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In the era of computers and smartphones, it is hard to imagine a task that hasnt been made easier by some sort of technology. You all may know how harmful the blue light emitted by computers, smartphones, tablets, televisions, and other electronics is for your eyes. Since the inception of the pandemic, the use of these electronic devices has increased, and we all know it can have multiple undesirable effects on the eye.
Dark circles are formed mostly due to the reflection of the dark maroon underlying orbicularis oculi, a circular muscle around our eye. The dark pigmentation gives you an exhausted look which makes you seem sick or sleep-deprived. The skin around the eye is the thinnest, results in reflection of the said dark maroon underlying orbicularis oculi. The artificial light from the screen of your electronic devices causes a lot of drying, as it steals the moisture from the skin and also causes a breakdown of collagen
Reduce overhead lighting to minimize screen glare. | Photo by Quinten de Graaf on Unsplash
How can you deal with the undesirable effects?
*Follow a proper skincare regimen, use a moisturiser rich in vitamins especially C,E, and K. Massage it gently in clockwise and anticlockwise gentle circular movements.
*Apply under-eye cream 40 minutes before going to bed.
*Green tea bags can also help to shrink the blood vessels that will lessen dark circles.
*Catching up on sleep can help reduce the appearance of dark circles.
*Take frequent breaks while using digital devices.
*Reduce overhead lighting to minimize screen glare.
*Keep your eyes an arm's distance away from the screen.
Vivek Singh, CEO and Co-founder of Anveya Living says, "People spend a large portion of the day straining their eyes on computers, phones or tablets. Our eye muscles try to focus and refocus on and off screens which causes strain. There are a few solutions to this problem. Dehydration plays a big role, especially in the area around the eyes. Make sure you pick an eye cream that suits your eye concerns. For example, Anveya has an under eye cream with Vitamin C that helps to reduce puffiness, wrinkles and pigmentation. It basically provides intense hydration, nourishes and protects the thin skin around the eyes".
Apply under-eye cream 40 minutes before going to bed. | Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash
Commenting on the same, Shilpa Rathi Maheshwari, Founder of I AM LOVE, a Nutraceutical Health and Skincare Brand, said, "Screen time is the latest plague that has been going around and everyone has fallen victim to it; the young and the old. Too much eye strain affects the skin around the eyes, it causes them to age at an accelerated rate. While curbing screen time is one solution, it can't be a solution for people whose livelihood depends on it. Well, you don't have to worry when you have enough protein and collagen in your body. You might need to supplement your body with an increased amount of collagen and protein to negate the damage being done."
(Article originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: under-eye, skin, treatment, eye-cream, dark circles, sleep, routine, self-care
NEW YORK - Comedian Norm Macdonald, a former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer who was "Weekend Update" host when former U.S. President Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson provided comic fodder during the 1990s, has died.
Macdonald, who was 61, died Tuesday after having cancer for nine years but kept it private, according to Brillstein Entertainment Partners, his management firm in Los Angeles.
He never reached the same television heights after being fired from "SNL" in 1998 but was an indefatigable stand-up comic and popular talk show guest whose death provoked an outpouring from fellow comedians.
"Norm was in a comedy genre of his own," tweeted Sarah Silverman. "No one like him on this planet. Please do yourself a favor and watch his stuff."
Macdonald, the son of two schoolteachers, was raised in Quebec City, Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences, calling Macdonald "a comedic genius and a great Canadian."
Colin Quinn, from left, Chevy Chase and Norm Macdonald appear onstage at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York, April 28, 2012 Image source: voa
Macdonald was a stand-up comic and briefly a writer for the sitcom "Roseanne" when he was picked to join the cast of "SNL" in 1993.
He became known for his esoteric impressions, including actor Burt Reynolds, who gave comedian Will Ferrell's Alex Trebek character grief on "Celebrity Jeopardy." He also impersonated former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, television and radio host Larry King, and comedian and talk show host David Letterman.
His deadpan style and skills as a writer made him the choice to host "Weekend Update." Simpson was a favorite target. Macdonald opened the fake newscast the week of the former football star's acquittal on murder charges by saying, "Well, it's finally official. Murder is legal in the state of California."
"SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels, speaking for the show, called Macdonald "one of the most impactful comedic voices of his or any other generation."
"There are so many things that we'll miss about Norm — from his unflinching integrity to his generosity to his consistent ability to surprise," he said. "But most of all, he was just plain funny. No one was funny like Norm."
Macdonald was fired in the middle of the season in 1998 by NBC Entertainment executive Don Ohlmeyer, a friend of Simpson's who reportedly didn't appreciate Macdonald making Simpson the near-constant butt of jokes.
"I was never bitter," Macdonald said in the oral history "Live From New York," released in 2002. "I always understood that Ohlmeyer could fire me because he was the guy who owned the cameras. So, that didn't bother me. I was always happy that 'SNL' gave me a chance."
He said in the same book, "I just like doing jokes I like, and if the audience doesn't like them, they're wrong, not me."
Ohlmeyer said that was his problem.
"When 'Saturday Night Live' is really good, they do care what the audience thinks," he said. "And when 'Saturday Night Live' is not really good, they're kind of doing it for themselves and their pals."
Host Norm Macdonald removes a pancake from a spoof "swag-bag" at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto, Ontario, March 2016 Image source: voa
Macdonald announced his firing on Letterman's show. During a commercial break, Letterman asked him, "This is like some Andy Kaufman thing with fake wrestling, right?" Macdonald recalled. But it wasn't.
Letterman was a fan who made Macdonald one of the guests in the CBS "Late Show" host's final run of shows.
In 2016, Letterman told The Washington Post that the show would have had Macdonald on every week "if we could.''
"He is funny in a way that some people inhale and exhale," Letterman told the Post. "With others, you can tell the comedy, the humor is considered. With Norm, he exudes it ... There may be people as funny as Norm, but I don't know anybody who is funnier."
The Post's story was headlined, "Will Somebody Please Give Norm Macdonald Another Show?"
As if to answer, Netflix two years later aired 10 episodes of an interview series, "Norm Macdonald Has a Show." Guests included Letterman, Michaels, actress Jane Fonda and Judge Judy Sheindlin.
He had limited success in other TV ventures. He created and starred in the ABC sitcom "The Norm Show," later shortened to "Norm," playing a former professional hockey player kicked out of the league for gambling and tax evasion and forced into community service as a social worker.
A Comedy Central show, "Sports Show with Norm Macdonald," lasted only a handful of episodes, but he kept busy in comedy clubs.
"In my mind, I'm just a stand-up," he told The New York Times in 2018. "But other people don't think that. They think, 'Oh, the guy from 'SNL' is doing stand-up now.'"
In a 2011 comedy special, Macdonald said it was wrong to say you "lost your battle" with cancer when you died. "I'm not a doctor, but I'm pretty sure that if you die, the cancer also dies at exactly the same time," he said. "That, to me, is not a loss. That's a draw."
Comedian Jim Carrey tweeted that Macdonald was "an honest and courageous comedy genius." Actor and comedian Seth Rogen said when he started acting, he essentially ripped off Macdonald's delivery.
"No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald," comedian Jon Stewart said on Twitter. "Hilarious and unique."
Keywords: Norman Macdonald, Saturday Night Live, Comedy
NEW YORK - Billie Eilish went full glam in a huge peach ball gown at the pandemic-delayed Met Gala on Monday night, while fellow host of the evening Amanda Gorman was breathtaking in blue custom Vera Wang with a diamond laurel wreath in her hair.
Co-host Timothée Chalamet raced onto Fifth Avenue to take selfies with fans before walking up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for his entrance after a marching band and gymnast kicked off the long-awaited evening. Last year's gala was canceled due to the pandemic.
This year's official theme of the fundraiser for the museum's Costume Institute was "American Independence," leaving plenty of room for interpretation. Just ask Lil Nas X, who did a Lady Gaga-esque strip tease on the carpet in gold Versace, from cape to armor to embellished jumpsuit.
Eilish, the belle of the ball, wore Oscar de la Renta. She told Vogue: "It was time for this. I feel like I've grown so much over the last few years."
Chalamet had sneakers on his feet but diamonds on his look. Chalamet called his look "a bit of everything," just like America.
Gorman's dress, which included more than 3,000 hand-sewn crystals, was made to evoke a starry night sky. She told Vogue she felt like Lady Liberty, reimagined. Her crown, the star poet said, was a nod to publishing. Another of the hosts, Naomi Osaka, wanted to celebrate all her cultures — Japan, Haitian and the U.S. — and picked a Louis Vuitton gown designed in collaboration with her sister, Mari Osaka. It was a swirly blue, aqua and purple print with long black ruffle sleeves and a wide red sash.
Billie Eilish at the 202 iHeart Radio ALter Ego concert at the Forum, Inglewood, Jan 2020 Image source: voa
If this gala produced a trend, it's huge statement sleeves, with some stars and stripes thrown in. There was a smattering of red, as in the red, white and blue of the American flag. Karlie Kloss wore red Carolina Herrera with huge ruffles at the neck and sleeves. Jennifer Hudson also chose red sans sleeves.
Also in red: Ella Emhoff, the daughter of the country's second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, and Vice President Kamala Harris. She wore a trouser look with a sheer top and a crystal design in all the right places.
Dan Levy took the party's theme to the extreme in a blue confection from Loewe. It had, according to the brand, "printed leg of mutton sleeves" on a polo shirt with an applique of two men kissing.
Leon Bridges, meanwhile, honored his home state of Texas in a white cowboy hat and a blue suede fringe jacket. "It's all about embodying the aesthetic of Texas," said Bridges, with jewels in his hair.
Yara Shahidi wore silver custom Dior complete with a head piece. She said she was inspired by Josephine Baker. Emma Chamberlain went for a gold mini with cutouts at the waist and chunky mirror and chain detail. Harris Reed put Iman in a huge golden hat.
Gala overseer Anna Wintour arrived early with a wave to the crowd accompanied by her pregnant daughter, Bee, in a floral design with ruffles at the neck.
Along with oh-so-many jumpsuits, there were plenty of classic red carpet looks and a wave of gold, the latter including a Peter Dundas look worn by Mary J. Blige. It plunged to the belly button and beyond at the front and back. Megan Fox, fresh from hear appearance at the MTV VMAs, also wore embellished Dundas, a red body hugger with crisscrossing at the front and sides.
MJ Rodriguez, the "Pose" star and first transgender performer to pick up an Emmy nomination in a major acting category, wore an old glam, black-and-white corseted look from Thom Brown. The designer called it a modern-day twist on classic American sportswear. She attended the gala with purpose.
"Not a lot of trans girls like myself get this opportunity," she said. "The human condition is what I'm here for."
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed up in an Aurora James gown of white with a message splashed in red across the back: "Tax the Rich."
Vogue editor Anna Wintour attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibition at New York Image source: voa
The evening had its share of what-the-heck moments, like a couple of horse heads on dresses and a green-haired Frank Ocean carrying a fake baby with a green face to match. Thom Browne gave the walking fashion statement Erykah Badu an extra-tall top hat with a bulky black look, a bunch of crystals and chunky bling around her neck.
Her purse was a black leather dachshund.
Dundas also dressed Ciara, who honored Seahawks hubby Russell Wilson with his No. 3 emblazoned on her lime green sequined gown. She added a little something extra — a Super Bowl ring — and carried a bedazzled purse in the shape of a football.
She said the designer was inspired by the sporty vibe of the late great Geoffrey Beene.
The gala, which raises money for the museum's Costume Institute, was pushed last year from its traditional May berth and morphed this year into a two-part affair marking the institute's 75th anniversary. It coincides with the opening of "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," the first of a two-part exhibition at the Met's Anna Wintour Costume Center.
Organizers invited 400 guests, or about a third the number that usually attend. (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Met Gala, Costume Institute, Amanda Gorman, Billie Eilish, Lexicon of Fashion
When cotton pants no longer worked as a durable enough fabric, the French decided to create a different kind of weave: a twill weave that includes one blue thread and one white thread. This came to be known as the infamous denim.
The denim is named after Serge de Nimes, a small town in France, where this fabric is believed to have originated. The actual reason for its origin is speculated. Some believe that it was made for the miners, and that it was made during the California gold rush (1800s), when thousands of men came to America, to find treasure in the rocky sands.
The Gold Rush was a time when men were desperate enough to do anything to earn money. They traded diamonds, gold, rocks, money, everything. It was a time when human greed blinded every other sense in the continent. Levi Strauss, and Jacob Davis, partnered together to supply men with work wear, and made a fortune from the high demand.
One of the first denim brands: Levi's Image source: Photo by Varun Gaba on Unsplash
In the 1930s, the denim assumed a new name. It began to be known as 'Jeans', named after Genoa in France. Hollywood heavily promoted these pants as a fashion statement. People began to prefer them to regular pants because they were riveted in all the places that regular pants easily tore. Jeans did not fray quickly, and even if they did, it did not hinder the functionality of the outfit. The original form that denim became popular was the dungaree, or jumpsuit before it became known as pants.
Post World War II, the jeans became the American Navy's holiday wear. They wore them as some kind of identity while on leave. Companies like Lee and Wrangler, took this as an opportunity to expand business, and jeans became something that had come to stay.
Jeans today, are worn with stickers, rips, cuts, and colors Image source: Photo by Alicia Petresc on Unsplash
The typical pair of jeans are dyed indigo. They are interwoven with a clean white cotton thread in such a way that the outside is blue but the inside is white. The pockets and sides are joined using double stitches, and riveted in certain points. These days, stickers, stripes, and cuts are made on the jeans for a fashionable look. They are called 'distressed jeans' when they appear faded and ripped. This is the rage among youngsters who see it as a form of rebellion to be seen in these pants. Jeans that are not blue are dyed with Sulphur compounds to give different shades and patterns. Some of them are even washed with acid.
Jeans these days come with elastane for those who want a slim fit, or stretchy pants. They come in a range of colors, styles, and forms. The denim is still the most durable and functional fabric ever invented.
Keywords: Jeans, Denim, France, America, Gold Rush, Navy, Workwear