Saturday, 26 March 2011

Earth Hour alert: :Damaging sun effects

Harsh sun rays will affect your beauty
Earth hour calls for awareness in climate change but do you know one of the core factors causing global warming? In a global effort to promote Earth Hour awareness, we seek our readers to draw your attention to one of the very real and alarming causes of climate change: the increased amount of harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays can cause disastrous damage to our beauty through the skin, eyes and hair.

Skin cancer
One of the scariest effects of UV rays is in the form of skin diseases such as skin cancer. Did you know that an excessive amount of UV radiation causes damage to the skin’s cellular DNA by forming genetic mutations which eventually leads to skin cancer? “Many experts believe that, especially for fair-skinned people, UV radiation also frequently plays a key role in melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer…” –

Sunburn is a condition caused by excessive exposure to UV rays. While sunburns can cause redness to the skin and temporary irritation, don’t be fooled as repeated damage to skin can be life-threatening.“One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life. A person's risk for melanoma also doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any age.” –

Sun also causes damage to the skin by escalating the signs of aging such as wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and even age spots. “Skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutis. The dermis contains collagen, elastin, and other fibers that support the skin's structure. It is these elements that give skin its smooth and youthful appearance – and that are damaged by UV radiation

Eye disease
Did you know that cataract is the number one eye disease that leads to blindness? “According to the National Cancer Institute’s SEER database, an estimated 2,390 men and women were diagnosed with, and 240 died from, cancers of the eye and orbit in 2008. With their thin and delicate structures, and greater lifetime exposure to the sun than any other part of the body, the eye and surrounding areas are particularly prone to cancers

Like pollution, extreme constant exposure to sun can dry out our hair as well. It can transform healthy, shiny locks to a coarse, limp mess. “The sun's UV rays erode the cuticle - the outer layer of the hair shaft that protects inner layers such as the medulla, where hair color arises. Sun bleaching also breaks down melanin pigment in the medulla, and as melanin decreases, the hair dries out and loses strength, becoming stiff, brittle, and breakable
 How do you protect yourself?

Always use sunblock, ladies. Our country, Malaysia has an equatorial climate therefore we receive sun and showers all year round. This is all the more reason to use sunblock especially for our readers who are always out and about. Make sure you use a sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 onwards.

Sometimes beauty products can also help with reflecting UV rays. Take foundations for example. You would notice that many cosmetic companies (especially from brands catering for the Asian market) have formulated their foundations and moisturizers with SPF protection. Look beautiful while protecting your skin, ladies.

Another important fact to take note is to try and stay away from the sun between 10am to 4pm as this is when the UV ray is most intense. If anything, attempt to limit your exposure to direct sun at all times.

Sunglasses may just be a fashion accessory to some but it is more importantly, a protective shield for the most delicate part of your body against direct sun: your eyes. Purchase sunglasses that offer the highest UV absorption level possible and best if you can find pair with a wrap-a-round design.

As for hair protection, you could always wear a hat or a scarf. Others have suggested wearing hair in a ponytail style or a bun as it prevents too much hair to UV exposure. If you’re adventurous, look through hair products in the market for hair sprays or conditioners that provide SPF protection.

Friday, 25 March 2011

"Toy Stories" Aled Lewis

Aled Lewis (Aled Lewis) - British designer and illustrator living in London.He invented a fun project in the life of toys and makes these stories every designer in his Tumblr-blog.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Quiksilver New Star Invitational - snowboard event of the season

It's time to tell a little more detail about events that happened in the resort Igor March 12, 2011. On this day, the most global snowboarding event this season: three-star TTR-contest New Star Invitational. Specifically for the construction of highway slopestyle in St. Petersburg was invited Austrian shaper Roland Hofer, who eventually built three gigantic figures: roller, a gap and a wave, derived from ideal.

 Naturally, such a large event could not remain without attention of European riders. New Star Invitational to build a strong snowboarders from Scandinavia, Austria and the Czech Republic, some of which are included in the first 50 positions in the ranking of TTR. Teo Konttinen (Teo Konttinen) and Tero Poykayarvi (Tero Poikajarvi) from Finland, Jan Nekas (Jan Necas) from the Czech Republic and Laker Ludwig (Ludwig Leikher) of Sweden were the backbone of the strengths of the Europeans. In total, the competition was announced in 1924 Rider: 12 participants from Europe and the same amount from Russia. Of our guys made ​​major bets on Yuri Gavrilov, Sergei and Andrei Lapushkina Moskvina, who, though only recovered from a knee injury.

 Despite the harsh weather conditions that do not leave any Igor 11th or 12th of March, all participants had to practice the day before and were fully ready for training. Having T-shirts with numbers, a pre-determined for each participant, the guys went to a training attempts, after which immediately went qualification. At the qualifying races were distinguished Tero Poykayarvi with impeccable cab10 and Jan Nekas, coolest and cleanest backflip frontflipy on each figure. More than all the judges and the audience remembered the two original rider - Austrian Markus Pettsl (Markus Potzl), Hopped the last figure of the one vstegnutoy foot, and the Finn Antti-Juhani Piran (Antti-Juhanni Pirainnen). Sergei Lapushkin was the only Russian rider, passed the final, than instantly earned the recognition of spectators. Yuri Gavrilov lacked only one place to undergo training, but all will remember his purely earthly cab9. The first three places qualified as follows: Tero Poykayarvi (Finland), Jan Nekas (Czech Republic), Ludwig Laker (Sweden).

 Between races snowboarders audience moved to the foot of the slope, where prorider Red Bull Daniel Bodin and Anders Eriksson staged a fascinating show on snowmobiles. There, in the touchdown zone, spinning sports cars MegaFon MitDzhet. And on the stage the audience were entertained by leading Yuri Pashkov and Vassily Kovalev, playing coupons on warming mulled wine.

 Final round was held in an even more severe conditions than qualifications. Accustomed to the climate of ill-Siberian Sergey Lapushkin was at the height, performing under the roar of the crowd bs9 and other difficult tricks in the series. To the delight of their fans, Lapushkin was in third place in the finals, receiving $ 2000 in prize money. Unexpectedly, attempts to change the vector, Teo Konttinen, who played in qualifying only one difficult trick in the series, showed a line in the fs10-bs540-fs360-bs540, deserved second place on the podium and 3000 dollars. The very first place and a cash prize of $ 5000 went to the Swede Mobargu Felix (Felix Mobarg) for the best line cab9-bs9-cab180-bs360.

 After the spectacular finale of the concert audience was waiting for the Danish group Dune, performed the favorite songs to the delight of their fans. The most ambitious and spectacular Russian action this season came to an end - left parties, friendly dividing the prize between themselves and the audience went home with vivid impressions and memories alive.