and its consequent effects.

African females are chiefly the culprit here, Nigerian ladies in particular, who mess around with their natural set skin only to end up with a disastrous look after all is said and done.

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In this part of the world, some Nigerian women out of sheer insecurities and lack of self-esteem have been reported attempting to transform their natural dark skin colour to a lighter tone with bleaching creams. The use of these seemingly harmless chemicals has skyrocketed over the past decade.

Beautiful Nigerian lady who started bleaching at 19 reveals why she stopped Photo Source: Teniola Kashaam

You could easily walk on the road and spot a lady with two obviously contrasting skin complexions – picture a face as bright as Michael Jackson’s (No offence) matched with a natural dark skinned pair of legs.

Amongst the legit skin and beauty entrepreneurs are some mindless bunch in the business who sell products with the promise of enhancing your appearance with skin lightening products but end up disfiguring the looks of young impressionable women.

It tells you there is cause for concern because these otherwise natural skin lightening creams are either adulterated or unregulated to the detriment of unsuspecting consumers who just want to appear more attractive.

To confirm the craze and demand for skin lightening products by Nigerian ladies, in 2018 American model Blac Chyna made her way down to Nigeria to launch her skin lightening face cream.

Blac Chyna (L) and Dencia ® (Photo source : dcodedtv)

She did this in collaboration with a controversial Nigerian-Cameroonian singer known as Dencia whom herself is in the cosmetic business of selling skin brightening products..

The intention of this write-up is not to condemn skin lightening as a beauty regimen for dark-skinned folks, rather it’s to educate and inform you.

In that light there are two often mixed up concepts related to skin lightening – Toning and bleaching.

There is a difference between toning and bleaching of the skin.

Toning involves using toners, washes, lotions, and serums to cleanse the skin. The process helps shrink pores. In some cases people tone (some based on dermatologist’s prescription) to even out uneven skin tone, correct dark spots, discolorations and so on.

Toning should be viewed as part of a skin cleansing process because it benefits the skin, gets rid of dead skin cells and reveals a newer, clearer, cleaner and fresher skin. It automatically brightens dull skin as well.

Skin bleaching, however, involves using chemicals to lighten/whiten the skin. Skin bleaching products in the form of cream, soap, washes and more often contain harsh and toxic chemicals that strips and exposes the skin, disrupting melanin production amongst others.

A common ingredient for bleaching is Mercury, a chemical that can cause skin thinning, premature skin aging, and acne (pimples) reactions amongst other unpleasant effects when abused.

But like earlier noted, it shouldn’t have to be all hopeless and gloomy.

With the right consultative advice from a health-focused platforms like webMD, Livestrong, emedihealth, unwanted breakouts and skin disorders can be contained.

In the final analysis, that old cliche ‘Prevention is better than cure’ does help make life much easier.

And in this case, prevention is by getting credible health-related education online where it is easily accessible.

This keeps more money in your pockets and that priceless beaming smile on your face 🙂

5 Startups Bringing Some Sanity And Comfort To Lagos Living

Lagos, the most glorified city in recent times out of Africa has its fair share of chaos and disorder but still holds promise with the array of ideas that are turning into problem solutions for Lagosians 

These startups since their inception have been adding some comfort and sanity to Lagos living and beyond for some.

It has to be said that there are more than five of these businesses bringing some social business value to the community they serve

That said, Here are my five picks of startups doing really good stuff 

Plentywaka 

5 startups bringing some comfort and sanity to Lagos
Plentywaka is giving public transport in Lagos a facelift one route at a time (Image Source : Technext.ng)

One of the things Lagos is notorious for is its dire public transport system, from bad roads to horrendous traffic. Plentywaka has taken the much needed bold step to ease public transport shuttling, and it can only get better from here on, provided government regulation doesn’t stifle their operations like they have done considerably with the tricycles and bikes. Bad roads are also a critical factor tied to the success and state-wide penetration of Plentywaka and other bus-hailing startups, so we hope there is speedy improvement in that regard.

Wesabi 

Wesabi is the Platform You’ve Been Looking for to get Verified Handymen in Lagos
You know how you are boxed in a corner when your generator breaks down or water is not running from the taps, that’s where Wesabi comes in (Image source – Technext.ng)

Almost every household faces one breakdown or the other – from leaky pipes to rats taking over your house. Enter Wesabi, with whom you have one less thing to worry about. There are packages to choose from on a subscription basis. In these times where it’s rather easier to cross a busy express road eyes closed than finding a reliable and accountable artisan, Lagosians could use a vetting platform like Wesabi to take care of that worry.

Edenlife 

Edenlife, a startup bringing some convenience to Lagos living
Edenlife is here for those who hate chores or don’t have time for it {Source: Technext.ng)

Seriously, Living and working in Lagos is an extreme sport. It takes a superwoman and superman to come back home from a hellish Lagos traffic and enter the kitchen to prepare a fresh meal. So more than half of Lagos either retires to fast food, Indomie and egg combination or a frozen meal – which is left at the mercy of uninterrupted power supply (Shout-out to NEPA).  Also, there is the laundry, cleaning routine on weekends, and many more chores we’d rather do away with. Edenife is your answer to those prayers right now at varying subscription prices depending on which areas you desperately need help with. Looking at their pricing, you would have to agree with me that the cost of pampering yourself in Lagos and anyplace else for a fact could be pricey. But you know you will be getting the value for your buck.

ToraAfrica

Human recruitment startup, TORA bringing some sanity to Lagos living
Bringing qualified workforce your way, particularly in the informal sector is TORA Africa’s mandate (Source: Toraafrica.com)

Corruption and unaccountability in the Nigerian system are producing unqualified workers. Take for instance the culpability of Lagos Motor Vehicle Administration Authority in their duty to oversee the process of obtaining driver’s licenses; many of us including myself skip the expected driving school just to skip the process. So it’s assumed by the licensing body that the driver is competent on the wheels. They mostly look the other way and collect fast-track bribes for the issuance of these licenses. This, unsurprisingly, has churned out uncultured and dangerous drivers behind the wheels including those of cars, tricycles, trailers, and bikes. So you see avoidable accidents happening. Tora as a human recruitment startup has taken it upon themselves to train, verify and hand over competent hands, mostly in the informal sector to those in dire need of such services. thereby reducing disasters on roads.

Wemsrsa 

Wemsrsa is an overdue startup needed in Lagos traffic obstructions
For car owners with unexpected vehicle breakdowns, Wems-RSA is your plug (Source: Wemsrsa.com)

We all get empathetic when we see a car broken down in the middle of nowhere and wonder if help will ever come, if they would get to figure out the problem that day, how much they would have to cart away with when the savage government toll operators come hard on the vehicle owner with hefty toll away fees, or worse still if those unfortunate street miscreants end up pouncing on the car owner and robbing him of his possessions or offering to assist with the promise of extorting the vulnerable victim of circumstances. Imagine how everything could go wrong. 

Then also imagine a dedicated service like Wems -Road Side Assistance coming to your rescue and making all that problem go away. Lagos can breathe a sigh of relief as this has been made a reality. What’s more, is how incredibly affordable the service is for the average Joe. Vetted technicians dealing with vehicle fixes – your mechanic, electrician etcetera will be at your beck and call when you do find yourself in that stressful situation. Yes, call them Lifesavers and you wouldn’t be taking it too far.

There are many more of these startups solving practical problems peculiar to Lagos, we can only hope the business doesn’t get crippled by bad management and bad government policies. Kudos to the founders!

8 reasons why Lagos is currently unfit to be called a city (TRANSPORTATION EDITION)

  1. No cashless payment options for mass transit buses
  2. Rickety buses unfit even for transporting animals
  3. Bad Bad Bad roads
  4. Not enough mass transit buses plying different routes in the state
  5. Limited routes on the waterways
  6. An inadequate rail transport system
  7. The human factor of irresponsibility and unprofessionalism
  8. Indiscriminate air and noise pollution from vehicles and lack of will from responsible enforcement agencies to exert authority in such areas.

Flexible health cover for you and loved ones!

Affordable monthly health insurance provider in Nigeria

 

Health Maintenance Organizations better known as HMOs are generally accessible by full-time Nigerian employees in corporate organizations, leaving out groups such as contract workers, and interns. The informal work sector including market women and artisans are usually also left out of health insurance.

Not having a health insurance plan can lead to heavy health cost implications if you are to come down with critical illness or injury due to accident, where you have to pay out of pocket.

A popular excuse the average Nigerian comes up with is that the HMO health insurance plans are too expensive, and also that they feel cheated when they can’t have their money back if they don’t get to visit the hospital for treatment.

Thankfully, the team at RelianceHMO have listened and are offering flexible payments on a monthly so you can budget with that if your income flow comes in monthly; there is also quarterly payment if the monthly plan is rather inconvenient for you.

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Also, as a reward for staying healthy for 12 months, RelianceHMO is offering you 20% returns cashback – I think that’s a fair deal. You also have the reward option of a discount on your payment plans instead of the cashback option if you so wish.

Another thoughtful benefit from going with relianceHMO is a free chat service where you can talk with doctors and get prescriptions in real time. This service is accessible via its reliance care app or on their website. What’s more? The longer you stay on board, the more health benefits you get without paying extra.

Take advantage of this well thought out offerings from relianceHMO and start seeing money spent on your health as an investment indeed, not an expense. Afterall as you already know, Health Is Wealth – No cliche.

 

GREYMATE: Let these pros take care of your elderly ones while you get your hustle on

Imagine a situation where your concentration at work doesn’t have to be divided because you know grandma would have someone to guide her when taking a stroll to visit a friend in the neighborhood.

Picture a scenario where you are not worried about your grandpa wanting to attend a wedding of an old friend’s grandson because there is a trusted person to accompany him.

You are at peace because there is trained personnel to take them to their doctor’s appointment or help remind them to take their prescribed medications as at when due.

I write this with some regret and yet a sense of purpose. I ought to have engaged the helpful service of such a care provider like Greymate for my now late grandmother. I knew she needed a service like this, even when she often writes off the idea of needing some professional care. I took it all for granted and let her be, telling myself such service would be too costly to afford anyway. *Sigh*

Given the circumstances surrounding her demise, I believe she may have still been around if we had rallied round to get her some professional care.

A useful service for the elderly, diasbled - greymate care
An elderly man getting professional Greymate Care service

So when I say with Greymate care, you have one less thing to worry about, you should know I speak from a place of pain and yet obligation to inform others who still have their loved one around to take advantage of services like this.

Greymate is a highly efficient care agency in Nigeria devoted to caring for the vulnerable (above 13 years), elderly, weak, disabled and those recuperating from an ailment or medical treatment, leveraging on state-of-the-art infrastructure, technology and highly trained staff.

So they are not just caring for the elderly but even the vulnerable young and disabled in society.

They class their services into Companionship services, Personal Care services and Home Help services. And there is the option of 24/7 care if you so want, it’s pretty customizable with Greymate Care.

Check them out on their website for more details, and please Spread the word.

5 tips for ensuring you do not go broke this Xmas in Nigeria

5 tips to make you not go broke this december and xmas
Broke ass nigga (Credit: Shutterstock)

Xmas is in the air!

It’s that time of the season when you begin to hear tons of radio ads inviting you to one event or the other – music concerts, weddings (bring on the aso-ebi craze), reunion parties and so on.

No doubt it’s good to celebrate after all the hard work throughout the year; Heck, even God delights in merriment, when done according to His will of course. But as we all know, with festivities comes a lotta spending, and if not mindful, you may go broke into the new year. Continue reading “5 tips for ensuring you do not go broke this Xmas in Nigeria”

Annual rent gradually becoming old skool

Fibre is a leading startup for monthly rent payments
Fibre is a leading startup for quarterly rent payments (Image credit: Twitter/Techcrunch)

Housing in Nigeria as of today is a major headache for the average guy out there. There are so many problematic areas.

Social housing is next to zero. Mortgaged properties are practically non-existent and out of reach from the common man.

Landlords are steady collecting annual rent, knowing well that most people are not paid annually, which makes it very difficult to cough out the rent (and other associated fees) conveniently. Continue reading “Annual rent gradually becoming old skool”