Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Significance of Beauty Sleep


LNE Oct. 2012
The age old notion of 'be sure to get your beauty sleep' carries more credence than one might think. In fact, if done properly and with a conscious effort, you can actually combat aging while you sleep. The quality of our sleep can lead to significant improvements in our skin's health among other obvious benefits such as reduction in stress, better daily performance at work, and overall clarity in mental functioning and increased emotional stability. 

The advantages of nighttime skin care is sometimes often overlooked. Although daytime protection is vital for your skin's health, it's at night that our skin cells turnover more rapidly and repair themselves. This relaxed detoxification state of our skin also allows nutrients to be more readily absorbed, hence using concentrated serums and moisturizers are much more effective at night. With this foundation for nighttime skin care, certain additional steps can be implemented to maximize the benefits of sleep for rejuvenating your skin and defending against aging.

Rule 1: Get at least 7 hours of sleep every nightNighttime is when hormonal changes occur at the optimal level to repair our bodies.

Rule 2: Try to go to bed at the same time every nightSleep is considered a homeostatic system when done consistently, and our bodies tend to run more efficiently when it knows what to expect.

Rule 3: Drink plenty of water throughout the dayHydration is the single most important factor for healthy skin. Insufficient water content leads to dry, flaky, wrinkled skin that is less resilient to environmental damage. Our bodies use available water levels at night to repair existing damage, so stay hydrated!

Rule 4: Remove makeup. Going to sleep without washing your face contributes to cell damage and early aging by retaining pollutants and free radicals.

Rule 5: Do not sleep on your face. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, "sleeping on the face is one of the major causes of sleep lines and wrinkles."

Rule 6: Sleep on a slight incline. When you lie flat, fluids tend to pool under the eyes creating puffiness.

Rule 7: Use skin care products that contain antioxidants, humectants, and cell-communicating ingredients. Nighttime is the best time to combat free radicals, prevent moisture loss, and encourage a boost in collagen and elastin levels. Always use healthy, toxin-free products that contain organic ingredients.

Although for some it might seem daunting to adopt these 7 rules, there is no better way to start than with Rule #1. Without enough sleep, our bodies simply do not have the capacity over time to combat early aging. Give yourself the opportunity to live a healthy and satisfying life by honoring your body's need for sufficient rest. Then, little by little, you can begin to incorporate the other steps into your lifestyle. Before you know it, it'll become second nature and you won't even have to think about it anymore! 


REFERENCES

Chaplin, Martin. "Hydration, water, and health." London South Bank University, 2012. Web. 27 February 2012. <http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/water/health.html>.

Colman, Patty. "Sleeping Beauty." Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa, American Edition. Oct. 2012: 46-48. Print.