Sleeping Like a Baby
I haven't slept in years. I mean it. I lost the ability to sleep without a care in the world since I had kids. It must be a "mom" thing. We sleep with one eye open. I'm sure this affliction will last a lifetime since kids I'm still alive and relatively sane, so I must be doing ok.
Sleep and Skin
Sleep is an extraordinary thing. It feeds our brain, body, and skin, and if we don't get enough of it, we deprive each of these elements of the strength it needs to thrive.
"During a full night's rest, our bodies work to remove dead blood cells and dead brain cells, and clears the pathways for new synapses to take place so that new blood and brain cells can replace old ones," says a sleep expert and researcher at Cornell University. Our brain also drains out 60 % more toxins when we get the proper amount of sleep every day. Overall, this helps you feel more rejuvenated and energized when you get up, able to think more clearly, and keeps your skin glowing.
Without the right amount of sleep, your skin loses its balance, which leads to a gray and washed out complexion, redness, breakouts and excessive amounts of blemishes.
Not only does not sleeping negatively affect your body, it changes the moisture levels in your skin, lowering them and also lowering your complexion's pH levels, which is why your skin will begin to look less youthful and start to retain lines and wrinkles sooner and lose its elasticity.
When your skin's pH levels drop, they create an imbalance, causing it to not be able to produce the moisture it needs, so it makes it look and feel drier. That's why using skin care products that keep your skin at a slightly acidic level (so it keeps moisture in and bacteria out) is an excellent resource. Monitoring the amount you sleep is a critical component of your beauty regimen. To figure out the exact amount your body needs to function on all cylinders, go to bed 15 minutes earlier every night and continue adding 15 minutes until you feel wide awake all day along. I can tell you my optimal amount of sleep is 6 hours. For some, it is 8 hours others more. It really depends on how quickly you get to REM sleep (the deep sleep) and how quickly your body rebounds and replenishes from the day's expended energy levels.
How it Affects Your Skin
When we sleep, cell division rates increase, and the skin heals damage from the day. While we sleep, different hormones are secreted to help restore and repair the body. All hormones have some pattern, day to night. Disruptions in the sleep cycle may increase cortisol which can lead to skin inflammation, improper healing, and conditions like acne, and rosacea. It induces the adrenal glands into overproduction of cortisol, a steroid, which in turn makes sebaceous glands produce more oil and make skin extra oily.
When inflammation is increased, cell function is reduced. This is why any skin restoration rituals we follow at night will yield the best results.
Grab a few things to add to your night bag.
If you want to have a good night's sleep a routine is essential. Like with anything else a little effort goes a long way. If you have a little more time than usual and are a tub lover - I would start with a salt soak, then work a face mask in tandem with your soak.
If you prefer a shower at night then we have some amazing body scrubs you can use to give you the targeted exfoliation and hydration along with gentle lathering soaps to help with your cleaning needs. The salt blends in this scrub work to replace lost minerals and help heal skin with its antibacterial properties. Aside from all that the absolutely heady scent of roses and rose petals make this my go-to for any day. I pair this rose creation with another amazing rose blend.
More Than Just a Beauty Product
Good skin care regiment and a set routine of self-care to relax and rejuvenate your skin work from the outside in. Learn to heal yourself in small yet significant ways. What you think is merely massaging oil or putting on a face mask is really much bigger than that. You are clicking out of your constant grind and being present doing something that centers you in a way that no other activity can. What better time than now, and what better task than caring for your skin?
Don't underestimate the power of natural, wholesome products that peel back the layers of stress - at home and in with your hands.
Start your transformation today.
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