So, your skin needs its beauty sleep-but why? Sleep is your skin’s nightly repair session, when your body amps up the circulation, oxygen and hydration that nourish vibrant skin. More importantly, your body makes collagen-your skin’s best friend. This natural youth-booster keeps your skin strong, soft, supple, and prevents sagging and wrinkles. Benefits your skin misses out on when you miss your Zzz’s!
Even one sleepless night shows in your skin.
Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a quick test to see for yourself what sleepless nights do to your skin. Take a good look in the mirror—or better yet, take a selfie—after you’ve had a good night’s sleep. Your face has a healthy glow, right? Do the same thing after a rough, sleepless night. Yikes! Your skin is dull, dry, and lifeless? Your eyes are puffy, with dark shadows. You’re tired and sad. If one sleepless night does all this, just imagine the effects of chronic sleeplessness. But what if you really can’t sleep, no matter how hard you try?
7 expert tips to doze off early tonight—and wake up with dreamy skin.
Reset your body clock. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on the weekends. A regular sleep pattern helps reset your internal clock (circadian rhythm). So, you’ll spend less time tossing and turning, and more time in dreamland. Another way to reset your clock is to spend a minimum of half an hour in outdoor light, ideally in the morning. Morning sunlight gives you fresh energy and resets your inner clock.
Limit your caffeine fix. Caffeine is a stimulant, so stick to a single cup of coffee in the morning. With 95 mg of caffeine, one cup is enough to get you going. Coffee may not be the only caffeine culprit in your life. A can of soda have 25 mg of caffeine. Diet colas have even more—34 mg a can. And a dark chocolate bar? 70 mg of caffeine! That’s not an afternoon pick-me-up, that’s an all-nighter.
Eat lightly in the evening. Finish your evening meal about two hours before bed, then unwind with a good book or a little TV. If you go to bed hungry, hunger pains will keep you awake. A heavy meal will prolong digestion and interfere with sleep. But do have a high-carb bedtime snack, like fruit and crackers or toast and jam. This will trigger the release of serotonin, your body’s tension-buster, and help you doze off.
Meditate for a few minutes. Meditation is relaxing, even for beginners. Here’s a simple way to “let go.” Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Slowly inhale, saying the word “let” in your mind. Then release your breath, saying the word “go” in your mind as you breathe out. That’s it. Breathe in, “let.” Breathe out, “go.” You’ll feel calmer after a few rounds. You can find more meditation techniques on the internet and YouTube.
Soak in a warm bath. A soothing bath is your own private retreat to escape the world. And that’s not all. A warm bath raises your temperature. And, the rapid cool-down that follows makes it easier for you to fall asleep. For maximum sleep-inducing benefits, soak in warm water for 20 to 30 minutes, about two hours before bed.
Turn off your electronic devices. Research shows a link between technology use before bed and compromised sleep, usually attributed to the stimulating light emitted by electronic devices. If you can’t seem to doze off, try turning off your devices about two hours before you go to bed. Relax with gentle stretches, a good book or movie.
Practice self-care rituals. Pamper yourself with a calm evening routine to help you relax. Your nightly skincare routine can relieve stress, nourish your skin, and even soothe your soul. As you softly smooth on night creams, gently massage your skin. Remember, less stress means less wrinkles and younger-looking skin. So, enjoy your “me” time.
Brighten Up Tired Eyes—to Look Younger.
Signs of sleeplessness generally show up first around your eyes. While there are many treatments for dark circles, bags, and puffiness, most don’t achieve the results you want. Some products don’t have enough active ingredients to be effective. And before you buy your skincare products, make sure you read the label. Avoid products with mineral oil, which can clog your pores, and phthalates, lead, BHA and BHT, for starters.
At Chamonix, we formulate natural skincare that works. Every botanical product contains innovative plant technology to give you real results. We recommend the genucel system to renew your weary, puffy eyes with this regimen:
- Genucel Eyelid Treatment: lifts tired, droopy lids, and restores a fresh youthful look.
- Genucel Dark Circle Treatment: quickly brightens dark shadows under your eyes.
- Genucel Bags and Puffiness Treatment: soothes signs of aging with Swiss apple stem cells.
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