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Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Get your Beauty Sleep for beautiful skin!
Now Playing: Get your Beauty Sleep for beautiful skin!

You know how important good nutrition and exercise are for your health and beauty, but do you know sleep is crucial too? When you sleep, you are getting more than rest. Sleep researchers say “During sleeping, your body is healing and repairing itself!” For this reason, dermatologists normally suggest using your most "active" skin creams before going to bed. To avoid puffy, bloodshot eyes, dark under-eye circles and a pale washed-out complexion as well as for peak alertness and energy, experts say you need about eight hours of sleep a night.

Here are some tips to help you get the sleep you need:

Exercise every day. Even 20 minutes of walking can help keep stress hormones from interfering with your sleep.

Avoid large meals just before bedtime. An active digestive system can disrupt your sleep.

Minimize light, noise and extreme changes in temperature; your bedroom should be comfortably cool for you to rest well during sleeping.

Don't read, watch television or work in bed. Use the bed only to sleep. This helps to prevent you from developing sleep disorders.

Avoid caffeine, nicotine or other stimulants within four hours of bedtime.

Keep a relaxed mind before sleeping. Avoid thinking about work or business. Problems are endless, there will always be a tomorrow to solve your problems. An overactive brain will keep you tossing and turning in bed instead of getting quality sleep. Losing sleep isn't going to solve your problem.

Posted by groomurself at 8:19 PM EDT
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Enjoy the sun but protect your skin!
Now Playing: Enjoy the sun but protect your skin!
Topic: mensgrooming

When we're outdoors, we all know we need to protect our skin from the sun's harmful rays. Of course, it's impossible to avoid the sun especially in Singapore's sunny weather. No one wants to stay hidden indoors all day when it feels so great to get outside and be active. And the sun is not all bad as sunlight helps our bodies create Vitamin D. So follow these tips when you're outdoors to help protect your skin from the sun:

Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, even if it's cloudy or you don't plan on spending a lot of time outdoors. If you swim or plan to stay outside, reapply sunscreen (even if the sunscreen is waterproof) every 2 to 3 hours.

Choose a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Look products with "broad spectum protection" or UVA protection in addition to the SPF of 15 or greater. Select a sunscreen that has "nonacnegenic" or "noncomedogenic" on the label to help keep pores clear.

The sun's rays are strongest between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, so please ensure that you reapply sunscreen often and take occasional breaks indoors if you can. If your shadow is longer than you are tall, then it's a safer time to be in the sun (you should still wear sunscreen).

Apply more sunscreen (with higher SPF) when you're around reflective surfaces like water, snow, or ice.

It's a common fact that sun can damage skin, but did you know it can contribute to eye problems too? Protect your face and eyes with a hat/cap and sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection.

Some medications, such as prescription acne medications or birth control pills, can increase your sensitivity towards the sun. Do increase your sun protection when you are on medications.

If you want the glow of a tan, try faking it with bronzer or salon tanning treatments. Avoid tanning beds, some still use harmful UVA rays.

Posted by groomurself at 8:05 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 8:33 PM EDT

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