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The Beautiful Skin Blog — beauty rest

Healthy skin tip #6 : Wash your pillowcase and sheets!

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Doesn't this tip just make you want to say "Duh! Why didn't I think of that already?" If you get as much sleep as you need, you're spending at least seven hours each night with your face on that pillow. And even if you wash your face before going to bed (and you should – gently, always gently!) your pillowcase will slowly pick up oil, sweat, bacteria and dead cells from your skin, as well as dirt and dust and maybe allergens from the air. Sleep clean! Change your pillowcase for a clean one every two to three days. You...

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Healthy skin tip #4: Manage your stress

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  Stress is not your friend! We all know it – but how does it specifically affect your skin and face? Stress causes your body to release larger amounts of certain chemicals, including cortisol, adrenaline and DHEA (which is made by your adrenal glands, and which your body then converts into estrogen or testosterone). These substances are not inherently bad – you'll even find DHEA sometimes called "the youth hormone." However! As with many natural body processes, too much is not a good thing. Elevated levels have some negative effects. For example, your immune system and anti-inflammatory abilities are both...

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Healthy skin tip #2: Get some sleep!

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                        We've all heard the expression about "getting your beauty rest" – well, it's true! Getting the right amount of sleep can make a huge difference in keeping your skin (along with the rest of you) healthy When you sleep, your body spends more of its energy on replenishing skin cells and producing important things like human growth hormone and collagen. This is why babies and teenagers sleep so much – their bodies are busy growing. But long after the teen years, we all still need good healthy sleep!...

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