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New Delhi, April 29: With summer come a host of skin care problems. From acne to rashes, oily skin to breakouts, it is nothing short of a nightmare so it is very important to beat the heat by altering not only your wardrobe, but also your skin care routine, says experts.

Celebrity makeup artist Namrata Soni and Dermatologist and Aesthetic Physician Rashmi Shetty, share celebrity skincare secrets to help you look like your favourite Bollywood diva and survive this summer in a breeze –

* Exfoliate your body after a shower: A common mistake which people tend to make is to exfoliate before a shower. Cleaning up the dead cells before a shower is likely to cause more irritation and itching on the skin as in that point of time your skin is dry.

It is advisable to moisturise your skin with an oil before a shower and exfoliate it after the shower. Exfoliating your skin after a shower will help remove the dead skin effortlessly. However, make sure that you use a good scrub which is appropriate for your skin. You can also use a soft towel to remove the dead skin.

* Use sunscreen before stepping out in the sun: The sunscreen is your best friend this season. While having a healthy tan looks good, too much sun can harm the skin. Constant exposure to sun for a very long time can damage your skin. Pick a sunscreen which has a minimum SPF of 30 and apply it a good 20 minutes before you leave your house.

In the long run, the sunscreen also helps in reducing spots and delays the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Similarly, make sure that after sun care is taken care of, you need to wash your face with cold water and moisturise it with a calm moisturiser.

* Hydrate your body with moisturiser: In cities that face dry, scorching heat, the moisture present in the skin tends to get sucked out. Hence, it is necessary to constantly keep hydrating the body with a moisturiser, preferably moisturising milk than a cream as it spreads easily on your body and is non-sticky.

Also, make sure that you use a moisturiser on slightly damp skin, as it glides easily and covers a larger portion of your body. Use a scented moisturiser only if it suits your skin or else it may cause skin irritation. Even in cities with aq high level of humidity, the constant sweating can cause irritation and body odour. A good moisturiser works there well too.

* Moisturise your skin before shaving: Summers mean shorts, skirts and sleeveless dresses for days together. It’s best to stay away from harmful creams and painful waxing as they can damage your skin and cause rashes if you have a sensitive skin. Also, why cover yourself in this heat for 15 days until your next waxing session? Switch to shaving as it is the safest method of hair removal and is also recommended by dermatologists.

Use a razor that has skin conditioning ingredients like Gillette Venus Breeze, which comes with in-built body butters and glycerin that will help keep your skin moisturised before and after the shave.

* Wait at least 24 hours before hitting the beach or pool: The newly shaved area will be sensitive to the sun, salt and chlorine. It is better to wait before taking a dive to avoid itchiness, burning and irritation. Also, apply sunscreen before and as soon as it gets washed off, after a swim to avoid unnecessary tanning.

* Gorge on berries and fresh fruits: Summers in India mean seeing heaps and heaps of the king of fruits, mango, everywhere along with a plethora of berries. The skin reflects what you eat so feast yourself on the summer produce. They are rich and high on vitamins and increase the release of antioxidants giving you the perfect glowing skin.

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Best ways to decorate your space with plants

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New Delhi, Jan 17: Plants look just adorable and keeping them indoors not only brings life to the entire place but they also improve the air quality by reducing toxins existing in the atmosphere so make sure you are decorating your abode with plants nicely.

Myna Batavia, Founder of Green Carpet, and Preeti Narula, Founder of Living Balconies, list down ways to decorate your house with plants.

* Your living room is the best place to be decorated with a lot of greenery. Potted plants are the best choice to be kept in the living room. These pots are available in different sizes and colours to suit your requirements. Ensure that they are visible over the furniture kept in the living room.

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* The dining area should be graced with plants such as money plants, bamboo plants, and ferns in glass bottles and vases.

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* Embellish your bedroom with indoor plants such as Sansevieria which increases oxygen levels at night to have a sound sleep. You can keep small potted plants on bedside tables on either side of the bed.

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* In the open space or balconies, install a shelf or hanging flower boxes along the railings to make it look attractive from outside. Also planter in sync with wall colours and embellishing the place with animal artefacts will increase the beauty quotient of these areas.

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* Also just to fill in the empty area of your apartment, you can try keeping big plants in colourful pots.

* Decorate your living space with indoor plants as they make any area feel bright, lively, calm and beautiful.

* Place your plants on shelves or wooden pallets to create a mini indoor garden

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* One can also hang indoor plants like Chinese money plant, Staghorn ferns, snake plants and weeping fig in the balcony.

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* Use your old crockery set for planting to decorate your kitchen, living room, and even bathrooms.

* Make your own terrarium with succulents to create a decorative piece in your kid’s room or dining table.

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Writing a to-do list will help you sleep faster at night

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New York, Jan 15: Unable to sleep at night? Try writing a “to-do” list at bedtime as it may aid in falling asleep, a new study suggests.

“Most people just cycle through their to-do lists in their heads, and so we wanted to explore whether the act of writing them down could counteract night time difficulties with falling asleep,” said lead author of the study Michael K. Scullin from Baylor University, in the US.

The study compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down upcoming duties versus participants who chronicled completed activities.

“There are two schools of thought about this. One is that writing about the future would lead to increased worry about unfinished tasks and delay sleep, while journaling about completed activities should not trigger worry,” Scullin said.

“The alternative hypothesis is that writing a to-do list will ‘off-load’ those thoughts and reduce worry,” he added.

For the study, published in Journal of Experimental Psychology, researchers monitored electrical brain activity using electrodes on a group of healthy young adults.

They completed a writing assignment for five minutes prior to overnight polysomnography recording in a controlled sleep laboratory.

They were randomly assigned to write about tasks that they needed to remember to complete the next few days (to-do list) or about tasks they had completed the previous few days (completed list).

Participants in the to-do list condition fell asleep significantly faster than those in the completed-list condition.

The more specifically participants wrote their to-do list, the faster they subsequently fell asleep, whereas the opposite trend was observed when participants wrote about completed activities.

Therefore, to facilitate falling asleep, individuals may derive benefit from writing a very specific to-do list for five minutes at bedtime rather than journaling about completed activities, the researchers noted.

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Gardening can make old people stay more healthy

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Germany, Jan 12: Indulging in gardening may not only keep older adults active but also boost their health and mental well-being, finds a study.

The findings showed that older women who spend more than three hours on household chores a day and got less or more than seven hours of sleep a night, were less likely to be in good health.

However, the researchers found that the similar criteria had no effect on the health of elderly men.

It is because older women spent more time doing repititive housework like cleaning and cooking, while men spent time in gardening and maintenance work, which is mentally very stimulating, the Daily Mail reported.

“The difference in the sexes’ health is probably to do with the type of housework women tend to do, which is a lot more repetitive and routine work, like cleaning and cooking. While this probably has some limited health benefits, it is not very physically active, is not really exercise and is not very stimulating mentally, which relates to physical health,” Nicholas Adjei, researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology in Germany, was quoted as saying by the paper.

“Men did much more active household chores, such as gardening and maintenance. The physical exertion is good for the health, with gardening involving digging, mowing and carrying soil. We think gardening and fixing things may also be more enjoyable than cleaning,” Adjei added.

For the study, researchers looked at more than 36,000 pensioners, who reported about their daily activities and general health. Healthiness was calculated based on participants’ answers to a questionnaire, in which they rated their health on a five-point scale from “poor” to “very good”.

The results showed that even taking away sleep, which can impact people’s health, men appear healthier when doing jobs around the house.

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