Our first hint that sleep is synonymous with looking good was probably when Sleeping Beauty dozed for 100 years and awoke even more breathtaking than before. Sleep deprivation is the original Wicked Witch causing a range of unpleasant effects which include irritability, cognitive impairment and depression.
Whereas getting enough sleep is our Fairy Godmother bestowing an array of benefits that include energy, positive attitude and a heartier immune system. And can we talk about its magnificent impact on your appearance?
Sleep fights bags under the eyes and wards off wrinkles, we all know that. But did you know lack of sleep causes weight gain? According to a University of Leeds study the average waistline of those sleeping six hours a night was 1.2 inches larger than those who slept seven to nine hours. Tired and chubby? Not exactly win-win, is it?
Getting a full night’s slumber also allows collagen proteins released during sleep to repair and strengthen damaged skin cells. And you can maximize beauty rest by using a satin or silk pillowcase as those fibers reduce tangling of the hair and minimize friction on the skin. And less friction means slower development of fine lines and wrinkles.
It turns out consuming alcohol before bed both erodes sleep quality and contributes to dehydration, meaning it’s more likely you’ll awaken with puffy eyes. So if you do imbibe we recommend doubling down with a big glass of H2O to counteract those less-than-glamorous effects.
Of course Sleeping Beauty didn’t get a chance to wash her face, but we know going to bed without doing so can clog pores, increase breakouts, irritate the eyes, and restrict your skin’s ability to ‘breathe.’
So the magic spell? Snoozing for seven to nine hours dispels dark circles, wrinkles, and excess weight while encouraging a smoother, lovelier complexion. Hmmmm. Or should I say: Zzzzzzz.
If there’s one step in a beauty routine that’s absolute – it’s washing your face. But there are a few myths about this deceptively simple procedure.
At some point some well meaning soul, Grandma perhaps, told you to wash your face with hot water as it ‘opens your pores and allows for a deeper clean.’ Sorry. That heat is drying and potentially irritating to sensitive skin. You want something just above luke-warm. As Goldilocks so succinctly said: not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
Next: Choose a cleanser suited to your skin type. We are each individual flowers and our petals need personalized attention. The key to removing makeup, dirt and environmental debris is motion and time. Massage cleanser in circular motions into your face for up to a minute. And when using an exfoliant – please, Please, PLEASE scrub gently. The exfoliant itself takes care of the deep cleaning – no need to add brute force.
Now hopefully you haven’t bought into the adage that if hot water opened your pores, cold water will close them. When it’s time to rinse off don’t change the water temperature. But do remember to rinse your whole face because leaving soap debris behind? Leads to breakouts.
When you’re ready to dry that beautiful canvas (after all, your face IS a work of art) do so gently with a clean towel. Rubbing leads to irritation, over stimulation of oil glands and even wrinkles. Adding a toner to your routine will not only remove residues in the water (like chlorine) it also brings skin back to its normal moisture level – so it’s ready (some might even say eager) to absorb your moisturizer.
(And for the ultimate in a cleansing regimen consider the Yon-Ka Eau Micellaire Cleaning Water to remove eye makeup gently and thoroughly – while preventing eyelid infections.)
Just remember no matter how much fun you’ve had – don’t go to sleep without taking a moment to clean and protect your face. So the next time you want to go out and play, you’ll have a lovely complexion on display.
What is synonymous with summer? Block, right? No, not blockbuster – I’m talking sunblock. This time of year it’s more essential than ever to take care of our skin.
‘Wonder Woman’ – arguably this summer’s biggest blockbuster – definitely uses sunblock. (All that skin showing, plus living on an island? She’d be crazy not to.) So let’s take a page from Wonder Woman’s playbook; only while she’s protecting the world we’ll protect our epidermis.
Here are some key tenets to remember:
• Only Broad Spectrum protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
• Experts advise applying sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outdoors so it can bind to your skin otherwise effectiveness is decreased.
• The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a minimum SPF of 15, applying about an ounce to your body, with a nickel-sized dollop applied to your face.
• High-SPF products (more than 50) tempt people to stay in the sun too long but do NOT provide additional protection. The FDA has called these higher value SPF sunscreens “inherently misleading.”
• Experts caution against sunscreens and blocks that include pest repellent – those chemicals can be dangerous to your skin and health.
At the Deep we offer lots of options, depending on your skin type, to keep you safe and ready to enjoy summer sunshine. With moisturizer and without. We also offer a wide assortment of exfoliants for both face and body – because when you exfoliate before basking you insure a lovely, even glow.
And if all of this is just too scary we can help select a self-tan product that recreates the rosy warmth of the sun. Without any risk whatsoever.
Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) declared: “I will fight for those who can not fight for themselves.” I’m pretty sure our skin’s long-term health is exactly what she was talking about.
Our best skin-care lines integrate essential ingredients with cutting edge technology (for example Yon-KA is 98% natural). But we mustn’t forget that while our skin loves botanicals delivered topically – a large part of its care (and feeding) is good nutrition.
I.E. you are what you eat. Choosing the right foods can change your skin for the better. So here are 5 fruits (and a beverage) that deliver serious results.
Water (always a big, dang deal) makes up a large part of our anatomy. The average adult human is 50-65% water, but the percentage of water in infants is much higher, usually around 75-78%. And who has better, sweeter, plumper skin than babies? No one, that’s who. Sooooooo – it follows that drinking lots of water is our number one beauty tip.
Antioxidant-rich berries are rich in Vitamin C, which protects our skin from damaging free radicals and slows down aging. Berries can also help eliminate toxins to keep skin clear. Mangoes get into the act by boosting our immune system with abundant Vitamin A. They can even ward off acne and produce a more even complexion.
Mature skin needs moisture and hydration, which is why you should grab a banana. Those golden beauties are high in potassium, which helps skin appear softer and more youthful.
Citrus added to water or tea can reduce the dark spots left behind by blemishes and also produce more glowing skin. And, following another long standing motto: an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and it’s also a great source of malic acid which helps renew skin cells.
Sure wish there was an acronym to help remember these, but I doubt WBMBCA will roll off the tongue. We could try shifting the order to: WABBMC? Not terrible. Just sounds like a bad case of the hiccups.
Beauty and Skin Deep are practically synonymous. So we’ve kept our eye on the story of Beauty and the Beast during its rise to cultural phenomenon. First came Disney’s 1991 animated ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and this month the live action version smashed box office records and crossed the $400 million mark in less than a week. Proving audiences were ready for a brainy, feminist heroine – much like Emma Watson, the actress who plays Belle.
Emma Watson, a noted advocate for gender equality, requested a few changes from the original. “My Belle is very practical. In the animated movie she wears these little ballet shoes and I knew they had to go,” she said. “If you’re going to ride a horse and tend to your garden and fix machinery, then you need to be in proper boots.”
That same practical influence shows up when Emma selects her makeup. She believes products should be beautiful, highly functional and long lasting.
Which is why Emma’s long been a fan of Jane Iredale products. Emma shared, “Finding a good, natural eyeliner took me like, six months, but I found one! Jane Iredale does an amazing liquid eyeliner and she has one in a dark brown, which I prefer to black on my skin tone. The Jane Iredale Clear Brow Gel is also very good.”
We’re thrilled to now offer Jane Iredale Natural Mineral Cosmetics – The Skincare Makeup here at the Deep and we’re not surprised it’s developing lots and lots of new fans quite quickly. Long time loyal followers of the line are also happy to know they can now conveniently find the line at Skin Deep as well. Stay tuned for our Premiere Launch Event for Jane Iredale in May!