Sleep Your Way to Younger and Brighter Skin

There’s a lot of truth in needing your beauty sleep! Achieving a great night of sleep is not just essential for your health, but for skin repair too. But what are the actual benefits we’ll see, and how can we help our body get more sleep to achieve this?

You probably know by now that waking up from five hours’ sleep after a night of partying or working late will result in a less than fresh complexion, with the tell-tale signs of swollen eyes, dark under-eye circles, ghostly skin and extra fine lines and wrinkles. Research has shown us that sleep is when our important epidermal (skin) recovery and healing happens, as blood flow increases and collagen is restored after exposure to stressors such as pollution and UV rays. Ready to maximise your sleep repair to achieve fewer wrinkles, a brighter complexion and glowing skin? Follow these steps:

Get Those 8 Hours

For skin that doesn’t age as fast and repairs from damage quickly, seven to eight hours per night is your optimum sleeping time. If you’re struggling to achieve this, try moving your bedtime to be just ten minutes earlier each night, until you reach the time you need. If you’re feeling restless when getting into bed, try switching to a yellow-toned lightbulb and reading a book or listening to a meditation before bedtime, avoid blue light devices, avoid caffeinated drinks (including green tea) in the evening and spray some Kiki Health Magnesium Oil on your legs, back or shoulders to help relax muscles.

Only Sleep with Clean, Nourished Skin

We totally get that a skin routine can seem exhausting before bed, but even putting aside four minutes for a relaxing ritual of washing your face and massaging in a couple serums and a hydrator can make all the difference to waking up to gorgeous skin. If you’re struggling to remove all the makeup and grime from the day (a telltale sign is your towel not being completely clean when you dry your face!), try the Ginger&ME 4in1 Micellar Detoxifying Water after your gel or oil cleanser.  Using a retinol serum at night is also one of your best anti-ageing weapons for collagen repair – try the O Cosmedics Retinoic Oil if you’re starting out, to avoid skin irritation.

Stay Hydrated

Ensure you’ve been drinking water over the day and evening (but try not to chug down multiple glasses of water before bed, or your bladder may wake you up early!). This will reduce both water retention as well as skin dehydration, meaning skin that glows without looking puffy. Applying a serum that contains plenty of Hyaluronic Acid works wonders for skin hydration overnight, try the Dp Dermaceuticals Hyla Active or the O Cosmedics Hydra-Plus Sleep-In Mask for the ultimate weekly skin treat.

Use a Silk or Satin Pillow

This one is particularly important for those who tend to sleep on their side or front, as rough cotton pillowcases can irritate the skin, as well as compressing it and causing wrinkles. If you can train yourself to sleep on your back over time, this is even better! Make sure you wash your pillowcase often to avoid bacteria build up too, if you can’t throw it in with your weekly clothing wash then have a spare set to change out at least once per week.

Conquer Your Stress

Anxiety and stress have become more common than ever in recent times, so try to take time for yourself to unwind and relax a couple times per week. Rather than an indulgent restaurant meal, why not treat yourself to a soothing back massage at your local spa or beauty clinic? Taking up yoga classes (or even an at-home session via YouTube) is a fantastic way to de-stress and focus on your breathing. And if you’re looking for the ultimate escape since travel is out of the question, opt for a unique Ginger&ME Mindfulness Facial to give your skin a boost while drifting into a guided meditation session.