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 😀

I’ve always wanted to know Korean skincare tricks; have you seen KPOP stars’ skin? Fair. Flawless. Gorgeous. Just look at Sandara Park from 2NE1, Suzy from Miss A, Song Ji Hyo and Song Hye Kyo (just to name a few). They have such amazingly radiant, fair, soft and smooth skin. It is to die for.

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Now, many Koreans are naturally fair skinned, but it cannot honestly be said that they are born with good skin. It comes with a good amount of time and effort before they achieve that glowing skin every girl (or guy) would wish for.

I’m a strong believer of ‘There are no ugly women, only lazy ones’. I’m sure most of you know one girl who looked less-than-attractive as a child or teenager, but ‘transformed’ over the years. Now, I daresay she must have invested a lot more time and effort in grooming herself – she probably grew her range of skin care products, added more clothes to her wardrobe and paid more attention to her skin, hair and nails.

If she can do it, so can you! Just put in that extra effort, and you could look as great as a KPOP star 🙂

Here are 5 skincare secrets of Korean celebrities. You’d be surprised by how simple yet effective they are. Just look at the above-mentioned KPOP stars for proof.

KOREAN SKINCARE TIP #1: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Drinking lots of water will help to maintain your skin’s healthy glow and moisture. Koreans also believe in eating their water by adding more fruits and vegetables into their diet. As obvious as this may sound, many of us are still guilty of drinking less than 8 glasses of water a day, and not eating enough fruits and vegetables. This could well be the reason why your skin is lacklustre! Gradually change your diet. I assure you, a difference will be seen and felt 🙂

KOREAN SKINCARE TIP #2: Get Sufficient Sleep

Let me quote Sandara here to make my point more convincing: ‘My beauty secret to achieving that rosy and fair complexion is to get a good night’s sleep.’ Again, this is something that everyone knows, but how many of us are actually getting sufficient sleep every day? Try sleeping early and getting at least 8 hours of sleep for a week. Not only will you look less like a panda, your skin will also be clearer and brighter!

KOREAN SKINCARE TIP #3: Cleanse, Tone & Moisturize 

Koreans are very diligent when it comes to their skincare regimen, and this includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing, twice a day, everyday without fail. When it comes to cleansing, Suzy believes in rinsing with lukewarm water but splashing her face with cold water at the end to close the opened pores. Rinsing with warm water helps to open pores and thus cleanses more thoroughly, while cold water shrinks the pores and keep your skin fine and smooth. A simple trick, but works wonders!

KOREAN SKINCARE TIP #4: Use Sheet Masks

Koreans are huge fans of sheet masks. It acts as a quick fix to instantly moisturize, brighten and rejuvenate skin. Apart from getting her beauty sleep, Sandara will apply a sheet mask before sleeping when she feels that her skin is getting tired and dry.

KOREAN SKINCARE TIP #5: Apply Light Makeup

I’m sure many of you would have noticed that Koreans always have this effortless – also known as nude – makeup look. To achieve that look, apply thin eyeliner, a thin layer of mascara and use an eyebrow pencil to create neat and tidy brows. Most importantly, keep your skin clear and supple with the above tips, so you won’t have to pile on thick layers of foundation and concealer.

Goodluck!  

Hot weather, salt water, humidity, and chlorine taking their toll on our skin during the summer months. Here are some helpful skin care tips for keeping your skin safe and beautiful all summer!

Don’t Neglect Your Skin

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Did you know that most skin aging occurs during the summer? So consistent application of sun protection, regular professional facials, and a good home skin care routine are your best defences against fun in the sun…and heat.

Wearing Sunscreen

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Putting on sunscreen daily will significantly cut back on accumulative sun damage. Recent research indicates that 78% of all the sun damage incurred in a lifetime is from incidental exposure! You may say “I’m not out at all during the day” but just walking to your car, and even driving in your car will expose you to unnecessary sun damage. Windshields do nothing to protect you from UV rays! Wear a moisturizer that contains a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15. Apply it in the morning so you’ll be covered all day!

People are always asking me which SPF number should they use. The truth is, an SPF 30 only offers 4% more protection than an SPF 15. You would have thought it was double the protection, right? As you get up in the higher numbers (SPF 45, 50, 70 +) that percentage comes down, but you’re also exposing your skin to more chemicals which might result in a negative reaction on the skin. The key to protecting your skin in the sun is to re-apply your sunscreen generously at least every two hours. A little dab won’t do ya…you need to slather it on.

Do Not Use Soap

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One of the biggest complaints we hear during the summer is, “My skin gets so oily!

The binders that hold a bar of soap together are in an alkaline base (high pH balance), which will strip all the water and natural oils out of the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dehydrate. Your skin cells need to stay moist in order to be healthy, and without water, your skin will be producing more oil to compensate for the lack of water which is that last thing you want your skin to do in the heat of the summer!

Using soap can also cause more break outs as the dehydrated cells being caused from the drying soap can cause a layer of dry skin cell buildup which can trap oil and keep them clogged in the pores.

Avoid Dairy Products If Your Skin Are Prone To Break Outs

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With the heat and humidity in the summer, break outs are a real concern for a lot of people. And we’ve all heard that greasy foods and chocolate cause breakouts. In our experience, when breakouts are cyst-like in the chin and jawline area, most often this is related to excessive dairy products in your diet.

Try cutting out cheese, milk, ice cream, and frozen yogurt, and watch your skin clear up! There are many other ways to get calcium in your diet; broccoli, asparagus and orange juice.

Get Your ZZZ

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According to recent research, the vast majority of Americans – particularly women – are sleep-deprived. Lack of sleep not only makes you grouchy, forgetful, and drowsy, it also wreaks havoc on your skin. Even an extra 30-60 minutes every night will make a difference.

Many people actually know that sleep deprivation causes acne — but how?

Sleep Deprivation: How Does It Lead To Acne?

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The Importance Of Sleep

It is just like food and air — we need sleep. Extreme sleep deprivation can lead to death, just as surely as starvation does.

Consider sleep as maintenance time. It affects both the mind and body and when you don’t get enough of it, both suffer and eventually break down. Lack of sleep, also called sleep deprivation, can lead to acne and other health issues, some of which are extremely serious. You’ve been there — times when you can’t get out of bed and feel tired and listless the whole day.

There is no magical number of hours you need to sleep. Sleep deprivation has more to do with the quality of your sleep than the number of hours. That explains why some people can sleep 5 hours a night and feel rested and energized, while another can sleep 10 and still wake up tired and groggy.

Sleep Deprivation Causes Acne

Sleep Deprivation Causes Acne

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When you sleep late, you’ll notice that your skin actually secretes more sebum, and this explains why it probably results in new acne. Lack of sleep promotes stress, causing an increase in the substance cortisol in the body. Cortisol, in turn, causes the skin to secrete more sebum, which results in acne. suggested that stress-related inflammation may be to blame for the breakouts.

“Our research suggests that acne severity associated with stress may result from factors others than sebum quantity. It’s possible that inflammation may be involved.”
– Dr. Gil Yosipovich, Professor of Dermatology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Another factor connecting sleep deprivation to acne is the increase in insulin resistance, which can contribute to one becoming acne-prone. This is because insulin resistance can increase glucose or sugar, one of the major causes of acne.

Consequences of sleep deficiency

Not getting enough sleep or having sleep difficulties can:

  • Limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems.
    You may even forget important information like names, numbers, your homework or a date with a special person in your life
  • Make you more prone to pimples.
    Lack of sleep can contribute to acne and other skin problems
  • Lead to aggressive or inappropriate behaviour such as yelling at your friends or being impatient with your teachers or family members
  • Cause you to eat too much or eat unhealthy foods like sweets and fried foods that lead to weight gain
  • Heighten the effects of alcohol and possibly increase the use of caffeine and nicotine
  • Contribute to illness, not using equipment safely or driving drowsily

But how do you know that you are getting just the right amount of sleep?

A few questions to ponder — Do you:

  • Feel like you could use more energy?
  • Often wake up feeling drowsy and tired?
  • Have problems falling asleep?
  • Have problems staying awake without caffeine or other stimulants?
If you answered yes to one or more of the questions, chances are your sleep could be the reason you sabotaged your efforts to cure acne. Most people don’t get full benefits of your sleep because they sleep ‘poor quality sleep’. So rather than sleeping more, you need to increase the quality of your sleep.

When you learn to maximize the different phases of sleep and balance your inner sleep clock, you can kiss goodbye to your sleep problems. You get the full benefits of sleep and wake up refreshed and full of energy. And at the same time kick acne where it counts.


Updated 22 March 2018
P.S. We stumbled across this informative site with the low-down on more causes of acne, amongst other things. Definitely worth a visit if you have some reading time!