10 Winter Skin Care Tips

For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the
skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even
eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).
“As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out,” Bonnie LaPlante, an esthetician with the Canyon Ranch resort in Lenox, Mass., tells WebMD. “It doesn’t matter if you heat your home using oil, wood, or electricity. The skin gets dry.”
Sound familiar? Read on to get WebMD’s top 10 tips for boosting your winter skin care regimen, so that your skin stays moist and healthy through the winter months.
1. Seek a Specialist
If you go to your local drugstore, you’ll be hard put to find a salesperson who can give you good advice. That’s why going to an esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the
skin care products you should be using.
But that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck buying high-end products. “Inexpensive products work just as well as high-end ones,” says David Voron, MD, a dermatologist in Arcadia, Calif. “In fact, the extra price you pay for the expensive stuff is often just for packaging and marketing. What’s most important is how your skin responds to the product — and how you like its feel, not how much money you paid for it.”
2. Moisturize More
You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer.  But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine.  Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based.)
But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for “nonclogging” oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil — or butter — is controversial, because it can clog facial pores. And vegetable shortening, LaPlante says, is a really bad idea. “It would just sit on the skin,” she says. “And it would be really greasy.”
You can also look for lotions containing “humectants,” a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin.
3. Slather on the Sunscreen
No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
4. Give Your Hands a Hand
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.
5. Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks
Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.
6. Hook Up the Humidifier
Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.
7. Hydrate for Your Health, Not for Your Skin
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. In fact, it’s a myth. Water is good for your overall health and “the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from fluids. But the average person’s skin does not reflect the amount of water being drunk,” Kenneth Bielinski, MD, a dermatologist in Oak Lawn, Ill., tells WebMD “It’s a very common misconception.”
LaPlante agrees. “I see clients at the spa who drink their 10 to 12 glasses of water a day and still have superdry skin. It just doesn’t do that much.”
8. Grease Up Your Feet
Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.
9. Pace the Peels
If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are “deeply hydrating,” rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. And use them a little less often.
10. Ban Superhot Baths
Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. “You’re better off with just warm water,” LaPlante advises, “and staying in the water a shorter amount of time.”
A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy, Bielinski notes. So, too, can periodically reapplying your moisturizer. If those techniques don’t work, go see a dermatologist. “You may need a prescription lotion to combat the
dry skin,” Bielinski says. “Or you may have a condition that isn’t simply dry skin and that requires different treatment.”

Funny One Liner – Fun and Jokes

Schizophrenia beats being alone.

If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success.

You have the capacity to learn from your mistakes. You will learn a lot today.

A thing not worth doing isn’t worth doing well.

Hard work never killed anyone, but why chance it?

All true wisdom is found on T-shirts.

I don’t have a solution, but I do admire the problem.

Lord, if I can’t be skinny, please let all my friends be fat.

Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die

Confession is good for the soul, but bad for your career.

Sometimes too much to drink isn’t enough.

It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.

Don’t get married. Find a woman you hate and buy her a house. It’s a lot easier on you.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

When blondes have more fun do they know it?

Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps the kids in touch.

Is reading in the bathroom considered multi-tasking?

Seen it all. Done it all. Can’t remember most of it.

Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

Borrow money from pessimists- they don’t expect it back.

A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.

I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

Morality and Ethics in Islam

Morality and Ethics in Islam
Social Order in Islam

Islam is a comprehensive way of life and morality is one of the
cornerstones Islam. Morality is one of the fundamental sources of a
nation’s strength, just as immorality is one of the main causes of a
nation’s decline. Islam has established some universal fundamental
rights for humanity as a whole, which are to be observed in all
circumstances. To uphold these rights, Islam has provided not only
legal safeguards, but also a very effective moral system. Thus,
whatever leads to the welfare of the individual or the society is
morally good in Islam, and whatever is harmful is morally bad.

Given its importance in a healthy society, Islam supports morality
and matters that lead to it, and stands in the way of corruption and
matters that lead to it. The guiding principle for the behavior of a
Muslim is “Al `Amal Assalih” or Virtuous Deeds. This term covers all
deeds, not only acts of worship. The Guardian and Judge of all deeds
is Allah (SWT) Himself.

The most fundamental characteristics of a Muslim are piety and
humility. A Muslim must be humble with Allah and with other
people: “And turn not your face away from people (with pride), nor
walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allah likes not each
arrogant boaster. And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your
walking, and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is
the voice (braying) of the ass.” Muslims must be in controls of their
passions and desires.

A Muslim should not be vain or attached to the ephemeral pleasures of
this world. While most people allow the material world to fill their
hearts, Muslims should keep Allah (SWT) in their hearts and the
material world in their hand. Instead of being attached to the car
and the job and the diploma and the bank account, all these things
become tools to make us better people.

“The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, but only he
(will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart” [Quran: 26:88-89]

Principles of Morality in Islam

Allah (SWT) sums up righteousness in verse 177 of Surat Al Baqarah:

“It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards East or
West; but it is righteousness (the quality of ) the one who believes
in Allah and the Last Day and the Angels, and the Book, and the
Messengers; who spends of his wealth, in spite of love for it, to the
kinsfolk, to the orphans, to the needy, to the wayfarer, to those who
ask and for the freeing of slaves; and who is steadfast in prayers,
and gives Zakah (Alms); and those who fulfill their covenants which
they made; and who are patient and perseverant in poverty and ailment
and throughout all periods of fighting. Such are the people of truth,
the pious.”

This verse teaches us that righteousness and piety is based before
all else on a true and sincere faith. The key to virtue and good
conduct is a strong relation with Allah, who sees all, at all times
and everywhere. He knows the secrets of the hearts and the intentions
behind all actions. Therefore, a Muslim must be moral in all
circumstances; Allah is aware of each one when no one else is. If we
deceive everyone, we cannot deceive Him. We can flee from anyone, but
not from Him. The love and continuous awareness of Allah and the Day
of Judgment enables man to be moral in conduct and sincere in
intentions, with devotion and dedication: “Indeed, the most honorable
among you in the sight of Allah is the most pious.”

Then come deeds of charity to others, especially giving things we
love mention the Hadith of lan tanaalu-lbirra hatta…. Acts of
worship, prayers and Zakah (mandatory alms), are an integral part of
worship. A righteous person must be reliable and trustworthy.

Finally, their faith must be firm and should not wane when faced with
adversity. Morality must be strong to vanquish corruption: “And Allah
loves those who are firm and steadfast.” Patience is often hardest
and most beautiful when it’s against one’s own desires or anger: “And
march forth toward forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as
wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for the pious. Those
who spend (in the way of Allah) in prosperity and in adversity, who
repress anger, and who pardon people; verily, Allah loves Al-Muhsinûn
(the doers of the best deeds). ” These three acts are among the
hardest things for most people, but they are also the key to
forgiveness and to paradise. Are they not the best, those who are
able to exercise charity when they are in need themselves, control
when they are angry and forgiveness when they are wronged?

This is the standard by which actions are judged as good or bad. By
making pleasing Allah the objective of every Muslim, Islam has set
the highest possible standard of morality.

Morality in Islam addresses every aspect of a Muslim’s life, from
greetings to international relations. It is universal in its scope
and in its applicability. Morality reigns in selfish desires, vanity
and bad habits. Muslims must not only be virtuous, but they must also
enjoin virtue. They must not only refrain from evil and vice, but
they must also forbid them. In other words, they must not only be
morally healthy, but they must also contribute to the moral health of
society as a whole.

“You are the best of the nations raised up for (the benefit of) men;
you enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong and believe in Allah;
and if the followers of the Book had believed it would have been
better for them; of them (some) are believers and most of them are
transgressors.” [Quran: 3:110]

The Prophet (PBUH) summarized the conduct of a Muslim when he
said: “My Sustainer has given me nine commands: to remain conscious
of God, whether in private or in public; to speak justly, whether
angry or pleased; to show moderation both when poor and when rich, to
reunite friendship with those who have broken off with me; to give to
him who refuses me; that my silence should be occupied with thought;
that my looking should be an admonition; and that I should command
what is right.”

My Mother's Teachings

My Mother taught me LOGIC… “If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can’t go to the store with me.”

My Mother taught me TO THINK AHEAD… “If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get a good job!”

My Mother taught me ESP… “Put your sweater on; don’t you think that I know when you’re cold?”

My Mother taught me TO MEET A CHALLENGE… “What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you…Don’t talk back to me!”

My Mother taught me HUMOR… “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT… “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.

My mother taught me about GENETICS… “You are just like your father!”

My mother taught me about my ROOTS… “Do you think you were born in a barn?”

My mother taught me about the WISDOM of AGE… “When you get to be my age, you will understand.”
 
My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION… “Just wait until your father gets home.”

My mother taught me about RECEIVING… You are going to get it when we get home and my all time favorite thing:

My mother taught me about JUSTICE… “One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU..then you’ll see what it’s like.”

Nicknote: And ya know what ? EVERY Mom has probably said that last one. And it works out just the way she hoped……

Top 10 Most Expensive Accidents in History

Throughout history, humans have always been prone to accidents. Some, such as the exotic car crashes seen on this page, can be very expensive. But that’s trivial compared to the truly expensive accidents. An accident is defined as “an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss”. Our aim is to list the top 10 most expensive accidents in the history of the world as measured in dollars.
This includes property damage and expenses incurred related to the accident such as cleanup and industry losses. Many of these accidents involve casualties which obviously cannot be measured in dollar terms. Each life lost is priceless and is not factored into the equation. Deliberate actions such as war or terrorism and natural disasters do not qualify as accidents and therefore are not included in this list.

#10. Titanic
$150 Million
The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it barely makes our list of top 10 most expensive. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage and was considered to be the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. Over 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship ran into an iceberg and sunk in frigid waters. The ship cost $7 million to build ($150 million in today’s dollars).

#9. Tanker Truck vs Bridge
$358 Million
On August 26, 2004, a car collided with a tanker truck containing 32,000 liters of fuel on the Wiehltal Bridge in Germany. The tanker crashed through the guardrail and fell 90 feet off the A4 Autobahn resulting in a huge explosion and fire which destroyed the load-bearing ability of the bridge. Temporary repairs cost $40 million and the cost to replace the bridge is estimated at $318 Million.
 
#8. MetroLink Crash
$500 Million
On September 12, 2008, in what was one of the worst train crashes in California history, 25 people were killed when a Metrolink commuter train crashed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train in Los Angeles. It is thought that the Metrolink train may have run through a red signal while the conductor was busy text messaging. Wrongful death lawsuits are expected to cause $500 million in losses for Metrolink.
 
#7. B-2 Bomber Crash
$1.4 Billion
Here we have our first billion dollar accident (and we’re only #7 on the list). This B-2 stealth bomber crashed shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam on February 23, 2008. Investigators blamed distorted data in the flight control computers caused by moisture in the system. This resulted in the aircraft making a sudden nose-up move which made the B-2 stall and crash. This was 1 of only 21 ever built and was the most expensive aviation accident in history. Both pilots were able to eject to safety.
The crash was captured on video. It shows one B-2 Bomber successfully taking off followed by the B-2 Bomber which crashes. The crash starts at 2:00
 
#6. Exxon Valdez
$2.5 Billion
The Exxon Valdez oil spill was not a large one in relation to the world’s biggest oil spills, but it was a costly one due to the remote location of Prince William Sound (accessible only by helicopter and boat). On March 24, 1989, 10.8 million gallons of oil was spilled when the ship’s master, Joseph Hazelwood, left the controls and the ship crashed into a Reef. The cleanup cost Exxon $2.5 billion.
 
#5. Piper Alpha Oil Rig
$3.4 Billion
The world’s worst off-shore oil disaster. At one time, it was the world’s single largest oil producer, spewing out 317,000 barrels of oil per day.. On July 6, 1988, as part of routine maintenance, technicians removed and checked safety valves which were essential in preventing dangerous build-up of liquid gas. There were 100 identical safety valves which were checked. Unfortunately, the technicians made a mistake and forgot to replace one of them. At 10 PM that same night, a technician pressed a start button for the liquid gas pumps and the world’s most expensive oil rig accident was set in motion.
Within 2 hours, the 300 foot platform was engulfed in flames. It eventually collapsed, killing 167 workers and resulting in $3.4 Billion in damages.
 
#4. Challenger Explosion
$5.5 Billion
The Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed 73 seconds after takeoff due on January 28, 1986 due to a faulty O-ring. It failed to seal one of the joints, allowing pressurized gas to reach the outside. This in turn caused the external tank to dump its payload of liquid hydrogen causing a massive explosion. The cost of replacing the Space Shuttle was $2 billion in 1986 ($4.5 billion in today’s dollars). The cost of investigation, problem correction, and replacement of lost equipment cost $450 million from 1986-1987 ($1 Billion in today’s dollars).
 
#3. Prestige Oil Spill
$12 Billion
On November 13, 2002, the Prestige oil tanker was carrying 77,000 tons of heavy fuel oil when one of its twelve tanks burst during a storm off Galicia, Spain. Fearing that the ship would sink, the captain called for help from Spanish rescue workers, expecting them to take the ship into harbour. However, pressure from local authorities forced the captain to steer the ship away from the coast. The captain tried to get help from the French and Portuguese authorities, but they too ordered the ship away from their shores. The storm eventually took its toll on the ship resulting in the tanker splitting in half and releasing 20 million gallons oil into the sea.
According to a report by the Pontevedra Economist Board, the total cleanup cost $12 billion.
 
#2. Space Shuttle Columbia
$13 Billion
The Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space worthy shuttle in NASA’s orbital fleet. It was destroyed during re-entry over Texas on February 1, 2003 after a hole was punctured in one of the wings during launch 16 days earlier. The original cost of the shuttle was $2 Billion in 1978. That comes out to $6.3 Billion in today’s dollars. $500 million was spent on the investigation, making it the costliest aircraft accident investigation in history. The search and recovery of debris cost $300 million.
In the end, the total cost of the accident (not including replacement of the shuttle) came out to $13 Billion according to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
 
#1. Chernobyl
$200 Billion
On April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the costliest accident in history. The Chernobyl disaster has been called the biggest socio-economic catastrophe in peacetime history. 50% of the area of Ukraine is in some way contaminated. Over 200,000 people had to be evacuated and resettled while 1.7 million people were directly affected by the disaster. The death toll attributed to Chernobyl, including people who died from cancer years later, is estimated at 125,000. The total costs including cleanup, resettlement, and compensation to victims has been estimated to be roughly $200 Billion. The cost of a new steel shelter for the Chernobyl nuclear plant will cost $2 billion alone. The accident was officially attributed to power plant operators who violated plant procedures and were ignorant of the safety requirements needed.

The 7 Dangerous Act after meal

THE SEVEN DANGEROUS  DON’T ACT THE 7 ACTIONS BELOW AFTER YOU HAVE A MEAL  

*   Don’t eat fruits immediately –

Immediately eating fruits after meals will cause stomach to be bloated with air. Therefore take fruit 1-2 hr after meal or 1hr before  meal.

*   Don’t drink tea –

Because tea leaves contain a high content of acid. This substance will cause the Protein content in the food we consume to be hardened thus difficult to digest. 

*     Don’t smoke –

Experiment from experts proves that smoking a cigarette after meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes (chances of   cancer is higher).       

*    Don’t loosen your belt

Loosening the belt after a meal will easily cause the intestine to be twisted & blocked.                        
   
*   Don’t bathe –

Bathing after meal will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs & body thus the amount of blood around the stomach will therefore decrease.  This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach.      

*   Don’t walk about –

People always say that after a meal walk a hundred steps and you will live till 99. In actual fact this is not true. Walking will cause the digestive system to be unable to absorb the nutrition from the food we intake.    

*     Don’t sleep immediately –

The food we intake will not be able to digest properly. Thus will lead to gastric & infection in our intestine.