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Posts Tagged ‘Sleep’

Do you make these Skin Care Mistakes?

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Do you make these Skin Care Mistakes?All of us know that it is a big offence to go to bed without washing one’s face – right? And, if you ate not doing so then you are actually ruining your skin. The below mentioned are a few unforgivable common mistakes that most of us tend to do in our daily lives.  And, if we actually put a ban on such things then for sure, your skin will thank you for that.

  • First Mistake – The first and foremost one is piling up your products. Agree it, we all have done so. You get to know some reviews about a product in magazine or television and you think – “it’s the right cream for me.” Before you’ve realized, the products have lined up your kitty like a big family. Applying all of these products is not only time consuming but you even run the risk of ruining your skin too. Skin experts have stated that as per your daily skin routine, you just need a cleanser, moisturizer, daily sunscreen, acne treatment or an anti-aging product. And, in case you are tempted to buy a new mask or cream then keep it out of sight so that you can use it occasionally. Also, toners and scrubs you can use it twice or thrice in a week.
  • Skimp on Sleep and Water: This is the second mistake that majority of us tend to make. Sleep and hydration are important for our skin. Not consuming the right amount of water can leave your skin looking thirsty giving it a dull and dry look. So, ensure to fill in at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. And if you can get it more, then even better. Also, hitting your bed on time is another way of adding the extra bit of glow to your face. Sleep is essential for flushing the blood volume to your skin. Look fresh and young by sleeping at least 7 – 8 hours a day. If you have not been doing so, try it all off late and seen the change in your skin.
  • Picking up products that promise too much: Like, when a single product says that says it can reduce wrinkles, minimize pores, moisturize and give clear skin too. Well, then one is automatically tempted to do so. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that a product can contain all these ingredients and live up to the claims. And, even if it does so, then it is probably a little harsh for your skin. Women tend to use products that multi task. And, if you are doing so then unfortunately you are choosing products that are actually harming your skin. When you check out the ingredient label, anything mentioned after the first 3 products will not do anything much. Therefore, stick to products that contain few ingredients targeting just few issues.
  • Next blunder is applying stuff inappropriately. Which product you apply first matters a lot. Also, which ones you combine and apply. Also in regards to the layering of products, you should first apply the treatment oriented product first. Like, in case if you are using a retinol or acne treatment cream then in such a scenario apply it before using a basic moisturizer. Also, consult your dermatologist when you are using more than a single product. Also, use the harsher products at night like retinols as they make your skin more sun sensitive.
  • Skipping the daily sunscreen: You definitely would have heard this a million times. But, this is actually worth repeating. One certainly must not miss out on using their daily sunscreen. Not only does it protect from sunburns and skin research but research also states that using sunscreen on a daily basis will make your skin look younger. You can go for a simple and protective light moisturizer with SPF 15 an oil free formula that can shield your skin against UVA and UVB rays. Also, if you plan to be in the sun for a longer period of time then ensure to go for something like SPF 30 and higher.
  • Leave your make – up when at the gym: It may not sound good to work out totally bare-faced, but that is going to be good for your skin. Even mineral make –up formulas that say that they do not clog pores can also break out after a sweat session. At the most, you can just apply a basic tinted moisturizer. Just ensure, that it is oil-free!

 Now that is certainly a good list of skin care tips that you must follow. Try the above and see the difference in just no time!

Prone to Mood Swings: Learn it here why!

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Prone to Mood Swings Learn it here why!Are you the one who is proned to those really bizarre mood swings? A moment you might feel as if you are on top of the world and the very second moment you might feel as why on earth are you living! Women would be quite acquainted with this kind of a problem.

The chemical messengers buzzing inside play a very important role in ruling your body. They just do not take care of your appetite, sex drive, weight, cycle but they take even take care of your emotions. Hormonal weirdness is quite a common problem these days and over it no one has a control over it. Well, there are a few things that you should know that are responsible for screwing up your mental and physical health. The below mentioned are a few reasons:

Addiction to Sweets

Consumption of foods that have too much of sugar content is directly linked to adding weight to your body. Excess pounds in your body can make your body resistant to insulin – the hormone that moves sugar into your bloodstreams so that cells in your body get the required amount of energy.

Stressing out Late at Night

Staying awake until late nights can add to the anxiety levels. Normally, the stress hormone cortisol drops at nigjht time and the same helps you to unwind and sleep. So, getting anxious or tensed in the late hours means your cortisol levels are increasing.

Being an Insomniac

 Lack of sleep tends to increase your cortisol levels and this in turn will increase your level of blood sugar. So ensure to snuggle in your couch at the right time and get enough sleep. Else, you would end up junking your system with different kinds of unhealthy food and that is also a way of stressing yourself. When you sleep, the level of hunger related hormone called leptin signals your body that you do not need to eat. Staying awake, your body will not produce the required amount of leptin and this will automatically make you feel hungry the next day. And, automatically your body will be prone to weight gain. Cortisol is the culprit here. Caffeine signals your body to boost the production of cortisol that can make you feel anxious and not in good mindset. So, just limit yourself to two cups of caffeine every day.

Attendance to the Gym

Without regular exercise, your body will not produce the appropriate amount of endorphins. Endorphins are the positive chemicals in the brain that will make you feel positive and alert. It also helps to keep your immune system functioning well by increasing your libido. The more you exercise or move about, the more endorphins your body produces. So ensure to fix up for at least half an hour of work out every day.

Crash Diets: Too much of dieting is bad. You must ensure to consume the appropriate amount of food on a daily basis. A balanced diet is a must.

PMS

Besides all of the above, another reason for women getting cranky is PMS. Generally, women have the habit of reaching out to sweets during their PMS. Instead of reaching out for something sweet, there are other foods too that can take care of your mood swings during PMS and they are: wine, sweet potatoes, skimmed milk and spinach.

Does your Baby Cry at Night: Leave them to sleep on their own?

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Does your Baby Cry at Night Leave them to sleep on their ownAll Moms have this urge to rush to their baby, if they start crying in the middle of their sleep at night. Experts say that it is not a healthy practice to do something like this. Instead Parents should resist their urge of responding to their baby’s cry immediately, and they should be allowed to return to sleep all by themselves. Researchers have checked with more than 1,200 parents regarding the sleeping habits of their children and found out that there were two distinct groups. A two-third of the kids slept all through the night, whereas a one-third woke up every night. Majority of the kids that failed to indulge in a complete sleep at night were boys, as they required breastfeeding or had Moms prone to greater maternal sensitivity. According to the study, published in a journal Developmental Psychology stated that babies move through a sleep cycle in every one and a half to two hours where in they wake up for some time to nod off again. And, if Mothers tune into these night time awakenings then the baby will not learn to self-soothe and that could be critical for regular sleep. Professor Marsha Weinraub from Temple University, Philadelphia stated that it is the best is to put infants to bed at a regular time and left to sleep on their own and also resist the urge of attending them right away as soon as they start crying. She has done a detailed research about the sleeping habits of more than 1200 babies.

Reaching up to 6 months of age, most infants sleep throughout night, waking up their Moms just once in a week. This rule was not applicable for all children. The study examined the sleeping habits of infants aged from 6 to 36 months and spoke about two groups: sleepers and transitional sleepers. Her team had consulted Parents of more than 1, 200 infants to report about their kids awakening at 6, 15, 24 and 36 months. The study revealed that in the first 6 months of age, 66% of babies did not wake up at night or may be waked up just once. However, a 33% woke up every all the 7 nights in a week till 6 months and the number dropped to nights by 15 months, followed by 1 night by 24 months. And, the majority babies that woke up were boys. The transitional sleepers scored higher in the tests and assessed a difficult temperament with traits like irritability and distractibility. These babies were likely to be breastfed at night. It was also told that, Mothers who suffered from depression during pregnancy- it is likely that this prenatal depression could have also affected the baby’s development and sleep awakenings.

In families where sleep problems persist in infants for 18 months must consult with a doctor. It is very important for a baby to sleep all by themselves. If you check the way an infant sleeps, you will see that babies like all adults move in their sleep cycle in every 1.5 to 2 hours, where in they wake up and fall asleep again. Whilst, some of them cry and call out on waking up and not sleeping through night! It is important to recognize the sleep deprivation in infants, else it will aggravate maternal depression. Parents need to be encouraged to establish targeted routines for kids to help babies for self soothing.

 By- Angelica Campbell

Are you stressed out today?

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Are you stressed out todayStress is a word that we associate our life with every single day. Being stressed is defined as the body’s failure to adapt to its environment. And, when the body is not able to cope up with its surroundings, the results turn out to be drastic. Chronic headaches, muscle and joint pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue and sleep disruptions. When stressed, most of us have this habit of gulping in lots of unhealthy food. Unhealthy snacking is a common thing for stressed people. And, this in turn creates a lot more hazards on your health in the long run- the most common one being obesity. Here are a few food tips that you can have to get relief from stress.

  • Sweet Potatoes: On being stressed, if you are the one who immediately goes on to much the French fries then you are going in the wrong way. Instead try some sweet potatoes that are release a slow and steady source of energy. Consuming these, the blood sugar will not be crashed.
  • Avocados: Avocados are high in fat, still it is good for it is not saturated fat but the monounsaturated kind. Plus, along with a high level of potassium, it is a good stress buster. One of the best ways to lower the blood pressure. Therefore, when stressed it is always good to eat food rich in potassium.
  • Blueberries: Blueberries have a high concentration of antioxidants and can invigorate your senses in no time. Plus, with a high concentration of vitamin C, research proves that it is excellent in dealing stress. And, being high with fibre, they also regulate the levels of blood sugar.
  • Turkey: Turkey contains amino acid tryptophan that releases a chemical called serotonin in the brain and it helps you to keep calm and relaxed.
  • Asparagus: Asparagus has a high content of folic acid and that releases a hormone which directly affects your mood and makes you calm. Food with certain vitamins and minerals will keep your mood steady as they produce the chemical serotonin.
  • Beef: You may find it hard to believe but, beef has got some fab stress-busting properties due to the presence of B vitamins and a high level of zinc. However, it also contains some unhealthy unsaturated fats that can increase the risk of heart attacks and other illnesses. Therefore, it is advisable to opt for leaner cuts. The best way to cook beef is to have it seared from outside and slice it very thin and serve it with salad.

Next time, when you are absolutely stressed and you are just craving to have something good, well here is the list of things to try. Stay healthy and live longer!

By- Angelica Campbell