Is Beauty Sleep a thing?
It might sound like a bit of a cliche but is getting your beauty sleep really a thing! Well actually yes, not getting enough of those all important Zzz’s could be dramatically adding to your lines and wrinkles as well as making skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema worse.
When you haven’t had a decent nights sleep your face is the first place to show it. You get puffy eyes, great big bags under them and your lines and wrinkles look deeper than ever. Your complexion looks dull and grey and everyone is more than happy to point it out. Right!
Keep reading to find out why and how to get the best out of a good nights sleep.
So why is sleep so important.
While you sleep your body makes new collagen that keeps your skin strong and elastic. Collagen gives your its youthful appearance.
This is one of the most important things we need to keep our skin looking young and healthy but levels decrease naturally as we age so getting a good nights sleep in is essential to help keep our production levels going.
Increased blood flow
Night creams and serums work! Blood flow increases during the night so products are absorbed more quickly.The inceased blood flow also gives your skin a beautiful glow so the more sleep you get the more your skin will glow!
Whilst we sleep our cells regenerate and renue making a good quality sleep of 7-9 hours per night essential for healthy cellular turnover.
Dehydration plays a massive part in our skins aging process and the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Your body re hydrates while you sleep this means fine lines and wrinkles and dark circles are less visible.
Sleep on your back, if you sleep on your front you are increasing pressure and wrinkle formation.
Skin problems like acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis can flare up if you’re stressed. Sleep is one of the best ways to relax and rest.
This is due to our bodies producing a hormone called cortisol when we are stressed, this has been linked to skin problems like acne and rosacea so it is important to reduce our stress levels to minimize the symptoms of these skin conditions.
The more sleep we get the lower our cortisol levels.
How to get better quality sleep
Banish the blue
If you struggle to get to sleep try avoiding your screens for an hour before you go to bed, the blue light can be really stimulating and make it more difficult for you to drop off.
Bath then bed
As a child it was always “bath then bed” wasn’t it! that’s because a good nighttime routine was always good for us when we were little to help us calm down and prepare our minds for sleep and it doesn’t change when we’re all grown up, we still need that chill out time.
Try a warm bath with lavender oil, I find this a nice way to relax and switch off before bed.
Read a book
Don’t watch TV before bed as it’s too stimulating and will make it harder for you to fall asleep, try reading a book instead.
The good old nightcap is probably best avoided! Although alcohol can make you feel sleepy, it is a stimulant and even if you do fall asleep you won’t have great quality sleep which is what we need for good cell regeneration and collagen production.
Stick to warm milk or a chamomile tea which is naturally relaxing.
When you say you need your beauty sleep, you actually do! The old cliche actually turns out to be a fact! Good quality sleep of between 7 and 9 hours will stimulate collagen production, aid cell regeneration, renual and turnover to keep your skin looking more youthful and wrinkle free.
To get a good nights sleep avoid alcohol and screens before bed and try a calming bath and a warm drink.