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May 2018

How to Get Your Beauty Sleep 500 337 Facercise

How to Get Your Beauty Sleep

facial exercisesBeauty sleep is critical, but the position we sleep in is even more important. Sleeping in the wrong position can derail the results of your facial exercises and cause those deep creases many call “sleep lines.” I also causes back pain and saggy breasts.  Even if you use the softest pillow you can find, it puts pressure on your face and results in a pattern of lines that shows exactly how you sleep.

If you want to preserve your youthful good looks and overall health, it’s essential to sleep on your back. It prevents those nasty “sleep” lines from forming around your eyes, sides of your face and nasolabial folds.

Sleeping on your back also helps you maintain facial symmetry. As we age, our skeletal structure shrinks and we lose the fat in our faces. Look at a picture of yourself when you were in your 20s wearing large earrings and then another photo of yourself in your 40s with large earrings. You will notice that your face is smaller in the photo taken in your 40s. Sleeping on your back is can help keep your face symmetrical and protect the results you work so hard to attain with facial exercises.

Sleeping on your back is also the best way for your head, neck and spine to maintain a neutral position. This is essential for those who have suffered back injuries and helps prevent future problems.

Last but not least, sleeping on your back helps avoid those chest wrinkles that are so difficult to get rid of and helps you maintain perky breasts. Sleeping on your stomach or side causes those unsightly creases and puts weight on your breast tissue, which contributes to sagginess over time. When you sleep on your back, your breasts are fully supported, which actually helps prevent that dreaded sagginess.

If you’re having trouble falling asleep this way, put a pillow under your knees and hug another to your chest. It is psychologically the same as if you were sleeping in the fetal position on your side. You can also practice by lying in bed for 15 minutes or so, on your back to develop muscle memory in that position. Just like we do our facial exercises to train our muscles, we can train our bodies for healthier sleep.

 

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5 Ways to Prevent Age Spots & Hyperpigmentation 400 320 Facercise

5 Ways to Prevent Age Spots & Hyperpigmentation

hyperpigmentationAge spots and hyperpigmentation can be hard to get rid of. These dark splotches appear in the most obvious places—our face, neck, hands, you name it! They’re a major sign of aging and sun damage and can grow worse with continued exposure to the sun and other elements. While treatments do exist to remove them, prevention is a much better route.

Here are five ways to prevent age spots and hyperpigmentation.

1. Avoid the Sun

One of the most obvious ways to prevent sun damage and discoloration is to stay out of the sun. Its powerful UV rays are at their most dangerous between 10 am and 4 pm, so make sure to avoid exposure during those hours. If you do head outdoors, wear a hat, sunglasses, long pants and sleeves with built-in SPF protection.

2. UV Protection

Wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater every single day, rain or shine. Use it on your face, hands and entire body. Apply it 20 minutes before you head outside so that your skin has time to absorb it. If you do plan to spend time outdoors, re-apply every hour or so. Our Protective Sunblock SPF 30 provides effective protection that melts into the skin.

3. Eat an Antioxidant-Rich Diet

Antioxidants help protect against damage from the sun and free radicals. Foods that contain lycopene and beta-carotene specifically act as an internal sunscreen, fighting damage from within. Excellent antioxidant sources include fresh, colorful fruits and green leafy vegetables.

4. Protect with Vitamin C

Research shows that vitamin C protects against sun damage and can even repair discoloration. Eat foods loaded with it and apply a topical product, such as my High Density C Serum.

5. Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliating helps break apart pigmented cells so that they don’t grow darker. Use a gentle product and consult with a dermatologist or esthetician to determine how many times a week is necessary. Regular use of a retinol product like my Retinol Skin Conditioner is an excellent way to keep skin exfoliated and promote cell turnover.

Visit this link for information on treating age spots and hyperpigmentation.