The benefits of beauty sleep

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Our bodies need a certain amount of sleep to function at their best.

Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining the memory center in our brains to help us retain what we’ve learned and seen so we can access that information again. Sleep helps restore the chemical balance in our bodies, too.

But it’s not only the inside of us that benefits from enough sleep, it’s the outside, too. Ever heard of beauty sleep? It’s a real thing!

Why is it called beauty sleep?

Of course we know a good night’s sleep does wonders for banishing dark circles around your eyes and improving your skin tone. But sleep helps your skin in other ways, too.

During deep sleep, your body enters repair mode and regenerates skin as well as muscles, blood cells and brain cells. Skimping on sleep also raises cortisol levels and can lead to skin irritation and acne.

How many hours is beauty sleep?

Dermatologists say getting fewer than 6 hours of shut-eye each night could mean you are carrying around more fine lines, dark circles and puffiness than you would if you were getting enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

Here are some tips to help ensure you get your beauty sleep so your skin can look its best.

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Stick to your skin care routine

You can help your skin regenerate by ensuring you don’t skimp on your nighttime skin care routine, especially cleansing and moisturizing. And since your skin is already in repair mode, it’s the perfect time to use products that target any concerns you have, such as Artistry Signature Select™ Personalized Serum.

The base serum comes with the option of adding amplifiers that address your specific needs: anti-wrinkle, firming, hydration, brightening and anti-spot. You can mix up to three different amplifiers at a time, giving your skin the perfect combination of what it needs to look its best.

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Create a sleep schedule

The best time to think about sleeping better is long before you crawl under the covers, because actions you take during the day impact how well you sleep at night.

Make sure you are paying attention to your schedule. Waking up and going to bed on a consistent schedule each day will help. That includes the weekends, despite the overpowering temptation to sleep in.

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Consider sleep supplements

If you know you don’t get enough sleep right now, make gradual adjustments to try to increase it. Head to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until you reach a seven-hour minimum. You could also try a supplement, such as n* by Nutrilite™ #NOFILTER Beauty Sleep Gummies.

The gummies have two benefits, supporting both beauty and sleep. They include melatonin and L-theanine to promote good sleep. They also have biotin, an essential nutrient that works at the cellular level to support healthy hair and nail growth, and vitamin C and rosemary, which have antioxidants to help protect skin from free radicals.†

Limit liquids at night

Cutting fluids off about 90 minutes before bed helps minimize the chances of nature calling and disturbing your sleep. You should also avoid alcohol or large meals right before bed and caffeine in the four to five hours before you hit the hay, as well.

Hydration is key to good skin care, however, so make sure you get your hydration throughout the day. And choose your caffeinated drinks wisely, as too much caffeine can cause dehydration.

A container of n* by Nutrilite #nofilter Beauty Tea sits next to a clear glass mug of the tea with the bag still in it.

One option for your daily hit of caffeine is n* by Nutrilite #NOFILTER Beauty Tea, a custom green tea blend that features dandelion root, jasmine petals and rose petals. The combination results in a cleansing beverage that promotes healthy skin and soothes the senses.† How’s that for an afternoon pick-me-up that also supports your skin care?

Follow a bedtime routine

Give your body signals that it’s time to wind down by following the same routine each evening. Maybe it’s your nighttime skin care routine followed by pajamas, soothing music and reading or meditation.

If you’re reading an electronic screen, make sure it’s in night mode. Screen time can also take a toll on your ability to get to sleep. Try limiting your exposure to electronics and blue light for at least a half an hour before you go to bed. (Most screens have a nighttime mode to help with this.)

Learn more

So, get your beauty sleep and your skin will thank you. Your immune system might thank you, too. Read Sleep tips to support your immune system to learn more. And click on other blogs at Amway Connections for more articles on healthy living.

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