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Use Vitamin C to protect skin against pollution

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As pollution engulfs Delhi and the nearby places, we need to focus on how we can prevent our skin from absorbing all the toxins that are floating in the air. There is a direct correlation between skin and the kind of air we inhale.

Dr Nirupama Parwanda, Dermatologist and founder of Zolie Skin Clinic, says that many people have complained about various skin issues like aggravated eczema, irritation, burning sensation, acne breakouts, and hives.

Some of the effects of this pollution can be premature aging, skin discoloration, red patches, dull skin, and rashes.

However, through Vitamin C we can reduce these problems if not prevent them completely, Dr Parwanda suggests how.

1. Works as an antioxidant

Antioxidants help you in fighting against those free radicals that damage cells. Free radicals in simple terms can be explained as harmful molecules in the air which can do serious damage if they enter your lungs. Studies have reflected how these free radicals can be blamed for heart diseases, breathing problems and in some situation even cancer. Anti-oxidants like vitamin C can destroy the free radicals before it starts causing damage to your body. If these radicals are destroyed the moment they enter your body, then they cannot damage your body or your skin.

2. Creates a protective layer

Vitamin C plays a crucial role in creating an external barrier to prevent our skin from absorbing the harmful air outside. Another reason why Vitamin C can come handy during this time is that it’s going to help you reduce inflammation and redness on your skin.

3. Protection from the UV rays

While you might be doing your bit by applying sunscreen regularly to tackle the UV rays try adding Vitamin C serum before you apply your SPF for better results. Now that we know that pollution isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and we cannot live in our houses forever it’s better to look for methods to help your skin during this hard time. Do not give up on your SPF when the pollution is high since sun damage can make your skin worse.

4. Hydrates your skin
One thing that you can never miss upon is keeping your skin hydrated. Drinking loads of water during this time is the best thing you could do right now. However, drinking water might not be enough for skin due to the harsh damage outside. Applying vitamin C serum can help you in moisturizing your skin and locking that moisture down. This will help you to fight dark spots and fine lines which are a significant sign of premature aging.

More often than not people wonder whether consuming Vitamin C is sufficing?

The truth is, in most situations consuming vitamin C in the form of tablets or imparting it in our diets through different food products was sufficient until now. The situation in the majority of the cities after the festive season has become worse and while taking a healthy and balanced diet is wise it isn’t sufficient for the skin.

There are certain things that you might want to inculcate in your skin regime to take care of your skin. And in case you don’t happen to have a skin regime then it is advised if you build one to get over this strenuous time without a lot of damage.

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Kids who miss breakfast get lower grades: Study

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London: Parents, take a note. If you want your kids to score good marks, make sure they had their breakfast, as researchers have found that students who rarely ate breakfast on school days achieved lower grades than those who ate it frequently.

Adding together all of a student’s exam results, they found that students who said they rarely ate breakfast achieved nearly two grades lower than those who rarely missed their morning meal.

For the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, researchers from the University of Leeds demonstrated a link between eating breakfast and GCSE performance for secondary school students in the UK.

“Our study suggests that secondary school students are at a disadvantage if they are not getting a morning meal to fuel their brains for the start of the school day,” said study lead researcher Katie Adolphus from the University of Leeds in UK.

“This research suggests that poor nutrition is associated with worse results at school,” Adolphus said.

For the findings, the researchers surveyed 294 students from schools and colleges in West Yorkshire in 2011, and found that 29 per cent rarely or never ate breakfast on school days, while 18 per cent ate breakfast occasionally, and 53 per cent frequently.

Their figures are similar to the latest national data for England in 2019, which found that more than 16 per cent of secondary school children miss breakfast.

GCSE grades were converted to point scores using the Department for Education’s 2012 system, where A* = 58, A = 52, B = 46, and so on.

Adding up students’ scores across all subjects gave students an aggregated score.

Those who rarely ate breakfast scored on average 10.25 points lower than those who frequently ate breakfast, a difference of nearly two grades, after accounting for other important factors including socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, sex and BMI.

Looking at performance for each individual GCSE, they found that students who rarely ate breakfast scored on average 1.20 points lower than those who frequently ate breakfast, after accounting for other factors.

Each grade equates to six points, so the difference accounted for a drop of a fifth of a grade for every GCSE an individual achieved, the study said.

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Jagan government to shut 40% bars in Andhra Pradesh

The state currently has 798 bars, which will be closed by January and new licences would be issued on lottery basis after cutting down their numbers.

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Amaravati, Nov 19 : Taking another major step towards total alcohol prohibition in Andhra Pradesh, the Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government on Tuesday decided to shut down 40 per cent bars in the state.

At a review meeting on the implementation of prohibition in phases, Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officials to reduce the number of existing bars by 40 per cent.

The state currently has 798 bars, which will be closed by January and new licences would be issued on lottery basis after cutting down their numbers.

The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government also proposes to increase liquor price in bars to further discourage its consumption.

Minister for Excise Narayana Swamy said that it was also decided to impose time restrictions on bars. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. but food would be allowed to be served till 11 p.m. Bars in star hotels would be allowed to remain open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The minister warned that heavy penalty would be imposed against bootleggers and non-bailable cases would be registered against them.

Reducing the number of bars is another major step taken by Jagan Mohan Reddy since coming to power in May. He had promised total prohibition in phases. In the final phase, he wants to confine the sale of liquor to five star hotels only.

He earlier ordered a crack down on belt shops or illegal outlets of licenced liquor shops. Narayan Swamy claimed that 43,000 belt shops were closed in the crackdown.

The government took over the retail liquor business from October and increased liquor price. It cut down the number of liquor shops from 4,380 to 3,500. All the shops are currently run by the state-owned Andhra Pradesh Beverages Corporation Limited (APBCL). The business hours of the wine shops were also curtailed.

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Is watching porn linked to erectile dysfunction in men?

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If you are not enjoying a good bedroom life, blame pornography. According to a sexual health expert in UK, single or divorced men are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction (impotence) because they have become too used to porn or having ‘unsatisfactory’ sex lives.

A report by London-based clinic Numan found that 80 per cent of men living in the UK have experienced erectile dysfunction.

Speaking on the report to FEMAIL, women’s column in the Daily Mail, Chartered Psychologist Felix Economakisto blamed pornography and drinking too much for causing problems in the bedroom of single, divorced men.

“The first reason is that they often tend to have either negligent, absent or unsatisfactory sex lives. That means they feel rather ‘de-skilled’ and not confident when it comes to the bedroom,” Economakisto, was quoted as saying.

Millions of men have been affected by erectile dysfunction.

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The study, which was conducted by the Market Research Society, asked 1,000 divorced men in the UK if they had experienced a sexual performance problem, reported Daily Mail.

According to the research, four-fifths of those men questioned admitted they had struggled with erectile dysfunction.

“If men become ‘wound up’ about goals and work, it could also impact their performance during sex,” Economakisto said.

“Sometimes men can also be so wound up about performance goals and reviews at work that they tend to start perceiving performance in the bedroom as yet another ‘customer’ to keep happy, complete with fear of unsatisfactory reviews,” he said.

“Watching pornography could cause erectile dysfunction,” he added.

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