Catch those Zs: Turning great sleep into beauty sleep

We’ve all seen and heard it time and time again: you need at least six to eight hours of sleep for your body to function optimally. While we all know this to be true, how many of us are guilty of pulling all-nighters or binge-watching Netflix, only to then lose out on precious rest, feeling unrested the next day?


Besides helping us to function optimally by keeping our body healthy and mind sharp, did you know that your quality of sleep also plays a direct role to your complexion’s health?


That’s why they call it beauty sleep

Think about it – the skin is your body’s largest organ. Skip out on quality sleep, and it’ll show up on your complexion. And, unfortunately, regardless of how much time and money we invest into our skincare, spending hundreds on creams and taking the time every morning and evening to stick to a strict beauty routine, it’s all for nought if you don’t sleep enough. The reality is that one of the sure-fire ways to naturally maintaining a younger-looking complexion (besides regularly using sunscreen) is just good ol’ sleep.


Okay, so this is pretty obvious but when yohttps://gem-3910432.netu sleep, your whole body is resting. However, what’s just as important is what happens on a cellular level. It’s something we likely won’t feel outright or even know is happening, but it is. You body basically goes into overdrive to repair itself. So, skip out on the sleep, and your skin doesn’t get to properly repair itself from damage and inflammation.


Essentially, sleep gives your skin the time it needs to repair itself.

The consequences

Here’s how not getting adequate, good-quality sleep may affect your skin:


  1. It’ll make your skin dry. Sleep deprivation – anything less than seven to nine hours in a night – can decrease the skin barrier’s function, causing water loss.


  1. Your skin may lose density or thickness. Your body produces a growth hormone during the first few hours of sleep and not getting enough will see a decrease in production levels. This reduction can cause the skin to thin out over time, resulting in collagen and elastic tissue within the skin to also break down.


  1. You may start ageing prematurely. Once your skin hits the second stage, and you continue neglecting your slumber, loose skin and wrinkles may start to develop due to tissue breaking down. Neglect your rest for the long-haul and you can actually cause yourself to age prematurely.


  1. Not getting enough sleep can lead to under-eye circles. A look that only looks cute on panda bears. Although dark under-eye circles are usually caused by genetics (veins under the eyes are usually more visible in those with fairer complexions), a lack of sleep can exacerbate their appearance, as it causes the pooling of blood in under-eye vessels.


  1. You’ll have puffy peepers. This pooled fluid in your eye bags can also cause that puffiness we usually see accompany an all-nighter.

Upping your sleep game

Now that you’re aware of how a lack of sleep can affect your skin and complexion, you know that you need to get adequate sleep. But along with this, take the time to also work on improving your quality of sleep. Here are some of the ways:


  1. Set a bedtime routine. This relaxes your body and teaches it to unwind, easing you into sleep. For something truly personalised, add our CustoMasks to your nightly ritual. There’s nothing quite as pampering as indulging in a nourishing sheet mask right before you hit the hay. The customisable microbiome CustoMask feeds your skin with prebiotics that’ll help your skin repair and intrinsically strengthen itself.


  1. Change up your pillow case. Cotton isn’t as soft as you realise. Sometimes, after sleeping, you notice how there are lines imprinted on your face? Well, this tugging can cause long-term damage. The solution? Switch to silk. It’s a skin-friendly material that minimises irritation compression.


  1. Elevate your head. This may take some getting used to, but it’ll be worth it. Keeping your head elevated can reduce eye puffiness and the appearance of under-eye circles by improving blood flow. It also reduces snoring, acid reflux, and nasal drip – all things that can reduce your sleep quality.


  1. Keep away from the sun. The last thing you want is for the sun to be shining directly on you, waking you up before you’re ready to be stirred. Sleeping in direct sunlight can also have a damaging effect on the the skin in the long-run (unless you sleep wearing sunscreen). If you can’t move your bed, invest in some blackout curtains. Your skin will thank you for it.

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