Where are you on the Global Weight Index? Take this online test

The BBC has created a nifty online calculator that uses simple data (sex, height, weight, age, location) to measure just how skinny or obese you are compared to the global average. And while you are there, the calculator will also figure out your standing in a particular country. Other cool features: a plotted graph of world averages, how much weight would be added or subtracted from earth’s surface if everyone in the world weighed the same as you, and which nationality (in your age and sex range) you most resemble.

Take the test HERE and tell us how you stacked up – if you dare!

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Drink up (a pina colada!) for beautiful skin

My skin hates me at the moment 🙁 But with six weeks of continuous travelling, layers of makeup melting into every pore in the summer heat, three hours of sleep a night (if I am lucky) and loads of junk food, even I have to admit that it has good reason to pout and rebel. What I do hate though is its way of showing displeasure – zits like I haven’t had since the age of 14 in places where I never had them even when I was 14, blotchy patches that make any kind of cover-up crease and crumble, skin that looks grey and lifeless. Ugh!

perricone, smoothie, skin, pina colada, recipe, skincare, summerSo, it’s time to make amends and when the legendary Dr. Perricone started talking of a recipe that combines pina colada delectableness with loads of skin soothing benefits, how could I resist? A quick trip to the market and 10 minutes in the kitchen later, I can honestly vouch for its deliciousness.

The skin benefits, I assume, will take a little more time to show up but when they do, Dr. Perricone promises hydration, an Omega buzz that ups detoxification, boosts blood circulation and raises energy levels, and medium-chain fatty acids that make the complexion glow. In the long term, this coconut-almond-and-avocado pina colada is also supposed to help lose weight, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. And yup, you can enjoy this healthy cocktail virgin (or not – I definitely did nothing of the sort!).

Ingredients

  • Half a cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup pineapple pieces
  • 1 small piece of avocado (about 1/5 of a large avocado or ¼ of a small one)
  • 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 2-4 ice cubes
  • Half a cup of water
  • Rum to taste (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy
  3. Drink up!

BB Tea: Worth the hype?

kusmi-BB-teaForget the green juices and wheatgrass shots: our new healthy beverage of choice is the humble cup of tea. Except that it’s not so humble any more, what with the blending in of innumerable exotic ingredients – right from acai berries to rosehip chips – in a single cuppa. Case in point: Kusmi’s BB Detox tea, which is inspired by BB Creams and packs a potent skin protecting-moisturising-detoxifying punch with green tea, yerba mate, rooibos and dandelion – all topped off by the subtle taste of grapefruit.

Sounds interesting but I am not sure what makes it different from the other beauty teas out there – there is a brilliant one by Caudalie and another one by Fauchon – which are essentially a blend of green tea’s antioxidant and detoxifying powers, along with the skin boosting prowess of various herbs and botanicals. But then, I never really got the whole concept of BB creams either. Though, in this BB tea’s favour, Kusmi is definitely a terrific brand… it’s been around since 1867 and comes up with exquisitely delicious blends of black teas, green teas and infusions. So, even though its BB Detox Tea seems more like a piggybacking-on-a-popular-trend version of their already famous (and effective) Detox Tea, it’s worth the experience if you have €11.80 to spare for a box of 20 muslin-wrapped sachets.

Your thoughts? Would you try a cup of this grapefruit-flavoured BB tea? 

Jeans that double up as skincare!

Jeans have long been the top choice for women who want to look fit and sexy. These ubiquitous denims don’t only up your ‘cool’ factor, they also provide a zillion body shaping benefits that lift, push up and literally contour the wearer. However, till now their benefits were only temporary – take off the Wranglers and your body sprang back to square one. But hope is at hand as a slew of denim brands are infusing their jeans with skin and body care ingredients that can combat cellulite, reduce fat deposits and tone your thighs on a permanent basis.

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It’s a dream premise – getting the perfect body simply by wearing the right jeans, whose active ingredients work as we carry on with our daily lives. Amazingly though, this may not be an empty promise. Clothes infused with skincare ingredients have existed in various cultures, including India, Greece and Turkey, for several centuries and their benefits have often been ratified by modern science. After all, what could be a better way to maintain a continuous delivery of skincare ingredients to our body than something that’s worn right next to the skin?

However, the challenge till now was to find a way of infusing the cloth fibres with formulas that would not wash out at first rinse. Also, there needed to be technology that would keep up constant interaction between the skin and the cloth, without the cloth feeling uncomfortable or clammy (imagine wearing jeans soaked in aloe vera juice for 8 hours, if you could actually feel the juice against your legs?). Fortunately, the answers to these problems are increasingly becoming clearer with innovations in nanotechnology and micro-capsules… which is what these three leading cosmeceutical-clothes brands have brought into use. Take a look and tell me if you would hand over your body to them for some toning up?

Wranglers Denim Spa Therapy for Legs

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Wranglers new Denim Spa Therapy for Legs jeans come with circulation-boosting, cellulite-reducing and hydrating ingredients (such as aloe vera and olive extracts) infused into the denim to smooth and moisturise your skin. The jeans feel super-comfortable and according to brand statistics, almost 75 per cent of 160 women involved in a trial said their thighs were more attractive after 4 weeks of everyday wear. The skincare ingredients are expected to last 6-8 washes, after which the jeans need to be sprayed to reload the effects. Price: 99.95 euros / US$130

Mohicano Jeans Denim Therapy 

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The well known Chilean brand has also launched jeans with anticellulite properties drawn from nano-particles of aloe vera that are incorporated in the cotton fibres. When these particles come in contact with the skin, they release a hefty punch of vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and antioxidants that reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks, while stimulating cell growth, collagen and elastin.

According to Mohicano, this specially treated denim increases skin’s hydration by about 11.5 percent when the jeans are worn for at least six hours every day for 15 days. As an added bonus, the fabric is hypoallergenic, which makes it ideal for sensitive skin. The nano-particles remain active for up to 40 washes, after which the jeans lose their beauty benefits and become just a regular pair of denims. Price: US$85

LeRock 

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This hip Italian brand has taken the beauty benefits a couple of steps further with jeans that promise to knock off 0.7 inches from your hips and thighs every time you wear them. The Eve LeRock jeans, created in collaboration with French cosmetologist Florence Bombard, are loaded with a patented drug that includes three components: caffeine, escin (also known as horse chestnut) and vitamin E. Caffeine dissolves fat storage and prevents excess water retention; escin promotes microcirculation and protects the skin; while vitamin E is an antioxidant that fights cellulite.

How does this work? The fabric is equipped with microcapsules that release when they come in contact with the skin and continue to be activated with the natural friction that happens while walking or sitting. Simple! Eve LeRock jeans remain effective for approximately 28 days or four washes, after which the fibres have to be recharged with the fluid that’s provided in a 50 ml bottle.