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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New York, June 20 (IANS) While suicide rates are generally higher in men than in women, but those who indulge in family care work are less vulnerable to take their lives, according to a new study.
The study, led by Colorado State University researchers, found that that men's suicide mortality is related to their private-life behaviours, specifically their low engagement in family care work -- not just the adversities they may encounter in aspects of their public lives, such as employment.
Men tend to overinvest in the role of an economic-provider, and underinvest in family care work -- a pattern that leaves them vulnerable when economic-provider work is threatened or lost, according to Silvia Sara Canetto Canetto, Professor of Psychology at the varsity.
In the study, family caregiving was defined as, for example, providing personal care or education for a child, and/or providing care for a dependent adult.
The researchers examined suicide, male family caregiving, and unemployment in 20 countries, including the US, Austria, Belgium, Canada and Japan.
Suicide rates were found to be lower in countries where men reported more family care work, showed the study published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.
In countries where men reported more such care work, higher unemployment rates were not associated with higher suicide rates in men. By contrast, in countries where men reported less family care work, higher unemployment rates were associated with elevated male suicide rates. Incidentally, unemployment benefits did not reduce male suicide rates.
Taken together, the findings suggest that men's family care work may protect them against suicide, particularly under difficult economic circumstances, Canetto said.
Men's greater involvement in family care work would also relieve women of their disproportionate caregiving load, and give children more resources.
The findings suggest incorporating support for engagement in family care work in programmes aimed at reducing men's suicide mortality.
"This means expanding beyond dominant frameworks of men's suicide prevention with their employment-support focus," Canetto explained. "It also means going beyond treating suicide as just a mental health problem to be solved with mental health 'treatments.'"
<br>"We're heading into a very different summer compared to last year," Biden said. "A bright summer. Prayerfully, a summer of joy."The White House announced plans to host more than a 1,000 guests - mainly frontline workers and their families - on the South Lawn for a cookout on July Fourth. This is tipped to be one of the biggest in-person events of Biden's presidency so far. Biden was aiming to have 70 per cent of Americans at least partially vaccinated against Covid-19 by July 4. With the pace of vaccinations now dropping sharply off the highs in April, the current number stands at 65 per cent. Among adults alone, 55 per cent are fully vaccinated. Across America's 50 states, 26 states and Washington D.C. have fully vaccinated 50 per cent or more of adults, according to White House data. Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, 42.6 per cent of the US population is now fully vaccinated. Covid caseloads, hospitalisations and deaths in the US are down to their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic last year. Despite the upside of strong vaccination numbers, the CDC is warning that the Delta variant of the coronavirus, first detected in India, is surging and will become the dominant strain in the US. The CDC is telling Americans that those who get their shots will be "protected against this Delta variant."Three characteristics of the latest variant have doctors hitting the alarm bells again. It's more contagious, more deadly and causing more breakout infections even among those who are partially vaccinated, according to Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.<br> <br>"If you're fully vaccinated, you're actually pretty well protected. But even if you're just partly vaccinated, we're seeing a lot of breakthrough infections. So, this is possibly the worst variant we have seen, the most challenging variant throughout the entire pandemic," Jha told NBC. --IANS<br>niki/rs
There is a whole gamut of skincare products available right now online and in stores that might give our skin the glow, shine, anti-aging, smoothness that we all crave. But, what happens when we stop using these products? Many of us have an endless list of skin concerns like pigmentation, others about dryness or oiliness, or pimples, or allergies. However, as you grow older, one of the best ways to take care of your skin is to focus on what you eat, rather than what you apply.
Many of us face challenges in deciding what to eat to keep our skin young and healthy, defining a healthy diet, and understanding the role of diet in aging. Currently, the buzzing topic is finding ways to maintain healthy skin and delay skin aging.
According to a study, there is a close association between sugar and some food processing methods (such as grilling, frying, baking, etc) with skin aging, and their mechanisms are related to skin-advanced glycation end products. Skin health is closely linked to nutrition, which is required for all biological processes in the skin, from youth to aging or disease. Nutritional deficiencies and eating habits can both repair and cause damage to the skin.
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There are several simple things we don't follow regularly that can cause skin aging: Not drinking enough water, deficiency of vitamins, proteins, trace elements like zinc, copper, iron, iodine, etc.
Water deficiency in the body can lead to tissue dehydration and functional issues (such as aging and inflammation). Skin is no exception, and the state of moisture in the body is reflected in the appearance of the skin on the lips and limbs. It is advisable to at least drink more than two liters of water every day.
Almonds are a source of 15 nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesium, protein, copper, zinc, iodine, etc. New research suggests that there may be more than one reason to add almonds to your daily skincare routine. The study found that eating almonds daily in place of typical calorie-matched snacks improved measures of both wrinkle severity and skin pigmentation in postmenopausal women. Almonds are known to be a rich source of antioxidant vitamin E and deliver essential fatty acids and polyphenols, which make them a great addition to one's daily diet for improved skin health.
Lack of Vitamin C can also cause skin disorders. They are available in abundance in oranges, lemons, strawberries, and guavas.
All of the body's tissue cells are constantly renewed, and only a sufficient protein intake can keep normal tissue renewal and repair going. The skin is no exception, with a 28-day skin renewal cycle being the norm. Apart from almonds that are rich in protein, you could also consume other protein-rich foods such as yogurt (dahi), lentils, and oats for healthier skin.
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Bengaluru, June 17 (IANS) Eka.Care, a connected healthcare platform, has gone live with CoWIN-approved vaccination slot booking to help people get vaccinated in an efficient and orderly manner.The 'eka.care' platform's integration with CoWIN offers a bouquet of services including seamless slot booking, pre and post-vaccination tele-consultation. The users on eka.care platform can search for slots by location, type of vaccination, and cost to fit their needs, said a company statement.Post-vaccination, users will also be able to download the certificate and receive a reminder for the second dose.Last month, the government released new guidelines for the integration of CoWIN with third-party applications, easing the way for tech companies to offer Covid vaccine bookings. Eka.care is one of the first healthcare platforms approved by CoWIN to allow vaccination slot booking from their platform, the statement said.Vikalp Sahni, Founder & CEO, Eka.Care, said: "While supporting the mission of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi to eradicate Covid from India, eka.care has come up with these innovative solutions which include, from health assessment to check for post-vaccine symptoms, connect with doctors and get free consultation 24x7 and secure vaccination documents in a virtual vault.""Eka.Care aims to provide a 360 degree Covid and post-vaccination care program to all its users in an effort to ensure timely help and overall wellness at no additional cost. The 24x7 free consultations, will help scores of people who otherwise are going through financial strain. Free reliable and trustworthy information dissemination by doctors is a boon in this era of misinformation on vaccination," said Deepak Tuli, Co-founder & COO.--IANSrrb/sn/skp/
Hyderabad, June 15 (IANS) The Telangana government on Tuesday extended summer holidays for all schools and DIET colleges till June 20.The Director of School Education issued an order, extending the holidays for all schools and District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) colleges, asking all heads of departments, regional joint directors of school education, Hyderabad and Warangal, all district educational officers and all DIET principals to take necessary action accordingly.On May 31, the government had extended the summer holidays till June 15.Earlier, keeping in view the rapidly rising number of Covid-19 cases, the state government had declared summer vacations for all schools and junior colleges from April 27 till May 31.Schools for Classes 6 and above reopened in the last week of February while Classes 9 and above had reopened on February 1.In view of the surge in Covid-19 cases, the state government had shut down the educational institutions from March 24. However, online classes continued for students. The authorities had declared April 26 as the last working day of the current academic year.The government has already cancelled the Class 10 board examination and declared all students qualified.Over 5.21 lakh students were allotted grades considering their internal assessment marks. Similarly 53,79,388 students of Class 1 to 9 were promoted to the next class.For a second consecutive year, no exams could be conducted due to Covid pandemic.--IANSms/vd