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Ask the pharmacist: What should I do with prescription pills I no longer need?

As part of a weekly series, in association with LloydsPharmacy, Suresh Bagga from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor answers your common medicine queries… 

Suresh Bagga, from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, gives expert advice

Suresh Bagga, from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, gives expert advice

Q: What should I do with prescription pills I no longer need?

A: Any unwanted or unused medication – pills, liquids or inhalers – should be taken back to a pharmacy.

Never put them in the bin – you don’t want children or animals to get them. And don’t put medication down the loo, either, as it could get into the water supply.

Not all pharmacies will be able to accept unwanted needles, as they must have the right facilities to dispose of them safely, but if your local pharmacy can’t take them, they will be able to tell you where you can take them instead.

Q: Can having a tummy upset affect the pill?

A: Yes – if you vomit within two hours of taking the Pill or have diarrhoea, this can reduce its effectiveness. With most types of the Pill, you should take another dose straight away and this will continue to give you protection, so long as your symptoms have passed. 

But some progesterone-only Pills have to be taken within a three-hour window and if you don’t take again in that time, you will need to use another form of protection for the next 48 hours.

If the upset tummy continues, keep taking the Pill, but if it’s the combined version, also use additional contraception for seven days after the upset tummy has passed (or for two days if you are on the mini Pill) to ensure you’re protected.

The speculum gets a much-needed redesign after 150 years of using the same contraption which was designed for deliberately painful experiments on slaves

The hated speculum is getting a redesign, and it’s about d**n time.

The pelvic exam tool has remained essentially unchanged since it was invented 150 years ago, by a man, through experimental procedures performed on slave women.

Many have tried, but so far, no one has succeeded to replace the torturous device.

Now, several groups are in the running to reinvent not only the speculum, but the entire experience of going to the gynecologist.

The speculum that is used in pelvic exams hasn't changed much in the last 150 years. Finally, women are coming up with redesigns to make the device - and the exam - more comfortable

The speculum was invented by James Marion Sims in the 1840s. The inventor of what looks like a medieval torture device is often referred to as ‘the father of modern gynecology.’

We can thank him for pioneering surgical methods for repairing vaginal tearing that sometimes occurs during childbirth, but he developed the technique by experimenting on slave women who were wide awake and experiencing a lot more than ‘a little pressure’ from a speculum.

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Sims actually developed the speculum in order to help a white patient, but tested his ideas – beginning with a bent gravy spoon – on a slave woman, without anesthesia, or a medical reason to be manipulating her body.

The result was a device with two arms shaped a bit like miso soup spoons. That evolved into the metal or plastic duck-bill shaped contraception that patients still know and, mostly, hate.

Now, specula are available in various sizes, though not every doctor’s office is necessarily stocked with options, but attempts to improve the comfort of the device have largely been rejected by doctors as simply less effective.

For most women, the cold, lubricated prongs, ratcheting sound and ensuing dilation are a source of anxiety and discomfort. Studies have shown that, for some women who have been the victims of sexual trauma or abuse, a visit to the gynecologist can trigger bad memories and associations.

One study done in the 1980s even found that the speculum was one of the top reasons women gave for skipping their annual exams.

In 2014, the American College of Physicians recommended that pelvic exams not be performed on women that were not pregnant or presenting any symptoms of gynecological health problems, but seems to have since changed its mind.

Yona is a project that grew out of design firm Frogg's idea for a more comfortable speculumThe women of Yona are developing an app (pictured), instructions for doctors and design suggestions for exam rooms to may trips to the gynecologist more pleasant

n 2016, the US Preventative Services Task Force suggested that a pelvic exam may not be appropriate for all women, and instead recommended an obstetrician-gynecologist ‘discuss’ the option with her.

But, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists replied that there was not enough evidence on either side of the argument, and stuck to its recommendation that all women over 21 have an annual pelvic exam.

If it has to be done, a project known as Yona hopes it can be done more pleasantly.

Yona grew out of a speculum redesign project from New York design firm Frog. A team of designers has been 3D printing and testing a number of new speculum ideas, but realized that a lot more needs to change to make going to the gynecologist a comfortable experience.

The all-women team’s current design has three ‘leaves’ instead of two, which helps gynecologists get the good field of view, without creating as much stretching tension as the current, two-leafed device.

Duke University student Mercy Asiedu has begun testing her design for a vaginal inserter that would allow pelvic exams to be done with a pen-sized camera

They also took a cue from the sex toy industry and covered their speculum in silicon that both feels and looks more pleasing. A new, wider angle on the handle allows doctors to sit further away from their patients, and hold the speculum more comfortably during exams.

Yona is also creating an app that allows women to fill out forms, has tools for ‘mental wellbeing’ provides secure access to test results, and a networking platform.

Women have reported that doctors’ clinical bedside manners and the discomfort of exam rooms also make their annual check-ups stressful. Yona has ideas for redesigning both to be more ‘patient-centered,’ according to its website.

In the age of laparoscopic everything, Duke University graduate student Mercy Asiedu is working on a design that would eliminate the need for a doctor to widen the vaginal opening.

She has designed a ‘vaginal inserter’ which a woman could place herself, which would allow the use of pen-sized camera to observe and take images inside her vagina. Of the fifteen volunteers in Asiedu’s pilot study, 92 percent preferred her vaginal inserter and camera system to a traditional speculum pelvic exam. For 83 percent of women, this method still gave a clear view of the cervix.

Asiedu’s research, published on PLOS one, even suggests that a woman could perform the entire exam herself.

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£1,000 on vitamin drips, £350 on smoothies and even £300 on a shaman healer… my bizarre and VERY pricey month living like Gwynnie on her Goop-inspired diet

In March, Gwyneth Paltrow posed in a red Stella McCartney bikini on the cover of Women’s Health magazine – and looked sensational. I’ve always been a Gwynnie groupie and, after that, I thought it was time to see if living like her for a month would make me both feel and look like the same picture of health. Was it humanly possible?

It would mean following the ‘wellness’ website Goop, launched almost a decade ago at the kitchen table of the Hollywood star and mother-of-two, who turned 45 last week. It has since turned into a phenomenon, and a notoriously controversial one at that.

Barely a month goes by without some new, bizarre health or ‘wellness’ advice being issued by Goop, sparking headlines and sometimes fierce debate. There’s cupping, crystal healing, aura photographs, infrared saunas, earthing (walking barefoot), consulting shamans and intravenous infusions. And ingesting a plethora of detoxing smoothies infused with powders, herbal ‘dusts’, and fungi is all Gwynnie-approved.

Fitness blogger Poppy Cross, pictured, spent one month following a diet endorsed by Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow appeared on the front cover of a recent edition of Women's Health

And who could forget her recommendation that women steam and insert stone eggs into their most intimate areas to provide ‘hormonal balance’ and improve relationships – something described by medical experts as not only dangerous but ‘complete bull’.

Last month American watchdog Truth in Advertising (TINA) filed a formal complaint against Goop for ‘unsubstantiated and therefore deceptive’ claims to promote its health products.

TINA is calling for an investigation into claims that Goop-endorsed products and treatments can treat, cure, prevent, alleviate symptoms of or reduce the risk of ailments ranging from depression to infertility and arthritis.

Goop says the allegation is ‘unsubstantiated and unfounded’, and Gwyneth encourages followers to weigh up the evidence for themselves. So that’s exactly what I did.

For one month, I attempted to live her life by adopting the health fads and treatments she has personally recommended.

Before starting, I felt a pretty poor four out of ten on the wellness scale. The opportunity, at 31, to ‘glow like a radioactive swan’, as Paltrow was recently described by one journalist, sounded pretty exciting. But, as I discovered, being as ‘well’ as Gwynnie takes a lot of time. And money.

Could I do it – and would it all be worth it…?

MASTERING THE BASICS

Goop has featured thousands of products and therapies over the years. So I decided to try only the things Gwynnie has publicly admitted to doing herself.

First, I had to assemble the basics. Gwyneth practises dry body brushing daily. ‘It’s fantastic for circulation and it helps smooth cellulite. I do it every night before I get in the bath,’ she has said.

Speaking of baths, she uses Epsom salts in hers, said to help muscle recovery after exercise and help induce sleep.

Poppy tried an Epsom salt bath which is endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow to aid with sleep

She also works out regularly with her personal trainer Tracy Anderson, based in LA. I make do with Anderson’s workout DVDs and purchase a foam roller to help stretch out the muscles and blitz cellulite.

Mercifully, neither vaginal steaming or another rather hideous sounding practice called apitherapy – getting stung by bees ‘to get rid of inflammation and scarring’ (says Gwynnie) – are available in this country, so they’re off the list.

I also invest in Gwynnie’s cook books and copious amounts of coconut oil and ‘clean-eating’ food. Following her recipes exactly involved a fair bit of Google searching and purchasing from American online shops. A week later it’s time to get started.

CLEAN EATING… AND PROGRAMMED TREATS

My daily Gwynnie routine begins with hot water and lemon.

Her regular diet, as detailed in Goop Clean Beauty, is based on the advice of Dr Alejandro Junger, her doctor and ‘detox expert’. He banishes everything from red meat to eggs and even the humble banana, in favour of plenty of white meat, fish, green veg and some pulses and grains.

However, I am relieved to discover Gwynnie doesn’t ‘eat clean’ all the time. She has confessed: ‘The day I swear off red wine and gluten for life isn’t coming (ever).’

She allows herself ‘programmed treats’, admitting: ‘I often have a glass of red wine in the evening and smoke a cigarette on a Saturday.’ The balance ‘keeps her vibrant’.

The worst thing was giving up cheese – I just couldn’t face giving up caffeine – but I did enjoy an occasional treat of red wine and the odd portion of fries. Dr Junger also recommends an annual week-long detox (with no treats at all). I save this for my final week.

A SUCKER FOR CUPPING…

Poppy underwent a traditional form of Chinese therapy at the London Cupping Clinic, pictured

This is one of the many alternative practices Gwyneth advocates. A traditional Chinese therapy that’s a form of blood-letting, it’s claimed it relieves inflammation and muscle pain and aid recovery after exercise. At the London Cupping Clinic, my first treatment costs £49 for 20 minutes.

Glass cups with an attached pump are placed on to my upper back. The gentle suction causes the skin to rise and redden as the blood vessels expand. After three minutes, the cups are taken off and tiny cuts are made with a scalpel. To my relief, it’s not painful – and I’m told not to worry about the large, glaring, traffic-light-like bruises on my back that cause horrified stares during my yoga class. I notice no physical benefit, but then I had no pain to start with.

TIME FOR EXERCISE… AND FOAM ROLLING

Gwynnie has credited personal trainer Anderson with giving her ‘the a**e of a 22-year-old stripper’ – thanks to two hours of working out a day. There are three DVDs, all dance-inspired cardio and circuit training, and I complete one a week. They’re fun and accessible to all abilities.

Next, the foam roller. A Goop expert claims that by manipulating the fascia – body tissue that covers the muscle structure like clingfilm – you can ‘eliminate congestion and puffiness and bring the body into alignment’. The eight moves take 30 minutes – I manage ten minutes now and again. After a month my circulation seems better, my muscles are less tight – but I’m less convinced about it banishing cellulite.

A PRICEY BREAKFAST… AND OIL MOUTHWASH

Gwyneth claims to start each day with a ten-ingredient smoothie costing a staggering £354

Gwyneth claims to start the day with her famously expensive Morning Smoothie. The much fabled concoction contains 1 cup almond milk; 1 tablespoon almond butter; 1 teaspoon coconut oil; 2 tablespoons vanilla mushroom protein powder; 5 teaspoons of various herbs and Himalayan salt.

Cost? A whopping £354.

How does it taste? Thick, delicious, energising, but a tad rich.

When it comes to teeth-whitening, forget bleach. Instead, it’s one minute of ‘oil pulling’ – swishing coconut oil around in your mouth – which Gwyneth says can have the same effect. It’s as unappealing as it sounds – and I never do it again. Instead, I use the coconut oil as a moisturiser after an evening bath. A big tub can cost less than £5. Finally, a money-saving tip!

INFRARED SAUNAS… AND A NO-SCALPEL FACELIFT

Poppy also underwent a £170 non-surgical facelift as part of her month of following the star

Paltrow is often admired for looking good for her age, rather than younger than she is. The secret? A laser skin treatment called Thermage. ‘It’s non-invasive but it’s quite painful, like having your face smacked with a rubber band that has an electric shock in it,’ she says. Dr David Jack in Harley Street offers a similar treatment called Forma to rejuvenate skin. I didn’t notice much difference, but was told it would take a few sessions.

Gwyneth also has regular infrared saunas to help flush out toxins. I go to the PUR Wellness clinic, where I discover that unlike traditional saunas, these wood cabins contain panels that emit infrared rays that heat the body, rather than heat sources and steam. I still sweat buckets.

Dr Junger claims: ‘Infrared heat is proven to be beneficial for musculoskeletal ailments, heavy metal detoxification, increased blood flow, and boosting the immune system.’ I can find no evidence for any of this – but I do feel really good after each session. I’m halfway through my month of living like Gwynnie. It’s time-consuming, but all this Goop living leaves me feeling 7/10.

I.V. VITAMINS AND A SHAMAN

Another of the celebrity tips tried by Poppy was the IV drip delivering vitamin-infused water

Another must-have is IV drips that deliver vitamin-infused water directly into the blood. It’s claimed they boost energy, ease sore muscles, cure hangovers and bolster the immune system.

I go to IV Boost in London where, over the space of the month, I have four infusions. They feel cold as the liquid enters my vein and despite the hefty price tag, I don’t notice any difference in how I feel afterwards.

The next day, I visit a shaman – a spiritual healer, another of Gwynnie’s favourite things.

Roland Torikian, who charges £150 for a 90-minute session in Covent Garden, hands me a hen’s egg. ‘The egg is like a microcosm,’ he says.

‘By holding it, you pass your energy into it.’ After ten minutes of questions, he takes the egg, cracks it into a glass of water and studies it. He then performs some energetic arm movements in front and behind me and burps, which he says expels my bad energy through him. The sessions are somewhat bizarre, but he is a good listener and offered reassurance to any issues that came up.

Poppy also tried an infra-red sauna which is supposed to flush out toxins in the body 

CONSCIOUS UNCOUPLING

When Gwyneth split from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, they announced they were ‘consciously uncoupling’. The phrase was coined by psychotherapist and author Katherine Woodward Thomas and is now the title of her book on ‘completing a relationship’. Having gone through a break-up myself last year, I read the book with great interest. The fact that Gwyneth is openly talking about these therapies and processes in an unashamed way can only be a good thing.

THE SEVEN-DAY DETOX THAT TOOK ME TEN

Gwynnie says her detox isn’t about deprivation, and she’s right.

But boy did it take planning and time – about one-and-a-half hours a day on average – as well as significant amounts of cash for ingredients. You can kiss your social life goodbye, too. In the end, it took me ten days to get through all the meals due to – well, life.

AFTER A MONTH OF LIVING LIKE GWYNNIE…

Being as ‘well’ as Gwynnie became almost a full-time job and, in reality, what I’ve tested represents only a smidgen of her regular lifestyle practices. It’s clear that to live like her, you need a lot of time and an awful lot of money.

DO’S AND DON’TS

GWYNNIE’S DIET

THE STAPLES: Plenty of white meat, fish, nuts, green veg and salad leaves, nut butters, fermented food and tea, kefir (fermented milk), pulses such as chickpeas, quinoa, porridge, coconut yogurt, rice cakes, sweet potato.

BANNED FOODS: Alcohol, caffeine, dairy, eggs, beef, pork, shellfish, raw fish, gluten, soy, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers), strawberries, oranges, grapefruits, grapes, bananas, corn, white rice, added sugar, peanuts, processed oils and butters (margarine, spreads etc), vegetable oils.

The things I’ve found most beneficial are in fact the most ordinary: a nutritious diet, plenty of sleep, exercise and the wisdom of psychotherapists.

I loved learning new recipes and spending time in the kitchen. The meals were hearty and tasty, but there’s no way I’m keeping up that strict exclusion diet.

The body-brushing has been great and my skin does look and feel smoother. The Epsom salt baths were also very relaxing.

As for infrared saunas, they’re too expensive, but I am having regular traditional saunas at my gym, and love this scheduled ‘me’ time.

I won’t be using IV infusions, shamans, oil pulling, cupping or costly powders and potions.

All that remains for me is to celebrate my month with Gwyneth’s ideal ‘last meal’; red wine, oysters with cocktail sauce, a baked stuffed lobster with fries and a baguette – and a cheese course for pud.

Now that I do recommend!

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THE COST OF THE BRUTAL REGIME

■ ‘Clean eating’: As recommended by Gwyneth’s own doctor in the Goop Clean Beauty book, £10.

■ Clean recipes also in: It’s All Good: Delicious Recipes That Will Make You Look Good And Feel Great, £16.59, It’s All Easy Weekday Recipes For The Super-Busy Home Cook, £16.59.

■ Food (excluding smoothies): £500 for the month; 1½ hours of food prep/cooking a day.

■ The Workout DVDs: Tracy Anderson Method: Triple Workout £17.98; three hours a week.

■ The Detox Smoothie ingredients: Found on Goop. com, £354.17.

■ Cupping: £49 for one 20-minute session.

■ Laser skin: (Forma) £170 for one 20-minute session.

■ Coconut oil: For oil-pulling, moisturising, cooking etc, £6.98 for two jars; two minutes’ moisturising a day.

■ Foam Roller: £25.95; ten minutes a day, three times a week.

■ Epsom salts: £26.89 for 10oz bag; 15-minute bath every other day.

■ Body Brush: £23.90 (Goop.com); two minutes’ brushing each day.

■ Conscious Uncoupling book: £13.03; read over a weekend.

■ IV drip: £230 Myers cocktail (one 15-minute session).

■ IV drip: £250 intracellular glutathione (three 15-minute sessions).

■ Shaman healer: £150 per 90-minute session (two sessions).

■ Infrared saunas: From £99 for four 30-minute sessions a month.

■ Full head of balayage (highlights) by Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds to get Gwyneth’s blonde locks: £340, two hours; plus manicure, £35, one hour.

■ Research, shopping, travel to appointments: seven hours.

TOTAL: £2,936, 89 hours

 

‘I thought the ten second rule was if you dropped cake on the floor!’ Strictly viewers are left OUTRAGED after Debbie McGee is ‘unfairly’ penalised for dazzling performance with Giovanni Pernice

Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing was embroiled in drama with Brendan Cole disputing head judge Shirley Ballas’ comments to his dance with Charlotte Hawkins.

And tensions continued to mount during the episode, with contestant Debbie McGee becoming the next to face the wrath of the judges after she performed the quickstep with Giovanni Pernice.

Despite wowing with her dazzling routine, the former magician’s assistant, 58, was penalised for breaking the ’10 second rule’ – a decision that left dedicated viewers at home outraged.

Points deducted! Debbie McGee, 58, was penalised for breaking the '10 second rule' after she performed the quickstep with Giovanni Pernice Saturday night's Strictly Come Dancing

Debbie looked absolutely beautiful in her figure-hugging glittering gold gown and a retro hairdo as she flaunted her best dance moves with pro Giovanni.

And while Paul Daniels’ widow’s performance to Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off from Shall We Dance was culminated with a rapturous applause from the audience, the judging panel were quick to offer their not so pleasant verdict.

 

Despite Darcey Bussell exclaiming ‘I’m loving you!’, Craig Revel Horwood informed her that she had broken the ’10 second rule.’

The Strictly rule refers to contestants not spending more than ten seconds away from their partner doing solo moves.

Impressive: Debbie looked absolutely beautiful in her figure-hugging glittering gold gown and a retro hairdo as she flaunted her best dance moves with pro Giovanni

Proving that the razzle dazzle isn’t just reserved for the dance floor, Strictly host Tess Daly looked as sparkling as the contestants in a sequin gold gown this week.

Styled by James Yardley, Tess sported an Amanda Thompson Couture gown teamed with Stephen Webster jewellery and her hair worn in side swept waves.

We’re loving this look on Tess, which encapsulates old school Hollywood glamour and are definitely coveting her gown for the upcoming party season.

It’s not available to buy online but you can follow the link on the right to find out more about the brand, then recreate the look with one of the picks from our edit below.

With options from True Decadence, Quiz and PrettyLittleThing you’re spoilt for choice!

Judged: Despite Darcey Bussell exclaiming 'I'm loving you!', Craig Revel Horwood informed her that she had broken the '10 second rule'Not happy: Debbie, who had given the dance her all, looked obviously upset and annoyed at the decision as it was announced that she would have points deducted for the dance floor blunder

A ’10 second rule’…. First time I’ve ever heard any of the judges mention it in #Strictly Thought they were overly harsh to Debbie.’

‘Debbie deserved 9’s … 10 second rule My A*** #Strictly.’

‘Debbie, Debbie Debbie – I love her. 10 secs! Who cares?! #strictly #StrictlyComeDancing2017.’

‘#strictly Debbie as expected a proper quick step and a very good performance. A joy to watch. F the 10 seconds.’

’10 second rule?!?! I can understand if it was a comp that the pros do. Not 4 #Strictly Debbie looked like she wanted 2 kill him.’

‘#Strictly I though the ten second rule was if cake dropped on the floor and was there for less than ten seconds you could still eat it.’

‘Don’t. Blame. Celebs. For. Choreographers’. Mistakes. #Strictly #scd.’

Meanwhile, Debbie, who tragically lost her husband of thirty years, magician Paul Daniels, to a brain tumour last year, addressed a potential romance with her hunky dance partner Giovanni.

Joking in an interview with The Sun that she was not oblivious to their 31-year age gap.

The blonde bombshell joked: ‘I can categorically say that I’m not romantically connected with Giovanni. Look at me, I’m older than his mother!’

'Look at me, I'm older than his mother!': , Debbie, who tragically lost her husband of thirty years, magician Paul Daniels, to a brain tumour last year, addressed a potential romance with her hunky dance partner Giovanni

Debbie had wowed audiences with a sultry Paso Doble in Week One of Strictly, where she high-kicked and twirled around Giovanni with ease and she added an extra sprinkling of sass to the routine by planting a kiss on Giovanni’s lips at the end of the dance, before pushing him to the floor.

Addressing that smooch that shocked viewers at home, Debbie insisted her late husband Paul would have had no problem with her locking lips with the stud.

She claimed: ‘Paul would have ­definitely approved of that kiss. He loved showbiz and when people did something that got a reaction!’

Proud: After tragically losing her husband Paul Daniels last year, Debbie said of the kiss: 'Paul would have ­definitely approved of that kiss. He loved showbiz and when people did something that got a reaction'

Do YOU know how many eggs you should be eating per day? Nutritionist answers the most common diet questions she’s asked – and her answers might surprise you

Every day Australian nutritionist Susie Burrell gets asked the same questions over and over: Every day Australian nutritionist Susie Burrell gets asked the same questions over and over: ‘Do I have to give up bread forever to lose weight?’, ‘Is the sugar in fruit harming my diet?’, ‘Is sushi really as healthy as everyone claims?’ So Susie decided the time had come to answer the most common questions she and fellow nutritionists get asked daily – and her answers may surprise you.Oprah Winfrey has refused to give up her beloved bread, and so should you. Susie revealed that not all bread causes weight gain, and the key is to picking the right one to keep you happy and full. ‘Large wraps, Turkish bread, and thick slabs or the white stuff we often consume at cafes will easily result in a carb and calorie overload if we are not careful,’ she wrote in her blog.

Instead Susie recommends sticking to a slice or two of dense grain or Sourdough bread to make sure your carbohydrate and calorie intake is still in check. Fruit can likewise be a great addition to your diet, as long as you’re having the right kind.This doesn’t mean you’ll have to pick between grapes and watermelon. Fresh fruit is filled with naturally occurring sugars that won’t adversely hurt your diet if you stick to one or two pieces a day, according to Susie.
But the same can’t be said for fruit in juiced or dried form. These are packed with added sugars, which Susie recommends limiting to five teaspoons a day. ‘You will get this simply from using a sauce or two throughout the day, and perhaps a little in a processed snack bar, yoghurt, or breakfast cereal,’ she wrote. Susie recommends checking labels to make sure that what you’re buying has less than five grams of sugar per serve, or less than 10grams per 100grams.Yoghurt is another seemingly nutritious snack that can sometimes be packed with sugar.Susie recommends sticking to plain Greek yoghurts, especially those with a higher protein count. Since fruit yoghurts often have double or triple the amount of sugar compared to plain flavours, Susie once again recommends using fresh fruit instead.
Swedish style yoghurt, or quark is also exceptionally good nutritionally if you like to taste,’ she added. Past reports on saturated fats led many to rethink having eggs for breakfast, but Susie is here to soothe those concerns. ‘Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods out there,’ she writes. ‘As part of a balanced diet, consuming an egg or two each day will not negatively impact your weight or cholesterol levels.’ She also suggests skipping large California rolls for sashimi and sushi made with brown rice as well as edamame and seaweed salad +7She also suggests skipping large California rolls for sashimi and sushi made with brown rice as well as edamame and seaweed saladBut while sushi may seem like a healthy dinner choice, a number of dishes at your favourite Japanese restaurant are packed with carbohydrates.’Large California rolls made mainly of rice are not as nutritious as you may think, containing much more carbs than protein or nutrient-rich vegetables,’ Susie said. The nutritionist recommends sticking to sashimi, edamame, seaweed salad, and eating just one or two small brown rice rolls. And when it comes to deciding which oil to cook with in the kitchen, Susie said extra virgin olive oil is the clear winner. ‘Contrary to popular belief you can cook with olive oil,’ she said. ‘In fact, it is one of the most stable cooking oils to cook with.’Olive oil is also packed with antioxidants and Vitamin E. The Mediterranean diet, which olive oil plays a big part in, has also been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. Susie recommends steering clear of cooking with coconut oil, which she said has plenty of saturated fat that does not ‘offer the benefits of antioxidants or extra nutrients’.

She also suggests skipping large California rolls for sashimi and sushi made with brown rice as well as edamame and seaweed salad

When it comes to yoghurt, Susie recommends sticking to plain Greek yoghurts, especially those with a higher protein count

Susie believes that extra virgin olive oil is the best to cook with as it is packed with antioxidants

Limit yourself to two eggs a day to get their nutritional value without upping your cholesterol 

Susie suggests having one or piece of fresh fruit a day and avoiding it in juiced or dried form 

Susie revealed that not all bread causes weight gain, and the key is to picking the right one to keep you happy and full. She recommends sticking to sourdough and skipping large wraps

Australian nutritionist Susie Burrell (pictured) has answered some of her clients most common nutritional questions - from whether they need to quit bread to what kind of oil to cook with 

And the bride and groom wore matching crowns! Prince Philip of Serbia ties the knot with his graphic designer fiancée in a lavish ceremony at Belgrade cathedral

He’s a senior member of the Serbian royal family, while she’s a graphic artist who shows off her love of travel on Instagram.

And now Prince Philip of Serbia has married fiancée Danica Marinkovic in a lavish wedding ceremony in Belgrade on Saturday.

Danica, 30, looked stunning in an elegant white gown with billowing sleeves and a sweeping train, which was adorned with a large bow at the front.

The happy couple wore elaborate crowns as they exchanged their vows during a traditional ceremony at the city’s cathedral.

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Prince Philip of Yugoslavia has married to Danica Marinkovic in a lavish wedding ceremony in Belgrade, Serbia 

Prince Philip of Yugoslavia has married to Danica Marinkovic in a lavish wedding ceremony in Belgrade, Serbia

The couple looked delighted as they were showered with petals on leaving the cathedral

The couple looked delighted as they were showered with petals on leaving the cathedral

The pair shared a kiss in front of well-wishers after tying the knot in a grand ceremony 

The pair shared a kiss in front of well-wishers after tying the knot in a grand ceremony

Philip, 35, looked dashing in a morning suit, which he wore with a white waistcoat and tie.

The pair both looked delighted as they were showered with rose petals on leaving the church as husband and wife, before sharing a kiss in front of crowds of well-wishers.

Other European royals also attended the grand event, including Queen Sofia of Spain and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Philip announced that he was engaged to his girlfriend earlier this summer, alongside a photograph of the couple beaming on the steps of Belgrade’s Royal Palace.

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Danica, 30, looked stunning in an elegant white gown with a long sweeping train at the back 

Danica, 30, looked stunning in an elegant white gown with a long sweeping train at the back

Philip had announced that he was set to marry graphic designer Danica earlier this summer

He made the announcement alongside a photograph of the couple beaming on the steps of Belgrade's Royal Palace

Philip had announced that he was set to marry graphic designer Danica earlier this summer

The couple tied the knot in front of their high society wedding guests, as well as other European royals

The couple tied the knot in front of their high society wedding guests, as well as other European royals

A statement from the palace read: ‘Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine and Princess Maria da Gloria Orleans-Braganza have great pleasure to announce that HRH Prince Philip is engaged to Ms. Danica Marinkovic, daughter of Mr. Milan Marinkovic – Cile and Mrs. Beba Marinkovic.’

Philip, who has a twin brother, is the second oldest child of Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia’s sons.

The senior Serbian royal was educated in the UK and now works in finance in London.

Philip and Danica posed with their guests outside the Belgrade cathedral after the nuptials

Philip and Danica posed with their guests outside the Belgrade cathedral after the nuptials

The couple both wore elaborate crowns as they exchanged their vows

They god married in traditional ceremony on Saturday

The couple both wore elaborate crowns during the traditional ceremony on Saturday

Danica, who is known for her love of fashion, looked every inch the beautiful bride in a white gown with billowing sleeves

Danica, who is known for her love of fashion, looked every inch the beautiful bride in a white gown with billowing sleeves

Philip meanwhile looked dapper in a morning suit, complete with white waistcoat and tie 

Philip meanwhile looked dapper in a morning suit, complete with white waistcoat and tie

Philip and Danica posed with their guests outside the catherdral, including Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (second from right),  Queen Sofia of Spain (third from right) and Prince Alexander of Yugolsavia (far right) 

Philip and Danica posed with their guests outside the catherdral, including Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (second from right),  Queen Sofia of Spain (third from right) and Prince Alexander of Yugolsavia (far right)

Meanwhile, Danica – whose father is a respected impressionist painter who has worked with designer Roksanda Ilincic – is no stranger to the high life, with photos showing her enjoying a never-ending series of sun-kissed holidays in Seville, Milan and Croatia.

Born in Belgrade, she is officially a French citizen and, like Philip, studied in the UK, graduating from the Chelsea College of Arts in London before embarking on a successful career as a designer.

Serbia – formerly part of Yugoslavia – is now a republic but its once-exiled royal family have lived in Belgrade’s Royal Palace since 2001.

The  couple flashed wide smiles as they were greeted by well-wishers outside the cathedral

The couple flashed wide smiles as they were greeted by well-wishers outside the cathedral

The newlyweds were driven on to their reception in a vintage car following the ceremony 

The newlyweds were driven on to their reception in a vintage car following the ceremony

Danica was seen smiling at cameras as they headed off to celebrate their marriage 

Danica was seen smiling at cameras as they headed off to celebrate their marriage

The grand ceremony was attended by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (left) and Queen Sofia of Spain (right)

Victoria looked elegant as ever in a pale pink frock, while Sofia opted for a green jacket accessorised with a large pearl necklace 

Victoria looked elegant as ever in a pale pink frock, while Sofia opted for a green jacket accessorised with a large pearl necklace

Victoria was seen carrying a candle during the ceremony

Philip is the son of Prince Alexander of Yugolsavia, pictured with Queen Sofia

Victoria was seen carrying a candle during the ceremony attended by senior European royals

Philip looked delighted as he looked up at the sky following the stunning wedding ceremony 

Philip looked delighted as he looked up at the sky following the stunning wedding ceremony

The prince, who was educated in the UK, looked emotional during the church ceremony 

The prince, who was educated in the UK, looked emotional during the church ceremony

Philip, who has a twin brother, is the second oldest child of Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia¿s sons  

Philip, who has a twin brother, is the second oldest child of Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia’s sons

The prince, who has previously rubbed shoulders with William and Harry, was educated in the UK and now works in finance in London

The prince, who has previously rubbed shoulders with William and Harry, was educated in the UK and now works in finance in London

Danica, who was born in Belgrade, is officially a French citizen

She also studied in the UK

Danica, who was born in Belgrade, is officially a French citizen and also studied in the UK

Serbia - formerly part of Yugoslavia - is now a republic but its once-exiled royal family have lived in Belgrade's Royal Palace since 2001 

Serbia – formerly part of Yugoslavia – is now a republic but its once-exiled royal family have lived in Belgrade’s Royal Palace since 2001

 

Glamorous sculptress Daisy Boyd is found dead at 28 in a private psychiatric hospital just months after £300m publishing heir Dan Macmillan, 42, broke off their engagement

At a glittering engagement party exactly a year ago, Dan Macmillan, heir to a £300 million publishing fortune, and his new fiancee Daisy Boyd were every inch the golden couple.

But now her family have been left devastated after she was found dead, having apparently taken her own life just months after her husband-to-be ended the engagement.

The grand-daughter of the late River Café co-owner Rose Gray and daughter of leading architect Tim Boyd was found dead at the private Nightingale Hospital in Marylebone, central London on Thursday.

Daisy Boyd and Dan Macmillan attend their engagement party at River Cafe on October 9, 2016 in London

Daisy Boyd and Dan Macmillan attend their engagement party at River Cafe on October 9, 2016 in London

Daisy, 28, and 42-year-old Dan, were together for three years before Macmillan broke off the engagement in July

Daisy, 28, and 42-year-old Dan, were together for three years before Macmillan broke off the engagement in July

Daisy is pictured with her father Tim at her engagement party last October

Daisy is pictured with her father Tim at her engagement party last October

Daisy was a former pupil of £36,000-a-year Woldingham, a Roman Catholic boarding school in Surrey

Daisy was a former pupil of £36,000-a-year Woldingham, a Roman Catholic boarding school in Surrey

In tributes, Daisy has been described as ‘enormously popular, curious, generous and with a diamond sparkle’

The couple are pictured at an event last June just months before they had a party celebrating their engagement

The couple are pictured at an event last June just months before they had a party celebrating their engagement

The circumstances of her death were unclear last night. The hospital, which specialises in the treatment of eating disorders, addiction and other psychiatric illness was judged to ‘require improvement’ on patient safety in the most recent report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Daisy, 28, and 42-year-old Dan, were together for three years before Macmillan broke off the engagement in July.

The sculptress had seemingly tamed wild man designer Macmillan, once dubbed the Vulgar Viscount, the great-grandson of Tory PM Harold Macmillan.

Indeed, their stylish engagement party at the River Cafe – where her stepfather Charles Pullan, married to her mother Lucy, is manager – left guests anticipating an equally glamorous wedding.

A devastated family friend said last night: ¿Daisy died on Thursday morning and all her family and friends are devastated by this tragic news'

A devastated family friend said last night: ‘Daisy died on Thursday morning and all her family and friends are devastated by this tragic news’

In the past Old Etonian Dan (pictured above with Daisy) has been romantically linked to models Kate Moss and Jade Jagger, who ended their friendship after finding he was dating them simultaneously

In the past Old Etonian Dan (pictured above with Daisy) has been romantically linked to models Kate Moss and Jade Jagger, who ended their friendship after finding he was dating them simultaneously

Just a year ago all eyes were on daisy at her engagement party when she wore a bold black and gold pinstripe suit

She was the picture of happiness as she cuddled up to her fiance Dan during the party last October

She was the picture of happiness as she cuddled up to her fiance Dan during the party last October

In tribute to Daisy, a family friend said: 'She was just 28 years old and we are all deeply pained that she has died so young. Daisy was a brilliantly vibrant and joyous person who lit up any room she entered'

In tribute to Daisy, a family friend said: ‘She was just 28 years old and we are all deeply pained that she has died so young. Daisy was a brilliantly vibrant and joyous person who lit up any room she entered’

Heir to the Macmillan family’s £300 million fortune, Dan was also formerly engaged to Ukrainian model Sasha Volkova, but split from her in late 2011. Formally, he is Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden, a courtesy title as he is heir to the Earldom of Stockton.

His father, Tory peer Alexander, the 2nd Earl, sold the Macmillan publishing house to a German firm in the 1990s.

The Macmillans are a troubled dynasty, summed up by some as ‘The Curse of the Macmillans’. Dan’s father, Alexander, watched his own father drink himself into an early grave and his younger brother Joshua die from an overdose in 1965. His sister Rachael died from an overdose in 1987.

Prime Minister Harold’s wife Lady Dorothy had an affair with her husband’s best friend, Lord Boothby, which resulted in an illegitimate daughter, later adopted by Macmillan. This daughter, Sarah, became an alcoholic and died after falling downstairs in 1970.

The sculptress had seemingly tamed wild man designer Macmillan, once dubbed the Vulgar Viscount, the great-grandson of Tory PM Harold Macmillan 

The sculptress had seemingly tamed wild man designer Macmillan, once dubbed the Vulgar Viscount, the great-grandson of Tory PM Harold Macmillan

A family friend said: ‘She had an infectious enthusiasm and has been cut off in the prime of her life’

The grand-daughter of the late River Café co-owner Rose Gray and daughter of leading architect Tim Boyd was found dead at the private Nightingale Hospital in Marylebone, central London on Thursday

The grand-daughter of the late River Café co-owner Rose Gray and daughter of leading architect Tim Boyd was found dead at the private Nightingale Hospital in Marylebone, central London on Thursday

But a devastated family friend said last night: ‘Daisy died on Thursday morning and all her family and friends are devastated by this tragic news.

‘She was just 28 years old and we are all deeply pained that she has died so young. Daisy was a brilliantly vibrant and joyous person who lit up any room she entered.

‘She had an infectious enthusiasm and has been cut off in the prime of her life. Enormously popular, curious, generous and with a diamond sparkle, she was greatly loved by her family and friends, and the gap she leaves is, at the moment, unfathomable.’

The friend said the family wished to grieve in peace.

Daisy's grandmother Rose Gray, left, and River Cafe co-owner Ruth Rogers, right at the venue

Daisy’s grandmother Rose Gray, left, and River Cafe co-owner Ruth Rogers, right at the venue

Boyd was found dead at the private Nightingale Hospital (pictured) in Marylebone, central London on Thursday

Boyd was found dead at the private Nightingale Hospital (pictured) in Marylebone, central London on Thursday

Daisy was a former pupil of £36,000-a-year Woldingham, a Roman Catholic boarding school in Surrey.

In the past Old Etonian Dan has been romantically linked to models Kate Moss and Jade Jagger, who ended their friendship after finding he was dating them simultaneously.

In June, the CQC found Nightingale Hospital needed to improve patient safety, noting: ‘Staff did not always know the whereabouts of patients […] even when they were potentially at risk of harming themselves or others.’

A spokesman for the £5,000- a-week clinic said: ‘Nightingale Hospital sends our deepest sympathies to the family, but we are not in a position to comment owing to the delicacy of the situation and out of respect to the family.’

Lord Macmillan could not be contacted last night.

For confidential support on suicide matters, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit samaritans.org.

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SPRY NAISLS: At-Home Gel Manicure Tips

  • If you’ve snatched up one of the new at-home gel manicure kits on the market, you may be wondering if there’s any possible way you can get salon results with a DIY kit. With a little practice, you can! Try these tips for a great gel manicure at home.
  • Unbox and unwrap everything from the kit and set it up within easy reach. With some of the steps, you will have to work quickly, and you don’t want to have to fumble around for the right products. Then, make sure to read the instructions for your gel nail kit all the way through before starting the process.
  • Don’t plan to do your manicure right after you’ve showered. It can take hours for your nails to fully dry after bathing, and the residual water can make it more difficult for the gel to adhere.
  • Before beginning, swipe each nail with rubbing alcohol to remove any dust or oils. (Some kits come with alcohol or some kind of nail cleanser, but others don’t.)

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  • Opt for a light or sheer color for your first at-home gel manicure — mistakes will be less obvious, as will chips if they happen.
  • Clean up excess polish around your cuticles after each coat, before you put your fingers under the light to cure it. You can use a cuticle pusher or orangewood stick (often included in kits). Once the gel hardens under the light, it will be more difficult to remove, but you can do so with a nail file if necessary.
  • Use very thin coats. The gel has a thicker consistency than regular nail polish, so you don’t want to glop it on. If your nails feel very hot under the light, you’ve applied it too thickly.
  • Don’t try to make the first coat perfect — a second coat (or even a third if necessary) plus the top coat is likely to even out any mistakes.
  • Use three strokes when applying the polish: One down the center, then one on each side.
  • Take your time! The polish will be thoroughly set by the time you’re finished so you don’t need to rush through the process to allow for a long drying time.
  • Gel manicures are far more indestructible than regular polish jobs, but they can chip, so you should still try to avoid using your nails as tools.

How to Treat Scalp Scabs

Are you constantly scratching your head? If yes, it could be due to scabs on your scalp.

Scabs are raised, crusty areas or patches on the scalp. Some are yellowish, while others are dark brown, reddish or black. They are often itchy and can bleed sometimes.

This problem can be an embarrassing nuisance, especially if the itchiness is relentless and you simply must scratch away.

scalp scabs

Frequently, scalp scabs are due to dry scalp. The problem also may be a symptom of another skin condition that is affecting the scalp, such as contact dermatitis, dandruff, psoriasis, seborrheic eczema, lichen planopilaris, ringworm, lice, and shingles, to name a few.

In some cases, scabs can occur as a result of various hair treatments and styling, such as braiding, bleaching and coloring your hair using dyes.

Most scabs will disappear on their own, but you can use home remedies to treat the symptoms and quicken the healing process. However, if the scabs cover your whole head or the problem is chronic, it is important to see your doctor to find out the cause and ensure proper treatment.

how to treat scalp scabs

Here are the top 10 ways to treat scalp scabs.

1. Warm Compress

To get rid of scalp scabs, you need to soften flakes using a warm compress. As the scabs become soft, they will start reducing in size. A warm compress is also effective in reducing itchiness.

warm compress for scalp scabs

  1. Soak a towel in comfortably hot water and squeeze out the excess water.
  2. Wrap the warm towel around your head.
  3. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the heat to soften the scabs.
  4. Comb your hair to get rid of any loose scabs.
  5. Do it once daily.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

When it comes to treating scabs on the scalp, apple cider vinegar is a good remedy.

apple cider vinegar to treat scalp scabs

It has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help fight many of the causes of this problem. Plus, it balances the pH level of the scalp, which can help relieve itching and dryness.

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar into 1 cup of warm water.
  2. Use this solution to wash your hair.
  3. Gently massage it around the scalp for 5 minutes.
  4. Rinse it out with water.
  5. Use this remedy once or twice a week.

Note:  If the problem is sever, you can use a solution of equal parts of apple cider vinegar and warm water. However, do not use undiluted apple cider vinegar, as it can be harmful for your scalp.

3. Warm Oil Massage

To reduce itchiness and dry scalp, a warm oil massage is very effective. Oils, such as coconut or olive oil, create a barrier that helps keep your scalp moisturized. Hence, it is an effective way to treat scalp scabs.

warm oil massage for scalp scabs

  1. Warm up ¼ cup of extra-virgin olive or coconut oil.
  2. Use the warm oil to gently massage your scalp for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. If needed, use a comb to work the oil into your hair.
  4. Put on a shower cap and let the oil work overnight.
  5. The next morning, wash your hair and scalp with a mild shampoo.
  6. Repeat this simple remedy 3 times a week.

4. Aloe Vera Gel

Another good remedy is aloe vera gel.

The gentle and soothing nature of aloe vera eases pain and itchiness, while also protecting the scabs from getting infected. Plus, it works as a deep conditioner to moisturize a dry scalp.

aloe vera gel to get rid of scalp scabs

It also helps maintain the scalp’s pH balance.

  1. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and remove the gel. Optionally, you can add a little vitamin E oil, or simply squeeze the oil from 2 vitamin E capsules in it.
  2. Use your fingers to spread the fresh gel onto the sores and scabs on your scalp.
  3. Leave it on your scalp for at least 1 hour.
  4. Finish by washing your hair with a mild shampoo.
  5. Do this 2 or 3 times a week.

5. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil, with its powerful natural antifungal, anti-inflammation and antibacterial properties, can be used to treat itchiness associated with scalp scabs.

It also cleanses, removes infectious organisms and revitalizes the scalp.

tea tree oil to treat scalp scabs

  • Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil into ¼ cup of almond oil. Massage the mixture onto your scalp and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Then, shampoo your hair as usual. Repeat 2 or 3 times a week.
  • Alternatively, add 10 to 20 drops of tea tree oil to ½ cup of baby shampoo and use it to wash your hair daily until the condition of your scalp improves.

6. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil can also reduce the symptoms of scalp scabs and promote healing. Its moisturizing nature helps restore the balance of natural oils on your scalp, which is essential to fight dry scalp and scabs.

jojoba oil to treat scalp scabs

Plus, this oil is very rich in antifungal compounds.

  1. Before going to bed, put a small amount of jojoba oil on your scalp.
  2. Massage it around your scalp for a few minutes.
  3. Leave it on overnight.
  4. The next morning, wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
  5. Repeat this remedy once or twice a week.

Video:Home Remedies for Unwanted Facial Hair

In medical terms, abnormal hair growth (on the face as well as the body) in women is called hirsutism. It has been observed that individuals with dark hair or pigmentation are likely to be hairier than those with a lighter pigmentation or blonde hair.

People typically have hair almost everywhere on the body, except on the nails and eyeballs. Thus, women do have facial hair, but it is usually only fine hair or peach fuzz.

Unwanted facial hair can become an embarrassing beauty concern for women, especially when they age and their estrogen levels change due to menopause.

Issues such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), other hormonal conditions, use of certain medications, or adrenal gland disorders can cause unwanted facial hair. In rare cases, the problem can be caused by a tumor or cancer of the adrenal gland or ovaries.

home remedies for unwanted facial hair

Here are the top 10 home remedies for unwanted facial hair.

1. Homemade Sugar Wax

This is a super easy and effective home remedy to get rid of unwanted facial hair.

Remedy to get rid of unwanted facial hair

Honey and Sugar Home Remedy to Get Rid of Unwanted Facial Hair

  1. Mix two teaspoons of granulated sugar (brown or white) and one teaspoon each of honey and water.
  2. Heat the mixture in a microwave or on a stove for about half a minute until it bubbles and turns brown. Allow it to cool.
  3. Using a spatula, apply it on the areas where you want to remove the hair.
  4. Place a cloth strip over the sugar wax and smooth it out with your fingers in the direction of the hair growth.
  5. Finally, rip it off in the opposite direction of hair growth.
  6. Repeat as needed.

2. Chickpea Flour

A chickpea flour face pack will help exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin and hair. Plus, it can lighten the color of your skin and facial hair. You can get chickpea flour, also known as gram flour or besan, from an Indian market or health food store.

Home Remedy to Get Rid of Unwanted Facial Hair

Chickpea Flour Remedy to Remove Unwanted Facial Hair

  • Mix together two tablespoons of chickpea flour, one tablespoon of milk cream, one and one-half teaspoon of milk, and three-quarter teaspoons of turmeric. Apply this thick paste on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes or until it dries. Scrub it off using a facial loofah pad or simply a soft cloth dipped in lukewarm water. Do this at least three or four times a week for about a month.
  • Alternatively, mix one tablespoon of chickpea flour, one-half teaspoon of plain yogurt, and one-quarter teaspoon of turmeric. You can also add one-half teaspoon of rose water. Spread it on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes before scrubbing it off.
  • Another remedy involves mixing two tablespoons of chickpea flour, one-quarter teaspoon of turmeric and enough milk (about ½ teaspoon) to make a thick, smooth paste.

3. Green Gram Flour and Rose Water

Like chickpea flour, green gram flour also aids natural hair removal through exfoliation. In addition, the combination of green gram flour and rose water works as a natural cleanser for sensitive and acne-prone skin.

  1. Add one and one-half tablespoon of rose water to two tablespoons of green gram flour. You may add one tablespoon of lemon juice as well.
  2. Spread the paste on your face and leave it on for 20 to 25 minutes before scrubbing it off.
  3. Do this three to four times a week.

4. Sugaring

Sugaring works as a natural treatment for removing facial as well as body hair. Unlike waxing, it requires pulling the hair in the direction of the hair growth, which causes less pain and skin irritation. Interestingly, this technique was established centuries ago in Egypt.

  1. Heat one-quarter cup of water in a pan.
  2. Add two cups of granulated sugar and one-quarter cup of lemon juice to it. Continue heating the paste until bubbles appear.
  3. Turn down the heat to low-medium and let it simmer for about 25 minutes until it turns dark amber in color. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool.
  4. Prepare your skin by dusting a little cornstarch or baby powder on your skin and then spread the lukewarm mixture on your face in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
  5. Put a clean rag or cotton strip over the layer of sugar paste and let it sit for a few minutes.
  6. Finally, pull it off quickly in the direction of the hair growth.

5. Spearmint Tea

Excess hair growth is often attributed to excessive production of androgen in the body. Spearmint tea can help regulate hormone levels.

A study conducted by Turkish researchers indicates that spearmint tea can help women with hirsutism. The study subjects were given herbal spearmint tea twice a day for five days in the follicular phase of their menstrual cycles. The follicular phase begins on the first day of your cycle and lasts about 14 days.

  1. Boil a cup of water. Add one teaspoon of dried spearmint to it. If you have fresh spearmint leaves, use four or five of them.
  2. Cover the container and let it steep for about five to 10 minutes.
  3. Strain and drink the tea.
  4. Have it twice daily.

6. Lemon Juice and Honey

Being sticky in nature, a lemon juice and honey mask can help remove fine hair from your face. The lemon juice works as a cleansing and exfoliating agent and the honey helps soften the hair due to its hydrating and moisturizing properties.

Moreover, being an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, it will help avoid skin irritation and breakout. Because of its bleaching quality, lemon juice will also help lighten your facial skin and hair.

  1. Mix one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and four tablespoons of honey.
  2. Apply it on your face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Gently remove the mask with a washcloth soaked in lukewarm water.
  4. Do this at least twice a week for a few months.

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