There is a science behind beauty rest, and sleeping may be one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your skin!
When we sleep, our minds are at rest, but our bodies are actively carrying rejuvenating and repairing processes at the cellular level. Particularly during Stage IV (REM) sleep, hormones peak and initiate cell and tissue repair.
During sleep, collagen production is accelerated. This component of the dermal matrix is responsible for skin’s firmness. When collagen production is impeded by poor sleep or not enough sleep, skin loses its suppleness and water retention capacity. Loss of sleep also diminishes the skin’s ability to protect itself, making skin more prone to irritation and inflammation.
Thinner, dehydrated skin can be noticeable after just one night—thin skin doesn’t hide blood vessels effectively, resulting in dark circles under your eyes. Cumulative sleep deprivation over weeks, months or years, however, can lead to even harder to conceal signs—lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
You can improve your skin’s health (and your overall health, for that matter), with sufficient, restful sleep. Getting enough quality rest is often a challenge. But there are simple lifestyle changes and habits to develop that can enhance your sleep and your skin-rejuvenation potential while you sleep.
Get your body ready for rejuvenating sleep by:
You can also get your body ready for sleep by practicing proper sleep hygiene, which includes:
That means removing all electronic devices from the bedroom. Not only are cell phones, laptops and TVs distractions we often entertain too late into the night, they emit electromagnetic frequencies that disrupt your body’s own electrical signals.
When the lights are off, you shouldn’t be able to see your hand in front of your face. Light inhibits your pineal gland from secreting melatonin, the chemical your body produces to induce sleepiness.
If you are in the habit of eating before you head to bed where you fall asleep catching up on the news, these changes will take some discipline, and it may take a while before you feel and see the difference.
A lack of sleep is tough on the skin, but Hale Cosmeceuticals offers products to counteract the effects of a restless night: