Is sleep the greatest beauty aid ever?

We all know how rough we can look after a bad night’s sleep, and this is because sleep is an incredibly important part of anybody’s beauty regime. So rather than spending hundreds of pounds on make-up, maybe some of these sleeping tips could give us healthier complexions and clearer skin!

When we’re sleep-deprived, our bodies make more of the stress hormone cortisol. Whilst the production of cortisol helps our metabolism, it does tend to have the unwanted side-effect of making our skin look puffy and inflamed.

So what can we do to boost our sleeping powers? Our diet plays a big part, with fatty foods, caffeine and alcohol all having a negative effect on our sleeping patterns. And even eliminating the blue light of digital screens before bedtime can also help us achieve better standards of sleep hygiene.

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Lack of sleep has also been found to accelerate the body’s aging process, as damaged skin cells aren’t being given time to be repaired through sleep’s ability to produce growth hormones.

This is why it’s good to make sure that your sleeping environment is optimised towards catching some zzz’s

Getting some blackout blinds to block out unwanted light can be a good idea, and whilst a new bed can be a costly affair, it’s worth mentioning that the online brand Bedstar have plenty of beds on offer so that you can get a good night’s sleep without worrying about unnecessary cost.

If we have pre-existing skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis or even psoriasis and eczema, then we’ll need to be doubly sure that we have a good sleep routine. This is because sleep plays an important part in reducing inflammatory response and allergic reactions, and this is the time where skin is able to recover moisture too.

Lack of skin moisture leads to dark circles under our eyes and wrinkles. But thankfully there are plenty of overnight skin creams that can play in important part in helping lock in that all-important moisture.

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Other reasons why sleep is important for our beauty include the fact that the inflammation that comes with a restless night means that we experience a breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid that is essential if we want our skin to have that lovely natural and clear glow.

And with even our weight being impacted by our sleep habits, it’s clear that our beauty regime should concentrate on sleep hygiene, online beds and skin creams, rather than the latest faddy make-up trend!

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