Save your #skin, #hair from #monsoon #showers

From using light make-up, keeping the skin and hair dry to exfoliating your skin at regular intervals, keep your beauty checks in place to sail through the monsoon blues.

Save-your-skin-hair-from-monsoon-showers-jpgThe rainy season brings with it an increase in humidity, grime and pollution, which can intensify your skin and hair woes. But a little care here and there can ensure a smooth transition from one season to another for you.

Acne, pimples, dryness of skin and frizzy tresses are some of the common problems that one can face when the season changes from the scorching summer to the muggy monsoon.

It is imperative to keep the skin clean and dry at all times, says Simal Soin, director and chief cosmetic dermatologist of the Aayna beauty and wellness clinic.

“Pores tend to get clogged with oil and dirt, especially in people with oily skin, more so during the monsoon, which makes your daily cleansing and exfoliating even more important,” Soin told us.

“People with dry skin will notice their skin feel even more dehydrated during this change in season. You must use a good moisturiser that helps hold the water in the outer layers of your skin to give it a soft and supple look. Also, don’t clog your pores with heavy make-up,” Soin added.

Don’t hassle over how to follow the three-step process of cleansing, toning and moisturizing for skincare. Even washing the face with a mild face wash can give wonderful results, suggested Sushma Khan, national skin and make-up trainer, Lakme Salons.

“Use water-based products and serums as they are highly concentrated, non-sticky and get absorbed into the skin very easily without clogging the pores,” Khan told us.

To play safer, try home-made mixtures on skin for successful results.

“For cleansing and exfoliating the dry skin, you may use a mixture of crushed almond paste and honey to be washed off after massaging the concoction on your face for five to seven minutes. For oily skin, you may use plain oatmeal scrub or ripe pulp of papaya.

“For moisturizing the dry skin, you can apply a mixture of one tablespoon each of honey, fresh curd and jojoba oil to your skin and rinse off with water after 10 minutes. For oily skin, you can apply a mixture of two tablespoon rose water/glycerin and some strawberry pulp which is to be washed off in 10 minutes,” said Soin.

Just like skin, hair too needs care as it can get dehydrated in the monsoon season.

V. Karpagambigai, national trainer of Natural Hair and Beauty Salon, suggested washing the hair at least thrice a week using a shampoo suitable to one’s hair type.

“Conditioning is a must as it adds bounce to your hair. A regular indulgence in a hair spa service and a head massage will keep your hair in condition and also stimulate the scalp and hair growth,” Karpagambigai told IANS.

A tip – towel dry hair gently not just during the monsoon, but at all times.

“Use of a wide toothed comb to untangle the knots makes sure hair doesn’t break while being combed,” added Karpagambigai.

Also, if you get wet in a shower, quickly change out of your soiled clothes to avoid rashes.

Do’s and dont’s for #shiny white #teeth

Maintaining shiny white teeth is simpler than you think. Read on to know how!

White-teeth-jpgTaking right care for your teeth is essential not only to keep them in good health but also to keep them bright and shiny. And there are only few simple do’s and dont’s that can give you a bright smile.

Avoid baking soda as much as you can. While it might be good for many things, it starts to remove the enamel from the teeth resulting in yellowness.

Avoid fruits and other foods that have dark color pigmentation. Food items like soy sauce, marinara sauce etc have dark pigmentation that can stain your teeth.

Avoid drinking those much marketed energy drinks. They are not as good as they tell you, especially for your teeth. The acids they contain have eroding effects which can remove the whitening from your teeth.

Keep your toothbrush updated. Replacing your toothbrush every three months is a good idea. Or any time you feel your brush looks worn-out, make sure you get a new one. Get a good quality toothbrush.

Keep your tongue clean. Cleaning your tongue is not only about having fresh breath, but also keeping away bacteria that can cause discoloration.

Eating fruits is a good idea for retaining the whiteness of your teeth. It is said that eating fruits helps in cleaning the teeth and also keep them healthy.

Rinse your teeth every time after eating citrus fruits like lemon, oranges and limes as they contain acid that erodes enamel.


How to #live to up to 100 #years

Forget fad diets, crazy workouts and syrupy self-help cliches. Longevity expert Dan Buettner tells Nona Walia how a long life begins with making simple, common sense habits a natural part of your daily routine.
Dan Buettner knows the secret to longevity.


His mantra: set up your life, home and social environments, as well as your workplace so that you are constantly nudged into behaviours that favour longevity. It’s something the explorer, educator and author follows himself: he’s the holder of three separate Guinness World Records for distance biking — a 15,500-mile ride from Alaska to Argentina in 1987 as a 27-year-old; a 12,888-mile journey across the Soviet Union in 1990; and a 12,172-mile jaunt through Africa completed in 1992! But it was his research on longevity first published in the National Geographic magazine that really established his expertise on the subject.

In his book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, he reveals, “Adopt the right lifestyle; chances are you may live up to a decade longer…”Excerpts from an interview:

What attracted you to exploring the idea of living longer?
When I travelled around the world, I discovered that living longer has less to do with diet, or even exercise, and more to do with the environment you live in: social and physical. The world’s oldest people live rewardingly inconvenient lives. They walk to the store and to their friends’ homes and live in houses set up with opportunities to move mindlessly. So, that set me thinking. Along with a team of scientists, I explored five parts of the world — ‘Blue Zones’ where people live long lives. We found a bronze-age culture in Sardinia’s interior where there are more male centenarians; a peninsula in Costa Rica where 50-year-olds have a higher chance of reaching 90; a Greek island completely free of Alzheimer’s; and islands in southern Japan where people are prone to one-sixth the average risk of heart disease.

Which cultures have cracked the mystery of a long and happy life?
Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and the Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California.

What are the secrets of healthy centenarians?
The secrets lie in everyday living. The people who live longest live in strong families that keep them motivated to support loved ones. Centenarians are still living near their children. Instead of being mere recipients of care, they contributors to the lives of their families. They grow vegetables, and continue to cook and clean. This has a powerful two-fold effect — their children and grandchildren benefit from their wisdom while the centenarians themselves feel the motivation to stay active, to get out of bed in the morning.

We know from the Framingham studies that happiness, smoking and obesity are all ‘contagious’. If three of your closest friends are obese, there’s a 70 per cent chance that you’ll be overweight. For this reason, centenarians proactively surround themselves with people who practise the right behaviours. These are people whose idea of fun is gardening or swimming, who eat meat sparingly, are trusting and trustworthy, and have faith.

How important is spirituality to a person’s well-being?
Religious faith is the one element that most centenarians have in common. Even among the non-religious, those with spiritual beliefs are less depressed, have better immunity and lower rates of heart disease. They tend to have larger social networks, more social support and a greater sense of purpose.

What is the optimal diet for making it to a healthy 90?
Meat is more of a condiment than a staple diet. Moderate drinking has positive benefits. Most people who live longer eat plant-based diets, heavy on beans (fava, black beans, soy) and nuts. They do eat meat but usually as a celebratory food perhaps once or twice a week and in small portions (think the size of a deck of cards). Oddly, they don’t eat much fish either. No one is “on a diet”. They typically eat their largest meal at the beginning of the day while dinner is the smallest.
The Okinawans specially practise eating until they are 80 per cent full, so they don’t overeat. To aid this practice, make food look bigger, use smaller plates, make snacking a hassle, eat more slowly, and have a seat! Eat meals with your family — with the TV and computer switched off — if you want to consume fewer calories.

What is the key to living to 100?
The key lies in simple things. Get 105 minutes of mindless physical activity every day. Move mindlessly. Live in strong families that keep you motivated. And live out of a purpose.

What are the roadblocks?
People in general don’t stick to doing anything for very long. After smoking, stress is probably the most harmful thing for your body. Chronic stress builds chronic inflammation, which leads to premature ageing.

Drive down any street at 9 pm and you can see the greenish glow of the television or the computer in people’s windows. This urban trend of isolation is a mistake. It shaves good years off your life.

If you eat a perfect diet but are stressed out all day, you are not going to live longer or better. Socialising with the right people, having a sense of purpose, and a routine of downshifting are inextricably intertwined.

Nine secrets to a long life
Move: Find ways to stay active

Plan de vida: Discover your purpose in life

Downshift: Take a break

80% rule: Don’t overeat

Plant power: Choose greens

Red wine: A glass a day

Belong: Stay social

Beliefs: Get ritualistic

Your tribe: Family matters

Why you should #drink #red #wine

Red wine and health is an issue of considerable discussion and research. Red wine has been recommended for various heath related problems – as a digestive aid, as a cure for a wide range of ailments, including lethargy, diarrhea among other things.


Many studies suggest that the French are healthy due to the presence of red wine in their diet. Here are some of the health benefits of enjoying an occasional glass of red wine.

Protects heart: Wine contains one of the most powerful antioxidant compounds which can help reduce the saturated fat deposits in the arteries. Red wine also contains compounds that protects you against cardiovascular diseases. But it should be taken in moderation.Red wine, when drunk in moderation, raises your HDL cholesterol, which is the good cholesterol.

Prevents tooth decay: Wine hardens your enamel which in turn prevents tooth decay and the growth of bacteria. Wine also reduces gum inflammation and prevents gum diseases.

For sound sleep: Red wine contains melatonin which can help you sleep peacefully. But wine for good sleep is recommended once in a while, not frequently. If the sleep problem persists, consult a doctor.

For a long life: Scientists believe that red wine can elongate your life span to a certain extent. It also protects you from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Boosts performance during workout: Researchers found that high doses of resveratrol, a bio compound found in red wine, improved physical performance, heart function and muscle strength.