How to boost your beauty sleep with a night skin care routine

11/05/2020 — By Hannah Mepham

How to boost your beauty sleep with a night skin care routine

Sleep is a precious commodity and essential for health and emotional wellbeing – but does it keep you looking young and beautiful?

Here we look at the science of beauty sleep and shine a light on how you can use a nightly skin care routine to boost your complexion whilst you rest.

Why do we need sleep?

Every living thing requires sleep in order to repair daily damage and restore energy levels, but humankind has developed a unique ability to delay rest.

For some, skipping sleep simply makes more time for work and leisure activities while for others, the luxury of sleep is simply beyond their control and, according to the NHS, as many as one in three experience poor sleepi.

How important is sleep for your health?

Surely if so many of us can function on just a few hours’ sleep, getting less than the recommended eight hours sleep can’t be so bad?

In fact, the NHS believes that skipping sleep could have major consequences for our wellbeing.

They classify good-quality sleep as eight hours’ rest and say that if we do not routinely meet this target, we could be vulnerable to fatigue, low mood and concentration problems.

Those regularly experiencing poor sleep may also be at higher risk of health complications such as diabetes and heart diseasei.

How important is sleep for your skin?

Skin regeneration is one of the many reparative processes the body undertakes while we sleep, so we asked Green People founder Charlotte Vøhtz if there’s any truth in the concept of beauty sleep, or if it’s simply a myth that staying up past your bedtime can leave the skin looking weary.

 

Is beauty sleep a myth?

CHARLOTTE SAYS:

“Researchii has actually proven that good sleepers have lower intrinsic skin ageing and their skin barrier recovers 30% faster than poor sleepers. Poor sleepers also suffer from high levels of trans-epidermal water loss, which can lead to dry skin that has a greater tendency to show the signs of ageing.

“Preparing your skin for sleep is really important and there are some small changes you can make to ensure that your skin is working hard at night to remove toxins and restore a good healthy complexion.”

 How to build a night skin care routine

SECURE A STRESSLESS SLEEP ENVIRONMENT

Stress can show up on our skin and contributes to premature ageing. This is because when we are stressed, hormone levels rise, and our arteries become narrower.

This restricts the flow of blood and nutrients around the body which causes the skin to look thin and drained.

Whilst stress can be difficult to manage, a good night’s rest can help give the mind clarity and help keep circulation stable.

Some believe having a cluttered bedroom can induce feelings of stress so have a tidy-up and make your sleeping environment as serene as it can be before you go to bed.

If you’ve got a lot on your plate and anxiety is keeping you awake, write down all the positive things you experienced in the day and see if putting pen to paper makes things seem that bit brighter before bedtime.

WASH AWAY THE DAY

During the day, tiny dirt and pollutant particles populate the skin pores and if not thoroughly removed, these can leave the skin congested and slow the rate at which skin cells regenerate.

To wash away the day, cleanse the skin with warm water and the Purifying Cream Cleanser from Age Defy+ by Cha Vøhtz.

Its creamy texture soothes the skin and Cranberry protects against free-radical pollution damage, while Mandarin promotes cell regeneration and boosts circulation.

Once the skin is clean, take a soothing evening soak in the bath with a lavender-based bath wash. Allow the warm water and calming aroma to unwind the mind and relieve nervous tension, and once you’re clean and dry, lock moisture into the skin with an organic body oil.

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AVOID SKIN-WRINKLING SLEEP POSITIONS

One lesser known way your bedtime routine can make your skin woes worse is your sleeping position.

Those that sleep on their side or front every night can find that over time their pillow etches imprint lines on their skin which can become permanent.

To avoid this, try sleeping on your back and invest in a silk pillow case which you change regularly (some experts claim you should change these every two to three days).

FUEL YOUR CELL REPAIR

Give your skin a topical boost of nutrients by applying an anti-ageing sleep mask at least twice weekly. The essential fatty acids Omega-3,6&9, found in our Hydra-Glow Sleep Mask, are the building blocks of healthy skin and are crucial for keeping the skin barrier hydrated, plump and vibrant.

The skin works hard to regenerate itself over night and it needs energy to do so. Eating late can cause uncomfortable digestion problems and could mean that your body is too preoccupied digesting food to focus on skin regeneration, so make sure you eat early and incorporate lots of vitamin-rich vegetables into your evening meals.

Our Green Beauty with Astaxanthin supplement should be taken with food and is an easy way to nourish the skin daily. This contains six nutrient-rich superfoods which have a detoxifying action to help rejuvenate your cells and help fight signs of ageing.

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PRE-EMPT NOCTURNAL NIGHT SWEATS

During the menopause, night sweats can make sleep a hot and flustered experience. To help keep your skin cool, air your bedroom and swap heavy bedding and pyjamas for light organic cotton fabrics that allow the skin to breathe.

Keep a refreshing Toning Hydrating Mist by your bed and use this soothing spray to cool flushed skin.

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STRETCH YOUR SKIN

To further boost your cell turnover rate, try incorporating facial yoga into your daily routine. Facial exercises are easy to do at home and it is thought that practicing facial yoga regularly can help prolong the longevity of facial muscles so that the skin on the neck and face stays supple for longer.

 

Need help building the best night skin care routine for you? Our customer care team can help you pick the perfect products for your skin concerns and can be contacted on organic@greenpeople.co.uk or 01403 740350


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