God bless the mothers who always ushered their children off to bed and forced them to get their ‘beauty’ sleep. Perhaps the message was missed by many of the boys. It wasn’t that it didn’t apply to them as they may have thought, but perhaps the message wasn’t marketed for them. Boys being made of ‘snips, snails and puppy dogs’ tails’ and all that.
Sleep matters to everyone
But really sleep does matter to everyone. It means so much more than just as an aid to your beauty efforts. The body heals itself at night during its rest period. The formula though is a little more complicated and exact than just getting some sleep, or even getting the magical eight hours before the alarm goes off the next morning.
Not only do people need sleep, but you also need to get a certain amount of sleep that is determined by your individual needs. To complicate matters, add to that specific hours in the night in order to optimise the most benefit from your time of unconscious respite.
The internal clock
There are also other measures you can take to make the absolute most of your body’s natural defence systems. For instance, when your muscles are overworked, you might take a nice bath with some Epsom salts or essential oils to relax and get a good night’s rest.
The sleep is aided by the bath and its additives because it helps you to relax. However, it is the sleep itself that kickstarts the body’s inner clock and systems to make reparation.
When your skin has been damaged from overuse or too much sun, wind, or exposure to the elements, it is important to treat yourself to a really good night’s sleep. The night is when your body does its restorative work. If you don’t put yourself to bed at a decent hour for you, and actually fall asleep, the clock won’t start the countdown for regeneration.
The sleep system
Naturally, this will affect your body’s and your skin’s overall health. During the sleep phase, your body needs to be still. As such, hormones and proteins for anti-stress and anti-inflammation release as do human growth hormone and melatonin, the sleep hormone.
The production of melatonin is affected by light exposure throughout the day, including blue light from technology screens, FYI. Melatonin’s release puts your body to sleep and the withdrawal of its production wakes you in the morning.
Day cream for the skin is formulated to minimise the pores and help the body protect and support your skin during the harsh conditions encountered during the waking hours of the day, such as UV. And, at night your skin’s pores need to relax, open up and breathe again, meaning your skin will be more permeable for repair.
All of the internal hormone production at night causes skin dehydration, however. So nighttime is the best time to apply a moisturising topical night cream to the skin to receive the most benefit from it.
You can try a moisturising sleep mask to help combat your thirsty skin, like Cloud9 Skin Solutions Good Night sleep mask as part of your nighttime regimen. Its formula is designed to soothe and nourish as it combines avocado oil and a healthy mixture of antioxidants and vitamins. It will help to renew, restore, and seal in needed moisture. And it will act as a barrier for dirt and grime that might settle into your pores during the night.
Sleep is so important for the body’s ability to repair itself and maintain optimum health. Listen to your mother when she shares her wisdom with you about sleep. Take steps to unwind in the evening, letting your body relax at night because, ironically, it has a lot to do while you sleep. Try a sleep mask to help your body repair your skin.