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Spring brings a promise of fresh beginnings. It’s time for our skin to breathe new life and cast away thick balms and heavy lotions that we endured over the winter season.
While our skin adjusts to new, warmer temperatures, it can play havoc on our skin condition. This transition often gives rise to a number of skin grievances like dry, chapped, and itchy skin or quite possibly on the other side of the spectrum oily and acne-prone skin. Regardless of where your skin lands on the spectrum, you’re definitely not alone. Skincare culprits that cause these imbalances can range from daily bathing habits (especially with hot water and over bathing) and even hormonal changes as you age. While it may seem easier to spend money on an array of fancy chemical-laden skincare products, it could be beneficial to peruse the natural and organic aisle for your next skincare fix.
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The lack of moisture in the skin results from a decrease in the fatty acids (lipids) in the skin, which is responsible for locking in the moisture and keeping the skin soft and supple. Contrastingly, oily skin can result in clogged pores and acne breakouts. If there are problems aplenty, there are solutions too.
The best type of remedies for imbalanced skin is natural and organic skincare that is formulated with balancing plant extracts like a proprietary blend of cucumber extract, cornflower water, and aloe vera to soothe even the most sensitive and chapped skin. Aloe vera contains polysaccharides that help to retain the moisture levels in the skin and also enhances collagen and elastin production, thus restoring the suppleness and elasticity of the skin. Not only does aloe vera hydrate even the driest skin, but it also combats acne and naturally restores the skin’s pH balance.
Similarly, cucumber provides inflammation-fighting vitamin C and caffeic acid, and when applied to your face, these same nutrients can provide a positive effect for rejuvenating your complexion, balancing out imperfections, and provide deep hydration.
Jagvir Singh, Founder, and President, Refresh Botanicals say, “Other over-the-counter products can have a ton of ingredients in them. Besides containing useful active ingredients, they may also have harmful chemicals and preservatives. Great skin has to start with the elimination of parabens, gluten, petroleum by-products, animal by-products, and artificial fragrances, oils, or alcohol. For instance, algae are considered a super-rich source of bioactive molecules that have incredible therapeutic benefits for the skin.
It conditions, hydrates, softens, and detoxifies by replenishing the skin with essential vitamins and minerals. Omega 3 fatty acids, amino acids, and Vitamins A, B, C, and E present in algae extract are known for radiance, texture improvement, and firmness to the skin. Similarly, apple fruit extract is highly concentrated with phenolic compounds and flavonoids that offer anti-aging benefits to the skin through anti-oxidants. Natural alpha-hydroxy acids gently exfoliate your skin and eliminate the appearance of acne scars and sunspots.”
How Organic skincare can help soothe dry to oily skin
Singh further explains, “Your skin naturally produces oil, called sebum, which aids in protecting the skin from moisture loss, but everyday actions, such as forgetting to put on a moisturizer or washing your face with a harsh soap can essentially disrupt the skin’s microbiome. This trivial negligence strip the skin’s natural oils causing severe dry skin or even can trick the skin to produce more sebum which later can cause severely oily skin or acne breakouts.
Products containing sweet almond, jojoba, and coconut oils have profound moisturizing capabilities and contain powerful phytonutrients, vitamins, and anti-oxidants which in turn relieve, restore, and revitalize the chapped skin to give you a radiant and timeless glow. The skin should be calmed when distressed, conditioned daily, and protected always — with the key botanical bioactive ingredients.” Refresh your routine of chapped skin with plant-based, organic skincare that will not only give you the radiance that can be mistaken for sunkissed skin but skincare that will also contribute to the overall health of your skin. (IANS/SP)
Canadian researchers have discovered an overlooked gene that plays a major role in the development of antibodies, which help the immune system recognize and fight viruses including SARS-CoV-2, bacteria and other causes of infectious disease. The gene -- FAM72A -- facilitates production of high-quality antibodies by enabling the effect of an enzyme called AID (for Activation-Induced Deaminase), the researchers showed.
Immunologists have known for two decades that AID is essential to produce antibodies capable of clearing infections, but the full mechanism of its effect has remained unknown. "Our findings answer the long-standing question of how AID does its work," said Alberto Martin, a professor of immunology at the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine. "FAM72A helps AID to promote mutations in antibody genes that are essential for the development of effective antibodies," he added.
Genetic mutations that lead to lasting changes in DNA occur through a process called mutagenesis. | Pixabay
Genetic mutations that lead to lasting changes in DNA occur through a process called mutagenesis. In the context of antibody development, mutagenesis unfolds largely through the AID-driven mechanisms called somatic hypermutation and class switch recombination -- both of which help antibodies gain the diversity and potency they need to counter a wide range of pathogens.
The results published in the journal Nature will help researchers better understand antibody development broadly, but they also have implications for cancer. Uncontrolled mutagenesis in B cells that produce antibodies is linked to B cell lymphoma, and FAM72A is present at very high levels in other cancers such as gastrointestinal, breast, lung, liver and ovarian cancers.
"Our data show that high levels of FAM72A promote mutations in antibody genes, so increased levels of FAM72A could spur cancer development, progression or drug resistance by increasing mutagenesis,a Martin said. Martin's team is now exploring those possibilities. Intriguingly, unlike other mammals, humans have four gene versions of FAM72A and their roles in cancer and antibody production are still unknown. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: researchers, cancer, mutagenesis, antibody, development, antibodies, canada, COVID
Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India will set up a 50 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Odisha's Sambalpur at a total cost of Rs 301.92 crore, moving steadily towards its goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2024. MCL has placed a turnkey order to set-up a 50 MW solar power plant with a Chennai-based firm M/s Hild Energy Ltd, which will establish this green energy project within a timeline of 10 months, the MCL said in a statement on Saturday.
This solar plant would cater to the captive power requirement of MCL. The Central PSU had successfully set-up a 2MW solar power plant in Sambalpur in 2014. The company said it has pledged a target of installing 182 MW of solar power by 2024 in order to become a net zero energy company, aligning itself to use cleaner forms of energy for coal production.
The company said it has pledged a target of installing 182 MW of solar power by 2024. | Photo by Mariana Proença on Unsplash
This 50 MW solar power project will reduce CO2 emission by 91,020 tonnes per annum and carbon offsets of around 24,824 tonnes per annum, claimed the MCL. MCL is the leading production subsidiary of Coal India, having mining operations in Angul, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh districts of Odisha. Having achieved the highest ever capital expenditure of Rs 2,419 crore in the financial year 2020-21, the company has coal production and dispatch targets of 163 million tonnes and 182 million tonnes, respectively.
MCL was the coal mining company to introduce environment-friendly surface miner technology, which contributes over 95 per cent in coal production. As another environment-friendly initiative, the company has successfully introduced vertical rippers for blast-less over-burden removal in Hingula and Kaniha opencast projects. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: solar plant, carbon neutrality, Odisha, Sambalpur, Coal India, subsidiary, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, solar energy
As the nation celebrated the 114th birth anniversary of his father - renowned poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan - megastar Amitabh Bachchan remembered his dad as he penned a heartfelt note for him. The actor took to his blog where he poured his heart out and also shared an unseen photo with his father. The image in question is from Big B's wedding in 1973, where the two are caught in a sweet moment as they look at each other.
Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog,
"My Father , my all .. November 27th his birth in the year 1907 .. Which makes it his 114th Anniversary .. He is in the heavens, with my Mother and they celebrate .. as do we , in thought word and deed .. (sic). But first."
He then posted the picture followed by elaborate paragraphs. The megastar wrote,
"Those rare moments when one would find himself rushing against the winds to prevent the distance between us and to close it down as soon as it can be. The day of my wedding and his expression of fulfilment to not just be in congratulation but instead to be in the face of a belief, a chime, an ultimate season of love and great passion, of the quarries of the fears and conditionings of these deprived gym routines kart ..(sic)". "This could have been unknown for long facilitating years, to give not expected versions and lastly large scale informations of the insides ; but as time passed by, as does now , they explained purposely, the values of education and similarity .. Be in peace and love .. (sic)",
the veteran actor concluded his note. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Amitabh Bachchan, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, actor, blog, birth anniversary, 114th birthday