Beauty (and we can’t stress this enough) sleep is not a myth! We even have science to back it up. Poor sleeping habits are associated with increased signs of ageing, your skin being less able to protect itself and overall lower skin quality. But lucky for us we can prevent it all by simply sleeping. Of course, other things come into play, like your skin care ritual, but at the foundation of it all is sleep. Still not convinced? We’ve put together the top five reasons why sleep is your skin care saviour.
1. More sleep = calm skin
Waking up tired isn’t the only thing that happens when you don’t get enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, stress hormone ‘cortisol’ doesn’t function properly when you don’t get adequate sleep. When cortisol is triggered, it encourages inflammation in the skin which can aggravate sensitive skin issues like psoriasis and eczema. If you have these skin concerns or even have sensitive/dry skin, getting in a full night’s sleep can help calm down any flare ups. Before bed, apply a soothing cream like our Calendula Cream to the irritated areas to help comfort and soothe the skin and further support the skin calming benefits of sleep.
If you have skin prone to irritation, sleep and skin care is half of it. The fabric you sleep on every night plays a big part too. You want to sleep on something naturally hypoallergenic, like silk. The long, smooth fibres found in silk will cause less irritation to the body and face than other fabrics. Gingerlily’s silk bed linens are made from 100% Mulberry silk so your skin will be fully comforted when you sleep – the best bed sheets for sensitive skin.
2. More sleep = overnight skin repair
When you’re on top of your sleep game, you’ll see it in your skin first. During the day, your skin is in defence mode. When you’re out and about, without realising it, your skin is being bombarded with environmental aggressors, whether it’s from the polluted air or the sun’s UV rays. When nighttime comes, it’s the time where your body and skin naturally repairs itself though sleep. Lack of sleep means that you’re not allowing your skin to go into recovery mode. The result is waking up with dull, tired looking and aged skin. Before you hit the hay, give your skin a good head start with a night skin care ritual that consists of; cleanser, essence, serum, eye cream and firming night cream. Always cleanse before bed, and don’t be lazy with it. A double cleanse method will make sure you unplug your pores of the day’s gunk. Start with a cleansing oil such the Nourishing Cleansing Oil and follow up with a gel cleanser such as our Nutri-Define Supreme Cleansing Foam.
3. More sleep = more youthful skin
More youthful skin is also part of the skin repair process that happens when you sleep. Earlier, we talked about the stress hormone cortisol and how it triggers inflammation in the skin if you don’t get enough shuteye. Well, another thing it does is contribute to signs of ageing like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. More sleep = lower cortisol levels = skin repair = more youthful skin. As you sleep. As those cortisol levels lower, adding a supercharged serum like our Nutri-Define Supreme Rejuvenating Serum will help firm and reduce the appearance of all signs of ageing for a luminous and youthful look.
You don’t want to ruin all the work your sleep and skin care products do by sleeping on materials that may have negative effects on your complexion. The average person will sleep for 229,961 hours of their life, basically one third of it. So, your sleeping environment is a contributing factor to the state of your skin. Gingerlily’s silk pillowcases are recommended by leading dermatologists as an anti-ageing tool and the best pillowcase for skin. The inherently smooth properties of silk help to deter facial creasing, which can cause wrinkles and premature signs of ageing.
4. More sleep = less dark under-eye circles
When you’re getting enough sleep, everything in your body works as it should. Naturally sleep induced dark circles under your eyes will fade away as your body’s cells are regenerating at full capacity. When somebody asks what your secret is to bright eyes, you can say ‘sleep’. If you use our Nutri-Define Supreme Eye Contour Balm, it can get some credit too. Featuring our Advanced Biosome6 encapsulation of Spilanthes Flower extract, Horseradish Root extract and Jurlique Botanical Blend, your under eyes will look more lifted and toned.
5. More sleep = hydrated, glowy skin
In slumber, your skin rehydrates itself. Which means the more hours you stay awake, the more dehydrated your skin gets. Your skin’s pH levels also come into play here, as a pH imbalance in your skin leads to drier skin. As you sleep and naturally sweat, your skin is rebalancing and recovering your pH and hydration levels. In those winter months, using a silk pillow case ensures that none of that moisture and hydration will be drawn out from your skin which is usually the case when you sleep on cotton. Any serums or creams you have applied stay on overnight to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Sleeping as a skin benefit may sound dated. But it’s one of the cheapest and most effective skin care saviours. Shop our Aromatherapy range for essential oils that enhance your sleep.
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