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Home remedies for Skincare

We all know that a great sign of healthy skin is the ‘glow’ oozing out of your face(skin). As the skin is the most important sense organ and covers the whole body, it demands a lot of attention and care.

I will surely talk about the products I have been using for my skincare routine, in my next post. For now, as we all are locked down and have plenty of time to give attention to our skin, why not try some home remedies.

Disclaimer – The opinion expressed in my blogpost are personal suggestions, about natural remedies for skin; some sensitive skin might get some rashes and acne, so please do a patch test before applying it all on your face. If any skin reaction occurs, please discontinue using it and contact your physician. If you are under a medicated treatment, please consult your doctor before using any.

1. Milk – Raw milk or full fat milk is great for almost every skin type. It has ingredients like saturated proteins, fats, calcium and vitamin C, which will soften and moisturise your skin, and also helps in de-tanning.

How to use – Wipe your skin(face) with soft hands, everyday with milk. Use a paper-towel or a soft cloth, dip it in milk and do the magic.

2. Potatoes – Potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrates and have natural bleaching properties which protects skin from harmful UV rays. Potatoes works like wonder in removing dark spots and retaining glow to the skin.


How to use – Peel and grate a potato, squeeze out the magical juice and apply it on your face for 10 minutes. Then rinse with cold water. You can also add few drops of honey and rose water to make a paste out of it. Practice this at-least 2-3 times a week for remarkable results.

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3. Banana – Bananas are rich in minerals like potassium and vitamins like A, B, C and E. They nourish the skin by providing hydration and moisture, and hence make it softer and glowy. The natural anti-oxidant properties makes the skin look fresh and also works on blemishes.


How to use – Just mash a banana (preferably ripe one) and massage your skin. Rinse with cold water after 5-7 minutes.

4. Papaya – Are you tired of dead skin cells? If yes, Papaya is your best friend. The papain enzyme and vitamin A, present in it acts as gentle exfoliator and rejuvenates the skin by removing inactive proteins/dead cells.


How to use – Either use it alone, mash the papaya and massage face and neck with pulp for 5 minutes and rinse with milk and water, or, mix the pulp with mashed banana pulp, with some cream and drops of lemon, make a paste/pack. Apply it for 20 minutes and rinse with water.

5. Turmeric (Haldi) and Chick Pea Flour – Most of us might be aware of this combo, as many of the Indian weddings are incomplete without “Haldi” ritual, which exactly is my 5th remedy. Turmeric has antiseptic and skin lightening properties. It produces collagen which improves your skin and fights toxic radicals.

How to use – Mix 1 tsp of turmeric with 4 tsp of chick pea flour. Add water/milk/rose water and make a paste. Apply it to your face and neck, let it dry completely. Finally wash with cold water.

JUGNI’s TIP – After rinsing your face with water, always tap dry it with a towel, NEVER rub it. 🙂

TAKEAWAY
Using natural remedies might not have immediate results, but they surely nourish your skin. Although I recommend doing the CTTMP routine on a regular basis, adding a few home remedies can get you some fruitful results too.

Lastly, speak with your dermatologist if you are having major issues. 🙂

Flying Away
Jugni!

Sources : Stylecraze, fitnesshealthforever, freebeautyguide, ndtv, nykaa.
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Creative and Productive Things to do during Lockdown

The corona era is still going on and has brought our lives at a standstill. The pandemic has hit brakes really hard on our life’s acceleration but I am sure it’ll pass, just hang on there, we humans have the tendency to adjust to every situation.
Internet is flooded with articles/suggestions and videos on “things to do at home during corona times”. Here is my list which is a little different, and more engaging.

creative things to do during lockdown

Corona lockdown has lead to a few good and adaptable changes. Let’s list them out first:

  • we don’t get stuck in traffic now
  • never get late for meetings.
  • no more cribbing to wake up early
  • zero travel time to get to work
  • skin is breathing fresh
  • no pollution
  • home-cooked meals

Along with above-mentioned positives, there are a lot of things we could do to make our lockdown more productive and efficient. I understand we are already trying to adapt, maybe this post could help you do it more expertly and competently.

  1. Netflix / Amazon – yes! yes! yes! I am sure all of you have already watched Money Heist, Tiger King etc. But have you ever made a list of movies/series you would want to watch, there is an option in Netflix app where you could create your list. Now the question is what should be on that list? My recommendations are :
    1. Documentaries – Make a habit to watch atleast one documentary a week. This could be refreshing and interesting.
    2. TedTalks – I know it sounds boring, but if you are planning to go ahead in your career, ted talks could be a great way to enhance your knowledge.
    3. Go back to 70’s 80’s 90’s – We keep ourselves updated to everything new that comes up. What about reliving the old days? Try Netflix Party and enjoy old movies.
  2. Spring Cleaning – This sounds boring, but what if it could become a workout session instead. Watch this video, it might help.
Exercise while cleaning

3. Hobby – Don’t just think of Hobby, which has to be something unique. It could be as simple as you could imagine. For example, paint your nightstand/side table/dresser for fun. Bring color combinations in your wardrobe and match up your outfits for a better and planned tomorrow. Or plant a seed and invest your time in something which could yield results. A DIY project would surely add the thrill.

4. Learn a Language with your mate/partner – It needs a lot of commitment and discipline, and the internet is flooded with this lockdown solution, “learn a language during lockdown“, but the best way to do so is to have a partner along. Practicing while learning adds more fun to it and the challenge of maintaining discipline can also be sorted when you have someone tagged along.

5. Yoga – The entire world is going crazy for yoga, the internet is loaded with this statement “yoga se hi hoga“, which means Yoga can do everything. Special online yoga sessions are arranged by professionals and people are practicing yoga at home without any gym like gears, machines and equipments, just one yoga mat is what you need. So stay fit during the lockdown.

6. Learn a new skill – Learning a new skill could be anything, my Jugnu focussed on learning tricks in the stock market. On the other hand, I learned to ride a bike (when our government announced that we could bike/jog at a distance). Together we learned a few more card games like Code Names, Katan, and ForSale.

Lastly, lockdown is a lot more than you could imagine, it is not just cooking, baking, movies, phone calls, video chats, reconnecting with family and friends, but you could utilise this time for your upliftment as an individual.

Flying Away
Jugni!

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Glenmark, Cipla receive approval to test experimental coronavirus vaccine

Mumbai based pharmaceutical company, Cipla got approval from the Indian regulators to experiment medicine, Favipiravir for COVID-19 in India.

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Around the globe, a lot of drugs are under clinical trials phases on corona virus patients, in order to develop some success against COVID-19. CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) has identified top 25 drugs for repurposing. From these 25 drugs, Favipiravir has the most promising outcomes or results.

Favipiravir is a broad spectrum inhibitor, an anti viral drug which was also used to treat influenza virus in Japan in 2014. In relation to COVID-19, Favipiravir has shown results against RNA viruses for which we don’t have a treatment yet.

Latest new on Pharmaceutical Companies in India
DCGI (Drug Controller General of India) has given permissions to Mumbai-based Glenmark Pharmaceuticals to perform trials with Favipiravir on mild to moderate patients suffering from COVID-19.
Cipla had also applied for the approval and finally got a green signal to conduct trials.
According to the recent news, Glenmark will administer Favipiravir in 150 COVID-19 patients and will do the comparison with the patients undergoing regular and standard treatment.
Another development which was seen recently, on Wednesday was, Strides Pharma Science Ltd had developed Favipiravir antiviral tablets and had applied to the authorities to begin trials.

I hope this Favipiravir drug works like wonders and help come over corona phase.
I’ll keep you guys updated.


Sources :
firstpost.com
livemint.com
pharmatutor.com

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Jugni!

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Oxford developed experimental Coronavirus vaccine ‘looks like’ working on Monkeys, now being tested in humans

The spread of coronavirus started in December 2019 and has been diagnosed in 3.3 million people worldwide. More than 225,000 have died of it; still, there is no approved medicine or vaccination available as per today and the governments all around the world are working day and night to conquer this pandemic.

According to the recent news from Oxford University, there are high hopes for the vaccine to be developed sooner than we expected. AstraZeneca (a British Pharmaceutical Company) has joined hands with the University of Oxford to come up with the coronavirus vaccine.

AstraZeneca Chief Executive, Pascol Soriot said,”Our hope is that, by joining forces, we can accelerate the globalisation of a vaccine to combat the virus and protect people from the deadliest pandemic in a generation”.

The Jenner Institute of Oxford University is running the coronavirus vaccine project, will receive a further funding of 20 million pounds from the government, almost all of that will be spent on the clinical trial development.

It is hopeful that coronavirus vaccine developing in the UK could be ready by September, if it works. The scientists started clinical trials on Rhesus Monkeys and the results have been promising, as per the news today. They gave vaccine to 6 rhesus monkeys, then exposed them to high amounts of coronavirus. 28 days later, the result were favorable and all the 6 monkeys showed no signs of infection.

Human trials of corona virus have already entered phase one testing, this happened last week where people in southern England, aged between 18-55 volunteered for the same.
The death number in the UK crossed 26,000.

According to the WHO, around 70 vaccines are under the development stage worldwide. Science is science and results might work or might not. Keeping fingers crossed for a better future and hoping for a victory over corona, the battle is still going on and we all are the warriors. Let’s play our role of staying in our homes, maintaining social/physical distance, and save the world.

Source :
1. The Newyork Times
2. The Scotsman
3. Nasdaq.com
4. The Telegraph
5. France 24
6. Livescience.com
7. Marketwatch.com