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JUL 2018

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5 . 6 . S t r e s s l e s s . M o v e m o r e . dayspamagazine.com/freeinfo [ 22 ] • # dayspamagazine • july 2018 skin savers 5. G e t y o u r b e a u t y s l e e p . As Snyder points out, "After just one late night, we start exhibiting haggard-looking skin, red and puff y eyes, and dark circles—these eff ects indicate adrenal exhaustion." The adrenal glands, located just above our kidneys, are responsible for producing and releasing powerful hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and aldosterone. "Higher cortisol levels may lead to acne, psoriasis and rosacea fl ares; alopecia (hair loss); and eczema," says Rivas. "Elevated cortisol also causes blood sugar levels to increase, triggering glycation, a process that can break down collagen." Perhaps in no other aspect of health is the concept of "cycles" more important than during slumber. "Nature tells us how to live in rhythm, and that includes when to sleep," says SpaRitual founder Shel Pink, Los Angeles- based author of Slow Beauty: Rituals and Recipes to Nourish the Body and Feed the Soul (Running Press, 2017). "At one time, we all used to sleep and rise with the sun." Since that schedule is rarely practical anymore, Pink instead suggests simply being consistent with sleeping and waking times. "Dim the lights in the evening, and upon waking, go outside and get natural light into your eyes to jumpstart your system," she adds. Sleep experts also recommend turning off or putting away all mobile devices at least an hour before bedtime, since the blue light they emit tricks our brains into thinking it's daytime. 6. S t r e s s l e s s . Similar to a lack of sleep, excessive angst spurs potentially destructive hormones into action. "When you're under a lot of stress, your body releases more cortisol," says Rivas. This can lead to all the aforementioned skin issues, including collagen breakdown. "The skin loses elasticity and becomes saggy," she notes. Even its ability to hold onto water is compromised. The result: age spots, sunken eyes, wrinkles and a duller complexion overall. Stress also contributes to sleep disturbances, leaving the skin caught up in a vicious cycle. The best way to break that cycle is with techniques such as meditation ("which also helps relax facial muscles," reminds Pink), mindfulness, yoga and tai chi. 7 . M o v e m o r e . Physical activity can do wonders for the complexion. "The increased blood fl ow from exercise delivers vital nutrients and oxygen to skin cells," notes Rivas. In fact, a study led by researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, suggested exercise may slow or even reverse skin aging. Ultimately, every lifestyle choice, from nutrition and hydration to workouts and relaxation, has the potential to boost overall health, as well as the health of the body's largest organ. The good news is that, for the most part, skin is pretty forgiving. As Snyder notes, "You can expect to see more of a general 'glow' in only a few days, once you've consciously shifted toward healthier habits, including consistent physical activity." u © GETTY IMAGES late k in, re d c ts ak h e

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