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The Best Way to Choose and Apply Sunscreen

Dr. Swati Agarwal 89% (135 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Faridabad
The Best Way to Choose and Apply Sunscreen

Sunscreens help shield you from the dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun in two ways. Some work by scattering the light, reflecting it away from your body. Others absorb the UV rays before they reach your skin.

A few years ago, choosing a good sunscreen meant you just looked for a high sun protection factor (SPF), which rates how well the sunscreen protects against one type of cancer causing UV ray, ultraviolet B (UVB). SPF refers to blockage of UVB rays only.

Research soon showed that ultraviolet A rays (UVA) also increase skin cancer risk. While UVA rays doesn't cause sunburn, they penetrate deeply into skin and cause wrinkles. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that up to 90% of skin changes associated with aging are really caused by a lifetime's exposure to UVA rays.

Whether you are heading out to the beach for relaxing, swimming or you are traveling out on the nature trail for a fun day of hiking, sunscreen should be an important part of your day. Follow the instructions contained in this guide to learn how to choose a sunscreen that is right for you. Clearly, you will want a sunscreen with broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum protection for both UVB and UVA.

Tips for choosing the right sunscreen:

  1. Broad Spectrum: It means the sunscreen protects against UVB and UVA rays and helps prevent skin cancer and sunburn.
  2. High UVA protection: Penetration of UV rays of the sun can be easily prevented and thus severe kinds of skin troubles can be eliminated. In this case, the product label needs to be checked so that you can get 100% assurance that your skin will be protected against UV rays for sure.
  3. Water resistance: Pick a sunscreen, which is Water Resistant (effective for up to 40 minutes in water) or Very Water Resistant (effective for up to 80 minutes in water). This means the sunscreen provides protection while swimming or sweating up to the time listed on the label. Even when using a water resistant sunscreen, you should reapply after getting out of the water or after sweating.
  4. Medicated Products: Do not go by the local brands rather you must choose only medicated products.
  5. Daily usage: Using sunscreen on a daily basis is a great necessity. In fact, this is one of the most important steps for getting most productive effects. You can apply the cream, especially before going under direct sun.
  6. Skin friendliness: The sunscreen should not contain any toxic elements or chemicals, otherwise your skin will get adversely affected. Different kinds of skin damages can occur such as spots, patches skin allergies or infections if you do not choose the right sunscreen apt for your skin.
  7. Correct application of sunscreen: Apply on exposed areas: You should apply sunscreen, especially on those body parts that usually remain exposed towards sun all the time. If you frequently wear bikinis, then you should include legs, thighs, arms, back, face and other areas.
  8. Enriched with moisturizers: If the sunscreen is equipped with moisturizers, then your skin will become smoother and soothing effects will be found. Some of the moisturizers consist of organic ingredients that can improve skin quality and texture to a great extent. These moisturizers also provide sufficient nutrients to your skin.
  9. Frequent application: If you are willing to get best results and utmost protection from UV rays, then nothing can be the right way out other than applying the sunscreen on a frequent basis. After every two-hours, you are advised to apply the sunscreen.
  10. Wearing sun protection accessories: Apart from applying the sunscreen lotion, you are advised wearing different kinds of useful sun-protection accessories for getting greater protection. Some of the most prominent accessories are sunglasses, long sleeves, umbrella and others.
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Why Homeopathy Is Best Applied in Childhood?

Dr. Ranjana Gupta 91% (116 ratings)
Homeopath, Delhi
Why Homeopathy Is Best Applied in Childhood?

Homeopathy is a natural and mild form of medication. The remedies are natural substances, which have been diluted and potentized. Homeopathic medicines are best applied during childhood and work very effectively with children. A child's self-defense or immunity gets stimulated naturally towards a healthier state without any kind of side effects. Homeopathic remedies are very safe, effective and mild. They are especially effective for children, on the grounds that the remedies work by stimulating vitality of a child's body. Children have a higher vitality naturally and thus, homeopathic medicines are extra effective during childhood. Moreover, homeopathic medicines are soft globules, which dissolve in the mouth. They are easy to take and have a sweet, pleasant taste as well.

Here is a list of diseases and disorders, which are common during the childhood along with their homeopathic remedies.


  1. Chamomilla is used in case of painful teething during childhood. It is used when a child has got one hot cheek and one cold cheek.
  2. Coffea Cruda may be used to treat restlessness in teething children.
  3. Calcarea Phosphorica is another homeopathic remedy used for delayed and difficult teething in children.


  1. Dioscorea is the common homeopathic medicine for treating colic cramps in the abdomen.
  2. Colocynthis is also used to relieve intense cramps and pain in children. The irritability factor of the pain is treated.
  3. Magnesia Phosphorica treats colics with spasmodic or intermittent characteristics.


  1. Aconite is an effective homeopathic remedy for treating sudden fever. The child's skin is likely to be hot, and the temperature of the cheeks may differ.
  2. Ferrum Phosphoricum is used for treating fever that occurs due to inflammatory problems. This kind of fever gives you pale, red cheeks.

Irritability and restlessness:

  1. Passiflora is an ideal homeopathic relaxant for children.
  2. Avena Sativa is used when a child cannot sleep due to restlessness.
  3. Kali Phosphorica treats restlessness in children occurring because of over stimulation.
  4. Magnesia Phosphorica and Natrum Phosphoricum are other homeopathic medicines, which act as relaxants.

Cough and Cold:

  1. Ipecac is the best homeopathic remedy for constant coughing along with nausea.
  2. Aconitum Napellus is used when a child wakes up from sleep with a dry, hoarse cough.
  3. Spongia Tosta cures cold, croup and cough which start from the throat.
  4. Antimonium Tartaricum is the homeopathic medicine used when mucous accumulates in the chest, giving rise to coughing.

Homeopathy is best applied in childhood as a child is at risk of developing a number of diseases. A child's body is delicate and much more sensitive than adults and is prone to getting affected easily. Moreover, homeopathy is natural and is the safest form of medicine for children. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a homeopath.

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Applying baking soda can whiten your teeth

Dr. Souvagya Ranjan Kar 91% (536 ratings)
Dentist, Cuttack
Applying baking soda can whiten your teeth
Brushing baking soda on your teeth twice a month can remove the stains of coffee or red wine and give you your pearly white teeth back.
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Apply This Remedy and Your Hair Will Grow Like Crazy!

Dr. Praveen Chaudhary 93% (2362 ratings)
PGD In Ultraasonography, Non Invasive Cardiology Course, MD - Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Narnaul
Apply This Remedy and Your Hair Will Grow Like Crazy!

One of our most important physical attributes is definitely the hair. This is why we spend a lot of money and time on different treatments to make our hair more beautiful. However, if you're tired of spending too much money on hair products and treatments, there is a more alternative approach to this matter

One of the main problems with the hair is its loss. Hair loss can be a consequence of stress, hormonal changes, etc. Moreover, newest studies show that food plays a major role in the hair loss process. That is, a person who leads a poor diet can experience excessive hair loss due to lack of nutrients. Adults have between 100000 and 150000 hairs which grow and fall continuously for a cycle, known as hair cycle.

According to experts, the average daily shedding of hairs is 60 to 100 hairs. Everything that surpasses this number is a cause for concern.

Hence, the natural remedy presented below will help you grow your hair really quick, without having to spend too much. Avoid the over-the-counter products against hair loss which come with dangerous side effects and, what's more, not everyone is able to afford them. Instead, follow this recipe and prepare your own, 100% effective remedy against hair loss:

Half a banana
One egg yolk
A tbsp of organic honey
Half a glass of beer

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Would it be a good idea to apply Hair Oil for Dandruff?

Dermatologist, Delhi
Would it be a good idea to apply Hair Oil for Dandruff?

You are said to experience the ill effects of the issue of dandruff when the skin recharging cycle of your scalp quickens unexpectedly. This achieves the advancement of patches of dead skin on your scalp surface and the resultant dry, skin drops called dandruff.

The reasons for this extremely basic issue can be:

- Not shampooing your hair consistently can bring about skin cells and oils to develop in the scalp prompting the episode of dandruff

- Having dry skin can likewise make dandruff create, which are less slick and littler in nature

- Even aggravated sleek skin, generally known as seborrheic dermatitis can make experience the ill effects of these white skin drops.

The issue can be effectively recognized; by recognizing yellow or white chips over the red oily skin surface.

- Sensitivity to certain hair mind items and the nearness of Malassezia (a sort of parasite) are different causes that can prompt dandruff issues

How to keep dandruff issues under control?

Having poor scalp cleanliness and absence of appropriate scalp molding can make dandruff happen. In this way, appropriate molding of your scalp is indispensable for battling the pieces that shape on your head.

Oiling your hair is the best measure that you can take against this scalp issue. While the perfect time to do this is around evening time with the goal that you can wash it off the following morning, one ought to recall likewise that, hair oil should not be left on the hair for more than 24 hours.

In addition, dry scalp makes it simple for dandruff to create as the oil-emitting organs found in the scalp's epidermal layers deliver low or no normal oil.

Utilization of oil aides in keeping the scalp supported empowers organs to deliver oil. Nevertheless, abandoning it on for more than the prescribed hours can strengthen your dandruff issue and further quicken the hair fall prepare.

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Dandruff - Should You Apply Hair Oil?

Dermatologist, Noida
Dandruff - Should You Apply Hair Oil?

Should You Oil Hair If You Got Dandruff?

You’re said to suffer from the problem of dandruff when the skin renewal cycle of your scalp accelerates all of a sudden. This brings about the development of patches of dead skin on your scalp surface and the resultant dry, skin flakes called dandruff.

The causes of this very common problem can be:

- Not shampooing your hair regularly can cause skin cells and oils to build up in the scalp leading to the outbreak of dandruff

- Having dry skin can also cause dandruff to develop, which are less oily and smaller in nature

- Even irritated oily skin, more commonly known as seborrheic dermatitis can cause you to suffer from these white skin flakes. The problem can be easily identified by its distinguishing yellow or white flakes over the red greasy skin surface.

- Sensitivity to certain hair care products and the presence of Malassezia (a type of fungus) are other causes that can lead to dandruff problems

How to keep dandruff problems at bay?

Having poor scalp hygiene as well as a lack of proper scalp conditioning can cause dandruff to occur. Thus, proper conditioning of your scalp is vital for fighting the flakes that form on your head. Oiling your hair is the most effective measure that you can take against this scalp problem. While the ideal time to do this is at night so that you can wash it off the next morning, one should also remember that hair oil shouldn’t be left on the hair for over 24 hours.  

Additionally, dry scalp makes it very easy for dandruff to develop as the oil-secreting glands found in the scalp’s epidermal layers produce low or no natural oil. Application of oil helps in keeping the scalp nourished as well as enables glands to produce oil. But leaving it on for more than the recommended hours can intensify your dandruff problem and further accelerate the hair fall process. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.

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Prevention Is Better Than Cure - Does It Apply To Diabetes As Well?

Alliance Munot Hospital 90% (60 ratings)
General Physician, Pune
Prevention Is Better Than Cure - Does It Apply To Diabetes As Well?

With sedentary lifestyle, refined and processed food habits, obesity and diabetes is the new age epidemic. India, in fact, is being termed as the diabetes capital of the world given the huge rise in the number of cases over the last couple of decades.

There are well established risk factors for diabetes and if these can be managed, then the chance of delaying onset, controlling progress and containing complications are highly possible. Read on to know how simple things can be effective in preventing and managing diabetes.

  1. Weight control: Obesity is the most important risk factor for developing diabetes. A person with normal BMI is 20 to 40 times less likely to develop diabetes than an overweight person. Losing about 10% of the excess weight can help prevent diabetes by more than 50%. Check with your doctor what should be the ideal recommended weight for you and draw up a routine (diet, exercise, etc.) that will help you achieve and stay around that weight range.

  2. Exercise: All methods of exercise help in moving the muscles, which is drastically reduced given our sedentary lifestyle. Moving the muscle (as much and as often as possible) ensures they absorb more glucose and reduce the stress on insulin production. Something as simple as brisk walking for 30 minutes is good enough to reduce the chances of developing diabetes by 50%.

  3. Don’t be a couch potato: If watching television is your favourite pastime, it is time to change it. This puts people at risk of developing obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Also, watching television is usually associated with overeating, further adding to the risk of diabetes.

  4. Fibrous foods: Eating fibrous fruits and vegetables as compared to refined and fried foods helps prevent diabetes.

  5. Whole grains vs processed foods: When you have to choose between a pizza and a bowl of brown rice, go for the latter.

  6. Good fats vs bad fats: Polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds and help control diabetes. Trans fats present in margarine and baked foods are best avoided.

  7. Non-vegetarian foods: If you have a choice, pick fish and poultry versus red meat (processed or otherwise). The fish is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and helps control inflammation.

  8. Leave the whites: Get off white rice, white refined sugar and white flours. Include brown rice, brown or demerara sugar and wheat flour instead.

  9. Smoking: Quit smoking and you will note how beneficial it is in preventing diabetes.

  10. Alcohol: Moderate amount helps in effective functioning of the insulin.

If you have a family history or have risk factors, follow the above to prevent diabetes.

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Is Damage Caused By the Makeup You Apply Killing Your Beauty?

Dr. A V Singh 93% (640 ratings)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Is Damage Caused By the Makeup You Apply Killing Your Beauty?
What damage can regular make up cause to your skin

Constant use of makeup does have a telling effect on our skin. It is important to use makeup carefully according to your skin type. It is also important to remove all makeup before you hit the bed each night.

Few ways makeup can damage your skin are:

1. Makeup causes acne, nine out of ten times if not removed properly every night.

2. In some people, regular use of makeup also triggers reactions and allergies.

3. Regular use of makeup also leads to cancer and other chronic diseases.

4. Using low quality of makeup wrinkles the skin and you start looking much older than what you actually are.

Caution: if your skin is sensitive, always check with your dermatologist for any issues or advice before you buy and apply any beauty product.

If you would like to consult with me privately, please click on consult.
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Permanent Makeup: Apply It Once And Forget About It For The Rest Of Your Life!

Dr. Lipy Gupta 91% (66 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
Permanent Makeup: Apply It Once And Forget About It For The Rest Of Your Life!

The attractiveness of permanent makeup is that you just will rise each morning with utterly designed eyebrows, spectacularly outlined eyes, and sensual-looking lips while not lifting a finger. Wish that permanent makeup won’t wear off, and need to seem their best the least bit times.

Other than for aesthetic improvement, individuals get permanent makeup as a result of it will camouflage scars, as well as scars left from burns or surgery. It may also conceal white spots like those caused by skin problem. Permanent makeup is additionally used when breast surgery to revive or enhance the breast’s areola. Individuals might elect permanent eyebrows if they’ve lost them thanks to adulthood, therapy, like phalacrosis totalis. Permanent lip liner will correct uneven lips and supply a fuller look.

The procedure for lips, lip liner, eyebrows, and makeup is comparable to applying a body tattoo; colour is injected employing a tattoo machine, and remains within the skin for good. There’s conjointly a specialised rotary pen–type machine that’s used for permanent makeup application. Pigments created from approved compounds area unit factory-made specifically to be used in permanent cosmetics. The definition is reduced to lips, eyelids, and eyebrows using several designs and colours, from soft, natural-looking lash improvement to sharply outlined lines.

Permanent makeup is simply as safe as tattooing the other a part of the body. Performed properly by a trained experts, with single-use sterilized needles for every application, there's restricted risk. Solely a really tiny share of patients with permanent makeup can expertise skin irritation or connective tissue swelling if they need associate magnetic resonance imaging, thanks to iron chemical compound within the pigment.

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A sunscreen lotion with spf 15-30 should be applied daily to protect the skin from damages like sunburn

Dr. Ashutosh Mehta 89% (124 ratings)
Dermatologist, Nagpur
A sunscreen lotion with spf 15-30 should be applied daily to protect the skin from damages like sunburn
A sunscreen lotion with spf 15-30 should be applied daily to protect the skin from damages like sunburn, tanning, sun spots, skin cancer etc.
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