New Delhi, October 13, 2017 : Every morning as you are jostled out of sleep by your alarm, do you unconsciously crave for coffee? ‘Caffeine is just what I need to wake my body and begin my day with rising energy levels, so why not?’ you ask yourself.
Coffee is rich in caffeine which is known to wake your body and boost energy levels. But how does this happen?
How Does Caffeine Affect Sleep?
Caffeine is known to block adenosine receptors in the brain.
— Asker Jeukendrup (@Jeukendrup) October 9, 2017
For easier understanding, adenosine is a nervous system depressant that transmits signals to our mind that the body is tired and needs rest, and has a slowing, calming effect on the brain.
When caffeine obstructs the production of adenosine, the brain interprets it as an ‘active period’ of the body and begins secreting adrenaline. This is characterized by the several effects of caffeine on the body that include increase in body temperature, blood pressure, sugar levels and an increase in heart rate.
Additionally, the body also begins to produce dopamine in such a situation, the hormone responsible for mood elevation.
All these factors together work to prevent the body from falling asleep.
Coffee is your savior. And you are doing everything right –you are having rich, steaming coffee, completely devoid of sugar, milk or creamer (because that is the best way to have coffee for health; you had read so in the weekly health magazine). But did you ever wonder if you are having coffee when you should be? When is the best time to drink coffee?
What, the practice is time conscious!?!
Yes, according to experts, there is a defined best time to drink coffee. And turns out we have all been unaware about it, which is why we have not been availing maximum benefits of the caffeine-rich drink.
A common behavior is to have a cup of coffee first thing in the morning in order to wake your body up. However, our body produces the largest amount of a hormone called cortisol immediately after we wake up, which is responsible for making us feel awake and alert.
Cortisol is known to increase the effect of caffeine in the body. While no two people can be the same, cortisol levels typically are the highest when you wake up. Additionally, the body is known to release cortisol between 8-9 am, 12-1 pm and 5:30-6:30 pm. This means, your body might be ‘naturally caffeinated’ at the time when you are usually having your first cup of coffee.
A cuppa in the given hours will not be the best time to drink coffee. Still wondering why?
Consuming coffee in the given hours will dilute the effects of the caffeine, as cortisol will already be working to wake the system up. This will eventually lead to the tolerance to caffeine in your body and you will hence be forced to have more and more quantities of coffee to wake you up, which is in turn an unhealthy practice.
Cortisol, commonly known to many as the stress hormone, is associated with anxiety, fear and fatigue. Thus, doubling the cortisol levels with a cup of coffee will make you anxious and stressed. We are sure that is not how you want to feel like.
When Is The Best Time To Drink Coffee?
Experts suggest that you should have coffee when the body is producing low levels of cortisol – about three to four hours after waking up.
In an interview with CNBC, Certified dietitian and nutritionist Lisa Lisiewski suggested that the best time to drink coffee might be around mid-morning or early afternoon. “That’s when your cortisol levels are at their lowest and you actually benefit from the stimulant itself”, she said.
New Delhi, October 1, 2017 : Every group has that one friend who has perfect skin. They glow and shine, and radiate like crystals. And when asked what they do for this flawless visage, they giggle and proudly announce they do not have a skin care regime and don’t do anything.
Well, you must certainly not lose heart. Yes, these are people with genetically blessed skin, but it is almost impossible to maintain that glow in the absence of any skin care effort.
So, how to have glowing skin?
There isn’t a magic spell to achieve healthy, clear and glowing skin, but there are a few basic changes you can make to get enviable results.
We have devised a practical and easy to follow skin care regime for you. Here, we have rounded up 10 night time beauty habits that can possibly make you “that” friend.
Give Your Face Some Steam
Nobody has the time to get facials done every month, but we give you a shortcut to looking like you do! The aim is to expose your skin to steam just long enough to open and de-gunk your pores. We’d suggest taking a hot shower before washing your face, or keeping a warm soaked hand towel on your face and patting gently. This will not only open pores, but loosen dirt, oil, or bacteria stuck on your face that can then be taken care with water.
Remove All Makeup
Removing all makeup is a staple to all skin care regimes. (And we don’t mean with wet wipes) Splash your face with sufficient water. Your lipstick, eye-liner, mascara, and foundation; everything has to go. A naked face opens and cleans pores and removes any gunk from your eyes.
Exfoliate To Get Rid Of The Dead Skin
It not only removes the layer of dead skin, but also makes your skin radiant and youthful. However, exfoliation can do more harm than good when done in excess- it can trigger rashes, irritation and breakouts. Try doing it twice a week. And if you have sensitive skin, then even once is good!
You can also use home-made scrubs like oatmeal, besan or coffee. These scrubs are natural and can be altered as per your own preferences
Tone Your Skin
Pollution. Humidity. Weather changes. Acne. And what not. Our skin has to face a lot of obstacles throughout the day.
Toning helps maintain the right pH balance for a healthy skin. It helps rejuvenate the dead cells by nourishing and tightening the skin from deep within. It also removes excess oil thus, fighting acne-problems and making a protective layer over our skin. All-around care, what else does we need?
You can choose from a variety of options in the market, or go au-natural with rosewater.
You must moisturize. It will keep your skin well-fed, preventing it from ageing as well as getting pimples. Sleeping without it is a strict no!
If you have dry skin, invest in products with natural oils like grape seed and for dry skin, you should use oil-free and light-weight moisturizers.
Invest in a good moisturizer and a night cream for your nightly skin care routine, irrespective of your age. It will keep your skin hydrated and plump while minimizing the appeared of dark circles and wrinkles.
We suggest using lightweight creams with caffeine, peptides and oxidants.
When All Is Said And Done, Sleep
And sleep for some good 7-8 hours. Cutting down on sleeping hours can speed up ageing process. Snooze hours form an integral part of skin care; there is a reason it is called beauty sleep, after all. During sleeping-hours, your skin is devoid of any external application or attacks by the harmful sun rays. Hence, sound sleep allows your cells to regenerate, which happens quicker at night than in the day-time.
Use Multiple Pillows
One for your left side, another for your right. One to rest your head on, and the other to hug tightly. No, we’re kidding. You can use as many pillow as you like, but our suggestion is to sleep with your head on an elevated platform than the rest of the body to prevent puffiness.
Vaseline Is A Staple for Skin care
Don’t forget your lips, hands and feet. Apply generous amounts of Vaseline on your lips and feet to keep them soft and hand cream over your hands. Vaseline plumps and moisturizes the lips, keeping them soft and red.
Secure The Air Moisture Using A Humidifier
Make complete use of technology and bring humidifiers home for your skin care regime. Humidifiers infuse the air in your bedroom with moisture. This in turn helps keep your skin hydrated. Outcome: Goodbye dry, itchy and cracked skin!
Your relationship with your skin won’t work unless you give it enough time. This skin care routine will take 15 minutes and just that. Plus it will also spare you from spending bucks at the beauty parlor after every few days.
Benefits of Facial Oils for Skin
We always adore the ancient Egyptians for their flawless and vibrant beauty. Did you know that Oil is the real reason behind their beauty? Yes, that’s true! They applied Moringa oil. They considered Moringa oil as the best face oil. The thought of applying oil on your face may irk you to a great extent, but the benefits which oil gives you, cannot be given by cosmetic in this world. From preventing wrinkles to shrinking the enlarged face pores, they offer you a great deal. If you have dry skin, then oil acts as your skin’s antibiotic.
Five best face oils which can give you a flawless skin:
1. Jojoba Oil
The Unique feature of Jojoba oil is its similarity to our skin structure.It gets completely dissolved in the skin; balances out sebum production and prevents acne. It is comprised of important minerals and nutrients and functions as an element of all-day moisture to the skin. It is the best face oil for skin types- sensitive, dry and aged.
2. Castor Oil
There can be nothing as good as Castor Oil to deal with skin breakouts. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties eliminate the acne-causing bacteria, which helps in the reduction of skin breakouts; thus, making it a great deal for skin types prone to breakouts. It consists of Vitamin E, proteins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids. It can heal the scars of skin. It is the best face oil for skin types which struggle with acne and sunburns.
3. Tamanu Oil
Tamanu oil is being used in medicines since ages. It has the capability of healing wounds and regenerating skin cells by fighting bacteria. The oil contains a lipid, calophyllolide, which is highly anti-inflammatory. It is beneficial for broken skin and the skin damaged from acne.
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4. Hemp seed oil
Hemp Seed Oil reduces facial pores and eliminates. Its anti-inflammatory properties induce elasticity in the skin. It comprises of 80% fatty acids and has the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 EFA (Essential Fatty Acids). Hemp seed oil is the best face oil.
5. Rosehip oil
Rosehip oil the best face oil for skin types- dry and oily. It penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin and regenerates cells. It is highly rich in vitamin C, Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids, which help in curing scars. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and brightens the skin.
–by Megha Acharya of NewsGram. Megha can be reached at Twitter @ImMeghaacharya.