How to Keep Your Baby Safe From Heat Rash

මෙම ළිපිය සිංහලෙන් කියවන්න

When the sun is over the equator and the heat hits tropical countries like Sri Lanka, it’s the little babies who suffer the most. Their soft and sensitive skin with tiny sweat pores is not designed to bear up with the excessive sweat generated by the body to keep cool, and thus the sweat gets trapped under the skin. End result? An uncomfortable baby who is suffering with heat rash!

What does heat rash in babies look like?

If your baby’s skin has a lot of tiny bumps or blisters, which are sometimes red, its most definitely a heat rash. These conditions occur mostly in folds in your baby’s skin such as the neck and where the clothes are close to the skin such as chest and buttocks.

How can I avoid heat rash?

Babies find heat rash to be uncomfortable and annoying as they are mostly itchy and sometimes in rare cases it can also develop in to skin infections. Heat rash is also a sign to say that your baby is overheating – something you should take very seriously as it can lead to heat related complications.

Heat rash is something that naturally disappears when the heat is reduced, but let’s not take even the slightest chance with your baby! Here are 4 easy steps to avoid heat rash!

1. Keep your baby cool!

Your baby needs to stay cool to avoid having a heat rash. Keep your baby in a shady area which is air conditioned or has a fan. If it’s getting too hot, its okay to keep your baby bare bodied.

2. Keep it loose and natural

Natural fibers have the capacity to breathe – which means that these clothes don’t trap heat. Loose fitting clothes with natural fibers are the best for babies – and avoid synthetic fibers at all costs. Another thing to avoid are plastic diapers – switch to cloth diapers at least during the heat season.

3. Hydrate!

Keep your baby hydrated with a lot of water and liquids. Lack of hydration in the body can lead to heat stroke, so its important to make sure that your baby is hydrated enough!

4. Keep the skin folds dry!

Areas with skin folds are most prone to heat rash, such as the neck and the crotch. Always keep these areas clean and dry, and apply prickly heat powder to avoid excess moisture in these regions.

Its always better to avoid heat rash. But, in the case of your baby suffering with heat rash, a Calamine based lotion or powder can help soothe the itching and the blisters. Apply calamine lotion or powder on the affected areas and help your baby cool down by taking off the clothes and keeping the baby in a cool, chilled place. Generally, heat rash disappears after a while. But if the symptoms persist, consult a doctor immediately.

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How to Prevent Prickly Heat and Heat Rash

මෙම ළිපිය සිංහලෙන් කියවන්න

We have all been through the itchy discomfort of prickly heat at some point. Unseemly bumps on your skin with tiny blisters that makes your day a whole lot worse. Prickly heat and heat rash occurs due to sweat glands that are blocked. The trapped sweat, which cannot reach the surface of the skin to evaporate, then gets inflamed, giving you tiny little blisters and reddish skin which we call heat rash or prickly heat.

Although it’s quite common, especially amongst people who live in tropical countries like Sri Lanka, it is still a very irritating and uncomfortable condition. But, with a few simple steps, you can avoid heat rash and prickly heat!

5 steps to prevent heat rash!

Wear it loose

Tight clothing that does not give your skin room to breathe or does not allow for air circulation is a main reason why heat rash occurs. Choose to wear loose clothes, specially in hot and humid climates. With plenty of room for air to circulate, the probability of heat rash outbreaks will be significantly lower.

Cotton to the rescue

Natural fibers such as cotton or even linen have sweat absorbent properties, as well as being fabrics that “breathe”. This means that the fabric will allow for air circulation and absorb your excess sweat, keeping your body cool and sweat glands unblocked.

Magic of Calamine lotion

This is especially effective if you are already suffering with heat rash and prickly heat. Applying calamine lotion will help soothe your skin, relieving you of the rash and the discomfort. The healing properties of Calamine allows for this, and is a long-term solution for people who suffer with chronic heat rash.

Cleanliness matters!

When it’s especially hot and humid, be sure to keep yourself clean with frequent showers and baths. It is important to maintain the cleanliness of your skin when you know you will sweat a lot, to keep your sweat glands unclogged. Also, avoid the sun and the heat when it is hot and humid. Be sure to stay where its cooler, or in a place with air conditioning to avoid prickly heat.

Eat cool

Food and snacks that naturally cool your system such as watermelon, cucumber etc. can help avoid heat rash from the inside, by reducing the sweating. Avoid hot and spicy food that make you sweat, especially in the heat!

Heat rash generally disappears on its own when your body cools down. But, when it comes to heat rash, prevention is always better than cure. Its much easier to avoid the discomfort than to find a way to treat it. On hot and humid days, don’t forget to use a soft powder such as the Lacto Prickly Heat powder in areas that sweat a lot such as your under arms, and in places where the skin creases or where your clothes fit tightly. This will absorb the excess sweat, keeping your sweat glands unclogged.

Be comfortable, always!

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Skin Whitening – The Myth

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Fairness has always been considered as the ideal beauty standard every girl should aspire to achieve. It is generally considered that to be lovely and beautiful, you need to be fair. This attitude towards fair skin is something that has affected women since time immemorial, not simply as a beauty standard but also in important aspects of life such as relationships and employment. This focus on fairness is a predominantly Asian aspect, whilst Europeans with naturally fair skin, on the other hand, are eager to get ‘tan’.

So, what is it with this skin color? Why do some people have fair skin, and some have dark skin?

It’s all about melanin!

Let’s take a look at the world map.

You would have observed that people living in countries over the equator and close to the equator generally seem to have darker skin, than the people away from the equator. Being closer to the equator means that your skin is exposed to sunlight all over the year as opposed to seasonally, and extensive exposure to sunlight can lead to skin mutations such as cancer. To protect against this, the skin naturally produces what we call “Melanin”, the pigment that gives the skin its color and what protects our skin from harmful UV rays. When your sun exposure is high, your skin produces more melanin, and our genetic code remembers this, which is why most Africans, Asians and Arabs are considerably darker than Europeans. In short, having darker skin means that you are better protected from the harmful rays of the sun. And living in a tropical country like Sri Lanka, this is something we all need!

How fairness creams work

Although it is highly advantageous and even healthy to have dark skin, most women still aspire to achieve fair skin due to established beauty standards. The most popular method of achieving this fairness is of course, to use a fairness cream. However, do you know how fairness creams work?
All skin whitening creams function by inhibiting tyrosinase. This is a chemical that is required for the production of melanin in the skin. By restricting the production of melanin, these creams promise, and deliver on fairer skin to its users. However, some creams tend to include sun block agents into the cream to bypass the ill effects of restricting the production of melanin and thereby try to avoid the effects of UV rays on the skin, but most creams simply act as melanin restricting agents.
Overall, artificially restricting the production of a skin cell that protects you from the harmful UV rays of the sun, can result in a number of adverse effects in the long run such as skin mutations and a dependence on the whitening cream.

Well maintained, healthy skin = Beautiful skin

Every skin color is beautiful, be it dark or fair. Just make sure to take good care of your skin with a dedicated regime of using proper cleansing agents, regular exfoliation, not forgetting to use skin protection such as sun lotion and most importantly, giving your skin the nourishment it needs, with the use of a trusted moisturizer such as Calamine. Well maintained skin looks naturally even toned and more alive, which is a lot more important having fair but lifeless skin.

 

Fairness is NOT a marker of your beauty. Whatever the skin tone you have, you are beautiful just the way you are!

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Article by Shana Azeem

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7 Easy Home Remedies to Get Rid of Pimples Overnight

You wake up and see that bump on your face, and your whole day is ruined. Pimples have managed to ruin numerous special days for men and women alike, everywhere! And no matter what you do, there is no stopping them. 

But why do we get pimples?

Pimples occur when the oil glands of the skin are infected by bacteria. Also known as the Sebaceous gland, an abnormality in these will result in a pimple break out. 

The triggers for those abnormalities or infections differ from person to person. For some people, it’s the oiliness of their skin attracting the dust and filling up the oil glands with them. For some people it’s an allergic reaction to certain types of food such as dairy, chocolates or certain fruits. There are also many who have inherited pimples genetically , and some suffer with hormonal imbalances. Whichever the cause, it is important to first identify your individual pimple trigger, and be proactive about how you can avoid pimples. Life style changes such as a clean diet free of oil and fats, habits such as washing your face every 6 hours and avoiding direct contact with sunlight, using a clinically proven pore cleansing face wash etc. are some steps you can take to permanently get rid of pimples. 

But these are long term solutions. What can you do when you have an important date and a pimple has decided to show up right in the middle of your face? 

Here are 10 home remedies that will help you make those pimples disappear overnight! 

1. Tomato juice

Dab your face with fresh tomato juice and leave it on for an hour before washing it off. Immediately apply some Lacto Lotion and go to sleep! Wake up to a well nourished, pimple free face! 

2. Green tea ice cubes

A natural cleanser and full of anti oxidants, green tea ice cubes will shrink your pimples as well as give you clean and fresh skin. Prepare your favorite cup of green tea and make ice cubes out of it. Wrap a soft cloth around one cube and gently rub it over the pimple you want to get rid of. This is also great as a daily morning cleansing routine to make you feel fresh and alive!

3. Calamine Lotion

The overnight calamine lotion treatment is a tried and tested solution to rid your skin of those annoying pimples! Wash your face with a mild face wash and dab the pimples with Lacto Lotion – do not rub the cream in. Leave overnight and wake up to a pimple free face! Calamine comes with soothing and antiseptic properties that can clear your face of pimples and pimple scars. Daily use of Lacto Lotion can help control the excessive oiliness of your skin, thereby preventing pimples in the long run, and it is also great as a night cream that will replenish and nourish your skin overnight while keeping it pimple – free!

4. Coconut oil

A natural emollient and a skin hydrant, coconut oil also comes with antibacterial properties and is a common ingredient in most moisturizers. Lightly warm up the oil and apply to the affected area in a circular motion. Leave on for a few hours and wash off. 

5. Garlic

Mash 2 cloves of garlic and add a bit of water to form a paste. Apply over the affected area and wash off after 10 minutes. Garlic is full of antibacterial properties that will help reduce pimples, and this can be used as a weekly treatment to avoid pimples in the future. Don’t forget to dilute the natural garlic essence with water as on its own, it can be too harsh for the skin. 

6. Lemon juice

Dip a cotton ball in undiluted lemon juice, and apply over the affected area before you go to sleep. Lemon juice comes with anti microbes that can kill the bacteria in your pimple, and it’s anti inflammatory nature will make your pimple go down in no time. Wash your face as usual in the morning and use a moisturizer. 

7. Egg whites

Add a bit of lemon juice to egg whites and apply the mixture on your face as a face mask. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash off using hot water, followed by cool water. Egg whites can draw out impurities and dirt from the skin, and contains enzymes that can reduce the oil production in your skin and control breakouts. 

Though these remedies can help make your pimple disappear overnight, it is important to take precautions to reduce pimples in the long term. Talk to your dermatologist about what treatment is best for you in the long run, and use a healing and soothing lotion, like Lacto Calamine, daily to give your skin the care it needs. As it contains healing properties and has the ability to reduce the oiliness of oily skin while maintaining the moisture of dry skin, Lacto Lotion is safe for all types of skin with breakouts. 

With these overnight remedies, pimple care just got a whole lot easier! 

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Article by Shana Azeem

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කැලමයින් භාවිතා කිරීමෙන් ඔබේ සමට ඇති වාසි 8ක්

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Calamine වලට, වසර1500 තරම් දිගු ඉතිහාසයක් ඇති බව ඔබ දන්නවාද? චීනය සහ ඉන්දියාව ආශ්‍රිතව සිටි පුරාණ ශිෂ්ටාචාර, සමේරෝග සුව කිරීම සහ සම සුන්දර කිරීමට zinc පදනම් කරගත් ආලේප භාවිතා කල බවට සාක්ෂි පවා හමුවෙනවා. කැලමයින් යනු, zinc පදනම් කරගත්, ලෝක සෞඛ්‍ය සංවිධානය මගින් අත්‍යාවශ්‍ය බෙහෙතක් ලෙස නම් කරන ලද ආලේපනයක්.

කැලමයින් භාවිතය මගින් ලබාගත හැකි ප්‍රයෝජන බොහොමයි. සමේ සෞඛ්‍යය වෙනුවෙන් මෙන්ම සමේසුන්දරත්වය වැඩි කිරීමටද කැලමයින් වලට හැකියාව තිබෙනවා. Zinc oxide සහ zinc carbonate වල සංයුතියක්වන කැලමයින්, 18 වැනි ශතවර්ෂයේ සිටම රූපාලන්කාරකයක් වශයෙන් භාවිතා කර ඇති අතර විවිධාකාර වූ සමේරෝග වලටද, ප්‍රතිකර්මයක් ලෙස භාවිතා කර තිබෙනවා. එදා සිට අද වනතුරු, කැලමයින් වෙත ඇති විශ්වාසය, තවමත් නොවෙනස්ව පවතිනවා.

කැලමයින් භාවිතයෙන් සමට ඇති වාසි බොහොමයකි:

1. වියලි සමේ තෙතමනය සුරකින අතර, තෙල් සහිත සමේ තෙල් ගතිය පාලනය කරයි

සමේ තෙල් ගතිය වගේම වියලි ගතියත් පාලනය කල හැකි ආලේපනයක් පිලිබඳ ඔබ අසා තිබේද? එවැනි විශ්මයජනක හැකියාවක් ඇති ආලේපනයක් තමයි කැලමයින්! බොහෝ ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයින්ට මිශ්‍ර සමක් ඇතිනිසා, කැලමයින් මගින් බොහෝ සම ආශ්‍රිතව ඇතිවන ප්‍රශ්න වලට විසදුමක් ලබා දෙනවා.

2. කුරුලෑ වලින් ඔබේ සම ආරක්ෂා කරයි

අප බොහෝ දෙනා කුරුලෑ සහ ලප කැළැල් නිසා ජීවිතයේ එක් වතාවක් හරි පීඩාවට පත්වෙලා තිබෙනවා. Zinc වල ඇති කුරුලෑ වියළීමේ හැකියාව නිසා එය කුරුලෑ වලට ඉතා හොඳ විසඳුමක් වන අතරම, කුරුලෑ පාලනය කරමින්ඔබගේ සම ඉතාමත් ඉක්මනින් සුන්දර සුමුදු සමක් බවට පත් කරනවා.

3. ළප කැළැල් වලින් තොර පැහැදිලි සමක් ලබා දෙයි

කැලමයින් වල ඇති සම සුවපත් කිරීමේ හැකියාව නිසා ඔබගේ සමේ ඇති ළප කැළැල් නැති කර, ඔබට පැහැදිලිසමක් ලබා දීමට කැලමයින් වලට පුළුවන්!

4. හිරු එළියෙන් ඔබව රැකගනියි

හිරු එලිය නිසා ඔබේ සමට විවිධාකාර ප්‍රශ්න රාශියකට මුහුණ දීමට සිදුවෙනවා. අව්වට පිළිස්සීම, වියළීම මෙන්මසමේ පිළිකා වලටද හිරු එලිය හේතු වෙනවා. අහිතකර හිරු කිරණ වලින් ඔබේ සම ආරක්ෂා කරමින්, ඔබගේ සම ඇතුලතින් පෝෂණය කිරීමේ හැකියාව කැලමයින් සතුව පවතී!

5. රාත්‍රී ආලේපකයක් වශයෙන්ද සුදුසුයි

සුන්දර සුසිනිදු සමක් සමග අවදිවෙන්න, රාත්‍රී ආලේපකයක් වශයෙන් කැළමයින් භාවිතා කරන්න. එහි ඇතිපෝෂකයන්, රාත්‍රිය පුරා ඔබේ සම සුවපත් කර, ඔබට නිරෝගී සුන්දර සමක් ලබා දෙනවා.

6. සම පැහැපත් කරයි

දිනපතා භාවිතයෙන් ඔබට සුන්දර පැහැපත් සමක් ලබාදීමට කැලමයින් වලට හැකියාව තිබෙනවා. මෙහි අඩංගු වීඇති Kaolin, ස්වභාවිකව සම පැහැපත් කරමින්, ඔබට නිකැළැල් සහ දිදුලන සමක් ලබා දෙන්න උපකාරී වෙනවා.

7. සම වයසට යාම වළක්වයි

කැලමයින්, ඔබගේ සමේ රැළි වැටීම අඩු කර, ඔබට සුන්දර සහ තරුණ සමක් ලබා දෙනවා. වෙළඳපොලේ ඇතිරසායන ද්‍රව්‍ය වලින් පිරි, මිල අධික, සම වයසට යාම වළක්වන ක්‍රීම් වර්ග සමග සසදා බලන විට, කැලමයින් යනු ඉතා ආරක්ෂාකාරී ආලේපනයක්.

8. අනවශ්‍ය රෝම ඉවත් කිරීමට wax හෝ shave කිරීම නිසා ඔබගේ සැමට ඇතිවන හානි වලින් ඔබව ආරක්ෂාකරයි

ඔබ wax හෝ shave කරන අයෙක්නම්, එම ප්‍රදේශ නිතරම වියළීමේ ප්‍රශ්නයට ඔබත් මුහුණ දෙනවා ඇති. මෙයවලක්වාගැනීමට wax හෝ shave කිරීමෙන් පසුව නොවරදවා කැලමයින් lotion එක එම ප්‍රදේශ වල ආලේප කරන්න.ඉතා සුමුදු ලෙස shave කිරීමට, shaving cream හෝ සබන් වෙනුවට කැලමයින් lotion භාවිතා කර shave කරන්නත් පුළුවන්.

කැලමයින් කියන්නේ ඔබගේ සමේ තෙතමනය රැකගනිමින්, ඔබගේ සම පැහැපත් කරමින්, ඔබව හිරු කිරණින්ආරක්ෂා කල හැකි ආලේපකයක් බව අමතක කරන්න එපා!

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8 Amazing Benefits of Calamine

Did you know that the key ingredient of all Lacto products, Calamine, has a history that goes back in to the 1500 BC? The ancient civilizations of China and India show records of using variants of Zinc, which is the main component of Calamine, for skin related conditions and skin enhancement.

Calamine can be considered to be a multi-purpose product, where it acts as a medicinal agent, as well as a cosmetic agent. A combination of Zinc Oxide and Zinc Carbonate, Calamine has been used as a remedy for a number of skin conditions since the late 18th Century, and was a mandatory element of the complicated make up kits of the women in the era. Used as a concealer or a foundation, the older generations treated Calamine with a trust and confidence that is still unchanged.

The benefits and uses of Calamine are many and varied, so much that it’s considered to be one of the most essential medicines by the WHO, and to be effective and safe at the same time. Not just medicinal, Calamine also is a proven cosmetic must-have.

Here are 8 amazing benefits of Calamine!

1. Acts as a moisturizer for dry skin and as an oil controlling agent for oily skin.

Who would say no to a miracle ointment that can treat both dry and oily skin? Calamine comes with the ability to moisturize dry skin, as well to control the excessive oiliness in oily skin. Considering how most Sri Lankan’s have combination skin, Calamine is the ideal dual purpose lotion to ensure that your skin is treated as it’s supposed to.

2. It’s a proven solution for pimples, acne and stubborn marks that just won’t go away!

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With adolescence comes pimples and acne, and it’s a phase many of us go through. Unfortunately, for some people, the pimple phase does not end, or they are left with permanent marks that just won’t go away. Calamine, comes perfectly equipped to treat all these conditions as it contains zinc, which has a drying effect on acne and pimples, and its anti-blemish properties helps you make those stubborn scars disappear.

3. It can make your scars, marks and blemishes disappear.

It’s not easy to make it through life without a single scar. However, as unavoidable as they are, we still work very hard to get rid of scars, marks and blemishes that comes up due to various reasons such as acne, insect bites and minor cuts. With calamine, you can easily make all unwanted scars, marks and blemishes disappear, thanks to its healing properties. Simply use it as a much cheaper and a lot more effective anti-marks cream!

4. Calamine can protect your skin from the sun.

The sun has a way if creating a lot of skin issues, the main of which is sun burns. Calamine lotion, with its soothing and healing properties, is a tried and tested solution for sun burns, healing your skin while nourishing it from the inside. As it’s a lotion that nourishes and protects, you get the dual benefit of sun protection along with skin nourishment! What more could you ask for?

5. It’s also great as a night cream.

Soothe, nourish and heal your skin at night with Calamine. Its nourishing properties can give your skin the care it deserves as you rest after a long day. Wake up with fresh and beautiful skin when you use calamine as a night cream.

6. It improves and evens skin tone.

Beautiful, unblemished and scar-free skin is the result of regular usage of calamine as a lotion. Kaolin, a component of Calamine, has the ability to give you radiant skin. Used as a foundation over make – up will protect your skin from the harmful effects of the chemicals in cosmetics, all the while moisturizing and nourishing your skin. Calamine will also hydrate your skin, and help reduce acne and dark spots.

7. Calamine has anti-ageing properties

Regular application of Calamine will help you avoid wrinkles and lines, giving you smooth and beautiful skin. Besides, Calamine is proven to be safe, a much safer alternative to the overpriced anti-aging alternatives you find on the cosmetics shelf!

8. It can also help you solve the waxing / shaving problem.

We all have been through the perils of waxing and shaving, where within 24 hours our skin becomes dry and itchy. As a post wax / shave moisturizer, Lacto Lotion can soothe your skin while locking the moisture in, thereby giving you a healthy and beautiful body. It is also an alternative to shaving cream, and can give you a much smoother and cleaner shave than traditional shaving cream or soap.

So the next time you wear Lacto Lotion, remember that you are protected from the sun, well moisturized and that your skin tone is improved, all in one go!

Are you a calamine convert too?

මොකක් ද මේ හිරු මුදුන් වෙනවා කියන්නේ?

පෘතුවිය සුර්යා වටා පරිභ්‍රමණය වන්නේ අංශක 23.5 ක ආනතියක් ඇතිවයි. ඒ නිසා පෘතුවියේ අක්ෂයට අංශක 23.5 ක් උතුරින් සහ අංශක 23.5 ක් දකුණින් පවතින නිවර්තන රේඛා අතර මැද පිහිටි රටවල් හිරුට ආසන්නයේම අවුරුද්ද පුරාවටම පිහිටා තිබෙනවා. පෘථිවියේ ගමන් මග වෙනස් වන ආකාරයට අවුරුද්දට දෙවතාවක් මෙම රටවල් හිරුට ඉතාමත් ආසන්න වෙනවා. අන්න එතකොට තමයි හිරු මුදුන් වීමේ අවස්ථාව උදා වෙන්නේ.

අපේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවත් මෙම කලාපයේ සමකයට ආසන්නව පවතින නිසා අපිට හිරු මුදුන් වීම මාර්තු/අප්‍රේල් මාස අතරතුර සහ අගෝස්තු/සැප්තැම්බර් අතරතුර සිදු වෙනවා. අන්න ඒ නිසා තමයි අපිට මේ දවස්වල දැඩි රස්නයක් දැනෙන්නේ. නමුත් මෙහි විශාලම බලපෑම වන්නේ ඔබේ සමටයි. ඒ අහිතකර කිරණ වල බලපෑමද ඒ සමගම වැඩිවන නිසා. අහිතකර කිරණ වලින් ඔබ ආරක්ෂා නොවුනොත් සම රැලි වැටීම, සම වියපත් වීම පමණක් නොවෙයි මෙලනෝමා වැනි සමේ පිළිකා තත්ත්ව ඇතිවීමට පවා පුළුවන්.

හිරු මුදුන් වීම සොබාදමේ අපුරු සංසිද්ධියක් වුනත් ඉන් ආරක්ෂා වීමට අමතක නොකරමු.

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Send Your Children Outdoors

The outdoors is a great place to explore and learn about the little intricacies of life. Sending your little ones out is a great exposure in order for their mental and physical growth. Statistics state that playing outdoors is a great form of physical exercise that promotes child – well being and improves general health.

However, if you have chosen to let your children know the greater degree of life outside, its better to be equipped and gather knowledge to be on the more informed and safer side.

Here are five important things you should know before you send your children to explore the world outside.

  • Clothing

How your child is dressed and in what apparel they are clothed in plays an important role in their outdoor life. Weather is another factor which effects daily routine. If it’s in the tropics, its better to dress your child in clothes that are made out of cotton. The cotton clothing shall absorb the moisture of the sweat and keep your child fuss free.

If your child is more prone to get his or her clothing dirty, either due to vigorous play and activity, It is advisable to dress them in apparel that is more onto the darker shade. A darker shade will keep the dirty look minimized and would make an easier wash

  • Sun Lotion

If you happen to live in the tropics and in Asian countries, then this is a serious concern you should take into important consideration. Due to heavy pollution and harsh sun effects we need to keep ourselves more informed, when we send our kids out to play. A sun lotion is am important factor that plays a vital role in keeping your children safe and act as a screen. Apart from the concern with regards to complexion, the health effects due to direct exposure to the sun is indeed a worrying one. The acute and immediate effects of UV irradiation on sensitive human skin could vary between sunburn to inflammation erythema and tanning. This short term exposure may cause pain and itching, due to irritated skin.

Adults often tend to look after their skin due to a particular skin care regime, however children are overlooked and the effects of the detrimental exposure to direct sunlight is an alarming one.It is essential to choose a wise option to protect your kids from the sun before sending them out. There are many sunlotions in the market. However it is important to consider a good option when it comes to sunlotions. The factors that you may have to consider should be the SPF. SPF (sun protection factor) is a relative measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet (UV) B rays.

Make sure to apply the stated amount of sunlotion onto your children. One must choose a trusted skin care brand with a good name in the market before you make the purchase. You should be informed that a sun lotion which consists of an SPF rating tends to act as a shield that eliminates the effect of UV photons from touching skin and causing harsh damage. This may also depends on what type your skin (or your child’s skin) is, (sensitive/ oily/ tough/ rough) type and how exposed it may be towards burn. Always follow the careful instructions and follow the label. Any sunscreen lotion that consists of an SPF 50+ combines strong UVA and UVB filters that shield young and sensitive skin from sun damage with a caring formula. Use only the safest since children have tender skin

The benefits of using a good sun lotion on your children will reap the results later and will also help keeping away skin cancer. Did you know that Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the number one cause of any skin cancer. Children need to have adequate protection from the sun so choose a sunscreen that has the essential quotient of SPF 50 and a sun lotion that has UVA & UVB both.

  • Shoes and footwear

Apart from clothing and a good lotion an important factor that needs to be considered is proper shoes whilst sending your child outdoors. Choose from Footwear that is both durable and light for your child to wear. Make sure that they do not cause unnecessary discomfort or cuts that might effect the sensitive skin and cause callouses on the heels or the ankles. Choose footwear that does not have laces so that children don’t trip. Its best to look for shoes that have velcro straps that eliminate the hassle of shoe laces.

  • Stay hydrated

Adequate hydration is an essential factor that is often overlooked. Children tend to forget to drink water or juice, they even stay hungry for long periods of time. It’s best to ensure your child has adequate water and other juices to keep them hydrated before sending them out.

  • Mini snacks

Children hardly take care of their hunger, they tend to get grumpy. It is best to satisfy their occasional hunger pangs with mini bites that are healthy. Instead of junk food, do give them a small snack of freshly cut fruit or crackers before they head out.

Being Asians, the sun is an important part of our lives, make sure that when you send your children outdoors, they are always well protected. They are the beacon of our future and deserve only the best. We need to up our game in terms of protection with today’s outbreak of disease and pollution. Safeguarding them and providing them with safety is essential to ensure a rosy future!

by Sheherazad Hussain

Sun Lotion 101

Sun Lotion 101
One infographic to answer all your sun lotion related questions. Do I need to wear a sun lotion? When should I apply a sun lotion? How often should I apply sun lotion? What are the benefits of applying sun lotion? Do men need to apply sun lotion? What is the correct way to apply sun lotion? What are the qualities I should look for in a sun lotion? All the answers are in here!

Learn by Burn: 8 Ways to Treat Sunburn at Home

Learn by Burn: 8 Ways to Treat Sunburn at Home

A downside of living in a tropical paradise is the constant glaring UV rays of the sun. No two people burn the same way, still over exposure to the sun causes premature aging and changes in the DNA that in turn causes cancer, known as Melanoma. In mild forms, they can be easily treated at home but for serious cases like blisters, swelling and dizziness a visit to the doctor is recommended.

Home Remedies to Relieve Sunburn

  • A very mild and soothing treatment for sunburns is baby wipes since they balance the PH levels. Don’t over use them in any case as that may reduce the natural oils that assist the healing process.
  • The fats and proteins contained in milk are ideal for skin that has started to peel after sunburn. During this time hydrating the skin is important which will be done by milk. If you are averse to the smell of milk you can use milk based products as a substitute.
  • Tea, our special favorite is fantastic to treat sunburn. You have to brew a pot of green or black tea and allow it to cool for hours. Once the tea has cooled you can soak a soft towel in it and use as a compress on the affected areas.
  • The soft soothing gel in the Aloe-Vera plant will soothe the irritated skin.  If you don’t have access to a plant you can use aloe ointments, but make sure that they don’t contain lanolin as they can irritate your skin and worsen the condition.
  • The cooling compounds in cucumber will soothe irritated and burned skin. You have to simply cut some slices and gently rub on the affected areas.
  • The probiotics in plain yogurt works wonders that helps to restore the natural barrier of the skin. You have to apply the cold yogurt on the affected area and sit it for 10 minutes. You can then gently dab it off with a cold cloth.
  • Mayonnaise is known for its cooling effects. The soothing oil in it is ideal for instant relief. You have to directly apply onto the burn but keep in mind that it is not a remedy for sunburn.

These quick and easy remedies are readily available and what more they actually work. Having said that the best way to protect yourself is by using a sun lotion SPF 15 or higher and there is no reason to not enjoy the sun.