4 ways to give your skin a good night’s sleep
If you’re not sleeping well, your face will be the first part of your body to show it. You might be partying hard until the wee small hours, or you might be feeling too anxious to sleep. You might even suffer from chronic insomnia (poor you!). Whatever the reason, if you’re not getting the full eight hours of sleep a night, your skin will suffer. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason.
It’s not just those dark circles under your eyes that are tell-tale sign of poor sleep. There are a host of skin problems that can occur if you’re not getting enough sleep. It’s science. Night-time really is the right time for your skin, because while you’re sleeping, your body is carrying out the processes that keep your skin healthy, beautiful and glowing. If it’s interrupted by poor sleep, it can’t do this as well. While you’re sleeping:
- Your skin repairs itself by producing new skin cells and more collagen, which prevents sagging.
- Your skin rebalances its moisture levels, keeping our face hydrated and plumped, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
- Blood flow to your skin improves, feeding it nutrients and giving it a rosy, youthful glow.
So how can you help your skin survive a bad night’s sleep (or two?).
- Clean up
Go to bed with clean skin. Use a thorough but gentle cleanser to remove every last trace of makeup, dirt and grease from your day’s activities. A clean base will give your skin breathing space and it won’t need to tackle a build-up of dead skin cells.
- Buff up that bed linen
Clean that pillowcase! This sounds basic but if you change your pillowcase regularly your face won’t be in contact with dirt and oil from your hair for 8 hours a night. You don’t need to be a clean freak about it, though! Try not to use heavily perfumed laundry liquids and fabric conditioners; the fewer chemicals the better, especially if you have sensitive skin.
- Support your skin
Invest in products that work with your skin at night. You don’t want to overload your skin, but you do want to give it as much support as possible while it’s trying to create those new skin cells and hydrate your skin. If you’re in your thirties you might like to try a simple night cream or serum which will help to hydrate your skin overnight.
- Use lavender oil
Lavender essential oil is a gentle, calming oil that actually helps you to sleep better. It’s one of the few essential oils that you can dab directly on to your skin, and a dab on your temples or forehead (hint: avoid this area if you have combination skin) might help you to drift off to a better sleep. If you have oily skin and you don’t want to add more oil, try using lavender oil in an infuser before bed – you’ll get the calming benefits without the breakouts!
Of course, if your skin is craving a good night’s sleep, then be kind to yourself by switching off your phone or screen at least an hour before bed because the blue light emitted makes your brain think it’s still daytime. Try some massage or meditation to relieve stress, and grab a few early nights. Your skin will thank you.