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Have you spent a considerable amount of money to buy organic skincare products without results? Ever wondered why your ayurvedic skincare products are not working? It may be because of certain skin care myths that have been imbibed in us for a long time. If you love reading beauty and wellness articles or have been on the internet to find your best body care products or natural products for skin, the chances are that you have consumed a ton of data. Add to that midwives tales, and we are left wondering what is a fact and what is fiction.
Ritika Jayaswal, CEO & Founder, Nourish Mantra, busts some common myths related to facial care beauty products so you can move a step ahead in achieving your picture-perfect skin!
I only need to use sunscreen in summers
Winters and monsoon have little to no heat from the sun. That, however, does not mean that the sun's rays are not present in the atmosphere. They simply aren't very strong because of the weather. Sunscreens protect your skin from the harmful UV and UB rays of the sun which can cause skin cancer. Therefore, one must continue using a sun protection shield irrespective of the season.
One must continue using a sun protection shield irrespective of the season. Photo by Onela Ymeri on Unsplash
I must exfoliate my skin every day
Exfoliating your skin every day is a beauty and wellness sin! Exfoliation is the process of deep cleaning your skin by removing dirt and oil clogged in the pores. Our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells. Exfoliating it every day will damage the skin and strip it off its natural oils, leaving it flaky and dry.
Exfoliating your skin every day is a beauty and wellness sin! Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash
Using makeup is bad for my skin
A lot of dual-purpose cosmetic products come with moisturisers that nourish your skin. A good quality product does not clog your pores or trap the dirt. What does harm your skin, though, is sleeping with your makeup on! It not only causes skin breakouts but also breaks down the collagen, thereby causing premature ageing.
Sleeping with your makeup on harms your skin. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Expensive products mean a better product
This is not always true! What makes a product better than the other is its composition and formulation. Every skin reacts differently to different ingredients. We must choose products that work best with our skin type. You may consult a dermatologist to know more about your skin so you can pick your ayurvedic skincare products more wisely.
Every skin reacts differently to different ingredients. Photo by Valeriia Miller on Unsplash
I have oily skin and should not use a moisturiser
Many believe that using moisturisers and creams on oily skin causes skin breakouts. Excess sebum production and clogged pores are the significant causes of acne, and your moisturiser is simply, well, a moisturiser! It nourishes your skin and keeps it soft and supple! Ensure that you use a lightweight or gel-based moisturiser for oily skin, and you are good to go. A pea-sized amount of product is enough for my skin. Unless a product asks to use a small dollop, you must use as much as required to reap the benefits. It is not a one-size-fits-all situation with facial care beauty products. Some spread easily, while others need to be used in thick layers to work more efficiently.
A pea-sized amount of product is enough for your skin. Photo by Haley Lawrence on Unsplash
(Article Originally Written By: Ritika Jayaswal) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Beauty, tips, skincare, sunscreen, summers, oily skin, makeup, exfoliate, expensive
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Stuck at home with the summer heat getting to you? Up your game and make that first season cocktail to lift your spirits and explore new flavors.
Cocktail mixologist Dushyant Tanwar teaches you summer cocktail recipes that are super easy to make at home while you stay home. They include his own take on iconic cocktails like John Collins, La Guavarita, Gold Rush, and Batanga. These are recipes people can follow and make on their own. So, why wait, reach out to your celler and make a few refreshing and easy drinks to try in the comfort of your home. But, don’t forget to drink responsibly.
The Batanga is an extremely popular Mexican drink made simply with tequila and cola with some lime to add to the flavour.
Jose Cuervo Reposado – 45ml
Cola – 180ml
Build in a tall glass over ice. Squeeze in a wedge of lime.
La Guavarita is tropical, refreshing drink loaded with tequila and is a delicious fruity variation of the classic Margarita.
Jose Cuervo Blanco – 30ml
Guava Juice – 60ml
Lime Juice – 20 ml
Sugar Syrup (1:1) – 20ml
Beer – 60ml to top up
Build in a tankard over ice. Top up with beer and gently stir. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
The Gold Rush is a modern classic which is a simple mix of whiskey, lime juice and honey.
Bushmills Black Bush – 45 ml
Lime Juice – 15 ml
Honey Syrup – 15 ml
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange zest.
First created in 1869, The John Collins is similar to its more famous sibling, the Tom Collins cocktail, except it’s made with bourbon whiskey instead of gin.
Bushmills Black Bush – 60 ml
Lemon Juice – 30 ml
Simple syrup – 30 ml
Soda – 120 ml
Shake the Black Bush, lemon juice, and sugar over ice. Strain in a Tom Collins glass over ice and top up with soda. Garnish with an orange wedge and a cherry. (IANS)
From causing mild irritation to severe redness and rashes, wearing jewellry during hot summer months, often spells disaster for your skin. This is a lifestyle article
“Soaps, lotion and dead skin stuck in the crevasses of your jewellery when combined with summer sweat creates an environment wherein bacteria grows which could potentially irritate your skin,” Abhishek Rastogi, Head of Design, Jewellery Division, Titan Company Limited told IANSlife.
As per Leshna Shah, founder and chief creative director of Irasva, a fine jewellery destination, says allergies affect nearly 10 percent of the population. But, having a jewellery rash or an allergy does not mean you need to stop wearing your favorite rings, earrings or other baubles.
Keeping the area dry is key. Bracelets and rings can cause a rash soon after washing your hand, if you fail to completely dry them. Keeping your hands and jewellery dry isn’t a foolproof plan, but it can helps prevent rashes.
Another trick is to have your jewellery plated. If a good piece of jewellery which you wear daily, such as your wedding ring, causes a reaction, ask a jeweler to have it plated in a metal which is less allergy prone like as platinum. Keep your jewellery clean and tarnish free. Also, wearing jewellery for shorter lengths of time helps.
According to Ketan Chokshi, Co-owner of Narayan Jewellers, if your jewellery is made of gem stones and precious diamonds, it is advisable to take it to your jeweller for cleaning in order to prevent damage to the stones.
Avoid moisture and soap. Switch to a mild soap with minimal chemicals as the chances of developing bacteria on your jewellery is less in this case. Always keep a hypoallergenic cream with and apply it often. However, if your skin is sensitive, a cream-based moisturiser helps in preventing skin rashes.
“One should definitely avoid all kinds of artificial jewellery as it may contain high levels of reactive metals like nickel, copper and zinc which can not only give one allergic rashes especially during the summers, but are also toxic for the body.”
“Gold and Platinum are inert, and silver is relatively inert so this trio should be your best bet for jewellery. However when buying gold one has to be very cautious of buying Nickel-Safe-Gold only, as nickel is one of the most common causes of itchy allergic rash that develops particularly on ears, neck, wrists and fingers. So always buy gold jewellery from reputed and trusted brands only,” Rastogi suggested. (IANS)
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Come April, and the summer heat is only going to get more intense. Avoiding excessive water loss and dehydration is essential especially in the summers , says an expert.
“The human body is made up of 60 percent of water and as the temperature warms up this water loss can increase many folds. There is loss of not only water but also electrolytes from the body due excessive sweating. It may lead to fatigue, weakness, sunken eyes, decreased urine or dark colored urine, muscle pains, etc. In severe cases it may lead to heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, or heat rash,” said Dr R K Bhel, Director, Internal Medicine, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Mohali.
It is crucial to drink plenty of fluids during hot and humid months. Fluids can be in form of plain water, fruit juices, coconut water or the good old nimboo paani or lemonade.
Hence, it becomes important to maintain water and electrolyte balance through proper hydration. As our water reserves go down, our body automatically sends a signal to the brain making us feel thirsty.
It is also a wise idea to stay indoors specially during the peak summer afternoons to minimize sweat loss.
In case of severe dehydration, one must go for Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) as it contains sodium, glucose, potassium and chloride which helps in maintaining the electrolyte balance in the body, he suggests.
Also including fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumbers, strawberries, melons, lettuce, tomatoes, etc can help you keeping hydrated as they contain high water content.
Staying away from alcohol, coffee and excessive sugary drinks is a good idea as these make you dehydrated due to their diuretic action. (IANS)