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Beauty Sleep? Yeah it's a thing

The busy life you lead in a state of sleep deficit can be exhausting, but did you know it can prematurely age your skin?  The dark circles under your eyes state the obvious when it comes to a lackluster complexion however sleep deprivation can also make the skin puffy, increases age spots

Throughout your waking hours, your skin is raging a war against environmental factors such as pollution and harmful UV rays.  During the deeper phases of sleep, your body produces growth hormone, a powerful component in skin repair  and stimulates collagen growth. Collagen is a protein, part of the connective tissues which helps to strengthen and improve the elasticity of the skin. This new growth lets you wake with brighter, fresher vibrant skin.  Other hormones also come into play during your nighttime slumber. When we sleep cortisol (the stress hormone) is reduced.  This hormone is responsible for the thinning of skin.  Additionally,melatonin (the hormone which regulates our sleep-wake cycle) is increased which acts as an antioxidant towards fine lines and age spots. 

Sleep also produces some changes to your body's water delivery and circulatory system. In anticipation for bedtime, the body cools about a half degree and increases blood flow to the skin.  You can also help replenish your skin's moisture by snacking on water-rich fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, watermelon, and apples.   While you sleep. your skin will hydrate from the inside out and release powerful free-radical fighting antioxidants. 

4 Easy things you can do to improve your skin health

Gelatin- Gelatin contains 2 essential amino acids, glycine and proline.  Both are needed for collagen production.  Collagen comprises most of the skin’s structure, so providing the building blocks for this protein is important. A gelatin rich diet may provide more protection against the damaging effects of sunlight, which could lessen the risk of wrinkles. Wondering how to incorporate gelatin into your diet?  Purchase a high quality powder gelatin powder, mix with hot water and refrigerate. Adding fresh blended blueberries to the liquid gelatin adds another level of skin health, since the berries are a powerful anti-oxidant.

Eat the Rainbow- Beta-carotene is prevalent in red and orange hued vegetables. The body converts beta carotene to vitamin A, a fat soluble vitamin.  Vitamin A stimulates fibroblasts, the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy in the deep layers of your skin.  Other great sources of vitamin A are spinach, kale and collard greens.

Take a daily probiotic-  A probiotic is comprised of yeast and bacteria that can improve your health and digestive system. Good bacteria in the gut can help eliminate toxins and free radicals that can be damaging to your complexion.

Increase your Omega 3s- One of the first strategies you can use to improve your skin health is to make sure you are getting enough high quality omega-3 fats. If the back of your hand isn’t baby smooth, chances are you need to up your omega 3 intake. Sadly, a large portion of our fish supply is riddled with heavy metals and toxins that outweigh the benefits.  As an alternative, look for a krill oil or high quality fish oil.