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.
Benefits of getting Beauty Sleep
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.
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 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.
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.