Get Your Beauty Sleep

Get Your Beauty Sleep

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They say that an hour before midnight is worth three afterwards. That’s the age-old adage. But does it have any substance? Some people swear that sleep is the most powerful rejuvenating treatment of them all. And  apparently Penelope Cruz, Catherine Zeta Jones and Renee Zelwegger swear it keeps them beautiful. Beauty sleep is real, it’s free, and when you skimp on sleep, it shows on your face.

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Tired skin sags, bags, and loses its luster. From 8pm to 11pm is the time for hydration and stimulation, while 11pm to 3am is the time for nutrition and regeneration, and 3am to 5am is the time for resting. While you sleep, your skin renews itself and new skin cells grow and replace older cells, repairing and restoring and rebalancing. It’s also a time when all sorts of hormonal and metabolic changes happen in and the body, including your skin, so it’s time to remember that a lack of sleep can disrupt those processes.

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Seven or eight hours of sleep is ideal for most of us. More than that can mean we wake up looking puffy and feeling sluggish. Of course, very few adults are in bed at 8pm and, as the hormone that triggers sleep – melatonin – peaks at around 11pm, this is the time we should naturally get tired.

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Not enough oxygen in your bedroom affects blood flow to the skin, causing puffiness. Make sure the room is not too warm – switch off the heating, and open a window. And also having a comfortable bed and good bedlinen always helps.

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