When it comes to your beauty routine, sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. Your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze, and that leads to a long list of benefits for your looks. The key is to get enough shut-eye — 7 to 9 quality hours each night.
If you’re getting fewer than 6 hours, it’s likely affecting your appearance, says Michael Breus, PhD, a board-certified sleep specialist. Start getting 1 to 3 more hours of Zzz’s, and you could see some improvement in as little as a day. Keep it up, and within 2 to 3 weeks, people will notice that you’re sleeping better by the way you look.
While drinking more water is no magic bullet, increasing your water intake will have a positive impact on your overall skin health – after all your skin contains 64 percent water.
Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health. Water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even rids the body and skin of toxins. Not everyone will agree that water consumption will improve skin… but it certainly can’t hurt. Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow. Those who suffer from acne have reported the same results.
According to Dr. Yugal Rajput, M.D., it’s best to be all-around proactive to keep your skin hydrated. “Don’t rely on just water intake to keep your skin healthy. A balance of skin care products and water will provide the best results.” Dr. Rajput suggests applying a hydrating moisturizer immediately after showering. “After showering, the skin is still porous and vulnerable to products – allowing for better absorption,” commented Dr. Rajput. As for the water intake, strive for at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated and working properly.