ECOLOGY – WHAT IS WORTH KNOWING?
Ecology – is the science of the structure and functioning of nature, which studies the interrelationships between organisms, and between organisms and their organic and inorganic environment, which for this purpose uses knowledge of zoology, botany, genetics, ethology, physiology, evolutionism, geochemistry and biogeography. Ecology, broadly speaking, is the science of order and disorder in the natural world and of the consequences resulting from this order and disorder for the existence of the biosphere and the human being.
AYURVEDA AS A WAY OF LIFE
Ayurveda is a combination of a healing system and Eastern philosophy. It takes its origins from ancient India and combines medical and philosophical knowledge. Although it has its roots in India, it is widely practised in most Asian countries. It is officially recognised by the World Health Organisation – WHO, which arouses more and more interest in Europe and America. The most important pillars of Ayurveda are holistic approaches to man being an inseparable link of body, mind and soul. The main idea of Ayurveda, namely the fact that the body and soul are united, just like the human being and the surrounding universe, has proved useful in today’s world. The ancient Indian art of healing seeks to maintain the balance and integrity of the entire system that links the human body with its environment, involves every aspect of human life, with a focus on preventing illness from occurring and once it does occur, on eliminating the source rather than the symptoms, as well as on maintaining balance at every level of existence.
HOW THE PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED OUR LIVES
‘A new reality’ – that’s what we call living with a new, invisible enemy called the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. It emerged at the end of 2019, and by early January 2020 the new infectious agent was identified. Since then, the world has came to a standstill, and social life has been turned upside down. For many people, the pandemic has proved to be the most stressful time of their lives. The necessary social distance and isolation have translated into the transfer of work, education, cultural events and social gatherings to virtual space. The virtual world has provided not only entertainment and the chance to watch films or TV series online but also contact with loved ones using instant messaging and social networks. The concept of planning and shopping with the help of online portals and cashless payments has taken hold and become an everyday experience. The fear of being infected has contributed to an increase in online shopping of groceries as well as card payments and, consequently, to the abandonment of use of cash. More attention is being paid to the safety of packaging and more domestic products are being purchased.
COSMETOLOGY OF THE XXI CENTURY
The history of cosmetology dates back to ancient times. The name derives from the Greek words kosmetes – beauty servant and kosmetikos – beautifying. Cosmetology is connected with the sanitary care of human life, treatment and care of the skin. Its aim is to increase by means of cosmetic and non-invasive methods – cosmetics, beauty treatments, dietary guidelines – the physical attractiveness of the face and the whole human body.
The sphere of cosmetology includes, among others, prevention aimed at delaying the external signs of the ageing process, prevention of skin defects, treatments related to making oneself beautiful, correction of defects in external appearance, treatment issues related to skin lesions, obesity problems, etc.