November is National Sleep Month. Here are some skin-loving reasons for why you should aim for at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night. Anything less could result in a slew of health issues. Get a decent night’s rest to honor yourself and your most beautiful asset: your skin. Sleeping Beauty had gorgeous skin, and it's no coincidence. She was well-rested. #Sleep-for-your-skin, and here's why...
When you are sleep deprived, your skin will appear dehydrated, wrinkled, and swollen. You may have more dark, puffy bags around the eyes. Skincare is essential for maintenance, but if you do not supplement great skincare with sleep, you are skimping on one of the most critical and easiest ways to get beautiful, healthy skin.
Sleeping Beauty begins here:
Nighttime Product Use. You will get more out of your products when you use them at night, especially if you use Retinol Anti Aging Serum or any of our high-quality antioxidant skin-regenerative serums. Retinoids lose their potency when exposed to sunlight, so ideally nighttime use is best. This can also happen with other vitamins and natural ingredients. Exposure to sunlight can decrease the efficacy, so overall, applying a serum at night is optimal for maximum effectiveness.
Cell Turnover. Your skin needs sleep to promote cell turnover. When you sleep, your skin is in a process known as cell regeneration. This simply means that new skin cells replace dead skin cells. Cell turnover happens much quicker at night. Without deep sleep, the natural repair process won’t even happen. Restorative sleeps helps to optimize your skin’s repair cycle. You may visibly notice improved elasticity and tightness when coupled with quality serums, notably Collagen. Collagen Instant Plumping Serum is great for all skin types and is made with pure ingredients like Collagen, Aloe Vera, and Sunflower Extract. Perfectly paired with restful pores. Any of our serums will be ultra-beneficial for your skin.
Enter Damage Control. With that said, trust that you need that the cellular skin repair process and those skin-saving ingredients. Your skin will naturally age and experience environmental damage from UV rays, pollution, excess makeup products, and more. How does that show up in your skin? With pesky fine lines, wrinkles, saggy skin from dehydration, and sun spots. Sleep allows the body to slow down inevitable free radical (aka cell) damage via that cellular renewal process mentioned above. Think about it this way, without sleep, you are actually speeding up the aging process. Yikes.
Deep Sleep, Less Stress, Clear Skin. For a clear complexion and healthy skin, it’s imperative to not only sleep, but sleep well. Sleep decreases your stress hormone, Cortisol, which is known to thin your skin, produce discoloration, and give you stretch marks. We don’t want those things to happen. Sleep also increases melatonin (aka the sleep hormone) which helps to ward off wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and even skin cancer. Once you reach REM sleep, where dreams happen, you are good.
#ACRitual. Couple sleep with antioxidants and moisturizers. We have high quality face serums and serious Spa Size moisturizers that will enhance your beauty rest. Again, we encourage you to apply them at night after cleansing. These are going to just amp up those natural sleep benefits and increase moisture to the skin. You will lose moisture when you sleep so be mindful to rehydrate those pores. Advanced Clinicals Premium Face Serums are great for your face and our Spa Size Moisturizers are great for both and won't run out on you.
Interior Design. No Junk before bed. Obviously it cannot be said enough, but resist processed foods, sugar, and junk food as that can inhibit quality sleep. Rather, try to eat water-rich vegetables and fruit so that your interior is ready to relax and absorb those antioxidants you digested during wakeful hours.
Hope these insights inspire you to get your beauty rest so you are a true sleeping beauty. Don’t underestimate the power of sleep. It is one of the best things you can do for your mental health, emotional health, overall well-being, and most importantly, for glowing, clear skin. With love from Advanced Clinicals.