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    Sleep: The Ultimate Beauty Aid

    We've all had this happen to us: You're trying to get through your day after a night of little sleep or a long, exhausting week, and everyone you run into can't help but remark how tired you look. It turns out that beauty sleep is more than just an expression sleep is vital to rejuvenation, and missing z's can lead to skin problems and more.

    The Role of Sleep

    All living creatures need sleep, and humans are no exception. Science is still looking into all of the ways that sleep is vital for well-being, but here's what we do know: Your body uses its sleeping hours to regenerate and repair itself. This is true both mentally and physically. It's why you sleep more when you're sick, and why sleepless nights can leave you looking and feeling less than your best. Processes that occur during sleep include:

    • Your body flushes toxins and clears away dead cells
    • Moisture levels in your skin change, balancing pH and replenishing skin oils
    • Cells regenerate, repairing damage and healing

    If you don't get enough sleep, especially over time, you may notice several tell-tale signs, including:

    • Dark bags below your eyes
    • A swollen or puffy look to your skin
    • Fine lines and wrinkles
    • Stress-related breakouts and blotchiness

    Lack of sleep and poor quality sleep can both contribute to skin problems and premature aging in addition to many other issues. The importance of quality sleep can't be overlooked!

    Tips for Getting Beauty Sleep

    Is your skin showing signs of tiredness? Here are a few tips for boosting your appearance (and get a better night's sleep):

    • Schedule for 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night, and respect your bedtime.
    • Avoid looking at screens in bed; stay away from computers, mobile phones and tablets for at least 30 minutes before bed.
    • Avoid drinking alcohol right before bed; it can inhibit restful sleep.
    • Get a good workout in the evening to boost endorphins and release stress; you'll sleep easier.
    • Invest in a quality mattress and low-friction sheets. You spend a third of your life in bed; it's worth the money to ensure that bed is lush and comfortable.

    You can also help to undo some of the temporary effects of poor sleep, such as bags under the eyes, with anti-inflammatory treatments, moisturizers, and other skincare products but nothing is as good for you as good old-fashioned beauty sleep."

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