When it comes to your beauty routine, sleep may be one of the most important, yet overlooked, steps for a healthy complexion. The term ‘Beauty Sleep’ gets thrown around all the time but, turns out, it’s legit. There’s actually quite a lot of research around the concept and for good reason. We already know that sleep impacts your entire body and, as your largest organ, your skin is equally affected.
Our bodies never stop working, especially when we sleep. During this crucial period of rest, the body repairs, recovers and replenishes each layer of the skin. Basically, when you’re least active, your skin is the most active, hard at work refreshing and detoxifying itself. If your body is deprived of good quality Zzz’s, your skin is most likely to start looking dull, dry, congested or uneven.
We do so much to make our skin look great like drinking enough water, eating clean and exercising regularly. However, it can all be in vain if we forget to consider adequate amounts of rest. If you’re experiencing skin issues and feel like you’re doing everything else right, the connection between sleep and healthy skin is an important one to consider.
If you forget to consider sleep, a youthful and radiant complexion is much harder to achieve. In fact, sleep has proven to be a vital component of internal and epidermal recovery.
Another contributing factor is cortisol, AKA the stress hormone, which not only spikes when we feel stressed out but also when we’re sleep-deprived. Elevated levels of cortisol trigger inflammation that can lead to everything from wrinkles to blemishes.
In order to help you get your beauty sleep, we’ve put together a list of tips to improve your overall sleep quality.
Quality and Quantity
First thing’s first, do you get enough sleep? Research shows that adults need roughly eight hours of sleep per night. If you’re deprived of sleep, there’s a good chance your skin will reflect that. Not only is it essential for skin health, but sleep is also key for mental and physical well-being.
Developing a wind-down routine and creating a peaceful sleep environment will help you relax, de-stress and fall asleep much faster. If you enjoy a warm tea before bed, Vida Glow’s Beauty Sleep is the perfect addition to your routine. The delicious vanilla chai blend is rich in protein, Vitamin C and zinc, which naturally calms and relieves symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
Physical activity is great for your body, mind and can also help you get a deep night’s sleep. Studies have shown that exercise energises your body and, in turn, makes you feel more tired at night. Exercise can also help you fall asleep faster, sleep longer and improve the quality of rest.
For most of us, coffee is an everyday essential. When consumed late in the afternoon or evening, however, caffeine stimulates the nervous system and may stop your body from naturally relaxing at night. To ensure this doesn’t happen, swap your afternoon coffee for teas that are low in caffeine such as green, chai, peppermint and berry.
We hope these simple tips help you get some much-needed shut-eye so you can achieve that glowing complexion. Sweet dreams! X