Get a good night's sleep - PICTURE - Women's Health & Fitness

4. Erase dark circles and bags

WHY:  To function well, our bodies need about eight hours of sleep every night, and the first visible signs of sleep deprivation usually show as dark circles and bags under the eyes, as well as dull or drawn looking skin. Continuous lack of sleep eventually leads to increased levels of stress hormones in the body, which causes increased inflammation within the skin, leading to accelerated skin ageing and wrinkling.

HOW:  Avoid caffeine for four to six hours before bed (some new research indicates that the best time for coffee is between 2pm and 5pm, when its effect on our circadian rhythms is basically neutral). Also develop a regular bedtime schedule so your body clock is well regulated.

PRO TIP:  Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow – It’s known for its relaxing properties.

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