When we sleep, our skin is repairing itself at an increased rate, which can be noticeable when blood vessels dilate under your eyes. This is how dark circles start to form. Lack of sleep can have a major effect on appearance as you in effect denying your body the chance to maintain itself. Dry skin is another result of lack of sleep, and as the days without sleep rack up, your skin dehydrates and starts to become scaly and flakey. This is most visible on the face (unfortunately!) due to how thin the skin is in this area.
So, what’s the magic number?
Studies in recent years have agreed on the whole that a minimum of seven hours and a maximum of eight hours is ideal. It has been discussed at great length recently that over eight hours can lead to neurodegenerative diseases.
Do naps help?
Not all people are ‘nappers’, however those lucky ones amongst you, who can grab fifteen minutes of sleep during the day then it’s only helping you get some much-needed rest and recuperation. Make sure you don’t overdo it, however, since entering the REM sleep phase will cause you to wake up feeling groggier. Aim for fifteen-twenty minutes of downtime!
Quick tips for ensuring a good night’s sleep.
Have a warm shower or bath before bed, put those phones and tablets away and out of sight and switch the TV off. Try to go to bed in advance, so that you have plenty of time to fall asleep so there is no ‘rush’ to fall asleep.
If you can create a ritual such as having a bath, reading a book and then applying your overnight skincare moisturiser then falling asleep can become easier and more relaxed. We have designed our Good Night Deep Nourishing Sleep Mask with a gentle aroma that will lull you to sleep and at the same time the unique combination of nutrient-rich Avocado, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin A will help your skin glow in the morning.