Are you getting your beauty sleep? What about these other important ways you should be taking care of yourself?

Are you getting your beauty sleep? What about these other important ways you should be taking care of yourself?

The New York Times recently published an article titled: Cheating Ourselves of Sleep by Jane E. Brody. Of course it’s not news that most of us aren’t getting enough sleep. From a health and beauty standpoint, Mona has always been preaching the benefits of sleep. Read more life and beauty enhancing tips from Mona below!

Advances in aesthetic medicine have produced an array of age-defying treatments to counter the visible signs of ageing. Radiofrequency, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, chemical peeling and dermal fillers are minimally invasive treatments which are proven to improve skin health, and along with facial muscle relaxant injections, can give a more youthful appearance. But if you are going to invest in aesthetic treatments you need to take some simple steps to improve your skin health to ensure you get the maximum benefit. Spa treatments aside, here are four super-simple but uber-important things you can and should be doing to improve your skin health and ensure that you get the maximum benefits from those treatments. Easier said than done, we know but something to strive for!

1. Sun protection
While you cannot stop or slow down the intrinsic ageing process, you can protect your skin from the damaging sun’s rays. The latest sun protection creams are moisturizing and less greasy making them easier to use and apply on a daily basis. Daily sun protection is a must.

2. Diet
Diet can also play a big part in keeping your skin looking good. There is no need to adopt stringent diets – in fact, they are not good for your skin, but why not consider adopting some skin boosting super foods into your daily diet?

3. Smoking
Stop smoking – it is a given. Simply stop. Not only does it dull your skin and adversely affect skin health, but all that smoke inhalation accelerates the formation of lines around the mouth.

4. Sleep
Last but not least: Get more sleep! Sleep is important for skin renewal and repair. At night our body releases growth hormones which act as natural anti-ageing hormones for our skin and encourage the production of collagen. By not having enough sleep, we rob our skin of the chance to repair naturally and renew itself as much as possible during the night. The adverse effects from not sleeping enough include dark circles, puffy eye bags, fine lines and wrinkles.