Sleep is ALWAYS a hot topic! Did you get a full 8 hours last night? Are you struggling to drop off? According to stats a third of us aren’t regularly getting enough sleep! A well-rested sleep is essential to waking up feeling energized and alert. But we’ve all heard of the term ‘beauty sleep’ so are you getting enough of the zzz’s to make sure you wake up looking fresh faced and glowing?
Sleep is essential for repairing the skin, when we sleep our stress hormone (cortisol) goes down and our sleep hormone (melatonin) goes up. This means our body and skin is in repair mode, it gives our skin the opportunity to shake of the day and recover from any damage it may have caused.
So, what are the main benefits of getting a good night’s sleep?
Youthful and glowing skin
When we sleep this is your skin’s opportunity to repair itself, new skin cells grow much faster when we’re asleep. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of skin renewal and wake up with fresh, luminous skin.
Slow down the ageing process
Your skin’s clock literally turns backwards when you’re asleep! So even though you might feel like you’re getting older at an alarming rate, if you get enough sleep your face won’t show it. Sleeping on your back helps reduce the pressure on the skin which can cause creasing and lead to set in lines. But the continued cell renewal process you get when you sleep helps keep your skin as youthful as possible so give it time to work its magic!
Allows your skincare products to work harder for you
While the layers of your skin are working hard through the night to repair any damage, it also allows for your skincare to properly penetrate the deeper layers of your skin. Your skin is working to build new collagen, which helps keep your skin smooth and firm. The skincare you choose for your night time routine will help aid your skin’s recovery.
So, how do we drop off with ease?
Make sure you properly switch off before heading to bed, put your phone down and get all zen! Use some sleepy, meditation music if you struggle to fall asleep and try some deep belly breathing exercises. This combination will help place your body and brain into a sleepy routine that will help you get those full 8 hours.
A sleep spray for your pillow can be a great addition to help you drift off; they often contain blends of lavender that work to clear your mind and help you fall asleep quicker.
These are our favourite products to promote a full night’s beauty sleep:
Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner High Alpine Lavender helps maintain the skin’s natural pH balance whilst effectively clarifying the complexion. It will help close the pores after cleansing and rehydrate the skin. The soothing lavender scent will have you drifting off in no time.
REN Clean Skincare Sleep Pillow Spray A soothing compilation of bio extracts that help to relax and calm the senses for better sleep. With hints to frankincense to put the mind at rest, relaxing hops extract and lavender help to reduce anxiety. This calming spray helps to reduce stress and easy the body into a restful sleep.
Decleor Aromessence Iris Rejuvenating Night Balm This night balm is formulated to work best when you’re asleep. The sensual and aromatic balm relaxes the senses before sleep and has a heavenly melt-in texture allowing it to be rapidly absorbed by your skin. It intensely moisturises the skin to leave it energised, toned and redefined.
AA Skincare Lavender Calming Multipurpose Gel This gel is made with pure essential oils and herbal extracts, it’s perfect for calming and soothing irritated, inflamed and unhappy skin. The lavender scent is perfect for relaxing you into a deep night’s sleep, rub a bit of the temples to fully absorb the scent.
Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon This revitalising treatment gel-cream transforms the skin overnight by optimising night time skin recovery. Tamarind Seed Extract creates a nourishing cocoon of comfort for softer, more hydrated skin while encapsulated, motion-activated French Lavender Essential Oil works all night to promote deep, restful sleep for healthier looking skin by morning.