Monday August 14, 2017 at 4:13pm
What is it?
Hyaluronic acid is the hottest ingredient in
skincare right now—but how well does it actually work as a moisturizer and
wrinkle-plumper? Is it better to take it orally as well as applying through a moisturiser?
of all, hyaluronic acid (which also goes by the names hyaluronan or hyaluronate
on the back of packaging) is not an acid in the same sense as popular ones like
salicylic or glycolic, which exfoliate away dead skin cells.
acid doesn't do that at all. As a naturally-occurring polysaccharide found in
the human body, it acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints,
nerves, hair, skin and eyes.
particularly important to skin appearance because about 50 percent of the
body's supply is located in the skin tissues, where the viscous, jelly-like
substance helps keep it plump, soft and supple... for a while, at least. Our
ability to produce hyaluronic acid declines with age, which can lead to
increased dryness, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.
that's one reason why skincare and cosmetic enhancement companies are
encouraging us to use their synthetically-derived hyaluronic acid products—they
claim to help replenish our lost stores of it.
other reason is Hyaluronic Acid molecules' unique ability to attract and retain
more than 1,000 times their weight in water. One thousand! That's more than any
other biological substance. What's not to love?
How It Works
Acid is able
to penetrate the skin’s upper layers to improve and benefit the skin when
applied topically. Hyaluronic acid is a major component of skin, where it
benefits tissue repair and protection. When applied in a Hyaluronic Acid cream
or serum, Hyaluronic Acid forms an air permeable layer and penetrates into the
dermis, thus boosting the elasticity and hydration of the skin. The protective
barrier on the skin locks in moisture, which gives the skin a youthful appearance.
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Monday August 7, 2017 at 1:24pm
Which foods to eat, and which to steer clear of
for a good night's sleep
Reach for …
Tryptophan is a
sleep-promoting substance. Foods that are high in tryptophan include dairy
products (such as milk or yoghurt), nuts and seeds, bananas, honey, and eggs.
complement dairy foods by increasing the level of sleep-inducing tryptophan in
the blood. So a few late night snacks to help you sleep might include bread and
cheese, a bowl of porridge, or yogurt and nuts.
Steer clear of …
Research shows that people
who often eat high-fat foods experience a disruption of their sleep cycles. A
heavy meal activates digestion, which can lead to nighttime trips to the
Chocolate, cola, tea, and
decaffeinated coffee may still contain moderate caffeine, and therefore cause
sleep disturbance. For better sleep, it is recommended to cut all caffeine from
your diet four to six hours before bedtime. *Some over-the-counter and
prescription drugs contain caffeine, too. Check the label!
Although alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, you may
experience frequent awakenings, less restful sleep, headaches, night sweats and
nightmares. If you are drinking alcohol in the evening, make sure to balance
each drink with a glass of water to dilute the alcohol's effects. For a good
night's sleep, it is recommended to avoid alcohol four to six hours before
4. Spicy food
A spicy meal can lead to heartburn,
and uncomfortable sleep. Make sure to finish a heavy meal at least four hours
Although proteins are an
essential part of our daytime diet, they are hard to digest. Avoid the
high-protein snack before bedtime and opt for a dairy product instead.
Monday August 7, 2017 at 1:19pm
What To Eat & Drink For A Good Night’s Sleep
· Tuna salad (with lettuce and tomatoes)
Fish such as Tuna, salmon or halibut are high in vitamin B6, which your body
needs to make melatonin and serotonin.
are one of the best sources of
lycopene, a mineral important for sleep.
significant amounts of a substance called lactucarium, which is a natural
FACT: This is why extract of wild lettuce is sometimes found in
herbal sleeping tablets.
· Quinoa, kale
Wholegrains like quinoa are rich in magnesium—consuming
too little magnesium may make it harder to stay asleep.
Dairy products are
well-known calcium-rich foods. But green leafy vegetables, such as kale, also boast healthy doses of
calcium, which is believed to help sleep.
· “Sushi bowl”: White rice and salmon
White rice has a high
glycemic index, which will significantly
reduce the time it takes you to fall asleep, according to an Australian study.
Like tuna, salmon is high in vitamin B6.
The perfect bedtime snacks…
· Cheese & crackers
like yoghurt, cheese contains
calcium which can help you sleep.
· Carrots & hummus
Gram for gram, carrots are the most potent sources of alpha carotene, behind
canned pumpkin, which has been proved to help sleep.
Chickpeas in hummus are also a good source of tryptophan.
· Yoghurt with honey, walnuts & almonds
The calcium found in yogurt helps the brain use the
tryptophan found in dairy to manufacture sleep-triggering melatonin.
The natural sugar found in honey slightly raises insulin and
allows tryptophan to enter the brain more easily.
Walnuts are a good
source of tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that helps make serotonin
and melatonin, the “body clock” hormone that sets your sleep-wake cycles.
Additionally, walnuts contain their own source of melatonin, which may help you
fall asleep faster.
Almonds are rich in
magnesium, a mineral needed for quality sleep. A study published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine found that when the body’s magnesium levels are too low, it
makes it harder to stay asleep.
· A bowl of
porridge (prepared with milk)
A bowl of porridge combines two components which will help you sleep: carbohydrates (from the oats) and calcium
(from the milk).
· Banana &
Kiwi smoothie (Blended with milk)
Typtophan, potassium, magnesium and healthy carbs so would make an ideal snack for
anyone suffering with sleeplessness.
The high amount of serotonin in kiwis, could significantly
increase sleep duration.
What to drink …
· Cherry juice
tart cherries, naturally boost levels of melatonin, which should help you fall
· Chamomile tea & honey
Steeping a cup of chamomile tea will help you sleep.
According to researchers, drinking the tea is associated with an increase of
glycine, a chemical that relaxes nerves and muscles and acts like a mild
Monday August 7, 2017 at 1:15pm
What To Do When You
a regular bedtime routine.
activities that help you wind down before bed, and stick to the same sleep-wake
even on weekends.
reason to quit? Smokers commonly exhibit symptoms of insomnia—possibly because
their bodies go into nicotine withdrawal during the night.
to reach for coffee when we’re tired after a poor night’s sleep, but drinking
caffeine can make it harder for us to fall asleep at night, creating a vicious
cycle. Try limiting caffeine intake to earlier in the day so it’s out of your
system by bedtime.
Nap the right
Just 10 to 20
minutes of napping
during the day can help us
feel rested (and improve our creativity and memory, to boot!) . But try to
avoid napping after 3:00 or 4:00pm, as this can make it harder to fall asleep
light exposure during the
day promotes healthy melatonin balance, which can help us get to sleep later in
Eat for sleep.
Eat dairy, foods high in magnesium, like halibut, almonds,
cashews, and spinach, and foods high in vitamin B complex, like leafy green
vegetables, nuts, and legumes.
Dim the lights
two hours before bed.
According to one
study, exposure to
electrical lights between dusk and bedtime might negatively affect our chances
at quality sleep. Assuming you don’t want to sit in the dark for hours, find
the happy medium by dimming the lights as bedtime draws near
Turn off the
(or “blue”) light emitted by screens can disrupt
our bodies’ preparations
for sleep by stimulating daytime hormones. Reduce exposure by turning off TVs,
phones, and computers at least one hour before bedtime.
Don’t use your brain before bed.
watch stimulating TV shows, read complex material, or think too hard—about
bedtime; working out
the brain keeps the body awake.
Keep it (dark
A dark, cool
bedroom environment helps promote
restful sleep. Program the
thermostat so the bedroom’s temperature is between 16 and 22 degrees Celsius
(experiment to find what works best for you), and use heavy curtains, blackout
shades, or an eye mask to block lights. Also be sure to charge phones and
laptops outside the bedroom—even this tiny bit of light can disrupt sleep.
melatonin are two of the most highly recommended
supplements (though their
efficacy is still under review). Some other sleep
aids can be
noises are beyond your control (a busy street outside the window, a neighbor’s
barking dog), cover them up with the sound of a bedside fan, a white noise
machine, or other sounds
that help us sleep.
down anxieties. Loose-leaf
paper works, but if you scrawl your sorrows in a journal or notebook, you can
literally close the book on your worries (at least until the morning).
Try a hot bath
warm water into a pre-cooled bedroom will cause body temperatures to drop
slightly, which can trigger
sleepy feelings by slowing
down metabolic activity.
Do some leg
lifts, squats, or other
leg exercises can help divert
blood flow to the legs
and away from the brain. This can help quiet the mind, making it easier to slip
yourself drifting in a
blissful slumber while practicing deep
breathing and progressive
muscle relaxation. Starting at
one end of the body and working up or down, clench and then release each
section of muscles for instant all-over relaxation.
See a doctor.
tried everything and nothing’s worked, it might be time to consult a
professional. A doctor can help rule out any sleep disorders and identify
lifestyle factors or medications that might be getting in the way of a good
Monday August 7, 2017 at 1:12pm
It’s little wonder that water is
referred to as the ‘essence of life’. If you want to
increase the suppleness, softness and radiance of your skin, as well as flush
out toxins and improve hydration… then be sure to get your recommended intake
of water every day. How does water help your skin? Let us take a dive into the
benefits of water.
1. Water helps reduce dark
circles under the eyes
Water helps flush out the toxins from your system and thereby
reducing the amount of salt concentration in and around the eye area. If you've
been eating salty food lately, chances are you will wake up in the morning with
Water helps increase blood flow for a healthy glow
In addition to hydrating your major organs, water can also help
increase blood flow by removing toxins and helping to spread nutrients: this
includes your skin. When you have better blood flow, your skin is more likely
to exhibit that “healthy glow” everyone wishes for. In turn, this will also
help aging skin look more youthful.
helps improve skin tone
In most cases, skin discoloration is the result of either a
disease of the skin or sun damage. While water can’t necessarily cure skin
discoloration, the other benefits can lead to better skin tone. For example,
consuming more water may decrease the prevalence of undereye circles and
redness of the skin.
helps prevent premature ageing by improving skin cell turnover
Your skin is naturally
evolving every day by shedding old cells and generating new ones.
Unfortunately, this process isn’t always perfect. Oils can clog your pores and
also trap old skin cells, leaving your skin with dry-looking patches. Drinking
water can help improve skin cell turnover by promoting the right oil balance.
Improved skin cell turnover also leads to a correct
moisture balance—overtime, you will experience softer, less oily skin overall.
helps reduce wrinkles
with decreased blood flow can also lead to a thin appearance of the skin. When
your skin is less supple, it may be prone to more wrinkles. Furthermore, using
water-based skincare products can absorb easily into the skin and make your
skin look thicker.
helps prevent pimples and acne
Certain kinds of toxins will clog your
small pores on your epidermis and can cause issues like acne and pimples. By
drinking more water, you ensure that you won’t suffer from severe pimples and
acne. The more hydrated your skin, the less your pores will clog.
7. Water helps improve skin
If you have
a lack of elasticity in your skin, it may be that you are dehydrated. To check
your skin’s elasticity, gently pinch your skin and see if it bounces back. If
it doesn’t bounce back, you need to drink more water to hydrate yourself and to
plump up your cells. Areas such as the skin under your eyes can become dark if
you lost elasticity and are not hydrated.
How much is enough?
The amount of water you should drink in
a day depends on your metabolism, weight, height and your daily routine.
Generally, it is recommended that adults should drink between 5 and 8 glasses
of water a day. Always make sure you are drinking at least six glasses a day to
stay hydrated and healthy.
Monday August 7, 2017 at 1:09pm
The Best Exercises For Sleep
Working out regularly has so many positive
health benefits. It can reduce stress,
boost alertness during the day, and improve your sleep quality. As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as walking or
cycling, can dramatically improve the quality of your nighttime sleep,
especially when done on a regular basis.
Early morning and afternoon
exercise may also help reset the sleep
wake cycle by
raising body temperature slightly, then allowing it to drop and trigger
sleepiness a few hours later. It can be especially helpful if you are able to
exercise outdoors and let your body absorb natural sunlight during the daytime
specific activities are scientifically proven to help you sleep better.
Aerobic exercise (such as running,
cycling, dancing…) decreases resting
heart rate. According to, 7 a.m. is the best time to engage in aerobic exercise
since it clears stress hormones earlier in the day which leads to a better night's
2. Strength Training
Besides helping you
sleep better, weight training also helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more
deeply. Deep sleep and muscle growth are interdependent. A good night’s sleep
promotes your body’s hormone balance, which in turn aids in muscle repair and
growth. When you sleep deeply, growth hormone-releasing hormones (GHRH) release
more growth hormones into your bloodstream. At the same time, GHRH induces
better sleep. Sleep itself encourages tissue repair and growth and helps
preserve energy, which is depleted along with growth hormones during daily
activity because of stress hormones. Sleep is a necessary and continual healing
Yoga helps unwind at the end of
the day which will help you fall asleep at night. The following yoga stretches before
going to bed can help you relax and prepare you for a good night’s sleep.
Yoga exercises for a good night’s sleep:
1. Standing forward bend (Hastapadasana)
2. Cat stretch (Marjariasana)
3. Child pose(Shishuasana)
4. Butterfly pose (BaddhaKonasana)
5. Legs-up-the-wall pose (ViparitaKarani)?
Monday August 7, 2017 at 1:03pm
Sun And The Skin
The sun can do a
lot of good. It regulates sleep cycles, stimulates the body's production of
vitamin D, and enhances feelings of well-being. But there's also a downside:
Exposure to sun can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer.
sunshine is considered the single biggest cause of visible aging. But you don't
have to succumb to the damaging rays. Even if you haven't been sun savvy in the
past, it's never too late to start protecting your skin, says Darrell S. Rigel,
MD, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine
in New York City. Here are a few important skin care tips for sun protection.
best way to prevent a sunburn is to avoid sun exposure.
out of the midday sun (from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon), which is
the strongest sunlight. Find shade if you need to be outdoors.
best way to prevent a sunburn is to avoid sun exposure.
out of the midday sun (from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon), which is
the strongest sunlight. Find shade if you need to be outdoors.
Wear Protective clothing
ways to protect yourself from the sun include wearing protective clothing, such
• Hats with wide 4 in. (10 cm) brims that cover
your neck, ears, eyes, and scalp.
- Sunglasses with UV ray protection, to prevent eye damage.
- Loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing that
covers your arms and legs.
- Clothing made with sun protective fabric.
These clothes have a special label that tells you how effective they are in
protecting your skin from ultraviolet rays.
you can't avoid being in the sun, use a sunscreen to help protect your skin while you are in
Be sure to read the
information on the sunscreen label about its SPF value and how much protection
it gives your skin. Follow the directions on the label. For
applying the sunscreen so it is most effective in protecting your skin from the
sun's ultraviolet rays.
- Water washes sunscreen off, and the
cooling effect of the water can make you think you're not getting burned. Water
also reflects ultraviolet (UV) rays, increasing your exposure.Water-resistant
sunscreen is needed if sweating or contact with water is likely.
- Sunscreen should be reapplied
straight after you've been in water – even if it's "water
resistant" – and after towel drying, sweating, or when it may
have rubbed off.
Monday August 7, 2017 at 1:00pm
Top 3 Items To Help You Sleep
1. Memory Foam Pillows
Some pillows are soft to the point of providing
no support, while other pillows can be so robust they will force your head into
unnatural positions, which can lead to waking up with real neck pain.
For a good night’s sleep, each pillow should be
soft enough to be comfortable, but with enough support to carefully cradle the
head and neck, preventing sore and tired muscles and joints.
Made from uniquely designed material first
developed by NASA, memory foam pillows
carefully align every small bone in your neck to ensure that the head and neck
are held perfectly in place, no matter which position you sleep in. The
material moulds itself smoothly to every curve of your head, and neck.
2. Pillow Sprays
Have you heard
about pillow sprays? Apply the natural scent to your pillow, and fall fast
asleep! Pillow sprays contain relaxing elements that help facilitate
relaxation. The pleasant scent
will sooth your senses and helps you sleep better.
3. Sleep Apps
We could all use a
better night's sleep, and getting more sleep doesn’t always mean getting better
sleep. Sleeping apps will watch your sleep cycle, wake you at the best time for
a smooth start, and can even pin down issues that may be disrupting your sleep
Sleep Cycle is a
very popular iOS sleep tracker. It primarily functions as an "intelligent alarm clock"
that promises to wake you up during your lightest sleep phase.
How it works: You set
an alarm for the absolute latest you want to wake up, plug in your smartphone
and place it under your pillow or on the nightstand before bed. As we
sleep, we naturally flow between phases of deep sleep and light
sleep. The app measures your movement and noise throughout the night
using the sensors in your phone to determine which sleep phase you're
going through. Sleep Cycle will try to trigger the alarm during your lightest
sleep cycle within 30 minutes before the time you set to be woken up. According
to research, this is the natural way to wake up and will have you feeling more
rested when it's time to get out of bed.
Monday August 7, 2017 at 12:53pm
How To Keep Calm During The Day & Keep Stress Levels Low
Identify the sources of stress in your
life & start a “stress diary”
This isn’t as
straightforward as it sounds. Pinpointing the sources of chronic stress can be
more complicated. Each time you feel stressed, keep track of it
in your “stress diary”. As you keep a daily log, you will begin to see patterns
and common themes. Write down what caused your stress, how you felt, (both
physically and emotionally), how you acted in response, and what you did to make yourself feel better.
Practice the 4 A's
While stress is an
automatic response from your nervous system, some stressors arise at
predictable times—your commute to work, a meeting with your boss, or family
gatherings, for example. When handling such predictable stressors, you can
either change the situation or change your reaction. When deciding which option
to choose in any given scenario, it’s helpful to think of the four A's: avoid, alter, adapt, or accept.
Avoid unnecessary stress
- Learn how to say
- Know your limits and
stick to them. Whether in your personal or professional life, taking on more
than you can handle is a surefire recipe for stress. Distinguish between the
"shoulds" and the "musts" and, when possible, say "no"
to taking on too much.
- Avoid people who stress
you out. If someone consistently
causes stress in your life, limit the amount of time you spend with that
person, or end the relationship
Take control of your
environment. If the evening news makes
you anxious, turn off the TV. If traffic makes you tense, take a longer but
less-traveled route. If going to the market is an unpleasant chore do your
grocery shopping online.
- Pare down your to-do list. Analyze your schedule, responsibilities, and daily tasks. If
you’ve got too much on your plate, distinguish between the “shoulds” and the
“musts.” Drop tasks that aren’t truly necessary to the bottom of the list or
eliminate them entirely.
Physical activity is a
huge stress reliever, and you don’t have to be an athlete or spend hours in a
gym to experience its benefits. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel
good, and it can also serve as a valuable distraction from your daily worries.
Connect with others
There is nothing more
calming than spending quality time with another human being who makes you feel
safe and understood. Face-to-face interaction triggers a cascade of hormones
that counteracts the body’s defensive “fight-or-flight” response. It’s nature’s
natural stress reliever.
Make time for fun and relaxation
Nurturing yourself is a
necessity, not a luxury. If you regularly make time for fun and relaxation,
you’ll be in a better place to handle life’s stressors.
- Set aside leisure time. Include rest and relaxation in your daily schedule. This is
your time to take a break from all responsibilities and recharge your
- Do something you enjoy
every day. Make time for leisure
activities that bring you joy, whether it be stargazing, playing the piano, or
working on your bike.
- Keep your sense of humor. This includes the ability to laugh at yourself. The act of
laughing helps your body fight stress in a number of ways.
- Consider taking up a relaxation
Relaxation techniques such
as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation
response, a state of restfulness that is the opposite of the fight or flight or
mobilization stress response.
Manage your time better
Poor time management can
cause a lot of stress. When you’re stretched too thin and running behind, it’s
hard to stay calm and focused. The good news: there are things you can do to
achieve a more healthy work-life balance.
- Don't over-commit
yourself. Avoid scheduling things
back-to-back or trying to fit too much into one day. - - Prioritize tasks. Make a list of tasks you have to do, and tackle them in order
of importance.Do the high-priority items first. If you have something
particularly unpleasant to do, get it over with early. The rest of your day
will be more pleasant as a result.
- Break projects into small
steps. If a large project seems
overwhelming, make a step-by-step plan. Focus on one manageable step at a time,
rather than taking on everything at once.
- Delegate responsibility. You don’t have to do it all yourself, whether at home, school,
or on the job. If other people can take care of the task, why not let them? Let
go of the desire to control or oversee every little step. You’ll be letting go
of unnecessary stress in the process.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Eat a healthy diet.Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress,
so be mindful of what you eat. Start your day right with breakfast, and keep
your energy up and your mind clear with balanced, nutritious meals throughout
- Reduce caffeine and sugar. The temporary "highs" caffeine and sugar provide
often end in with a crash in mood and energy. By reducing the amount of coffee,
soft drinks, chocolate, and sugar snacks in your diet, you’ll feel more relaxed
and you’ll sleep better.
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes,
and drugs. Self-medicating with
alcohol or drugs may provide an easy escape from stress, but the relief is only
temporary. Don’t avoid or mask the issue at hand; deal with problems head on
and with a clear mind.
Get enough sleep. Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Feeling
tired will increase your stress because it may cause you to think irrationally.
Monday August 7, 2017 at 12:46pm
A study done by
UCLA researchers discovered that
just a single night of insufficient sleep can make an older adults’ cells age
quicker. Aging evidence included reduced skin
elasticity and fine lines.
eyes get puffy
In the eye area, the skin has much
less fat so any water retention is much more apparent. Without slumber, the
excessive fluid gathered in the eye area isn’t transported to the bladder and
so the eyes get puffy.
3. You gain weight
One study presented at this year’s
Endocrine Society national meeting suggests that getting just 30 fewer minutes
sleep than you should per weekday can increase your
risk of obesity and diabetes
4. Your mouth droops, making you look
Sleep deprivation may lead you to develop droopy
frowns, which could be interpreted as a sign of sadness and mental fatigue.
5. Your hair may thin
Chronic sleep deprivation disrupts
our bodies’ physiologic functions and may lead to hair loss. Indeed, chronic
sleep deprivation can result in increased cortisol levels and reduced collagen
production and elasticity.
6. Your skin breaks out.
When you don’t get enough sleep on a
regular basis, your stress levels rise — and higher levels of stress can
trigger acne flare-ups. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases
more of the stress hormone cortisol. This leads to a whole inflammatory cascade,
leading to more acne. There might be skincare products to fight acne, but the
best prevention and cure may simply be more sleep.
7. Your rashes last longer
Chronic sleep deprivation weakens your
immune system. When it comes to our outer appearances, this can lead to a host of skin-related problems, including rashes
and infections. There are many reasons why this happens, but one is that a lack
of sleep interferes with our body’s ability to repair itself.
8. You get bags under your eyes
Lack of blood flow to the skin also
leave your complexion looking dull and accentuates dark circles under the eyes.