Sunday, March 25, 2018

Let's Fight Back Acne


So this long due post and finally something worthy to post on the blog. I hope you all are doing well and all charged up to read this post ;)
Before we jump on the bandwagon of treating acne let me make it clear I am no skin expert, just a lot of reading, experimenting and understanding what’s best for me. So that’s what you have to do as well!

So I was this happy teenage girl who survived pimples and acne throughout teenage, I had clear skin and then I moved out of teenage and boom, not so clear skin anymore!
Happy girl with clear skin (Ahh I was)

Well throughout these years I have understood what food suits me and what doesn’t. Also, I have understood what products suit and work well for my skin and some additional tips which I follow to keep my skin sane.

ohh me and acne (Feb, 2017)

The Food You Eat
1. First thing first, a lot many times the acne we have is due to a lot of foods which don’t suit us. You have to keep track of what you eat and how it reacts to the skin. I realized whenever I eat packet/ bakery chips, the very next day I have a pimple or two on my face. So ladies and gents you should focus on what are you in taking and is it harming your skin or not. For every individual, the food can vary.

2. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Drink fresh juices, cut down on soda. Your skin will thank you for this. Trust me.

3. Drink plenty of water (the habit I am trying to build) but yes it makes a great difference as your body remains hydrated and behaves well. However, you’ll need to use restroom A LOT but no pain no gain babies!

I strictly avoid taking any medicines for acne, unless you have a worse case then visit a dermatologist and get the right medication.

1. The only lotion I use is “Dalacin T” which is easily available at drugstores; however, test it before you use it on your acne. Leave it overnight or over the period of the day, ensure that you have washed you face prior to applying the lotion.

2. Drink “Safi”. It tastes horrible but honestly, it works. I drank around 5 – 6 bottles and it really makes difference. You’ll observe your acne reducing.

Skin Care

I am a very clumsy and lazy person and when it comes to beauty regime, I have none but there are some essentials I have chosen to stick to for a happy skin.

1. Tea Tree Face Wash from The Body Shop
One of the finest face wash, gentle on skin and works well on the acne. It is a little pricey but the quantity is amazing doesn’t finish easily. Make sure you wash your face twice with it.

2. Aloe Vera Gel from Saeed Ghani
We all know aloe vera is amazing for skin. So grab yourself a bottle of aloe vera gel from Saeed Ghani and make sure apply it once a day, it is non-greasy and absorbs well in the skin. Use it regularly and you’ll see that the blemishes will lighten up.

3. Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask from The Body Shop
This is another hit product from The Body Shop, it is advised to use it twice a week, but I use it once in two weeks time. Still, this is a great mask, dries off in minutes and purifies the skin. The product can dry off the skin so you must ensure that you don’t use it in excess. I have combination skin so for me using it once a while works well.

4. Tea Tree BB Cream from the Body Shop
I am not the sort of person who uses makeup every day and even if I do I make sure it doesn’t disturb the skin. For everyday use, you can use this BB cream. Tea Tree is very effective for acne, so this product is great. Its super light plus get easily blended.

5. Lemon and Yoghurt Mask
Well here comes the part where you fight with the acne marks. This process is slow and really needs to be done regularly (in my case I just followed it for a week). Make lemon and yoghurt mask and apply it on your skin. Not only it lightens the acne marks, but also adds a glow to the skin.

(Bare skin and me, Feb, 18)

End Note: I hope you find this helpful and remember to stay happy, don’t let acne shake your confidence, people even close to me would tell me my skin looks bad and what not but that never bothered me. Nor did I ever applied concealer to hide how my face looked (unless it was a proper makeup look). 

Let me know if any of this works for you.

Until next time! 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Right Dose of Positivity #TheLetterSeries

Hey everyone!
I hope you’re all doing well this morning. Here I am sipping some green tea to keep myself warm, and writing this letter to all of you. I am pretty much sitting idle in the office today as there is barely any work today. Sadly, this is the second day of no work and I feel no good about it, plus Mari is also busy so I have no one to have some good and meaningful conversations with (Yes its totally cool interning with your closest friend as you have someone to have lunch with and to be honest she was the one who helped me land here).

I started this year with only one resolution, to be positive. Positive of everything in life and I think that is one reason I feel not good if I am not working at the moment. I feel it is so important to test yourself, to keep pushing yourself and to keep testing your limits.  I could have stopped this internship as my university begun but I wanted to do it along studies because I want to discover how much capable and how much stress I can load myself with. I get no weekends due to classes (thanks to my last semester) but somehow I am glad. I know if some day in my life I get to face circumstance of this sort, I’ll be able to make it through.

I learnt this really cool thing about positivity, it will help you make through things more easily and will leave you with an uncluttered mind.

Do you know what’s the positive of not having to do work right now? It’s writing down this letter, something I simply love doing. Something I was not being able to do at home.

Somehow I feel of all the situations that we face in our lives, be it in personal or professional life, we have completely thrown positivity out of our lives. I am not saying we don’t face hard times, we all do, that’s what life is all about but if we are always ranting or complaining about things than how do we expect to grow? Why not think the other way round? Why not challenge yourself that let’s see how well can I fight this situation, and when you make it through you’ll be the happiest person. You’ll be happy for your own self. And imagine the mental peace it will bring.

Remember, positivity won’t come as a gift from others; it will always be a present that you will have to gift yourself.

Now don’t get me wrong, by being positive I clearly don’t mean start jumping with excitement, instead calm down and think, rationalize and then take decisions. Don’t be afraid to say no (I learnt it a hard way but now it doesn’t seem rude or bad anymore). Don’t simply rush into doing things without thinking. Take time, plan things out but don’t keep planning, implement them and trust me things will work out; you’ll become great at handling multiple things at a time.

Of all the things the most important reminder we all must keep giving ourselves, “No soul is burdened more than it can bear”. It’s the promise of our Creator, then what is the point of being gloomy over situations, be positive always!

Also I am not just penning these things down, but I mean it, I mean it by applying it on myself first.
Enjoy winters, looking forward to a lot of positivity from you all and of course for myself!


Fizza Malik

Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Year Resolution #TheLetterSeries


I hope you're doing good and enjoying traces of winter. December is almost close to the end, and like always it has been quite exhausting and busy.

It's funny, isn't it? How people wait for December and it comes and leaves in such a spark. With so many new year resolutions on the list, we still have the previous year's list unchecked. Every passing day we feel time is running short, and there's still so much to achieve, so much to sort out, so many complications to settle down. But the only problem we face is, we are all running out of time. Time is so valuable, and we know its importance but for some odd reason we never tend to make it our priority.

When the time has passed by then we get up from our slumber and realize what could have been achieved, what could have been done in a much better way and what could have been altered completely.

Few days back we saw the news of Junaid Jamshed passing away in a tragic airplane accident, we all wept and cried, it was a national tragedy. We blamed the engines of the plane, the airplane service and bashed what we could. But little do we learn from these harsh realities of life. Look at us now, we are all back to normal like nothing happened. A few days of bashing, crying and now it’s all okay.

What we don’t understand is that none of us know about the next moment, the next breath, whether we will be able to make it or not. We all are running out of time.

In the scenario like this, where we are not even sure of our next breath, we are involved in the wrong doings, we are involved in hatred. How sad is that? We keep ill for others in our heart. Why do we do this? We are all humans, made out of mud and blood.  Do we not understand that having hatred or ill for others in hearts is so self consuming, it can drain us emotionally.

We bring dirt in our hearts for the way they treat us, or for the way they talk to us or there can be many such reasons. But when we turn against them do we realize that we also become the “bad people”, which we claim others are.

Do we tend to rationalize and think what could have been the possible reasons for someone not helping us when we need them, or why someone shouted at us without any reason? Do we think? Do we try to keep ourselves in their position or do we even know what struggle they are going through in that point of time.

Sometimes what we don’t understand is that not all the time someone wants to hurt us, they might have their own reasons.

When we look back we see how Junaid Jamshed was bashed, disliked and at times mocked by many people around us, but little did we know that he’d just pass away so quickly. We don’t know what time lies ahead, we don’t know. And now try to understand the guilt of those people, who might have it in their hearts, who hurt him intentionally or unintentionally.

This is how the cycle of life is, we can never be sure of anything; we are not the best planners. So why indulge in hatred, why consume the best of yourself? Instead of hurting others let’s spread love, let’s spread tolerance. The ability to stand one another despite all the differences, maybe we will learn why the other person was negative towards us. Or why they tried to hurt us, whether they were themselves hurt in that point in time or not.

Instead of making fancy New Year resolutions let’s promise our ownselves to be more accommodating and more understanding of people. Instead of hurting them let’s make peace with them, even if they have offended you. This is tough, I agree, but this isn’t impossible, because remember in the end we are all running out of time, running out of breaths and running out of years from our lives.

Let’s make our ends beautiful ones, because we certainly don’t want to die with dark spots in our hearts.

Wish you all a great year ahead.

Lots of prayers and love,

Sunday, November 20, 2016

There's Something about Real Conversations #TheLetterSeries

Greetings to you all,

November came in such a hustle bustle and is leaving us amidst this constant rush. What’s striking is that how quickly time passes. I can still feel how shocked I was on the First of November and I was startled when my friend reminded me that November is ending and I have not yet written any letter for this month.
(Let me tell you, I felt so happy when I realized someone looks forward to my letters).
It’s a beautiful feeling.                    

This sounds so wonderful, doesn’t it? Now think if this would’ve been said on my face, I would have melted with such warmth and such love.
Now, now, don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. It’s just that how the same thing would have made a different impact, sometimes it is just the way things are said.

With each passing day we’ve developed great apps, amazing technology that ensures our communication is always on point and no physical meeting is required to deliver our message. I think that is great and have caused great relaxation in life. It has made communication with distant people much easier and faster.
Of all the great things that social media and easy communication platforms have given us, they are gradually taking away the art of real conversation. Even among people everyone is busy in their smart phones. The ability to hear out someone speak and to sense their feelings as they speak, has gone down. I won’t disagree that I, myself use the phone a lot but I have always tried to ignore it the moment I am among people or when in conversation with someone.

I absolutely love it when two people can talk face to face, when you can see their expressions and feel the emotions.

Though we have our friends’ whatsapp group and we can easily communicate but there’s always a craving to meet. Not exaggerating, we spend hours on the lunch table because we’re so busy talking, listening and in silence feeling how important this entire process is.

Let me tell you, even science say having face to face conversation is important. It ensures confidence, it helps in building better relations and it gives a sense of reliability towards the other person.

“You don’t ever text first.”
I am that one person who gets this complain A LOT! Well this is true, I don’t make great conversations on messages but when it comes face to face conversations, I can talk for hours.
Pretty much old school.
Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way bashing neither am I against the idea of having social platforms. They have their own charm and in total honesty they have taught me so much, I am grateful but remember giving it the top most priority can have its own downside.
How much sure you are that your internet bestie can pull you out of the darkness? When they are unaware of your actual surroundings, your everyday struggles, they can help you but only to certain extent. Don’t let this happen to you, or you’ll be left alone in the crowd.

Let’s learn to be a little old school in some matters in this life, and trust me you’ll love it when you can be chatty for hours and feel it along the way.

Well that’s it for this time.

Fizza Malik

Monday, October 24, 2016

Early Detection and Early Cure to Cancer

Breast Cancer is spreading at a great speed among women.  Held in Karachi, on Tuesday October 18 2016,
 Chughtai Lab’s consultant pathologist says that young women should create an early breast cancer detection plan because that’s the key to treatment and ultimately, to saving lives.

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chughtai Lab has embarked on a month-long nation-wide campaign, termed #ThinkPink with Chughtai Lab, to bring awareness and education to the nation’s women and men. After a series of events in Lahore and Islamabad, Chughtai Lab held an event at its flagship lab at Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Karachi to spread awareness of this disease and the benefits of early detection. “If you’re above 20 years, you need to examine yourself monthly”, according to Dr. Sehba Arij, Consultant Pathologist at Chughtai Lab. She elaborated on the myths surrounding breast cancer as well as the symptoms and signs to watch out for.

Muniba Mazari, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Chughtai Lab, also spoke at the event and implored young women to take their health seriously and opt for self-examination on a regular basis. She opined “Breast cancer is a topic that is hardly talked about by either men or women. It is because of this societal taboo that many women keep on suffering for a long period of time until the cancer reaches a stage where it becomes harder to treat than it would initially have been.” She implored young women not only to learn to self-examine, but teach other women to do so as well.

Speaking about the #ThinkPink campaign, she commented, "It isn't just about combatting the disease but also breaking the taboo of talking about diseases and ailments of all kinds. The more we talk about these things, the easier they will be to treat."

Dr. Omar Chughtai, Lab Director of Chughtai Lab said that with the opening of a lab facility in Karachi, he hopes they can bring quality and convenient testing services to the metropolis. Some of the conveniences he mentioned included Chughtai Lab’s free home sample collection service, online and emailed lab reports, SMS alerts and the custom Chughtai Lab mobile app. “Come visit or call us, we are always looking for ways to serve you better”, he said.

Chughtai Lab is one of the leading pathology labs in Pakistan that has been serving the nation since 1983. Chughtai Lab has made promising progress in the field of diagnostic testing and has a vast network of 150+ locations nationwide, functioning in all provinces of Pakistan. Under its social arm, Chughtai Foundation conducts free medical camps and public awareness campaigns in a bid to bring free health education to the nation.

Picture credits: Fourth ARC

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Two Sides to "Don't Judge" #TheLetterSeries

So October is here with barely no sign of autumn, especially here in Karachi. I hope you're all doing good, in fact I hope that you're growing stronger with everything that life throws at you.

You know its funny and amusing, how we change with time. I was really fat in my teenage days, and people would call me fat, sometimes they'd also do comparison of my wrist with theirs and laugh. The funny part was that even elders were involved in this. In my later teens, I reduced weight and then the same people would say, "Are you dieting?". See, for a person like me maintaining weight is a constant struggle, so it is a continuous work. My entire point here is that no matter what you do, people will always have something to say, they'll pass judgments on how you appear.
I used to have three times the hair I have now, usually all the elderly ladies around me would simply say "The girls these days damage their hair, with the hair dyes and other equipment." Not that I disagree to this, but the real issue with me is the sinus. The sinus have grown so serious that some days I'd wake up panting in the middle of night, gasping for air but since no one can see that so they'd just blame the other stuff. The doctor says the lack of oxygen is deteriorating the body.

See, the problem is as as a society we've developed the habit of judging.
Oh, the point of discussing my personal life incidents doesn't mean I pity myself nor I want any sympathies, I just hope that we tend to think out of the box and really stop judging on the basis of how someone appear.

Now, this slogan "Don't Judge" can be very tricky and there are two sides to it. Being judgmental won't do you any good but remember you have to know the difference between what's right and what's wrong. You can't cover up your wrong doing under the label of "Don't Judge".
Like you can't make fun of anyone's appearance, similarly you can't say "Don't Judge" if you've stolen something. Being a thief is not at all okay, and you must know its wrong.
Similarly, calling anyone fat is wrong. Do you know what medical condition are they going through? Or what is their back story. So this is wrong, wrong for everyone equally and fully.

Another important thing, always remember your roots, and where you belong to. Your personality, your actions shall determine it. When you say you belong to a certain religion, like we're Muslims so there are certain rights and wrongs which are determined for us. Be it any other religion, one should follow the required norms (not that I am a perfect person, but there's always room for improvement).

Not that I am against human development, but in today's world there is a lot of noise about doing "whatever pleases your own self", in the name of human development. Of course you're free to do what you can do best but as being a Muslim do you think wearing short dresses or talking about your sex life is human development? Or if we call ourselves Muslim and then do what's not allowed, where do we actually stand? Then we have to rationalize and decide what side we're on.

See, empowerment is developing the brain and is not hidden in clothes or how we behave. When we ourselves are so confused, then what will we give to our future generations? Do we just want to give them a hashtag of ""Don't Judge" or actually teach them what's wrong and what's right.

Think, rationalize and make your decision.

Until next time.
Take care of yourselves.

Fizza Malik

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

4 Ways Dieting Is Causing More Harm Than Good!

Have you ever been worried to the point that you simply got off your bed in the middle of the night to suddenly hit the treadmill and lose all that fat overnight? I sure hope not.

Our body has a very organized approach to doing everything that it gets the order for from our diligent brain. The fat that has been accumulating around your belly and hips didn’t get there in one night. So it sure isn’t in the mood to go away soon. But most of us, against the popular beliefs, defy the laws of nature and definitely hit the cardio in the middle of the night to witness a miracle.
Wrong place to be looking for one mate.

Here I would like to shed light on the 7 mysterious ways in which our supposed ‘weight-loss’ regiments are actually resulting in gaining more pounds. Your welfare lies in crossing these things from off your daily routine and doing everything the tortoise way (slow and steady wins the race, remember?)

1.       Starving:
Skipping meals never got round to benefitting anyone. Prolonged hours of food deprivation can lead to decreasing your body’s metabolism rate (with which it breaks down and uses the nutrients in your food).Therefore, any food that you might take after a day-long starvation exercise may end up getting stored in your body and causing increase in body weight, rather than a decrease.

2.       Unbalanced diets:
More often than not people claim that by adopting a certain liquid diet or boycotting certain class of nutrients altogether leads to weight loss can only yield results in the short-run. Rather, in the long-run, your body develops deficiency syndromes for those nutrients which can lead to chronic diseases of the kidney, liver or heart. Therefore, it is important to remember that mediation is the way to success, and not the excess or boycott of any one thing.

3.       Over-exertion:
After eating an unbalanced diet, possibly developing multiple deficiency syndromes, spending extra hours are not going to help you lose weight fast enough. Rather they are going to spend your body’s muscle more than their strength and lead to rapid deterioration and death of their cells. Therefore, stay ore focused on what your body can take without hurting yourself. Again, being patient is the key to success!

4.       No-Calorie Diets:
There ARE good fats which your body regularly needs to keep itself running. Therefore, the artificial products with ‘no-calorie’ tags are more harmful than useful and they do not help you in losing weight or helping you in adopting healthier alternatives. Drop those zero-calorie sodas and sweeteners and dig deeper to find real healthy alternatives.

The list for ways dieting causes harm inside your body is non-exhaustive and therefore it is important that we realize the importance of living healthy each step of the way rather than abusing it for one part and over-exerting in the latter to get it back in its shape. 

Post by: Norin Chaudhry | Content Lead @ Marham