5 Reasons You Should Never Neglect Your Beauty Sleep

“Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life.”

~Renee Rouleau

Consumers spent £27.2 Billion on the Beauty Industry in the UK in 2018. How much did you contribute to that total to maintain your youthful beauty?

Of the dozen or so absolutely gorgeous 50-year-olds I know, none of them wear make-up regularly. Whenever I ask for their secret, I am always utterly disappointed in their response.

SLEEP IS THE TRUE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

I’d always hoped to hear of the latest “miracle cure for aging”.  Even my credit card was ready to pounce.

They had no exciting insights to share. But one thing that these glowing ladies had in common was their dedication to SLEEP.

At first, listening to them talk about sleep put me to sleep. But eventually, I became intrigued enough to do my own sleep research.

I have since become an ambassador for Beauty Sleep. Here are my 5 reasons you should never neglect your Beauty Sleep.

1. LACK OF SLEEP ACCELERATES THE AGING PROCESS

I was terrified by a quote by Matthew Walker who wrote the book “Why We Sleep”.

“…it means that elderly individuals fail to connect their deterioration in health with their deterioration in sleep…”

As a women in my early 40s, I witnessed the effect dysfunctional sleep had on my (now deceased) geriatric mother. And I have already experienced struggles with my own sleep and declining health.

The truth is, dysfunctional sleep destroys us from the inside and works its way out. And the worst part is, the world sees it happening in our face.

2. LACK OF SLEEP CREATES DARK CIRCLES

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
`Audrey Hepburn

…but not if there are bags or dark circles under them.

Lack of sleep results in poor water balance which results in dark circles and puffy eyes. It’ll be the first thing people notice when they see you.

3. LACK OF SLEEP CAUSES DULL SKIN

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”

~Coco Chanel

Missing even one hour of sleep initiates the body’s stress response. Inflammation occurs which breaks down the proteins in the skin that keep itt radiant and smooth.

When chronically sleep deprived, the blood in your body doesn’t flow efficiently. The resulting lack lack of oxygen supplied causes your skin to appear ashy, pigmented, or blotchy.

4. LACK OF SLEEP CAUSES DRY SKIN

“Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle.”

~Erno Laszlo

While you’re asleep your body’s hydration re-balances and recovers extra moisture. For this reason, sleep helps smooth out wrinkles, keeping you looking younger.

But that’s not all. When you miss out on sleep it can also lower your complexion’s PH level which creates a skin imbalance. Under those conditions, your skin doesn’t produce the moisture it so desperately needs which leads to drier skin.

5. LACK OF SLEEP RUINS YOUR HAIR

Research has shown that lack of sleep increases stress hormone. This ruthless act of sleep deprivation leaches your hair of vitality and vigor leaving it dry and brittle. If you want the same thick luscious locks as seen above, you need to put in the ZZZ’s.

MY SLEEPING ROUTINE SECRET

Now, while you shouldn’t fully abandon your daytime skin care routine in favour of getting more Zzz’s, there are some easy ways to amp your skin-sleep relationship for better morning, youthful results.

Tips for better sleep for better skin:

  • Establish a routine bedtime and prioritize getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night
  • Limit alcohol and cigarettes before bed
  • Keep up your sleep hygiene to promote a good night’s rest
  • Get high thread count sheets and pillowcases to help avoid any pulling on the skin
  • But most of all—and here’s my little secret—invest in a weighted blanket.

I’m not kidding. A weighted blanket is known for promoting and improving sleep. Plus, it helps keep you calm, and in one position throughout the night. Remember when I said you shouldn’t be sleeping on your belly if you don’t want to wake up with bags? Well, a weighted blanket promotes sleeping on your back, which is the recommended position for optimal sleep.

Improve your sleep by investing in a weighted blanket and maybe you’ll see some of the skin benefits. Doesn’t hurt, just give it a try—most weighted blanket brands give a 30 night sleep guarantee. Don’t see any improvement? Just send it back.