9 ways to keep your #skin looking #young

You might not know what it is, but collagen is the key when it comes to keeping your skin youthful and wrinkle-free.


Collagen is a protein produced by our cells that helps “hold” the skin together, giving it firmness and elasticity. When we’re young, our skin stays plump and smooth because it constantly regenerates itself. But as we age, collagen production slows -and existing collagen can get damaged due to sun exposure and bad skin habits.The results?

Wrinkles and sagging skin. Luckily , there’s lots you can do to preserve your collagen and even boost its production…

A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition found women over 40 with the highest amount of vitamin C in their diet were less likely to develop wrinkles than those who consumed lower levels.”Vitamin C is crucial to the formation of collagen. Without it, amino acids can’t be linked to form the protein,” says dietitian Jo Travers, “Good sources are red pepper, dark green leafy vegetables like broccoli and sprouts, tomatoes, oranges and kiwi fruit.” Skincare products that contains vitamin C is also thought to encourage collagen repair (it’s usually listed on the label as LAscorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate or ascorbyl phosphate).

“Smoking creates enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), which damage the collagen in your skin; hence the telltale sagging which many smokers are betrayed by,” says consultant dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe.

Sun exposure is a prime suspect for hastening collagen loss. “UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and damage the deep collagen support structures there,” says Dr Lowe, “My advice would be to wear an SPF15 broad spectrum cream (one that protects against UVA and UVB rays) through the year.”

Retinoid creams -only available on prescription -have been proven to help boost collagen production. “Retinoids reduce substances in the skin that break down collagen after sun exposure and also target receptors in the skin which increase the production of collagen,” says Dr Maria Gonzalez. You can get your hands on milder forms of retinoid in over-the-counter retinol creams.

According to Dr Patricia Farris, eating too much sugar can be a beauty disaster. It causes premature ageing of the skin by a process called gly cation. This is where excess sugar in the blood attaches itself to lipids, nucleic acids and proteins (especially your collagen) to form “advanced glycation end products” or AGEs, which accelerate the ageing process and cause wrinkly skin.

Exfoliation -removing the top, dead layer of skin -helps speed up the natural process of skin and col lagen renewal, says Amanda Elias, founder of a skin care brand. “My favourite way to b exfoliate is with chemical exfo liants such as gly colic acid and lac tic acid. They dis solve the glue-like ubstance that substance that bonds dead skin to the surface rather than sloughing it away like scrubs do, and give a more even scrubs do, and give a more even r result, leaving skin looking healthier tand more radiant.”

Antioxidants help protect against free radicals that can cause ageing skin.”The term `free radical’ describes a damaged skin cell,” says Amanda.”It’s `free’ because it’s missing an elec tron (healthy cells have two electrons, a damaged cell has one). “Free radicals attach themselves to healthy skin cells and basically suck out the electrons they need, leaving healthy skin cells damaged. This process triggers an enzyme in the skin that breaks down collagen. Antioxidants help by neutralising the free radical so that it doesn’t have to feed off our healthy skin cells.”

Sip on green tea -it contains antioxidants called catechins -and eat foods high in lutein, an antioxidant found in green leafy veg like spinach. Look for creams and serums containing antioxidants, too.

The menopause can make us wrinkly because, as we age, our oestrogen levels drop. Because oestrogen is vital to making healthy collagen, creases and crinkles can creep in to our skin. Lots of foods contain plant oestrogens (phytoestrogens) that can help replace the effects of lost oestrogen. Try hummus, nuts, soy and pinto beans. Look for face creams containing phytoestrogens.

“Massaging your face daily will help boost the production of collagen, give skin a more plump appearance and help stimulate the lymph glands to promote clear skin,” says Nichola Joss, a skincare expert. “Use a collagen boosting oil,” she adds. Daily Mirror

#Life at the #workplace

Don’t let the 9-to-6 routine bog you down. Find ways to make these hours happy and productive, says Anshul Chaturvedi.


There is this massive hoarding that I see every day when I drive home from work. It sells a pension plan: “When the nine-to-six routine ends, that’s when life begins.” Really?
Ergo, what we do nine to six is drudgery, and when we are “free of it” is when ‘life’ will begin? To have a full day ahead and not know what to do with it is not a happy situation. It would be no more profound a life than working on what you do reasonably well for a large part of your life.

I have no issue with a happy retired life, but I do not accept the view that the nine-to-six routine is the bane of one’s existence. I would like to make of that time, and that effort, something that helps me understand what my existence is all about, and not wait to be “free from work”. Why should we wait for after-office hours or the post super-annuation stage to find time to reflect on work and its fundamentals?

However, it can well be asked, what is there to reflect on? Does one need to have a philosophy at work or, indeed, a philosophy of work? Isn’t it all just a rat race, where nice guys finish last?
Doesn’t the talk of ethics and spirituality belong to an esoteric, otherworldly plane, while the workplace and our careers are all about the here-and-now? It’s so easy, isn’t it, for people to give gyaan and not realise the disconnect existing between it and the daily grind at office?

The answer is yes and no, depending on what we work for. If we work primarily to eke out a living, or because being idle is not a practical option, or because we want to get married, buy that car, get the EMI under control, or to live out an ego trip via our visiting cards, then there is really no connect. We may as well stick to ‘managing’ our careers, gloat at high points, tremble at setbacks. Be ‘practical’, as they say. If we think that what we are as a person—our emotions, reflexes, strengths and weaknesses — is divorced from what we are as ‘workers’, then it doesn’t matter how we live out the ‘work’ part of life.

However, since we do not acquire a new personality when we clock in on entering office or clock out, the basics and traits that define us are not likely to be different. The things that make for an individual of some credibility, and for a colleague of some standing, are not likely to be very different — and vice versa. Ergo, saying: “I am honest ‘as a person’ but ‘work compulsions’ make me behave differently where office issues are concerned,” isn’t really an easy-to-sell proposition—even to oneself.

Ultimately, our honesty, courage, clarity of conviction or their lack define us as workers just as they describe us as individuals. Since the artificial divorce of personal fundamentals doesn’t last, it is sensible to accept that we are not split personalities, and we are what we fundamentally are — in office or outside — and use the workplace and the whole exercise of “doing our job” as a tool to develop ourselves to be more evolved, refined and stronger individuals.

Using office for personal growth need not be limited to using the office PC to check our friends’ status message updates.

Coming back to the initial question, one can conclude that perspectives vary, depending on what we finally work for. The spiritual and ethical flavour in your workplace conduct and life becomes a given when you choose to follow a basic approach to your work, perhaps as summed up succinctly by Helice Bridges: “I am not here just to make a living; I am here to make a life.”

I cannot but take questions about work fundamentals very seriously; they are, after all, the fundamentals of my life.

#Smart ways to handle #office #conflicts

Long-hours in office with the same colleagues are bound to create some friction. You could still deal with it, if you are smart. Here are some sure-shot ways…!!!


It’s no cozy scenario in any office. If you are working for a few years now, at some point of your professional journey, you must have found yourself struck amid one or more of these taxing situations – a physically violent encounter with their boss, disrespectful treatment or some kind of humiliation from colleagues.
So, in case, you are suffering at work, understand that you are not alone. From the accountant who was forced to buy Amway products from his senior’s wife, to the senior executive who got a junior to run a promotion, then made her a scapegoat when it failed, the abuses some heads heap on their juniors can push their workers beyond the brink.

Try these mean measures
Put-upon employees have revenge through the following ill-advised (yet apparently satisfying) means:

Have subscriptions of some boring magazines sent to the office in your bosses’ name.

Steal the boss’s clothes from his locker while he is taking a shower at the corporate fitness center.

Get into the boss’s email , find a message she had written calling the CEO of the company a dork, and sent it to everyone in the office … including the CEO.

A woman who was tired of her senior taking credit for her ideas let her boss steal several great ideas, then slipped in five that were so bad the boss was demoted.

A VP, who thought himself as the owner of the company and bossed around, lost it when he found out many months later that his team members had changed his office caller I.D. to appear as ‘Mogambo’ of the film ‘Mr India’.

Then there is this story about a guy who sent his cheapskate boss a Rs 1,000 gift certificate to an expensive restaurant and sending it with a letter saying he was the winner of a promotional event. He invited friends, ran up a Rs 1,500 bill, and then was told the restaurant would not accept the fake certificate.

The right way to deal with bad colleagues

Revenge fantasies can be therapeutic and satisfying, but the best ways to handle a conflict with your boss are to:
Arrange a meeting with him or her where you can discuss calmly about how his behaviour is troubling you, the effect the conflict is having on your work and a suggested resolution. I am sure outside the office, he would be a different man.

If that doesn’t work, contact human resources to report the offending behaviour, request a transfer or simply look for a new job.

Of course, the ultimate revenge is to rise above your boss. Three years after being let go for not having “enough presence,” one account executive found herself in the same executive MBA program with the woman who had fired her. Not only had she gone on to a better job, but she got the satisfaction of watching the professor routinely chastise her former superior! You could also wait for your chance.

What makes a good manager?
Every manager plays a pivotal role in building and nurturing a proactive team that delivers. They should be able to communicate effectively and persuasively. Ability to recognise talent and utilise it to its full potential is an important requirement of any manager. Some of the other essential qualities are identifying key members, delegating tasks and responsibilities and motivating individuals and teams. She must also be able to identify and anticipate problem areas and troubleshoot them. She must support her team members and have a positive attitude.

Essentially a good manager needs to be:
Ability to anticipate and troubleshoot

E-mail #etiquette: #Hot #tips

Business people send out some six trillion e-mail messages each year, according to US-based Ferris Research. That’s probably not much of a surprise to most office workers today, who have seen e-mail usurp meetings and face-to-face conversations as a primary form of communication.


What may be less obvious, however, is just how important e-mail is to your reputation. “The potential for electronic disaster is huge if you are not careful to write messages that are clean and clear,” says Nancy Flynn, a US-based communications specialist and author a book on e-mail etiquette.

It’s no longer enough simply to avoid common e-mail blunders such as using all capital letters, failing to proofread your messages, or sending off a message in anger. “Careless e-mail messages,” Flynn notes, “have resulted in lost productivity, financial losses…and even lawsuits.”

Given the amount of e-mail that business people receive these days, it’s no treat to see a lengthy e-mail message from a business associate. E-mail is used most effectively to communicate information that would be a waste of time to convey face to face.

If what you have to say to a business colleague would occupy more than two paragraphs in an e-mail message, a phone conversation or personal meeting makes more sense. Use e-mail to save time – not to waste it.

Brevity and manners are not mutually exclusive. While you may get points for writing e-mail messages that are succinct, you’ll lose them just as quickly for coming across as rude or unpleasant. Words like “please” and “thank you” pay dividends that far exceed the effort you expend in writing them.

If you absolutely must say something unpleasant to a business colleague, do it in person or by phone. An unpleasant e-mail message hangs around and can be read over and over again.

Also, don’t be afraid to use smileys judiciously to help you convey some pleasant emotion that would give your sentences the appropriate emotional tenor.

A well-placed electronic wink or smile just might make your recipient smile when reading your message.

Whom you “copy” on an e-mail message can say as much as your e-mail message itself. Everyone knows that, too, so don’t copy someone on a message unless your primary recipient can easily understand why others are being sent a copy.

On a related note, never put people on the “cc” line in order to prod your primary recipient into taking your message more seriously.

If you write to someone, for instance, and have the person’s boss on the “cc” line in order to say to the recipient, “you need to answer this e-mail message”, you’re making yourself look bad to everyone witnessing the behaviour – and you’re unlikely to be able to count your recipient as an ally in the future.

Remember that most of the time you should air grievances in person, or on the telephone, not through e-mail.

If you’re writing an e-mail message to a group of people and you would like a response from each of them, take the time to write to each of them individually rather than sending one message out to everyone at once.

You can still save time by copying the same text as the body of your message, but by e-mailing each person and placing a “Dear Claudia” or “Dear Juan” before the body of your message, your recipient will feel more compelled to answer than if he or she were just one of, say, ten people to whom the message was sent.

Remember that e-mail messages can get you into trouble – not just because of what you say but also because of how you say it. Be sensitive to language that could be construed as sexist, avoid jokes, as they could be taken the wrong way, avoid referencing sensitive subjects, such as religion or politics, be respectful, pleasant, and cooperative at all times.

In short, use your e-mail correspondence as an opportunity to make colleagues feel safe with you. If you do, you will quickly develop a good reputation and be seen as a team player. Greater productivity will ensue.