We’ve mentioned (and you’ve heard) many times that getting sufficient hours of sleep, is part of the key to having good and glowing skin. The problem is, how do we even get a good night’s sleep in the first place? With the workload piling up, bills to settle, relationship/friendship issues, plus a bunch of other insignificant matters (that aren’t supposed to bother you, but somehow they still do), falling asleep or getting a good night’s sleep is really as difficult as it can get.

How about some food that can help you relax tensed muscles, quiet your busy & troubled mind and keep your sleep-inducing hormones flowing in?

1. Chamomile Tea: It has a mild sedating effect, making it great for restless minds and bodies. I absolutely love the sound of that.

2. Warm Milk: Remember how your mum used to make you a warm glass of milk whenever you couldn’t sleep, as a child? It’s not a myth; it actually works! Similar to chamomile tea, milk also has a sedative-like effect.

3. Oatmeal: Oats are rich in sleep-inducing melatonin, and helps you sleep like a baby.

4. Almonds: Contains muscle-relaxing magnesium. Perfect for tensed muscles and moods.

5. Banana: We call this a sleeping peel. It contains melatonin and serotonin which send you snoozing and also contains the muscle-relaxing magnesium. Your good night’s sleep is just a banana away.

Though the above foods have sedative effects and help you relax your muscles, the desired effects will not be achieved if you:

1. Opt for a late night after-meal coffee: Zero sympathies if you complain about insomnia after the consumption of a cuppa caffeine-rich coffee.
What you should do: Do not drink coffee 3-4 hours before you go to bed. The stimulant effect of caffeine takes that amount of time to peak.

2. Dig into a huge portion of supper: It interferes with your sleep as your body is busy digesting. This could potentially cause heartburn or indigestion.
What you should do: Try to eat at least 3 hours before going to bed.

Bear these tips in mind and you’re a few steps closer to a goodnight’s sleep. GOOD LUCK 😀

For this week, Porcelain will introduce you to the easy but effective home skin care world. Make your own DIY pack easily and conveniently at home.

Honey Banana Pack – Give hydration to your dry skin!

Did you know that a banana not only taste excellent but also good for your skin? It soothes the skin and helps circulation while nourishing skin with antioxidants and other minerals. Banana has no known side effects to skin thus it is effective for sensitive, acne-prone skin. Potassium in a banana can help heal blemishes faster. And also banana will make your skin softer and hydrated. Perfect for dry skin! Don’t forget that a banana is good for your anti-aging. If you are worried about getting fat, give bananas to your skin!

–          Ingredients : banana 1, honey 1 tsp, yogurt 2 tsp, flour 1 tsp

Mash the banana and mix all the ingredients together! Then apply it to your face with a brush. After 10-15 minutes, gently wash off your face with warm water. Banana and honey will give you moisture to your skin! Feel moist-full skin. Did you find it effective? Also you can make use of banana peels. Grab banana peels and rub the insides of banana peels onto your skin. Banana skins have a lot of nutrients which work the same as bananas!

 

Lemon juice Facial Wash – Perfect way to brighten and make your skin elastic!

One of the cheapest and most easily accessible things for healthier skin is definitely lemon! It is good for acne, brown spots, skin whitening, and pigmentation. It works well on oily skin and lightens the skin too. Acid in lemon acts as an antiseptic and kills the bacteria. Also, if you are worried about blackheads, lemon is also a good choice!

–          Ingredients : only lemon

Cut lemon in half and squeeze the lemon. With the juice of lemon, massage your face for 2-3 minutes avoiding your delicate eyes. Carefully wash your face to remove lemon! Don’t forget to give enough moisture. Acid in lemon can steal your moisture. Lemon wash twice a week and you will get white spotless skin.

 

Aloe Pack – Let’s give our exhausted skin a rest.

Let our skin rest from the intensive Sun! Aloe is the best thing to enhance moisture and soothe skin. Do you know that Aloe was called ‘plant of immortality’ in ancient Egypt? Since then Aloe has been used as remedy for sun burn and inflammation. However if you think that this is all for Aloe, you misunderstood Aloe! Aloe is also good for acne and cell rejuvenation.

–          Ingredients : Raw aloe

Peel off raw aloe and cut the inner part into thin slices. Put it on your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes. After moist from aloe penetrate into your skin, remove it! Or if you are a skin-conscious person, scrape the aloe and mix it with 1tsp honey and 1tsp adlay powder and put it on your clean face. Rinse off your face 10-15 minutes later and your skin is ready to go out for lovely dinner date!

 

Egg white and honey pack – Exfoliate, balance, tighten pore and make your skin glow!

Egg white is not only used in making meringues but also used as a base for a lot of skin masks. Egg white is known as an instant face lifter and pore tightner. You have to be aware that these effects are only temporary and smell can be quite nasty before the whites of eggs dries up.

–          Ingredients : white of an egg, milk 1tsp, honey 1tsp

Put all the things in blender and blend it until the foam forms. What a rhyme! Do not try to mix it on your own, you will go muscular. After cleansing your face, put the mixture on your skin. When the mixture dries up after 5-7 minutes, get ready to feel the difference? Wash it off! You will be surprised to have glowing skin. Don’t forget to do this pack regularly about 3 times a week! Besides mixing egg whites with honey, you can add avocados, milk, oatmeal and other natural pleasures according to your skin conditions.

 

Almond Oil Therapy – Effective cleanser for your delicate skin!

Did you know that almond oil was used for skin care since Roman Empire? Let’s make porcelain skin with almond! We can take advantage of almonds better in liquid form than in solid form. Almond oil is rich in vitamin A, D, E and has magnesium and calcium. In addition it is famous for its emollient effect. It helps reduce skin irritation, delays aging process, smoothes the skin and improves the skin tone! Let’s try.

–          Ingredients : piece of cotton, almond oil

Just dip a piece of cotton in almond oil and wipe off your face with it! How easy it is! All the nutrients will go into your skin smoothly and give your dry skin nutrients.

Glowing skin is a reflection of the inner healthiness and perfect body metabolism, and it largely depends on the kind of lifestyle that an individual leads. The meals, exercising and work out habits can have direct effects on the skin. There are a few natural skin care regimes involving home remedies that can help greatly with blackheads, dark circles, pigmentation and all that is there on your face.

Here are 3 ingredients that you can easily find at home for glowing skin:

Papaya

Papaya not only cleanses the skin but it is also known for glowing the skin as it contains papain which promotes cell turnover and skin renewal. It benefits the skin by exfoliating it to reveal new skin cells and at the same time, soften it.

Here’s one method to moisturize the skin with papaya:

Take a ripe papaya, clean it and blend until smooth. Apply the paste and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Wash with cold water.

Milk-Banana Face Pack

Milk has the ability to renew skin cells, and cleanse and exfoliates the skin. Dry skin problems can be cured by making a mixture of milk, honey and mashed banana.

For instant glowing skin, try this:

Grind almonds with milk and add few drops of olive oil to make a semi-smooth paste.

Next, add grind orange peel and apply it on the face and neck. Leave the paste for 15-20 minutes and wash it with cold water. Rub an ice cube for 2-3 minutes and then pat dry. This helps to cleanse and exfoliates the skin.

Cabbage

Cabbage plant extract gives healthy shine and freshness to the skin. It is also effective in treating puffiness in the eyes.

For instant glow:

Boil some cabbage in water. Wash face with the water after cooling.

You’re long past the problems that caused teenage angst. Or are you? Those random breakouts might say otherwise. But hormones aren’t the only thing to blame for those pesky pimples. Thought you left breakouts and blemishes behind with that first crush? Think again. More than half of women over 25 still have acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

“And you can get, as an adult, even if you didn’t have it as a teenager,” says Francesca Fusco, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Though the pimples look the same, grown-up breakouts are different from the kind you had in high school. “Adult acne is usually on the lower half of the face; teen acne is typically on the upper half,” Fusco says. “Adult acne is also deeper and appears as cysts, or ‘under the skin’ pimples, which can’t be drained.”

So other than puberty, let me share with you what are some of the food that can trigger acne – at any age.

Fried Food

The types of fats we consume on a daily basis have a big impact on the health of our skin. Most commercial fried foods are fried in industrially processed liquid fats and oils such as soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed and canola. These fats are unnatural, act like plastic in your body, and are very damaging to skin health.

Other unhealthy fats include all hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils and fats and oils (especially vegetable oils) heated to very high temperatures in processing and frying. If you are consuming these unhealthy fats on a regular basis, your body will be forced to use these fats to construct new skin cells. These skin cells will not function properly and acne, including other skin diseases, can manifest!

Healthy skin cells that function properly are built upon with healthy, life-promoting fats and oils. These include butter, fats from animal sources such as tallow or lard, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and cod liver oil. Many healthy fats have a high saturated fat content. You should not blindly follow the many misconceptions there are concerning saturated fats! Saturated fatty acids constitute at least 50 percent of your cell membranes.

Common Fried Foods That Cause Acne:

  • French Fries
  • Doughnuts
  • Chinese Fast Food
  • Fried Chicken
  • Onion Rings
  • Mozzarella Sticks

Food High In Sugar Content

The average person living in the Western world consumes about 125 pounds of refined table sugar every year. Did you know that sugar is poisonous to the body and that it leads to, or directly causes, several different health problems and diseases, acne included?

Below are just a few of the things sugar does to your body.

  • Sugar can suppress the immune system and it contributes to the reduction in the body’s defence against bacterial infection, which is one cause of acne. Scientists have proven that too much sugar is the death of the immune system.
  • Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body. It also interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium. All minerals are essential for optimal skin.
  • Sugar produces a low oxygen environment = cancer and candida (fungal) growth environment. Fungal overgrowth leads to acne.
  • Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function. This leads to dry, unhealthy skin.
  • Sugar can cause and/or lead to all skin diseases, including acne, eczema, varicose veins, psoriasis, rosacea, etc.
  • Sugar is the #1 enemy of the bowel movement. Bowel movements are necessary to excrete toxins and wastes which can lead to acne.
  • Sugar can cause depression, making a case for acne even more mentally debilitating.
  • Sugar causes indigestion and constipation. Constipation can cause acne.
  • Sugar is an addictive substance, and it can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.

Common Sugar Foods That Cause Acne:

  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Ice Cream
  • Fruits and Fruit Juice*
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies
  • Cereals

*Fruits and even natural fruit juices are high in fructose, a sugar that is unhealthy in large quantities. 

Foods High in Carbohydrates

The most important carbohydrate is glucose, a simple sugar (monosaccharide) that is metabolized by nearly all known organisms. All carbohydrates are eventually converted into glucose, which is then converted to glycogen for storage in the body.

The important thing to realize is that the human body needs only certain amounts of glucose to function properly. When you eat more carbohydrates than your body needs for its glucose requirements, health issues such as diabetes and acne can manifest.

In fact, carbohydrates are not even necessary in order to obtain the required amount of glucose needed for the human body to function properly. 58% of protein and 10% of fat can be converted by the body to glycogen and ultimately to glucose.

Common High Carbohydrate Foods That Cause Acne:

  • Rice (White or Brown)
  • Pasta
  • Bread

*You do not have to totally avoid, just have it in moderation. 

Fruits and vegetables are vital to our health but many of us are guilty of the lack of these included in our diet. Instead, the processed food that we so commonly eat outweighs the intake of fruits and vegetables which are rich sources of nutrients, vitamins and fibre, essential to our overall well-being.

Following up on our previous blog post on fruits, we now share with you which kinds of vegetables can benefit your skin (and of course your health too)!

Carrots

Carrots are high in beta carotene, which are absorbed into the body to aid in the production of Vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy, glowing skin. Large amounts of vitamins (K, C and B6) and carotenoids (anti-oxidants) found in Carrots can help combat free radicals that causes damage to skin cells. Consuming Carrot juice can also keep your skin hydrated. However, do eat Carrots in moderation as excessive consumption may cause the skin to have a slight yellow/orange tinge.

Broccoli

High concentrations of Vitamin A and Vitamin C can be found in this cruciferous vegetable. Vitamin A helps in the production of healthy cells in the skin, while Vitamin C helps the skin with collagen repair and production, while protecting the skin from free radical damage. Broccoli also contains a great source of folate, which is essential in healthy cell regeneration, and sulforaphane, which studies have shown that it helps in reducing incidences of cancer.

Tomatoes

Studies have shown that properties in tomatoes help function as an internal sunscreen that blocks harmful UV rays. High concentrations of Lycopene found in tomatoes also help in skin renewal, and has anti-ageing properties for the skin. Moreover, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium in Tomatoes are effective in tightening your pores, and also work as an astringent to deep-clean. For a quick home DIY facial, try mashing up tomatoes and apply to a clean face.

Garlic

Garlic is widely known for its strong medicinal value, despite its pungent smell and taste. Holding anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, Garlic helps to relieve skin bacterial infections thereby helping the skin to stay clear and free from impurities! The large number of antioxidants present will also make your skin healthy and looking young.

Potato

Potatoes are high in starch and thus are a good source of carbohydrates, but it also means that they are culprits to your weight gain. However, do you know that Potatoes can be included into your skincare regime as well? Potatoes have properties that make it an anti-aging agent. Washing your face daily with potato juice may help improve the skin’s clarity, and even reduce appearances of wrinkles! Additionally, you may wish to cut a few slices of raw potatoes and place them over your eyes to reduce dark eye circles.

Cucumber

Cucumbers are often used in skincare products as it is really an effective vegetable that helps one to achieve glowing skin, treat various skin problems and even reducing dark eye circles. Containing antioxidants and large amounts of water, Cucumbers help to moisturize and hydrate tired skin. Cucumbers can also help to reduce redness of the skin. Also, Vitamin C in Cucumbers aids in collagen production, which helps to promote elasticity in our skin.

Avocado

Avocado is rich in nutrients and vitamins A, C and E which helps to soothe and soften the skin. Also present is Niacin (Vitamin B3) which helps to soothe dry, irritated, or red blotchy skin. Avocadoes are also great for making facial masks at home as their buttery texture allows easy application, and what’s more is that the various nutrients and vitamins can be easily absorbed into the skin, leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft after application.

As the saying goes, “you are, what you eat”. Don’t forget the importance of including both fruits and vegetables into your diet for a healthier you, and a healthier skin. Fruits and vegetables have abundant nutrients and vitamins that act as our skin food whether they are being consumed, or applied as a mask! 🙂