Inflammation

5 Natural Ways To Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Waking up with puffy eyes is hardly a crisis, but it can really decrease your self esteem, especially if that miracle concealer isn’t doing the trick. Try these amazing tips to eliminate puffy eyes in just seconds, and create an even, flawless base for your makeup – sans surgery!

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Tea bags

Pour a cup of tea and allow the bag to cool down to room temperature. Apply directly over your closed eyes, then lie down and relax. The caffeine helps to constrict the blood vessels and actually reduces swelling and inflammation.

The best type to use are chamomile and green tea, but any caffeinated beverage will do the trick. If you’re ever in need of this without a moments notice, fill an ice cube tray with the mixture, and keep it in the fridge for easy access!

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Potato

Carefully remove the skin from a small potato, then dice into little pieces. Using a fork, mash the inside until the consistency is smooth and soft. Apply onto your eyes and try to relax. The starch from the potato combats inflammation and will decrease the puffy appearance of your eyes.

5 Ways To Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Cucumber

Slice a cucumber and place directly over the entire eye area. The cool, astringent property helps to decrease swelling in a matter of seconds and will also help with any dark patches or discolouration of skin. Use on all aspects of your skin for a quick and natural pick-me-up.

5 Ways To Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Coffee grinds

Apply some coffee grounds onto the base of your eyelids, then sit back and relax for 10-15 minutes. The coffee is packed with antioxidants which helps to eliminate baggy eyelids and save skin which has been left swollen or distressed overnight.

5 Ways To Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Egg whites

Gently whip 1-2 egg whites and apply just below the eye. They actually help to tighten the skin, and will decrease those puffy eyes in no-time!

5 Ways To Eliminate Puffy Eyes

What are some of your tricks to de-puff your eyes?

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April 19, 2015

5 Foods That Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is an important part of our body as it assists in the healing process, but too much inflammation can wreak havoc with our insides and lead to all sorts of problems such as acne, autoimmune disease, arthritis and even cancer, according to various studies.

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Nutrition is an alternative way to combat this issue, so what are some the easiest anti-inflammatory foods to incorporate into your diet?

Turmeric

This yellow spice is a commonly used ingredient in Indian curries, but it’s also renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies suggest that Turmeric contains compounds that combat swelling and inflammation and contains curcumin, which has been reported to positively assist with arthritis symptoms.

With a relatively versatile flavour, turmeric can be incorporated into most dishes and can even be sprinkled over roast vegetables. It can also be included into a morning smoothie or enjoyed with milk.

Cinnamon

A popular spice used in baked goods, cinnamon is said to be the go-to for relieving sugar cravings as it reduces the rise of blood sugar-levels when eating. What’s more, according to various studies, it also contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help to ease swelling.

So next time you order a latte or coffee, opt for a sprinkling of cinnamon on top. Alternatively you can add a dash to your morning muesli or cereal, or sprinkle it over baked sweet potato for an extra burst of flavour.

Sweet potato

Not only are sweet potatoes high in antioxidants and lower in calories than regular potatoes, according to Live Science, due to the colour-pigmented vitamins, they’re high in anti-inflammatory benefits. One sweet potato is reported to contain roughly half of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.

Opt for sweet potato next time your making mash, roasting vegetables, or making homemade fries – you can also incorporate it into your soups.

Ginger

Ginger is available all year round and is regularly used in Asian dishes to a add flavour. The zesty spice contains a very potent anti-inflammatory compound called gingerols, which scientist claim reduces inflammation and pain levels of people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis who frequently consume the spice.

While ginger is best enjoyed in stir-fry’s, you can also add it to a green juice or smoothie for an extra kick.

Walnuts

Packed full of omega-3, walnuts boast various health benefits. Research also indicates that foods high in omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and can help to lower the risk of heart disease and arthritis.

According to the Heart Foundation, foods such as oily fish, dark leafy green vegetables, flaxseeds and eggs are among some of the other foods high in omega-3.

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March 25, 2015

How To Tame Rosacea

While rosacea is commonly accepted as a chronic, non-contagious skin condition prominent on both the face and body, men and women still find it difficult to live with.

Despite being so widespread, there is no miracle cure for this misunderstood condition which can turn skin red, flaky, and irritable in a matter of minutes.

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What are the common side effects?

Even though side effects can vary from men to women, they both experience a sensation which feels like burning or tingling around the affected area. This may escalate and turn into small spots called papules which can become red and inflamed at any given time.

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What causes Rosacea?

Little is known about the deep-rooted causes of Rosacea, and this can often feel like there is no way to avoid it in the first place. Many dermatologists blame genetics, a poor diet, and even high stress levels as a way of developing Rosacea, but there is no main cause at this point in time. Try and keep track of any changes surrounding your diagnosis with Rosacea, and this should make it easier to control it for the long-term.

Dermatologists have looked towards a few main issues which could have the capacity to cause Rosacea, or possibility aggravate it:

  • Leaky Gut Syndrome: A condition where the digestive track develops small holes that can potentially damage your entire system, and create painful inflammation.
  • Blood vessel abnormalities: The inflammation of blood vessels in the face and body can contribute to Rosacea which is prominent around the cheeks and nose.
  • Mite Demodex: Small bugs which crawl over the skin, and have the capacity to seep into the bloodstream. Once they die, the bacteria released can trigger Rosacea.
  • Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth: A condition which results in gastrointestinal abnormalities, quite similar to the previously mentioned Leaky Gut Syndrome.

What are the treatment options?

While there is no known cure for Rosacea, many trial treatments can vary in effectiveness for each patient. Anything from topical creams, oral medications, home remedies, and even laser treatments are known to ease the pain and symptoms for chronic sufferers.

Can Rosacea be controlled?

There are a few ways to change your diet and lifestyle which could potentially have an effect on the state of Rosacea. A few examples include:

  • Diet: Stick to a diet which mainly consists of green vegetables and protein. Stay away from too much acidic fruit which could only be aggravating the Rosacea on your face and body. The Alkaline Diet is specially formulated for people who need to substitute over-acidic foods which something that is more balanced.
  • Home remedies: Aloe vera, banana, avocado, and olive oil are great to use on skin which is sensitive and prone to Rosacea. Use a tonic of each every few days and apply over the inflamed area. Remove with lukewarm water, and pat dry with a cotton pad.
  • Exfoliating: Use a gentle exfoliating formula on your skin at least once a week to remove dead skin cells, and keep the area clean. Use products which are sulphate and fragrance-free since they can  only make your condition worse.
  • Face mapping: Skin conditions on your face are almost always associated with what’s happening on the inside. Face mapping easily determines why skin is acting out due to poor diet and lifestyle choices which could be aggravating your Rosacea.

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January 16, 2015

5 Fun Facts About Turmeric For Your Skin

While you probably know about turmeric as the main ingredient in your favourite curry recipe, it has been used for centuries as an alternative skincare treatment. Just one of the many helpful chemicals helps to decrease swelling and inflammation, while clearing up skin which has been subjected to skin damage or even acne.

Below are just a few facts about turmeric which should make it an essential in your skincare routine.

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Fact 1: Acne treatment

Turmeric is praised for it’s antiseptic qualities since it helps to clear away pimples, and fight against any antibacterial cells on the surface of the skin. You can make your own turmeric face mask which is perfect for even sensitive skin, to reduce oil and unclog sebaceous glands in the face and body.

Mix with lemon juice for an amazing fake tan remover minus the irritable skin!

Fact 2: Wrinkles

Put down your anti-ageing creams and whip yourself up a turmeric face mask instead. The fine particles are ideal for both women and men who wish to reduce their fine lines and wrinkles.

We’re not saying it’s the fountain of youth, but it will help to clear your skin and brighten the delicate under-eye area.

Fact 3: Stretch marks

If you suffer from stretch marks on your arms, legs, breasts, and thighs, turmeric can prove to be a natural skin lightener. Simply apply a concentrated paste of turmeric with yoghurt, milk, and water then apply to your problem areas.

Fact 4: Facial hair

Sometimes that annoying peach fuzz on your upper lip or chin can prove to be difficult to remove with waxing and strenuous laser treatments. Turmeric can help to decrease facial hair growth in these areas by mixing equal parts of chickpea and exfoliating the skin consistently for one month.

Fact 5: Cracked heels

Summer season calls for sandals and flip-flops, but cracked skin around the heels can often compromise your plans. Mix 3 tablespoons of turmeric and coconut oil and apply onto cracked skin to soften your heels without the use of a harmful exfoliating agent.

How would you incorporate turmeric into your skincare or beauty routine?

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November 11, 2014