GIVE IT A REST WORDS: CHANTAY LOGAN
IF THOSE BAGS AREN’T PRADA, YOU MAY NEED TO REASSESS YOUR SLEEP SCHEDULE
With Christmas just a blink away, who has time to sleep? ’Tis the season for socialising, but if you’re flaunting curfew too regularly your skin will dob you in. Skinstitut expert Zoe Devine says signs your complexion is suffering from a shortage of shut-eye include puffy, dull or lacklustre skin, dark under-eye circles, and breakouts. “While we sleep our skin experiences increased circulation and oxygen flow and with this comes nutrient delivery and the efficient removal of waste products,” she says. “The vast majority of skin healing and repairing takes place while we sleep, so if our sleep quality or quantity is reduced this will impair these processes from taking place. “A common short-term concern from lack of sleep is puffiness around the eyes. This occurs because the excess fluid that resides near the skin (ready to be transported and excreted by the bladder) isn’t removed efficiently. “The eye area has the least amount of fat compared to other areas of the face so the fluid retention becomes more obvious here.” With long-term chronic sleep deprivation also associated with premature ageing, getting your beauty sleep is no joke. If the damage is already done, Zoe says to focus on home-care solutions that facilitate circulation, healing and repairing. “Ingredients like ginger are great for this,” she tips. “If your skin is becoming more sensitised and reactive as a result of lack of sleep, consider using low-intensity skin care products rather than exceptionally active, high-intensity products. “Be mindful that lack of sleep will increase our cravings for all things caffeine, sugar and refined carbs. While these all may seem like a great idea for an instant fix, in the long run they will increase reactivity in your skin and also accelerate the ageing process (not to mention reduce the likelihood of a restful night’s sleep the following night).” Once you’re getting your regulation eight hours, give nature a helping hand. Sleeping on silk slips will make bed hair a thing of the past, reducing the risk of frizz and split ends. If you’re guilty of going to bed with wet hair, consider the new double-sided slips from Shhh Silk that combine silk with microfibre to absorb excess moisture and allow damp hair to dry naturally. And no matter how tired you are, take your party face off before you crash. Extra points if you use a gentle cleansing oil, but make-up wipes will get the job done in record time.