There is nothing better than a healthy glowing. What people dont tell you is that make-up also looks better on healthy rejuvenated skin. A lot of focus is given to cleansing and moisturising, but face massage is equally important.
Massaging the face increases blood circulation and relaxes the skin, taking the stress and tiredness right out. Face massages can also help in collagen synthesis to ensure skin brightening and smoothening the fine lines. One should massage their face 2 to 3 times a week to get the desired results.
Rachit Gupta, Director, OxyGlow Cosmetics Pvt. Ltd. shares, "Facial skin is more delicate than the skin on the rest of the body and demands a lot of attention and care. Hectic lifestyles make the facial skin lose the sheen and natural glow. The solution for common problems like patchy skin tone, dullness, acne, scars or spots, premature ageing, etc is to include face massages with natural gels in one's routine.
Gels are recommended especially as they suit varied skin types and do not harm the skin. They lightly moisturise and bring back the shine of the face. Just 5 minutes of care can give wonderful results not just in terms of a healthier skin but as a great stress buster."
What can a 5-minute massage do?
By improving blood circulation gives a natural glow to the face
Removes toxins by moving the lymphatic fluid
Regular massages help in reducing fine lines and can keep wrinkles at bay
Increases collagen production that helps in improving elasticity and preventing the skin from sagging, keeping it young
Results in even and radiant skin tone, also help in reducing acne and scars
Reduces stress not only in the muscles but also helps in relaxing mentally, leaving one's mood elevated
How To Do It Right?
Wash your hands thoroughly
Wash your face with water or a gentle face wash and pat dry
Apply a natural face massage gel on the face
Steam your face to help open up your pores
Use your fingers to massage the skin with gentle pressure only. Massage in a circular motion. One can also use a roller
Things to keep in mind: Do not use a lot of pressure while massaging. Be careful and gentle around the eyes as the skin is very sensitive, use soft movement. Use slow and outward motion to massage your face. Move thoroughly and cover all areas from the forehead to the neck.
Choose natural gels for massage which contain aloe vera and/or herbs or mint or rose. Gels provide light moisturising and are not oily. They provide much-needed nourishment to the facial skin. They are versatile and suit dry skin types as much as oily skin. Most people have combination skin and are always concerned about which product to choose. In this case, one cannot go wrong with natural gels. Gels also help in healing and mending the skin due to their beneficial ingredients.
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न्यूयॉर्क, 30 नवंबर- जब दुनिया 2020 में कोविड-19 महामारी से निपटने के लिए संघर्ष कर रही थी, तब भी हर दो मिनट में एक बच्चा एचआईवी से संक्रमित हुआ था, जिससे वर्ष में कम से कम 300,000 बच्चे संक्रमित हुए थे। मंगलवार को यूनिसेफ की एक नई रिपोर्ट में इसकी जानकारी दी गई। नए एचआईवी और एड्स ग्लोबल स्नैपशॉट से पता चला है कि हर पांच मिनट में एड्स से संबंधित कारणों से एक बच्चे की मृत्यु हो जाती है। पिछले वर्ष के दौरान 120,000 बच्चों की इसी बीमारी के कारण मौत हुई थी।
रिपोर्ट में चेतावनी दी गई है कि लंबे समय तक रहने वाली कोविड-19 महामारी उन असमानताओं को गहरा कर रही है, जिन्होंने लंबे समय से एचआईवी महामारी को बढ़ावा दिया है, जिससे कमजोर बच्चों, किशोरों, गर्भवती महिलाओं और स्तनपान कराने वाली माताओं को जीवन रक्षक एचआईवी की रोकथाम और उपचार सेवाओं के लापता होने का खतरा बढ़ गया है।
कार्यकारी निदेशक हेनरीटा फोर ने एक बयान में कहा कि यूनिसेफ ने अनुसार, "एचआईवी महामारी एक वैश्विक महामारी के बीच अपने पांचवें दशक में प्रवेश कर रही है, जिसमें स्वास्थ्य देखभाल प्रणाली और जीवन रक्षक सेवाओं तक सीमित पहुंच है। इस बीच, बढ़ती गरीबी, मानसिक स्वास्थ्य के मुद्दों और दुर्व्यवहार से बच्चों और महिलाओं के संक्रमण का खतरा बढ़ रहा है।"
फोर ने कहा, "जब तक हम एचआईवी महामारी को चलाने वाली असमानताओं को हल करने के प्रयासों को तेज नहीं करते हैं, तब तक हम देख सकते हैं कि अधिक बच्चे एचआईवी से संक्रमित हो रहे हैं और अधिक बच्चे एड्स के खिलाफ अपनी लड़ाई हार रहे हैं।"
चिंताजनक रूप से, दुनिया भर में एचआईवी के साथ रहने वाले 5 में से 2 बच्चे अपनी स्थिति नहीं जानते हैं और एचआईवी वाले आधे से अधिक बच्चे एंटीरेट्रोवायरल उपचार (एआरटी) प्राप्त कर रहे हैं। एचआईवी सेवाओं तक पर्याप्त पहुंच में कुछ बाधाएं लंबे समय से चली आ रही हैं और परिचित हैं, जिनमें भेदभाव और लैंगिक असमानताएं शामिल हैं।
रिपोर्ट में कहा गया है कि कई देशों ने 2020 की शुरूआत में कोविड-19 के कारण एचआईवी सेवाओं में महत्वपूर्ण व्यवधान देखा। उच्च बोझ वाले देशों में एचआईवी शिशु परीक्षण में 50 से 70 प्रतिशत की गिरावट आई, 14 साल से कम उम्र के बच्चों के लिए नए उपचार की शुरूआत में 25 से 50 प्रतिशत तक की गिरावट आई।
लिंग-आधारित हिंसा में स्पाइक्स, अनुवर्ती देखभाल तक सीमित पहुंच और प्रमुख वस्तुओं के स्टॉकआउट के कारण लॉकडाउन ने संक्रमण दर में वृद्धि में योगदान दिया। कई देशों ने स्वास्थ्य सुविधा वितरण, मातृ एचआईवी परीक्षण और एंटीरेट्रोवायरल एचआईवी उपचार शुरू करने में भी पर्याप्त कमी का अनुभव किया।
एक चरम उदाहरण में, गर्भवती महिलाओं के बीच एआरटी कवरेज 2020 में दक्षिण एशिया में 71 प्रतिशत से घटकर 56 प्रतिशत हो गया।
रिपोर्ट में चेतावनी दी गई है कि हालांकि जून 2020 में सेवाओं में तेजी आई, लेकिन कवरेज का स्तर कोविड-19 से पहले के स्तर से काफी नीचे है और प्रभाव की सही सीमा अज्ञात बनी हुई है। इसके अलावा, एचआईवी के भारी बोझ वाले क्षेत्रों में, एक लंबी महामारी स्वास्थ्य देखभाल सेवाओं को और बाधित कर सकती है और वैश्विक एचआईवी प्रतिक्रिया में अंतराल को बढ़ा सकती है।
2020 में, सब-सहारा अफ्रीका में नए एचआईवी बाल चिकित्सा संक्रमणों का 89 प्रतिशत और दुनिया भर में एचआईवी के साथ रहने वाले बच्चों और किशोरों का 88 प्रतिशत हिस्सा था, जिसमें किशोर लड़कियों के लड़कों की तुलना में एचआईवी से संक्रमित होने की संभावना छह गुना अधिक थी। एड्स से संबंधित लगभग 88 प्रतिशत बच्चों की मृत्यु सब-सहारा अफ्रीका में हुई थी।
रिपोर्ट में कहा गया है कि एचआईवी और एड्स के खिलाफ लड़ाई में कुछ प्रगति के बावजूद, पिछले एक दशक में बच्चों और किशोरों को सभी क्षेत्रों में पीछे छोड़ दिया गया है।
बच्चों के लिए वैश्विक एआरटी कवरेज गर्भवती माताओं (85 प्रतिशत) और वयस्कों (74 प्रतिशत) की तुलना में बहुत पीछे हैं। एआरटी उपचार प्राप्त करने वाले बच्चों का उच्चतम प्रतिशत दक्षिण एशिया (95 प्रतिशत से अधिक) में है, इसके बाद मध्य पूर्व और उत्तरी अफ्रीका (77 प्रतिशत), पूर्वी एशिया और प्रशांत (59 प्रतिशत), पूर्वी और दक्षिणी अफ्रीका (57 प्रतिशत), लैटिन अमेरिका और कैरिबियन (51 प्रतिशत) और पश्चिम और मध्य अफ्रीका (36 प्रतिशत) है।
पिछले साल लगभग 15.4 मिलियन बच्चों ने एक या दोनों माता-पिता को एड्स से संबंधित कारणों से खो दिया। एड्स के कारण अनाथ बच्चे दुनिया भर में सभी अनाथों का 10 प्रतिशत होते हैं।
फोर ने कहा, "महामारी के बाद की दुनिया में बेहतर निर्माण में एचआईवी प्रतिक्रियाएं शामिल होनी चाहिए जो साक्ष्य-आधारित, लोगों-केंद्रित, लचीला, टिकाऊ और सबसे ऊपर, न्यायसंगत हों। अंतराल को बंद करने के लिए, इन पहलों को एक प्रबलित स्वास्थ्य देखभाल प्रणाली और सभी प्रभावित समुदायों, विशेष रूप से सबसे कमजोर लोगों के सार्थक जुड़ाव के माध्यम से वितरित किया जाना चाहिए।" ( एजेंसी )
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Some people believe that psoriasis is just a common cosmetic, skin problem. Many believe it is contagious, making it one of the most stigmatized of all skin conditions and cannot be managed. So, which is it?
Psoriasis occurs when one's immune system is overactive and attacks healthy skin tissue, causing inflammation and speeding up skin cell growth. As a result, the skin becomes itchy, painful and scaly, with inflamed red plaques (patches) or silvery scales. These can appear across the body, often on the scalp, knees, back or elbows. Still, many believe these patches cannot hurt them.
Shrichand G. Parasramani, Dermatologist, Anisha Clinic, Mumbai said, "Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease which can be controlled but has no cure. It can go into remission. Patients and their families have several misconceptions of the disease, such as it are infectious in nature and they have to live with it lifelong.
It affects the patient's quality of life to a large extent which increases his level of stress. Many patients are drawn towards alternative medicine such as Ayurveda or homoeopathy due to the failure of conventional therapy and at times high cost of treatment. This leads to irregularity in treatment, resulting in a flare-up of the disease or treatment failure.
However, patients must understand the importance of addressing the disease so as to avoid the progression of psoriasis and its underlying complications. They must be told that with newer treatment options patients can lead an almost near-normal life."
Here are 4 ways Psoriasis can worsen if not managed:
Inflammation: Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation. What's especially important to note is that even mild psoriasis can be a sign of significant inflammation in the body. This inflammation, in turn, can contribute to other associated health conditions.
Given that dermatologists are the key medical experts responsible for treating psoriasis, it is important to consult one to understand the condition and suitable and advanced treatment options such as biologics
Increased Risk of Health Complications: People living with psoriasis are at a higher risk of developing associated conditions or comorbidities. The most common of these is psoriatic arthritis which affects 30 per cent of psoriasis patients. It is a chronic and inflammatory disease of the joints, resulting in stiffness, pain, throbbing, swelling and tenderness in joints. If this is not treated, long-term joint damage can result.
People with psoriasis, particularly in more severe cases, are also more likely to have other inflammatory conditions, including heart attack, stroke, type-2 diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease. Other related health issues can also include obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, kidney or liver disease uveitis, and sleep apnea.
Treatment to Prevent Flare-Ups: If unmanaged, psoriasis can lead to plaques and scales that continue to build and spread. Over time, these can become quite painful, causing severe itching. Without adequate treatment to prevent flare-ups, these can increase in severity and frequency. This can even happen to patients who begin medication but suddenly discontinue adhering to their recommended prescription.
It's important to remember that psoriasis can be treated. By adopting advanced therapies, such as biologics, the disease, as well as flare-ups, can be effectively managed.
Mental Health & Quality of Life: Another long-term effect of psoriasis is its effects on an individual's mental health and across one's overall quality of life. Physical symptoms, especially in commonly visible areas like the face or hands can lead to distress and affect one's self-esteem. Psoriasis, which is highly stigmatized, can be isolating or even affect social relationships.
It is also associated with psychological conditions, including depression and anxiety. These place an individual in a vicious cycle increased plaques can lead to anxiety or depression, and such stressors act as common triggers for a psoriasis flare.
By striving to address one's psoriasis, while also attempting to manage stress such as through counselling or lifestyle changes or community support groups individuals may begin noticing improvements in their overall health and well-being.
What Steps You Should Take
First and foremost, consult a dermatologist. Typically, psoriasis can be diagnosed with a simple physical examination with the doctor taking a look at one's skin, scalp and nails.
Once diagnosed, adopting a holistic treatment plan depending on the severity of one's psoriasis is key. If previously taking medication for psoriasis with limited effects, this responsiveness to treatment may also be used to find an approach more suited to the individual, especially considering recent advancements in psoriasis treatment.
It is important to remember to treat psoriasis as a chronic condition with longer-term implications, as opposed to one with temporary treatment solutions. The main aim of psoriasis treatment is to reduce inflammation and plaques. Currently, there are newer, advanced and innovative treatments, including biologics to safely and effectively treat and manage psoriasis. These work by blocking reactions in the body that cause psoriasis and its symptoms.
Biologics are important treatment options, particularly for people with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. While they may believe their condition cannot be improved or are distressed about other treatments failing, biologics can have life-changing impacts, especially in controlling one's symptoms. (Shrichand G. Parasramani, Dermatologist, Anisha Clinic, Mumbai)
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It is very common during the winter and monsoon seasons for us to be more susceptible to various infections. According to Ayurveda, a year is divided into 2 kaalas i.e., Uttaryana and Dakshinayana. Each kaala consists of 3 seasons, and so 6 seasons per year with each season persisting for about 2 months.
Uttaryana Kaala (14 January to 14 July)
Shishir Ritu (Winter) Mid- January to Mid- March
Vasant Ritu (Spring) Mid- March to Mid-May
Grishma Ritu (Summer) Mid- May to Mid- July
Dakshinayana Kaala (14 July to 14 January)
Varsha Ritu (Monsoon) Mid- July to Mid- September
Sharad Ritu (Autumn/ Fall) Mid- September to Mid- November
Hemant Ritu (Late Autumn/Pre-Winter) Mid- November to Mid- January
Out of these 6 seasons, Shishir Ritu (winter) extending from Mid-January to Mid-March is a period that remains cold and windy.
Ritusandhi: 'Ritu' means season and 'Sandhi' means junction. It Is a junctional period consisting of the last 7 days of the previous season and the first 7 days of the next season. During this period, our body is prone to infections.
The common ailments which occur during the winter season are:
Common Cold: A common cold is an upper respiratory tract infection caused mainly by viruses. It mainly affects children, old aged people and other immune-compromised individuals. The symptoms include throat irritation, cough with or without phlegm, running nose, sneezing, watery eyes, headache and a low-grade fever.
Stomach Flu: Stomach flu can spread rapidly during the winter season and is caused by the Norovirus. In this condition, there is an ongoing inflammation of the mucosal lining of the stomach. It can be easily transmitted through food and drinks and through feco-oral contamination. The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhoea and stomach cramps. The person may also feel chills, headaches, fatigue and muscle aches.
Extreme Dry Skin: Dry skin also known as winter skin, is usually worsened during the winter season when the environmental humidity is very low. This is because of the cold and dry air which evaporates the water content of the skin very quickly, making it dry and tight. Skin can be prone to inflammations during this period.
Asthma: Asthma is a condition in which the airway becomes narrow and inflamed, leading to difficulty in breathing, cough and wheezing. For some Individuals, these symptoms may flare up during the winter season. The cold dry air can irritate the airways, producing more mucus and increasing the symptoms. Also, the cold environment can worsen airway constriction.
Flu: Flu is commonly mistaken for a common cold but both are different. It is a common viral infection that can be even life-threatening in highly vulnerable groups. It affects the lungs, throat and nose. Flu commonly affects younger and older populations and also people who have reduced immunity or other underlying chronic conditions. Symptoms include high fever, chills, sore throat, nausea, swollen lymph nodes and headache.
Wellness Tips for Winter Ailments
Practice Good Personal Hygiene: Practising good personal hygiene is one of the most important ways to protect yourself from getting infectious diseases such as stomach flu, common cold and flu. It also helps to prevent the spread of infection from yourself to the next person.
Yogic Kriyas: Practising yogic kriyas such as Jala neti will help to remove the excess mucous from the upper respiratory tract and help in the proper airflow without any obstruction. Thus it also helps in asthmatic conditions and alleviates congestion, allergies and cold. It should be practised under the guidance of a proper Yoga trainer. Care should be taken to blow the nostril properly after the practice to avoid headaches.
Basil: Basil has good antiseptic and antiviral properties and is recommended for viral infections like the common cold and flu. It also helps to liquefy the phlegm and is effective for cough and Asthma. It can be added as a topping to soups and sauces
Turmeric: Turmeric has a great antiviral property and acts effectively against the influenza virus. It is also rich in antioxidants and has an anti-inflammatory property.
Vitamin C Rich Foods: Taking Vitamin C rich food is essential for the repair of the tissues. It helps to improve the production of white blood cells and fights against infection. Vitamin C rich foods include Amla, strawberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, pepper, citrus fruits like lemon, orange.
Probiotics: Probiotics reduces the possibility of getting upper respiratory tract infections. They help to keep the immune system healthy. It includes buttermilk, fermented rice water, pickled vegetables, kefir etc.
Stay Hydrated: Having a sufficient amount of warm water will help to maintain the moisture content of the skin.
Hot Soups: Soups are a great diet to be added to our winter menu. This can be further enhanced by using various herbs and spices which are good for winters such as rosemary, oregano, ginger, garlic, pepper, cumin etc.
Exercise: Moderate exercise is extremely important to keep our metabolism high. We can get into cardio or yoga practices that help to elevate the body heat and to improve heart functions so that the circulation can be improved to different parts of the body. (Dr Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Director, Atmantan Wellness Centre)
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Parents, do you have any doubts regarding what to feed your newborn during the first year? Are you becoming anxious because of this? What should be the eating schedule for your baby?
The right kind of nutrition during the early years of life can help in the growth and development of the little one. Thus, exclusive feeding for over a year as per the doctor's advice remains key for your baby to stay healthy and keep various allergies, infections, and diseases away. Breastfeeding is vital for the baby and fulfils the baby's requirement of nutrition. At six months you need to also introduce the baby to solid foods.
Here's a list of do's and don'ts that you need to follow
Do not introduce your baby to solid foods immediately after the first few months. The little one may not be ready for it and you will have a tough time making the baby eat this food. You should give breast milk to your child and formula milk can be given after consulting the doctor. Just be patient and follow the suggestions given by the expert.
The mother must breastfeed the baby after every two hours, including at the night. You need to properly understand the hunger cues that the baby gives you. Do not force the baby to take feeds. He/she can get grumpy and annoyed. You need to note down how many times the baby is taking feeds in a day, and if he/she is feeding correctly.
Make sure that you inculcate healthy eating habits in your babies that can help him/her throughout life. Solid foods should be introduced after six months depending on the growth and development of the baby. Do not give nuts, raisins, peanuts, nuts, jelly cubes or big pieces of food that may get stuck in the mouth.
Give properly cooked or mashed potatoes, veggies, cheese, bananas, and peas. Do not introduce babies to finger foods as they are unhealthy. Make him/her eat whole fruits instead of chips or oily snacks.
Chocolate contains caffeine and sugar and should be avoided after all you don't want to give your baby caffeine, right? This is so because your baby's health matters to you the most. Hence, it will be essential for you to make sure your baby is eating healthy foods.
Before giving an egg, ask the expert as an egg can lead to allergies. Raw vegetables contain high levels of nitrate and should be avoided owing to the choking hazards.
In case you want to understand the diet in a better way than just consult an expert who will help you regarding how to feed the baby in the correct way. (Peeyoosh Rankhamb, Consultant, Paediatrics, Neonatology, Motherhood Hospital, Kharghar)
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The festive season is around the corner and with sugar-laden sweets, snacks and luncheons, festive eating tends to tip towards an indulgence. The pandemic alongside the festive season gives us double the reason to take care of our health, especially if you are living with a chronic health condition like diabetes. People with diabetes need to find ways to manage their health smartly and effectively to mitigate risks that come with the disease such as kidney problems, heart diseases, nerve issues, foot problems, and so on. Controlling glucose levels, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regular medical consultations are key to managing this disease effectively.
Dr Jothydev Kesavadev, Diabetologist and MD of Jothydev's Diabetes Research Centres said, "It is imperative for one to always make sure diabetes is being well-managed, but, during the festive season, it is important than usual. Uncontrolled diabetes can heighten the risk of developing severe diseases or complications. Regularly monitoring glucose levels helps you catch spikes or trends that suggest your diabetes may be getting out of control. This also helps you to take timely measures," he explains.
Here are a few tips for better diabetes management during the pandemic:
Scheduling is Key
Diabetic patients need to continue medications without interruption. Apart from continuous monitoring of glucose levels, do plan regular consultations with the doctor. It is also imperative that patients do not ignore high blood glucose levels, HbA1C >10%, or positive urine ketone status.
No Pain, No Gain!
Diet & exercise play a major role in preventing and managing diabetes. Attention to nutrition and adequate protein intake along with exercise helps control weight and lower blood pressure. It also lowers harmful LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, raises healthy HDL cholesterol, strengthens muscles and bones, reduces anxiety, and improves general well-being. Patients with diabetes are encouraged to take up 45 minutes of moderate activity every day.
Wearable Devices for The Win!
Technology advances have led wearable devices, to allow patients to keep a close tab on glucose levels. One such wearable is the Freestyle Libre that go a long way in helping people with diabetes (both type 1 and 2) manage the disease well. Continuous glucose monitoring, through these devices, offers the highest levels of accuracy and performance standards.
Say No to Stress
Stress can be a major barrier to effective glucose control. This has become worse during the pandemic, as health anxieties and long lockdowns have given rise to emotional responses like anxiety, frustration and disappointment. One can opt for healthier life choices such as exercise, yoga and meditation to avoid stress.
The pandemic is still with us. Patients with diabetes need to practice utmost caution to reduce the risk of catching an infection. Along with vaccinations, patients with diabetes need to ensure safe choices such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing.
This festive season, even those with diabetes can enjoy life to the fullest, provided these simple measures are followed to keep the glucose levels under check. (Agency)
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