Sleeping Beauty

Anyone who has ever taken the red-eye knows how important a good night’s sleep is to feeling beautiful. Cellular repair takes places while we sleep, resulting in smoother; more radiant skin. When we are sleep-deprived, our skin takes on a pasty, puffy and more wrinkled appearance. During a good night of sleep (eight hours is ideal), the cells in your body do many amazing things, such as secrete growth hormone, which helps repair and rebuild muscle and bone and increase the production of proteins (needed for cell growth and to repair and rebuild muscle and bone and increase the production of proteins (needed for cell growth and to repair damage from stress and the sun). Another reason to get your zzzs is because that’s when your skincare treatment products do what they’re supposed to. The skin’s permeability also increases during sleep. Thus, the benefits of topical antioxidants increase, giving new meaning to the term ‘beauty sleep’.

Wisdom Tip:
“Cleaning your face before you go to sleep is so important because not only are you removing makeup, but you are also washing off any harmful pollutants that may have landed on your skin throughout the day.”
- Dr. Howard Murad

Sleeping Tips from the Beauty Experts

  • “Avoid any activities that have bright lights shining in your face, such as watching TV or working on the computer, at least an hour before going to sleep. Bright lights suppress the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that is a natural sleep inducer.” – Dr. Perricone
  • “If I follow this breathing technique, I am generally asleep in five minutes: Breathe in at a count of four and breath out at a count of four, in a way that’s very rhythmic, so when you are switching from breathing in to breathing out, you are never holding your breath. This enables a steady flow of oxygen into the body and sends a message to the nervous system that you are in a relaxed state.” – Sarah Kugelman
  • “Keep the most boring book you can find on your nightstand and start reading it if you are having trouble falling asleep. I turn to car maintenance books – they put me right to sleep every time.” – Hana Zalzal
  • “I can’t go to bed without smelling wonderful. At night, I do an Amazing Grace full-body scenting ritual. I take a bubble bath with the Amazing Grace Bath, Shampoo, and Shower Gel, moisturize with the body lotion, and then spray on the body oil. If I wake up in the middle of the night, all I have to do is smell my pajamas and I fall immediately back to sleep.” – Cristina Carlino

FYI: Smoke Alarm

When we inhale just one puff of a cigarette, over a trillion free radicals are produced in our lungs, which then trigger and inflammatory response that circulates throughout our body. Free radicals, the once healthy oxygen molecules that become overactive and unstable after losing an electron, attack DNA as they go about stealing electrons from the nearest stable and healthy cells in our body. Inhaling tobacco causes a tremendous inflammatory response in all organs of the body – including the skin. Cigarette smoking depletes the skin of oxygen and vital nutrients including vitamin C, which is critical in keeping skin youthful, moist, and plumped up.
Smoking can also lower estrogen levels in women; estrogen keeps the skin plump and increases collagen production. And let’s not forget about the aging that occurs from the mechanical motions of smoking. The puckering of the lips during smoking creates those smoker’s lines. Moral of the story: Don’t smoke! If you are a smoker, the best thing you can possibly do for your skin is to quit. Right now. Look at sets of twins in their fifties, one a smoker and one a nonsmoker. The smoker always looks twenty years older. Enough said.

FYI: Fight Free Radicals!

Unfortunately, banning contact with cigarette smoke from your life doesn’t remove all the danger of free radicals being introduced to the skin. Pollution, stress and other environmental factors also produce free radicals. The good news is you can protect yourself with antioxidants, which act like kryptonite to those damaging free radicals. Always wear an antioxidant-rich product underneath your sunscreen. Look for ingredients such as green tea, grape seed, and white tea –they act like a sponge, sucking up any free radical before they interact with the skin.

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One Response to “Sleeping Beauty”

  1. Engy says:

    excellent information , sleeping 8 hours is very well for healthy skin also take 10 cups of water all the day it can remove wrinkles and make the skin fresh look younger.

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