Saturday, 22 November 2014

Your skin’s 24-hour cycle (because for skincare, timing is EVERYTHING!)

If I was to force feed you a rich beef stew at 6 am, followed by a roast chicken an hour later, it’s a definite possibility that your digestive system would rebel AND your energy levels would go into free fall. Similarly, there are reasons we don’t (usually) hit the gym at 3 in the morning, nor do we schedule killer tasks for midnight. Our bodies have a definite internal clock, which predetermines the best time to do work, eat meals and sleep. And for most of the time, we've learnt to understand and respect the same.

Unfortunately, we forget that our skin is also a biological entity (in fact, it’s the body’s largest and fastest growing organ) that has a similar internal clock. This internal clock determines the best time to moisturize, shave, wax or apply a treatment. There is also a time when skin will be most vulnerable, most oily or most sensitive. Often, we ignore this skin clock, which may well explain why all those creams, gels and serums are not delivering their promises. So don’t ignore your skin’s daily schedule, as that’s what decides the ultimate effectiveness of any product or treatment. Here you have it in a nutshell.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Why sex is good for your skin. And hair. AND it’s all backed by science!

Last week, when I was ranting to my doctor about a sudden outcrop of acne and dull-as-dishwater complexion, she said all I needed was more sex. Um? Uh? What? Because… WHAT?

Strangely enough, it seems she isn't the only skin expert who believes that more sex might be the answer to everything from acne to wrinkles. The more I research this subject, the more fascinating it gets… and there is loads of science to prove the connection as well. Dr. Yvonne Fulbright, author of The Better Sex Guide to Extraordinary Love Making, recounts a study where 3,500 men and women were put on one side of a two-way mirror and participants on the other side had to guess their age. The group with an active sex life had their age underestimated by an average of 10 years, while consensus was that the group with infrequent sex actually looked older!

Friday, 7 November 2014

Beating Depression

Winston Churchill referred to his continuous bouts of depression "the black dog." President Abraham Lincoln, who battled with depression his entire adult life, once stated, "I am now probably the most miserable man living." Until very recently, our understanding and methods of treatment of the various types of depression almost always very poor; and most people are usually reluctant to admit that they had problems with depression even once they understood that they had it.

Thanks to a lot of research that has been done in more recent years, A lot of new types of medications for treating depression, and a much deeper understanding of exactly how depression works, the days of misunderstanding are long gone. Prior to a few years ago, most celebrities and public figures have gone public with their own experiences with depression. Amongst them are people such the famous newsman Mike Wallace and humorist Art Buchwald, actresses Brooke Shields and Lorraine Bracco, Tipper Gore and Alanis Morrisette, as well as many others. Their stories about their problems with depression has really helped Americans understand depression in a totally different light than we used to.

Want thicker hair? Munch on this super-powerful beauty food. Bonus: it’s delicious & costs pennies

Blonde or brunette. Paris or New York. Cocktail evening or work meeting. When it come to hair, only one rule holds: thicker is better. Way, way better. But surprisingly, even though all of us want thick and healthy hair, few of us do the easiest thing to get it – snack on something really delicious!

So, what do we need to eat for gorgeous hair? Raw pumpkin seeds. It’s that simple. You see, pumpkin seeds are loaded with beauty vitamins – vitamin A and K for a healthy scalp and shiny tresses, vitamin B for supercharged hair growth, plus Omega 3 and 6 for strong strands and less breakage. And that’s not all. Pumpkin seeds are also great for pepping up the skin and banishing excessive belly fat. Added advantage: they actually taste yum!

Have you tried these little wonders? And what’s the state of your hair right now?

Saturday, 1 November 2014

How to Wear Jeans like the Stars

With the cooler temperatures creeping in, people all over the nation are beginning to dust off their winter wardrobe. Selecting the right denim to wear is always dependent on the style changes and the current trends. Fortunately, this year more than ever, there seems to be a broad selection of women’s jeans from distressed, to skinny, to Mom jeans, to the classic dark denim. Choosing a style and fit that is the best match for you is entirely a result of your preference and body type. Here are some tips on how you can wear your jeans like the stars.

Classic Denim and Boyfriend Jeans

The skinny jean trend has been pretty consistent for a lengthy period of time. Even now, it hasn’t ended which means you can continue to wear your favorite skinnies and remain stylish and trendy. However, an up and coming style of “boyfriend jeans” are a bit more loose fitting and comfy. At first, they may appear intimidating to someone who favors the polished look of a pair of skinny jeans.