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Sleep right to keep wrinkles at bay

Age, the sun, your diet – you know about everything that causes wrinkles. In fact, you’ve got the best anti-ageing creams on hand and have invested in the best anti-wrinkle treatments. But, did you know that the sleeping habits you cultivate are to blame as well? Wrinkles are caused by the breakdown of collagen and elastin, but usually occur as you get older. Wrinkles that are caused by sleep occur because of fine lines that get more pronounced as you sleep in the same position night after night. From your skin being stressed because you’re in the same position every night, to the way that your pillow presses against your skin for hours on end, it’s no surprise that your nightly repose causes the formation of wrinkles. Take a look at how to switch up your sleeping routine:

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Get into a better posture

First things first – the position you sleep in directly affects how your skin looks and feels the next day. What look like sleep lines today, turn into wrinkles tomorrow! Always sleeping on one side or sleeping on your stomach (with your face pressed against a pillow) can cause wrinkles. Make an effort to alternate your sleeping positions once in a while, and try sleeping on your back to avoid the onset of wrinkles. Also make sure that the lower half of your face isn’t pressed against your pillow – this is what leads to most wrinkles!

Use creams and lotions before bed

Keeping your skin hydrated and healthy before you sleep is imperative if you want to wake up without fine lines. You can use anti-wrinkle face creams or just cultivate a simple moisturising routine. Use lotions that seal in moisture and you’ll wake up with hydrated skin!

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Drink water before bed

When your skin is dehydrated, it ends up looking dull and lifeless. If you go to sleep with dehydrated skin, it spends the entire night without any moisture. That, coupled with the sleep lines caused by hours spent in the same position, leads to the formation of wrinkles as you’re sleeping. Make sure you drink a glass of water before bed to help your skin stay hydrated through the night.                                     

Cleanse well

Even if you’re really exhausted, never go to sleep without cleansing your skin properly. Oil, dirt, makeup and clogged pores lead to fine lines, wrinkles and a host of skin problems, which no anti-wrinkle treatment will be able to save you from. Wash your face with a cleanser, and exfoliate at least twice a week before you head to bed.

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Not sleeping well

Alright, we’ve told you how the way that you sleep causes wrinkles, but what about how much sleep you get? If you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin does not get enough time to heal through the night. This leads to fine lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles.


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Know your itch! Learn more and get treated for Eczema and Psoriasis

If you have itchy skin that has turned red, patchy and inflamed, chances are you’re suffering from one of two conditions that are quite hard to deal with. Psoriasis and eczema are conditions that are usually thrown together and although they’re almost the same, there’s a marked difference between the two. Here are a few facts that will explain the conditions!

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What causes them

Psoriasis occurs due to an overproduction of skin cells mostly caused by genes. While it can affect anyone from children to people who are over 40-years-old, it essentially occurs when your skin cells are produced more quickly than they should be. Skin cells take between 21 to 28 days to replace themselves. If you suffer from psoriasis, they can be produced in 2 to 6 days!

Eczema is a long-term condition often caused by genes and environmental factors. While the specific causes for eczema are still something of a mystery to researchers, they’re usually believed to be the result of a mixture of hereditary and environmental factors. Genes are the heaviest risk factor, while environmental factors merely bring out the symptoms of the condition. Irritants such as soaps and detergents, dust mites, bacteria, very hot or cold weather and even certain food such as dairy, nuts and seeds can aggravate the symptoms.

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Bust the myths

They’re not the same! Sure, they both involve red, itchy skin, but eczema usually comes with small blisters or raised spots, while psoriasis is accompanied by silver-white scales and rough skin.

They are not like acne or contagious! That’s a misconception. The skin rashes can be complicated by acne, but they aren’t acne themselves. And don’t worry; they’re not contagious.

Both won’t leave scars: Eczema usually does not leave scars at all. It can cause discolouration, but that’s all. Psoriasis also can be eradicated – but could leave behind scars.

There really is no cure: Unfortunately, there are no sure-shot eczema cures, but they can definitely be treated and you can ease the itch! Check out our list of options to soothe the skin rashes.

Treat it           

Take supplements
Supplements that are rich in vitamins and fatty acids are a good eczema treatment and also help to treat psoriasis. Pick a product like the InLife Almond Oil Vegetarian Capsules! The vitamin properties help moisturise, heal and protect your skin.

 

Use oil
Essential oils and natural oils are a good solution to get rid of itchy skin. Soothe itch of both conditions with Nirogam Raz Oil. You can also pick a cold-pressed option like the Soulflower Wheatgerm Carrier Oil. The wheat germ properties are like magic on dry, itchy skin.

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Use a powder
Doesn’t powder feel great on your skin when you have skin rashes? Ease the itch of eczema and psoriasis with a natural powder that contains herbs. Avoid chemical-based powders as the harsh properties aggravate the problem. An all-natural solution like Nirogam Organic Manjistha Powder is your best bet.


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The signs you shouldn’t ignore when it comes to eye care!

Eye care: Don’t ignore the signs of vision loss!

Could you imagine life with little or no vision? While you may think that your eyesight is fine if you’re still able to see at a distance, impaired vision is not the only sign that you need eye care products, or a visit to the ophthalmologist. Take a look at whether your eyes are hinting at vision problems:

Blurry vision

If you suddenly find it difficult to focus on objects, and feel like your vision is becoming a little blurry, don’t ignore it! This is one of the most common signs of vision problems, and could even be a sign that you’ve got health issues. The reason you shouldn’t ignore blurred vision is that its causes include serious conditions such as myopia (near-sightedness), presbyopia, dry eyes and cataracts. Other factors that can leave you with a blurry vision include migraines and sensitivity to light.

Flashes of light

Another way your eyes could be hinting at vision problems is if you suddenly see flashes of light. These are called floaters, and they usually obstruct your vision, leading to vision-threatening disorders. This condition is usually a result of posterior vitreous detachment – a natural effect of ageing – where the gel-like vitreous that is present behind your eye lens, loses contact with your retina.

Headaches 

This may be one of the most common signs of an eye care problem, but it’s also one of the most commonly ignored! Frequent headaches are an early warning sign as they indicate eye strain. So instead of taking a paracetamol, read our eye health care tips below and visit an ophthalmologist if nothing changes.

Eye fatigue

Can’t sleep because your eyes hurt when you close your eyes? Finding it hard to concentrate because there’s a throbbing sensation under your eyelids? Your eyes are screaming out for help! Any sort of eye fatigue is a sign that you’re getting vision problems. Prolonged periods of driving, reading or writing result in eye fatigue. You should also factor in the time you spend in front of a computer screen or your smartphone, as using either of the two for a long period of time causes eye fatigue.

Light sensitivity

Do you have to squint when you wake up in the morning because your eyes aren’t ready for the sunlight? If you’ve suddenly started being uncomfortable around bright lights, your eyes are probably telling you that they need better care! Known as photophobia, this is a symptom of a number of conditions such as corneal abrasion and uveitis as well as a few non-eye related disorders such as meningitis. Photophobia can also occur if you wear badly-fitted contact lenses and if you’ve contracted an infection in your eyes.

KEEP YOUR EYES HEALTHY!

Now that you know how to determine whether you’re suffering from poor eye care, follow these tips for healthy eyes.

One of the most important things to do is to eat food for eye health. The better your diet is, the healthier your eyes will be. Green leafy vegetables, oily fish such as salmon and tuna, protein and citrus fruits are beneficial. If you’re uncertain about what kind of foods to choose, remember to pick those that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Antioxidants are your body’s best defense against free radicals. Radicals are damaged cells born as a result of oxygen reacting with your body’s cells. These free radicals can attack your healthy body cells and damage their DNA, which can cause severe diseases, including eye disorders. Vitamins on the other hand, help to prevent cataracts, macular degeneration and dry eyes.

Your lifestyle habits matter as well. Cut down on the time you spend looking at the computer screen and your smartphone in order to avoid tired eyes. Another trick you can follow is to reduce the brightness of your device and taking periodic breaks while you’re doing eye-intensive tasks such as reading. Make sure you wear sunglasses when you’re out in the sun – especially if you suffer from light sensitivity. Sunglasses will reduce your exposure to bright light and will also prevent momentary blurred vision, which takes place because of photophobia.

Apart from your diet and lifestyle habits, resting your eyes is another crucial aspect when it comes to ensuring healthy eyes. One of the best ways to do is eye palming, a simple exercise that will relax your eye muscles and help fight fatigue. Rub your hands together till you feel some heat and then place your palms over both your eyes. Hold this position for a few seconds and then repeat – this will instantly refresh you as well as your eyes.

Another great exercise involves focusing on distant objects and is especially helpful to help beat the effects of staring at electronic devices. Stand near a window and focus on an object that is around 50 feet away (looking at trees is a good idea, because the color green soothes your eyes) for around 10 seconds. Now look back into your room and focus on an object close by for the same duration of time. Repeat a few times to exercise the muscles in your eyes.

Picking up eye care products can also go a long way in helping to keep your vision healthy. Vitamin and mineral supplements help make sure your eyes are well protected. Pick a multivitamin tablet such as HealthVit, which has antioxidants and vitamins that help with eye care.  Another great product is vegetarian capsules from Unived, which contain micro-algae that contribute to eye care.


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YOU COULD BE CAUSING YOUR FATIGUE!

From tiredness and anxiety to dizziness and excessive sleepiness, dealing with fatigue on a daily basis can be really hard. Even if you get the required 6-8 hours of sleep every night and have a healthy exercise routine, some of your habits may be the surprising cause of your decreasing energy levels. Take a look at what you’re doing wrong!

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Did you know that your blood volume is determined by how hydrated you are? Blood volume is responsible for how efficiently nutrients and oxygen run through your bloodstream. When you’re dehydrated, you experience dizziness and excessive sleepiness. Also, your body gets less fluids and your blood volume reduces. So, even if you’re mildly dehydrated – you could end up feeling fatigued!

Sugar

The next time you need a pick-me-up try not to resort to sugary food, as they lower your energy levels. Refined sugar raises blood sugar levels and when they’re elevated, your body releases insulin. This triggers tryptophan, which is converted to serotonin – the eventual result is fatigue! Increase your intake of vitamins and super foods as you reduce your consumption of sugary foods to avoid vitamin deficiency symptoms and balance your diet. You can start taking antioxidant capsules that contain acai berry, which, unlike sugar, stimulates your immune system, fighting fatigue.

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It may be known as a nightcap, but it isn’t going to help you sleep any better! Drinking alcohol just before you go to bed will help you fall asleep faster as it can lead to excessive sleepiness, but it reduces REM sleep. REM is Rapid Eye Moment – which is when you sleep deeply enough to dream. Not having enough of this sleep elevates the symptoms of fatigue when you wake up.

Technology

If you need to watch that latest television show at night or you can’t ignore a late-night text, be prepared to experience fatigue the next day! The artificial light in devices such as your phone and TV disrupts the production of melatonin, which is a chemical that regulates your sleep cycle.

Skipping breakfast

Even if you’re not hungry, you need to eat a hearty, healthy breakfast. And no, that granola bar doesn’t count. Think about it this way – your body has been devoid of nutrition for at least (if you’re sleeping well!) 6-8 hours. So, it’s no surprise really that skipping the first meal of the day will make you tired through the rest of it. However, make sure that the foods you consume are healthy enough to keep fatigue at bay.


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Get rid of back pain – the natural way!

Whether you’ve had a bad fall like Madonna did at the BRIT awards, or just have a sudden ache in your back, you may feel the muscles near your spine stiffening and becoming tense. If so, you’re probably suffering from back pain, which is usually caused by bad posture, incorrect sleeping positions or even just by bending the wrong way. Whether it’s slip disc or sciatica (a nerve related lower back pain), you don’t have to run to the medicine cabinet! Painkillers may seem like an easy back pain treatment, but these natural remedies, combined with some rest and relaxation, will work much better!

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Stretch it out!

If you don’t stretch enough, you’re going to be hit by back pain that’s caused by stiff muscles. Make it a point to stretch as soon as you wake up in the morning and a few times through your day as well. Light stretches help alleviate, treat and prevent a backache.

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Use a hot or cold compress

It’s no surprise that using a combination of heat and cold works wonders for your back pain. When your back begins to hurt though, the best thing to use is a cold compress, because the cold reduces swelling and inflammation that is causing the back pain, temporarily keeping pain signals at bay. Steady heat improves blood circulation and reduces the painful ache that can come hours after you’ve applied the cold compress, so remember to follow it up with a hot one!

Make sure that you’re getting enough vitamins

Nutritional deficiencies lead to a lack of calcium in your bones, which ultimately leads to joint, muscle, and in turn, back pain. Taking vitamin supplements can help for those who can’t get the balance right with their diets. Remember to get enough Vitamin D3 (an active form of vitamin D, which you can also get from good exposure to the sun!) in order to help your bones stay strong.

Use a kitchen remedy

Your kitchen is one of the best places to look for a back pain remedy! From alfalfa sprouts and turmeric to garlic oil and lemon juice, several ingredients can work wonders for your backache. Vinegar in particular is a boon, but not just any vinegar! While regular, white vinegar has gotten a bad reputation for properties that weaken your bones, apple cider vinegar works wonders for joint pain! If you mix it with turmeric, you’ve got a stellar combination, because while the apple cider works to keep your bones healthy, turmeric works to loosen stiff joints and reduce inflammation.

Be active

When your back is getting you down, don’t run to your bed and lie in all weekend! Staying stiff and inactive when your back hurts will actually worsen the problem. Instead, move around as much as you can without straining your back. A few light back pain exercises and some back strengthening yoga will help ease the backache while preventing further damage!