Sweet Sixteen Forever! How to look younger than your age(Series 2)

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Sleep
Sleep is when some of the most important internal and epidermal recovery takes place. Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself. This is true for your epidermis as much as it is for your brain or your muscles. During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots.

Exercise
Exercises and work out slow Your cells and this makes you look younger. We age at the cellular level. Telomeres control a cell’s aging process, and as we age these telomeres get shorter and shorter. So longer telomeres are connected to living longer lives, or so the research suggests. There is a link between regular exercise and the rate at which telomeres slows. The more you exercise on a regular basis, the longer it takes for telomeres to slow, and the longer your cells will live.

Hydration
Some body tissues also need more water than others, and skin is especially susceptible to showing the effects of too little water. When you’re dehydrated, your body finds the water it needs from within itself, robbing your skin of the moisture that keeps it looking younger to supply vital organs with essential water. The solution is to drink enough water to keep every part of you feeling hydrated and healthy.

Taking supplements
Anti-aging vitamins into your breakfast, lunch and dinner will help yield more radiant, youthful skin. Examples include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Omega 3, Polyphenols, Selenium. Vitamins, minerals, and a range of other nutrients can deliver significant anti-aging benefits. They reduce the physical signs of aging, minimize the risk of age-related diseases, and improve your health at a cellular level.

Stop smoking
Smoking can speed up the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles. The more cigarettes you smoke and the longer you smoke, the more skin wrinkling you’re likely to have even though the early skin damage from smoking may be hard for you to see initially. Aside from age, smoking is the strongest predictor of facial wrinkling in women.

Look like a local as you stroll Madrid’s Gran Via. Photo: Tom Meyers

The day has come. You’re packing a bag for your trip to Madrid, Spain’s largest city. Seeing that lugging three rolling suitcases is neither savvy nor cost-effective, you have to be choosey with clothes, shoes and accessories.

2. Pack scarves for color, variety and warmth

When a friend came to visit he told me that “real men don’t wear scarves, or eat quiche, or wear pink.” While this may have been true in his part of the world, it is not so in Madrid.

Scarves are in year-round (especially on women) and will give you Euro-flair and something warm around your neck when the cold spring rain beings to fall (and it will fall). Also, bringing a few scarves in different tones and textures will spice up your wardrobe if you’re traveling light.

If you don’t have any scarves, don’t fret, you’ll find an abundance of them for sale here.

Buying sunglasses on the streets of Madrid. Photo: Enric Archivell

3. Consider hats and sunglasses.

Every local has at least two pairs of shades. You need them in Madrid for those long strolls through Buen Retiro Park and lunches on sun-drenched plazas.

Hats are also in, but not so much the baseball cap or cowboy hat. I’ve seen many locals donning newsboy hats which work for hiding a bad hair day and keeping the sun off your nose. In the summer months those with sensitive skin should wear a hat, as the Spanish sun is fierce. However, most locals do not.

4. Keeping it casual?

For the most part, people do dress nicely when they go out, and Madrid is not a “sweatpants” culture. This does not mean you need to wear your best dress and high-heels (unless you want to) or a suit. Instead, a pair of ironed jeans or slacks, a button-down shirt, a pair of stylish sneakers (not bright white Nikes), and perhaps a sweater or jacket will work for guys.

More informal? Jeans and a t-shirt will work, too, depending on where you are planning to spend your time. Ladies: Do pack a dress or two for a night out. Jeans and sneakers also work for girls and can be dressed up with the right blouse or sweater. I’d go for flats or sneakers any day over heels simply because there is a lot of walking in Madrid.

Overall, dress up rather than down for this sophisticated city.

5. Accessorize!

I see many visitors on the Madrid Metro wearing their backpack in front of them. While this is a clever way to not get robbed, it makes you look like a tourist. To which you may respond, “But I am a tourist!” And there is nothing wrong with that. I’d sling the backpack over one shoulder and keep a good grip on it. I’d also tuck the camera away if you’re not using it, as nothing screams “I just got off Delta” like a dangling Nikon.

Instead, wear your favorite watch. Spanish men (I’m generalizing) add fashion “bling” with fancy-pants watches and nice belts. If you’re a lady, show your style with a large handbag that has a million zippers (making it impossible for anyone to rob you on the bus).

Your fashion tips for Madrid

Have you been to Madrid? Tell us what you like to wear during your Spanish vacation.

NIGERIA’S IMAGE AND INTERNET FRUAD; A FAST KILLING VIRUS

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As a continent, Africa has long been, though unfairly been associated with bad things ranging from ritual killings to corruption and terrorism. Indeed, to the outside world, the image of Africa is of a place where all kinds of unheard things happen. In some cases, Africa has given doe justification for these views while in some cases these views were borne out of a wrong view about Africa.
However, to be particular, our country, Nigeria, who prides herself as the giant of Africa had come into the limelight in recent times as having citizens whose mainstay is internet fraud. In truth, ‘Yahoo’ boys as they are famously called, have been in the country for some time with the government trying its best., though not sufficient to clamp down on them. However, on the back of recent economic hardship in the country, this fast killing virus, has once again brought Nigeria and her citizens to the limelight.
To begin the whitewash of the country, a thirty-one year old Nigerian, in the person of Obinwanne Okeke, popularly known as ‘Invictus’ Obi who was featured on Forbes as one of the African millionaires under thirty was indicted by the FBI after a yearlong investigation to have committed computer fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud to the tune of $11 million US dollars.
As if that was not enough, the United States released a list of 80 Nigerians who has committed internet fraud; not only that, names of 23 Nigerians were published by authorities in Saudi Arabia among those who were to be executed for drug related offence. Also, in an investigation done between January and July, it was discovered that Nigerians had defrauded citizens of the United States to the tune of $1 billion US dollars’ that is not to mention the hordes of Nigerians scattered across the world in prisons in Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar amongst others for crimes related to fraud and drug dealing.
How then did we come this far and how did this fast-killing virus threatening to kill our already sick reputation get it? First, we have to take at our values. What happened to them? Did they die? If they didn’t die, all tribes in Nigeria, have values that totally reject stealing and any form of it. It means that if we have Nigerians both home and abroad who have engaged in any form of stealing, they have lost the core values that any tribe which they come from in Nigeria stands for.
Another important factor that has contributed to the way Nigerians now see internet fraud as a means of livelihood is the fact that the successive governments in the country have succeeded at failing Nigerians. What this has caused is that Nigerians have become desperate and thus have resulted into any possible way to get wealth. This has thus made Nigerians, particularly young people to see internet fraud as the way to get wealth.
Given the fact that internet fraud has become a fast-killing virus eating at the image of Nigeria., which way do we go? We need to put our house in order. It is clear that with the way we are going, no sensible investor would want to invest in a country that is now famous for fraudsters. How do we put our house in order? Th key is for everyone, both citizens and government to work hand in hand; the government playing her role to make Nigerian citizens not to see fraud as the only means of livelihood. On the part of citizens too, we have to renew and reorient our minds to the consciousness that this country is ours and we cannot continue to be ambassadors of fraud. By so doing we would rid ourselves of this fast-killing virus.

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