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Good Sleep, Good Skin

Working hard all day? Want to party all night? Not the best idea for your skin. Studies show that a good night’s sleep will make your skin look younger and fresher. Good sleep, good skin!

Good Sleep Good Skin

Did you know that while you are sleeping, your body is working hard? During night sleep hours is when repair and the rejuvenating process takes place in your body.

Cell Regeneration

HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is responsible for cell growth and cell rejuvenation. Studies have noted that HGH is released more while you sleep, than during your waking hours.  While you are sleeping, your human machine is trying to correct the damage to your skin from the sun, stress, food, and the environment. The better you sleep the better your cell regeneration is, the better your skin is.

Yale dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, says that when you don’t get enough sleep, the body produces excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. Get enough rest, Perricone says, and you’ll produce more HGH (human growth hormone), which helps skin remain thick, more “elastic,” and less likely to wrinkle. WebMD

Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland. It’s part of our amazing machine that regulates our body’s sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin is produced during the evening and night, it likes darkness! In addition to it helping us sleep, Melatonin is a very strong antioxidant and helps to repair UV damaged skin cells.

I have always wondered why Sleeping Beauty had such beautiful skin!

Now that you know what you have to do, how do, you do it?

Sleep Better Tips:

  • Organize your day so that you will have between 7-9 hours of sleep on an average.
  • Don’t eat heavy at night. Stay away from carbs at night – it takes a long time for them to break down and you don’t need a burst of energy at 11:00pm
  • Avoid caffeine from afternoon onwards.
  • Prepare your bedroom for sleeping! Turn off the TV, the radio and keep your phone far from your bed.
  •  Have a glass of warm milk. It’s not a myth; there is clinical research that shows its effectiveness as a sleep aid (due to tryptophan in milk). It also just has a very natural soothing effect, especially if you drink it slowly.
  • Keep your bedroom dark and uncluttered.
  • Before you go to sleep clean your skin and then don’t forget to nourish it with a rich moisturizer.

 

Enjoy your sleep and wake up feeling beautiful.  What are your bedtime rituals for waking up refreshed and wrinkle free?

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


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