With winter in full swing, and the cold, dry air exacerbating several skin issues, many clients are asking me how to keep their skin complications at bay. While there are a lot of products and treatments that can help you get a better handle on your winter skin, an old-fashioned good night’s sleep can also do wonders. That’s why I’d like to share the different reasons that a little beauty sleep should be part of your skincare routine, and the different ways to get more productive, skin-enhancing rest.
Waste removal One of sleep’s most prominent roles in your body’s health is the part it plays in waste removal. Our skin and pores can hold a surprising amount of oil, bacteria and excess water that need to be cleaned from your skin. Without proper rest, your skin will begin to build up this waste which can lead to clogged pores, acne, and puffiness. Give your pores a little help by thoroughly cleansing your face and removing all your makeup before crawling into bed. This will allow your skin and pores to breathe and speed up your skin’s waste removal process.
Hydration Your body’s waste removal is caused by the increased blood circulation that occurs while you snooze, another beauty benefit of high-quality sleep. This additional blood flow provides natural hydration and nourishment to your skin, reducing dark circles, dryness and puffiness while also preventing wrinkles. If you have sensitive skin, you can aid this process by applying one of our gentle moisturizers that heal and hydrate skin, giving an added boost of moisture and support to your skin. This combination should lead to more supple skin and a stress-free morning.
Collagen production We all know that a lot of stress can cause breakouts, but it can also stunt the body’s production of collagen. This protein is what creates elastic, strong skin, and a lack of it can quickly cause wrinkles. Stress hormones are maintained by your sleep patterns, so you can better manage your anxiety levels and prevent premature signs of aging by getting a healthy amount of rest. High-quality sleep essentials like soft mattresses from Casper, or blackout curtains from Pottery Barn can help you significantly improve your sleep efficiency and, ultimately, your skin’s health.
Finally, I want to leave you with two pieces of advice. First, make sure you’re getting about eight hours of sleep a night. While this recommendation should be altered depending on your own sleep needs, it reveals the importance of dedicating a significant chunk of the day to recuperation. Second, try your best to de-stress before bedtime. Clearing your head of anxious thoughts and endless to-do lists can go a long way in helping you drift off quickly and get more restful sleep. Plus, it can also eliminate the negative impacts of stress on your skin while you snooze.
Have you ever found that you feel more refreshed and confident after a restful night? And, now that you know about the skin-specific benefits of a good night’s sleep, will you begin making sleep a health and beauty priority? I hope you take these tips to heart and consider treating yourself to better sleep for more radiant, clear, and youthful-looking skin. I would like to thank you so much for reading and so generously sharing! It’s always fabulous sharing these wonderful tips with you all!
With all my love, Cecilia
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