However these systems do slow down quite a bit during sleep and of course our brain has an opportunity to shut off conscious thought as well. All of our muscles can rest from being still during sleep and the brain does not need to process all the images and sounds and other sensations we encounter when we’re awake so it too gets quite a bit of rest during sleep. You might compare the body during sleep to a car that is idling versus one that is running at full speed. An idling car still is working the pistons up and down and pumping oil and so on, but of course there is much less wear and tear on the engine than when the car is speeding down the expressway.
Sleep means more than just a time to rest. When sleeping the body now has time to rejuvenate and renew itself. During sleep dead cells are removed and new cells replace them.
This is true of your skin as well. When the body is asleep any and all rejuvenation for the skin is
likely to happen. Dead skin cells are pulled away while new ones replace them.
When you use skincare products on the face it’s always recommended that you use these at night at the very least because that’s typically when they do the most good. Moisturizers have a chance to penetrate deeply and to be thoroughly absorbed by the skin.
STRESS AND THE SKIN.
Many people believe connection between high levels of stress and unhealthy looking skin. Is this true and if so, how does this work? that there is a high levels of stress cause all sorts of problems for the body. When we are stressed the body turns its attention to the “fight or flight” response, readying itself for a confrontation or for the need to run away. In order to do this it diverts blood and oxygen from other areas of the body and sends these vital nutrients to the important leg muscles so that they can be ready for either response. Many who are under stress report that their fingers get tingly, they experience nausea and headaches, and may get lightheaded and dizzy. All these reactions are because that blood and oxygen is being diverted from the fingers, the digestive system, and even from the face and brain to those leg muscles.
Which means that it’s also being diverted from the skin as well; that important blood and healing oxygen is not being pumped as hard or as often to the skin when we are under stress. This can cause the skin to look pallid and pale and for it to slow down in its healing process.
The body may also react to stress by sending oil glands into overdrive; oil is a natural protective agent for the skin and if the body feels that it is in danger for any reason it may start turning out more oil than before. This may mean clogged pores and acne breakouts. Or it may have the opposite reaction those oil glands don’t get the proper message to produce necessary oil and the skin may dry up. Natural moisture that is normally saved for the face may also be diverted to other systems when under stress so the face becomes dry and flak}7.
And it’s true that for most, when they are under stress they have a tendency to squint, scowl, and frown. This means that the skin is being stretched into those little lines that eventually wear out the elasticity of the skin and cause permanent lines and wrinkles to form.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER.
So to take care of your skin from the inside out, all the basic advice you’ve ever been given should be applied. You need to eat right, drink plenty of fluids, and get adequate amounts of sleep.
But there is one more very important part of skin care that probably has more to do with the skin’s appearance than any of these elements combined, and unfortunately this may be something you’d rather not hear about. Let’s talk about it next.
IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE
How many times throughout the day have you heard about the benefits of exercise? Maybe so many times that you’re just absolutely sick and tired of it by now. If that’s the case then you’re probably not alone. It seems that everywhere and anywhere we go we’re bombarded with messages and images clamoring at us to get up, get out, and get going.
And what does this have to do with skincare? Sure we all by now realize that exercise can give us a thinner physique and better muscle tone, but how does it affect our skin?
THE ROLE OF BLOOD AND OXYGEN.
Obviously we get the nourishment we need from the foods we eat, but have you ever asked yourself how those necessary vitamins, minerals, and amino acids get to all of the cells in your body that need them? We also need oxygen in those cells for them to exist but how does the oxygen get from the lungs to those cells?
The answer is in the blood. Blood travels to every single cell of the body and carries with it all the nourishment those cells need along with vital oxygen.
Makeup of blood.
Blood is made up mostly of wrater but also contains proteins, glucose, mineral ions, hormones, and carbon dioxide. All of these elements are necessary for the health of all the body’s cells and as the blood travels along it feeds all the cells of the body with these things.
The blood actually provides oxygen to the cells of the body as well; red blood cells bind to oxygen
cells and they “piggyback” in the circulatory system, being delivered to all parts of the body as well.
As a cleansing agent.
But blood also plays a vital role in removing pollutants and irritants as well. When the body clears away dead cells and other elements in the body as part of its cleaning process, it’s actually the blood that picks up these things as something of a “garbage collector” during its circulation. Harmful elements are filtered or removed from the body altogether but it’s the blood that actually moves the process along.