I’ll be the first to admit it, but a constant lack of sleep can't be fixed by a face mask, just disguised ;).
With so many commitments during the week, prioritising 8 hours of sleep often feels unachievable, so instead, we spend our weekends desperately trying to make up the sleep debt and putting it down to ‘self care.’
Truth is, regular sleep-ins shouldn’t be seen as a luxury, but a necessity for our beauty regime and mental health. Research suggests that the sweet spot is 8 to 9 hours, and that there is such a thing as over sleeping, but with the added obstacles of regular screen time, heightened stress levels, phones buzzing with notifications and pressing deadlines, it’s not as easy as just hitting the sheets.
Unfortunately, acting like hyped up night owls isn’t doing us any favours in the sleep, mental health or beauty department. According to a 2016 report by the Sleep Foundation, the percentage of adults in Australia who report difficulties sleeping at least a few times a week or more, is high. Females (40%) are more likely than males (26%) to experience difficulty falling asleep with little difference across age groups. Nearly half (47%) of women wake often overnight, which is a problem that also increases significantly with age.
So the stats tell us we have a sleeping problem, but what does that mean for our looks?
The effects of sleep deprivation are obvious when we wake up with puffy eyes, exaggerated under-eye bags and dull-looking skin, but there’s now scientific evidence that proves that getting less sleep can speed up the ageing process.
According to an article by the Sleep Council, research was undertaken by the Skin Study Centre at University Hospitals in Ohio tp gain more insights into how much it really affects us. The scary thing is, they can now demonstrate that lack of sleep accelerates skin ageing. They studied the skin of 30 women aged 30-49 who had poor quality sleep compared to 30 who had good rest. Those with less rest had more fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and slacker, less elastic skin.
Our bodies do a lot of repairing while we sleep, meaning these signs of ageing are essentially caused by not giving our bodies the rest they need to repair and regenerate cells that are vital to skin health.
When we’re in the deepest part of our sleep cycle, REM (Rapid Eye Movement), skin cell regeneration is at its highest, meaning our bodies are working hard to repair any damage caused during the day.
You might also notice that you’re more irritable and anxious when sleep deprived, the reason for this is that a lack of sleep puts the body under stress which creates a hormonal response causing the body to produce adrenaline, which not only has an impact on your anxiety levels during the day, but also has a major impact on skin function and overall appearance.
Deep Sleep Tips
So now that you’re sufficiently freaked out about that late night Netflix binge habit, let me provide you with some tips to help you get better beauty sleep.
1.Invest in blue light glasses
These are a huge trend lately, but a great idea. There’s a tonne of brands out there with stylish pairs to help you shield your eyes from the over stimulation of screen time.
Blue-light blocking glasses have filters in their lenses that block or absorb blue light, and in some cases UV light, from getting through. That means if you use these glasses when looking at a screen, especially after dark, they can help reduce exposure to blue light waves that can keep you awake.
Check out these ones from Bailey Nelson.
2. Reduce screen time before bed
This is a gradual process because it's both habit and convenient for us to use screens at all hours of the day.
Fortunately, there's a few simple ways to wean yourself off;
Start charging your phone in another room instead of on your bedside table. We’re all a little guilty of scrolling through instagram and emails while we’re lying in bed, but the overstimulation keeps us wired and awake longer.
The added benefit of keeping your phone in another room is that you can wake up to a peaceful morning instead of a bunch of email and social media notifications.
Set an alarm 1 hour earlier than your bedtime to turn off the tv, shut down your laptop, reduce the brightness on your phone and gradually wind down from all screen time. Switch to a book 1 hour to half an hour before bed and dim the lights to stimulate the release of melatonin; the hormone which let's our bodies know it's time to sleep.
3. Use skincare products that promote skin health
Natural skincare products that nourish your skin while you sleep are a great choice for ensuring you wake up glowing. Select products that are rich in vitamins, high in antioxidants and possess hydrating qualities that won’t block your pores.
We suggest using the Original Glow Mask at least half an hour before you go to bed as a way to wind down. This meditative approach to beauty helps you calm your mind and soothe your skin.
Going to bed fresh faced after this treatment allows your skin to soak up the ultra effective benefits of raw honey and the natural, hydrating ingredients.
4. Herbal tea blends
The healing and calming qualities of tea are well known, and they can even support sleep health. Blends that calm your body and mind, including chamomile, peppermint, lavender, valerian root and skullcap are a great option as you wind down and prepare for a deep sleep.
Got your own tips and tricks for a meditative sleep routine? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below xx