How to look younger; an essential component


I’ve always been interested in learning what people do to maintain their youth.  Whether it learning from a good friend, an interview with a celebrity or a woman in line at the grocery store, I’m curious when I see young, healthy skin on an older woman. What’s their secret?  Can they help me look younger too?  Turns out, the old saying “Better Get Your Beauty Sleep” was so true; the essential component to looking younger is sleep.  Here’s why.

We’ve talked about all the different things you can do to look younger, but now let’s take a closer look at why sleep is so vitally important to looking your best.  Sleep actually plays a major role in many aspects of your life from your health, mentally and physically, in addition to your overall well-being.  Anyone can sleep, but it’s the quality and quantity of that downtime that affects the way that you look and feel when you’re awake.

Even one night of sleep deficiency is damaging and continued lack of sleep over time will cause serious health problems and affect your quality of life.  In addition to that, the way that you look when you’ve skimped on sleep it isn’t too pretty.  Dark circles and bags under the eyes along with sagging skin is not a very youthful look.

New York City dermatologist and author of ‘Forget the Facelift’, Doris Day, says, “[Lack of sleep] makes you look angry, tired, sad and certainly older.”  She goes on to say, “Your skin, and your whole body, goes into repair mode when you sleep.  While you sleep, your skin renews itself.  New skin cells grow and replace older cells.  It’s repairing and restoring and rebalancing.”

The good news is you can change your sleep pattern today and see immediate results.  So how much sleep do you truly need each night?  The answer is 7-8 hours, no more or less.  Why?  “There are studies that show getting too much sleep is as detrimental to your skin as not getting enough, “says Day.  It’s that interesting?  She says, “You can’t bank sleep.”

Here are some easy ways to get your beauty sleep and start looking younger tomorrow.

1. Try to go to bed at the same time every night to be sure to get the 7-8 hours in.

2. If you’re struggling to calm your mind so that you can fall asleep, turn off the television, keep the room at a cool temperature and practice some yoga poses that promote sleep.

3. Be aware of HOW you are sleeping.  If you sleep on your side or stomach you’re going to notice deep lines and wrinkles on your face each morning.  Over time these creases will only worsen so try to start sleeping on your back.

4. Be sure to have a high thread count white pillow case, rough surfaces will beat up your skin over time and dyes from colored material can harm your skin.

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