Become A Sleeping Beauty
We all know that lack of sleep leaves you feeling lethargic, but there’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep – getting the right amount of zzz’s is also crucial to your beauty regime.
1. Did you know a lack of sleep ages you?
An independent clinical trial by the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Ohio, revealed that lack of sleep accelerates the signs of skin ageing. A total of 60 participants were split into two groups, poor quality sleepers (less than five hours a night) and good quality sleepers (seven hours plus of good sleep nightly). After assessing the groups, scientists discovered significant differences in terms of skin ageing. The poor quality sleep group were twice as likely to show signs of ageing such as fine lines, uneven pigmentation, slackening of skin and reduced elasticity. Their skin also showed a 30 per cent greater rate of dehydration. The researchers also noted that the poor quality sleepers tended to show a much slower recovery from sunburn than their well rested counterparts, which suggests that sleep is an essential aspect of skin repair. Skin cells do most of their repairing and regeneration between the hours of midnight and 4am, making this a crucial time to get some shut eye. A minimum of seven hours is recommended. Estée Lauder released their cult range, Advanced Night Repair, in response to the survey. With 83 per cent of women who tried and tested the Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II claiming their skin looked healthier, with a fresher, more rested look after using the products. The range supports the natural night time purification process vital to youngerlooking skin. Estée Lauder claims the revolutionary technology combines potent Catabolysis and Chronoluxtm which adds the power of cellular purification to the precision of synchronization to help skin’s natural nightly renewal.
2. Tie your hair back from your face
Your hair is full of the products you use to style it, plus any dirt and grime you’ve encountered that day, or longer if you don’t wash your hair daily, which is why many people suffer breakouts along their hairline and forehead. Before bed, try to get into the habit of tying your hair back off your face, or use a hair band if it’s too short to put an elastic in.
3. Air your dirty laundry
A recent survey revealed that only a third of people change their bed sheets on a weekly basis. However, your pillowcase carries all the dirt and product from your hair, as well as dust mites which only increase the longer your bedding goes unwashed. Aim to wash your pillowcases (if not your full bedding!) at least once a week, or more if you suffer from skin breakouts.
4. Try to sleep on your back
Sleeping on your front isn’t good for your spine or your skin. Lying on your front causes the blood vessels under your eyes to become constricted and encourages fluid to gather around the eyes which can result in unsightly puffiness, whilst lying on your side causes repeated pressure on the skin which eventually can lead to wrinkles. Sleeping on your back is best for your skin.
5. Good skin starts with a healthy gut
Research has shown that those who have issues digesting food, or are sensitive to certain food types, are more prone to skin issues. Many people discover that switching to a gluten-free diet (gluten is found in wheat products like bread) see huge improvements in skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis and even acne. If you feel bloated and gassy after a meal, it could be a sign that your body is having digestive issues. If that’s the case you should try to avoid combining two food types in one sitting, such as protein and carbs. Meanwhile fruit is best eaten on an empty stomach with no other food types as it allows your body to process all the nutrients and fibre properly. If it is eaten with other foods, or after a big meal, it rots and ferments in the gut waiting to be digested along with the other food types.
6. Eat your water to stay hydrated
We all know that your body needs lots of water to rehydrate and help rid the body of toxins, it is especially important in the evening as you become most dehydrated when you sleep. However, drinking lots of water isn’t always practical at night, as it tends to go straight through your system – often taking the nutrients with it. Howard Murad, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of skincare
7. Lip service
Apply a layer of lip balm and gently rub a soft toothbrush (don’t use the same one as you do for your teeth) across the surface of your lips to exfoliate. Wipe clean and re-apply the balm. brand, Murad Inc, recommends that we ‘eat’ our water instead of drinking it. “If you replace at least one glass of water a day with one serving of raw fruits or vegetables which contain structured water, it will stay in your system longer meaning you will be able to stay hydrated significantly longer.” Food types that contain structured water and high levels of nutrients include cucumber, broccoli, pomegranates and avocados.
8. Ramp up your evening routine
Many of us have the same skincare routine in the morning and the evening; however according to experts the evening cleanse is the most important as you are removing make-up, dirt and a build up of oil which accumulates throughout the day. It’s during the night that your skin does most of its repairing and renewing, so it’s at this point that you tend to best absorb the products you apply. A good routine in the evening should involve a cleanse, serum and moisturiser, plus eye cream. Overnight your skin produces lots of amazing natural hydrating and balancing oils, which you then slough off with a round of a tough cleanser in the morning! Replace the morning cleanse with a wet, cotton face cloth or beauty brush like the one pictured, followed by an application of daytime moisturiser.