Monday, 24 February 2020


Most of the ladies spend their precious time in thinking on what will make them look good, what's new in the market to give them a satisfying look of their partners. But the question is why spend a fortune on expensive treatments like laser or botox and blah blah? A few changes to your daily routine can make all the difference to your skin and make you glow like your teenage days. Point is, to do what you always wanted to do, be it shopping, going for a head to toe massage, spa, go out see your friends, go out for a jog or wear your shortest clothes. Be crazy, do what you like, eventually it will come on your face, what makes you feel good, makes you look good too.
Whether it's working out in the gym or simply walking briskly to the shop, walk it out. Exercise will increase your circulation, pumping extra oxygen and nutrients to your skin. It also helps your body to manufacture collagen, reducing the risk of wrinkles. What's more, there's evidence it can combat acne. Skin cells are mostly water so your skin will stay plumper and firmer if you drink at least eight glasses a day. To combat dry skin, try upping your intake of zinc and selenium by eating more meat, fish, seeds and grain. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables will help boost your skin's ability to rejuvenate and fight off the ravages of ultra-violet light. Find your smile, whether it's striking up a conversation with an attractive stranger or introducing yourself at a party, everyone is lost for words at times. But help is at hand and it all starts with a smile. Show off your pearly whites and trust me it races a lot of hearts.
As we are spending more time in the sun and sand, beat the heat with caps, shades in different colours and sizes and before it's you better start thinking about how you treat those lovely locks but one advice refrain from putting too much of oil. Treat them nicely as they are no less than other prized amours.
With summers comes the time to show off some bit of skin. Pick up the best bright dress for the season as bright solids are in trend again, pair all bright, go for colour blocking, find a pair of slippers or heels and head out in sun. Flaunt your feminity and see many other women just staring at you. Isn't that fun? But remember to keep your skin hydrated, use good moisturizer with sunscreen. As a matter of fact, around 80% of the telltale signs of ageing, including wrinkles, are due to the effects of the sun's ultraviolet light, so don't forget your sunscreen.
But let me remind you that since it is a delicate season, always invest in a good waxing cream and using a razor is a big NO NO. It's no surprise that using razor can cause discomfort and sometimes dry the skin's delicate surface. Shaving cuts each hair at an angle, leaving a sharp edge right at the skin's surface so hair grows back rough, stubbly and much faster. Veet's Hair Removal Creams contain a new Hydro'Restor formula that helps restore skin hydration levels
and is extremely gentle on the skin. Specially formulated to break down hair shafts closer to the root, your hairs will take up to twice as long to grow back than after shaving, and skin feels more renewed and softer for longer than shaving. Let your arms and legs see the sun. Think of the envy and attention you will get
Follow these steps and you'll need only the simplest of routines at the end of each day to keep you looking good and enlighten your every day



The much-awaited rainy season is here. It reminds us of staying at home, sipping hot coffee, enjoying pakodas and some really lazy days. This monsoon not only relieves us from scorching heat but also brings along a set of problems and
diseases that can result in serious complications if not paid attention.
Monsoon is the time when the humidity levels are high and as a result, the digestive capability goes down. Monsoon reduce the immunity of our bodies and make one susceptible to many diseases which are commonly associated with this season. It is time for us to keep our body resistant against diseases by boosting our immunity and taking precautions against these diseases.
The rainy season is notorious for bringing with it a host of viral, fungal and food-borne illnesses that can range from the simple cold, cough and fever to stomach pain, diarrhoea, food poisoning and gastroenteritis. This illness often produces symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, or fever. The symptoms are often caused by various sources like the unhygienic food, contaminated water, unhygienic surfaces, location or the food handler itself.
This usually makes it hard to tell that illness is caused by food or from any other sources. Symptoms can take between a few hours to a few days to develop and may last for a few days, depending on the type of pathogen. Many people have mild symptoms and recover within a few days. However, if symptoms persist for more than three days or are very severe, one should seek medical advice at the earliest as they are mild mostly but in but in rare cases, foodborne illness can result in longterm health problems and even death.
One of the most common sources of infection during rainy season is water: Do not consume tap water directly. One should always drink water after boiling, filtering or by using commercially-available reverse Osmosis purifiers. One should store water in copper or silver vessels as it is not just a fashion statement. Doing so kills all germs and sterilises the water.
Avoid eating uncooked food during this season: If one really wants to have salads, then make the salads when one is ready to eat them. Try and have steamed salad. Remember fruits and vegetables cut up and left to stand, lose vitamins and catch pathogens. One can also eat tandoori and grilled foods.
Be hygienic: This means washing your hands and doing it frequently. A good rule of thumb is to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. It's also important to keep the kitchen sink, drain, and counter disinfected before any food preparation. Make sure your cutting boards and utensils are cleaned by warm, soapy water. Change dish towels every alternate day.
Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables in running tap water to remove visible dirt and grime. Decrease the consumption of leafy vegetables during the rainy season but, if keen to eat then wash it with warm water, blanch it well and then use. Rewash apples, pears, or oranges before eating even if you washed them prior to placing them in the fruit bowl. Because bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of fruit or vegetable.



Fashion! What's fashion?
According to the English dictionary, “fashion” means "current, popular custom or style - especially in dress / manner of doing something." If this could be taken as a yardstick, this writer cannot be considered a fashionable person – in the sense in which the word “fashionable' is understood these days - because she is an orthodox person where manner of dressing is concerned.
When I was a kid, my father told me a funny story about an Italian trendsetter in the field of fashion of women in that country. The lady while walking the street one day was surprised to see that women she encountered on her way were wearing their caps upside down. The caps being hollowed on both the top and the bottom, the top rested on their heads facing the sky. Wondering about the haphazard manner in which the women were wearing their caps, she stopped one of them and asked her about it.
The woman replied, “Madam! When you yourself, being the trendsetter, are wearing the cap upside down, what are we to do? We thought the fashion has changed and followed suit!" Feeling upon her head, the trendsetter had a hearty laugh and said, “My gosh! It was by sheer mistake and inattentiveness that I've worn it like that!” She removed the cap and put it on correctly, still laughing.
I'm citing this story only to indicate to our ladies – including young girls and women past middle-age - that they're doing ridiculous things to appear attractively in the name of upto-date fashion that has come to mean adhesives and appendages that a woman adds to her person for the purpose.
Do any of the fashionable women ponder how much of the hard-earned money and precious time that can never again be earned once spent, are wasted by them? The word "fashion” which has till recently been attributed only to women has come to be associated with men as well. They too have started to vie with women in making strenuous efforts to look more attractive than they naturally are, though not - thank goodness - doing the bizarre things that women are doing these days.
(Oddly, men follow the womenfolk only in the aspect of trying to look attractive but they seldom do so, as far as some of women's qualities that are lacking in them are concerned! Since it is human nature to succumb only to the evil in others, men are not to blame, I suppose!) Besides squandering huge sums  
of money in buying the accessories and appendages that would enhance one's appearance as well as produce youngish looks, a woman is ready to go to any funny extent in the matter. There's no denying the fact that women, in general, prefer to look younger than their years. This is the trait of women since time immemorial, but it has grown by leaps and bounds these days - thanks to various women's magazines – Indian as well as foreign ones that are easily available these days, in India.
It is strange that women do not understand that being hale and hearty by following certain restrictions in food habits, physical exercises and other things will definitely add to the glow of the skin - the face in particular, with specific reference to the eyes which are the most beautiful part in the human body. A woman with glowing skin and sparkling eyes need not go in for any sort of makeup at all! A healthy look is the most important thing in the beauty of the human body and one who has it - man or woman – need not buy cosmetics to enhance the beauty.
An interesting question arises as to who invented these fashion accessories. Obviously, it is man who invented these in order to embellish women with these!
Now the businessmen have elaborately improved upon these - not to speak of some businesswomen too - and are exploiting the weakness of womenfolk to appear more attractive and younger!
One wonders why men and women aspire to look more eyecatching than they really are. Where women are concerned, it is obviously because they do not want to lose the 'love' of their men! So, it follows that man is the culprit behind the woman's wish to look younger and more attractive.
Many years ago, an American woman told me that they had to be meticulously watchful and diligent where their looks were concerned so as not to lose their husbands to the other better looking women! She informed me that American men were crazy. They would leave their women
once they lost their looks and became obese, since they wanted their women to be slim and sleek, they would go in search of lusher pastures when their woman became fat and unsightly. She also told me that Indian men were comparatively more faithful husbands and, therefore, the American girls hunted for the Indians settled in their country! "So it is that we, American women, are always particular about preserving our youthful looks!" she concluded, letting out a bitter laugh.
These days, trendsetters of fashion are the women artistes appearing on the TV screen to advertise beauty-enhancing products. Many women fritter away their precious hours before the mirror. When a woman asked me some time ago, if I dyed my hair, I told her I'd never done it and asked her, “Why should i dye my hair when there are just a few more years for me to die – I being an old women?"
Talking of hair dyes I wonder why women take the risk of applying them composed as they are of various harmful chemicals which would damage the scalp and skin in the long run - and in the cases of some women very soon. When the atmospheric pollution and the packed foods that we're forced to eat cause various diseases nowadays, why should women invite skin diseases also upon themselves by going in for beauty products? TV advertisements play havoc and it is utter stupidity on the part of women to buy these harmful products and experiment

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