There are numerous studies about why sleep is so important — a full eight hours keeps our bodies and brains more fit, happy, and focused. The effects of sleep on our skin are very similar and yes it’s true we can wake up with a healthier glow after a night’s rest.
This is what happens: While we’re sleeping, our cells go into overdrive to help repair the damage caused during the day from environmental pollutants and UV radiation. Our blood vessels dilate to increase the flow of nutrients and oxygen to the skin. Research shows that our cells even regenerate faster while we’re sleeping. Our amazing cells do this repair irrespective of whether we take care of our skin or not. But taking care of your skin before bed will help feed your skin during this healing process and give you the healthy skin you want!
While it’s common knowledge that going to bed without washing your face is bad for your skin , it’s not always clear what your evening skincare routine should follow?
To make things a bit easier on nights when you can’t wait for your head to touch the pillow, I’ve nailed down a routine that doesn’t take hours, so here’s five straight-forward steps anyone can take.
(Before making any significant changes to your skincare regimen, you should consult with your Dermal Therapist.)
5 ESSSENTIAL STEPS
STEP 1 : Start with a good cleansing to ensure you remove all makeup and build-up from the day.
Pick a daily cleanser based on your skin type and give your skin a good cleanse & don’t forget about your neck & chest.
Choose a cleansers that doesn’t dry out the skin or strip its protective lipid barrier.
STEP 2 : A topical Vitamin A (Retinol) Serum helps to reduce clogged pores, even out skin tone and promote collagen-building, anti-aging effects.
Vitamin A’s are recommended as part of your skincare routine to slow down the signs of aging and help skin repair. Vitamin A increases the production of collagen (the protein in your skin that gives it support), decreases collagen breakdown, reduces pigmentation and increases the blood flow to your skin
STEP 3 : Apply a peptide serum to deliver a potent shot of ingredients directly into your skin.
Peptides are helpful when it comes to having beautiful, younger-looking skin: These short chains of amino acids slow the ageing process by acting on collagen in various ways, encouraging skin cells to create rather than break down collagen & can help you reverse or prevent the signs of ageing.
STEP 4 : Use an eye cream to treat dark circles, dryness, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles.
Eye creams actively increase collagen and elastin as well as to firm and protect the delicate layers around the eye while increasing nutrient supply and moisture.
STEP 5 : Apply your moisturiser to seal everything in.
Moisturising creams help to restore the epidermal barrier. Promoting hydration & plumping fine lines & wrinkles, while promoting wound healing and providing antioxidant support.
Few extra tips…
Sleep on your back to drain away fluid from the face so you’ll be less likely to look puffy in the morning. Being a back sleeper may also help prevent “sleep wrinkles,” those lines that form on your face when you’re resting against a pillow night after night. If you’re a stomach sleeper, use a satin or silk pillow case—this helps to avoid fine lines
Aiming for eight hours of sleep or enough to wake up well rested is essential.
Staying hydrated is important for great skin. Be sure to have a glass of water before bed if you’re feeling thirsty.
Now you’re free to call it a night!
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