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B E A U T Y  S L E E P 

H O W   S L E E P   A F F E C T S   Y O U R   S K I N 

One night of poor sleep can cause:

 hanging eyelids

 swollen eyes

 darker under eye circles

 paler skin

 more wrinkles and fine lines

 more droopy corners of the mouth

Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself. During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots. Best for your body and skin is if you’re getting the recommended seven to nine hours each night.

Here’s what you can do to help give your skin a rest

Get a full night of sleep

The best place to start for your skin and overall health is to get the recommended amount of rest each night.

Wash your face before turning in

Going to sleep with a dirty face can also harm the appearance of your skin. Cleansing your face each night is more important than in the morning.

 

Use an overnight moisturiser and stay hydrated

Sleep on your back or use a special pillowcase

The position your face is in while you sleep matters to your skin.

Sleeping on a rough cotton surface can irritate your skin and compress your face for long hours at a time, resulting in wrinkles. While most wrinkles are caused by the expressions we make while we’re awake, wrinkles on the face and chest can result from sleeping on our stomachs or sides. An easy solution to this is sleeping on your back, which also has a few other benefits even if you train yourself over time.

If you prefer to sleep on your side, get a silk pillow which will  minimises skin irritation and compression.

By missing out on sleep, you are forgoing an opportune period of time to really repair and rejuvenate skin. When we sleep, our body goes into healing mode and our skin cells go into mitosis. This is why the products you apply at night are so important, they feed your skin.​ What else happens when you have a bad night’s sleep?

Cortisol (the stress hormone) production is increased, which can cause inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation - fine lines, inhibited collagen renewal, poor texture and congestion. Toxins are not cleansed as efficiently and muscle/skin tissue is not repaired as effectively, as DNA repair is more active at night than during the day.

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