Go Easy on the Alcohol to Keep Your Skin Looking Beautiful!

Everyone loves to celebrate -from anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, new jobs, new house, and promotions to just making it through another day! When you add alcohol to your celebration, it will show up on your skin the next day. You won’t have that vibrancy or radiating appearance, and you’ll be wearing your sunglasses as much as possible! [Read more…]

HOW to Sleep to Prevent Wrinkles!

Woman sleeping on pillow

No doubt about it, a great night of sleep – and enough of it – is fabulous for wrinkle prevention! In my post “What does Sleep do For Your Skin” is shared that deep sleep helps your body produce more of its own collagen and elastin. What’s the best way to sleep to give yourself the greatest chance of a good night of deep slumber?

When you consider that wrinkles develop from a combination of loss of skin elasticity and repetitive movements, the light bulb goes on! Deep sleep helps with skin elasticity from the inside, and while getting that deep sleep, you lie in bed night after night in a favorite position. [Read more…]

How to Calm Itchy Skin

Itchy skin makes you scratch, and scratch! What is the most common cause of itchy skin and what can you do at home to help soothe it? Here are some tips from the Mayo Clinic:

“Itchy skin that isn’t accompanied by other obvious skin changes, such as a rash, is most often caused by dry skin (xerosis). Dry skin usually results from environmental factors that you can influence. These include hot or cold weather with low humidity levels, long-term use of air conditioning or central heating, and washing or bathing too much.”

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Acne – Can Diet Help?

Basic Acne is known to develop when there is an overabundance of sebum (oil) produced in the hair follicle which is plugged with dead skin, forming a blackhead. Add a little bacteria and you have a pustule or pimple. A pustule formed deeper within the follicle is a an acne cyst. [Read more…]

What Does Sleep Do For Your Skin?

Beautiful skin as you age comes from great skin care routines, protection from environmental factors that accelerate skin aging, good nutrition, adequate hydration, and getting plenty of sleep. Wait a minute….. Sleep affects your skin?

Sleeping Baby by And3rei

“Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer agrees. “During hours of sleep, cortisol and insulin production inversely peak so that collagen 1 production is accelerated,” he says. Collagen 1 production firms the epidermal/dermal junction so evaporation is reduced and water retention is maximized, he adds.”

While you sleep, your skin produces more collagen which gives it the support to counteract the forces of gravity. During the night, you may have a radiant heater or air conditioner running, resulting in your skin’s evaporative water loss.  This contributes to dry skin, especially if you don’t use a high quality night cream, or you don’t keep yourself hydrated throughout the day by drinking water.

“As the body settles into the fourth and deepest stage of rest – often called Delta Sleep (which precedes REM, the last stage of sleep) – growth hormones peak and initiate cell and tissue repair. Limited or restless sleep can cut into this crucial restorative process. “Intermittent waking sleep is nowhere near as beneficial to skin health,” Lancer says.”

In order to give your skin the greatest opportunity to repair, rejuvenate, produce collagen and stay hydrated you need a good 6 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. There are a few things that can help you get the best night of sleep:

  • Try to go to bed and awaken at the same time each night and morning.
  • Avoid foods and drink that contain stimulating ingredients such as caffeine.
  • Create a comfortable environment in your sleeping area – sheets, blankets, room temperature, low noise, and minimal lighting.
  • Perform activities that promote relaxation several hours before bedtime like reading, a warm bath, a little yoga and meditation are great for creating physical and mental calmness.
  • Thinking positive thoughts and looking forward to something good.

What did I miss????

What do you do to relax before your fall asleep?  Do you have a special routine or something you drink or eat that helps you get a good night’s rest? Leave a comment and share!

May your nights be peaceful and your sleep rejuvenating!

4 Must Do’s for the Youngest You!

RecLittle Nurse by scarlett_ribbonsently, I received another reminder that I am aging – and fast! I don’t feel a bit over 30, but my body is giving out signs all over the place warning “Detour ~ Icy Roads Ahead!” My orthopedist gingerly described the condition of my swollen hand yesterday like this: “When you have “seen a few days”, the veins on the back of your hands are more fragile.” Seen a few days? More fragile veins? I pictured my grandma when she was 97 years old, with bruises all over her arms and hands! No sir, this is not  for me in the prime of my middle aged youth! Ha!

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