Book review of ‘Tiny habits massive results’


“7 (plus a pro-habit) Tiny Everyday Habits that have a Powerful Impact on our Lives Other than the random element of luck, what differentiates successful people from the rest are their Habits. They cultivate certain habits which contribute to their happier and healthy life. Learning these habits and how to use them in your life is rewarding. In this book, you will learn about simple yet impactful lifestyle habits that separate achievers from regular people. These tiny habits have a transformative effect on your physical and mental health, career, your relationships, and life.


Self-help books always have a special corner when I’m choosing books for my next read or to be added to my TBR. Especially when it is a book concerning habits then there is no looking at blurb I simply pick it up and start reading it.

This book ‘Tiny habits massive results ‘ by Jaishree Nenwani is the first by an Indian author that I picked up centred around habits.
Habits truly define the person that we are. And they are also the things that make you stand apart from other around us. Leading a healthy and happy life is not just about food and exercise but also the habits that you’ve cultivated over a period of time.

When you meet someone and you get inspired make sure you also get to know what is that one thing that makes them stand apart which would ultimately be the habits that form their lifestyle. Make sure to see if you can incorporate them into yours.

The author gives you tips on how to include them and make them part of your routine. These tips are simple ways to bring in a change to our lifestyle to lead a healthy and happy life. Though they might be tiny habits but the changes they bring in is massive.

Processing grief was a major problem that I was facing a year back. But I attribute the small changes that I brought in which helped me manage the grief processing. If you are someone who is still yet to dive into the inclusion of new habits in your routine, do not worry. Jaishree will handhold you with starting to explain what is a habit, why is it important to develop them, how to form one and the seven habits that are going to have a great impact on your life. As a pro tip she gives you an extra edge with a tip that’s actually the cherry on top for which you will have to pick the book.

Explaining the seven habits the author not only let’s you know how important it is to include that habit but also ways on how you can make it part of your regular routine so that you don’t miss doing it each day. I loved how she chose to keep it simple by citing instances from her life which would make it more relatable when you read through the book.

Overall, if you are a beginner or a pro looking at making changes in life by bringing in new habits I’d suggest this book will be your guide to discover a new you.


Jaishree is a millennial blogger curating inspired wisdom that guides people to go deep and make a shift in their thoughts. She is passionate about journaling and loves to share wisdom and journaling tools that invoke deeper authenticity and Personal transformation. On her blog ( she writes about Self-improvement, Personal growth and ways to become happier in your life.

Outfit ideas for holi 2023

It’s almost time for us to hear ‘ holi hai’ from all around us. Along with sweets, colours the attire for men and women also plays an important role on the holi shopping list.

While you get ready to dance to the tunes of ‘Rang Barse Bheege Chunar wali Rang Barse“, make sure you don’t stay behind in your fashion game. If you still haven’t decided here are some holi outfit ideas that will help you ace the fashion game during holi. Let’s get ready to be drenched in the colours of spring and scream ‘holi hai ‘ .

Sustainable holi outfit ideas

Lohri outfit reuse

If your still not looking to invest in holi outfit, one good way would be to reuse your lohri outfit. If you’ve already spent considerable amount on lohri outfit why not reuse. This would be a great way to save some on your pocket.

The one that Kareena wore in ‘ Jab we met’ is still an inspired for many.

Denim and shirt

Forget the patiala pants, holi is a great time to restyle your denim pants. Pair it up with white shirt and scarf, voila you have a new outfit. Don’t forget to accessorize accordingly.

Image source : Olga de la Cruz Pinterest board.

New outfit ideas

Chikankari suit

The chikankari suit can never go out of trend, especially the one in white for holi paired with a bandhni Or a leheriya dupatta can never go wrong.

This outfit is elegant and classy at the same time.

Image source : limeroad
Image source : nykaa fashion

Floral suit

If your still sceptical to use the white chikankari go for a floral suit. They’re simple but also serve the purpose.

They come in variety of price range and materials which you could choose accordingly.

Image source: amazon

Fusion wear

Now here comes my favorite picks. I love pairing my crop top with a lot of options like Palazzo, skorts. Here’s one

Image source: myntra

The open jacket over the crop top, Palazzo pairing elevates the look.

The beige jumpsuit is yet another favorite that I’m crushing on ever since I was on the lookout.

Image source : myntra

How can you leave skirts and top if your talking fusion wear and especially Indian prints.

Now that we have a list of Holi outfit ideas, let’s talk accessories.

Coolers, sunglasses, goggles

Your eyes need special care during holi, so that you keep them protected away from dry colours, water and dust. Choose one that’s stylish and serves the purpose.

Image source : ajio


Haircare is yet another important area to concentrate during holi. Make sure you cover it with cloth or bandanas.

Image source : ali express


Flip flops or open sandals are most comfortable especially with water play. You can also accessorize with kolhapuris. You could also make them grand with tassels.


Tips for safe holi

  • Moisturize well, apply sunscreen.
  • Oil hair with coconut+ castor oil, and tie it up.
  • Cover with cloth or bandana.
  • Post play, apply oil on skin before shower to remove colour. Use cleansing balm for face.
  • For hair use comb to remove dry colours.
  • Wash off with regular shampoo and conditioner.
  • Colour might still be there but will go off in subsequent washes.
  • Don’t forget to use a hair mask. The next day.
  • Don’t use heavy makeup for few days.

I’ve repurposed the list from 2022 because these styles still don’t go out of the spotlight. So get ready for the festival of colours in style with this list of Holi outfit ideas and share with your girl gang to rock the party.

What is Collagen and why is it so important?

Of late, we’ve been hearing this word a lot more. Anything to do with skin, immediately brings up suggestions mentioning ‘Collagen’. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that plays a critical role in the health of our skin, bones, and joints. It is also an essential component of many other parts of our body, including our hair, nails, and muscles. For women, in particular, collagen plays a crucial role in maintaining youthful and healthy-looking skin, as well as providing support for bones and joints. It not only helps to maintain good skin but is also good for vibes and joints.

What is collagen, and how does it work?

Collagen is the protein found in abundance in our bodies, which is about 30% of the total protein content. It is a structural protein that provides support, elasticity, and strength to our skin, bones, and connective tissues. Collagen is produced by cells called fibroblasts, which are found in the skin, bones, and other connective tissues throughout the body. So now you know why it’s important not only for skin.

When we age , there is a decrease in collagen production and we see signs of ageing in bones, joints and skin. A predominant reason why we need collagen supplements and collagen-rich foods. These have become much more popular recently, as they help replenish the natural collagen and improve the appearance of skin, bone and joints.

The importance of collagen in women’s diet

For women, in particular, collagen plays an important role in maintaining youthful and healthy-looking skin, as well as providing support for bones and joints. Women’s skin is thinner and much more delicate than men’s, making it more prone to damage from the sun, pollution, and other environmental factors. As we age, the natural production of collagen in the body decreases, causing formation of wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. By consuming collagen-rich foods and supplements, women can help replenish their skin’s natural collagen stores, leading to a more youthful and healthy-looking complexion.

Collagen is also essential for maintaining healthy bones and joints, which are especially important for women as they age. Women are more prone to osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions than men, due to factors such as hormonal changes and decreased bone density. Consuming collagen-rich foods and supplements can help improve bone density and strength, reducing the risk of fractures and other bone-related conditions.

Collagen-rich foods and supplements

There are several ways to consume collagen, including through foods and supplements. Collagen-rich foods include bone broth, fish, poultry, and other animal products that contain collagen. Supplements are also available in the form of powders, capsules, and drinks.

Collagen supplements are typically derived from animal sources, such as cows, pigs, and fish. They are made by processing the bones, skin, and connective tissues of these animals into a collagen-rich powder or liquid. Collagen supplements are available in a variety of forms, including powders that can be added to smoothies or drinks, capsules that can be swallowed, and gummies that can be chewed. We now also have various formulations that bring out plant based collagen supplements which is a welcome move for the vegans.

It’s important to note that while collagen supplements can be said to be beneficial for overall health and wellness, they cannot be relied on as the only source of collagen in the diet. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-dense foods is essential for overall health and well-being, and should be the primary focus of any dietary plan.

Collagen is an important protein that plays a vital role in the health of our skin, bones, and joints. For women, in particular, collagen is essential for maintaining youthful and healthy-looking skin, as well as providing support for bones and joints. By consuming collagen-rich foods and supplements, women can help replenish their natural collagen stores and improve the health and appearance of their skin, bones, and joints

Cuddables – The best wipes for your baby

It is that time of the year when we take out all the woolen and get ready to be covered up because it’s winter. But if you are a parent, you are imbibed with that extra care nature for your baby, be it any time of the year, not just the winter.

Be it the food, clothes, bath, and body, you must strive hard to find and get the best for your baby. If you have a newborn or a younger kid you are most likely to use wipes. With the entire world moving on to sustainable options, you would only want to pick products that don’t prove harmful to your baby and the earth.
Presenting Cuddables, water baby wipes that ensure proper care for your kids. Read the entire post to know about the benefits and this could be a better choice you make for your baby.

About the Brand Cuddables

Cuddables from Prakriti Essentials is a revolutionary and side-effect-free product that desires to secure a permanent place on the shelves and hearts of consumers. The product considers the consumer’s needs and incorporates ancient wisdom from Ayurveda and principles from modern scientific research.

The comfort-oriented, gentle product of Cuddables ensures to make your experience of baby care wholesome and lovable. The product is brought to the shelf by keeping in mind the perspective of the mother. Through cherished testimonies for the product, which is the honest reviews from the consumer, every product is subjected to multiple levels of quality checks and backed by extensive research.

Cuddables water baby wipes

These are water wipes with 99% water. These wipes are soft as cotton and just the ones that are perfect for the baby’s sensitive skin. The wipes are made from plant-based fibres and do not have any artificial fragrances. These wipes, like cotton cloth, help cleanse the baby’s skin, nourishing and hydrating it.
They do not have any toxic ingredients and in fact include the goodness of natural ingredients like castor oil, barbadense extract, glycerine, and citric acid. These wipes are 100% bio-degradable and are SLS, paraben, toxins, and alcohol-free.

These wipes are dermatologically tested and are safe for use on a baby’s sensitive skin. They are soft and gentle as a mother’s touch and hence you need not worry about allergy or irritation to the baby’s skin.

The wipes are fragrant-free and maintain the desired pH making them a better choice to be your hygiene partner for the baby. Fragrance in wipes through artificial agents could pose a threat of causing allergies, which is the very reason cuddables are made safe as fragrant-free for your baby.

Here are the top reasons why Cuddables can be your better choice

  • Fragrance-Free
  • 100% cotton fabric and no plastic
  • 99% water
  • 3x thicker
  • Eco-friendly and biodegradable
  • Free from toxins, SLS, parabens, and alcohol
  • Desired pH for baby skin
  • Dermatologically tested for Allergy and irritation-free experience.

The wipes have been my hygiene companion for over a period. They not only help cleanse but also provide nourishment to baby skin. The feel of the wipe is just like a conventional cotton cloth. Since it is biodegradable, I need not worry about harming mother nature because I know that I have made the right choice for my baby and the world we live in.

I recommend the brand to all new moms and moms to be out there so that they make the right choice for their babies.

For more details check them out on Instagram.

The wipes can be purchased on the brand website, Amazon, Flipkart, meesho, and Snapdeal.

Zero day – Book review


Mumbai is in a state of chaos. All traffic signals across the entire city have stopped working.

Shahwaz Ali Mirza, head of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, receives an anonymous email claiming it to be a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. He quickly puts together a crack team that includes his protege, IG Cybercrime Vikrant Singh, and gets to work trawling the dark web for more information on this mystery attack. However, a move to bring forward the hacker backfires, leading to a second, deadlier attack on Mumbai’s lifeline, the railway system.

It is their first brush with cyberterrorism: a zero-day vulnerability in the Indian government’s system that could bring the country to its knees. Racing against time and investigating a case unlike any other, in Zero Day, Mirza and Vikrant face the most dangerous mission of their lives


I love reading crime novels. Especially the pace they pick up after a few chapters and the urge they give me to complete it sooner. The novel Zero-day by Hussain Zaidi gives you a lot of twists turns and edge-of-seat moments.

In a busy city like Mumbai, a cyber attack is getting the city to a standstill. What would be the problem? More than physical terror, this time everything goes digital. A hacking attempt into the city’s traffic system brings the city to chaos.

The ATS chief received an anonymous email on the threat and the subsequent actions were taken by his team with occurrences of politics, and a wee bit of romance making it an interesting read.

Trying to find the identity of the hacker, to handling a national emergency situation in a smart way the book has its own nuances by the author with which he keeps the reader engaged. The language is simple and also makes the situations nail-biting through the narration. Characters Mirza and Vikrant had great bonding that helped in cracking the mystery. A crisp power-packed story that definitely would keep mystery lovers engaged.

Buy the book here.


S.. Hussain Zaidi is one of the most prolific crime writers in India. The investigations into the Mumbai mafia that he has conducted in books such as Dongri to Dubai, Mafia Queens of Mumbai and My Name is Abu Salem are among the finest investigative reporting of all time.

As the Resident Editor of the newspaper The Asian Age, Zaidi began his career in journalism. He then worked for several other publications, including The Indian Express, Mid Day, and Mumbai Mirror. Authors like Misha Glenny in McMafia and Vikram Chandra in Sacred Games drew on his in-depth research into the Mumbai mafia for their works. Adrian Levy, the author of books like The Meadows on Kashmir terrorism and The Siege on 26/11 attacks, consults him on a variety of subjects.

His reporting on the Mumbai mafia has spanned decades. Black Friday, written in 2002, is a book about the 1993 Mumbai bombings, which had 13 explosions and caused 250 deaths. Two years later, in 2004, Anurag Kashyap adapted the book into a film also titled Black Friday. As a result of the controversy surrounding the film, the Indian Censor Board refused to allow its release in India for three years, and the Supreme Court of India eventually allowed its release after a unanimous judgment in the Bombay blasts case delivered by TADA court.

Zaidi conducted an interview with the suspected bombing mastermind Dawood Ibrahim for the book Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia, a history of the Mumbai mafia involving the Mumbai mafia. In 2012, Sanjay Gupta adapted the book into the film Shootout at Wadala.

Phantom, the 2015 film starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, is based on Zaidi’s book Mumbai Avengers, and the screenplay for it was written with Zaidi’s assistance.

As an associate producer, he worked on the HBO documentary Terror in Mumbai, which tells the story of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

The book review is part of blogchatter’s book review program.

5 must try makeup trends from tik tok

The beauty industry and makeup trends never sleep. The learning process of implementing new hacks or viral trends is no longer tough. Social media keeps you updated on trends and do not forget the tutorials to let you join the bandwagon of trends.

Though we did keep ourselves confined at home for years, the beauty and skincare industry kept coming up with new trends that kept the ball rolling. Not only these bring out creativity but a lot of these gave a refreshing turn to the monotonous makeup that we have been putting on all these years. Most importantly, a few hacks helped minimize the cost of product purchase and saved a lot of time in terms of the hacks used.

So here goes the list of 5 must try makeup trends from tik tok.

Glazed donut everything

Glazed donut skin . Image source : femina

The term sounds yummy, but the benefit it yields is more worthwhile. Hailey Bieber had to say that she does not want to look like a glazed donut when she hits the bed. A lot of us would want the same, not have full makeup on when we have the beauty sleep. So it’s advisable to cleanse off the makeup and moisturize the skin before you go to bed. So when you wake up your skin is glistening and glowing.

Red nails Theory

Red nails theory . Image source: New York post

Since @girlbosstown popularized last year that red nails were getting her a lot of attention, the trend has been coming back. It attracts the opposite sex because they have pretty much seen their moms wearing those during the 90s and taking care of them which is the reason why they seem attracted.
#rednailtheory tag is full of women posting how it really worked for them.

Cold girl makeup

Cold girl makeup . Image source economic times

This viral trend is set to continue for some time longer though it became popular last year. The trend included applying blush from cheek to cheek and the tip of the nose giving a complexion flush during the winters when we come back from outside.

Wednesday Addams Glam

Wednesday Addams glam .Image source: vogue

The goth glam comprising the ponytail, and smudgy eye makeup that Jenna Ortega portrayed in Netflix blockbuster Wednesday inspired thousands of beauty lovers to replicate the same. Beauty lovers eagerly anticipate the next season in Fall to get the trend.

Skin cycling

Skin cycling . Image source popsugar

The trend is to improve the efficacy of the active ingredients and minimize irritation through rest periods. Starting with exfoliating on one night followed by retinoid on the second and then resting on the third and fourth. Night two is most beneficial for the skin and helps treat acne to eczema. 3 and 4 are recovery nights that can just be followed up with cleansing and moisturizing. But if you have dry skin, you can just lock moisture with suited products.

So here are some tried and tested successful trends that can keep you busy trying them out for the next couple of days if you are a makeup or a skincare enthusiast like me. Let me know in the comments if you would be trying or already tried any of these trends.

Beginners guide to glowing skin

There are many ways to achieve glowing skin. Simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can do wonders in very few days. On top of it following a good skincare routine and investing in quality skincare products is a winning combination to achieve that glowing skin.
With the wedding season kicking in, here is how you unlock the secrets to glowing skin.

The term “Glowing skin” would mean different things to different people. For some, it would mean healthy skin rather than dull. To some others, it would mean the shine.

So, what does healthy glowing skin look like?

  • Smooth, with no bumps.
  • Hydrated with no dryness and cracks.
  • Even-toned with no blemishes.

Nobody could say that they have perfect skin with absolutely no imperfections. Such skin is not attainable. But certainly, healthy skin can be achieved if there is effort put in to minimize the problems that the skin is prone to and with natural characteristics.
Many people think skincare towards healthy looking skin begins with incorporating premium or luxury skincare products which is a myth. That is where companies complicate your process of choosing the right product claiming their product is the best.
But the reality is the simplest of the products with ingredients that you know about already make all the difference. Incorporating a good routine paves the way. Let’s take a look at a simple routine.


Cleansers help remove dirt, oil, and excess makeup from your skin. Using a cleanser that is mild, and pH balanced is important.


The process of removing the dead skin cells using a manual or a chemical product to achieve the same. Though the process mentions removing the dead skin cells choose a product that does not leave a harsh impact on the skin.


Moisturizing helps add hydration to the skin. Applying the moisturizer post-cleansing/exfoliation is best to seal the hydration.

Sun protection

UV rays in sunlight prove to be harmful to the skin. It could cause sun damage, burning, and early signs of aging. Hence it is always best to apply sunscreen before stepping outdoors. Always make sure to check the below factors before purchasing sunscreen.

One that has

  • Broad spectrum
  • Higher SPF
  • Suited for skin type


An activated and highly concentrated form of nutrients that the skin can readily accept to fight signs of aging or skin care problems is what the serum is. This form helps the skin cells absorb the nutrients in a much more effective way. So it is most important to choose one that suits your skin and is aimed at the skincare problems that you wish to get rid of.

A simple 5-minute massage with a face roller has numerous benefits like increasing blood flow to cheeks and reducing stress and skin puffiness.

When I mentioned choosing products with ingredients you already know of, I thought I’d also share a few products from Lotus that I recently stumbled upon.

Ubtan De-Tan radiance face wash

Along with the usual ingredients in ubtan like sandalwood powder, chickpea flour, and turmeric the facewash also contains 24K gold. The facewash enhances the skin’s brightness and delays signs of aging.
This helps brighten skin, reduce dullness, and evens out skin complexion.

Price: Rs. 220 for 100ml

Natural Baking Soda Deep Cleansing face scrub

The scrub helps buff the skin, reduce acne, and wash away impurities. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic property helps in cleaning away impurities.

Price: Rs.300 for 100gm

Hyaluronic acid +Raspberry ultra-glow hydration boosting face serum

The serum aims at tackling the below skincare concerns

  • Signs of aging
  • Hydration loss
  • Uneven skin tone

Raspberry helps to even out and brighten the skin. Niacinamide helps to treat acne and improve hydration. Hyaluronic acid helps to increase hydration and reduce signs of aging.

Price : Rs.356 for 14 ml

All-natural jade roller

Helps in better penetration of skin care products used when used to massage the skin. Always use it in an upward and outward direction.

Price: Rs.716

It is good to invest in quality products to be used in skincare routine. But it is also the choice of the consumers to choose what is good for their skin and will aim to solve their problems. Also if you would like to try out the products mentioned here, you can check them out here.

This Is What Makes ThriveCo’s Hair Prime Serum The Real Deal

I’m in my late twenties, and a few months back, I started noticing a few strands of grey hair. I
felt as the days were passing by, there was an increase in the number of grey hair. I am a person
who spends a considerable amount of time and money on skincare. When I noticed grey hairs
on my head, I realized that my hair care regime has taken a back seat. My hair and scalp also
need equal attention. However I felt it was too late for me to realize this. I tried many hair
serums for women, in the hope of restoring my natural black hair, but all in vain. But I didn’t
give up, there was still a ray of hope left in me. I was running out of remedies for my grey, thin
hair. I was looking for ways to reduce or you can say reverse my premature grey hair. One of my
friends suggested ThriveCo’s Anti-Ageing Hair Prime Serum to reverse grey hair. I decided to
get my hands on this serum because I was really impressed with the positive comments and
reviews about this haircare product. Another important thing that fascinated me about this
brand is that their haircare products are plant-based and free from all nasties such as sulfates,
parabens, phthalates. Moreover it has been advertised as the best hair serum for reversing
grey hair as this hair serum contains the active ingredient ‘Arcolys- a natural ingredient which

helps to enhance the natural colour of your hair.’ I felt that this hair serum can help me with
my hair concerns.

So I ordered ThriveCo’s Anti-Ageing Hair Prime Serum through Flipkart. I went through the list
of ingredients and instructions mentioned on the product label carefully and started applying
this hair serum from the next day itself. As mentioned on the label, I applied this serum twice a
day- in the morning and at night before going to bed. I was eagerly waiting for the results, I
knew that it would not happen instantly. I was hoping for a positive outcome this time.

I am writing this review after using the Hair Prime Serum for 3 months. The dispenser included
with the product is quite helpful in applying the serum on the affected areas of my head i.e
areas where I had too much grey hair.

The best part about this hair serum is that it is lightweight and easily absorbs into the scalp.
Just massage the product for a few minutes to increase absorption. This allows the haircare
product to penetrate the scalp more easily. Within 1 month of application, I started noticing
the difference in the texture of my hair. My hair has become soft and smooth, with less tangles.

There is a remarkable improvement in its elasticity. It is stronger and more resilient. I can say
that the serum has helped me bring my hair fall under control. I see fewer hairs on the comb and in the shower. I also notice a decrease in hair breakage as I brush my hair. This is something
I am very happy about. My scalp feels more relaxed.

After using this product for 3 months, I noticed that the roots of my grey hair are becoming
black. So I am hopeful for a positive outcome. Will keep using this product diligently for
another 2 months to see the final outcome.

The results have been satisfying so far. I plan to continue using the serum for 2 more months
until I achieve the desired result. I would definitely recommend ThriveCo Anti-Aging Hair
Prime Serum as I feel that this is the best hair serum for reversing premature grey hair,
effectively enhancing your scalp and hair health.

In short – my hair feels thicker, bouncier, shinier, and better cared for – there’s so much to love!
This hair serum definitely meets its bold claims. I would say, definitely one to treat yourself with!

How to protect your lips ? Winter lipcare secrets

Not many people who love the cold weather, can’t deny the fact it is harsh on your skin. It is so harsh on the skin, especially the lips. The cold and chill air, dry and heated air combination make it tight and easy to get cracked.

The first thing you think about before you step out is to cover the body, the last thing you think of would be the mouth or sometimes we even forget to cover it up. Lip skin is tight and delicate, different from the rest of the body, and requires extra TLC. if you compare the magnitude, it dries out ten times faster than the rest of the body.

This is predominant because the lips are covered with 3-5 layers of cells rather than the rest of the body where the skin has 15-16 layers. So being thin in nature it is susceptible to damage like dryness, dullness, and cracks.

The vermillion or the place where you apply lipstick has a thin protective barrier and hence it is more prone to UV damage and pollution.

How to take care of your lips?


Choose an ointment-based lip balm

Look for those which have petrolatum and glycerine that help in locking the moisture and help in healing the cracks and dryness.

Avoid those with eucalyptus and menthol

Although these lip balms seem to give you a soothing experience when applied, they tend to dry out the lips. So in the long run they will again lead to dryness and the cycle continues.

Use one’s which have sunscreen

Being thin in nature the lip skin gets more exposed to UV radiation be it summer or winter. Hence using one that has sunscreen will help protect against harmful radiation.

Keep yourself hydrated

Not getting enough hydration leads to dehydration also is one of the reasons for dried lips. Make sure to get the right amount of water.

No licking

It is a natural human tendency to lick the lips when we feel it is dry, but on the contrary, it makes the situation worse. It dries the lip out even faster. Moreover, saliva tends to irritate the lips.

Say no to rub and bites

The dryness may tend to make you get rid of the flaky skin so you attempt to either rub it off or bite it away. It can aggravate the cracking and even lead to sores. So try to control the urge to bite or rub the flakes away.

Prevention of chapped lips

When it comes to preventing chapped lips, following a lip protection regime as part of the morning, night, and outdoor skincare routine is essential. Lock the moisture in your lips by applying a lip balm before getting to bed.

Here are my product recommendations tried and tested for lip care.

Laneige lip sleeping mask

Vilvah grapefruit lipbalm

Ennbeauty pucker lip mask with hyaluronic acid

Why is it important to get a flu shot every flu season?

Children have started going to school and I’m so happy that my daughter gets to go back to her school. But school also means cold, cough, and flu. And I’m not looking forward to that.

I was searching for ways in which I could protect her from the flu. The Facebook live session I attended recently with eminent doctors Dr. Sadanand S Shetye and Dr. Mangesh Tiwaskar from Mumbai, was a great help.

I gained insights on why the flu shot is essential and who has to take it and how effective it can be. The session also brought out awareness of safety practices among children during the flu season.

What is flu?

Flu is caused by the influenza virus infecting the throat, nose, and lungs. Usually, during the monsoon season, it peaks, and young children, old people, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases are the age groups prone to higher risk.1 If the infection is severe, it requires hospitalization. The virus can be treated if proper hygiene precautions and timely flu vaccination are taken.1

The severe infection can lead to bacterial pneumonia, sinus, and the worsening of chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes, and heart diseases.1

The flu vaccine, its importance, and efficacy
Flu vaccines are crucial to prevent flu because the rate of spreading of the flu infection is faster than compared to other diseases. It can spread through contact, airborne drops, saliva, or touching a contaminated surface.1

The flu vaccine is thus a boon that helps in preventing the infection. The flu vaccine protects against four influenza viruses which are commonly prevalent during the flu season. Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot to keep themselves protected from the virus.2

The aim of taking the vaccination is that it can help in preventing flu and its serious complications. There are different vaccines available, the suitability of which can be assessed by your consulting doctor.2

Another factor that needs to be kept in mind is that the effectiveness can vary in the vaccines. This is primarily because of the virus match between the one in the vaccine and one that’s in circulation. If the match is good, the protection is substantial. The effectiveness also depends on the person who is getting vaccinated viz, their health conditions, and age.2

Just like any vaccine, the flu vaccine does not guarantee that one might not get the flu. However, it decreases the severity of the infection.2

Other advantages that you have when you have taken the vaccine are:

  • Flu-related hospitalization is less when compared to people who are not vaccinated.2
  • It helps the people around you. By getting vaccinated, you have a less likely chance of getting flu and thus spreading it.3

The flu vaccine helps in developing antibodies in the body post two weeks of vaccination which can help in fighting against the flu virus that is in circulation.4
If you have been vaccinated last year that doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get infected this year because the virus changes. Each year the vaccine is updated to include the latest virus.3 As our continued effort in this #FightAgainstFlu, the vaccine must be taken each year by eligible individuals.

After gaining all this information, I am sure you are going to consult your doctor and get a flu vaccination at the earliest.