You must have heard the term ‘beauty sleep’ several times, but may not have taken it seriously. However, beauty is actually related to sleep and lack of naps, can take a toll on your skin. It happens to both men and women and sleep should be considered a vital part of skin care regime for anyone.
You may observe how your skin shows the effects of a sleepless night and this invariably intensifies with age. The fine lines, wrinkles on forehead and dark circles around eyes show up when you do not get enough sleep. The skin also loses its glow.
How lack of sleep affects your skin
Lack of sleep affects your skin health visibly. Dermatologists say when you do not get proper sleep it results in blood vessels getting dilated, leading to the formation of those ugly dark circles. Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, a dermatologist working at the University in California corroborates this view. There is no way you can rub the darkness the around eyes off quickly. Doris Day, a dermatologist based in NY says apart from the dark circles, lack of sleep makes you look stressed, older and unattractive.
Why you Need sleep to improve skin and beauty
Doris Day, who wrote “Forget the Facelift” says “Your skin, and your whole body, goes into repair mode when you sleep. While you sleep, your skin renews itself. New skin cells grow and replace older cells. “It’s repairing and restoring and rebalancing”. During sleep, your body’s metabolic and hormonal changes happen. As it is, chronic sleep deficit affects skin along with overall health adversely.
Sleep promotes the release of growth hormones that in turn helps new cells grow. Lack of sleep hinders this renewal and growth. The effect becomes visible on skin soon enough.
There is no hard and fast rule, but an adult man or woman requires 6 to 8 hours of sleep every day. Sometimes, it may not be possible for you to sleep for 7 to 8 hours at night at one go. This can be owing to work hours and other factors. In that case, you can take power naps during the daytime. Afternoon is the ideal time for that, say the doctors. The ideal duration of a nap is 30 minutes and anything more propels you to a stage of deep sleep. Studies indicate taking naps are better than sleeping more. It helps keep levels of stress hormone in check.
Do not go overboard
Excess of anything is bad and that is also true about sleep! While sleep is required for rejuvenating your body and skin, oversleeping can prove to be detrimental. Do not sleep more than 8 hours or so as it can increase skin breakdown, say the dermatologists.
How to sleep the right way to enhance beauty and skin texture
- Discarding late night drinks, smoking– To ensure you get proper sleep at night and do not wake up with a drowsy feeling, avoid drinking late night. Alcohol hampers sleep and leads to formation of puffy eye bags. The same can be said about smoking.
- Sticking to a schedule– except occasions and trips, adhere to a schedule of getting into bed and waking up. It is not that hard to deploy.
- The right sleeping position– Few people may actually think about it, but your sleeping posture also affects your skin health in a way! It is better that you sleep on your back. Pressing your face on a pillow which happens when you lie on the stomach, creates the crease on facial skin.
- Right bedding and pillow– Opt for organic cotton based pillow covers and bed sheet. They will not contain ingredients that can irritate your skin.
- Skincare regime before hitting bed– Before you hop in bed and switch on the lights, your skin needs a little pampering.
Bedtime skincare need not be very detailed. You should use a mild cleanser and those with oily skin may use an oil free cleanser. After washing face and patting dry skin, apply either an anti ageing cream or night cream. Ensure the product is non comedogenic, so that skin pores do not get clogged. Those into their thirties and above can apply an under eye gel or cream as well.