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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:


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!


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.


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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Eating Watercress is Anti-Ageing, an Aphrodisiac, a cure for Hangovers, and much more!

If you want to roll back the years, forget expensive creams and lotions! A recent study shows that adding one bag of watercress a day to your diet can improve your skin tone and reduce wrinkles! In the new study, 10 out of 11 female volunteers experienced visible improvements to their skin after just four weeks of adding one bag of watercress a day to their diet. One woman even managed to reduce her facial wrinkles by an incredible 39 per cent! Incredible, right? The majority of women also reported increased energy levels. During the trial, the volunteers made no other changes to their usual health and beauty regime. They were allowed to eat their daily quota of watercress in any way they chose – in salads, sandwiches, whizzed into smoothies or wilted into pasta, however it was not allowed to be cooked, only to be consumed fresh.


Watercress usually grows along the banks of slow-running streams and rivers in Europe, Asia and America. It is characterized by its small, round leaves, with a pungent, peppery flavor. The small white flowers appear in flat clusters are called corymbs. The fresh, tender leaves of watercress have to be harvested just before flowering, because after flowering they become bitter and are no longer good to eat. The health benefits of watercress have been known since ancient days, when it was used as an aphrodisiac by royalty. Watercress has plenty of health and therapeutic properties. However, due to its strong, pungent and bitter taste, it is never used alone, but is always added to juices, salads or other dishes as an ingredient, flavor or garnish.

Benefits of Watercress: 

Anti-anaemic Effect: Watercress is particularly helpful in treating different types of anemia due to its high content in iron. Iron is essential for the synthesis of hemoglobin, and folic acid, which plays a key role in the maturation of red cells in the bone marrow. The right amount of vitamin C in watercress also makes better absorption of iron.

Anti-inflammatory Properties: Watercress is rich in vitamin C, which has an anti-inflammatory action and can help prevent or relieve the symptoms of cold, flu and other types of inflammation.

Anti-oxidant and anti-cancer Effects: Just as many other herbs, watercress is rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidant substances help prevent or fight the damage caused by free radicals to body tissues, thereby contributing to prevent premature aging, as well as lower the risk of developing cancer and many other chronic or degenerative diseases.

Aphrodisiac Effect: Several historical sources show that watercress has been used for its aphrodisiac effect since the age of the ancient Romans and Persians. This could be due to its high zinc and iron content.

Blood Glucose: Although not definitely proven, it seems that watercress can help control blood sugar levels and prevent or treat high blood glucose. It is probable that the hypoglycemic effect of watercress is in part due to its high content in soluble fiber, that helps reduce the absorption of carbohydrates from the intestine. This effect is particularly helpful for individuals with diabetes.

Bone Health: The right proportion of calcium, magnesium, manganese, vitamins A, C and K in watercress helps promote and maintain healthy and strong bones.

Cough: The sulphur glycosides found in watercress have been shown to modify bronchial secretions and exert an expectorant effect, which can be used to treat many forms of chronic bronchitis.


Digestive Function: Watercress does improve digestive function, due to its high content in vitamin C and fiber, which stimulate salivary and gastric secretions and the motility of the intestinal tract respectively.

DNA, preserve: In a laboratory test, it was found that daily consumption of watercress increase the ability of cells to resist DNA damages to lymphocytes (white blood cells).

Eye Health: The high content in phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin are potent anti-oxidants; together with vitamin A and zinc all in this herb help greatly improve eye health.

Hair Health: Watercress can be used topically to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss, due to its sulfur, iron, zinc and vitamin A content. The best results are obtained by rubbing the scalp and the hair with a watercress tincture.

Hangover: A hangover happens when the liver gets overloaded with toxic alcohol. Watercress juice is so concentrated with so much cleansing goodness that it activates the detoxifying enzymes in the liver for detoxifying a hangover.

Purifying Effect: Watercress has been used for centuries for its purifying effects. It enhances the diuresis and helps give the colon a good “spring-cleaning”, thereby effectively removing toxins from the body.

Skin Health: When used topically, watercress juice can be helpful in relieving skin eczema, as well as other skin conditions. Its high content of vitamin A and C best obtained by juicing are also beneficial for healthy skin.

Teeth: Chewing watercress makes teeth stronger. It also cures bleeding of the gum or gingivitis.

Thyroid Gland: The high iodine content in watercress can help prevent goiter, improve the function of the thyroid gland and relieve the symptoms of many forms of hypothyroidism.