In an ideal world, we’d all enjoy 8 hours of unbroken sleep every night. But sometimes that’s just not a reality. Find out how the right skincare can help you look refreshed.
Whether you’re a busy professional, a new parent, working shifts or simply fitting your social life around a full-time job, you’ll know just what it’s like to handle a demanding lifestyle on less than a full night’s sleep.
Feeling tired and spaced out, struggling to concentrate and being stressed as a result of lost sleep can all take a toll on your wellbeing. Sleep has an important role in maintaining your skin’s appearance, too.
How does lost sleep affect our skin?
Overnight is the peak time for skin to repair and regenerate itself ready for the following day. After a poor night’s sleep, you may notice differences in the texture and tone of your skin when you wake up. Here are some of the ways poor sleep can affect your skin.
1. Not sleeping long enough
This is a common problem for people with busy lifestyles, including those with long working hours, an active social life or early starts for a long commute. Shorter sleep sessions mean the repair and regeneration cycles can be disrupted.
2. Broken or disturbed sleep
New mums are especially prone to this, whether it’s due to listening out for their baby during the night or waking multiple times for feeds. This can impact the peak period of skin regeneration which happens approximately between 12.00 and 1am.
3. Sleeping at different times
Your body’s circadian rhythm depends on a 24-hour cycle, which can be disrupted by issues like regular international travel, or a varying rota of night shifts. After a bad night’s sleep, skin can look dull, uneven in tone, irregular in texture and your face can look more drawn than usual.
How can the right skincare help?
By choosing smart skincare products and following the right routine you can improve the appearance of your skin, even after a poor night’s sleep. It’s not a replacement for a good night’s sleep, but making smarter skincare choices could give you a boost by:
· Reducing the signs of fatigue and tiredness
· Plumping up the skin with moisture and making it look dewy and healthy
· Reducing the look of fine lines and improving luminosity
· Moisturising and helping skin feel more comfortable
Smarter skincare tips for well-rested looking skin
1. Maintain a routine
When you don’t have much time to spare, it can be tempting to skimp on your skincare, especially last thing at night. But by sticking to a regular routine you can help your skin feel fresher, cleaner and more comfortable, ready to look after itself overnight. It’s a great way to relax, too.
2. Use a night cream
Choose a night cream, which is specifically designed for use in the evening, rather than opting for the same moisturiser you use during the day. That way you’re giving your skin the benefit of a formula that’s been expertly designed to support overnight renewal. Try new Idealia Skin Sleep that has been formulated for those who suffer from poor sleep.
3. Lie on your back
Avoid those morning pillow-creases and lie on your back with your head slightly elevated while you sleep. In addition this means you’re not pressing it into the pillow for hours at a time, which could trap oils and dirt on your skin’s surface.