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A double chin one thing that is usually linked with weight increase, but no you don’t have to be gaining weight or overweight to have one. Looser skin resulting from aging may also cause a double chin. We all have tried everything to veil our double chin from wearing a high-neck top or tilting our heads just right when our picture taken. But there are facial exercises that can eliminate a double chin naturally, excluding any chemical-based creams.

1. Lip pull:

One of the most effective exercises for your face, when performed frequently can help in lifting up the face muscles, making you look more young with high cheekbones and a prominent jaw line.

You can start by standing or sitting position with your head in the normal position. Now
Lift your lower lip up as much as can by pushing the lower jaw out. You will feel the stretch in the chin muscles and jaw line. Keep yourself in this posture for 10 to 15 seconds and relax. You should redo this exercise 10 to 15 times at a stretch.

2. Fish face:

This is one of the easiest and best exercise for your face also known as the “smiling fish face”. This exercise helps in leveling and toning the cheek muscles and reducing the flabbiness.

Just Simply suck in your cheeks and lips and form a fish face, and now try smiling, hold this position for five seconds, you will feel the tension in your cheeks and jaws. Now relax and again repeat it 15 to 20 times at a stretch.

3.Chin lifts:

Automatically helps in stretching most of the muscles associated with your face, including the jaw, throat and neck. Begin by looking upwards towards the ceiling, keeping your eyes fixed towards it. Now, make your lips tight, as if trying to kiss the ceiling, hold it till a count of 5 seconds and relax. Repeat it 10 to 20 times at a stretch.

4. Platysma tone:

This helps in leveling the chin and cheek muscles. platysma also helps in firming the neckline and prevents sagging of the neck.

you can open your mouth pulling back your lips a little and turning them downward, move your jaw up and down while keeping your lips pressed against the teeth. Keep in mind that the muscles of the jaw should get busy and the tendons of the neck should feel the tension.

5. Cheek lifts:

A wide smile is one of the most effective exercises to level and tone the cheek muscles; this cheek lift exercise is actually based on the smile movement itself. It helps in firming drooping cheeks and smoothing cheek folds to give you a youthful face.

you can begin with positioning yourself in a comfortable sitting position and smile as wide as you can and lift yup your cheeks towards your eyes. Hold the position for 15 seconds and relax your face. You can repeat it 15 times at a stretch for best results.

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Alum generally known as “phitkari” is one of the most commonly used chemical compound found in households. In general alum is known for its ability for purification of water or most of us know its use for after shave treatment but it has more magical powers then we know of. Since the ancient times Alum (Phitkari) has some wonderful and amazing uses do wonders with skin, face and it is also used for health purposes. It is also cheap and easily available in the market, we have list down five amazing uses of Alum.

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1. Skin Tightening

Alum is one effective product for loose skin which is a big problem in the elderly age. Use of Alum (Phitkari) helps in skin tightening and also makes the skin more shiners. Application of a paste containing alum with rose water can produce amazing results.

2. Hair removal

Alum is also useful hair removal from the ancient times woman have used alum for removing unwanted facial hairs. You can remove hair by Appling Mix ½ tsp of phitkari with 1 tsp of rose water and apply it on the part where you want to remove hair. If you feel the paste is dried, sprinkle some rose water. Leave it for half an hour and wash with water. You can also use this process after threading and waxing as well.

3. Dark Underarms

Use of different hair removal a product generally affect the underarm skin and turns it dark. Using a paste of phitkari with rose water (weekly) on the affected area can bring back your white underarm.

4. Acne and Pimples

Girls consider having acne or small pimple on the face a worst nightmare, but worry not (phitkari) is a great agent that can fight acne and pimple. All you had to do is to mix water with alum and apply the paste on the affected area, leave it for 20 minutes and wash it. if you have a sensitive skin type and feel burning after application wash your face as soon as possible.

5. Use as Deodorant

Yes alum can also be used as deodorant. Alum has antibacterial and antiseptic properties can used as a deodorant. Just put some water on the block and use it. try use it on alternate days instead of daily.

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It the middle of the year and sunburn can be the worst thing that could heppen, and the best thing to do is counteract it with natural remedies at home. Here are some tips and home solutions for sunburn that are quick and effective.

Yogurt

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Yogurt contains probiotics and proteins that have functional good results for your skin. If you got a sunburned, it can help you recover quicker. All you will require is a ½ bowl of plain yogurt. Just make sure that it is plain and not mixed with any flavor. Application of Cool yogurt will help regain your skin.

Cucumber

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it is old but one of the most effective ways to treat sunburn. it helps reduce the swelling, redness, and agony ought to decrease soon. Application is very simple Cut up a chilled cucumber and put the slices on your affected skin. Flip the slices when the one side warms up. you can also grind and make a paste for most lasting results.

Water Million

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Drink plenty of water to help counteract the drying effects of a sunburn, But what many people don’t realize is that the water in fruit counts, too. One large wedge of watermelon provides 9 oz—more than a cup—of water. Other hydrating fruits include honeydew and cantaloupe; each contains about 5 oz of water per cup.

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Walking up every day is a blessing from god and an opportunity to start your day fresh and with a clear mind. The type of behavior and routine we adopt after walking up can have an impact on our psychological and bodily health. Though your morning habit may seem small to you but it is important to note that even the simplest and smallest habits can build up into a behaviors that can bring health benefits. We are sharing some tips and activities that healthy people do every morning.

Early to rise

Early to bed, early to rise, is an advice that we are hearing since our child hood, remember when the elders use to say waking up early makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. but this advice works its magic if followed properly. So, sleep early, wake up to sunrise and begin with the clear vibes.

Burn calories

Early morning exercise can pay real dividends to your body and mind What could be better than a start that eradicates all toxicities from your body! So, lace up your shoes, head towards a gym or have a run at your home on a treadmill to lose a good stack of calories. Get a little lighter before starting your day so that you can easily take up the load.

A heavy Breakfast

A health and filling breakfast is a major aspect of your day. How on earth is your day supposed to be a good one if you begin it with an empty stomach or with the junk food staples? A healthy breakfast is the building brick of your day as well as your overall health.

Keep yourself hydrated

Water is an amazing natural element. beginning your day with a warm glass of water will add enjoy and you can always make it interesting by squeezing a lemon in it or by adding apple cider vinegar in it to gain better than ever effects.

Reading habit

The definition of health is not only consisting of physical health but mental health as well it contributes to your overall well being. Reading helps you in adopting a positive mindset and ensures better mental health by opening the closed doors of your mind. Wake up early, get moving, have a nice breakfast, stay hydrated, read and gear up to get the game on your side.

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It amazing what makeup can do, but our morning time is limited. And we don’t feel like spending a ton of time and effort on cosmetics when we should be planning our day. So, here are some tips to get the most out of your makeup routine with the least amount of time, effort and products.

Let’s start with organizing and then to quick get-ready tips.

Cut Down Your Stash:

Like most makeup enthusiasts, I’ve experimented here and there over the years. A new eyeshadow colour, a failed attempt at bright red lipstick – it’s easy to build up a small landfill of products in your own makeup bag. The first step in streamlining your routine? Get rid of everything you don’t use.

Keep Two Makeup Bags or Shelves:

I have two different storage boxes – one for my everyday makeup, which isn’t much and mainly has my coloured liners, blush and office wear highlighter and then there’s the box that has makeup I use when I’m trying to look fancy, which includes foundation, eyeshadow palettes, bronzer, highlighter and so on. This way, I don’t have to go through a bunch of products I don’t normally wear. For a person like me who has close to 90 eyeliners, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed and loose track of time. Cutting back on your products makes the whole process quicker. It’s like cleaning out your closets – the fewer options you have, the easier it is to make decisions.

Find Multipurpose Products:

Try to look for products that can play multiple roles, like BB and CC creams, which are supposed to act as moisturiser, foundation, primer and sometimes, anti-ageing cream. But beyond that, you can get creative with regular products. Cream blush can be used as lip gloss, mascara can be used as eyeliner – bring the wand to your lash line and gently rub. Bronzer can be used as eyeshadow.

Use a Basic, Universal Routine: If you don’t know where to start with makeup, or if you don’t know what to focus on, just use a basic, pre-planned routine. Here’s a 5-minute routine I follow in the morning while getting my breakfast ready and packing my lunch.

1- Prep skin with moisturiser that has SPF. I always use a tinted moisturiser, so I have primer, moisturiser, foundation all in one. (2 minutes)

2- Apply eyeliner (1 minute).

3- Put on blush (1 minute). I can never walk out of my house without a blush. I feel it defines your cheekbone structure.

4- Put on highlighter. I use a subtle highlighter; it just gives me a nice glow and helps me look fresh. (1 minute)

5- Apply a sheer gloss or lipstick to finish
(15 seconds).

Application Tips

. I use my fourth finger to apply concealer on the inner corner of my eye, bringing it halfway through my undereye to make my eyes pop.

. Before I found the stamp eyeliner, I would play connect-the-dots with my eyeliner. I would put 3 to 4 dots and then connect them with small strokes to get a perfect wing.

. I use highlighter to look very well-rested – on the highest point of my cheekbones, on inner corner and on the bridge of my nose.

. The triangle concealer trick: Draw a triangle under your eyes with concealer, then blend for a more even, fuller look.

Remember, makeup is an art that you will master over time.

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As a human being I understand the importance of communication and keeping in contact but as a parent, I feel very strongly about the topic and, in my opinion, I believe children should not have their own mobile phone until they’re at least 12 or 13 years old.

Technology is taking its toll in all aspects of life and we understand that time has changed, technology has changed and children often use iPads before they can even learn to walk and talk. But there has to be a reason behind everything and there is no reason that a child under the age of 12 or 13 needs a mobile phone.
The reasons i think why are given below

Not having a cell phone is not the end of the world; my opinion as a parent that kids is not supposed to be on social media so there goes that argument. Moreover, why would someone under that age need to be posted on social media and opening themselves up to another avenue of bullying? We are supposed to protect our children, not expose them.

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I believe once a child begins to grown-up and can be given a little bit of freedom and independence to, let’s say, they visit a mall with friends or go to the nearby park without their parents, then I think it’s fair play to give them a mobile phone message or call mum or dad if need be. But before that? Forget it!

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I seriously understand the importance, but what I really want my kids to enjoy their childhood without the need of a mobile phone so that they can leave it up to its fullest I also understand that there will be pressure from friends, For now, they can play with their toys, read their books and just enjoy being kids and having fun.

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Ramadan Summer fasting becomes a challenging task specially when your city is under a boiling heat wave and going without food or drink for hours can be really a hard work for commoners. This year, Karachi is basked with harsh temperatures, when all we can think about is having plenty of water and other iced drinks. But as a muslim we are also welcoming the holy month of Ramadan which is also falling in the same crunch of heat.

So How do we protect ourselves from extreme heat exposure while summer? how do we cope with this summer fasting without falling sick? And what are the best ways to keep ourselves hydrated throughout the day when our liquid intake becomes zero.

All of these questions are important as we begin to expect Ramadan, and here we try to give some answers that will ensure you have a Even, holy, and healthy Ramadan Kareem.

The all Important Sehri

Most people fall to this misconception that you should eat as much as you can in sehri to keep your self fill for the whole day. quality is always important over quantity, Filling yourself up with too much and too heavy food can be a costly mistake if you are fasting in the heatwave .

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Keep your food light for both sehri and iftar. Do not load yourself up with water. It won’t remain stocked up. Eat some plain yogurt and a few dates to keep yourself from feeling thirsty during the day.

Minimize Sun Exposure

This is one of the most important point and this may not be possible for everyone, but if you can manage, minimize direct sun exposure as much as you can. Even if you are that guy who work in an open field, just understand that you had to take regular breaks to avoid heat stroke. Make sure you wear a cap and sunglasses.

Take multiple Showers

That’s one of the best ways to access water during Ramadan. Take multiple showers to refresh yourself and keep cool. Fill up a bucket with water beforehand so that it becomes slightly cooler than the water that directly comes from the tap.

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If you can’t take multiple showers, make sure you refresh your wudhu for every salah. So it gives you a chance to wash your face, arms, neck, and feet multiple times.

Less Physical Action

This might not be possible for everyone especially people who have field jobs. However, but you need to try minimize your physical action and outdoor activities as much as possible. Delay certain tasks until you break your fast so you can at least drink water and eat something if you get tired.

Conclusion

This Ramadan, cut out on junk and fried foods as it will only make you thirstier. Improve your food choices and eat as healthy as possible. Lastly, pray to Allah to help you persevere and keep you committed to Ibada’h during this blessed month of Ramadan Ameen.

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the repulic

The dhaba chai culture has been widespread across Pakistan, but it holds a divine place in Karachi’s social fabric. The last decade has seen the rise of dhaba culture and reached out to all segments of society. These road side cafes have transitioned from after-work hangout spots, to a place where people from all backgrounds and ages come to relax and enjoy a steaming cup of chai. There is no better way to enjoy Karachi’s breeze than sipping a cuppa under the open sky.

A new addition to this sparking culture is the “The Republic” located at Bukhari Commercial Phase-6, the place has pleasant ambiance with cosy outdoor seating and leftist inspired theme. The menu has mouthwatering items to explore along with your Karak Chai, this new joint on the block has suddenly made chai look cool again.
If you are a desi food lover then this place is heaven for you because everything here is cooked in pure “Desi ghee” that you won’t find elsewhere in the vicinity.

For the love of “desi ghee” Popative flew to “The Republic” and interviewed its owner Saad Khalique.

Popative: where did the name comes from?

Saad: The concept behind the name comes from that of having a community — a group of like-minded people who share the same interests as you and hopefully the same taste in food. Haha! That’s what we hope to find in our patrons so that they can feel at home at The Republic and keep coming back to it.

Popative: what makes you different from other cafes and chai places?

Saad: Our tagline is ‘no milawat’ and we stick by that. The Republic sources its ingredients from places that are about wholesome and mostly organic food. We are all about pure, Khaalis food — the kind of wholesome goodness that you can find at home. We also encourage such food vendors to have our patrons sample treats from their kitchen. For instance, the famous beef chapli from The Chapli Kabab House will soon find its way on our menu so stayed tuned to our FB page http://www.facebook.com/therepublickarachi/ for this exciting addition.

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Popative: what else you serve besides regular chai and paraths “The republic special”?

Saad: Our dum qeema samosas, french toast, brick-oven pizza and cheese toast are a hit as are the different kinds of lassi and imli sharbat.

Popative: why do you think this chai culture is important?

Saad: Chai is a very integral part of the Pakistani lifestyle. Be it a visit to a friend’s house or a business meeting, the first thing you are offered is tea, because of our cultural association with it. Chai is a great conversation starter for us, it’s a peace offering when you’ve upset the wife and it’s a pick-me-up when you’ve had a bad day at work. Back in the day, ‘shaam ki chai’ was an important part of one’s daily routine as family members would talk about everything under the sun — from politics to fashion to cricket — over chai and biscuit. The Republic is a reminder of that culture and a way to keep it alive.

Popative: Do you have a free wifi 😛 ?

Saad: Of course! Who doesn’t these days?

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After appearing as a singing solider in GOT season seven premiere. Ed shareen had to delete his twitter account hours after he got indifferent reactions from his and GOT fans for his cameo on the season seven premiere of world’s most famous TV series.

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Appearing for 39 seconds into the episode the “Shape Of You” singer appears when his unnamed character’s voice caught the attention of young Arya Stark as she was riding through the forest.

After being the killing machine on Sunday night’s premiere Arya Stark took some time to make some friends in the forest on her way back. She found a group of soldiers and Ed Sheeran was one of them, he was playing an unnamed character and did not have many dialogues.

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“For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman’s hands are warm,” Sheeran’s character croons while sitting fireside with a group of soldiers who have stopped to have a bite to eat before heading to The Riverlands.

“It’s a pretty song, I’ve never heard it before,” Arya says. “It’s a new one,” Sheeran retorts.

Become the most popular musician who come to the show but ed shareen is not the first one to make a cameo on “Game of Thrones” members of Snow Patrol and Coldplay have also appeared before in the show.

He did told about his cameo on a popular show last month.

“I haven’t seen it yet! I just know the scene I did, I did with Maisie, and it’s decent. I like it,” Sheeran said. “Nothing exciting happens in this scene, we just have a conversation and that’s kind of it.

Sheeran also admitted that he feels his cameo “has been build up too much”. “People will just be like, ‘Oh… oh, all right’,” he joked. “It’s not an integral part of it, at all. I’m just like, in it.”

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Finally the holy month of ramzan is here, while it is filled with goodness, this year ramazan falls at the peak of summer. It is highly important that we should maintain our energy levels and avoid the unhealthy option that come with the month.
As we all know that in this holy month our diets gets totally altered, and we eat only during Sahar (pre-dawn) and Iftar (at sunset). While it’s a good idea to consume low Glycaemic Index (GI) items, As such both these meals form an essential part of fasting, it is important that your meal in both sahar and iftar should be well balanced and contain items from each food group, such as vegetables, cereals, meat, dairy products and fruits.

Sahar needs to be wholesome to provide enough energy that can last the whole day. It is vital that you pay high level of attention on the selection of food.

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Foods to eat during Sahar

Protein rich food: One of the most nutritious and proteins full thing to eat in sahar is Eggs. They not only help you to stay fuller, but can be made in several ways to suit your taste buds.

Fibre rich food: Oat meal is rich in fibre and a perfect meal your body needs during Suhoor. Soluble fibre turns to gel in the stomach and slows digestion, which helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose, perfect to keep you energised throughout your fast.

Calcium and vitamin rich food: Dairy products are a great source of nutrition. Opt for a yoghurt smoothie or choose a vanilla and honey milk shake to stay full and hydrated throughout the day.

Foods not to eat during sahar

Simple or refined carbohydrates: these are food that last only 3 to 4 hours and they are low in essential nutrients Such as: sugars, white flour, pastries, donuts, croissants.

Salty food: imbalance of sodium levels in your body makes you very thirsty while fasting so try to avoid salted nuts, pickles, chips and food that contain soya sauce.

Caffeinated drinks: Coffee has caffeine which leads to insomnia and restlessness. In addition, it doesn’t hydrate and keeps you longing for water the whole day.

As Sahar is important, eating routine during Iftar cannot be ignored as well. Hence, it is important to create a balance diet habit during Ramzan to break the fast that ensuring the essential nutritional needs.

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Foods to eat during Iftar

Potassium rich fruits: Dates are nutrient powerhouses and excellent food-item to break your fast. It not only helps you hydrate quickly, but gives you instant energy to make you feel rejuvenated after the long-hours of fasting.

Sufficient fluids: Drink as much water or fruit juices as possible between Iftar and bedtime to avoid dehydration
Raw nuts: Almonds contain good fats which are essential, particularly when your body has been craving for fats after the long-hours of fasting. It is a perfect Iftar item which helps you feel full and in control, without the need to binge.

Hydrating vegetables: Cucumbers, lettuce, and other vegetables are high in fibre and laden with the goodness of hydrating properties. It not only helps your body feel cool, but is also a great choice to keep you skin healthy and avoid constipation during Ramadan.

Foods not to eat during Iftar

Carbonated drinks: Avoid drinking processed beverages and carbonated drinks. Stick to regular water and or coconut water to soothe your thirst.

High-sugar foods: High-sugar food items as sweets, chocolates should be avoided. They are instant source of weight gain and can lead to complexities if consumed every day.

Fried-foods: Greasy and fried food like fried dumplings and samosas should be avoided. Also avoid oily curries and greasy pastries to reap healthy benefits for your body during Ramadan.

Fasting in Ramzan is one amazing way to improve your health, but only if done in proper manner.

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