Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Bone Drug can Protect stem cells From Ageing

A drug currently used to treat patients with osteoporosis can protect stem cells from ageing, a breakthrough study has found. Scientists from the University of Sheffield discovered the drug zoledronate is able to extend the lifespan of mesenchymal stem cells by reducing DNA damage. DNA damage is one of the most important mechanisms of ageing where stem cells lose their ability to maintain and repair the tissues in which they live and keep it working correctly. The pioneering research shows the drug protects the stem cells from DNA damage enhancing their survival and maintaining their function. ‘The drug enhances the repair of the damage in DNA occurring with age in stem cells in the bone. It is also likely to work in other stem cells too,’ said professor Ilaria Bellantuono from the University’s department of metabolism. 
‘This drug has been shown to delay mortality in patients affected by osteoporosis but until now we didn’t know why. These findings provide an explanation as to why it may help people to live longer,’ he added. Approximately 50 percent of over 75 year-olds globally have three or more diseases at the same time such as cardiovascular disease, infections, muscle weakness and osteoporosis. It is hoped this drug could be used to treat, prevent or delay the onset of such diseases rather than using a mixture of drugs. ‘We are hopeful that this research will pave the way for a better cure for cancer patients and keeping older people healthier for longer by reducing the risk of developing multiple age-related diseases,’ the authors noted in a paper in the journal Stem Cells
Source: IANS

10 Facts About Coconut oil

Michele Chevalley Hedge
10 Facts About Coconut oil
10 Facts About Coconut oil

This tropical trooper comes with a host of health benefits. Here's 10 reasons to pick up some coconut oil today.

From beating sugar cravings to aiding weight loss, there are more benefits of coconut oil than most of us may realise.

1. All fats are not created equal

Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a "healthy" form saturated fat compared to trans fat. Trans fatty acid consumption is linked with heart problems, depression and increased cholesterol levels. What does consuming MCFA fats in coconut oil mean for your body? Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately coverting this into energy (fuel for the brain and muscle function) rather than it being stored as fat.

2. Controls weight

One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women's consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. To try coconut oil for weight loss start by adding one teaspoon to your diet and gradually work your way up to four teaspoons per day.

3. Eases digestion

If you suffer from poor digestion or tummy bloating try adding coconut oil to your diet. Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome and microbial related tummy bugs. Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.

4. Manage type 2 diabetes

A recent study by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research found that coconut oil protects against insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. MCFA fats are small enough to be absorbed into the cells where they're quickly converted to energy. It is this process that not only reduces the amount of fat we pack into storage, but improves insulin sensitivity.

5. Supports immunity

Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system. Lauric acid contains the highest concentration of MCFA fatty acids, approximately 75 per cent. The body turn this fat into monolaurin which is claimed to help heal viruses such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, helicobacter pylori and candida.

6. Boost metabolism

A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition found that coconut oil boosts metabolism. Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less. A speedy metabolism helps boost the body's immune system and keep weight off.

7. Slows fine lines

Coconut is not just for your cooking – it's a wonderfully hydrating treat for skin too. It keeps the skin's connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles. Apply coconut oil directly to your skin to soften the appearance of fine lines or use it daily on your face and body for a healthy glow. Be sure you use virgin coconut oil with no additives.

8. Cooks in high temperatures

Because coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, it gives it a higher smoking temperature than most polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils. If you're preparing recipes that require high temperatures you should consider coconut oil for this type of cooking. Unlike olive oil which will oxidise at high temperatures, creating free radicals.

9. Stops sugar cravings

Instead of reaching for the lollie jar for an afternoon sweet hit, try eating a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil to beat sugar cravings. This is because good quality fat is more satiating than carbs, so if you cut down on sugar you will feel less 'ravenous'. Most of us do not realize but constant hunger is a major clue that your body is not being fed correctly.  With the proper amounts of fats and protein, you can fuel your energy reserves properly, and come off the sugar roller coaster that many of us are on.

10. Coconut oil is simple to cook with

Try this recipe for a nutritious high protein, gluten and dairy free coconut treat. 1 teaspoon of Niugini Organics Coconut Oil (available from health food stores)1 cup of almonds or walnuts1 cup of organic dates3-4 tablespoons of raw cocoa powderShredded coconut (check it contains no preservatives)Place all ingredients in a food processor. Roll into small bite size balls and roll into shredded coconut. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.

Michele Chevalley Hedge is an accredited nutritionist, author and presenter. Visit her website

Four ways to Tame Frizzy Hair

From frizzy hair to split-ends, winter can get harsh on your hair. Keep hot water away from it and opt for safe styling methods to let your hair stay healthy even when the temperature takes a dip.

Daniel Bauer, TRESemm√©’s official hair expert, suggests ways to combat winter dryness:

* Keep hair washing to a minimum: There has never been a defined answer to how often one should wash their hair as it all depends on your hair type and styling choices. But washing your hair too often in the winters will remove the natural oils secreted by your hair, leaving them dry and prone to breakage. So make sure you don’t wash your hair too often. Also, it’s best to use products that tame frizz.

* Conditioning is the key: So many people deal with rough

Saturday, 21 November 2015

5 Tips for big, Brighter Eyes

Your eyes are the window to your soul. They can also say a lot about your mood and health. We all want sparkling youthful eyes that sparkle and make us appear youthful; here are five ways to get pretty eyes naturally.

Age, stress, long hours in front of the computer, poor diet, pollution, lack of sleep—all amount to poor eyesight and make your peepers look duller. But, here’s how you can bring them back to life-

Saturday, 14 November 2015

5 ways a Manicure can Harm your Nails (and how to avoid it)

5 ways a Manicure can Harm your Nails (and how to avoid it)
5 ways a Manicure can Harm your Nails (and how to avoid it)
Manicures and nail art are a rage but do you know you could be getting a few things wrong there. Nails should not just look pretty, they must be healthy too. Too much nail colour or wrong products and techniques can affect the health of your nails. Here are some tips you can follow for a healthy manicure:

Good quality remover: A good quality nail polish remover is a must. Removers with natural ingredients combined with acetone or alcohol are better options than pure acetone ones. Strong removers can dry nails and cuticles and lead to splitting or chipping of nails too. Always select a good brand.

Nail filing: Filing nails in one direction is the correct way to do it. Going back and forth can cause cracking, splitting and spoil the texture of your nails. If your nails are too long, cut them to desired length and then file them to make the task easy. Using a buffer can help even out the surface and give a shine to the nails.

Cuticle care: Cutting cuticles is like injuring them and inviting infections. If you see a small portion of the cuticle uprooted at the sides of your nail, trim it with a scissor instead of pulling or biting it. Pushing cuticles is better than cutting them. You can soften your cuticles by soaking the fingers in water to make pushing easier.

Also Read: Your Nail Polish Might Be Making You Gain Weight

Base coat: If you ever have to choose between buying a top coat and base coat due to a tight budget, choose a base coat. A good quality base coat will prevent the dark colours from dying your nails and their discolouration. The base coat also helps colours look brighter and will make your manicure last longer.

Quick dry: It is boring to hold steady till the nail polish dries completely. But did you know that the instant drying techniques like the UV light or using blow dryers dry out your nails too? Dehydrated nails look lifeless, dull and are brittle. Whenever you can avoid quick dry, do so and let your nails dry naturally.

Source: Thehealthsite

Bhakti Paun Sharma

Expert Recommended Diet plan for acne Free Skin

Expert Recommended Diet plan for acne Free Skin
Expert Recommended Diet plan for acne Free Skin

What you eat affects your skin in many ways. Fighting those breakouts is not just about what you apply on your skin but what you consume too. Here is a diet meal plan by nutritionist Priya Kathpal to help you fight acne.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Want glowing skin? Just breathe (yes, it works!)

Want glowing skin? Just breathe (yes, it works!)
Want glowing skin? Just breathe (yes, it works!)

Acne, dark spots, pigmentation and all those skin troubles you might have, can be quite annoying. But did you know there is one simple thing you can do to resolve all these problems? And the best part is that it is something you do every day! Yes, it’s breathing.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Your Nail Polish Might Be Making You Gain Weight

Your Nail Polish Might Be Making You Gain Weight
© Provided by ELLE Your Nail Polish Might Be Making You Gain Weight

Your favourite brand of nail polish might have a hidden ingredient that can wreak havoc in your body. Researchers at Duke University and the Environmental Working Group have pinpointed a common polish ingredient that may be dangerous, especially for people who frequently paint their nails.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Remove Tan Naturally!

Face and body tan is a nuisance now that we are into the festive season and before you get to some serious polishing, we have some home remedies using natural ingredients from the kitchen to help you remove those dark patches and tans successfully. 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Read this before you try any facial hair removal technique

Facial hair can become increasingly prominent depending on factors like age, heredity and hormones. While it is totally normal, there are many who prefer to thread, bleach, wax or opt for laser hair removal. But are these hair removal methods safe? Well-known dermatologist,
Dr Jaishree Sharad tells you which one you should go for and which one you should totally avoid.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Do you need a Skin Fast?

Yes, a skin fast is actually a concept! And, one that involves slacking off on your beauty routine. Trust us, this is the detox your skin needs to survive the festivities.

If you have been OD’ing on  makeup and products to get that elusive glow, we are going to recommend you try a more unusual route – Stop using anything on your face for a bit! As outrageous as this sounds – especially since we have been urging you to not skimp on that night serum – a skin fast can actually change your skin for the better.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

10 Things You Must Know About Using a Highlighter.

We are yet to meet a girl who doesn’t want a radiant skin. Now, of course, with age and stress, the au natural glow might fade sooner than expected, but all thanks to this magic make up tool called the highlighter, faking a glow is way easier. But one mistake and you might end up looking all blotchy and patchy. Here are some things you should remember when using the highlighter to put your best face forward.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

22 Ways to Look Better in 1 Min or Less

Beautiful Eyes
Grab an ice cube, skip the cupcake, and check out the rest of these tips from aesthetician and cosmetic chemist Mary Schook to look better in 1 min.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

4 Easy Ways to Avoid Oily Skin

oil free skin
For many people, the skin on the face tends to get very oily during the day. However, not applying cream is not the way to avoid oily skin. Follow these tips instead.

Don't wash too much: This sounds counterproductive, but if you wash your skin too much, it will produce natural oils to compensate for the dryness. Instead, just wash your face once in the morning or evening.

Cucumbers: High on vitamin A and E and magnesium, cucumbers are great for oily skin. Their cooling and astringent properties also curb the skin from producing excess natural oils.

Lemon: Citric fruits have astringent properties, which soak up the oils of the skin. Plus, lemon juice is great for reducing blemishes.

Natural facewash: The chemicals in a facewash often dry out the skin, which causes the skin to produce more oil. Try a homemade facewash made from natural ingredients, which prevents dryness.

From: times of india

Friday, 29 May 2015

Five Benefits of Having Oily Skin

So, you thought it was downright bad to have an oily skin? Well, it's time to think again. The occasional breakouts should not demoralise. Because, here are a five benefits of having an oily skin.

Tips to Look Flawless and acne-free in Summer

Tips to Look Flawless and acne-free in Summer
Tips to Look Flawless and acne-free in Summer

Ensure facial hygiene to avoid acne and rashes in summer Here are some tips that can help you look flawless and acne-free:

Sunday, 24 May 2015

10 Home Remedies for Damaged and Dry Hair

Is everyday a ‘bad hair day' for you? If your hair needs to be constantly tamed into behaving itself, breaks easily and tangles quickly, then you probably have dry and damaged hair. The only solution of dry and damaged hair is some big-time deep infusion of moisture into your locks. But if expensive salon hair treatments aren't what you want to go in for, then try these 10 simple home remedies to manage your dry hair. They are easy, fuss-free, and regular treatment will give you shiny locks.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Get Rid of Whiteheads to Prevent Acne

Whiteheads are caused due to build-up of oil, serum and dead skin that plugs up your pores. They clog your skin's pores and result in pimples.

A repeated occurrence of whiteheads can cause a serious problem of acne. But the good news is that whiteheads can be treated effectively at home. With a little effort and a regular skincare routine, you can keep whiteheads at bay.

Friday, 15 May 2015

7 Foods For Healthy Hair

To look gorgeous on the outside, you have to nourish your body from the inside, which means eating lots of the good stuff. In fact the most effective way to achieve healthy hair is not through a laundry list of haircare products but by changing what you put on your plate. Every cell in the human body needs dozens and dozens of nutrients, so it makes good beauty sense to "load up" foods loaded with
antioxidants - the cellular warriors that’ll help you score healthy looking hair. Here are a few items you should start eating, starting now!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

How To Make Elbows Soft And Smooth In 3 Steps

image via wisegeek
Are you going through a rough patch, elbow-wise? Here are some must-dos to ensure smooth elbows.

Moisturising regularly is necessary to keep the skin healthy and hydrated. While most women ensure their face is well nourished, elbows often get overlooked – or elbowed out – from regular skincare regiments.