How to Exercise for Brain Health

A man in blue sneakers about to lift a weight.

You have many good reasons to become more physically active: Doing so can boost mood, help maintain a healthy weight, and keep muscles strong. Now a growing body of evidence suggests that workouts may have brain benefits as well.

Much of the research on brain health and exercise is focused on aerobics. Yet a recent analysis from the University of Canberra in Australia found that certain nonaerobic activities can also help improve brain function in people over 50.

“Even when people did have some level of decline already, they were actually able to improve their cognitive function,” says the study’s author, Joseph Northey, a Ph.D. candidate in sport and exercise science.

We reviewed the most recent research to find tips on optimizing your exercise routine to help improve your brain health and keep your mind sharp.

Take a Brisk Walk

If you don’t exercise now, it’s easy to start. Just walk out your door and keep going.

It’s fine to start small. Build up from 10 minutes walking a day until you get to at least 30, says Elissa Burton, Ph.D., a research fellow in the school of physiotherapy and exercise science at Curtin University in Australia.

And if you can, pick up your pace. Getting your heart rate up will maximize the benefits to your brain, according to Helen Macpherson, Ph.D., a dementia research fellow at Deakin University in Australia. That means you should be exercising at an intensity where you start to find it difficult to have a conversation.

Do More Than the Minimum

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that older adults get 150 minutes of this sort of moderately intense aerobic exercise each week, which is five 30-minute workouts. But the biggest boost in brain health in the Canberra study was linked to exercise sessions of 45 to 60 minutes.

So try consolidating some workouts into a longer session. Or gradually work up to 45 to 60 minutes, five days per week.

Try Tai Chi

This Chinese martial art, which consists of slow, rhythmic movements, was one of several types of exercise tied to improved cognitive functioning in the recent Canberra study.

Plus it’s low-impact, which can be good for people who haven’t been active in awhile, Northey says. It’s also easy on your joints.

To learn the proper technique, it’s best to seek out a local class, Northey says. You can find instructors near you who are certified by the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association.

Resistance Training Can Help, Too

Resistance training, exercise that causes muscles to contract, is meant to strengthen, but it may also help protect against cognitive decline. And you don’t need weights or other equipment, Northey says. The CDC recommends resistance training at least twice per week. Here are three tips to get you started:

Stand up, sit down, repeat. As long as you’re steady on your feet, try standing up from a chair without using your hands. Do this in sets of five or more anytime you find yourself sitting around the house.

Make daily tasks harder. Choose stairs over elevators and escalators. You’ll get an aerobic workout and build muscle at the same time.

Join a class. Northey’s study found that group programs incorporating resistance and aerobic training were beneficial for the brain. Check out the offerings at your local YMCA or senior center, and remember to talk with your doctor before you start any new exercise program.

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the September 2017 issue of Consumer Reports on Health.

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Hunt for HIV cure turns to cancer drugs

HIV

ntiretroviral drugs are currently used in HIV treatment to kill any active virus

The outstanding progress in boosting the immune system to treat cancer may help unlock a cure for HIV, according to scientists meeting in Paris.

The body’s normal defences struggle to clear the body of HIV and cancer.

But the rapidly emerging field of immunotherapy has seen some patients with terminal cancer go into complete remission.

The hope is that a similar approach could clear someone of HIV, although some experts have urged caution.

HIV treatment requires daily antiretroviral drugs to kill any active virus. Left unchecked, HIV can destroy the immune system, causing Aids.

A cure is currently impossible because drugs and the immune system fail to detect the sleeping or “latent” HIV hiding in the body’s cells.

Nobel Prize winner and co-discoverer of HIV, Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, told the BBC: “One of the mechanisms why [latently infected cells] persist is the fact they are proliferating very similar to tumour cells.

‘It’s huge’

“Those cells are expressing molecules that are the same molecules that are expressed on tumour cells.

“So that raises the question whether we could develop a strategy for HIV-cure similar to the novel treatment in the field of cancer.”

She is one of the scientists attending the HIV and Cancer Cure Forum in Paris.

Prof Sharon Lewin, the director of the Doherty Institute in Australia, agrees there is much to learn from cancer.

She said: “There are a lot of parallels… I think it’s huge.”

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  • HIV life expectancy now ‘near normal’

Cancers evolve tricks to survive an assault by the immune system.

They can produce proteins on their surface, such as PD-L1, which disable immune cells attacking the tumour.

A new class of immunotherapy drugs called “checkpoint inhibitors” allow the immune system to keep on fighting and the results have been remarkable.

In one trial, a fifth of patients with terminal melanoma had no sign of the disease after immunotherapy.

However, only about 50 people with HIV have been given immunotherapy to treat their cancer.

Little evidence

So there is little evidence of immunotherapy drugs and their effect on HIV.

Prof Lewin has started doing the research in the laboratory and thinks immunotherapy drugs could reinvigorate an immune system that has become tired of fighting HIV.

She said: “The parts of the immune system that recognise HIV are often exhausted T-cells, they express immune checkpoint markers.

“In the laboratory, if you then put those cells in with an immune checkpoint blocker, the T-cells do regain function.”

HIV drug efavirenz - used as part of antiretroviral therapy treatmentImage copyrightSCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Image captionAntiretroviral therapy combines three or more drugs which stop the HIV virus from progressing

She said there was emerging evidence that the drugs also activated HIV lying dormant inside immune cells.

Prof Lewin said: “We want the virus to wake up, any virus that wakes up gets killed [by antiretroviral drugs].”

However this is a new concept in HIV that has so far delivered nothing for patients.

And there are important differences between the challenges of cancer and HIV immunology.

‘So different’

In cancer, the immune system can recognise the threat but is not powerful enough to do anything about it, but the immune system does not recognise latently infected HIV cells at all.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the area is “very hot” right now in cancer.

But he cautioned: “We have to be careful we don’t assume that things that work in cancer are going to work in HIV.

“HIV is so different, that even though it’s worth exploring, I wouldn’t want people to think this is going to be equally successful in HIV.”

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The seven-day GM diet is back – but is it actually good for you?

Bananas are your GM friend

Bananas are your GM friend CREDIT: BLOOMBERG NEWS

Shoulder pads, sequins, and a seven-day diet plan that asks you to eat eight bananas in one day – the 80s certainly gifted us with some weird and wonderful trends. And now (along with the shoulder pads and sequins), that diet plan is making a comeback.

Supposedly the brainchild of General Motors (GM), the GM diet plan was developed to help their employees lose weight – although the automotive company has never actually confirmed the connection. A quick Google search reveals pages of fans of the diet, who rave about their 11lb weight loss after just seven days.

So what’s behind this ‘miracle’ diet plan – and is it actually good for you?

In short, the GM diet is an extremely strict seven-day plan that suggests you drink 12-15 glasses of water a day while cutting out alcohol, tea and coffee; and restrict your calorific intake from food.

Wondering what to eat on 8th day after GM diet? Many of the readers have asked this question in the comments and a few through email. So, I thought of explaining this topic as a separate post rather than replying to them so that it can help everyone who’re in a confused state about what to eat after completing GM diet program for a week.

  • Overweight or Obesity, is undoubtedly, one of the biggest problems faced by most of the people these days. The scientific solution to lose weight is to increase the expenditure and decrease the consumption of calories. Generally, our body burns a certain number of calories even while we’re completely at rest.

    That is called the Basal Metabolic Rate aka BMR. This BMR varies from one individual to another, based on several factors such as height, weight, age and lifestyle. So, if a person’s BMR is 1500 calories per day, then his body will burn those 1500 cal even if he does nothing. However, if the same person consumes around 2000 calories or more, then his/her body will store the remaining 500 calories in the form of FAT cells, resulting in weight gain. So, according to this principle, losing weight is purely calculation. Spend more than you consume and you’ll obviously shed weight.

    Now, let us come to our topic. Most of the people who follow the 7 day diet plan will lose around 4 to 7 kgs, depending on how they followed it. Unfortunately, there are several other factors that interfere with weight loss, due to which a few people might not get such fantastic results.

    Let us assume you’ve followed the diet properly and lost around 5 Kgs of weight in the span of 1 week. You’ll definitely gain weight after the 7 day diet, if you get back to your old lifestyle (eating habits). There is actually no guarantee that the weight you’ve lost is permanent. To be frank, there is no diet plan in this world that promises such guarantee. It is because, our body weight depends on how we manage it and it is a continuous process. If you wanted to stay fit and healthy, then you should always see what you’re eating. Consuming unhealthy or fast foods may lead to obesity and it is an open secret.

    What to Eat on GM Diet 8th Day?

    So What Should You Eat After Completing GM Diet?

    If you want to avoid those lost pounds from coming back, then you should definitely change your diet routine. It is advised to consume low carb high protein diet in order to maintain your weight permanently or until your next GM diet session. Failing in doing so will obviously ruin your efforts that were put into following the General Motors diet program.

    Simple Weight Loss Logic:

    1 pound of FAT = 3500 calories; 1 KG = 2.2 Pounds; In order to lose 10 Kg of weight, you should spend/burn around 10 x 2.2 x 3500 = 77000 calories. Since, reducing such a huge number of calories won’t happen even in the dreams, it is recommended to reduce a minimum of 500 to 800 maximum per day. So, if you cut down 800 calories per day, then it would take 77000/800 = 96 days to lose 22 pounds/10 Kgs of weight naturally without following any crash diet plans.

    What to Eat After Finishing GM Diet?

    First, calculate how many calories you need per day and based on the BMR value, you should plan your meal plan accordingly. Below, you can find sample meal plans for both vegetarians and non-vegetarian eaters.

    If your BMR is under 2000 calories, then you can consume either the 1200 calorie meal plan or the 1500 calorie meal plan. No matter, what your BMR is, you should never go below the 1200 calorie limit as it would impact your health in a negative manner.

    Along with the above diet routines, below are a few tips which if followed will result in much quicker weight loss.

    • Avoid high calorie foods like noodles, samosas, pasta and all kinds of foods that are high in carbs or starch.
    • Replace the white foods (white rice) with brown colored foods (whole-wheat). Brown rice is always better than the White rice.
    • Try to stop your coffee or tea drinking habit and consume Green tea for weight loss. It is both healthy and boosts your metabolism.
    • Drink enough water per day (min of 3 to 4 liters)
    • Soups are very beneficial for losing weight as they aid in better digestion. Include this Cabbage soup or Tomato soup in your daily routine.
    • Try to allot at least 30 minutes every day to perform exercises like cardio workouts or Yoga poses. If time is your biggest problem, then at least try to perform this 7 minute HIIT workout instead.

    If you follow these tips, you’ll definitely lose weight and also keep it OFF after finishing the GM diet.

 

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A Top Dermatologist Shares Her Secret for Looking 30 in Her 40s

For 44-year-old Louisville, KY, dermatologist Tami Buss Cassis, MD, there’s one go-to treatment that she personally relies on to keep her skin looking youthful and fresh. “Just like everyone else, I have the normal aging skin worries: fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, larger pore sizes and sunken eyes.” As a skin care expert, Dr. Cassis has access to a multitude of noninvasive options for facial rejuvenation. To treat her own skin, she chooses microneedling as an easy and effective way to treat the common signs of aging, leaving her with a complexion that makes her look more than a decade younger than her actual age.

 


Before the Treatment

Using a small, roller-like device with tiny needles, microneedling works by making miniscule holes spaced apart in a given area of your skin. This creates a controlled skin injury that your body will respond to by sending collagen and elastin to heal the entire area. “When the trauma happens to the skin, it is forcing collagen remodeling,” says Dr. Cassis. “There is some slight pain associated with it, so we make patients sit with numbing cream about 20-30 minutes before the procedure. But beyond that, it’s a very safe, effective and fast treatment. The procedure takes about 30 minutes. Afterward your skin is very raw, swollen and a little bloody. You will have very specific skin care instructions to follow after the procedure. Sun avoidance is an absolute must!”


Immediately After the Microneedling Treatment

The collagen and elastin heals the damaged area and smooths out minor scars, flattens out fine lines and wrinkles, and promotes elasticity in the skin. “I love the glow it gives my skin,” adds Dr. Cassis. “My brown spots have diminished, and under the layers of skin that peeled off after my treatment, I can see an improvement in my fine lines.”


8 Days Post-Procedure

“My after picture was taken eight days after the procedure, and I am very happy with results,” says Dr. Cassis. “Most people will need a series of three treatments about a month apart. Results are ongoing and it really depends on what you are trying to treat. It’s a great option for acne scars, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.”

The cost for a microneedling treatment varies by the physician, geographic region and the complexity of the procedure (some use radio frequency, platelet-rich plasma and special serums). “In Kentucky, the cost is about $300, plus the cost of the post-op care, which is about $100,” says Dr. Cassis. “Everyone will react differently, so make sure you are having this done in a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office.”

 

 

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Diabetes care for the cold months

Come winter, and the cold brings with it some ailments and risk to the people with chronic health problems like diabetes. Diabetes of all types often worsened in cold months. Hence, the ailment needs good care. There is an easy guide to keep your diabetes in check during cold weather.
Keep away from cold and flu: Wash or sanitise your hands more often, especially before eating every time. If you are suffering from a runny nose or sneezing, use soft tissue paper.
Keep your head, hands and feet well covered: Wrap your whole body with comfortable woollens. Wear soft and warm caps, gloves, mittens and socks besides pullovers or jackets.
Keep stress at bay: Keep yourself busy in the activities you like to do. If you are feeling depressed, talk to your friends and let the stress go.
Keep yourself active: Cold weather leads to inactivity that contributes to high blood sugar level.
Use stairs instead of elevators. Don’t use your car to go to a local market. Walk it out.
Eat healthy: Winter season makes you want to eat more. Be mindful of what you eat. Avoid high calorie food and alcohol. Eat more of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoid alcohol.
Regular warm-up exercise: Physical workout of 30 minutes each day is a must. You may join a gym or jog in a park. Exercise keeps your body temperature up even hours after exercise and thus helps in maintaining good metabolism. It is also very essential to regulate sugar levels. If you are on insulin, its requirement may also go down with burning of calories.
Frequent blood sugar testing: Blood sugar testing takes a back seat in winters. With cold hands it seems more cumbersome to take out blood. Warm up your hands before testing and go for testing more often.
Drink plenty of water and other healthy sugar free fresh drinks.
Take enough rest to keep your mind, body and heart peaceful.
Prevention is the best medicine. If you are facing trouble managing diabetes in winters even after taking all precautions and care, talk to your doctor immediately. Stay healthy and safe.
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Don’t blame Dubai for your hair loss: Celeb surgeon

Hair transplant surgeon Dr. Sajjad Khan busts some myths on hair loss

How many times have you heard your friends and colleagues blaming Dubai for their increased hair loss? They attribute it to the water in the city.

We now have the misconception cleared, thanks to Dr. Sajjad Khan, the celebrity hair transplant surgeon in Dubai to attend his high-profile clients. To his credit, he has the biggest actors in Bollywood, royalty and athletes among his clientele. His website mentions Gulshan Grover, Sanjay Kapoor, singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya and few more but it is the names he shared in confidence during our interview that left us baffled.

Being associated with Dubai for the past two decades, he knows what the reasons for hair loss – and water is not one of them. “I laugh when some of my clients insist on washing their hair with mineral water. It is not required at all. If you have so much money, give it to charity. If the water in Dubai is harsh, it will only make your hair brittle but that could be mended by using a better shampoo and conditioner,” said Dr. Khan.

And that’s not the only myth he busted during the chat he had with City Times.

Dr. Khan goes on to share that a majority of his clients are men who suffer from genetic hair loss. “Men are more prone to balding because of their genetics, but it can be corrected with a good diet and regular exercise. The problem, however, is that if we don’t address the hair loss issue, and don’t seek timely medical help, it may be too late to reverse the damage.”

While hair transplant can be an effective one-time solution, in many cases, regenerative medicine can fix your hair woes. “Great hair starts with a healthy scalp and regenerative treatments can harness the power of your own body’s stem cells to strengthen hair and reduce loss,” Dr. Khan explained.

Hair loss in women

It is not only men, genetics is also responsible for hair loss among women – at least in 50 per cent of the cases.The other 50 per cent is metabolic as women’s bodies go through many changes due to pregnancy or menopause.Special attention should be given to pregnant women’s diets because sometimes, the hair they shed never comes back, Dr. Khan cautioned.

Menopause is a very critical time as 90 per cent of the estrogen levels drop due to the reduction in testosterone levels, he said. It is the imbalance in hormone levels that leads to hair loss.”In these cases, replacement therapy is very helpful as estrogen levels can be restored. If replacement therapy is not an option, regenerative medicine can regenerate hair through your own body stems.”The other common causes of hair loss among women include low hemoglobin levels and thyroid hormone levels. Drastic weight loss (3-4 kg a month) can also lead to hair fall or thinning hair, he said.

Summer care for you hair

During summer, your hair becomes dry due to the heat. The average moisture in hair should be around 8 to 10 per cent and losing it, makes your hair brittle. “In case of extreme temperatures, you could use thermal active heat protectant on your hair. It coats the hair and you don’t risk losing the moisture,” Dr Khan advised. He further stated that ultra-violet rays affect the hair cuticles and weaken them. “You could also mix SPF 30+, oil free sun-screen into your conditioner and apply it to your hair to provide extra protection.”

DO NOT BELIEVE IN THESE HAIR MYTHS

Don’t use conditioner on scalp

The focus, these days, is to make the scalp better, and healthier. If your scalp is not treated right, your hair will never be healthy. Today’s conditioners are conducive for the scalp too and you have to moisturise your scalp.

Opt for sulfate-free shampoos

The notion of using shampoos without sulfate is wrong. Sulphate-free shampoos are not a must, but you must look for milder sulfates.

Go organic

Not all organic hair products are good for your hair. Some sophisticated ingredients are needed for healthy hair and scalp. Organic ingredients cannot provide them. It is necessary to consult a hair expert and opt for the best shampoo by renowned pharma brands.

Scissors matter

Professional hair stylists use top-quality scissors that range (Some costing $200 to $500). The stylist’s scissors must be well-maintained as dull scissors damage hair cuticles and lead to split ends.

Regularly oiling your hair

Hair structure is made up of protein and oils are made of fat. Secondly, your hair needs moisture and oil doesn’t provide any. So, while oiling might help lay flat the cuticle, it is not essential. A good conditioner will do better!

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The eyes have IT: TSB to roll out iris-scanning tech for mobile banking

Human iris. Photo by SHutterstock

TSB has announced plans to roll out iris-scanning technology for its mobile banking app from September.

The move will make the UK high street bank the first in Europe to debut iris-scanning tech.

TSB’s iris recognition tech [source: TSB]

Biometric authentication for banking, in general, has become commonplace over recent years with fingerprints among the preferred method, thanks in large part the inclusion of fingerprint reader technology in higher-end smartphones, particularly since the launch of Apple’s TouchID back in 2013. Voice recognition is used elsewhere in the banking industry, particularly in call centres.

The TSB tech is based on technology from Samsung and only customers with the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 will be able to use iris recognition to access their TSB accounts. The bank already supports fingerprint recognition-based logins.

TSB told us: “Customers with a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ smartphone will have the option, from September 2017, to unlock their TSB mobile banking app using the Samsung Pass iris scanner. TSB’s consumer customers will be able to access their banking using either the fingerprint (an existing feature) or the iris scanner, without any need to remember lengthy IDs or passwords.

TSB’s chief information officer, Carlos Abarca, said iris recognition was more secure than other forms of biometrics. “It takes advantage of 266 different characteristics, compared with 40 for fingerprints,” he said.

“Iris recognition allows you to unlock your TSB mobile app with a simple glance, meaning all of those IDs, passwords and memorable information become a thing of the past.”

The tech offers a blend of security and convenience, according to the bank. Once customers log in after going through an iris scan app, they will need to enter a password or secret number, a TSB spokesman explained. Use of the tech is optional and other account access options will continue to be offered.

German hackers from the Chaos Computer Club were recently able to trick a Samsung Galaxy S8’s iris scanner with a picture of the device owner’s eye and a contact lens. TSB said it was relying not only on biometrics but on a digital certificate pushed onto the phone during the enrolment process, so would-be hackers would need not only a high definition image of their target’s iris but their smartphone in any serious attempt to circumvent the bank’s authentication controls.

Security experts gave the move a cautious welcome, noting that biometrics are useful but far from invulnerable. Biometric security is no longer the stuff of spy or sci-fi films. The technology is more secure than password alone but by no means a panacea.

Etienne Greeff, CTO and co-founder of SecureData, commented: “It’s good to see businesses like TSB looking to replace passwords, which are flimsy and easily breached, but hackers are wise to biometrics and it won’t stop them from trying to get their hands on your data. Biometric security has been hacked in the past and there are countless examples of fingerprints being copied, voices being mimicked and iris-scanning software being tricked.”

Multiple attacks on fingerprint scanners have been recorded over the years. HSBC’s voice recognition security system was recently fooled by a BBC journalist and his brother.

“Biometric authentication is not entirely immune to potential attack and therefore should not be relied on as the sole means of verifying a user,” said Richard Parris, chief exec at Intercede. “Rather than use biometrics in isolation, instead businesses need to be looking at strong authentication that incorporates three distinct elements – possession (something you have, such as a smartphone), knowledge (something you know, such as a PIN) and inherence (something you are, an iris scan).

“This allows businesses to verify that the person accessing the service is who they say they are, in addition to limiting the amount of times an individual can attempt access if any of these elements are missing or incorrect.”

Companies storing authentication data have a greater responsibility to safeguard it because it’s harder to recover from breaches. Fingerprint or iris patterns can’t be revoked and changed, unlike password or credit cards. “With board directors to soon be responsible for complying with GDPR, more consideration needs to be had for security techniques deployed today and how we can better protect consumers,” SecureData’s Greeff concluded. ®

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Wonder tips for rosy skin

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Taking virtuous care of the body and treating the skin with tender care is a must, but the thought of it can stress the mind as one struggles to find a balance between work and home every day. Despite the hectic schedule one continues to dream of having timeless natural beauty and radiant fairness. There are natural products which reduce the melanin production in the skin for fairer complexion. But as one rushes through the day, one goes for quick and easy to follow beauty tips. Here we list some items from your kitchen and the benefits they offer. These will help you achieve the same results without burning a hole in your pockets or a leaving a rash on your skin.

PAPAYA and CUCUMBER: These fruits are packed with vitamins antioxidants and skin-whitening enzymes. They boost collagen production in skin and treat dark pigmentation and discoloration.

Face it: Chop a papaya and cucumber. Take equal number of pieces of both and blend into a paste until smooth. Add a teaspoon of fresh milk cream to it. Apply this pack on your face in a circular motion leaving the eye area. Let it dry and wash off after half an hour with normal water. Your face will be visibly fairer.

CURD and TURMERIC: The lactic acid in curd is a great whitener for skin and turmeric is an anti-ageing fairness agent.

Face it: In a small bowl put a teaspoon of turmeric powder and add one teaspoon of honey and three tablespoons of fresh curd to it. Mix them well and refrigerate for half an hour. Apply this chilled pack on your face and wash it off after 15 minutes. Witness a visibly whitish golden glow on your face.

SUGAR and SALT SCRUB: So you thought these two are arch-rivals when it comes to adding taste to a dish. They work wonders together as a natural mix in exfoliating and removing not just dirt but also dead skin cells.

Face it: Wet your face, mix the salt and sugar in your palm and move the exfoliator gently in circular motion over your face and wash off. Do this twice a week for a glowing skin.

BANANA and RICE POWDER MIX: Bananas are known to be great moisturisers. This mix will reduce those wrinkles and lighten pimple marks and dark spots.

Face it: Mash a small ripe banana. Add two teaspoons of rice powder and four teaspoons of cold milk and mix well. Apply this thick layer on to your skin and rinse off after 15 minutes. Your skin will be softer and fairer.

ORANGE JUICE: Curb your urge to drink it. Full of vitamins A and C oranges help minimize spots and pigmentation.

Face it: Take three tablespoons of chilled orange juice. Dab it on the face with a cotton ball and wash it off with cold water after 10 minutes. Follow this remedy once a day for three months to get best results.

APPLES: We have all heard that an apple a day keeps a doctor away now it will keep the beautician away too. These are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that improve skin colour and gives it a natural glow.

Face it: Soak peeled apple cubes in a bowl of milk for half an hour. Then blend them to form a creamy paste. Refrigerate the paste for 15 minutes. Then mix a teaspoon of lemon juice into it and apply all over your face and neck. Wash off after 15-20 minutes with cold water to get a baby-soft and bright glowing skin. Rub ice cube for 5 minutes after removing the pack for better results.

LEMON and ALOE VERA: These two work their magic in ensuring a sparkling whiter complexion and checks ageing of the skin.

Face it: Dissolve two tablespoons of aloe vera gel and juice of half a lemon to half a cup of water. Pour this solution into an ice-cube tray and freeze. Massage your face and neck for 2 minutes daily in the morning with these ice cubes to get an amazingly fairer skin. Do it every day for two-three months for visible results.

ALMOND and MILK: Even now our elders would sing praises of a glass of badam-doodh in warding off cold and cough and in giving a royal glow to our appearances. This is the surest way to look fairer in a week.

Face it: Soak few almonds in half a glass of milk overnight. Grind them along with the same milk to make a fine paste. Hydrate your face till neck with a hot water towel for 1 minute. Then apply this pack on to your face and neck. Rinse off after 15 minutes and see the radiance and fairness on your face. You are ready for that wedding in the evening.

STRAWBERRY BROWN SUGAR and HONEY: Sounds delish right? But this is for your face to make it appear naturally moon white and glowing.

Face it: Mash a ripe strawberry and mix it with a teaspoon of brown sugar and honey. Massage gently for 5 minutes. In case brown sugar is not available you can also use white sugar.

TOMATO JUICE BAKING SODA and HONEY: Apply tomatoes to one’s face for a good glow. The combination of these three items protects the skin from the damage of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and reduces the production of melanin in our skin.

Face it: Put the pulp of a tomato in a mixer-grinder. Add baking soda and honey to it and blend for 1 second. Rub this mixture on to your face and neck in circular movement. Wash it off after 10 minutes. You will see an oil-free and light skin tone.

You can try any of these rosy skin blooming tips that are easy. Always apply any pack not only to your face but apply it on your neck too for a complete fairness look. Besides this natural care don’t forget to keep your skin moisturised with some best quality brightening moisturiser. Moisturising keeps your skin hydrated and prevents building up of dead cells which aids in making your skin darker with time. If you want a complete natural moisturiser coconut oil is the best. Massage your face and any part of your body with little coconut oil for five minutes daily after shower. It gets absorbed in the skin within 10 minutes of application and keeps your skin nourished and hydrated the whole day in a natural way enhancing your complexion.

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Amazing benefits of curry leaves for hair and skin

curry leaves

Soft and flawless skin, clean and dandruff-free scalp, gorgeous hair… are the things of beauty every women long to have. Those who are naturally blessed with good skin and silky hair are lucky, but others struggle for it. There could be many easy solutions to having the crowning glory and lovely skin. Curry leave is one. Curry leaves not only add flavour to food, but it can also treat your skin and hair.

Rich in carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, irons and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E, curry leaves help fight all kinds of infections, including skin infection. It can also treat premature greying of hair. Add curry leaves in your daily diet or try the following wonder tips for few weeks and see the result.

Skin: Rich in antioxidants, curry leaves can be used as a home remedy to treat common fungal infections of the nail or any body part that are often difficult to treat. Make a paste with lukewarm water and curry leaves and apply on the affected area. For dark spots and acne, add a pinch of turmeric to your curry leaves paste and apply the pack to your face.

Dandruff: Take five curry leaves and two to three tablespoon coconut oil. Heat them together. Once the mixture cools, apply it to the roots of your hair and leave it overnight. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.

Wrinkles: Soak curry leaves in a glass of water and leave it overnight. Drink it in the morning. The antioxidant properties in the leaves reduces fine lines and wrinkles and helps in premature ageing of the skin.

Hair: Using curry leaves in your food and drinks and washing your hair with curry leave water can give you healthy and lustrious hair. The amino acid, proteins and carotene content in it is said to stregnthen the follicles and protect the hair from falling. It also boost hair growth and strengthen the hair texture.

Use curry leaves to garnish your daily food, blend them and mix them with oil, boil or soak them in plain water to drink or wash your face and hair. All the nutrients present in it will treat your hai rand skin problems effectively.

 

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‘Healthy Living for Summer’: Skin-care safety

Image result for 'Healthy Living for Summer': Skin-care safetySpending more time in the sun is a big part of summer but it takes a toll on us, and it can be deadly. In the fourth episode of ABC News’ “Healthy Living for Summer” series, we look at how we can take care of our skin while relaxing outside.

Dr. Adriana Schmidt has been a general medical dermatologist for seven years. Working in Southern California, Schmidt said she spends a lot of time on skin exams.

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PHOTO: Tips for keeping skin safe in the sun during summer.ABC News/David Miller
Tips for keeping skin safe in the sun during summer.

“Sunscreen is the least protective form of sun protection,” Schmidt said.

Below is her advice on staying protected outdoors in the sun.

Quick tips

 

  • Wear protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats, bandanas and long sleeves
  • Cover your head, neck, ears, shoulders and chest
  • Try to avoid peak hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Stay in the shade
  • Reapply sunscreen every one to two hours, and make sure it’s at least SPF 30
  • Look at the ingredients in sunscreen (use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreens, and at least 5 percent is best)

 

PHOTO: Tips for keeping skin safe in the sun during summer.ABC News/David Miller
Tips for keeping skin safe in the sun during summer.

“For kids, zinc and titanium are probably the safest because they don’t have chemical sunscreen ingredients,” Schmidt said.

And if you’re worried about wrinkles, the best advice is to “get the least amount of UV radiation during peak hours, and if you are outside wear clothing, hats and sunscreen,” she said.

PHOTO: Tips for keeping skin safe in the sun during summer.ABC News/David Miller
Tips for keeping skin safe in the sun during summer.

Watch ABC News talk proper skin care routines in the video above.
This weekly health series will continue throughout the summer.

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