Ready to sleep your way to healthier skin?! Well, it turns out that there actually is some science behind the notion of beauty sleep. With the non-stop hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, sleep has become one of the most overlooked forms of self-care - and we’re here to break all bad sleeping habits in the name of healthy skin!
When we aren’t getting enough good quality sleep each night it affects our overall health and wellbeing on so many levels. Primarily, sleep deprivation reduces our body’s ability to effectively detoxify, regenerate and heal itself. We like to think of sleep as a superfood for your brain, body and skin, providing them with essential nourishment so that they can be their best!
So why is sleep so important for the health of our skin?
Supports Healthy Cortisol Levels
We all know that stress is bad for our overall health, but when we overproduce cortisol (our body's stress hormone) our skin can also start to see the effects and become inflamed and agitated. This inflammation can sometimes lead to skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Our cortisol levels are naturally lowered when we’re asleep, so if you aren’t getting enough sleep cortisol will continue to climb.
Our Tip: When it comes to sleep, consistency is key. It’s not enough to get 9 hours of sleep one night and then 4 the next. Establishing a healthy sleeping routine is sometimes all it takes to bring the glow back to your complexion. We recommend creating a sleeping pattern that follows the circadian rhythm (the natural cycle of light and dark).
Repairs and Restores The Skin
Have you ever noticed that after a good night's sleep your skin looks fresher, younger and more radiant? In contrast, when you’re not getting enough sleep it manifests into the skin by making it appear a little lacklustre, puffy and less supple.
Every night when we fall asleep our skin goes into repair mode, removing toxins and repairing skin cells that may have been damaged throughout the day by the sun and other environmental factors. When we’re not getting enough sleep, we don’t give our skin the opportunity to repair itself and we can start to see the impact of this through the appearance of dark circles under our eyes, changes in skin texture, dry skin, and the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.
Our Tip: Give your face an extra boost of moisture before you go to bed by applying a hydrating night cream or moisturiser all over the face and neck. We recommend reaching for our Rejuvenating HY C Serum in your nighttime routine to keep your skin hydrated and supple throughout the night. If you find you’re still waking up with dry and dull-looking skin, you could also try using a humidifier in your bedroom.