How to boost your beauty sleep
Updated: Nov 1, 2019
Sleep is a precious commodity and essential for health and emotional wellbeing – but does it also keep you looking great? We've looked at the science of beauty sleep and want to shine a light on how you can use a nightly skin care routine to boost your complexion whilst you rest.
Why do we need sleep?
Every living thing requires sleep in order to repair daily damage and restore energy levels, but humankind has developed a unique ability to delay rest. For some, skipping sleep simply makes more time for work and leisure activities while for others, the luxury of sleep is simply beyond their control and, according to the NHS, as many as one in three experience poor sleep.
How important is sleep to our health?
Studies have shown that skipping sleep could have major consequences for our wellbeing. Good-quality sleep is considered as eight hours’ rest and if we do not routinely meet this target, we could be vulnerable to fatigue, low mood and concentration problems.
How important is sleep for your skin?
Very! Skin regeneration is one of the many reparative processes the body undertakes while we sleep. So to help you maximise your beauty sleep heres a few tips:
1. Create a stress free relaxing environment where you sleep.
Stress can show up on our skin and contributes to premature ageing.
2. Wash away the day with a good powder cleanser.
During the day, dirt and pollutant particles populate the skin pores and if not thoroughly removed, these can leave the skin congested and slow the rate at which skin cells regenerate.
3. This ones is tricky...avoid skin wrinkling sleeping positions.
Those that sleep on their side or front every night can find that over time their pillow etches imprint lines on their skin which can become permanent. Try sleeping on your back and invest in a silk pillow case which you change regularly.
4. Nourish your skin.
Give your skin a topical boost of nutrients by applying an anti-ageing sleep mask at least twice weekly. The essential fatty acids Omega-3,6&9, found in our Hydra-Glow Sleep Mask, are the building blocks of healthy skin and are crucial for keeping the skin barrier hydrated, plump and vibrant.
5. Prep for Menopause
During menopause night sweats can make sleep a hot and flustered experience. To help keep your skin cool, air your bedroom and swap heavy bedding and pyjamas for light organic cotton fabrics that allow the skin to breathe.