Have you noticed how your skin looks dull after a night of tossing and turning? Or how much more youthful it looks after a full night’s rest? Not enough good quality sleep detracts from your skin’s natural beauty. Lack of sleep leads to an increase in the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which leads to inflammation in the body, breaking down collagen and hyaluronic acid, both needed to give your skin that plump, dewy, youthful glow.
According to Lisa Artis from the Sleep Council, "If you sleep badly, you are likely to become stressed, and this can cause the capillaries to tighten affecting the flow of nutrients to the skin and scalp, causing the skin and hair to look dull," adds Lisa. "Stress creates a hormonal response whereby the body produces extra adrenaline, which has a major impact on skin function - think drier skin, lines and sagging skin."
Even just a few disturbed night’s sleep can mean your skin looks sallow and eyes puffy as your body struggles to maintain it’s water balance. Regularly missing quality sleep can have a much more damaging impact, with not just under-eye bags showing but fine lines and wrinkles appearing. Noticeable signs of aging will occur without the deeper stages of sleep that allow the skin to repair any damaged cells.
So how do we go about ensuring a quality night’s sleep?
• The most important thing is to keep to a routine. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including weekends.
• The Sleep Council recommend a bedroom be maintained at around 16-18° C
• Turn off the television, ipad, phone etc. at least an hour before bedtime as the blue light signals the brain that it is daytime.
• Avoid eating and drinking at least two hours before bed to allow your body to digest the food and make you comfortable.
• Don’t have any caffeine after 12 noon as even a little can effect your sleep later on.
• Alcohol can make you sleepy at bedtime, but after its initial effects wear off, it will make you wake up more often overnight.
• Turn your clock away from view, or better yet, put it away so you’re not tempted to look at it during the night.
• If you’ve had a particularly bad day and your mind is whirring, now is the time to create some space for yourself. Jot down your frustrations then run a bath with some soothing essential oils (Lavender, Chamomile etc.) Relax and listen to some soothing music.
If you are still struggling to get a good night’s sleep then I recommend trying some of our amazing Sleep Balm. It contains a blend of four different essential oils which work on your nervous system to slow down your thoughts and help you relax. Pop some on your temples, under your nose and on the soles of your feet. You really will notice the difference.
Once you get into a good bedtime routine and you start to sleep more deeply, you really will notice the benefits it has to your skin. Your eyes appear brighter, your skin more plump and glowing because the levels of collagen and hyaluronic acid will be restored as well as your skin’s water balance being restored.