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Six Ways To Get Pretty While You Sleep

newbeauty logoOriginal Article by Anna K. Fryxell. Your skin goes through a lot during the day. We unknowingly touch it with our fingers constantly and leave behind dirt, oil and bacteria. On top of that, it’s exposed to the sun, pollution and other factors that can cause damage. All of these combined are a perfect recipe for breakouts and signs of aging like wrinkles. That’s why the break your skin gets while you sleep is so important. [Source: NewBeauty.com]

Follow these tips to make sure you wake up with gorgeous skin every day.

1. Get enough sleep

This one seems like a no-brainer, but there are still so many that don’t get enough shut-eye. Sleep is especially important because it gives your skin time to recharge. If you don’t get enough sleep, there are both short and long-term consequences. “Short term effects can be seen immediately [with] under eye bags, dark circles and sensitive skin, says Smithtown, NY, dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD. “These usually go away when the appropriate number of hours of sleep has been met. If someone is constantly not getting enough sleep, it can lead to inflammation and acceleration in aging, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles and even acne.”

Additionally, when you don’t get enough sleep you yawn more. “When you yawn, your eyes tear up and fluid pools in the eye area causing puffiness,” says celebrity aesthetician Renée Rouleau.

2. Avoid salty food three to four hours before bedtime

“Foods that are high in salt lead to dehydration, which is what you want to avoid for your skin while asleep, says Dr. Peredo. “Salty foods can cause a fluid shift, which results in puffy eyes.”

3. Sleep on your back

“Sleeping with your face directly touching your pillow often leads to lines and creases in the skin, which can become permanent,” says Dr. Peredo.

While you’re at it, keep your head elevated with at least two stacked pillows to prevent under-eye puffiness. “Gravity has to be leveled to avoid puffiness so that fluids are distributed everywhere, not just to one given area,” says Dr. Peredo.

4. Give your skin a final wipe after you cleanse

Cleansing is an absolute must, but to avoid having a little bit of makeup left over, do the following: After you rinse off your cleanser, do a final swipe over the skin with a wipe or soft, damp washcloth. “The physical sweep over the skin makes sure that makeup is off,” says Rouleau. “This will give your skin a clean slate to absorb the reparative ingredients that you’re going to use.”

5. Use a good moisturizer for your skin type

Many forgo moisturizer at night because they want to let their skin “breathe,” but that’s actually a misconception. “The concept of your skin breathing is actually incorrect, there are no respiratory systems in your skin,” says Rouleau. “Your skin is like a fish and needs water to live. Without enough moisture, the skin cells dehydrate and skin produces extra oil to compensate causing wrinkles and acne.”

When looking for a moisturizer, choose one that doesn’t contain sunscreen. “The main goal of sunscreen is to protect skin from UV light, but non-sunscreen moisturizers will typically have a higher concentration of skin-benefitting ingredients.”

6. Use an eye cream

If there’s any time of day when you absolutely should wear an eye cream, it’s at night. “They work better at night because you’re not wearing makeup,” says Rouleau. That said, be careful not to put them too close to your lash line because your lashes can pick it up and deposit it into the eye, which causes puffiness. We like Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream($99) or Renée Rouleau Firming Eye Therapy ($42).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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