When developing a skincare routine most people start with the products themselves, but a healthy skincare routine actually starts with other changes. Research shows that getting enough sleep is crucial for maintaining healthy and youthful skin. Stress and Sleep deprivation can have taxing effects on the skin and body. Let's break down the relationship between sleep and skin:
The idea of “beauty sleep” isn't far off from the truth, when we sleep our body rests and recovers both internally and externally. So, while you sleep your body repairs itself in the brain, muscles and skin. During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, collagen is distributed and your body works to repair UV damage, reducing wrinkles and age spots.
Only one night of poor sleep can cause drooping eyelids, swollen eyes, dark undereye circles, paler and puffy skin, and more wrinkles and fine lines. While sleep is important regardless, there are some steps you can take to ensure you get the most out of your night’s rest.
Get a full night of sleep
This might be obvious but it's true! The quickest way to look and feel refreshed is to leave plenty of time to get a good night of sleep. Poor sleep causes the skin to recover slower from environmental stressors which causes the skin to appear to be aging faster. The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep a night!
Since we sleep for ⅓ of the day, we also spent one-third of the day with our faces against our pillowcases. It's important to regularly wash your bedding to ensure bacteria isn't irritating your skin and clogging your pores. Some people even prefer to sleep on their back, to avoid pillowcase irritation entirely.
Elevate your head
While you sleep, elevating your head has been proven to help with reducing bags and circles under your eyes by increasing blood flow and circulation in the face. This can be done by propping pillows behind your head and shoulders.
Wash your face before bed
Gently cleansing your face before bed might be the most important time of day to wash your face. This removes all the dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day and allows your skin to rest and recharge. Going to bed without washing your face or with the day's makeup and oils still on can cause larger pores, dry skin, rashes, inflammation and acne outbreaks.
Staying both hydrated with water and moisturizing your skin with a good moisturizer will keep your skin firm, hydrated and decrease wrinkles. If you typically have dry skin or need more hydration it can be beneficial to use a night cream or a thicker moisturizer to lock in hydration.
Here at Pure Non-Scents, we understand the importance of sleep and how it impacts skincare. We have developed both a day and night cream, both suited to specific differing moisture needs. Our Pure Radiance Night Cream is formulated with Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Jojoba, Avocado and Grapeseed Oil to ensure skin stays hydrated without feeling greasy or too heavy. Perfect for the extra moisture needed at night.