"Beauty sleep’s a fairy tale to me. What should I do?"
With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, we usually compromise sleep to cram in as many tasks as we can in a day, as a good night’s sleep becomes less and less essential in our daily lives. With the festive season on its way, parties and celebrations can further discourage us from getting maximum rest.
However, as clichéd as it sounds, sleeping well is actually crucial to your skin. When we sleep, our body is programmed to heal and reset biologically for the next day. Our skin, too, takes this opportunity to restore and regenerate.
Sleep deficiencies - how can it affect your skin?
When you cut down the amount of sleep your body needs, you also diminish your skin’s repairing ability. Almost immediately, you will see the consequences:
- dark circles under the eyes
- dry skin
- changes in skin texture and complexion
- acne flare-ups
- fine lines and wrinkles
All of which causes your skin to appear older than you are.
Sleeping less is actually counter-productive— the longer your sleep deficiency carries on, the more time you will have to sacrifice to reverse all the damages!
What can you do after a sleepless night?
Still, it’s hard to get enough sleep to maintain your skin’s health, especially if you have no choice but to grind through the night. We understand, as we’ve been through that too, so we have some alternative solutions that might be helpful for you:
#1 Exercise more under the sun!
At night, your liver works to detoxify your body in your sleep. Pulling all-nighters lowers your metabolism rate, which causes your body to accumulate toxins. This can lead to dull complexions, unexplained breakouts, and swelling. Exercising can cleanse your skin from the inside by boosting your metabolism to flush toxins out of your system.
But… don’t forget to use sunscreen! Before putting on sunscreen, applying a layer of anti-aging essence is recommended to give your skin some extra protection. Allow your skin 15 minutes to absorb the essence before getting on with your day.
#2 Fill up your diet with greens and fruits
Melatonin is a hormone that regulates our sleep-wake cycle and serves as a potent antioxidant, presumptive anti-aging substance, and anti-cancer agent. However, the production of melatonin is only at its peak during the night or in the dark. Staying awake with the presence of light causes the production of melatonin to decrease significantly.
To compensate for the loss of the natural antioxidants from our body, incorporate more greens and fruits into your meals e.g. berries and spinach, so that you obtain the nutrients required to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.
#3 Use rehydrating skincare products
Sleepless nights cause our body to enter dehydration mode, which can lead to premature skin aging. Thus, moisturizing and anti-aging essences can help to keep your skin hydrated, preserving your youthful appearance. However, having two different types of essences can be a hassle, and two incompatible essences may cause skin inflammation.
That’s why we’ve united 4 functions into a single bottle of essence, creating an anti-aging solution that moisturizes, brightens and stabilizes your skin. The CLEF Radiant Gold Essence can keep your skin supple despite sleepless nights.
As much as December is the month of celebrations, it is also the month for you to rest sufficiently for the forthcoming, eventful new year. Now that you know how to counter the effects of sleep deprivation, take the steps to let your skin rejuvenate for the joys to come, and of course, replenish your sleep with the leaves you cleared, however you can.