You’ve probably heard it time and time again – sleep is super important in a healthy lifestyle. But with our crazy busy lives often taking over, sleep isn’t always possible or easy. Fear not! We are here with some easy remedies you can try to focus your energy back on the kind of sleep that will save your skin, because let’s face it, nobody likes feeling (or looking) tired all the time.
We can see it in ourselves and others; a bad night’s sleep might give us dark circles, pale skin, swollen or red eyes, not to mention a bad temper! With repeated nights of insufficient sleep this will only perpetuate over time and lead you to spend more time and money trying to reverse the effects. No amount of creams or serums will hide consistent lack of sleep sis, trust us.
If we are not taking care of our bodies from the inside out, products won’t mask anything for long. The link between skin conditions and lack of sleep can if not checked, become a vicious cycle. Dry skin conditions can interrupt sleep as you move around or itch, perpetuated by increased stress hormones from lack of sleep which just adds to the inflammation, as published by the Clinics in Dermatology journal. Increased inflammation in the body can lead to a multitude of other problems, even including heart attacks; “many people with severe psoriasis actually have an increased risk for heart attacks, which is even more reason to keep stress low and get good quality sleep” – Dr Jessica Krant, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Centre and founder of Art of Dermatology in New York.
Lack of sleep also stunts the natural hydration processes in our bodies, as well as cell repair. These result in puffy skin, bags under the eyes and noticeable signs of ageing. It has even been suggested, according to recent studies, that sleep deprivation is linked to excess snacking and calorie intake. So not only does little sleep affect how we feel and look, but it may affect weight management as well.
When we sleep, blood flow works to repair collagen and hyaluronic acid levels which is where our skin gets its natural translucency and glow. This rest time is vital to recovery as our bodies work to get blood flowing to all affected areas of our skin, boost the healing process and help us to wake up feeling and looking our best.
The Good News…
Often it’s not about the products we use, how many or the amount we spend on them. It’s about doing the best we can for our bodies first and then looking to products to boost that natural beauty we already have.
These tips are specifically to get the kind of sleep that will be kinder to your skin in the morning:
- Cleanse at night with something gentle. Don’t let the dirt and makeup from your day have time to settle. Remove this before you hit the z’s to let your skin breathe.
- Change your pillow. Rough fabrics against your skin for up to nine hours will not help its condition. Silk or satin are far gentler and will not dry your skin as much as linen or cotton.
- Sleep on your back. Like the above, this can protect your skin from exposure to one material for hours on end, on which bacteria may build up.
- Stay in the dark. Sleeping in a space with direct sun exposure in the morning may wake you prematurely and affect your natural sleep pattern. If you’re a napper during the day, same rule applies; stay away from that damaging UV exposure or at least use sunscreen to protect your skin.
- Prop up your head. This will enable better blood flow and reduce risk of pooling. Better circulation should reduce dark circles forming under your eyes and has also been linked to aiding snoring and acid reflux, among other sleep disturbances.
The Bottom Line
Taking as much care of our skin during the night as we do during the day should result in better health and appearance all round. We invest so much time and money into numerous different products to fix a problem, when we can use them to boost our body’s natural ability to avoid or reduce these problems in the first place.
Effective skincare and good health are not mutually exclusive, so it is crucial not only to choose the right products for your skin and routine, but to also take care of your body inside too.