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Sleep Your Way to Great Skin

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Sleep is one of those things that most of us don’t pause and think about how vital it is to our health. We get used to “cheating” when it comes to making sure we get enough sleep. Sure, we do our best to make sure that we get a full night’s sleep, but coffee, tea, and other sources of a wake-up jolt of caffeine are all waiting for if things don’t go exactly right. A strange, modern sort of fear of being disconnected also means we tend to work against ourselves when it comes to getting enough sleep. This just won’t do. It hurts our body and mind in a lot of little ways that we might not notice at first, but there are eventually signs enough that make it clear that we need to get some sleep. Making the effort to get a healthy amount of sleep is actually one of the ways we can all work towards having great skin. Admittedly, that effort can be a little harder than we might like.

Sleep and Great Skin
The connection between your skin and getting enough sleep is surprisingly simple despite them not seeming immediately connected. We keep moving all day long as we burn energy to get through our days and cause wear and tear on our entire body. Our skin quietly takes a lot of unspoken damage in this period of time. When we finally lay down to get some sleep, our bodies get the chance to actually try to heal all of that damage. Yes, they patch things up some during the day, but the truly intensive healing happens at night. That’s because we’re no longer moving and actively damaging our bodies. It allows all that energy we’d otherwise be using to go directly towards repairs. This is necessary for your skin to look its best as it needs to have the time and energy to get your skin’s natural repair functions to do their jobs. Giving it that time allows your skin to look healthier, firmer, and all the more youthful. Getting all the necessary sleep may be difficult, but there are techniques you can use to make it more likely.

Hacking Your Brain
Getting enough sleep can be a frustrating affair. It always seems like something conspires to wake us up or makes it hard to sleep. The latter one can be worked against by training your brain to behave more naturally. This involves giving it definable patterns of rest that allow it to know when it is time to sleep without making it harder on ourselves. A good way to approach this is just to go to sleep at the same time every day. Your body will recognize there is a pattern to when you wake and sleep. This, in turn, becomes gradually ingrained in your mind until it becomes second-nature. Sticking to the pattern will make it far easier to rest. Additionally, you can rely on your brain’s sophisticated internal clock to help you sleep too. It knows when light levels begin to get low that rest needs to happen soon. Swapping to dimmer lights at night will help give your brain the signal to calm down and prepare to sleep even if you’ve had a hectic day. Both of these are effective ways to “hack” your brain’s systems to help you sleep a little easier. There are some more direct approaches though.

Woman reading on bed

Avoiding Bad Habits
Most of us are attached to our personal bits of technology in ways we wouldn’t have fathomed a couple of decades ago. Technology has become so common and convenient that it is hard to imagine our lives without it. We do need to make the effort to disengage occasionally if we want to get enough sleep though. Technically, we should try to disengage from any pieces of technology with an LCD or similar screen a couple of hours before bed to avoid sleep disturbance thanks to the “blue light” the tech emits. Additionally, it is best to turn off all our alerts and alarms on our smartphones, desktops, and other bits of technology. These can startle us back into waking at unwelcome times or otherwise wake us up randomly and make it harder to get a full night’s rest. It takes some adjustment to make these habits for our evenings, but they will help most of us sleep far easier. Trying to read a book in the two hours before bed is believed to help people relax as well and a good way to have an engaging form of entertainment without it being something that makes it hard to sleep.

Working to create an environment suitable for sleep is actually a piece of the skincare puzzle. A good night’s sleep helps your skin have the resources it needs to keep our skin healthy each day and slow the signs of aging. We have to be willing to put in the effort to actually have a good night’s sleep though. Without it, many of us will keep struggling to get enough sleep and that struggle will show on our skin.

Professional Advice for Reducing Under Eye Puffiness

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Puffy eyes are a fairly common beauty problem. They can come up for any number of reasons, but the results tend to always be the same: they detract from your chosen look. We all learn quick ways to try to hide puffiness, but after a certain point we just want to be rid of it rather than applying a quick fix. Reducing under eye puffiness takes a little work though. Changing various habits can help to reduce the overall rate at which you experience puffy eyes. We all know how hard it is to break habits though. With that in mind, we’re going to review some of the advice that professionals regularly give people to help them learn to control puffy eyes. These tips will be relatively basic and something any of us can do unaided. You may need to work at them though to help make any lifestyle changes stick. These tips should hopefully be enough to help you get the puffiness back under control.

Getting Some Rest
It doesn’t take long for most of us to figure out that puffy eyes tend to show up preferentially in the morning. There’s a reason for that too. One of the primary causes for puffy eyes is literally fluid pooling beneath the thinner skin of the eyes. The end result is the all too apparent puffiness. Most of the time it only really starts to accumulate when you’re sleeping on your side or stomach. The positions allow gravity to be able to pull fluid and make it pool in the area beneath your eyes. You can fix this entirely be sleeping on your back. It uses gravity to help prevent the pooling at the same time that it helps avoid bunching your skin together and encouraging wrinkles. Learning to sleep on your back can be difficult if you’ve never done it before though. An appropriately contoured pillow can help aid the transition to your new sleeping position, but it will take a little time and effort to make it stick.

Protect Your Eyes
Sleeping on your back is a good go-to measure when it comes to ensuring that you can prevent or minimize puffy eyes, but it isn’t your only option. It isn’t even an option for some of us. You can achieve a lot by properly protecting the area around your eyes though as any damage contributes to the likelihood of puffiness. That’s why many professionals recommend ensuring that you’re applying a sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF around your eyes to appropriately protect the sensitive skin. This will help keep the skin thicker and stronger than it would be from continual damage. It will overall simply be more resistant to puffiness.

Woman using sun protection

You can build on this by remembering to wear sunglasses as well when you’re out and about. Try to remember to use products that encourage the health of the skin around your eyes as well to keep them as healthy as possible. This step works especially well when combined with sleeping on your back, but there is yet another option available if neither of these appeal to you.

Cooling Down
We’ve been largely covering preventive measures that can help reduce a regular problem, but we all need a quick fix now and again when they aren’t a regular occurrence. A good way to go about this is actually to chill some of your favorite eye cream. You can take it out and apply it whenever you’re dealing with puffy eyes to calm and nourish the area quickly. This tends to last longer than most other options because the nourishing part of the eye cream will offer a longer term solution for settling the area. You can achieve similar results with any kind of suitable product kept cold and put around the eyes. The cold is what will be doing most of the work by calming the area around your eyes, but quicker fixes like an ice cube don’t work as well as a product as the effect dissipates faster with nothing left over to help continue to calm the skin. It is worth noting that you may need to apply the cold product more than once for it to be fully effective, but you will get results.

Combating eye puffiness isn’t that difficult of a task, but the best way to do it is prevention. Sleeping on your back and protecting the skin around your eyes tends to do most of the preventive work without any additional help. Sometimes things will creep by though and a cold eye cream or similar option will be all you need to banish the puffiness away again. These tricks have been recommended by professionals for ages and will likely continue to be passed along. Their simplicity is ultimately the key. Hopefully these tips will be all you need to avoid dealing with puffy eyes ever again.

Revive Your Dull, Parched Skin

Putting life back into dull, parched skin is a common concern in skincare circles. It just seems like our skin doesn’t always know what is best for it and begin to rebel in one way or another. Maintaining good skin health is important though. That’s how we look our best and help our body to defy some of the more visible signs of aging. Reviving dull, parched skin isn’t the hardest skincare task in the world, but it does require focused attention on the problem. After all, skin doesn’t get that way without us missing out of some clear skincare emergency cues. Not everyone knows the appropriate way to help their skin once it gets in this state. That’s where we come in. We have a few tips that should help you do exactly what you need to do to help get your skin back to its normal, healthy self. These will still require a bit of time to properly work, but they will do the job in most circumstances.

Woman with cucumber slices

Clean That Skin
Dullness can happen for any number of reasons. It is a common symptom of several forms of neglect towards the skin. This symptom is especially common when it comes to dry skin though. We know the best ways to begin treatment of dull skin specifically because the issue is so common. You need to start with dedicating yourself to properly cleaning your skin. This is to help minimize the interference that your products encounter when you start applying them as much as it is about removing the extra layers of dead skin contributing to the dullness. Rinsing and cleansing are fairly basic skincare concepts that we don’t really need to cover again. However, you want to find a gentle chemical exfoliating product for this step. These will help to properly minimize any problems you might experience from the excess dried skin without further contributing to the problem. Don’t forget to massage the product in using tight, overlapping circles. This will massage your face and thereby stimulate blood flow to further reduce potential dullness.

Moisturize
Yes, this is the most obvious step to take when dealing with parched skin. That is exactly why we need to emphasize it. Frequently the problem that leads to a situation with dull, parched skin isn’t a form of neglect caused by simply not caring about your skin. Instead it tends to come from a situation where we haven’t been watching what products are doing to our skin and in turn a problem slowly started to build up. Moisturizing effectively is frequently the key in a skincare routine because some of our products dry out our skin regularly. You can easily evaluate how your skin feels after your normal moisturizer and swap to a heavier one if need be. In fact, we encourage this. The signs of dryness that you’re looking for are a tight feeling to the skin. It typically feels a little taut from even simple movements. Additionally, the dullness we’ve highlighted can begin to become a problem as well alongside redness. These basic signs are all you really need to be able to tell you might want to switch an even more hydrating moisturizer for the sake of your skin.

Woman sleeping on sofa

Sleep
Sleep has a surprising level of importance when it comes to helping to revive your skin. That’s because of the crucial roles that sleep plays in your body’s overall health. It is the one period during each day that your body knows that you mostly won’t be moving at all. You’ll be using far less energy and won’t be inflicting new damage on your body as a result. That’s the perfect time for repairs. Your skin focuses most of its energy in getting things done during this window. That makes it one of the favorite times for your skin’s natural shedding to occur. All those unwanted dead skin cells start to flake off to make room for newer and healthier ones to continue their job. This is important as it refreshes the skin at a cellular level over time. Not getting enough sleep simply encourages buildup that ends up causing various skincare issues. Sleep is particularly good for helping solve dullness, but getting enough time to heal daily can also end up meaning your skin has a better ability to retain moisture as well.

Taking good care of your skin isn’t a few days of the week commitment. It means giving your skin your full attention at least once every day to prepare it properly to face the new day. You can do it fairly easily when you have a good routine, but you need to do your best to minimize any problems that come up. That’s the only way to avoid problems with dull, parched skin. Taking that time for good care will keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful for a long time.