Sleeping for our skin

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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