Tips To Improve Sleep

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When it comes to sleep, it is not just the quantity, but the quality of sleep that matters. How you feel when you are awake is greatly affected by how well you sleep.  Your bedtime habits, sleep schedule and life style choices can make a tremendous difference in the quality of sleep. The following tips will help improve your sleep so you can be emotionally balanced, mentally sharp and full of energy.

  1. Unplug from all electronics about an hour before bed. Make sure to switch your phone to silent so you do not wake up from late night calls or text messages.
  2. Stick to a regular sleep-wake schedule even during the weekends. This will set your body’s internal clock and improve the quality of your sleep. Start by setting a realistic bedtime that will work with your lifestyle.
  3. Take a warm bath before going to sleep. I found that this helps relax my muscles and rewind after a long day of school.
  4. Use a sleep mask to eliminate any lights. If you are easily awakened from light then this is the best solution to getting a good night’s sleep. I personally cannot go to sleep without a sleep mask.
  5. Wear very comfortable pajamas to bed. Avoid wearing jeans or anything that is too tight.
  6. Read a chapter or two from a book. I am currently reading Who Will Cry When You Die. It is the best book that I have read thus far! I will be honest though, I don’t read every night because on certain day, I would be extremely tired and fall asleep right away.
  7. Keep your room cool. The temperature of your bedroom also affects sleep, the majority of people sleep best in a slightly cool room which is around 65 Fahrenheit.
  8. Cut down on caffeine about 4 hours before going to sleep.
  9. Create a calm atmosphere with dim light and no noise. This will help encourage sleep.
  10. Do some light stretches before going to bed.
  11. Have a warm cut of chamomile tea before going to bed. Chamomile tea contains no caffeine so it will not interfere with your sleep cycle. According to researchers, drinking it is associated with an increase of glycine, a chemical that relaxes nerves and muscles and acts like a mild sedative.

Do you have any other tips? xoxo

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Tips to Treat Acne

I have gotten multiple requests to write about tips for treating acne so here it is just as promised. I know it’s a little late but better late than never 🙂

Mild to moderate acne:

  1. Contrary to what people think, gentle washing is essential for those with acne. Using a milder cleanser such as Cetaphil which is my personal favorite or an acne cleanser such as Sébium Gel moussant twice a day with cool or warm water helps reduce acne. Use your hands, a cleansing brush or a baby washcloth. After you’re done, pat (don’t rub) your skin dry.
  2. Exfoliating is also important for healthy skin because it removes the dead skin cells and debris which can clog pores causing more acne. After washing your face with a mild cleanser, exfoliate with a face facial scrub once a week.
  3. All sunscreens, lotions and cosmetics should be oil-free to avoid further clogging of pores! Look for product labels that say noncomedogenic, this means that it will not cause clogging of the pores.
  4. Avoid picking and squeezing the spots resulting in further inflammation and scarring.
  5. The most common topical product used is benzoyl peroxide such as Benzac AC® . Benzoyl peroxide unclogs skin pores as well as help stop bacteria from growing preventing acne pimples and cystic lesions to form. Strengths range from 2.5% to 10%, the most common strength used is 5%. It is used twice a day. It is important to know that Benzac causes dry skin so you must constantly moisture your skin.
  6. Using a purifying pore-tightening lotion such as Vinchy Normaderm lotion assainissante astringente reduces blemishes, breakouts and the production of sebum leaving facial pores unblocked and visibly tighter.

Severe acne:

It is best to make an appointment with a dermatologist when dealing with severe acne. The doctor may prescribe:

  • Spironolactone
  • Topical or oral antibiotics
  • Birth control pills
  • An isotretinoin
  • A prescription-strength retinoid
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)

I didn’t go into details because it requires a doctor’s prescription. What will be will prescribed to you will depend on patient preference, clinical evidence and the experience of the medical skincare provider. Keep in mind that these treatments have many side effects. I advise that you educate yourself on the mechanism of action of treatment that was prescribed, how to take it, what are the expected side effects, what to do to reduce these side effects and make sure to visit the doctor regularly.

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Note: These are the products that I have mentioned.

I hope that these tips help you! xoxo

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Face Masks

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Why spend lots of money on skin products and spas when the answer to having beautiful skin is in the kitchen. I will be sharing with you 3 different types of homemade facial masks that are simple and natural. I personally apply a mask once a week and have noticed major differences with my skin after some time.

  1. Lemons

Lemons are excellent for the skin because they contain vitamin C which increases skin elasticity and collagen production. It also contains citric acid which brightens up dull skin, helps treat pimple, reduces dark spots and lightens the skin tone. In addition, potassium helps moisturize and hydrate the skin.

Ingredients:

  • ½ Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon

Directions:

  • Mix the honey and the lemon together in the bowl.
  • Apply the mixture on your face. Allow it to dry for about 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Wash your face with warm water then with cold water and dry it with a towel.
  1. Plain Yogurt

Plain yogurt is an excellent source of vitamins. It contains Vitamin B2 which hydrates the skin, It contain has Vitamin B12 which heals rough skin. It also has Vitamin B5 which is used to lighten dark spots. More so, it has lactic acid that keeps the skin youthful and zinc which slows down the ageing process of the skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of oats
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon

Directions:

  1. Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Apply the mixture on the face and allow it to settle for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash your face with warm water fallowed with cold water. Then dry it with a towel.
  1. Avocado

Avocado contains lots of minerals including calicium, copper, iorn, magnesium and so much more. It also contains vitamins B, E, A and K. These vitamins and minerals help reach the deeper layers of skin thus increasing skins elasticity and keeps the skin hydrated.

Ingredients:

  • ½ a soft avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon

Directions:

  1. Mash the avocado using a fork then add the rest of the ingredients together and mix.
  2. Apply it on the face using your fingertips or a brush. Keep it on for 10 minutes.
  3. Wash with warm water followed with cold water then dry with a towel.

Tips:

  1. Washing with cold water helps close the pores.
  2. After drying with a towel, make sure to moisturize your skin with your favorite lotion. My absolute favorite is cetephil.

Happy Wednesday! xoxo

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Tips For Healthy Hair

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Salam girlies!

It is a struggle to keep your hair healthy and in a great state while being covered especially when you wear the hijab for a long time throughout the day (I know all my hijabis are nodding yes :p). So today I am sharing with you simple tips that I personally do to keep my hair healthy.

  1. Never wear the hijab while your hair is still wet because it increases hair fallout. It is very important to give your hair time to air dry.
  2. Once you have removed the hijab after a long day, take about a minute to massage your scalp gently with your fingertips, not nails. This will help promote circulation to the scalp area increasing hair growth.
  3. Keep your hair untied while you are not wearing the hijab. You can use a headband or a clip to remove the front of your hair. This gives room for the hair to breathe.
  4. Get your hair trimmed about every six months. This helps hair grow and thicken, as well as remove split ends.
  5. Use a deep conditioner containing coconut oil or olive oil once a week to strengthen and improve the overall health of the hair. I even recommend using a homemade deep conditioner if available. This keeps the hair shiny, and maintains the hairs elasticity.

This is what I do to take care of my hair. These tips are simple yet very effective. If any of you guys have other tips that keep hair healthy, please feel free to share! I would love to know (:

P.S. Sorry for not blogging sooner, I started the second semester of school and I was really busy. Thank God the weekend is here 😀

Love you guys! xoxo

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