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Skin care tips for flawless skin

Most people don’t have the time or energy to keep getting pampered at spas, spend a lot of money on expensive products, or keep changing beauty routines twice a week. With the attention on healthy and younger looking skin, it is becoming increasingly difficult for most people to maintain flawless skin due to work stress, pollution, and overexposure to the sun.

Naturally healthy, beautiful skin can be achieved with a few skin care tips. You can soon get smooth, even-textured complexion that gives off a rosy hue if you change a few essential habits for your skin care and overall health. You do not always need the assistance of makeup to look like you have camera-ready skin.

Let us look at a few skin care tips and lifestyle changes that will help you achieve flawless, healthy skin.

Get to bed:

Getting beauty sleep is not a myth! Lack of sleep causes the skin to dry out, turn a dull grey color, and causes terribly dark undereye circles. Puffy and red eyes that look tired are another side effect of sleep deprivation. If you want to have gorgeous healthy-looking skin every morning, get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep daily. Setting your sleep cycle right can help you look fresh, feel alert, and gives your skin a well maintained healthy look. Any dryness, tightness, and coarseness will also slowly start to disappear after a good night’s rest.

Use SPF:

Most people forget to apply sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protecting Factor) of 30 or higher. With summer getting to its peak, walking out into daylight without protecting your skin could be disastrous. According to Skin Excellence, sunlight causes visible signs of ageing like dark patches, spotty skin, thinning of the skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. Overexposure to the sun is one of the reasons for skin cancer. Avoid direct sunlight on your skin between 10 am and 4 pm. These are the hours when the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun are at their highest. If you do have to step out during these hours, wear protective full-sleeved clothing and pants that protect you from the sun. Make sure you wear a cap or hat to cover your face. A sun umbrella would also help to protect your skin.

Moisturize regularly:

Moisturizing your skin daily could be the solution to a host of skin issues. Skin needs hydration and moisture. Moisturizers help reduce the time taken for water to evaporate from the surface. This process, in turn, slows down the drying and greying of skin. Use water-based moisturizers doing the summer, and oil-based moisturizers during winter to keep your arms and legs well hydrated. When the air is dry or thin, apply an extra layer of moisturizer to preserve the water content on the surface. Inversely, if the weather is too humid, you can ease up a little on the moisturizer. 

Workout:

Working out regularly helps eliminate all the toxins from the body through sweat. Similarly, it also helps in weight control and health gain. If you cannot go to the gym, opt for a brisk walk in the mornings or in the evenings. Joining a sport, swimming, or even going for a jog can help your skin tremendously. People who work out regularly are able to maintain healthy skin that remains tight due to exercise.

Diet control:

The skin will reflect what you eat. Avoid overeating oily, fatty, and sugary foods. Carbohydrates and sugars can bind collagen in the skin and cause it to look older. Ensure your diet contains healthy omega 3 (walnuts, salmon, and so on), healthy fats (olive oil), vitamins C (citrus fruits and berries), and antioxidants (green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and broccoli). Binge on fresh fruits and juices that contain water like melon and watermelon. You can drink fruit juices like orange and apple to improve the health and glow of your skin. Avoid processed and canned foods.

Drink water:

Water helps purify the system, keeps us well-hydrated, and clears impurities from the skin. Water, especially from a filtered water tap, helps cleanse the body of toxins and pollutants. It also helps in eliminating excess oils and dirt from our surface, thereby making it bright and fresh looking. Well-hydrated skin can be achieved by drinking minimum 3 liters of water daily. Adults can drink up to 4 liters of water daily to maintain healthy internal body temperatures, avoid acidity, remain hydrated, and regulate the digestive processes. Drinking water regularly helps visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles within a week since water helps plump the skin. 

 

By | May 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Keeping Fit from Your Home

Going to gyms and yoga studios is a fabulous way to stay motivated and workout regularly, but many times the stress of making time and sticking to class timings can get tedious. Many working adults feel that the burden of getting to the gym or yoga class is not worth the effort of putting in the time to get fit. It becomes stressful, anxiety kicks in, money is wasted if you reach late to a class, and your schedules go for a toss! For people who need a relaxing time, yet want to do things at their own pace, working out at home or their convenience is a boon.

Many people feel comfortable working out in the evenings, early mornings, or at night. Not all gym and yoga classes are open at these odd hours. Becoming fit and leading a healthy life is as important as working out daily and maintaining a strict exercise regime. Some of the most important reasons for working out at home are that they are affordable, minimal equipment is needed, the flexibility of time is open, and you can select the type of workout you would like to do. Another reason people prefer working out at home is that this leaves no room for excuses like traffic, headaches, severe weather, and crowds.

Let us look at some of the different types of workout you can do at home and get a fit and healthier body.

Bodyweight Exercises:

Bodyweight exercises are a great way to make use of the living room floor, kitchen counters, tables, and chairs. These exercises help improve flexibility, balance, strength, and endurance without the need of any expensive machinery. Full body exercises like squats, sumo squats, tuck jumps, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, crawlers, skipping, on-the-spot jogging, glute kicks, bicep and tricep curls, burpees, lunges, wall sits, calf raises, and planks are excellent ways to increase body strength and core training. For cardio, you can go for a run or a jog in the nearest park. Slowly increase the time spent doing each exercise to build resistance and improve the efficiency of your workouts.

Yoga:

Yoga is an excellent way to maintain your health and increase focus and concentration. It is the most inexpensive form of exercise with excellent benefits. All you need is a yoga mat or an old carpet. Restorative yoga exercises help in the maintenance of overall body weight and help keep your skin glowing all year long. There are many videos available online that help with different asanas or poses that help the body with flexibility, endurance, breathing control, increasing stamina, and core workouts. Yoga is an excellent way to de-stress after work or a hard day and curb anxiety levels and panic attacks. Since yoga is dependent upon breathing, you can also be in a profoundly meditative space while pushing the boundaries of your body from the comfort of your home.

Aerobics:

Aerobic exercises help in targeting large muscle groups in your body by rigorous cardio workouts to increase heart rate and breathing. Aerobics helps significantly in increasing the oxygen-carrying capacity in your lungs and your blood thereby improving blood flow, controlling blood pressure and maintaining a fit and healthy body. Aerobics workouts come in various types. You must select one that suits your body type and your fitness goals. If you are already used to regular exercises, then opt for an aerobics workout that is of higher intensity. Videos, DVD, and audio guides are available for people wishing to do aerobics at home. While doing aerobics, you should also change your lifestyle and stick to a healthy diet so that you can make the most out of your exercise regime.

Insanity workout:

Insanity workouts are self-explanatory! These exercises are meant for people who workout regularly and have high levels of stamina and endurance. Insanity workout works on a system called interval training, where short intervals are introduced between exercises that are done in circuits. While it can be likened to a high-intensity aerobics workout, insanity workouts can help burn up to 1000 calories per hour. Made up of 10 exercises, the first month has five workouts while the second month has the remaining 5. Insanity DVDs and CDs are available for home use and these help target areas like legs, glutes, back, arms, and core exercises. This type of workout helps improve flexibility, strength, and increases cardiovascular fitness through structured weight loss and maintenance. Insanity workouts also have a healthy dose of sports training to improve stability, stamina, and endurance.

By | May 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Treating your body right

Loving your body is extremely necessary for today’s day and age. It is imperative to our mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Most adults today have no time for personal care and love due to rigorous work schedules, social commitments, family time, and travel time. You must address the underlying factor joining all these aspects together – your body and personal health. If you do not concentrate on your body and how you maintain it, there is bound to be a backlash at some day.

While most people concentrate on their diets, foods, stress busters, yoga, and exercise, they tend to ignore using the right products for their body. Each person is unique. As such, you must use different products for your needs and specifications. When no one likes being seen in similar clothes to other people daily, why should you settle for looking the same? Use the right products that suit your skin type, hair type, and nail type, through regular attention, proper regimes, maintenance, and discipline. The best part is, you don’t need expensive products to do it, and a healthy body can be achieved through home remedies as well.

Let us look at some ways we can treat our bodies better by using the right products.

Healthy skin:

Your skin is the most visible organ on your entire body. Treating it right is a must! Your skin helps protect your body from harmful germs and infectious agents. Many people also like healthy looking skin as it is a sign of a healthy fully functional body. Whenever you fall ill or are sick, the skin is the first to look pasty, discolored, or tired. Use right products that help your skin look supple, with a radiant glow.

There are three common skin types-

Dry skin – People with dry skin should use moisturizers daily. Dry skin can look wrinkly and transparent after a while. It can also look fragile and get scratches easily. Dry, chapped skin can also be painful since it might break on its own due to stretching. Cleanse and moisturize your skin with a creamy, moisturizing lotion at least twice a day to retain the natural suppleness and bounce to your skin cells. Regularly use a mild facewash to maintain the pH balance of the skin.

Oily skin – People with oily skin should apply a generous amount of antibacterial powder to the areas with joints. Oily skin can cause bacterial infections and rashes to break out on the back of the knees, the crook of your arm, hips, and groin region. Women with oily skin have a chance of getting oily skin breakouts under their breasts and on their faces. Use water-based facewashes and creams to avoid excess oil buildup on your pores. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin daily to combat oil buildup on the face and neck.

Combination skin – People with combination skin usually start the day with dry skin and end up with oily skin. Such people should use a good quality face wash and toner to combat the combination skin problem. Washing, toning and moisturizing the face will help keep a right balance between the oily and dry elements of the skin.

Picking the right product for your skin type is essential for good skin care, you can find reviews online such as at Civilized Health to find the product that suits you before you buy.

Hair:

Irrespective of how you long you like to shower, avoid using excessive shampoo and conditioner on your hair. Whether you have a dry or oily scalp, washing your hair too many times will drain it of its natural oils that help keep hair supple and shiny. Wash your hair with warm water instead of hot water to avoid getting dry hair and skin conditions. A hair pack followed by a mild shampoo and conditioner can help bring back the bounce, shine, and vitality to hair.

Nails:

While long nails are beautiful, healthy nails are even prettier. Regularly cut, file, and buff your nails to keep them looking healthy for more extended periods of time. Women should not wear the same nail polish on their nails for longer than a week since nail paint can severely discolor nails and make them look unhealthy and unkept. Men should cut and file their nails so that they look well groomed at work and while meeting new people. Yellowed, cracked, or discolored nails are a sign of ill health and hygiene. Healthy nails speak volumes about personal care and maintenance.

A healthy body requires love, care, attention, and using the right products that suit your body and skin type. Remember to eat foods that contain less oil and spice to avoid health complications and go for a brisk walk or a run at least once a week to maintain your health.

By | February 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Preparing for Jet lag on your flight to India

With 5 hrs and 30 mins ahead of the UK, travelling to India is more than likely going to give you the irritating brain-ache of jet-lag. You may be travelling there for business or leisure, but one thing you should remember if you’re working out in India is to bring your PAN card (oh, and your passport).

It will save you hugely from an added headache of forgetfulness, so all you’ll have to deal with is the jet-lag.

Here’s some top tips on how to prepare for the inevitable.

Before your flight

Before you even jump on that plane, or personal jet for those of you who are ridiculously fortunate, figure out the time zone you’ll be landing in. Once you’ve worked this out you can prepare your body for the change in sleep pattern.

Book your flight to land in the evening and don’t go to sleep until it’s at least 10pm in India. This allows your body time to either get tired and ready for bed or keep awake doing things like having dinner before bedtime.

P.S You can work out the optimal times for you to carry out these tips, using a jet-lag advisor calculator.

On your flight

Drink enough water! This can’t be stressed enough, being dehydrated will make your jet-lag a million times worse. Also, don’t drink any caffeine or alcohol after at least 4 hours before you’re expecting to go to sleep in India.

On your arrival

Yay! You’ve made it to India, now here comes the jet-lag. Whatever you do, don’t scoff your face with a heavy, big meal before it’s nearing to bedtime.

Additionally, don’t exercise too much because your body will be shattered.

One last tip is, to make sure you get plenty of sunlight and soak up all those lovely rays. This will allow your body to realise that you’re in a different time-zone and that means sleeping at a time completely different from usual.

Last but not least, when you feel exhausted give yourself time to recuperate and refresh. Pushing your body too hard won’t benefit you in the slightest. Good luck trying to prepare for jet-lag on your flight to India.

By | January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Modafinil: The Smart Drug?

With students gearing up for exams in just a few months’ time, many are turning to so-called smart drugs to enhance their memory and cognitive performance. Modafinil is one such drug and is well- known by many students at top universities who use it to help them get through the challenging exam period.

But Modafinil is actually a prescription-only medicine prescribed for sleep disorders including narcolepsy, and the impact of using it long-term to improve cognitive ability is not known, so students could be putting their health at risk.

UK educational institutions are now debating what to do about this issue, which is on the increase. Whereas before students were taking drugs to get high, now it seems they are turning to prescription medicines to improve their work. The question is – is it tantamount to cheating?

Many universities have policies in place to tackle illegal drug use but Modafinil is a medicine so the issue becomes more complex. Particularly as students are either buying it illegally online or feigning symptoms to get a prescription.

Support and education programmes to advise students about these smart drugs are being set up within universities to help them understand the risks, but also to offer them alternative help when facing the struggle of exam season.

Pressures to succeed as well as the financial issues associated with university fees, can lead students to turn to smart drugs to improve their memory, concentration, and mental stamina to enhance their exam performance and make sure they succeed.

Short-term it seems that one of the reasons Modafinil is so popular is that it does actually work. Studies have shown it does indeed improve cognitive function so it really is a smart drug. And it also comes with minimal side effects when used short-term which is another benefit for students. It’s the long-term impact which isn’t understood.

However, this doesn’t seem to be deterring the students from taking it as a recent survey showed around 15% of students at Oxford University had taken Modafinil without a prescription for it, to improve their academic performance.

And a wider survey across Europe showed that between 10% and 15% of students had tried to enhance their performance by taking some kind of drugs or alcohol at least once, when they were faced with exams or dissertations to write.

So what is Modafinil and what does it actually do?

Modafinil is prescribed by health professionals for adults who suffer from narcolepsy to help them stay awake because it works as a wakefulness-promoting agent on the central nervous system.

Narcolepsy is a neurological condition which causes excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden, inappropriate sleep attacks during the day.

Common symptoms of narcolepsy include:

  • Feeling sleepy during the day
  • Falling asleep suddenly during the day
  • Sleep paralysis (temporarily being unable to move when you first wake up)

There are some circumstances where Modafinil cannot be prescribed, including to patients who suffer from an irregular heartbeat, uncontrolled blood pressure problems, or are allergic to any of the ingredients, so students taking it without a prescription need to be aware of the potential dangers.

Modafinil is also known to worsen any of these conditions, so shouldn’t be taken by anyone suffering from depression, psychosis, mania, bipolar disorder or low moods. Again, if students are feeling the pressure and perhaps suffering from anxiety, depression or feeling low as a result, taking Modafinil could have negative consequences.

It also interferes with the way hormonal contraceptives work so alternative birth control methods would be required while using it and for two months after stopping Modafinil. Anyone using it should always follow the dosage guidelines and never take more than the prescribed dose.

Are there any side effects from taking Modafinil?

Potentially, any medication can cause side effects but different people will react differently. An allergy to Modafinil could result in swelling of the face, mouth or throat, itchiness, rash or problems breathing – anyone experiencing any of these symptoms should seek medical help.

Some of the more common side effects of Modafinil include headaches, dizziness, tiredness and insomnia but the patient information leaflet contains full details of all side effects and potential conflicts with other medications.

There is no doubt that universities and colleges will continue to debate the issue, with some even considering drug tests before exams to level the playing field for all students. Anyone who uses Modafinil should make themselves fully aware of all the risks, side effects and contra-indications before use.

By | January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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