#LivingTo100: Sleep for beautiful skin

#LivingTo100: Sleep for beautiful skin

In addition to a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, adequate sleep can be a great tool to rejuvenate your skin. The skin repairs itself during sleep and lack of sleep will show up immediately on your face with dark circles, bags under your eyes, and dull skin. Seven to eight uninterruted hours are optimal. If seven hours of sleep is unattainable, try taking naps.

If you are receiving enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. If you need an alarm clock to wake up on time, consider an earlier bed time.

Having trouble falling asleep?

Keep your bedroom dark. As our bodies get older, the brain experiences less delta-wave activity during sleep. This leads to a great sensitivity to light. Light from any source: moonlight, streetlight, early dawns and late sunsets can cause disrupt sleep patterns. Use heavy shades or curtains, charge electronics in another room, and turn the alarm clock towards the wall. Also, consider using a sleep mask.

Feed your skin well

Antioxidants, healthy fats, green tea, and fiber promotes healthy, beautiful skin. Antioxidant-rich foods such as brightly colored fruits and vegetables help protect against damage from free radicals in the environment and shield your cells from premature aging. Healthy fats found in salmon, nuts, olive oil, and flaxseed improve the quality of the skin barrier and increase the water-retaining capacity of skin, making it appear plumper and younger. Green tea contains a powerhouse of catechins which boost immunity. Fiber promotes healthy skin cells and may protect skin from sun damage and reduce skin cancer risk.

What does the skin do?

The skin is the largest organ in the body. One of its functions is to eliminate a portion of the body’s toxic wast products through sweating. If the body contains more toxins that the kidneys and liver can effectively discharge, the skin takes over.As toxins escape through the skin, the skin’s healthy integrity is disrupted. This is a key factor behind many skin disorders, including acne.

The skin also “breathes”. If the pores become clogged, the microbes that are involved in causing acne flourish because they are protected agains the bacteriostats action of sunshine. Dirt, dust, oils, and grime from pollution clog the pores. This can be eliminated by cleansing the skin properly, and with the proper products.

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