Sleep is essential for a person’s health and well-being. Getting enough sleep every night is just as important as nutrition, exercise and stress management. The phrase “Beauty Sleep” is no longer a ploy to convince to you sleep more, it turns out that people who get more sleep, actually look more attractive, healthy and less tired, according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal.
The study occurred in Sweden where 23 healthy adults from ages 18 to 31 were first photographed after eight hours of sleep, wearing no makeup. The same adults were photographed again after sleeping only five hours and being kept awake for a full 31 hours, with the same lighting and camera settings. The photos were then placed in random order and rated by 65 untrained observers.
The findings confirmed that sleep deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive and more tired than well rested people. A lack of sleep can cause dark circles under your eyes and puffiness. While we are always striving to make the best decisions for our health, one easy and necessary measure could be to just go to bed and get a good night’s sleep.
1. Chocolate and greasy foods lead to break outs
FALSE. Foods that are high in iodine can make break outs worse – these include sushi, shellfish and soy sauce. Although eating pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner might be hard on your waistline, it won’t appear on your skin.
2. Dry skin causes wrinkles
FALSE. Wrinkles are caused when collagen breaks down below the surface of the skin. Regular moisturizing can improve the appearance of lines with a temporary pumping effect. Avoid sun exposure and when shopping for a moisturizer look for ingredients like sunscreen and anti-aging antioxidants like Vitamin C. By incorporating the Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing System into your skincare routine you can help increase product absorption and increase the benefits of your serums and moisturizers.
3. Cold water will shrink your pores.
FALSE. Your pore size is like a thumbprint – it’s specific to you and yours for life! While certain products like the Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing System can help minimize the appearance of pores, they cannot change in size no matter how much you try.
Are there other beauty myths you’d like to see busted? Share with us and we will investigate for our next issue of Myth Busters – Beauty Edition!