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Right way of face cleansing June 27, 2014 17:30

Most women think whats there in cleansing the face. They cannot be more wrong. Today face cleansing is no longer about just washing it with a facewash. Beauty care is no longer a simple affair. Supermarkets are flooded with so many products that it becomes necessary to adopt a step-by-step procedure to cleanse your face. Beauty products appropriate to your skin type When you choose a product make sure is suits your skin type. If you have oily skin you cannot use a product meant for dry skin as it will make your skin more greasy. Same applies for dry skin. Those with sensitive skin need to use mild cleansing agents that soothes while cleansing the skin. Remove all traces of makeup If you wear makeup it's crutial to remove all traces of cosmetics before washing your face with water. Take help of makeup remover, oil-based cream or baby oil to cleanse your face completely off the greasepaint. Have patience Don't take cleansing as a task and hurry through the ritual. Cleansing your face is an essential daily ritual that needs to be done with patience. To begin with moisten your face with lukewarm water.  Take an appropriate cleanser to remove dirt and makeup. Gently work your fingers in circular motion to remove all traces of grime and cosmetics. Wash properly All traces of the cleanser has to be removed from the face. Make sure yo don't overdo the face cleansing. Twice a day is enough. You can cleanse once in the morning and once at night after comming back from office, before you sleep. (Picture Source: prevention.com) (AW: Pratima Tigga)

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Flaunt your beautiful nails June 26, 2014 17:53

Hands tell a lot about your personality. People with dull and chipped nails reveal their careless personality. Both women and men need to take care of their hands and nails as these are visible to other. Here are some beauty tips for nails that make your hands beautiful. The first essential for nail health is a good balanced diet. Your meals should include a rich diet including protein, iron, vitamins and lots of green vegetables and fruits. Keep your hands and nails clean by washing them after any household work. Wear gloves whenever your hands come in touch with dirt and detergins. After washing your hands apply a hand cream to keep them hydrated. Those who suffer from dry hands syndrome can apply a rich nourishing hand creme before sleeping at night. Healthy nails can be achieved by using milk cream, olive oil and acetone-free nail polish removers. Prevent nail dryness by using milk cream to massage them. Whenever you need to remove nail polish use acetone-free nail polish removers to avoid dryness. To avoid dryness in your nails you can use a nail buffer's finishing side to improve blood circulation in your nail bed To avoid dull and chipped nails soak them in a small bowl of olive oil. Keep your nails dipped for at least 10 minutes. Then remove and wipe off the excess oil with a cotton ball. Followed by washing your hands with water. End the beauty treatment by applying a nourishing hand cream. Follow this nail treatment once every week and flaunt your beautiful nails with pride. (Picture Source: stylecraze.com) (AW: Pratima Tigga)

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Eat these superfoods to lose the extra inches June 19, 2014 18:08

Are you one of those who have been desperately trying to lose those extra inches? Read on to know about the four superfoods that are known to aid in weight loss. Green tea, coconut milk and raspberries can be truested as these are time-tested and proven by research. Green tea Green tea is well known as a fat-burning beverage. For added benefits you can adopt a healthy diet and exercise regularly. This healthy beverage also helps to reduce stress. Coconut milk Coconut milk has healthy saturated fat. It's composed of medium-chain triglycerides, which is a fatty acid. Human body prefers to burn this fatty acid than to store it. Raspberries Raspberries are rich in fibre. Consuming just one cup of raspberries will provide you with a 8 grams of fibre. According to experts, this is almost half the fibre requirement of your body. Besides, it's low on carbohydrate. It also helps to balance the blood sugar levels and reduces your cravings for snacking in between meals. Avocado Avocados are rich in healthy mono-unsaturated fat and fibre. Consuming this healthy fruit improves your nutrition intake and also reduces any metabolic syndrome risk. One cup of avocado provides 10 grams of fibre that helps to curb cravings for food. (AW: Pratima Tigga)

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Butter isn't as bad as you think! June 16, 2014 16:55

"Time" magazines latest cover story carries good news for all butter lovers - the fat found in butter isn't as evil as we think! “We have known for some time that fats found in vegetables like olives and in fish like salmon can actually protect against heart disease,” reads the story. “Now it’s becoming clear that even the saturated fat found in a medium-rare steak or slab of butter-public health enemies Nos. 1 and 2-has a more complex and, in some cases, benign effect on the body than previously thought.” Apparently, the saturated fat usually found in whole, unprocessed foods like fresh meat, cheese, yogurt, and milk, isn't just satiating, but good for the heart too. Contrary to the popular belief, consuming higher levels of saturated fat has been found to lower the risk of heart disease. Also, as the Time article states, that those who have traded in butter for processed margarines and eggs for yolk-free beaters are heavier and more sickly than ever. “Our demonization of fat may have backfired in ways we are just beginning to understand,” the article reads. So next time you reach out for another low-fat, no-fat, or reduced-fat food, remember how eating fat not only torches down the fat but also helps you live longer, stronger and healthier life. (AW: Suchorita Choudhury)

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Replace sugar with sugar substitutes June 13, 2014 18:44

Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you keep craving for sugar? Beware your sugar cravings will get worse as the years pass by. Studies reveal that sugar cravings in most cases are due to a protein deficiency. And not due to low sugar levels that people generally think it to be. So eat more protein to satiate your sugar cravings. Substitutes for common sugar Honey Refined sugar is devoid of antioxidants and enzymes due to its manufacturing procedure. These essential ingredients are retained in honey. Honey imparts sweetness to your dishesh, while providing healthy essential minerals vital for the body's metabolic processes. But make sure that you use raw honey as processed honey is high on fructose. Jaggery Jaggery is a byproduct of  sugarcane, basically it's unrefined sugar. But now jaggery is also made from coconut sap and sago plants. Since it's devoid of additional processing, jaggery has all the natural vitamins and minerals, especially iron. Date sugar Date sugar is made from dehydrated dates. It's fortified with essential minerals like iron, calcium,  phosphorous, magnesium, selenium and zinc. This natural sweetener improve digestion, immune system, helps asthma patients and cures muscle soreness. Maple syrup Maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees by boiling the liquid. It has earthy flavour and is rich in manganese and zinc. (Picture Source: aroundtheplate.org) (AW: Pratima Tigga)

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How to shop smart? June 11, 2014 18:25

Take a quick look at your closet full of black dresses or your rainbow of lipsticks and question yourself: "Did you really need to splurge on another black dress or invest in another pink gloss?”  It's easy to feel frustrated with our buys, even as you continue to pile it on. Instead of  going for the latest and the greatest, follow these four pointers while shopping in the future to make satisfying buys - buys that you won't regret. Here's how. Before you dash to buy that little new dress on the showroom mannequin, pause a while. It's better to compare the prices online or get a friend's feedback or check out few more options before making the intended acquisition. That way you might realize that the must-have dress isn't as worthy as you think. When you are out shopping and spot a must-have, don't make a beeline for the cashier immediately. Instead, take time to feel certain about the item and it's worth. Evaluating your purchases for 24 hours is one surefire way to save yourself from buyer's remorse. Before you invest in another pair of slim fit jeans, use the opportunity as an incentive fto accomplish a personal goal, like losing some weight or finishing a project you've been procrastinating on. That way, you will benefit both ways. You probably  always have a list of things you want to buy. Alongside, make a list of the things you already have -just whatever pops into your head. This will help switch your mindset from mulling over what you don't have to appreciating what you actually have. (AW: Suchorita Choudhury)

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Perks of being a morning person June 10, 2014 19:12

Someone has rightly said that an early bird catches the worm. And now we have science to prove that too. Researchers have found that people who rise early are better energized, happy, fit and have better habits than those who sleep till late. We list out the advantages of being a morning person. Early birds are fitter than night owls. That is because people who rise early have more time to work out than late risers. Morning people are happy people. They are  more positive, healthy and cheerful than their laid-back counterparts. People who wake up early in the morning are proactive,confident and more in charge of their lives and moods. Night owls consume more calories  and eat twice as much fast food than morning risers. Also, night owls have higher BMI. With so many perks of being a morning person, don't you think you should tune your daily routine to live a healthier, more productive life by being a morning person? Think about that. (AW: Suchorita Choudhury)

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Eat these for weight loss June 09, 2014 18:36

Have you been trying hard to lose weight without much success. Even after dieting your weight doesn't seem to decrease much. Fret not. Here are a few foods that will boost your efforts in weight loss. Apples Apple not only keeps you healthy, but also helps to shed those kilos. An apple, which comes with  four to five grams of fiber per serving, keeps your stomach full for a longer time. This sweet and crunchy fruit is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, that are beneficial for your body. Almonds Keep hunger pangs away by munching on a handful of almonds. Packed with nutrients and vitamins, these nuts give energy boost and also keeps hunger at bay. Make sure you don't go for the ones that are chocolate coated or salted. Avocado Avocados are loaded with proteins and fiber. They are great for weight loss. Avocados are loaded with 'good' monosaturated fats, keeping you full for longer period. Bell Peppers Bell peppers are loaded with vitamin C. Take your pick and choose from red, yellow or green bell peppers to get your dose of vitamins. Eat them raw, in salads or in a soup to help reduce weight. Eggs If you have egg whites for breakfast then you will surely lose weight. Loaded with proteins, egg whites keep your stomach full for a longer time. (AW: Pratima Tigga)

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Rules to stay young June 07, 2014 17:39

Someone has rightly said, "You're as young as you fee." Youth has little do with age and more to do with how you live. While it's impossible to hold back the years, you can erase all signs of ageing from your life by altering your attitude to something more positive and living each day with vigor, passion and love. We share with you some expert rules to stay young at heart always. Follow these. Forget the nonessential numbers like age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. After all, that's why you pay them. Hang out in cheerful company. Avoid the grouches and friends who pull you down. Keep learning. Learn a new thing everyday. Never keep the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's. Cherish the simple things of life. Laugh  often, laugh long and loud. Keep smiling. Don't stop the tears. Shed, grieve, and move on. Get over all loss. Be ALIVE while you live. Surround yourself with everything you love be it family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies,  etc. Love your health: If it is good, maintain it. If it is bad,improve it. If it is beyond improvement, get help. Never take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the sweet shop, even to the next city or a foreign country, but never take guilt trips. Love everybody from the heart and don't forget to express it. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. (AW: Suchorita Choudhury)

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Love Hormone makes you lie April 09, 2014 16:07

It is carried in a study that 'Love Hormone' Oxytocin makes an individual to lie and promotes dishonesty to benefit their group. The Ben-Gurion University researchers have found out that Oxytocin is a peptide of nine amino acids produced in the brain’s hypothalamus, functioning as both a hormone and neurotransmitter, it also stimulates one’s social approach. The researchers reported that Oxytocin makes people to bend their ethical rules and which indirectly prompts an individual to be dishonesty. However even after lying, people still feel moral said the study. The study was carried on 60 male participants and were given Oxytocin and placebo dose. Around 53 percent of them were willing to lie to their people for the benefit. (AW: Vamshi)

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An App to control your anxiety March 20, 2014 12:21

Scientists claim that playing a science-based smartphone gaming app for just 25 minutes can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals and so an application [App] for controlling anxiety is getting developed. The app is being developed based on an emerging cognitive treatment for anxiety called attention-bias modification training [ABMT]. The focus is on to ignore a threatening stimulus [such as an angry face] instead on a non-threatening stimulus [such as a neutral or happy face] and ultimately this brings down the anxiety levels said the scientists who have done a research on 75 participants. The scientists also believe that this app could eventually be developed to assist in the treatment for other mental health disorders, such as depression or addiction. (AW: Vamshi)

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How lucky is Buddha for your home? January 31, 2014 17:07

Regarded as a lucky charm, the 'Budai' or 'Laughing Buddha' as he is commonly called as, is perhaps one of the most adored and adorned Feng Shui symbols in most homes. But it would be wrong to mistake the cheerful Buddha with Lord Buddha, who showed the humankind its ways to 'Nirvana'. A symbol of happiness and contentment, the wandering, cheerful monk, with a a large protruding stomach, wearing a robe, and carrying sackcloth is often portrayed seated on a cart drawn by boys, or holding an oogi (a wish giving fan). Japanes refer to him as Hotei, one of the Seven Lucky Gods and the patron of poor children. Buddhist traditions believe him to be Maitreya, the future Buddha.  According to legend, if one rubs the Laughing Buddha's great belly, it brings forth wealth, good luck, and prosperity. Confusion Budai is often confused for the Buddha in West. But in reality, the Chinese name Budai has no connection with the Sanskrit word, Buddha. Trivia The 'Laughing Buddha' as Hotei is also said to be the patron saint of restaurateurs and fortunetellers. Charm quotient The 'Laughing Buddha' is popular as a house-warming gift. It is best to be gifted one, than buying it, should be kept on an elevated surface facing the main door, and never on the floor. (AW: Suchorita Choudhury)

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