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Your skin and hair deserve special attention, not only seasonal, but also while we transition between seasons. Pixabay

Whether it is dry and windy outside, or scorching and sweaty, skin is the largest organ that comes in direct contact with the environment. It, thus, deserves special attention, not only seasonal, but also while we transition between seasons.

Dr Smriti Naswa Singh, Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetic Dermatologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai suggests top tips for maintaining a healthy skin and hair care routine during this transition period:

Skincare when under the sun:

Sunscreens are a must in all seasons, 365 days a year especially in a country like India. The SPF and the UVA protection factor has to go up when we are transitioning towards summers. Sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and repeated every three hours if you remain outdoors. Sunscreen does not substitute, but only complements the physical sun protection by umbrellas, goggles and scarves.

Moisturized skin looks and feels good. Pixabay


Moisturizers are the food for our skin. Moisturized skin looks and feels good, whereas dry skin is dull, lusterless and invites the chances of contracting Eczema, cracked feet, chapped lips, and other dry skin-related problems. While intensive moisturizing is the key to sail through winters, summer needs a transition from thick moisturizing cream to water based moisturizing lotions, which are lightweight. Serums are a good idea for the face.

Excessive sweating, heat, thick creams and make-up clog-up pores and increase the pent up secretions of the oil glands, making pimples pop. Oil control face washes containing Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid can help, however the usage of these face washes should be followed-up with non-comedogenic moisturizers.

Scrub it out:

Exfoliation once or twice a week is a good idea to open-up the pores. Homemade scrubs, professionally administered microdermabrasion, or peels, all help in achieving the same. Contrary to popular belief, scrubs should not be used on active acne, even microdermabrasion or polishing should be refrained from.

Salicylic Acid based chemical peels though help treat active acne. Exfoliating skin cleansers are a better idea than harsh scrubs. All this must be followed by moisturizing.

Make up:

From the mousse-based and cake-based thick makeups, shift to lotion based make ups which can be removed with water. In summers, it is even more essential to remove make-up before hitting the bed, as summer temperatures lead to enlarged pores – these pores get clogged-up with make-up, resulting in pimples, black heads and white heads. Carrying wet wipes while out of home is a good idea in summers.

Excessive usage of makeup can harm your skin. Pixabay

Hair care:

While dandruff is rather a rule in winters, summer comes with sweat. Hair needs to be washed often to control the sweating of the scalp, hair should also be adequately conditioned to prevent the frizz and damage due to repeated shampooing.


Wear dry, loose (well fitted, but breathable), cotton clothing; change your clothing including undergarments 2-3 times a day. Apply dusting powder on sweat prone areas (underarms, groin, etc.) to prevent bacterial infections, fungal infections and body odor.

Food, water and exercise:

Increasing fluid intake during the summers is of utmost importance. You can consume coconut water at 11 am, Buttermilk post lunch and fresh lime juice at 5 pm to keep electrolyte levels maintained, besides 2 litres of water.

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Summer fruits like melons are inherently water-rich, they should be consumed on an empty stomach either first thing in the morning or in between the main meals (never with the meals). Raw or steamed vegetables in salad form before cooked meal, help provide all the requisite antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals one’s body needs.

To exercise and remain active is also important; these do not need any transition but a continuity in all seasons. Keep yourself hydrated, apply your sunscreen, wear a smile, and welcome the heat! (IANS)


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Upcoming medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages

The new medical colleges being opened in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages.

The state government has issued an order naming four district hospitals that are being converted into medical colleges.

These district hospitals are in Bijnor, Fatehpur, Chandauli, and Siddharth Nagar.

The Bijnor medical college has been named after Mahatma Vidur, a philosopher during the Mahabharata era and uncle of the Pandavas and Kauravas.

The Chandauli medical college has been named after Baba Keenaram, said to be the founder of the Aghori sect.

The Siddharth Nagar district hospital will be called Madhav Prasad Tripathi Medical College after the BJP politician from the region. Tripathi, popularly known as Madhav Babu, was also the first Uttar Pradesh BJP chief. He was elected MP from Domariyaganj in 1977, besides being two times Jan Sangh MLA and also a member of the UP legislative council.

The Fatehpur hospital has been named Amar Shaheed Jodha Singh Ataiya Thakur Dariyawn Singh Medical College, after the freedom fighter of 1857.

It is said that he was among the first to use Guerrilla warfare against the British, as taught by freedom fighter Tatya Tope.

Meanwhile, according to official sources, the medical college in Deoria will be named after Maharishi Devraha Baba and the medical college of Ghazipur in the name of Maharishi Vishwamitra.

The medical college of Mirzapur will be in the name of Maa Vindhyavasini, the medical college of Pratapgarh in the name of Dr. Sonelal Patel and the medical college of Etah will be named after Veerangana Avantibai Lodhi. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Medical Colleges, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, India, Politics

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Photo of Indian cricket team on the ground

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked India as the favourite to win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Inzamam feels that the Virat Kohli-led India have a greater chance of winning the trophy as the conditions in the Gulf nations are similar to the subcontinent, which makes India the most dangerous side in the event, according to Inzamam.

"In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win' It's all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.

He said more than the Indian batters, the bowlers have a lot of experience of playing in the conditions. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was played recently in UAE and most of the Indian bowlers did well in that leg.

Inzy heaped praises on the Men in Blue for the confident manner in which they chased the target against Australia on a challenging track without needing Kohli's batting prowess.

"India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so," he added.

Though he did not pick any favourite, Inzamam termed the India-Pakistan clash in the Super 12 on October 24 as the 'final before the final' and said the team winning it will go into the remaining matches high on morale,

"The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other, and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them," Inzamam added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Pakistan, Sports, ICC T20 World Cup, UAE.

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Skin problems like itchiness, dryness and flakiness can occur anytime if you're not moisturising your body enough.

Skin problems like itchiness, dryness and flakiness can occur anytime if you're not moisturising your body enough. It is commonly observed that while many people take their skincare routine seriously, a majority of them neglect to moisturise the body. It is important to keep in mind that timing matters a lot when it comes to applying moisturisers. Therefore, knowing the appropriate time to apply body lotion is essential.

Take a look at the ideal times to moisturise your body shared by Kimi Jain, Head of Retail, KIMRICA.

Moisturising the body in the morning sets your skin up to face countless irritants and environmental factors during the day. The skin is constantly exposed to harsh chemicals and pollutants when you're outside which is why using a protective and soothing moisturiser while going out is necessary. Kimirica's Five Elements Body Lotion comes with natural Aloe Vera extracts that act as a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins that helps protect your skin and provide a deep nourishing effect.

man in white crew neck t-shirt Moisturising the body in the morning sets your skin up to face countless irritants and environmental factors during the day. | Photo by The Creative Exchange on Unsplash

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