How Sleep Affects The Skin

 

Despite having less daylight, the months leading up to winter are notoriously disruptive to our sleeping patterns.

Think about it. With the build-up around the holidays, your schedule becomes packed. As much fun as you will undoubtedly have, it may add a fair amount of stress to your life. From October to January, your diet will mostly be based around sugary, carb-packed foods. Who can resist the pull of Grandma’s famous sugar cookies after all? This sudden change in your diet can shift your circadian rhythm. All in all, lack of sleep will not only affect the body, but also the skin.

“Sleep is a key component of your overall health. Your body works on clearing toxins from the body while you sleep. As an added bonus your body also works on replacing new blood and brain cells. Loss of sleep can result in dark circles, lackluster skin, exacerbate inflammation, and even more breakouts.”

Why is that? They call it beauty sleep for a reason. Sleep is a key component of your overall health. Your body works on clearing toxins from the body while you sleep. As an added bonus your body also works on replacing new blood and brain cells. Loss of sleep can result in dark circles, lackluster skin, exacerbate inflammation, and even more breakouts. As busy as you may be, nobody has time for bad skin.

 

Here are our tips for an “I woke up like this” morning glow: 

Stick to a routine:
Remember when you were a kid and your parents would tuck you in at night? Turns out that they were onto something. Having a set bedtime as well at night will put you on track for a great night’s sleep. When you have a set routine, your body is clued into what’s happening. That’s why it’s so important to make your nighttime routine something to look forward to. Go ahead, light some candles, put on your favorite skin care products, and make it fun for yourself. 

Invest Time In the Right Skin Care Products:
While we’re on the subject of routines, to really see results in your skin it’s important to take the time to establish an evening skin care routine. As we mentioned, your body uses sleep as a way to regenerate and heal. Products that focus on collagen production, like our Transformation Cream, will be more effective at night. It is also a great time to switch to a thicker moisturizer.

Cool it down:
Your body is more likely to fall asleep in cooler temperatures. Try to keep your room between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. It might be good for you (and the environment) to switch down the heat this winter.

Cut Back On Screen Time:
The type of light that is emitted from your phone/laptop, a.k.a Blue Light, can actually inhibit your bodies natural melatonin. Keep screens to a minimum just a few hours before bed. It will also help calm your mind from your busy day. Instagram can wait. Your sleep can’t.

Watch What You Drink:
You might want to cut back on your caffeine and alcohol intake during the day. The caffeine will keep you up, while the alcohol will wake you up. For people that drink caffeine later in the day, chances are that they will have a harder time falling asleep. Meanwhile, if you are the kind of person that likes to kick back with a glass of wine (we’re all guilty of that) you might actually be affecting your sleep patterns. Although alcohol is known to make us drowsy, it can also cause us to wake up earlier. And no one wants that.

Workout Regularly:
You don’t have to be that person at the front of a spin class or heading to Crossfit at 5:00 am every morning, you have to move. People who work out regularly are reported to have better sleep overall. So find a workout that you not only love but can also commit to doing a few times a week.

 

Don’t press snooze on your #skingoals routine. Let us know in the comments below which tip helps you stay on your sleep A game. 

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