Most of us struggle to get enough sleep due to our busy lives. Did you know that sleep is inherently important to skin repair? So much so that many skin care and cosmeceutical products are tailored to assist the skin’s nighttime repair processes. Usually 7-9 hours sleep a night is optimum for many, although it is important that the sleep is uninterrupted as this can affect the quality of sleep.
How does sleep help the skin?
During sleep, your body’s natural repair cycles are working at their optimum; this means collagen production is boosted. Similarly, blood flow is increased which improves the complexion and boost your skin’s radiance. Sleep deprivation has been linked to the appearance of dull, lifeless skin and worsening of existing skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis.
When you sleep, your body regulates your fluid and electrolyte balance. This is why you may suffer from puffy eyes or a puffy face after not having enough sleep. Hydration, drinking vitamin water or coconut water and avoiding high salt foods in the diet can also assist fluid regulation as you sleep. Not having enough sleep leads to an increase in the hormone cortisol, the stress hormone. This can lead to weight gain which is a key ageing factor for the skin.
What products assist skin repair?
The important approach is maintaining a consistent skin care routine before night time, we recommend cosmeceuticals from Award winning brands Neostrata and ZO Skin health as both brands have proven efficacy both in clinical trials and client testimonials. We can happily advise on the best skin care routine tailored to your needs. Ingredients such as retinol, antioxidant complexes and rich nourishing antioxidant oils can prevent and reverse premature ageing and also condition the skin. We also recommend the use of Skinade for nutritional support and to increase skin collagen synthesis.
How can you get more sleep?
A main technique for obtaining better sleep is to establish a relaxing nighttime routine, which limits distractions (such as technology) and avoid stimulating factors such as caffeine, stress and sugar. If lack of sleep is a recurring issue; consult your G.P. Exercise in the evening can produce feel good endorphins which can decrease stress levels and put you in a more relaxed state of mind.