Wednesday, 26 October 2016

2 Kinds of Pain Girls Experience Due to Menstruation

Pain is the reason why most girls fear their periods. Menstrual cramps is something that almost every woman bears each month. The technical term used for such cramps or pain is “dysmenorrhea”, which is a Greek word meaning “difficult monthly flow”.

Pain is experienced due to the contraction of the uterus, when it sheds its lining during menstruation. It occurs because of a hormone-like substance, called prostaglandins, that our uterus produces. This substance makes the uterus contract. The contracting uterus gives us that uneasy cramping feeling. Prostaglandins levels are high when menstruation starts and gradually decreases as the period progresses.

Two Different Kinds of Period Pains

There are basically two types of pain or cramps that you might experience:

1.      Primary Dysmenorrhea: This commonly occurs in teenage girls, at the beginning of the menstrual cycle and occurs without any underlying medical conditions. The irritable cramping pain can occur due to a contraction of the uterus, in order to shed its lining. It can also be caused by limited supply of blood to the uterus. The pain can extend from the lower part of the abdomen towards the back and further on to the thighs. This is a completely normal experience, causing mild discomfort in women. In case the pain is unbearable, some easy home treatments can make the monthly flow easier, thereby reducing the pain, such as using a hot water bag on the stomach.

2.      Secondary Dysmenorrhea: This pain is not just limited to time of menstruation but can occur at any time during the cycle. It can make the flow heavier and continue for more days than usual. Pain can be experienced during intercourse as well. In certain cases, secondary dysmenorrhea can be due to certain medical conditions, like:
·         Sexually transmitted diseases
·         Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS
·         Pelvic infections
·         Adenomyosis, in which the uterine lining extends into the wall of the uterus
·         Endometriosis, in which the uterus lining thickens and causes pain
·         Non-cancerous tumors or fibroids in the uterus
·         Intrauterine devices (IUDs) made of copper
·         Cervical stenosis, in which the cervix is not big enough for even flow

How to Reduce Menstrual Cramps

Some home remedies that you can try to reduce the pain include:
·         Gently massage the abdomen
·         Use a heating pad on the back or the pelvic area
·         Stay physically active with some simple exercises through the month.
·         Practice yoga and meditation
·         Bathe with warm water or sit in warm water
·         Avoid heavy and oily foods, as well as excessive salt, caffeine and sugar, since they cause bloating and can exacerbate the pain


If none of the above methods work to reduce the period pain, it is advisable to visit a doctor.

Major Reasons for Incontinence in People

Urinary Incontinence or loss of bladder control is an underlying and underdiagnosed medical problem, which has become a silent struggle for a large number of people worldwide. Over 200 million people in this world suffer from this problem, according to statistics released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Although this condition is more common in people over 40 years of age, even younger people, especially women who have given birth via forceps, can get affected. The magnitude of this disease ranges from leakage of urine during coughing and sneezing loudly to having an irresistible desire to urinate, which ultimately leads to leakage.

The good news is that it can be cured by undergoing medical treatment and simple changes in lifestyle. But to combat this ailment, it is imperative that you are familiar with its types and causes.

Types of UI

Urinary incontinence is classified into three main categories. However, it is not unusual if you experience a mix of all three types.
1.      Stress Incontinence – This type arises when you are involved in certain physical activities, such as exercising, sneezing, coughing, or heavy lifting. The activity puts pressure on the sphincter muscles and causes involuntary leakage.
2.      Urge Incontinence – As the name suggests, when you get a strong and involuntary urge to urinate, loss of bladder control may occur which ultimately leads to leakage. It may occur due to a sudden change in position.
3.      Overflow Incontinence – This type occurs when you urinate but are unable to empty your bladder completely. Later on, you might lose some urine, which is also known as dribbling.

Causes of UI

A few cases are temporary and can get triggered by beverages, such as alcohol, citrus juices, caffeine, carbonated drinks, etc., or heart and blood pressure medications, sedatives, mood enhancers, or even recreational drugs.

·         Damage – If the pelvic floor muscles are damaged in any way, incontinence may occur because these are the muscles that directly control your bladder.

·         Aging – As you grow older, your bladder muscles tend to get weaker, which increases the chances of involuntary urination. 

·         Prostate – In almost every man, the prostate gland expands with age, which in some cases can cause a problem.

·         Other Causes – There are many other causes of this ailment, such as pregnancy, removal of the uterus, complications in surgery, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), etc.

Although this condition is not worrisome, it is highly recommended that you consult a doctor for effective guidance and treatment. You can pay special attention to your diet by avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and acidic drinks.


Just remember, once you acknowledge that you have a problem, only then can you find a solution.

4 Must Know Beauty Hacks for Women

Did you know that Arab woman possesses the youngest and healthiest skin among all races on our planet? They are blessed with voluminous and the most lustrous hair that others can only dream of. They are not only given a second look when they pass by, but also a third and fourth look. To protect this beautiful gift, they take the necessary measures.

Reason for the Beauty of Arab Woman

The traditional veil keeps the skin protected from dust and the harmful rays of the sun while one is outdoors. It also helps that many women avoid going out of the home during the hours when the sun’s rays are at their peak intensity, which preserves the quality of the skin. Arab women also known to eat the most healthy and fresh foods. The traditional Hammams or what Westerners call Saunas include regular massage with essential oils, followed up by steaming the body. This not only helps open up the pores on the skin to absorb all that beneficial oil but the steaming helps get rid of toxins from the skin’s surface, keeping the skin radiant. Women from the Middle East also take special care to groom themselves, including the removal of undesirable body hair. This task has become simpler with the easy availability of cold wax hair removal strips, such as Veet® Wax Strips With Easy Grip™, which is available for different skin types, including sensitive skin.

Tricks to Make Makeup and Skin Care Fun

Arab woman are also experts at makeup and taking care of their skin. Here are some beauty hacks that every woman should know to keep her skin youthful and glowing.

  1. Lipstick as Full Makeup
If you're running short of time and lack the essential beauty supplies, like blush and eyeshadow, a small tint of lipstick can be applied on the cheek bones and spread just like blush. You can try the same thing with your eye lids to create the effect of eyeshadow. You can also use lipstick mixed with paraffin wax as lip balm.

  1. Cold Wax Hair Removal
This is the most extensively used technique of hair removal at home. It consists of a applying a strip on which wax is already applied in the direction of hair growth. Rub the strip with your palms to warm it a bit so that it sticks perfectly to the hair. Remove the strip in one quick motion, in the direction opposite to the direction of hair growth. You will get long lasting results and softer skin on the arms and legs, since the dead skin cells will also get removed with this method.

  1. Straightening Hair Naturally
Tie you hair with an elastic band, pulling tightly from the scalp but avoiding breakage. In the ponytail, again tie another elastic band a bit lower down the strands. Repeat the process till you reach the tip of the ponytail. Leave it overnight and see the results all by yourself.

  1. Lemon and Sugar

These simple ingredients found in your kitchen can be used for body exfoliation. A mixture of lemon juice and sugar can be applied as a body scrub. It has no adverse effects on the skin like the other commercial products do. 

What Your Reason for Having a Sore Throat?

A study conducted in 2015 found that potentially deadly bacteria, called Fusobacterium necrophorum, were responsible for one out of five cases of sore throat in young adults. It is very difficult to detect this bacteria, since the patients often get a negative result on the strep test.

Most of the people don't think of throat infections as a big issue and tend to ignore it, but recent developments in the field shown that these infections can have a complex nature. For example, in Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, about 70% of the cases are caused by viruses, rather than by bacteria.

While most of the cases are likely to get better with time and rest, medication is needed in a few cases, and for that, the cause needs to be identified. This brings us to the question: What is your reason for having a sore throat?

Common Cold

Medically known as Pharyngitis, the common cold is caused by a drop in temperature, the body's inability to adapt to the sudden change, consumption of cold beverages and exposure to allergens.

In our day-to-day life, we travel in public transport, meet different people and no matter how many times we wash our hands, there is always a possibility of coming in contact with a virus. While most of the cases of common cold last between three to seven days, if it exceeds this period, visit a doctor.

Strep Throat

Unlike the common cold, strep throat is caused by the streptococcus bacteria and can have more severe symptoms, such as fever and swollen tonsils. It requires proper consultation with a doctor and is reported to lead to about 25% of the cases of sore throat in children and 10% of the cases in adults. 

After a diagnosis, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics, depending upon the nature and severity of the infection.

Allergies

The name may not sound very scary but allergies can lead to bigger issues, such as nasal stuffiness, problems in breathing, and dry mouth and throat. In some cases, it could lead to postnasal drainage, and there can also be a problem of cough and sore throat.

Most of the times, the symptoms of allergies are similar to the symptoms of a common cold but they can be differentiated by the fact that allergies are caused seasonally and last for weeks. They are also caused by allergens and not by viruses. They could lead to itchiness, watery eyes and rashes.


To get the proper treatment, identify the reasons for your sore throat and treat the cause as soon as possible. 

Everything You Need to Know About Ant Infestation

Saudi Arabia is a desert country that witnesses high temperatures throughout the year. In summer, the temperature can even go above 120oF. Because of this hot climate, the region also houses a large number of pests and insects that are a menace and cause various types of problems. For example, there were around 6,000 cases of dengue fever reported in Saudi Arabia in 2015, leading to the death of 6 people.

It is not just mosquitoes that are causing a nuisance in the region. Ants are also severe trouble makers. According to an article in ResearchGate, Samsum ants or black ants, which are common in Saudi Arabia, can induce anaphylaxis. This is a serious, life threatening allergic reaction. So, just like mosquitoes, it is important to take an ant infestation seriously as well. Here’s a look at the different types of ant that could infest your home and how to get rid of ants.

Home Infesting Ants


  • Black Carpenter Ants: This is among the most common home invader species in the Kingdom. They usually invade homes for food. These ants are nocturnal in nature and come out from their nests at night in search of food. In their natural environment, they help dead and decaying trees by speeding up the process. But when inside a house, they tend to target wooden structure to build their nests, thereby causing structural damage. These ants don't sting but they can manage a sharp bite, which can become irritating, since they tend to inject formic acid when they bite.
  • Little Brown Ants: There are many types of small brown ant species that are difficult to tell apart for home owners. They include odorous house ants, Argentine ants, pharaoh ants and so on. One or the other or all of them can infest your home. These ants are organized species, dominated by a queen. They venture into homes to expand their colonies and also in search of food. They can feed on anything and everything in the house, including fats, carbohydrates, oils, etc. These ants generally form colonies under the floor, under cabinets or in cracks in the wall.

Prevention and Elimination


The main thing to keep in mind is that ants infest houses to gather food. Therefore, the way to prevent an infestation is by not leaving any unattended food sources. Also, keep in mind that mind that they can climb to any height, so an open box of cereal kept in a top cupboard would also be sufficient to invite them into your house. Once you are sure about an infestation, the ideal ways of removing them is using insecticidal bait, sprays and ant powders. For thorough cleaning, it is advisable to call in professional pest control. They will not only know how to get rid of ants, they can also advise you on prevention.

Headaches and Migraines Cause Concern Worldwide

There is a new target on the World Health Organization (WHO) agenda. The objective is to know the size and burden of headache in all regions of the world. The 'Burden of Headache' as defined by the WHO and their worldwide partnership countries is the amount of productive time that is lost to disability.

This cumulative negative effect of a disease such as headaches on the population on the whole is defined as the burden of bearing the symptom of headaches and the loss of effectiveness in teens and working segments of the population in terms of individual financial burden such as lost pay or days spent absent from school or college.

Headaches in the Middle East

When it comes to the Middle East and Saudi Arabia, there is difficulty in collecting data because door-to-door surveys do not cover an adequate portion of the population. Let us look at he findings of a study conducted on the prevalence of migraine and non-migraine headache among high school students at the National Guard Housing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Students from four different schools were surveyed and it was found that headaches were common among school students as reported in the range of 25-82%.
  • Approximately one-third of the school going students had recurrent headaches. The percentages for recurrent headaches was 33.1%. The figure stayed the same when girls and boys were studied as separate groups with 38.8% for girls and 28.3% for boys. 
  • The one-third who had recurrent headaches did not have any form of febrile or fever-related illness in the year preceding the survey.
  • Migraines were the most common cause of headaches in children.
  • Female students showed a significantly higher prevalence than males of migraine, as well as non-migraine headache.
  • Migraines were least prevalent among students of ages 16-17 years.
  • More than one-third of all students were absent from school due to headache.
  • The prevalence was headache increased with age, peaking in the highest age group of 18-19 years. In this age group, the difference between headaches was greater than that at earlier ages, a factor that has been attributed to variations in the age of attaining puberty and the consequent hormonal changes in the body.

Headaches Overlooked in Saudi Arabia


In an earlier study conducted on Grade 1-9 school students, who are younger than the students studied in the survey above, it was found that the prevalence of recurrent headaches was 44%. A study done on the neighboring country of UAE found 36.9% suffering from recurrent headaches. The clear outcome of these studies is that headaches and migraines in children have been underestimated in our culture and eventually headaches have a direct impact on the quality of our lives. 

How to Fight World War 3 in Your Bathroom

This means war! A war declared against the very enemies of human life and all that human beings hold sacred. A war against the oppressors of good health whose forces are led by General Bacteria and his Germ Army. You have been given the task of holding out against these enemies in the last place you could ever imagine, your bathroom. So let the war games begin as here is everything you need to know about bathroom cleaners and attacking germs on a war footing.

Know Your Enemy

It makes no difference if General Bacteria's forces are spread all over your bathroom floor or climbing the walls. You know you have superior weapons and crucial intelligence information that you are about to receive from us on how to draw out the enemy's germ soldiers and kill every one of them before they conquer and defeat your family's good health.

1. Take a good look at the battleground: Think like an army general who is surveying the battle ground. Mark out the spots where you expect the fighting to get really intense. Decide when you will take change your approach and which stages need to be done first before you can get to where the actual fighting is.

2. Marshal your forces: Get your weapons out and make sure they are ready to be deployed. We suggest you employ Dettol Antiseptic Liquid as your light ammo for your infantry of bathroom cleaners and back them up with heavy cannon fire from Dettol Healthy Bathroom Power Cleaner

3. Evacuate all civilians from the battle zone: Remove everything that can be removed. This means, clothes, towels, cups, bins, contents of the cabinets, the shower curtains and even the storage bins or cabinets that can be moved so that you can get behind or under them and really clean up.

4. Use heavy artillery: First open the windows and make sure you have good ventilation. Pour some liquid bleach into the toilet bowl. You can put your toilet brush in to disinfect it.

5. Occupy higher ground: It always makes sense to start with the roof and walls simply because if you leave these for later, you will dirty the floor you have already cleaned. Bring down those cobwebs and dust on the walls. Especially scrub the window ledges, glass panes and window and door fittings.

6. Lay down mines: In the form of scrub powder to the really dirty areas such as corners, built-up lime or scale on the taps and faucets, next to drains and on pipes. Put the powder on in the form of a paste with a little water and wait for it to start reacting with the encrusted surfaces.


7. Go berserk: They say a madman has the strength of ten. Hit the cleaning and scrubbing with a manic intensity and don't stop for breaks. You might not be able to resume fighting. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

How are Sanitary Napkins Effective?

It may be hard to believe but a woman uses about 10,000 sanitary products during her lifetime. Given that it is the most painful time of the month for a woman, a lot of thought goes into choosing the ideal sanitary product and management method.
In the Gulf countries, where temperatures remain high through most of the year, blood flow is not the only concern for the ladies. The perspiration levels often make the delicate areas damp, resulting in itchiness and even infections.
When you consider the options available in the market, sanitary napkins are available in a plethora of choices and are the ideal way to remain dry and protected. Here are a few things that make these products efficient.

Absorbency

The ultimate goal of using a pad is to absorb the blood flow and the use of materials such as plastic or polyethylene back sheets helps in preventing leakage. There are different sanitary napkins available in the market for light and heavy flow, made of different materials. This makes it a perfect companion under all conditions. No girl wants to walk around with stains on their clothes, and this is another benefit of these products. They keep you leak-free if, changed regularly.

Keeps You Healthy

Earlier, these pads used to contain plastics, artificial fragrances, adhesive and chemical gels. These are the last things that you want your body to come in contact with. They can cause irritation in the most sensitive parts of the body, often leading to health issues and diseases.
On the other hand, sanitary pads are free from irritants, so you can avoid unnecessary exposure to synthetic materials. Their use gives confidence to women who otherwise consider periods a type to step away from the outside world.

Good for the Pocket

Sanitary napkins are relatively cheap and last longer, which increases their value for money. Given that you’ll be using thousands of pads in your lifetime, this becomes an important factor.

Other Benefits

··         They can be worn even before the periods begin.
·         You can wear them while sleeping. In fact, it is actually good, since it helps prevent side leakage while turning and twisting during sleep.
·         They allow you to monitor the flow and provide you the flexibility to choose your daily activities. For example, if you have higher flow, you can opt for thicker material and in case of light flow switch to thin material, without affecting your day.
·         Lastly, they also help in reducing menstrual cramps, which otherwise is a common occurrence.

Reasons for Hair Loss and How to Avoid Them

According to an article in The National (UAE), published in March 2011, hair loss is a growing problem among men in the UAE. Baldness is more likely in the UAE than other parts of the world and more and more men in the country are opting for hair loss treatment in the best hair transplant clinics. Dermatologists find hair fall a big problem, since they treat up to 10 people a day for just this. According to them, factors responsible for baldness includes genetics, climate, stress and poor nutrition.

Here’s a look at some of the primary causes of hair loss and some simple and useful measures to get voluminous and lustrous hair.

Know Hair Loss = No Hair Loss
The main reasons for hair loss can be summed up as stress, poor nutrition, dry weather conditions, quality of the water and genetics. Because of the hot conditions in the Middle East, people tend to sweat a lot. This could either lead to frequent washing of hair, leading to the natural oils from the scalp being stripped or sweat leading to clogged hair follicles. On the other hand, not paying attention to your diet due to work overload and a hectic lifestyle can also lead to the lack of adequate nutrients for the hair.

Some Lifestyle Habits that Cause Hair Loss

  • UAE residents wear some form of headwear most of the times to avoid direct the sun rays on their head, which also hinders the breathability of the scalp, while tight headgear could even affect blood circulation in the hair follicles.
  • Too much hairstyling, including curling, twisting, hair straightening or using chemicals.
·         Excessive use of hair colours or dyes.

Tips to Avoid Hair Loss

  • Avoid using excessive heat on the hair. Try hairstyles that do not include hair straighteners, hair dryers or chemicals too often.
  • Washing hair with filtered water will avoid the direct contact of heavy metals or other impurities present in the water with the hair.
  • Don't use a shampoo on a daily basis. It consists of chemicals that can harm the strands as well as the scalp. Try a mild shampoo every alternate day.
  • Oil your hair regularly to increase blood circulation. It is recommended to add a few drops of any essential oil to enhance the impact of massaging on the scalp.
  • Ensure a protein rich diet, including eggs, meat, fish, legumes and soy.
  • Stay properly hydrated to maintain blood circulation for hair growth.

Home Remedies to Avoid Hair Loss and Stimulate Growth

  • Rub onion juice, garlic juice or ginger juice on your scalp.
  • Try massaging the scalp with warm oil, which helps the oil penetrate deep within.
  • Rub green tea on the scalp, which is a great antioxidant.
  • Apply soaked and ground fenugreek seeds to the scalp.
  • Rub a mixture of aloe vera juice and neem paste.

If none of these things work for you, it is better to consult a good and reputed dermatologist to find the best hair loss treatment for your specific needs.

How Botox Can Help in Skin Problems?

There was a time when Botox was frowned upon, with only celebrities admitting to have gone through the procedure. However, today it has become a popular noninvasive procedure for a variety of health and skin problems.

In the UAE, nearly 3.18 million botox procedures took place in 2011, according to statistics released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). In fact, according to the findings of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital, which conducted a review of aesthetic medicine trends in the Middle East for the first half of 2016, Botox was the most popular among the top 5 non-invasive cosmetic procedures, witnessing 53% year on year growth.

If you too have been thinking of this procedure, you’ll be happy to know that you are in stellar company, with Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Robert Pattinson, Robert Downey Jr. and many more having already tried and loved it.

So, How can Botox Help with Skin Problems?

The whole concept of utilizing Botox to combat skin problems predominantly stemmed from treating hyperhydrosis, a chronic sweating condition, triggered by extreme stress and anxiety. The treatment helps in blocking nerves in the sweat gland to prevent excessive perspiration.
Renowned New York-based dermatologist, Amy Wechsler, admits that she has injected Botox into different parts of the body, such as the forehead, scalp, underarms, palms, soles of the feet and more. The aim was to prevent excessive sweating in those particular areas for six months – and the results were phenomenal! Not only is the procedure approved by the FDA, it is also highly beneficial for people with skin-related issues.

How Does it Work?

A conventional procedure includes injecting extremely small doses of botulinum toxin type A, a protein extracted a bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum.

It acts by preventing the release of the neurotransmitter, Acetylcholine, often discharged by the nerves to trigger muscle contractions. And most importantly, the treatment needs to be done every four to six months, since the body becomes capable of breaking down the toxins and rekindle nerve transmissions.

The good news is that the procedure does not require any recovery time and has only some temporary side-effects, such as headache, muscle pain, swelling at the injection site, fatigue and dizziness. These effects wear off over time, but it is advisable to consult your doctor and keep him/her updated on your condition.


However, make sure you undergo the procedure at a skilled and experienced clinic, given that a neurotoxin is being injected into your body and should be done by a qualified professional.

Friday, 30 September 2016

The Toyota Hilux 4X4 Review

Toyota launches a Hilux once in a decade. Waiting 10 years for one of the favourite cars in the market is a long one but it also adds to the buzz around it. The Toyota Hilux 4x4 2016 Dual Cab is expected to be an upgrade at many levels because of the advancements made in the technology over the past decade.

It is one of the best buys simply because of Toyota's name being associated with it. Many new features have been added to the model, including chassis rails, suspension and a pair of new diesel engines. The 2.4-litre engine is more powerful, while the 2.0-litre engine is available only for rear drives. The petrol version comes with 2.0-litre and 2.7-litre engine options.

Safety is another important feature and this vehicle's entry in the market will keep the competitors on their toes.

Here is our full review of the Toyota Hilux 4x4 dual cab.

Style

The first box that Hilux ticks is that of looks. In a time where dual cabs no more look like the traditional trucks, Hilux has managed to stand out. The Hilux has been given a sleek contemporary look that can be a trendsetter for the future.

It sharp lines, striking finish and elegant design make it one good-looking truck, both on and off the road. You can drive through the busy street roads and can also hit the country back roads with equal ease.

Interior

The good work done on the outside continues inside the automobile as well, with a design that looks up to trend and apt for the real world. The cabin is much taller and wider and is easy on the eyes. There is a multi-function screen on the dash board, which is easy to use and can be used to view maps or the reversing camera.

Since it is a larger car, there is enough space both to relax and to load luggage. The style also leaves its mark on the buttons and door knobs. Attention has been given to make sure that they are within your reach. Not to forget, the seats are comfortable too.

On paper, it is estimated to produce about 130kW of power along with 450Nm of torque. Both these values are better than the previous models.


Overall, it is more stylish, powerful, smoother and more refined than the previous versions as well as its competitors in the same price range. It should be your dream ride of the year 2016. 

Of oily stains and other stories

Are cooking oil and car grease making your clothes unwearable? You’re probably not using the right stain removing products!
The world over, we use various oils in cooking and seasoning our food. A splash of herb oil on our salad, a generous helping of olive oil in our hummus, and with vegetable oil creating the base for a curry, cooking oil enhances the flavour of our food and makes it easier to eat. The oil we ingest also has the ability to lubricate our body’s joints.
But cooking oil can also splash on to your clothes and leave behind an ugly mark. You need not be in direct contact with cooking oil – even the grease dripping off your pizza or burger is enough! Not only does oil cause discolouration on the clothes, it also alters the texture of the fabric. You may not have noticed a tiny dribble of oil on your clothing as you cooked or ate, but when you washed your clothes and dried them, you were puzzled by a strange greyish mark on your clothes. That was caused by a splash of oil.
Even worse are grease stains left behind by car oil. They are dark in colour and quite tough to clean. It would seem like nothing in the world has any effect on them! But if you’re ready to throw in the towel when it comes to grease stains, all hope is not lost yet. You’ve probably not been using the correct stain removal technique!
Here’s how you rid your clothes off grease stains forever:
Do not rinse. Other stains caused by chocolate, grass and ketchup should be rinsed at once, but oily stains do not react the same way with water. Water does not loosen an oily stain as much it loosens other stains.
Blot out the oil. If you spill oil or grease on your clothes, blot it out gently using a tissue paper or a white cotton cloth. Do not rub or you will spread the oil further. Keep blotting till the cloth comes away clean.
Use a stain removing gel. Apply a reliable stain removing gel directly on the grease stain and wait for at least five minutes. The gel gets to work on the stain and begins to lift it out of the fabric. If the stain is large and dried, fill half a bucket with warm water, and soak the garment with a measure of the stain removing gel. You may need to soak the garment for a minimum of one hour.

Wash as usual. Wash the stained fabric in the washing machine. At this stage, the stain will have considerably lightened. Add a measure of the stain removing gel to your clothing load. Once washed, the stain will be eliminated forever. 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

MENA asset management – your key to successful investing

The MENA region presents its own unique challenges for investors. Hence, the right team of asset managers is required to handle the investment portfolio.

It is an obvious truth that the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region holds tremendous opportunities for growth. Notwithstanding a few recent economic hiccups, the region is set to show commendable development across various industries and business sectors.

It is safe to say that the MENA region will be among the fastest growing economic regions in the world in the next five years. Today, the Governments of the MENA region countries are all set to implement and execute a slew of economic reforms that will catapult them to a high rate of success.

A dominant trend to emerge in recent times is that of an increase in private equity investments in the region. This could be attributed to a large upwardly mobile, young population employed in high paying industries. Also, there is good stability in the markets, leading to higher creation of wealth all around. Thus, an evolution in new businesses and such sectors as education, infrastructure and mining is expected in this region. This is further underlined by higher shares of private equity capital in the region’s overall GDP, with tremendous scope for the future.

Foreign investment is seeing a revival in the MENA markets as well. In recent times, many private equity-owned companies have been snapped up by both domestic and international players, and there have been good results at the stock exchanges. Furthermore, FDI is expected to rise in the coming years with Saudi Arabia opening its already considerably large stock market (worth close to USD 700 million) to foreign investors. The UAE has followed suit by lowering the stock percentage that companies must float in an IPO from 55% to 30%.

With the signs of the MENA markets evolving and maturing in the coming days, it is time for both domestic and international investors to augment their resources by investing in the region’s many industries and businesses.

The best in investment with the right asset management teams

‘Asset management’ has become a dominant theme among many investors’ daily lingo. Investors in the MENA region are putting together a sophisticated portfolio that is backed by research and experts’ inputs. Since investors are constantly in need of market news and trends to make their next strategic decisions, reputed MENA asset management companies are helping investors in a variety of ways.


Rightly recognising that investors can bring about the best in the MENA region in the coming days, these MENA asset management teams are helping investors get exposure to global investment solutions. They combine their extensive knowledge in asset management to help investors get both short term and long term gains, across such sectors as investment products, alternative investments and investment advisory, among others.  

Dubai's Real Estate Market is Poised to Surge

There is no doubt that Dubai is one of the most sought after residential destinations in the world. The highly advanced city offers a high standard of living to its residents and that is why the housing market here reached its peak in 2013, opening its doors to more real estate developers in Dubai.

However, with some of the major tourist destinations in the Middle East, like Cairo, coming into the limelight in recent years, a huge setback was seen in the growth of the housing industry in the city. The impact of the Brexit was also felt by the property market here, with a drop of 8% in the traffic from the UK.

The Revival

The first quarter of 2016, however, saw Dubai's real estate market getting back on its feet. The city's safe haven status and world-class hospitality led to 1% quarter-on-quarter growth in the overall sales of real estate here, according to research by Core Savills.

The second quarter saw 5% growth from the first quarter and the numbers are likely to pick from here over the next two quarters of the year. This growth has also been supported by the new laws introduced by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency to control the off-plan sales. The new brand strategy to improve the city's image is also helping the cause.

Growing Investments and the Future

In the first eight months of 2016, real estate transactions of more than US$43 billion (AED158 billion) had been made in Dubai, according to the Dubai Land Department's (DLD) Transaction Report. In addition to this, the Real Estate Research and Studies Department also declared 38,000 sales, mortgages and other investments.

In the months of June, July and August, 2016, the market picked up really well and saw transactions of a combined value of AED 60.5 billion. Property sales contributed to 46% of the total amount, with more than 28,077 deals done during these months, accounting for about AED71 billion. Land sales accounted for AED58.5 billion in the city.

The introduction of new real estate developers in Dubai's market, such as Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate, which offer luxurious accommodation with environmental friendly amenities, will definitely give a boost to the market in the coming days.


If you are planning to invest in the real estate market in the near future, then Dubai should definitely be on the top of your list of preferred residential destinations.

10 Ways to Bank Safely Online

Online banking is convenient, but how safe are your online habits? We present 10 ways to bank safely onlilne.
Though the Internet has eased the way we conduct our banking transactions, it has also opened the gates to a slew of theft and hacking activities all over the world. Online banking is largely a secure exercise, but it is vulnerable to fraud and phishing attempts despite your vigilance. Your bank may also put in place several security controls for your safety. Still, it is always prudent to be safe by following these 10 safe online banking habits:

1 Never reveal your login credentials to anyone. You may receive a call ‘from your bank’ asking you to verify your card number and PIN – ostensibly as a security exercise. Do not part with the data and note down the caller’s details and number. Notify your bank immediately of such a phone call. No bank authorises its personnel to ask customers for confidential information.

2 Beware of phishing attempts. Phishers are adept at redirecting unsuspecting customers to fake sites that trawl your information and start stealing from your account. If you receive an email/SMS from your bank asking you to avail of a special offer or sign up for a new product, simply delete the email and block that web address.

3 Do not respond to emails from persons claiming to be employed by your bank. You might receive personalised emails from a person who signs off as your bank’s employee, informing you of special privileges and reward points. The email will contain your bank’s logo and other marks to make it look as authentic as possible. Remember: your bank’s promotional emails will not have any clickable links in it.

4 Do not click on banking links in third party sites. Many of us are used to clicking on links in online articles, emails and newsletters that direct us to third party sites. Do not click on ANY banking-related links in any material you find online. Just visit the bank’s Internet banking site to conduct all your transactions instead of clicking third party links.

5 Bank from a secure terminal. This is an important habit to inculcate. You may bank using your smartphone or your personal laptop, but NEVER bank from an open Wi-Fi connection or a publicly shared terminal. Even when using your personal digital devices, be sure to log out of the site or app every time your transaction is finished.

6 Do not verify your details when an email asks you to. You might receive emails asking you to ‘verify your details’ as part of your bank’s customer verification norms. No bank asks its customers to verify their details on emails; this process is done on the bank’s Internet banking platform directly.

7 Sign up for two-factor authentication. If your bank is serious about your online banking safety, it will incorporate the two-factor authentication in its sign in process. It might seem cumbersome every time you log in, but it is essential.

8 Change your password every month. It is always safer to change your password as frequently as possible, and verify it using an OTP sent by the bank. Make sure the password is an alpha-numeric one and is hard to guess. Never include your name, date of birth or phone number in it. Also, set a couple of security questions with secret answers in case you need to recover your password.

9 Enlist for SMS alerts. Every transaction that takes place via your account, however small, must instantly be recorded and sent to you via SMS. Your bank will set up an SMS alert system for you, which is helpful to track your account’s activity. You will know at once if somebody attempts to use your cards or log into your account without your knowledge.


10 Activate anti-virus software on your computer. A good anti-virus software detects malware and hacker attempts. It will also alert you in case a log in attempt was made from a browser or location that you normally do not use. 

Which are the best brands of incontinence products?

Incontinence products that give you completely dry coverage and the confidence to step out of doors, are the best ones to choose.

If you suffer from urinary incontinence, you are probably frustrated about living with the embarrassing condition. Don’t be – it can happen to anyone, and there are ways to live with the condition and lead a full and happy life.

The first step in living comfortably with incontinence is acceptance. Accept that you have a condition that could be cured at some point in time, and move on. The second step is to find a range of excellent incontinence products that can help restore your life to its previous routine.

What are incontinence products?
These are a range of wearable items that help absorb the involuntary leakage of urine and prevent it from staining the clothes. Incontinence products absorb the urine and prevent it from coming out again. Thus, they are discreet and let their wearer enjoy their life and move about freely even with episodes of incontinence.

They are mostly in diaper and underwear form (both men and women) or sanitary pads (for women). Other types of incontinence products include powders to apply on the skin so that there is no chafing or irritation. These powders can also mask any odours, if present.

How to pick the best brands of incontinence products
It pays to test a few well known incontinence products on yourself instead of buying into marketing spiel and picking the wrong items. Consider the following checklist when picking incontinence products for yourself or a person you care for:
  • ·         It must be made of soft cotton, bolstered on the inside by fluid-repellent material so that the urine is locked in and kept away from the clothes.
  • ·         It can be in underwear form, diaper form or sanitary pad form. Choose the shape and fit that is best suited to your body shape and size.
  • ·         Try wearing the product under your normal clothes. If there are unseemly bulges and lines, the product is either too large or too thick. Pick the correct size and try again. If it is still visible from under your clothes, it is the wrong choice.
  • ·         It must be easy to wear. 

Different types of Skin Problems, Symptoms, Prevention, and Cure

According to a survey published in the Saudi Gazette in April 2016, 65% of women in Saudi Arabia suffer from skin ailments, along with more than half the children in the country. The study also revealed that while the variety and frequency of skin conditions might vary, the most common cause is the volatile climate of the Kingdom, with extreme weather conditions that include high temperatures and lack of humidity. The situation is not too different in other countries in the Middle East. Here’s a look at some of the most common skin problems experienced by people in this part of the world.

Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin problems, where the oil clogs the pores on the skin, leading to pimples. It can appear anywhere on the face, neck, shoulders, chest or back, and comes in many forms.

Causes:
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Overactive Sebaceous Glands
  • Eating Junk Food

Symptoms:
  • Itching
  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Red and painful pimples with pus

Prevention:
  • Wash the skin gently with soap for no more than two times in a day
  • Don't pop or squeeze the pimples
  • Avoid rubbing the affected areas
  • Wash sweat and oil off as soon as possible
  • Maintain a healthy diet

Treatment:
  • Applying creams and lotions
  • Antibiotic or other prescribed medication
  • Laser Resurfacing

Eczema

The word eczema is derived from the Greek word “ekzein”, which means “to boil out”. And as the name suggests, it is an inflammation of the skin that involves signs like redness, itching, weeping, oozing and even crusting. It is more common in infants and children.

Causes:
  • Environment
  • Genetic factors
  • Allergens like dust mites, pollen and dandruff
  • Microbes, like bacteria, virus and fungi
  • Hormones
  • Stress

Symptoms:
  • Rashes on the scalp and cheeks
  • An extra fold of the skin under the eye, called the Atopic pleat
  • Inflammation of skin around the lips
  • Dry skin
  • Constant urge to rub and itch

Prevention:
  • Bathing regularly, at least once a day
  • Wearing clothes made of breathable material
  • Avoiding activities that lead to excessive perspiration

Treatment:
  • Using anti-inflammatory creams
  • Antibiotics
  • Photo-therapy
  • Medicines to treat viral and fungal infections
  • Moisturizers for the skin

Skin Cancer

Overexposure to the sun and UV rays increases the risk of skin cancer. This disease damages the fibers in the skin, called elastin, which results to the tearing and breaking off of the skin. The damage may not be visible at a young age but starts to show its effect as time passes.

Causes:
  • Uncontrolled growth of skin cells
  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiations from the sun
  • X-ray exposure
  • Scars or burns

Symptoms:
  • Small blood vessel may be visible within the tumor
  • Depression
  • Bleeding
  • Sore throat that doesn't heal

Prevention:
  • Apply a good sunscreen before going out
  • Use sunglasses
  • Cover as much skin as possible

Treatment:

  • Laser Treatment
  • Chemotherapy
  • Drugs and medication
  • Cryosurgery or freezing
  • Radiation Therapy