It’s getting late and you haven’t ticked off those things on your to-do list or you can’t seem to peel your eyes away from that screen. Do you go to sleep or stay up?
Getting those magic seven-nine hours of sleep each day is important to help our skin and bodies repair and recharge for the next day. It’s just as important as eating healthy or exercising! If you’re burning the candle at both ends, here are the reasons why you should be switching off early, so you can wake up with fresh, glowing skin.
What happens to your body and skin overnight?
The importance of maintaining a radiant complexion is heavily dependent on our sleeping patterns and gives beauty sleep a whole new meaning. While your sleeping your body goes into recovery mode and starts the regenerative process. It removes excess fluids and toxins from the body while increasing the blood flow around your body.
While your sleeping your skin is more receptive to products. You’ll experience moisture loss which is why it’s important to use hydrating products. During this time your skin renewal rate almost doubles and the human growth hormone is also released which aids in strengthening your skin for a youthful appearance. It can also help strengthen your hair and nails too!
Getting enough sleep also helps with your memory, energy, muscle recovery, immune system, appetite, cognitive function, and concentration.
What happens when you don’t get enough sleep?
Your skin often acts as a reflection of what is going on in your body internally. A lack of sleep can have a dramatic effect on your skin’s health. Not giving your skin enough time to repair damage and inflammation can lead to dryness, dullness, dark circles, puffiness and accelerating the aging process meaning more profound lines and wrinkles. Lack of sleep can increase your stress hormones, as cortisol levels naturally fall during sleep. Stress levels can have a profound effect on your body and skin and can lead to inflammation and congestion.
Your Beauty Sleep Checklist
- Make sure you create a wind-down routine to destress before sleep.
- Don’t consume alcohol within 90 minutes of falling asleep. Alcohol will dehydrate your complexion and can affect your ability to fall into a deep sleep.
- Check what you’re sleeping on. Rough sheets and pillowcase materials could also be wreaking havoc on your skin as they cause friction on your skin.
- Ensure you have a night-time beauty routine to help aid your natural repair and renewal process, and to remove all traces of environmental pollutants from the day gone by.
Put down the list or step away from the screen and get your 7-9 hours of beauty sleep for a glowing mind, body and skin.