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Watch out for Harmful Chemicals in Cosmetics

Sumesh Sood, chief operating officer of personal care brand Organic Harvest Company, warns against a list of chemicals commonly found in cosmetics:

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You must be prepared for a touch-up once you land. Pixabay

Wonder what makes your skin itchy or turn red after you apply your favourite personal care product like cream and sunscreen? An expert says chemicals like paraben and phthalates present in the products are capable of damaging skin.

Sumesh Sood, chief operating officer of personal care brand Organic Harvest Company, warns against a list of chemicals commonly found in cosmetics:

* Phthalates: Phthalates are a group of hormone disrupting chemicals that are found in personal care products like moisturisers and shampoos. They may lead to early puberty in girls and there is also a risk factor for later-life breast cancer.

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Chemicals (Representational image). Pixabay

* Parabens: Parabens are a group of compounds used to prevent fungus, bacteria and other cultures from forming in cosmetics and skincare products. They are absorbed through the skin and may cause breast cancer. They are likely to irritate skin, eyes and lungs.

* Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA): It is a common ingredient in sunscreens. It has been linked with cancer, skin irritation and rashes. The chemical also damages the liver and deepens the skin pigmentation.

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* Mineral oil: Mineral oil coats the skin like a plastic wrap, disrupting the skin’s natural ability to breathe and absorb the ‘natural moisture factor’. This causes burning, stinging, redness and irritation. The lack of moisture also leads to premature ageing of skin age. (Bollywood Country)

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Intel Develops Unique Chip To Recognize Hazardous Chemicals

Using a neural algorithm derived from the architecture and dynamics of the brain's olfactory circuits, researchers from Intel and Cornell University trained Loihi chip to learn and recognise the scents of 10 hazardous chemicals

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The chip demonstrated superior recognition accuracy compared with conventional state-of-the-art methods, including a deep-learning solution that required 3,000 times more training samples per class to reach the same level of classification accuracy. Wikimedia Commons

Intel has developed a unique chip that can recognize hazardous chemicals in the presence of significant noise and object occlusion.

Called Loihi, the Intel’s neuromorphic research chip learnt each odour with just a single sample, without disrupting its memory of previously learned scents, the company announced on Tuesday.

The chip demonstrated superior recognition accuracy compared with conventional state-of-the-art methods, including a deep-learning solution that required 3,000 times more training samples per class to reach the same level of classification accuracy.

“We are developing neural algorithms on Loihi that mimic what happens in your brain when you smell something,” said -Nabil Imam, senior research scientist in Intel’s Neuromorphic Computing Lab.

“This work is a prime example of contemporary research at the crossroads of neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence and demonstrates Loihi’s potential to provide important sensing capabilities that could benefit various industries,” he added.

Using a neural algorithm derived from the architecture and dynamics of the brain’s olfactory circuits, researchers from Intel and Cornell University trained Loihi chip to learn and recognise the scents of 10 hazardous chemicals. To do so, the team used a dataset consisting of the activity of 72 chemical sensors in response to these smells and configured the circuit diagram of biological olfaction on Loihi.

The chip quickly learned the neural representation of each of the smells and recognized each odour, even when significantly occluded, demonstrating a promising future for the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence, according to a joint paper published in Nature Machine Intelligence.

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Intel has developed a unique chip that can recognize hazardous chemicals in the presence of significant noise and object occlusion. Wikimedia Commons

Imam sees the potential of robots equipped with neuromorphic chips for environmental monitoring and hazardous materials detection, or for quality control chores in factories. They could be used for medical diagnoses where some diseases emit particular odours. Another example has neuromorphic-equipped robots better identifying hazardous substances in airport security lines.

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“My next step is to generalise this approach to a wider range of problems – from sensory scene analysis (understanding the relationships between objects you observe) to abstract problems like planning and decision-making,” said Imam. (IANS)

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Follow This Guide to Protect Your Skin and Hair from Holi Colours

Your complete skin and hair care guidelines for Holi

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Holi, the festival of colours is one of the most favourite festivals among all age groups. Pixabay

Holi, the festival of colours is one of the most favourite festivals among all age groups. The colours have a lasting impact on mind, mood as well as skin and hair. Following rituals and following small steps can help preventing damage to hair and skin, letting you enjoy without being worried about post-Holi rashes, dryness, irritation of the skin, dry lusterless hair, acne breakouts, burning, and red scaly skin.

According to Dr Smriti Naswa Singh, Consultant Dermatologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, here’s what will help you prep better for Holi.

Pre-Holi preparation:

Avoid bleaching or waxing or doing facial one week before and after Holi

Apply a thick coat of oil or petroleum jelly or cold cream on your skin; do not forget the lips, areas behind the ears, and the navel.

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Nail polish is a good idea to protect nails from Holi colors, that stain them Blue and Green. Pixabay

Oil your hair and beard too, liberal use is advised

Sunscreen should be applied in generous amounts on all sun exposed areas, 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and repeat every 3 hours if you are outdoors

Cover yourself with long sleeve clothes

Nail polish is a good idea to protect nails from Holi colors, that stain them Blue and Green

During Holi:

Prefer playing with dry colors and those that are certified esafe’, if using wet colours, opt for organic colors

Avoid colors which are actually Golden and Silver paints

Wash your skin immediately after you see the 1 st sign of irritation or itching

Keep the moisturizer handy, applying moisturizer immediately reduces irritation, and the coat of moisturizer protects topmost layer of the skin from irritants in the colors

Keep yourself hydrated, drinking water ensures that the deeper layers of skin are nourished

Avoid consuming too much alcohol

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Prefer playing with dry holi colors and those that are certified esafe. Pixabay

Post Holi cleaning ritual:

Take a bath while the color is still wet

Soaps vs. cleansers vs. ubtan – ubtan-like packs made of earthen clay (Multani Mitti) or a combination of Wheat flour, Curd, Haldi can be applied all over the body to remove the color. This ensures the skin doesn’t get too dry as against using the soap, as its detergent action might dry-out the skin.

Lukewarm water always helps. Use cleansing milk and lukewarm water must be used on the face, as second wash after using the Ubtan. You can also apply a combination of sea salt, Glycerin and an aromatic oil to remove the colour.

Do not scrub, remove the Ubtan while it is still wet, this is especially important for those with acne prone facial and truncal (chest and back) skin

Shampooing is necessary to clean the scalp and conditioner will help condition and moisten the hair, preventing them from getting frizzy.

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Post bath:

Liberally apply moisturizer for the skin, and serum for hair Hand and foot cream should also be used specifically because these areas have maximum contact with colour. (IANS)

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Follow These Tips to Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Skin

Embrace your skin health

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Organic Harvest founder and CEO Rahul Agarwal says is important to understand your skin and choose the right products. Pixabay

We tend to get caught up with brands that promise us fair and glowing skin. The truth is no product can guarantee you this, and by subscribing to advertorial gimmicks and false promises you may end up doing long-term damage to your skin.

Organic Harvest founder and CEO Rahul Agarwal says is important to understand your skin and choose the right products for your skin type. Every skin type has its own concerns and needs different precautions. To achieve and maintain healthy skin is a good starting point in skincare and just like with other life choices; people are gravitating towards products that contain ingredients that are raw (unprocessed), and formulas that are age- old.

The fact is that there is good reason why plants and flowers have been used for both mystical and medicinal purposes for centuries; those that our grandmothers will give us the green signal to use.

Organic versus Synthetic Skincare

If you haven’t ditched your toxic, synthetic and artificially coloured shampoo and face cleansing bar, maybe it’s time to do away with them. As far as your skin goes- less is more and pure is wonderful (think: super nourishing). You may not be aware that there are thousands of chemicals in your skincare products that are being absorbed by your body. They will do irreparable and irreversible damage to your skin from the dermal layer.

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As far as your skin goes- less is more and pure is wonderful. Pixabay

Start with buying brands that you have researched well, and those that are vetted to be true to their philosophy. The same way you look at food labels is how you should look at your beauty products. If organic, cruelty- free, vegan is important to you, check the for the EcoCert and credible global certification seals. If natural-only is your priority, read labels carefully and get to know your ingredients.

Some basic skincare rules for a radiant complexion

Drink plenty of water and get enough sleep. Prolonged stress and negative thoughts can lead to dull devitalized skins. If you are stressed, use techniques that bring you calm.

 

In the end, how you choose to look after has a direct relation with the food and other lifestyle choices that you make. If you are more drawn to the power of nature; you will eat simple organic foods and subsequently you will prefer to use skincare products that are pure in their formulation and delivery.

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That’s what experts say is health: it works from the inside out; and ultimately what you put into and onto your skin will reflect its well-being. (IANS)