It’s Not Just a Fairy Tale
Perhaps the most important beauty tool that we all have at our fingertips is… sleep! Having sufficient sleep on a regular basis can help us not only feel healthy and energetic, but it can make us look younger too. While we sleep, our skin heals, restores vital nutrients and eliminates toxins. Here are some ways that sleep, and a lack of sleep, can affect our skin:
While we sleep the body boosts blood flow to our skin; that is why we wake up with a healthy glow. So not enough zzz’s means not enough blood flow, which leads to dull and sallow looking skin. During sleep the body also rebalances hydration; so no sleep further dehydrates our skin, causing more fine lines and wrinkles.
Probably the first area to show exhaustion are our eyes. Since insufficient sleep reduces blood flow, circles under our eyes can look darker and our eyes look red. Extra fluid can build up as well, causing the appearance of “bags” under our eyes. Finally, because of skin dryness, crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles can look more prominent.
When you get enough sleep, you are allowing your skin care products to work efficiently. Since this is the time the skin renews, your skin can focus on repairing itself, thus maximizing your skin care routine. With that said, sleep truly is the best beauty tool we have… and best of all it’s free!
Maximize your sleep
You can boost your beauty sleep with a few simple add-ons. Try sleeping with two pillows to elevate your head, this can reduce the amount of fluid under your eyes. Satin pillowcases can reduce scratching or pulling on your skin. Finally, try using an overnight sleep mask to plump, firm and moisturize your skin, so you wake up looking like you had a facial