Friday, 22 April 2016

Picking the right incontinence underwear

Are you happy with the incontinence underwear you currently use? If not, it’s time to switch to a better alternative.

Most people who suffer from urinary incontinence and sudden leakages deal with the problem in stoic silence. Not wishing to embarrass their family and friends, they curtail all social activities and always stay close to places that have easy access to a restroom. Long drives, lunches with friends, drinks with the partner, movie dates with their children…all of these become memories of the past as they choose to stay home.

But urine leakage and incontinence need not spell the end of an active life. In fact, it need not take away from one’s quality of life in the least. For this, it is important to use the right incontinence products so that the person may develop the confidence to venture out of the house again. With time, the person may remain out of doors for longer periods of time, getting back to the life he or she was familiar with.

Most people buy adult diapers to deal with sudden urine leakages. These are shaped and worn like underwear, and are often generically referred to as ‘depend underwear. They are highly absorbent and rapidly soak away the leaked urine. They may be made of rubber and lined with absorbent straps on the inside, or have adhesive belts to hold an absorbent pad in place. Other kinds of depend underwear feature a stretchable belt with a pad slung on the underside – the pad can be adjusted by pulling on the belt as per waist and hip girth. These can be worn with or without the usual underwear.

Whatever the kind of incontinence underwear you choose, it must be pliable, soft and highly absorbent. The material normally used is cotton because it is soft and non-irritating to the skin. The skin that the underwear comes in contact with is quite delicate, and prolonged contact with the incontinence product can cause chafing and reddening. Irritated skin might also develop its own set of infections.

Long use of the same incontinence product is not recommended. Though the product absorbs urine and repels it away from the skin, it is still present in the underwear and must be discarded soon. You may choose to wear long stay underwear when on a drive or during a flight, but for other occasions, you can opt for disposable underwear. This type of underwear is to be worn for short durations only, and discarded after a single use. 

You can also use skin creams and lotions that soothe irritation and chafing. Special absorbent powders also help keep the dampness at bay. All in all, the product you choose must keep you comfortable and must be invisible at all times.

10 DIY Hair Care Remedies

Healthy and shiny hair is something that you have always wanted but have no knowledge of homemade remedies for curing damaged hair. With regular application of hair oil and different homemade recipes, hair care is possible without much effort.
Take a look at ten DIY hair care remedies.
  1. Avocado and coconut oil
Application of coconut hair oil and avocado can work wonders for your hair although you may not have known this before. The proteins and oils present in avocado helps in moisturizing your tresses and all that you need to do is to make a paste of avocado and two to three drops of peppermint essential oil. Leave this application for two minutes and shampoo your hair. After rinsing the hair, apply a pack according to the type of your hair and wait to get non greasy and beautiful tresses.

  1. Cocoa powder
Application of hair oil might just not be enough if your tresses are regularly exposed to pollution and dust.  You can apply cocoa powder in combination with apple cider vinegar, yoghurt and honey to make it look rich and bouncy and all these homemade recipes form a part of your regular hair care regimen.

  1. Olive oil and banana
You must have had banana and olive oil so many times but never knew that these ingredients  can be used for making your hair smooth. Make a paste of these ingredients and apply it on your hair. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it with a shampoo.

  1. Sugar and water
Surprising though it may seem mixing sugar with water and applying it on your hair is one of the best ways to make dull and boring hair shiny and bouncy. Add one or two teaspoon of sugar to water and make a solution. Dip your hand in this water and run your fingers through the hair and make it look better if you have limp hair. With all these simple and effective ingredients that are always available at home, hair care becomes one of the easiest things ever.

  1. Pumpkin and honey
You are probably aware of the health benefits of pumpkin but little did you know that it works well for maintaining healthy hair and here lies the catch. If you have always thrown away those leftover pieces of pumpkin, you can now make a paste of those pieces and add a little bit of honey in it. Apply this pack on your hair can make your hair beautiful and allow you get rid of frizzy tresses. You can try all of these home remedies along with regular application of hair oil to maintaining healthy and bouncy hair.

  1. Chamomile and lemon
If you have got tired of the quality of blonde hair, you can rinse you hair with cool chamomile tea and sprinkle a juice of lemon to it to get an additional bounce. Does it seem too difficult? Adding a brightening mask along with this can really make your hair beautiful and grated potato can be used for this purpose. You must shampoo your hair after applying this mask and rinse with cold water.
  1. Apple cider vinegar
Are you keen to make your hair cuticles smooth as ever? Make a solution containing one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and water and apply this mixture on your hair. If the smell seems intolerable, you can add some essential oil to this mixture. Apply this mixture on your hair and comb it properly and allow the acid in the vinegar fix the outer part of the hair thereby making it flat and smooth.

  1. Shampoo and aspirin
Combination of these ingredients can restore the shine in your hair and leave it bouncy and soft.

  1. Massaging olive oil
Massaging olive oil in your regularly can improve blood circulation and promote hair growth.

  1. Eggs
Egg is the best ingredient for conditioning your hair and making it shiny and bouncy.
Regular application of these homemade recipes according to your hair type and can bring the best results for maintaining the quality of your hair and promoting its growth.

Does the Fall in Oil Prices Impact the Gulf Economy?

Oil prices have slumped to levels lower than that seen in 2003. This has been especially hard on the Gulf countries, who according to GeoExPro cover only 3.4% of the Earth's surface, but are home to approximately 48% of the world's oil reserves. Naturally, the Gulf countries' economies are heavily dependent on oil exports. If we go by budget revenue shares, Saudi Arabia's is 73%, Bahrain's is 70%, Oman's is 45% and Kuwait's is 60% coming from the oil sector.
The recent slump in oil prices is attributed to the economic slowdown in the European countries and China, triggering a fall in demand for oil, along with the oversupply by oil producing countries. The lifting of sanctions on Iran too has escalated the problem. The GCC market countries have in fact started taking drastic austerity measures, such as increasing fuel prices in the domestic markets, imposing taxation on expatriates, job cuts and cancellation of increments to employees. Since oil makes up for more than 80% of revenues of the GCC countries, severe impacts have been visible on their economies.

Oil Prices & the Gulf Economy

1.      According to a report by the Kuwait Financial Center
·         Huge budget deficits are being caused by the slump in oil prices. This will force the GCC countries to burrow $285-$390 billion through 2020 to finance the gap.
·         There will be a massive shortfall in oil revenues of approximately $318 billion.

2.      The governments will tweak their economic policies, with
·         The Gulf countries trying to cover losses by reducing subsidies on water, electricity and petroleum heavily.
·         Implementing heavy cuts in government spending and state sponsored projects.

3.      They will have to rethink the future
Furthermore, other causes of the reduction in oil prices perhaps include the improvements in technology and the increased and efficient extraction and popularity of shale gas. All this might also bring trouble for the GCC market, which could face even lesser demand than before. This indicates that there is a need to bring in diversification and bring down the dependency on oil, like the UAE has done with hydrocarbon, which now accounting for around 20% of its exports.
The falling prices are also expected to impact foreign investment. The declining oil prices have triggered the petro-states to take hard calls. Due to this, they are either using up their reserves or borrowing money. Anticipating depreciation of currencies in the Gulf countries, rating agencies like Standard and Poors as well as Moody’s have downgraded their ratings, which reflects the weakened investor environment that will make recovery difficult.