Sleeping for our skin
Sleep is one of the most important contributing factors to healthy skin; our cells respond and react immediately when we haven’t given our bodies enough time to sleep or sufficient quality of sleep. Understand a little more about how sleep impacts our health and wellbeing and check out our tips below for getting a better night's rest.
A lack of sleep results in an increased inflammatory response at a cellular level which can have various negative effects on the skin and body -
It can affect the body’s ability to regulate the immune system which in turn can lead to flare-ups of immune related skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.
Existing skin conditions such as dermatitis and acne can become aggravated.
Inflammation can also lead to an increased breakdown of collagen - the molecules in the skin that provides our skin with bounce and glow.
A lack of sleep can also affect the body’s ability to rehydrate and repair, the effects of which are both immediately visible -
Without sufficient rehydration of water throughout the body when we sleep, skin becomes dry and lacklustre and the appearance of dark circles or puffiness under the eyes appear.
If we don’t have enough deep sleep necessary cell repair doesn’t take place which results in tired, less healthy looking skin.
Tips for getting a good night’s sleep -
Engage in gentle, winding down rituals before bed
Create a calm, soothing environment in your bedroom
Keep your phone out of the bedroom and avoid too much screen time before sleep
Use breathable sheets in natural fibres, washed regularly
Use gentle, organic laundry detergents which are more sensitive to skin
Rehydrate with water throughout the day but don’t drink too much late at night
Avoid alcohol which can heavily disrupt sleep
Make sure your last meal of the day isn’t too late, or too big