Sleeping Beauty was the smartest Disney Princess. She knew the advantage of beauty sleep and hence took her time waking up. For all the uninformed out there, beauty sleep is as important for the skin as the best skincare products out there. So let us delve into the importance of beauty sleep for your skin in this blog now.
1. Skin Healing
The skin is a smart organ, it uses our sleep to heal itself. While we slumber, our skin cells work peacefully in repairing, rejuvenating and regenerating new cells. All the day’s harm and damage, from sun damage to pollution to the ill effects of too much makeup and chemicals, are worked on at night. That is why most serums and moisturisers are recommended for night use. So that they can help the skin cells in their rejuvenation.
2. Bright Under Eyes
A good night’s beauty sleep will leave your under-eye skin bright and tight. Those who sleep fitfully and less than required, often find themselves with dark circles. Puffy under eyes and lines are also rampant among this lot. A bonus is if you apply a night eye cream under your eyes before sleeping so that you get some extra nourishment too!
3. Reduces Breakouts
Beauty sleep leaves your skin looking brighter, glowing and clearer. When you sleep haphazardly or go to bed very late, it elevates your stress levels too. This directly impacts the frequency of breakouts like acne, pimples, blackheads, pustules etc. The skin appears more rough and lifeless too. While the opposite is true.
4. Even Skin Tone
Lack of sleep is linked to dull skin. Your skin tone may gradually become duller and duller if you keep pulling those all-nighters. There may be more pigmentation, blotches and pale skin tone too. So if you want to promote healthier skin tone and good blood circulation then sleep well. A nice night’s sleep keeps your skin rosy and in high spirits.
5. Avoid Puffiness
Alcohol and lack of sleep is a great combination for puffy skin. All the fluid is retained under the eyes and eventually makes your skin look saggy and swollen. To combat this, drink lots of water when you drink too much alcohol. And sleep well. Otherwise regular under-eye bags may lead to sagging skin, fine lines and the premature appearance of wrinkles too.
6. Retinoids Work Best
Beauty sleep is not only to smoothen your skin out but also so that retinoids work better. Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that are majorly used in anti-aging treatments. A lot of serums contain this ingredient and are best used before bed because retinol can make your skin more sensitive. The dark, dry and cool atmosphere when you are sleeping balances out your skin’s sensitivity. This is hence the time when anti-aging treatments heal and soothe your skin.
7. Keep You Happier
Good sleep keeps your mood good too, which in turn makes you happy. A happy mind contributes to happy skin. A great amount of research has gone into proving this. The result — beauty sleep keeps your energy levels up and makes your skin look the best version of itself. A Swedish research was made where a study group was chosen. They were divided into two parts — those who got eight hours of sleep V/S those who were hardly sleeping. Portraits were taken of all the individuals. Guess which group looked better?
Tips to Catch a Good Night’s Beauty Sleep:
- Eat at least 2-3 hours before bedtime.
- Avoid using your phone at least half an hour before bed.
- Use your bed only for sleeping.
- Wear loose, light and comfortable clothes to sleep.
- Make a bedtime ritual so that it helps you in falling asleep.
- Meditate to avoid overthinking when you try to sleep.
So stop missing out on your sleep! It is the best part of your day as you can hit pause, give yourself a break, and basically do nothing as your body and skin repair themselves. What a win-win! And the best part? You will wake up feeling and looking your best!