“Beauty sleep” – it’s an age-old adage, but is there any truth behind this saying?
What Happens To Our Skin Whilst We Sleep?
Sleep plays an important role in rebalancing our emotional and physical states, but there’s more to it…
Aside from the general wellness benefits of sleep, our complexions get a look in too. By cycling through the various sleep stages we’re allowing our skin to repair and rejuvenate.
● Collagen Increases
Collagen is the secret to a youthful complexion. Its skin-plumping effect smooths out wrinkles & fine-lines to fend off the natural signs of aging.
The truth is:
As we sleep our bodies produce collagen. Skimp on slumber and your skin won’t receive the anti-aging benefits – good-quality sleep really does keep you looking younger.
● Blood Flow Increases
Increased blood flow during sleep brings an abundance of oxygen-replenishing benefits. From aiding in collagen production to opening the pores for skin breathability, improved circulation is vital for keeping skin cells healthy.
As it turns out:
Sleep is not only a time for blood flow to nourish the cells, but it also fights off inflammation. Miss out on vital hours and inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne & psoriasis, can flare up.
● Skin Goes Under Repair
Whilst we sleep our bodies produce more melatonin and human growth hormone. Both of these aid in cell division and skin reparation – counteracting the damage caused by the sun and environmental stressors.
Here’s the thing:
Skin damage is linked to signs of aging, so if you don’t prioritise sleep then you’re working against your body’s natural anti-aging instincts. What’s more, a lack of sleep increases the stress hormone cortisol, another main player in the aging process.
● Moisture Loss
As our skin warms up during sleep, we lose hydration. Moisture keeps our skins cell’s functioning correctly – working to fight against damage and, you’ve guessed it, aging!
A lack of sleep impairs the skin’s barrier. This not only impacts moisture loss further but also diminishes the skin’s own defence against daily damage.
Maximising on Beauty Sleep
Those all-important hours of sleep are a key component in any skincare regime. In fact, it’s an opportune time to invest in quality skincare that works together with the benefits of sleep.
During sleep, our skin is actually primed to absorb products that we put on it. Therefore it’s important to choose ingredients that work with your skin, not against it.
Here’s what to do:
Whilst you’ll naturally want to combat the moisture that’s lost during sleep, as well as choose products that aid in the skin regeneration process, it’s important not to overload the skin.
Choose products formulated with only what your skin needs.
Complicated routines and products can often be counter-productive to our bodies built in skin-rejuvenating process. Instead, supplement your sleep with products designed to work with your body’s natural processes.
BirchTech Hybrid is a 2-in-1 serum/cream that contains hyaluronic acid to boost skin’s hydration during sleep & Retinol to fight the signs of aging, by assisting in the cell-renewal process.
Alongside these ingredients, you’ll find antioxidant-rich wild extracts that play a role in the reparation phase of sleep – fighting free-radical damage and reinforcing the skin’s barrier for stronger, more resilient skin.
How To Ensure A Good Night’s Sleep
Nighttime skin rejuvenation is only possible if we’re able to clock in some quality hours.
If you struggle to drift off, create an environment and headspace inducive of sleep:
● Limit blue light exposure
Our phone, tablet & laptop screens all emit blue light, which is known to affect our ability to fall into a deep slumber. Avoid technology
● Don’t eat right before bedtime
Digestion can interfere with your ability to doze off, so make sure to leave a few hours between your last meal and sleep.
● Establish a routine
Stick to a bedtime routine that involves winding down before sleep. Include calming scents, such as lavender, and try sleep-focussed guided meditations.
Get Some Beauty Sleep
So it’s true…
Beauty sleep really is something that all of us can benefit from. Not only does it keep our skin stronger and more resilient, but it’s a key component in maintaining a youthful radiance.
So ensure to prioritise your sleep. Your wellbeing and skin will thank you for it!