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Seasonal Hair Care Tips for Healthy Tresses

Apply oil to the scalp and hair in every season. It is the one factor that should not be changed or stopped in any season…reports Asian Lite News

As the weather changes, we change our skincare regime as per it. During summers, our primary focus is on sunscreens and hydration of the skin and as the winter starts our focus shifts to the moisturisers. With the change in season, our skin reacts differently. In the same way, our scalp and hair also react differently with every change in a season.

Just like the skincare regime, our hair care routine needs to be changed as per the changing seasons. Some of us don’t pay heed to changing hair care routines with the change in seasons, whereas those who want to change it don’t get the correct methods to change. Change of seasons can make the hair and scalp dry, sweaty, and itchy and can lead to dandruff and hair fall. 

Let’s find out which haircare tips we need to change with an expert guide from Dr. Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson of Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies.

Diet Full of Nutrition: Having a diet full of all the nutrients can help the scalp and hair. Change in season also changes our diet, which can be another factor that can damage hair. Improve the diet also as the season changes. Add seasonal fruits and vegetables to the diet, monitor the protein intake and stay hydrated. A nutritious diet not only helps hair health but can also prove to be an immense privilege for overall health and well-being. 

Oil Care in Every Season: Apply oil to the scalp and hair in every season. It is the one factor that should not be changed or stopped in any season. Apply oil from the roots to the ends at least once or twice a week. Massaging the scalp with oil increases blood circulation, which brings sufficient nutrients to it and makes the scalp nourished and healthy. The oil we use for hair should always be the same. Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Hair Oil is suitable for all seasons. It is enriched with essential oils of argan, bhringraj, lavender, hibiscus, and extracts of thyme and pomegranate that increase blood circulation, relax the nerves and stimulate hair follicles improving the strength and texture of hair.

Keep Hair and Scalp Clean and Healthy: Change in season can make the scalp or hair either dry, oily or both. During a season comprising hot and humid weather, our scalp is usually oily because of excessive sebum secretion and sweating. The hair gets dry due to sun exposure and heat. Whereas seasons containing dry and cold weather, make both scalp and hair dry. So, whenever there is a change in the season, keep the scalp and hair clean and moisturised. Use shampoo and conditioner at least thrice a week. Both should be mild and made with natural ingredients. Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic’s range of shampoo and conditioners is 100% free of parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulphates, toxic ingredients, artificial colouring, and fragrances.

Time to Time Hair Trimming: Hair trimming improves the hair’s health and texture by removing split-ends, and breakage and makes the hair look heavier and healthier. Every 3 to 4 months, hair trimming is suggested, but it depends on the growth and condition of the hair.

Stop Heat Treatment to Hair: Avoid using heat hair tools as much as possible, especially during the changing season. It is the time when hair is the most sensitive. Heat can affect the hair and its strength adversely. It can make the hair brittle, and dry and can lead to severe hair fall. Also, use warm water to rinse hair. Normal-temperature water and lukewarm water during winter should be used to rinse hair. 

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Nestled in Kashmir’s Splendour

Radisson Collection Hotel & Spa, Riverfront Srinagar, the largest hotel in the Jammu and Kashmir region, offers 212 spacious and well-defined rooms across categories, including premium, executive, executive, executive, and presidential…reports Asian Lite News

Radisson Hotel Group announces the grand debut of its luxury lifestyle brand, Radisson Collection in India with the opening of Radisson Collection Hotel & Spa, Riverfront Srinagar.

Nestled on the banks of River Jhelum, the hotel derives its design inspiration from Kashmir’s heritage, culture, and art. The hotel exudes the true spirit of Kashmir, combining landmark architecture, elegant interiors, exceptional gastronomic and cultural experiences, personalized service, and luxurious amenities.

Strategically located, the hotel enjoys proximity to major tourist attractions such as Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Tulip Garden, Shalimar Garden, Cheshmashahi Garden, Pari Mahal, Shankaracharya Temple, historic Lal Chowk, and Downtown Srinagar. It can be easily reached by car or taxi from Srinagar International Airport and the local bus and train stations.

“We are proud to introduce the first Radisson Collection hotel in India, located in the enchanting city of Srinagar. With an impressive scale of 212 rooms, the largest in the Jammu and Kashmir region, Radisson Collection Hotel & Spa, Riverfront Srinagar, promises an unparalleled experience for our guests. With this debut, we are looking forward to many such opportunities to collaborate with the right partners and build a unique collection of iconic properties under the Radisson Collection brand in the country,” says Nikhil Sharma, Managing Director and Area Senior Vice President (ASVP), South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group

Radisson Collection Hotel & Spa, Riverfront Srinagar, the largest hotel in the Jammu and Kashmir region, offers 212 spacious and well-defined rooms across categories, including premium, executive, executive, executive, and presidential. Corners of the hotel take inspiration from Kashmir’s authentic motifs and iconic geometrical star patterned ‘jali’ – a traditional lattice or screen typically found in Kashmiri architecture, renowned for its complex craftsmanship and decorative appeal. These designs are complemented by artworks depicting the intricate embroidery process of Kashmiri shawls and carpets. 

The hotel offers an exceptional culinary journey, blending diverse cuisines within a fusion of contemporary and traditional architecture. Firdaus, one of its two F&B outlets, presents Kashmiri Wazwaan – a traditional multi-course meal known for its elaborate preparation, and local specialties, prepared using age-old Kashmiri cooking techniques. The traditionally adorned interiors evoke Kashmiri culture, seamlessly merging the past with the present through regional culinary specialities.

Sapphire Lounge, a modern tea and coffee lounge, offers French pastries, cakes, and a variety of teas in an elegant ambiance. Guests can indulge in aromatic coffee and French delights while enjoying lush green lawns. The lounge also serves Kashmiri Kahwa, Noon Tea, and a selection of Kashmiri breads. Additionally, Mehfil, an elegant bar space, offers a curated selection of premium spirits within a sophisticated setting highlighted by transparent glass walls and colourful leather furniture, reminiscent of a cozy residential living room. 

The hotel also features Mumtaz, one of the largest pillar-less banquet halls in the Kashmir valley spanning across an area of 5,000 sq. ft. Its walls are donned with diverse Kashmiri art forms such as ‘Mehrab’ – a design usually adorned with intricate geometric patterns, calligraphy, and sometimes floral motifs. Surrounded partially by majestic Chinar trees, and the charming colonial architecture of Srinagar city, the Mumtaz Lawns provide an idyllic backdrop, creating unforgettable moments for weddings and corporate gatherings. For smaller meetings, Zewar makes for the perfect venue.


“We are thrilled to partner with Radisson Hotel Group as we proudly unveil the first Radisson Collection in India – Radisson Collection Hotel & Spa, Riverfront Srinagar, reaffirming our belief in the Group. Our partnership reflects our unwavering commitment to providing exceptional luxury experiences. Together, we intend to redefine the very essence of grandeur, contribute to the local growth of the hotel sector, and set new industry standards,” says Wasim Chaya & Naseem Chaya – Managing Directors of Mushtaq Group of Hotels. 

Additionally, guests can explore the Artisan Shop that houses local, artisanal products within the hotel premises and partake in expert-led experiences unveiling the region’s rich heritage and adventures. They can also enjoy handpicked treatments focused on the four pillars of beauty, regeneration, balance, and detox, at the in-house L’Occitane Spa designed with a blend of traditional and contemporary elements.

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Exploring Engineered Surfaces

Gone are the days of tedious cleaning routines. Engineered surfaces boast impeccable hygiene standards and effortless cleaning, making them a practical choice for modern living…reports Asian Lite News

We operate in a vertical nowadays, where surfaces are more than just functional elements — having evolved into integral components that shape both the aesthetics and functionality of spaces. Engineered surfaces have emerged as champions in this era of constant changes and evolution, seamlessly blending durability with sensory refinement.

Put simply, engineered surfaces are surfaces that undergo deliberate modification to enhance their core properties and integrate tailored features, serving distinct purposes with precision and finesse.

Here are some key features by Ajay Khurana, MD, Formica India, that make engineered surfaces a must-have for any space. Read along!

Unparalleled Durability: Engineered surfaces are crafted to withstand the test of time. Combining mineral components with organic elements, these surfaces offer exceptional wear resistance, ensuring longevity even in high-traffic areas. Whether it’s a bustling kitchen or a busy commercial space, engineered surfaces maintain their pristine appearance, effortlessly enduring daily wear and tear.

Tactile Sensation: Beyond their durability, engineered surfaces like the VIS provide a tactile experience unlike any other. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, these surfaces boast a harmonious blend of strength and humanity. With finishes that evoke the elegance of ancient mythologies, each touch becomes a sensory journey, pushing the user experience several notches higher, and adding a touch of sophistication to any environment.

Versatile Functionality: Engineered surfaces excel in versatility, offering a plethora of applications across various settings. From kitchen countertops to office desks, these surfaces seamlessly integrate into any space, enhancing both form and function. Their suitability for contact with food further highlights their versatility, making them ideal for kitchen environments as well as high wear & tear areas where hygiene is paramount.

Effortless Maintenance: Gone are the days of tedious cleaning routines. Engineered surfaces boast impeccable hygiene standards and effortless cleaning, making them a practical choice for modern living. With a simple wipe, these surfaces regain their pristine appearance, ensuring hassle-free maintenance and enduring enjoyment for years to come. 

Timeless Elegance: More than just practical solutions, engineered surfaces are synonymous with timeless elegance. Each surface tells a story of meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail, embodying the finesse of contemporary design. With a curated collection of exclusive decors and finishes, these surfaces become more than just functional elements—they become mesmerising experiences, adding a touch of sophistication to any space.

To conclude, engineered surfaces redefine the benchmark for surface performance, seamlessly blending durability, versatility, and elegance. From their all-season durability to their evergreen grandeur, these surfaces upscale the essence of any space, making them a must-have for those who appreciate the culmination of form and function.

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Benchmark in a Hair-Salon experience: The House of Keune by Bloom, London

House of Keune by Bloom represents a pinnacle of collaboration between Bloom Lifestyle salons and the esteemed 100-year-old brand, Keune. Nestled in the heart of Holborn, central London, their stunning flagship salon stands as a testament to the fusion of talent and expertise. Initially rooted in Scotland, Bloom has now spread its wings to London, bolstering Keune’s presence in the UK market. Situated within the cutting-edge headquarters alongside the Keune Academy, House of Keune by Bloom offers unparalleled guest care and a commitment to excellence. A feature by lifestyle columnist Riccha Grrover for Asian Lite International.

Bloom is built around a talented team of hair and beauty professionals across the UK.

Sheona Forrest. Director, Bloom Lifestyle said, “Bloom is located within the new state-of-the-art headquarters alongside the Keune Academy which educates its network of UK salons. Working with Keune is an amazing opportunity to extend the Bloom brand into the rest of the UK, beginning in the iconic London location of The House of Keune.”

JR Slane. Creative Director & Partner, Bloom Lifestyle went on to say that “I am so proud to be Creative Director and salon partner at the House of Keune by Bloom in Holborn, London. My extensive experience as a technical cutting specialist, educator and session stylist ensures I can help grow and develop our amazing Bloom team in London. I’m so excited to bring passion and knowledge of haircare to this iconic building, and can’t wait to welcome our guests..”

Discerning clients who are looking for this experience can book their complimentary consultation with a Bloom London colour specialist for expert professional advice. With hundreds of colour combinations Keune Color can give you the healthy, personalised colour that will resonate with a variety of different people and choices.

Whether you want a classic style, fashion-forward update or a reshape, those wanting to try them out can book a pre-appointment complimentary consultation with one of their talented hair styling team. In the heart of Holborn, London, The House of Keune by Bloom also offers timeless grooming, tailored to men with a full range of services – from haircuts and restyles to traditional shaves and hair styling.

All their men’s grooming services include a luxury shampoo experience with massage and hot towel. For styling they use 1922 by J.M. Keune – a collection of timeless grooming staples. By creating beauty sustainably, they encourage people to take care of themselves, of the environment in which they live and work, and of the things they love, their gorgeously displayed amazing line of products can be purchased at the salon for home use .

Whether you want a style overhaul or a quick trim, the House of Keune by Bloom not only looks gorgeous with its bright, modern and inviting interiors, it has top of the class staff, who prioritise attention to detail whether colour, cutting or styling hair. It’s not about cookie cutter looks here, the experts listen to what you want and execute it in the most flattering way.

The salon is also committed to sustainability with the programme Keune Cares, and only uses environmentally responsible haircare and colouring products.

For one-of-a-kind hair salon experience visit The House of Keune by Bloom. You can be assured of a warm welcome, a meaningful consultation where you will feel heard about your needs for your hair with attention to detail, a deluxe hairwash experience with inclining massage chairs so you feel fully relaxed, an efficient haircut and style or even a hair redesign for a new look with a hair colour too. They have a menu of hair treatments too for hair and even scalp. Chilled water or Prosecco or a hot drink too is offered to sip on while your hair is being pampered! Highly Recommended!

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Redefining Beauty with Emotional Skincare

Instead of chasing trends or unrealistic beauty standards, prioritise healthy functioning skin. Consult a dermatologist to understand your skin type and specific needs, and choose products accordingly. Remember, healthy skin doesn’t have to be “flawless.”…writes Malavika Jain

For generations, the beauty industry has focused on achieving flawless skin, often with a product-centric approach. But what if our skin held the key to not just outward beauty, but also internal well-being? Enter the exciting realm of emotional skincare, a movement that bridges the gap between beauty and mental health, recognizing the profound connection between the two.

This shift is supported by growing scientific evidence. Psychodermatology, a branch of dermatology that explores the mind-skin connection, reveals how stress, anxiety, and depression can manifest in skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Conversely, healthy skin-care practices can positively impact our mood and emotional well-being.

So, how can we embrace emotional skincare? 

Here are some key aspects:

Move beyond simply applying products. Approach your skincare routine as a mindful self-care ritual. Focus on your breath, be present in the moment, and connect with your senses. This creates a space for relaxation and reduces stress, which benefits your skin.

Instead of chasing trends or unrealistic beauty standards, prioritise healthy functioning skin. Consult a dermatologist to understand your skin type and specific needs, and choose products accordingly. Remember, healthy skin doesn’t have to be “flawless.”

Gently massage your face while applying products to calm and reduce stress hormones. Facial massage can also improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, both beneficial for skin health and mental health.

While products can play a significant role, emotional skincare is about holistic well-being. Prioritise quality sleep, manage stress through activities like yoga or meditation and nourish your body with healthy foods. Remember, true beauty radiates from within.

Society often bombards us with unrealistic beauty ideals. Instead, cultivate self-compassion and acceptance. Celebrate your unique skin, scars, and all. This shift in perspective can significantly improve your mental health and your relationship with your skin.

Recent developments in emotional skincare:

The landscape of wellness and self-care is constantly evolving, and skincare brands are at the forefront of this movement, integrating holistic practices, like NeuroGlow (Mintel’s 2024 trend), into their products and messaging. This mind-body connection, explored through the lens of Psychodermatology, is revolutionising how we approach skin health.

One key development lies in the rise of personalised skincare. By addressing individual skin concerns and emotional needs, brands empower individuals to create a connection with their routines. 

Technology further empowers informed self-care through teledermatology, providing convenient online access to dermatological expertise. This removes barriers and fosters a deeper understanding of individual skin needs.

Mood science plays a crucial role in this conversation, as research increasingly reveals how emotions can impact our skin’s health. Stress, for instance, can manifest as breakouts or exacerbate existing conditions. To address this, brands are incorporating aromatherapy into their offerings. Essential oils, with their mood-boosting and calming properties, offer a natural approach to promoting emotional well-being and radiant skin.

Psychodermatology in Action:

Embracing emotional skincare is not just about achieving clearer skin, but about fostering healthier, happier skin and cultivating a radiant you – Inside and out. However, true transformation goes beyond the surface. The burgeoning field of Psychodermatology unveils the critical link between our emotions and skin health. 

This groundbreaking science delves into the skin-mind connection, the missing link in truly holistic beauty regimens. By understanding how stress, anxiety, and even happiness influence our skin, we can create personalized solutions that address the root cause of concerns, not just the symptoms.

Therefore, embracing emotional skincare and delving deeper into the skin-mind connection isn’t just a trend; it’s the future of holistic beauty. It’s about empowering individuals to achieve radiant skin and a sense of well-being that truly shines from within. By prioritising mindful practices, celebrating your unique beauty, and seeking professional help when needed, you can create a holistic self-care approach that benefits your skin and mental health. 

Remember, true beauty radiates from a place of self-love and acceptance, and emotional skincare is a powerful tool to help you get there.

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Seasonal refresh

Consider adding floral prints to your decor. Whether it’s through throw pillows, bedding, or even wall art, these little touches can really brighten up a room and add a hint of. For a personal touch, why not create a gallery wall? Mix and match artwork, photographs, and mirrors to add visual curiosity and identity to your space.”…writes Lothungbeni Humtsoe

As the season shifts, it’s the ideal moment to add spark into your living space for spring. Opt for home décor accessories with natural materials like rattan, bamboo, or light wood, as they wrap your home in an embrace of springtime warmth. Add a burst of seasonal charm with adding an entirely new spring-inspired collection of décor items including centre pieces, décor accents adding brightness and energy. Create a cozy retreat by setting up a flower vase, table lamp and interesting décor pieces. To add even more charm, layer area rugs in a variety of textures and patterns. Not only do they provide warmth and depth to your floors, but they also create an inviting and snug atmosphere, perfect for savouring the delights of the changing season,” states Dhara Shroff Promoter and Head of Retail and Reema Shah Promoter and Head of Creative.

Prateek Sabharwal- Founder, Escape by Creatomy feels, “Spring is the season of change and it brings with it a lot of hope, cheer and vibrancy. For your home to exude spring, you can infuse freshness in many ways. Start with introducing some cool and comforting wall art that’s perfect for spring. Think in terms of artworks/wall prints in soft hues exuding spring vibes. Bring in natural elements such as woven baskets, wooden accents, or stone decor. These can add warmth and a touch of the outdoors to your home. However, should you be willing to include a piece of decor to your abode, we suggest going for Ottomans. From the vibrant Moroccan poufs to the minimalist Japanese zabutons, these seating and footrest solutions showcase unique design elements and reflect the rich heritage of their respective cultures. These vibrant Ottomans could be one of the coolest decor updates for spring.

Rithik Dhawan- Founder, Rococo Milano states, “With the arrival of spring, why not give our houses a little makeover? Start by switching out darker furniture pieces for lighter ones, white or soft hues, to bring a peppy vibe into our space, making it feel brighter and more open. Also don’t neglect your outdoor area! Dressing it up with weather-resistant furniture like cozy wicker chairs or elegant teak dining sets will make it the perfect spot for soaking up the sunshine.

Consider adding floral prints to your decor. Whether it’s through throw pillows, bedding, or even wall art, these little touches can really brighten up a room and add a hint of. For a personal touch, why not create a gallery wall? Mix and match artwork, photographs, and mirrors to add visual curiosity and identity to your space.”

“For textiles, go for natural fibers like cotton, linen, or bamboo. They are breathable and eco-friendly, and also bring a snug vibe to your home.” 

“If the entire city is bathed in spring’s beautiful colours, then why not your home? The ideal way to give your home a seasonal refresh is by using pretty planters with flowers and greens to get the much-needed dopamine. While the flowers do their magic, you can get some fresh cushions complementing spring colours. While you’re at it, adorn your walls with some new wallpapers or wall art to enjoy spring in all its glory. Spring is also the time to prepare for harsh summer months. We suggest going for wall fountains in sizes according to your house. Water bodies are the best to bring in cool comfort to your house even as you adjust to the change in temperatures,” affirms Brijesh Bansal- Founder, Stone Art.

“As spring brings along a season of joy and happiness, it’s the perfect opportunity to fill your home with its brightened spirit. Decorating your home according to the season’s elements not only makes your space look better but also enhances the overall ambiance, reflecting the freshness and liveliness of spring ” states Anushka Ahuja- Co-founder, Studio by Agni.

She also believes that, “You can welcome the energy of the season by incorporating bright-coloured rugs that mirror the joyous hues of spring. Opt for large floral prints, beautiful embroidery, and vibrant patterns to bring the beauty of nature indoors. These elements add a burst of color and life to your space, uplifting the mood and creating a bright atmosphere for family and guests.

With these simple additions, your home will be transformed into a retreat that reflects spring, where every corner radiates with the warmth and happiness of the season.

Shuchita Sancheti Garg- Founder and Creative Director, vVyom by Shuchita states, “As winter gives way to summer, spring brings in a burst of colour and life. As the trees and flowers bloom, the season is all about joy and gaiety. If you want to give your home a seasonal refresh, start with a proper spring cleaning that can do wonders for your home. Declutter, organize, and deep clean to create a fresh and inviting space and fill your home with flowers and plants to liven up the space. Consider overhauling your table settings to reflect the season. Think pastel-colored tablecloths, placemats, and dishes for a fresh and inviting dining area. It’s also the right time to change heavy winter bedding for lighter options. Choose breathable fabrics in lighter colours to create a vibrant spring bed.”

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Prep Your Mane for Holi

Holi colours tend to stick to hair and, when washed off, make hair drier and rougher. To avoid poky hair after Holi celebrations, you can go for a hair trim a few days before Holi and get rid of the split ends to ensure the Holi saga does not pave the way for further damage…reports Asian Lite News

It’s finally the month of Holi when we splash vibrant colours on each other and fill the air with excitement and anticipation. But, not to forget, the chemical dyes and UV exposure are also part of the Holi celebration. However, fret not! Before diving headfirst into the festivities, we must arm ourselves with knowledge and a robust pre-Holi hair care routine. From helping minimize the damage from artificial dyes to ensuring a swift colour wash from hair post celebrations, a pre-holi hair care regimen will protect hair health while allowing you to immerse in the joy of festivities without concerns.

Let’s explore essential tips and tricks with the help of Matthew Hiscox, Managing Director Inspired Beauty Brands (HASK) Asia-Pacific Brand -HASK, to ensure your mane remains luscious, vibrant, and resilient throughout the revelries.

Deep Condition Your Hair Before Holi

Holi colours can lead to dry and brittle hair. Hence, a deep nourishing hair mask always helps combat the roughness and dryness Holi celebrations can cause. Just a day before Holi, use a rich hair mask through your roots and hair length to ensure your hair is nourished enough to resist the damage.

Tie Your Hair For Minimum Exposure To Damage

Before walking out for Holi celebrations, consider tying your hair in loose braids or a bun to ensure the least hair damage. There are humungous hairstyles that tie hair in one place while giving a stylish look. Customize your Holi look in a way that promotes tied hair and not open tresses. When you do this, washing the hair, post celebrations, and restoring shine will be easier.

Apply Hair Oil & Massage Your Scalp

You are going to be so grateful for this tip because it will save your hair from Holi damage. All you have to do is indulge in a hair oiling and massage routine a day before Holi. Oil creates a shield on your hair that does not allow colour or smoke to penetrate and hence, protects your mane. Try this, and you will not regret it later.

Go For Split-Ends Trimming Before Holi

Holi colours tend to stick to hair and, when washed off, make hair more dry and rough. To avoid poky hair after Holi celebrations, you can go for a hair trim a few days before Holi and get rid of the split ends to ensure the Holi saga does not pave the way for further damage.

Be Gentle & Mild With Your Hair Care

You already know that Holi colours would not do anything good for hair, but make it dry, brittle, and frizzy. Hence, you must ensure that your hair care products balance the damage. Go with milder formulas that do not dry hair, use a conditioner after every wash, apply hair serum regularly, and massage your scalp so that your hair is strong enough to survive the colours and sun!

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Combatting Sleepy Eyes

The muscles around the eyes that hold our eyes in position, play a similar role to any other muscle of our body when it comes to experiencing fatigue after a long day of consistent use. In other words just like our arms and legs muscles grow leaden with extended use after a physically exhaustive day, similarly the muscles around our eyes also grow weary and experience fatigue…writes Dr. Sneha Shah

Many healthy individuals suffer from the problem of heavy eyelids which is usually due to fatigue lack of rest or spending too much time in front of the computer screens. A few eye allergies, infections, and medical conditions can also be responsible for causing heavy, droopy eyelids.

After a long day at work, we generally feel our eyelids getting heavier as if something is pulling them down. This may be after a day of intense exercise or when we spend hours staring at a computer screen in the office.

But what causes our eyes to get heavy when we feel tired and sleepy?

To understand this, we first need to understand the basic anatomy of the eye. The eyelids are comprised of thin layers of skin and muscles which play a crucial role in protecting the delicate structures of the eye from external elements like dust, debris, and bright light. They also greatly contribute to the overall appearance and expressiveness of the face.

The muscles around the eyes that hold our eyes in position, play a similar role to any other muscle of our body when it comes to experiencing fatigue after a long day of consistent use. In other words just like our arms and legs muscles grow leaden with extended use after a physically exhaustive day, similarly the muscles around our eyes also grow weary and experience fatigue.

This is particularly true for ocular and brow muscles since they are the most active during our waking hours. Therefore, in general, the heaviness of the eyelids in otherwise healthy individuals is due to fatigue that these muscles experience during the hours we are awake.

Various factors that are responsible for causing sleepy eyes are:

Muscle fatigue: After getting an insufficient amount of rest or a prolonged period of staying awake, the muscles around the eyes tend to become fatigued and weakened which can lead to a loss of tone and firmness in the eyelids causing them to droop or sag.

Reduced blood flow and stasis: The blood in the veins tends to pool, and the stasis causes the eyes to feel heavy, eye bags to appear under the eyes, and also dark circles to form due to the darker colour of the venous blood.

Stress and tension: Having a long screen time or intense visual focus such as working on a computer or reading for extended periods can strain the muscles around our eyes leading to feelings of fatigue and droopiness.

Facial Expressions: Beyond the physical changes to the eyelids themselves, sleepy eyes can also greatly affect our facial expressions and our overall appearance. When we’re feeling tired, our facial muscles tend to slacken, leading to our expressions becoming less animated and lively.

All this can also occur as a result of ageing changes around the eyes. It may be accelerated by chronic exposure to the sun and also the harmful light from our gadgets! Deflation and decent of the tissues around the eyes make them look saggy and tired.

Treatment for sleepy eyes:

Massaging around the eyes: It can help release a lot of strain and make you feel instantly better. This can simply be done by using the tips of your fingers or using tools like the jade roller or the Gua Sha

Get Adequate sleep: the best solution to combat the problem of sleepy eyes is to prioritize getting enough rest each night. One should aim to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep to allow our body and eyes to rest and rejuvenate completely.

Keep yourself hydrated: drink lots and lots of water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated as dehydration can exacerbate the feelings of fatigue and heaviness in the eyes.

Take breaks from the screen: spending long hours in front of the screen, then you should take regular breaks to rest your eyes and reduce eye strain. One interesting exercise that one can do is practice the 20-20 rule where every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to give your eyes a break.

Apply cold compresses: Apply a cold compress or chilled cucumber slices to the eyes for a few minutes to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes. The cold temperature helps to constrict blood vessels and reduce inflammation.

Impact of sleepy eyes on overall health:

Sleepy eyes can result in difficulty in staying alert, decreased productivity and even safety hazards like impaired driving. There can also be some significant impact on our physical and mental well-being.  Prolonged periods of inadequate sleep can also contribute to mood disturbances, such as irritability, anxiety, and depression.

On the other hand, one may be completely rested, and yet their friends/ colleagues may comment that they look tired/ sleepy ki. This can have a significant impact on the confidence. In such cases one may consult an Oculoplastic and aesthetic surgeon, to find out the exact cause of this look and provide appropriate solutions.

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Passion to Profession

Continuous learning is essential to stay competitive. Consider further education or certifications to update your skills and knowledge in your chosen field…reports Asian Lite News

Making a career change in middle age can be both daunting and rewarding. Whether you seek greater job satisfaction or need to adapt to life’s evolving demands, it’s never too late to pivot professionally.

However, this transformation necessitates thoughtful planning and consideration. Karan Mehta, Co-founder, of Toprankers – a digital counselling and preparation platform for careers – shares with IANSlife 13 key factors to weigh when embarking on a midlife career shift:

Assess Transferable Skills: Start by evaluating the skills you’ve acquired in your current career. Many competencies, such as leadership, communication, and problem-solving, can seamlessly transfer to various fields, making your transition smoother.

Explore Passion: Middle age is the perfect time to explore your passions and interests. Pursuing a career aligned with what you truly love can bring greater fulfillment and motivation to your professional life.

Lifelong Learning: Continuous learning is essential to stay competitive. Consider further education or certifications to update your skills and knowledge in your chosen field.

Networking: Leverage your professional networks and connections. Personal relationships can offer valuable insights and open doors in your new career.

Financial Planning: Changing careers may come with financial challenges. Develop a solid financial plan to weather potential hardships during the transition period.

Mentorship: Seek guidance from mentors or career counsellors. Their experience and expertise can provide valuable advice tailored to the individual’s situation.

Embrace Technology: In today’s digital world, familiarity with technology is crucial. Invest time in learning digital skills and staying updated with industry trends to remain relevant.

Flexibility: Be open to starting at a lower position initially. Embracing flexibility in roles and responsibilities can create opportunities for career growth in your new field.

Emotional Resilience: Career changes can be emotionally challenging. Develop coping strategies and resilience to navigate the emotional ups and downs during the transition.

Work-Life Balance: Consider how your new career will impact your work-life balance. Middle age often involves family responsibilities, so finding the right balance is crucial for your overall well-being.

Pass on Experience: Remember that your years of experience are an asset. Many employers value the maturity and wisdom that older professionals bring to the table. Highlight your unique strengths and the value they bring to your new career.

Evaluate Long-Term Goals: Consider how your career change aligns with your long-term goals, including retirement plans and overall life objectives. Ensure that your new path is in harmony with your vision for the future.

Keep in mind that everyone’s situation is unique. Tailor the advice to your specific circumstances and aspirations. Your career change should reflect your individual goals and values. Remember, it’s never too late to pursue your dreams and make the most of your skills and experiences.

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Nature’s Secret Weapon for Healthy, Lustrous Hair

The vitamins and minerals utilised in these MVPs transport nutrients straight to the follicles and nourish them from the inside, allowing for the best possible hair condition, and establishing a good environment for hair growth…reports Asian Lite News

Hair struggles are a universal warfare, in which you have to make consistent efforts to keep the hair under control and in good condition. One can experience flaking, thinning, dandruff and hair loss and all these conditions are manifested in different ways. Fortunately, we have simple routines that we can apply regularly to achieve healthy hair.

And what if the solution to your hair dilemma is always hiding there in your kitchen pantry? Who would have thought that a common vegetable used for adding flavour to foods is capable of remoulding the health of your hair? Although the potent odour is not the prettiest of smells, but the advantages of using onions topically are much more than just a temporary olfactory problem.

Onion juice is highly appreciated as a natural and effective treatment for a wide array of hair ills, and Ganesh Kamath, Co-Founder, of Earthraga, shares with IANSlife the benefits of onion for your hair:

Unleash the Power of Hydration: The refreshing moisturising properties of onions target dry and dull hair as well as a weary, dry scalp. They are the ones that refresh the hair and provide it with the needed moisture, leading to a look that has a smooth, lustrous appearance. The vitamins and minerals utilised in these MVPs transport nutrients straight to the follicles and nourish them from the inside, allowing for the best possible hair condition, and establishing a good environment for hair growth.

Nourishing from the Inside Out: Speaking of nutrition, hair follicles, the essential components of healthy hair growth, receive increased nourishment from onions. They are recognized for their role in facilitating the circulation of blood through the hair follicles. This increased blood circulation guarantees a consistent supply of oxygen and nourishment. The vitamins and minerals utilised in these MVPs transport nutrients straight to the follicles and nourish them from the inside, allowing for the best possible hair condition, and establishing a good environment for hair growth.

Keeps Your Natural Hair Color Vibrant: Conversely, early greying might result from a lack of some micronutrients, health problems, stress factors and even genes. Onion oil for hair benefits is especially felt through enzymes, which can be used as anti-radicals to resist free radicals damage on hair. This way can also get the hair back to its original colour, even dark it can. For instance, the formulas combining Amla and Bhringraj, the natural ingredients, are aimed to prevent hair colour fading even before its time.

Soothes and Fights Dandruff: From an antiseptic and anti-inflammation point of view, the onion can treat scalp infections that include redness, dandruff and itchiness of the scalp. These onion extracts contain essential minerals and vitamins that help hair stay hydrated at the root level, making it unbreakable which adds strength from the roots to the tips of the hair. It does that too, being an excellent stimulator of blood circulation, an effective prevention of itchy scalp and a marvellous hair growth inducer.

Prevents Hair Fall: Onion juice is one of the best-known remedies essential because it has a high amount of sulphur that makes it effective in reducing hair loss. Sulphur improves collagen production which is essential for the formation of hair follicles and also cleanses the skin. Moreover, with onion juice or oil a massage activates hair growth by increasing the blood flow to the scalp.

Indeed, the onion juice comes as a gift from nature as it provides an astounding variety of benefits to hair care. When it comes to hydration and nourishment, or fighting off dandruff and hair loss, this everyday ingredient is invaluable in your journey to healthy and attractive hair. While a strong smell might be annoying at first sight, which is superficial, the outcomes for your hair are beyond question. Hence, whenever you peel off onions for your meal, keep some on standby to unleash the hidden abilities of these normal vegetables that go into your hair care regimen.

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