There are endless benefits of sleep for your skin, yet our incredibly important nightly rest often escapes us. And a lack of quality sleep is a leading cause of disruptions to our skin health. Have you noticed dark circles around your eyes? What about more crows feet at the edges? Or have you had the shock of noticing the skin around your eyes sagging? These symptoms and more have a direct connection to sleep. If you’ve experienced some or all of these, that’s a clear sign that you should be catching more Z’s!
If you find yourself tossing and turning nightly, or glued to your electronics late at night, this can have short and long-term effects on your body and skin. This is also most likely the cause of some shock in the mirror when you wake up and find more wrinkles than you went to sleep with. We’re going to delve into the benefits of sleep for your skin, the side effects of poor sleep, and how you can support your skin better nightly.
How and Why Sleep Benefits Your Skin
There’s a reason why it’s called beauty sleep. As we mentioned above, a proper night’s sleep is vital to healthy skin. After all, the skin is the largest organ of the human body and has endless other tasks and challenges to deal with throughout the day – the last thing it should be having to fight with is some of our own bad habits!
Good Sleep = Good Skin
You know the feeling, think of those days when you have something really important to do but there are a million other little tasks and errands to take care of. Maybe you set aside time at the end of the day to finally do that important thing, but something else comes up and you have to rush through it. Maybe the important thing isn’t finished and is pushed back. That’s exactly what happens when you sleep – you are delaying the repair process of your skin.
Sleep is Key To Increased Collagen Production
As you sleep, your skin uses those hours to focus on doing some important maintenance – repairing and restoring the skin barrier after a long day of environmental stress and damage. While counting sheep, your skin starts to repair and replace skin cells, work on maintaining collagen production, and focuses on building up the skin’s defences for the next day to come. But too little sleep and the performance is subpar.
Can Sleep Loss and Insomnia Fasten Aging?
Yes and Yes. Sleep loss ultimately quickens aging, and is one of the most important factors when it comes to achieving youthful and beautiful skin.
Sleep Loss Dulls and Inflames Skin
When you don’t get the proper 7-9 hours of sleep, be it from habits like staying up too late as a night owl or because you simply struggle to sleep, you accelerate aging. As you sleep, your body heats up and blood flow increases which helps give you a colourful and firm complexion. Without good sleep, you’ll start to notice a more blotchy and pale complexion with inflammation and swelling.
Not Enough Sleep Leads To More Wrinkles
Have you also noticed more wrinkles and fine lines? That’s because collagen production is disrupted when you aren’t catching enough sleep causing the skin elasticity to be reduced. By getting the recommended average, you’ll support the production of collagen that slows as we age, and quickens when we don’t sleep. You’ll see firmer and more plump skin with fewer wrinkles, and other wrinkles and fine lines to start to disappear.
Sleep Loss is the Culprit of Dark Circles
Our eyes can say a lot about our health. Finding the area around your eyes dark blue or purple and often puffy? This is because of blood and fluid build-up under the eyes. When you don’t get enough rest, this fluid stagnates and causes the dark discolouration and inflammation.
How to Support Your Skin Better Nightly
There’s good news for you and your skin. Slowing signs of aging and maintaining healthy and beautiful skin comes down two steps: Quality sleep and quality skin support.
Reduce Your Use of Electronics
If you struggle to get a good night's sleep because you are always distracted by work or electronics, set yourself a limit where these distractions are put down for the evening. Too much stimulation from electronics at night leaves your brain hyperactive, ruining your chances of dozing off gently. This is often a cause of insomnia, leading to hours of tossing and turning and checking the phone one last time.
Set A Proper Time for Sleep
Set a time to start winding down (without TV or phones) that leads into a set time nightly to crawl into bed. Consistency is key to getting a good night sleep and trains your body and mind to know when it’s time to shut down and start on all of that skin repair that should be happening nightly!
Support Your Skin with Nourishing Skincare
While quality sleep is absolutely essential to improving your skin, it goes a very long way to give it a helping hand as well. Introducing nourishing skincare products that support your skin barrier function and improve collagen production will have your skin glowing and looking younger in no time.
Nourishing Night Cream to Support Collagen Production and Skin Repair
A super-hydrating and restorative skin cream, the Nourishing Night Cream rejuvenates your skin while you dream. The collagen-boosting superpowers of rosehip oil is combined with the ultra-soothing and hydrating effects of aloe vera extract to support your nightly skin repair and uplift your skin health to new heights. With East Cape mānuka oil, this cream locks in moisture hydrate deep improves cell turnover and improves overall skin health to turn back the clock on aging skin.
Restorative Eye Cream to Get Rid Of Those Dark Circles and Fine Lines
Scientifically formulated with a triple-dose of antioxidants, Restorative Eye Cream combines rosehip oil, mānuka oil, and green tea extract to brighten up the area around your eyes and reduce fine lines and wrinkles fast. These ingredients help to reduce puffiness, inflammation, and side effects of sleep loss to improve circulation, revitalise the appearance, and hydrate the delicate area around your eyes.
Restorative Skin Oil for All-Day Anti-Aging Magic
Skin oils are essential when it comes to supporting our skin, and Restorative Skin Oil works overtime to holistically improve your skin appearance and health. Especially when sleep is lacking. The secret is the synergistic combination of Mānuka oil, rosehip oil, and mineral-rich jojoba oil. Packed with vitamin A and retinoids, which are essential for collagen production, this phenomenal skin oil penetrates deep to improve skin elasticity and longevity to reduce signs of aging. All while supported by the potent antioxidants that fight free radicals that disrupt collagen production.
Sleep, and we mean good sleep, is an essential part of healthy living habits and will completely change how you and your skin look and feel. And now you know from the above why it’s so important. Support your skin nightly and uplift it even when your sleep habits might not be up to par with our amazing Collagen Restore products scientifically formulated to revitalise skin and reverse signs of aging.