HOW TO: Get More Sleep at Night

In our last post, we reviewed the importance of getting a full night’s rest in regards to skin care. Annet King, Director of Global Education Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute states: “If you’re not getting enough sleep — an average of seven hours a night — you are depriving your body of its requisite downtime. This accelerates the skin aging process and, as King says, “If your body is chronically deprived of sleep, the effects become physically and visibly noticeable.”

I hate to agree with science, as I’ve NEVER believed I needed 7-8 hours of sleep a night to be productive and look great. Instead that sleep is truly the enemy of my hyperactive mind. I mean, think about how much you could get done if you didn’t have to spend one third of your life asleep! In an interview written by Technologist, I luckily discovered Hans Förstl, director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) – who happens to agree with me. He explains, “some people claim that we – as a society – are not sleeping enough due to all the modern temptations like TV and the Internet, but in my view our modern life is just too interesting to sleep longer. And before we compare ourselves to our ancestors and their “healthier” sleeping habits, we should remember that they had to climb up trees and cling to branches in order to avoid the worst – but not all – of the imminent dangers. Generally, I believe that it all depends on preferences, demands and satisfaction. If someone is satisfied with his or her personal sleeping pattern – however unconventional – it’s fine.”

Although I agree with Hans, there are definitely a few counterpoints to be made regarding the difference between us and our ancestors. Unlike them, society has become vain and eager to show the world and all social media how great their lives and appearances are. Sure, we might climb trees and cling to branches too….as long as we’re “doing it for The Gram”. As a country and new generation, people are striving to maintain their appearance for a much longer portion of their lifetime. Less sunbathing and smoking – more sleep, facials, and Instagram filters.

So, fine! If we’re going to maintain our best appearance for a longer period of time, then more sleep WE MUST. After searching the internet for ways to accomplish this, I found a select few that work best for me.

Try them! Head to our Facebook page and share what works best for you!

YOGA/MEDITATION: If you work at a desk all day you probably know the painful effect it has on your neck and back. For me, this pain can make it hard to get comfortable enough to fall asleep. I remember a Yoga teacher explain that our time in her class would be the most uncomfortable we felt throughout our day. If you’ve ever taken Yoga, you know that some of the positions involved with the practice are challenging, exhausting, and miserable to maintain. However, while uncomfortable, your muscle are being worked and stretched while your brain is also exercising control and focus. This can be your exercise for the day and assist in making falling asleep easier.

DOWNLOAD FREE SLEEP APP: Instead of falling asleep watching TV or Netflix, try closing your eyes and listening to white noise, nature sounds, or soft stories told by a voice over actor with a soothing voice. The glare from your TV or computer screen may be what’s bothering you! Not to mention, depending on what you’re binge watching, certain scenes may be louder than others which can create disturbance. Many times I’ve tried falling asleep to Shameless – a drama filled series with a lot  yelling, screaming children, gunshots, and loud music. Not really the best choice of background sound while trying to doze off.

SPLASH COLD WATER: Can’t get your mind to stop chattering? Having mental or physical anxiety can be the absolute worst when trying to relax at the end of the day. When your basic breathing exercises don’t seem to be working, I found folks suggesting to submerge your face in ice-cold water! Although this may not seem like the most comfortable idea, it’s a natural way to reset your nervous system. The goal being to lower your heart rate and blood pressure (which naturally happens when you’re falling asleep).

AROMATHERAPY: What can’t essential oils do? They’ve been proven to help relieve headaches, dry skin, anxiety, soothe sore muscles, reduce toxicity, and the list goes on! So, why not try scent as part of your sleep regimen? If you’re not interested in purchasing a diffuser or dropping oils directly on to your pillow, maybe give Dermalogica’s new product a try! As described in our last post, Sound Sleep Cocoon is a revitalizing treatment gel-cream filled with motion-activated French Lavender Essential Oil (with Sandalwood and Patchouli).

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INTRODUCING: Sound Sleep Cocoon

INTRODUCING: Sound Sleep Cocoon

Dermalogica just dropped a new product! Not only could it be our next blessing, but a fresh reminder: To ensure we look our very best…..we need 7 hours of sleep every night. Folks these days are working harder than ever and finding it more and more difficult to put the phone down, calm the mind and fall asleep. Not only are we mentally our best with a good nights rest, but also LOOK our best. If we’re going to look great (and use photoshop less) with age, we have to make a strong attempt to revert back to the basics of health and skin care. SO, here is your healthful reminder along with introduction to Derma’s new blessing.

WHILE WE’RE AWAKE:

On a daily basis our skin is at risk for damage! Sure, you may of cut smoking and sunbathing from your lifestyle, but the unfortunate truth is that you’re still very much at risk. For example: pollution filled with free radicals that we can’t see or avoid AT ALL are also to blame for aging and dull skin. How is that fair? We didn’t pollute this Earth! Well, actually we did. Maybe this is Mother Nature’s way of repaying us?

ALSO, the everyday use of “irritants” are a common factor. These being your household cleaning supplies – bleach, detergent, ammonia, etc. If you haven’t hopped on the organic cleaning product train, now may be the time to do so. This also seems less than fair, as these products have been deemed safe for human use.

So, how can we avoid the unavoidable? We can’t walk around in plastic bubbles to avoid free radicals OR completely stop cleaning our homes! The answer is: we can’t. However, we CAN do our skin a solid service by considering it to be a “nocturnal being”. Like our other organs, the skin is working to protect us and maintain our lives all the time. BUT, it’s said to do it’s best work at night while we’re asleep.

WHILE WE’RE ASLEEP as told by DERMALOGICA:

DNA repair, cellular detox and cellular production all rev up while we lie idle between the sheets. “The body uses sleep time for internal housekeeping,” explains Annet King, Director of Global Education Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute. “This is when we process nutrients, detoxify, renew and recharge, so giving your body ample time to accomplish all this is critical for keeping your skin — not to mention your overall health — in peak condition.”

Bottom line: If you’re not getting enough sleep — an average of seven hours a night — you are depriving your body of its requisite downtime. This accelerates the skin aging process and, as King says, “If your body is chronically deprived of sleep, the effects become physically and visibly noticeable.”  

Sound Sleep Cocoon – transformative night gel-cream

  • Revitalizing treatment gel-cream transforms skin overnight by optimizing nighttime skin recovery.
  • Tamarind Seed Extract creates a nourishing cocoon of comfort for softer, more hydrated skin while encapsulated,
  • Motion-activated French Lavender Essential Oil (with Sandalwood and Patchouli) work all night to promote deep, restful sleep for healthier-looking skin by morning.
  • Other key ingredients include Persian Silk Tree Extract which reduces signs of skin fatigue and restores vitality while Wu-Zhu-Yu Extract provides visibly radiant skin by the a.m.

Having trouble falling asleep at night? ME TOO. Next blog will be filled with organic, natural and healthy ways to catch some extra Zzzz’s.

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HOW TO: Properly Mask Your Face

 

How do you know which face mask to purchase? Considering America’s drug, grocery, and cosmetic stores are SO over-saturated with product – how does one begin to narrow down the brand…let alone type of mask? Tough decision! Although the correct face mask can help prevent congestion, detoxify, hydrate, and/or plump the skin – the wrong mask could cause irritation and acne prone skin to breakout.

Warning: If you’re having a hard time selecting a mask now, the following news may be slightly frustrating or possibly helpful….depending on your skin’s situation! According to an article written by Harper’s Bazaar, “In 2018 the mask market is further branching out, and getting more sophisticated. Dr Gary Goldfaden – the dermatologist behind brand Goldfaden MD, says to expect “more body specific masks for the chest, arms and breasts”, plus presumably the hands, given that Swiss Clinic has recently launched a new Hand Restoring Dry Mask. “Trending masks will target specific problem solution needs as well as ageing issues,” he adds.”

EEEK! OK, we should really conquer and understand FACE masks first – for now. If your skin regularly maintains it’s healthy glow, I’m assuming it’s easier for you to find masks that correctly assist your normal skincare routine. However, if you have temperamental skin (like me) it can be challenging to predict what exactly it will do next! So, before selecting a mask – start with having a one-on-one meeting between your face and the mirror. Whats the ultimate goal here?

MIRROR MEETING CHECKLIST (Y/N):

HYDRATE:

Dermalogica – Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

Ultra-replenishing masque helps rescue stressed, aging skin. This revitalizing masque contains powerful, concentrated vitamins A, C, E and F to help skin recover from damage that leads to skin aging, while Vitamin A helps increase elasticity and moisture content, making it the ultimate remedy for dulling, dry, dehydrated, lackluster, photo damaged skin.

Origins – DRINK UP™ INTENSIVE

Put dry skin to bed with this ultra-rich, hydrating overnight mask. Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oils deeply and instantly quench compromised moisture reserves and help build a reservoir for tomorrow. While Japanese Seaweed helps repair skin’s barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging. Skin awakens comfortable, refreshed, supple.

DR. JART+ – Water Fuse Hydro Sleep Mask

A sleep mask that enhances skin’s moisture level and removes impurities overnight to restore optimal skin condition.

PREVENT BREAKOUTS:

Dermalogica – Sebum Clearing Masque 

Cooling clay masque helps clear and prevent breakouts. Oil-absorbing clays help detoxify skin as Salicylic Acid stimulates natural exfoliation to clear pore congestion.

Saturn – Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask

A fast-acting, medicated 10 percent sulfur treatment mask that helps fight multiple forms of acne while preventing future breakouts.

GLAM GLOW –  SUPERMUD® CLEARING TREATMENT

Our most advanced clearing treatment. Developed by GLAMGLOW® to help fight common skin concerns. Designed for men & women. SUPERMUD® for super clear super poreless skin. Visibly see your pore congestion pull-out & encapsulate within the mask. Immediate and amazing results in just one use.

DETOX:

Dermalogica – Charcoal Rescue Masque

All-in-one treatment masque detoxifies, brightens and invigorates normal to oily skin. Activated Binchotan Charcoal powerfully adsorbs impurities while Sulfur promotes cell turnover for dramatically brighter skin.

YES TO – Detoxifying Charcoal DIY Powder-To-Clay Mask

For the perfect customized skin clearing solution, just add water, or yogurt or honey, and mask-it-yourself!  This amazing clarifying clay mask dries in 10 minutes, leaving skin soft and clear.  Built-in mixing bowl and measuring spoon (it also works great as an applicator!) for the perfect recipe and result each time.

Boscia – Charcoal Pore Pudding

Unique two part Pore Pudding powered by black and white charcoal. The powerful pair work together to minimize the appearance of pores while balancing skin for ideal results. Apply all over skin or targeted areas in need of extra attention.

CLEANSE:

Dermalogica – Skin Refining Masque

Deep-cleansing clay masque helps purify and refine oily skin. Use all-over or exclusively in the T-Zone after cleansing to help purify, lift surface impurities and wick away excess oils that can trigger congestion and enlarge pores

LUSH – Mask of Magnaminty

This tingly, minty face and body mask was formulated to be intensely cleansing but never harsh or abrasive. Kaolin clay and peppermint oil rid your pores of debris, giving you a delightfully tingly clean sensation. We add loads of ground aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe and moisturize.

 

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