There’s an age-old saying about getting some “beauty sleep;” well it’s the real deal. Getting a good night’s rest can do so much for you mentally, physically and yes, there are several beauty benefits. If you have ever stayed up late into the wee hours or heck, even pulled an all-nighter, you know you eventually wake up looking pretty rough. Most of us, at one point or another, have experienced tired, puffy eyes and washed out, dull skin after a night or two of missed sleep. Eventually, lack of sleep can take its toll and chronic sleep loss can lead to constant, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, as well as more fine lines and deeper appearing wrinkles.
When we go without our much needed sleep, our bodies increase and release more of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol in high levels starts to breakdown the collagen content in your skin, which is responsible for keeping things firm and smooth. Missing those Zzz’s can also exacerbate existing skin conditions and concerns. Increased inflammation throws off the body’s ability to regulate a healthy immune system, which leads not only to getting sick more frequently, but also to increased inflammation and sensitivities and for those with autoimmune skin disorders such as psoriasis, flare ups will increase.
One benefit of restful sleeping is the skin’s ability to recover moisture, while other fluids and toxins are processed for removal from our bodies. When you don’t get adequate sleep, it can result in dehydrated skin and an insufficient moisture balance which is what leads to puffy bags, under-eye circles, as well as dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.
The ideal seven to nine hours of sleep a night will leave you looking radiant, but keep in mind beauty products can be the their most effective overnight because they are able to penetrate better when you are resting. Love your skin up each night with this MyChelle routine suitable for all skin types:
- For a smooth, fresh complexion, gently massage a dime-size amount of Fruit Enzyme Cleanser to purify pores and remove impurities.
- For ultra-smooth, vibrant skin, apply one-two pumps of MyChelle’s NEW Remarkable Retinal Serum to accelerate cellular turnover and increase skin’s metabolism for clear, youthful, even-toned skin. For best results wait 30 minutes before following with your next product, this really allows a boost in cell turnover.
- Now, for lusciously glowing skin, apply a quarter-size amount of Revitalizing Night Cream, a nutrient-rich moisturizer that works overnight to restore skin’s youthful radiance, firmness and increase hydration levels.
Now get some rest and sweet dreams!
Catie Wiggy is the Director of Education for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skin care industry for over 13 years as a makeup artist, brand educator, manager, innovator and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.