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How To Minimize Hairfall This Summer!

How To Minimize Hairfall This Summer!

Now that summer season is there in its full glory, we can already see our hair taking the brunt. In summers, hair actually does get damaged more because of sweat, which attracts dirt and also the frequent hair wash if done with harsh shampoos also worsens the situation. So what can we do to lessen the damage:

1. Wash your hair frequently but use mild shampoos- 
It is good to wash hair daily or alternate days to remove the sweat from the scalp, but make sure to use an SLS free shampoos for this purpose. However, there can be a build up on hair with SLS free shampoos, so it is better to keep using one with SLS every 10-15 days. 

2. Never comb wet hair-
However tempting it may be, it is best to let wet hair get dry first rather than combing them. When our hair is wet, the follicles are swollen and so hair can be pulled out easily with a comb. Just pass fingers in your hair to style it. 

3. Never tie your wet hair-
Yes, the temperature outside can be really hot and it is difficult to keep hair open to dry, but tying wet hair will cause hair fall. 

4. Use a conditioner after hair wash-
A conditioner will not only help you get softer and shiny hair, but it will also cause easier combing and less tangling of hair. So having a good conditioner is worth it. 

5. Visit a Dermatologist for hair fall- 
Hairfall can have many causes, ranging from nutritional to hormonal. 
If you are having a hair fall, it is important to discuss with a Dermatologist early on to have better results. 

Have a great summer ahead!! 

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How To Maintain Healthy Hair in Summer?

How To Maintain Healthy Hair in Summer?

The summertime is here along with the many problems of skin as well as hair. The two biggest enemies of hair, sweat and grime are mostly active during this season exaggerating hair problems like hair fall, dandruff and so on. The scorching rays of the sun are also extremely harmful for your hair but unfortunately there are no sunscreens for the hair available yet. Hence what can you possibly do to protect your hair from the heat, grime and sweat to keep your hair healthy during this period of summer?

Given below are a few ways to protect your hair from the ill effects of this season and to keep your hair healthy as well as glowing:

  • The first thing you should remember during this season is that the sweat in your scalp attracts dirt, dust and all kinds of grime. Accumulation of these would close the pores at the roots of your hair, making your hair weak and leading to hair fall, dandruff as well as rashes. Hence it is important to wash your hair with a mild shampoo regularly. Regularly means every day, if possible, or at least every other day to keep your scalp squeaky clean.
  • To protect your hair from the scorching rays of the sun that causes early graying of hair, be sure to carry an umbrella or at least cover your hair with a cotton scarf when you go out into the sun.
  • It is also important to tie your hair to avoid your hair getting into contact with the sun and outdoor heat as much as possible.
  • But do not make the mistake of tying wet hair as it would weaken the roots of the hair leading to hair fall.
  • Wet hair attracts dust like sweaty hair too. Hence it is important to dry your scalp and hair after washing before going out into the sun during summertime.
  • Avoid using hair dryers if possible since dryers do not only dry the water but the heat harms the hair irrevocably. Towel drying is the best way to dry your wet hair while keeping your hair healthy.
  • Use a soft towel and do not rub vigorously. Since during the summertime there is more dirt accumulation, make sure you clean your towels regularly as well.
  • Last of all drink lots of fluid and avoid spicy food as much as possible to keep your hair healthy and glowing.
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Food For Summer - Help To Be Healthy In Scorching Heat!

Food For Summer - Help To Be Healthy In Scorching Heat!

When the temperature soars to extremes in the summer, all you want to do is switch on the air conditioner and stake out in a room during the day. Alas! That's not a real-world option. In reality, we have to work in the kitchen, step outside to reach office and do our daily chores bearing the heat. In some places, the added humidity becomes an even worse problem with sweat draining us out of our energy. While we can blame it on global warming and other problems, it really isn't going to solve our problem. To do that, we need to look inside and not outside. Nature's bounty is infinite and there are several foods in nature that helps our body stay cool from the inside. That's because nature likes to maintain balance and has all the solutions we need. We only need to look.
Here are a few options on summer friendly meals that can help you beat the heat.
1. Summer Salads - 
Fresh and healthy summer salads are one of the sure shot ways to make you feel light and full and keep your body cool while keeping your taste buds super happy. Fill it with the goodness of cucumber, beetroot, cherry tomatoes, carrots and cottage cheese and flavor it with salt, pepper and a dash of homemade cream cheese and pomegranate. We've seen this salad being gobbled up in a record time of 7 seconds. You just have to give it a try.
2. Cool drinks - 
From buttermilk to lemon mint coolers to variants made from fennel seeds (saunf) cooling drinks are a must have in any home. You can stock these up on a Sunday to have them through the week. Also, you can consume many of these with honey instead of added sugar to keep your health and calories in check.
3. Fresh fruit salads with ice cream - 
Fruit salads can actually be a wonderful breakfast or meal option. Using a mix of locally available fresh fruits and topping it with fresh custard or ice cream can be a delightful summer coolant.
4. Summer vegetable saute - 
Want some freshness on the side. A fresh vegetable saute can just become a full meal. Filled with the goodness of vegetables sauteed in virgin olive oil and a very little seasoning, the crunchy texture and colorful mix can work wonders in keeping you healthy during the summer. Try a mix of corn, spicy jalapenos, onions and lettuce and tofu to make it a full meal.
Summer heat can sometimes really take its toll. Be careful if you experience unusual symptoms like excessive sweating or faintness. 

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School Refusal - How Should Parents Administer It?

School Refusal - How Should Parents Administer It?

Blessed are the parents whose children enjoy going to schools. Some parents have to sweat it out to convince and cajole their kids into going to schools. Every morning brings in a new struggle. You will often come across kids who hate going to schools. From complaining of a headache to stomach aches, they will try everything under the sun to give the school a miss. With time, however, things get under control, much to the parent's relief.

The situation gets dicey when children continue to panic, get stressed out at the mere thought of going to school (for a longer duration of time). With time, things get more and more complicated. A situation as critical as this is known as School Refusal Behavior. School refusal can affect children, adolescents, and even teenagers.

Factors that trigger school refusal behavior:

School refusal in children may be an amalgamation of many factors:

  1. In some children, the problem may be due to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). It is a common behavioral disorder that affects many children and even teenagers. In ADHD, children find it a herculean task to concentrate or to pay attention in class. Needless to say, this affects a child's overall performance in class. The fear of getting rebuked and punished (by teachers) may trigger school refusal in such children.
  2. Many parents set unrealistic goals for their children. They want their children to be the best. What they fail to realize is that in doing so, they end up suffocating the kids. In a few extreme cases, the pressure to excel in academics grips them with an unknown fear. They start avoiding classes. They get panic attacks at the mention of schools.
  3. There are some menaces which can make life miserable. Being bullied in school (by classmates or seniors) is one such issue. As time progresses, the situation may get so unbearable that the child at the receiving end starts showing signs of school refusal.
  4. Children with undiagnosed and untreated depression, stress, and anxiety may show signs of school refusal. Such kids prefer to stay within themselves. They don't enjoy social gatherings or interacting with people much.
  5. Some children want to be with their parents all the time. Going to school would mean being away from parents. Thus, they look for excuses to avoid schools.

The characteristic of school refusal behavior include

  1. Irritability, inflexibility, and anger.
  2. Nausea, headache, stomach ache, vomiting.
  3. Diarrhea
  4. The affected child may show signs of separation anxiety.
  5. Sleep disturbance.
  6. Tantrums in the morning. 

Diagnosis and Treatment:

School refusal needs to be dealt with as early as possible since the longer the child stays away from school, the more difficult it will become for him/her to return to school.

  1. The Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED).
  2. The Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale.
  3. The Child Behavior Checklist.

Parents, physician, and school authorities should together chalk out a plan to deal with the situation.

  1. Cognitive therapy can produce fruitful results.
  2. Any student subjected to bullying should bring it to the notice of their parents and teachers.
  3. Parents should not pressurize their child to overperform.
  4. Consult an expert physician if your child shows any signs of stress and anxiety.
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What Is Fashionable Prevention In Summer?

What Is Fashionable Prevention In Summer?

Summers are here and so is the summer collection plus the summer heat.

Summers are the time when women are happy that they can, at last, wear their floral sundresses, wear shorts, spaghetti straps, and those who are planning to go to a foreign destination for their summer are probably sweating out at the gym to flaunt their perfect body in a bikini.

But along with all the good things there are also bad things and so with being able to strut out of the door wearing the latest fashion, we women are also worried about the damage the sun is causing to our precious, spotless and fair skin.

And not to mention the skin rashes and the horrible sweat which make us look disheveled and ugly.

Therefore, summer brings good and bad and hence we have to learn to be happy with the good and accept the bad and so today let's know about some splendid tips to deal with the heat this summer.

  • So let us start with the first thing and i.e. put on a good sunscreen before you leave the house because the sun can do a lot of damage to your skin and I doubt you want that. 
  • The second thing is that wear an antiperspirant cum deodorant, this will stop from wet patches forming on the armpits of your dress and your back, and it will also make you feel fresh and good.
  • It is good to wear loose cotton clothes during summer because it will give you free moment, it will be airy and you will feel comfortable wearing it, rather than feeling itchy and sweaty.
  • Make sure that you wear cool colored clothes like blue, green, white, etc. And always carry a hat with you to protect yourself from the direct rays of the sun.
  • Make sure you carry many wet wipes with you so that whenever you feel hot and sweaty you can wipe your face with that. And also carry your antiperspirant and deodorant to make sure that you don’t smell due to excessive sweating.
  • Drink a lot of water and fruit juices. Heat can make your skin look dehydrated and lifeless and drinking a lot of fluids will help to restore the beauty of your skin.

Hence, these are some of the tips, which you ought to follow to beat the heat this summer and enjoy a happy summer.

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Prevent Dehydration!

Prevent Dehydration!

For adults, the total intake of the body should be 4-5 liters/day, frequently drink water as much as possible to prevent dehydration. 
You are losing your body water in sweating & hot temperature so to balance it drink as much as possible, except cardio & renal patients. 

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Hot Summers - Know What To Eat And Avoid To Be Healthy!

Hot Summers - Know What To Eat And Avoid To Be Healthy!

There are few things more exhausting or more irritating than the four-month-long Indian summer. With soaring temperatures and the sun raging outside, mangoes and lychees don't seem like much of a silver lining.

So, here are 8 health hacks that will make your summer a little better:

1. Replace soft drinks with water-

When you are out on the streets or sweating at home, a sweet fizzy drink does seem tempting but try resisting and have a glass of sparkling water instead. The preservatives and chemicals in the soft drinks do nothing to help your metabolism, which is slowed down by dehydration. Add a bit of lemon juice if only water does not appeal to you.

2. Try yogurt instead of ice cream-

The primary difference between the two is that one contains cream and the other does not. Yogurt is lighter and has lesser fat content. Excess fat consumption during summer actually makes you sweat more.

3. Use honey instead of butter-

Butter, like cream, has a heavy fat content and your metabolism (which is slower in summer to retain water in the body) takes longer to break fat down. So, ditch butter this summer and spread some honey on your crunchy breakfast toast.

4. Stock up on cucumber-

Cucumber is an underrated blessing. You can munch on them anytime you like without worrying about calorie intake or stomach aches. Rubbing some cucumber on your skin can soothe sunburns and itches.

5. Aloe Vera can work wonders-

You must have heard about the boon that aloe vera is when it comes to skincare. It is the best solution to nasty sunburns, especially aloe vera gel frozen in small Ziploc bags, can heal burns and prevent skin peeling and chaffing.

6. Lower the pH value of your skin-

Application of citrus fruit juices like apples and lemons or vinegar can lower the pH value of our skin and prevent the multiplication of bacteria. This keeps both sweat and body odor away much more effectively than deodorants.

7. Make small sacrifices in terms of diet-

Some of your favorite things like coffee, alcohol, spicy food, sugar and cigarettes are best consumed minimally in summer because they all aggravate the functioning of the apocrine glands and cause sweat and body odor. Other alternatives to soft fizzy drinks during this summer are Coconut water, Sugarcane juice and buttermilk. Not only do these drinks quench your thirst and keep you hydrated but they are extremely rich in minerals and vitamins which further help you maintain your electrolyte balance in the hot summers

8. Shower before you workout-

One of the good things about summer might be that you have an excuse to skip work out. But, if you start with a cold shower or a swim, or keep a cold-wet towel around your neck, the workout can be surprisingly refreshing. You can do the same after your workout- it lowers the body temperature and cooling the muscles can heal soreness very quickly.

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Antiperspirant Vs Deodorant - Which Is Better?

Antiperspirant Vs Deodorant - Which Is Better?

Deodorants and antiperspirants are items of regular use all over the world. You would never want to smell bad or have sweat stains under your armpits. Hence, after using a deodorant or an antiperspirant, you usually stick to it and keep on using it continuously.

There is a major confusion regarding deodorants and antiperspirants, and it is important to know the major difference between these two similar items of everyday use.

Deodorant -

Deodorant serves the function of preventing unwanted and unpleasant odour from our body. Deodorants do not prevent sweating. Body odour is caused due to the bacterial breakdown of sweat. The ingredients of deodorant are designed especially for the elimination of the smell caused by bacteria.

The common ingredients of deodorant are :

  • Water

  • Sodium stearate

  • Organic aloe vera juice

  • Witch hazel water

  • Glyceryl laurate

  • Fir needle oil

  • Chamomile flower aqueous extract

  • Hops [CO2] extract – helps eliminate the odour

  • Caprylic/capric triglyceride

  • Ascorbic acid

  • Silica shell

  • Organic Lemongrass Oil

Antiperspirants -

Antiperspirants are different from deodorants, and they are designed in such a way that the body produces lesser sweat. This is done by blocking sweat from reaching the skin. The ingredients present in antiperspirants, especially aluminium, block the pores on the skin and do not allow sweat to pass through them. When an antiperspirant is applied to the skin, the aluminium salts get dissolved in the sweat under the armpit. The dissolved aluminium forms a gel, which acts like a plug on the sweat glands or pores on the skin. This stops sweat secretion. Aluminium is, however, a cancer-causing factor and may also lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Several forms of aluminium present in some antiperspirants leave yellow stains on clothes as a result of mixing with sweat.

The primary ingredients of antiperspirants are:

  1. Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex

  2. Dimethicone

  3. Tribehenin

  4. Artificial fragrance

  5. C18 36 Acid Triglyceride

People are often confused as to what to use among deodorants and antiperspirants. This depends totally on your personal choice, but it is recommended to use a product which incorporates natural ingredients instead of using chemicals such as aluminium. Hence, deodorants are considered to be safer for everyday use. However, several artificial dyes and fragrances are used as ingredients in both deodorants and antiperspirants, which cause reactions on the skin. Allergies and skin irritation also occur sometimes as a result.

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Hypertension - Know Ways It Can Be Treated & Prevented!

Hypertension - Know Ways It Can Be Treated & Prevented!

Hypertension or High Blood Pressure (HBP) is a long-term or chronic health condition where the pressure of the flow of blood is always high in the arteries. High blood pressure can develop over many years and affects everyone at some point in life but if not treated for a very long time, it can escalate the risks of a number of cardiovascular problems and chronic kidney disorders.


1. Primary Hypertension - High blood pressure caused by genetic, prenatal or other natural causes like aging (people over 60 develop HBP) is known as primary hypertension.

2. Secondary Hypertension - Secondary hypertension is that which is caused due to specific conditions, like kidney disorders, lung disorders etc.


Blood pressure depends on the amount of blood pumped by the heart and the radius of the blood vessels. The delicate balance can get disturbed due to a number of factors.

Primary hypertension may be caused by genetic factors. There are 35 identified genetic loci related to blood pressure. Mutations in these can cause chronic HBP. Other factors like maternal smoking, deficiency of vitamin D, deficiency of calcium, insufficient breast milk consumption also increase the risk of HBP.

Secondary hypertension is caused by a variety of conditions like hypothyroidism, hypothyroidism, nephritis, asthma, sleep apnea, depression, pregnancy etc. Overconsumption of caffeine, alcohol, sodium and illegal drugs may also be responsible for high blood pressure.


Hypertension may not show any warning symptoms for several years while it continues to develop. A few tell-tale signs are frequent throbbing headaches, shortness of breath, nosebleeds, excessive sweating but these only occur when there is an extremely serious medical complication.

Treatment and Prevention

Hypertension is a common condition, especially after the age of 40. Medication may help control severely high blood pressure to an extent but certain lifestyle changes go a long way in both preventing and treating the disorder. Some of them are:

1. Taking regular blood pressure readings after the age of 25. A normal blood pressure is not more than 120/80 mm Hg.
2. Obesity causes hypertension. A normal Body Mass Index of 30kg/sq. m. is to be maintained.
3. The daily diet should include at least 4 to 6 portions of fruits and vegetables.
4. Salt intake is to be limited.
5. Drinking and smoking are to be minimized.
6. Stress and burnout should be avoided.

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Acne And Breakouts - Know Skin Care Regimen For It!

Acne And Breakouts - Know Skin Care Regimen For It!

Acne is a skin condition that leads to breakouts like pimples and other eruptions on the skin, including white heads and black heads. In very severe conditions, an acne breakout may come with pus filled boils too. An acne breakout happens due to various reasons. Inflammation of an infected sebaceous gland leads to this breakout. This infection and consequent inflammation can take place due to hormonal changes, poor diet, as well as high testosterone levels and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Dirt and grime that clog the pores and dead cells that have not been washed off properly can also cause these breakouts. So what kind of skin care regimen can you have in order to prevent acne? Read on to know more.

*  Cleaning Acne Prone Areas: You must wash the acne prone areas with soap and warm water at least twice a day. If your case has been very severe in the past, you can even use a medicated soap to wash the neck, shoulders and back as sometimes, acne spreads to these areas as well. Concentrate on the face and remember to clean it to remove dust, grime and other irritants that come from pollution. If this is not done on a regular basis, the particles can block the pores and lead to infection where the dead skin cells play a major role. 

*  Make Up: If your skin is acne prone, you can use non oily make up or avoid it on a daily basis, if you can. Non oily make up does not irritate the sebaceous glands, which can end up secreting excessive oil leading to acne breakouts. Non oily make up and skin care products are known as non comedogenics which do not clog the pores. Also, you must remember to remove your applied make up carefully before you go to bed so that the pores are clean and get a chance to breathe rather than getting infected. Further, your old make up needs to be thrown out regularly even if the products do not come with an expiry date. Invest in new make up every few months and clean your brushes regularly too. 

*  Sweat: After a particularly intense work out session or after a run, you must remember to wash you face and take a shower so that the sweat and oil is can be removed, as these lead to breakouts if they are allowed to gather on the skin's surface and enter the pores. 

Taking care of your skin with a proper cleaning and hydrating routine is as important is getting the right nutrition as well.

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