Sleeping Masks vs. Night Creams – Which One to Use?

Your skin care routine doesn’t just end up with a good morning cleansing, toning, and moisturizing routine. It equally requires an extensive cleanup, toning and moisturizing routine every night as well.

A proper night skin care routine should start with a solid cleanser to get rid of all the dirt and impurities from the depth of your skin, followed by a perfect night cream or a sleeping mask.

Although keeping a proper and well-maintained night skin care routine is a must, a lot of women find it difficult to decide whether a sleeping mask or a night cream would be a better option for them.

Both night creams and sleeping masks offer hydrating benefits. However, there are a few extensive differences between the two; which should be well-versed before you go ahead with any of the two.

Night Creams

Your skin does most of its healing and regenerating works while you doze off. It takes a long time to repair your dead skin cells, work on your acne marks and signs of aging. The night creams, however, are normally formulated in such a way, so that they can tackle your skin troubles like moisturizing your dry skin to working on your wrinkles and providing a fresh-looking skin every morning you wake up.

This is because night creams contain various ingredients like glycolic, retinol, hyaluronic acid, along with vitamins, minerals and some deeply nourishing and protective emollients.

Night Masks

There are not many differences between a night mask and a cream when it comes to their application. A night mask is generally put on the face exactly the same way you apply night cream.

As the night creams are meant to stay on your face overnight, they are typically made of lighter as well as gentle ingredients that can get absorbed in your face easily. These ingredients can include ceramide, Aragon oil or lavender that have hydrating properties.

However, the night masks are typically meant to be used during the sleeping hours. And they should be applied while massaging onto your skin gently. Basically, a night mask soothes and hydrates your skin.

The best part of a sleeping mask is that they are generally formulated keeping your skin type and concerns in mind, and are generally used to seal in facial serums, oils, and creams that you have used as a part of your evening skincare routine.

Night Creams V/S Night Masks

Having a good night cream and a good night mask is a must in your daily night skincare routine. Both have almost the similar ingredients and they both offer exclusive skin benefits. They help address your signs of aging, hydrate your skin and make your skin look soft and supple.

Use of both night cream and night masks daily, or alternatively can help you in many ways. However, sleeping masks should ideally be used two or three times a week; whereas you can use a night cream every night before you go to sleep.

 

Unusual Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss

Unusual Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss

Have you heard of using coconut oil for weight loss? Probably yes! But how do you use it? As a matter of fact, coconut oil is known to provide amazing health benefits when it is used as a staple food.

It helps in reducing seizures, boosts the functioning of your brain and also helps in killing the pathogens. It can also be used as a moisturizer for hands and skin.

But, what’s up with the weight loss? We will find out.

1. Adding it in your coffee

Gross! That’s the usual reaction if someone would ask you to add coconut oil in your coffee. Isn’t it? But it’s not that bad.

Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which when added to your diet can help you burn fat and calories. All you need to do is add a few drops of coconut oil to your coffee. However, do not just stir it with a spoon as it will continue to float at the top which isn’t healthy and is hard on stomach.

Instead, blend the coconut oil properly with the help of a blender. This will provide you a frothy, creamy and well-mixed tasty drink.

2. For massaging your skin

Massaging your skin with coconut oil may not directly help you in reducing weight but it does help in managing cellulite. You can use it as a massager in two ways, by dry brushing, and as a coffee scrub.

Dry brushing spreads the coconut oil on the skin. For a coffee scrub, add sugar and coconut oil into coffee grounds. Scrub your skin with it and rinse it while bathing.

3. As a baking ingredient

If you are one of those who doesn’t get well along with the eggs, here is a pro tip. Use coconut oil while baking instead of eggs to lose weight. One teaspoon of coconut oil is equivalent to one egg when used for baking purposes.

A teaspoon coconut oil contains more calories as against one egg; however, the MCTs present in the coconut oil help you lose weight.

4.Replacing it with vegetable oil and butter

Replacing coconut oil with vegetable oil and butter won’t affect your calorie intake. But, it will help you in losing weight, all thanks to its appetite suppressing and fat burning qualities. So it’s a win-win situation altogether.

For cooking something savory, make use of refined coconut oil to make it taste better. However, some foods like kale, eggs, shrimp actually taste better when cooked in coconut oil.

5. As an energy booster

If you feel like sulky and exhausted, coconut oil can come again to your rescue. You can use it in your smoothie, kale chips and such. This will not only boost your energy but also will also help you in burning fat.

So, these were some of the unusual ways of using coconut oil to lose weight on the go! Wonderful, right?

 

Get a Flat Stomach with These Amazing Tips!

Who doesn’t want a flat stomach? We all have tried sucking our stomach in just to fit into our favorite pair of jeans, or to look beautiful in a group photo.

But, there are various less painful and easier ways through which you can flatten your stomach.

Be it eating at the right time or eating the right things, here are some tips that would take care of your bloated stomach and would help you in fitting into your favorite bodycon dress:

 

  • Say no to raw vegetables!

We all understand how important vegetables are to our body and for getting a flat stomach. But it is a myth that vegetables are best eaten raw. This is because our body works hard and struggles to break down these uncooked vegetables, which makes your stomach look bloated.

Thus, we would highly recommend you to steam vegetables before eating them. This makes sure that the veggies are not raw while also ensuring that the nutrients are not lost because of overcooking.

 

  • Bring in more fluids

Fluids are the most important part of your regular diet. You need to keep your body hydrated at all times. This also helps flush the dirt out of your system.
The best way to consume a lot of fluids is to drink at least 8 glass of water on a regular basis.
It helps detoxify the body, improves your body metabolism and also keeps it hydrated.

 

  • Don’t ignore fiber

We consume a lot of things on a daily basis, but the most important aspect here is digestion. Your body needs to digest and accept the foods that you consume. And this is where fibers come to your rescue.

Consuming some high fiber cereals in the morning for breakfast can help the body digest food for the rest of the day. This aids in flattening your tummy since fibers help in digestion.

 

  • Maintain your meal times

The trick to getting a flat stomach is eating every 3-4 hours. This is because you need to maintain a balanced blood sugar count in the body.
When the blood sugar count decreases, the insulin count decreases as well and this leads to fat accumulation in your stomach.
Keeping a protein bar, or some almonds handy and eating them every 3 hours can be of help here.

 

  • Chewing your food

This sounds like a rather simple plan but proves to be very useful.
The whole digestion process begins right inside the mouth.
It is imperative that you chew the food properly and break them down into smaller particles that can be easily digested.
If you swallow unbroken food particles, the body finds it more difficult to digest them, thereby resulting in fat accumulation in the stomach.

 

  • Avoid chewing gums

People chewing gums is a rather common sight.
While this keeps the mouth engaged and might reduce food cravings, the sugary contents can cause abdominal bloating.
As a good replacement, we would recommend you to chew dry fruits like almonds.
This would not only satiate your hunger but would also provide required nutrients to the body.

8 Ways to get in Shape Without Trying too Much

Are you planning to improve the shape of your body, but not able to take out time from your busy schedule? Just remember that your life can always be what you make it to be.

So, wait no more, and get started in the right direction and get a body shape of your dreams, that too without hitting the gym!

Check out.

  • Say good bye to stress

Stress makes you eat even when you are not hungry, thus making you gain weight.  Thus, whenever you are in a stress, go outside and have a walk in fresh air. It will not only help you in relieving stress but will also help in burning extra calories from your body, maintaining your body weight and will help you to come in shape faster.

  • Stay active throughout the day

You might have a 9-to-5 job, but let not your busy office schedule interfere with your body health. Stop being a couch potato and make sure that you are doing enough physical activity throughout the day. A simple two-minute brisk walk or small exercises and lift-ups in your workstation can increase your fitness levels.

  • Eat right on right time

Try to take your food on time and never skip your meals. Don’t live in misconception that skipping meals would help you achieve your body shape quickly. This way your body will only find it difficult to function properly, thus making you weak and dull.

  • Balanced diet is the key

Avoid taking junk foods and plan your food according to the demand of your body. Incorporate foods items that are low in calories and boost your energy and activity levels. Eat food from each food group every day such as pulses that are rich in proteins, fruits and vegetables rich in fiber and whole grains.

  • Watch your water intake

Water is an important constituent of our body. This pretty much explains why you should drink enough water daily along with other liquids. Drinking enough water would not only keep your skin glowing but would also help you in cutting down extra calories from your body.

  • Go for gardening

This might sound a bit weird, but gardening is a strenuous exercise that doesn’t require any investment. You may choose to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers regardless of your choice, without knowing that you are burning enough of your calories. It is also one of the easiest ways to take a break, forget about all your troubles, connect to nature, and get in shape faster.

  • Enhance your sitting skills

Regular sitting for more than 6-7 hours on office chairs may lead to spine and other health problems. Thus, it is highly recommended to sit on a stability ball as it activates the abdomen, hip and the back muscles and balances your body perfectly.

  • All work and no play?

Do you remember when you had played your last game? Try to remember your childhood memories and play your favorite game whenever you are free. This will not only relieve you from stress but would also help you burn calories.

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Eat and Feel Good

With unhealthy food choices easily available around us today, it becomes pretty difficult for us to successfully break out of the clutches of junk food, which contain high amounts of starch and carbohydrates.

Some reasons why these types of consumables remain our best choice is: they’re both appealing and easy to get.

You can easily buy a candy bar or potato chips when you are hungry; and when you do, you are satisfied both by how it tastes and how it’s packaged.

However, this kind of meal should be eaten sparingly, because they don’t really help us. The brain needs about 25 grams of glucose circulating the blood stream to function best and maintain alertness; this is the same amount found in one banana.

By consuming a high-sugar and high-carbohydrate meal, your body is given too much glucose at once, which won’t last as insulin kicks in to regulate the sudden spike in sugar levels.

You will be left hungry and weak few moments after consuming these kinds of food, which leads you to eat some more without actually solving the issue.
Therefore, part of the key of being healthy is finding the kind of meal that not only supply your body with the glucose it needs, but can leave you feeling satiated for a longer time.

Food like beans, fish, meat, and some types of vegetables are the kinds of food you want to eat if you intend to eat healthy.

Unlike foods that are high in carbohydrates, these kinds of food don’t just release all the glucose they contain at one go; instead, they release this glucose slowly in the body, ensuring that every time the hypothalamus in your brain checks your blood, there is a good amount of glucose to keep it going.

Having established the above points, its time to cultivate some good methods to help you make the shift from unhealthy eating habits, to healthy eating.

Its all in making good decisions, one step at a time.

5 Tips on Selecting the Right Outfit for Gym

When it comes to choosing the right outfit for the gym, it can be tough to decide. With seasonal weather and ever-changing fashion trends, it is difficult to keep pace with fitness fashion industry.

As a matter of fact, we would highly advise you to focus more on comfort, and less on fashion. This is perhaps because what you wear while working out can impact your body in a range of ways.

Thus, let’s get started and have a quick look at how to select the right outfit for the gym.

Take a look!

 

  • Is it comfortable?

It is highly recommended to wear clothes that let you move and don’t constrict you. Simply put, choose fabrics that allow your skin to breathe.

Further, pay attention to the fitting of the clothes because outfits that are not too tight and fit just perfectly will let you move in all directions. However, this doesn’t mean that you should choose baggy clothes as those will come in your way while you exercise.

 

  • Can it be layered with other outfits?

Make your wardrobe versatile by including outfits suitable for both hottest and the coolest months. Avoid overspending as seasons change. You can do this by layering your outfits during winters. You can start with a t-shirt or a top and then add a pullover over it. For wind-proofing, cover yourself with a windbreaker. Further, try shopping in off-seasons to save your money.

 

  • Is it flexible enough?

Try purchasing clothes that provide you enough flexibility like gym shorts, sweat pants, track pants or yoga pants. Such flexible cloths will let you stretch your hands and legs easily during workouts. Along with flexibility, do take care that the clothes are breathable enough.

 

  • Are the chosen outfits in line with your daily exercise regimen?

                                                                                                                                                              Make sure that the outfits you buy are a perfect fit for the activity you are performing. You should always make a trial by performing activities you intend to do in order to gauge if it is the right fit.

 

  • Do you need any advanced features?

If you like to keep pace with technology, it is important to mention about a new range of outfits that are available today. Outfits today come with in-built treatments that fight the microbial action on the skin due to sweat. This helps you in fighting the body odor.

Further, you can also choose the outfits that provide ultra-violet protection to fight sun’s harmful UV rays. Similarly, gym outfits with permethrin, that is an insect repellant, are also available in the markets today. Such clothes protect you from all the ups and the downs you while exercising in the gym.

 

Your Turn

The more frequently you exercise, the more important it is for you to wear the right kind of clothes. Keep yourself as comfortable as possible with the perfect clothes.

So, do a proper inspection of the clothes before buying and select the right one for yourself.

Take charge of your Health

What did уоu еаt yesterday?
How far did уоu walk?

Thеѕе quеѕtiоnѕ seem ѕimрlе, but mаnу оf us dоn’t know the answer without really thinking аbоut it. Whу is this nоrm fоr us?
Wеll, we have a lot tо dо оn a dау-to-dау bаѕiѕ and it is оftеn a сhаllеngе to kеер thеѕе thingѕ in the frоnt оf оur mindѕ.
Work, еrrаndѕ аnd other tаѕkѕ have bесоmе mоrе important tо us than our hеаlth.
Our mindѕ and bоdiеѕ hаvе bесоmе afterthoughts and it is nоrmаl tо gо dауѕ, mоnthѕ, еvеn уеаrѕ without being conscious of the way we treat ourselves.

Nоrmаl dоеѕn’t mean gооd.
In this саѕе, nоrmаl dоеѕn’t еvеn mеаn okay. Thiѕ is асtuаllу a real рrоblеm fоr us both аѕ individuаlѕ аnd аѕ a ѕосiеtу.

Nоrmаl nееdѕ to сhаngе.
Wе nееd to рut оur hеаlth highеr on thе list оf priorities.
Personally, thiѕ is the most imроrtаnt thing we саn dо fоr ourselves аnd оur families.

Awаrеnеѕѕ iѕ the kеу. All wе hаvе tо dо iѕ рау аttеntiоn.
You can trу thе nеxt diet trеnd, new health сrаzе оr even tаkе an old-school аррrоасh. Yоu can ѕееk professional hеlр or gо at it alone, but the key component is increasing your аwаrеnеѕѕ.
Evеrу day we dо thingѕ out of hаbit thаt impact our lives significantly. One minutе оf еаting саn аdd enough calories to уоur dау tо саuѕе weight gаin.

Onе minutе оf planning саn аlѕо prevent thiѕ frоm hарреning.
That’s right, it gоеѕ both ways.
By bеing aware оf whаt уоu want to do, уоu аrе аblе tо ѕtаrt mаking dесiѕiоnѕ. If you set a goal to be healthy, you will make healthier choices so as to achieve your goal.
If you dоn’t have gоаlѕ, you will have a tough timе dесiding whаt tо dо.
Sо, ѕеt a gоаl аnd notice how уоur сhоiсеѕ ѕtаrt tо match thе раth уоu need to bе оn tо reach that gоаl.

And thаt iѕ whаt аwаrеnеѕѕ can dо fоr уоu.

Juѕt by thinking аbоut your health, уоu can роѕitivеlу impact it.
Yоu аrе in control.
If you are driving a car уоur аwаrеnеѕѕ аѕ a drivеr kеерѕ your hands оn thе whееl to mаkе sure уоu ѕtау on the rоаd.
Tаkе the wheel, рау attention and you will bе on thе rоаd tо gооd hеаlth.

Yоur bоdу аnd mind аrе your mоѕt vаluаblе аѕѕеtѕ ѕо tаkе control оf your wеllnеѕѕ.
You muѕt bе аwаrе оf thе right fооd tо еаt and the рrореr activities tо dо.

At the ѕаmе timе, you muѕt bе wаrу оf thе thingѕ that аrе ruining уоur hеаlth.

Having a ѕеdеntаrу lifеѕtуlе, such as sitting in front of the computer or television for extended periods of time, lеаdѕ tо mаnу health рrоblеmѕ likе obesity.

In linе with this, trу tо avoid ѕtауing uр lаtе аt night.
Lасk of ѕlеер increases thе rаtе оf аging, wеаkеnѕ thе immunе ѕуѕtеm, аnd kеерѕ уоur brain from funсtiоning at full сарасitу thе nеxt dау.

Lаѕt оn thе liѕt is ѕmоking.
It iѕ реrhарѕ thе most сruсiаl itеm оn thе liѕt оf things thаt could ruin уоur health. Smoking саuѕеѕ a host оf hеаlth рrоblеmѕ, including lung cancer and vаriоuѕ heart diѕеаѕеѕ. Smоking iѕ ѕо dаngеrоuѕ that еvеn ѕесоnd-hаnd ѕmоkе саn alter a person’s health.

It iѕ сruсiаl to kill thiѕ hаbit before it kills уоu.

These are just some tips to becoming healthier.

Ultimately, it is your body and your health, so begin your journey to a healthier you today!

7 Shocking Sleep Deprivation Effects You Won’t Believe

You know you should get 7 – 8 hours of sleep a day but you want to party the night away, rush a project or watch the CSI re-runs.

We get it, we have all been through there.

Late nights here and there won’t have a lasting effect on you. However, if sleeping 5 hours days become a daily routine, then it can seriously hurt your health.

Sleep deprivation have been tied to several chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression. Yet, most people won’t know they are deprive of sleep until they have fallen ill.

In this article, there are several subtle signs that your body need more time on bed.

You Are Always Hungry

Are you always hungry even after a meal? This could be due to sleep deprivation. A 2010 research suggest that lack of sleep is link to higher levels of the hormone ghrelin, which is the chemical that triggers hunger. They also found that the hunger hormone don’t just increase snacking but also the demand for high-carb, high calories food. This might explain why getting little sleep might contribute to obesity.

You Are Always Crying

Have you ever found yourself tearing over an embarrassing scene on television? While most women may blame PMS, A 2007 study have shown that lack of sleep could send your emotions into overdrive. The study found that sleep deprived brains were 60% more reactive to negative or disturbing images.

You Are Always Forgetting

When you forget something, you might be tempted to pointing fingers to your age or the overwhelming stress of work. But it could be the lack of sleep that is really the culprit. Too few hours of sleep have been linked to a whole host of cognitive problems such as difficulty in focus, confusion, low alertness and trouble in learning.

So the next time you forgot your sleep, consider how much of sleep are you getting last night.

You Are Always Cold

If you are always having sniffle, you might want to assess your sleep schedule. According to a 2009 study, LA Times have found that people who slept less than 7 hours each year are 3 times at risk of catching cold than those who sleep more than 7 hours a day.

You Have Lost Interest In Sex

If you and your partner can’t get into the mood, you might want to spend extra time in between your sheets…sleeping. WebMD report that without getting enough sleep, sex drive decrease and can also elevate levels of cortisol, the stress hormone inside our body.

You Will Damage Your Skin Permanently

With sleep deprivation, huge amount of cortisol, the stress hormone will be release. Apart from losing your sex drive, it will also damage your skin by breaking down the collagen. If you are unaware, the collagen is the protein that keep your skin smooth and elastic.

You Will Die Earlier

By now, this should not come as a surprise. Those who sleep less than 6 hours a day are 4 times more likely to die of any cause within the next decade than those that do.

Sleep plays an important role in revitalizing and repairing your body and if you lack of sleep, even for one day, you might experience elevated blood pressure all through the next day.

Cut Down Snacking at Work!

Are you one of those who likes to munch snacks while working? Well, welcome to our squad!

We all are victims of meaningless snacking at work during the odd hours.

Be it the ever-so-friendly vending machine or just boredom, we all are guilty of consuming extra calories even when we are not hungry. Result – we tend to add weight and feel uncomfortable in our own bodies.

Not anymore! Here are some ways which would help you in cutting down your habit of snacking at work.

  • Have an amazing breakfast

One of the reasons why you might tend to continuously munch something at work is probably because you skipped your breakfast or didn’t take lunch.

Thus, make it a point to consume regular meals. Further, ensure that you consume fruits in between the meals to ensure that you are not binge eating while working.

  • Brush after you take lunch

Toothpaste works as a great weapon against constant munching in office. This is why it is often recommended to brush your teeth after lunch at work. How does this help? When your mouth retains the minty smell and freshness of the paste, you would not want to consume something sweet or chocolaty. It acts as a distraction and ensures that you do not go around snacking post-lunch in the office. You could experiment with different toothpaste flavors and tastes to bring in the desired results.

  • Chew sugarless gum

Sugarless gum can also have the same effect as a minty toothpaste. When you are chewing a gum, you are less likely to eat snacks. There are two reasons behind this. First, your mouth is already in motion and you do not need anything else to keep it active. This reduces your craving.

Second, since the mouth is feeling fresh and minty with the gum, this satisfies your cravings. Thus, keep a sugarless gum handy and chew whenever required.

  • Keep healthy snacking options        

When you are hungry at 3 p.m. and badly want to consume some snacks, what do you do? You look inside your workstation drawer to see if you have something to munch on. If not, you go and eat the pretzels from the nearby workstation and that satisfies you for a while. But, what if your drawer had something healthy to eat, like some dry fruits or bananas? You would not go to the next workstation at all in this case, right? Thus, the best way here is to keep the snacks stacked up in your drawer. This would keep you away from the unhealthy food!

  • Take proper protein

As a matter of fact, consuming protein-rich foods will keep you satiated for long. This will prevent you from consuming any junk food at work. Wasabi peas are a great snack and are also rich in protein. Further, you can also keep a jar of almond butter in your cabinet.

Your Turn

These healthy foods would not only satisfy your food cravings but would also limit your calorie intake. Any other ideas? Do share with us in the comments.

Why Cutting Calories Could Be Sabotaging Your Health Goals?

One of the many reasons why most of the diets fail is because they ask you to count your calories, weigh your food or remove certain food groups from your diet.

However, even though various diets just don’t mention anything about watching, tracking and counting calories, most people would still believe that they need to reduce their calorie intake if they want to lose weight.

This whole concept of tracking and restricting our calorie intake is so deep-rooted within us that even if we allow ourselves to eat breakfast, we will limit ourselves to consuming a protein bar, a hard-boiled egg or a green juice.

But, here is the truth – calorie restriction would not help you in losing weight, but it backfires. Keeping a rigid check over calorie intake ignores your biological needs, hormonal reactions and blood sugar responses.

Let’s have a quick look at few more such truths related to calorie counting, and what should be done instead.

  • It makes it difficult for you to meet your nutrient needs

We often tend to underestimate the importance of vitamins, fiber, minerals and other nutrients to our well-being.

But, anything that is not visible, doesn’t necessarily mean, that it won’t impact your quality of life in long-term. Let’s understand this with the help of a simple example. Dietary calcium is important for our body functions like blood circulation and muscle control.

For the first 30 years of our life, our body stores excess calcium in bones. After 30, your body stops gaining muscle mass and starts relying on existing calcium storage. Thus, if you don’t consume the right food, your body won’t be able to meet the calcium needs after a certain age, and you will become prone to the risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis.

  • It slows down your metabolism

When you start eating less just to limit your calorie intake, your body switches itself to survival mode and would start breaking down the muscles to release the stored glucose.

Losing muscle mass can have an adverse effect on your body. Further, it can even impact your weight loss goals, as our muscles burn calories 24 x 7, and when you have fewer muscles, they will burn fewer calories.

  • It compromises your brain’s performance

This might not be expected, but once you start cutting your diet, you also start losing your mental edge. This is because our brain runs on glucose, and it needs enough of it to keep working. If you keep yourself hungry, it is only obvious that you won’t be able to work at the top of your capacities.

  • It might give you gallstones

Low-calorie diets of around 800 calories per day can help you in losing the weight, but would also make you prone to the risk of gallstones. In the worst scenario, it might cause abdominal pain and would need surgery.

The bottom line here is to eat right and intake all daily nutrients, after all, at the end, it is your health that matters.