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How to get the Best Beauty Sleep

How to get the Best Beauty Sleep

For the sake of SEO, we’ll call this use of sleep for healthy skin “Beauty Sleep”. The goal of beauty sleep isn’t to be as pretty as possible, but rather to be taking the best care of yourself. 

When it comes to your healthy beauty routine, sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. Your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze, and that leads to a long list of benefits for your largest organ. The key is to get enough shut-eye, 7-9 quality hours each night.

Sleeping Beauty

Benefits of getting Beauty Sleep

Fewer Wrinkles

I may not be pro-fillers, but I am pro-preventative aging the natural way. Skin regenerates collagen when you sleep, which prevents sagging. “That’s part of the repair process,” says Patricia Wexler, MD, a dermatologist in New York. More collagen means skin is plumper and less likely to wrinkle.

Only getting 5 hours a night can lead to twice as many fine lines as sleeping 7 would. It also leaves skin drier, which can make lines more visible.

Glowing Skin

Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you snooze, which means you wake to a healthy glow. Skimp on sleep, and your complexion can look drab and ashen.

Healthier, Fuller Hair

Hair loss, breakage, damage, and even growth can all be affected by lack of sleep. Hair follicles (where hair growth begins) gain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from blood flow. Since blood flow decreases when we’re short on shut-eye, hair gets less food, weakens, and has difficulty growing.  

Lack of Zzz’s can also lead to more stress. Stress causes an increase in the hormone cortisol, which can cause you to lose hair. 

Happier, Healthier Appearance

Being short on sleep can cause the corners of your mouth to droop, making you look sadder than you do after a good night’s rest. And no one makes ME look sad without me wanting to be!

How to make the most of your Beauty Rest

Babe snuggling a boston terrier

How to get the best Beauty Sleep

Hydrate as you hibernate

Downing pints of water before bed may add to disturbed sleep (all those nighttime toilet trips), but eating your water won’t. Structured water in veggies and nuts release hydration slowly. Try swapping the salty processed snacks for these instead. Your skin will thank you for it. And remember to avoid caffeine and alcohol (which are diuretic)!

Slip on a silk eye mask

The main purpose of an eye mask is to block out the light and encourage sleepy time. But they can also help your skin stay crease-free by helping to prevent the pillow from being pushed into your face. Skin-loving silk versions can also soothe skin, help to lock in moisture and prevent visible dehydration. Did someone say ‘beauty sleep’?

Ditch the distractions

We ALL check our mobiles after lights-off, but try and avoid screens in bed as the luminosity can strain your eyes, escalate ‘phone face’ and stimulate the hormones that keep you awake. If your thoughts are racing with tomorrow’s to-do list, release them from your mind by putting them on paper. Jotting them in a notebook to deal with in the morning may be old school, but it works.

If you must ABSOLUTELY check your screens after getting in bed, at least use the night-mode settings which reduce blue light.

Moisturize

Your skin is renewing itself while you sleep. Give it a boost by providing it with lots of moisture before bed. For added moisture, try using a mask instead of a lotion or cream.

 

 

Getting Beauty Sleep


  • Toyas Tales

    You are so right about the benefits of sleeping. unfortunately, I suffer from insomnia (side effect of another health issue) and have a hard time get as much sleep as my body needs on a regular basis. I try my best to destress before bed as much as possible in order to at least get a few hours of sleep but my brain is constantly going so it take a while to wind down.

    LaToya

    http://www.toyastales.blogspot.com

  • Loved this post! Sleeping really is so important and has loads of benefits. It’s funny how we used to not want to go bed as children and now there’s nothing more valuable than sleep haha. Loved the photography you used in this post, you look stunning as always babe!
    xx Elena
    http://www.elenazahir.com

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