How to Sleep For A Brighter Complexion
New Yorkers know how to hustle. We value production, expression, getting things done, and bringing dreams to life. And in a city like this, we learn how to move and how to make things happen to survive and thrive.
With all that motion being of such great importance, it can be easy to think of sleep as an unproductive time. But sleep, and all rest states, is actually highly active and incredibly important for your body, including our skin. (Arianna Huffington just wrote a book about it all...).
The truth of the matter? Our skin needs sleep to look it's best. We can’t hack our way out of this one. The quality of our sleep has a fundamental effect on not only how we look the next day but on visible signs of aging as well.
What Happens To Our Skin In Sleep ~
While we sleep, our body is able to focus its energy on not running our brain and fueling our movement as it does throughout the day. Rather, it focuses on processing all that it's taken in, resetting, repairing and regenerating. And when it comes to the skin, this is vital.
If you simplify it, "aging" is what we call the typical changes to the skin we can see that are a result of cumulative damage to the skin over time. Things that cause damage to your skin cells (like UV rays, states of inflammation in the body, pollution, or even a basic lack of the water, rest, and nutrients) effect the way you look now and speed up aging in general.
Sleep happens to be the time that our body does its best work to counteract the influences that age it. While we sleep, our skin gets busy putting things back in order, like we do with our apartment after a dinner party.
When we don't sleep well, or don't sleep at all, it's common to see dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, exaggerated blotchiness/redness and dark spots, as well as breakouts and generally dull, "tired" looking skin.
If you're looking at that list and thinking, "Whoa...", remember that your skin is connected to your whole body. Your skin has a special power of sounding the first alarm bells when the body is missing something essential that it needs – like sleep.
Best Practices ~
At Heyday, we preach several good habits to let your skin get the most out of your zzz’s:
- Wash your face every night! While we sleep, our pores open, and our skin absorbs whatever is on it more deeply than at other times of the day. Don't let that be makeup and city grime. If you're concerned about blackheads and aren’t washing your face every night, this is the best first step to take to see improvements.
- Save active serums and age repairs moisturizers for nighttime. Use your most active serums, age repair moisturizers, or blemish clarifying treatments at night on that freshly cleaned skin. They will absorb best and your skin will make the best use of any and every investment you make for your skin while you sleep.
- Keep it simple in the daytime. In the waking hours, focus on antioxidant support, calming elements, hydration, and sun protection.
- Develop bedtime rituals! Set yourself up for quality sleep. Beyond skin, do things like a one-hour digital detox before you sleep, making sure to turn down the lights and generally prepare to be comfortable for bed like its an important event (and a well-deserved reward). That shift in thinking can have a huge impact of the quality of your sleep.
- Wake up with a light cleanse. Even if just swiping with a cleansing water or hydrating toner, lightly cleanse your skin in the morning. While you sleep, you sweat and detox in general. Your body did all the hard work, just wipe the slate clean.