Look Your Best THIS Summer (We have the secret)

Can you guess what the secret is to looking more vibrant, healthy, and younger… You guessed it! SLEEP.

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Not only does sleep deprivation cause undeniable changes in our mood and attitude, it also has a big effect on the way you look. Who wants dark circles, puffy eye bags, fine lines and wrinkles? Especially now that it’s time to step out into the summer sunlight!

The most noticeable effects of sleep deprivation appear beneath your eyes: one of the most delicate areas of the body, where the skin is much thinner. Sufficient sleep is required to to maintain a smooth skin texture and a healthy glow.

While we sleep, our bodies take time to restore energy and rebuild tissue and cells. During delta sleep- the 4th and deepest stage of sleep- growth hormones peak and initiate cell and tissue repair. This regeneration is the process where fresh, new skin cells replace old, dead skin. Cortisol and insulin production inversely peak during sleeping hours so that collagen production is accelerated and skin becomes firmer. The body also metabolizes free radicals, which accelerate aging and cancerous growths. During sleep, our facial muscles relax, which allows the dermal layers of our skin to rejuvenate, thus helping to smooth wrinkles and fine lines. 

In addition, the lying-down position relieves the effect of gravity on the skin, and this helps in reducing the gravitational stress on our facial skin and aids in the reduction of wrinkles.

“Beauty sleep” is no myth! 

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KEYS to sleeping well:

  • Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up naturally at the same time every morning (including weekends)
  • Get your required sleep in one continuous block
  • Make up for lost sleep as soon as possible
  • Avoid caffeine after 2pm
  • Stay away from alcohol 3 hours before bed
  • Don’t nap unless you must
  • Quit smoking
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