How To Get The Most Out Of Your Beauty Sleep
Ever wonder how Sleeping Beauty’s skin looks so fresh, smooth and healthy? That’s because she always got her beauty rest. Here’s what you can do to improve your beauty sleep and get the best skin of your life.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Beauty Sleep
We’ve all heard the phrase “beauty sleep” but it almost seems like an urban legend that holds about as much truth as throwing salt over our shoulder to ward off the Devil. Beauty sleep is especially rare in today’s on-the-go society where everyone has their eyes glued to either their phone or laptop and checking messages at all hours of the day isn’t the exception, but the norm.
By changing your sleeping habits, you can improve your health and the feel of your hair and skin in a matter of weeks. No amount of moisturizer or brightening peels can give your skin the glow a restful night’s sleep will give you. To achieve that much coveted hydrated and youthful-looking skin, then you must, I repeat MUST, get enough sleep.
What happens to your skin when you don’t sleep?
A lack of sleep takes away from your skin’s natural beauty. If you’ve ever pulled an all-nighter or two, you know that a lack of sleep has a sneaky way of showing up on your skin, despite your best efforts to keep it under wraps. Without sleep, your skin can appear dull and dry, and is more prone to breaking out . But what really happens when you don’t get enough sleep?
- Your body releases more cortisol , the stress hormone that causes the skin to become inflamed, thus disintegrating its collagen. That means that, over time, your skin will have less firmness and elasticity which shows up as lines, wrinkles, dryness, and thinner skin.
- Your body releases more glucocorticoid, a hormone that disrupts the structure of the skin, putting you at greater risk of suffering from breakouts.
- Your body doesn’t circulate blood efficiently to the skin, meaning that less oxygen and nutrients reach it, causing dullness and premature aging.
- You put yourself at risk of developing dark under-eye circles. These crop up when blood vessels under your skin begin to dilate due to lack of sleep.
- Your body isn’t able to produce enough growth hormones, which repair and renew cells and prevents premature aging. Essentially, your whole body needs to go into repair mode when you sleep.
Sleep is essential as it detoxes and repairs the body and brain overnight.
Tips to maximize your beauty sleep
Improving the quality and quantity of your sleep is very important. Here’s how to do it right:
- Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary. If you are going to get a good night’s sleep in your bedroom, it should be a place that promotes it. This means it should be dark as well as comfortable. Never put a TV in your room as it will not only negatively affect your sex life, it will affect your sleep too. If you can’t control how much noise or light enters your bedroom, invest in an eye mask or earplugs.
- Have a relaxation routine before bed every night. Make sure you unwind properly every night before you head to bed. This could mean a warm bath, meditating, massaging yourself with essential oils like lavender that also promotes sleep, or taking the time to conduct your nightly skincare routine. By massaging your beauty products onto your face before bed, you can relax your muscles and get your body ready to head to dreamland.
- Leave the day’s tasks at the door. Stressing before bed will only decrease the quality of your sleep. Stress can worsen skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema. Therefore, you want to ensure that you switch off from whatever occupied your mind during the day by either watching your favorite TV program, doing a gentle yoga session or reading a novel .
- Eat the right foods before bedtime to enhance the quality of your sleep. Cherries are a great choice because they contain melatonin, a chemical that ensures our internal clocks work efficiently and gently encourages sleep. Another good thing to consume before bedtime is milk. Milk contains tryptophan , a chemical linked to serotonin that helps promote good sleep.
- Avoid sleep-stealing foods. Caffeine is bad as it stimulates the nervous system and spicy foods before bed can lead to heartburn. Also avoid protein-rich foods as these accelerate your body’s digestion which can keep you up instead of helping you relax.
Let’s take some beauty tips from Sleeping Beauty, shall we, and resolve to get better sleep!
Which of these tips did you enjoy most? Did they help you get a better, more fruitful night’s rest? Share your beauty sleep tips with us via Facebook or in the comments section below!
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