Saturday April 4, 2020

Follow These Tips to Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Skin

Embrace your skin health

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Organic Harvest founder and CEO Rahul Agarwal says is important to understand your skin and choose the right products. Pixabay

We tend to get caught up with brands that promise us fair and glowing skin. The truth is no product can guarantee you this, and by subscribing to advertorial gimmicks and false promises you may end up doing long-term damage to your skin.

Organic Harvest founder and CEO Rahul Agarwal says is important to understand your skin and choose the right products for your skin type. Every skin type has its own concerns and needs different precautions. To achieve and maintain healthy skin is a good starting point in skincare and just like with other life choices; people are gravitating towards products that contain ingredients that are raw (unprocessed), and formulas that are age- old.

The fact is that there is good reason why plants and flowers have been used for both mystical and medicinal purposes for centuries; those that our grandmothers will give us the green signal to use.

Organic versus Synthetic Skincare

If you haven’t ditched your toxic, synthetic and artificially coloured shampoo and face cleansing bar, maybe it’s time to do away with them. As far as your skin goes- less is more and pure is wonderful (think: super nourishing). You may not be aware that there are thousands of chemicals in your skincare products that are being absorbed by your body. They will do irreparable and irreversible damage to your skin from the dermal layer.

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As far as your skin goes- less is more and pure is wonderful. Pixabay

Start with buying brands that you have researched well, and those that are vetted to be true to their philosophy. The same way you look at food labels is how you should look at your beauty products. If organic, cruelty- free, vegan is important to you, check the for the EcoCert and credible global certification seals. If natural-only is your priority, read labels carefully and get to know your ingredients.

Some basic skincare rules for a radiant complexion

Drink plenty of water and get enough sleep. Prolonged stress and negative thoughts can lead to dull devitalized skins. If you are stressed, use techniques that bring you calm.

 

In the end, how you choose to look after has a direct relation with the food and other lifestyle choices that you make. If you are more drawn to the power of nature; you will eat simple organic foods and subsequently you will prefer to use skincare products that are pure in their formulation and delivery.

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That’s what experts say is health: it works from the inside out; and ultimately what you put into and onto your skin will reflect its well-being. (IANS)

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Role of Sleep and Melatonin in Enhancing Your Beauty

Sleep: The most underrated antioxidant

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Maintaining good sleep hygiene and a good sleep quality has many advantages. The sleep wake cycle governs two hormones- Cortisol and Melatonin." Pixabay

Have you ever wondered what is the importance of day and night, what is the role of sleep, how do we set a good circadian rhythm? Well all this revolves around the hormone melatonin!

Setting up the circadian rhythm helps in production of good amounts of melatonin hormone. Melatonin does help in reducing the pigmentation, anti-ageing and also reduces hair fall so on and so forth.

Dr. Pallavi Sule, Dermatologist and Aesthetic Physician, starts by first explaining the meaning of Melatonin: “Melatonin is a hormone primarily secreted by the pineal gland which is known to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Usually it is consumed in the form of tablets to help people in jet lag, shift works by regulating the circadian cycle as a short term treatment for trouble in sleeping”.

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She explains:

How does melatonin get secreted?

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Melatonin is a hormone primarily secreted by the pineal gland which is known to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Pixabay

The pineal gland is sensitive to light. When it is dark the body secretes more melatonin and prepares the body to sleep and when it is day/ light (artificial lights) the production of the hormone decreases. Low levels of the hormone give brain signals to stay awake.

So what’s new about this hormone and why is it studied in more detail than before?

Sule said: “The hormone is also known for its antioxidant benefits!! We all are living in a very stressful environment, be it the external or internal stressors like pollution, food consumed (adulteration), solar radiation, sleep patterns, work environments and so forth!! Any kind of stress releases free oxygen radicals in the body, which damages our DNA, causing degenerative diseases and autoimmune diseases. Oxidative damage also leads to aging and hair fall which we know is one of the major causes.The hormone serves as a potent antioxidant, presumptive anti aging substance and anti cancer agent.”

Let’s understand how sleeping according to the body clock helps our body in general health and well being!

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When it is dark the body secretes more melatonin and prepares the body to sleep and when it is day/ light (artificial lights) the production of melatonin decreases. Pixabay

Sule further elaborates on this imperative subject adding, “Maintaining good sleep hygiene and a good sleep quality has many advantages. The sleep wake cycle governs two hormones- Cortisol and Melatonin.”

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Release of Human Growth Hormone: Experts estimate that 75 per cent of this hormone is released during sleep. It is released in the Stage 3 of sleep cycle which is usually 1-1.5 hrs after one falls asleep. Sleep deprivation or altered cycles affects the release of this hormone. In children it will affect the growth and health.

Sleep and its relation with Liver: There is a great relationship between sleep cycles and liver functions. Scientific studies suggest that most patients with advanced liver diseases have disturbed sleep patterns. The liver has its own clock for detoxification and regulation of hormones. Disturbed sleep results in raised cortisol levels (stress levels) and vice versa. This hampers the regulation of hormones by the liver. Here, now the liver is overworked and cortisol levels in the body are high during daytime. This circulating cortisol hampers the liver’s regulations of melatonin and so the melatonin hormone levels are also high during daytime. Resulting in day time fatigue and drowsiness, and night time alertness.

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Lastly, how can we increase melatonin levels?

“Many formulations are available in the market in the form of tablets and gels for topical application. But we must not forget the most important factor in production of the right amount of melatonin hormone in the body is sleep.” (IANS)