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If there ever was a lazy way to clear skin, this is it

7 little habits that are wrecking your skin

If there ever was a lazy way to clear skin, this is it

Sleep your way to acne-free skin.

If you’re suffering from acne, chances are you’ve been given a whole load of advice about the type of skincare to buy or what to eat — or not eat. However, this trick is as easy as falling asleep. But it isn’t just about getting more sleep, it’s about sleeping correctly.

How does sleep affect my skin?

To see how sleep plays a role in strengthening skin, we should look at what happens when you don’t get enough of it. Sleep deprivation often results in impaired function the next day causing us to stress over work or school. You should be getting at least seven hours of sleep every night. Every hour you lose increases psychological stress by 14 percent. It’s well known that the plasmatic cortisol is increased during stress, which is leading to the exacerbation of acne.

So how can I sleep better? 

Studies done on people who regularly get seven to eight hours of sleep per night have shown that participants have better immune systems and suffer less inflammation. When you sleep, your body produces compounds called cytokines, which help your immune system fight inflammation and infection.

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It’s also important to know when to sleep. Your body is at its most regenerative between 11pm – 3am. So even if you’re a bit of a nocturnal creature, staying up late into the night and making up for it in the day, your skin is unable to regenerate at its optimal levels.

But I just can’t get to sleep early.

One thing to stop immediately is checking Instagram or Snapchat in bed. In fact, you should make it a point to cut out electronics at least half an hour before your bedtime. Your body naturally responds to sunlight to set sleep patterns, and the blue light from your gadgets disrupts this environmental cue.

Other common mistakes people tend to make is drinking caffeine and having too much sugar too close to bed time. Both ingredients give you energy, which is the last thing you need when trying to wind down. Cut out caffeine and sugar intake at least four to six hours before sleeping.

And if you still need a little extra something, create a relaxing environment by diffusing a lavender scent in your bedroom to help lull you to sleep.

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