As we throw ourselves into the modern age of tech and multitasking, one thing 50% of the world’s population sacrifices is a good night’s sleep. We are in the era of viewing our beauty sleep as a waste of time. We push ourselves to do more each day on fewer hours of quality, recuperative sleep. Stimulants, blue light and constantly being connected all detract from our getting enough beauty sleep at night.
HOW MUCH BEAUTY SLEEP IS ENOUGH?
According to sleep experts, the average human being needs an average of eight hours sleep per night. Some people can function on less and some require more. The general rule of thumb is that if you can perform your daily tasks at 100% efficacy, then you are getting enough sleep.
To most of us, a good night’s sleep means eight hours of sleep with no interruptions. But we need to a look a bit deeper. Many of us are sleeping for eight hours and still waking up exhausted! This is because the quality of our sleep is compromised by various factors. Sometimes we go to bed and simply can’t calm our minds. Other times our sleep quality is compromised by environmental stimulus, too much light and noise, or constantly being woken up by kids, animals or other external influences (perhaps a snoring partner?).
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WHY IS SLEEP SO IMPORTANT?
Getting a good night’s sleep is important to overall health. This is the time that the body and mind go into regenerative mode to reboot the body from the day it has experienced. The brain clears waste products like amyloid beta which is closely linked to Alzheimer’s disease. It also goes through a process of decluttering and storing memories to ensure that the next day your ability to think clearly, plan strategically and your creativity are optimized.
A lack of sleep can negatively affect your health and lead to problems such as weight gain, hypertension, diabetes and a lack of energy. It also takes strain on the skin. Dark circles, underlying inflammation, puffiness, excess dehydration and increased fine lines and wrinkles are some of the side effects of a sleep deficiency.
Getting a good night’s beauty sleep is the closest thing we have to the proverbial fountain of youth. It’s when cell repair and turnover are at their highest, and the skin is best able to absorb active ingredients. The skin’s optimum night time recovery period is between 21.00pm and midnight. This is when the skin removes the evidence of the day it has experienced. The skin cells work hard to repair UV damage, rebuild collagen and elastin to ensure that you wake the next morning with glowing, healthy and rested skin.
Help yourself get a good night’s rest by slipping into nice, comfortable sleepwear. This can help improve the quality of your sleep. Equilibrio has some fab picks here.
YOUR NIGHT-TIME SKINCARE PRODUCTS
Your skin works hard to repair itself while you’re enjoying your beauty sleep. This makes your night-time skincare routine critical. You need to ensure you are using the correct products to meet your skincare concerns. This will ensure your skin receives maximum benefits from the active ingredients while you sleep.
Products that include Vitamin A (the normalising vitamin) are fantastic for night time use to ensure cellular repair and resurfacing.
Other ingredients to look out for include Lavender, Patchouli and Sandalwood essential oils. These essential oils calm the nervous system and start the process of relaxation and calm before bedtime. This is what makes products like Dermalogica’s new Sound Sleep Cocoon™ ideal for use in your night-time skincare routine.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lauren Gibson has been in the health and skincare industry for over 10 year’s as well as the IT and fashion industry. She has worked for Dermalogica for the last 6 years as an educator, brand consultantand now, as the regional manager for the western and eastern cape. Happily for Equilibrio, Lauren has generously agreed to contribute some articles on beauty and related trends from time to time.
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