Could you snooze your way to good skin with 8 hours of beauty sleep?
By Shweta Vepa Vyas
We’re all well aware about the benefits of beauty sleep, but we all also dread the barrage of spoilers that’ll come our way the next morning if we don’t finish catching up on the latest episode of that gripping new TV show everyone’s been watching! So while we know what should take preference, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will! But perhaps, after reading this, one should reconsider—turns out, all those hours of lost sleep will begin showing on your face a lot sooner than you thought?
As science would have it, it’s really hard to emulate the glow your skin can get from a good night's rest. And while sleep is a basic physiological need, we’ve severely underestimated the wonders it can do for our skin’s health.
The science of sleep
The reason you start feeling tired at the end of the day is because your body boosts its production of melatonin—the sleep hormone—responsible for inducing sleep. By now, your skin has spent the entire day in protective mode, trying to stave off pollution and other environmental aggressors. When you finally hit the sack, it switches to recovery mode and takes the help of melatonin to repair skin damage.
So when you decide to fight your body’s natural impulses to rest, you stand in the way of its natural detoxification process. As a result, there’s an imbalance in the body's pH levels. When this begins to show on your skin, it manifests as lack of moisture, inflammation and redness. To make things worse, if you have sensitive skin, this disturbance in pH levels can lead to breakouts.
The quality of sleep
Now that you know why you need to get in bed at a reasonable hour, here are a few ways to ensure you’re sleeping well…
- Is your bedroom conducive to quality sleep?
This implies dim lights and sheets with a high thread count. High thread count fabrics are not rough on your skin unlike certain fabrics that can contribute to fine lines and wrinkles, over a period of time.
- Check out “digitally” before you tuck yourself in
This means no computers, no iPads and surely, no cell phones.
The 'blue' light from electronic devices is highly stimulating and can interfere with melatonin levels, thus preventing you from getting a good night's sleep. Ideally, you should be avoiding any kind of electronic device at least an hour before you sleep.
- Call on the experts
Give your skin some extra support by supplementing its natural renewal process with active ingredients. We side with the Dermafique Advanced Repair that’s enriched with DermaRefine Complex with 5x Ceramide synthesis that supports your skin in its regenerative process. Its formulation replenishes antioxidants, prevents collagen breakdown when the skin's metabolism is higher and repairs photodamage caused during the day. It purifies, lightens, hydrates and nourishes skin.
Everyone needs a little push to perform optimally, and your skin is no different!