deadly skin sins
women (and sometimes men) have great skin but that does not mean they
were born with it. You can curse them all you want but great skin has
a lot to do with how you care for it. Some myths prevent many from getting
that glowing complexion that Romeo thought was a light shinning yonder.
1: It's not just
in the genes
Well, okay, genetics play a role in how your skin looks from the size
of your pores to its texture and color. But if your mom looked like
Michele Pfeiffer don't count on you looking like a younger version.
Habits make more of a difference than genetics with the biggest culprit
in aging being sun exposure as well as stress and sleep habits. Skipping
sunscreen and sleeping on your side or stomach can all exacerbate and
create wrinkles, adult acne and texture changes. Smoking and/or drinking
doesn't help either.
The SPF number only does not tell you how much protection you're getting
from the sun.
are two types of damaging sun rays: UVA, which are responsible for aging
the skin; and UVB, which are responsible for burning it. The SPF number
on a bottle of sunscreen only gives a guide for how much UVB protection
the product offers. It doesn't tell you whether or not the product protects
from UVA rays (which are also responsible for melanoma). All sunscreens
protect from UVB rays. To fully protect yourself, however, look for
a product that contains UVA-blocking ingredients, too, such as zinc
or avobenzone (Parsol 1789), and reapply often. Alternatively you could
ask NASA to build you a high tech sun ray shielding hijab.
3: You don't necessarily
need a separate sunscreen and moisturizer.
add moisture to your skin because of their ingredients so if you have
oily skin, you may want to skip the separate moisturizer. For those
who prefer to wear both products, apply the moisturizer first; allow
to dry, then apply the sunscreen. Either way, be sure to wear sunscreen
daily because "Every day is sun day" even when the weather
is overcast. Conversely, you could limit yourself to becoming a vampire
and only going out at night.
4: Cosmetic creams
don't turn back time for your skin.
Miracles don't come in a bottle, jar or tube. As you age, your facial
bones shrink, you lose fat under the skin, and your skin begins to become
loose. Rubbing on a cream isn't going to address these things. What's
more, cosmetic skincare products cannot, by FDA law, include medications,
which are the only things that truly change the structure of the skin.
What cosmetic creams can do is temporarily plump up and hydrate your
skin. Dermatologists can help in this regard. Problem in our country
is that you first need help to find a good dermatologist.
5: Sun damage happens
throughout your life
Recent studies have shown that by age 18, you've only accumulated 18
to 23 percent of the sun damage you'll incur over a lifetime. That means
that there's still time to protect your skin from the sun and put off
sun-induced aging. Do this by using sunscreen and products with sun-damage
reversing ingredients such as vitamin C and retinol.
6: If your skin
is sensitive to a specific ingredient.
Just because you react to a good ingredient in one formulation doesn't
mean you'll have the same response to another formulation. Effective
cosmetic skincare ingredients like AHAs, salicylic acid and retinol
can be irritating. If you try a product containing one of these ingredients,
start slowly to allow your skin time to adjust. If, after two weeks,
you still notice irritation, try another product containing the ingredient.
You may find that a different mix will agree with your skin.
Also sticking only
with products that worked for you in the past may not be a good idea.
Human bodies change as it ages so why shouldn't the skin? The products
cease to be effective if your skin needs shift and you could also be
missing out on new technologies and ingredients that will better suit
your current needs. Don't be afraid to experiment but also don't go
for material available just about anywhere! Leave the fear to the person
who pays the bills.
7: Prevent pimples
rather than curing.
A pimple can take weeks to form under the skin, so while you're treating
the one that's currently visible with a spot treatment, you're neglecting
the ones that will pop up in the future. The best bet is a preventative,
full-face regimen to stop pimples before they even begin to form. Thank
the natural decrease in estrogens/increase in androgens we experience
as we age, plus our increasingly stressful lifestyles, for this common
Information collected from interviews
of dermatologists Katie Rodan, MD, and Kathy Fields, MD, creators of
Proactiv Solution and the Rodan + Fields skincare lines.
After the drubbing that our cricket team got from New Zealand, you might
want to forget about becoming a cricketer. Instead the prospect of becoming
a footballer might sound appealing to you, as football is a sport in
which we've at least had a bit of success in the SAF games. For those
of you who aspire to become Bangladesh's David Beckham or Ronaldo, you'll
definitely need a pair of football boots. If you go to Shaheen Sports
(Hockey Stadium) you'll be able to buy them between Tk 350 to Tk 550.
The chest size of healthy men is greater than their waist size. Judging
by this criterion, most Bangladeshi men are not healthy as their 'bhuris'
measure more than their chests. Is there anything that they can do to
rectify this situation? Well, yes there is. Besides cutting down on
their intake of 'Kacchi Biryani', they can buy a spring chest expander
from Shaheen Sports (Hockey Stadium) for Tk 250. By exercising regularly
with a spring chest expander they'll gradually get a bod like Salman
If you failed to become a singer because your voice isn't good enough,
you need not be disheartened. By learning to play the keyboard you can
become just as famous as a singer, if not even more. Just look at Yanni
for proof. Even Bangladesh's very own Manam Ahmed, who plays the keyboard
for the popular band Miles, has made a huge name for himself simply
by playing the keyboard. If you're interested in becoming a world-renowned
virtuoso, first of all you'll have to go through the effort of buying
a keyboard. By going to Surniketan (28/B Dhanmondi, Road # 1) you'll
be able to purchase a keyboard within Tk 12000 to TK 50000.
Are you a fan of heavy metal? If so, instead of just listening to Iron
Maiden, why don't you try to form your own band and start performing?
Who knows, you might even be able to become as famous as Iron Maiden.
One instrument that you'll definitely require to perform heavy metal
is a drum. Why a drum? Well, without a drum you won't be able to make
all that deafening noise! At Surniketan (28/B Dhanmondi, Road # 1) you
can purchase a drum between Tk 6000 to Tk 12000.
If you have to travel a short distance, instead of travelling by car
it would be good idea to ride a bicycle. By doing so, you'll be able
to burn a few of those calories you accumulated while having all those
mouth-watering dishes during Eid. At Fairways (Road # 1, Dhanmondi)
the prices of bicycles start from Tk 3500 onwards. If you are on a tight
budget, you can go all the way to Bongshal (Old Dhaka) and buy a bicycle
for less than TK 3000. A word of warning though: on your way to Bongshal
you'll encounter some serious traffic jams!
As you're probably aware, Bangladesh has been rated as the world's most
corrupt country for four consecutive years. Therefore, in this country
if you decide to use a bicycle, you must also use a bicycle lock. If
you fail to do so, your bicycle will be stolen in no time! Bicycle locks
are widely available and they are relatively inexpensive. At Fairways
(Road # 1, Dhanmondi) a bicycle lock is sold for Tk 100.
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
Remedies for Colds
There's nothing like the common cold to put a real damper on work,
holiday and social plans. A cold usually lasts 7-10 days, with symptoms
ranging from runny nose, stuffy nose, headache, sneezing, sore throat,
cough, back pain and fever. Most colds occur in the Fall and Winter
seasons when everyone spends most of their time indoors, but you can
catch a cold anytime of the year, especially during extreme changes
in temperature (e.g., walking into a cold office room from the warm
outdoors). Unfortunately there is no cure for the common cold, but
there are several home remedies to reduce the miserable symptoms that
go along with it.
Stress can often compromise your immune system and increase your chances
of catching a cold. Once you get it, the best way to combat the illness
is to decrease your obligations and pamper yourself with some good
old-fashioned rest. Try to stay home and commit yourself to a good
book or TV, and sleep whenever possible.
Water is beneficial to those with a cold, and warm liquids and soups
can add some much needed nutrition. You probably wouldn't have much
of an appetite, so try some natural hot tea, which will help hydrate
your body, sooth your throat, and ease sinus congestion. Also, chicken
soup can really alleviate some symptoms that accompany the common
If you don't take vitamins regularly, now is a good time to start.
Your body needs vitamins to combat the cold virus. Multi-vitamins
that include vitamin C are good for recovering from a cold. Just remember
to follow the recommended dosage and stick with it for other benefits
If you're dealing with a nagging headache, try putting a clean, warm
washcloth on your forehead and eyes. This can give some relief to
the stuffiness that goes along with a cold, and a throbbing headache.
It's also a good relaxation technique to reduce tension.
a Warm Bath or Shower
We usually feel better after a warm bath or shower when we aren't
ill. The same goes for when we have a cold, but there are some added
benefits. A warm bath can help you relax and the steam will relieve
sinus and chest congestion.
with Salt Water
The minute you feel a sore throat coming on, take the opportunity
to gargle with table salt added to warm water. It will soothe your
throat and can possibly prevent a full-fledged sore throat. Just add
the salt to a cup of warm water and gargle whenever possible. You
can heat the water again by putting it in the microwave for a few
seconds. Be careful that you don't overheat the water and burn your
throat. Use a spoon to stir the salt water and check the temperature
but not least, call a doctor if your symptoms persist or a fever takes
over. Severe colds can be hard to get rid of and can cause secondary
illnesses such as sinus infection, bronchitis and pneumonia.