Getting Selfie-Ready for New Year’s Eve Starts Today

Diwali is over and the next thing on everybody’s mind is the New Year’s Eve. The time between these two just rushes by in a blink, isn’t it? Most of you must have already planned and booked for your NYE getaway. And we are sure you wouldn’t want to look sullen eyed in all those amazing pictures that you would be clicking. Are we right?

Having a naturally glowing and beautiful skin is what we all want to have but how much do we take care to put in efforts to have that flawless glow on our face? Most of us don’t – and the reason that we hide behind, more often than not, is our busy schedules and routines. It is a myth that you need to put in long tiring hours to get that amazing skin. The fact is that you don’t!

Here are some skin care hacks that will help you in preparing for your New Year’s Eve getaway:

  1. Reduce creases on face by changing your pillowcase

Yes, it is that simple. Sleeping on cotton pillowcase robs your skin and hair of its natural moisture. Dry skin is prone to breakouts and creases which are visible in form of fine lines. Switch to a satin or silk pillowcase and see the difference. It will not only provide a healthy glow to your face but will also help in curtailing the frizzy hair. Now, that’s a bonus, isn’t it?

  1. Cut down on sugar for a radiant skin

Intake of sugar can result in inflammation of the skin which often comes out in form of acne on dry skin. By cutting down on your sugar intake you can be assured of kicking off those unwanted acne during the celebration hours.

  1. Store up on Aloe Vera gel

Aloe Vera is panacea for skin and hair. It can help in getting rid of major issues like acne, pimples, and dandruff. You can use Aloe Vera gel directly as a substitute to your face cream or simply mix it up with your moisturizer or the face cream.

  1. Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize!

Umm no, we are not asking you to keep on applying moisturizer every other second. Winters tend to make your skin drier. It is wise to invest in a heavy and nourishing moisturizer preferably body butters which keep your skin hydrated and moisturized for longer hours even during the harsh winters. Of course, choose the right moisturizer as per your skin type.

  1. Always have tea tree oil in your closet

Tea tree oil is known for its anti inflammatory properties which help in combating sudden acne breakouts. Dousing a bit of tea tree oil on fresh acne breakout for a couple of days can help in decreasing the visibility to almost negligible.

  1. Carry green tea teabags with you

Green tea is known for its antioxidant properties. While consuming green tea will help in getting good skin but the little do people know about the magic potion it can turn into for puffy eyes. Festive season is all about long sleepless nights enjoying with family and friends which end up in puffy and tired eyes. Cold green tea teabags work as magic to soothe those puffy and tired eyes.

  1. Nourish your lips

The skin on the lips is far tenderer than the rest of the body. Winters can be harrowing for lips if not taken care of and you would certainly want chapped lips during the NYE. Always carry a moisturizing lip balm with you and reapply it at regular intervals. Apply a coat of lip balm before the lipstick. It will help in keeping your lips moisturized for a longer period of time.

  1. Hydrate your skin

Consume as much water as you can. Nothing can give a radiant and flawless skin like consumption of water can. No beauty product can beat that glow.

  1. Catch on sleep

No matter where you are and what you do, don’t forget to catch up on your beauty sleep. Skin on the face is the first place where the exhaustion shows. You wouldn’t want to have a sullen face while partying. Though we know it’s difficult but, do listen to the body while you are busy partying hard. Don’t forget to rest!

  • Cleanse your face no matter what

And we mean it. Cleanse your face no matter how tired and exhausted or late you are. Never go to bed with the dirt or makeup on your face. A healthy bedtime regime of cleaning and moisturizing your skin can take you a long way.

Getting a healthy and radiant skin is not a one day affair. You need to put in efforts everyday to get that envious skin. And by efforts we don’t imply hour long beauty and skin care sessions. The above list is simple and doable even with a hectic schedule. Imbibing these simple skin care hacks will make you selfie-ready not only for the NYE but for life. So, start following these tips today and be selfie-ready for life!

Super Simple But Effective Dadi Ma Ke Nuskhe For Summer Care

Summer is here and it’s again that time of the year where you would want to head outdoors and bask in the glory of the sun. The harsh summer sun can have an adverse effect on your skin, hair and body but let not that deter you from stepping out and having some fun.

Summers can be harsh; there’s no questioning that but you can take care of yourself and your loved ones with some simple tips. No need to rush into the world of toxic cosmetics full of chemicals. We have some fantastic Dadi Maa ke nuskhe for you to take care of your hair, skin and overall health this summer.

Skin Care During Summers

The harsh sun rays tend to make your skin oily thereby making it prone to breaking and acne. Following a regular skin care regime is essential. We see a few of you cringing there, but hey, Dadi Maa has easy hacks for you. Follow these simple steps to take care of your skin during summers:

Cucumber & Lemon Lotion

Stepping out in summers mean getting a horrible tan or sunburns in extreme cases. Cucumber and lemon are known for their lightening properties. Make a lotion with cucumber juice and lemon and apply on the exposed parts of the skin before stepping out. It will not only protect you from tanning and sunburn but will also help in keeping your skin feeling cool. Tip: For more effective results you can add a little coconut oil to this formation.

Curd and Multani Mitti Facepack

Both curd and multani mitti are known for their cooling properties. Rejuvenate your summer skin by applying this face pack. Mix a teaspoon of multani mitti in two teaspoons of curd and apply on your skin. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and wash with cold water. This pack can be applied all over the body. This combination provides moisture and cools down the skin. Since it’s an all natural thing, you can apply it as often as you deem fit for your skin.

Hair Care During Summers

More often than not, people tend to overlook their hair while focusing on their skin. Hair needs as much care and protection as your skin. Here are two best summer hacks by Dadi Maa for summers:

Oil Your Hair

Yes, you read that right. During summers people tend to skip oiling their hair considering that the hair already gets quite murky but that’s the biggest mistake you can commit. Hair needs as much moisture in summers as in winters. During summers, you can opt for coconut oil which is a natural coolant. Massage your scalp for 5-10 mins after oiling. Leave in the oil for at least 30 mins before washing.

Aloe Vera and Curd Hair Mask

Hair needs nourishment just like your skin. Deep conditioning is one of the best and most effective ways to repair the damage caused to your hair. Aloe Vera and curd have cooling properties. Apply this on your head and keep for not more than 30 mins. This mask not only relaxes and rejuvenates your hair; it also helps in fighting dandruff. Yes, dandruff happens in summers too!

Health Care During Summers

Dehydration is the most common issue that people face during summers. Keeping yourself hydrated can be a task if you are on the go the entire day. Here are two simple and easy Dadi Maa ke nuskhe to keep you hydrated even on the go:

Change Your Diet

Water is not the only way to keep your body hydrated. Dadi Maa says that you can eat water too. Yes, you can! Supplement your diet with food that has cooling properties and high water content. Add melons, cucumbers, celery, and strawberries to your diet. If you have a long outdoor day planned, consume these foods or carry them with you along with water.

Avoid Fatigue

Feeling exhausted and drained out is a natural thing during summers. The heat and the physical activities can make you feel tired more often than the usual. In order to fight fatigue and energise your body, you got to stay hydrated. Yes, we know it is clichéd, but that’s the way. Avoid caffeine and carbonated drinks as much as you can. They tend to reduce the water content in the body thereby making you feel fatigued.

Sleeping Better During Summers

We know you all are prepared with your air conditioning and other cooling systems but despite that, you need to take care of certain things in order to sleep better.

Choose Proper Clothing

Ditch all your fancy nightwear and make way for simple, loose, and comfortable cottons. The material of the cloth of your nightwear plays an important role. Our bodies sweat and release natural oils during the night and in summers they do even more. Cottons help in absorbing all the excretion from the body thereby helping you sleep better.

Consume Light and Cooling Food Items

Make sure that you don’t binge during dinner time. Dinner has to be the lightest meal of your day and in summers it becomes even more essential to follow this. A heavy meal will make your body feel warmer which in turn causes trouble with the digestive system. Consuming cooling food items will keep your body temperature down.

Summers may be harsh but you don’t need to lock yourself up indoors. Following these few basic tips can help you in keeping your overall health in check. Whenever stepping out in the sun, make sure that you have your UV protection on and don’t forget to carry your scarf and sunglasses!

FUNGI and FURUNCLE – Here is What You Need to Know

Have you ever noticed a brittle nail, with a flaky texture or yellowish tinge? Or maybe a painful, red bump on your skin, especially after a tropical vacation or a trek outdoors? Don’t worry, you’re not alone and you have plenty of options as far as treatment is concerned.

Although fungi and furuncles are equally uncomfortable, they are completely different from each other. It’s important to know these differences so that they may be successfully diagnosed and treated. Let’s start with the basics- fungi affect the nails whereas furuncles affect the hair follicles. There are treatments available for both, so there’s no need to worry if you notice either of the two erupt on your skin or nails. Let’s go into detail:

What are the symptoms of fungi?

  • The initial symptom is spotting on the nails, they begin to get stained yellow or white, and then get darker from the debris that collects under the nail
  • The texture of the nails is notably different, they tend to become extremely brittle, fragile and crumb-like.
  • There is also an unpleasant odour that develops if the nail is covered for a long time
  • In extreme cases, or if not diagnosed on early, the nail can also be dislodged from the skin

What causes fungi and how can I prevent it?

  • If you wear socks and shoes on a daily basis, you are at risk because you’re feet do not get the ventilation they need. This is the perfect chance for bacteria and infection to spread. Make sure that your shoes aren’t too tight, and your socks are made from a breathable fabric. Thick socks that absorb perspiration work the best.
  • Walking around public areas, such as swimming pools or saunas barefoot may not be the best idea. This is because these areas are an open ground for infections. If you are going to the nearest club for a swim, or for a relaxing massage at a spa, make sure you are wearing some sort of footwear at all times.
  • If you have an injury on your fingernail or toenail, make sure it is covered up. This is because an open wound makes you more susceptible to disease, especially fungi.

What are the various treatments for fungi?

  • A long-term treatment for fungi would be oral antifungal medicines which can be prescribed by a doctor. This treatment could last for six weeks, or could even take as long as five months for a healthy nail to grow back.
  • Another long-term treatment is medicated nail polish, which can also be prescribed by your doctor. This usually takes a year.
  • If you’re looking for something faster, there is laser therapy treatment for fungi as well.
  • In extreme cases, you might have to get your nail surgically removed. In this case, you will have to wait for a new, healthy nail to grow back.

 

So now that we have an understanding of what fungi is, why it’s caused and how to prevent it, let’s move on to furuncles!

What are the symptoms of furuncles?

  • A furuncle usually begins with a tiny, pea-sized reddish bump, and can be quite painful
  • The skin around the bump gets inflamed and appears red and swollen
  • The furuncle actually grows continuously as it fills with pus. If it’s not treated on time, it can grow to the size of a tennis ball
  • Like pimples and boils, the top of the furuncle has a tiny, white tip which is where the pus can be drained out from

What causes furuncles and how can I prevent them?

  • Furuncles are caused by a bacteria which infects the hair follicles
  • If your skin is broken due to an injury or an insect bite, you’re at risk because bacteria can enter your skin with ease. Make sure to clean the area thoroughly and keep it covered and dry till it scabs. Scratching insect bites is a big no-no as it’s a sure way to rupture irritated skin

What are the various treatments for furuncles?

  • If your furuncle is detected before it grows too big, it can be drained by a doctor
  • If your furuncles are severe or keep recurring, antibiotics are usually prescribed
  • A simple home remedy is to apply a warm, muslin cloth on the furuncle through the day. This helps it rupture and drain quickly. If you are not a professional, do not try rupturing the furuncle by yourself! You’ll need the help of a doctor for the same

Fungi and furuncles can be easily avoided if you take care of yourself and maintain proper hygiene. If you find yourself in the great outdoors, make sure you’re equipped with the right footwear, socks and insect repellent. The next time you see early signs of either fungi or a furuncle, remember it’s best to nip it in the bud. Remember not to self-diagnose or self-medicate, you can always reach out to us if you’re in need of a trusted Doctor.

Fasting in the Holy Month of Shravan? Read This!

Believers around the world observe Shravan by fasting once a week. Monday fasting is traditionally followed during Shravan. You may have heard your relatives and loved ones tell you all about the traditions; what is important though, is to do a fast that would not harm your health. It’s about time you knew the facts about your health care in the holy month of Shravan.

Fasting, from a health perspective

When you fast, from a health perspective, you abstain from solid food. Fasting in a healthy way allows you to drink water through day while abstaining from food. By abstaining from food, your body gets a break and enough energy to focus on removing toxic poisons from your body. Otherwise, your body is too busy just digesting what you eat. By eliminating toxins, your body feels lighter and healthier in every way. Monday is considered the worst day around the world, no? The beginning of work week, end of a weekend. During Shravan, Monday fasting is the norm. So, what how does this fasting once a week help your body?

5 Health Benefits to Fasting

If this your first time, it could be hard for you but give it a few more tries and you will see how easy it is to just go with your routine and fast on Mondays.

Stimulation of mind

When the negative ions from your body drop, it gives you a sense of mental clarity. When you fast that’s what your body is doing; it is busy flushing these negative ions out of your body. Hunger may humble you and you may think about the higher powers of God in your life and His creations.

Look Young and Beautiful

The negative ions are also responsible for increasing the aging process in your body; so more wrinkles, fine lines, more stress, and worry. Without these ions, your skin directly clears and you may find yourself beaming with a glow! Fasting is one of the best ways to lose the extra fat and calories from your body too.

Eat only when hungry

Absence makes the heart grow fonder they say. In the same way, when you stay away from food for a while, it can increase your appreciation for it. The same old dal and rice will taste even better and you will taste and enjoy every morsel after you’ve fasted for long hours. With regular fasting, you can even train yourself to eat only when you’re hungry, not when you’re bored.

Less is more

The adage can’t be truer now with fasting. The more food you put into your body the more time it needs to positively process it. If it doesn’t have enough time, it will only focus on digestion, rather than repairing of tissues, regeneration of cells and things of that nature. When you fast at least once a week, your body gets that much-needed break to focus on other vital processes and duties for your health.

Important Points to Remember Before Fasting

Monday is a great day, specifically if you have been bingeing over the weekend, yes? However, for healthcare for Shravan or fasting any time, consider not bingeing on the earlier day. Keep it light to prepare your body for fasting the next day.

It is also important that you choose wholesome organic food to eat the day before the fast, so no samosas or fried food, but lots of fresh veggies, fruit, nuts, and sprouts should do it. If you are not a vegetarian that’s ok too. Just that eating meat during the night time may hamper digestion, so it’s better you stick to meat only during the day time.

While you are at it, stay away from caffeine or alcohol on the day before fasting. Help yourself with a lot of fluids to keep up your energy. Your water needs to be purified. Here are the many benefits of fasting and doing it the right way can give you:

  • Improved digestion
  • Instant detox
  • Weight loss
  • Improved circulation
  • Better skin and hair

If you find yourself too tempted to eat during the day, drink fruit juices that will keep you hydrated, satiated and energised. So remember, fasting just once a week is the best gift you can give to your body.

It’s a Myth that Plastic Surgery is Just for Vanity

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear plastic surgery? Nose jobs, liposuction, breast implants? If you associate plastic surgery with these (now alarmingly) common procedures, you are not alone. There is a rise in cosmetic surgeries on popular celebrities, both men and women today. So, many wrongly believe plastic surgery is just for vanity, only a luxury for the rich and the famous. That is not true.

Cosmetic Vs Plastic Surgery

Many use the names interchangeably and wrongly assume that both are the same things. However closely related they may be, cosmetic and plastic surgery both have different goals.

Cosmetic surgery, as the name implies, is only focused on improving the appearance. Breast augmentations, liposuction, Botox and tummy tucks all fall under this category. Cosmetic surgery is generally not covered by the insurance.

Plastic surgery is primarily focused on the repair or reconstruction of dysfunctional body parts so that the person undergoing the procedure may live better. Burn repair surgery, hand surgery or scar revision surgery etc. fall under this category. Plastic surgery is expensive, but for the right reasons, it can be covered by your insurance.

Women and Plastic Surgery

Women with breast cancer may have to undergo a mastectomy but not all women with mastectomy will pursue breast reconstruction. In another scenario, some women want breast reduction to help reduce chronic back pains.  Either way, plastic surgeons closely work with such cases. While this may not be medically necessary, it helps women enhance their quality of life. Although it is a part of it, plastic surgery is not just to enhance a person’s appearance or beauty. In many ways, surgical enhancements develop into a medical necessity.

Check out the following cases where it is not only medically essential but proves that plastic surgery is not just for vanity.

Skin Cancer

Plastic surgeons work closely with people with many types of skin cancer, such as squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, etc. The surgeon first removes all the skin affected by cancer. Then reconstruction is performed which includes sutures or skin graft – which is the process of replacing skin with skin from another part of the body. This is an extremely intricate procedure.

Dog Bites

Plastic surgery is key for victims of a dog attacks. It aids proper healing and avoids the risk of skin infections and scarring if treated within the 12-24 hours. Bites that cause serious injuries to the face as those incurred in car accidents may also need plastic surgery.

Face Reconstruction

A severely injured soldier also gets help from the plastic surgeon. The treatment is not just to fix or improve the external look of the person. Plastic surgery helps improve the soldier’s quality of life. They can look in the mirror and not be reminded of the trauma they underwent. The surgery also protects the soldier from stranger’s reactions to the injuries, thus improving their self-esteem.

Deviated Septum

A nasal septum is normally the straight midline of the nose that divides the nose passageway into equal halves. A deviated septum is a severely shifted midline. A person having it may have heavy snoring, chronic sinus infections, nosebleeds, headaches or nasal congestion. Septoplasty is an invasive procedure performed by a plastic surgeon so there is no bruising on the outside of the nose.

Birth Defects

Babies born with a cleft palate or deformed upper lip are unable to nurse or suck the right way. This is a type of birth defect which requires plastic surgery to reconstruct the lip. Others with facial bone defects require plastic surgery not only to enhance their look but to improve the way they eat, breathe and talk too.

Eye Lifts

Some women who still want to wear eyeshadow and look young, go for eyelid procedures. However, eye lifts are medically necessary if the dropping of the eyes interferes with the person’s ability to see. Insurances generally cover the latter case.

Patients who are looking for a surgeon for either cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures should always check out the doctor’s specific certifications and if he or she is a member of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India. There is absolutely no harm is talking to other people who have undergone a similar procedure to know how exactly it works, what to expect and what not to expect.