Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. We need at least 7- 9 hours of sleep to recharge our mind and body, and getting the right amount of sleep each night has many benefits. Sleep helps:
1. Control metabolism
2. Boost our immune system
3. Stabilize moods
4. Improve concentration/productivity
5. Help to prevent cardiovascular disease
What happens to our skin when we sleep?
Getting adequate sleep at night also helps our brain and body to repair, restore, and reenergize. But what happens to our skin when we sleep? While our body and mind need to turn off and reset, so does our skin. Skin is better able to repair and regenerate at night while we are sleeping. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep does wonders for our skin health and appearance. While we sleep:
1. Cell renewal takes place
2. Collagen production rises
3. Cell and DNA damage from environment is repaired
4. Toxins are removed
Collagen keeps our skin plump and firm, but it breaks down as we age. Getting a good night’s sleep is a great way to naturally keep collagen stimulated. When we get the right amount of sleep our skin is going to feel more plump, brighter and hydrated!
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on how much we are sleeping. Many have seen an increase in stress and anxiety, and yes, these can cause us to lose sleep. Lack of sleep can cause skin to be dehydrated, dull, and puffy. When our skin is dehydrated, we are prone to more fine lines and wrinkles. Lack of sleep doesn’t allow the skin enough time to repair and regenerate. To make matters worse, acne breakouts can occur and we can experience inflammation.
What’s a Good Nighttime Routine?
Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for our skin. Making sure we have a nighttime skin care routine is also important. Throughout the day the skin builds up dead skin cells, oil, bacteria, and other debris. Cleansing before bed allows our skin to regenerate and repair, setting us up for a fresh clean face in the morning. Leaving makeup on while sleeping can add to a feeling of dehydration and can cause breakouts and more congestion in the T-Zone. Before bed, always:
1. Cleanse the skin
2. Apply eye cream
3. Apply serum
Set yourself up for success by creating a nighttime routine. Cleanse before bed and moisture, and you’ll be feeling refreshed and bright in the morning!
Stacey Lohmar has been an Esthetician for 6 years. Educated at the Denver School of Botanical and Medical Esthetics, she has a wealth of knowledge on all things skin and how to improve it. Originally from Illinois, she relocated to Denver in 2011 and pioneered the skincare program at Grand Salon & Medspa. She loves continuing her education on the latest techniques and products. Her specialties include Chemical peels, Dermaplane, Microneedling, and facials.
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