Just like your brain goes into recovery mode during sleep, so does your skin. While you sleep, your body is working hard to rebuild healthy cells that will replace damaged ones. Only while you are asleep, can your body regenerate human growth hormones and collagen, which are both crucial to younger, healthier looking skin.
Sleep deprivation causes cell recovery to slow, leading to wrinkles and fine lines, therefore sleeping less than the recommended seven hours a night, can result in advanced premature aging.
Apply the all in one anti-aging power serum designed to treat fine lines and wrinkles, to your face, at least once a day. The antioxidants in the formula will also help protect skin cells from free radical damage, smoke, and other environmental pollutants. *click product image to shop
Too little sleep makes blood vessels start to expand causing blood pools to settle under your eyes resulting in dark and puffy under eye circles.
Use the booster to help stimulate micro-circulation underneath and around the eye area, and dramatically reduce puffiness and visibly minimize the appearance of dark under eye circles in 6 minutes or less. *click product image to shop
Without enough sleep the body becomes stressed, causing it to produce increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in inflammation and potentially dry, flaky skin and a dull complexion; even worse, eczema.
The pure sugar cane crystals help to gently slough away dry skin cells while the cold-pressed grape seed and avocado oil nourish and deeply moisturize your skin. *click product image to shop
Bonus:For an added layer of moisture apply Bump 2 Baby after a shower. The body balm will encourage skin's natural elasticity, soothe and relieve dry skin and eczema, help minimize emerging stretch marks, moisturize, and help protect and strengthen delicate skin.
Sleep deprivation leaves your body in a dehydrated state often producing redness and breakouts on the skin, as well as decreased levels of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the body, causing your skin to lose its healthy glow.
Use the cleanser twice a day, morning and night. The high-performance ingredients in this cleanser help to address redness and irritation caused by conditions such as rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis. Zinc combined with mild alpha and beta acids help decrease the inflammation restoring skin’s natural glow. *click product image to shop
- Dr. Visha
Board Certified Dermatologist, MOHS and Cosmetic Surgeon, University of Tennessee Professor, Owner of Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates and Creator of Visha Skin Care
1.Exfoliate More (or less) – If you notice your skin becoming dry and flaky, it’s time to increase your exfoliation. If your skin isn’t flaking and just seems more damaged than normal, ease up on the exfoliating. Winter weather can really throw your skin a curve ball, so adjust your exfoliants as needed.
2.Apply Sunscreen - It may be cold out, but you still need your sunscreen. The best way to do this is to double up by using a thick, moisturizing, lotion with an SPF of 30 or higher on your skin every day.
3.Stay Hydrated – Your skin needs hydration inside and out. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water in conjunction with warm winter beverages.
4.Add Healthy Fats & Oils - Eat foods that are rich with healthy fats like nuts, fish and avocado to help add essential oils and nutrients back into your body. If need be, take supplements like fish oil and vitamins C, E and B complex to keep skin healthy through the winter. You may also consider adding aromatherapy oils to your body wash to help nourish dry skin.
5.Rotate Beauty Products- Step up your beauty products to formulas that are more moisturizing than your summer products. Use a heavy cream like the B2B to keep your skin soft and non-flaky.
6.Stick to Warm Water – It may be tempting to take hot showers, especially when it’s cold outside, but try taking warm baths and showers instead. Hot water will only further dry out your skin.
7.Get a Humidifier (or two) – Winter’s best friend! Use humidifiers in your home to put moisture back into the air.
8.Routine – Before bed apply thick lotion to both your hands and feet, and then cover them with socks, yes, your hands too. This will help seal in moisture overnight, so you wake up with soft hands and feet.
9.Cling to Eye Drops – Dry winter eyes? Have eye drops on hand all winter long to keep dry eyes at bay.
10.Stock the Lip Balm – No one likes chapped lips so, use lip balm like there’s no tomorrow.
Download Dr. Visha's Ways to Treat Winter Skin below:
As a dermatologist and a mother of two, I've gathered quite an assortment of tips and tricks over the years. Whether you're dealing with crow's feet, frustrated with chapped lips or battling a blemish, I've got a skin care hack for you.
Tip #1: Blot benzoyl peroxide cream up to 10% onto blemishes for up to 6 days to reduce the inflammation.
Tip #2: Apply Visine to blemishes to reduce redness - the same way it works for your eyes!
Tip #3: Take a thin towel, cover an ice cube then dip the towel in tea tree oil and apply to blemish for 3 minutes. The cold will reduce inflammation while the tea tree oil dehydrates the blemish, killing the bacteria.
Tip #1: Brew two green tea bags, let them cool and then place them over your closed eyes for 10 minutes in the morning. This caffeine from the tea will tighten the skin tissue and reduce swelling.
Tip #2: Sleep with your head elevated. This will allow gravity drain the extra fluid underneath your eyes that can build up and cause swelling.
Tip #1: Apply a daily moisturizer with an SPF of 30 to reduce sun damage to the very susceptible skin underneath your eyes.
Tip #2: Use facial products will the ingredient “Retinol” on your face. This Vitamin A derivative will help moisten and repair deep lines in the skin. (Visha Skin Care's Advanced Correcting Serumin conjunction withBright Eye Boosteris the perfect combo!)
Tip #3: Hold a damp washcloth underneath your eyes for a few minutes, then pat on a lightweight moisturizer. This will keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
Tip #4: Always keep a pair of sunglasses handy and try to avoid squinting as much as possible. You can also opt for Botox which will help tighten skin and reduce visibility of wrinkles.
Tip #1: Exfoliate your lips! You can use an all natural scrub, such as Visha Skin Care's Sugar Shrink Body Scrub, on your lips to exfoliate them.
Tip #2: Before you apply toothpaste to your toothbrush use the clean toothbrush on your lips to remove any unwanted dry skin.
Tip #3: Chap stick consists of wax and doesn't penetrate the dry skin, for really chapped lips try using Vaseline instead.
Tip #1: Begin using a weekly face mask that contains anti-inflammatory ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, green tea or aloe.
Tip #2: First, take an antihistamine then, soak a washcloth in a glass of milk and ice cubes then press it onto blotchy red areas. The cold temperature, pH level and protein in the milk will relieve blotchiness.
Tip #3: If you are not allergic to flowers, break open an Evening Primrose Oil capsule and gently rub it over red areas.
Tip #4: Visha Skin Care's Bump to Baby when massaged into the skin every night, helps reduce redness and prevent the formation of the cracks both on the surface and under the epidermal layer.
- Dr. Visha Board Certified Dermatologist, Mohs and Cosmetic Surgeon, UT Professor and Creator of Visha Skin Care
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Dr. Patel discusses the importance of wearing sunscreen in She Knows " Your Skin Shouldn't Be The Only Skin You're Checking for Cancer."
Sunscreen is necessary in all types of weather because the damaging UV rays can break through the clouds. "It may not feel the same as a bright and sunny summer day, but always apply sunscreen to any exposed skin when leaving the house," says Dr. Purvisha Patel, owner and dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Associates.