Let’s say you have a solid skin care regimen. You exfoliate when appropriate. All of your products are toxin-free and made with quality, wholesome ingredients. You’ve picked the right kind of products for your skin type. You drink plenty of water and eat food rich with nutrients.
So what’s missing? What else could you be doing to help with your overall health and, more specifically, your skin?
Something that we all probably need more of — sleep!
Sleep is Fuel
That’s right — your body needs sleep, about 7 to 9 hours a day (according to most), which most of us have been told many times over.
But your skin REALLY needs sleep.
When we sleep, our bodies go into repair mode. Cellular renewal happens more quickly at night, and a number of metabolic and hormonal processes happen while we sleep.
Lack of sleep can cause blood vessels to dilate, which leaves those dark circles under your eyes on occasion. And anything that disrupts your sleep can impair skin rejuvenation, especially after a late night of partying and drinking.
Tips for Better Sleep
To help ensure that you get a good night’s rest, set yourself up for some sleep success.
1. Go to bed at the same time every night to set a regular sleep rhythm. Set an alarm to wake up at the same time every day (even on weekends).
2. No caffeine right before bed. And if you enjoy exercising in the evenings, you might want to do it early enough to give yourself (and your brain) time to wind down afterwards. Both caffeine and vigorous activity can make it difficult to fall asleep.
“If you sleep face-down the blood vessels will become constricted and the circulatory system releases congested fluid from tiny flaps in the walls of these vessels,’ says cosmetologist Colette Haydon.
4. Make sure your room is dark and quiet. “Exposure to light stimulates a nerve pathway from the eye to parts of the brain that control hormones, body temperature and other functions that play a role in making us feel sleepy or wide-awake.” And if you can’t keep your room quiet, you might consider finding a source of white noise, to help drown out any sound.
5. Keep the room as cool as possible. “When you go to sleep, your set point for body temperature — the temperature your brain is trying to achieve — goes down,” says H. Craig Heller, PhD. If it’s too cold or too hot, the body struggles to achieve this set point, which can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
So while we’re asleep, our bodies are repairing cells and rejuvenating. And we can help our skin while we’re sleeping — it’s a great opportunity to replenish the skin with vitamins and nutrients, especially those found in night creams.
Night creams help to repair elastin and often include rich ingredients like argan oil, to feed and nourish the skin after a long day. Products like Acure’s Night Cream contain Chlorella Growth Factor, which helps to strengthen your skin’s elastin fibers and collagen.
And don’t forget those lips! Our lips dry out faster and are damaged more easily, so they especially need help with repair. We love KIND’s Goodnight Kisses lip treatment, with lavender oil to help soothe you to sleep.
How do you make sure you’re getting enough rest?