NOT SNOOZING? YOU MIGHT BE LOSING VITAL BEAUTY SLEEP

When it comes to keeping your overall health, mood and memory in tiptop shape, we’ve long known that if you don’t snooze, you lose. Skipping out on Zzzs can affect your body and mind’s performance from the inside out—and the consequences for your skin are no exception. In fact, they go well beyond the telltale dark circles and sleep creases that fade.

A 2015 study partially sponsored by the Sleep School in London found that missing just two hours of sleep for less than a week can spell serious trouble for your complexion—specifically, an increase in wrinkles, bacteria and blemishes. These findings support a 2013 study by University Hospitals Case Medical Center, which revealed that sleep-deprived women (ages 30 to 49) showed signs of premature skin aging (fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced skin elasticity) and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure.

Whether you’re a man or woman, sleep is essential to good health and good skin. The skin “rests” at night, which means cells undergo repair and turn over slightly faster, helping your face look bright and refreshed. Just because your fall calendar is filling up and back-to-school schedules have you tempted to burn the candle at both ends, try not to let your skin suffer. Check out these tips for getting a good night’s sleep (plus a few tricks to make those precious hours of slumber work harder for your skin).

 How To Maximize Your Beauty Rest

• Remove TVs, electronic devices and digital clocks from the bedroom to create a calm, comfortable environment. (The white noise app can stay.)

• Keep the bed warm and the room cool. Our skin temperature increases during sleep, so skin absorbs products better.

• Apply REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™  Skincare for Expression Lines with peptides and hyaluronic acid three nights a week for four weeks to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and create a more younger-looking you.

• Avoid coffee and alcohol four to six hours before bedtime.

• Reduce puffiness in the a.m. with a dose of caffeine—on the eyes. Steep two black tea bags in hot water for three minutes, then cool in the fridge and apply to eyelids.

• Amp up your daily skincare routine with REDEFINE AMP MD™ Micro-Exfoliating Roller and Night Renewing Eye Serum for firmer-looking skin.

• For daily skincare concerns, select the Regimen that’s right for your skin: UNBLEMISH to treat acne and breakouts; SOOTHE for sensitivity; REVERSE to diminish the appearance of discoloration; and REDEFINE to target aging concerns.

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BORN TO LAUGH? GREAT, NOW SEND THOSE CROW’S FEET ON THE RUN

Are you the first one in the room to crack a big grin when you hear a funny joke? Some people claim that a good sense of humor runs in the family, but new research shows that how you laugh or smile may, in fact, depend on your genetics.

According to a June 2015 study by University of California, Berkeley, our emotional reactivity may be linked to the gene 5-HTTLPR in our DNA. The study suggests that people with short versions of the gene may be more sensitive and show greater genuine reactions to emotional situations. What’s the trick to measuring “real” smiles and laughter? In this case, scientists looked at the muscles around each subject’s eyes that produce “crow’s feet.” Apparently, these telltale eye wrinkles reveal our truest reactions to humor.

While breaking into a huge smile or busting out laughing is bound to make you feel good, you may notice over time that your eye wrinkles are adding up along with those big expressions—and some of the lines stick around even after the funny moment has passed.

So what’s the good news to smile about? When it comes to the aging face, preventing wrinkles is actually far easier, less painful and a lot cheaper than you might imagine. To minimize the appearance of crow’s feet, try REDEFINE ACUTE CARE Skincare for Expression Lines featuring line-defying peptides and hyaluronic acid. Apply three times a week before bed for four weeks to wake up with smoother, younger-looking skin.

Comment below and tell us whether you inherited your funny bone—or your crow’s feet.

MEN’S SKIN AGES AT A DIFFERENT RATE THAN WOMEN’S

Fact. Research shows that female skin actually ages faster than that of their male counterparts.

Researchers, who published their study in the peer-reviewed journal Optics Letters, discovered that women’s skin ages faster than men’s using laser imaging to examine and measure the amount of damage from sun exposure and aging on skin. The culprit of this accelerated aging? Collagen production declines with age in both sexes, but women lose it more rapidly than men. Skin’s suppleness is determined by collagen and elastin—fibers beneath the skin that give it structure and contour—and they are key to maintaining a youthful look. When collagen weakens, our skin loses its firmness, resulting in wrinkles, creases, sagging and more.

But we do have good news! While genes and gender play a role (20 percent) in how we age, the appearance of wrinkles, lines, spots and more can improve with regular use of the right ingredients and formulas. Rodan + Fields’ REDEFINE Regimen was specifically formulated to address the concerns of aging skin with powerful ingredients, like peptides and hyaluronic acid.

So although women technically age faster than men, with the right skincare, they can defend their skin against time and might even end up looking better tomorrow than they did today.

HOW TO USE THE AMP MD ROLLER?

Just like the face, the neck and hands exhibit signs of aging: loss of firmness, increased pore size and visible fine lines and wrinkles. The REDEFINE AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller is non-invasive and clinically proven to safely and effectively improve the appearance of skin firmness. You can use the REDEFINE Regimen and AMP MD System as directed every day. If there is any redness or slight irritation, reduce your rolling time or roll every other day and increase as tolerated.

TAKE THE DARE: EMPOWER YOUR SKIN TO GO MAKEUP-FREE

What do adult women obsess over more than finances, health, family, relationships or professional success? Their appearance. The Real Body Image Survey by the Today Show and AOL found in an online poll of 2,000 women and 200 teenagers, that women spend an average of 55 minutes every day working on their appearance. Their worries range from their stomach (69 percent) to skin (40 percent) to thighs (39 percent) and hair (32 percent). According to the survey, 77 percent of adult women and 80 percent of teen girls have something bad to say about their looks.

With so much importance placed on personal image, it’s no wonder women cover their complexion with layers of foundation and concealer in the quest for flawless skin. But, instead of trying to hide skin concerns under makeup, why not address the cause with effective ingredients and clinically proven technologies and tools?

You can empower your skin and develop the confidence to go makeup-free with Rodan + Fields skincare Regimens, which are designed to address a variety of skin types and concerns—whether it’s wrinkles, lines, dullness, sensitivity or acne.

Start using your Regimen now and you should see better-looking skin by next month!

Once you discover the right Regimen for your skin, you’ll be better equipped to “Go Naked” from the neck up and feel good about embracing your natural glow.

LEARN THE SPOOKY TRUTH ABOUT YOUR SKIN’S BACTERIA

Dermatologists state that cleansing is the most important part of a skincare regimen, but now there’s visual proof. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, recently presented a series of 3-D images that revealed the thousands of microbial communities your skin plays host to every day.

This is the first time that the bacteria and molecules on the skin have been mapped out in such detail. Until now, little has been understood about the skin’s microbial ecosystem, and researchers are hoping future studies will further reveal the skin’s role in health and disease. The map also revealed that every person has a unique skin composition that’s affected by the food they eat, the medicine they take and the personal care products they use.

Seeing the maps lit up with bacteria is a good reminder that our skin can benefit from adding a deep-cleaning treatment to our daily Regimen. To purge pores of dead cells, dirt and debris and minimize breakout-inducing excess bacteria, try UNBLEMISH Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash and UNBLEMISH Dual Intensive Acne Treatment.

WE ALL AGE AT THE SAME RATE

Fiction: Turns out, we all age at different rates. A long-term human health study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences measured the aging rate in young people by studying a panel of 18 biological markers—including blood pressure, immune systems and liver function. Based on the biological markers, the researchers then set a “biological age” for each participant. Although each participant was 38 years old, their “biological age” ranged from 30 to nearly 60 based on their biomarkers.

To discover each participant’s aging pace, scientists compared each participant’s results at 38 to the same measurements taken at ages 26 and 32, and they found that most participants aged one year per chronological year. However, some aged up to three years per year, while others aged at zero years per year—meaning they actually remained younger than their age.

Thankfully, the aging process isn’t all about genetics. Studies have proven that, though 20 percent can be attributed to good genes, the rest has to do with environmental causes, like exposure to the sun’s UV rays. And that’s good news for our skin. The choices we make—whether it’s staying out of the sun or using effective broad spectrum sunscreen formulas, such as REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment and REVERSE Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen—can visibly improve how your skin ages.