Workout not giving you that extra glow? It may be time to swap a couple of early morning sessions for some extra shut-eye. A 2012 study by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that getting less than six hourssleep can affect energy levels, slow your metabolism and disrupt appetite regulators, all of which could put your exercise routine to waste.
When you sleep, the brain produces a chemical called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is like battery power to your cellular processes, says Georgie Cleeve founder of Oskia (oskiaskincare.com). This has knock-on effects for your looks, too. Not enough sleep means your body produces less ATP, leading to less collagen production and less cell regeneration.
FIX IT: Make rest, recovery and good-quality sleep part of your workout plan (see Sleep yourself fit, on page 64) and watch your performance – and skin – improve.
To cheat skin into waking up, Oskia Get Up & Glow serum (£64.50 for 30ml, spacenk.com) contains nutrients and anti-inflammatories that mimic ATP so skin looks refreshed, even if it does not feel it.
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