Nature Knows Best...Step 3 in our 8 Steps to Maintaining Moisture and Radiant Skin
Did you know that a proper sleep pattern plays a vital role in your skin's health? It's absolutely true.
In fact, a Lack of Sleep Literally Ages Your Skin!
Let's take a look at the effects sleep or the lack of sleep has on our aging process.
According to WebMD, "Most people have experienced sallow skin and puffy eyes after a few nights of missed sleep. But it turns out that chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes.When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.
Sleep loss also causes the body to release too little human growth hormone. When we’re young, human growth hormone promotes growth. As we age, it helps increase muscle mass, thicken skin, and strengthen bones.“It’s during deep sleep -- what we call slow-wave sleep -- that growth hormone is released,” says sleep expert Phil Gehrman, PhD. “It seems to be part of normal tissue repair -- patching the wear and tear of the day.”
A lack of sleep also causes inflammation in the cells of our body, which inhibits our system's natural immunity to regulate properly. This actually causes skin related issues such as acne, sensitive skin, dermatitis, etc.
Karen Appold, from Everyday Health stated, "Not enough sleep results in less beauty. While you're sleeping, the body's hydration rebalances. Skin is able to recover moisture, while excess water in general in the body is processed for removal. Not getting enough sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles." This confirms that old saying, "I need my beauty sleep!"
Here are Karen's tips for getting good sleep and better skin health:
* Don't eat a big meal too late in the day.
* Drink plenty of water throughout the day, but not late at night.
* Sleep under a warm blanket in a cool, dark, quiet room.
* Keep electronics out of the bedroom.
* Use breathable cotton sheets and wash them regularly, so they don't collect dust mites and bacteria.
* Use laundry detergents that don't have strong fragrances, which can be irritating to skin.
* Getting your beauty sleep isn’t an old cliché — it’s a must for having skin that glows.
Allow nature to work it's wonders on your skin, and maintain The Natural Path to Healthy Skin with routine restful sleep, healthy diet, lifestyle and 100% pure personal care products that you can trust to Moisturize. Nourish. Replenish....Naturally.
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In our next Step 4 of our 8 Steps in Maintaining Moisture and Radiant Skin, we'll look at how our emotional and spiritual well-being reflects on our outward appearance.