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By Puja Gupta
The COVID-19 pandemic has left everyone to take precautions to avoid the spread. This means that it has become imperative for everyone to wear a mask no matter where they’re headed to but there is a problem. Excessive use of face mask may not be good for your skin and one may develop acne. Maskne is one of the biggest skin conditions caused by the constant use of mask.
Maskne is a type of acne that usually appear in areas covered by the mask and also the parts of the face where the mask and face shields touch the skin. Mask is to essentially protect your nose and mouth from catching bacteria by trapping the air you inhale and exhale. This phenomenon teamed up with the sweat makes it the perfect atmosphere for bacteria to take home on your skin. The moisture soaked up under the mask makes it favorable for bacteria to toy around on the layers of your skin. Adding to this is the sweat that helps the bacteria in clogging the pores and hence causing acne.
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Plabita Sharma, The Body Shop Expert shares ways to prevent Maskne and keep your skin healthy during changing season.
Change your mask regularly
Make sure to wear masks that do not trap the sweats. The use and throw medical masks work the best and help prevent skin issues. Masks with multiple layers of cloth will only store more bacteria. Even if you use those, make sure to rinse them thoroughly with soap and water after every use.
Wash your face
Use a gentle cleanser that is free of fragrance and oil and rinse with lukewarm water. Avoid over-washing your face to prevent dryness and inflammation of skin. If you have dry skin, a creamy brightening face wash is ideal to use at least once a week. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, then a gel-based face wash is going to be a savior for your skin.
The skin toners you use will determine how your skin fares this season. Make sure to avoid any harsh skin toners that contain alcohol. Use natural toners that contain ingredients like tea tree, Aloe Vera, cucumber etc.
Invest in a rich moisturiser with hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Apply moisturiser during the day as well as at night, or whenever your skin feels dry. Refrain from oil-based moisturisers and use water-based moisturizer, ones that do not clog the pores. Not only will this keep your skin hydrated, it will also act as a barrier between your face and your mask, reducing friction.
Skip the makeup
Avoid makeup if you can. Powder and cream products both will mix with the sweat and clog pores which is something we absolutely do not want.
If you cannot avoid make up, micellar water is a good idea to remove the makeup
Use Spot Correctors
They can treat acne lesions. Gel correctors or even acne patches can help control your acne. If you don’t have any of those items, try tea tree oil or clove oil on the pimple and see how the acne reduces.
SPF is a must
A rainy or cloudy day doesn’t mean your skin is safe from the harmful ultra-violet rays of the sun. Use a good sunscreen every day to avoid any skin problem.
Keep yourself Hydrated
Dehydrated, parched, dry skin is common during monsoon. So, make sure you drink lots of water to keep your body wary of toxins leading to acne and pimples. While drinking at least 8 glasses of water is important to hydrate your skin, you also need to apply a moisturizer to prevent dryness.
Eat Seasonal Fruits
Monsoon comes loaded with a bevy of seasonal fruits that may do wonder for your skin – all thanks to their high antioxidant content. Some of the vitamin C rich fruits you may include in your monsoon diet are litchis, pears, Jamun and peaches.
Avoid Oily Food
It is difficult to tame your cravings in this nippy weather but it is a good idea to keep a safe distance from oily and fried food for sake of your skin during Monsoon and especially when you are facing a condition like Maskne.
Include those Healthy Seeds
Do not toss away the seeds as they are a treasure trove of nutrients. Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are replete with vitamin E that may help your skin become younger, taut and radiant. (IANS)
NEW DELHI - India Navy sending four ships for exercises and port visits with the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, its navy said Wednesday, as China's maritime power grows in the area.
The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.
Commander Vivek Madhwal, the Indian navy spokesman, said four ships will take part.
The ships will also participate in a multilateral exercise, MALABAR-21, along with the Japanese, Australian and U.S. navies, the statement said.
It said the exercises will enhance coordination with friendly countries, based on common maritime interests and a commitment to freedom of navigation.
"Besides regular port calls, the task group will operate in conjunction with friendly navies to build military relations and develop interoperability in the conduct of maritime operations," the statement said.
The U.S., India, Japan and Australia are part of the Quad regional alliance created in response to China's growing economic and military strength. Washington has long viewed New Delhi as a key partner in efforts to blunt increasing Chinese assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
India is also in a continuing standoff with China over their disputed border in the eastern Ladakh region. The countries have stationed tens of thousands of soldiers backed by artillery, tanks and fighter jets along their de facto border, called the Line of Actual Control.
Last year, 20 Indian troops died in a clash with Chinese soldiers involving clubs, stones and fists in a portion of the disputed border. China said it lost four soldiers.(VOA/HP)
The UK government on Thursday announced that it will move India from the red to the amber list on Sunday, in the country's latest update to the 'Red-Amber-Green' traffic light ratings for arrivals into England amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This means the visit visas for the UK from India are open, in addition to other long-term visas that have remained open. But travellers from India arriving in England can complete a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place they are staying (not mandatorily quarantine in a managed hotel).
The UK government also announced that arrivals from France to England will no longer need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated. The step aligns France with the rest of the amber list now that the proportion of beta variant cases has fallen, where those who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised and administered in the UK, the US or Europe do not need to quarantine when arriving in England.
This move also simplifies the system to three categories, as well as the green watch list to give travellers notice where green status is at risk.
To continue cautiously reopening international travel, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will be added to the government's green list, having demonstrated they posed a low risk to UK public health.
Besides India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE will also be moved from the red to the amber list, as the situation in these countries has improved.
The data for all countries will be kept under review and the government will not hesitate to take action where a country's epidemiological picture changes, a statement by the UK government said.
Following an assessment of the latest data, Georgia, La Reunion, Mayotte and Mexico will be added to the red list as they present a high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern, known high-risk variants under investigation or as a result of very high in-country or territory prevalence of Covid-19.
Arrivals from Spain and all its islands are advised to use a PCR test as their pre-departure test wherever possible, as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We are committed to opening up international travel safely, taking advantage of the gains we've made through our successful vaccination programme, helping connect families, friends and businesses around the world.
"While we must continue to be cautious, today's changes reopen a range of different holiday destinations across the globe, which is good news for both the sector and travelling public."
Since February, anyone who arrives in the UK from a red list country has been required by law to book a stay in a managed quarantine facility for 10 days.
In order to ensure taxpayers are not subsidising the costs of staying in these facilities, which have gone up, the cost will increase from August 12. Alternative payment arrangements remain available to those who genuinely cannot afford to pay and rates remain the same for children up to 12.(IANS/HP)
A Hindu temple in Pakistan's Punjab province was reportedly vandalized by hundreds of people after a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who allegedly urinated at a local seminary, received bail, a media report said on Thursday.
According to the Dawn news report, the incident took place on Wednesday in Bhong town, about 60 km from Rahim Yar Khan city.
Besides the vandalization, the mob also blocked the Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), the report added.
Citing sources, Dawn news said that a case was registered against the minor on July 24 based on a complaint filed by a cleric, Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim, of the Darul Uloom Arabia Taleemul Quran.
The sources said that "some Hindu elders did tender an apology to the seminary administration saying the accused was a minor and mentally challenged".
But, when a lower court granted him bail a few days ago, some people incited the public in the town on Wednesday and got all shops there closed in protest, the report quoted the sources as further saying.
A video clip showing people wielding clubs and rods storming the temple and smashing its glass doors, windows, lights, and damaging the ceiling fans went viral on social media.
In response, one Twitter user said: "Ganesh Temple, village Bhong in Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab has been ravaged. Another day, another attack on Hindus in Pakistan."
Another said: "Yesterday, the mob ran amok at Temple over minor boy issue who allegedly urinated, the boy said to be mentally handicapped. Hindu community made an apology for the boy — a case registered against the nine-year-old boy. Those vandalized temples, no FIR registered against them."
District police spokesman Ahmed Nawaz Cheema said Rangers had been deployed in the troubled area and the situation was under control.
A small town close to the River Indus and Sindh-Punjab border, Bhong houses a number of gold traders who originally hail from Ghotki and Dehrki (Sindh), according to the Dawn news report.
A ruling PTI member representing the minority said he had been in touch with the local Hindu community and influential Rais family of Bhong since the issue surfaced.