BEAUTY

We know good night’s sleep is key to well-be­ing, but, says Sarah-Jane Cor­field-Smith, it plays a key role in your com­plex­ion, too

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There’s a cer­tain wis­dom in the term Beauty Sleep. Fri­day ex­plains.

TThe great come­di­enne and ac­tress Betty White once said: ‘Get at least 8 hours of beauty sleep. 9 if you’re ugly.’ The sen­ti­ment is harsh, but then ‘beauty sleep’ is more than just a flip­pant phrase. There is truth be­hind the no­tion that while we sleep, things are hap­pen­ing to our skin so that when we wake in the morn­ing it looks bet­ter than be­fore. But what is ac­tu­ally go­ing on in our skin while we slum­ber away?

Firstly, our skin cells re­pair the dam­age that’s been done in the day when they’ve des­per­ately been try­ing to pro­tect the skin from ev­ery­thing it’s been ex­posed to – UV rays, pol­lu­tion and poor diet. ‘As the body set­tles into the deep­est stage of rest, growth hor­mones stim­u­late cell and tis­sue re­pair,’ ex­plains LA-based der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Harold Lancer. ‘With­out enough deep sleep, the re­pair process of your skin will be slow, re­sult­ing in age­ing.’

Our skin doesn’t have to fo­cus on any­thing other than heal­ing, as it’s not be­ing ex­posed to the el­e­ments. When these things hap­pen dur­ing the day, our body nat­u­rally cre­ates adren­a­line and cor­ti­sone (the stress hor­mone) as a nat­u­ral de­fence, but at night, lev­els of these drop, al­low­ing our body to pro­duce a growth hor­mone in­stead and that’s when the skin starts re­pair­ing and re­hy­drat­ing it­self.

How­ever, these things are all re­liant on get­ting a good night’s sleep. If not, then the lev­els of cor­ti­sol and adren­a­line re­main high, pre­vent­ing growth hor­mones from help­ing your skin re­pair. It also has a knock-on ef­fect on your blood flow. Dur­ing a good night’s sleep your body’s ner­vous sys­tem switches into a parasym­pa­thetic state – also some­times known as the rest and digest sys­tem. In this mode, the heart rate slows down, and your body’s abil­ity to flush out tox­ins and ex­cess wa­ter im­proves. It also in­creases flow of blood and oxy­gen to the skin. This is im­por­tant. ‘When your body is in this state, your skin’s re­cep­tors spring to life; the blood ves­sels grab amino acid mol­e­cules to help build more col­la­gen and can de­liver them more ef­fi­ciently around the body and at the same time tox­ins are drained away,’ ex­plains Dr Ellen Mar­mur, a New York-based der­ma­tol­o­gist. If your body can’t get it­self into a parasym­pa­thetic state then none of these things hap­pen. You’ll know you’ve missed out you if you feel tired in the morn­ing; a key marker is puffy eyes, as the body hasn’t flushed out ex­cess fluid.

How can beauty prod­ucts help? There is a two-pronged ap­proach you can take. First, use prod­ucts con­tain­ing in­gre­di­ents that help you get good sleep. Sec­ond, use prod­ucts en­riched with skin-boost­ing in­gre­di­ents, which work hard while you sleep.

Read on to find out all that you’ll need to get into the land of nod and the skin won­ders you’ll need when you get there.

‘With­out enough deep sleep, the re­pair process of your skin will be slowed, re­sult­ing in age­ing.’

SLEEPMAKERS

Bathe with: El­e­men­tal Her­bol­ogy Wa­ter Soothe Bath & Body Oil, Dh202 Stud­ies show tak­ing a warm bath at least 90 min­utes be­fore bed­time can help with a bet­ter night’s sleep. ‘Body tem­per­a­ture plays a vi­tal role in reg­u­lat­ing cir­ca­dian rhythm, which tells the body when to fall asleep and when to stay alert. Dur­ing the day, body tem­per­a­ture nat­u­rally rises, when it starts to cool its a sign that we’re sup­posed to go to sleep,’ says Dr Dianne Augelli, a New York­based sleep ex­pert. By tak­ing a bath and get­ting warm be­fore bed, your in­ter­nal tem­per­a­ture falls, and a good night’s sleep will be yours. To help even more, fill your bath with four pumps of this elixir, in­fused with laven­der and ylang ylang, which help clear your mind, and rose, to re­duce stress. Use it in the shower if you’re not a bath per­son. Slather on: This Works Sleep Plus Dream Body, Dh125 This gor­geous, rich body cream is packed with This Works’ award-win­ning, sleepin­duc­ing for­mula. You’ll find laven­der, cam­phor and camomile – all of which help calm you down, but the ab­so­lute win­ner is ve­tivert, which is what re­ally helps send you off into a deep sleep. Ap­ply all over, par­tic­u­larly to your ch­est, backs of wrists, arms and any­where else that is in close prox­im­ity to your nose whilst you sleep so the vapour can rise up and work its magic. Relax with: Jo Malone Lon­don Laven­der & Lo­vage Home Can­dle, Dh300 Whilst we don’t rec­om­mend go­ing to sleep with a burn­ing can­dle, light one whilst you’re re­lax­ing in the bath or read­ing in bed. Not only will the es­sen­tial oils – this con­tains laven­der, rosemary and thyme – help calm and relax you but there’s noth­ing more sooth­ing and de-stress­ing than can­dle­light.

SLEEP­ING SKIN SAVIOURS

Dior Hy­dra Life Jelly Sleep­ing Mask, Dh405 If you find your skin suf­fo­cates un­der the rich­ness of most night creams, then this is for you. Dior has taken in­spi­ra­tion from Korean sci­ence to cre­ate a light, jelly cream that dis­solves into wa­ter upon con­tact with the skin. It con­tains ev­ery­thing your skin needs – hyaluronic acid to keep it hy­drated, a mal­low ex­tract that plumps it up and that clever East­ern sci­ence that keeps the in­gre­di­ents in­fus­ing into your skin for 8 hours. GlamGow Dream Duo, Dh320 This skin duo con­tains ev­ery­thing your skin needs to look plump, awake and alert the next day – ideal for those that burn the can­dle at both ends and best to take trav­el­ling with you to pep up jet-lagged skin. Start by ap­ply­ing the pearlised coloured serum that’s filled with an­tiox­i­dants such as green cof­fee and green tea leaf – they will take care of re­pair­ing the cell dam­age from the day. Let that sink in for 30 sec­onds and then ap­ply a layer of the grey-coloured seal, a hyaluron­ic­filled gel-cream that hy­drates and plumps. Guer­lain Abeille Orchidée Im­péri­ale The Eye and Lip Cream, Dh895 It’s best to use a sep­a­rate eye cream to night cream, as they tend to have a lighter con­sis­tency and there­fore are ab­sorbed more eas­ily by the very thin and del­i­cate skin un­der the eyes. Any­thing too heavy will leave your eyes look­ing puffy, which is not what you want af­ter all this ded­i­ca­tion to look­ing a mil­lion dol­lars af­ter a night’s sleep. This eye cream from Guer­lain con­tains unique gold or­chid tech­nol­ogy – an amaz­ing in­gre­di­ent that har­nesses the or­chid’s abil­ity to re­new it­self and mim­ics that in the skin’s cells. It has also firms up the skin and boosts lu­mi­nos­ity mak­ing it worth ev­ery dirham. Clar­ins Multi-Ac­tive Night Cream, Dh380 When you know that this cream con­tains Cal­i­for­nian poppy ex­tract – a flower that closes up at night to re­gen­er­ate it­self so that it looks just as won­drous the next day – you get an idea of what this cream can do to your com­plex­ion. Per­haps more of a tra­di­tional night cream in that it has a slightly richer tex­ture and con­sis­tency thanks to the shea but­ter, this cream gets soaked up by the skin but doesn’t leave it feel­ing greasy. Plus, it comes with the most gor­geous scent of jas­mine and freesia.

By tak­ing a BATH and get­ting WARM be­fore bed, your IN­TER­NAL tem­per­a­ture falls, and a GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP will be yours.

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