Thursday, 25 April 2013

Good sleep gives you good skin

Research has proven beyond doubt that a good night’s rest may be the ultimate prescription for a younger-looking complexion. Why? Well, for one, when we sleep, the cells in our body (including skin) catch their long overdue rest. It’s during this time that they get to repair and rejuvenate themselves and prepare for the next harsh day. Levels of the hormone cortisol are at their lowest at night, which means sleep acts as a natural anti-inflammatory for the skin. Our circulation, on the other hand, increases so much more nutrients and oxygen, required for skin repair, reaches the skin while we sleep. 

Sleeping well not only gives you enough energy to last through your daily hectic schedule, but also takes you a step closer to flawless skin. While we do a lot to give our system the required boost by exercising, meditating , spa visiting , eating right and buying the latest revolutionary skin care product, a good night’s sleep is lot more effective than all these therapies put together.

When your waking hours are long and extended, the first signs begin to show on your skin. You start getting dark circles and puffy eyes, pallid, gaunt and dull skin, your acne aggravates, there is an increase in inflammatory cytokines causing skin flare ups, there is an increased chance of obesity, an early onset of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Most of the people troubled by raccoon eyes suffer from lack of sleep. Many beauty models and celebrities agree unanimously on the importance of eight hours of sleep for looking good.
So for a beauty boost don’t reach out for your expensive cream; be sure to grab some shut-eye by using the below tips and tricks:
  • Avoid rigorous physical activity or exercise around 3-4 hours before the scheduled sleeping time.
  • Regulate sleep and wake up times so that the body gets conditioned to sleeping at a particular time.
  • Try having warm milk before sleeping to relax the body. A warm shower and listening to soothing music also help.
  • Ideally, there should be a gap of at least 2-3 hours between dinner and bedtime for proper digestion. Also, avoid drinking too much water before sleeping, to minimize frequent visits to the toilet, and disturbed sleep.
  • Ensuring the room is sufficiently dark and noise-free is important.
  • The bedroom must not be used for any other activity such as watching TV or eating.
  • Proper bed and pillows are absolutely essential. The bed and pillows should be firm and neither too fluffy nor too hard. The pillow should provide proper cushioning for the neck and should be at a comfortable height.
  • Target for at least seven hours of sleep. Eight is ideal.
  • Cleanse your skin and remove any trace of grime or residual make-up so the pores can breathe
  • Moisturize and keep the skin supple, this will replenishing the skin’s supply of free radical fighters, which are depleted during the day. Especially after a bath be generous while using your cream
  • Sleep flat on your back, smashing your face into a pillow creates fold lines that eventually become permanent if they're repeated every night
  • Stay hydrated, keeping skin moist from the inside out is a simple, relatively inexpensive, and quite effective moisturizer. Drink six to eight glasses of plain water throughout the day and include omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish and nuts) in your diet religiously.
Be happy in your skin!

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