Heat can damage for your hair and skin, but there are ways to protect it from further damage, suggest experts. Audrey D’souza, TIGI Educator and Sangeeta Velaskar, Vice President and Head at Medical Services and Research and Development, Kaya Limited, have rolled out few tricks to save and revive your hair and skin:For hair:4Coloured hair is always an easy target for harsh sunrays. If your coloured hair has been considerably exposed to the sun, there is big chance that the colour may have faded and the hair, dull and dry. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4To keep the colour in, bring back the shine, and add softness, wash your hair with a shampoo and conditioner that is equipped to protect hair from thermal damage and colour fading.4Pay extra attention to the hairlines while washing and complete the regime with a cold rinse after conditioning. This helps to close and seal down the cuticle for colored hair.4Treat your hair to a powerful moisture packed shampoo. The hydrating formula targets areas in most need of repair, giving your hair the revival it has been waiting for. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4If your damaged hair has a straw-like texture, the first thing you can do to make it look better and restore body is to get a trim.4A super short cut is not necessary, you can leave some length. If you are bold enough to chop it all off, a short bob or cute pixie can undo all the damage in one clean sweep.For Skin:4Age spots and freckles are usually an indicator of sun damage that has crept up over time. Even if you are not planning on staying in the sun for a long time, always apply a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 25 and choose a product that also offers protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. This can help prevent the age spots from darkening. 4Even though the rainy season is approaching, upto 80 per cent of UV radiation can penetrate light cloud cover which is why applying sunscreen is essential even during the monsoon.4To reverse any age spots or freckles caused due to sun exposure use retinol-based products, which help increase skin cell turnover, and in turn help them fade away, or hexinol-based products will also help reduce this appearance.4Apply a rich night cream before bed which will help rejuvenate the skin at night, that’s when the skin repairs itself. The best time to apply moisturiser is when skin is still slightly damp, as this helps seal in the moisture. Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking at least three liters of water daily.4For itchy or irritated skin, the aim should be to get extreme dryness under control. Cleansers and moisturisers, containing skin conditioners that work to create a protective film, and emollients like glycerin and shea butter, help restore an optimal level of hydration.In addition, soothing agents, like bisabolol, allantoin and/or panthenol can help calm itchy, tight or dry skin.4Skin is often dull, uneven and rough after a summer full of constant sun exposure and outdoor activities. When your skin surface is covered with dry, dead skin cells, it needs more than a deeply hydrating moisturiser to make it feel soft again.
Kolkata: The Centre of Excellence for manufacturing household articles from sal leaves and sabai grass set up by the West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board (WBKVIB) at Jhargram is expected to provide livelihood support to self-help groups associated with the craft.The centre, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on March 6, is imparting training in manufacturing of diversified products from sal leaves and sabai grass and at the same time providing the infrastructure for storage of the leaves and Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bosegrass. Around 1800 self-help groups in the district are associated with manufacturing articles from sal leaves and sabai grass. “There is a certain time in the year — a period of around three months usually during the monsoon season when the production of the leaves and grass are very high. It compels the growers to sell their stuff at a very low price sometimes resulting in distress sale. The centre is expected to address this issue,” a senior official of WBKVIB said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataArtisans from economically-backward sections of the society and tribal communities manufacture plates and bowls from sal leaves while the grass is used in making bio-degradable ropes and baskets. The Khadi Board will be purchasing the stuff directly from the producers at a flat rate of Rs 70 per 100 leaves and will store them at the centre. Accordingly, the self-help groups, associated in the manufacture of products, will be encouraged to make diversified products from sal leaves such as wall hangings, curtain, table tops and various other articles that can deck up the interiors of a home. The workers also will be trained in making products like caps and bags with sabai grass. “We will also provide marketing support to them and at the same time encourage research and development,” the official said. The self-help groups associated with the manufacturing process are adept but the products need to be constantly upgraded and diversified to cater to the market demand. “This is where the Board has chipped in,” the official said. The Khadi Board has also come up with a facility centre for hand gloves meant for industrial use particularly in thermal plants. Eighty people at Bhuniakhali area of Moyna block in East Midnapore are associated with manufacturing of these gloves. The centre will provide infrastructure for storage , provide modern machineries and other requisite raw material to boost production.
Bonus 5% commission on Europe with Air Canada Vacations MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations’ Europe packages are leading in at $999 per person, plus agents get 5% bonus commission. Clients will also earn 2,500 bonus Aeroplan Miles and receive an additional $100 off when they book a minimum seven-night package with a travel agent. All offers end May 31.ACV has packages to Scotland from $1,003 per person, to Paris from $1,174 and to Greece from $1,902. “These prices are all-in. All taxes. All fees,” says George Platanitis, Vice President, Sales & Partnerships, Air Canada Vacations. “Many travellers believe that vacations to Europe are expensive but that’s really not the case with ACV.”The tour operator’s Europe CruiseAir product also comes with 5% commission on the air portion. CruiseAir’s flexible terms include a full refund on booked flights up to 30 days prior to travel, one name change up to 30 days prior to travel and bonus Aeroplan Miles. A $100 refundable deposit holds flights.More news: FIVE FESTIVE FOODS TO TRY AT EUROPE’S CHRISTMAS MARKETSAs an added incentive, when agents book any Europe package, including cruise, by May 31, they’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win one of four pairs of air tickets to Europe or an air-inclusive seven-night Mediterranean cruise for two on any MSC ship sailing this season.All of ACV’s Europe packages can be booked online at aircanadavacations.com, REVNET or the call centre. Each vacation package to Europe includes flights, transfers, accommodations and suggested or pre-arranged excursions based on the destination – thousands of a la carte hotel options are also available.Air Canada Vacations recently wrapped up its Europe, Cruise and Canada product launches in Montreal and Toronto. The trade shows, sit-down dinners and product presentations drew more than 400 travel agents. Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Europe