Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Imp Press release: Fair and Lovely Scholarship for the needy

Fair & Lovely Foundation invites applications for Scholarship 2012
Entering its 10th year, Fair & Lovely Foundation continues its endeavor of enriching lives through education
Fair & Lovely Scholarship Program has made a difference to the lives of more than 1100 girls
Mumbai, September 24, 2012: Fair & Lovely Foundation since inception in 2003 has played an integral role in changing the lives of more than 1100 girls; given them wings to achieve their dreams by empowering them through education and career development. Continuing their passion and determination in the 10th year, Fair & Lovely opens doors of hope for girls across the country to pursue their dreams. The Fair & Lovely Foundation is an enterprising initiative by Fair & Lovely, the leading fairness cream brand from Hindustan Unilever Limited, offering scholarship to empower the women of tomorrow.
In its 10th consecutive year, the Fair & Lovely Foundation invites applications from girls across the country for the Fair & Lovely Foundation Scholarship 2012 that allows them to pursue higher education. Details of the scholarship program as well as the application process can be taken from www.fairandlovely.in
Fair & Lovely Foundation in its mission of ‘adding vitality to life by making women look good, feel good and get more out of life’ has garnered support from renowned Indian woman from all walks of life consisting of successful educationists, NGO activists etc. who all work towards a common objective of woman empowerment. Ms. Kum Kum Roy, Assistant Director-Worker, Sahara India Parivar, who’s been an integral part of the advisory boards says, ’This is a wonderful initiative by Fair & Lovely Foundation to help genuine and needy girls fulfill their dreams’. Dr. Fatema Vasanth, Principal Madras School of Social Work, who has supported Fair & Lovely Foundation through the years, says ‘I appreciate Fair & Lovely Foundation for making education a strategy to empower women’.
One of the 2011 scholarship winners, Diana, who lost her father to a heart attack 4 years back almost halted her ambition and progress mid-way. But she persevered by continuing to study hard that got her a seat to pursue studies in her chosen field of Architecture. “I had given up hope for pursuing Architecture but after I received the Fair & Lovely Foundation Scholarship I am confident that I can now overcome my financial challenges to gain excellence,” says Diana.
Like her, the Fair & Lovely scholarship program has played a major role in the success of many young aspiring girls by awarding them with scholarships pursue higher education. The aid is given to promising young girls, who have the grit and determination to overshadow every challenge and obstacle in transforming their lives.

Adding value to the lives of these girls are eminent icons and educationists like Padma Shri Manju Sharma(President of the National Academy of Sciences), Sneh Bhargav(Distinguished member from the medical profession in India for the National Knowledge Commission), R Venkat Rao(Vice Chancellor National Law School of India University), Naini Setalvad(Nutritionist and Health and Obesity Consultant), Padmavati Bandhopadhya(First lady Air Marshal), Alokananda Roy(Dancer), Smita Bansal(TV Actress), Dr. S Shanmugavel(Registrar Anna University), Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat(Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research and Former Chairman University Grants Commission), Ms. Harshini Kanhekar(India’s first woman firefighter), Ms. Santosh Yadav(Mountaineer), Mrs. Shahida Parveen Ganguly(Police Gallantry Award Winner

from J&K); and the likes that have been on the esteemed panel lending their support and guidance to the torch bearers of a better future of women in India.

Talking about the Fair & Lovely Foundation Scholarship program Mr. Arun Srinivas, General Manager Skincare, Hindustan Unilever Ltd. says, “As we enter the 10th year of Fair & Lovely Foundation, we promise to encourage every Indian girl to make her dreams come true. In the past years we have enriched lives of over 1100 girls and it’s overwhelming to see our scholars carve a niche for themselves in the society with their perseverance and we hope to continue with our endeavor with vigour in empowering the young girls of India”.

The eligibility criteria to apply for Fair & Lovely Foundation scholarship, is a minimum of 60% in standard 10th & 12th. Applications can also be downloaded or submitted online on www.fairandlovely.in. Aspiring girls can also call on the toll free number 1800 220 130 for more information.
The last date for submission of application forms is 30th October, 2012.

Application forms can also be posted to the following address:
Fair & Lovely Scholarship 2012,
Fair & Lovely Foundation,
P.O. Box No. 11281,
Marine Lines Post Office,
Mumbai 400 020

About Fair & Lovely Foundation:          
Fair & Lovely Foundation is an HUL initiative that aims to empower the women of India through education and career development. The foundation identifies academically exceptional girls from financially challenged backgrounds and offers scholarships up to Rs. 1, 00,000 per candidate. To maintain integrity and fairness the selection is done by a panel of eminent personalities from diverse fields. As the foundation enters its 10th year of inception Fair & Lovely intends to take forward the spirit of this endeavor.

About Hindustan Unilever Limited
Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) is India's largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods company touching the lives of two out of three Indians. HUL works to create a better future every day. We help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and goo for others.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Gel vs Cream vs Emulsion

So is their really a difference in Gel, Cream or emulsion or these are fancy gimmicks used by cosmetic companies to fool us.

Well if you are amongst the one's who doesnt know the difference between them, welcome to the club... 

I had been curious about this terms from the earlier on, but never really researched, Lotus White beauty emulsion, instigated the curiosity... The lazy me that i am i ignored. 

It was a discussion with my brother who is a doctor, that led me to actually find what is the difference.

While i was browsing through a cosmetic store, i said, emulsion suits me more than the cream and  the only thing that he said was marketting gimmick to fool public, and the next sentence on the very same day at the Chemist shop was you are oily skinned use Retion ac gel and not cream. 

The coincidence of the conversations surrounding gel, cream and emulsion forced me to research on it.

Further probing with my brother would not have led to any answers as he was back to watching cricket (guys !!!).... 

However fortunately the conversation finally lit the fire of actually finding whether cream n emulsion are the same, were we fooled by cosmetic brands. Do cream and gel have to be used by different skin types.

One liner defintions from various sources in the Internet (Wikipedia)

Cream: cream is a topical preparation usually for application to the skinCreams are semi-solid emulsions , that is mixtures of oil and waterEmulsion of oil and water in approximately equal proportions 
Emulsion: An emulsion is a mixture of two or more liquids that are normally immiscible.
Gel: Liquefies upon contact with the skin. 

The summary of all what i could gather and research was, an emulsion is a mixture of two liquids which generally dont blend well, thus EVERY CREAM IS AN EMULSION

so we just have 2 elements left with us Cream and Gel... 

and the  Second important aspect of the hard work that i was putting in was 

Yes using of a cream or a gel depends on your skin type, now i know the rationale as to why my brother says stop using creams, go for gel based solutions. 

Generally, if you are using retinoids for acne, gels are the preferred choice. They are less emollient and therefore aren't as pore clogging, which can be a life-saver for those with very clog-prone skin. Gels also enhance penetration, making the retinoid stronger and more effective. However, as a trade off, gels tend to cause more irritation and dryness-related side effects.
Creams may be better choices for those with dry and/or sensitive skin. Their emollient base makes them less penetrating than gels, but they are usually less irritating as a result. Cream-based retinoids are also perfect as anti-ageing products. However, the cream vehicle, usually oily, can be problematic for those with acne prone or finicky skin.
In terms of retinoid strength, gels tend to be stronger than creams because they enhance penetration whereas the oils in cream bases act as slight buffers. Alcohol-based gels are stronger than water-based gels, which in turn are stronger than cream-based retinoids. 

I hope the information has been helpful and helps us in making the right choices for ourselves :) 

P.S: My understanding's have been based on whatever little i could find on the internet with the limited time that i have. Wherever possible i have tried to put links, please your discretion with usage of products based on your skin type.
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