While the monsoon might be enjoyable for a lot many of us, curling up with a good book and cup of tea while it pours outside is a great feeling, but our hair and skin doesn't quite enjoy the weather. Due to the increase in humidity, our skin looks greasy and clogged pores become a regular occurrence. Similarly, our hair becomes more greasy and the scalp gets congested due to excess moisture. So what's the solution then? We need to stick to a skincare and hair care routine that works in this sort of weather. Megha Asher, COO and CO Founder, Juicy Chemistry suggests:
Cleansing: Given how greasy and congested the skin can get, it is important to thoroughly cleanse it with a cleanser that won't dry out the skin. Our super fatted cleansers made from saponified oils and botanical extracts are a great choice. Depending on your skin type, you can choose a cleanser accordingly. Be sure to cleanse twice a day -- in the morning and at night, before heading to bed.
Exfoliation: Exfoliating the skin is essential as it gets rid of dead cells, helps clean out pores, and keeps this skin looking radiant. Exfoliate 1 to 2 times a week.
Mist: Given all the humidity, you probably don't want something too heavy, so go light with your thick creams. Instead, think about adding a refreshing toning mist or floral water into your routine. Follow up with a face oil or moisturizer, whatever you prefer.
Masking: Facemasks give an extra boost of nourishment to the skin and are a great pick-me-up. Depending on your skin concerns, you can opt for a mask that works for you.
Face Oil/Moisturizer: Many are of the opinion that oils are too thick, too greasy, and clog pores. The truth is that it isn't necessarily the case. Oils such as Rosehip, Jojoba, and Hemp Seed oils are great for the skin and have a low comedogenic rating -- meaning they won't clog your pores. In fact, Hemp Seed oil is known to help with acne and Jojoba oil matches the consistency of the sebum our skin naturally produces! These oils work quite well for the skin, even during the daytime. Just make sure the oil is the second last part of your skincare routine, the last step being your sunscreen -- during the daytime, of course.
Sunscreen: Just because it is cloudy, outside does not mean it is okay to give your sunscreen a miss! UV rays penetrate through the clouds and even through windows so make sure you are applying sunscreens regularly.
Skip Makeup: We are all largely spending time at home so it is time to give rest to your makeup; let your skin breathe instead!
Using The Right Oil: The good old champi need not be given a miss. In fact, it might help balance the scalp. Use a lightweight oil or blend of oils that'll do the trick for you.
Choosing The Right Shampoo: Humidity calls for thorough cleansing of the scalp. Using a gentle shampoo gets rid of the buildup and balances and nourishes your scalp. Be sure to apply the shampoo to your scalp only! Otherwise, you will dry out your hair.
Use A Leave-In Conditioner: Frizziness is a common concern in the wetter months and leave-in conditioners are quite effective at nourishing the hair and making the strands feel smoother and softer to the touch.
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A workout doesn't mean spending hours in a gym or sweating on a treadmill. The foundation of working out should be laid at a young age. Delhi-based fitness and sports nutritionist Hasti Singh shares top five reasons to include workout in a child's daily routine.
* Stronger muscles and bones
* Fit and lean posture
* Lower risk of becoming obese
* Lower chance of attracting diseases
* Controlled B.P and cholesterol
Singh says, to start with, parents can ask their child to do yoga or meditation for at least 1 hour daily. The trick is that parents should also do with them as then they will try to imitate and will enjoy doing the exercise.
Kids can also do aerobics as it strengthens the heart and helps in circulating oxygen to the cells. Aerobics can be done at home and parents can also participate in these exercises like playing basketball, swimming, jogging, running, cycling.
Singh points out: "When I say workout, don't confuse it with weight-lifting. Kids could do push-ups, crunches with stomachs, stretching, and other exercises to give a shape to their physique and gain strength. These exercises don't include much hard work and are also good from the kids' perspective. By doing push-ups, the child would learn to tackle weight and it will improve his shoulder and arm connection."
Rope Skipping is another good workout activity that you can introduce to your child. Skipping strengthens hand and leg muscles.
Kids can also join any dance classes which is an ultimate form of exercise. It helps in the complete movement of a kid's body and hence gives a complete opportunity to work out.
Exercise not only improves a child's abilities but will also help him/her to gain concentration. Kids nowadays spend a lot of time taking online classes and hence expose themselves to uncalled problems like strain, headache, and health issues.
Taking out time and doing workouts daily can save your child from these issues. Also, a regular workout helps in better sleep and makes your child energetic.
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No matter how high the thread count or how lovely the pattern, your pillowcase can harbour a lot of gunk, grunge, and other debris. Changing your sheets, which should be done at least once a week or at the most once in two weeks, is a must. But, if you want to be truly kind to yourself, or at least to your face, you should change your pillowcase at least once a week, if not more often.
Your Pillowcase Contains Dust Mites And Their Poop
Your entire body including your face is constantly shedding dead skin cells. Those dead skin cells accumulate on your pillowcase. And if you think that's gross, wait until you see what comes next. Those cells, it turns out, are a favourite snack of microscopic dust mites, who feed on the delectable bits of dead skin right where you sleep.
Think again if you believe your home is free of dust mites. Dust mites are common in most homes, and the allergens they produce are derived from faecal pellets and body parts. Yes, dust mites leave a trail of poop and carcasses for you to roll your face in.
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There's More - Mucus, Dandruff, Ear Wax, and Saliva
Various types of body discharge can be transferred to pillowcases, sheets, clothes, towels, and other fabrics. Bodily secretions account for up to 70 percent of the dirt on your pillowcase. We produce and shed about one litre of sweat, 10 grams of salt, 40 grams of sebum and 2 billion dead skin cells on a daily basis.
It gets worse when you add in mucus, dandruff, earwax and saliva. If you wear makeup, facial moisturisers, sunscreens or hair care products which can rub-off on your pillowcase, there may be even more residue.
What This Can Do To Your Skin
All of that goop can cling to your skin, which is why pillowcases were created in the first place. If you slept on a 'naked' pillow, it could accumulate and transfer to your skin, causing skin irritation and acne breakouts.
And it doesn't help if you have a pillowcase but don't wash it. Soiled pillowcases can cause breakouts, especially if you have acne-prone or sensitive skin.
If you live with, and sleep with, a pet, you are adding to the list of potential irritants. Pet hair and dander on pillowcases can exacerbate allergies and eczema in people who are prone to these conditions. If you sleep with a pet, you should wash your pillowcases even more frequently.
If you can't see the scum, try smelling it.
If your pillowcases appear clean but smell bad, this indicates that they aren't truly clean. Body secretions and germs on your pillowcase are invisible to the naked eye but not to our noses. They cause an offensive stink.
A weekly wash is a good idea if you don't want to aggravate the problem. Greasy body soils and dirt can become embedded between the fibres of your pillowcases, especially if they are not washed on a regular basis.
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As the climate turns, most of us notice changes in the texture and condition of our skin as well. A turn from dry to oily feeling, increase in skin flare-ups, and breakouts are common experiences. Seasonal changes bring with them a lot of environmental changes as well. Along with temperature shifts, humidity levels also fluctuate. The type of pollens or allergic elements in the environment also changes, so do microorganisms. All these changes do have an impact on skin, particularly for those who have sensitive skin, points out Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, Dermatologist from Medlinks, New Delhi.
In summer, some people tend to experience skin irritation or acne. As hot weather induces sweating, bacterial growth may also result in bad odors and rashes on sensitive areas. "Sometimes, even as temperature and humidity increase, we overlook the need to shift to lighter non-comedogenic skincare products. This in turn may further induce episodes of flare-ups or breakouts. Some people even report flare-ups in skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Often, the use of heating devices in winters sucks away all moisture from the indoor air, exacerbating skin dryness and related conditions," he says.
A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology concluded that a shift of season does not just change the environmental conditions but also induces changes at the skin's cellular level. The study found that a seasonal shift unleashes a breakdown in filaggrin, a protein that helps modulate the skin's barrier function, along with changes in corneocytes, the cells that form the skin's outer layer. When the skin's barrier function is interrupted, the skin tends to become more vulnerable to irritation and damage, he adds.
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The expert says it is important therefore as weather changes, our skincare regimen also changes to address the needs of the hour. Here are a few suggestions from him:
Change your skincare routine
While, a good cleansing, toning, and moisturizing routine must be followed around the year, an important thing to do is to modify your skincare products as the weather changes occur. So, shifting to lighter non-comedogenic products is the first thing to do as we transition into the summer. If you have been using a cream-based face wash or moisturizer, now is the time to switch to water-based light formulations
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Consider some skin procedures
If you have been considering a skin procedure, a seasonal shift is perhaps the appropriate time to undertake it. Not only will it pave the way for a dermatologist visit, but it will also help prepare your skin better against the sudden trauma of weather change.
A dermatologist will examine your skin in-depth and help you make an informed decision of which skin procedure you need. If your skin is experiencing dryness, flakiness, and signs of aging are troubling you, you may consider a hyaluronic acid-based treatment such as Profhilo. Similarly, if you are experiencing oiliness and clogged pores, exfoliating and deep cleansing procedures such as hydra dermabrasion and carbon peels may help. (Puja Gupta)
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It's that time of the year when you say hello to all your jackets, hoodies, and warm clothes. Winter is finally here and so are your winter skincare routines. Though people often wonder why they need to wear sunscreen during the winter if they are not exposed to the bright sun.
Having said so, it is wrongly believed that sunscreen is more of an option than a necessity during the winter months. While we conveniently associate cold weather with dry skin and windburns, most people are unaware that the winter UV rays can be every bit as damaging as the summer sun.
Megha Asher, Co-founder, and COO of Juicy Chemistry explain: "The ozone layer acts as Earth's sun-shield and absorbs harmful UV rays. The ozone layer is actually at its thinnest in the winter. Windburn and sunburn also act in unison during the rough winter months. The freezing temperatures and vicious winds that leave your skin dry and agitated allow for UV rays to have a better shot at your skin."
Wearing sunscreen on exposed skin, especially when the sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., will keep you protected from these damaging rays, she says.
If you're planning to be outdoors applying sunscreen is very important. For adequate protection, select broad-spectrum sunscreens and lip balms with a minimum of 30 SPF with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as the active ingredient, for those looking for a chemical-free, reef-safe option, choose sunscreens, Asher suggests.
As there is less humidity in the winters, your skin is constantly stripped of moisture. Dryness reveals every wrinkle and a fine line in the skin's surface, and it makes your skin more likely to crack or tear, exposing you to infection risk. Using sunscreen in the winter can help restore some of your skin's depleted moisture, she says.
"Having said that the sun's rays are known to accelerate the skin's aging process. Sunscreens protect skin from the sun's rays and add moisture back into dry skin, addressing two concerns at once. The daily application of the right sunscreen slows the aging process and making the skin looking more youthful."
The majority of UV exposure in our entire life is UVA which contributes to skin cancer and premature aging. We are exposed to UVA rays every time we step out of our house. UVA penetrates through clouds and also window glass, therefore it is imperative to wear sunscreen even when your indoors, Asher points out.
This season be ready with your healthy and ever-glowing skin with the right sunscreen to bring that winter glow! (Agency)
New York, Jan 6 (IANS) Routine eye imaging can identify changes in the retina that may be associated with cognitive disorders in older people with Type-1 diabetes, researchers say.According to them, people with diabetes are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive disorders than are people without diabetes.These results may open up a relatively easy method for early detection of cognitive decline in this population, providing a better ways to understand, diagnose and ultimately treat the decline, the researchers said."Since we knew there were cellular changes in the retina that might reflect changes in the brain, we were interested to see whether imaging techniques that visualize those changes in the retina might be reflective of changes in cognitive functions," said lead author Ward Fickweiler, MD, at Joslin Diabetes Center in the US.For the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the researchers involved 129 participants.The team drew on eye scans routinely gathered from patients as a part of normal vision care.One set of scans was based on optical coherence tomography (OCT, a technique employing light to provide cross-sections for the retina). A second set of scans employed OCT angiography (OCTA, an extension of OCT technology that examines blood vessels in the retina).Both types of scans are non-invasive and widely available in eye clinics in the US and can be performed within minutes.The researchers found very strong associations between performance on memory tasks and structural changes in deep blood vessel networks in the retina."Memory is the main cognitive task that is affected in Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline, so that was exciting," Fickweiler said.--IANSvc/pgh