Restless Nights: How To Keep Your Skin Looking Healthy

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It turns out, beauty sleep is real. 

Not getting enough can have a profound impact on your skin’s overall health. You see, when you sleep, your cells regenerate and replenish throughout your whole body. In sleep, your body also heals and eliminates unwanted toxins. 

Now, how do you feel when you wake up tired? 

When your sleep is compromised or interrupted (hello all you Mama’s out there!) – your body struggles to perform essential skin maintenance. 

Acne and blemishes run wild across your skin, and that’s before you even spot the bags forming under your eyes. 

Keeping your skin looking healthy doesn’t have to be a challenge. Take a look at our helpful guide below:

The magic eight

You’ve probably heard time and time again the recommended perfect night’s sleep. While eight hours of shut-eye has always been the favourite, the Sleep Foundation suggests a healthy adult should have between 7-9 hours. But what actually happens in this time?

  • The first three hours: Your pituitary gland releases a growth hormone that works to maintain your youthful and radiant glow. Ageing is accelerated when this hormone is forced to miss its window of opportunity
  • The middle (approx. 2 hours): Melatonin production increases and works as an antioxidant which protects the skin from damaging free radicals. It also regulates your sleeping and awake patterns (circadian rhythm)
  • The final stage (approx. 3 hours): This is the moment where your body and mind relax the most. Your levels of the stress hormone cortisol decrease and your muscles relax and become immobile. 

Lack of sleep: it’s effects

Sleep deprivation soon takes its toll on your skin and your wellbeing. Poor sleep is often evidenced by dark circles forming around your eyes, which is an indicator of cortisol running rife throughout your body. 

Cortisol doesn’t stop there. Blood vessels swell to cope with the increased volume of blood and then work to make your body more alert when you are fighting a sleepless night. 

Your skin flares up as a result as the cells struggle with the increase in oil production. Rashes and other skin problems may appear over time, as your immune system tries to keep up. 

Essential collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production are slowed down as a result, and your skin becomes puffy. Toxins and fluids also add to the puff as your body cannot drain them correctly. 

How can I get a better nights sleep?

First off, take time to be calm. Going straight to bed with no cool off period from your manic day does not produce a quality nights sleep. 

Feeling comfortable, rested and at ease tells your body and brain to switch off.

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Pouring yourself a warm bath will encourage your body to fall into a deeper slumber. As you sleep your body naturally cools down, so help it along, and use your favourite bubble bath to make you feel good too!

Have a good skin routine

Inconsistent sleeping patterns have long term, damaging effects on your skin. Finding ways for you to have enough sleep may feel impossible. Fortunately, there are things you can do, like adopting a healthy skin routine as part of your day. 

Applying moisturiser in the morning and before you go to bed is an excellent way to keep your skin hydrated. Most dermatologists recommend using a gentle cleanser before moisturising to remove dirt and debris – some even say its better than traditional soap and water!

For deeper skin treatment, investing in a nourishing skin mask like “Good Night” will encourage collagen restoration as you sleep. So when you wake, your skin feels healthier and brighter. 

Sleep in comfort

Struggling to sleep can be caused by more than a stressful day at work or long sleepless nights with a newborn. 

Anxiety or sensory issues can turn anyone’s forty winks into a nightmare. Tossing and turning in itself can wear you out – especially as it hinders your much needed restorative sleep. 

Using a weighted blanket not only makes you feel safe and secure as you sleep, but it also encourages your body to relax. Serotonin is stimulated by the blanket’s deep touch pressure – like a hug! So your body and skin receive all the restorative hormones and cell regeneration that it needs. 

Sleep comes faster and for longer, and as a result, you wake up feeling more refreshed. 

Ready to get some shut-eye? Never has sleep been more critical for your skin’s health. Establishing routines and time for yourself is undeniably essential to keeping your skin looking fresh. 

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