Why you need your beauty sleep
Everything you need to know about getting a good night’s rest.
You know deep down that no amount of the priciest night creams or brightening serums can give you the dewy fresh glow a good night’s sleep can. Life in the big city leaves most of us sleep deprived but it’s high time we learned how to maximize a restful night’s sleep to get our best skin ever.
Can better sleep give you better skin?
“Yes!” says Dr. Dhimant Goleria. “Not getting adequate shut eye increases inflammatory responses in the body that speed up the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, the building blocks of skin that give it glow and luminosity.” Dr. Jaishree Sharad adds that getting enough zzzs can calm skin conditions like acne and decrease sensitivity to allergic contact dermatitis. Most importantly, people who sleep less than they need to on a regular basis have “older looking” skin because of a diminished capacity to recover from skin stressors.
Sleep on your back
Most of us tend to sleep on our side, and worse, on our stomachs. Digging your face into a pillow tends to crush the collagen in skin leading to less elasticity that ultimately causes wrinkles. “Skin is like an elastic band, the more your stretch or move it, the laxer is gets,” explains facial expert Ambika Bhavnani. “I always advise my clients to sleep on their backs to preserve skin elasticity.”
How stimulants affect sleep
“Drinking coffee, colas and alcohol or smoking can affect the nervous system by disrupting normal sleep patterns,” says nutritionist Naini Setalvad. She says these stimulants block important sleep inducing mechanisms that either prevents you from going to sleep or cause disrupted sleep. Instead she suggests sipping on herbal decoctions or green tea after meals to both improve digestion and help you sleep better. Nykaa suggests LaPlant Green Tea & Lemon-25 Tea Bags or Lipton Green Tea Mint Burst.
Sleep with a silk eye mask
Under eye skin is very delicate and thin, and sleeping with a silk or satin eye mask is critical for anti-aging. Not only will this reduce dark circles and puffiness but also induce a good night’s sleep. Nykaa recommends Basicare Cosmetic Eye Treatment Mask if you suffer from congested sinuses, head colds, tension and tired puffy eyes.
Never sleep with your makeup on
Sure, there are nights when all you want to do is crawl into bed without taking off your makeup. What may seem like a harmless faux pas can actually do serious damage to your skin. “Sleeping with your makeup is the worst thing you can do to your skin,” says Dr. Sharad. She says that skin, like the rest of the body, functions on the circadian rhythm and renews itself at night when your body is resting. “Wearing makeup to bed disrupts this cycle preventing skin renewal, causing blocked pores, breakouts and wrinkles.”
Some of the worst makeup offenders
While foundations are the best cover ups for skin they are essentially pigmented mixtures of oils and emollients that break down over the day on exposure to environment pollutants and air. Foundation can prevent micro circulation within skin that is responsible for cell renewal. While this process is unavoidable in the day, it continues in the night too if you sleep without taking off foundation. The result: collagen breakdown that leads to wrinkles and clogged pores.
Even if the lipstick brand promises ‘ten hour hydration’, sleeping without taking off your fave lippie will lead to dryness and chapping. Take special care if you are wearing a highly-pigmented lipstick; remember to scrub lips well with a gentle exfoliator and then apply a generous coat of balm before jumping into bed to restore moisture.
This is the worst offender by far. Mascara and eyeliner can clog follicles causing styes, blepharitis, conjunctivitis and corneal damage. Eye infections are scary business and can take weeks to clear up. Plus mascara coated eyelashes tend to become brittle and break easily.
A quick, painless remedy is keeping an effective but gentle makeup remover (like Bioderma Sensibio H2O or Maybelline Clean Express Total Clean Makeup Remover) and some cleaning pads by your bedside if you know it’s going to a late night. All you need to do is reach out to wipe it all off. And wake up to a beautiful, happy skin!