Five tips for maintaining healthy skin and hair during Ramadan

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Updated 13 May 2020

Five tips for maintaining healthy skin and hair during Ramadan

  • Devinder Bainshares her health tips to keep dry skin, chapped lips and limp hair at bay

DUBAI: It’s not only your belly and brain going hungry during your fast, your skin and hair are also desperate for nutrients. Devinder Bains, personal trainer and nutrition coach at Fit Squad DXB, shares her health tips to keep dry skin, chapped lips and limp hair at bay . . .

Increase your vitamin C

This is the best way to give your hair a little boost, as vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen which, not only strengthens your hair but also helps it to grow. Add red bell peppers, kiwi and guava to your diet — they’re even richer in vitamin C than oranges.

Avoid sugar during meal times
There’s a number of ways sugar can leave your skin worse off, firstly, it increases oil production, which can dehydrate the skin and leave it looking lacklustre. It also binds to and damages proteins, including collagen and elastin, which can lead to saggy skin and wrinkles.

Use a natural remedy on the skin

Want to tackle dry skin but don’t have the time or money to look into the best moisturizer? The good news is that it might already be in your kitchen cupboard. Rub sunflower seed oil or coconut oil (avoid olive oil) over your body after a hot bath to increase hydration — for an extra boost, add oatmeal powder to your bath water for anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits.

Increase your good fats
Keep your scalp and hair hydrated with foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Add foods such as salmon, mackerel, avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts to your diet. Omega-3 fats are also vital for cell membrane health in your skin, making these foods twice as useful.

Get a good night’s sleep

Your body recovers and repairs itself when you sleep, and this goes for skin and hair too. This is when your skin makes new collagen, which keeps wrinkles and sagging at bay. It boosts blood flow to the skin so you get that healthy glow, and a good sleep means less dark circles or puffiness around the eyes. Ramadan timings can make 7-9 hours of sleep difficult so grab a nap during the day.

New York outshines lead stars in festive season offering ‘Dash and Lily’

Updated 23 November 2020

New York outshines lead stars in festive season offering ‘Dash and Lily’

CHENNAI: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has proved to be a boon to streaming giants and the usual string of holiday movies and shows have captured a captive audience due to stay-at-home measures still in place in many countries. One of Netflix’s latest offerings in the festive feel-good category is “Dash and Lily,” a series comprising eight short episodes. It is based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s novel, “Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares” and was repurposed for TV by Joe Tracz. In true teenage style, it is a little sweet, a little sour, with laughs and tears along the way. Cynical Dash (Austin Abrams) and bubbling-with-optimism Lily (Midori Francis) find themselves all alone in their respective homes having been abandoned by their parents, who go off on holidays they have been dreaming of for years. The plot kicks off when Dash finds a notebook written by a mysterious girl at his favorite bookstore in New York. What follows is a mad dash across the city as the pair communicate via the little red notebook, leaving it at various spots throughout the city for each other to find. What is more, Dash and Lily find that the notebook helps them discover things about themselves — it becomes a voyage of self-discovery and both realize that had they met face-to-face, they would have never been able to reveal so much. Other characters, such as Lily’s stern grandfather and Dash’s friend who works at the bookstore, add variety to the narrative and they have also been smartly written. While the series offers a novel take on teenage romance, there is not very much that is new or unexpected about the storyline. The performances are nothing to write home about in this saccharine story, but New York, in all its festive season flair (the series was shot in December 2019), stands in as an appealing lead character and will, at the very least, offer travel-starved viewers the chance to enjoy winter in the Big Apple.