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THE NEWEST DIMENSION TO SKIN HEALTH: SKIN MICROBIOME [PART 1]

3 RED DATES A DAY TO KEEP THE SKIN GLOWING AWAY!

We all know how our GUT microbiome affects our skin but another dimension of skincare that is often overlooked is our SKIN microbiome.

Opening up a new dimension in skin health, many scientists have delved much deeper into the world of the skin microbiota and acknowledged that this might just be the key to enhancing your skin appearance and maintaining a fountain of youth. This focus on addressing the deep rooted causes of your skin conditions (such as premature aging, sensitivity & inflammation) rather than just the symptoms gives hope to many of us who are struggling with bad skin.

 

First and foremost, what is skin microbiome?

We know how you’ll get that icky feeling when you think about the word ‘bacteria’ or ‘virus’. Despite these microorganisms being associated with negative feelings, did you know that their existence are extremely essential to your skin’s health?

Your skin flora hosts a diverse array of bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea that forms an ecosystem. Each organism carries equal importance in performing its capabilities to ensure your skin remains in top health. Essentially, your microbiome determines your skin complexion!

 

Why do I need to have a balanced and healthy microbiome?

A well-balanced skin microbiome creates an effective barrier to protect your skin from diseases while supporting a healthy immune system. The broader the spectrum of microbes you have, the better for your overall skin health and improvement in skin complexion.

Having excessive or insufficient microbes (otherwise known as ‘bacteria’) will lead to an imbalance that affects your skin negatively.

For example, acne can develop when there is excessive growth of Propionibacterium acnes and Malassezia — This happens when follicles on your skin become clogged with natural skin oils that promotes the growth of these microorganisms. Another example is that the bacteria S. aureus is more abundant on the skin of those who suffer from eczema.

What’s more, your skin microbiome can constantly change too!

Depending on the location, weather, age or gender, your microbiota is constantly changing based on both internal and external factors. A teenage boy going through puberty has a contrasting skin microbiome from a mature 50 year old man.

And since donning on a mask may just be a permanent thing for all of us, the heat, sweat, oil and dirt trapped between the mask and our face can greatly alter our skin’s flora. Maskne – the new skincare buzzword of 2020 – is the result of this phenomenon, with many of us suffering from it. Increased sensitivity, red inflamed skin and prolonged breakouts on the lower half of your face is so common these days.

This means that you need to consciously be updated with your skin’s condition and feed them the right nutrients to keep your complexion glowing, smooth and youthful.

 

 

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Knowledge is power. Having a comprehensive understanding of your skin’s needs makes your one step closer to a healthy skin microbiome, kickstart an effective anti-aging regime and take the guesswork out of your skincare routine.

Stay tuned for Part 2 where we talk about how you can support or restore your skin microbiome to let it flourish!

3 RED DATES A DAY TO KEEP THE SKIN GLOWING AWAY!

3 RED DATES A DAY TO KEEP THE SKIN GLOWING AWAY!

Red dates, or otherwise known as Jujubes in the western culture, are one of the highest antioxidant superfoods. Traditionally, it is a popular health food in China where people treat it as a health tonic and herb.

 

Known for its high concentration of fiber, minerals and vitamins, red dates are highly underrated ingredients with impressive skincare and health benefits.

 

Here are 5 main reasons why you need to start integrating red dates into your daily diet:

 

#1 Anti-aging Properties

As the Chinese saying goes: “一天三枣,永远不会老”. Having 3 red dates a day can help to maintain your fountain of youth and defy the aging process.

 

Not only do red dates help to reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, it also protects your elastin fibers and promotes the production of collagen in skin cells to support your skin structure.

 

Being Vitamin C rich makes it a great anti-aging ingredient that neutralises free radicals which causes oxidative stress to skin and premature skin aging.

 

Whether you’re looking to reverse the effects of aging or to delay any signs of aging, this superfood is definitely a go-to.

 

#2 Revitalise Skin for Smooth, Glowing Complexion

Experiencing uneven skin tone, rough textures, acne scars or just lackluster skin in general? Red dates got your back!

 

This power superfood with potent antioxidants and the ability to energize the skin with oxygenated blood can help to unveil brighter, smoother skin while enhancing the strength of the skin barrier. Containing pantothenic acid, it also helps to improve the skin from within and give you that radiant glow of every woman’s dream.

 

#3 Improves Insomnia and Calms Anxiety

Having trouble falling asleep? Or is your work stress keeping you up awake? Red dates might just be the answer to these problems.

 

Touted by several experts as a natural sleep promoter, saponins (a type of flavonoids) in the fruit and seeds of red dates is a natural inducer that can lend a soothing effect to your entire nervous system to send you off to dreamland easily. Plus, it is great as an alternative medicine for stress management.

 

Read more about other ways you can get a good night’s rest here.

 

#4 May Support Digestion

Red dates’ high fiber content may help to work as digestive aid by increasing motility in your intestinal system.

 

Its extracts may also build up your stomach’s lining and intestines to prevent potential damages from ulcers and harmful bacteria, giving you a healthy gut.

 

#5 May Increase Immunity

Aside from combating oxidative stress on the skin level, red dates also help to fend off free radicals and decrease inflammation within your body. This helps to strengthen your body’s immune system

 

Interestingly, red dates are also claimed to be potential cancer-fighting food where scientific studies have shown its impressive ability to kill off tumor cells.

 

How to Integrate Red Dates into Your Diet

For best results, consume 3 red dates a day. As dried fruits, red dates are great snacks with a chewy texture.

 

Otherwise, you can combine it with water and goji berries, and bring to simmer for an hour. If you have a sweet tooth, consider adding in rock sugar or logan in your red dates tea.

 

Red dates may be small but never underestimate them

Packed with skin and health benefits, red dates are the perfect dose of daily nutrition so head over to your nearest supplement store now!

3 TEAS TO CLEANSE, REFRESH AND BOOST FROM WITHIN

3 TEAS TO CLEANSE, REFRESH AND BOOST FROM WITHIN

Give your skin a detox from the inside out

Ginger Tea for Dadiant, Clear Skin

1 – 2 cm ginger root (peeled and sliced thinly)
1 green tea tea bag
¼ lemon
500 ml of hot water
Honey

 

Put the ginger root and hot water into a small saucepan. Let it steep for a few minutes. The longer you steep the ginger, the hotter the tea will become. Turn the heat off, and add the tea bag in, and let it steep for 3 minutes. Remove the tea bag, add a squeeze of lemon juice, and honey to taste.

 

Turmeric Tea For An Overall Antioxidant Boost

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
A pinch of black pepper (optional)
Honey or agave syrup to taste
500ml hot water

 

Mix everything together and sip while hot.
 

Cinnamon Tea To Help Boost Your Metabolism

1 green tea tea bag
1 cinnamon stick or pinch of ground cinnamon
A pinch of cayenne pepper
Honey or your sweetener of choice
500 ml hot water

 

Steep the tea and cinnamon stick in hot water for a few minutes. Stir in some honey, and add a pinch of cayenne pepper to help boost fat burn.

HAPPY FOODS

HAPPY FOODS

Science says some foods boost your mood and get you through the afternoon slump. There’s never a bad time to start eating healthy to be happy. And these are our favourites.

Honey

Honey is packed with anti-inflammatories and can increase the spread of serotonin and dopamine throughout the brain. A small spoonful a day will keep the doctors away.

 

Blueberries

A delightful snack, they’re packed full of resveratrol, a type of polyphenol produced in plants and fungi. Recently, it’s been found to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression in mice.

 

Dark Chocolate

A good source of iron — can especially boost your mood. Cocoa gives you an instant boost of concentration and attitude, and it can help you feel more energized and awake.

 

Yogurt

A healthy gut microbiome is linked to a vast variety of health impacts. Greek yogurt has significantly more protein, so it will help keep you full longer. For extra benefits, skip the flavored kinds and add your favorite nuts and berries or honey.

 

Mango

Mangoes are delicious and contain a ton of nutrients, and their trademark yellow color is an indicator of the amount of vitamin A they have. As a type of citrus fruit, they also contain a tremendous amount of vitamin C, which has been shown to help fight depression and stress.

 

Red Wine

If the thought of some red wine makes you happy, you’re far from alone. A few glasses might make you feel giddy, but limited, regular consumption of red wine has been linked to a lower risk of depression.

 

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, it is one of the primary components of serotonin — a neurotransmitter responsible for maintaining mood balance.

 

Bananas

If you get muscle cramps, eat a banana. They’re rich in potassium, a vital nutrient to keep our bodies functioning properly. Despite their sweetness, they’re also considered a low-glycemic food, so they won’t spike your blood sugar. Eating them can help you avoid the irritation that comes when your blood sugar drops.

IGNITE YOUR BLISS WITH THESE ESSENTIAL OILS

IGNITE YOUR BLISS WITH THESE ESSENTIAL OILS

When you want to feel uplifted

– Try lemon oil. Wonderfully fresh and citrus-y, this is always a crowd pleaser. Diffuse a few drops into the air and watch everyone’s mood lift.

 

When you want that warm and fuzzy feeling

– A little sweet orange oil, with its mild and sweet citrus scent, dapped strategically onto your pulse points, is happiness-inducing. A side benefit: it also helps to ease indigestion. We especially like mixing it with lemon oil in a diffuser. The comforting scent helps us unwind after a long week at work.

 

When you need to calm down

– Put a couple of drops of ylang ylang oil onto some tissue, and inhale deeply. This beautiful floral scent has plenty of skin health benefits (it’s great for regulating oil-production in skin) but we love it for its ability to reduce anxiety, and take away that tenseness in our temples.

 

When you want to sleep like a baby at night

– Put a few drops of sandalwood oil in your bath water, or burn a candle that contains this oil before bed. The woody scent not only acts as relaxant, it’ll also help you sleep more soundly.

WHY YOU NEED TO START BREATHING EXERCISE TODAY

WHY YOU NEED TO START BREATHING EXERCISE TODAY

Just 10 minutes a day can vastly improve the quality of your life, and start you down on the road to greater blissfulness.

 

Gain tranquility

Feel overwhelmed juggling work and family life? Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and breathe deeply for 10 minutes. You’ll feel instantly lighter, more relaxed and at peace.

 

Improve your cognitive function

A great side effect of daily deep breathing exercise is that it gives a boost to the parts of your brain that can get sluggish as you age (like your memory and ability to learn things). So the more you practise, the more alert you’ll become and less reliant on that afternoon cup of coffee. In fact, you might even start completing your work in less time, which means more time to spend with your family or on yourself!

 

Get better skin

Since daily deep breathing  exercise can make you feel less stressed, it means that you might have less inflammation in your body. If your body has lower levels of inflammation, your skin will look healthier, younger and more radiant. When you see the positive change in the mirror, you’ll feel happier and more content.

HOW TO DETOX YOUR MIND BEFORE HITTING THE SACK

HOW TO DETOX YOUR MIND BEFORE HITTING THE SACK

Are you having trouble sleeping or waking up in the morning?

Do these things and you’ll experience the best sleep of your life, and feel more energized when you wake up.

 

Keep your home dim. Melatonin is the hormone that helps you fall asleep. Your body starts making it in low light situations, so instead of having the overheads lights on, try switching to a lamp. Like how restaurants tend to serve food in low light in order to enhance your sense of taste and dim the other senses, a soft glow in the evenings won’t overstimulate your senses, and allow your brain to gradually unwind.

 

Make bedtime a ritual and stick to it. When you give yourself permission to take time to wind down, you’re telling yourself that it’s okay to relax and give yourself a break. After your nightly shower, you might want to light a scented candle and make yourself a cup of blissful herbal tea (camomile and lemon myrtle are soothing and comforting).

 

You could also try journaling. But if chronicling your day isn’t for you, snuggle in bed with a good book or your pet. If you keep this up, your body will soon be wired to recognise these as signs that you’re ready for rest and sleep, and you will find yourself falling asleep more easily.

 

Rethink how you regard your bed. Use it as a place of relaxation, of all kinds, not just sleep. If you get into bed only to sleep, you’re setting yourself up for more stress when you don’t fall asleep immediately. Read in bed, watch an episode of your favourite Korean drama, or even knit. Once you associate acts of relaxation with your bed, it’ll become easier for your brain to switch off and for you to drift off to la la land.

OPTIMISE YOUR BODY CLOCK WITH 3 EASY TRICKS

OPTIMISE YOUR BODY CLOCK WITH 3 EASY TRICKS

Sleep, work, and live better when you understand your body’s natural rhythm.

1) Plan your tasks according to your body clock. Record the time of the day when you feel mentally and physically alert, and when you feel tired. Do this for the entire week. If you’re most energetic between 10 am and noon, schedule your most rigorous and challenging tasks then. You’ll not only get them done more quickly, you’ll probably do them better.

 

2) Use light therapy to pep you up. If you feel tired in the afternoon, head outside for a short walk. Sometimes, a little sun is all it takes to wake you up.

 

3) Eat the right things at the right time. Stop those cravings that keep you up at night by eating plenty of low GI foods, having alkalising snacks (like avocados and vegetables) before lunch, and snacking on protein-rich foods (like almonds) in the afternoon.