Be­come A Sleep­ing Beauty

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We all know that lack of sleep leaves you feel­ing lethar­gic, but there’s a rea­son it’s called beauty sleep – get­ting the right amount of zzz’s is also cru­cial to your beauty regime.

1. Did you know a lack of sleep ages you?

An in­de­pen­dent clin­i­cal trial by the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals Case Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Ohio, re­vealed that lack of sleep ac­cel­er­ates the signs of skin age­ing. A to­tal of 60 par­tic­i­pants were split into two groups, poor qual­ity sleep­ers (less than five hours a night) and good qual­ity sleep­ers (seven hours plus of good sleep nightly). Af­ter as­sess­ing the groups, sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences in terms of skin age­ing. The poor qual­ity sleep group were twice as likely to show signs of age­ing such as fine lines, un­even pig­men­ta­tion, slack­en­ing of skin and re­duced elas­tic­ity. Their skin also showed a 30 per cent greater rate of de­hy­dra­tion. The re­searchers also noted that the poor qual­ity sleep­ers tended to show a much slower re­cov­ery from sun­burn than their well rested coun­ter­parts, which sug­gests that sleep is an es­sen­tial as­pect of skin re­pair. Skin cells do most of their re­pair­ing and re­gen­er­a­tion be­tween the hours of mid­night and 4am, mak­ing this a cru­cial time to get some shut eye. A min­i­mum of seven hours is rec­om­mended. Estée Lauder re­leased their cult range, Ad­vanced Night Re­pair, in re­sponse to the sur­vey. With 83 per cent of women who tried and tested the Ad­vanced Night Re­pair Syn­chro­nized Re­cov­ery Com­plex II claim­ing their skin looked health­ier, with a fresher, more rested look af­ter us­ing the prod­ucts. The range sup­ports the nat­u­ral night time pu­rifi­ca­tion process vi­tal to younger­look­ing skin. Estée Lauder claims the rev­o­lu­tion­ary tech­nol­ogy com­bines po­tent Catabol­y­sis and Chronoluxtm which adds the power of cel­lu­lar pu­rifi­ca­tion to the pre­ci­sion of syn­chro­niza­tion to help skin’s nat­u­ral nightly re­newal.

2. Tie your hair back from your face

Your hair is full of the prod­ucts you use to style it, plus any dirt and grime you’ve en­coun­tered that day, or longer if you don’t wash your hair daily, which is why many peo­ple suf­fer break­outs along their hair­line and fore­head. Be­fore bed, try to get into the habit of ty­ing your hair back off your face, or use a hair band if it’s too short to put an elas­tic in.

3. Air your dirty laun­dry

A re­cent sur­vey re­vealed that only a third of peo­ple change their bed sheets on a weekly ba­sis. How­ever, your pil­low­case car­ries all the dirt and prod­uct from your hair, as well as dust mites which only in­crease the longer your bed­ding goes un­washed. Aim to wash your pil­low­cases (if not your full bed­ding!) at least once a week, or more if you suf­fer from skin break­outs.

4. Try to sleep on your back

Sleep­ing on your front isn’t good for your spine or your skin. Ly­ing on your front causes the blood ves­sels un­der your eyes to be­come con­stricted and en­cour­ages fluid to gather around the eyes which can re­sult in un­sightly puffi­ness, whilst ly­ing on your side causes re­peated pres­sure on the skin which even­tu­ally can lead to wrin­kles. Sleep­ing on your back is best for your skin.

5. Good skin starts with a healthy gut

Re­search has shown that those who have is­sues di­gest­ing food, or are sen­si­tive to cer­tain food types, are more prone to skin is­sues. Many peo­ple dis­cover that switch­ing to a gluten-free diet (gluten is found in wheat prod­ucts like bread) see huge im­prove­ments in skin dis­or­ders like eczema, pso­ri­a­sis and even acne. If you feel bloated and gassy af­ter a meal, it could be a sign that your body is hav­ing di­ges­tive is­sues. If that’s the case you should try to avoid com­bin­ing two food types in one sit­ting, such as pro­tein and carbs. Mean­while fruit is best eaten on an empty stom­ach with no other food types as it al­lows your body to process all the nu­tri­ents and fi­bre prop­erly. If it is eaten with other foods, or af­ter a big meal, it rots and fer­ments in the gut wait­ing to be di­gested along with the other food types.

6. Eat your wa­ter to stay hy­drated

We all know that your body needs lots of wa­ter to re­hy­drate and help rid the body of tox­ins, it is es­pe­cially im­por­tant in the evening as you be­come most de­hy­drated when you sleep. How­ever, drink­ing lots of wa­ter isn’t al­ways prac­ti­cal at night, as it tends to go straight through your sys­tem – of­ten tak­ing the nu­tri­ents with it. Howard Mu­rad, As­so­ciate Clin­i­cal Pro­fes­sor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of skin­care

7. Lip ser­vice

Ap­ply a layer of lip balm and gen­tly rub a soft tooth­brush (don’t use the same one as you do for your teeth) across the sur­face of your lips to ex­fo­li­ate. Wipe clean and re-ap­ply the balm. brand, Mu­rad Inc, rec­om­mends that we ‘eat’ our wa­ter in­stead of drink­ing it. “If you re­place at least one glass of wa­ter a day with one serv­ing of raw fruits or veg­eta­bles which con­tain struc­tured wa­ter, it will stay in your sys­tem longer mean­ing you will be able to stay hy­drated sig­nif­i­cantly longer.” Food types that con­tain struc­tured wa­ter and high lev­els of nu­tri­ents in­clude cu­cum­ber, broc­coli, pomegranates and av­o­ca­dos.

8. Ramp up your evening rou­tine

Many of us have the same skin­care rou­tine in the morn­ing and the evening; how­ever ac­cord­ing to ex­perts the evening cleanse is the most im­por­tant as you are re­mov­ing make-up, dirt and a build up of oil which ac­cu­mu­lates through­out the day. It’s dur­ing the night that your skin does most of its re­pair­ing and re­new­ing, so it’s at this point that you tend to best ab­sorb the prod­ucts you ap­ply. A good rou­tine in the evening should in­volve a cleanse, serum and mois­turiser, plus eye cream. Overnight your skin pro­duces lots of amaz­ing nat­u­ral hy­drat­ing and bal­anc­ing oils, which you then slough off with a round of a tough cleanser in the morn­ing! Re­place the morn­ing cleanse with a wet, cot­ton face cloth or beauty brush like the one pic­tured, fol­lowed by an ap­pli­ca­tion of day­time mois­turiser.

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