Just like the rest of your body, your skin needs healthy habits to look its best. Getting the proper amount of sleep every night can greatly increase the natural beauty and overall health of your skin. Poor sleep habits can cause stress, which leads to the hormone cortisol being released into the body causing skin problems such as rashes and acne.

When in a deep sleep, the increase of growth hormones allows damaged cells to become repaired. Without deep sleep, these changes will not occur and instead of hormones repairing everyday normal damage, daily damage will get worse instead of being reversed. Sleep has been scientifically proven to have a powerful effect on the state of the mind, and the body.

The body is well designed for self-healing, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important routines that can heal and repair; giving you glowing, healthy skin!

Tips for a good night’s sleep:

  • Drink plenty of fluid during the day for hydration, just not right before going to bed.
  • Get at least 8 hours of good uninterrupted sleep every night.
  • Going to bed at the same time, and waking up at the same time establishes a healthy sleeping habit/routine.
  • Avoid watching late night programs that are stimulating rather than relaxing.

Sufficient proteins and vitamins are also essential for your skin’s health. A healthy diet along with proper rest ensures healthy skin and elasticity. Examples of foods and drinks that “fuel” the skin would be:

  • Strawberries – contain anti-aging Vitamin C.
  • Tomatoes -contain Lycopene which can help protect your skin from UV rays.
  • Green Tea – contains antioxidants for the body.
  • Olive oil – contains monounsaturated fatty acids, the good fats!
  • Nuts & Seeds – contain omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Honey – contains a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Your skin is an organ, just like the other parts of your body that need to be nourished and kept in good health. If you don’t want to wear down your skin with stress, unwanted dark circles, wrinkles or dullness…get plenty of good sleep each and every night and fuel it with the proper nutrients.