Sunscreen is your best friend, whether you're stepping out shopping or going about your work and chores, it protects your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays and pollution that cause damage in any and every season.
Not only outdoors, sunscreens plays a crucial role in protecting your skin while you are indoors from UVA rays which enter through standard glass windows and can penetrate deeper into the skin than UVB rays, becoming a contributing factor to photo-aging -- which are changes seen as dark spots, wrinkles, and leathery textured skin.
Broadly there are four types of skin and to choose the best sunscreen it's very important to know your skin type. This can be done by washing your face with the help of gentle cleanser. This will wash away the makeup, pollutants and other dirt. Wait for an hour and make sure that you do not touch your face. Your skin should return to its natural state which will help to determine the type of your skin. Take a tissue paper and dab your face. The area consisting of your forehead and nose must be the place where you concentrate.
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Normal Skin: If your skin shows no oil or no flaking and it feels smooth and supple, you have a normal skin type.
Oily Skin: If there is lots of grease on the tissue paper, then you have an oily skin type. It is common that you might have a shine and large pores.
Dry Skin: If the tissue paper is accompanied by lots of flakes and dead skin, then your skin is dry. You need to consider moisturizing your skin.
Combination: Any combination of the above-mentioned skin types is a combination skin type. This is very common skin type. Your skin is generally oily in the forehead and nose area and dry elsewhere.
Now that you know your skin type, it's easy to choose the perfect SPF Sunscreen for yourself. If you have dry skin, look for a sunscreen with a moisturiser or sunscreens that contain hydrating ingredients (ceramides or hyaluronic acid).
If you have oily skin type, creamy sunscreens can usually feel sticky and heavy. Opt-in for water-based or a lightweight formula sunscreen which is considered ideal for oily skin type.
If you're blessed with normal, uncomplicated skin, your choice is easy. Any high-quality sunscreen will work for you, whether spray, cream or stick.
Along with the SPF factor it is equally important to look at the PA factor. SPF is a grade used to rate the level of UVB protection. The higher the number, the higher the UVB protection.
PA is a grade used to rate the level of UVA protection. The more "+" symbols, the higher the UVA protection.
Typical sunscreens offer protection from mostly UVB Rays. UVB Rays burn your skin while UVA rays cause skin aging and age spots when your skin is overexposed. A broad spectrum sunscreen or a full spectrum sunscreen protects you from both.
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Amaravati, May 5 (IANS) With curfew in place from 12 noon onwards, the streets of Andhra Pradesh wore a deserted look on Wednesday. In view of the spiralling Covid numbers the state government, headed by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, has imposed a two-week partial curfew from Wednesday.In main cities like Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Tirupati, Rajamahendravaram, Nellore and other places, the streets emptied out as people returned to their homes.Public and private transport is also being curtailed during the curfew hours.Under the partial curfew, shops and other commercial establishments such as restaurants are allowed to function between 6 a.m. and 12 noon, during which time Section 144 is imposed. Curfew will be in place from 12 noon to 6 a.m., during which only emergency services will be allowed to function.Service establishments like hospitals, Covid testing labs and pharmacies have been exempted from the partial curfew. Agricultural activities are allowed to continue, adhering to the guidelines issued by the agriculture department. The manufacturing sector has also been granted exemption by the government.The partial curfew will be in force till May 18.--IANSpvn/bg
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Niti Aayog's member health, Dr V K Paul, on Monday urged people not to venture out unnecessarily and wear masks at home also. Speaking at a Union Health Ministry press conference Paul said, "Please wear a mask, do not go out unnecessarily. Stay with your family. Even within the family wear the mask."He urged people not to invite anyone home. "Please don't invite anyone to your home. This is not the time to do so. Take all possible care within the home. Protect yourselves and your family members," Paul said. Referring to studies, Joint Secretary Union Health Ministry, Luv Aggarwal said, "By not following physical distancing one infected person could infect 406 people in 30 days. Reducing physical exposure by 50 per cent, one person can only infect 15 people in 30 days. Reducing the physical exposure by 75 per cent, one infected person can only infect 2.5 people in 30 days." He said that people must understand the importance of following Covid appropriate behaviour in controlling and managing the infection. He pointed out that a mask coupled with physical distancing can lower the transmission risk. "Both a Covid infected person and uninfected person not wearing a mask or maintaining physical distance have 90 per cent risk of virus transmission. There is a 30 percent risk of transmission when the infected person is not wearing a mask and the infected person is wearing a mask. There is a medium risk (five per cent) of transmission when an infected person is wearing the mask and uninfected is not wearing," Aggarwal said. He stated: "Transmission risk becomes low (1.5 per cent) when both the people are wearing the mask. There is negligible or lowest risk when both (infected and uninfected person) are wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance of six feet." Dr Paul clarified that women can take the Covid vaccine during their menstrual cycle. "Yes, women can and should take the vaccine during the menstrual cycle. There is no reason to postpone the vaccination," he Paul said. AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said that unnecessary panic among people is creating a rush at hospitals, shortage of drugs and oxygen. "Unnecessary panic causing rush outside hospitals, shortage of essential drugs and oxygen. Misuse of oxygen is a major factor. If the saturation is 94 percent or above, then there's no need to worry," Guleria added. Aggarwal said, "Maharashtra has the highest active caseload with 7,00,207 active cases, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. Most of the states have crossed their highest reported daily cases during September last year.""Eight states -- Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu -- have more than 100,000 active Covid-19 cases," he said.He explained that the union government is working on three strategies to contain the virus spread -- Containment, Clinical Management and Community Engagement -- across the country. --IANSssb/bg
Sanaa, April 12 (IANS) Health authority in Yemeni Houthi-controlled Sanaa urged residents to wear masks to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.Yemen has seen a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases for the last few weeks as its daily caseload has risen by nearly fivefold compared to the past winter, reaching around 100 cases per day, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.The war-ravaged country, with only half of its health facilities functioning, severely lacks the ability to fence off the threat of the deadly virus.--IANSint/
Mumbai, April 1 (IANS) Sonakshi Sinha on Thursday took to social media and urged everyone to wear masks as Covid cases crossed 72,000 in a day.The actress posted a picture on Instagram, where she is seen taking an elevator selfie, wearing an all-black ensemble and a mask. "It's April. But don't be a fool. Wear you mask," Sonakshi captioned the image.Sonakshi, who is known for her roles in the Dabangg series, Lootera, Akira and Mission Mangal, is gearing up for her next release, Bhuj: The Pride Of India.Besides Sonakshi, the film will also feature Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sharad Kelkar, Ammy Virk, Pranitha Subhash and Nora Fatehi. The story is set against the backdrop of the Indo-Pak war of 1971.She recently announced her next project Bulbul Tarang, which will have an OTT release. The film has been directed by Shree Narayan Singh and is said to be inspired by a true story. The film also features Raj Babbar and Tahir Raj Bhasin.Sonakshi is also gearing up for her web series debut in Fallen, which casts her as a cop.--IANSdc/vnc
Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) With the state apparently hurtling towards a second lockdown, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Wednesday took to the streets and appealed to the people with folded hands to follow all the Covid-19 protocols in public interest.Pednekar said that nearly 60 per cent of the people are violating Covid-19 protocols like not wearing face masks or maintaining physical distancing, resulting in Covid cases showing a sharp increase in the past one month."I appeal to you all, do not force the government to impose another lockdown. Please follow all the protocols strictly. It's in your hands to avoid another lockdown," the Mayor appealed.Pednekar, accompanied by a couple of officials and security personnel, caught a suburban train from Byculla to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and approached the commuters who were not wearing face masks to comply forthwith."I have hit the streets myself... We have to unitedly ensure that coronavirus does not spread again," Pedkenar said, adding that the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is doing its level best to ensure that the virus is contained and another lockdown is prevented.She repeated this on the foot overbridges, roads, lanes and bylanes where many people could be seen sauntering without face masks, and not adhering to the physical distancing norms.Outside Byculla and CSMT, she approached paan shops, local street-vendors and shopkeepers, urging them to wear masks and insist that the customers follow suit."The Corona danger has not subsided yet. We must all remain extremely vigilant, as any let-up could lead to another lockdown in the city and state," warned Pednekar, herself a former nurse.This is the second time that Pednekar, 58, a grassroots Shiv Sainik, has plunged headlong among the people to tackle the pandemic crisis.Last April when Covid-19 was soaring to its peak, Pednekar had donned her nurse's uniform and moved in various public hospitals to boost the morale of the healthcare workers, medicos and medical students, earning public laurels.A four-time corporator from Worli, once among the worst-hit by Covid-19 in Mumbai, Pednekar said she has already registered for vaccination and could move around unhindered.The BMC's ward offices have started sending missives to chairpersons/secretaries of various housing complexes in Mumbai stressing on the need to follow Covid-19 protocols and other safeguards if any new cases are detected.Some of the areas with a spike in cases include the thickly populated suburbs of Borivali, Mulund, Chembur, Tilak Nagar, Andheri and Vile Parle, which have added to the BMC's concerns.On Tuesday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had warned of another lockdown if the people did not cooperate with the health authorities.In a related development, Buldhana district authorities clamped full restrictions till February 28 in view of the increasing Covid-19 cases in the district.The health and police officials in Pune, Nashik and Solapur have swooped down on people roaming around without face masks or in crowds, imposing fines on them.--IANSqn/arm