Sleep: Are You Getting Enough – More Magazine Spring 2007
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Sleep: Are You Getting Enough – More Magazine Spring 2007

TIME IN A BOTTLE?

It’s bad enough to feel fatigued – do you really have to look wiped out too?

The short answer is yes.  “Skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body,” says dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett of DLK on Avenue, a dermatology clinic in Toronto.  “Your skin reveals your overall health.  And your skin cells do regenerate when you sleep.”  So a chronic lack of shut-eye may leave you wanting to shut your own eyes as you pass the mirror.

Still, if you are getting some sleep, is there any way to make the most of this whole cell-regeneration thing?

Yes…and no, according to Kellett.  “There are good, reliable studies showing that any products are better at night than during the day.”  The best defence she says, is to practice good general skin care.  After all, the more damage you can repair by yourself by day, the more your body can address your other facial concerns by night.  For example, vitamin C is a strong antioxidant, she explains, and can help get rid of complexion-killing free radicals.  Vitamin A, meanwhile, has been proven to reduce photo-aging – those pesky brown spots you didn’t know you were creating back in your tanning years.

But Kellett’s best advice for saving face?  Sunscreen.  “Everyone should be wearing at least a 30 SPF daily all year,” she states.  “We all have to take measures to protect our skin from the sun.”

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