Struggling to get enough shut-eye each night can not only affect the way we feel, but the way we look. Victoria Health gave us their expert advice on getting your recommended dose of beauty sleep.
What is Beauty Sleep?
The amount and quality of sleep we get each night can have a profound effect on the way our skin looks and feels. It’s not just our body that recharges when we sleep, but our skin too. While we sleep our body goes into repair-mode and heals, restores and eliminates toxins from our skin.
How can you prevent developing puffy eyes overnight?
If you’re prone to puffiness, avoid overloading your eye area with products. Instead use a lightweight eye serum, such as GoW for VH Eye Contour, to hydrate and nourish. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can also be beneficial as it is gentler on your complexion and creates less friction.
In the morning it’s worth taking two minutes out to massage the area gently with a tool or lightly tap along your eye socket with your ring finger to encourage lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness.
What products do you recommend for optimising beauty sleep? What is a good bedtime routine for optimising beauty sleep? Why do you need different products at night to day?
A good quality, non-drying cleanser is essential to wash away any dirt, grime and pollution that has built up over the course of the day. Using active ingredients such as retinol and vitamin C will help repair your skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone and increase your collagen production. It is important to use SPF the following day to keep your skin protected.
Does your body only heal when sleeping?
Your skin goes into repair-mode and heals the damage caused during the day while you sleep. It also produces collagen and boosts blood flow to the skin. Implementing a simple but effective evening skincare routine will help boost this.
Does catnapping during the day count towards beauty sleep?
There are differing viewpoints on napping amongst experts and you can find studies that are pro and some that warn against them. While cat naps might help those who battle with fatigue or low energy throughout the day, it is unlikely that your skin will reap any benefits.
What is the best way to achieve beauty sleep?
Setting out and sticking to a regular bedtime is key to sustaining ‘beauty sleep’ over time. Tricks, like avoiding sugar and carbohydrates in the two hours before bed and keeping your bedroom cool and screen-free, can also help. New research also suggests that taking a warm bath a couple of hours before you go to bed can help you sleep.
If you still struggle to drift off, it would be prudent to take a sleep-inducing supplement such as Cherry Night by Viridian. Cherries are naturally rich in melatonin (sleep hormone) and are known for their nerve-calming powers.
How many hours counts as beauty sleep?
Generally speaking, it is advised you get between seven and eight hours of sleep a night.