A revolution in skin care

Get Eight Hours of Beauty Sleep

Sleep is a wonderful thing. But there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to how much sleep you really need. If you don’t wake naturally without the benefit of an alarm ringing in your ears, you may not be getting enough sleep.  

How much sleep your body needs has to do with your genetics, age, gender, and lifestyle. Insomnia or restlessness is particularly common in women, which is no surprise. Men seem to sleep like babies and fall asleep so easily, while women toss and turn so much more. Hormones play a role too.  

If you don’t get enough sleep, you are at risk of experiencing high blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. It can also greatly affect your mood, making you cranky and irritable. If you’re not careful, you may fall asleep at the wheel!

Consider how much caffeine you consumer and limit yourself to one or two cups per day, and none past 5 pm. You should also set your alarm clock 20 minutes earlier to be sure you awake on time to start your day. Try hot chamomile tea with honey to soothe you before bedtime, and turn off anything with an on/off switch with enough time to spare before your head hits the pillow. 

Of course having a great bedtime routine that allows you to feel relaxed before sleeping is also helpful. That's why we enlist our top bedtime beauty Indulgences to do the trick:

  • L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Crème – A classic that combat dry winter skin ($28 at Sephora.com) 
  • Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes For Oily And Combination Skin – Ideal for sensitive eyes, taking it all off at night is an absolute must ($15.00 on Sephora.com)
  • La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask – The ultimate way to de-stress and soothe her skin ($315 at Saksfifthavenue.com)
  • La Mer Lip Balm – A classic indulgence to avoid cracking and peeling  ($55 at Neimanmarcus.com)
  • Diptyque Black Baies Scented Candle – Subtle red currant undertones will relax you ($85 at Bloomingdales.com)

Your bedtime routine should also include a bed that is inviting with smooth sheets, a warm and cozy duvet, fluffy pillows, soft lighting, and a heavenly mattress. 

Salmon helps leave your skin smooth.

Applying the right products, along with using DERMAFLASH regularly helps keep our skin healthy and young. However beauty tools and serums aren’t the only skin saviors. What you eat makes a huge impact on the way your epidermis looks and feels. You may never stop indulging in those carb cravings, but incorporating these 6 foods into your diet will nourish your body, and help leave your skin be smooth and supple. 

 

1) Tomatoes - Tomatoes really have it all, this is why brands like Yes To have entire product lines based on the fruit. Tomatoes contain lycopene and selenium and are also a good source of protein, which aids in cellular repair. Selenium is an important antioxidant to know about as it works in conjunction with, and actually amps up the benefits of other vitamins. These nutrients work together to help treat major signs of skin wear like sun damage and age spots. 

 

2) Salmon - Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon does the skin a world of good. Adding this fish to your diet will slow the likelihood of fine lines, decrease clogged pores and reduce inflammation. Salmon also plays a role in preserving the firmness of your skin thanks to the high levels of DMAE within. 

 

3) Ahhhh…Chocolate - Contrary to common belief, chocolate isn’t necessarily bad for your skin. Especially chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, a potent antioxidant. A few pieces a day can enhance your skin’s glow and believe it or not, even help hydrate and tighten. If you ask us, this is more enjoyable than going the topical cocoa butter route. 

 

4) Brussels Sprouts - Spinach and kale are typically touted as THE go-to veggies for radiance, but Brussels sprouts are just as beneficial. These mighty sprouts are rich in alpha lipoid acid, one of the strongest anti-aging agents around. This super food fights the appearance of wrinkles and also eases redness and inflammation. Ingesting this cute little powerhouse will help even out skin tone too. 

 

5) Grapefruit - The fruit, in season now, contains vitamin C and antioxidants that fight free radicals. Adding pink grapefruit to your diet aids hydrate and encourages the production of collagen. Eating grapefruit will help your skin glow from the inside out. There are also topical ways to apply grapefruit to fight premature signs of aging. Try Korres Grapefruit Instant Brightening Mask

 

6) Avocado - Fat is not your skins enemy. Avocado is chock full of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids that lock moisture into the surface of your skin. Avocados are high in vitamin E and carotenoids; important antioxidants that can reduce the damage caused by sun exposure and strengthen the skin’s structure. Dewy skin always looks better on a nourished surface.

Yoga is beneficial for skin care

If you’re a devout yoga lover, you may or may not be aware of the beauty benefits yoga provides beyond strengthening your arms, legs, torso, and state of mind. There are exercises you can practice that are specifically meant to tone your face. It might sound silly, but face yoga is designed to increase blood flow and oxygen. It nourishes the face as well as stimulates more production of collagen and elastin deep within the layers of your skin. In less than 10 minutes (just like DERMAFLASH) these exercises will become an integral part of your beauty routine. 

The Smile 

Make an ‘O’ shape with your mouth, while covering your teeth fully with your lips curled in over them. Change the shape into a horizontal line (you can also think of this as smiling) while maintaining that the teeth are still covered. This simple exercise smooth’s cheek lines as well as skin that sags more than you’d like around the mouth. 

The Brow

Raise your arms and touch your fingertips to the center of your forehead. Spread out your fingers evenly between your eyebrows and hairline at the top of your forehead. Sweep your fingers gently outwards while applying some pressure to tighten your skin as you do so. Relax and then continue to repeat for another 9 repetition. This action works to erase any wrinkles in the forehead. 

The Eye

Place both middle fingers into the space between the innermost point of your eyebrow and inner corner of your eye. Creating a “V” shape, place your index finger on the outer most point of the eyebrows. As you press in with your fingers, look up to the sky while also raising your lower eyelids into a squint. After squinting, relax and repeat six times. Finally, squeeze your eyes tightly shut for a total of 10 seconds. This exercise corrects drooping eyelids, crow’s feet and puffiness.

The Neck

Place your fingertips at the base of your neck. Gently pull your fingers downwards as you move your head upward from looking forward to now looking upward towards the sky. Lower your head all the way down to your chest and repeat twice. Now stick out your lower lip as far as possible, pulling the corners of the mouth down as well. Again, pull down on the collarbone while lifting the head and hold for four deep breathes. This giraffe-like movement works to tighten any loose skin or lines on the neck as well as lift skin on the neck and jaw line.   

The Cheeks

Tighten your lips together and act as if you are about to blow air into a balloon, puffing your cheeks out as far as they expand. Hold this position without letting air escape your lips for 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and release. Repeat this three times in order to decrease smile lines around the mouth. 

The longer you continue to perform these facial exercises, the more you will notice those lines and wrinkles begin to decrease. If you don’t believe it, try it out and see how the results measure up. We think you will be more than pleased with the result of a healthy, renewed complexion.