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Good affects of a right Nap! October 26, 2012 12:44

Near and dear to our hearts is the nap.  Some of the greatest men of the 20th century were avid fans of napping, most notably Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill.  (Much of the information in this and future blogs on naps comes from a review article by Dhand and colleagues in Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine.) In 2005, a survey of National Sleep Foundation found that 55% of people in the United States took at least one nap during the week, with 35% saying they take two or more.   Naps are usually brief periods of sleep lasting from a few minutes to a few hours, and can vary in frequency from the occasional nap to scheduled daily rest periods, or even several times a day in habitual nappers.  Daytime naps are often necessary in sleep deprived workers after working long shifts, while others need naps because of excessive daytime sleepiness brought on by sleep disorders that prevent them from having a good night’s sleep.  I would like to review what we know about the practice of daytime naps in otherwise healthy adults who are not sleep deprived and who do not have a known sleep disorder.  Whether these naps are a habit, a sign of laziness, or if they serve some biological purpose and are associated with better health and longevity remain a matter of debate. The importance of daytime naps has been recognized for some time.  In many cultures in which the afternoon sun can send the temperatures soaring, siestas have become a way of life.  (More about siestas and heart disease later.)  This is especially popular in Spain and from there probably spread to other areas of Latin America, Asia, and Africa. First let’s start with the good.  Several investigations have shown that short naps of < 30 minutes have an invigorating effect, helped maintain alertness levels, and enhanced performance.  These positive effects were seen in healthy young adults and in the elderly after a normal night’s sleep, after sleep restriction, during long hours of shift work, and during extensive periods of driving and flying planes.  Many reports also showed an overall improvement in emotional state with naps. How long do the naps need to be to help?  It has been shown that napping for < 10 minutes has few if any benefits, whereas naps of between 10-45 minutes have restorative effects that last through the day.  On the other hand, naps that are longer can actually cause the person to enter deeper stages of sleep and lead to grogginess upon awakening.

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Look your best this Dussera... October 23, 2012 17:44

Its all about looking your best especially this Dussera, in order to re create the magic on your loved ones with your looks and to build up your happiness as such; Just remember that multi-purpose products are your essentials.  Hair A must is dry shampoo which can revive greasy locks and add volume. If your hair is prone to frizziness, a good serum will help tame the wildness. Take some fun hair bands for day two-three so you can pile it up in a trendy top knot or fashion a braid in the style of Pixie Lott.  Lips A fabulous multi-tasking product (lips, cuticles, elbows, knees, sunburn) is Saviour by Antipodes. You won't believe how many uses you'll find for this.  Eyes Go bright. MAC's Paint Pot in Pure Creating delivers highly pigmented bright blue, or try Rubenesque for a brilliant bornoz. Rimmel's Waterproof gel eye liner will stay on all day and night and has a handy brush attached for a trendy cat's eye flick alla Alexa Chung. You can even use it to paint on a fun butterfly or flower on the cheek.  Cheeks Pack a product luike Stila's Convertible Colour which can be used on cheeks and lips. You can even use it as face paint.  Nails Festivals are great for experimenting and getting away with things. Try a nail art pen over the top of your favourite polish and apply a layer of Rimmel's 10 day top coat to keep nails chip free and looking polished.  Body Fake tan can give you a healthy sun-kissed look without frying in the sun. For an added glow, rub a little St. Tropez Shimmer Stick down the front of legs, shoulders, arms and décolletage.  Skin  Baby wipes are a must. Use to cleanse, to remove make-up, and for those muddy shoes and sticky finges. And an oil-free face cream for day/night to keep the sweat away.

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Winter is on the way... October 20, 2012 15:31

For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).Sound familiar? Read tips for boosting your winter skin care regimen, so that your skin stays moist and healthy through the winter months.     1. Seek a SpecialistIf you go to your local drugstore, you'll be hard put to find a salesperson who can give you good advice. That's why going to an esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.But that doesn't mean you'll be stuck buying high-end products. "Inexpensive products work just as well as high-end ones," says David Voron, MD, a dermatologist in Arcadia, Calif. "In fact, the extra price you pay for the expensive stuff is often just for packaging and marketing. What's most important is how your skin responds to the product -- and how you like its feel, not how much money you paid for it."     2. Moisturize MoreYou may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer.   But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine.   Find an "ointment" moisturizer that's oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labeled as "night creams" are oil-based.)But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for "nonclogging" oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil -- or butter -- is controversial, because it can clog facial pores. And vegetable shortening, LaPlante says, is a really bad idea. "It would just sit on the skin," she says. "And it would be really greasy."You can also look for lotions containing "humectants," a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin.     3. Slather on the SunscreenNo, sunscreen isn't just for summertime. Winter sun -- combined with snow glare -- can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they're exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.

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How to get rid of dandruff October 17, 2012 10:59

Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain tells you how to tackle this problem Dandruff is a common scalp condition. In its mild form, it consists of loose white flakes, which fall off and may be noticed on the shoulders and back. Sometimes, the flakes may be yellowish in colour. Even mild dandruff can be accompanied by itching. Sometimes, the scales, along with oily secretions, tend to adhere to the scalp, which people commonly refer to as "sticky dandruff." In winter, due to lack of moisture, the scalp may become dry and flaky. This kind of dandruff is the loose kind, which does not stick to the scalp. Hot oil therapy is a useful home treatment for the prevention and control of common dandruff. It also relieves dryness of the scalp and prevents clogging of the pores of the scalp. Heat olive oil and apply on the scalp with cotton wool. Rub gently to dislodge the flakes. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. Leave the oil on overnight. The next morning, apply the juice of a lemon on the scalp and wash the hair after half an hour. This can be done once or twice a week. The hair should be washed at least three times a week, using less shampoo and rinsing well with water. Use a mild herbal shampoo. Half an hour before shampoo, apply two tablespoons vinegar on the scalp and massage it lightly into the scalp. After shampoo, add two tablespoons of the vinegar to a mug of water and use as a last rinse. For dandruff, add 5 drops of Rosemary essential oil to 50 ml rose water. Shake well and keep in a glass bottle with a tight fitting lid. Apply this on the scalp after shampoo, using cotton wool and leave it on. Essential oils should never be used by themselves. Fenugreek (Methi) seeds: Grind one tablespoon of methi seeds coarsely and soak in two cups of cool water. Leave it overnight. Strain and use the water as a last rinse. Neem leaves: Add two handfuls of neem leaves to four to five cups of hot water. Let it stand overnight. Next morning, strain the liquid and use it to rinse the hair. It relieves itching and keeps the scalp healthy and free from infections. It is useful in preventing dandruff. Make a paste of the soaked neem leaves and apply on the scalp, rinsing off with water after half an hour. Weekly henna treatments are very useful: They help to restore normal balance and prevent dandruff. They are helpful in general hair care too. Add 4 teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs, one teaspoon methi seed powder and enough tea water to the henna powder, mixing it into a thick paste. Make tea-water by boiling used tea leaves again in enough water, cooling and straining the liquid. Apply the henna on the hair and wash off after an hour. If you do not wish to use egg, add more tea water. This not only helps to remove dandruff, but conditions the hair, adding strength, body and shine to the hair. If its is a case of severe dandruff, combs, brushes, pillow covers and towels should be washed daily in hot soapy water, adding a few drops of an antiseptic solution. Include fresh fruits, raw salads and sprouts to your daily diet. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Add lemon juice to a glass of water and have it first thing in the morning. Some amount of daily exercise is also necessary. However, before adopting any diet or exercise programme, consult your doctor.

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For an continuous glow in the Skin, instantly.... October 16, 2012 14:50

Good looks costs money, right ! But do you know, that you can be beautiful without spending on costly skin care products. Simply choose home remedies and be beautiful and good looking, by exploiting the natural ingredients coming directly from your kitchen. From the ancient times the home remedies for beauty purposes, have been very popular among the Indian and the European women. Using the ingredients from the kitchen for beauty reasons, is not only easy on the pocket, but also is an excellent natural alternative to get that glowing look for your beautiful face. Read on to learn the various home remedies to get a glowing face instantly. Honey and Banana Face Mask Make a mixture of 2 tablespoons of honey and one banana and apply it on your face and neck. Wash it off after 15 minutes and within minutes you would see a glowing face in front of the mirror. This face mask is a great a moisturizer and also helps to tighten the skin. Potato Mask For oily skin potatoes are really very helpful. Apply a grated raw potato as a mask by rubbing the potato on your skin. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes and then rinse off with water. Potatoes help to absorb excess oil in your face and also help to avoid wrinkles. Tomato Scrub Simply cut a tomato into half and then rub it directly on your face. So simple, easy and very effective. Rub the lovely tomato all over your face gently and leave on for 5 minutes. In the end rinse off with lukewarm water. Tomatoes is a good astringent, contains immense amount of vitamin C and has cooling properties which helps to brighten the dull skin in a jiffy and gives your skin a natural glow in an instant. Hot and Cold Water Therapy One of the easiest and simplest ways to get a glow on your face is by placing a hot towel on your face for 10 minutes and then splash you face with cold water at least 10 to 12 times. This is the most natural way to get that glowing look and is good for every skin type. 1.Drink plenty of water everyday 2.Avoid eating lots of fried food. 3.Always try to eat fresh vegetables and salads. 4.Avoid frozen foods as far as possible. 5.Drink fresh fruit juices and eat fresh fruits. 6.Once in a month detoxify by eating just fruits and liquids all day.

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Skin care this Winter! October 15, 2012 14:19

When the temperature drops, the skin becomes more sensitive, and the cold air and biting winds of winter can make it even more fragile. Cold weather can also make your circulation less efficient. As a result, the skin's metabolism can become sluggish, and less oxygen reaches the cells. This means that in cold, windy, damp weather, your skin tends to become dry, flaky, and chapped, and may feel tight. The dehydration can exacerbate skin conditions such as eczema. And switching between extreme temperatures- going from a warm house to the cold outdoors- can worsen broken veins or rosacea. Trying to keep warm in winter brings another set of problems. Turning up the central heating, using heavy quilts or electric blankets, and keeping the windows tightly closed, can also dehydrate the skin and make it appear prematurely aged. You may notice fine lines around the eyes, puffiness, and blotchy skin.      Cold-Weather Skin Care ·    Switch the heating as low as possible. Wear extra clothing if necessary. ·    Keep the air moist by placing bowls of water near radiators or sources of heat, or buy a humidifier. ·    Avoid electric blankets and other bedwarmers. They can keep your sleeping body temperature at too high a level. ·    Keep a window open at night to let in fresh air . ·    Wear layers of loose rather than close-fitting clothing. Tight clothes can inhibit circulation and clinging fabrics can irritate your skin. ·    Take regular exercise in winter to keep the blood moving around the body. ·    Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration . ·    Use a good moisturizer, especially when going outdoors.

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Tips to cure baldness, dandruff October 13, 2012 11:10

Recently, Lady Gaga joined the list of other celebrities to use anti-baldness cream as she feared she was losing more hair. It's not just who are possessive about their mane beauty. All of us fuss about hairstyle which is what makes one stand out. Here are a few common hair-related problems we encounter and some tips to overcome them Dandruff: Soak a few fenugreek (methi) seeds overnight in water and grind it to a fine paste in the morning. Apply the paste on the head for 30mins and wash off. This not just has cooling effect, but also keeps your hair dandruff-free. Hair fall: Mix cocnut and gingelly (sesame) oil. Add an amla (gooseberry), a few leaves of white hibiscus and boil for 20mins. Let the mixture cool and apply this oil on your head and wash off after 20 mins. This will help prevent hair fall. Grey hair: Soak henna in an iron vessel for at least 3 hours. Add sour curd and squeeze half a lemon to the paste and apply on the hair. Wash off after 2-3 hours. This will also keep the head cool. Lack-luster hair: Take egg white and apply on the hair. Leave it for 30 mins and rinse with shampoo. Egg gives shine to the dull hair. Brittle hair: If your hair is brittle due to over use of henna. Give your head an oil massage the day you wash the hair. This will not only enhance the hair colour, but also makes the hair smooth. Split ends: Get an oil massage done on your head. Dip the ends of your hair in hot coconut oil and wrap a tower dipped in hot water around the head. After sometime, wash off with cold water. After shampooing your hair, just wash your hair with cold water. This closes any open pores on the head and ensures the hair strands are sealed.

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How to get rid of pimple marks October 12, 2012 09:34

Skin has a good retaining power as whatever we eat in past, or wherever skin gets exposed to, the aftereffects are long termed. Be it tension, bad lifestyle and eating habits, acne once come leave marks on skin. Everyone wants to get rid of acne and its aftereffects. A lot has been talked and discussed about acne but not about the marks it leaves. Let’s get to know some homemade remedies to get rid of acne scars and marks: 1. Supple sandalwood: Apply sandalwood powder daily as it lightens the scars naturally. 2. Honey: Honey’s moisturizing and anti-septic nature nourishes the skin and breaks down the scar tissue from acne scars. Antiseptic feature of honey prevents future breakouts. Apply honey on affected area and rinse out after sometime. 3. Oatmeal mask: Mix ground oatmeal, yoghurt and sour cream with many drops of lemon in it. Bacteria present in yoghurt and cream softens the skin and oatmeal works as a smoothening stuff. Apply the paste to marks and rinse out with warm water after 10 minutes. 4. Egg White: Egg whites also lighten the scars. Separate the yolk from egg white and then apply it on your face with finger or brush. Rinse out with lukewarm water after it gets dried. 5. Baking Soda: Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with two teaspoon of water. Rub it on your face and rinse it off with warm water. This works as micro-dermabrasion.

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Hair loss more than required??? Time to react... October 10, 2012 12:47

The best way to think of the way hair grows is to picture a garden. How well it grows is completely a result of what is happening "underground.""Like a garden,a normal hair cycle should lead to a product, which is the hair," says Wendy Roberts, MD, a dermatologist at a private practice in Rancho Mirage, Calif. “Growth cycles are important because when they go awry, that is one of the reasons we have hair loss."And things that interfere with the cycle--like medication, illness, infection, or chemicals--have the potential to stop hair from being formed properly. "It's a very dynamic place and anything that can get the cycle off can cause hair loss," Roberts says.Although hair loss may seem like a more prominent problem in men, women are nearly as likely to lose, or have thinning, hair. Most women notice it in their 50s or 60s, but it can happen at any age and for a variety of reasons.  Way to Grow Hair grows in three different cycles: anagen, catagen, and telogen. About 90% of the hair on the head is in the anagen, or growth phase, which lasts anywhere from two to eight years. The catagen, or transition phase, typically lasts 2-3 weeks, during which   the hair follicle shrinks. During the telogen cycle, which lasts around two to four months, the hair rests. An overwhelming majority of the time the hair is on the scalp, it is growing. Only about 10% of the strands are in transition or resting at any one time. Hair grows about 6 inches a year for most people. At a Loss Most people lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair each day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. On the days when hair is washed, people can lose up to 250 strands, Roberts said. But don’t avoid washing in an attempt to keep the hair, as it will fall out eventually, anyway. For those who don’t plan on counting their hair every day, there are ways to know when hair is thinning or being lost at a higher rate. Roberts tells WebMD that women will see a difference. When waking up in the morning, there may be an usually large amount on your pillow. When you comb your hair (especially without tugging, which can pull the hair out), more than normal will be left in the comb. There are also other visual cues that women can look for over time. Although men’s hair tends to recede from the forehead or the crown of the head, women tend to notice thinning on the top third to one half of the scalp. Sometimes their frontal line stays intact, says Nicole Rogers, MD, of   Old Metairie Dermatology in Metairie, La. Women may see a part that is gradually becoming wider or see more of their scalp than normal when their hair is pulled back. When a patient comes in with concerns about hair loss, there is a combination of ways to make a diagnosis, Rogers says. Preliminary blood work is usually taken to make sure the thyroid gland or an autoimmune disease isn’t the culprit.

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Don't let bad weather spoil your hairstyle October 09, 2012 10:04

Having a bad hair day? You are not alone-the changing season and the excess moisture in the air leave our hair heavy and limp. Since there's not much you can do about it, why not make the most of the mess, and turn it around to your advantage? Experts advise step cut, reverse blunt cut and short hair for this season. But if you do not want to chop off your tresses, you can try some suitable hair styles. Akshata Honawar, hairstylist and creative director of a salon, suggests the side plait and the messy dry waves look. These, she says, are styles that are simple and easy to maintain. Ritu Tanwar, an aesthetician, says, "During this season, ironing your hair is not a good idea. The curls will return soon and leave your hair looking unkempt. It is wise to go for a wet look that cannot be spoiled by the humidity." She has a quick fix idea-take a lump of gel in your hands, apply it on the lengths and then scrunch-dry. "This not only lends volume to your hair, but also gives you a younger hip look," Ritu says. Hairstylist Tanya Seth suggests another simple look, "For a messy, wet hair look, towel-dry your hair and use a spray evenly on it. That will help to hold it well. Then scrunch your hair with your hands and tie it in a messy bun. Release your hair after 15 minutes for that perfect wet messy hairdo." Messy, wet buns or plaits can also be made similarly, she adds. All you have to do is make a loose plait or a messy bun after releasing your hair. Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri, who is blessed with lustrous mane, believes that tying it very tight will leave the strands broken and damaged. She says, "It's best to keep your hairstyle as simple as possible. For example, a sleek ponytail or a bun. They are the easiest to maintain in this humid weather." Those who frequently use a lot of hairstyling products usually suffer from dehydrated hair. Says Nargis, "I get a quick 20-minute deep-conditioning massage with hot coconut-based hair oil. This nourishes my hair from within and brings back the volume and bounce." The side plait- Take a side parting and start braiding your hair from the smaller section moving backwards- Add the rest of the hair to the section and continue to make a thicker braid coming down from over the shoulder- Use a serum to add shine to the hair- A fringe works well with this style The messy dry waves- Twist small sections of hair with serum or cream for a curly look- Use a spray for heat protection- Diffuse dry the hair on low blast- Scrunch the hair after it is dry- You can also run tongs through a few sections to add more shine The messy wet bun- Towel dry your hair after shampooing- Use spray evenly on the wet hair- Scrunch it with your hands- Tie it up and leave for about 15 minutes and then release- Now tie this basic wet messy hair into a high bun

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Guys glam up before Navratri October 08, 2012 16:18

With Navratri around the corner, men are indulging themselves with beauty and spa treatments. With Navratri just a few days away, grooming has become an all consuming affair. Interestingly, it's not limited to women only. New-age men are willing to put their best face forward by having their share of beauty treatments like waxing, body polishing, pedicure, and manicure. As the festive mood envelops the air, salons and spas are finding it difficult to deal with increasing number of male visitors. Avni Saraf, a spa owner from Surat feels that with changing times, looking good is no longer just a woman's prerogative. "Men have really become aware of their looks and are now consciously indulging in beauty treatments and spa services. Navratri is a time when even men want to look good. Head and body massages, body exfoliation and pedicures are quite the rage." There are a range of products and services available for men in various spas and salons, Riyaz Afzal Siddiqui who runs a salon says, "Men are often more conscious about their looks compared to some women. Men mostly come for styling, highlights or coloring." Flaunting a cool hairstyle has become the 'in' thing now. "Men come for weekly haircuts before Navratri and opt for hair gels and hair wax to style their hair during the nine nights," he adds. It's not surprising when special face packs, clean-up sessions and exfoliation treatments for men are available in salons to get that festive glow. Manisha Atulkar, a cosmetologist says, "Men mostly avail of facials, body massages, skin treatments and hair care facilities." So what is it that makes these men tread the 'beauty' path? Raghav Sethi, a businessman says, "It's a basic need to look and feel good now. Going to parlors for waxing, facials and massage is common now and it makes one feel clean, and relaxes the body and mind." It's not just a woman's domain to look good anymore. Men are equally enthusiastic about looking good. Abhishek Vazarani, an MBA student says, "If a woman can look good, why can't men? And for that, it's perfectly natural for them to go to salons/spas. Navratri is a time when people want to look good and make an impression. So the gender is not important here." How much one spends for these beauty treatments? Lee Singh, owner of a famous unisex salon says, "Men generally spend between 2000 and 4000 per sitting. With Navratri round the corner, we have men who come twice or thrice a month for facials, pedicures or hair spas that start from anything between 1500 and 2000 per sitting."

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How to get rid of blackheads October 07, 2012 09:46

Here are some sure shot ways to remove blackheads through some quick fix methods. Squeeze them out: Warming your skin makes the pores expand, making it easier to squeeze out the blackheads. You can do this by taking a warm shower or applying a hot compress to the affected areas. Use an extractor tool or bobby pin to force it out. Be careful with these methods, and if you experience serious pain, try something else. Use Toothpaste: Apply an inch-sized amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush. Wet the toothbrush and wet the affected area. Gently with your toothbrush, scrub the affected area for a short period of time. Make sure you do not apply it too close to the eyes, as the vapours from methanol toothpastes can irritate the eyes. If you have nose blackheads, apply an even smaller amount of toothpaste, and keep clear from eyes. Always sterilise the toothbrush with boiling-hot water after following this method. Lime juice: Make a lotion with equal parts of lime juice, almond oil and glycerin. Apply your lotion to your face. It will not only cure blackheads but the discolouring spots on the face too. Steam and moisturise: Put a hot towel over your face for 10 minutes. Letting it sit will bring the black heads to the surface. Wash with warm water and natural face wash. Close pores with cold water and apply oil-free moisturiser.

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