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Fight Dark Circles with These Natural Tips

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New Delhi, Sep 14, 2017: Make-up and concealer can help solve the problem of dark circles, but the problem “dark cirlces” needs to be tackled at the root. A regular skin and health care programme needs to be followed, say experts.

Prabhu Mishra, CEO and President, StemGenn Therapeutics, and Bhavuk Mittal, Consultant Dermatology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad, list some easy ways to help you get rid of dark circles.

How To Remove Dark Circles:

* Keep yourself well hydrated: It is important to flush out toxins from your body. One way of doing this is to drink plenty of water. Start with at least 6-8 glasses.

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* Stick to a healthy, balanced diet: Cut out junk food. They are often laden with preservatives which could give you sallow skin and dark circles. Eat plenty of seasonal fruits, vegetables and salads. Citrus fruits like oranges, lemon, kiwis and melons have a high Vitamin C content. Include them in your diet to avoid dark circles.

* Get enough sleep: Youngsters are known to be night birds – often studying late at night or partying into the early hours of the morning. Whatever you do, make sure you get 6 to 8 hours of sound sleep to avoid dark circles.

* Kick the butt, avoid alcohol: People who party hard, smoke excessively and have more than a few pegs a week often end up with dark circles. Smoking and drinking is bad for your skin. Kick the butt to avoid dark circles. Settle for a healthy lifestyle with enough recreation.

* Follow a skincare regimen: If you want to avoid dark circles, follow a good skin care regimen and be gentle with your skin. After removing eye make-up, massage the area around the eye with almond oil or a good Vitamin E cream or serum. Always use a sun screen when stepping out in the sun.

* Use lightening cream: Despite all these precautions, you might still get dark circles. Sometimes it is genetic. Others could get dark circles because of an allergy. Check for allergies. Avoid the allergan. Take an antihistamine. It will help clear up the dark circles.

* Retinoids can help: Retinoids can stimulate the production of collagen. Regular use of a retinol cream will make the under eye skin less thin and reduces dark circles.

* Apply cucumber/potato/tomato juice: Cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, are excellent solutions for getting rid of dark circles as they have skin-lightening properties. All you need to do is to apply a teaspoon of juice under your eyes; let it remain for 10 minutes and wash it off with cold water. Repeat the remedy twice a day to get rid of dark circles.

* Use cold tea bags: Another simple home remedy is using a cold tea bag. Soak a tea bag preferably a green tea bag in water. Keep it in the refrigerator for a while. Place the chilled tea bag over your eyes. Use this remedy regularly to get results.

* Go for laser treatment: But if none of this works, you can go for laser treatment. The treatment goes beyond circles as it also tightens, smoothens and removes wrinkles under the eyes.

(IANS)

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Actress Yami Gautam wants to be a Part of Costume Drama or Dance Based Movie

Yami Gautam shares her fitness secrets and is interested in being a part of a dance based movie.

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Yami Gautam. wikimedia commons
  • Actress Yami Gautam is interested in doing a Dance based movie or costume Drama.

Yami Gautam tries out different ways to stay fit

The actress Yami Gautam, who got associated with Quaker Oats to talk about the importance of consuming a healthy breakfast through a live Facebook session, is willing to change her physical appearance as long as a project is convincing enough.

“It totally depends. It’s not easy, but I cannot give a subjective answer to this question. But I feel if there is a role that I love and love the team, then I would take it as it comes,” said the model turned actress.

Apart from her work, the “Sanam Re” actress is also known for being fit. She says she makes a “conscious effort to stay fit and feel good”.

“The kind of profession I am in, and the active lifestyle we all lead requires us to be on our toes all the time. Which is why it becomes all the more important to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Keeping fit is not about a good core or a good body, it is a lifestyle choice which reflects every day. It even translates to little things like good skin and hair, amongst others,” Yami said.

What is her fitness regime?

“I do mostly functional training. I do very little weights. As I said, it always is an amalgamation of pure workout and your diet. It doesn’t mean cutting down food. It means including more healthy stuff in your food, that gives you the right nutrition intake.”

Yami feels each individual finds their own way to a healthy lifestyle.

“It’s not always restricted to the gym. I dance, someone does yoga, someone goes cycling. I think any sort of physical activity and right food is very important. I think even right food doesn’t mean it has to be bland and boring.

“Healthy food can be yum too. For instance, as part of Breakfasts of India, I cooked Dakshini Toast with Quaker Oats – a recipe that was healthy, tasty and easy to make. I truly believe you must enjoy what you are eating.

“Keep one day to indulge, I never call it a ‘cheat day’ because I feel you deserve it,” the Yami Gautam said.(IANS)

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Skin Care Hacks : How to Have Glowing Skin in 10 Simple Steps

There are people with genetically blessed skin, but it is almost impossible to maintain that glow in the absence of any skincare effort.

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Your relationship with your skin won’t work unless you give it enough time. Follow our 9 step guide to get better skin and lips! PIxabay

New Delhi, October 1, 2017 : Every group has that one friend who has perfect skin. They glow and shine, and radiate like crystals. And when asked what they do for this flawless visage, they giggle and proudly announce they do not have a skin care regime and don’t do anything.

Instant heartbreak.

Well, you must certainly not lose heart. Yes, these are people with genetically blessed skin, but it is almost impossible to maintain that glow in the absence of any skin care effort.

So, how to have glowing skin?

There isn’t a magic spell to achieve healthy, clear and glowing skin, but there are a few basic changes you can make to get enviable results.

We have devised a practical and easy to follow skin care regime for you. Here, we have rounded up 10 night time beauty habits that can possibly make you “that” friend.

  1. Give Your Face Some Steam

Nobody has the time to get facials done every month, but we give you a shortcut to looking like you do! The aim is to expose your skin to steam just long enough to open and de-gunk your pores. We’d suggest taking a hot shower before washing your face, or keeping a warm soaked hand towel on your face and patting gently. This will not only open pores, but loosen dirt, oil, or bacteria stuck on your face that can then be taken care with water.

  1. Remove All Makeup

Removing all makeup is a staple to all skin care regimes. (And we don’t mean with wet wipes)  Splash your face with sufficient water. Your lipstick, eye-liner, mascara, and foundation; everything has to go. A naked face opens and cleans pores and removes any gunk from your eyes.

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Make-up suffocates the skin and clogs pores. Pixabay
  1. Exfoliate To Get Rid Of The Dead Skin

It not only removes the layer of dead skin, but also makes your skin radiant and youthful. However, exfoliation can do more harm than good when done in excess- it can trigger rashes, irritation and breakouts. Try doing it twice a week. And if you have sensitive skin, then even once is good!

You can also use home-made scrubs like oatmeal, besan or coffee. These scrubs are natural and can be altered as per your own preferences

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  1. Tone Your Skin

Pollution. Humidity. Weather changes. Acne. And what not. Our skin has to face a lot of obstacles throughout the day.

Toning helps maintain the right pH balance for a healthy skin. It helps rejuvenate the dead cells by nourishing and tightening the skin from deep within. It also removes excess oil thus, fighting acne-problems and making a protective layer over our skin. All-around care, what else does we need?

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You can choose from a variety of toners available in the market or use natural products like rosewater, or aloe vera. Pixabay

You can choose from a variety of options in the market, or go au-natural with rosewater.

  1. Moisturize

You must moisturize. It will keep your skin well-fed, preventing it from ageing as well as getting pimples. Sleeping without it is a strict no!

If you have dry skin, invest in products with natural oils like grape seed and for dry skin, you should use oil-free and light-weight moisturizers.

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Creams moisturize and restore nutrients in the skin, keeping it healthy and glowing. Pixabay
  1. Eye Cream

Invest in a good moisturizer and a night cream for your nightly skin care routine,  irrespective of your age. It will keep your skin hydrated and plump while minimizing the appeared of dark circles and wrinkles.

We suggest using lightweight creams with caffeine, peptides and oxidants.

  1. When All Is Said And Done, Sleep

And sleep for some good 7-8 hours. Cutting down on sleeping hours can speed up ageing process. Snooze hours form an integral part of skin care; there is a reason it is called beauty sleep, after all. During sleeping-hours, your skin is devoid of any external application or attacks by the harmful sun rays. Hence, sound sleep allows your cells to regenerate, which happens quicker at night than in the day-time.

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Sound sleep makes an integral part of skin case regime for a healthy skin.. Pixabay
  1. Use Multiple Pillows

One for your left side, another for your right. One to rest your head on, and the other to hug tightly. No, we’re kidding. You can use as many pillow as you like, but our suggestion is to sleep with your head on an elevated platform than the rest of the body to prevent puffiness.

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Sleeping with your head on an elevated platform prevents puffiness. Pixabay
  1. Vaseline Is A Staple for Skin care

Don’t forget your lips, hands and feet. Apply generous amounts of Vaseline on your lips and feet to keep them soft and hand cream over your hands. Vaseline plumps and moisturizes the lips, keeping them soft and red.

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Vaseline has been trusted for generations to moisturize skin and lips. Pixabay
  1. Secure The Air Moisture Using A Humidifier

Make complete use of technology and bring humidifiers home for your skin care regime. Humidifiers infuse the air in your bedroom with moisture. This in turn helps keep your skin hydrated. Outcome: Goodbye dry, itchy and cracked skin!

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Humidifiers infuse the air in your bedroom with moisture. Wikimedia

Your relationship with your skin won’t work unless you give it enough time. This skin care routine will take 15 minutes and just that. Plus it will also spare you from spending bucks at the beauty parlor after every few days.

 

 

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Live Healthy Lifestyle with these Diet Hacks

The cooking process determines how much nutrition is retained in the items while being cooked

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Healthy diet. Pixabay

New Delhi, Sep 18, 2017: Chapatis, bread, pasta or even noodles are not bad for health if they are cooked the right way, say experts.

The cooking process determines how much nutrition is retained in the items while being cooked.

Celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija, who collaborated with Max Bupa for Junk the Junk campaign, and Ritika Samaddar, Regional Head – Dietetics, Max Healthcare, New Delhi, share some tips on eating healthy.

* Inherently, all food is good food as each food item contains some or the other vital intake ingredients, collectively forming a complete and wholesome meal. The two food items to avoid in excess are oil and sugar.

Contrary to general perception, one can lose weight even while including rice in their diet as long as they don’t consume rice in the form of fried rice or oily biryani. Refined sugar intake in tea, coffee or other drinks and desserts should be avoided or should be restricted to the minimum.

* Carbs provide energy and should comprise about 60 to 65 per cent of our diet. However, the intake needs to be managed – Two breads, one bowl of rice or one bowl of noodles is within the threshold of good carbs.

* Some people’s first attempt at losing weight and ‘staying healthy’ involves giving up oil altogether. It is never recommended to exclude cooking oil from one’s diet completely. Oil intake is vital to ensure joint mobility and heart and brain functioning. In fact, 2-3 teaspoons of oil is recommended for preparation of any dish to ensure the skin also gets the required nutrition.

* The process of juice extraction from fruits and vegetables results in the loss of healthy fibre, making the concentrate high in sugar content. Fruits and select vegetables should be consumed as whole to allow the body to absorb the nutrients sufficiently. Also, one should always consume fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables.

* All breads, whether brown or white (regular) are made from wheat flour. Brown bread is the caramelised form of white bread and is not healthy. However, multi-grain bread with solid grains/ seeds is richer in fibre, although still made from wheat flour. One should not eat more than two slices of bread at a stretch as wheat flour is difficult to digest.

* Try and sneak in more of lentils and pulses and good quality proteins in your daily diet. The amount of protein required varies from person to person. It is calculated as 0.8 to 1 gm per kg of the ideal body weight.

* Salads are definitely a rich source of fibre with plenty of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but are completely devoid of proteins and fats and the fat-soluble vitamins. Hence, taking only salads is not healthy and leads to severe deficiencies of protein leading to weakness and precipitating to various chronic diseases.

* To avoid junk eating, one should keep snacks such as bhel, khakhra, makhanas, roasted peanuts, roasted channas, vegetable sandwich or roti wraps handy as healthy alternatives. (IANS)

 

One response to “Live Healthy Lifestyle with these Diet Hacks”

  1. It is difficult to have both taste and nutrition at the same time. It is important to inculcate healthy eating habits early on. But yy kids won’t touch any of these salads etc. But give them a burger or pizza, and it’s gone in the blink of an eye. It is however good to know some companies taking healthy very seriously. Snaximum .com makes some delicious vegetable baked chips including sweet potato carrot and beetroot, 3 really healthy vegetables. My kids specially love the beetroot spicy chips. A lot of makhana flavours have also been introduced by a few companies and I find it easy to give it in the lunch box. there is also snack box serving some nice nuts that works as a nice in between

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