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Anti-aging prevention starts with sleep

Salon York PA Did you know that women fantasize about getting enough sleep every night? I certainly didn’t. I found this informative article in Allure issued April 2011. Commenting on sleep is a Darrell S. Rigel, clinical professor of dermatology of New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City.

We are supposed to be getting average of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Getting the proper amount of sleep will prevent the following: Sagging skin – “blood pressure is higher when you’re awake, and this causes fluids from your blood vessels to leach into your skin and stretch it slightly.” “over time, skin stays stretched. When you sleep, fluids in your face are absorbed into the body, but if you don’t get enough the fluids never fully reabsorb.

The effects are more noticeable around the eyes where the skin is thinner. Permanent dark circles – of course the same fluids that didn’t drain cause puffiness also deposit red blood cells in skin, which stay there and show through as permanent circles. He suggests using eye creams with L-absorbic acid will help somewhat but is not the cure all. Hyperpigmentation – my favorite since I have hit menopause in the fabulous forties.

Skimping on the sleep triggers activation of the proopiomelanocortin gene. (big word) this was commented on by dermatologist Leslie Bauman. She said, “it causes the body to produce excess pigment that can appear as freckles or spots on your face.” I can vouch for that. Think about getting more sleep girls! We have to fight our age as long as we can. Turn all of the lights off because the artificial light can keep you up at night even though your eyes are closed.

 

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