February 15, 2024

How does sleep effect your skin?

We’ve all heard the expression “getting your beauty sleep”, but did you know it’s actually true? The Anti Wrinkle Clinic, London, tells you everything

Things that go “Plump” in the night

Sleeping for around 7-9 hours per night is vital for healthy skin. Plus, it’s bad news for all you party-goers and night owls, as just one night of poor sleep will be visible on your facethe next day. However, not all is lost. If you mostly get your forty winks at a good hour (between 8pm – 12pm) and regularly hit the 7-9 hour sweet spot, you’ll be more likely to avoid irreversible sleep damage.

Boosts collagen production: getting your Zs leads to a boost in collagen, a protein that helps keep skin firm and elastic. During sleep, the body can more easily get to work and produce more collagen, which helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Reduces inflammation: sleep is known to reduce inflammation in the body, including inflammation in the skin. If you’re wondering why this is so important, it’s because inflammation can lead to acne, rosacea, and other skin conditions. These conditions can be hard to treat and may affect your confidence.

Increases blood flow: When you sleep, your body sends more blood to your skin, which helps to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the cells. This can result in a healthier, more radiant complexion.

Regulates hormones: Sleep helps to regulate the production of hormones, such as cortisol. A lack of sleep can cause cortisol production to go into overdrive. Sadly, cortisol can lead to a reduction in elasticity and breakdown all those essential collagen fibres. This leads to more wrinkles, thinning and sagging skin. Hormones play a crucial role in skin health and overall well-being.

Improves skin hydration: While you sleep, your body's hydration levels are replenished. This can help to prevent dry, flaky skin and leave your skin looking plump and healthy.

Overall, sleep is essential for the body to repair and regenerate itself, and this includes the skin. Getting enough sleep is one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve skin health and appearance.

I Woke-Up-Like-This (Because of my Bedtime Routine)

The next time you think you’re too tired to do your night-time skincare routine, remember this:

In 2013, one experiment saw a woman stop washing her face for an entire month. She simply reapplied her makeup over her unwashed skin each morning. The results? Experts said she literally aged herself by 10 years — all because she skipped cleansing for 30 days.

Let’s avoid the nightmares and follow the below Anti Wrinkle Clinic Tips:

Remove dirt and impurities: During the day, our skin is exposed to pollutants and impurities that can clog pores and lead to breakouts. Follow a night skincare routine that involves a gentle cleanser to help remove these impurities and keep skin clean.

Promote skin renewal: Our skin cells renew themselves while we sleep, so a night skincare routine can help to support this process and improve overall skin health. A good quality retinoid or vitamin C serum will help.

Hydrate the skin: Add a moisturiser into your night skincare routine to lock in moisture and prevent dehydration. This is especially important as the skin loses more moisture at night than during the day. Fact.

Address specific skin concerns: you may already use targeted products in your morning routine to address specific skin concerns, such as ageing, acne, or hyperpigmentation. But using these products at night can lead them to be even more effective as they get to work whilst you sleep.

Improve sleep quality: taking the time to wind down with a skincare routine before bed can help to promote relaxation and improve sleep quality. Another great reason to not skip skincare before bed!

Rise & Shine

A consistent night-time skincare routine can help to keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and radiant. It's important to choose products that are appropriate for your skin type and address any specific concerns you may have. By making skincare a part of your nightly routine, you can enjoy the benefits of healthy, glowing skin and avoid premature ageing.

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