Upon waking, you’re ready to greet the day – after you’ve had your coffee, of course.
Then, you head to your bathroom mirror to prep your face for the rest of your day. Your counter probably has a few different products you use in your skincare routine, and some you don’t – or shouldn’t.
What if you learned that great skin has more to do with better sleep than with better products? Or that a simple mid-day nap could brighten that reflection of yours better than any serum?
A lot of research has gone into the idea of beauty sleep. Would you believe there’s actual science to back up beauty sleep claims? After all, as you sleep your body continues working – and recovering. Your non-waking hours are when this all-important recovery occurs. According to your own circadian rhythms, your body knows when it’s about time to retire for the evening and, in anticipation, cools down in a rush of blood flow courtesy of your circulatory system – you’re not blushing, you’re just ready for bed!
How Exactly Does Sleep Affect Your Skin?
You ever have one of those toss-and-turn nights, barely an ounce of sleep? You can tell right away when you see your reflection – droopy eyelids, puffy eyes, dark circles, pale skin, and more fine lines. And it can happen in just one night. The worst part? You can apply as much makeup as you like, but a study performed in 2017 highlighted that other people notice, too – and that it negatively impacts their perception of not just your attractiveness, but your trustworthiness. If your colleagues begin to see you as someone unworthy of being on the team – you can see how it could create a vicious cycle and become a mainstay. We can’t have that!
It’s common knowledge that sleep rejuvenates your body and your brain, allowing you to conquer your day like a boss. But sleep is just as significant for your skin. During sleep, bodily functions necessary for healthy skin occur, such as:
- Increased blood flow
- Collagen replenishment
- UV exposure reparations
There is a formula that equates to just the right amount of beauty sleep necessary for your own biological chemistry. Here are some tips to help you find that formula:
Sleep a full 7 to 9 hours
If you allow yourself to get the proper amount of sleep that your body requires to perform these functions, you’ll not only boost your radiance, but your health will improve overall.
If you’re not getting the full amount of sleep your body requires, it can rear its ugly head in the form of:
- Aging skin
- Damaged skin unable to repair itself
- Poor self-confidence due to poor skin quality
Start sleeping on your back
Are you one of the many fetal-position sleepers? Or do you feel more comfortable sleeping on your stomach? One of the things that both of these sleeping positions have in common is the fact that your face is pressed up against a rough, cottony surface for several hours.
This constant contact irritates skin, not to mention it compresses your face which results in wrinkles over time. Sleeping on your back alleviates facial compression wrinkles, sensitivity, and has a host of other benefits unrelated to your epidermis. It can be difficult to re-learn how to sleep, especially if sleeping on your back is not your normal position, but it can be done with these on-the-back sleeping tips.
If sleeping on your back doesn’t work out – it doesn’t for some – find a pillow or pillowcase that’s more skin-friendly. Satin and silk work wonders.
This isn’t about keeping up with any A-listers whose last names start with ‘K’ – it’s about making sure your health is optimal – body, mind, and soul.
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