When it comes to skin and hair care, products find it hard to compete with multitasking coconut-based products. While coconut-based hair and skin oil is known to have pre-grooming and conditioning effects on hair, its varied components such as Vitamin E make it an ideal agent for skin-care benefits.
From the earliest of times, plant-based oils have been used in skin care. There is a renewed interest in coconut-based skin oil in recent times, both to restore skin surface and in skin ailments.
Coconut-based skin oil is a very able moisturizer, with studies concluding it's at par and in some cases superior to mineral oil as an emollient. Regular application of coconut-based skin oil has been found to improve skin hydration and strengthen the barrier lipids in the skin.
Its small particle size allows for easy absorption in the skin, penetrating to deeper layers easily, providing thorough moisturizing. By reducing water loss from the skin, coconut-based skin oil also helps moisturize the skin for longer.
Environmental pollution, over-sanitizing in Covid-times and climatic changes, have a drastic downside of drying out the skin surface. Coconut-based skin oil is a simple, easily attainable and cost-effective product to tackle these side effects.
Interestingly, the absorption of coconut-based skin oil into the skin and subsequent breakdown into Monolaurin and Lauric acid -- which are known antimicrobial agents, has been observed to improve skin-barrier function in low birth-weight babies. The skin barrier function improvement leads to improved weight gain by better thermo-regulation. Thus, regular massaging with coconut-based skin oil will help fight infections in premature infants and help keep them safe.
Touted as an anti-bacterial agent, coconut-based skin oil reduces bacterial colonization in people with extremely dry skin, prone to itching and rash. Regular use of coconut-based skin oil, an inexpensive and widely available agent, on skin keeps it healthy, moisturized and supple.
In cellular studies, coconut-based skin oil has also exhibited anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
What adds to the glorious properties of coconut-based skin oil is its remarkable safety, low irritancy, non-toxic and non-sensitizing nature.
With the method of double-cleansing totally in trend, coconut-based skin oil has been successfully used as the first step in the removal of make-up or sunscreen before cleaning the face with a regular cleanser. It is especially gentle to eyes when removing eye makeup, hydrating the delicate area around the eye instead of stripping the natural oils like with make-up removers.
Caution is advised while using coconut-based skin oil on the face for acne-prone skin since it is a comedogenic substance.
The ultra-hydrating properties of coconut-based skin oil make it an easy option as a body moisturizer, lip balm and to hydrate the cuticles around the nails.
In conclusion, it has properties that protect and repair your skin barrier. It is an easily available, economical, safe and effective moisturizer for the body skin. (By Jushya Bhatia Sarin)
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Oiling your hair dates back centuries; hair needs some amount of natural oil to maintain its colour, shine and lustre and to help protect it from the harmful sun.
"When you oil your hair, it helps to improve circulation in the scalp and stimulates the hair follicle. While there is no direct relation to oiling and hair growth, proper oiling can protect your hair and prevent it from getting dry," believes Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist and Dermato-Surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics.
Oiling the Hair Helps:
By preventing the hair from becoming dry
By sealing the cuticle and helping the hair strands heal.
Oiling needs to be done in the right manner for it to actually benefit your hair. Make sure that you don't rub the oil in too harshly and don't leave it for more than one hour. If you leave the oil for a long time, it can clog the pores and cut off the oxygen reaching the hair leading to damaged hair, boils on the scalp and eventually hair fall.
Also, oiling is not suitable for people who are suffering from dandruff or have a naturally oily scalp. Leaving the oil on for too long attracts dust and particles to the scalp. Different hair oils have different benefits and you can select one according to your hair concern just don't go overboard with it.
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Sydney, Aug 18 (IANS) There is little doubt that essential workers have kept the wheels of Australia's largest city turning over the course of its almost two-month lockdown.But for those who stock supermarket shelves, drive buses, deliver the mail and provide care to the elderly and disabled along with a myriad of other services that hold the city together, adapting to the changing health guidelines, maintaining a steady income, and keeping their communities safe has become a constant balancing act, the Xinhua news agency reported.Australians in casual and low-paid industries are often forced to work multiple jobs and have little access to paid sick leave and other entitlements of full-time employees.The pandemic has only exacerbated this trend and left more workers and their communities vulnerable. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, about 32 percent of Australians held multiple jobs by March 2021, a sharp increase from 24 per cent for the same time in 2020.David Smith, a 26-year-old man living in Sydney's western suburbs, is one of the Aussies that has had to adapt to a community under siege from the virulent Delta strain of Covid-19.Smith had planned to live off his savings for the duration of the lockdown, but as stay-at-home orders continuously extended, he was forced to re-enter the workforce.After a month at home, Smith took a temporary job in a designated essential industry, so now from Monday to Friday and sometimes on Saturdays, he wakes up just before sunrise to make his 7 a.m. shift at his new job in a factory that processes deliveries for Japanese clothing retail giant UNIQLO. At work, he is required to check in with a QR code, wear a mask the whole day, and take staggered lunch breaks.Smith told Xinhua that with his partner recently losing her job he had little choice but to look for something new."I need to get out of the house and pretty soon we are going to need the money," he said.Smith got his job through a recruitment agency, many of which have come in to try and meet the surging labor demand across essential industries.He was hired to replace a score of employees who were flagged as close contacts of COVID-19 cases and required by the government to isolate at home for 14 days."The people have been put on a two-week leave, and because it's through an agency that the leave is unpaid... but heaps of these guys have a second job," Smith said.Natasha Cortis, associate professor at the University of New South Wales and expert in employment and workplace issues, told Xinhua that the practice of agencies providing surge labor capacity was problematic at a time when increased movement could spread the virus."There are kind of these gaps in the rules that were intended to end this practice of working across sites, but those gaps haven't been filled," Cortis said.Essential industries are having to adapt by quickly turning over staff to remain in operation and casual workers are left to either pick up the cost or move on to another job regardless of their contract status.Cortis commented on the effectiveness of the 320-Australian-dollar (about 230 U.S. dollars) isolation payments introduced in the state of New South Wales (NSW) last Friday, which would have on incentivizing the workers to stay home."It's definitely better than nothing, and it's a symbolic recognition as well as a material incentive to stay home," she said.Around 18 percent of workers with multiple jobs are in Australia's health care and social services industries; jobs with the risk of spreading the virus may be especially catastrophic.Camille is one of the workers in Sydney's aged and disability care industry. Supporting clients in Sydney's epicenter in the city's west, she told Xinhua that although she has been vaccinated, infecting a client remained a constant worry."We have to limit our exposure in the public. I've stopped taking public transport to make sure when I go to our client's place, I'm not carrying the virus," she said.Under the government's restrictions, she is required to take a Covid-19 test every 48 hours, and under her companies' advice, she has also begun using rideshare services such as Uber to get to work to avoid additional exposure on public transport.She has been left to foot the bill both in time spent going out to get tested and additional transport costs.Cortis said while the pandemic has put extra strain on people in essential and low-paying industries, it has also highlighted the fact that they were crucial to the functioning of the society."I think last year there was quite a lot of celebration and recognition of the importance of essential workers, and also how dependent we are on them, and how dependent we are on groups that have traditionally been seen as low status, low pay, or low prestige."She said it was important to consider how the pandemic has disproportionately affected different members of society."The costs of the pandemic are kind of being pushed on to those low-income, essential workers," she said.--IANSint/arm
New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANSlife) Monsoons bring with it odour, dampness and germs and it becomes important to upgrade your essentials and innerwear during this period.Gaurav Pushkar, Co-founder, DaMENSCH and Harshit Vij, Co-founder and CEO, Freecultr, suggest ways to have a lovely, fresh rainy season: Pick the right fabric:Rains bring in dampness and humidity. Meaning, choose a wearable which dries faster and wicks sweat quicker. The fabric quality is something one must never compromise with as innerwear is the most intimate apparel. Especially in monsoon, when humidity is high, one sweats a lot. If this sweat stays on the body for long it may lead to rashes, fungal infections and worse. Choose a fabric that's moisture wicking and a fit that's neither too tight nor too loose. Innerwear made from MicroModal fabric is much more breathable and three times softer than cotton.Go antibacterial:Monsoons mean moisture, which means stickiness and itchiness from bacteria and other microbes. Look for fabric with a bacteriostatic function that doesn't let bacteria grow, and hence quickly cancels all odour.Odourless is best:With clothes drying slower than usual, they tend to retain the damp smell. Choose underwear made from fabric which has the capacity to absorb the foul odour, and keeps you confident all day!If you're into fitness:Look for absorbent products that are more stretchable and flexible along with durability for longer runs. Additionally, an elasticated waistband that is snug but doesn't give any marks on the waist, is an ideal pick.Invest in good quality innerwear for your health and comfort, especially during monsoon.(IANSlife can be contacted at [email protected])--IANSsj/
New York, July 14 (IANS) Science, not speculation, is essential to determine how COVID-19 reached humans, and relying on espionage agents only replaces science with politics, a U.S. scholar has said.John Richard Schrock, former chairman of the biology department at the Emporia State University, made the comments while echoing a joint statement of 24 international scientists, which was published on the premier medical journal The Lancet on July 5 to refute the widespread lab-leak theory."We believe the strongest clue from new, credible, and peer-reviewed evidence in the scientific literature is that the virus evolved in nature, while suggestions of a laboratory-leak source of the pandemic remain without scientifically validated evidence that directly supports it in peer-reviewed scientific journals," the scholar said in the statement, Xinhua reported."The claim of a torpedo attack in the second Gulf of Tonkin incident led to an escalation of the Vietnam War -- but there was no torpedo attack," said Schrock in his article published on the Salina Post, a local newspaper in the U.S. Midwestern state of Kansas, on Monday."'Intelligence' that (the fifth president of Iraq) Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction (nuclear and chemical weapons) was used to justify the Iraq war -- but there were no such weapons," said Schrock, also editor of the Kansas School Naturalist at the Emporia State University, who used to teach various classes at universities in China."Science is far more reliable. But science takes time," he added.--IANSint/kr
<br>While vaccines were developed at an unprecedented speed, their rollout was not equal. Just 3.2 billion people in the world have been vaccinated. Only 1 per cent people in low-income countries have been given at least one dose, while more than 80 per cent of the doses have gone to people in high-income and upper middle-income countries. Many countries, in the developing world, lack the jabs to continue with their inoculation programmes."Given a limited global production capacity, the only way to achieve global equity in the near term is for countries with access to Covid-19 vaccines to provide vaccines to countries without that access. Preferably this should be through the COVAX facility," Bruce Gellin, Chief of Global Health Policy, The Rockefeller Foundation, told IANS.The COVAX programme, which is the international vaccine-sharing initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international organisations, initially set a target of providing two billion doses worldwide by the end of 2021. However, it has so far delivered only 90 million doses to 131 countries, and it is nowhere near enough to protect populations from the deadly virus, the WHO said.Of the 80 low-income countries involved in COVAX, "at least half of them do not have sufficient vaccines to be able to sustain their programmes right now", the global health agency said.Recently, the US committed to donate 75 per cent of the unused Covid-19 vaccines to COVAX and the strong commitment coming from the G7 meetings reinforces the importance of this principle. Last month, the Group of Seven (G7) countries -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US -- pledged to donate one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines to poor countries to help vaccinate the world by the end of 2022.However, despite the donations most people in the poorest countries will need to wait till 2023 before they are vaccinated against COVID-19, 'Nature' quoted researchers from the International Monetary Fund as saying."Vaccines don't save lives, vaccinations do, which is why it's critically important not only to focus on vaccine supply but also to ensure there is equitable distribution," Gellin said. He added that it is important to ensure that vaccination programmes are able to reach those at highest risk of infection and complications, such as health care workers."As production increases and as surplus vaccines are donated, ensuring that vaccines become vaccinations to achieve not only global equity, but in-country equity will require the support needed to reach those who will benefit most," Gellin said.Gellin stressed on the need to enhance testing and genomic surveillance along with monitoring vaccine effectiveness to curb Covid-19 from spreading. But, it is also essential to keep a careful eye on the ever-evolving variants to determine if they are evading the immunity in the population (whether it's from natural infection or from vaccination).Various studies and experts have shown that SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19, is here to stay. Besides the virus, the variants it produces are also expected to remain present. The goal should be to limit their spread and reduce the impact that they have on individuals and in communities."Boost testing and increase genomic surveillance of the virus samples we collect. This will let us stay on the front foot in fighting this pandemic," Gellin said.But, "we need not only genomic surveillance, but also to continue to monitor vaccine effectiveness against the strains that are circulating", Gellin said.(Rachel V Thomas can be reached at [email protected])--IANS<br>rvt/bg