Beauty Resolution: Just One for Better Brain, Better Figure, Better Skin

by Janine on 2 January 2013 · 17 comments

Breakfast at Tiffany's stillAnyone thinking about resolutions right now? You know, the quitting-smoking, getting-fit, saving-money, improving-punctuality kind? What about beauty resolutions? I know, they seem a bit frivolous next to efforts to better health and finances, but any habit change that makes us feel more confident is a good thing. Not frivolous at all. And probably easier to check off your success list than a couple of those biggies.

I don’t usually make resolutions, but this year I have. And it’s kind of a biggie, actually. I need to sleep more. I average about four, maybe five hours a night; I’m now aiming for seven or eight hours. And if you’ve been regularly skimping on sleep like I have, perhaps my reasons for making this resolution will strike a chord with you, too:

1) A good night’s sleep helps the brain function more efficiently. (“Well, duh,” says Staff. Always so helpful.)

2) Sleep keeps cortisol under control. That’s the stress hormone that demands comfort food in an attempt to sedate a body in need of the snooze time it isn’t getting. My cortisol likes junky carbs, wings and pizza, knows the number for Pizza Pizza, and is no friend of Jenny Craig. Oops. With better sleep, better food choices will be easier — I won’t be cortisol’s bitch.

3) More sleep should yield enough energy for working out. A regular exercise schedule is tricky at the best of times for most of us. It’s an impossibility for the chronically sleep deficient.

sleeping-baby4) Sleep really is recovery time for the body and definitely for skin. At my age, a nightly eight hours of sleep can replace the hydrating face mask + face mist + hydrating serum x 2 + hydrating moisturizer + BB cream + concealer + tinted cheek balm + shimmery champagne eye pencil I have to use to fake a rested complexion and bright eyes.

5) Good sleep and good mood often go hand in hand. Lucky for Staff I’m almost never cantankerous. But of course the possibility of short temper increases somewhat with a sleep shortage. As well, crankiness from a usually pathalogically patient person is a bit of a shock for most people, including the usually patient person herself.

In addition to the above, according to an 2010 experiment carried out at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, proper sleep really does make you look more attractive to others. That’s a nice self-confidence boost. Seems like sleep is the gift that keeps on giving.

Changing my sleeping habits is going to be a process — I can’t suddenly up and go to bed at, say, 10 pm. But that’s material for another story.

How much sleep do you get per night? Have you made any resolutions, beauty or otherwise?

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Lindsay 2 January 2013 at 8:59 pm

GET TO BED, YOU.

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Janine 2 January 2013 at 9:06 pm

It’s only 9 pm! (If it were midnight, I’d probably say it’s only midnight. But at least I’d consider it…)

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Cranky B. Pants 3 January 2013 at 10:06 am

Sounds reasonable to me – the 9 p.m., I mean. I’m a HUGE fan of the 9 p.m.-head-towards-bed because I have a PVR. Maybe you need a peever to catch what you think you might be missing by staying awake? Just me? Hmm…

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Janine 3 January 2013 at 6:32 pm

9 pm?? Geez! I actually don’t watch much television that requires PVR-ing. I tend to keep the movie channel on while I type away on my laptop. Perhaps I need a TV in my bedroom?

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Karen (www.healthandswellness.com) 2 January 2013 at 9:14 pm

More zzz’s = less reliance on Red Bull, etc. Just saying’.

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Janine 2 January 2013 at 9:22 pm

*grin* I’d originally included mention of my Sugarfree Red Bull appreciation in the post, but cut it out because the piece was getting too long. I’m unlikely to give it up entirely, but I certainly won’t rely on it the way I have before now. :-)

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Ingrie 3 January 2013 at 1:02 am

I literally wrote down ‘get more sleep’ as resolution number 3 on my own list at, er, 2:30 am last night. And seeing what time it is now, I’m not off to the greatest start but I’m committed to trying! Lights out, ladies!

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Janine 3 January 2013 at 6:33 pm

*giggle* LOVE that you added it to your list at a suspect hour!

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Kelly G. 3 January 2013 at 8:35 am

Oh I like that. Basic, hopefully easier to achieve than a complete diet overhaul.
But tell me about this shimmery champagne eye pencil. Which brand and where do I apply it?

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Janine 3 January 2013 at 6:50 pm

There’s no way I could manage a complete diet overhaul when I’m cortisol’s bitch, KG. Turns out sleep is, for me, a many-birds-with-one-stone resolution!

Tickled that you want to know about the shimmery pencil! Right now I’m using NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Hollywoodland. I start at the inner corners of my eyes and line about halfway out along my lower water- and lashline. Makes my eyes look brighter and more awake!

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Kelly G. 4 January 2013 at 1:26 pm

Waterline means inside the eye, right?

What if you wear contact lenses? I don’t think I can do this. (Damn. And I need the brightening/awakening….)

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Janine 4 January 2013 at 1:29 pm

You can skip the waterline part — just use a similar shadow or pencil at the inner corners of your eyes and extend it along the lower lashline, letting it trail off about a third of the way across. :-)

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Would You Rather 7 February 2013 at 7:26 am

I’ve been battling with trying to get the right amount of sleep. I’ve more or less worked out that I get ill if I don’t get enough/good sleep. I don’t think the length matters as much as the quality to be honest.

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Janine 8 February 2013 at 7:54 pm

Quality is certainly a big part of whatever sleep we get. And as I get older (gah!), I realize the more good-quality sleep I get (six hours plus), the better things are. Still a work in progress, but at least I’ve started!

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