Health & beauty solutions for the slumber-challenged.

Chances are good that if you’re living with pain, you’re losing precious shut-eye. A recent survey of 400 chronic pain patients in Brazil found that 93 percent reported disturbed sleep, from insomnia to apnea. And you already know that sleep deprivation is a direct hit on your looks.

Your overall health is reflected in the luster of your skin, says David Leffell, M.D., professor of dermatology at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut. Since nighttime is when the body repairs and rejuvenates itself, fatigue can cause puffy, dull, dry, and lackluster skin.

While you’re working to manage pain and regain a good night’s rest, simple solutions can help, like limiting salty foods (they contribute to puffiness) and considering a new beauty regimen to wake up weary skin and counteract the tell-tale signs of sleep loss.

  • Use a gentle exfoliation (once a week) to help remove dead skin cells. Look for botanical-based facial scrubs.
  • Makeup with light-reflecting particles can help keep skin looking luminous all day.
  • Tired skin is more translucent, so broken blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface look more shadowy. Brighten the eye area and minimize the look of dark shadows.
  • Skin that’s sleep-denied can lack a healthy sheen. Revitalize your face in the morning with a mask.
  • Lack of sleep can make skin appear dry. After washing your face at night, use an emollient cream.
  • Being overtired can cause skin around the eyes to become puffy and slack. Gently apply a de-puffing eye cream with comforting anti-inflammatory botanicals.


Written by Colleen Moriarty, freelance writer in Connecticut
Original published by Pain Solutions Magazine, Fall 2009
Photo Credit: Marti 157900, courtesy of Stock Free Images

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