How to keep your skin healthy and bright while you #StayHome

How to keep your skin healthy and bright while you #StayHome
Dr. Rebecca Treston shares her tips for maintaining healthy skin while you stay at home. (File/Instagram/@bellahadid)
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Updated 30 March 2020

How to keep your skin healthy and bright while you #StayHome

How to keep your skin healthy and bright while you #StayHome

DUBAI: With more and more people working from home amidst the coronavirus pandemic, there are plenty of opportunities to pamper ourselves and provide our skin with immediate relief. While the world continues to practice social-distancing in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, consider this the optimal time to press the reset button on your dermis. Rebecca Treston, founder of The Rebecca Treston Method, explains that following a “daily routine is key to maintaining healthy skin when you are confined to your home.” Below, she shares her top skin-boosting tips.

Cleanse your skin

“If you aren’t wearing makeup because you aren’t going to work, do not double cleanse, one cleanse is enough because you don’t want to overdo it and eliminate all the natural oils from the skin. Tone with a gentle product such as rose water to balance the pH of the skin.”


Use antioxidants

“During the day, apply antioxidants such as products that have vitamins C and E, which will give your skin a glow, but more importantly, will combat any exposure to free radicals. Ensure you use a product that has hyaluronic acid to deeply moisturize the dermis and follow this step with a skin-specific moisturizer to soothe your skin.”


Don’t forget to exfoliate

“Use a mild acid toner to exfoliate any dead skin so that your dermis can repair overnight. Try a vitamin A-based formula, a retinoid or something that comprises AHAs or BHAs, depending on your skin type. Moisturize with either vitamin E or a hydrating cream to help repair your skin while you sleep.”


Fresh air is important

“If you’re self-isolating indoors, try to get some fresh air daily, even if it’s just by opening your window.”


Indulge in a weekly face mask

“Incorporate a soothing face mask into your skincare regime. If your fruits and vegetables are getting over-ripe or are about to spoil, be creative with creating DIY face masks. Avocado is great for hydration, while oatmeal and honey are good for glowing skin. Papaya has a nice natural enzyme that is ideal for light exfoliation.”

Less is more

“Don’t overdo your skincare regime just because you’re at home and have more time. Continue to use the products that have been prescribed to you by a skincare specialist, or opt for formulas rich in antioxidants.”


Egypt announces ‘major discoveries’ at Saqqara archaeological site

Egypt announces ‘major discoveries’ at Saqqara archaeological site
Updated 17 January 2021

Egypt announces ‘major discoveries’ at Saqqara archaeological site

Egypt announces ‘major discoveries’ at Saqqara archaeological site
  • Egyptian archaeologist says discoveries will rewrite history of region

CAIRO: An Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Saqqara area near the pyramids of Giza in Egypt has discovered dozens of archeological finds, including a Pharaonic funerary temple.

The Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities announced that the discoveries —  made by the joint mission between the council and the Zahi Hawass Center of Egyptology — include wooden wells and coffins from the New Kingdom, dating back to 3000 B.C.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the council, said that the discoveries are located at the Saqqara necropolis, near the pyramid where King Teti, the first king of the Sixth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, who ruled Egypt between 2323 and 2291 B.C., is buried.

Zahi Hawass, Egyptian archaeologist and head of the mission, said that these discoveries will rewrite the history of the region, especially during the 18th and 19th Dynasties of the New Kingdom, during which time King Teti was worshiped.

Hawass said that the mission found the funerary temple of Queen Nearit, wife of King Teti, part of which was uncovered in the years prior to the mission, as well as three mud-brick warehouses on the southeastern side, used to store offerings and tools that were involved in a revival of the queen’s creed.

The mission also discovered 52 wells, ranging in depths between 10 to 12 meters and containing more than 50 wooden coffins from the New Kingdom era. This is the first time that coffins dating back to 3000 B.C. have been found in the Saqqara area.

The surfaces of the coffins depict various scenes involving the gods who were worshipped during this period, in addition to texts from the Book of the Dead that help the deceased pass on to the other world.

Inside the wells, the mission found numerous artifacts, such as statues of the deity Ptah, as well as a four-meter-long papyrus, representing chapter 17 from the Book of the Dead, with the name of its owner recorded on it. The same name was found on four statues.

Other finds included a set of wooden masks; games for the deceased to play in the other world, one of which is similar to chess; and statues and a shrine of Anubis, the god of death.

The mission also discovered a bronze ax, indicating that its owner was one of the leaders of the army in the New Kingdom era, and paintings inscribed with scenes of the deceased and his wife and hieroglyphic writings.

A large amount of pottery dating back to the New Kingdom was found, including pottery establishing trade relations between Egypt and Crete, as well as Syria and Palestine.

Hawass explained that this discovery confirms that the Saqqara antiquities area was not used for burial during the Late Period only, but also in the New Kingdom.

The mission studied the mummy of a woman who was found to be suffering from a disease known as Mediterranean fever or swine fever, which comes from direct contact with an animal and leads to a liver abscess.

Hawass asserted that the archeological discovery is one of the most significant ones of this year and will make Saqqara an important tourist and cultural destination. It will rewrite the history of Saqqara in the era of the New Kingdom and will confirm the importance of the worship of King Teti during the 19th Dynasty.